Looks like that assistant coaches’ salary pool is about to get a stress test.

“If the Tigers extend a reasonable offer to Ball it’s believed that he would strongly consider accepting the position as the next wide receivers coach at LSU.”

Reasonable being in the eye of the beholder, of course.

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67 responses to “Looks like that assistant coaches’ salary pool is about to get a stress test.

  1. Spike

    FYI, Coach Ball has already left.

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  2. Debby Balcer

    I hope we can keep him.

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  3. Dog in Fla

    LSU Plan of the Day: Better Call Ball

    UGA Plan of the Day: Daily forecast of DEFCON 2 angst for Greg. Otherwise, Management pleased that Terry Godwin signed his letter of intent which requires lucky student-athlete signees such as Terry to know that the Program is still in the same building (even if it is the building with the short field)

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  4. truck

    “Strongly consider” does not equal “accepts job.” Why wouldn’t a La.-based website phrase the situation like that? Even if Ball bails, this sounds like a recent, ie, post-signing day, development.

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  5. Merk

    I would point to the fact that we have not had a great receiver since Green, yet all of our receivers have been pretty good at catching and blocking.

    However, you would have to wonder if the new OC hire would have any push against Ball.

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    • Without the injuries, Malcolm Mitchell would be in the NFL right now. The kid can play. He catches most anything he gets his hands on and can get up field. Watch Mitchell in 2012 and then tell me he’s not great. I hope we see the return of his deep threat.

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    • Go Dawgs!

      We haven’t had a great HEALTHY receiver, no. Malcolm Mitchell and Justin Scott-Wesley are amazing receivers and have played very well under his tutelage. And I think you can easily make an argument that players like Chris Conley and Michael Bennett overachieved while at Georgia. Who was their coach again?

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  6. Bright Idea

    If Ball leaves does BMac go to WR and we go after Thomas Brown for RB?

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    • Silver Britches

      This isn’t a bad idea.

      Ball can flat out coach, though. He’d be missed.

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    • Joe Schmoe

      Why in gods name would we move BMac given the level of success he has had recruiting / developing amazing backs? Just b/c he was a RB? Very shallow reasoning IMO. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

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      • Ole Dokes

        Coach McClendon was a WR. His daddy, Willie, was a RB & a damn fine one at that…

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      • Why in gods name would we move BMac given the level of success he has had recruiting / developing amazing backs? Just b/c he was a RB? Very shallow reasoning IMO. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

        My, how the times have changed. I remember just a few short seasons ago – Dawg nation was in constant angst because we had a former RB coaching WRs and former WR coaching RBs.

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        • Joe Schmoe

          At the time, the questioning made some sense as BMac was not a proven position coach. That is not the case now as he has proven that he can recruit and develop RBs at a very high level. I question why you would further disrupt the staff by moving him to a position that he doesn’t have any history coaching (not saying he couldn’t do it, just that it doesn’t really make sense to ask him to).

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        • mwo

          If I remember correctly, Kirby Smart was a RB coach on this staff once upon a time.

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  7. Joe Schmoe

    So much for the “nobody wants Richt’s coaches meme.” At this point, I think every member of last year’s staff has been approached / left for another position.

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  8. Spike

    Senator, a good one. Not twitter, not the Internet, not Facebook etc.

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  9. Spike

    Not sure about that, so I can’t comment. He was not at practice/conditioning this morning.

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  10. I’m genuinely curious, like some others – what makes people think Ball is such a good WR coach? That is not a knock on him, I’m just not well informed. Is it his recruiting? I see Marlon Brown doing more in the NFL than he ever did in a Georgia uniform. I haven’t had any major complaints in the WR department the past few years (mostly due to injuries to our top WR’s) but it doesn’t appear to be a strength in our offense (RB/TE).

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    • Cojones

      Why don’t you ask Conley?

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    • Bourbon Dawgwalker

      Ball’s recruiting chops aren’t all that great, but he is a good position coach. His players consistently get better over time. Look at M. Massaqoi his freshman and sophomore years, then look at his junior and senior years. He went from a basket case to an NFL prospect. Even AJ Green, who could have gone pro after his freshman year, got better each year. Marlon Brown wasn’t ready for SEC football when he arrived on campus and by the time he was blossoming in his Senior year he got hurt. The guy can coach wide receivers.

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    • Will (The Other One)

      He’s been a pretty good position coach, though I think part of that was prior to him we had some poorly coached WRs (as disappointing as Terrance Edwards’ dropped catch was, back then we had a lot of brick-handed WRs.)

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    • hailtogeorgia

      Marlon Brown was leading the team when he got injured his senior year. He came in very raw and a project but because he was rated as a 5 star receiver the year after AJ, everyone expected much more of him. By his senior year, he was a top flight receiver, and his success his rookie year (and subsequent years) in the NFL are directly attributable to that.

      Take a look at the progress of receivers who weren’t expected to do much…guys like Bennett and Conley, Rhett McGowan, etc. They ended up being great blockers, crisp route runners, great ability to attack the ball and adjust. Even a guy like Justin Scott-Wesley has improved considerably.

      Look at the year over year improvement of our receivers and I think it’s pretty easy to see that he’s a strong position coach.

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  11. 202dawg

    If Ball does leave, weren’t folks saying what a good job his staff had done at St Louis with their WR’s? Something about teaching Tavon Austin to run routes…

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  12. Don’t worry. Ima get Ward on the phone.

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  13. RugbyDawg79

    Yes Hines Ward

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  14. How much do wanna bet they CMR has told Godwin and Stanley if you don’t want to come, don’t? I’ll bet you he’s offered unconditional release to both but said wherever you go, your coach won’t be there when your done and they won’t be nearly as accommodating as I am when you want out. I can’t imagine CMR’s too happy that they publically suggested they were lied to. I’m betting that if ball bolts we won’t hear anymore whining. I guess we’ll see.

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    • Debby Balcer

      GOODWIN tweeted an apology for his reaction and both players deleted their tweets. When you are a high school kids emotion often gets the best of you.

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  15. If Ball goes our first look should be Hines Ward.

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  16. Cojones

    Pony up Greg. The balls to keep Ball are Greg’s.

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  17. W Cobb Dawg

    I hope Ball stays. He’s been a very good WR coach, and has overcome a lot of adversity with the injuries we’ve had. And considering we have just as much resources as LSU, probably more, we shouldn’t be getting outbid by other them or other sec teams.

    I had hoped we’d turned a corner when it comes to retaining assistant coaches. For years we kept lousy coaches like Garner, and let good assistants walk, like Belin and BVG. It seemed this year we ponied up to retain our good assistants – as far as lateral moves are concerned. BM needs to be consistent on this issue and show Ball his service is appreciated.

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  18. Mayor

    Pay the man. That is B-M’s problem in the first place. When management loses a valuable employee to the competition because the competitor offers more money that is management’s fault. By definition the employee was underpaid because the competitor is willing to pay more. That is Ball’s (and Georgia’s) situation here.

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    • Jack Klompus

      Unless the employer doesn’t put the same value on the employee or the employee’s position as the competitor does. Then the management, by definition, owes it to the organization to let that person go.

      There is a reason that TB is interviewing. He’ll be leaving this year or next, mark my words.

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  19. stuckinred

    I thought all the whining about el cheapo had been put to rest.

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  20. Otto

    What experience does Hines Ward have coaching?

    I’d love to see him in Athens but he needs to get experience coaching before he is on staff.

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