Radi Nabulsi points out something about the timing of Tony Ball’s exit that I hadn’t considered.
Ball was named the running backs coach at Georgia on Feb. 14, 2006. After three seasons of coaching the tailbacks, he took over instructing the wide receivers at Georgia. He is leaving one day before his ninth anniversary. Ball had previously indicated he wanted to stay at least one more year at Georgia in order to receive better retirement benefits from the University.
When you’re in your mid-fifties, that is not a minor consideration. And yet, he jumped. So he must have really wanted out of Athens for some reason, right? Well…
Last month Virginia Tech boosters reached out to Ball to see if he would be interested in their open wide receivers coach position. He politely declined.
Maybe this is as simple as Les Miles making Ball an offer he couldn’t refuse. Maybe it’s something else. I’ve got no idea. But I’ll sure be curious to see the terms of his new contract. Not to mention to see who his replacement is. Between the two, perhaps some of the blanks will get filled in.