If you can’t beat ’em, make ’em join you.

Perhaps you remember this quote from a little over a month ago:

Here’s a caption: “How can that happen?”

That was repeated several times by Creekside coach Olten Downs during an in-person interview with cleveland.com on Thursday….

“You see a guy like Vonn Bell making interceptions and you say, ‘How’d you let him leave the state?’” Downs said. “You see a guy like Raekwon McMillan starting as a freshman. You’re hurting for linebackers, but you let this guy leave? How can that happen? I don’t know. I think (Georgia) wants guys who love Georgia, and want to play for Georgia. That’s all fine and dandy but you still gotta make guys feel special and wanted.”

At the time, I thought it was a strange complaint, but evidently Georgia’s coaches thought differently, because Olten Downs is now a member of Georgia’s staff.

Creekside High School football coach Olten Downs is joining Georgia’s football support staff as a quality control assistant, he said Monday.

Downs guided the Fairburn school to the Class AAAAA state championship in 2013 in his first season and the team reached the second round of the playoffs in 2014.

“It’s an amazing opportunity to learn at a whole other level, an opportunity that doesn’t come around every day,” said Downs, who expects to be with the Georgia program in time for spring practice next week.

Downs will hold the title quality control coordinator for offense. He said offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer reached out to him and coach Mark Richt “invited” him to be part of his staff.

I’m not sure why “invited” is in quote marks there, but in any event, welcome to Athens, Coach.  Starting now, we’ll hold you personally accountable for every highly rated recruit who goes out of state.  (I keed, I keed…  I think.)


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9 responses to “If you can’t beat ’em, make ’em join you.

  1. Ben

    I might have asked this before, but I probably forgot. What does a “quality control assistant” do?


  2. Seems to be another solid addition to the new UGA – GATA.


  3. Upstate Dawg

    Has our staff grown dramatically since December, or is it just easier to keep track of comings than goings?


  4. Argondawg

    It’s growing quickly and getting younger and more in tune with our recruits and players. We are quickly joining the arms race. Welcome to the party BM.


    • Dave

      This…..uga is not bleeding edge or even an early adopter, but we do respond at some point. I’ve noticed this about Richt too (see W. Martinez and special teams). It’s nice to have arrived. The pieces are now in place for a run….


  5. VoxDawg

    Aww yeah. Time to make this MF’er happen!


  6. Union Jack

    Richt and Schotty probably are very glad to have him on staff. But I think the reporter use of the “invited” paraphrase is a bit of a challenge to Mr. Downs. He was very outspoken in his claims about Bell and McMillan so now he is partially challenged with making sure the next Mr. Bell and McMillan feel special enough to matriculate in Athens.

    My guess is if that doesn’t happen and he finds out it is a lot harder than it looks then he will retreat back to the high school ranks.


  7. Cousin Eddie

    He was “invited” after finding a horse head in the bed with him. Richt made him an offer he could not refuse.