“He’s not going anywhere.”

Suddenly, the new staff is taking shape.

Tracy Rocker will be back to coach the defensive line another season for the Georgia Bulldogs.

Some of Rocker’s players hinted that was the case recently, and then a person with direct knowledge of the situation confirmed later Monday night.

With Rocker’s spot solidifed, new coach Kirby Smart has now secured two-thirds of his first Georgia coaching staff.

To date, Kirby Smart has announced only the addition of three new coaches: offensive coordinator Jim Chaney, offensive line coach Sam Pittman and defensive assistant Glenn Schumann. But in addition to Rocker, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has been able to confirm that running backs coach Thomas Brown and outside linebackers coach Kevin Sherrer are also being retained by Smart from coach Mark Richt’s previous staff…

I’m glad to see Rocker won’t be leaving, as I thought he got a lot this season out of a group that wasn’t particularly distinguished talentwise, Trent Thompson excepted.  He’s also been a key to some very good high school d-linemen who are seriously considering Georgia.

That still leaves a few interesting questions left to be answered, of course.  Right now, the weirdest thing about the new staff is that the rock star of the bunch is the offensive line coach.  Not exactly what you’d expect in terms of making a splash, but I bet most Georgia fans are thrilled by what Pittman brings to the table.

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UPDATE:  Georgia makes it official regarding Sherrer and Rocker.  But no mention of Brown, for some reason.

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39 responses to ““He’s not going anywhere.”

  1. Timphd

    Sounds like good news to me.

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  2. BarneyDawg

    May I be so bold as to assume that Pittman will be the best O-line coach we have had this century.

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    • Neil Callaway was a pretty darn good offensive line coach, but I definitely think he has the potential to be the best since Wayne McDuffie (God rest his soul).

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      • Neil Callaway was a disaster as a recruiter. Biggest early mistake of Richt’s was giving Callaway carte blanche on which o-linemen to sign.

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        • That’s absolutely true (I had forgotten about the mess he made as a recruiter), but he did a pretty darn good job with that line he inherited from Donnan.

          Pittman clearly appears to be an upgrade over anyone who has had the job since McDuffie in the early 90s.

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        • SMDH

          My shoulder hurts just reading “Neil Callaway”

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      • Granite-Dawg

        I hope he will be close to McDuffie. Coach McDuffie was the best I have ever seen at UGA. I have great memories of him. He is the kind of coach every lineman worth his salt would have busted his ass playing for him.
        If coach Pittman is as good, this finesse blocking crap is out the window.

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  3. Jared S.

    So I have no first-hand (or second-hand, or third-hand) knowledge of just how good Rocker is. But the little I’ve seen of him in UGA videos and on the sideline, I think he really has the respect of his players and has a great attitude. Seems to demand a lot of his players – not just in their performance on the field, but he seems concerned about their attitudes and character. I really really really like the man. Very glad to see him stay.

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  4. Great news (and I like that Sherrer is staying as well)! It definitely sounds like B-Mac is headed either to Coral Gables or to Columbia. I hope he ends up with CMR because I don’t want him recruiting running backs for USCe. The jury is still out on Brown especially given the way he has handled the running back rotation after Chubb’s injury.

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  5. FarmerDawg

    Feel good about the experience and toughness off this staff. Put the oars in the water and start pulling in the same direction. Grown man offense, stingy defense this has the potential to be fun to watch.

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  6. JT (the other one)

    Well…considering that OL has been a thorn in our proverbial side for some time…about time we got a rock star to coach them!

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  7. Will (The Other One)

    So we still need a DC, and possibly someone coaching DBs (though Schumann may take that role) and maybe one other defensive coach, plus WR/TE (or a separate QB coach). Maybe Smart has managed to poach Naiper from Saban and we’ll have to wait a few weeks to confirm it.

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  8. watcher16

    He must have some guy in mind for DC that he’s keeping in touch with, right? It’s unusual that a DC wouldn’t be able to have much say on the staff on his side of the ball…

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  9. THE DOG MAN

    Great job CKS……Rocker is a super coach and can bring in the elite
    high school kids and get that D line filled with talent and some big
    old corn bread fed boys.

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  10. lakedawg

    Not sure about rock stars, none of these coaches has won a title of any kind except Kirby, and he does work for Nick.

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  11. I think Sherrer is going to get a promotion to DC, but Kirby will be doing the job.

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  12. Macallanlover

    This is encouraging news at a time we need some. Agree that Pittman is the most universally accepted new coach for 2016, and man do we need some immediate help in that area. Still don’t know whether it was Sale or Schotty who dropped the ball on the blocking schemes and/or personnel choices for 2015 but things would have been much different without that falloff in performance. That does not minimize the long running problem we have had in OL talent. health, and scheme.

    I look forward to having Pittman begin to work some magic, and realize it will not happen overnight. Our extraordinary talent at RB has disguised our OL issues for many years.

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    • Sale’s gone back to coaching in the Sun Belt Conference. I’ll let you draw whatever conclusion you’d like from that.

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      • SAtownDawg

        another career set back by the wreckage that was Schottenheimer, who brought his zone blocking schemes from the NFL

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      • Macallanlover

        I simply don’t know, but you are probably right. The most obvious first thought isn’t always correct. If Sale was really incompetent, it makes it seem more likely he would not have made many changes to what was a returning, functional OL. To me, that suggests it may have been changes from Schotty, or a combo. Don’t know, but I do like the warm and cozy from the current hire.

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  13. South FL Dawg

    Ahem, who is a rock star on Saban’s staff? Their OL coach was fired from FIU of all places. Kiffin, yuck.

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  14. Sanford222view

    It is strange to me there has not be any news as to what BMac will be doing. I know there are the stories of Smart and BMac battling it out on the recruiting trail but it would seem to me if you knew how talented he was recruiting against you you would want to have him on your side given the opportunity.

    Anyone hearing why Smart wouldn’t keep him besides that?

    I hope he ends up with Richt at Miami rather than USCjr where he would be in direct competition with Georgia.

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  15. Whoa, report just came out that Brown is going to Miami to join Richt now? Didn’t see that one coming.

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  16. Losing McClendon and Brown?? Yikes!

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  17. SouthGaDawg

    I don’t know whether losing Brown and Mclendon is good or bad. It’s not my job to hire the UGA assistant coaches. It does really piss me off that CKS is still working for Bama. I like how Lou Holtze put it – When you take another job, you leave. I didn’t like it when Richt stayed at FSU when he was hired. Smart is about to be paid about 4 million per year by UGA whether he wins or loses. Right now, he should be setting up his office in Athens, not playing footsie with Pruitt in Tuscaloosa. Don’t give me, “It’s the dead period right now.” When you are a head college football coach in the Power 5, there is no dead period.

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  18. Ultrageek

    I couldn’t agree more, SouthGaDawg … my question is this: if Nick Saban were in Kirby’s shoes, would he be hanging around?

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  19. Debby Balcer

    I hope BMac is staying and moves back to running backs. I hope they all do well whether staying or going but hopeful none stay in the SEC.

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  20. Charles

    Mark Richt hires a special teams coordinator.

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