Two stories popped up on my Twitter feed yesterday, almost on top of each other, both involving former DL coach Tracy Rocker.
First, news of minor NCAA violations:
Last September, during a non-contact recruiting period, two Georgia assistant coaches called a recruit and the recruit’s father. Both calls lasted a minute. The identity of only Rocker, then the defensive line coach, is listed in the report, which was provided via an open records request.
A letter of admonishment was given to Rocker, who it is noted was not scheduled to make a call to the recruit “the week in question.” As further self-punishment, the football team was prohibited from calling the recruit (also unidentified) from Nov. 13-26.
And then, within minutes, this story about Rocker’s departure:
Former defensive line coach Tracy Rocker was dismissed by the university, according to documents obtained by The Telegraph through the state’s Open Records Act.
A hand-delivered notice of termination was given to Rocker and signed by athletics director Greg McGarity about the program’s decision. The university is still obligated to pay Rocker his $525,000 salary through the calendar year ending on Dec. 31.
Rocker, the Bulldogs’ defensive line coach and associate head coach, was fired. That’s according to a termination letter, dated Feb. 6, delivered to Rocker from athletic director Greg McGarity. That and other documents were turned over to DawgNation on Friday via an open records request filed immediately after Georgia’s announcement of Rocker’s departure.
In a hand-delivered document, McGarity wrote:
“The decision has been made to discontinue your services as associate head coach. The University is hereby terminating your agreement of January 1, 2016. Please consider this advance written notice of your termination.”
Rocker was also asked to sign a general release form requiring him to not speak of his dismissal pending the receipt of the remainder of his pay designated in his contract. Neither the letter nor the release provides any specific reasons for Rocker’s dismissal.
Naturally, this being Georgia, the first thought that came to my head was this is how Butts-Mehre rocks with assistant coaches and NCAA violations these days, but, according to Butt, that’s not the case.
You had to figure it was a firing, because people like Rocker generally don’t leave unless greener pastures beckon. What the real story is… well, I imagine the rumor mill will start cranking out something sooner or later.