With the departure of old hands Chaney and Tucker, Georgia’s staff has really turned over from a generational standpoint.
Georgia’s staff also is not extremely deep on experience. Pittman, 57, and Fountain, 52, have been around the longest. They’ve logged 32 and 31 years, respectively, in the college game. Many people don’t realize that Pittman was once a head coach. He spent two seasons as head coach at Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College, three overall. Today he is considered one of the most successful recruiters of offensive linemen in the country.
When broken down into experience as actual on-field, college assistant coaches, the average length of service for members of Smart’s staff is a relatively low 11.5 years. The 28-year-old Schumann has the least, entering his fourth year as inside linebackers coach for the Bulldogs. He was a volunteer analyst as an undergraduate student at Alabama, then a graduate assistant and, finally, a director of player development and personnel for two years before following Smart to UGA.
Hartley (7), Hankton (7), Lanning (6), McGee (6) and Scott (6) all have less than eight years experience as well.
I doubt Kirby is sweating that much. For one thing, recruiting is more a young person’s game these days, it seems. For another, there’s nothing stopping Smart from loading up with gray-haired analysts.
3 responses to “Turning back the hands of time”
Worked for Bama until it almost didn’t against Georgia and then really didn’t against Clemson. Let’s hope Kirby’s version of that mousetrap works a little better.
Yeah, I’m thinking the same thing. Experience isn’t a bad thing. Let’s get us a few analysts.
Kirby has tried assistants with more years/experience and obviously appears to prefer the younger ones – at least for the assistant positions. It seems he’s satisfied that he can find a suitable number of guys who are longer in the tooth to serve as analysts.