The Mark Richt coaching tree has more branches than you might realize, my friends.
- Tennessee last week introduced its new defensive staff which includes three coaches who worked for Richt in Athens: line coach Rodney Garner, secondary coach Willie Martinez and outside linebackers coach/special teams coordinator Mike Ekeler.
- At Auburn, he can catch former offensive coordinator Mike Bobo and offensive line coach Will Friend. They were at other SEC schools last year with Bobo, who spent 14 seasons working with Richt, at South Carolina and Friend at Tennessee.
- At North Carolina, former Richt tight ends coach John Lilly and offensive line coach Stacy Searels are on Mack Brown’s staff.
- Tight ends coach Todd Hartley was with Richt for all three of his Miami seasons. Former UGA linebackers coach John Jancek is a Bulldogs defensive quality control assistant and of course head coach Kirby Smart was a running backs coach under Richt in 2005.
Ten listed there, which is not too shabby.
“I keep up with those guys and a lot of time they keep me updating on what’s going on,” Richt said last week. “Every once in a while I’ll help them with a recommendation here and there over the years.”