Kirby Smart “addresses” the Rocker dismissal by not addressing it (“With Rocker, that a personnel issue which I’ve chosen to keep in-house…”), but at least it gives us the chance to view one last Rocker picture to remember him by.
There are a host of directions you can take with that shot. Have at it in the comments.
Sam Pittman appears to gaze with a look that registers somewhere between wonder and disbelief at eighteen-year old, 6-foot 8-inch, 400 (!) pound Daniel Faalele.
Given this comment…
When asked how he felt about what took place at UGA this season, Rocker called it “a mutiny.” Head coach Mark Richt was fired at the end of a 9-3 season, and only two of his nine assistants were retained by new head coach Kirby Smart.
Rocker was one of them and outside linebackers coach Kevin Sherrer was the other.
“When you play a game like this and you have — I’ll call it — a bit of a mutiny; well, it IS mutiny — it’s important that you bring the kids together, and I thought it was important we did that,” Rocker said in a concourse beneath EverBank Field. “Those kids, we kept them together, and that’s what B-Mac (Bryan McClendon) did a great job with. Everybody focused and everybody stayed the course.”
Rocker declined to expound on exactly what he meant by a mutiny. But linebackers coach Mike Ekeler and offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer are among the coaches who left and forewent their bowl bonuses had they stayed with the team.
Defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, an alleged source of friction for both of them supposedly and others, has since left to succeed Smart at Alabama.
… that must have been kind of an awkward moment. Which might explain the expression on Sherrer’s face.
A tale of two coaches:
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Saban looks like he’s got a plane to catch.
I would never voluntarily replace the signature photo that sits at the top of the page here at the blog, but if it were ever to be lost for good, I could live with this as a replacement.
Kirby Smart has a lot to answer for this season.
Damn, that’s just wrong.
Ryne Rankin finds the Grant Field turf mighty tasty.