I don't see anyone spinning this from the angle that Searels was nudged out because of the underperformance. Is there a good case for this?
It took a weekend to percolate, but it appears that Mark Richt is finally ready to name Will Friend as Georgia’s new offensive line coach. The Athens Banner-Herald is reporting today that a background check is all that stands between UAB’s offensive line coach and a position on UGA’s staff.
According to Marc Weiszer of The Banner-Herald:
“One coach who was interested in the opening to replace Stacy Searels said he was told by somebody at Georgia that Friend was in line for the job. That coach said he believed Friend was the only candidate brought in for an interview.”
Friend was an All-SEC offensive lineman at Alabama in the mid-’90s. He is also a former graduate assistant at Georgia under Richt (2003-04).
News began to spread on Friday that Friend would be Richt’s choice to replace Searels… who left Athens for the O-line job at Texas last month.
Interestingly, when Searels — a Georgia native who’d had opportunities to leave Athens before — up and left for Austin, many folks (including those of here at MrSEC) wondered if his departure was a sign that some rats might be looking to jump from Richt’s sinking shift.
A couple weeks and one stellar signing class later and the outlook in Athens has gone from bleak to cheery. Funny how a batch of recruiting rankings can improve the mood of a fanbase and kickstart a program’s momentum and image.