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Ex-Dawg, Steeler Ward Drops By UGA Practice

Recently retired Super Bowl champion Hines Ward — formerly of the Pittsburgh Steelers — dropped in on his alma mater’s spring practice this week with an eye on coaching.

Ward’s former teammate and current UGA offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said “he’s trying to see if that’s something he wants to go into.”  Ward is expected to spend “a couple of days” checking out practice, recruiting, and all the other things that go into college coaching.

Due to NCAA rules, Ward can’t do any actual coaching while he’s hanging around Mark Richt’s program this week.  He can only watch.  Someday that might change.

According to The Athens Banner-Herald, Ward told an Atlanta TV station earlier this year: “If (Richt) wants to hire me, hire me.  That would be my ultimate dream job to come back and coach at the University of Georgia.”

This week he’s taking his first steps in that direction.  Whether Richt would want to put a man on his staff who some Dawg fans would no doubt want to see succeed him is another matter.

The former “Dancing With the Stars” champ was also busted on a DUI charge last summer, but here’s guessing the folks in Athens would overlook that one if it meant landing Ward as a recruiter.

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