January 16th, 2014 10:01 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Georgia
Tags: Kirk Olivadotti, Scott Lakatos, Steve Sarkisian, Washington Redskins
Introducing new defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt yesterday, Mark Richt said he hoped to hang onto to his two remaining defensive assistants. But reports say inside linebackers coach Kirk Olivadotti and defensive line coach Chris Wilson are both on their way out the door.
Olivadotti will return to the Washington Redskins of the NFL after spending the last three years in Athens. Wilson joined the Bulldogs’ staff last season from Mississippi State. Now he’s heading to Southern California and Steve Sarkisian’s new staff.
Georgia already had an opening due to Scott Lakatos’ resignation last week. The secondary coach said he was departing for personal reasons. Toss in D-coordinator Todd Grantham’s decision to leave UGA for Louisville and it’s looking like a total housecleaning on the defensive side of Richt’s staff. That or everyone just decided on their own to leave at the same time. We suspect there was some motivation behind the scenes for all those folks to start walking.
Richt immediately replaced Grantham with Pruitt, defensive coordinator at Florida State last season. Not only was he part of the Seminoles’ national championship squad, but he also served as secondary coach at Alabama during their 2011 and 2012 national title runs. That’s three rings in a row for the Dawgs’ new defensive general.
Pruitt will be running a defense similar to Grantham’s 3-4 and now he (and Richt) will be able to select three men to help him coach it.
Don’t expect much weeping and wailing in the Peach State over all the turnover. Georgia’s defense — young and inexperienced last season — finished 10th in the SEC in scoring defense, ninth in pass defense, and eighth in total defense. The Dawgs did manage to finish sixth in rush defense.
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