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Turnover On Georgia’s Defensive Staff Could Continue With Two More Exits

revolving-door-cartoonIntroducing 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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SEC Headlines – 2/28/11 Part Two

1.  Sounds like former Gator quarterback Shane Matthews is fired up to see Florida’s new offense.

2.  UF’s Kenny Boynton is heating up from the floor.

3.  New Georgia assistant Kirk Olivadotti wants his inside linebackers to “run to the ball and hit something.”

4.  This writer says Kentucky will be “more dangerous and dominant” than Florida when the tournament play begins.

5.  Tennessee is consistently inconsistent.

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UGA To Hire Olivadotti From Redskins

Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham has once again gone of the radar to bring in an assistant.  Washington Redskins assistant Kirk Olivadotti is leaving the NFL squad to join the Bulldogs’ defensive staff.

“UGA, you just got one hell of a coach in Kirk Olivadotti.”  That was the Twitter reaction from former Georgia and current Redskin defensive end Phillip Daniels.  “The defense just got a whole lot better.  One of the smartest coaches I have ever known.”

Georgia has not announced the hire yet, but the obligatory background checks are believed to be the only hoop not yet jumped through.

Olivadotti will fill the slot opened up when Warren Belin jumped to the NFL’s Carolina Panthers earlier this month.  Belin coached inside linebackers in Grantham’s 3-4 scheme and Olivadotti did coach linebackers from 2007 through 2009 with Washington.  All told, he has been on the Redskins’ staff for 11 seasons (that includes the Steve Spurrier tenure).

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