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Salaries Of New UGA Coaches Revealed

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution filed an open-records request in accordance with state law and learned yesterday that both of Georgia’s new assistant football coaches will make more than $200,000 next season.

New offensive line coach Will Friend will earn 200K following his move from UAB.  New inside linebackers coach Kirk Olivadotti will earn $250,000 for making his move from the Washington Redskins.

Friend’s salary will be $90,000 less than Stacy Searels’ who he is replacing.  Olivadotti will make $60,000 more than the man he’s replacing, Warren Belin.

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Friend Hiring At Georgia Is Official

Looks like Will Friend passed his background check.  The former UAB offensive line coach has officially been hired by Georgia to replace outgoing line coach Stacy Searels (who left for Texas last month).  Friend spent two years on the UGA staff as a GA in 2003 and 2004.

“I got to see first-hand his work ethic when he was a graduate assistant on our staff,” Mark Richt said.  “And since that time he’s developed into a seasoned, top-notch offensive line coach.”

Friend has spent the past four seasons under Neil Callaway at UAB.  As The AJC points out, the Blazers ranked 15th nationally in sacks allowed, 30th in total offense, 24th in passing offense and 59th in rushing offense last year.

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SEC Headlines – 1/31/11 Part Two

1.  Their weekend loss in Starkville has knocked Florida back out of the AP Top 25.

2.  Chandler Parsons has been making a difference for the Gators on the glass.

3.  Georgia has officially posted the job of offensive line coach on its website… following Stacy Searels’ departure for Texas.

4.  Mark Richt is getting credit for putting together what could turn out to be his best recruiting class.

5.  Kentucky is back inside the Top 10 today.

6.  Andy Kennedy needs his Mississippi team to shoot better against the Wildcats tomorrow night.

7.  South Carolina recruiting coordinator Shane Beamer — who’s no longer believed to be on Alabama’s short list — opened up about the Gamecocks’ recruiting message yesterday.

8.   Freshman Tobias Harris is playing with a lot of composure.

9.  Tennessee plans to retire Allan Houston’s jersey prior to the Vols home game against Kentucky on March 6th. 

10.  That’s probably why Harris was named the SEC’s Freshman of the Week.

11.  Vanderbilt’s James Franklin will officially announce his defensive assistants this afternoon.

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SEC Headlines – 1/21/11

1.  East beat West again, but Florida had to struggle in an ugly 45-40 win at Auburn.  Very ugly.

2.  For the game, Florida shot 28% from the floor, but an 8-0 run at game’s end sealed the victory.  (The Gators’ shooting performance was reminiscent of Kentucky’s 24% effort against Georgetown in the ’84 Final Four.  It was painful to watch.)

3.  Stacy Searels’ move from Georgia to Texas is official.

4.  John Calipari expects Kentucky to be in a lot more close games this season.

5.  UConn’s Jim Calhoun should be very familiar with Bruce Pearl’s system when Tennessee visits Hartford tomorrow.

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SEC Headlines – 1/20/11 Part One

1.  Billy Donovan continues to stress free throw shooting to his team.

2.  With offensive line coach Stacy Searels heading to Texas, this writer wonders if its “abandon ship time” in Athens.

3.  The departure of Searels hasn’t hit Georgia in the commitment list yet.

4.  This writer plays “20 Questions” regarding Kentucky basketball.

5.  The last shall be first — South Carolina’s overtime win over Arkansas has propelled the Cocks to first place in the SEC East. 

6.  “I guess we’re not going to be boring at home,” Darrin Horn said after his team’s second OT win in conference play.

7.  Tennessee’s Brian Williams has improved since being moved into an off-the-bench role.

8.  The Vols’ Scotty Hopson is asking for forgiveness rather than permission these days.

9.  Vanderbilt blew another double-digit lead last night… but this time they recovered in time to vanquish Ole Miss.

10.  Must read: Fan ugliness is reaching new heights.  (And anyone reading this story who doesn’t see the problem with a few harmless threats… is part of the problem.)

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Report: Searels To Texas A Done Deal

The Texas Rivals’ site Orangebloods.com is reporting that Stacy Searels to Austin is a done deal.  A press conference is expected today to announce that the offensive line coach is moving from Georgia to Texas.

Searels came to Georgia from LSU in 2007, but Bulldog fans never warmed to his work.

Searels and his wife flew from Athens to Austin last night to interview for the job, but it looks like quite a bit of talking had already been done via back channels. 

For Mark Richt, this is just one more hassle heading into a make or break year for the once beloved coach.  He’s now down an assistant as we head into the final 13 days before signing day.

Come to think of it, Searels might be gettin’ out of Athens while the gettin’s good.

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UGA’s Searels In Austin To Interview With Texas

Georgia offensive line coach Stacy Searels and his wife are in Austin, Texas tonight to interview with Mack Brown regarding the same position on the Longhorns staff.

Searels is a Georgia native and has coached with the Dawgs since 2007.  His O-line drew criticism in 2010 (like most other areas of Georgia’s team).

UGASports.com — the Rivals site covering Georgia — caught up with Searels as he boarded a plane from Athens this afternoon.

“You guys know I don’t talk to the media,” Searels said.  When asked if he had accepted the Texas job, Searels said, “No comment.”

Brown and Texas have already raided the SEC this year for defensive coordinator Manny Diaz (from Mississippi State) and strength coach Bennie Wylie (from Tennessee).

Arkansas offensive line coach Chris Klenakis was believed to be a candidate for the Texas O-line spot as well.

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