December 14, 2009

Foster no longer candidate for Georgia DC job

As speculations continues to grow over who will be Georgia's next defensive coordinator, Bulldogs Reshad Jones and Rennie Curran are still coming to grips that that their former coaches are gone.

The Bulldogs went through their first workout since the firings of Willie Martinez, John Jancek and Jon Fabris Saturday at the team's Woodruff-Practice Facility.

While most of the players have come to grips that there will be soon be a new defensive staff in place, it's still been an adjustment.

Saturday's first practice without the three was definitely a quick reminder.

"It was definitely a lot quieter, not a lot of yelling going on," Curran said. "It was weird not having them out there, but we're trying to band together like we always do, try to have fun and remember we have another opportunity."

The Bulldogs (7-5) are scheduled to take on Texas A&M Dec. 28 at the Independence Bowl in Shreveport, La.

"I was pretty shocked. Early on, there was a lot of talk that there might be some changes, that kind of thing, but I didn't think it would happen," Jones said. "So it was a surprise that it did, and it hurt. Coach Martinez had been a father-figure to me for four years and I think he's a great coach, so it kind of hurt a little."

But the question remains: Who will be Georgia's new DC?

Monday, former Bulldog coach Jim Donnan stated he believed that head coach Mark Richt had contacted Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer seeking permission to speak with Hokies' defensive coordinator Bud Foster.

Calls to Foster's office were not immediately returned, although dailypress.com also reported that the Bulldogs had contacted the veteran Hokie assistant, who according to a recent story by USA Today, is the country's 13th-highest paid assistant coach at $402,000 per year.

This season, Foster's squad ranked 14th nationally in total defense (300 yards per game), sixth in pass defense (200.8 yards per game) and 11th in scoring defense (15.8 points per game).

Foster's name is one of several that have been recently linked to the defensive coordinator's position with the Bulldogs, along with Kirby Smart and Kansas State's Vic Koenning.

Last week, when contacted by UGASports, Koenning refused to confirm or deny whether or not he had been contacted by Richt, stating "it's not my place to say.'

Richt has made no comment regarding what direction he might be taking or when an announcement might be made.

The earliest an announcement could be made is Tuesday as state law requires that all state jobs must be officially posted for five days before a new hire is named.

Curran said the players are in the dark as much as anyone.

"Nobody knows anything," Curran said. "But I'm sure that Coach Richt will make the best decision possible and hire the best man for the job."

Richt has said that whomever he hires as defensive coordinator will have the ability to hire the rest of his defensive staff.

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