Reset where Georgia football coaching staff openings stand as National Signing Day approaches

If you’ve been following social media, you’ve probably seen Georgian coaches criss-crossing the country visiting some of the country’s top prospects in a variety of recruiting classes.

That should come as no surprise given how much head coach Kirby Smart stresses the importance of recruiting. January is a contact period according to the NCAA recruiting calendar, allowing coaches to have face-to-face contact with off-campus prospects. For Smart, he will no longer be able to make these trips before September.

From Monday, the recruiting calendar moves into a dead period, which limits contact between coaches and potential recruits. The hay will be in the proverbial barn at that time.

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Which means Smart will then turn his attention entirely to his coaching staff, who have been short of two on-field assistants. Dan Lanning is now Oregon’s head coach, stepping down as defensive coordinator and outside linebackers coach. Cortez Hankton meanwhile joined LSU’s coaching staff, creating an opening as a wide receivers coach.

As for the defensive coordinator opener, Smart quickly announced that Glenn Schumann and Will Muschamp would serve as co-defensive coordinators. Schumann worked as an inside linebackers coach, with Muschamp serving as the special teams coordinator last season.

The easiest solution would be to move Muschamp to outside linebackers coach and promote Scott Cochran to special teams coordinator. Cochran originally held that title before he had to leave the team in August. He returned in October and worked as an analyst.

Smart has shown, however, that he’s willing to get creative when it comes to his coaching staff and won’t always make the hiring easy so to speak. That’s part of how Cochran ended up on the Georgia team when Smart left Alabama after his longtime role as a strength and conditioning coach.

At this point, few had heard of Lanning when Georgia hired him to coach outside linebackers after the 2017 season. He had only spent two seasons coaching inside linebackers at Memphis before arriving. in Athens.

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McClendon would be the biggest swing of the pack, as he is currently slated to be the wide receivers coach and co-offensive coordinator in Miami under Mario Cristobal. McClendon has spent the past two seasons at Oregon with Cristobal and before that was a catcher for four seasons at South Carolina when Muschamp was the head coach. McClendon also served as the Gamecocks’ offensive coordinator in 2018 and 2019.

Hirings after National Signing Day are quickly becoming the norm in college football and Georgia will be no different in that regard. The Bulldogs also need to be wary of the NFL’s hiring cycle, especially when it comes to Monken. Athletic’s Bruce Feldman previously reported that he might consider returning for the good opening. Alabama offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien has also been mentioned as a possible candidate for the New England Patriots offensive coordinator in case he becomes open.

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