Indications are Wilson, Olivadotti will stay on staff

semerson@macon.comJanuary 15, 2014 

Georgia coach Chris Wilson guided a defensive line that was pretty solid in 2013, despite youth and inexperience.


ATHENS - Georgia is expected to retain the two remaining defensive assistant coaches, assuming they want to stay, head coach Mark Richt said Wednesday.

Defensive line coach Chris Wilson and inside linebackers coach Kirk Olivadotti are welcome to stay in their jobs, Richt said at a press conference introducing new defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt.

"Right now, if they want to, and as of right now I think they want to," Richt said, adding: "If coach Olivadotti and coach Wilson want to be with us, then that's the plan."

Pruitt will serve as the defensive backs coach, which he coached at Florida State, and for three years at Alabama. Scott Lakatos, who coached the Georgia secondary the past four years, resigned last week.

So if Olivadotti and Wilson do stay, then that leaves one spot available on the staff. Richt said he would expect the vacancy to be for the outside linebackers coach, which was the position that Grantham held.

Why Grantham left?

Todd Grantham told Richt on Saturday that there was an offer on the table, and would let him know Sunday. Grantham decided to take the offer from Louisville, which reportedly is five years for $1 million, a raise of $150,000 over what he was set to earn in the final year of his Georgia deal. It also is a chance for Grantham to start over, while next season could have been his final at Georgia if the defense struggled again.

But Richt opined that Grantham being able to hire his brother Tony as outside linebackers coach was key.

"And in the state of Georgia we've got nepotism laws that would prevent that from happening," Richt said. "When it all got weighed out in the end, that he got an opportunity to coach with his brother, who's an outstanding coach, to be with family, I think that's what swung it."

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