SEC football coaches want to hire another assistant

semerson@macon.comMay 28, 2014 

DESTIN, Fla. - SEC football coaches have been open about wanting another assistant coach, and they voted that way on Wednesday.

The coaches voted unanimously that the NCAA should expand the limit on full-time assistant football coaches from nine to 10. It's basically just a symbolic vote, but with autonomy coming to the five major conferences, it could end up being a precursor to it actually happening.

"It's just in the discussion phase right now, it'll be awhile before that'll be considered as new legislation. But I think it'll have some traction," South Carolina athletics director Ray Tanner said. "And it'll have some traction because there will be an opportunity to maybe regulate the size of staffs outside of coaches."

But the amount of additional staffers - quality control coaches, interns, and others - was not discussed, according to Georgia head coach Mark Richt.

"We didn't have a discussion on that," Richt said. "We've had discussions on that in the past when it was a hotter topic. ... The only thing we agreed (on) was that the 10th coach would be a good thing for us."

Richt has said that if he were able to hire an additional coach it would likely be a special teams coordinator. Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze echoed that on Tuesday.

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