ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia didn’t make any staff changes after its losing season, but one could still be on the way.
Offensive line coach Stacy Searels was on his way to Austin on Wednesday night, as a website that covers Texas was reporting that Searels was set to be named to the Longhorns’ staff.
Officials at Georgia had no word on Searels’ status Wednesday evening: Athletics director Greg McGarity and team spokesman Claude Felton said they had yet to speak to head coach Mark Richt, who was recruiting.
Searels, a native of Trion, Ga., also is the running game coordinator. He has been on the staff at Georgia since 2007, when he came from LSU.
If Searels does leave, one person who could get a call from Richt would be Hugh Nall, an ex-Georgia player and former offensive line coach at Auburn and TCU. Nall, who now is out of the coaching business and lives in Albany, Ga., said he isn’t interested in getting back into coaching “unless my boss says I need to.”
Nall also said that, having coached in the state of Texas, he wouldn’t be surprised in Searels’ interest.
“I think anytime a coach anywhere leaves, it’s not a surprise anymore really. Especially with the money these days,” he said. “I coached at TCU for six years, and there’s a lot of lineman linemen in the state, and Texas gets the pick of what they want.”
McGarity files complaint
McGarity said Wednesday that he has forwarded concerns to the SEC about several calls in Tuesday night’s men’s basketball game against Tennessee.
McGarity said he was following a standard practice with the SEC, which isn’t meant as an official protest, but just to allow the league to know of a school’s concerns.
This was the first time this season McGarity has forwarded concerns to the SEC office. He added that he isn’t aware whether head coach Mark Fox had done so after previous games.
Offensive lineman passes on final year
Tanner Strickland, a redshirt junior, has elected to leave the team rather than play his senior year. Strickland started three games at guard this year and played in all 13. But he has battled shoulder injuries, and missed the entire 2009 season after shoulder surgery.
“I’ve had troubles with my shoulder, and this past couple of years have been tough,” Strickland said. “And I just decided to move on from football.”