ATHENS - Those still wanting Mark Richt to overhaul his approach to special teams coaching will have to keep waiting.
Richt said on Thursday there will be no change in how Georgia divvies up its special teams assignments among assistant coaches, although they will make a more concerted effort to put starters on those units.
Throughout his 11-year tenure at Georgia, Richt has spread out duties among different assistants. The special teams were a major problem in 2011, but Richt is not switching any assignments.
“We’re not changing who’s doing what, we're just making sure that we’re comfortable with what we’re doing, and very comfortable with the personnel we put on these (special) teams,” Richt said. "And also that we take the time that it takes to be good at it."
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Richt did incorporate his "all hands on deck" mantra to special teams, saying starters will have to be prepared to play on those units.
"If that means the entire starting lineup on offense and defense playing special teams, I don't care what it is," Richt said. "Whatever we gotta do to get the best players on the field, we've gootta do that. Take advantage of everyone's abilities."
Back to the assistant coaches. Here's who handles which unit, and where that unit ranked in the SEC in 2011:
Punt coverage: John Lilly (tight ends coach) ... 11th in SEC
Punt returns: Bryan McClendon (running backs coach) ... 9th in SEC
Kickoff returns: Tony Ball (receivers coach) ... 7th in SEC
Kickoff coverage: Kirk Olividatti (inside linebackers coach) ... 8th in SEC
Block: Rodney Garner (defensive line coach) ... Stats not available, but Georgia blocked one PAT in 2011, and no field goals.