ATHENS - A longtime member of the Georgia football staff who received plenty of attention last season has departed the program.
Tammy Mettenberger quietly retired on June 30, a team spokesman confirmed. Mettenberger was an administrative assistant for head coach Mark Richt and the mother of former Georgia and LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger.
Last September Richt famously gave Tammy the week off from work in advance of the Georgia-LSU game: Zach was LSU's quarterback three years after being dismissed from Georgia. Tammy Mettenberger declined media requests that week and in general, and decided to retire just as quietly.
"She's been with us longer than I've been at Georgia. She's a mainstay there," Richt said of Tammy prior to the 2013 season. "We know her, love her, and trust her. But I know she loves her boy, that's for sure."
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Zach Mettenberger is now a rookie quarterback with the Tennessee Titans, who picked him in the fifth round of the NFL draft.