Scott Lakatos, who started at Georgia in 2010, resigned Thursday night. The move was unexpected, but not unheard of. Rumors of Lakatos being in poor health had being flowing this fall. His young secondary’s performance this season must have given him as much heartburn as it did Georgia’s fans.
Lakatos told the Athens Banner-Herald's Marc Weiszer that he hoped to coach elsewhere this fall.
The pick for Lakatos’ replacement will almost certainly be made by defensive coordinator Todd Grantham. My expectation is that, because of the still-young nature of the secondary (Georgia is expected to start at least two sophomores in 2014), Grantham will hire a tough coach – more of a “hard ass” – to deal with the younger group of players.
Lakatos had an older bunch most of the time he was at Georgia, but the newer, younger group tested everyone’s patience ability – patricianly fans. The expectation is that the secondary will be better in 2014 if for no other reason other than the fact that players like Shaq Wiggins, Tray Matthews and Quincy Mauger have actually played college football before.
But Georgia could certainly thread the needle with a coach who could add even more to the Bulldogs’ recruiting arsenal. Lakatos was not considered a strong recruiter in rural Georgia – mainly because of cultural differences. So expect Grantham to try to identify a hard-nosed coach, but one who can effectively recruit in rural Georgia.
Names? That’s hard to come by so fast out of the gate, but here are a few to keep track of:
Manny Diaz - Former Texas defensive coordinator
Duane Akina - Former Texas DB coach
Tommy Restivo - Louisville DB coach
Tony Oden - Tampa Bay Bucs DB coach
Tony Hughes - Mississippi State DB coach/recruiting coordinator
Travaris Robinson - Florida DB coach
Torrian Gray - Virginia Tech DB coach
Jason Jones - Ole Miss co-defensive coordinator and DB coach
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