ATHENS, Ga. — Due to inaccuracies found in former Georgia Tech coach George O'Leary's resume and his subsequent resignation from his new job at Notre Dame last week, Georgia is one of many athletic departments across the nation now reviewing the histories of all their coaches.
"I think in light of what happened, that's just the prudent thing to do, to go back and make sure you have factual and accurate things,'' said Georgia senior associate athletics director Damon Evans Wednesday.
"From our end, we have alerted our coaches of the fact we're looking for things like that. We have to go back and look and see if we've done the things we need to do. You're hoping and you feel you've been diligent from the get-go.''
Added Evans: "That (the O'Leary situation) is a wake-up call.''
Evans stressed that Georgia administrators are not accusing coaches of anything. "We're saying let's just make sure,'' he said.
Added Evans: "We feel the information we have on our coaches is accurate. We have not uncovered anything.''
Early enrollees join practice:
Defensive end Preston Pannell and defensive tackle Darrius Swain of Hargrave (Va.) Military Academy have enrolled early at Georgia and joined practice this week as the Bulldogs prepare for the Dec. 28 Music City Bowl.
Though early enrollees are not eligible to play in the bowl game, they can gain extra practice even before spring drills.
Quarterback Joe Tereshinski III of Athens Academy also is enrolling early but is still recovering from a shoulder injury. He may participate in some practice next week in Nashville.
A fourth early enrollee, offensive lineman Josh Brock of Cartersville, Ga., may join practice later this week.
Anderson may move to offense:
Freshman defensive tackle Gerald Anderson's future may be on the offensive line.
"That could happen,'' Coach Mark Richt said Wednesday. "There's been nothing formal yet. I think he's thought about it himself.''
Listed at 6-foot-3 and 280 pounds, Anderson reported at 326 pounds last summer and still is heavier than Richt would like.
"At the weight he's at now, he's not quick enough to play defense,'' Richt said.
Two players have found new positions in bowl practice. Running back Kenny Bailey moved to cornerback and quarterback Matt Redding moved to defensive end.
Last day in full pads:
Wednesday was the team's last practice in full pads before the bowl game, even though that will mean nine days without tackling.
"That's a long time,'' Richt admitted. "Hopefully we've ingrained enough fundamentals in them that they'll be all right.''
Georgia will work in shoulder pads and helmets today and in shorts Friday.
Then the team will be off before meeting on Christmas Day in Nashville for the first of three days of practices there.
Offensive tackle Jon Stinchcomb said he'll be ready to practice Friday and could play if there was a game this week. After missing two games with a sprained knee, Stinchcomb has been running well during practice this week.
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