Coaching search could lead to old LSU staff

ATHENS – When Brian VanGorder and Ken Rucker left Georgia on Monday, Mark Richt said he was in no hurry to fill their positions.

But that may not turn out to be the case. Richt spent the last few hours at the 2005 AFCA Convention in Louisville where he expected to be ‘bombarded' with resumes from applicants hoping to fill the positions.

Richt said he had already gotten a few resumes before he left town for the convention. He will return to Athens on Wednesday, he said.

"I am in no rush," he said of filling the positions.

Rucker left Georgia to fill the running backs position at Texas while Brian VanGorder left Athens to take the linebackers coach job for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Richt has not commented on who may or may not be a candidate for either position, but ties to former Georgia player, and most recently LSU secondary coach, Kirby Smart appear to be surfacing.

Smart, a former Georgia player under Jim Donnan and Ray Goff from 1995 to 1998, spent two seasons in Tallahassee as a graduate assistant under Richt's old boss Bobby Bowden. Before that Smart was at Valdosta State where he served as defensive backs coach and defensive coordinator for one year each from 2000 to 2001. He served as an administrative assistant under Donnan at Georgia in 1999. Smart has not yet been named to Nick Saban's Miami Dolphins staff.

Two other LSU staffers under Nick Saban, Will Muschamp and Travis Jones, also played at Georgia. Muschamp, however, will work for Saban with the Dolphins. He was named a defensive head coach for that squad on Monday.

Jones, who has not yet been named to the Dolphins staff, was the defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator at LSU. He played at Georgia under Ray Goff and spent the two years before his time with Saban in Kansas working with the defensive line.

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