LB job down to Smart and Jancek

ATHENS — Former Georgia player Kirby Smart or Central Michigan defensive coordinator John Jancek will be the Bulldogs' next linebackers coach, it appears, and that position may be filled in the next two days.

Smart and Jancek are the only people to interview for the job, and Georgia coach Mark Richt leaves town Sunday to begin his coaching duties at the Hula Bowl. Although Smart has strong ties to the school, Jancek could be considered the frontrunner because he has a long history with Georgia defensive coordinator Willie Martinez and former defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder, who left Monday to take a job in the NFL.

Jancek has been at Central Michigan in his current role for one season. He also coaches linebackers. Martinez came straight from Central Michigan to Georgia, and VanGorder coached there for one season.

Jancek, 37, was the defensive line coach at Central Florida in 1995 when Martinez was the defensive coordinator and VanGorder was the linebackers coach there. He was VanGorder's defensive coordinator from 1992-94 when VanGorder was the head coach at Wayne State, and he was a graduate assistant under VanGorder in 1991 at Grand Valley State. Martinez also has coached at Grand Valley State. Jancek, a Central Michigan graduate, recruits Florida for the Chippewas.

Smart, 29, spent one year as LSU's secondary coach before Nick Saban left Baton Rouge to coach the Miami Dolphins. New LSU coach Les Miles has yet to announce publicly if he plans to keep Smart on the Tigers' staff.

The Bulldogs' also have an opening for a running backs coach but that slot probably won't be filled until after Richt returns from the Hula Bowl, which will be played Jan. 22 in Hawaii.

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