Garner to remain at Georgia

ATHENS - University of Georgia defensive line coach/recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner has informed head coach Mark Richt that he will remain at UGA after interviewing with the New Orleans Saints of the NFL.

"Georgia is a great place to work and I¹m grateful to Coach Richt for the support he has shown me and my family over the years," said Garner. "We have one of the outstanding coaching staffs in the country along with some of the greatest fans in college football. My family is very happy in Athens. This is a special place."

"If you have a successful program, you have successful assistant coaches who are going to be attractive to other college or professional football teams and that's always a compliment to your program," said Richt. "Rodney has done a remarkable job at Georgia coaching our interior defensive line and coordinating our recruiting program and it¹s exciting to know that this is where he wants to be."

Rodney Garner joined the Georgia program in 1998 and continued on the staff when Richt was named head coach in 2001. He also assumed the title of assistant head coach in 2005. In his role with the defensive line, he has coached several players currently in the NFL including Pro Bowl selections Richard Seymour (Patriots) and Marcus Stroud (Jaguars) along with Johnathan Sullivan (Saints).

Garner was selected one of 10 coaches from throughout the country to participate in the 2004 NCAA Expert Coaching Academy in Indianapolis and one of only 20 chosen for the NCAA's 2004 Advanced Coaching Academy in Orlando.

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