Eason was flattered by FAMU offer

NEW ORLEANS – Georgia associate head coach John Eason admits being flattered by the attention from his alma mater, Florida A&M.

But in the end, Eason decided that he wanted to remain a Bulldog, rather than accept the opportunity of becoming the Rattlers' head football coach.

"I really wanted to do it," said Eason, 62, who also serves as Georgia's receivers coach. "It was something that I wanted to do and I just felt like I could not. I just felt like I had to stay here. I was looking at what I've got coming back and what I've got coming in and it's a treat."

Eason was referring to the deep group of receivers who will be back next year, as well as to a pair of the most highly regarded receiver recruits he's had while at Georgia in UGA commitments A.J. Green and Tavarres King.

Still, Eason was willing to hear out FAMU president James Ammons and athletic director Bill Hayes in a visit to the Tallahassee school last Friday. After all, Eason has bachelors and masters degrees from the school, as well as a Ph.D from Tallahassee's Florida State University, and more than 20 years experience as a player and coach in that region of Florida.

"Anytime your alma mater calls you, it's flattering. You think about having an opportunity to go back home," said Eason before Georgia's Sugar Bowl practice on Wednesday. "I think one of their concerns I think was money. But I think when you think about going back to your alma mater and when I think about at this point in my career, money was not an issue. It was a matter of having an opportunity to give back and to go back home.

"It was just a situation where it was just not meant to be."

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