Auburn Eyes Searels

ATHENS – One day after defensive tackle Jeff Owens said he expected his line coach, Rodney Garner, to be back with Georgia next season, head coach Mark Richt revealed that another assistant might be headed elsewhere.

Richt said Friday that Auburn has contacted offensive line coach Stacy Searels regarding a position on new head coach Gene Chizik's staff.

"They're talking to him, so we'll see," Richt said.

Reports last week speculated that Searels had met with Auburn already, but Richt did not confirm those meetings. Garner had interviewed with the Tigers for their head-coaching position before Chizik was hired last week, but Richt said Auburn has not asked to talk to Garner again regarding an assistant position.

Searels is in his second year with the Bulldogs after working as offensive line coach at Appalachian State, Cincinnati and, most recently, LSU. He is an Auburn alumnus, however, where he was an All-American offensive lineman.

Searels is currently the fourth highest paid assistant on Richt's staff, earning $235,400 per year.

"I don't want to lose anybody," Richt said. "We would hate to lose Stacy, but we would hate to lose any of our guys right now."

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