Richt: Status quo on special teams coach (with video)

semerson@macon.comDecember 31, 2012 

ORLANDO - It's no surprise, but those clamoring for the Georgia football team to hire a special teams coordinator will not get their wish. And the only new special teams coach will be a familiar face:

Mark Richt.

The Georgia head coach reiterated on Monday that he doesn't feel the team needs to hire a coordinator just for special teams, or to juggle the staff so one man is in charge.

Right now, Georgia splits the special teams duties among assistant coaches, with each unit under the helm of one assistant coach. That sounds like it will remain the plan.

"I don't know if one man can coach all four special teams, all 11 guys on four special teams," Richt said. "There may be some guys out there doing it that way, but more than likely he's got some guys helping him."

Richt added that when assistant coach Jon Fabris was at Georgia he led the special teams meeting, but didn't think it would help to have one coordinator.

"He's done it before in the NFL, and said it's too much for one man," Richt said.

The only change, which Richt first talked about a month ago, will involve Richt serving as a quasi-coach for the kickers.

"I do plan on trying to educate myself better on the fundamentals of it," Richt said. "I think that'd be important for me to do, since I'm an eligible coach. I'm allowed to coach."

Richt was alluding to the fact that the NCAA only allows 10 coaches - the head coach plus nine assistants - to be on-field coaches. The team also has graduate assistants, but any additional quality-control coaches are not allowed to coach during practice.

Richt didn't think a coordinator was necessary after the 2011 season, when the team's special teams was fairly abysmal. And after this season, when there was some improvement, he feels the same way.

The performance of Blair Walsh as an NFL rookie, making the Pro Bowl after struggling his senior year at Georgia, has galvanized critics who say something was amiss at Georgia. Then again, Walsh didn't seem to miss having a kicking coach on staff as a sophomore and junior, when his performance was excellent.

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