Another departure: Olivadotti headed back to NFL

semerson@macon.comJanuary 15, 2014 

Georgia linebackers coach Kirk Olivadotti.


ATHENS - There will be at least one more opening on the Georgia defensive staff, and it could end up a complete overhaul on that side of the ball.

Inside linebackers coach Kirk Olivadotti is heading back to the Washington Redskins, where he spent 11 years before joining Georgia's staff in 2011. Olivadotti is taking a position on the defensive staff under new Redskins head coach Jay Gruden, who has retained Jim Haslett as defensive coordinator. Olivadotti and Haslett worked together in 2010.

The news was confirmed by two sources close to the Georgia football program. Olivadotti, reached via cell phone, declined comment.

Olivadotti said upon Todd Grantham's departure on Sunday that he would not be leaving for Louisville, and a source said he was happy staying at Georgia. But apparently the chance to return to Washington and the NFL offered too much allure.

That leaves defensive line coach Chris Wilson as the only remaining coach from this past year's defense, but a source said Wilson was a candidate for the same job at Southern California.

Update: Wilson is apparently headed to USC, per

Wilson could not be reached for comment on Wednesday night.

Georgia head coach Mark Richt said earlier on Wednesday that Olivadotti and Wilson would return as long as they wanted to, and that he believed they wanted to stay.

Olivadotti spent three seasons at Georgia, and this past year coached the SEC's two leading tacklers, Ramik Wilson and Amarlo Herrera. The year before he coached Alec Ogletree, an NFL first-round pick.

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