ATHENS - Georgia has its new offensive line coach, as well as yet another person with connections to Alabama.
Rob Sale, a former LSU interior lineman, spent the past three seasons at McNeese State, an FCS school in Louisiana, where he was the co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach. Prior to that Sale was an assistant strength and conditioning coach and offensive analyst at Alabama.
Sale, a native of Monroe, La., was a three-year starter on the LSU offensive line from 2001-03. He played guard and center.
"We're excited about the addition of Rob as our new offensive line coach and look forward to the contributions he'll make to our program," head coach Mark Richt said in a statement Saturday. "I firmly believe he's going to be the perfect fit for Georgia."
He was on the same Alabama staff from 2007-11 as Jeremy Pruitt, now Georgia's defensive coordinator, and Kevin Sherrer, now a Georgia assistant coach. The Bulldogs also recently hired Mark Hocke, who had been at Alabama, as strength and conditioning coordinator.
Sale replaces Will Friend, a former Alabama player, who became the offensive coordinator at Colorado State.
Sale's background is also in high school, just as Pruitt and Sherrer's. Sale began his coaching career in 2006 as the offensive line coach at Catholic High of Pointe Coupee, which is in New Roads, La.
"This is a great opportunity and I'm ready to hit the road recruiting this week," said Sale. "Top priority will be to see as many recruits as possible and help finish up this 2015 class. At the same time I'm also looking forward to meeting and getting to know our current players. It's an exciting time to be joining a program with such a great history and tradition."
Sale inherits a Georgia offensive line that returns four starters, needing only to replace center David Andrews.
McNeese State averaged 32.4 points per game this past season, including 221.9 rushing yards per game. UGA's release on Saturday boasted that Sale "constructed an offensive line in 2013 into one of the best in the league despite having two players switch from the defensive side."
Sale's hire should complete Georgia's on-field coaching staff for 2015, unless there are any unforeseen departures. Brian Schottenheimer was hired as offensive coordinator this week to replace Mike Bobo, now Colorado State's head coach. The other three offensive assistants are being retained.