ATHENS - Georgia receivers coach Tony Ball has been offered the same job at LSU and is expected to accept it, according to a source, confirming multiple other reports.
Georgia head coach Mark Richt told his team after workouts Friday morning, the source said.
Ball, who has been at Georgia since 2006, interviewed on Wednesday. LSU also interviewed other candidates, including Maryland's Keenan McCardell on Thursday, but Ball emerged as the favorite overnight.
This would be the third offensive assistant to leave Georgia this offseason, after Mike Bobo and Will Friend departed for Colorado State. Bobo became the head coach and Friend the offensive coordinator.
It is believed, according to sources close to Georgia's program, that Georgia wanted to keep Ball, but the decision was Ball's own to leave. He was one of four current assistant coaches who has yet to receive a raise this offseason, and was also not believed to be a serious candidate for the offensive coordinator job, which went to Brian Schottenheimer.
One of the first calls Georgia is likely to make is to Thomas Brown, a former Bulldogs running backs coach who has been coaching that position at Wisconsin. That move would require moving current Georgia running backs coach Bryan McClendon to receivers, the position he played at Georgia in the early 2000s.
But another candidate could be McCardell, a former NFL receiver who is familiar to Schottenheimer: McCardell was a receiver with the San Diego Chargers in the 2000s when Schottenheimer was an assistant coach there.