Kirk Olivadotti Hired As Georgia Linebackers Coach, According To Report

Washington Redskins assistant Kirk Olivadotti will reportedly complete Georgia's 2011 coaching staff.

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Kirk Olivadotti Hired As Georgia Bulldogs LB Coach, According To Report

Kirk Olivadotti, Washington Redskins assistant coach, has been hired by the Georgia Bulldogs to replace Warren Belin as the team’s linebackers coach, according to the Washington Post’s Rick Maese. Belin was hired away by the Carolina Panthers two weeks ago.

Olivadotti was the longest-tenured member of Washington’s coaching staff, working with the team since the 2000 season. He’s also coached at Indiana State and the Maine Maritime Academy, which will come in handy in those seaside battles in Jacksonville. He coached Washington’s linebackers before taking on defensive assistant as his job title.

He’s also coached special teams, defensive line, and defensive backs, in addition to working on quality control.

Dawgs defensive coordinator Todd Grantham surely knows what he’s getting in Olivadotti, if this report is accurate, having coached across the field from him in the NFC East. I haven’t been able to find any previous connection to the Southeast or Mark Richt, as he was born in Delaware and went to school at Purdue.

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Will Friend Hired As Georgia Offensive Line Coach, Replacing Stacy Searels

Will Friend has been hired as the Georgia Bulldogs offensive line coach. Friend, who may never be referenced with pronouns because of that wonderful name, held the same position at UAB for four seasons. The Dragons excelled at pass protection during Friend’s tenure, twice ranking in the top 20 nationwide in sacks allowed.

Friend is a former All-SEC offensive lineman, and a position coach with experience coaching at a number of Southeastern schools. That’s got to be encouraging for recruiting, right? Before Friend’s time in Birmingham, Friend was a graduate assistant under Mark Richt for two years. Richt on Friend:

Will has played and coached under some outstanding, nationally-recognized offensive coaches. He comes with a formidable resume of offensive football knowledge and experience. I got to see first hand his work ethic when he was a graduate assistant on our staff and since that time he’s developed into a seasoned, top notch offensive line coach.

Everyone welcome our old friend Friend back aboard.

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Will Friend To Be Named Georgia Bulldogs Offensive Line Coach, According To Reports

Will Friend, UAB Dragons offensive line coach, is expected to take over the same position for the Georgia Bulldogs, according to a report by Dawgs 247’s Gentry Estes. Friend, whose delightful last name will always be used instead of any possible pronoun replacements, has been UAB’s offensive line coach for four seasons.

In Friend’s previous ventures, Friend was an all-SEC offensive lineman and four-year starter at Alabama. In fact, Friend was named to Alabama’s All-1990s team. After his playing days, Friend worked his way into jobs as the O-line coach at Gardner-Webb and West Alabama. Friend has also worked as graduate assistant for the Dawgs for two years, so this would be something of a homecoming for Friend.

Friend hasn’t officially been announced as Georgia’s new offensive line coach, but multiple publications are reporting Friend will take the job.

As Doug Gillett said last night, Friend’s name sounds like a Facebook option for delaying a friend request. Friend now? Right this minute? No. Will friend, though.

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