Georgia football: Bulldogs hire Mississippi State's Chris Wilson as defensive line coach

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The former defensive coordinator at Mississippi State will replace the departed Rodney Garner as defensive line coach in Athens.

The Georgia Bulldogs have hired Mississippi State's Chris Wilson as their new defensive line coach, according to Chip Towers of the Atlanta Journal Constitution. The hiring will not be official until Wilson clears a background check and the posting has been up for the minimum required period, but those appear to be formalities.

Wilson will succeed Rodney Garner as the Dawgs' defensive line coach, as Garner left the program to take the same job at Auburn. It's uncertain whether Wilson will also assume Garner's role as recruiting coordinator. Garner had been with the Bulldogs for 15 years, and is widely regarded as one of the top recruiters in the country.

Wilson served as defensive line coach and co-defensive coordinator for Mississippi State starting in 2010, and became the sole defensive coordinator in 2011. Prior to coming to Starkville, Wilson served as defensive line coach and special teams coach under Bob Stoops at Oklahoma from 2005-2009.

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