USA Today's inside scoop of coaching turmoil at Georgia
The firestorm at Georgia is just beginning, according to a report from USA Today’s Dan Wolken.
Sources told USA Today that defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt and offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer will likely not be retained after this season and Mark Richt’s future is also in jeopardy.
According to USA Today’s report:
- Georgia athletics director Greg McGarity favored a coaching change after last season but was overruled by president Jere Morehead. Richt was then given a contract extension.
- Regardless of the ultimate decision on Richt this time, defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt almost certainly will not be back, as his relationship with Richt and Georgia administrators has grown toxic.
- Georgia does not have one or two mega-boosters with the influence to make the call on Richt, but the displeasure of the Bulldogs’ high-dollar financial supporters has made its way to Morehead’s office.
- If Richt stays, it will be with a coaching staff that looks very different as first-year offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer has also been viewed as a problem.
Sources have also said McGarity is interested in Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen should the Bulldogs part ways with Richt. McGarity previously worked under Jeremy Foley at Florida during Mullen’s tenure on Urban Meyer’s coaching staff.
Richt tweeted Thursday that Pruitt is still employed:
Just so everyone knows, Jeremy Pruitt is our defensive coordinator and is in the office working diligently getting ready for Kentucky!
— Mark Richt (@MarkRicht) November 5, 2015