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Georgia secondary coach resigns; blame Auburn?

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One of the most memorable moments from Georgia’s 2013 season ended up being the play that ultimately swung Auburn’s momentum to an SEC championship. An overthrown deep pass on fourth and long from Nick Marshall was tipped by a Georgia defender and ended up in the hands of Ricardo Louis, who ran uncontested for a game-winning touchdown to keep an SEC championship dream alive. Nebraska also had a 99-yard touchdown pass in the Gator Bowl. For Georgia, these were two of many nightmares from the 2013 season. They were also nightmares that may have contributed to a change on the coaching staff in Athens this off-season.

Georgia secondary coach Scott Lakatos has resigned from his position on the staff, citing personal reasons for the decision. The school announced the coaching change with a brief statement on the team’s website.

“We are very appreciative of Scott’s contributions to our program over the last four years and I have a great amount of respect for him as a coach and as a person,” head coach Mark Richt said in a statement. “We wish him and his family nothing but the best.”

Georgia ranked ninth in the SEC in pass defense, allowing 227.4 yards per game through the air and 18 passing touchdowns. Opposing quarterbacks had a combined passer rating of 134.74, the fourth highest allowed in the SEC this season. Only Texas A&M, Kentucky and Arkansas allowed a higher combined passer rating in the SEC this season.

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4 Responses to “Georgia secondary coach resigns; blame Auburn?”
  1. birdcen says: Jan 9, 2014 10:55 PM

    He was in way too over his head…i wish him nothing but the best. UGA had the worst pass defense in the SEC last year. Surprised we even won 8 games.

  2. wabbitslayer says: Jan 10, 2014 8:36 AM

    Tactful, almost gentle handling of this by both sides…although it isn’t quite the “you perform or you’re fired” message most fans want coaches to hear.

  3. tngilmer says: Jan 10, 2014 12:27 PM

    I like Richt but I think he has underperformed in the last few years compared to what has been going on at the other SEC schools. He needs to step it up or the fans at Georgia will get very restless.

  4. mogogo1 says: Jan 10, 2014 12:42 PM

    I have no doubt some Georgia fans are getting restless. But anybody who thinks it’ll be easy to find a coach to better Richt’s 126-45 record are kidding themselves.

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