Georgia on Tuesday celebrated the end of one long-awaited facility project… by moving forward with another long-awaited facility project.
The Bulldogs opened their new indoor facility with an announcement that the UGA athletics board has approved a $63 million project to improve Sanford Stadium. Of that $63 million, $53 million will come from fundraising by the athletics department with the final $10 million pulled from the athletics department’s reserves.
The project will move the home locker room from the east to the west end of the stadium with a new recruiting area to be built around it. Additionally, a recruiting plaza with around 500 seats will be constructed on top of the student section. The scoreboard will move back 30 feet to accommodate the new space.
UGA president Jere Morehead said Tuesday the project — which is the Bulldogs’ most expensive in some time, more than twice the price tag of the indoor facility — is expected to take 17 months to complete, with the team ready to move into its new locker room in time for the 2018 season, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Former Georgia defensive end Quentin Moses perished in an Atlanta house fire early Sunday morning, the program has confirmed. Moses, 33, was killed by the fire alongside 31-year-old Andria Godard and her 10-year-old daughter, Jasmine Godard, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Moses was found unconscious and dragged outside, but pronounced dead at Atlanta’s Clearview Medical Center. Godard and her daughter were found dead inside the home.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Quentin’s family,” Georgia AD Greg McGarity said in a statement. “We are shocked and saddened by this tragic news. Quentin was an outstanding representative of not only the University of Georgia but also his hometown of Athens. On behalf UGA Athletics, we extend our most sincere condolences to his family.”
Moses played for the Bulldogs from 2003-06, earning a post on the SEC All-Freshman Team in 2003 and the First Team All-SEC squad by the league’s coaches and the Associated Press in 2005. He was named the Defensive MVP on Georgia’s 2005 SEC championship team and still ranks second in school history for tackles for loss (44.5) and seventh in sacks (25).
Moses served as the defensive line coach at Reinhardt University, an NAIA school in Waleska, Ga., for the past five seasons.
Moses played professionally for the Arizona Cardinals and Miami Dolphins before moving into coaching.
Several agencies have pledged to investigate the cause of the fire. “We are all sadden by this life taking tragedy,” Atlanta Fire Department chief Keith Glass told the Journal-Constitution. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims’ families.”
Ole Miss’ coaching loss is officially Georgia’s gain.
Wednesday, it was reported that Tray Scott would be leaving as defensive line coach at Ole Miss to take the same job at Georgia. Two days later, UGA confirmed as much in a press release.
“Tray is considered one of the very best up and coming defensive line coaches in the country,” Scott’s new boss, Kirby Smart, said in a statement. “He’s going to be an immediate asset as we begin planning for spring practice. Tray will complement our current coaching staff and will be excellent in the development of our defensive linemen.”
Scott was just hired by the Rebels last month. The past two seasons, he served in the same role as line coach at North Carolina. That was his first on-field job at the FBS level.
The hiring of Scott comes a couple of days after it was learned that Tracy Rocker, the Bulldogs’ line coach the past three seasons, was no longer a part of Smart’s staff.
Less than a day after creating the opening, Kirby Smart has fill the hole on his Georgia coaching staff — at the expense of another SEC program no less.
While there’s not yet been official confirmation from the football program, Scout.com and FootballScoop.com among others have reported that Tray Scott is leaving as defensive line coach at Ole Miss to take the same job at UGA. While not confirming his next destination, Scott’s now-former boss acknowledged the assistant’s departure “for another opportunity.”
Scott was just hired by Freeze last month. The past two seasons, he served in the same role at North Carolina.
The reported hiring of Scott comes less than 24 hours after it was learned that Tracy Rocker, the Bulldogs’ line coach the past three seasons, was no longer a part of Smart’s staff.
The coaching carousel keeps on turning, even as we move further and further away from National Signing Day and inch closer to spring football.
The latest move apparently is an intra-conference one as Georgia graduate assistant D.J. Looney is headed back to his alma mater Mississippi State. Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman first reported the move on Tuesday afternoon.
While things were not abundantly clear from reports, Looney’s role may or may not be as on-field coach on the Bulldogs staff. While there could be other moves forthcoming for head coach Dan Mullen, both John Hevesy (offensive line) and Scott Sallach (tight ends) are still listed as coaches on the school’s website at the two positions that Looney is reportedly going to help out with.
No matter what the full-time role ends up being, the return to Starkville is no doubt a welcome one after Looney was a three-year letter winner with MSU. The move back to the area also follows coaching stops at Central Arkansas and East Mississippi Community College.