Tuesday, January 20, 2004

More coaching news for GT football

WARNING: What follows is completely unconfirmed and there has been no announcement.

Football Scoop is now reporting that Giff Smith has been named our defensive line coach. Giff comes from Tulane but is from Mableton, GA. He graduated from Georgia Southern and was a Div IAA All-American defensive lineman. As a member of that team, he took part in 3 National Championship teams (86,89,90). At Tulane he was not only their Defensive Line coach, but also the recruiting coordinator and associate head coach. Here is his profile.

This seems to be another great hire by Chan Gailey / Dave Braine. This guy seems to bring a lot to the program:

- A guy who obviouisly knows how to play defensive line.
- A guy who can obviously coach or he wouldn't have had the Tulane job the last 5 years
- Recruiting. Went to GaSouthern, an All-American. On 3 NC teams. Headed up Tulane's best recruiting years.

Just looks like a solid pick-up to go along with naming Patrick Nix the offensive coordinator. If he really does bring back Jay Omer as strength/conditioning coach, that would be quite a tandem. There are other spots still to fill, so stay tuned.