Georgia football changes continue, another staff member leaves for Texas A&M

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Georgia football coach Kirby Smart has had two staff members leave UGA for Texas A&M in the past two days.

ATHENS — The Georgia football offensive staff gyrations have continued into the weekend, and the next one could be processed as early as next week.

Former Bulldogs’ director of player personnel Marshall Malchow is headed to Texas A&M. DawgNation reported on Friday that former offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach James Coley was headed to work for the Aggies.

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The 247Sports network was first to report the news on Malchow on Saturday.

Georgia coach Kirby Smart made Coley expendable when he hired former NFL offensive coordinator Todd Monken on Jan. 17 to take over the offense and play calling.

Monken was in attendance at the Bulldogs’ basketball game on Saturday, part of UGA’s big weekend filled with key visitors.

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The writing was on the wall for Coley and other assistants closely tied to him to leave last Monday.

The hiring of former Southern Miss offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Buster Faulkner last Monday  — temporarily as an offensive analyst — was more evidence Coley was likely on his way out.

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Faulkner is the odds-on favorite to fill the staff position vacated by Coley, though nothing is official at this point.

Former UGA All-American Jon Stinchcomb told DawgNation that Faulkner was the right fit to work with Monken.

“You just brought in someone with experience with the NFL ranks who knows what it looks like when you have some of the elite athletes on the planet playing for you,” Stinchcomb said in regard to Monken. “Buster comes from a background where you have to create a little more opportunities because you don’t have that same level of talent.

“I think this new role for him is a great compliment to coach Monken being hired and the rest of the staff.”

The departure of Malchow, an Alabama graduate, represents more collateral damage from Coley taking his recruiting prowess to Jimbo Fisher’s staff in College Station.

Coley has previously worked for Fisher at Florida State.

Smart, who has stayed silent throughout the changes, traditionally holds a February signing day press conference.

Smart could address the new Georgia football players and share some background on the staff with media and fans on Feb. 5.

The Bulldogs have started offseason conditioning and are expected to begin spring football drills the third week of March, after UGA’s Spring Break.

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