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Georgia football silly season: Florida and UGA debunk Charlton Warren report

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Rising senior safety J.R. Reed will direct one of the top secondaries in the nation on the field, but the Bulldogs are still looking for who will coach it from the sideline.

ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia and Florida are bitter rivals on the football field, but on Saturday there was one thing sources in both athletic departments agreed on.

Charlton Warren, the Gators highly-respected secondary coach, did not interview with Georgia football coach Kirby Smart for any positions on the Bulldogs staff.

It’s not that Warren wouldn’t make sense. Warren is an Atlanta native who Smart has spoken favorably of in the past.

But it was LSU secondary coach Cory Raymond who has interviewed with Smart this weekend, per multiple reports.

Smart is looking for both a secondary coach and defensive coordinator after Mel Tucker left to become head coach at Colorado.

WATCH: Mel Tucker shares with DawgNation what he’s leaving behind

Georgia has internal candidates for both positions, and Smart has said he will be thorough before making a hire.

The Bulldogs promoted James Coley from quarterbacks coach and co-offensive coordinator to offensive coordinator and play caller on Friday.

RELATED: Kirby Smart makes James Coley promotion to OC official

Georgia is still expected to hire another offensive assistant after former offensive coordinator Jim Chaney accepted a lucrative raise (from $950,000 to $1.6 million annually) on Wednesday to take the same position at Tennessee.

RELATED: Jim Chaney hire official, lands $4.8 million deal with Vols

Kentucky offensive coordinator Eddie Gran talked to Georgia about a position coach job earlier this week, perhaps looking for an opportunity to win a national championship.

Gran, who some had incorrectly speculated been considered for the UGA offensive coordinator job, opted to stay with the Wildcats.

 

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