Bryan McClendon’s stint as Georgia’s head coach, just one month and one game long, will still be officially recorded in the program’s history books.
UGA spokesman Claude Felton confirmed that McClendon’s 1-0 mark will be included in next season’s media guide, along with a short bio, which every head coach in the program’s history receives. (It’s found on pages 175-77 off this past season’s media guide.)
McClendon was officially coach No. 26, in between Mark Richt and Kirby Smart. It’s the only one-game tenure in Georgia football history, with the next-shortest one belonging to Dr. Charles Herty, the first-ever head coach, who went 1-1 in the team’s inaugural 1892 season.
McClendon leaves (for now, one assumes) the only unbeaten head coach in Georgia history, along with being the team’s first black head coach.
After Richt’s dismissal – and subsequent acceptance of the Miami job – McClendon was named interim head coach. The former Georgia receiver headed a patchwork staff and helped keep the team together through bowl preparation, and the result was a 24-17 win over Penn State in the TaxSlayer Bowl on Jan. 1.
The next day, McClendon began his new job as South Carolina’s receivers coach and co-offensive coordinator.
Note: This is the first of a series of stories on head coaches taking over at their alma mater – such as Smart. More will be posted Thursday.