ATHENS — Thomas Brown is not the only Georgia coach following Mark Richt to Miami. Todd Hartley is expected to join the former Bulldogs coach as a defensive assistant, DawgNation has learned. And a few other Georgia coaches may not be far behind.
Bryan McClendon, John Lilly and several other individuals among UGA’s football support staff have been offered opportunities to work with Richt in Miami, persons familiar with situation confirmed Tuesday. Richt accepted the Hurricanes’ head coaching job three days after being fired by Georgia on Nov. 29.
Hartley returned to UGA this past January as director of player personnel after spending three seasons at Marshall coaching safeties and tight ends and serving as recruiting coordinator. He has returned to the field for the Bulldogs’ bowl practices and is coaching safeties.
Hartley previously worked at Georgia as a graduate assistant and assumed the role of interim defensive backs coach for the Independence Bowl in 2009.
Brown, who coaches running backs for the Bulldogs, previously had accepted Kirby Smart’s invitation to remain on his staff at Georgia. But despite vigorous attempts to keep him, Brown decided to accept Richt’s offer, which included a hefty raise and a promotion to some sort of coordinator’s role.
McClendon, who was tabbed Georgia’s interim head coach for the TaxSlayer Bowl, said Monday he is still not sure what his future holds. In addition to joining Richt at Miami, he reportedly has been offered the chance to join Will Muschamp at South Carolina. McClendon currently holds the titles of assistant head coach and receivers coach with the Bulldogs.
Lilly has known Richt since his days at FSU and joined him as tight ends coach and special teams coordinator in 2008. Lilly is serving Georgia as interim offensive coordinator and calling plays in the TaxSlayer Bowl.