ATHENS — That didn’t take long. Georgia already has its replacement for Tracy Rocker, and it’s someone who saw the Bulldogs in person last year.
Tray Scott, who was just hired at Ole Miss after spending the last two years at North Carolina, is being hired as Georgia’s new defensive line coach, a source familiar with the situation confirmed. FootballScoop.com originally reported the news.
Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze confirmed Scott’s departure in a statement:
“Tray Scott is leaving our staff for another opportunity. We want coaches that are 100 percent committed to winning championships at Ole Miss. Our student-athletes, our staff and Rebel Nation deserve that, and that is what we will bring to this great program.”
Scott was set to earn $375,000 at Ole Miss. Rocker earned $525,000 this past season.
Tray Scott (UNC Athletics)
Scott played his college ball at Arkansas Tech from 2003-07, and went to high school in that state.
Georgia beat North Carolina in last year’s season opener, 33-24, with tailback Nick Chubb rushing for 222 yards. But North Carolina did rack up 4 sacks.
Perhaps even more notable is the fourth line of Scott’s (soon-to-be-defunct) bio on Ole Miss website: North Carolina’s red zone defense ranked 35th nationally. That was a failing of Georgia’s defense last year, ranking 114th, with opponents scoring 90.7 percent of the time.
Prior to his two-year stint at North Carolina, Scott spent two years as the defensive line coach at UT-Martin, an FCS school. And prior to that he was a graduate assistant at Ole Miss.
Scott had just been hired by Ole Miss to replace Chris Kiffin, who became the defensive coordinator for his brother Lane at Florida Atlantic.
More soon as it develops.