ESPN's Joe Schad and Mark Schlabach are reporting that three Georgia assistants from UGA's underwhelming defense will not be back next year: defensive coordinator Willie Martinez, linebackers coach and co-defensive coordinator John Janacek, and defensive ends coach Jon Fabris. Fabris also worked on Georgia's special teams, which have not been stellar either.
It's always tough when people have to be fired; they have families that they now have to uproot. However, the defensive situation at Georgia had simply become untenable, and every coach knows this is a business. Only assistant head coach/defensive tackles coach Rodney Garner is left from this year's defensive staff.
Georgia figures to have some high profile competition as Florida State will also be out there looking for a defensive coordinator, and Notre Dame will be too if the new head coach doesn't retain Jon Tenuta. No word yet on who UGA might be targeting, but for the record, I don't believe any of the long-running rumors about Sly Croom being near the top of the list. Croom hasn't coached on the defensive side of the ball in a long, long time.