Monday Jan 5, 2009
ATHENS, Ga-- University of Georgia defensive line coach Rodney
Garner, the first assistant coach hired by Mark Richt at UGA, will remain
with the Bulldog coaching staff after considering an offer from the
University of Tennessee to coach on the offensive side of the ball.
"Certainly I'm flattered and am sincerely appreciative of the interest shown
by Tennessee," said Garner. "But in the final analysis the positives at
Georgia were the determining factors. My heart is coaching on the defensive
side of the ball. I enjoy working with Coach Richt and the rest of the
staff and our family loves being a part of the Athens community. And we
have some really good defensive linemen returning next year along with some
outstanding newcomers. Our family felt that we wanted to continue with the
goals we had set when Coach Richt came in December of 2000 of helping build
the Georgia program."
"Rodney has been an integral part of the success we've enjoyed over the past
eight years," said Richt. "He's produced some outstanding defensive linemen
and is nationally known as one of the country's very best recruiters. But
he also has been instrumental in many areas of our football program in
addition to coaching on the field and recruiting. He's done an outstanding
job in all areas of his responsibility and we're excited about moving
forward with Rodney, Kim and their daughters as part of our coaching
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