Scott Lakatos Out As Georgia DB Coach

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Late Thursday night it was announced by UGA that defensive backs coach Scott Lakatos had resigned from the football program.

The notion around the UGA fanbase is that somebody – anybody – needed to take blame for the poor defensive output by the Dawgs during the 2013 season. And after athletic director Greg McGarity met with head coach Mark Richt on Thursday, it could be conceived that the announced “resigning” may have had a little influence from others.

“We are very appreciative of Scott’s contributions to our program over the last four years and I have a great amount of respect for him as a coach and as a person,” Richt said. “We wish him and his family nothing but the best.”

Lakatos joined the program in 2010, and experienced a roller coaster of success, with UGA’s passing defense ranking 5th, 5th, 2nd, and 9th during his tenure.

It is currently unknown who will replace Lakatos at the position, but Bulldawg Illustrated will certainly keep an eye on the situation.

UPDATE:
Here is the reaction of JUCO DB commit Shattle Fenteng (from Michawl Carvell/AJC):

“Coach Grantham let me know what was going on,” Fenteng said. “It made me feel good that he called, and it helped me understand the situation. I feel like Coach Lakatos is leaving for the right reasons. He has some family issues that he needed to take care of.

“I really don’t know yet how I feel about (the change). I don’t know how I’m going to react. But, so far, I don’t see a difference.

“Coach Grantham said he is going to try to hire someone within the next week. He’s waiting for some NFL guys to call him back. He said he wants to get a good coach so he can develop me to go to the NFL.”


CoachingSearch.com:

Georgia: Defensive backs coach Scott Lakatos has resigned due to personal reasons. A couple of names that could emerge are long-time Texas defensive backs coach Duane Akina and former Texas and Mississippi State defensive coordinator Manny Diaz. 
27 comments
Junkyardawg41
Junkyardawg41

Correct me if I am wrong, but wasn't Lakatos hired before Grantham (10'Jan vs 15 Jan). If that is the case, perhaps Grantham is feeling the heat and wants his guys. This might be case of hot seat and wanting a better fit. Bobo did that with CSS when transitioning to CWF. CSS left for Texas on his own recognizance too..., but it does make one wonder... First CRG then CSL...I think Wilson is an upgrade, perhaps Lakatos will be upgraded as well.

Rugbydawg
Rugbydawg

Looking at the comments here and on various other places, and how easy most people think it is to coach defensive backs at the collegiate level, we should be able to hire Bullwinkle and improve. It amazes me the kind of stuff that comes out of people's mouths now days. I coach youth sports at the high school level and let me inform those of you who think coaching these kids should be easy that it's not. Not every kid responds to good coaching and it takes time to build trust with your athletes.  Secondly the fact that so many freshmen were forced into starting roles along with virtually no upper class leadership in the secondary made for an extremely difficult situation for coach Lakatos I'm sure. It really bothers me that we just seem to glass over the issues that actually go into coaching these kids and their responsibility to accept the instruction.  Take it from a former NCAA Athlete and current high school coach, it's not always the coach's fault. Sometimes the situation calls for a little more critical analysis instead of the default "Kids played bad its the coach that sucks." No sometimes the kids don't want to learn, don't listen, and don't give the effort despite the coach doing everything they can to make sure it happens.  

khammlet = Auburns Money Bag Man
khammlet = Auburns Money Bag Man

Guys I am going to thro Deshea Townsend's name in the mix. He is the DB's coach I believe for the AZ Cardinals and look how well they did. He also had a great career with the Steelers, not to mention at Alabama. He is a name the kids remember playing for the Steelers and will bring a tough mentality to the DB's. I do like Diaz as well considering he was the Woflpack's ST coord as well. I like the idea of Townsend, because I have been on the Joey Porter (currently a LB coach at Colorado State) bandwagon as well as a LB coach as well as bringing in Hines as a WR coach. Could you imagine the swagger these kids at UGA would have coming on the field playing for some of the toughest players? They would be a tough bunch for sure.                               

Bulldawg Bob2
Bulldawg Bob2

@Jesse1 @ZippyMorocco Not successful at Georgia? Lol. Georgia had decent pass defense during Lakatos' first 3 years, and a top 10 pass defense in 2011.

Lakatos' pass defense at UGA for his first 3 years were top 20 nationally in passing yards per game allowed. His secondary didn't really tank till this past season. He wasn't the best recruiter, but he can coach.

Georgia Pass defense rankings yards per game:

2010 SEC 5th and Nationally 16th

2011 SEC 5th and Nationally 10th

2012 SEC 2nd and Nationally 8th

2013 SEC 9th and Nationally 59th

Georgia Pass defense rankings opponent's pass rating allowed per game

2010 SEC 6th and Nationally 44th

2011 SEC 4th and Nationally 4th

2012 SEC 6th and Nationally 37th

2013 SEC 11th and Nationally 85th

Yes. He was one of the coaches that I said should be accountable for the bad pass defense this year and let go because he is the secondary coach and responsible for said pass defense; however, I don't think it was because he couldn't coach. I think there are some major issues in communication between CTG and his position coaches and the players IMHO. More important than why or the reason Lakatos was let go is who Georgia hires to replace him.

RxDawg
RxDawg

Well the secondary did pretty much suck.

DawgByte
DawgByte

This needed to happen for the UGA defense to improve in 2014. I feel sorry for Scott and his family, but coaching is a fraternity and he'll land somewhere else very soon. This is good news for Dawg fans!

rugbydawg79
rugbydawg79

Well I find it kind of sad-I remember reading a great article here-an interview with his wife how their family was making the transition to being Georgia people--I know it is business and comes with the territory,however there are kids involved and I was pulling for the guy.

ManOnFire
ManOnFire

The AFCA conference starts Sunday where pretty much every college coach in the nation will be.  I assume they'll schedule some face to face interviews and have an answer by the time we leave on Wednesday. 

MoePritchett
MoePritchett

wish list for new DB coach.


Manny Diaz?  Also ran a dang good special teams unit at NC State ( twofer) and I think he is unemployed at the moment.

What is the guy at Vandy.....Barlow

ANother name I just saw is Duane Akina.  Currently at Texas.

The word I got is they plan to have one on place by Wednesday or Thursday, to get them in place ahead of NSD so they can get on the recruit trail.

Jesse1
Jesse1

Over on one one site run by "dead media" rejects, the myth that this move is completely personal, is being preached as gospel. Once again demonstrating how far behind the curve some folks are. Personal/family difficulties aside, someone in a corner office in Butts-Mehre sent down the word that changes were in order.Last week 2014 ticket applications info began arriving in mailboxes. Once again, not claiming to be an oracle, but I wouldn't be the least surprised if some boosters have made it clear to McGarity and Morehead their intentions of giving the bare minimum to retain their seating location, and to forget them adding a zero to the expected check scheduled to be sent to P O Box 1472 by March 31,2014

Jesse1
Jesse1

Given the secondaries performance on 3rd and long this past season, I can't claim surprise here. Youth? maybe, but by the last 1/4 of the season these guys aren't young anymore. What could be considered reasons for poor play in September become excuses in November. Tech lighting up the secondary, selfish, undisciplined play against the Barn, and the Cornheads picking up 1/3 of their total offense on a bullet to the head play in the Gator Bowl probably made his departure a certainty. What does the future hold? No oracle here, though I can't see how the secondary could play with less cohesiveness and sense of "knowing why they are back there."

ZippyMorocco
ZippyMorocco

He was successful at UConn, but not so much here. Good luck to him.

NWG DAWG
NWG DAWG

This must be the short nice version

RocketDawg
RocketDawg

@Rugbydawg Great post! As a coach also I see things like this all the time, you can "coach up" your athletes all you want but ultimately it is up to them to execute the game plan when the time comes.

Junkyardawg41
Junkyardawg41

I tend to agree. I am still on the blame CTG... And to your point, not because he can't coach but because there is something definitely missing which I wonder if CTG can fix...

dougscoffee
dougscoffee

@MoePritchett I am kinda hoping for a good NFL DB guy that can attract 5* DBs.   Maybe, it is a silly wish because all NFL DB coaches already have really good developed talent to work with whereas we probably need a coach that can teach and develop raw post high school talent.

RxDawg
RxDawg

It's mind boggling how bad they were isn't it? I mean you could probably throw 4 fast athletes with no coach at all, tell them to cover the guy in front of them, and probably see better results.

Jesse1
Jesse1

@NWG DAWG Of course it is. CMR has too much class to offer a list of reasons, though they should be obvious.Even to a casual fan like myself. Hope he lands on his feet.I never take pleasure seeing our program or any part of it fail. However the failures in the secondary could not be blamed on the defensive line, which was 2nd in the conference in sacks, and near the top in tackles for loss. At some point the cornerback's and safeties have to not give up on plays, play assignment football, and most important, play as a unit.

lawdawg1979
lawdawg1979

@dougscoffee @MoePritchett I also don't know how to feel about NFL coaches when it comes to recruiting....  I'm sure some are fantastic, but they don't have to evaluate HS kids in the nfl

DawgByte
DawgByte

@dougscoffee @MoePritchett I'm not 100% convinced that NFL coaches translate well to the college game. I think Grantham's NFL based D may be too complex for guys at this level.

Logan Booker
Logan Booker moderator

@MoePritchett@Jesse1

Moe you may be confusing Lakatos with Kirk Olivadotti, who's daughter has been struggling with cancer, but is currently in remission.