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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.