Pete Roussel of CoachingSearch.com reports this morning that Mike Ekeler will be named to Georgia’s remaining open coaching slot.
When Kirk Olividatti left for the NFL, most UGA fans felt as though they lost an integral part of the coaching staff. Olividatti was the position coach of the number one and number three tackler in the SEC last year. With Olividatti’s departure a vacancy was left that many fans were eager to see filled. It looks as though the wait could be over.
Mike Ekeler, a Kansas State alumnus has held positions at colleges all across the nation. He was hired last year as the linebackers coach at the University of Southern California. Before that he was the co-defensive coordinator at Indiana for two years. At Indiana there was not much success but it is hard for anyone to win in Bloomington. Ekeler’s real success came as the linebackers coach at Nebraska where he was a part of some of the most feared defenses in the nation. Before that he was a graduate assistant and intern on the national championship team from LSU.
Ekeler has coached some great NFL talents. With names like Glenn Dorsey, LaRon Landry, Kyle Williams, and Lavonte David. The jury is out on Ekeler as most fans want the “big name” hire. While Ekeler may not be a name most UGA fans are familiar with, he is expected to come in and make an impact immediately. As with all coaches in the SEC, the first question is whether he can recruit? Time will tell but recruiting expectations are through the roof.
Ekeler will inherit a talent filled group of Dawgs, if he is the choice, that are expected to improve and become more consistent on the field. Most UGA fans were upset with the lack of rotation for linebackers last season. We will have to wait to see how Ekeler will address this problem.
— Pete Roussel (@coachingsearch) February 6, 2014
Note: Ekeler’s name first surfaced on BI as a candidate for the last available coaching position with the following comment:
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