Posted: 6:35 pm Saturday, January 25th, 2014

Tracy Rocker happy to finally help his home-state Bulldogs 

By Chip Towers

Asked Saturday afternoon if had indeed accepted a job with the Georgia Bulldogs, Tracy Rocker made no attempt to bridle his enthusiasm about the new gig

“Yep,” he said before shouting, “Go Dawgs!”

Rocker said it’s been a long time coming, him being able to say that. A native Atlantan, he said he has always been fond of the Bulldogs and everything UGA. Never mind that he was an All-America player and former coach at Auburn.

“I said that all the time growing up,” Rocker said of the ‘Go Dawgs’ phrase. “I grew up a Georgia fan. I got to watch them win the national championship in 1980. You grow older and become a player and things are different. But I’m very familiar with Georgia and the history of the program. I’m excited about getting to be a part of it.”

I was speaking to Rocker on the phone. He was in Nashville packing up his belongings for the trip South. I was in the media room at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky., having negotiated several travel delays due to the weather. I was there to cover Saturday’s game basketball game between the Bulldogs and Kentucky. You can read the story about the predictable outcome HERE.

AJC reporter Michael Cunningham filed the original news story on Rocker’s hire as I made my way through three inches of snow from Blue Grass Airport to Rupp.

In any case, I found Rocker to be upbeat and genuinely excited about his new assignment. It was a nice, soft landing for the 47-year-old, 22-year coaching veteran. Rocker had made the switch from longtime college coach to NFL assistant with the Tennessee Titans just two years ago and it did not work out too well. The Titans fired head coach Mike Munchak on Jan. 4 and Rocker was not retained.

As it turned out, he said Georgia’s need for a defensive line coach made for the perfect opportunity at the perfect time. He interviewed with the Bulldogs late this week and “finalized everything” on Saturday.

“Life is funny sometimes,” Rocker said. “Things work out sometimes. The Titans decided to go in a different direction and all of the sudden the Georgia job came open.”

Rocker said the Bulldogs did not press him to get to Athens in a hurry. He’ll remain in Nashville to wrap up his affairs and pack up his belongings “until the middle of the week.”

“I’m looking forward to getting there,” he said. “It’s kind of like going home.”

87 comments
WhiskeyBreath
WhiskeyBreath

Hey Chip,

Just for the record, we're not all idiots and believe your title. We know Tracie needed a job and paycheck.

One of these days I am going to blow smoke up your skirt and see how you like it.

THEBuckeyes1
THEBuckeyes1

GTCaryd, he tells me to post on here with him.  We are tight like that.  Why are you always playing on UGA blogs when you are a tech fan?  Obsessed like everyone else?

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

THEBuckeyes1, you need to find you some new material. Your old stuff wasnt funny weeks ago, maybe you could find you one of those murderers in prison to interact with.

THEBuckeyes1
THEBuckeyes1

THEBuckeyes, I have missed you so much.  Was great seeing you this weekend!

WhiskeyBreath
WhiskeyBreath

Hey NCDawg, KeepONSmiling is right about if you don't have any championships he is the better person.

He is also more knowledgeable about football because he has experienced a few National Championships.

It's a championship thing, you humps just wouldn't uderstand.    

WhiskeyBreath
WhiskeyBreath

This is funny. Yea Tracy is in love with Ga..... because it provides a paycheck!

The guy is an Auburn man thru and thru. Sort of like Pruitt stating Ga has always been his dream job.

These guys are killing me, just too funny. I gues if the money is right, we all would say Ga is our

dream job. How do you get ahead in business? Just BS everybody.      

NCDawg
NCDawg

Wonder what news will emerge today?  Will the last coaching hire come through? 

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

Thats funny, ThomAss calling the Buckeye childish.

ThomasBrownUGA
ThomasBrownUGA

Tracy Rocker needs to get here fast, and he can go back on Thursday next week and get the rest of his trophies.

Tracy Rocker is a tremendous man, and huge upgrade over Rodney Garner who repeatedly stated when he was here as DL coach that he mistreated his DL players here in what he referred to as Tough Love.

Lombardi Trophy winner, Tracy Rocker has great NFL experience, both as a player for the Washington Redskins and since as NFL coach, too.

Outland Trophy winner Tracy Rocker joins UGA from the NFL and has a great corps of DL here all of whom will hang on every word out of his mouth.

High School All-America here in Atlanta and college consensus All-America, Tracy Rocker shows a commitment by Jeremy Pruitt to indeed put together one of the finest defensive staffs possible for us.

Native Atlantan, Tracy Rocker knows the recruiting battles here and what is said to these most important recruits here and signs on with us only 47 years' old with a great future ahead of him.

I am proud that a man of Tracy Rocker's stature would join our quest here just prior to signing a week from Wednesday, while we have such high class DL recruits on our board.Obviously, neither LSU nor Florida has as many DL in the NFL as UGA.Tracy Rocker knows this.

Recruits and all the great DL at UGA already will learn more from this man on and off the field than any other college might offer the recruit.Tracy Rocker's most recent hiring from the NFL by Mark Richt for his defensive staff means he has a more recent pipeline back to the NFL where he joins us from for our DL and our DL recruits than other defensive linemen coaches at rival schools offer recruits the next 10 days also still trying to recruit the defensive linemen including specifically defensive tackle recruits here at UGA.

Defensive Tackle by trade, and the best DT in the nation, Tracy Rocker knows the defensive line and has the credentials to prove it as College Football Hall of Fame.

All my life, I have followed Tracy Rocker and hold him in the highest esteem.To get him here at UGA for however many years he graces our sidelines is tremendous and makes him a prime candidate for future UGA positions.Rodney Garner, also from Auburn like Vince Dooley, as Tracy Rocker's predecessor as DL coach here remained in the position here for fifteen (15) years.Tracy Rocker with his great education, has an even better shot at defensive coordinator andhead coach than Rodney Garner.

If there is a better defensive tackle to coach our considerable defensive linemen and recruits than Tracy Rocker, you'd have an impossible time of it, convincing me.

Get on a plane Tracy Rocker.Glad to have you here as fast as you can, sir.

NCDawg
NCDawg

The next week or so should be interesting.  The way the official visits pan out... the remaining defensive assistant hire, and Signing Day.  It doesn't quite make up for no football but it is pretty good anyway.

MoistDawg
MoistDawg

our coaching dream team is now in place and it is beginning to look like WE are the team of destiny.  auburn was the team of blind luck. 

THEBuckeyes1
THEBuckeyes1

Why does a tech fan care so much about UGA and what they are doing?

POAD2013
POAD2013

At his age he needs to find a good gig. He hasn't moved up the ranks high enough so he has to keep moving to get the best job possible. Hope he enjoys Athens but he might be moving again in 2 years if he can get a better job. It will be interesting to see if a smaller school will not offer him a DC job based on what he can do at UGa.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Who has the dumbest post of the day??? Slaw dog or heavy lunch???

Dawg350
Dawg350

I can't wait for the season too start.....I think this staff is ready. The OL has to be more powerful in run blocking. We need to be in the top 5 in rushing and rushing td's in 2014 if we want to win the east. I think mason will look better once JSW and Mitchell are on the field together. Once again we will have a great WR core!

P_The_Ricker
P_The_Ricker

@ Chip Towers:  "I was there to cover Saturday’s game basketball game between the Bulldogs and Kentucky. You can read the story about the predictable outcome HERE"

All of this disdain and negativity towards UGA.  Hope you've been sending out your resume to other papers, cause you're clearly unhappy.  I've never seen a beat writer so negative towards his money maker.

No one could have "predicted" UGA to be 4-2 at this point in SEC play.  How about a positive spin in that their 2 losses were obviously to the more talented teams and they're playing above themselves in beating the other competition, of which Mizz, AL, and Ark were all "predicted" to finish higher than them in the conference.

"predictably"

I saw a scoop or major event involving UGA and Chip Towers was "predictably" beaten to the punch by someone else close to the program.

THEBuckeyes1
THEBuckeyes1

AWESOME comment by THEBuckeye!  Very intellegnent!  You made me happy last night big boy.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Slaw dawg

Lay off the cole slaw....it's ruining your brain!

RandyHall
RandyHall

NC Dawg is right...."Can he coach and can he recruit....should be able to do both with excellence"!!! Time to close the borders on losing great DL to other schools....Nkemdiche, C Adams, M Adams, D Russell....etc....a great day for the UGA defense....OK, CWF time for you to step up to the plate and recruit more and bigger and better OL...your time is limited!!! And CTB, time for you to step on WR's!!!

Dawg350
Dawg350

Hey whiskey

I hope you pass out soon from consuming too much moon shine. I'm tired of seeing your pathetic dumb post!

ThomasBrownUGA
ThomasBrownUGA

@WhiskeyBreath "The guy is an Auburn man thru and thru."


I guess you being a national champion explains why Tracy Rocker worked at West Alabama, Troy State, Cincinnati, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Auburn, NFL and now Georgia - that Tracy Rocker is an Auburn man through and through in every aspect, Whiskey Breath ?

ThomasBrownUGA
ThomasBrownUGA

Posted by gtcaryd at 7:43 a.m. Jan. 17, 2014

"TomAss please try to remember, and i understand your a UGA Alum so it might be touch and go for a while. You see our players can actually read and write"



KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Dream Team,Ring Team,Missing Man Team, Oh Hell He is Suspened Again team, and the Just 5 Yards Short Team.

ThomasBrownUGA
ThomasBrownUGA

@POAD2013


Is that supposed to be bad that a smaller school might offer him a DC job based on what he does here at UGA ?  If so, this is just yet again another example by you of not a smart statement.  1st you say our coaches do not get hired elsewhere, then you say how much better every job is they do take somewhere else, and now you whine this guy will get a DC at a smaller school because of what he does here.  Obviously, you and THEBuckeye do not stop to consider what you just type away unthinkingly.

Jim Love
Jim Love

@POAD2013 I used to think that way but I have come around to the idea it is wise to hire the best coaches possible, pay them well, and keep them as long as you can.  When a coach decides it is time to move on, whether that be 2, 3, 5 years or more, then you hire someone else who is also highly regarded. 

Dawg350
Dawg350

Poad

As usual I think you're wrong. I think rocker will be at UGA for 5 years. I think he will enjoy bring closer too his family. Who knows he could end up being UGA's next DC.

BigGAdawg
BigGAdawg

@P_The_Ricker 

The "predictable outcome" was due to his knowledge of two facts.  Kentucky is a top team and we were going in with multiple key injuries.  Being honest does not show any disrespect to the dawgs.

DawgByte
DawgByte

@THEBuckeye 


How did those last two games work out for the pretender Buckeye's? LOL. Ohio St.'s football program is a fraud. In two years since Urban Cryer has been the head coach Ohio St. has faced 1 (that's right - ONE) Top 10 team (Mich. St.) and lost!!!


Come talk to the rest of us college football fans after Ohio St. plays a real football schedule!

Dewnsav
Dewnsav

@THEBuckeye hey look, the FRAUD is back on the UGA blog...who'da thunk it...go dogs

Dawg350
Dawg350

Bucky...

Yeah I know you will....you would rather monitor the dawgs than your own buckeyes. I can't blame you though.....cuz buckeyes= zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!

ThomasBrownUGA
ThomasBrownUGA

@THEBuckeye  Typical childish post by you.  Do you even consider how childish your posts are ?  Don't know ?  Don't care ?  Are a child ?

NCDawg
NCDawg

@KeepOnSmilingWetWillie- oh lets not forget the "my football team wins championships so I am a better person than you are" team.  As a card carrying member you wouldn't want to forget that.

Dewnsav
Dewnsav

@KeepOnSmilingWetWillie and moist dog just got another bite...he's probably one of yours willy...he ain't no dog fan...wise up...go dogs

POAD2013
POAD2013

@ThomasBrown I said your HEAD COACHES don't get hired away after their time at UGa.

No it is not bad. I think he wants MORE and that means becoming a DC and having control. PRUITT got his DC at 39 and I figure ROCKER want to get that DC job soon or his career could stall and leave him as a position coach for life.

ThomasBrownUGA
ThomasBrownUGA

@THEBuckeye


What you deserve, having earned it THEBuckeye.  Obviously.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Rocker will never be a DC. He is a great position coach and it ends right there.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

C'Mon Man.....this is all in fun.....your inferiority complex gives you away....even though you never struck out in little league.

NCDawg
NCDawg

@Dewnsav@KeepOnSmilingWetWillie- the MoistDawg schtick is way old.  He is so obviously a troll parodying what he thinks Bulldog fans are like that it isn't even debatable.  Yet we still have luminaries that still buy the crock-o-sh_t.  


I guess when your bias is so off the charts you'll buy anything. LOL