Posted: 11:23 pm Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Ekeler, other candidates patiently wait to hear back from Richt 

By Chip Towers

Mike Ekeler doesn’t expect to hear back from Georgia until after national signing day. He can only hope it’s good news when he does.

Ekeler’s name has been bandied about a lot publicly with regard to the Bulldogs’ fourth and final defensive assistant’s position. But he has no idea whether he’s a favorie or a longshot to fill the spot. After interviewing with Georgia coach Mark Richt and defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt this past Friday, the former Southern Cal linebackers coach remains at his home in beautiful Rancho Palos Verdes on the California coast awaiting word on whether he could be moving to Athens.

“Coach (Richt) is going to talk to a couple of other people,” Ekeler said Monday. “It’s certainly not a done deal. I’m just holding tight here, waiting to see what happens and keeping my fingers crossed.”

Ekeler, 42, followed Bo Pelini from LSU to Nebraska before trying to strike out on his own first as co-defensive coordinator at Indiana, then by joining Lane Kiffin’s staff at USC last year. He was not retained by new Trojan’s coach Steve Sarkisian.

The former Kansas State player also has  “a few other things in the works,” but is adamant that landing at Georgia is his No. 1 goal.

“I have a ton of respect for the Georgia program and Coach Richt and Coach Pruitt and the whole staff,” Ekeler said. “I know Coach Richt is making sure he gets the perfect fit for everybody. He’s unbelievable guy. Jeremy Pruitt is big time. The fact is, he’s not in a hurry and shouldn’t be. He’s not rushing into anything and I don’t have a time frame. That’s the extent of it.”

Ekeler does expect it to be sometime after National Signing Day on Wednesday. “Right now they’re sprinting to the finish line (in recruiting),” he said.

Ekeler said he’s not certain what responsibilities the final assistant will have, though it appears to be “pass-rush specialists and outside ‘backer types.” Ekeler insisted he does not know who the other candidates are and doesn’t care.

“Your resume is your players and what they put on film,” Ekeler said. “I’m proud of all my guys at Nebraska and at USC and what they did.”

16 comments
Dawg350
Dawg350

The other candidate is john fabris.....I hope Richt doesn't hire him...but he was good while he was here. I never understood why Fabris was fired....his OLB's were pretty good in his tenure.

keendaddy
keendaddy

NSD is worse than waiting for Christmas! Something not mentioned in the above article was just what if any impact, would Ekeler have on next year's recruiting? Being out West?

TampGator1
TampGator1

Wonder how not hiring this guy before signing day impacts Lorenzo Carter's decision.  But I am sure Richt more than covered that subject with him while watching the Super Bowl, and while explaining how good that Seattle defense is with it being led by the former Florida Gators defensive coordinator, Dan Quinn.  Oh....I still remember the debates on here when Georgia hired Grantham and Florida hired Quinn....how Grantham was so much better than Quinn at the time.  Fast forward.......Grantham to Louisville to coach with the great, Patrino.  Quinn to Seattle to coach the Super Bowl championship defense.  Another good reason for Richt and Pruitt to take their time hiring defensive assistant coaches.

POAD2013
POAD2013

Surprised Richt isn't hiring the last coach before Signing Day.

AndyMcCullough
AndyMcCullough

Not Suh since he didn't coach DL at Nebraska but Ekeler did coach Lavonte David who is a stud.

OriginalATLien
OriginalATLien

First.

If N.Suh (now with the Lions) was one of his protégés, then sign him up!

ThomasBrownUGA
ThomasBrownUGA

Mark Richt fired Willie Martinez, Jon Fabris, and John Jancek all December 2, 2009.  If you do not remember why, I can share with you that together they gave up 34 or more points 10 times in 21 games.  Maybe this comes back to you now ?


They sucked.


Todd Grantham actually sucked more, but that is and was no consolation.


Jon Fabris coached our Defensive Ends from 2001-2009.  Jon Fabris coached David Pollack, not outside linebackers Dawg350.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Keen daddy

How you doing today???

BCB
BCB

@TampGator1 Too bad for you Quinn left that sinking ship at UF.

FalconUGAFan
FalconUGAFan

@TampGator1 Always classy...anyway...Quinn is a great coach and he did well at UF (clearly eclipsing Grantham). But you have to admit that it didn't hurt that he had a Dawg on the Seattle squad. Point is may good things come out of the SEC.

ThomasBrownUGA
ThomasBrownUGA

@POAD2013 Based on his avg # 9 recruiting to your Georgie tek avg # 52 Mark Richt Era, he has lambasted your stinking program 12-1 head-to-head and is # 5 in wins while you languish # 33 in wins Mark Richt Era.  So, your opinions of him having to sign his last coach before tomorrow mean so much.

ThomasBrownUGA
ThomasBrownUGA

@POAD2013


So, you are happy then that you are on NCAA Probation all 2014, that you avg # 52 recruiting class to our # 9 Mark Richt Era, that you have beat Mark Richt once in 13 games, that you have lost now 8 of your current 9 bowl games, that you are # 33 in won/lost record Mark Richt Era to our # 5, that you are # 34 won/lost record since 1957 to our # 8, that you have not won a Major Bowl Game since 1957, that you have one conference championship since 1957, and that your attendance now is less than your attendance 1957 ?


You certainly do have a lot to be thankful there, POAD.


By the way this is 2014, not 2013.


Why do you have a racial slur as your handle POAD ?


Does that also make you happy ?