I’ll be one of the first to say I was not surprised to hear the news that Georgia defensive backs coach, Scott Lakatos, decided to resign. I’d been hearing rumors of such an announcement coming since well before November and, quite frankly, was shocked when he didn’t step down after the last regular season game.
That said, I am not privy to the reason he decided to leave, but still feel confident in saying it had nothing to do with his performance (though that’s what many will choose to believe), nor any brand of “come to Jesus” meeting with defensive coordinator Todd Grantham (if you believe what Lakatos had to say). And, with that being the case, one can only assume that the reason he chose to move is either health or familial related.
In any event, Georgia will be on the move for a new DB coach, and such a search couldn’t be coming at a more opportune time.
Pete Roussel at coachingsearch.com has already thrown out two names—Manny Diaz (formerly of Mississippi State) and Duane Akina (Texas)—but it’s too early in the game, and too late in the night, for me to speculate on such things. Give me a day or two to really see who’s out there before I put together anything of my own; plus the upcoming coaches convention this weekend could produce a few more names.
Trust me, you guys won’t be the only ones looking hard and long at this hire. It’s certainly one that’s overdue—no matter what circumstances it falls under.
As for Lakatos, I wish him the best, he came to the team as a highly respected DB coach and he hopes to get back into the coaching realm again in the very near future. I don’t foresee his departure hurting anything the Dawgs have going on the recruiting end as, if the aforementioned rumors are completely true, Lakatos hasn’t been on the trail much this season.