Georgia’s Mike Richt Fires Defensive Coordinator Willie Martinez, Two Others

by NESN Staff

December 2, 2009

Georgia's Mike Richt Fires Defensive Coordinator Willie Martinez, Two Others After a 7-5 campaign, the Georgia Bulldogs are beginning to clean house as head coach Mark Richt has fired
defensive coordinator Willie Martinez and two other defensive assistants.

Martinez has been the defensive coordinator since 2005 after four years as the team's secondary coach. He got his coaching start with the University of Miami — his alma mater — as a graduate assistant in 1985. Martinez played defensive back for Miami in the early-1980's — and yes, was on the Canes' secondary when they fell victim to Doug Flutie's Hail Mary touchdown pass in their 1984 Orange Bowl defeat at the hands of Boston College. 

Also not returning next season for the Dawgs are linebackers
coach John Jancek and defensive ends coach Jon Fabris, although Richt says the three have been asked to remain through
the team's bowl game.

The coach says the "difficult decisions" on the three
assistants was necessary for the program.

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