At this point, unless something has gone down that I’m not familiar with, Stacy Searels is only “in talks” with Texas. Of course, it appears that this will probably happen.
So, what does it mean? I’m not really sure yet. Richt is already phoning recruits to tell them about this situation and is promising that we’ll have someone of similar philosophy and experience come in.
I don’t want Searels to leave Athens. I think he is still a premiere OL coach and brings a great deal of leadership and experience to our staff. However, it could offer Richt a chance to do some re-structuring within the staff, something I feel is important.
Right now, Searels is OL Coach and Running Game coordinator. In my opinion, we have too many false titles on the coaching staff. You’ve got so many different coordinators that I have a hard time understanding where exactly the responsibilities lie.
This would be a great opportunity for Richt to say “Mike, you’re the Offensive Coordinator. You work with the entire offense and have jurisdiction over the quarterbacks, running backs, tight ends, receivers, offensive line, etc. You’ve got these coaches to help with their areas of expertise, but the buck stops with you.” That would clear things up some, in my opinion, and let Richt (and us) find out if Bobo has what it takes to be a premiere OC and leader. No blurred lines, no mis-communication.
Bobo would answer to Richt, and the assistant offensive coaches answer to Bobo. Simple. None of this multiple-facet coordinator crap we’ve seen the past several years.
At this point, I think it would provide a simple leadership pattern where everyone knows their role as we try to rebuild and get back to the level we want to be.
Of course, if Searels would choose to stay, it would be all the better.