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Georgia to bring back assistant Scott Fountain?

NCAA Football: Georgia at Georgia Tech Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

We’ll be along with the expected Signing Day news in a moment, but first, some welcome coaching news.

Seth Emerson is reporting that #sources tell him that former Bulldog special teams analyst Scott Fountain, who less than a month ago took the special teams coordinator job at Mississippi State, will in fact return to Athens in 2018 for an on field coaching role. It is not clear whether that will be as special teams coordinator or as tight ends coach (a position Fountain filled previously at Auburn), or in some other capacity.

If it pans out this is good news in the sense that it maintains some continuity of scheme for the Red and Black kicking game. Georgia made significant progress on special teams in 2017 due at least in part to Fountain’s involvement. Georgia still has one more on field coaching spot to fill. Recall that Shane Beamer served as both tight ends coach and special teams coordinator, and in 2018 the NCAA is allowing schools the luxury of a tenth on field assistant. In essence, Georgia needs to replace one Beamer with two non-Beamers. Outside linebackers coach Kevin Sherrer left to join Jeremy Pruitt’s Tennessee staff as ndefensive coordinator, but has already been replaced by Memphis assistant Dan Lanning.

We now return you to your National Signing Day, already in progress.