With the news that Greg Hudson has found another job (Florida State was not going to retain him, but he and Fisher are close friends and a new hire wasn't going to be announced before Hudson found a landing spot), it is now time to talk about the linebacker coach position.
It appears that the new man may be Charles Kelly (according to a few reports), the interim defensive coordinator and defensive back coach at Georgia Tech.
What do we know about Kelly? This from our email string.
Here's his GT bio: http://www.ramblinwreck.
Special teams coordinator in 06 and 07, so presumably he'll fill that role.
Seems to be regarded as a good recruiter.
Only specifically an LB coach at a high school back in 00 and 01, but may have coached LBs during one of his DC stints.
Seemed to make GT's defense quite a bit better when he took over mid-season.
GT is a 3-4, but Kelly has been a secondary coach the entire time that GT has played a 3-4, so I'm not sure how much of a "3-4 guy" he is.
Every source I have talked to said Charles Kelly is leaving for #FSU and he did not demand or ask to be the DC at GT, wanted change of scene— Kelly Quinlan (@Kelly_Quinlan) January 7, 2013
Charles Kelly was the lead recruiter for Justin Thomas (Prattville, Alabama), Georgia Tech's highest rated signee last cycle.— Corey Dowlar/ESPN (@cdowlar) January 7, 2013
Charles Kelly's recruiting zones for Tech: West Georgia, Alabama and Louisiana. High schools in Georgia such as Norcross.— Corey Dowlar/ESPN (@cdowlar) January 7, 2013
@tomahawknation Yeah, but he ran 3-4 by default. Was moved to DC after Al Groh was fired. Kelly was previously DBs coach. Still, interesting— Coley Harvey (@os_coleyharvey) January 7, 2013
Hasn't coached LBs in college; was GT DBs coach before getting moved to DC after Al Groh was fired. Solid recruiter, *knows Bama* @pk_polk— Coley Harvey (@os_coleyharvey) January 7, 2013
Very. He was always one of my faves on GT's staff. Real good dude RT @jmnpb Coley, how familiar are you with Kelly from your time up there?— Coley Harvey (@os_coleyharvey) January 7, 2013
So there you have it.