Kirby Smart confirms new coaching hires, addresses possible shuffling of roles

10:41 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018 Sports

ATHENS — Georgia head coach Kirby Smart not only added six players on Wednesday, but a couple coaches: Scott Fountain and Cortez Hankton.

“We’re excited about both the guys coming on the staff,” Smart said, confirming the hires of both, which were reported earlier in the day.

Georgia is set to hire Hankton, who has been the receivers coach at Vanderbilt the past three years.

“He’s a very intellectual guy,” Smart said. “He also played the position. … He was an overachiever as a player, and a good route runner, which is what we’re looking for from our receivers.”

Fountain is returning to UGA after one month away. Fountain spent the 2017 season in Athens as a special teams analyst, then was hired by Mississippi State as special teams coordinator. He has been re-hired at Georgia after the departure of special teams coordinator Shane Beamer, who left for Oklahoma.

“He was probably one of the biggest assets on the staff last year,” Smart said. “He was able to bring us, and me, some ideas on how to practice. Some innovative ideas.”

The addition of Hankton likely means a new role for James Coley, who coached Georgia’s receivers the past two seasons. It could also mean a shuffling around of responsibilities for other players.

“We’ll determine that in the coming weeks,” Smart said. “We’v got a lot of possibilities there, because a lot of guys have coached different positions.”

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