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Blog: Brown’s move, mat drills, Bowden coming to Athens

A few quick midweek football items:

–A pair of former Georgia players now have landed full-time on-field coaching jobs. First, graduate assistant Nick Jones was hired by Coastal Carolina to coach tight ends and tackles. Now, as we confirmed last night, Thomas Brown goes from the Georgia strength staff to running backs coach at Tennessee-Chattanooga. Here’s the official announcement today from Chattanooga.

Don’t be surprised to see either return to Athens one day as an assistant coach if a position opens up. Mark Richt already hired Bryan McClendon a few years ago to be running backs coach.

–Some players have tweeted this morning about getting ready for mat drills today.

They were scrapped after Joe Tereshinski replaced Dave Van Halanger as strength coach following the 2010 season when an emphasis was placed on lifting weights. Richt considered bringing back the grueling conditioning drills after spring practice last year, but didn’t until now.

“A lot of it has to do with the maturity of your team,” Richt said in an interview aired today on 680 The Fan. “Right now we’re big and strong, we want to make sure that we’re fast and quick.”

–Bobby Bowden, the former FloridaState football coach and Richt mentor, will be the featured speaker at Georgia’s spring coaching clinic March 29-30, Richt said. Former Bulldogs David Greene and Jon Stinchcomb also are scheduled to speak, along with state championship high school coaches and Georgia coaches.

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