Olivadotti, Wilson leave UGA coaching staff

Georgia could be undergoing a complete changeover on its defensive staff.

Kirk Olivadotti is returning to the staff of the Washington Redskins, according to a source, and Scout.com reported late Wednesday night that defensive line coach Chris Wilson is heading to Southern Calfornia.

Olivadotti coached Georgia’s inside linebackers for three seasons after spending the previous 11 with the Washington Redskins.

He was linebackers coach from 2007-09 and a defensive assistant in 2010 and served in other capacities during his time with the NFL team.

The Macon Telegraph first reported the news that Olivadotti would join the defensive staff. The Washington Post reported Olivadotti will coach the inside linebackers.

Olivadotti did not return messages seeking comment Wednesday night and Wilson couldn’t be reached either.

Washington defensive coordinator Jim Haslett, who worked with Olivadotti in 2010, was a holdover under new coach Jay Gruden.

Wilson spent one season as defensive line coach after arriving from Mississippi State.

At an introductory news conference Wednesday for new defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, coach Mark Richt said he was planning on Olivadotti and Wilson staying on staff.

“Yeah, right now, if they want to,” Richt said at the late morning news conference. “And as of right now, I think they want to.”

Wilson reportedly also interviewed for the defensive line job at Alabama, which has since been filled.

The exodus after an 8-5 season began a week ago when Scott Lakatos resigned for personal reasons and defensive coordinator Todd Grantham left for Louisville on Sunday.

Pruitt, who coaches the defensive backs, already had one opening to fill and now he appears to have three.

And the hires will be made against the backdrop of also improving Georgia’s special teams.

“Special teams, I’ve got some things in mind,” Richt said. “I really can’t say exactly what I’ve got in mind but I do have some things in mind for that I think is going to be helpful.”

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