Willie Martinez to replace Phillip Lolley?
There are strong rumours around right now that Willie Martinez will take over the defensive-back role formerly run by Phillip Lolley. Lolley’s return to an admin position left the door open for another hire, and it looks like that spot will be filled by Martinez.
Martinez has a lot of experience in this area, and has been looking for a job since he resigned from the Oklahoma staff last month. Bob Stoops said that Martinez “has some attractive options and is going to pursue them”, in regards to his resignation.
He has a lot of experience working with VanGorder. They both worked together at Central Florida and Central Michigan before their stint at Georgia.
He had several good years as a defensive-back coach at Georgia:
2001 – 96th in pass defense (nationally) – 252 yards per game.
2002 – 31st in pass defense (nationally) – 189 yards per game.
2003 – 6th in pass defense (nationally) – 175 yards per game.
2004 – 16th in pass defense (nationally) – 182 yards per game.
I’ll give any updates when possible.
UPDATE: Auburn has officially hired Martinez. The deal is done, phew!