Georgia secondary coach Scott Lakatos resigns

ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia will have a change on its football coaching staff after all.

Secondary coach Scott Lakatos has resigned for personal reasons, the school announced Thursday night.

“We are very appreciative of Scott’s contributions to our program over the last four years and I have a great amount of respect for him as a coach and as a person,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said in a statement. “We wish him and his family nothing but the best.”

The announcement came on the same day that Richt and athletic director Greg McGarity were scheduled to have their annual end of season meeting. Richt had said after the regular season that he expected all of his assistants to return and that “continuity is a good thing for Georgia.”

Georgia ranked ninth in the SEC in passing defense, allowing 227.4 yards per game and 108th nationally in interceptions with seven a season after losing former Westside standout Sanders Commings, Baccari Rambo and Shawn Williams to the NFL.

Lakatos, a native of Long Valley, N.J., was hired at Georgia in January 2010 after serving six years as the secondary coach at Connecticut and before that at Rutgers. He had coached at seven different schools in the Northeast.

The opening on the staff could allow Richt more flexibility to make a hire that could also address shoring up Georgia’s special teams.

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