Georgia hires Tracy Rocker as assistant coach

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Former Tennessee Titans defensive line coach Tracy Rocker has been named defensive line coach at Georgia, according to an announcement by coach Mark Richt.

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Richt said “we’re fortunate to have him joining our football staff.”

Rocker coached three years with the Titans (2011-2013).

In 2012, the Titans ranked 10th in the NFL in sacks (39).

As a player, Rocker was a two-time All American at Auburn and the 1988 Outland (best offensive or defensive lineman) and Lombardi Trophy winner.

He was the first SEC player to earn both awards. He was named SEC Player of the Year following his senior season (1988).

Rocker was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 2005.

He was a third-round pick by the Washington Redskins in the 1989 NFL Draft and played two seasons before suffering a knee injury.

He concluded his career by playing one year for the Orlando Thunder of the World Football League.

As a coach, Rocker spent two summers working with NFL teams – Indianapolis in 2001 and Tampa Bay in 2006 as a part of the NFL¹s Minority Internship Program.

UNION: Players at North­western are spearheading the formation of a first-of-its-kind union for college athletes.

Outgoing Wildcats quarterback Kain Colter joined union leaders Tuesday in Chicago to announce the creation of the College Athletes Players Association.

He says the NCAA currently dictates conditions. He says athletes need “a seat at the table” to guarantee safeguards against injuries and to ensure adequate financial compensation.

He cautioned that this is not about pushing for college athletes to get paid.

“A lot of people will think this is all about money; it’s not,” he said.

The first step is to apply for certification by the National Labor Relations Board on behalf of Northwestern football players. The hope is to be successful, then look toward other schools.

In his first public comments, Colter told the Chicago Tribune that college football players “need to have someone looking out for our best interests.”

RUTGERS: A law firm’s investigation has determined that a former assistant football coach for Rutgers did not bully a former player and there was no retaliation against the player.

The report issued Tuesday also found the university responded appropriately in the matter involving cornerback Jevon Tyree.

Tyree left the team last November after alleging that then-defensive coordinator Dave Cohen had verbally abused him and threatened to head-butt him during a spring study hall session. The player said the assistant then treated him unfairly once the season started.