Paine College announced Friday that former NFL player Edwin R. Bailey has joined the first-year football program as an assistant head and offensive line coach.
Bailey played 11 years as a starting left guard for the Seattle Seahawks. A fifth-round draft pick in 1981 out of South Carolina State, Bailey started 120 games at left guard from 1981-1991.
Bailey played for Bill Davis, who later hired Bailey at Savannah State as an assistant coach.
“We are building a winning team of coaching staff for our football program,” said Dr. George Bradley, president of Paine College. “Ed Bailey has an impressive background in that he has extensive experience on a professional level, in the civic area and in higher education. He has exhibited effective leadership, and possesses both coaching and recruiting expertise.”
Bailey was a three-time All-American and three-time All-Conference lineman at South Carolina State, where he was inducted into the school’s athletic hall of fame.
“I am very familiar with the Augusta area because I lived here for 10 years,” Bailey said. “Already, it feels like I’ve returned ‘home.’ Augusta has a rich football tradition within the local high schools. The return of Paine College football to Augusta will be beneficial to the quality football players that come out of this area.”
GEORGIA: Newly-eligible Kolton Houston is now lining up behind Dallas Lee at offensive left guard.
“He’s competing for playing time and a starting position,” coach Mark Richt said. “Coach (Will) Friend, he’s rolling things around right now. We’re trying to find the best five and where to put them, too.”
Lee, a senior with 21 career starts, said he doesn’t feel an added sense of urgency to hold onto the starting spot now that Houston is able to play after being suspended for three years for testing positive for a banned anabolic steroid.
“I put pressure on myself every day to go out and work on the things that I’ve got to improve,” Lee said. “It’s nice having Kolton back. Everybody’s happy that
he finally got cleared. It’s good for us, it’s good for him.”
HAWAII: Coach Norm Chow said offensive coordinator Aaron Price has been dismissed from the program.
Chow did not give details or a reason for Price’s departure.
Chow said “some issues have arisen” and the team is choosing to move forward without Price.
Price had been with the Rainbow Warriors since February.
OBITUARY: Dick Kazmaier, the last Ivy League football player to win the Heisman Trophy, died. He was 82.
Susan Kazmaier said Friday that her father died of natural causes Thursday at a Boston hospital. He had been living in Concord, Mass.
Kazmaier played halfback for Princeton and as a senior in 1951 won the Heisman Trophy in a landslide, receiving 506 first-place votes and 1,777 points, which was a record at the time. He also won the Maxwell Award as the nation’s best player, and was The Associated Press male athlete of the year.