Feb. 22, 2005
SportsLine.com wire reports

ATHENS, Ga. -- For the third time this offseason, Georgia coach Mark Richt has to replace an assistant coach.

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Defensive ends coach Jon Fabris, a fiery leader of Richt's staff for four years, is leaving Georgia to accept a similar position at Oklahoma.

"Jon has done an outstanding job in his four years at Georgia, and I'm glad we had the experience of having him as part of our staff," Richt said. "No one works harder than Jon, and I wish him nothing but the best."

Fabris, who also assisted with Georgia's special teams, coached such standout defensive ends as David Pollack, Josh Mallard and NFL first-round pick Charles Grant.

Fabris is the third member of Richt's staff to accept other jobs this offseason.

Defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder accepted an offer to become linebackers coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Running backs coach Ken Rucker will take over the same job at Texas, apparently swayed by the prospect of improving his retirement package in that state. He previously coached at Baylor and Texas A&M.

Richt filled the first two openings on Jan. 17, hiring former Bulldog defensive back Kirby Smart to replace Rucker and Central Michigan defensive coordinator John Jancek to coach linebackers.

Willie Martinez was promoted from secondary coach to defensive coordinator.

Smart, who played at Georgia from 1995-98, was a teammate of current quarterbacks coach Mike Bobo. Smart was the secondary coach at LSU this past season, following stints at Florida State and Valdosta State.

Fabris, a Chattanooga, Tenn., native, coached at Georgia Tech, Washington State, Iowa State, Notre Dame, Kansas State, South Carolina and with the NFL Cleveland Browns before joining Richt's original staff in 2001.

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