Report: Bryan McClendon leaving Georgia for job with the Tampa Bay Bucs

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Credit: Tony Walsh/UGAAA

Credit: Tony Walsh/UGAAA

Bryan McClendon leads a drill during Georgia’s practice session in the William Porter Payne and Porter Otis Payne Indoor Athletic Facility in Athens, Ga., on Tuesday, April 5, 2022. (Photo by Tony Walsh)

Georgia assistant coach Bryan McClendon is leaving UGA to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to a report by ESPN.

A former Georgia player, McClendon has been the Bulldogs’ pass-game coordinator and wide receivers coach since January 2022. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, McClendon will join the Bucs as their wide receivers coach.

McClendon played at UGA from 2002-05. He joined former coach Mark Richt’s staff as a graduate assistant (2007-08) and stayed on the staff until Richt was dismissed in December 2015. McClendon worked as running backs coach from 2009-14 and as assistant head coach/wide receivers and pass-game coordinator in 2015. He was the interim coach for Georgia’s bowl game in 2015.

After working for South Carolina, Oregon and Miami, McClendon returned to Georgia and joined Kirby Smart’s staff in 2022. While at Oregon, McClendon was interim head coach for the Ducks’ bowl appearance in the 2021 season.

This will be the first NFL job for McClendon, a graduate of Mays High School.

With the Bucs, McClendon will work for coach Todd Bowles, whose son, Troy, is a rising sophomore linebacker at UGA.

Todd Bowles recently hired Liam Coen from Kentucky to work as his offensive coordinator.