Georgia also made use of Muschamp’s recruiting prowess and had him pursuing prospects for the 2022 class. Muschamp recently visited Buford High School for a recruiting stop as it played out-of-state power Chaminade-Madonna (Fla.).
The roles of Cochran and Muschamp are to be determined as the primary special-teams coach makes his return.
“We haven’t defined all of that yet,” Smart said on the teleconference. “We’re worried about (Cochran’s) family, his safety and all of that. That’s not even a concern of ours right now.”
Smart said throughout the preseason that Cochran has been a “tremendous asset” to Georgia because of his expertise with defensive backs. Georgia had another set of eyes on the secondary, while Muschamp worked with tight-ends coach Todd Hartley on special-teams units.
When Cochran stepped away from the program, Georgia didn’t hesitate to make the move and put a contingency plan in place. Along with prioritizing the mental health of its staff, Smart implements exercises and “skull sessions” to focus on the well-being of his players.
“I think that we all deal with issues and problems within our own households and our own families,” Smart said of Cochran. “Those are personal things. We are a family here, and our players have really embraced that. Our players have really embraced the love, the affection and the struggles that he is going through. We love him. We love his family. We love his kids.
“We are going to be there to support him and them just like they are one of us. That does not change.”
Before long, though, Cochran could be back with the Bulldogs on an everyday basis.
“We’re hoping to get him back in the next couple of weeks,” Smart said.