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Documents reveal Tracy Rocker was fired as defensive line coach at Georgia

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Former Georgia defensive line coach Tracy Rocker was fired from his job when he left the school in February, according to documents obtained by multiple outlets through an open records request on Friday.


Rocker, who also was associate head coach, was given a notice of termination signed by athletic director Greg McGarity on Feb. 6.

“The decision has been made to discontinue your services as associate head coach,” the note read. “The University is hereby terminating your agreement of January 1, 2016. Please consider this advance written notice of your termination.”

By Feb. 7, it had been reported that Rocker was no longer with the program, but the circumstances were unclear as the school never publicly commented about it. On Feb. 8, Ole Miss announced that Tray Scott had accepted the Georgia defensive line position.

A separate document obtained Friday showed that Rocker was involved in a minor NCAA violation, though the Macon Telegraph reports it did not factor into Georgia’s decision to fire him.

Georgia will still pay Rocker’s $525,000 salary through Dec. 31 of this year, though it will split the remaining amount if he finds another job. If his new job pays him an equal or greater salary than Georgia won’t pay the remaining sum.

To date, it does not appear that Rocker has found another coaching job elsewhere.

Rocker was hired by then-Bulldogs coach Mark Richt in 2014 and remained on staff when Kirby Smart became coach last season.

Rocker previously has been a defensive line coach at Cincinnati, Arkansas, Ole Miss and Auburn, among other stops. He had been the defensive line coach with the Tennessee Titans for three seasons immediately before coming to Georgia.

Rocker, who won the Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award as a defensive tackle at Auburn in the late 1980s, was named to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2004.

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