June 20, 2005
Albany - When he was hired last Tuesday as the new head coach of the South Georgia Wildcats, Donnie Davis did not have time to make any changes to his coaching staff.
Davis though making that change in hiring someone he has known since his boyhood days in North Carolina.
Donnie Davis fired defensive coordinator Troy Biladeau and offensive line coach Travis Crusenberry on Monday and has hired former University of North Carolina standout and long time friend Oscar Sturgis.
Sturgis will serve as defensive coordinator and will coach the offensive line and special teams.
The two have been friends since they were children in North Carolina but played against each other in college.
Davis was at Georgia Tech and Sturgis was at the University of North Carolina but they have been teammates in the Arena Football League first in Arizona and with the Georgia Force.
And Davis believes the chemistry they had as teammates will carry over as coaches.
Davis said "He knows my system and I know his system. No matter how good you are if you are not on the same page then it is not going to work."
Sturgis said "All the stuff that has happened in the past is over. It is a five game season now and hopefully we are going to out there and put some basic stuff in and try to get these guys to learn about arena football."
The Wildcats got some bad news today. Fullback-linebacker Jason Null suffered a broken leg in Saturday's game at Arkansas and will miss the rest of the season.
Also, quarterback Bobby Pesavento and receiver Matt Burstein have been assigned to the Albany Conquest.
Lineman Tanaka Scott is now the property of the Green Bay Blizzard and Brian Devine has been sent to Tulsa.
All four players quit the Wildcats after the firing of coach Chris Siegfried last week.
The Wildcats will host the Wilkes-Barre Pioneers Saturday night at the Albany Civic Center.