Richt fires Martinez, 2 other assistant coaches

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ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Georgia coach Mark Richt has fired defensive
coordinator Willie Martinez and two other defensive assistants.

Richt announced on Wednesday that Martinez, linebackers coach
John Jancek and defensive ends coach Jon Fabris will not return in

Richt says the three have been asked to remain through the
team's bowl game.

The coach says the "difficult decisions" on the three
assistants was necessary for the program.

Defense has been a problem for Georgia (7-5), which is awaiting
a bowl bid following its 30-24 win over Georgia Tech in its final
regular-season game. Georgia gave up more than 40 points in three