Posted: 11:00 pm Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

UGA’s Mark Richt on hiring a new recruiting coordinator 

By Michael Carvell

Daryl Jones, UGA's Director of On-Campus Recruiting (AJC/Curtis Compton)

Daryl Jones, UGA’s Director of On-Campus Recruiting (AJC/Curtis Compton)

UGA still has to make some coaching hires to fill out its defensive staff.

But Mark Richt has no plans to fill the longtime vacancy of recruiting coordinator for the Bulldogs.

Nobody on UGA’s staff has held the title in more than a year – since Rodney Garner was hired away by Auburn last December after 12 years in that role for the Bulldogs.

“No, I don’t think we need to do that (to name a recruiting coordinator),” Richt told the AJC recently.

“It’s just like people want you to name a special teams coordinator. I think it’s like 89 teams that have a special teams coordinator. He coaches another position and he doesn’t coach all the special teams. He does what Coach Lilly does for us right now, he just doesn’t have a title that says special teams coordinator. He coordinates the times the guys meet, and the times that guys are on the practice field.

“But it’s a matter of semantics sometimes. Sometimes, it may be just to give a guy a title. I don’t know. But I think it’s too big of a job. You know, some guy might be able to delegate, but you can be just as organized or more organized (without one in title).”

Of course, things are always subject to change in the ever-evolving world of recruiting but Richt has no immediate plans to name an assistant as the team’s recruiting coordinator. When Garner was UGA’s recruiting coordinator, along with defensive line coach, it was more of a job title than actual job duties.

At UGA, each assistant is the recruiting coordinator for the territory or area that he recruits. The Bulldogs do have a full-time recruiting staff, led by Daryl Jones. His official title is UGA’s Director of On-Campus recruiting. Jones is a former high school coach who helps with planning and organization.

Richt explained the role of Jones:

“It’s just a lot of organizational things, “ he said. “They have a lot of things to do with compliance, such as logging phone calls and making sure we’re not doing more than we should in that area.

“Like even when we hit this dead period, we’ve got certain guys we wanted to call but we had to log the calls again. When it’s a contact period, we’ve got unlimited calls. In the dead period, it’s once per week. We had to organize when I called which guy …  I’m only allowed one (in-person) contact. If I’m at a game with this kid, later on I can’t go to his house because of NCAA rules. So there’s a lot of that kind of stuff that you have to keep straight. So any of those kids now, if I want to go into their house later, I can’t do it. Sometimes, you don’t even think about it, then a month later you’re going back in a guy and you want to go into the house but you blew it by seeing him somewhere else earlier.

“There’s a lot of that going on, along with planning for when kids come on campus for official or unofficial visits. That all gets planned out. An unofficial visit will get planned out as meticulously as an official visit because it’s still an important time that we have someone in our home that we want to take care of. So there’s a lot of that going on. That’s some of the things that Daryl does and keeps straight.

“There’s just a bunch of little things like that happening all the time – organization of Junior Days. When you say one of your position coaches is your recruiting coordinator, it’s really too much for that one guy to do. He can’t coach his position, have all that responsibility for that position, and be on the road recruiting and be the only guy.

“And even when Rodney had the title, he obviously had a lot of help. So now I don’t feel the need to say this guy is the recruiting coordinator on staff because I want everybody to be a recruiter. I want everybody to be a worker. I want everybody to have a plan for their position and for their area of responsibility. And Daryl and this staff with Daryl, they keep everybody organized.”

NOTES: Another Georgia sleeper prospect is Kiante Walton, a 6-foot, 190-pound safety from Carver-Columbus High School who is committed to Appalachian State. Walton has gotten recent offers from Vanderbilt, Missouri, Kansas State, BYU and Georgia State because of his new film you can see HERE. Walton’s dream is to “play for UGA,” according to his coach … 2015 Sprayberry High School offensive lineman Bailey Sharpe got seven offers in less than 24 hours, including Clemson, South Carolina, Duke and Virginia.

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69 comments
HotDawg
HotDawg

A lot of obsessive, troll bamards still on georgia sites.

SinceVince
SinceVince

Looks like Richt will keep continuity and his cutting edge football. Asleep at the wheel as usual. Please CMR.... HIRE SOME DAMN PEOPLE!

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

So, someone says it is the players fault for all the special teams screwups, like not being able to catch a punt, having no desire to return a punt or kickoff, inability to snap the ball to the punter, maybe so.


However, have you ever thought that maybe the problem is the evaluation process.  How are the punt returners and kick returners selected?  Who picked these people and when do they disqualify themselves with stupid decisions like letting the ball roll at the 20 yd line, rather than fair catching the ball.


Are the best ones out there.  Who is allowed to compete?  Are the 17 QB's on the roster that do not play allowed to compete to return kicks?  Bauta is supposed to be shifty and fast, why is he not trying to return a kickoff or punt, he certainly had little chance of getting in the game otherwise.  The guys we had returning kicks were ineffective, but it seemed they were rotated through repeatedly, but no one else was given a chance.

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

Maybe Richt is just too much of a wimp to fight for Sunseri or he may feel he has already screwed F.S.U.  enough by taking their Defensive Coordinator but we could easily out bid F.S.U. for Sunceri. Unethical or Dog eat Dog, maybe  All's Fair in Love and War? 

thebucket
thebucket

If I were CMR I would just hire a Special Team's coach just to shake things up and take that issue off the table. However,if you take a look at the things that happened on special team's this year I'm not sure what a special team's coach would have done to prevent it. For example, it's not like the center on special team's didn't know how to correctly snap the ball to the holder or punter, that play just didn't get executed correctly. It's not like the punter didn't know how to catch the snap, he just didn't catch the ball. It's not like the return men don't know how to catch punts, they just dropped a couple.


I agree that the special teams have been anything but special for several years now. But regardless of who is the coach the players have to execute what they are being coached to do. I guarantee you that the players who didn't execute the plays are not saying, "I would have made that play if we just had a special team's coach."

dawgone713
dawgone713

why don`t  we admit  HARVEY CLEMONS- is a dumba$$ and kick him off the team---use that scholarship for someone that will play in all our games--he missed the two most important games last year--and will miss 3 right important ones this year--maybe he is scared of Clemson--lol---


ON ANOTHER NOTE---WHATS WRONG WITH TOUCHBACKS ON EVERY KICKOFF----LOOK AT HOW THAT WORKS FOR TEAMS THAT DO THAT----NO RUN BACK TOUCHDOWNS---ITS NOT LIKE WE R THAT GOOD AT STOPPING THEM ANYHOW---these "pooch" kicks don`t impress me--letting them start on the 35 or better--because we r afraid they will take the kick to the house.just kick out the end zone---aren`t we known for our kickers--

KirkHilles
KirkHilles

To me, its pretty simple, its all about accountability. At the end of the day, someone needs to be feeling the pressure when UGA muffs every Special Teams play. The coach designed as a "Special Teams Coach" would've realized that he better make sure that the players know how important it is to catch the ball before running and would realize that his job is on the line with every mistake.

dawgfacedboy
dawgfacedboy

Keep drinking the Kool-Aid. 9.7 wins a year ain't gonna get it done.

ruffdawg
ruffdawg

Richt a Bowden disciple. That's the problem, but the difference is Bowden had all world talent, great DC, and was more intense ,in weaker conference and far more charismatic nationally...O yeah I almost forgot he  always seem to have his teams competing for N.Championships.

I like CMR as our coach but he's leaving too much on the plate. As a result insulting and short changing the program and players. 

 For the record Richt is coming across as a prideful person.Go Dawgs!

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

Really classy post there Midtown, call a minister a dumbazz when he is right and your clueless. Are you really NCDawg on meth?

Falcons73
Falcons73

I find it amusing that the CEO of UGA's football team, thinks that it isn't necessary to have a designated special teams coach or a designated recruiting coordinator. Would anyone here say that any successful fortune 500 company would take this same approach and not designate specific titles and duties/goals that are attached to said title (as to provide a clear and concise expectation of each individual).


I thought that Greg McGarity specifically removed some of Richt's "additional obligations" to enhance his ability to be the leader of this program, but yet he still doesn't get it.

BMOC_
BMOC_

UGA needs a special teams COACH.  Just looking at the special teams stats will tell you that.  North Texas was tied 21-21 in the 3rd with litte yards by their offense due to special teams breakdown.  Don't care how it's fixed, JUST FIX IT!!!

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

Lowcountry, he knows he needs one but is to arrogant to admit he was wrong or he just doesnt care. Anyone who even played Pop Warner ball could see this year that your ST were a train wreck, he also puts walk-ons on special teams instead of his better play makers. Walk-ons are called that for a reason.

DrPhill
DrPhill

I don't think that Richt is particularly prideful.  He's just not very smart.

Charlestondog
Charlestondog

The downfall of Mark Richt is going to be his pride.  Why doesn't his pastor at the Baptist church he attends address his pride?  And that is coming from me, a minister.  Pride will be his downfall. 

Dawggie
Dawggie

It’s just like people want you to name a special teams coordinator..."

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No, Coach Richt, we want you to HIRE a STs Coordinator.

We've already seen what your current staff's STs look like . . .

LowcountryBulldawg
LowcountryBulldawg

Our new DC is going to coach DB so if one of the nee hires takes on both the responsibilities of ILB and OLB then it frees coaching spot up for ST. Now how Richt fails to see how important this is blows my mind. Look at botched exp in Clemson, bad snap in Vandy, kickoff return for TD against North Texas and still we insist on doing it the same old way. I simply find it confusing and disappointing that Richt still has this hardline stance. What more would it take????

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

Pretty obvious Mark Richt does not think his special teams have been a problem, or he realizes it and just doesnt give a crap. He apparently is not concerned with what all you weekend coaches think. He acts pretty arrogant sometimes.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

Get Kiante Walton. If his dream is to play for UGA and he's good...offer him. He will commit. I'm sure we all want guys that would love to put on that G and work hard for UGA to play their best on the field. Most of the times those are the best players. The ones that love UGA and "dreamed" to play for UGA. Bring him in. We need secondary help anyway.

ruffdawg
ruffdawg

TIDE_ROLL has a point, I'm sitting back watching, it's like there is no accountability with staff in recruiting, special tms and strength & conditioning....all of that weights on CMR passive attitude and perspectives... like he once said you really don't need great OL play just hold your block or be in the way????? 

I don't question his loyalty... I just question too whom?

 He needs to be fair to Uga ,players and fans....because all have been good to him and his people .(Vanhaleger,Eason).

PS  I love the Pruitt hire but we need that big time DL coach, someone that can recruit as good as Garner and coach better.

TIDE_ROLL
TIDE_ROLL

Richt's kind of different.


He refuses to admit error.


Y'all had, across the board, some of the worst special teams play in America.  So it makes sense to everyone but Richt to possibly bring in a coach who has had success in that field.  But Richt not only doesn't think it's a priority, he doesn't even consider it!


UGA football borders on being a ripoff.


 You fans are totally committed to UGA football. That commitment is evidenced by your patience, loyalty and MONEY you expend in support of Mark Richt and UGA.


 The question becomes: Is Richt showing you the same type of commitment in return ?  It's like it's too much work for the guy to do what it takes to hire a special teams coach. Just give him his pay check.


 Hell, after 13 years the football program under Richt  should be organized enough to the point that hiring a special teams coach shouldn't even be an issue.You think Bama fans are struggling with this with Saban?


 The only constant in the face of year after year of problems such as  special teams play is Richt staying on the payroll. That's constant.  That's consistent.


 Next year it'll be your strength and conditioning program. Wait and see. And that'll be just fine with Richt . Another 3 years on the payroll breaking in yet another coach. 


Wake up Dawg fans .Somebody's stealing from y'all.'

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@C-Kirk How in hell do you "SCREW" FSU when they didn't even try to match UGA's offer????


If you are the No.1 Burger Flipper at Dairy Queen and Burger King offers you a 30% raise to be their No.1 Burger Flipper do you stay on at DQ????????

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@thebucket


Great analogy!!!!!!!!  However, CMR is limited in the amount of money he can spend on assistant coaches(that is how we ended up with CTG who was CMR's 4th choice and it is public knowledge that CMR gave assistants money out of his own pockets). SEC sets limits on how many assistant coaches schools can hire(Also maybe assistants who would work for free-not sure)

JeffersonDavisHogg
JeffersonDavisHogg

@thebucket From what I've heard, in 2015 the NCAA will up the mandate of full time coaches from 9 to 10. From what CMR has said the duties will once again be split up amongst the entire staff although CPJ has volunteered to handle that part himself. The plan is to hire a full time ST's coach next year. I know that won't entirely fix this yrs problem but hopefully with the new staff onboard we will see some improvement. After all, at this point anything is an improvement

StephenHorn
StephenHorn

@thebucket While I agree with your premise, I do think that a coach who specializes in special teams (no pun intended) could be a refreshing change for UGA. You mention basic fundamentals, and why not have someone who can drill those points home to the center, punt returner, kick holder etc. Not saying Richt doesn't cover these things and the players don't already know them. but what does it say to a player when the head coach doesn't think you need a special teams coach? If players are a reflection of a coaches ideology, it stands to reason that the lack of emphasis on special teams shows in players performance. Think about Richts comments at the end of the Clemson game earlier this year, when he said the difference in that game was the botched field goal. Whether that is true or not, it is almost self incriminating to blame a loss on that one play yet having a stance of not needing a special teams coach. Just my thoughts. 

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@dawgone713


Right you are!!!!!!!!!


Surely there is a warm body on the team or a walk-on available somewhere that can kick it at least into the endzone and further!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Gandolph
Gandolph

@dawgone713 As far as Harvey Clemons, I am having a hard time finding a rebuttal.  I suspect that as a coach, I wouldn't count on him but I will say that when he is not suspended and is on the field, UGA's defense is better (minus the AU tipped ball which was a fluke play anyway).  And, next time he is caught smoking dope, it is an automatic expulsion from the team according to UGA guidelines.  I guess then he can go play for Auburn.


And, seldom did a kick-off this past year result in the opposing team starting at the 35.  Most kick-offs were returned to only between the 15 and 25. 

TU
TU

@ruffdawg No one can compete with Bowden in the charisma department. I would expect that the parents swoon over Richt's touchy-feely empathy.


Gandolph
Gandolph

@ruffdawg Ok, I get it.  You don't like the head coach of the team that you say you pull for.  Fair enough.


Fortunately for the rest of us, you don't get to decide.  From my perspective, Richt's teams play hard, don't quit on him and he does things the right way without cheating. Could they do better?  Of course they could.  But, UGA could do a lot worse too (see Bama, Aub, Tenn, USCe or UF, OSU, Penn State, etc.).  Have I just about offended everyone?  Oh, yeah, I forgot So Cal.  But before you all jump me, I just named programs that have been on NCAA sanctions (and I didn't even name Tech).

Gandolph
Gandolph

@gtcaryd Midtown may not be very articulate or artful in language, but the minister may not know much about football either.  And, as a matter of fact, your post doesn't show much respect for others, either.  So is the pot calling the kettle something or another?

LowcountryBulldawg
LowcountryBulldawg

It seems so much of his coaching still comes from his Bowden influence and understandable. Look what it cost FSU in the 90's. The walk-on part is probably common place on alot of D-1 teams it just gets noticed more when we have gaffes like they do. Hince getting a ST coach to coachup the walk-ons. Outside of scout team work what other reps are they getting? Then a very little percentage of practice time is devoted to ST b/c of the 20 hour rule. Its just crazy..

SvenOttke
SvenOttke

@DrPhill Certainly not smart enough to stay out the tanning bed or lose the butt cut.

Gandolph
Gandolph

@Charlestondog Pride goeth before a fall for all of us, pastor.  Are you saying that Richt has a bigger ego and pride than Saban, Myer, Miles, Spurrier, Coach Boom, etc.?

midtowncowboy
midtowncowboy

@Charlestondog  


Your downfall is you speak of things on which you are clueless.  In other words, you are a dumb azz.

Dawggie
Dawggie

@LowcountryBulldawg Not to mention the dropped punt on our own 5, which led to a TD, in our very last game - incidentally a 5-point loss.

Gandolph
Gandolph

@TIDE_ROLL TideTroll - can you name a school whose coach just got a raise from $5.8 Mil to $7 Mil/ year and is on a two game losing streak? And, whose ST just lost one of those games on a 104 yd play?  Yeah, I thought you couldn't.


Talk about stealing from the fans.

Gandolph
Gandolph

@StephenHorn @thebucket The errors on ST this past season were not repeated.  Dropped balls, missed snaps, missing the snap, etc. were all different.  Overall, as one issue was addressed this last season, another popped up.  It is not as if the entire ST were ignored.  They weren't.  I am not convinced that a ST coach will change the outcome of players who did not execute.  Having said that, changes were made in personnel and snapper during the season.  As far as the Clem and Son game, wasn't our kicker suspended for off season shenanigans?

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@Gandolph@dawgone713

Yep!!!!!  LSU's QB is gone and  BARN's QB will be gone after next reason!!!   He will fit in nicely and likely lead them to another NC!!!!!!!!

LowcountryBulldawg
LowcountryBulldawg

We had so many I couldn't remember them all,lol. Also if this where a fluke season thats one thing, but this has been trending this way. Lets just hope this doesnt cost these young men a chance for a SEC East, SECCG or a spot in the playoff.

BAMABABE
BAMABABE

@Gandolph @TIDE_ROLLthat same coach is also poised to have the #1 recruiting class for the 3rd straight year, he has lost 4 games in 3 years and won 3 championships in 5....he's worth every penny

HotDawg
HotDawg

Really?? That's your insult?

You're a pitiful troll, bamard boy.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Is that all you ever say bama troll?

Come up with a better insult, if that's what you believe it to be.