Posted: 8:10 pm Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

UGA loses one of its top football recruiters 

By Michael Carvell

UGA is losing one of its top football recruiters.

Daryl Jones is leaving his position as UGA’s Director of On-Campus Recruiting. No reason was given.

“After serving the past two years as Director of On-Campus Recruiting for the Georgia football program,” Jones said in a statement on Wednesday. “I will be pursuing other opportunities going forward, (and)  I would like to thank Coach Richt for the opportunity of representing the Bulldawg Nation in that capacity.  I have a tremendous amount of respect for Coach Richt and all he stands for as a head coach, man, and leader of the football program.

“I enjoyed my role in the two top 10 recruiting classes we signed and want to wish everyone involved with the team nothing but success in the years to come.”

Daryl Jones (UGA)

Daryl Jones (UGA)

Jones was hired two years ago to oversee UGA’s recruiting staff, and helped the Bulldogs finish with the nation’s No. 11 recruiting class in 2013 and the No. 8 class in 2014.

In his role, Jones helped plan and organize football camps, entertain kids and their families for unofficial and official visits once they arrived on campus, and communicated with high school coaches, among other duties.

It was Jones who came up with the idea of sending hand-drawn portraits to recruits autographed by Mark Richt. Jones made a salary of $110,000 at UGA, per FOI requests.

Before being hired at UGA, Jones was a high school coach for 17 years in Georgia, including stints as head coach at Griffin, Wayne County and North Oconee high schools. He has also worked for Under Armour.

Both UGA and Georgia Tech will have new people directing their recruiting staffs.

Georgia Tech player personnel director Matt Griffin was fired with cause on May 1 for “violation of rules.” According to the AJC’s Ken Sugiura, per an open-records request, a letter from athletic director Mike Bobinski to Griffin informing him of his termination stated that he owes the athletic association $9,388.35 for “personal expenses charged to our accounts.”

Georgia Tech’s official website lists Pete Hurt, Samford University’s head coach from 1994 to 2001, as the team’s new player personal director.

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85 comments
Debie2014
Debie2014

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Kushdawg
Kushdawg

Is there anybody else that we can't lose!!!!  I mean this is amazing.  And I mean in a bad way! 

BrownianMotion
BrownianMotion

when will richt come clean about why he left?  the ajc needs to ask more questions

POAD2014
POAD2014

All that MONEY at he couldn't get a good HAIRCUT?

JFKDawg
JFKDawg

Carvell, you either have a flair for over-dramatizing or need to step away from the pipe your holding.  Seriously, top recruiter?


UGA76
UGA76

This is an area that the AD needs to address because CMR doesn't know what he needs and the AD has experience in fixing other areas of the football program that were woefully inept.  If the goal is really to compete on a level with the Alabama's of the world, then the non football coach recruiting staff needs to be greatly expanded. Alabama has several more administrative staff personal involved in recruiting and the results speak for themselves. 

WhiskeyBreath
WhiskeyBreath

The state of Ga has the best recruits in the south, maybe in the nation.

The best recruits are going to Bama and Auburn. 

Brother  just figured it out and held Jones responsible.

Generally, Brother doesn't have the backbone to do anything,

but not this time.    

RedandBlackDAWG
RedandBlackDAWG

His job was largely administrative. He helped keep the ducks in a row and in compliance with the rules of the SEC and NCAA.

I am sure that UGA will be able to replace him but he did a good job of keeping things straight in his area of responsibility.

DawginCO
DawginCO

FYI - Daryl Jones was a facilitator.  He helped with the administrative details and logistics in recruiting.  If he had actual contact with recruits it was only when they made visits.  The coaches recruit, he helped with the paperwork and details.


Maybe that will clear up some confusion and head off some more wasted posts ragging on the poor guy.


WhiskeyBreath
WhiskeyBreath

This just in sports fans, Alabama has just won for the second time in a row,

the National Championship for Golf.

I know the AJC will thank me later. 


RTR


ElStinko
ElStinko

Maybe they can get someone that can recruit Offensive Linemen.  This guy wasn't getting it done.  Period!!!!!!

RxDawg
RxDawg

I'd say that after 2 years of dealing with recruits, those egos, and their narcissism, I'd be ready to leave too.  Heck I stopped following these brats closely just being a fan. 

DawginCO
DawginCO

Question:  Why does this have to be anything other than simply a guy moving on to something different?  What sickness pervades our culture that automatically makes these sorts of things into some giant referendum on the person in question and/or his employer?  So what if he is moving on?  If he was forced out then so what?  If he had a disagreement with the coaching staff and decided to take his ball and go elsewhere, so what?


I've looked at these comments and I swear you people have serious issues.  He left.  So fricking what?  They'll have someone else in place in short order and life rolls on.  It is not an indictment of Daryl Jones or the University of Georgia.  It's a item of minimal interest.


If this is a big deal in your world then you need help.

WhiskeyBreath
WhiskeyBreath

He wants to spend more time with the family. . 

Basically, Brother Richt and himself didn't see eye to eye and 

since he is the asst.. coach he was showed the door.

Damn, it seem like he just got there.

Boy does Brother live a charmed life.

I guess I am jealous that he makes millions 

with not a lot of effort. 

thebucket
thebucket

Recruiting is definitely a difficult business. In the 2 years that Jones was in the job as on-campus recruiter UGA finished 11th and 8th nationally which sounds pretty good until you realize that finishing 11th in the country meant you were about 7th in your own conference and 8th put you about 5th or 6th in the SEC in recruiting rankings. To contend for SEC titles and for the Final Four tourney the Dawgs are going to have to finish at least in the top 3 of their own conference in recruiting on a more regular basis.

AlternativeDawg
AlternativeDawg

We lose a guy whose claim to fame is drawing creepy pictures of recruits. Meehhh.

SlawDawg
SlawDawg

See you at the bottom of the SEC East Doggies..........LMAO

DawginCO
DawginCO

@TaylorSeries  who cares?  He is leaving and I wish him well.  Why should any questions be asked?  It's Daryl Jones' business.  No one owes you any answers on this.

Nate-the-Great
Nate-the-Great

All that time on your hands and you can't do something better than constantly hurl insults on a football blog?

Kushdawg
Kushdawg

UGA76 you are 100% correct.  It seems as thought the hated gators did okay in recruiting when McGarity was the Assistant AD!!!!!!!! 

DawginLex
DawginLex

@UGA76  Ain't gonna happen


Boys writing the checks are happy as is with the bank accounts full

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

This is very true. Nick has an unlimited expense account for recruiting and Bill Battle says Nick has exceeded that already. It cost money to make money.

Dawgilama
Dawgilama

@WhiskeyBreath Clueless, Bama has what 12  players from Georgia  on its  roster? Signed  1  HS  player  from Georgia in 2014  and  the  Georgia  castoff  Smith. Signed  3 players  from Georgia  in 2013 and  2 of those  have  left  the program. 

thebucket
thebucket

@WhiskeyBreath  Man you are drunk! First you tried to say that Jones was awesome and got scapegoated. Now he was awful and Richt grew a backbone and held him accountable? Everyone is laughing at you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WhiskeyBreath
WhiskeyBreath

@DawginCO Well that wasn't what Brother said the day he created the job,

It was supposed to be a huge advancement in Ga recruiting.

Between the AJC and Brother, he was like he discoverd recruiting gold.  

And as usual , Brother patted himself on the back.

Again, besides your obvious homer spin, did you just become

a Ga fan? 

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

BACK TO BACK....that is strong for a redneck state like Bama. Those kids must have borrowed their sticks to play while growing up. Fact is Bama lost to Texas( I think it was) two years back otherwise we would be looking at a 3 peat. We just can't get that 3 peat done. Roll Tide.

DawginLex
DawginLex

@ElStinko  This is a behind the scenes, grinder job. The coaches do the recruiting.

WhiskeyBreath
WhiskeyBreath

@DawginCO We have seen it for 10 years where assistants move on, AJC paints them bad guys,

and Brother comes out smelling like a rose.

Gee, that was hard to figure out. 

Did you just become a hump fan?

Seriously?

midtowncowboy
midtowncowboy

@WhiskeyBreath


Word on the street is he was dawg humping some guy who posts as WhiskeyBreath.  Things had to change once WhiskeyBreath started showing up at the offices wearing heels and  begging for another 'deposit' of vitamins. 

WhiskeyBreath
WhiskeyBreath

@thebucket Brother skates and this guy is made to look like he is the problem.

Brother invented the job for him so isn't it obvious he thought a lot of the guy?

Nick Saban is the King of recruiting. Yet he doesn't take any bows.

Brother takes credit for the success and shows Jones the door.

Sooner or later every assistant except Bobo is shown the door. 


WDE
WDE

@SlawDawg I bet we beat hell out of your bunch this year..

WhiskeyBreath
WhiskeyBreath

@thebucket @WhiskeyBreath When on God's green earth have I ever said a Ga 

coach was awesome? All I said was Jones got screwed.

Brother is the reason Auburn and Bama have raided the state of Ga for it's best recruits. He just gives Jones the credit.  

DawginCO
DawginCO

@WhiskeyBreath  I see you couldn't refute being called a drunk, gossiping woman.  You are a joke.  The other Bama fans must cringe every time you post.  You have some kind of sick obsession with Mark Richt.  You are like the silly girls that follow celebrity gossip and base their whole lives around on who is doing who.  

Get a life.

DawginCO
DawginCO

@WhiskeyBreath  I'll try again.

You are nothing but a drunk little woman.  You are a gossiping little woman.  You pour bourbon on your cornflakes and try desperately to dig up some gossip because your life is so pathetic.  How does it feel to be a drunk little drama queen?


That is what you are.  A gossiping woman trying desperately to drum up drama to rescue yourself from the pitiful little life that you wallow in.

thebucket
thebucket

@WhiskeyBreath @thebucket  Well, first of all, Jones wasn't a coach. He was an on-campus recruiting coordinator. Secondly, you were bragging on Will Friend just the other day. I guess Jones saying "I have a tremendous amount of respect for Coach Richt and all he stands for as a head coach, man, and leader of the football program" is just not good enough for you and you have to take the 1000th opportunity to use everything that happens at UGA to bash the reputation of a good man Coach Richt.

DawginCO
DawginCO

@DawginLex proof positive that alcohol kills brain cells.  Dain bramage.  LOL