Posted: 3:34 pm Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Mark Richt: Timing was good for recruiting change 

By Michael Carvell

UGA lost one of its chief football recruiters less than 10 days before the start of summer camps.

But Mark Richt isn’t panicking about last week’s abrupt departure of Daryl Jones, UGA’s Director of On-Campus Recruiting. Jones was in charge of organizing official and unofficial visits for prospects, among other duties.

Jones said he was stepping down to “pursue other opportunities.”

On the other hand, Richt claims the timing couldn’t be better for the personnel move in his football recruiting department.

“(We are) at the point now that if there’s a good time to make a change, it’s now,” Richt said on Tuesday. “With the camps coming in, we’ve got all the camps covered. My guess is by the end of the camps, we’ll probably have somebody in place. That would be guess.”

What did Richt think about Jones leaving his position? “You know, I’m excited for his future and I wish him well,” he said. “We’ll find somebody who will do a great job for us.

UGA athletics director Greg McGarity said he will let Richt decide if and how he wants to fill the vacancy. On Tuesday, Richt said he’s still undecided about the future of the position.

“We’re not 100-percent sure on that. We’re going to look at our recruiting system, and try to do what ‘s best. There could be a change with how we structure things possibly. We’re going to be discussing that this afternoon a little bit.”

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52 comments
Ficklefan
Ficklefan

Wasn't he the guy who tipped the ball while trying to catch it (instead of knocking it down) on the last play of the Georgia-Auburn game, so that the Auburn receiver was able to grab it and run into the end zone for an incredible Auburn victory? Isn't that enough reason right there?  Richt got his chance and made use of it. I'll bet the the future secondaries won't ever pull a bone head move like that again. 


Of course, we all know right now what the supreme irony will be. It is just too good for the Gods of Football to pass up. They are already laughing about it. Matthews (a great prospect) will end up at Auburn. And yes . . . wait for it . . . you know what it is . . . it's coming. He makes an heroic play and some how manages to  knock down a potential winning touch down pass headed right into the arms of the Georgia receiver . . .  on the last play of the game . . . Georgia loses.  Can't wait to see that. 

OkieDawg
OkieDawg

Matthews has a world of potential. I hope he gets it together wherever he ends up. But in my not so humble opinion, he should have been gone after the theft from the UGA Atheletic Assoc... Two down...two to go. Stealing has consequences, especially when it is out of the hand that feeds you. There are some things more important than winning football games.

MesaDawg
MesaDawg

One step forward, two steps back.  It's going to be a long season w/Pruitt tossing the baby out with the bathwater.  Louisville doesn't have to recruit anymore, just has to wait for the next GA dismissal.  AU too.

JSW73
JSW73

DawginCO


If every school is recruiting these players, and they are, how come they play for other schools? I love UGA, BIG HOMER, but UGA is not the only one taking this hard of a stance concerning discipline and problem players. I'm not arguing or picking a fight, just want your thoughts on this issue.

keendaddy
keendaddy

An extremely vague statement by Richt," There could be a change with how we structure things possibly." Is he being influenced by Pruitt maybe? Hines Ward ready to come home?

JSW73
JSW73

Need a change on the recruiting from with yet another player (#28) being kicked off the team.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

100k isn't going to get you a world beater for the slot. Somebody is tight with the pocketbook at UGA.

POAD2014
POAD2014

More deck chair rearranging on the Titanic?

DawginCO
DawginCO

@JSW73 It is obvious that some of this stuff gets covered up at other schools.  Bama is running into some issues now.  It isn't a matter of being able to control these kids, no one can do that.  Sorry but you can't  make anyone do anything.  All you can do is present choices.  

Coach Richt has tried the "just ride it out" method and the failure rate was too high.  Some of these kids just aren't able to wrap their minds around the concept of the simple fact that in the real world there are consequences to your actions.  They have been coddled in HS.  Their experience says that "the elite athlete gets away with just about everything".  They get to college and they have more freedom than they've ever had and they have no idea where the line actually is because they have never been held accountable.  

Coach Richt sees 80 something guys that are getting it and a handful that don't and has come to the conclusion it is better for the team (and those 80 or so other players) to just cut them loose.  Even if they are high quality athletes and good players.  JHC is a real talent but he may never realize his potential because he doesn't seem to get the action/consequence thing.


We as a society need to stop the Cult of the Athlete.  Elevating certain individuals above others and changing the rules for them does no one any good.

HotDawg
HotDawg

JSW73....Pretty much well documented that UGA is one of the harshest on discipline. Although "not the only one", as you say, very few other schools are close to level of discipline policy as UGA.

Others with lax discipline are basically ENABLERS.

DawginCO
DawginCO

@keendaddy  For the Dawgs to make proper use of Hines, Tony Ball would have to move on.  Hines would be an awesome WR coach.


If the Power 5 do get autonomy, then expect one of the first changes to be relaxing the staffing limitations.  They might go to 12 coaches.  If that happens then I'd go after Hines first thing.

DawginCO
DawginCO

@JSW73  The Dawgs recruit the same guys everyone else recruits.  Almost every one of our problem children were heavily recruited by other schools.

A hint for those that want to complain about discipline:  Lax discipline would not kick these players off the team.  They would be still on the team because lax discipline doesn't care what they do.  


The change has to happen at the societal level.  The kids have to stop being treated like demigods.  That is the problem.

JSW73
JSW73

Meant "front"

HotDawg
HotDawg

I once read recently a bamard said it is just an administrative position.

Which it is.

I'd say 100k is pretty good for an administrative position....who's being tight with the pocketbook?

Keep trying bamard. Roll turrd.

HotDawg
HotDawg

How's that Hunt-Days academic career going?

More evidence of the sinking ship at Tech?

Oh yeah, you guys have been sunk for years.

PoliticalOutsider
PoliticalOutsider

Poad2014

Only thing that's going down is your IQ and your wife.

JSW73
JSW73

@DawginCO @JSW73 I agree. Seems like everyone of Grantham's kids are getting booted. At this rate we won't have any DBs left on the roster except for the incoming ones.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

you know nothing about recruiting sport! Based on your post you know little about anything!

HotDawg
HotDawg

How do you know he doesn't have a job lined up?

Is it your's or anyone else's business?

Is there some law that reads he must publicly disclose what he is pursuing? Just because You want to know?

Of course not. You're just a nosy troll.

POAD2014
POAD2014

@HotDawg He is in school and working on his grades to get eligible for next season.

POAD2014
POAD2014

@PoliticalOutsider and what does your childish comment have to do with a coach leaving UGa for no apparent reason.

POAD2014
POAD2014

@HotDawg pretty much every time a sports coach or figure leaves a job we know within hours what their new jobs is because the new team or school makes an announcement.

HotDawg
HotDawg

That is funny, coming from the biggest flamethrower (poad).

PoliticalOutsider
PoliticalOutsider

When all you do is throw rocks, don't be a crybaby when somebody throws one back.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Not this time, nosy....

POAD2014
POAD2014

@PoliticalOutsider I throw rocks at your team not YOU. I don't start talking crap about posters. You baby pups always start with the personal attacks, homophobic or sexual crap.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Who said he is leaving for a school or team???

Could be a lucrative private business.

POAD2014
POAD2014

@HotDawg then he probably doesn't have a job yet and thus no annoucement.

DawginCO
DawginCO

@POAD2014  I think you are going to find out just how many such rants you have taken.  You are obsessed, classless little boy and oh boy do we have the posts to back that up.

You lose your fricking mind every time anybody points out what you  do.  Sorry it doesn't work that way.  If you dish it, you'd better be ready to take it.

You start the insults 90% of the time, child.  By trying to declare otherwise you only show how immature you really are.

 

keendaddy
keendaddy

So POAD, you're saying someone responding to your slurs towards UGA, is not playing fair? Do do realize how that sound, right? Where's the Official Rulebook, so's I can get a "proper" ruling....

HotDawg
HotDawg

Could be family business.

Either way, it is none of your business.

POAD2014
POAD2014

@DawginCO says you. I don't start calling people names i just respond to them.

POAD2014
POAD2014

@HotDawg sorry but it is OUR Business because an article about his leaving was posted for the WORLD to see.

keendaddy
keendaddy

POAD, sorry but you're overruled. We have home court advantage, and not many of the locals expect a serious answer from you, unless it's negative. How many Bulldawgs live in the Tech Post, and only post Negative comments about Tech? How do they make the casual Tech Fan feel? You love to dish it, but are offended by some retorts. I enjoy your post, but I'm an a**h***, lol...

PoliticalOutsider
PoliticalOutsider

keen

POAD is simply the typical GT fan. Their entire athletic program is a joke and they play in one of the weakest conferences in America. Despite practically giving tickets away, they still can't get more than 500 fans to show up for anything. So, when you live a pathetic existence, all you have are envious barbs to throw at the rival you will never be equal to. Sad.sad. Sad.

HotDawg
HotDawg

You have all the news offered....HE owes you no other information.

Get over it. It is NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS.

POAD2014
POAD2014

@HotDawg I never said it was my business I said it was ODD you maroon.

PoliticalOutsider
PoliticalOutsider

POAD

Wears panties? That's it? That's all you got?

Techies can't even talk trash. Sad, very sad.

OkieDawg
OkieDawg

I thought maroon was a color...maybe I'm just a moron.

HotDawg
HotDawg

You just posted a very short while ago "it is OUR business"... and don't lie and say you weren't speaking of his future employment. Because that is the content of our posts....

You maroon.

POAD2014
POAD2014

@PoliticalOutsider not talking trash just stating the FACT that the Women of UGa are the REAL Athletes that fill the Trophy Case with championships..

POAD2014
POAD2014

@HotDawg because you kept saying it wan't my business. From the start you ketp saying it was none of my business but I never said it was. Can you not Freaking READ

OkieDawg
OkieDawg

LOL...good one POAD. Ya got me!

HotDawg
HotDawg

Yes, I read very well. The entire posts were about his future employment. You implied he did not have a job simply because one was not reported.

I said you did not know whether that is true or not true. And he did not have to publicize if he had one or not. I said it was none of your business, and you kept pushing the subject. Then you said "it is OUR Business"......

Why don't you try READING?

You say things and then turn around and act like you didn't. Or act like you didn't mean what you said.

Just like other people said in this blog, you toss rocks, but you can't take it when your garbage is turned on you.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Poad....Btw, I was paraphrasing myself in last remark to you. I'll put the quotation marks in for exact quotes. So don't become more anal than you already are.