Mark Richt says Georgia may pursue Penn State players

Mark Richt said he and his assistants already have gone over Penn State's two-deep roster. (AP photo)

Mark Richt said he and his assistants already have gone over Penn State's two-deep roster. (AP photo)

Penn State avoided the “death penalty Monday,” but NCAA sanctions were so severe — including a four-year bowl ban — that players are being allowed to transfer to another school without having to sit out a year.

Will Georgia pounce? Possibly so.

Coach Mark Richt said at a fans’ “UGA Day”  Monday night, “Some colleges are going to be interested in some of their players, and we’re one of those schools. It’s pretty well-documented that we’re under our 85[-scholarship] limit. We’ll try to get in touch with some of these young men and see if they’re interested.”

Approached by a few media members following the event, Richt said he and his assistants already have gone over over Penn State’s two-deep roster. But he was vague — probably intentionally — on what (or how many) players Georgia would pursue.

“We do have some space available and if somebody fits a need and they’re excited about coming we would look into that possibility,” he said at the Cobb Galleria Centre. “There may not be anybody. But we’re at least going to explore. … I don’t want people to think we’re trying to load up a bunch of them. It could be zero, it could be one or two.”

Richt believes coaches are limited to one recruiting phone call per week per player, but admits, “We don’t have a whole lot of previous relationships with kids on that team.”

Personally, I don’t know what structure, if any, the NCAA has set up for this. But this seemingly could get pretty chaotic if all the nation’s coaches start descending on Penn State players.

“I’m sure there were some young man who were recruited by Georgia, as well as every other school,” athletic director Greg McGarity said. “I’m sure it will be active both ways as far as these young men who may or may not want to stay. But it hasn’t even been 24 hours. So it may be jumping the gun for individuals to be assuming things are going to happen. Penn State is still going to play, obviously. There’s some restrictions but it’s not like they’re canceling the football season.”

Some other comments from Monday night:

McGarity on the NCAA’s sanctions against Penn State: “I think it’ll take 48 to 72 hours to digest everything. I’m interested to read the documents to see all the information that’s there, other than just the high points. Like the president of Oregon State said, this is like a gut check for everybody to make sure their house is in order. In all situations like this, whether it’s this or Southern Cal, it’s lessons learned.”

McGarity on the NCAA penalizing Penn State for non-competitive issues: “There’s several areas of NCAA rule book that talks about ethics, talks about reporting violations, and whether that’s a violation of NCAA rules or just basic principles of life…”

McGarity also said he and his senior staff went over every page of the Freeh Report when it came out ‘just to make sure we weren’t missing anything.”

Dogs basketball coach Mark Fox on the NCAA’s decision: “We’re talking about crimes against children. Let’s just hope – and there’s no comparison here, because the offenses are different – but will the NCAA be as stiff with people who cheat to get a competitive advantage? For them to get involved in this, it’s groundbreaking.”

Fox on Mark Emmert being compared to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell: “I’ll say this: Roger Goodell is the one commissioner who’s not afraid to penalize his stars. He’s not afraid to say, ‘This is how it’s gonna be.’ I have a lot of respect for how he operates on the whole. It’s what leaders are supposed to do.”

Previously

– NCAA hits Penn State hard but not hard enough (with video)

– Penn State deserves ‘death penalty’ for Sandusky cover-up

By Jeff Schultz

431 comments Add your comment

Not Disappointed!

July 23rd, 2012
9:33 pm

This should be interesting!

Frenchie

July 23rd, 2012
9:43 pm

What a sick business.

Hennessy

July 23rd, 2012
9:50 pm

@Frenchie what is so sick about giving players that had nothin to do with the situation an opportunity to play at an elite program in the sec?

LakeDawg

July 23rd, 2012
9:52 pm

Obviously nothing has changed in college football. Football programs will be descending on the PSU players like vultures to gain a competitive edge. Dog eat dog. Nothing matters but winning and revenue.

hmmmm.........

July 23rd, 2012
9:53 pm

What a nice Christian move poaching a team that’s going through so much! Actually Im all for it anything that can make the team better. After all the it’s not the football players fault why should they be punished. Who do they have at RB and on the O line. Penn State usually has great LBers

LakeDawg

July 23rd, 2012
9:54 pm

However, UGA doesn’t have a legend at coach that can get by with overlooking rape. Bama on the other hand……….

BG

July 23rd, 2012
10:00 pm

Jeff, Mark Richt and every coach in the SEC will be looking at picking up some of their players.

I am just saying that ...........

July 23rd, 2012
10:03 pm

It would be great for UGA to pick up two big boy O linemen. We also could use one more decent corner back for depth and a safety. Another running back …….. would be unlikely to come to UGA but if we could get a good un, why not?

Here is the deal ……………….only schools that HAVE ROOM can even pursue these kids and if UGA has room, go after them. Ohio St also very likely has room and maybe W Virginia, are the likely beneficiaries of this awful circumstance of kids looking to leave or decommitt.

UGA could use 2 or 3 max. We would NOT be guilty of tampering IF the kid is looking to bolt PSU.

georgia dogsie

July 23rd, 2012
10:04 pm

this might be Duke’s chance

Larry

July 23rd, 2012
10:04 pm

“What a nice Christian move poaching a team that’s going through so much! ”

Jeff, I’ll pay you a nice Christmas bonus if you’d do us all a favor and just pull the switch on the hopelessly ignorant of this magnitude.

And to think this pinhead could actually mate and reproduce! Geez!

tenn.DAWG

July 23rd, 2012
10:06 pm

It’s good to see CMR and staff are being proactive.

Butter Bean Floyd

July 23rd, 2012
10:06 pm

“We’ll try to get in touch with some of these young men and see if they’re interested” Try? Lets face it Mark Richt simply cant recruit. I bet Saban Will Pick up some players at Penn state if he wants them. Hope this Richt clown is gone after this season and Georgia goes out and gets a real winner!

Nick

July 23rd, 2012
10:06 pm

Nice Christian move? Can’t wait for the responses to that bonehead comment.
Douche.

Columbus

July 23rd, 2012
10:09 pm

Scholarships IMMEDIATELY available at UGA. God works in mysterious ways….takes from the sinner to give to the obedient son? I could see that. Anyway…UGA will get a couple of Penn ST. players since we have available scholarships and immediate playing time at a few positions….

Bama will probably go after some too and just tell some commits from the last year or 2 or seniors even, we cant use you this year., will you take a medical redshirt or something?…LOL

LakeDawg

July 23rd, 2012
10:13 pm

Well, if we must compete with the sinner Satan, I guess we could use a couple O-linemen. LOL

Dawg Bite

July 23rd, 2012
10:13 pm

I am not sure as to where these PSU guys are from, but I doubt that many will be looking at the UGA program. I would assume that OSU and maybe ND will be ready to pounce, but really now, SEC brethren? Oh yea, Bama did play them from time to time, so maybe them. UGA on their short list, I doubt that. JMHO

Butter Bean Floyd

July 23rd, 2012
10:13 pm

The only reason Ricky Bobby Richt is being vague is because he knows he probably wont be able to land any of the Penn State players.

TVFan

July 23rd, 2012
10:14 pm

What a very sad day to be a fan of Penn State. I agree with your first comment LakeDawg.

Columbus

July 23rd, 2012
10:17 pm

Nick you are out of touch with Christianity and what it means evidently. UGA has spots. UGA wouldbe IDIOTS to not try to get a transferring athlete if and show interest in them. A Christian should sit back and not say nothing to the kids? Have you ever learned the heart of God and Jesus? Penn St MUST reap what they sowed so A Christian coach is not able to benefit? Where did you learn that? God takes from the sinners to give to the righteous matter of factly. Where did you learn about the ways of God? You even go to church regularly? What in the world are you talking about? You have an idea about what being a Christian is about that is not backed by sound biblical teaching and truths. UGA should not be in the market for a transferring athlete? You are ignorant and obviously young. I hope you arent over 40 with comments like that….you need your mind renewed regardless brother! Listen to Joseph Prince, John Hagee, Jesse Duplantis, Creflo Dollar, Jentzen Franklin. Christians are not too fing pleaseure in anothers problems or sorrow. Penn St did themselves in. The NCAA says ALL players can leave. But not to UGA, they have a Christian coach?! Let Satan, I mean Saban get them and get even stronger and cut some players off his already ful roster. Nick you are ignorant and lack wisdom and common sense and seem to be a fault-finder instead brother…whats your deal? You dont have a clue! LOL

Earl Hickey

July 23rd, 2012
10:18 pm

Someone should warn Richt he might run the risk of accidently recruiting a white guy if he goes after some Penn St. players.

[...] the Bulldog Club meeting, Georgia coach Mark Richt said that while his coaches “don’t have a whole lot of previous relationships with kids on that team,” he said he would at least explore the possibility of luring a transfer to [...]

RickyBobby

July 23rd, 2012
10:23 pm

Maybe John Thomas made a good impression on some of the players since he is now working at UGA

Techster

July 23rd, 2012
10:29 pm

What a sicko. Perverse set of values.

gadawg

July 23rd, 2012
10:30 pm

Butter Bean Floyd, you strick me as a big fat bellied, snuff dipping, ingorant moron. Why don’t you just go back to your double wide and have sex with your fat hog wife.

SSIgator

July 23rd, 2012
10:30 pm

you mean the “big slow” school that all of the ugag fans make fun of? Those guys? All of a sudden they are interested in them? Must be that St. Richt needs some more souls to save. Too funny.

Techster

July 23rd, 2012
10:30 pm

Vulture recruiting.

marty

July 23rd, 2012
10:32 pm

Given the number of scholarships we have available, UGA should sign PSU’s entire offensive line and solve a chronic problem.

Veteran Fan

July 23rd, 2012
10:35 pm

This is so wrong! The NCAA is grandstanding in a matter that does not concern them! Their fine weakens Penn State’s ability to settle with the victims in their pursuit of justice! It is sick in a bizarre way that once again the win-at-all-costs, constantly on probation(LSU, Alabama, etc) coaches of the SEC will descend on a very clean program at Penn State to pick at the carcass after NCAA hypocrites have finished with it! Be careful as any program could be next after this unprecedented and no appeal arbitrary action! The latest reports indicate that PSU was threatened with the death penalty if they didn’t accept this possibly illegal action!

Frenchie

July 23rd, 2012
10:37 pm

College football is a sad microcosm of reality in the good ole usa.

Here is the lesson from Penn State

July 23rd, 2012
10:48 pm

People – please don’t base your support of any university on the wins and success of the football team. Support your university because you want them to teach their students something.

We don’t need presidents, ad’s, coaches and boards feeling so much pressure to maintain donations and support. This pressure causes them to try and cover up mistakes and protect wrongdoers within the athletics programs.

Q: Can you name another nation where universities put athletic programs ahead of their academic and educational missions? A: No, you cannot.

KJ

July 23rd, 2012
10:50 pm

Ugh, I really hate when the AJC homepage tricks me into clicking on a Schultz article. They should color those links differently; brown would probably be the most appropriate color.

“you mean the “big slow” school that all of the ugag fans make fun of? ”

Nobody does this. You don’t have to remind everyone of what an idiot loser you are every few hours, you know.

Son of Sammy Davis Jr, Jr

July 23rd, 2012
10:52 pm

Don’t know if they would be able to stand the sweet smell of mash that saturates Athens when the soft, gentle breeze blows down from the Georgia mountains.

Smitty

July 23rd, 2012
10:53 pm

Someone is going to go after their best….way not UGA too? I know this sounds wrong but their loss is someones gain.

Smitty

July 23rd, 2012
10:53 pm

Sorry….why not UGA too.

bucket

July 23rd, 2012
10:54 pm

@ Butterbean – Yeah UGA has absolutely no chance to land any of these players. It’s not like UGA now has a S&C coach who was @ Penn State!

Smitty

July 23rd, 2012
10:56 pm

Here is the lesson…..sorry but football pays a lot of bills and provides education to a lot of students that are not football players.

SC Ace

July 23rd, 2012
10:56 pm

Honestly… how many Penn St. players have the chops to play in the SEC? Probably some, but certainly not all. I’d bet O-Line is the best bet to find help.

kingdaddy

July 23rd, 2012
10:57 pm

You idiot trolls. Richt is damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t. You spiin everything to look bad no matter what we do. Worry about your own schools. We don’t need or want your advice. There’s 96 kids on the Penn St. Roster, and many are looking for an honorable exit. You trolls want to make this something slimey, because that’s what trolls do. If even one of these kids wants to leave that program, its his business, not yours. The only thing slimey here is all the trolls that need to STHU, and mind your own business. Your schools will probably benifit too and you’ll say nothing as always. Losers…

Smitty

July 23rd, 2012
11:04 pm

UGA would not turn down a good big experienced OL

Shark Punch!

July 23rd, 2012
11:07 pm

Yeah, I’m sure these Penn Staters can hardly wait to come down south and play for a bunch of yokels who suggested that their school be burnt to the ground.

Wild Bill

July 23rd, 2012
11:12 pm

We’ll probably end up losing players to Penn State…lol

capstoneman

July 23rd, 2012
11:14 pm

Lake Dog…get real…BAMA has always won…you sound so pathetic; Uga will do what they feel is best….again, you are a dog that needs to learn a lot…BAMA has won the last 2 out 3 years Nat championships…14 lake dog…don’t be a little bitch dawg….you just look stupid and pathetic!

funny...

July 23rd, 2012
11:18 pm

If I was a player there I would be transferring.

Might be a chance to shore up the O-line and get some players to come to a successful program.

Call it revenge for the early 80’s when PSU beat Georgia in the Sugar Bowl.

Bammer

July 23rd, 2012
11:18 pm

UGA is doing the poaching…there is nothing in this article about Bama at all. But the douchebags that are LakeDawg and Veteran can’t let a blog go by with somehow twisting EVERYTHING into Alabama and Saban’s fault. You especially LakeDawg are a pathetic pos and your act is beyond tired.

Man up and stop blaming a successful program for all of your petty insecurities.

be careful

July 23rd, 2012
11:22 pm

leave those kids alone…they have enough on their plate as it is; now some outlaw school from the sec comes along trying to introduce them to the seamier side of college football…uga = trash…

Professor Max Roland Reinhart

July 23rd, 2012
11:30 pm

Well, they are used to negative behaviour by the admin, coaches & players.

Sounds like they’ll fit right in with the Rev and the Crime Dogs…

Big Crimson 75

July 23rd, 2012
11:40 pm

Lakedog — you’re a joke.
@9:54…..Rape isn’t anything to play with.
Have some class.
Try something else to spew your hatred and stupidity.
Woof woof

Fats OKelly

July 23rd, 2012
11:49 pm

Wipe Penn State clean. Leave nothing but the bones for em. Serves em right

Buzz2011

July 23rd, 2012
11:51 pm

No PSU players would ever play for the undisciplined farce that
Richt runs in Athens area, sorry…

Big Crimson 75

July 23rd, 2012
11:57 pm

Buzz2001 — on the money. Cheers!