Consider the source of reports bad-mouthing UGA coaches

Secondhand sniping at Mark Richt isn't worth worrying about. (University of Georgia)

Secondhand sniping at Mark Richt isn't worth worrying about. (University of Georgia)

This seems to be a week for second-hand knocks on UGA’s football coaches.

First we had the much overblown report that Nash Nance, a quarterback whose main claim to a scholarship at the University of Tennessee appeared to be that he was the best friend of highly recruited receiver Da’Rick Rogers, told the Knoxville News-Sentinel that Rogers reneged on his commitment to Georgia because “the [UT] coaches are a lot more professional. He had a lot of bad dealings with Georgia coaches.”

Nash didn’t provide any specifics on those so-called bad dealings, but the natural suspicion among many in the Bulldog Nation is that what’s at the heart of Nash’s blast is that the UGA coaches wouldn’t guarantee to Rogers that they’d give his buddy a scholarship as well.

Whatever. Sounds like mean-spirited post-recruiting sour grapes.

But on top of having his professionalism questioned by a kid who UGA snubbed, Mark Richt has also gotten some blowback from a source reportedly close to former Georgia safety Makiri Pugh, who decided after spring practice to leave UGA apparently because he didn’t think he was going to get much playing time.

Pugh plans to transfer to Colorado, his high school position coach has told The Athens Banner-Herald. That in itself isn’t all that interesting since he’ll have to sit out a year and so won’t be playing against his former teammates. And Pugh is free to go to whatever school will have him since Richt gave him an unconditional release, as is his custom with transfers.

But John Kranish, one of Pugh’s former coaches at Independence High School in Charlotte, told the ABH that Pugh was “very disappointed” in Georgia because he says that some of the other Division I schools that Pugh contacted did not get a return call from Richt or former Georgia defensive coordinator Willie Martinez, now on the staff at Oklahoma. Kranish says North Carolina State and some other ACC schools wanted to talk to UGA about the circumstances behind Pugh leaving.

What Martinez does or does not do is, fortunately, no longer our concern. But Kranish’s implication is that Richt didn’t care enough about Pugh as a player to help place him at another school.

First of all, let’s acknowledge there’s always the possibility that the picture Kranish paints is incomplete or even completely inaccurate. This is another second-hand account, with nothing directly from the player involved.

But assuming that calls to Butts-Mehre about Pugh did indeed go unanswered, what can we take from this?

Richt could have put restrictions on where Pugh transferred, as some other coaches do, but he didn’t. Beyond that, does he really owe Pugh anything? The head coach of a major school is a pretty busy guy. Should he be expected to spend time trying to place a guy who has bailed on his program?

And there’s another way of looking at the situation, as the Senator touched on in Get the Picture: Perhaps this falls in the “if you don’t have anything good to say about someone, don’t say anything at all” department.

It could be that Richt decided Pugh’s chances of landing at a decent program would be improved by him not honestly discussing the reasons the player wasn’t getting much time on the field at Georgia.

So we have a disgruntled player from another school who didn’t get recruited by Richt and a disgruntled former player who mostly rode the bench bad-mouthing the UGA staff.

Stack that up against the nine years of evidence that Richt is probably the nicest and most caring guy in the SEC coaching ranks and the beaucoup testimonials from the many players who’ve stuck with his program and thrived, and I don’t think anyone in Athens needs to lose a wink of sleep over this “bad” publicity.

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Sam

June 8th, 2010
11:32 am

This smells of “over coddled teenager athlete syndrome” where a young athlete who really has not accomplished much of anything thinks the world owes him (or her) everything.

Bremen Dawg

June 8th, 2010
11:34 am

We only want true breed dawgs. If your not a true dawg, then get the heck out of Athens.

Bremen Dawg

June 8th, 2010
11:36 am

Yep Sam, that is what the new generation thinks.

RxDawg

June 8th, 2010
11:38 am

But Bill, why can’t everyone have anything they want? We shouldn’t have to work hard for playing time? We are the generation of everyone wins all the time. They should just give every SEC team a championship trophey for showing up to play. We’ll all hold hands and skip off to happy land.

RxDawg

June 8th, 2010
11:41 am

“Should he be expected to spend time trying to place a guy who has bailed on his program?”

Now that my sarcasm is is turned off, the answer is hell no.

RxDawg

June 8th, 2010
11:43 am

JJ

June 8th, 2010
11:43 am

Da’Rick possibly won’t go to a bowl game

JB

June 8th, 2010
11:46 am

We are lucky to have the AJC and the 5 or 6 guys who write about UGA football almost daily and it’s not even football season, even reporting out of order toilets at team headquarters. Why you ask, because it gets hits. look at ANY story say about the HAWKS, and maybe 20 people will blog. Mention Georgia/ Florida football, expect 300-500 hits. The people who pay the bills at the AJC like that. They sell ads based on that. Georgia Tech Women’s softball get no one. Dig It. That why this non story about Pugh is a story at all. UGA sells.

Sean C.

June 8th, 2010
11:47 am

WELL SAID! Thanks Mr. King. Keep up the good work.

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Reality Check

June 8th, 2010
12:03 pm

What a mess this has turned into for UGA, wonder if this effects recruiting that “dream team”. With the recent transfers from UGA this couldn’t have come at a worse time.

“Gators do their dreaming with their eyes wide open, and we do our looking back with our eyes closed”

The Commander in Chief of the Bulldawg Nations Spokesperson

June 8th, 2010
12:06 pm

“First of all, let’s acknowledge there’s always the possibility that the picture Kranish paints is incomplete or even completely inaccurate. This is another second-hand account, with nothing directly from the player involved.” And 3rd of all it could be true about Saint Richt, but of course until one of his son’s 30 years from now coaches for a rival against Jawja, Saint Richt is safe from criticism. How funny of the Hump nation to criticise a 18 yearold kid just because he changed his mind about your beloved humpers.

JB

June 8th, 2010
12:06 pm

Do a story on the players who have left Bama since Saban has been there and the circumstances of why they left. Even almighty Bama has them bailing. Mostly broken promises and over rated talent.
These kids that sign at BIG schools look at their newspaper write ups from High school and can’t handle being 2 nd and 3rd string………

JB

June 8th, 2010
12:08 pm

Reality Check……The ONLY thing it affects is a BIGGER dream team class. another spot just opened.

Anyone here ever been in a management position?

June 8th, 2010
12:13 pm

In the business world, all a manager can say about a past employee is the answer to this question: Would you hire her/him again? Otherwise, to chat him/her up is to ask for possible litigation. It is the world that we live in folks. Get real …………..children do not know anything about the real world and will not till age 25 or so.

Children under age 22 or so, dominate this blog, so most comments about the U of this or the U of that are simply …………irrelevant.

Go Dogs.

Mike

June 8th, 2010
12:14 pm

Rogers and Nash……rump rangers.

Reality Check

June 8th, 2010
12:14 pm

JB, you sound like a true DAWG fan. All this bad publicity pitting the UGA staff against former recruits & these recent transfers simply tranlates into BIGGER dreams for UGA. I think you nailed it.

Ace

June 8th, 2010
12:14 pm

Nice guys finished outside the top 25 last year.

need_it_now

June 8th, 2010
12:15 pm

C’mon guys, this is the age we live in. Everything has to be instant— faster, and more improved.
faster internet, faster food, faster “change”, faster “I want what is owed me” faster cars, faster, faster, faster,—until you retire– then you want to slow down. lol No thanks–I don’t want these two in Athens, they must to much “Reality” TV.

Cleaning house and attitude adjustments

June 8th, 2010
12:18 pm

Maybe this yoiung man Mr. Pugh was part of the old LOUSY D attitude of CWM and Co. Maybe he did not embrace the new D coaching regime ………….in life, if you resist change, you should move on. Mr Pugh did that so good luck. He is old news …………..just like the former Bama Qb thatsigned with Ga State U recently ………..it happens people …………any organization sees change …………it is natural.

Former ALL PRO Terrell Davis TRANSFERED IN to UGA ………he did nothing till about the tech game and the Gator Bowl vs Mich State but he came TO UGA. See? Some come ……..some go. Who cares??

Go Dogs.

need_it_now

June 8th, 2010
12:18 pm

Sorry–Manufactured Drama TV–also know as “Reality” TV–This is for people who don’t have enough “drama” or “responsibilities” in their life–total garbage.

Chris Petersen

June 8th, 2010
12:19 pm

I hope this dream class sticks together when Richt is fired after his 6-6 season. I am going finally put all of the talent the Dawgs have to good use when I become the Head Coach in Athens in 2011.

Hutson Mason

June 8th, 2010
12:21 pm

Dont nobody talk about no Reality TV!!

JB

June 8th, 2010
12:21 pm

Reality….. it’s a business. Richt is to soft on stuff like this. If your Daughter had to Marry Saban, Meyer or Richt, which one would you want for her………………….I thought so.

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Hutson Mason

June 8th, 2010
12:23 pm

I wouldn’t go there JB, dont be talking any soft hard comments.

JB

June 8th, 2010
12:23 pm

ACE…..where are your Vols picked this year?

Peyton Manning

June 8th, 2010
12:24 pm

JB, I think the Dogs were picked above the Vols last year. Hmmmmmmmmmmm.

Dawg 39

June 8th, 2010
12:28 pm

I agree totally with this blog. CMR is a nice guy, a caring person, & a terrific HC.

FWIW

June 8th, 2010
12:29 pm

I’ll bet Logan Gray feels like he got screwed by Richt.

Didnt Carver-Columbus HC Dell Magee feel like UGA screwed Devin Burns by withdrawing the cholly wen he arrived in Athens?

Just in case you forgot:
http://blogs.ajc.com/recruiting/2009/07/21/carver-columbus-coach-bans-uga-recruiters/

Sounds like criticisms are coming from LOTS of diffferent source.

dap01

June 8th, 2010
12:32 pm

Sounds like a 2nd rate high school complaining about something.

Roll Tide

June 8th, 2010
12:34 pm

Hopefully Rogers flunks out at UT, and UT is stuck with that dufus-looking Nance for 4 years . . .

Harvey Milk

June 8th, 2010
12:35 pm

I agreeee Dawg 39, Mark is just wonnnnderfulllll.

Peyton Manning

June 8th, 2010
12:38 pm

I am the greatest player ever to play at Tenn, and i never won a National Championship. But don’t let that get in the way of trash talking. Matthew Stafford was obviously coached by morons who can’t coach according to the genuises that talk about football all day and need to get jobs.

Roy Wood

June 8th, 2010
12:38 pm

I think its funny all this about firing M R I cant think of anyone I would care about hiring that is available.Even Dooley had a few bad yrs and he was the best UGA ever Had.I hope Richt stays at UGA as long as he wants too.There are sure a lot of Fair weather Fans writing on this blog must be relatives of Ray Goff.

1970 Dawg

June 8th, 2010
12:40 pm

@FWIW, they may be coming from lots of different sources (as always) but NONE THAT MATTER.

DDPO

June 8th, 2010
12:41 pm

CMR didn’t take care of Decory Bryant after he was no longer on the team… Why should Pugh be treated any differently?

UGA

June 8th, 2010
12:43 pm

Appreciate your concern, FWIW, but shouldn’t you be more concerned about your fat-assed coach’s propensity for getting stomped in bowl games?

steven

June 8th, 2010
12:44 pm

Carvell is a moron for posting the article in the first place.

The Real Deal

June 8th, 2010
12:51 pm

Nash Nance was going to lose his starting position at QB at a single A school while at Darlington. That’s why he left. There is a reason why UGA didn’t recruit him.

John MAC

June 8th, 2010
12:51 pm

Nash and his dad sound like the father-son pair from Friday Night Lights.

Matthew Stafford

June 8th, 2010
12:53 pm

Hey Peyton, I might not of won a national championship, but at least I was smart enough to leave with at least a win against the gators.

Christian Lemay

June 8th, 2010
12:53 pm

I can relate to DaRick, he’s a me guy like………ME!!

Greensboro, Georgia

June 8th, 2010
12:54 pm

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….. Nesbitt for Heisman …..
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Greensboro, Georgia

June 8th, 2010
12:55 pm

Neanderthal for Heisman

BIG BEN & METT

June 8th, 2010
12:57 pm

We are going to the club tonight….

AllenWaters

June 8th, 2010
12:59 pm

Thanks for replacing TT with a UGA qb!!! You should have at least shown 2007 with our defense takng care of business. Let UF show all pics they want. Since ZM was an idiot, please do the same and show our 2 quarterbacks! ZM, go to the girls club of your choce! Welcome HM! I am from Savannah and we have a lot of fans in Asia!
Captain Allen Waters

PMC

June 8th, 2010
12:59 pm

Let’s just let this die. It’s honestly much ado about nothing.

Honest Lee

June 8th, 2010
1:01 pm

If Senator Blutarsky is espousing the “if you don’t have anything good to say about someone, don’t say anything at all” theory, when will he be shutting down his blog?

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

June 8th, 2010
1:01 pm

good stuff. super athletes in HS now are becoming more and more diva like. CMR will give every kid an opportunity, if he deserves it. See our QBs in the past.