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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GT Dog

June 8th, 2010
1:03 pm

I don’t see what the big deal is here. I haven’t seen a direct quote from anyone involved with UGA, past or present.

As a matter of fact, I don’t recall reading too many negative comments from former UGA players regarding MR over the past 9 years. I do recall quite a few nice stories about his honesty and compassion. Several stand out: The kid who went to Arkansas (Ahmad Black? Ahmad Carroll?), T. Kearney, The QB who tranferred 2 years ago, Shaun Chappas, Z. Mettenberger. Even the young man who just sued the school had nice things to say about Richt.

D. Rogers and M. Pugh? Best of luck in the future. I’m sure they’re both nice kids or they wouldn’t have been recruited in the first place. Nance thinks a bunch of fat-ass old men ripping their shirts off to impress a bunch of young boys is professional? Please…and really, what makes you think an 18 year old kid has any clue what “professional” means? The only “professionals” he’s ever been in contact with are the Volunteer Girl escorts in Knoxville….

On second thought, yeah…I guess the UGA coaching staff isn’t NEARLY as “professional” as ol’ Lacey or whatever that tramp’s name was….too funny

GT Dog

June 8th, 2010
1:03 pm

Sorry, LMAO here…………

Red

June 8th, 2010
1:05 pm

The problem with kids (elementary, high school, and college) these days is they feel entitled to what they think they deserve. It’s the years of coddling from their parents and feelings of stardom…Nance being a great example of this. These kids were so used to being treated like stars that they can’t/won’te accept reality.

The problem with kids (elementary, high school, and college) these days is they feel entitled to what they think they deserve. It’s the years of coddling from their parents and feelings of stardom…Nance being a great example of this. These kids were so used to being treated like stars that they can’t/won’te accept reality.

Helen Hunt

June 8th, 2010
1:06 pm

Do you guys really think Mark Richt looks like me?

Best of Atlanta

June 8th, 2010
1:06 pm

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.. Nesbitt for Heisman ..
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Helen Hunt

June 8th, 2010
1:07 pm

Red, we get it ok, you dont have to repeat yourself.

Dumb animals

June 8th, 2010
1:07 pm

Ther are no “true breeds” in Athens. What you have are “inbreds”.

worst of atlanta

June 8th, 2010
1:08 pm

___________________
Reggie Ball for Heisman
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Jaybo Shaw

June 8th, 2010
1:09 pm

Paul Johnson ate off my plate at dinner and I could’nt gain weight. That’s why I transfered.

I am from Calhoun

June 8th, 2010
1:09 pm

Nash Nance will never get off the bench at Tenn

Russ, the Temporary Mascot

June 8th, 2010
1:10 pm

I don’t want to speak badly about Coach Richt but he is an a$$ painter. It happened on his watch. I would go back for another season but not with a painted a$$.

new reader

June 8th, 2010
1:11 pm

splain it too me Russ.

UK THOROUGHBRED

June 8th, 2010
1:11 pm

BOOOOOO UT BOOOOOO UT

DaRick

June 8th, 2010
1:12 pm

The real reason I bolted: I didn’t like the Grambling State Uni’s in the Fla game.

Funny

June 8th, 2010
1:15 pm

WAAAAA WAAAAA Nobody likes me WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

Ace

June 8th, 2010
1:16 pm

When UT plays UGA — a good game would be 0-0, no 1st downs and it rains the whole game.

Red

June 8th, 2010
1:16 pm

Helen, you were awesome in Twister. Loved the tank top!

Hotel Shreveport

June 8th, 2010
1:17 pm

Got any extra tickets to this year’s Advocare 100 Bowl ?

DAWG Dummy

June 8th, 2010
1:17 pm

Cheer up Dawg Fans….We are the best in the US. We will win it all. Just wait, everyone else will be crying after we beat another 6-7 team in Shreveport in december!!!!!!!!!!

Helen Hunt

June 8th, 2010
1:18 pm

I jump off high dives just like Mark does, but I tan much easier.

How2fish

June 8th, 2010
1:19 pm

Ace how many times in the last decade has your team ended the year outside the top 25. If your honest I bet its more than once…

LOL

June 8th, 2010
1:19 pm

Why are Tech fans so obsessed with our temporary mascot’s ass?

4th Dawg in the SEC East

June 8th, 2010
1:24 pm

Hey UT fans, we have 4th in the SEC locked down this year. You will have yo settle for 3rd

Top Ranked Punter

June 8th, 2010
1:26 pm

I want to go to Georgia. Us punters are usually ingnored at so called major colleges but hell, Georgias punters and kickers are the stars of the team. There’s only one school for me, hey my brothers a long-snapper!

dawginmemphis

June 8th, 2010
1:27 pm

The Nash Nance saga is like the Mitch Mustain saga. Only Nash Nance is not half as good as Mustain.

BullDawgBlood

June 8th, 2010
1:30 pm

It is obvious the nice “Richt” was losing out. We were #1 in the land and got a whooping from Bama, UF, and most dreadfully to Yech. Then last year we lost to very subpar teams in UK, UT, the heartbreaking loss to LSU, the usual loss to UF. Richt probably feels he has to change. Change is good! Once the good guy had to fire his friend in Martinez his whole landscape/worldview likely changed as well. He has certainly ran off a couple of players and dropped a back-up QB very fast. The ol’ Richt would have kept the others around out of loyalty and his Christian nature would have given the QB another chance. This is not the ol’ Richt! This is one that will likely win more games.

Rival Fans Really?

June 8th, 2010
1:32 pm

Yall make me proud to be a Gerogia Bulldawg fan..Keep it up morons, your posts are clueless and classless….the more you post, the better we look…

Top Ranked Punter

June 8th, 2010
1:37 pm

Please read the “Rival Fans Really” post slowly and be encouraged that at least most of the words are spelled correctly! Hey, it’s a Georgia site!

Ric Flair

June 8th, 2010
1:39 pm

Whoooooooooooo

Rick S

June 8th, 2010
1:42 pm

I agree with Bill King’s article “Consider the source of reports bad-mouthing UGA coaches,” and further more this is only the tip of the iceburg with recruits who do not understand the meaning of the word “committment”. This is a free country and if decide you do not want to stand behind your word and be loyal to your state school then be prepared for the repercussions and fallout afterward!

Paul in RDU

June 8th, 2010
1:44 pm

dap01 June 8th, 2010 12:32 pm Sounds like a 2nd rate high school complaining about something

Charlotte Independence a 2nd rate high school? Winners of something like 7 consecutive NC AAAAA championships? Alma mater of Chris Leak, Hakeem Nicks, Mo Mass, Joe Cox?
Yep – UGA doesn’t need to have good relationships with the HS coaches in the Charlotte area – you never get good players out of Independence, Butler, Providence or South Mech

Head up my #@$

June 8th, 2010
1:47 pm

Nice post Rick S, are you listening future Georgia recruits:

“This is a free country and if decide you do not want to stand behind your word and be loyal to your state school then be prepared for the repercussions and fallout afterward!”

Macho Man

June 8th, 2010
1:48 pm

Snap into a Slim Jim!

AceDawg

June 8th, 2010
1:53 pm

Yeah, I wouldn’t worry much about these players’ accusations. The Pugh accusations would be the only ones to even remotely care about, but there is no way 100% of UGA recruits and players will be fully happy. I imagine Pugh was going to get the playing time he earned/deserved.

Pope UGA XXIII

June 8th, 2010
1:53 pm

Don’t buy this one for one second. For whatever reason, the player
is free to transfer if he feels he will get more playing time elsewhere.
My guess is that CMR was willing to help young Zach the quarterback
select a JC and clean up his act.
Where was all of the righteous indignation when Jaybo Shaw moved
to Georgia Southern ??

to whom it may concern

June 8th, 2010
1:55 pm

To anyone that says this is a mess you must not be a real fan and you sure don’t know much about football this stuff happens all the time and as mr king said when coach richt is accused of something like this nobody believes it . so i say to the people that are trying to make this out to be a disaster get your medication refilled and get a life

DawginLex

June 8th, 2010
2:02 pm

The way richt helped the linebacker that couldn’t get into UGA but ended up at Miss State, why doesn’t that get discussed?

Nash’s father is a classless baboon. Take the criticism for what it is worth and consider the source.

sCHLOPPY jOES

June 8th, 2010
2:03 pm

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NESBITT FOR WORST PASSER EVER
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UGA XX

June 8th, 2010
2:05 pm

Thug U – from the top all the way down to you loser fans on the bottom.

Reality

June 8th, 2010
2:07 pm

Nesbitt for Heisman!!

ryan

June 8th, 2010
2:15 pm

Junk yard Dog is coming back baby with a vengeance all you haters out there be careful what you wish for be afraid be very afraid.

FLA DAWG

June 8th, 2010
2:19 pm

You should be above this Bill. This kind of non story commenting amounts to absolutely nothing. Did you just have blank space to fill for your column? Your pieces are usually much more substantive than this.

sCHLOPPY jOES

June 8th, 2010
2:23 pm

FLA DAWG–WHY DONT YOU WRITE AN ARTICLE THEN YOU BIG DOOSH

Dawg Trainer

June 8th, 2010
2:23 pm

These are the only sources I consider: 51-33, 35-14, and 45-19. Who can refute the truth?

BigGAdawg

June 8th, 2010
2:24 pm

Bill, You are once again correct!
The fact that Pugh was not likely to get much playing time is all the prospective coaches need to hear from UGA.
As far as those Nancy’s from UT — everything that needs to be said to them will be said on the field. I suspect that Dooley putting Duh’rick on the field against UGA this year might constitute child abuse.

Dawg 84

June 8th, 2010
2:27 pm

Reality: Ealey for Heisman

1eyedJack

June 8th, 2010
2:27 pm

Maybe Mark Ingram will let Nesbitt look at his Heisman.

papadawg

June 8th, 2010
2:29 pm

Why do you even report what a high schooler has to say anyway. These kids are #1 in everyones eyes from pop warner thru high school and then they get to College where they’re not #1 anymore and some can’t take it. Grow up, be a man and not cry to mommy that Coach doesn’t love me.

Flushed out of the pocket

June 8th, 2010
2:32 pm

Time to get another Recruiting coordinator. Richt should have fired Garner along with Willie and the rest of those clowns . UGA needs to recruit players with better character instead of these lime lite grabbers and prima donnas. CMR needs to quit peddling Fords and Carpet and Win Championships or his days are numbered.

1eyedJack

June 8th, 2010
2:34 pm

Scout.com had Makiri Pugh rated as the 66th best safety in the 2008 signing class. He probably should have gone to NC State to begin with if he wanted to play.