Will multiyear scholarships give Dawgs a recruiting edge?

Mark Richt has always viewed scholarship offers as a multiyear commitment. (Associated Press)

Mark Richt has always viewed scholarship offers as a multiyear commitment. (Associated Press)

The proposal to allow schools to give student athletes multiyear scholarships, instead of annual scholarships that must be renewed every year, was upheld (just barely) last week in a vote of the NCAA membership, despite quite a few coaches not being on board with the idea.

Mark Richt is totally on board, though, because that’s the way Georgia’s been operating unofficially under him all along. As he said last month, “When we sign a young man, we expect him to see through to graduation. I know contractually it is one year at a time, but from what’s in my heart and from what’s in the heart of the University of Georgia is for these guys to make it all the way through to graduation. It means a whole lot to us. I don’t think it will change the way we view taking care of these guys.”

In fact, UGA athletic director Greg McGarity told the Athens Banner-Herald that Georgia is likely to offer multiyear scholarships in time for the spring signing period.

“I think it’s good legislation,” McGarity said of the NCAA plan. “Mark Richt adheres to it anyway. The bottom line is when he signs a kid, he has him around unless they leave on their own accord or they tend to violate team rules. Anybody that conducts their program in the right way, when they sign a young man or young woman to a scholarship, they want to see it through.”

Steve Spurrier thinks multiyear scholarships are a "terrible" idea. (Associated Press)

Steve Spurrier thinks multiyear scholarships are a "terrible" idea. (Associated Press)

The key words there being conducts their program in the right way. Not everyone sees the issue the way Richt and McGarity do. South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier, for example, has called multiyear scholarships a “terrible idea,” asking, “What if a young man decides he doesn’t want to give much effort or go weightlifting or go to workouts? How do you get rid of him? Everybody has to earn his or her way in life.”

You have to wonder how comments like that will play out in the recruiting world. Already, schools objecting to the NCAA proposal said they feared that mutiyear scholarships could be used as a recruiting lure.

Well, duh. If you’re a kid choosing between schools, wouldn’t you rather go with one that’s offering you multiple years at college instead of just one?

Whether UGA’s stand on the issue really will be a big stick in the recruiting world is open to debate. With five-star recruits who aren’t likely to be worrying about getting their scholarships renewed each year, it probably won’t be much of a factor.

But that’s a relatively small portion of each recruiting class. When it comes down to those three-star and below players who fill out the roster and make it possible for the five-star guys to become stars, UGA and other schools that offer the multiyear deals might indeed have an edge.

Of course, even if multiyear offers becomes the prevailing way to go, the Nick Sabans of the college football world will always find a way to run off of a kid they don’t want around any more, whether it’s through rules enforcement or creative medical disqualifications.

Sure, offering multiyear grants could occasionally end up biting you in the butt. In the past, even Richt has encouraged some kids who didn’t buy into his program to “get off the bus,” and that might be trickier if you’ve given them a multiyear scholarship, unless they’re violating the rules.

But the bottom line is that NCAA schools, particularly profitable elite programs like Georgia’s, make millions of dollars off their student athletes. I believe guaranteeing them that those promises made to them during recruiting aren’t going to go away after a year if they’re no longer needed is the right thing to do.

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192 comments Add your comment

Dawgs97

February 22nd, 2012
10:03 am

Interesting read, thanks Bill. What’s funny is when a kid received a scholarship in the past, I always assumed it was for 4 years, and that if they left the program it was one of the above mentioned reasons.

I am w/ Richt & McGarity on this one and if Spurrier hates it, I like the idea even more. Blieve me, if a kid becomes “lazy” at the school, he’ll make his way to the bench, quickly, and an eager and hardworking underclassman will gladly take his spot. Quite simple.

Joey

February 22nd, 2012
10:05 am

First? Go Dawgs!!!

Chalk

February 22nd, 2012
10:11 am

Where is Richt’s contract extention?

evillurks

February 22nd, 2012
10:12 am

Whenever a coach like sabear ever utters a line about caring about his players or caring about his players’ academics…………..everyone just laughs and shakes their heads.

SC Fan

February 22nd, 2012
10:17 am

This is a JOB. The pay is room , board , books and tuition. The effect will be to make darn sure the guy has the right stuff for your program. I do not have a 4 year contract and I suspect many readers do not either. So, no performance you get to stay and keep another kid who will try hard and not be on the bubble. It takes up scholarships and will change the pecking order quite a bit. For every Lattimore there are quite a few bust outs.

faithfuldawg86

February 22nd, 2012
10:21 am

More vindication for why I love Mark Richt! He is a man of integrity and class and a heck of a coach. If my kid was looking at programs, I’d definitely want him considering CMR as a mentor rather than Saban and Spurrier et al. This is about more than entry into the NFL, it’s about educating young men (AND women) in a way that encourages their mental, emotional, and intellectual growth. UGA offers all of those things in spades. GO DAWGS!

George Stein

February 22nd, 2012
10:22 am

Good for Richt. This Tech fan agrees completely.

faithfuldawg86

February 22nd, 2012
10:24 am

SC Fan: this is not a JOB, it’s an education! If they don’t follow the rules, they can still be asked to leave. AND, this about more than football, it applies to all sports. And yes, thank you, I do have a contract that provides me job security.

George Stein

February 22nd, 2012
10:27 am

Perhaps Steve Spurrier should improve his player evaluation techniques, SC Fan, if he doesn’t want that problem. Rather than lament the athletic performance of the unpaid player, it might make more sense to consider the millionaire coach that is either unable or unwilling to change his recruiting tactics.

Dawg Haus

February 22nd, 2012
10:32 am

I think it’s a good idea, but it can only work if both the student-athlete and the university abide by the terms and conditions set forth by the contract.

ARdawg

February 22nd, 2012
10:43 am

Why are they harping to fix something that isn’t broken? Offer the kid a scholarship, explain to him what is expected for him to keep it. What’s the problem? Richt wants the player inked on multi-year ironclad deals like his?

Jacket99

February 22nd, 2012
10:45 am

Even if the proposal does not pass, stories like this should give Richt a recruiting edge vs other SEC schools.

Dawgs and Jackets, both, can be proud of their coaches.

http://www.ajc.com/sports/georgia-tech/signing-day-led-two-1325719.html

TDF

February 22nd, 2012
10:46 am

ARdawg

February 22nd, 2012
10:43 am

Its to help stop oversigning. Satan usually renigs on a scholly and gives it to a new recruit so that he can sign around 25- 30 every year.

Basically no more trimming the fat to keep the oversigning going.

Jacket99

February 22nd, 2012
10:50 am

TDF…good point about the oversigning. What do you think of having an early signing period?

Columbus Dawg

February 22nd, 2012
10:53 am

Spurrier and Saban ONLY want these kids for their football ability, obviously, but there is a reason that it’s “student athlete” and not “athlete student”. Richt has pretty much guaranteed players a full ride as long as they behave, and maintain their studies. Nothing wrong with that. There is also a reason that Richt gets good players, even with his team being some what down for the past few years. Once Richt wins the SEC this year there will be even more players lining up to play for him. Richt has the bobbleheads in the media back on his side again after they all spent the last three years bashing him for Georgia’s poor play. When Richt gets his championship, the media will then have no choice but to showcase Richt’s accomplishments in his first head coaching job, all of which is in the strongest conference in America, with one of the best coaching records in the nation. His head to head record with all of the top teams in the SEC is respectable with the exception of UF of course. All of these toothless, idiot, Bama folks want to continuously make fun of Richt, and I am not sure of what, he has a winning record against Bama as well. There will be post soon from some D.A tobacco dribbling Bama idiot that will no doubt say that two of his wins against them was when Shula was coach. Hey Bama, if you had not been caught CHEATING AGAIN with that idiot water headed Dubois as your coach, maybe you would not have become so irrelevant, not our fault.

Oh and by the way, what kind of B.S. wrist slap is Spurrier going to get for his latest round of cheating and providing thousands of dollars in illegal benefits to SEVERAL players?

IF YOU CAN’T PLAY BY THE RULES, YOU SUCK, PERIOD.

TDF

February 22nd, 2012
10:55 am

Jacket99

February 22nd, 2012
10:50 am

would love one. Would like it to be so kids cant commit until summer before senior year, then huge dead period until after HS football is over and that be a late signing period. With both periods having LOIs eligable to sign and turn in. That will eliminate schools stealing other recruits after they have committed and all that crap.

ARdawg

February 22nd, 2012
10:59 am

TDF
That’s throwing the baby out with the bathwater. There are other ways to stop oversigning if that is really what they wanted to do. Multi-year signing is all chafe and no wheat. More entitlement for athletes. I despise Spurrier but, he’s right.

Richt sounds like the whinny cry-baby. He’s getting out recruited in his own yard and wants to change the rules? Puleeezeee

Jacket99

February 22nd, 2012
11:03 am

TDF…I agree that would clear up alot of the signing day drama and hat shows. Carvell stirred the pot with the commitment question. There was some good back and forth while the Fire CMR and Fire CPJ chorus tried to out shout everyone else. Did you read any of that blog?

http://blogs.ajc.com/recruiting/2012/02/20/mark-richt-vs-paul-johnson-on-controversial-commitment-issue/?cp=1

Nothing Could Be Finer

February 22nd, 2012
11:06 am

When Spurrier talks, people listen.

AltamahaDawg

February 22nd, 2012
11:08 am

Seriously Steve? You actually let somebody quote you on that?

Yea, THAT’S been the big problem up there.

TDF

February 22nd, 2012
11:09 am

ARdawg

February 22nd, 2012
10:59 am

Out recruited?????? Lets see over the past 7 years the team to sign the most top 10 players in the state of GA is………..

UGA at 31 next closest is 6 and then in third is…….. Bama with 4. Yes 4 top ten recruits in 7 years.

So who is out recruiting who?????

Richt is trying to whats right bby these kids. Satan doesnt want the rule then he cant force kids out to make room for others.

TDF

February 22nd, 2012
11:11 am

Jacket99

February 22nd, 2012
11:03 am

I try my hardest to not read anything he puts out these days. Its all specualtion and copy and paste. Instead I just email the editor daily to fire him. But I did catch that one.

TDF

February 22nd, 2012
11:12 am

AltamahaDawg

February 22nd, 2012
11:08 am

Cant wait for the ruling to come in on their 3 major violations!

Columbus Dawg

February 22nd, 2012
11:13 am

I may be wrong, but I would imagine that the enforcement officials from the NCAA are doing the talking, not Spurrier. Word is East Title from 2010 gone, but that is irrelevant. What is needed is punishment that will deter future cheating. Cocks should be ineligible for post season play for coming season. If the P.O.S. Spurrier knows he can’t play for anything, he probably will not want to talk at all.

Good luck.

Nothing Could Be Finer

February 22nd, 2012
11:20 am

USC will lose a few more scholly’s but will continue their recent success vs Ga.

Ga has nobody that can block Jadeveon Clowney and Devin Taylor.

Ga has nobody that can tackle Marcus Lattimore (I think he has 689 broken tackles in 2 games vs them).

AltamahaDawg

February 22nd, 2012
11:21 am

ARdawg, have you read the list of programs that already did this years ago? This wasn’t Richt’s push, (referenced by him stating he already does it the way he believes anyway) McGarity is the one behind this becoming an official policy at Georgia. Probabaly because he learned the value of it at Florida. And I am quessing its not purely coincidentally that Ohio State does this now.

Pilfer Dawg

February 22nd, 2012
11:28 am

TDF- I assume these 3 major violations are for SC right? What are they for?

TDF

February 22nd, 2012
11:29 am

Nothing Could Be Finer

February 22nd, 2012
11:20 am

ahahahahahhaha USC is going to be on probation and banned from bowls most likely.

Plenty of guys to block Clowney and Taylor.

Plenty of guys to tackle hobbled lattimore (Who will be a shell of himself, tore than knee up bad) Spurrier will run this poor kid into the ground and ruin his knees.

Shaw is going to get broken in half by our JJs hahahahhaha sorry but SCjr aint got nothing.

TDF (True Dawg Fan)

February 22nd, 2012
11:31 am

Pilfer Dawg

February 22nd, 2012
11:28 am

Yes for SC.

impermissable benefits to recruits and players totaling 55K, discounted hotel rooms at a local Columbia hotel for players and recruits. And then the big one failure to monitor both situations.

you dont hear about hear on the AJC though…….. well bc it doesnt bash UGA or GT in anyway.

Corkylovesbeer

February 22nd, 2012
11:31 am

Mr. King,

Thank you for your fine blog and the great work you do. God Bless you and your family on this ash wed

Pilfer Dawg

February 22nd, 2012
11:32 am

Nothing Could Be Finer- USC looks to be a good team next year but they will be without Alshon, Melvin, and Gilmore which will hurt, UGA is bringing a decent team next year too but you don’t apparently know that. I wouldn’t put all your offensive eggs in 1 Lattimore basket. You do remember he is coming off MAJOR acl surgery.

Pilfer Dawg

February 22nd, 2012
11:33 am

Also Nothing Could Be Finer- You do remember Spurrier saying that UGA outplayed your team this past meeting but turnovers and trick plays allowed USC to escape with a win?

Nothing Could Be Finer

February 22nd, 2012
11:34 am

USC will lose 3 more scholly’s.

Ga will depend on a bunch of freshmen to block Clowney and Taylor (scary).

Lattimore’s rehab is ahead of schedule.

Pilfer Dawg

February 22nd, 2012
11:34 am

I think the Dawgs just might be feasting on some Chicken Dinner next year in Columbia.

Nothing Could Be Finer

February 22nd, 2012
11:36 am

Alshon – Insert Ace Sanders
Melvin – Insert Jadeveon Clowney
Gilmore – Insert D.J. Swearinger.

Reload and repeat.

oakisland

February 22nd, 2012
11:36 am

Nothing Could Be Finer, that applies only to North Carolina. South Carolina sucks, the only good thing about South Carolina is North Myrtle Beach. Georgia will kick the living crap out you in October.

Nothing Could Be Finer

February 22nd, 2012
11:37 am

Pilfer Dawg

February 22nd, 2012
11:33 am
Also Nothing Could Be Finer- You do remember Spurrier saying that UGA outplayed your team this past meeting but turnovers and trick plays allowed USC to escape with a win?
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Gutsy performance on the road.

Do you remember Aaron Murray being tossed around like a little rag doll by Clowney?

Prepare to see that again in October.

AltamahaDawg

February 22nd, 2012
11:39 am

Come on ARDAWG. That tends to be how the regional newspapers operates. They go ask head coaches for their opinion of local sports stories of interest.

First of all, this is McGarities doing. Richt just said, he was already basically doing it, so yea, he is for it. Period. So?

Probably McGarity pushed it since a number of our rivals, including FLORIDA under Meyer (and probably not so coincidentally OSU’s new policy?) already do it this way.

Secondly, WHY wouldn’t you want Georgia Recruiting to adopt this policy?

Andy

February 22nd, 2012
11:40 am

I like Richt’s approach–it shows that he cares about the young men he recruits to his team. However, I don’t really see how the new rule really gives UGA an advantage if UGA has already been following this policy all along. I guess it helps that UGA can “officially” offer multi-year scholarships, but if they were offering the same thing “unofficially” before and other schools were doing the same, I fail to see how this changes the recruiting landscape much if at all.

Pilfer Dawg

February 22nd, 2012
11:41 am

Nothing- Major ACL Surgery usually takes at least 12 months and the following season your’e not going to be 100% like you were just 1 year before. All you have to do is look at past players with the same knee injury and then their next season and the number are NOT the same. But then again, you wouldn’t do any research before you spew your garbage.

Pilfer Dawg

February 22nd, 2012
11:42 am

Nothing- Look up Spurrier’s comments on the game. He didn’t say gutsy performance. So you know more than Steve Spurrier about how the game went? Please respond.

Pilfer Dawg

February 22nd, 2012
11:45 am

And for your 1 player = another player. Um yeah. Ace Sanders is not Alshon Jeffery. Clowney’s a stud sure. Swearinger. Please, Gilmore was the real stud CB

Nothing Could Be Finer

February 22nd, 2012
11:46 am

Spurrier is just saying that his team played poorly and still beat Ga on the road.

He’s good at that.

Nothing Could Be Finer

February 22nd, 2012
11:55 am

Pilfer Dawg

February 22nd, 2012
11:45 am
And for your 1 player = another player. Um yeah. Ace Sanders is not Alshon Jeffery.
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Sure. Alshon is 6′4″ 229. Ace is 5′7″ 175.

Doesn’t mean he won’t shred that weak Ga secondary and score td’s.

TDF (True Dawg Fan)

February 22nd, 2012
11:55 am

Nothing Could Be Finer

February 22nd, 2012
11:34 am

they will lose more than 3 and land on probation.

UGA has 17OL that can compete (Only 2 are freshman) so……

Yea running may be ahead of schedule but one good knock to the knee and he is out again. Let me know when he is taking full contact on that knee

TDF (True Dawg Fan)

February 22nd, 2012
11:55 am

Nothing Could Be Finer

February 22nd, 2012
11:36 am

ahahahha SC hasnt reloaded and repeated anything in their history try again

TDF (True Dawg Fan)

February 22nd, 2012
11:57 am

Nothing Could Be Finer

February 22nd, 2012
11:37 am

You resting on that one play???? Of course some one thats 250+ can throw around a 200 lb guy, thats what DL are supposed to do moron. Complete luck that Murray dropped the ball, had he not let it dangle it never would have come out.

ARdawg

February 22nd, 2012
11:57 am

TDF

I don’t know where you get your stats and further do not even care. In the last 7 years (your number, not mine) What has Georgia won with those “31″ top ten recruits? Since Saban has been at Bama, he most generally gets the Georgia recruits that he wants. Love him or hate him makes no difference. He has two NCs in the last 3 years. You’re arguing with that success? Get your head out of your anus

AltamahaDawg

February 22nd, 2012
11:58 am

I think somebody must have done the math for Spurrier on just how expensive Hotel suites and liquid tabs can be over a 4 yr period.

TDF (True Dawg Fan)

February 22nd, 2012
12:02 pm

ARdawg

February 22nd, 2012
11:57 am

ahahahhaha wow focus on your arguement, dont change it bc you got schooled. Your original arguement was that he owns this state. I clearly disproved it. (FYI those stats are from Rivals)

He doesnt get who he wants either, you basically just told satan he is an idiot bc if he gets who he wants then that means he hates top GA talent????

If he gets who he wants then why did Jordan Jenkins not pick Bama????

Learn about recruiting before you open you big dumb mouth moron.

As for his 2 titles, good for him, he does it by reloading year after year with oversigning and grey shirting. Until his trimming the fat technique is blocked he will continue to do so. (FYI they should have never been there this year to begin with, OKIE state EARNED that shot NOT BAMA)