Mark Richt’s policy on releasing recruits remains mystery

UPDATE: Ex-UGA LB given unconditional release, allowed to play anywhere, even against Bulldogs

Richt: No comment on policy

Richt: No comment on UGA's release policy (AJC)

Georgia coach Mark Richt didn’t offer any clues regarding Georgia’s reasons behind the stunning release of highly-regarded linebacker recruit Dexter Moody. Now that Moody has his UGA release, he is considered again to be a regular prospect, which allowed Richt to avoid commenting on the ex-recruit.

However, confusion remains about Georgia’s policy on releasing recruits who have already signed with Bulldogs. Richt was given the opportunity to clear up his stance on Tuesday. ”On my rules [for releasing Georgia recruits], I am not going to make comments on,” Richt said.

UGA officials declined to say why they rescinded their scholarship offer on Monday. But Moody said it was due to a recent suspension he received for threatening an Emanuel County Institute teacher, according to the AJC’s Chip Towers.

“I got into a little trouble down here,” said Moody, reached by telephone in Twin City. “I got into an argument with one of my teachers.” Moody said he was accused of threatening the male teacher because he “walked up on him.”

ECI coach Milan Turner told the Athens Banner-Herald that Georgia revoked Moody’s scholarship due to both academic and behavior issues. “They kind of had a plan for him to finish up the year as far as eligibility and schoolwork and behavior. He’s kind of gotten off track there, and I think they felt it was best to give him an unconditional release and let him kind of decide what he wants to do.”

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TennVol

March 17th, 2009
10:25 pm

I find it very interesting after reading other stories about Mark Richt’s press conference on Tueday. He claimed he couldn’t talk about one “prospective-student athlete” (Dexter Moody), yet DID talk about another “prospective student-athlete” (John Richt released from Clemson). That’s a secondary NCAA violation. Kiffin is not the only one. I’m sending an email to the NCAA right now.

Man Above

March 17th, 2009
10:28 pm

If Coach Richt is the wonderful spiritual man he appears to be, then I wonder why he wasn’t so forgiving with Dexter Moody. He has forgiven the transgressions many other UGA players. This does not make sense.

kerryb

March 17th, 2009
11:13 pm

TennVol just gave you an example of what morons Tenn fans are.

bill heery

March 17th, 2009
11:14 pm

Enter your comments here

bill heery

March 17th, 2009
11:17 pm

Dawg ‘66
John Richt is not a prospective recruit at UGA. He’s CMR’s son and he’s not coming to UGA. So there is no violation. I can’t believe even a Vol is that stupid. As for as Moody. There’s no reason to comment. He messed up, and UGA is not taking any more recruits who have a history.

GADawg

March 17th, 2009
11:24 pm

TennVol – It’s Jon not John. Keep wasting your time writing that letter to the NCAA. Jon voluntarily left the Clemson football team to pursue other opportunities. He was not released from the coaching staff. He choose to leave on his own. Besides, Jon is not a “prospective student-athlete” at UGA.

Man Above – You think alot about yourself to put yourself in the company that your referring to in your screen name Dexter would have never qualified. He also, as reports come out from ECI, he threatened a teacher. He “walked up on”. Whatever that means. It sound like the kid has some issues he needs to work out himself. I think Richt is going to run a tighter ship because of all of the previous problems. Why bring one more on board?

Bama Stan

March 17th, 2009
11:25 pm

31-0 at the half?!!!

TennVol – wahhhhh!!!!!!! wahhhhhh!!!!! wahhhhhh!!!!!!

ROLLLLLLLLLL TIDE SUCKER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sid

March 17th, 2009
11:36 pm

TennVol “I’m sending an e-mail to the NCAA right now” as soon as I learn how to use a computer.Here Smokey-here boy-can you work this thing?

Herschel Talker

March 17th, 2009
11:37 pm

Bama Stan likes men. So does TennVol

Ole Dawg

March 17th, 2009
11:43 pm

Hey Bama Stain, The Tide going down this year.They’ll lose 4 times. No quarterback in this league means death. Your team is soft. Utah proved that. Jolio Jones is flunking out and you’ll be full of excuses……I just looked at your schedule next year.. what an embarassment. Chattanooga,Fla.Int’l, N.Texas. Your playing a DivisionII schedule. Can’t wait to watch Va Tech hand you your a$$ in the first game and watch the crying begin.

AJGREENFAN

March 17th, 2009
11:48 pm

billheery your comment to TennVol was hillarious and true at the same time………what braniacs these Tennessee fans are?

yankeedawg

March 18th, 2009
12:03 am

Read between the lines fellas, if Coach Turner, who lives and supports the kid on a daily basis is saying he’s off track, that tells you what you need to know. He’s not going to slam the kid in public, and the fact that he didn’t slam Richt for being too quick to judge etc… says that kid is out of control completely, and needs to rein it in if he wants a future.

halftime 31-0

March 18th, 2009
12:24 am

hey old dawg if bama was “soft” what exactly does that make your team? 31-0 at half time in your dumpy stadium… bwaaaaa! and who does ugay have coming back at qb next year? let’s look at your schedule
at ok state L
sc w
at ark L
ariz. st. w
lsu w
at tn w
at vandy w
at fl big time L
ten tech w
aubarn w
kY w
gt L so what is that 8-4 enjoy the peach bowl

Chin

March 18th, 2009
12:32 am

There has been a lot of smoke w/ regards to Moody for a while. This suspension was the last straw fwiw. CMR did not comment on why they released Moody b/c he wants him to have a second chance to sign else where. Richt also knows Moody would NEVER get through the admissions committee anyway, so it’s best to release him now to allow him to sign w/ another school.

Brian

March 18th, 2009
12:36 am

Man Above….at first I was seething about your comment. Then, well, I just started feeling sorry for you! As a Christian, I am frustrated about the passivity that Christians demonstrate. Those who do not claim to believe in Christ are quick to point out how they are offended by the church and what it brings to the table. Then, those same people proceed to say things about Christians that are even more offensive. The difference…Christians are offended by what is said…non-Christians are offended by what we believe and who we are. Coach Richt had nothing toforgive Moody about! Moody did not do a wrong to Coach Richt that required forgiveness; however, his actions did have consequences. He knew the difference between right and wrong. He also knew the consequences of his actions. He just did not care…and that, not losing his scholly, is the real shame!

Chin

March 18th, 2009
12:39 am

Bama fans: how did your team look minus that great O-Line in the Sugar Bowl? It’s so funny to see you guys coming out of the woodwork this past year. Y’all have been under your desk for the past decade. Oh, and thanks for embarrassing the SEC by getting man-handled by UTAH. Although, this is nothing new right? Lousiana-Monroe, anyone?

JustCallMeChamp

March 18th, 2009
12:59 am

I think Richt is doing the right thing by not commenting further about the kid or going negative in any way. What’s the point? UGA made the decision based on the facts they have and everybody should just respect that. Hopefully the young man has learned a lesson and will go somewhere (other than Florida, we’re good on linbackers right now) and be a productive student athlete.

tony

March 18th, 2009
2:33 am

GaDawg, how do you know Moody won’t qualify? Did Moody tell you he won’t qualify? How do you know?

Clip

March 18th, 2009
4:28 am

Moody lives close to me and I promise you guys what he did was way out of line. It is best that Richt stays mum on this not just for Moody’s sake but for a few others here as well. UGA will be better off without this guy.

Jason

March 18th, 2009
4:41 am

I trust if Richt saw something lacking in this player’s character, he made the right decision. We don’t need a team of thugs and kids who think they are beyond the idea of respecting teachers, coaches, etc. If he threatened a teacher because he “walked op on him”, then that is a clear sign this kid is an attitude problem. Good riddance and any others like him.

JB

March 18th, 2009
7:12 am

Tennessee fans better clean up their own back yard. It’s a mess. You better hope this guy wins.

dbc

March 18th, 2009
7:15 am

Instead of apologizing for his behavior, this thug stated, “It ain’t no big deal. Georgia was never my favorite school. I was just going there because a teammate wanted me to.” This statement pretty much sums this guy up. Florida or Tenn will probably swoop in and take him. Just another entitled athlete who thinks he doesn’t have to earn the right to play IMO. Good riddance.

mike

March 18th, 2009
7:17 am

Jon is his son, so as a parent he can discuss him. He is also not involved with UGA football at all so there isn’t any violation. Just worry about Linus Kiffin because he needs the help

hop

March 18th, 2009
7:30 am

I believe ut has way more to be concern about than the jon richt situation,but if the want to make another foolish move, go ahead and contact the ncaa.

clearly, moody has problems. let’s hope and pray that he can turn this situation around and be a productive person.

dap01

March 18th, 2009
7:41 am

Moody turned out to be a thug. Don’t rip on a coach for doing the right thing. Rip on the next coach that signs him.

The THINGS that Moody did would shock all of you. You are pathethic to attack a mans religious beliefs just because you are fan of another team.

Man Above: You are not a MAN Above.

Mark Richt

March 18th, 2009
8:05 am

Dang, I’m sure he would have been able to tackle Dwyer and Jones. I wonder if pappa Bowden is going to retire?

Jim

March 18th, 2009
8:06 am

The Vol fans should start worrying aboutwhat goes on with their own team more importantly is Kiffy Jr. going to put his actions where his mouth is? Also, unless he has a sudden attitude change, I see this Bryce Brown kid becoming another Maurice Clarrett.

From what I understand, Moody was released for more that “just an arguement with a teacher” From a very reliable source, I have heard he is seriously down playing this incident, and this has not been the first time he has had problems. I`m sure someone will take a chance a pick this kid up, I do wish him the best but, right now it sounds like he needs a reality check, he just lost what countless of other high school players in the state of Ga dream of.

Hootie Bookems

March 18th, 2009
8:08 am

I think it’s funny how some critics of the UGA program talk out of both sides of their mouth. You hear the same people bang on Richt for the off the filed behavior issues then they bang on him for releasing a potential problem child. Can’t have it both ways. I don’t think Richt would have released this kid if there were not valid, legitimate concerns about him. Listening to his coach it sounds like UGA was giving him some chances to get his act together and he was not doing it.

Lame Kitten

March 18th, 2009
8:08 am

Moody will be pumping gas if he can find a station that still has full service.

secdawgs

March 18th, 2009
8:11 am

Do you people even read the articles before trashing someone? “UGA officials declined to say why they rescinded their scholarship offer on Monday.” It does not say CMR rescinded his scholarship offer. It’s funny how much of these haters bash CMR, but if he was at their school they would love it.

prqagmatic

March 18th, 2009
8:11 am

Let’s be realistic. If the kid is such a bad student who didn’t have a chance of getting into scholl as has been stated. Why did we waste time and a schlorship on him in the first place?

MoDawg

March 18th, 2009
8:12 am

Bama Stan…it’s kinda hard to take you seriously when you keep posting that “31-0 at the half?!!!” old news. This puts you in the same light as the Gnats who frequent the UGA blogs to post their 45-42 score. It’s way back in the past…let’s move on. I thought you were better than that.

As for this kid, if Richt released him from his LOI, it must have been a fairly egregious offense. It got him suspended from school, so there might have been a little more than this kid is letting on. If he “walked up on” the teacher, the teacher obviously felt severely threatened by him. I wish Moody well, but am glad he won’t be coming to UGA.

Tom, Resident Georgia Fan

March 18th, 2009
8:12 am

Bama Stan, That was a great performance against Utah. Thanks for making believers out of the smaller programs.

Sunshine

March 18th, 2009
8:17 am

Good ole Jawja fans, relying on other teams to beat the teams they couldn’t beat!!!

Huh?

March 18th, 2009
8:27 am

Judging by Moody’s behavior and his comments after having his scholarship yanked (Are you disappointed? “No, not really.” Uhhhh, okay.) it sounds like he’s got some growing up to do. He will not be missed.

jay

March 18th, 2009
8:29 am

Tenn Vol – You’re another idiot from Tenn. – lots of inbreds up there.
Be prepared to struggle for wins for awhile in Rocky Top.
Oh, and get a life pal really !!!!!!!!!!!!!! Jon Richt is
Mark Richt’s son but you probably didn’t know that either.

UnderDog

March 18th, 2009
8:40 am

The young man was given a chance to shape up, and he blew it, OK? He was apparently told that he had to straighten up in the classroom and behave better before he got to UGA, and he chose not to do so. In light of last year’s problems with other players, I am guessing that Coach Richt has decided that he doesn’t want any more negative headlines regarding the team. So, scholly revoked; end of a potential problem. This young man apparently has some attitude problems that need to be worked out, so good luck to him, and I hope he does work out his issues.

RMP

March 18th, 2009
8:54 am

Enter your comments here

ctownvol

March 18th, 2009
8:54 am

I’m glad you UGA fools are so worried about our coach. Tells me there is fear growing in those yellow bellies of yours. And it sure is funny to hear people who pull for Georgia calling Tennessee fans “idiots” and “inbreds”. Have you people been to Athens lately? talk about mouth-breathing, knuckle-dragging, bovine-intelligence morons! Gameday is Sanford stadium looks like a waffle house cook’s convention. With apologies to the waffle house cooks. I didn’t mean to degrade waffle house so bad. losers! Preseason #1? how’d that work out? Hahahahahahahaha

Crimedog

March 18th, 2009
8:57 am

Since when does threatening a teacher disqualify a thug from playing at UGA?

RMP

March 18th, 2009
8:58 am

Will you clowns stop referring to this thug as a “young man” who made a “mistake”. A thug who acosts a teacher does not belong on any college campus. He should never have been recruited in the first place. What makes this thug think Florida will want to pick up Georgia’s sloppy seconds.

patriots75

March 18th, 2009
9:01 am

Coach Richt can’t make any kind of comments, NCAA rules prohibit him from this, not to help the player get some other school to offer,but to keep the Dawg’s from a rule violation, it’s that plain and simple.

Huh?

March 18th, 2009
9:03 am

He’ll end up at Florida. Just wait and see.

ctownvol

March 18th, 2009
9:03 am

1953 dawg- Do you not remember when Georgia beat a 2-2 Tennessee team in Athens to end a streak of 8 or 9 in a row? Remember how your own fans tore up that litter box of a stadium and did tens of thousands of dollars of damage? How soon you forget?! Bulldogs? More like the trembling little chihuahuas! And btw- Mark Richt is no saint. He’s a jerk!

Exley DAWG

March 18th, 2009
9:09 am

Another immature kid that blew his chance. Most likely lacked a father figure in his childhood and doesn’t know how to handle adverse situations. Its a shame because Coach Richt could have taught this kid something. His loss, not UGAs. Life goes on.

jay

March 18th, 2009
9:10 am

Hey Ctowwn Vol – Tennessee is Auburn with a river you hillbilly moron.
we can’t understand half the crap you hillbillies say.
The most uneducated college fans in the USA. All you
hillbillys know is what you read (those of you that
can read). Seriously, it ws pitiful watching UT last
year they were absolutely AWFUL !!!!!!!!!!

Huh?

March 18th, 2009
9:13 am

ctownvol, we’ve beaten you hillbillies so many times since then that its hard to remember to be quite honest. I do have fond memories of sticking a hobnailed boot up your overrated No. 2 ranked a##es the following year. And of course the beatdown two years later in 2003 was alot of fun. Last year’s win was not very memorable at all. Beating Tennessee is hardly a big accomplishment these days. It seems that you are nothing without Ainge at QB and Cutcliffe calling the shots. I don’t see your big mouth coach changing that. He’s out of his league.

ctownvol

March 18th, 2009
9:15 am

Huh? None of that was more fun than hanging 51 on you in your crappy little stadium!

ctownvol

March 18th, 2009
9:16 am

Jay- No hillbilly here. I live in metro-Atlanta. Born here actually. I love sec football but since the only thing available here is uga…I went elsewhere. You people are a disgrace!

Huh?

March 18th, 2009
9:18 am

That’s probably more points than Tennessee will score in the entire 2009 season. Have you considered trying out for quarterback ctownvol? They need some warm bodies there. I’d give it a shot if I were you. If Crompton throws enough picks you might even see some PT.