There’ something about the Georgia Bulldog Club meetings that seems to bring out “the edge” in UGA football coach Mark Richt.
The normally cool and calm (and almost always “politically correct) Richt from press conferences and halftime TV interviews … well, that guy morphs into a different person in Q&A sessions with his fanbase.
Richt was asked about the controversial issue of “oversigning” this week in Greenville, S.C.
“Oversigning” is when a college signs more recruits than it has scholarships available. There’s an entire website dedicated to the hotley-debated issue at oversigning.com
Richt was very opinionated on the topic, reported UGASports.com’s Anthony Dasher (go here to read the full article):
“If you sign a class, you can only bring in as many as you have room for, so let’s say you have 85 on scholarship and let’s say you have 15 seniors graduating. Well, there’s only 15 more spots for 85, you can sign 25 guys, by rule, and in February you can sign those 25 guys,” Richt said. “Now, by the time that season starts, you may have more attrition, five more guys may leave for whatever reason, may go pro, transfer, so let’s say you’re down to 20.
“You’ve got 20 spaces but you’ve still signed 25. Well, you can bring them in during the summer, work them and let your strength staff work with them, and decide which ones you like the best. The other five, you can tell them, ‘Hey, we know we signed you, we expect you to come in, but we don’t have space for you, we’re sorry, but you have to leave and come back in January.’”
After a brief pause, Richt gave his feelings on that particular tactic.
“I think that’s an awful thing to do,” Richt said. “It’s nothing that we have ever done since we’ve been at Georgia.”
Richt conceded that’s not the case with grayshirts, something he admitted Georgia has talked to recruits about doing in the past.
“Oversigning” is a particularly sensitive issue in the Atlanta area, after what happened between South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier and Lorenzo Mauldin, the defensive end from Atlanta’s Maynard Jackson High School (go here to read full story).
What are YOUR thoughts on Richt’s comments?
– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog
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