UGA’s Mark Richt has never been a part of this controversy

There’s a little ACC-SEC stare down that is generating some national interest.

Maryland granted the release of three football players, including former Norcross offensive tackle Max Garcia, who generated immediate interest from UGA, Florida and Auburn, among others. (You can read more about that here)

In 11 years as UGA's coach, Mark Richt has never (AJC)

In 11 years as UGA's coach, Mark Richt has never put a stipulation on a player transfer. Why? "I think life is too short." (AJC)

Maryland granted the releases with the stipulation that the three players couldn’t transfer to another ACC school or one of the Maryland’s future non-conference opponents, such as West Virginia and Tulane. That’s a common stipulation. After all, you don’t want your former players coming back to beat your brains out and put your job in jeopardy, right?

Here’s where the Maryland situation takes a strange twist: According to The Washington Post, there’s also a stipulation preventing the three players transferring to … Vanderbilt. Vanderbilt? Yes, Vanderbilt, which is not in the ACC and not on Maryland’s schedule. Now that’s an uncommon stipulation in a transfer situation.

Since Maryland coach Randy Edsall has not revealed his reasons for the Vanderbilt ban, it has ignited an avalanche of JFK conspiracy theories across the Internet.

There are rumors of “bad blood” between Edsall and James Franklin, who was Maryland’s offensive coordinator before being hired as Vanderbilt’s head coach. Also, The Washington Post noted that the unique stipulation “raises the question” on whether some tampering may have occurred between the Maryland players and Vanderbilt before the releases were granted. Meanwhile, the Sporting News’ Matt Hayes speculates that Edsall may have done it out of “spite” – while pointing out that coaches can transfer freely among schools without NCAA penalties while players cannot.

For more details on the Maryland-Vanderdilt showdown, click on this link to our friends at MrSEC.com.

Here’s the local angle to all of this:  Edsall may or may not have one of college football’s most restrictive transfer policies (it remains to be seen how this will all play out),  and Tennessee’s Derek Dooley recently avoided a PR disaster on another transfer issue.

However, UGA’s Mark Richt is certain to have the most liberal transfer policy in college football. In his 11 years as coach of the Bulldogs, Richt has never put any stipulation when granting a player release.

That means his former players could’ve gone to rivals Georgia Tech, Auburn, Florida, wherever. Some have come back and played against the Bulldogs, including Philadelphia Eagles LB Jamar Chaney (Mississippi State) and Michael Grant (Arkansas).

Why? Why does Richt have such a generous and carefree (but potentially harmful) policy?

“I think life is too short,” he told the AJC on Tuesday.

“I think if a kid doesn’t want to be in your program, then I really don’t want him in the program. If he wants to go somewhere else where he thinks is in his best interests and his family thinks is in his best interests, I’m fine with that.

“I’m not going to say that there will never be a situation where I wouldn’t want to put some type of condition on a release. But in the last 11 years I haven’t found one yet where I felt I should.”

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What do you think about Richt’s transfer policy? Is it too liberal? If you were UGA’s coach, would you at least put a ban on transferring to another SEC school? (I probably would)

Or are you 100-percent behind Richt’s policy? And what type of effect do you think it has on recruiting? If you had a son that signed to play for his favorite school and it didn’t work out for one reason or another, would you want to be discussing a transfer with Richt or a coach who is the polar opposite?

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321 comments Add your comment

turd troll

February 15th, 2012
10:04 am

Bryan G.

February 15th, 2012
10:11 am

I think that’s the right policy. It’s sad that coaches can move around freely and players cannot. And, of course, when players do move, they have to sit out a year. Funny, coaches get to coach at their new school right away.

turd troll

February 15th, 2012
10:14 am

first of all, i would like to say that james franklin is having a bunch of problems with other coaches. is this showing a bit of arrogance?? it may be too early to tell bc the full story hasnt come out yet… and second, richts policy is perfect! if somebody doesnt wanna be with u and ur team then let him play for sombody else. is one player gonna make or break a team?? no. there could be a problem with that player giving hints on what his previous team did to prepare for his future team but college coaches study film so much these days that his inside scoop wouldnt be a big deal. give em to another sec school and let them handle the kid. life IS TOO SHORT

cantondawg

February 15th, 2012
10:16 am

You have to admire a coach who looks out for the best interest of people even if it means they are playing for a competitor. One more reason i’m proud to have someone of CMR’s integrity as our coach.

robdawg08

February 15th, 2012
10:17 am

I think you should prevent any player leaving your team from going to another SEC team. The reason being if they have played on the field they know the playbook and other inside information about the team (UGA) that can help the rival team (Auburn,Bama,Tenn,etc. whomever) when the two teams play.

collegeballfan

February 15th, 2012
10:19 am

Is it a UGA policy? When Daniel Miller was released by Coach Fox he signed with GT with no restrictions on his transfer by Fox?

jbts30228

February 15th, 2012
10:19 am

If I am not mistaken neither Chancy or Grant transfered from UGA. They both were denied admission and CMR helped them find schools that would take them.

Dap01

February 15th, 2012
10:23 am

We live in America, if you aren’t playing for one team, sit out a year and go anywhere you want.

johnny too good

February 15th, 2012
10:23 am

Richt’s policy isnt liberal….. its fair
Why should there be any restrictions or provisions at all?

Worm

February 15th, 2012
10:24 am

jbts30228-You are correct sir.

Zoli

February 15th, 2012
10:29 am

The only one that comes to mind in Richt’s tenure will be Zach Mettenberger. I believe he will start for LSU next year and we will have a likely matchup in the SEC championship. We will see if this policy, or lack thereof, will bite the DAWGS in the rear.

playingaces

February 15th, 2012
10:29 am

I’ve never understand why players who are released from a team for disciplinary reasons, especially legal ones, are allowed to play at other schools. Zach Mettenberger gropes a girl, yet the SEC allows him to play for LSU. Cam Newton stole, but was permitted to play at Auburn. It seems to me that the SEC should have some type of standard disciplinary policy – if you do A, you are banned from playing in the SEC. If you do B, you have a 1-year suspension. If you do C, you have a 2-game suspension, etcetera. Why not have this standard throughout the SEC?

Outside Observer

February 15th, 2012
10:33 am

I support Mark Richt and his policy. He does what is best for the individual players, not what is necessarily in the best interest of the team. He shows that he truly cares about these players and their futures, so for that, I can only commend him. Best of luck this season.

RTR22

February 15th, 2012
10:33 am

Saban allowed RB Corey Grant to transfer to Awbarn last year for greater playing time opportunities.
Coaches come and go, and kids should be able to do the same. Of course MC is not going to write anything positive about CNS. Whatever…. the tide rolls

Vampire Bill

February 15th, 2012
10:34 am

Another example of CMR being a good man. Just wish he (bobo) would stop running off tackle on 3rd and 9.

Joey

February 15th, 2012
10:42 am

I just wish Richt would be both – a good man, and a GREAT COACH.

Send a fat check to the Honduras.

Stay in Athens and make your team better.

Go Dawgs!

Bryant-Paterno Stadium

February 15th, 2012
10:45 am

Mark Richt may be a dismal failure of an SEC Head Football Coach, especially in comparison to Nick Saban and his accomplished resume, but Coach Richt is a CHAMPION Human Being.

ROLL ! !

TIDE ! !

Tech Fan

February 15th, 2012
10:49 am

I’m a Tech fan and believe Mark Richt is a classy individual — no matter how one measures it. UGA is fortunate to have him.

Brainiac(Dawg for life/Richt fan for life)

February 15th, 2012
10:50 am

CMR is precisely correct.

What could you hope to gain by refusing a player a release under almost ANY conditions. If that player wants to go to ANY particlar team why refuse? All that will do is retain an individual that contributes little and takes up a scholarship.

Few coaches can approach the level of CMR’s attitude, judgement and compassion for a fellow human being.

KornDawg

February 15th, 2012
10:50 am

In the case of Mettenberger, I don’t believe he transferred. He got kicked out of UGA, went to that school in Kansas (or wherever it was), and then went to LSU. I doubt Richt could have stopped him from going there at all.

Brainiac(Dawg for life/Richt fan for life)

February 15th, 2012
10:52 am

Tech Fan:

Thanks for the vote of confidence. You too, appear to be a classy individual

nick saban

February 15th, 2012
10:53 am

@Bryant-Paterno Stadium… sit down and shut up. On a side note someone told me yesterday I have “short man’s disease”. What does that mean?

Bryant-Paterno Stadium

February 15th, 2012
10:54 am

Wouldn’t UGA be better off giving several of the aspiring FELONZ on the football team “unconditional transfer permits” instead of allowing them stick around, become distractions with their arrests and drag down the entire program?

Brainiac(Dawg for life/Richt fan for life)

February 15th, 2012
10:56 am

@ playingaces:

Dang good idea on SEC rules!

Bryant-Paterno Stadium

February 15th, 2012
10:56 am

Coach Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide are the Undisputed National Champions (again), and your team is not.

nick saban

February 15th, 2012
11:00 am

did you think that up all by yourself? god my fans are so dumb, but they pay me a lot of money.

Brainiac(Dawg for life/Richt fan for life)

February 15th, 2012
11:00 am

@ Joey”

Open your eyes. He is both.

Perhaps a change in schools you support may be something you should consider. People like you do not help the Dawg Nation agenda

Bryant-Paterno Stadium

February 15th, 2012
11:01 am

Coach Saban is smart enough to actually focus of FOOTBALL, the job he is being paid million$ to perform, and not trying to be everything to everybody. His professional success stemming from his dedication speaks for itself.

The only “Missionary” work Coach Saban wastes time on is when he is taking a break from studying game film to fulfill his husbandry duties with Miss Terry.

ROLL ! !

TIDE ! !

nick saban

February 15th, 2012
11:06 am

i do missionary work. i tell kids i can find them jobs when i take their scholarships away.

5150 UOAD

February 15th, 2012
11:10 am

I don’t mind the policy Richt uses. It is or should be about what is BEST for the Player. If the kid wasn’t working out system why should you car where he goes? Mettenburger could come back to bite Richt but probably not. The kid is already penalized 1 year and that is bad enough. If coaches cared about the kids as much as they say they do when recruiting them then it should be the same when the kids leaves.

I think Georgia’s HB 87 is a good law. We need to make welfare/ government assisted families without jobs to work the crops in So Georgia. These 2 articles are the reason we don’t need illegals.

Do you know what the nice Hispanic family next door does for a living?
When deputies executed a search warrant, they found 264 pounds of cocaine with a street value of $3.6 million and 380 pounds of methamphetamine worth $7.6 million, the station reported.
Jose Romero of Gainesville, Epifanio Sandoval-Hernandez of Athens and Luis Vasquez of Forest Park were charged with drug trafficking and are being held without bond, according to Gwinnett Jail records.

Police uncovered a Mexico-based drug trafficking and money laundering organization with ties to Atlanta and Houston. Prosecutors in Atlanta charged six people in a federal complaint filed on Monday with being involved in the drug ring. They say Nemias Cintora-Gonzalez was a local methamphetamine and cocaine supplier for the organization who often traveled to Texas to get his supply.
He’s accused of working with Jorge Armando-Reyes, Israel Edgardo Rivera-Pacheco, Victor Hugo Morales-Avila, Edgar Cintora-Gonzalez and Brenda Perez as part of the ring. It was not immediately known whether the suspects had attorneys.
Authorities say they seized more than a dozen guns, a bulletproof vest, ammunition, counterfeit money
and drugs from the Smyrna apartment where several of the men lived.

Bama Mike

February 15th, 2012
11:10 am

CMR has not had to make any tough decisions regarding impact players deciding to transfer. Would have been interesting if Crowell would have strolled in to the office and said After looking at those National Championship Rings I think I should have signed with Alabama. Can I transfer?

George Stein

February 15th, 2012
11:13 am

This Tech fan totally supports Mark Richt in his policy.

[...] Controversy? Mark Richt has never been a part of this one [...]

The Grinch

February 15th, 2012
11:14 am

Another example of Mark Richt’s class and view on life. Let the naysayers and Christian bashing begin…..

Burdell

February 15th, 2012
11:14 am

Richt is in the right on this one…and he generally is on most issues.

The Grinch

February 15th, 2012
11:15 am

Bama Mike
February 15th, 2012
11:10 am

Riiiiiiight. There’s hundred’s of instances like that happening every day. Man oh man, just imagine the gray shirting that would take place.

5150 UOAD

February 15th, 2012
11:23 am

Pekingese named top dog who hired Bobo as a Head Coach?

Moobs Johnson

February 15th, 2012
11:23 am

Richt as a head coach = mediocre, Richt as a human being = outstanding. Guess the people in Athens are happy with being mediocre on the field as long as he isn’t a POS off of the field.

Bama Mike

February 15th, 2012
11:24 am

Nothing wrong with Grayshirting or ” over-signing ” We have been doing both since the days of Bryant. It is a shame that folks cannot grasp the benefit.

Brainiac(Dawg for life/Richt fan for life)

February 15th, 2012
11:25 am

@ Bryant Paterno Stadium:

This article is about a great individual who is spotlighted frequently to publicize someone special with lots of class, not some little Dwarf who has a tremendous amount of NEGATIVE press about how he goes about screwing over ANYBODY who might stand in his way, including the past few weeks. For the real scoop go “Wikipedia” and see what some of his former players have to say about the way he does business.. Outside the state of Alabama there are thousands……….No!……millions of knowledgeable people who actually know there is life after football.

Some have asked you and your ilk to “Act like you have been there before” but that really doesn’t apply in Bama’s case. Finally after several DECADES of lifeless football teams.Bama is finally showing a little ability on the gridiron. Other than a little relief by Gene Stallings your team was the SEC leader in “mediocrity” for the better part of 30 years. That is why you and your ilk come on a blog spouting Bama/Saban rather than joining in to acknowledge an individual for his “CLASS” or even easier JUST REMAIN QUIET.

Have a nice day!!!!!!!!!!!

The Grinch

February 15th, 2012
11:26 am

Based on the posts I’ve read from the Mulligan U fans I think it’s safe to say that Saban does not practice a similar policy. We didn’t see that one coming, now did we?

GTBob

February 15th, 2012
11:27 am

Mark Richt has a lack of competitive spirit compared to most coaches. It’s not surprising that he really doesn’t care where his former players go.

Brainiac(Dawg for life/Richt fan for life)

February 15th, 2012
11:38 am

@ Moobs Johnson:

Do a little research. CMR is not only one of the classiest men God has created he is one of the TOP 10 active coaches in America in games won/lost. Can you name any other active SEC coach(and there are some great ones) that might be in the Top 10. Nope, there is none. Not Saban, not Miles, NOBODY. For you doubters Google Career Records of ACTIVE College Football Coaches.

Either you or the rest of the free world dosen’t know the meaning of “Mediocrity”

The Grinch

February 15th, 2012
11:39 am

GTBob
February 15th, 2012
11:27 am

As opposed to the “competitive spirit” of Paul Johnson, which has led him to a 1-3 record against UGA and 0-4 in bowl games. I see.

GTBob

February 15th, 2012
11:41 am

Either you or the rest of the free world dosen’t know the meaning of “Mediocrity”

Going 2-14 against ranked teams and 14-18 against winning teams in the last 4 years is the meaning of “Mediocrity”.

Remarkable

February 15th, 2012
11:41 am

Coach Richt has class. It’s something that you can’t describe but you know it when you see it. Look at the man and you can honestly say that if you want your son to be a better man, you want him to spend time in a program with a leader like CMR.

GTBob

February 15th, 2012
11:42 am

As opposed to the “competitive spirit” of Paul Johnson, which has led him to a 1-3 record against UGA and 0-4 in bowl games. I see.

I think even the most die hard UGA fan would have a hard time saying that Richt is more naturally competitive then CPJ.

The Grinch

February 15th, 2012
11:42 am

Bama Mike
February 15th, 2012
11:24 am

As opposed to many Mulligan U fans who “grasp the benefit” of gray shirting as well as other things, like dating family members. :cool:

The Grinch

February 15th, 2012
11:43 am

GTBob
February 15th, 2012
11:42 am

And that has gained Johnson or GT what exactly?

GTBob

February 15th, 2012
11:44 am

Look at the man and you can honestly say that if you want your son to be a better man, you want him to spend time in a program with a leader like CMR.

Yes, Richt has a great track record of producing fine young men.