UGA’s Mark Richt on transfer policy: “I think life is too short”



UGA’s Mark Richt is the polar opposite from several college coaches, including Tennessee’s Derek Dooley and Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan, who have ignited a public backlash by putting severe restrictions on transfer players.

Since Richt was hired as UGA’s coach before the 2001 season, he has allowed every player that decided to transfer from the Bulldogs to leave without any restrictions. They are free to go anywhere they want.

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“First of all, I think life is too short,” Richt explained. “I want every young man to have a successful time in his four- or five-year window to be able to go to college. So I don’t want to impede a guy from realizing his goals and his dreams, wherever it is.

“I want our guys to stay [at Georgia], and sometimes when they do choose to leave, I still like the kid and I still want the kid to have success. If he thinks he will have success at a school you compete against, then so be it.”

Related: What is Paul Johnson’s transfer policy at Georgia Tech? Click here

It is common practice for a school to restrict a player from transferring to another school within the same conference.

Mark Richt has one last chance to plead his case for UGA's top remaining defenisve target and it will take place at a Wednesday night church service (AJC)

Mark Richt: What if a UGA player wants to transfer to a rival SEC school? If he "thinks he will have success at a school you compete against, then so be it.” (AJC)

Not only has Richt granted permission for ex-UGA players to transfer within the SEC, he also has personally got involved in the process to help out. That’s right, Richt has called his SEC coaching peers to put in a good word for a player that may come back and help beat UGA.

“You know, I don’t mind doing things like that,” Richt said. “The bottom line is this: When we recruit a guy, we want him to be at Georgia. We want him to have success. We want him to enjoy his experience.

“If, for whatever reason, it doesn’t work out, wherever the guy goes, I want him to have the same ability to have the same success he was hoping to have when he came to Georgia. So I don’t want to keep a guy from doing that.”

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UGA89

May 3rd, 2012
12:12 am

Just ONE of the reasons I’m proud to have Mark Richt as the coach UGA football.

llf

May 3rd, 2012
12:20 am

A true class act.

currentUGAstudent

May 3rd, 2012
12:36 am

I agree with Richt, no one has the right what someone what to do or where to go with their life. If a kid thinks he has a better shot of making it to the NFL on another team, he’s just making a smart life choice. I really hope the policy works in Georgia’s favor though! Kids should want to transfer to UGA more than they are leaving!

bill

May 3rd, 2012
12:37 am

GT fan here…have to admire cmr’s stance on this issue…to be honest, it’s so annoying because he’s so likable!!!

Big richt fan

May 3rd, 2012
12:38 am

This article makes me want to cry tears of joy. Mark Richt is such an outstanding Christian man with tremendous character and integrity. The university of Georgia players ought to feel blessed to play for this man.

How can any parent in the state of Georgia send their child to evil places like Alabama? Bless you, Coach Richt.

Mark

May 3rd, 2012
12:41 am

Class Act but…. guys that are transfering are probably not going to start at other big time SEC schools. I bet if Crowell or Mitchell wanted to leave, there might be a difference. But who cares? Go Dawgs!

Crimson Crush

May 3rd, 2012
12:47 am

It’s on you homeboy

whatcha gonna do ?

You can take my advice and start working fool

Or you can close your ears and run your mouth

And one day homeboy you’ll soon find out

Life is …

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kMc6ELFM1U

BigDawg

May 3rd, 2012
12:55 am

CMR is a Saint! Nothing like Nick Satan (we have a scholarship for you, not), Gene $hitzic, (hurt the other team’s players, Dick Unfairly) Steve Superior ($500K in legal fees to defend SC for $59K in benefits, since my team didn’t win the SEC East championship in 2011, we need to change the rules), Will Muschimp (Lost OC and a pitiful record with the best signing class rankings over the past four years), Derelict Drooley (you have no credibility despite your Great Dad), James Frightened (ask Grantham, Oh CMR, Grantham yelled at me, boohoo), Booby Petrino (oh, he has gone, karma for Arkansas), and Less Miles (you shouldn’t be able to play for a national championship unless you win the conference championship, how did that work out for you this year, would have been much different in 2007!)

Concerned

May 3rd, 2012
1:22 am

In Dooley’s defense, he believed that Michigan State was recruiting his player. If another school is trying to get a kid to transfer to its school, I do not have a problem with preventing a kid from going there.

ted

May 3rd, 2012
1:42 am

“he has personally got involved”

Are you kidding me?

goldwreck

May 3rd, 2012
5:32 am

CMR called LSU for Zach Mettenberger. He’ll probably be the starting QB for LSU this fall.

Tampa Gator

May 3rd, 2012
6:34 am

There is no one putting any restrictions on where coaches can leave and go coach. Why should they do it to the players? Sorry, all you other coaches, Richt is just correct in his thinking.

But I am not sure how Dawg fans will feel about the issue if Georgia plays LSU this year and Mettenberger throws for over 400 yards on that Dawg secondary……that will be a crime (sorry for the pun).

Tampa Gator

May 3rd, 2012
6:46 am

@BigDawg……

I see….Richt is the ONLY GREAT COACH in the SEC and the only one with any CHARACTER whatsoever. Richt is a SAINT….and all the other SEC coaches are all DEVILS. Where did you learn such judgemental thinking? Sunday school and church?

and……

1. LSU DID win the SEC title….and did not get to play for the NC. Alabama did not win the SEC and did play for the NC. I am not sure what you were thinking there.

2. What does Muschamp’s record in his first year at Florida have to do with transfers or being a saint?
And most of those top recruits you were speaking of……were very young last year. You will see the difference this year in their play….and Muschamp as their coach….and for many years to come.

Sopwith Camel

May 3rd, 2012
6:47 am

The NCAA should make it a policy requirement that every school follow Richt’s lead on this.

yearofthedawg

May 3rd, 2012
6:58 am

I would stop short of making this an NCAA policy, because then it would encourage other schools to keep recruiting players after they have enrolled, and nobody needs that.

RedandBlackDAWG

May 3rd, 2012
7:00 am

Concerned,

If the young man is just verbally committed, he is fair game since he is still on the open market. If he has signed at the school, and the the other coach is calling him and trying to get him to switch, that is an NCAA violation and if such is the case and Dooley has proof, he should report them to the enforcement committee to be investigated.

bigtime

May 3rd, 2012
7:05 am

Typical oversigner reponse. :D

Tampa Gator

May 3rd, 2012
7:20 am

I think Muschamp’s biggest error was hiring Weis to be his OC.

Big Al

May 3rd, 2012
7:24 am

If they do not want to be at UGA, then why keep them.

If they are not successful at UGA, then it is unlikely they will be
successful at another SEC school. Usually they go to a lesser
conference. Usually without success their either.

john1010

May 3rd, 2012
7:37 am

Good word Coach Richt. Jesus truly is Lord of this man’s life. So many things are more important than football. What does it profit a man to gain the world but lose his soul?

rabundawg

May 3rd, 2012
7:56 am

its just evidence of his Christianity….

Dawg Haus

May 3rd, 2012
8:01 am

Coach Richt, as per usual, is doing things the right way here. Life is way too short to be unhappy in college.

Red Dawn

May 3rd, 2012
8:01 am

Mark Richt is a good man in a conference where gentlemen
hand shakes don’t mean crap!! RTR

Moobs Johnson

May 3rd, 2012
8:01 am

Nice human being, mediocre college football coach.

Game Changer

May 3rd, 2012
8:02 am

A university, coach or conference cannot stop a player from transferring anywhere. The school a player leaves from as well as the school he enrolls in to play has to accept him. No rules can change the rights of an individual. Laws protect the individual transfer on both fronts.

The one rule that can be upheld is sitting out a year in most situations, the is a fairness factor and helps control chaos from occuring which all courts would uphold.

Does not matter: in mark richts case, he is profiting 10K a day and has already lost his soul as everyone else on earth. No sin is greater than any other sin, Satan and his father God will have the last say and judgement, speaking words means nothing john1010, it all about what you do while on earth, words mean nothing.

UGA Lee

May 3rd, 2012
8:05 am

Mark Richt on developing talent and winning championships: …….

“It’s too hard and I need a nap.”

UGA Lee

May 3rd, 2012
8:14 am

Below is a breakdown of the top talent producers in the SEC over the last three years. Included are the teams’ overall record, SEC record, total number of draft choices, first-round draft choices and total number of players taken in the top three rounds.

The teams are listed in order of their total draft choices:

Alabama: 36-4, 20-4 SEC, 20 draft choices, 10 first-rounders, 14 in top three rounds

Georgia: 24-16, 14-10 SEC, 18 draft choices, 1 first-rounder, 5 in the top three rounds

LSU: 33-7, 19-5 SEC, 17 draft choices, 3 first-rounders, 11 in top three rounds

Florida: 28-12, 15-9 SEC, 15 draft choices, 4 first-rounders, 9 in the top three rounds

South Carolina: 27-13, 14-10, 10 draft choices, 2 first-rounders, 4 in top three rounds

Mississippi State: 21-17, 9-15 SEC, 9 draft choices, 2 first-rounders, 3 in top three rounds

Tennessee: 18-20, 8-16, 9 draft choices, 2 first-rounders, 3 in top three rounds

Arkansas: 29-10, 15-9 SEC, 8 draft choices, 0 first-rounders, 2 in top three rounds.

Auburn: 30-10, 15-9 SEC, 7 draft choices, 2 first-rounders, 3 in top three rounds.

Kentucky: 18-20, 7-17 SEC, 6 draft choices, 0 first-rounders, 2 in top three rounds

Ole Miss: 15-22, 5-19 SEC, 6 draft choices, 0 first-rounders, 2 in top three rounds

Vanderbilt: 10-27, 3-21 SEC, 4 draft choices, 0 first-rounders, 2 in top three rounds

What do you see? Alot of underdeveloped talent from UGA due to poor coaching. Also notice UGA’s record even though they had more players picked compared to S Carolina, Miss St, Ark, and Auburn. If that’s not obvious at how HORRIBLE a coach UGA has, then you need to sit back and slap yourself in the face a couple of hundred times.

High School talent, you will not be developed by this Richt guy and you will not win any more games if you went to Mississippi State. Let it marinate!

Jacket fan in Wisconsin

May 3rd, 2012
8:14 am

I am a Tech fan, but I gotta say I think Richt is just a really nice guy. Unfortunately for him , the SEC is a very competitive league and not all the other coaches are so nice. But, my hat’s off to him.

Game Changer

May 3rd, 2012
8:15 am

Mark Richt makes promises to players and will not play the best player for the team to win, all football fans know this to be true. Mark Richt’s job is to win and play the best at all times of which he does not do, to me, Mark Richt is a liar to the players on the team when he claims he is playing the best players, allows certain players to continue after failed drug test and punish others, signing and enrolling non qualifying players, dismiss non starters from team and school while allowing starters to remain, Mark Richt is the worse kind of person to every play for if an athlete, changes colors more than a chameleon.

State of Georgia's basketball

May 3rd, 2012
8:22 am

It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that Alabama leads the SEC with 20 draft selections over the last three years, including 10 first-rounders.

That’s right … 10 first-rounders.

To put that number in perspective, Arkansas, Auburn, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee and Vanderbilt combined haven’t produced 10 first-rounders over the last three years.

kingdaddy

May 3rd, 2012
8:29 am

I truly love Coach Richt, but don’t always agree with his decisions. On this subject, I believe any athlete who wants to transfer should be allowed to go, but not to another SEC school. CMR is a great man and coach and sometimes I think the team leaders let him down by not delivering some much needed in-house justice to the slackers and numb-nuts who skip classes or smoke dope, and continue to make the program look undiciplined. The Team-Leaders need to step-up and help their coach worry about FOOTBALL and less about BABY-SITTING…

Triple Dawg

May 3rd, 2012
8:34 am

Coach Richt will be punished by NCAA for a major violation because he doesn’t have strict transferring policy like other coaches.

tide roll

May 3rd, 2012
8:34 am

XZAVIER WARD. Please take advantage of Richt’s liberal tranfer policy and get the hell out of there. You don’t stand a chance developing under Joe T., Booboo, Friend and apparently Mr. Nice Guy, who’s the biggest hypocrite out there. These fools that support UGA are clamoring for their next great hope, the private school phenom, Theus to be their left tackle. The Tan Man, who knows you’re the better athlete AND more deserving will ignore all that, sacrifice your future, and comply with the wishes of these people. You don’t stand a chance man. The fix is in! NEVER, EVER trust a guy with the following attributes: a fake tan who grins a lot. Get gone man. You don’t stand a chance.

gdawginkalamazoo

May 3rd, 2012
8:36 am

Did you notice that Richt didn’t have to defend his positions by saying
“We never get rid of any kids.”

Game Changer

May 3rd, 2012
8:40 am

@kingdaddy: about your post

you believe in double standards for the coaches etc. but not young men playing: for this you are a hippocrite

Mark Richt is totally responsible for who is recruited and their actions on and off the field as well as school; making excuse for M Richt is hippocritical

Mark Richt is not a great man, that is your opinion. How about this, is Mark Richt trusted, HELL NO. Does Mark Richt do the job he is paid for as good as others in his field, HELL NO. Does Mark Richt lie, HELL YES. Has Mark Richt played favoritism, HELL YES. kingdaddy not all men are weak like yourself and in need of a idol. Mark Richt is nothing to the strong, only the weak.

tide roll

May 3rd, 2012
8:41 am

Like Richt said Xzavier: LIFE’S TOO SHORT. Get gone. They’re going to ruin you like they tried to ruin Bean. Think of the money these idiots cost him. He should have started at offensive guard his sophomore year forward. Let him serve as your example. A 7th rounder after playing one year and they had him out of position.! And This guy Richt is supposedly Mr. Nice Guy? Yeah, if you fit a certain category. What a croc.

LakeDawg

May 3rd, 2012
8:42 am

I really do have a ton of respect for CMR. I just wish he could coach. I would still rather have him than tricky Nick.

Rick James

May 3rd, 2012
8:43 am

It’s the attitude of a winner.We have to undersrand that men in general dont handle rejection very well just ask a few women.And some of these coaches treat kids who want to go to another school like they would treat a woman who says I dont want to be with you anymore.Yes you can transfer but I need to punish you because I’m insecure and controlling and thats just how I roll. However if you commit to staying and another school offers me more money and I leave you need to understand that I have to do whats best for my career and family.

Game Changer

May 3rd, 2012
8:49 am

AND TODD GRATHAN STILL REFUSES TO SIGN EXTENSION:

The whole 2013 commit class is ” QUESTIONABLE ” because of this fact, not to mention Grantham will be leaving first week of February 2013.

Brandon

May 3rd, 2012
8:49 am

The Mettenberger situation doesn’t apply to this conversation. He was kicked off the team so Coach Richt couldn’t have done anything about where he went. He went the JUCO route first after leaving Georgia and then transferred to LSU. Richt couldn’t have stopped it anyway. That being said, I applaud his stance and to me it shows that not only is he a good guy but he also is a competitor and isn’t afraid to play someone.

nate from detroit

May 3rd, 2012
8:51 am

This stance taken by CMR just reaffirms what he has always said and what some of us need to keep in mind, there is more to life than football. While I hate to see my beloved dawgs lose to anyone, especially any of our rivals, at the end of the day it’s still just a game. That’s why I hate to hear players talk about “going to war” when discussing a football game. If you lose a football game, you go home, practice, and try to win the next game. If you lose a battle in a war, you or some of your teamates, may not come home. I agree with CMR, life is too short and these players should have the opportunity to pursue their careers in the best place for them.

Wet Willie...keep on smiling

May 3rd, 2012
8:51 am

You can transfer to whichever school you wish but but if YOUR school doesn’t grant the release then you can go anyway but YOU will get to pay for that year your sit and not be on scholly! The SEC should have the rule that you can go to any school but and SEC school and take the pressure off the coaches. Auburn is still recruiting players that have been at Bama for a full year and one actually transferred to Auburn. The thugs of the world ruin it for the others. Mett left UGA and went to juco and not LSU so spare us that BS.

Richt is a good person but he will never get you to page 1 but at least you have something to talk about.

GeoffDawg

May 3rd, 2012
8:51 am

As opposed to bama where they’ll run you off the team when someone better comes along. If there’s one thing you can be certain of, it’s that “Mr. Business” doesn’t care about his players beyond their on-field value.

IceColdATLien

May 3rd, 2012
8:52 am

Very classy, I must say. I understand people’s competitive inclinations, but I agree with Richt that life is too precious at that age to purposely ruin a part of it for a kid. It’s great karma and likely is a net positive because of the trust it develops with recruits. It may come back to haunt if UGA runs up against Mettenberger and LSU, say, in the SEC title game… but it’s worth doing the right thing by these kids anyway. Just bring Richt up another notch in my estimation.

ADMan

May 3rd, 2012
8:53 am

Crimson Crush and tide roll….you guys just don’t get it do you? You two have to be the biggest two idiots that post on this blog.While you two stand in front of a mirror and pat yourselves on the back each day everyone else is laughing at what a bunch of pompious azzholes you are. Your both an embarressment to the majority of other Tide fans and idiot clowns to everyone else!….(tide roll..you really do need to see a doctor about your O-linemen fetish)LOLLOLLOL

Rick James

May 3rd, 2012
8:53 am

@State of Georgia’s basketball

It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that Alabama leads the SEC with 20 draft selections over the last three years, including 10 first-rounders.

That’s right … 10 first-rounders.

To put that number in perspective, Arkansas, Auburn, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee and Vanderbilt combined haven’t produced 10 first-rounders over the last three years
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So? With all of those first rounders one would think they could have won the SEC last year or at least the western dvivsion and not have to slide into the championship game through the back door.Had the proposed play off system been in place we wouldnt have to hear all of this smack talk right now.Were was all of this talk when Mike Shula was coach?

IceColdATLien

May 3rd, 2012
8:57 am

Oh yeah, forgot that Mettenberger was kicked off the team. Even if it were the case that he simply asked to leave to go to LSU, I still think amateur athletes should play where they want to. It’s obviously different in the pros, but kids (and don’t forget their parents) should be able to decide if they don’t fit in somewhere and want to try somewhere else. Richt is so right by saying life’s just too short to be so mean-spirited and spiteful against a college kid.

AdMan

May 3rd, 2012
9:05 am

Hey Rick James…how many NC’s did Bama get with all that talent….I’ll tell you ZERO!… Thanks for the useless information!LOLLOLLOL

kingdaddy

May 3rd, 2012
9:06 am

Game Changer
You’ve made my day by disagreeing with me. All you have ever done on this and all other UGA blogs is cry like a little girl, which I suspect you really want to be. You probably complain about everything all the time to the point where nobody wants to be anywhere around you. You sir, are just a whiney, crying be-outch. Move on dude and try getting a life. You are a miserable human being, who wants everyone around him to be just as miserable. Grow-up little boy…

Larry

May 3rd, 2012
9:06 am

Alright, Alabama fans, we get it! Since Saban’s arrival you have the better football team. We get it!

Now, when comparing anything Alabaman to anything Georgian, what else you got? Nothing! And this is why along with Mississippi you can’t attract anything or anyone save for the cheap looking floating casino’s on the gulf to attract degenerates.

When is the last time you heard a person say: “we are loking forward to spending some time or a vacation in…Alabama!” LOL!

So, shut up!