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