What is Georgia Tech’s transfer policy for football players? We’ll let Paul Johnson explain:
“Well, we don’t have a strict set policy, and we try to evaluate each one on their own merit,” Johnson told the AJC.
“You try to sit down with the guys and find out why they are leaving. Depending on the situation, each one can be different. As a general rule, it’s hard to transfer with the ACC because they have to sit out two years [per ACC rules]. So that part of it, going anywhere within our league, is pretty much taken care of. And, you know, you genuinely try to watch it so you don’t have to play against guys, if you think they can help beat you.”
Two of UGA’s coaches, Mark Richt and Mark Fox, allow players to transfer anywhere, including within the SEC. Georgia Tech basketball coach Brian Gregory has a policy against ACC schools and UGA but said he “wouldn’t fight it” if a transfer wanted to go to one of those schools.
Is Johnson’s policy pretty close to Gregory’s policy?
“I never had anybody that wanted to transfer to a member school because, like with us in the ACC, they would have to sit out two years to go to a school within the conference, so it really makes no sense.
“I try to evaluate each one on merit. If a kid wants to go home because his mother is sick, then that would be different than ‘I want to home because I don’t like the system.’ So each one, I look at individually, and see how we fit.
“We haven’t had a lot of guys transfer since my first year here. I can’t think of a guy that went to another D1 school. We’ve had some go down [to I-AA] because of playing time.”
What about releasing a player to go to archrival UGA? “I would have to evaluate and see what the reason was, and then we would go from there,” Johnson said.
Several college coaches, including Tennessee’s Derek Dooley and Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan, have caused public backlash after putting severe restrictions on transfer players. Per NCAA rules, any player that transfers to another D1 school is already penalized by having to sit out one season.
“I think [transfers] are a little more prevalent in basketball than football,” Johnson said. “Generally, when kids transfer in football, it’s because they are not playing. And you know, once in a while, you will have a kid transfer because of the system or something.
“But, you know, they know what they’re signing up for, so that has not been an issue for me through the years. I’ve had very few guys transfer because of the system. Most of them transfer because they’re not playing, and they go down a level.”
What is Mark Richt’s transfer policy? Go here
Note: Johnson and former Georgia Tech basketball star Jon Barry teamed together to win Monday’s Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge golf tournament, earning the school $125,000 in scholarship money.
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