Herschel Walker weighs in on UGA’s off-field problems

Herschel Walker expressed concern about the number of Georgia football players arrested this year, saying coach Mark Richt has “got to take control” of the issue and the players “have to take responsibility.”

The former Georgia football great, who led the Bulldogs to the national championship as a freshman 30 years ago, was asked about the issue during an appearance Wednesday on ESPN’s “College Football Live” program.

“That’d concern me a great deal,” Walker said. “The losses, that is going to concern me as well, but when you got kids that got off-field problems, we need to get into and see what’s going on. Because when you got off-the-field problems, there’s something going on with that program.

“And I think Coach Richt has got to get a hand on it. I love Coach Richt. He’s a great coach, and there’s no doubt: I do not think Coach Richt should be fired. We got to find out what is going on within that program when you got 11 guys since March that have been off-the-field problems.”

Of the 11 players arrested this year, four were kicked off the team by Richt, one left the program after getting a six-game suspension, one got a two-game suspension and three received one-game suspensions.

“He’s got to fix it,” Walker said of Richt. “He’s the leader there on that team, so he’s got to take control.

“Athletes got to have responsibility,” Walker added. “That’s one of the problems I think athletes have today. They don’t want to take responsibilities, but they have to take responsibility. You’re in college; you’re not out in high school anymore; you’re in college.  . . . If you got a problem, you got to be penalized. Now, Coach Richt does that, but I think you got to be a little bit more harsher.”

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Chili

October 21st, 2010
7:49 am

The next one arrested should have to get in the cage with Herschel.

Dawg_Mike

October 21st, 2010
7:50 am

Put Herschel in charge of strenght and training and while you are at it….discipline…
At 48 he is still a bad ass dude.

Hank

October 21st, 2010
7:50 am

Wow. How illuminating.

Dawg_Mike

October 21st, 2010
7:50 am

strength…sorry.

1st Dawg

October 21st, 2010
7:50 am

Right on Herschel! 1st?

leslie22h

October 21st, 2010
7:52 am

I think Ol’ Herschel needs to work on improving his grammar.

The Ginger Ninja

October 21st, 2010
7:54 am

And the great Herschel hath spoken and it shall be done……

Herschel

October 21st, 2010
7:55 am

nuttin be wrong wit dis gramma…

Conspiracy Theory

October 21st, 2010
7:57 am

U no Hershey gots dats Kuntry Grammer. He no he ain’t half steppin and frontin. He be saying da truff.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

October 21st, 2010
7:57 am

Been saying what Walker said all year.

Richt has no control of his team and thats why the slide has been going for years

Odell Sims

October 21st, 2010
8:04 am

Good to see another great former UGA player speaking out along with Fran Tarkenton about the doward spiraling

Odell Sims

October 21st, 2010
8:07 am

.. opps ..downward spiraling football program. Unlike Rickt apologist Rex Robinsonn and Buck Belue.

Spike

October 21st, 2010
8:08 am

DawgMike… Ditto, brother!

DawgTurd

October 21st, 2010
8:11 am

Although his grammar is a bit “underdeveloped,” Herschel got it right: “They don’t want to take responsibilities, but they have to take responsibility. You’re in college; you’re not out in high school anymore; you’re in college.” And, after you turn 18, boys, you’re not a legal infant any more. In the eyes of the law, you’re an adult.

Todd - Dacula

October 21st, 2010
8:14 am

leslie22h, you need to woryy more about your sleeping with your suster that Mr. Walker, you chicken $hit hillbillie…

Mike S

October 21st, 2010
8:15 am

Hershel is dead on with his comments. yes, he is a country boy and talks like one, but don’t be fooled – hershel is a very intelligent man, and CMR and the players would be wise to listen to him.

I also concur with the idea of bringing him in as strength and conditioning coach – the man is a BEAST. He still looks like he could suit up and run some people over. Hmmm, he have any eligibility left? ROFL!!!!

Todd - Dacula

October 21st, 2010
8:16 am

and the rest of you hill-billies are so straight that you hide behind a false name on blogs.

lagadawg

October 21st, 2010
8:16 am

I agree with Dawg_Mike,Herschel would be a great strenght and conditioning coach.I think people should get on that bandwagon,I believe he possibly could be the best recruiter UGA EVER HAS.

Outlaw U.

October 21st, 2010
8:17 am

It took 7 paragraphs to say what could have been said in about 3 sentences.

Bremen Dawg

October 21st, 2010
8:17 am

Just wondering how many players would have been arrested in 1980 with today’s police staff and how high profile athletes are. Meaning everything they do it watched so closely today.

Some lame name here

October 21st, 2010
8:18 am

Well if they are adults their off the field problems are theirs not richts or the schools. And they should not be punished for them.

Mark Shapiro

October 21st, 2010
8:20 am

S

October 21st, 2010
8:15 am
Hershel is dead on with his comments. yes, he is a country boy and talks like one, but don’t be fooled – hershel is a very intelligent man, and CMR and the players would be wise to listen to him.

I also concur with the idea of bringing him in as strength and conditioning coach – the man is a BEAST. He still looks like he could suit up and run some people over. Hmmm, he have any eligibility left? ROFL!!!!
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Did you really roll on the floor laughing at your own lame quip?

Glory Glory

October 21st, 2010
8:21 am

So Herschel went on ESPN, which opened tge Dior for ESPN to natinally critisize the program, and point out the absurd thugush activities going on in Athens, such as college kids drinking, possesing fireworks, not having a middle name, forgetting to pay a speeding ticket and emerging from an alley on a scooter.

Herschel, your appearance did more harm than good. Maybe we can stay out of trouble this coming offseason, and then we can get the best in state recruits to believe in us again. But I doubt it.

Glory Glory

October 21st, 2010
8:22 am

**phone keypad sucks

I continue to be dumbfounded...

October 21st, 2010
8:23 am

…by the myriad of bloggers that say Herschel should be the strength coach or that Pollack should be a defensive coach – why on earth would these multi-millionaires want to coach in college? THEY have a life outside of UGA,, and some of YOU guys need to get a life and quit trying to live thru a college football program…

elvisaintdead

October 21st, 2010
8:24 am

New UGA Athletics policy:
Get arrested, get in the cage with Herschel.

Those jack@sses will straighten up right quick.

gbal

October 21st, 2010
8:24 am

They are viewed as adults now that they are in college other than one thing…. The leegal drinking age is 21. In 1980 it was 18. a lot of the incidences that have occured involved under age drinking. This change to 21 along with the increase in inforcment has not solved the problem. Back to 18.

The Dogfather

October 21st, 2010
8:25 am

Does anyone remember the pig that was stolen at the begining of the 1980 year .STole a pig to have a bbq. People say that was a catalyst in bringing our team together that year. Ros, Hudson maybe you could enlighten all the arm chairs about BIG TEAM lil me

RedPantsDawg

October 21st, 2010
8:31 am

Herschel also said that UGA has let too many in state players get away to other schools. I guess people will say Herschel isn’t a “true fan” or “doesn’t support the school” now.

jtdawg

October 21st, 2010
8:33 am

Again,

A pure UGA blog that has absolutely nothing to do with any other program whatsoever.

Yet look at all of these other basement dwellers absolutely obsessed wtih all things Bulldogs.

Jealousy has no limits.

Just like these bloggers having no brains…

VixDawg

October 21st, 2010
8:34 am

Herschel has Crap wad of money and you don’t. He can talk however the hell he wants to pointdexter. To hell with Grammar!

A Pawsitive Experience

October 21st, 2010
8:35 am

Ha Ha …. Herschel Walker never smelled a Clemson Tiger Endzone nor did George Rogers of South Carolina. Goooooo Tigers Fight Fight Fight !!!

DBCOOPER

October 21st, 2010
8:36 am

This ain’t FSU !

Dawg Fud

October 21st, 2010
8:40 am

“more harsher”

is that the same as ‘more harsh’ or ‘harsher’?

DAWGMAN

October 21st, 2010
8:42 am

Herschel Walker is still the MAN. He should be listened to. He speaks from his heart. It’s time to get real in Athens. Other folks in the SEC think our football program is peopled by a bunch of chumps from top to bottom.

Thumper

October 21st, 2010
8:43 am

Don’t kid yourself fellow dawgs……….if that article were written about a tech player……we’d cut it to pieces pointing out every negative tidbit. Herschel’s a good ole country boy and I promise you he doesn’t apologize for it. So just deal with the jabs on here. You know we would do the same thing.

BMDPD

October 21st, 2010
8:44 am

Some of you dummies actually think the program was ‘clean’ in the 70’s and 80’s. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Two words…(forgive me for saying them)…..Jan Kemp. What would have happened if HW was pulled over in 1980 drunk, with two 15 year old naked girls in the car? Come on…….

Billy Ray

October 21st, 2010
8:44 am

Bremen Dawg

Your comments are right on, it’s a different day and age and these guys get zero slack from po dunk cops…jesus a suspended license is the same as murder in Podunkville Georgia if a UGA guy is involved.

404

October 21st, 2010
8:45 am

Well said from: Mr. Herschel “TransAm” walker.

Tide Roll

October 21st, 2010
8:45 am

Walker also expressed his concern regarding the loss of in-state talent to out of state schools. He used CAM NEWTON, who everyone now knows is from Atlanta, as an example. This was after he said he would vote for Newton for the Heisman. Chris Fowler then mentioned Newton as one ” that got away.” This is funny because, incredibly, Bobo never offered the kid! How could one get away when you were never after him to begin with! Bobo’s “good ole boy” arrogance cost Georgia a Heisman winner and effectively empowered Auburn with a physical freak of nature that will probably lead them to a national title! Until Uga rids itself of these coaches and former players from small town Georgia with their preconceived notions regarding certain athletes (including your offensive line coach, Stacy “good ole boy” Searels), your doomed to mediocrity. One national title in a gazillion years is proof of that.

BMDPD

October 21st, 2010
8:50 am

Tide Roll, yeah Newton would have fit in great. Just what we need….. another player with questionable character.

Roc

October 21st, 2010
8:51 am

What channel is the game coming on? Can’t seem to find it anywhere.

Jiggy Smaha

October 21st, 2010
8:52 am

Herschel bought his own Trans Am. In the same post people are condemning Richt for the off-field behavior of his players and condemning Bobo because he didn’t recruit a kid that turned out to be a felon. Morons.

Jiggy Smaha

October 21st, 2010
8:53 am

Roc. It is on CSS. If you have Direct TV you have to buy the College Gameday Package for this week.

DAWG ONE

October 21st, 2010
8:53 am

First of all, Herschel is respected by many other than just UGA fans, regardless of grammar. Second, why would a man who built his body with push ups, get in a weight room to teach weight training? Why would a man who has many interests, get involved with today’s program other than support?
He would absolutely be a great recruiter, trainer of young bodies, example of a good citizen, and an example of how to live life within the confines of law. His financial success should be a point to these young men, and he did it the right way and behaved himself.
If Herschel did not care about the program, he would not have spoken out. Perhaps he needs to give a pep talk to the players before a game. Show some of his film and fire up these guys.

Thumper

October 21st, 2010
8:55 am

Tide Roll………..geez….OK………..we get it. We let every in-state talent get away and obviously every single one of them has won the Heisman and gone on to cure cancer. Please come up with something new to post and for God sakes, take your meds in the morning.

lance

October 21st, 2010
8:56 am

Tide Roll- UGA never offere Cam because he wanted toplay QB and we were loaded at the time (still are). He went to FL originally and was kicked off the team for theft. Cam is good and should have been the next guy behind Tee-bag but his “thuggery” got in the way. Just a little FYI.

Tide Roll

October 21st, 2010
9:00 am

BMDPD. It’s your coaches, particularly Richt, that is the problem, not the kids. These are the same kids that are at Auburn, Alabama, Florida, etc. Richt’s more concerned about his tan than these kids and the indifference is reflected in your off the field issues. It’s not the kids, it’s the coaches. It will probably calm down now because as the weather cools , Richt won’t hit the lake house as much. You guys should be in pretty good shape until the Spring.

Ronnie

October 21st, 2010
9:00 am

Hey Herschel, nobody got to get in there and find out what happening. There be people paid a lot of money to do that. If the record was 6-0, the off the field stuff would not be discussed.

Tech Buzz

October 21st, 2010
9:02 am

The last great ga team: 1980. but the ga fans are still as arrogant as ever.