UGA assistant recruiting coordinator for football resigns (UPDATED)

Charlie Cantor, pictured here at the Mark Richt Football Camp last month, resigned as a UGA football recruiting assistant. (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

Charlie Cantor, pictured here at the Mark Richt Football Camp last month, resigned as a UGA football recruiting assistant. (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

Georgia is going through a transition in its football recruiting office.

Charles Cantor, who has served as an assistant recruiting coordinator under coach Mark Richt since March of 2008, resigned from that position last month. The Bulldogs are currently in the process of seeking a replacement.

UGA Athletic Director Greg McGarity, responding to a freedom of information request for details, declined to comment on speculation that Cantor was asked to leave because of his alleged involvement in NCAA violations.

“He just resigned,” McGarity said. “Charles moved on to other things. We wish him well.”

In a one-sentence resignation letter to the UGA Athletic Association’s human resources office dated June 14, Cantor — who went by “Charlie” and “Chuck” — wrote that he was leaving “to pursue other opportunities.” His resignation came four days after Georgia football legend Herschel Walker was in Athens for a two-day visit with the football team.

Cantor’s resignation comes on the heels of the Bulldogs inking a top 10-ranked recruiting class in 2011. However, he has been directly or indirectly involved in several NCAA secondary violations committed by the football program the past three years.

Reached by telephone Tuesday, Cantor declined to answer questions about his resignation but instead offered a written statement, which he sent via email:

“It has been a pleasure working with Coach Richt and the staff at Georgia football,” Cantor wrote. “The future looks bright at Georgia . This past year we assembled an outstanding recruiting class that [the] Bulldog nation should be very proud of and allow the Bulldogs to have the increased competition at every position across the board. It is competition that will allow Georgia to get to the top of SEC. Georgia is in a great position to finish out through signing day with a great 2012 recruiting class. I know I gave my all to Georgia football and every one of the past and present recruits that ever stepped foot in Athens knows that.

“I never knowingly broke any recruiting rules at the University of Georgia . We have worked within the framework of the NCAA recruiting manual to present Georgia as a ideal place for many young men to pursue their college football aspirations. Great opportunities lie ahead in my future and I am prepared to pursue those now.”

Cantor would not say where he will resume his career but acknowledged it will be in the recruiting side of college athletics.

Cantor’s vacated position is an important one in the recruiting process. He served as a human database of information for Richt and his assistant football coaches and was a point person for arranging and orchestrating visits for prospects. His duties are currently being absorbed by recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner and assistant Connie Connelly.

Cantor came to Georgia from Rutgers, where he served in a similar capacity, in March of 2008. Before that he was a graduate assistant coach, graduate recruiting assistant and student manager at Florida State. He holds sports science education and sports management degrees from FSU.

225 comments Add your comment

dawgman

July 5th, 2011
12:33 pm

kevin

July 5th, 2011
12:35 pm

Atlanta87

July 5th, 2011
12:37 pm

UGA is DOOMED!! Oh no…..

GatorEater

July 5th, 2011
12:37 pm

No wonder we haven’t signed any decent player recently

Bobo, Bobo, a pirates life for me...

July 5th, 2011
12:39 pm

Give it to Herschel. Get me a running back.

Bobo, Bobo, a pirates life for me...

July 5th, 2011
12:40 pm

and sign an O line while you’re at it…

Summer National Champs

July 5th, 2011
12:41 pm

Todd Gratham is wide enough to be 2 people can’t he do it?

WDE

July 5th, 2011
12:43 pm

Hire David Pollack…he shows up at signings anyway.

schmeckdawg

July 5th, 2011
12:44 pm

Does anyone get a bad vibe off of this or with everything else going on in college football, am I just being paranoid?

WDE

July 5th, 2011
12:47 pm

@schmeckdawg heck with everything going on in college football these days I get a bad vibe every time I hear a shoe drop…

schmeckdawg

July 5th, 2011
12:48 pm

@WDE…great point!

AltamahaDawg

July 5th, 2011
12:49 pm

Counted 3 innuendos there.

DOUBLE G

July 5th, 2011
12:51 pm

Big whoop, I say. Slow news day, eh?

duluthdawg

July 5th, 2011
12:52 pm

get rid of the cheaters i say.

GTfan2011

July 5th, 2011
12:57 pm

Ok, I normally wouldn’t comment on a UGA related story, but this struck me as strange reporting.

UGA Athletic Director Greg McGarity, responding to a freedom of information request for details, declined to comment on speculation that Cantor was asked to leave because of his alleged involvement in NCAA violations. “He just resigned,” McGarity said. “Charles moved on to other things. We wish him well.”

Isn’t that a comment?!?! If I were a UGA fan, I would not be happy with the ambiguous way that was written.

NOBODYYOUKNOW

July 5th, 2011
12:58 pm

I just hope and pray this guy hasn’t got the program in trouble. We don’t need this type B.S. now.

PTC DAWG

July 5th, 2011
1:02 pm

sherry

July 5th, 2011
1:02 pm

He didn’t resign he was ask to leave. How many times have you heard well he moved on to other things. Lordy, we haven’t even play a game and all the nay sayer are in the gloom and doom ready

Mtn Dawg

July 5th, 2011
1:02 pm

What did Hershel Walker’s visit have to do with it? Is he going to accept an offer? Probably not. But, then why did his name come up in the article. Did he blow the whistle on Cantor of a few more secondary’s? Answers people. I want answers!

Tom

July 5th, 2011
1:03 pm

….and all the Uga’s keep taking the easy way out.

reebok

July 5th, 2011
1:06 pm

a whole lot of nothing here.

gatorade

July 5th, 2011
1:07 pm

UGA screwed themselves again lol, Ready to get owned by the Gators….again?

SSIgator

July 5th, 2011
1:12 pm

Not to worry. They are interviewing a former GA Dept. of Corrections officer today. It will be a seamless transition.

Mtn Dawg

July 5th, 2011
1:12 pm

@gatorade – we’re going to eat your lunch this year! Better hold on.

ryan

July 5th, 2011
1:16 pm

This could be good thing hire someone that can recruit better because we just have been getting smoked by Bama , UF, Auburn and Clemson in recruiting need hire better people that know how to recruit the state of Georgia because what is working now is not working .

The Cool Bro

July 5th, 2011
1:17 pm

Totally BONED, bro!

gatorade

July 5th, 2011
1:20 pm

@ryan you guys get top 10 recruiting classes every year….then you lose to Colorado. Recruiting isnt your problem.

Bama00

July 5th, 2011
1:21 pm

Where is the NCAA?!?!?!?!?

Bama in Atlanta

July 5th, 2011
1:25 pm

The idiots who would blame this on Richt’s mission trip to Honduras must be sleeping in today.

The Ghost of Wally Butts

July 5th, 2011
1:25 pm

Why not give the job to the Clarke County Sheriff? Since most of our recruits are eventually gonna meet his staff, we may as well be up front and efficient about it!

JB

July 5th, 2011
1:27 pm

The NCAA is busy in Alabama looking into AU&Bama……. That’s where they normally are Bama00.

JB

July 5th, 2011
1:29 pm

This guy pushing the envelope and they got rid of him…………Or in the State of Alabama, it’s just Tuesday.

ryan

July 5th, 2011
1:30 pm

OK fine gatorade i am going to wait see how this seasons plays out before i say Richt needs to be fired but you guys wanting him fired becareful what you wish for because UGA will spend the money to get big name coach .

Trojan

July 5th, 2011
1:31 pm

Strange article. Why the mention of Herchel?

gatorade

July 5th, 2011
1:31 pm

@ryan name one big named coach you guys think you can get, that is better than Richt.

ryan

July 5th, 2011
1:32 pm

You haters still talking about the Clarke County jail need to get a life no one has been arrested this year .

Paul in RDU

July 5th, 2011
1:33 pm

A guy changes jobs and the conspiracy theories begin. Only in the wonderful world of college football.

Paul in RDU

July 5th, 2011
1:35 pm

This change should have minimal affects on UGA’s recruiting – the job description is basically that of an administrative assistant.

oledawg

July 5th, 2011
1:35 pm

Didn’t get it that he was actively bringing people in or involved in that process. The article said that he was primarily responsible for info advising, dataprocessing recruiting info to Richt and others. Herc would be an emissary, not a numbers cruncher.

Agree that the paranoia button has been pushed, but thus far there is nothing to see here. Our method of instantaneously self-reporting inadvertent violations makes me believe that there has been a difference of opinion and Charlie lost. Sometimes good people get fired because their ideas pressure those with a different idea. It ain’t bad, it’s a fact of life. We should all wish him well (unless he shows up hanging around Lyles) and thank him for being good enough to be valuable to us for 3 yrs.

GT BBall Fan

July 5th, 2011
1:36 pm

What does Hershel Walker’s visit have to do with any of this?? All coaches should take a 7 day break from thinking about quitting after each and every Hershel visit?

BTW – How is Hershel’sTrans Am holding out?

Big Dog 98

July 5th, 2011
1:36 pm

The NCAA is a joke.

If you really wanted to clean up football…why not prohibit all freshman from competing until they have completed and passed a year of college level course work?

College football is merely a money making machine for the colleges and training ground for the NFL.

the dude

July 5th, 2011
1:37 pm

IT IS STILL STRANGE TO ME THAT A tech FOOTBALL PLAYER SELLS DRUGS AND GETS TO STAY IN SCHOOL, AND THEN A GA FOOTBALL PLAYER FLUNKS OUT OF UGA AND THEN GRADUATES FROM tech. I GUESS tech IS NOT SO HARD AFTER ALL IF YOUR A STUDENT ATHLETE AT THE FLATS.

UGA CS major

July 5th, 2011
1:40 pm

” He served as a human database”
I heard some fancy colleges like Georgia Tech use computers to manage their databases.
Glad to see at UGA we help keep people employed by avoiding technology.
Plus if we put what we did in a computer database the NCAA could use it against us.

Damon Evans

July 5th, 2011
1:41 pm

This would not have happen if I were not forced out…

James

July 5th, 2011
1:43 pm

UGA CS major,

You are FUNNY!

Keep posting!

1953Dawg

July 5th, 2011
1:50 pm

If this guy is responsible for giving Richt info about recruiting, then i’m glad he is gone. Because obviously Richt hasn’t been gettting any info for the 2012 class, because he is getting his ass handed to him by Bama,Fl, Auburn, and now even Vandy. Richt will blame the players, the coaches, and now assistant recruiting coordinator for his terrible recruiting efforts this year. Wonder who he is gonna throw under the bus for his pathetic coaching ablility? He already dumped Martinez, and the rest of the defensive staff, maybe he should look at his offense, and it’s inept coaching staff, starting with himself&his lover bobo. This guy is a joke, and he is showing his true colors, can’t wait until he starts 0-2, he will probably blame the players that have left this sinking ship. What a joke he has made of UGA football.LOL!!

Jacket Man

July 5th, 2011
1:50 pm

You guys still not believe my comments about the new running back already causing problems?

" Hot " seat

July 5th, 2011
1:52 pm

….. gotta beat boise state in the GEORGIA dome ….

Kirby Smart

July 5th, 2011
1:53 pm

This is meaningless, besides I will personally guarantee everyone that Alabama will “ROLL” over the lowly dogs!

When UGA gets tired of being second tier SEC, give me a call.

Kirby Very Smart

Red Panties

July 5th, 2011
1:55 pm

Miss me yet?