UGA coach Mark Richt: ‘We don’t recruit bad kids’ (UPDATED)

UPDATED THROUGHOUT . . .

HOOVER, Ala. — I’m going to have a lot more for you a little bit later, but for now I’m going to give you just the high points and raw quotes from the beat-writer’s session with Georgia coach Mark Richt here at SEC Football Media Days this morning.

Richt will address the full media contingent here at the Wynfrey Hotel later today. Players Jarvis Jones, Abry Jones and Tavarres King are also here and I talked to them as well and will share their thoughts as soon as I can get around to it.

Now for Richt . . .

>>>As you might expect, the conversation was dominated about team discipline. We hadn’t had a chance to talk to Richt about Isaiah Crowell’s dismissal since it happened on June 29. So he talked about that and about the perception that there is a lack of discipline at Georgia.

On having to kick Crowell off the team: “Well, no decision to dismiss a guy from the team is an easy decision. It’s always tough because I care very much about all these guys. Having to make those kinds of decisions are tough. But, in the end, I think we did what was in the best interest of the program. I wish Isaiah the very best in his future and I hope everything will work out for him.”

>>> On type of kids they’re recruiting: “We’re not recruiting bad kids,” Richt said. “We’re competing for the same guys everybody else is in the league.”

>>> On perception there is a discipline problem at UGA: “We’re certainly going to have an expectation for how we want our guys to behave. If they don’t behave, we’re going to discipline them. So if the discipline involves running up and down the stairs at the stadium or some things that might be at the level of losing playing time or it might be something at the level of losing your ability toi stay at Georgia, the thing we’re going to do at Georgia is we’re gpoing to take care of any issues that do come up in the proper way. And so, if a guy does end up having to leave, it’s for the best interest of the group. From time to time that has to happen. It’s sad that it does but we’re going to keep taking care of business in that way.”

>>> Richt remained mum on whether suspensions are imminent for safety Bacarri Rambo, cornerback Branden Smith and linebacker Alec Ogletree. All have been reported to have run afoul of Georgia’s drug policy and Smith is known to have been arrested for marijuana possession.

Asked if he knew what personnel would be available for Missouri, Richt said” “Do I know? I do know, yeah.”

Asked if he cared to share that information, Richt said: “We’ll share it sometime, but not today. I’ll announce that if there needs to be an announcement on those guys.”

>>> On tailback situation without Crowell: “We’ve got some really good backs. It’s going to change Richard Samuel’s role certainly.”

>>> Richt on being picked by media here to win the SEC Eastern Division. LSU was tabbed as overall champion:

“I hope the media is right. I was looking at the record of picking the eventual champion and it wasn’t real good (4-16). Maybe you guys are a lot better at picking divisional champions anyway. But it would be nice to get back to Atlanta.”

>>> On how much Malcolm Mitchell might play wide receiver this season: “We’re getting him ready to play as much defense as he can. . . . I think by the time the season is over we will have seen a lot of Malcolm on offense. Early on, I don’t know.”

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122 comments Add your comment

Bubba

July 19th, 2012
11:17 am

1st? Go CMR and Go Dawgs!

trueUGAfan

July 19th, 2012
11:23 am

Let’s get it…GO DAWGS

Nick

July 19th, 2012
11:23 am

Heck yes, I can’t wait to see all those 2 & 3 yard runs Samuel breaks off this season!!

Dawg Tired

July 19th, 2012
11:24 am

Nick

July 19th, 2012
11:24 am

According to Zach Mettenberger, God has a hand in sexual deviancy. Interesting!

Nick

July 19th, 2012
11:26 am

On how much Malcolm Mitchell might play wide receiver this season: “We’re getting him ready to play as much defense as he can. . . . I think by the time the season is over we will have seen a lot of Malcolm on offense. Early on, I don’t know.”

That tells you right there, that our defensive backfield will be depleted early on in the season due to suspensions.

Dawg Fud

July 19th, 2012
11:27 am

Got to visit with Coach Richt this past Saturday and he took a photo with my family (wife and 2 yr old daughter). He could not have been more gracious and I wish nothing but success for Coach.

dawgman

July 19th, 2012
11:29 am

Sadly Nick Zach seems to think so. God had no hand in what he did to end up at LSU. That was all him and he should have said so. Evoking God in talking about something immoral is wrong

JimmyJack

July 19th, 2012
11:31 am

No Coach, you’re not utilizing any shady tactics that the rest of the league isn’t also pursuing. What a transparent rationalization! We’re no worse than the other guys!

Bryan G.

July 19th, 2012
11:37 am

If we don’t recruit bad kids…then that means he turns them in to bad kids, right?

Moobs Johnson

July 19th, 2012
11:40 am

Coach MediocRe at his finest in Hoover. IF they win, the division title is a gift from the SEC scheduling office.

Dawg Fud

July 19th, 2012
11:43 am

Yes, Bryan. Mark Richt is purposely taking these children from their parents so he can turn them into bad people. It’s all part of his evil agenda.

Hope you picked up on the sarcasm because I am laying it on thick.

bruce mac

July 19th, 2012
11:44 am

Hea Jimmy Jack, You are a loser. That is not what he is saying and you know it but The Institute was never very good at teaching reading comprehension. Prepare for the annual butt whipping you will receive the Saturday after TGiving.

notso fast

July 19th, 2012
11:45 am

Coach R just doesn’t want to be involved with “bad kids” but the fact remains that he has had more than his share. You just know that he hates that someday a decision will have to be made on those that have been arrested. He is just trying to win.

George Stein

July 19th, 2012
11:45 am

Far be it for me, as a Tech fan to defend Richt and UGA, but he’s right. At some point, people have to be responsible for their own behavior. The trick is that college kids tend to get in trouble more than most, but they are still adults.

Most of the UGA players aren’t committing violent crimes, so there isn’t much to really worry about. Not to condone illegal behavior, but I think the bigger upset would be if college kids weren’t smoking a little weed or drinking. Neither are a big deal. Just don’t don’t drive.

Skokie Dog

July 19th, 2012
11:46 am

CMR: “We’re not recruiting bad kids.” Okay, maybe I understand now. We’re recruiting some talented, high-profile, unquestionably dumb kids who make horrible decisions.
Then there are the rest of the players, most of whom have enough sense to keep up with their academic work, show up prepared for practice and for games, and stay out of trouble.
It’s a shame that the first group has become the face of the team in the media. For goodness sake, can’t the U.Ga. coaches just ask the high school coaches about these recruits’ attitudes, work habits, and dedication? If not, I’m sure that a few teachers who have these “stars” in their classes could offer some useful input, if only anyone would ask.

Taco Meat

July 19th, 2012
11:47 am

I agree with Richt on his recruiting tactics. Bottom line is you can only get a small glimpse into a young man’s life during the recruiting process. You can talk to the kids, interview coaches, parents and friends, and whatever else. But once these kids get from under their parents you don’t know what they are capable of. Young people make mistakes. We can just hope they Will learn from them and go on to be productive citizens.

faithfuldawg86

July 19th, 2012
11:48 am

Exactly! All the idiots who whine about recruiting guys with better values, etc should understand that every school in SEC and, in many cases, the country are recruiting these same kids, so exactly who do you recommend we recruit? The problem is not at UGA, it is systemic. Most students – and even more so with privileged athletes – feel that they are entitled to everything, good grades, good job making plenty of money (right out of school), and multiple chances if they screw up. I am a college professor and have seen this problem grow worse, especially over the past ten years. Don’t blame any single parent, coach, teacher, school… Blame the society we’ve created and, if you must point fingers, blame NCLB.

Newman

July 19th, 2012
11:48 am

So they turn bad after they get to Athens???

Really?

July 19th, 2012
11:52 am

How many Vandy (Duke, Stanford, Northwestern, Rice………) players have been arrested the last 5 years.
Saying you recruit the same players as the rest of the SEC, doesn’t mean they aren’t bad, it’s 2 different things.
Many posted here about Crowell while he was still in HS and many others.
You either recruit bad kids are for some reason they turn bad when you get them.
I think this is the 1st time Richt has not told the truth, since he’s been at UGA. Which is better than 95% of the coaches out there. Just come out and say, winning is #1 and if we need to bring players to Athens that have no chance to graduate and are bad seeds and mix them with the real students, so be it.

GTBob

July 19th, 2012
11:56 am

On type of kids they’re recruiting: “We’re not recruiting bad kids,” Richt said. “We’re competing for the same guys everybody else is in the league.

The rest of the league doesn’t have a great record when it comes to discipline either. UGA is just the worst. Maybe the SEC as a whole should look at the kinds of kids they are salivating over.

1 4 GT

July 19th, 2012
11:59 am

With all of the discipline problems Georgie has had in the just the last couple of years, if Richt says they are not recruiting bad kids, it can only mean one thing. The kids go bad after they get to Georgie.

Bryan G.

July 19th, 2012
11:59 am

Dawg Fud – well, my question is: which is it? Either we recruit bad kids or they become bad kids once they get to UGA. So..which is it?

The SEC (and I'm a fan)

July 19th, 2012
12:02 pm

Are the leaders in accepting bad kids. We have the lowest entrance requirements for Athletes and ignore their bad behavior because winning is more important to us, than it should be. There are other schools (Miami, FSU, Ohio St), but as a conference we are head and shoulders above the rest. Richt may even be a little better than some. Maybe if these questions are asked enough….never mind, $4,000,000 a year will always win. Too many fans are like the brain dead Penn St students, defending someone just because he plays or works for your team, it’s a sad thing.

Statick

July 19th, 2012
12:03 pm

@ Bryan G.

The answer is Richt doesn’t attempt to hide their screw-ups like Bama, Aubarn, Florida, etc.

The SEC (and I'm a fan)

July 19th, 2012
12:05 pm

I was embarassed when Oklahoma’s President said they werent’ interested in joining the SEC because of academics and the recruiting cesspool.

Laugh our loud

July 19th, 2012
12:07 pm

Great defense, Alabama, Auburn & Florida are worse than us, LMAO.

Destin Dawg

July 19th, 2012
12:07 pm

Athens, Ga. / Clark Co. cops are tough on students especially jocks.. not like other campus cops in college towns.. no felonies either.. but these kids need CURFEWS for sure..

Laugh our loud

July 19th, 2012
12:08 pm

I’m with what’s his name above, just admit you care more about winning than anything else and move on. This blog is too dumb to read anymore.

I dropped my fried twinkie

July 19th, 2012
12:10 pm

UGa recruits the same players then what happens when they get to Athens?

I dropped my fried twinkie

July 19th, 2012
12:12 pm

February 27, 2006

Scholarship for Herschel’s Sister Pays Off Again
The Georgia Women’s Track Team won its first Indoor SEC Championship over the weekend.

http://georgiasports.blogspot.com/2006/02/scholarship-for-herschels-sister-pays.html

Larry Bird

July 19th, 2012
12:12 pm

Somebody said the other day that the AJC needs to set up a facebook style login and I think that’s the smartest Idea I’ve ever read on these blogs. I guarantee it would weed out some of these losers who come on here just to bash out the Dawgs. At the very least it would prevent people from having eight different names and arguing with everybody.

Kerryb

July 19th, 2012
12:13 pm

Why doesn’t any of the media ask Les Miles the same questions. I think he has as many problems as UGA. Remember a year ago when several of his players stomped a guy at a bar when they were out after curfew. Remember when he had to suspend the badger and others because of dope smoking. And he was the one that took the guy on that CMR kicked out for sexual deviancy. No, no one ask Les Miles about discipline problems.

Kerryb

July 19th, 2012
12:15 pm

The SEC (and I’m a fan)

July 19th, 2012
12:05 pm

I was embarassed when Oklahoma’s President said they werent’ interested in joining the SEC because of academics and the recruiting cesspool.

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Who cares, Oklahoma once in a blue moon gets to the Championship game and looses.

I dropped my fried twinkie

July 19th, 2012
12:16 pm

If you are recruiting the SAME KIDS then WHY doesn’t UGa have a single Waterford Crystal Football in the trophy case?

Bryan G.

July 19th, 2012
12:16 pm

unvarnished truth..except he didn’t recruit Sanks. But the rest of your point is totally valid and I agree.

I dropped my fried twinkie

July 19th, 2012
12:17 pm

kerryb and Oklahoma is different from UGa HOW?

Spanky

July 19th, 2012
12:17 pm

For anyone who’s ever been to Athens, you’d know this: 1) Ath-town is a fun town, 2) Police force has thickened over the years, and has gotten way more strict! (not just athletes), 3) Close enough to Atlanta for an all-night clubbing excursion.

I’m not saying that it’s not CMR’s fault, just saying for a KID leaving the house and house rules, to no rules..in Athens, is like seeing Vegas for the first time. You can’t say the same for Auburn, Tuscaloosa, Baton Rouge, ..ANYWHERE in South Carolina, Knoxville, or Feyetteville(Ark). I have been to Gaineville(Fla), and have wondered how those athletes stay outta trouble there!..Gainesville is also a pretty fun spot! Have a good day, trolls and Gentlemen!

Kerryb

July 19th, 2012
12:18 pm

The unvarnished truth, whether you like it or not

July 19th, 2012
12:14 pm

Frankly, I’m pretty fed up with all of the Richt apologists with their lame whining that all schools have the same problems with their athletes. That’s utter tripe. UGA has so many athletes arrested and suspended or dismissed outright because Mark Richt recruits low class dummies with no moral code, no sense of teamwork, and a “me first” attitude that’s like a cancer to the team.

Don’t tell me that Ealey, King, Crowell, Sanks, and all the other punks like them weren’t already bad when Richt recruited them.

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Are you really that dumb? Look at the LSU post I just posted. Ask Auburn about the four guys they had commit a home invasion last year. A HOME INVASION!! I think IC is the only one I can think of that has committed any kind of felony and he was booted. I guarantee you that Miles would have not made a decision on booting IC yet if he had him.

I dropped my fried twinkie

July 19th, 2012
12:18 pm

February 27, 2006

Scholarship for Herschel’s Sister Pays Off Again
The Georgia Women’s Track Team won its first Indoor SEC Championship over the weekend.

Georgia has never been known as an indoor track and field powerhouse. Much less in women’s track. We started our women’s track program for the sole purpose of signing Herschel Walker’s older sister Veronica thus giving us a better shot at signing Herschel.

GTBob

July 19th, 2012
12:19 pm

Somebody said the other day that the AJC needs to set up a facebook style login and I think that’s the smartest Idea I’ve ever read on these blogs.

You don’t think the AJC has thought of that? Im not sure they are in a big hurry to get people to stop responding to their blog and cut their readership down.

benadawg

July 19th, 2012
12:19 pm

I would be leery of a dreadlock wearing, donk driving 17 year old with sagging pants and a rap song blasting with kill the pigs and mf this and n word that, but thats just me.

Spanky

July 19th, 2012
12:20 pm

Excellent Post, Larry Bird!!

I dropped my fried twinkie

July 19th, 2012
12:22 pm

GTBob….it will not cut down on anything but the Multiple post by the same person using 27 different names.

Kerryb

July 19th, 2012
12:22 pm

Kerryb

July 19th, 2012
12:18 pm

The unvarnished truth, whether you like it or not

July 19th, 2012
12:14 pm

Frankly, I’m pretty fed up with all of the Richt apologists with their lame whining that all schools have the same problems with their athletes. That’s utter tripe. UGA has so many athletes arrested and suspended or dismissed outright because Mark Richt recruits low class dummies with no moral code, no sense of teamwork, and a “me first” attitude that’s like a cancer to the team.

Don’t tell me that Ealey, King, Crowell, Sanks, and all the other punks like them weren’t already bad when Richt recruited them.

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Are you really that dumb? Look at the LSU post I just posted. Ask Auburn about the four guys they had commit a home invasion last year. A HOME INVASION!! I think IC is the only one I can think of that has committed any kind of felony and he was booted. I guarantee you that Miles would have not made a decision on booting IC yet if he had him.

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Lets also not forget the TN players that committed an armed robbery at a convenience store and the ones including Rodgers that got into a brawl and beat an off duty officer until he was unconscious but Richt is the only one with discipline problems.

Spanky

July 19th, 2012
12:23 pm

Kerryb is right! Look at Mettenberger, for example! 2 counts of sexual assult, Richt boots him…Miles says “come on in!”……………………..

Spanky

July 19th, 2012
12:25 pm

AAAAA Athens Bail Bonds R Us – no, but thanks for giving a shizz..

Kerryb

July 19th, 2012
12:27 pm

Here’s another one. What about Janoris Jenkins at UF. Got arrest for marijuana possession gets probation. Dumb A turns around 2 months later and gets locked up for the same thing violating his probation. Yea, Richt is the only one with discipline problems.

I dropped my fried twinkie

July 19th, 2012
12:27 pm

Kerryb

July 19th, 2012
12:29 pm

Lets go to FSU. Top recruit James Wilder has been locked up twice in the last year. Once for obstructing officers arresting his girlfriend on a warrant and then for violating his probation but Richt is the only one with discipline problems.