UGA withholding comment until later today on Penn State ruling

Like everybody else I suppose, I was fascinated and a bit overwhelmed by the news out of Penn State this morning. Jeff Schultz offered his opinion on the ruling and people have been commenting on it on AJC.com all day.

When this whole sordid story first broke, I wasn’t sure if the NCAA would weigh in or whether it would even have the authority to do so. Obviously we found out the answer to that with this morning’s stern  rulings.

To summarize, Penn State was:

  • Fined $60 million (approximate amount of one year’s football revenue), which will be used to endow a fund for child sex victims;
  • Given a four-year bowl ban;
  • Had 40 scholarships taken away over four years;
  • Vacated wins since 1998;
  • Gave current Penn State players permission to transfer without losing eligibility.

Penn State signed a consent form accepting all the terms, so that is pretty much that.

Obviously, sanctions of this magnitude will have far-reaching effects. It is sure to change the safeguards and checks and balances utilized at all major college sports programs in the country. UGA already does a very extensive background check on all the sports professionals it hires. That’s why there’s often a delay between the time we hear about imminent hires and when they’re actually announced.

Only minutes after the ruling was handed down, I contacted Georgia Athletic Director Greg McGarity to get his thoughts and observations on the situation. He declined comment until later this evening when he’ll address reporters at the Greater Atlanta Bulldog Club meeting at Cobb Galleria (5:30 p.m. social hour, 7 p.m. program). Same thing for head coach Mark Richt, who actually declined comment about the whole affair this past week at SEC Football Media Days. So check back for their comments tonight.

In the meantime, I’ve already been asked if I thought any of Penn State’s players might consider transferring to Georgia. Obviously the Bulldogs don’t bump into Penn State in recruiting very often. However, Deoin Barnes, a defensive end from Philadelphia, chose the Nittany Lions over Georgia in 2011 and was redshirted this past season.  I hope you’ll forgive me but I don’t think feel it would be appropriate to contact Barnes or any other Penn State players for a while. But it is going to be interesting to see how this thing plays out.

NCAA President Mark Emmert said the executive committee considered giving Penn State the death penalty but in the end chose not to. I’m not so sure.

What do you think?

88 comments Add your comment

Augusta dawg

July 23rd, 2012
12:51 pm

First. Let’s just kick it off

ben

July 23rd, 2012
12:51 pm

I don’t think they’re allowed to contact Penn State players. The players have to contact UGA.

Bull

July 23rd, 2012
12:52 pm

Get some of their O Linemen

dawgman

July 23rd, 2012
12:52 pm

We need some former Nittany Lion offensive lineman!

Bob in Buford

July 23rd, 2012
12:52 pm

The Death Penalty would have been appropriate.

dawgman

July 23rd, 2012
12:53 pm

And we would be one of the very few schools with scholarships to offer some of the better Penn State players

dawgman

July 23rd, 2012
12:54 pm

A lot of schools would already be at their 85 limit with less than 2 months until the first game.

dawgman

July 23rd, 2012
12:54 pm

Maybe that will work in our favor, maybe not.

straight dope

July 23rd, 2012
12:55 pm

OK, I forgive you.

ozzfest

July 23rd, 2012
12:59 pm

McGARRITY’S WHOLE LIFE IS “NO COMMENT”….THE DUDE SHOULD HAVE AN ATTORNEY FOR A BODYGUARD, ONE THAT CAN ACTUALLY ANSWER A QUESTION INSTEAD OF HAVING TO “CONSULT WITH THY THINKTANK”.

WesDawg

July 23rd, 2012
12:59 pm

I understand your sentiment, but you can’t wait too long to offer PSU players
since fall practice begins soon.

HABDAWG

July 23rd, 2012
1:03 pm

I’m not sure that this won’t be worse than the death penalty. I’m sure several kids wil transfer and their program will suffer far longer than the 4 year bowl ban. However that is a far shorter time than the victims will suffer from all that has transpired @ PSU.

The sad part is that this action by the NCAA will do nothing to impact any of the peolple who brought all of this about. Of course what else culd we expect from the NCAA, always a day late and a dolar short.

Maybe it will help to prevent something like this from happening at another University.

PaulPaul

July 23rd, 2012
1:08 pm

This almost amounts to a death penalty. I think the penalty is appropriate because someone should have helped these kids and they chose not to. Paterno knew about this and did nothing. The statue needs to go because he is guilty of letting this pedophile back on campus after knowing what was going on. It makes it more apparent there are things more important than winning football games.
Thank God for people like Mark Richt and all the rest of the good coaches out there who would never conceal something like this.

jbo

July 23rd, 2012
1:17 pm

Personaly, I think they came down to hard. If it would have been female students/athletes, he wouldn’t have got as much and the school wouldn’t have been punished as much. Then again, homophobia is in sports.

tenn.DAWG

July 23rd, 2012
1:18 pm

This is just as bad as the Death Penalty, if not worse.UGA should jump on this quick,they are in the best position to take players with their depleted roster.

JB

July 23rd, 2012
1:19 pm

Check the OL. We need help and numbers. What if they have a big nasty or two with two years under their belt at say 6′6″ and 320 ready to play?. We’ve got the best inside scoop in the country with their former S&C coach from last year now on the Dawg Staff. Go for it Richt!!!!!!!!

JB

July 23rd, 2012
1:21 pm

And I feel they got the death penalty. The 4 year 10 player ban reduction means they will be actually 6, 7 years recovering.

Red Stick

July 23rd, 2012
1:22 pm

The penalties are severe and it will be years before Penn St will be relevant again.

Geaux Tigers
Go SEC

JB

July 23rd, 2012
1:27 pm

Happy Valley will now be known as Death Valley.

North Georgia Dawg

July 23rd, 2012
1:31 pm

Like others have posted, we are under the scholarship limit, so let’s offer some offensive linemen and maybe offer their placekicker. He was 14 of 17 on field goals!

1999Dawg

July 23rd, 2012
1:31 pm

Great point by JB about us needing lineman and possibly having a PSU connection. Let me add that playing for a coach with as much integrity as Richt could also make UGA attractive… Not to mention the lure of playing in the SEC and immediate playing time.

UGA Insider

July 23rd, 2012
1:39 pm

To make an analogy of how badly UGA is depleted Penn State will only be allowed to have 65 scholarship players each year. Commentators said Penn State cannot compete with those type numbers.

UGA currently has 69 and under no probation.

What in the hell?

UGA Insider

July 23rd, 2012
1:44 pm

If you are a player at Penn State I ask you to look at UGA. In 2013 there will opportunities at nearly every position and our roster will be flooded with freshman… perhaps as many as 40. UGA is also losing several Juniors to the NFL and at the moment we only have 69 scholarships so we have room for you. Please do not contact Greg McGarity because he will have no comment… Please contact the former Penn St strength coach.

DGD!

July 23rd, 2012
1:51 pm

The death penalty is not appropriate in this situation. I dont understand why it is even being mentioned. The players were not responsible for this. The fans were not reponsible for this. Hell even the administration save a select few such as some board members, paterno and the coaches and the AD. Paterno is dead so nothing can be done about that. But anyone who knew and or allowed this stuff to continue to go on should be treated the same as sandusky in my opinion. They should be the ones to get the death penalty. None of them who are still alive should ever be allowed to see the light of day. The wins have been wiped out, the statue removed and so should any reference to paterno or anything representing his coaching career. But once again the NCAA has punished people this had nothing to do with. The current coaches and players did not commit the attrocites. And by the way dont we have paternos strength and conditioning coach on staff? Just sayin

JB

July 23rd, 2012
1:53 pm

McGarity like Obama. ( the private sector is doing fine comment) The UGA football program is doing fine. We have lost 28 players other than graduation and early NFL and haven’t beat a really good football team in 3 years, but everything is fine. McGarity reminds me of Baghdad Bob telling the news media that they were not under attack as out planes were bombing on TV behind him…LOL

Will

July 23rd, 2012
1:56 pm

Is UGA on some kind of double secret probation? Is it true we only have 69?

JB

July 23rd, 2012
1:56 pm

DGD………….This is like the death penalty. It’ll take 10 years to recover.

Mark (another one)

July 23rd, 2012
1:56 pm

It’s hard to put a proper punishment together for an organization that systematically attempt to hide this issue rather than protect children. The NCAA had to take action and it needed to be harsh. I believe they met that challenge.

UGA Insider

July 23rd, 2012
1:58 pm

Chip,

McGarity doesn’t want to comment because he is afraid you are going to ask him about our low scholarship numbers. Please remind him that we are allowed to have 85.

Jim Bean

July 23rd, 2012
1:59 pm

Mike McQueary was the last QB with a win at Penn State. Ouch.

DGD!

July 23rd, 2012
2:01 pm

It may be worse than the death penalty for the fans. They will still have to watch JB. You are certainly correct though

JB

July 23rd, 2012
2:03 pm

I feel for the students, alumni and fans of Penn St who have done nothing wrong, but their beloved football program has been blown up. I agree with the tough punishment, but put yourself their place, a selfish place, but they have lost something they love.

GT Alum

July 23rd, 2012
2:12 pm

JB -

I don’t know how much I feel for the students, alumni and fans of Penn St. Many of them seem to just not get it and have rallied around PSU and Joe Pa. I think the ones who get it will suffer but will understand. The ones who don’t will feel greatly wronged, but I don’t know that they deserve much sympathy.

DGD!

July 23rd, 2012
2:13 pm

I just wish the NCAA brain trust would figure out a way to punish the people who commit the violations and not always the school. Players taking money from “boosters” coaches dirty deeds etc. The school always pays so the fans always pay. Meanwhile coaches and players move on with no punishment

DawginLex

July 23rd, 2012
2:27 pm

Might get a recruit or two for 2013 and beyond but most likely, the players for 2012 will stick it out, especially upperclassmen

They have little size on the OL except for a right tackle that is 306

Our OL players are rated higher and are younger

Lowcountry Bulldawg

July 23rd, 2012
2:30 pm

Penn State will take 10 years to recover. The recruiting for the next two years will be tanked, then it will take the next three- four to really sell the program to kids that wanna play for championships at some point in there college career. The “Death Penalty” has essentially been given.

Chip I also appreciate the understanding you are currently showing in reaching out prospective PSU football players who may look to transfer. The situation is such a mess that I honestly do not know how I would feel about Richt trying to “lure” two-three kids away from PSU. Honestly I would hope the kids stick together and use that motto so many are preaching “We are Penn State”.

MikeD

July 23rd, 2012
2:31 pm

UGA presently has 75 football players on scholarship.
Check out http://uga.rivals.com/content.asp?SID=878&CID=387116

Dawg-Gawn

July 23rd, 2012
2:33 pm

“That which does not kill us makes us stronger” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Faith conquers fear and evil that is in this world.

Sandusky went from Penn State straight to the State Pen, where he belongs, and where his Karma patiently awaits him.

North Georgia Dawg

July 23rd, 2012
2:34 pm

DawginLex, we have more size but we may need the quickness those linemen have or at least the depth if Houston isn’t cleared to play this year. They have said Houston should be fine for this season, but nothing definitive has been announced.

DIT

July 23rd, 2012
2:39 pm

@MikeD – What on earth are you providing facts about UGA’s scholly’s for? Now the people that claim, through just their own knowledge, thatUGA only have 65-69 scholarship players on the team have to make up something else against UGA.. L.O.L.

GTDog

July 23rd, 2012
2:41 pm

Is it possible that the NCAA might be trying to get college athletics under control? Perhaps we’ll start to put the “student” back in
student-athlete”, because I can assure you it’s been gone a loooong time…

fishook dawg

July 23rd, 2012
2:42 pm

The death penalty would have affected too many other people outside of Penn State. Every opponent scheduled for this coming year and beyond, would loose all that revenue from the games being canceled. Revenue counted on to run their athletic programs. The way the NCAA handled this does more for what they wanted, which was to punish Penn State.

JoeyHanie

July 23rd, 2012
2:42 pm

Im thinking O-Lineman and some db’s?

old dog

July 23rd, 2012
2:47 pm

Hopefully an o-lineman or two will look our way……………..

recruitnik

July 23rd, 2012
2:53 pm

Mcgarity is a coward. No comment my butt. You come out and say how sorry you are to see what happened and then “we want your players”..

Ole Big Dawg

July 23rd, 2012
2:56 pm

Folks talking about P State players and lineman…big 10 caliber would not cut the mustard …our boys generally in past yrs have been higher rated and much bigger. Position coach needs to coa cv h em up. See what Will Friend can do this yr

shankit

July 23rd, 2012
2:56 pm

I think I would take the death penalty over
having my legs and arms cut off, and then
thrown into solitary confinement for a decade or two.

DawginLex

July 23rd, 2012
2:57 pm

Penn state has a senior center 295 LBS

Another tackle 306

The rest are 285 range. Would not help much

My guess is they all stay at Penn State in 2012 and the exodus will be among recruits for 2013

chris

July 23rd, 2012
2:58 pm

I think they would have benefited better by the death penalty. They could have started over in a year or two and had a fresh start. So what if it took them a couple years to get decent players to come in and bring the program back….They aren’t going to be good for a decade with all these sanctions anyway. If I’m the ACC, I might would even approach them about changing conferences and totally starting anew.
As far as possible players to come to UGA…..All I want is O Linemen ready to play. I think we are pretty good at most other positions.

MikeD

July 23rd, 2012
2:59 pm

@DIT – Don’t know what I was thinking. I will try not to clear the water anymore. L.O.L.