UGA’s McGarity: NCAA ruling against Penn State ‘a gut check for everybody’

AJC columnist Jeff Schultz was at the Cobb Galleria covering Monday night’s Greater Atlanta Bulldog Club meeting, now known as UGA Day. Here’s A  LINK to Jeff’s column from that affair. Below are some of the comments he got from the Georgia leaders on the Penn State sanctions handed down earlier today by the NCAA:

ATHLETIC DIRECTOR GREG McGARITY (to media before the main event):

McGarity said that he and his senior staff, about five or six people, studied the Freeh report when it came out to make sure they weren’t missing anything as it related to Georgia.

Reaction to penalties:

“I think it’ll take 48 to 72 hours to digest everything. I’m interested to read the documents to see all the information that’s there, other than just the high points. Like the president of Oregon State said, this like a gut check for everybody to make sure their house is in order. In all situations like this, whether it’s this or Southern Cal, it’s lessons learned.”

Was NCAA within its rights to rule on this issue?

“Yes. The executive board, you could hear it was the same consistent message there from the board and Dr. Emmert. … There’s several areas of NCAA rule book that talks about ethics, talks about reporting violations, and whether that’s a violation of NCAA rules or just basic principles of life…”

On whether Georgia will pursue Penn State players:

“I’m sure there were some young man who were recruited by Georgia as well as every other school in the country. I’m sure it will be active both ways as far as these young men who may or may not want to stay. But it hasn’t even been 24 hours. So it’s maybe jumping the gun for individuals to be assuming things are going to happen. Penn State will huddle with their young men. They’re still going to play obviously. There’s some restrictions but it’s not like they’re canceling the football season.”

MEN’S BASKETBALL COACH MARK FOX (to media)

Reaction to Penn State ruling:

“There’s some serious offenses there. We’re talking about crimes against children. Let’s just hope – and there’s no comparison here, because the offenses are different – but will the NCAA be as stiff as people who cheat to get a competitive advantage. For them to get involved in this, it’s groundbreaking.”

On whether NCAA President Mark Emmert was acting similar to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell:

“I’ll say this: Roger Goodell is the one commissioner who’s not afraid to penalize his stars, he’s not afraid to say, ‘This is how it’s gonna be.’ I have a lot of respect for how he operates on the whole. It’s what leaders are supposed to do.”

FOOTBALL COACH MARK RICHT

On whether the Bulldogs will pursue Penn State players:

“It’s pretty well-documented that we’re under our 85[-scholarship] limit,” Richt said. “We’ll try to get in touch with some of these young men and see if they’re interested. . . . We do have some space available and if somebody fits a need and they’re excited about coming we would look into that possibility. There may not be anybody. But we’re at least going to explore.”

59 comments Add your comment

Sussex Club

July 23rd, 2012
8:30 pm

KOOL

July 23rd, 2012
8:35 pm

My hope is that 3 OL & 2 DBs decide to transfer to UGA from Penn St

Calistoga Dawg

July 23rd, 2012
8:42 pm

I hate to have to take advantage at this point, but we need the bodies. I’d gladly take some OL’s and DB’s even though they aren’t known for speed up there. I cannot imagine there are many more places in the country that would offer the PT opportunity with a decent team, which we should be. I wonder how many actually considered both PSU and UGA.

Inlet Dawg

July 23rd, 2012
8:49 pm

Can we please get some lineman from all of this?

College Football Fan

July 23rd, 2012
9:16 pm

I think that JS should receive the maximum sentence possible for the crimes he committed now that he has been found guilty in a court of law.

I think the other individuals that did nothing to bring the horrible situation to the attention of law enforcement should also be held legally accountable for their lack of action as accomplices after the fact or something, although I know one of them (JP) is dead now.

I also think that they should be pursued via civil litigation by the individuals that were abused by JS and made to pay dearly in a civil court of law for not taking any action to stop the abuse.

That said, I am not certain it is the NCAA’s role to impose sanctions on a university for the criminal actions of a group of individuals that apparently had nothing to do with cheating by breaking NCAA sports rules.

It is the law’s responsibility to go after individuals that committ crimes.

I am no fan of Penn State but this opens the door that may lead down a path that the NCAA and its members may later wish they had not opened.

Should the program at Central Florida receive a similar type of NCAA action because of the circumstances and conflicting statments regarding the death of player Ereck Plancher a couple of years ago? I mean that lead to a death which is certainly as serious as abuse. Its a valid question.

I think that Penn State would be within its legal rights to challenge this action in court with a court injuction preventing the NCAA from imposing even stricter sanctions for not going along with its ruling, while it files a legal challenge to the sanctions.

I remember in the 1990’s when there was strong talk about the FBS pulling out of the NCAA and forming its own organization. A couple more of these and that could happen.

I deplore the crimes that took place and think that the individuals involved should do the time for the crime, and the victims should have civil recourse.

But in this one college football fan’s opinion, the NCAA has gone too far and set a dangerous precedent by stepping out of the athletic arena and into the legal arena.

Let the law handle it and hold the partys involved responsible for their actions.

BullDawg4life

July 23rd, 2012
9:19 pm

@Chip

Uuuummm…..Since, the NCAA vacated all wins until 1998, does that means Georgia gets the National Championship win from 1983?:)

Go Dawgs!!

Dawglasville

July 23rd, 2012
9:21 pm

I doesn’t seem right to even discuss football right now in regards to any thing Penn St.

BG

July 23rd, 2012
9:28 pm

Auburn,UT and Bama will be bringing bags full of cash to cherry pick these players.

the new bird

July 23rd, 2012
9:34 pm

I hate everything EVERYTHING, Sandusky does not deserve another breath. the enablers should suffer profoundly. being a victim completely warps your world and your outlook on life. even if you have a genius IQ you become nothing. Penn State sports should go forth towards nothing and nil. the football program stood alone with administrators integral to the FBP. I have a very close friend to my family who was at my son’s high school graduation in June who is a Penn State grad with a wonderful family. but my bitterness lies with the monster and people that let this go on.

Dog4Life

July 23rd, 2012
9:36 pm

Dawg, the NCAA is forcing those gus to forfeit/vacate all their wins beginning in 1998 until present — nt the wins prior to the 98 season — so no championship for Ga.

1953dawg

July 23rd, 2012
9:37 pm

I’m sure Richt and his lazy ass coaches will be the last school to contact PSU players. Hell they are the last coaching staff to contact most of the top players in the state of Ga. This pathetic staff is on the verge of losing 9 of the top 10 prospects in state. That is not only unacceptable, but it is embarrassing. Thanks McGarity.

St Simons

July 23rd, 2012
9:53 pm

ok, lets tally it
We get 2 years & schollys for a guy cheating on a test – once
Indiana gets basically the same as Penn St w/out the fine
SMU gets the death penalty, Penn St does not
Auburn gets a trophy (that nobody takes seriously)

The only reason the NCAA doesn’t have negative credibility
is because you can’t go lower than zero

1953 dawg, shut up

July 23rd, 2012
9:53 pm

You must be the most miserable loser in the state!
CMR is on track to eclipse St Dooley as the winningest coach in UGA history.
St Dooley, btw, took 16 years to win a NC, and with arguably the most dominant offensive player
in college history, should’ve won more than one!
Richt is coaching in the most dominant conference in the country, by far. Dooley did not.
Btw, I assume Vincent is your ‘Gold Standard’ for UGA coaches. If I’m mistaken, excuse me.

DawgNole

July 23rd, 2012
9:54 pm

BullDawg4life
July 23rd, 2012
9:19 pm

@Chip

Uuuummm…..Since, the NCAA vacated all wins until 1998, does that means Georgia gets the National Championship win from 1983?:)

Go Dawgs!!
____________________

It’s SINCE 1998, dummy, NOT “until” 1998. Familiarize yourself with the topic(s) before you post.

Game Changer

July 23rd, 2012
9:54 pm

Not to worry 1953dewg:

ryan and his nutt buddies will start posting things they read on 24/7 about UGA and penn st players. The problem for 2013 with our UGA recruit class is we have already met our AFFIRMATIVE ACTION numbers with 5 WHITE COMMITS.

Game Changer

July 23rd, 2012
9:57 pm

Mark Richt signs 1 million a year for 5 year consulting contract with penn state on how to compete by not signing the allowable scholarship numbers by 10 or more annually.

Odd happenings, true.

July 23rd, 2012
9:57 pm

Odd happenings, true.

July 23rd, 2012
10:02 pm

Ohio State had already vacated the 2010 win over Penn St. Now PSU vacates it. It never happened?
Do the fans get a refund on their ticket?

The qb for the last ‘official’ PSU win? McQueary, the grad asst who first witnessed the assault that broke the case. Sports is odd that way.

Soft schedule soft coach

July 23rd, 2012
10:02 pm

Penn St limited to 65 scholarship players per year next four years…..Richt has 68/69 currently. What’s the big deal?

Soft schedule soft coach

July 23rd, 2012
10:11 pm

Shut up…or Richtophile!

Dooley won one MNC (Lindsay Scott had something to do with 1980) – Shouldve won two more. Knocked Texas out of one. And played in the Bear Bryant era of SEC football and smacked the Bear once or twice. Richt hasn’t even sniffed a MNC. Will do down in the ANALS of history the likes of Phillip Fulmer….but no title!

Fulmer Cup Scout

July 23rd, 2012
10:14 pm

Well thats just like UGA !!! WE couldnt get you to commit to us when all grounds were equal so we will take advantage of anything we can get. Of course, you will now be playing for a mediocre team that “just wait til next year” is our team motto.

North Georgia Dawg

July 23rd, 2012
10:17 pm

My prediction is that Grantham won’t hesitate to call up these players and talk to them about transferring to UGA. He doesn’t mess around.

North Georgia Dawg

July 23rd, 2012
10:19 pm

Ignore the troll.

Curious

July 23rd, 2012
10:52 pm

So, what about all those people who won and/or lost money betting on the Penn St. games? Bet the bookies will be busy with that one. Sorry, I had to post something stupid!

Moobs Johnson

July 23rd, 2012
11:24 pm

Only 400 fans in attendance? Seems like Mutt fans are getting tired of the mediocrity

bitter spoiled recruit

July 24th, 2012
12:55 am

SUX TO PENN ST TODAY————————–secrets—uhm——showers with young boy;s

I dont rightly know what to say to that—–You cant make this stuff up——THERE’S ALWAYS

——————–DEER HUNT-IN

bitter spoiled recruit

July 24th, 2012
1:05 am

Sorry but this gives a new meaning to —–DONT DROP THE SOAP, AND DONT BEND OVER TO

————-PICK IT UP—————————-TAR AND FEATHER TIME

bitter spoiled recruit

July 24th, 2012
1:06 am

MAYBE JOE PA DID’NT REALLY MEAN————–TAKE ONE FOR THE TEAM

HAHAHAHAHAH

Game Changer

July 24th, 2012
7:06 am

Adams, McQuackity, Richt, several asst coaches

ANY QUESTIONS WHY?

Dawg4Life

July 24th, 2012
7:45 am

@Dog4life Thanks, @DawgNole I am familiar with the topic, but I just misread that part of the article, so think before you post, you idiot!!

Dawg4Life

July 24th, 2012
7:49 am

Honestly, if the NCAA really wanted to make a statement they would have vacated all the wins until 1998, since those were really Penn State and Joe Pa’s hey days

Fair n Balanced

July 24th, 2012
8:14 am

Is anybody (including the NCAA) concerned about the true victims in this thing….the children who were abused?

I know it HURTS

July 24th, 2012
9:08 am

Saban’s full schedule for Tuesday is as follows:

10:20 a.m. – SportsCenter (live)
10:30 a.m. – Twitter chat
10:45 a.m. – The Herd
11 a.m. – GameDay Radio
11:10 a.m. – College Football Podcast
11:35 a.m. – Playbook
11:50 a.m. – @ESPNCFB Questions
12:05 p.m. – ESPNU
12:30 p.m. – Scott Van Pelt Radio Show
12:50 p.m. – SEC Storied
1:20 p.m. – ESPN.com chat
1:45 p.m. – Doug Gottlieb Radio Show
2:30 p.m. – College Football Live
2:40 p.m. – SportsCenter Tonight Radio

tripledart

July 24th, 2012
9:34 am

No way OMG A UGA player that can read and write.To good to be true.

Gator Mike

July 24th, 2012
9:44 am

Since the NCAA finally has asserted itself, will it crack down on academic fraud at most of these big time football programs. Although I am a Gator, it is obvious to me that meyer had some real boneheads at UF. I do believe that Muschamp is “trying” to get it right.
Money continues to be the root of the problem. I have no problem with UGA or any other school contacting PSU players who may want to leave Not So Happy Valley.

UGA Insider

July 24th, 2012
9:51 am

UGA is attractive because we are way under the 85 scholarship number. I think most of our competitors are at their 85 limit so you can scratch them from the list. I think we are at 69 but some think we have 75 or so. Anyways, McGarity for some reason is vague about us pursuing Penn St players that I don’t understand. He needs to get more aggressive I think. Most of our major sport programs are average at best and he needs to step up his game our he will be fired by our new president next year.

DIT

July 24th, 2012
10:19 am

Everyone is saying “go after, Go after”. If the players are still under a scholly and have not put in the proper notification for a transfer or desire to tranfers, no coaches/schools can contact a player under scholarship! Huge infraction for the coaches that do.
That’s like saying a coach can still try and recruit a player that has been playing under the program for one season or more.
Some people don’t think when they cry, “Richt better go after some linemen, RB’s etc.” He can’t until given permission from the NCAA. Unless you whining about would like the “Death Penalty” as well.
All I’m saying is educate yourselves on the rules before popping off!

GTBob

July 24th, 2012
12:05 pm

There’s several areas of NCAA rule book that talks about ethics, talks about reporting violations, and whether that’s a violation of NCAA rules or just basic principles of life…

The NCAA has free reign to rule on ethics and the basic principles of life. That is good to know. I guess technically they can give Arkansas the death penalty because Petrino cheated on his wife.

Penn St Lineman

July 24th, 2012
12:31 pm

Is it true the Athletic Dept will pass all my finals for me?

Bama Boy

July 24th, 2012
12:41 pm

McGarity is about the goofiest lookin dude Ive ever seen in my lieHes probably the one that keeps hiring the dragqueen profs.at UGA

@GatorMike

July 24th, 2012
12:53 pm

Agree with you that Muschamp is weeding out whatever problems were left over. Jury is out on his coaching, but I give him props were running off some of the bad eggs.

Ace

July 24th, 2012
1:03 pm

If some do come in, expect arrests. It is a culture a UGA.

Piney Woods Pete

July 24th, 2012
3:05 pm

Penn State recruits honest, law-abiding intelligent athletes who earn real college degrees. There is no way in the world that one of their players is going to transfer to UGA and have to play with a gang of goonss, dummies, and woman-beaters, not to mention having third-rate coaching, and a perennial contender for the Fulmer/Richt Cup.

pbt dawg fan

July 24th, 2012
3:27 pm

Piney Woods Pete

I wouldn’t be so quick to praise Penn State palyers. Base off the recent cover-up, you don’t know whats been going in state college with the football players.

Alphare

July 24th, 2012
3:41 pm

2 biggest events involving college football in my personal opinion:

1. Jan Kemp sued UGA
2. Sandusky at Penn State

JB

July 24th, 2012
4:11 pm

McGarity also quoted last night. “I don’t think losing 28 scholarship football players in the last 24 months other than Grads and early NFL jumpers is a problem. No, we haven’t beat a good team in 3 years and losing two bowl games in a row is not a problem. Everything is fine with our program. Next question.

Wild Dog`

July 24th, 2012
4:17 pm

This is not about Football, This is about morality and the actions of adults taking advantage of weaker people. I get upset when I see these adults. I have not seen any shame in their face and seriously wounder if any of these people have any remorse for their actions and seriously think given the chance, they would repear their actions,\.

Wild Dog`

July 24th, 2012
4:22 pm

correction: repeat their actions

Will Muschamp

July 24th, 2012
4:26 pm

Penn State players are welcome at Florida! We only recruit the finest young men and build championship teams. Florida will shut these LSU and Bama trolls on the Internet up when we win the SEC. We will beat Georgia easily and Florida State crybabies by even more!

Wild Dog`

July 24th, 2012
4:36 pm

Bama Boy ,your name explains your problem. I think you are confusing your mirror’s image for someone else. Also think your 2 line comment describs you,.