Georgia notified Penn State of its interest in 19 players

ATHENS — As it turns out, Georgia informed Penn State of its interest in 19 of the Nittany Lions’ football players. That’s according to a letter dated July 23 and sent to Penn State’s associate athletic director for compliance Matt Stolberg by UGA director of compliance Steve Flippen. The letter was provided to The AJC in compliance with an open records request.

The Bulldogs informed the Big Ten school of their “intent to contact” the student-athletes, then listed the following players in alphabetical order:

Adrian Amos, Deion Barnes, Justin Brown, DaQuan Davis, Jake Fagnano, Khairi Fortt, Jordan Hill, Gerald Hidges, DeQuan Jones, Eugene Lewis, Angelo Mangiro, Pate Massaro, Michael Mauti, Jamil Pollard, Silas Redd, Donovan Smith, Matt Stankiewitch, Trevor Williams and Michael Zordich.

Georgia had to send a written request to remain in compliance with NCAA bylaw 13.1.1.3.3. That rule states:

“An athletics staff member or other representative of the institution’s athletics interests shall not make contact with the student-athlete of another NCAA or NAIA four-year collegiate institution, directly or indirectly, without first obtaining the written permission of the first institution’s athletics director or an athletics administrator designated by the athletics director) to do so, regardless of who makes the initial contact. If permission is not granted, the second institution shall not encourage the transfer and the institution shall not provide athletically related financial assistance to the student-athlete until the student-athlete has attended the second institution for one academic year. If permission is granted to contact the student-athlete, all applicable NCAA recruiting rules apply.”

Georgia coach Mark Richt abruptly pulled the Bulldogs out of the Penn State transfer sweepstakes this past Friday. Just four days after telling reporters at a big alumni gathering in Atlanta that Georgia was scouring the Nittany Lions’ depth chart, Richt issued a statement saying it would no longer be pursuing any Penn State players.

There’s hardly been a mass exodus. Tim Buckley, a backup redshirt freshman safety, became the first Penn State player to bolt Monday when he announced he would be transferring to North Carolina State. On Tuesday, news broke that running back Silas Redd, who rushed for more than 1,200 yards as a sophomore last season, is transferring to Southern Cal. Special NCAA rules stipulate that Penn State players must transfer before practicing with the current team.

135 comments Add your comment

Spanky

July 31st, 2012
4:43 pm

Might be just me, but I don’t see anything wrong with opening up opportunity to PSU players…just sayin..

Taco Meat

July 31st, 2012
4:53 pm

I’m still scratching my head as to why CMR backed off of his pursuit. With the amount of attrition we’ve faced and the shortage of players on scholarship for the upcoming season, we should have had a recruiter camping out behind Penn State athletic dorms! Just doesn’t make sense to pass up on the opportunity…

Really?

July 31st, 2012
4:53 pm

Good Grief…. Where’s the southern hospitality? 19! Why not invite the entire team?

That’s about as sleazy as it comes.

Road Scholar

July 31st, 2012
4:54 pm

Vultures! If the student-athlete had second thoughts, let them contact the schools. Easy enough?

Road Scholar

July 31st, 2012
4:57 pm

Taco: UGA fans were salivating over getting offensive linemen from the gitgo. Trying to pick the carcass clean? Disgusting.

hammerhead

July 31st, 2012
4:59 pm

Georgia did what, I am sure, most other schools did… They went through the proper channels to open up an opportunity for a kid to transfer who might help UGA and help himself. I think it caught everyone by surprise by how open and honest Richt was about it and, of course, the AJC has to file an Open Records request to try to make a story out of a non-story. Pays the bills, I guess.

Moses

July 31st, 2012
4:59 pm

To hell with 18/19 players. Silas redd is who we need after crow go. Go dawgs!

Nate the Great

July 31st, 2012
5:02 pm

What was the position breakdown of those 19?

dawgfan

July 31st, 2012
5:03 pm

Um, okay. Thanks for that Chip. It looks like UGA inquired, nobody was interested and then everyone moved on with their lives. It would appear that the AJC needs to do the same thing.

LOL @ the open records request. Unbelievable.

Joey

July 31st, 2012
5:03 pm

NERDS! NERDS! NERDS!

Dawg Whisperer

July 31st, 2012
5:05 pm

Oh, the horror of it all. The unmitgated gall…. Road Scholar try investing your passion in something more important than the nuances of college football.

PMC

July 31st, 2012
5:06 pm

So, why withdraw it? They went through the proper channels and did things above board.

I wonder if none of the players expressed any interest.

Mark (another one)

July 31st, 2012
5:06 pm

The school was notified, and I bet the players were notified internally by Penn State. Nothing wrong with any of that. The players decided to stay put and UGA backed off. Nothing wrong there. This is trying to make something out of nothing. No story here.

RTR22

July 31st, 2012
5:07 pm

No one knows roster management like CMR

PMC

July 31st, 2012
5:07 pm

No, its not disgusting. It’s college football.

If you like college football you like a lot more disgusting behavior than contacting players that are eligible to transfer.

AltamahaDawg

July 31st, 2012
5:10 pm

So with the possibility opening up a couple of weeks ago, we were inquiring about any transfer possibilities. Then, satisfied that there were none and camp about to start, we announced that we were no longer looking into that. So that is the story in a nutshell, correct?

Moobs Johnson

July 31st, 2012
5:10 pm

Richt whiffed on 19 players? Given the low player numbers, opportunities for immediate playing time, and a trip to Shreveport or Memphis in December – it is absolutely amazing that NONE of the players had any interest in playing for UGA.

Tampa Gator

July 31st, 2012
5:10 pm

They were waiting on the mighty gators to offer!

Freehawk

July 31st, 2012
5:12 pm

What the Bulldogs need to do is sign Nkemdiche. He would bring 18-19 of his friends along, and et voila! Roster problem solved.

Just Asking

July 31st, 2012
5:17 pm

Why not ask to see the records of Alabama, Florida, LSU, etc… Why stop at just Georgia?

tmgotech

July 31st, 2012
5:19 pm

CMR:
1) “Yes we would be interested in speaking to them”
2) “No, we are not interested in speaking to any of them”
3) “Here’s a letter saying that we are interested in speaking to them”
4) ????

Tampa Gator

July 31st, 2012
5:20 pm

Tmgotech: Please post when your team becomes relevant!

Tehj

July 31st, 2012
5:26 pm

Saban have seen all of Penn State’s talent first hand for the last two years. He didnt even attempt to pick up the phone… CMR should have followed suit. This tells me all I need to know about UGA football.

Shawn

July 31st, 2012
5:26 pm

Saban had interest in 20-25 of them too. He just couldn’t figure out how to get rid of enough of his own guys to bring them in.

tmgotech

July 31st, 2012
5:27 pm

Gator, you do the same

RichRed

July 31st, 2012
5:29 pm

Per the AJC, UGA is short at least 9 players starting fall practice. I guess it’s better to give a scholarship to a PSU player than a walkon. CMR has a habit of giving scholarships to walkon’s because he typically has scholarships to give away once the season starts. Simple math.

Joey

July 31st, 2012
5:34 pm

“it is absolutely amazing that NONE of the players had any interest in playing for UGA.”
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Yeah, did you hear? All 19 decided to transfer to Ga Tech, a school of more honorable distinction than most (according to dumbass commenters). Then they Googled “Ga Tech,” and found out the Jackets have been on NCAA Probation for most of a decade, and so they decided they may as well stay in Happy Valley . . .

7576DAWG

July 31st, 2012
5:35 pm

Georgia did nothing wrong in letting Penn State know they would be interested in talking with 19 of their players if THE RECRUIT was interested in getting into contact with UGA. It is left up to the recruit to contact Georgia but Georgia had to let the school know who they were interested in. If none of the recruits contact Georgia then no harm. How do you think Southern Cal let Redd know they were interested in talking to him.

Aunt Bea

July 31st, 2012
5:40 pm

Auburn did, too. Spent two days evaluating them. If the NCAA has no problems with it, I don’t see why people should care. Folks, it’s fair game. Just like a business.

trueblueeagle

July 31st, 2012
5:41 pm

Joey
They must not have like the clark County Jail that is why they did not want to come to UGA .

kingdaddy

July 31st, 2012
5:42 pm

Tamp
tmgotech just got the nerve to put his schools name out there and you have to embarrass him. Guess he’ll have to act like he’s from Bama again, lol…

Beast from the East

July 31st, 2012
5:44 pm

The NCAA botched this whole thing. Richt wasn’t the only one to try and poach players from PSU, but he’s sure taking a beating over it. Fair? Probably not, but he should have taken the high road from the beginning. Do unto others….

kingdaddy

July 31st, 2012
5:49 pm

Yeah, it’s all blue sky’s on the Penn St. Campus right now. At least they know there’s an option available to them…

Damon

July 31st, 2012
5:50 pm

What comes around goes around.

GT GRAD

July 31st, 2012
5:54 pm

I don’t see anything wrong with UGA looking into the possibility of Penn State players transferring to UGA……… the problem was with the countless number of delusional UGA fans who were absolutely convinced several Penn State players would jump at the chance to play football at UGA.

If you are one of the fans who expected a number of the Penn State players would transfer to UGA; take a good long look in the mirror, this is probably an indication that you are one of the many over-the-top delusional UGA fans. Stop embarrassing the University of Georgia (a good school with a solid football program……… not Alabama, Florida, Oklahoma, Texas, USC (california not south carolina), Ohio State, Miami, Florida State, Virginia Tech, Notre Dame, etc.).

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DAWG POUND

July 31st, 2012
6:01 pm

Take it from me, as someone who played ball in college, these NCAA member universities and colleges don’t own these players. These players have the right at anytime they want to transfer…Penn State or No Penn State. Any program, as many of you don’t understand, has the right not to renew your scholarship offer each year. These are ameature football players and not NFL contracted players. Learn the difference!

kingdaddy

July 31st, 2012
6:04 pm

Gt grad
What about all the other delusional schools fans besides UGA that were interested? USC delusional too, oh yeah, they’ve got DisneyWorld…

GoForTwo

July 31st, 2012
6:04 pm

Chances are after sitting home and watching the Bowls on TV this year and thinking I’m going to miss the next two or three years of Bowl games, there may be a call or two to Richt.

Joey

July 31st, 2012
6:05 pm

Go work on that sentence and get back with me, trueblueeagle.

Seriously, isn’t my scenerio a little more believable than yours?

Joey

July 31st, 2012
6:10 pm

“the problem was with the countless number of delusional UGA fans who were absolutely convinced several Penn State players would jump at the chance to play football at UGA.”
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“Delusional” fans like those who keep yapping on the blogs about the “new sheriff in town (PJ)?”

GT Grad, for every dozen clueless Bulldog fans who expect a NC, there are a dozen Tech fans who expect to beat UGA . . .

kingdaddy

July 31st, 2012
6:11 pm

Richt
I’ve already raised two children. I’m not interested in being your daddy. Grow up…

Smitty

July 31st, 2012
6:12 pm

I see that the gutter people are out tonight like derennie. You have your opinion, even if no one agrees with you

Joey

July 31st, 2012
6:16 pm

Who embarrasses the state of Georgia?

UGA under Richt – 0 NCAA Probations.

Tech under Gailey and New Sheriff – 2 NCAA Probations.

Clean up your program, Tech!

Smitty

July 31st, 2012
6:19 pm

richt…keep your sick comments to yourself….nothing funny about sandusky

Joey

July 31st, 2012
6:19 pm

You are nasty idiot, “Richt.” You need to get some help.

Chip will kick your classless butt off of here real soon . .

OctoberDawg

July 31st, 2012
6:25 pm

Derennie….you are a complete moron. Please list the “sleazy incidents” you are referring to. Oh…whats that…..you can’t? Is that because your a blabbering mouth-breather? Calling UGA and Mark Richt an afront and embarrassment to the people of this state could be the most idiotic statement ever to grace the AJC’s website. Please do not attempt to breed.

Dawghater

July 31st, 2012
6:32 pm

Gee surprising UGA would stoop this low and raid a PSU program. But I guess I can’t blame them. UGA is looking for some kids that won’t get arrested for a felony or some other drug charges.

What goes around comes around!

kingdaddy

July 31st, 2012
6:33 pm

The AJC blogs have been hi-jacked by some of the most immature posters recently. They don’t want to talk about football. They just want to start a blog riot. They certainly don’t want to talk about their schools problems. I guess if they can’t beat UGA on the field, they’ll attack the Doggies on the blog where they won’t get another nerd beat-down, lol…

Joey

July 31st, 2012
6:33 pm

“Please do not attempt to breed.”
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You are assuming a lot, OctoberDawg.

Like, Derennie is interested in a female?

Derennie?