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 126.96.36.199.3. 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.