Disillusionment’s bitter tears

Someone is very, very disappointed with Mark Richt.

… Richt missed a golden opportunity to be regarded as the second coming of Bobby Dodd and we are moving him out of the list of people against oversigning.  It would have been perfectly acceptable for Richt to say that the same thing Muschamp said today, but instead Richt went back on his previous stance by saying he’s okay with oversigning as long as everyone knows what’s going on up front.  We have always had a lot of respect for Mark Richt on this site for his previous stance on oversigning — it would have been nice for him to take a stand, publicly, in front of his peers.

“We don’t over-sign,” Muschamp said. “That’s a policy we have at the university. We’ve been successful, so it’s not an issue for us.”

http://www.alligatorarmy.com/2011/6/1/2200334/will-muschamp-at-sec-spring-meetings-day-1

We’ll be moving Muschamp to the “against oversigning” list.

With that in mind, it’s worth mentioning that Richt and Muschamp both voted in favor of maintaining the signing class limit at its current level of 28, along with every other coach in the conference.

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15 responses to “Disillusionment’s bitter tears

  1. heyberto

    I guess the part I’m confused about is when did Mark Richt change his stance? They’re suggesting Mark Richt should be a hypocrite and take a stance on something he has engaged in because the public really didn’t put two and two together on what he was doing? It’s not as if his stance ignores the interests of the student-athlete. Get over yourselves!

  2. heyberto

    And for anyone who thinks Richt is being ambivalent and dodging the debate when he says ‘I think schools should have the right to manage their numbers’.. just remember that he’s been freed up to focus on the GAME of football, and less on the administrative stuff. That’s just his way of saying, don’t bother me, I’ll be in the back of the meeting room researching plays on my Iphone rather than listen to this nonsense.

  3. Biggus Rickus

    Where did Richt change his stance? All he said originally was that not being upfront about a kid’s scholarship situation during his recruiting is unethical and he wouldn’t do it. That’s essentially the same thing he said at the meetings. He’s never come out against oversigning qua oversigning.

    • kckd

      Exactly…
      Richt has never argued numbers, but how players are treated in the process.

      You could sign 28 and due to true attrition, have a spot for everyone so that the ethics are a non issue. You could also sign 20, only have room for 15, and end up lying to kids and doing them wrong.

      That’s just another idiot who never took the time to truly read what this is all about for Richt. Changing the cap to a lesser number wouldn’t change the ethical problem.

  4. Richt missed an opportunity to be “the second coming of Bobby Dodd”?

    If that means he didn’t get so outraged over the oversigning issue that he removed Georgia from the SEC, forever snuffing out UGA’s relevance on the national stage, then my distaste toward oversigning notwithstanding, I think I’m OK with that.

    • Go Dawgs!

      The man ALREADY installed video games in the player’s lounge. What does he have to do to be the next Bobby Dodd for crying out loud? Install Dungeons and Dragons tables?

    • 81 Dog

      what Doug said.

    • Krautdawg

      “We are moving him out of the list of people against oversigning.”

      He’s been banned from Remerton!

  5. Macallanlover

    While disappointed with Richt’s lack of outrage on this issue, I don’t think they are the group to be making the decision. It’s like asking kids if they should have unlimited access to the ice cream and candy sections in the store. The presidents and conference administrators are the ones to provide the broader perspective on this. Oversigning is indefensible as it is currently used. (I would have no problem with allowing 1-2 signings above the 85 cap number to account for attrition as long as all schools are permitted equal opportunity, and it did not result in a scholly “cut” of some other athlete. Let those who sign “admissable” recruits have 86 or 87 players for that year, the world will not come to an end, nor will the balance of power be upset as much as it is now.)

    • Comin' Down The Track

      No one wants to accept the responsibility for making a hardline decision and subsequently making it stand up. It’s spinelessness and results in the silly farce that everyone predicted it would be. As someone on this blog said in recent days, “You can’t legislate integrity.” Few have it, most don’t, and it’s clear to those who pay attention to such things to whom each category adheres.
      At that point, a decision is left up to a teenager to discern which is which, and then to whom he prefers to hitch his little red (and also hopefully black) wagon.

  6. ScoutDawg

    Wow, what a DICKHEAD statement.

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  8. IveyLeaguer

    FWIW, this was my response to Oversigning.com’s take on Richt:

    “I’m really surprised. I don’t see any contradiction in anything Richt said. If your definition of “oversigning” is that narrow, then I can’t help but wonder as to what extent you guys really understand the issue.

    The real issues have to do with oversigning with the full intent to use the back end of your current roster to filter more players through your program. Not natural attrition. Richt is right. As long as the recruit and family know up front, far ahead of signing day, there’s nothing wrong with it. That shouldn’t happen in great numbers, and it doesn’t at Georgia. To my knowledge, a recruit has never had to wait.

    There is such a thing as natural attrition, and its completely honest. Georgia doesn’t ‘oversign’. The numbers themselves over the past 5-10 years prove that. The real issue is screwing kids, and there are many ways that happens. Those same numbers show us who has been doing it.

    To say that Richt and Saban are both for oversigning, is the same thing as saying that the man who pushes the old lady INTO the way of an oncoming bus, and the man who pushes the old lady OUT of the way of an oncoming bus, are both people who push old ladies around.

    To lump Richt in with the real oversigners is not only inaccurate and irresponsible, it reflects a lack of understanding of the real issue. And that is startling, considering the fine work you people have done on this issue.”
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