Thinking outside the box

I can’t say with any certainty that it’s definitively the case, but I’m seeing and hearing an awful lot of chatter lately that Georgia is looking hard at this guy to fill this position.  If so, let’s concede that’s something few, if any, of us saw coming.

I don’t know if that will work or not, but if true, it’s another indication that Richt is making a serious effort to reinvent the program.

As for the larger implications of what such a hire would mean, considering Simmons’ background, I think I’ll save that for a future post if he actually becomes the new hire.

In the meantime, I’m curious as to your thoughts about Richt even considering this.

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26 responses to “Thinking outside the box

  1. 202dawg

    You know, I joked about this on the Porch but I don’t think it would be a bad hire at all. Considering how many of the recruits Chad is in contact with due to his camp(s) and being the Southeast Recruiting guy for Scout… Interesting.

  2. TennesseeDawg

    This position seems to be one more of lining up and organizing a recruits visit and possibly to assist coaches in evaluating film, etc. After 8 years, Simmons knows every coach in the state for the most part and has a good reputation. I would consider this a very good hire for the type of position.

  3. JasonC

    I think it is a good move and most of the guys on LHB seem to like it too. Simmons is pretty respected in the recruiting community.

  4. Sparrow

    Does this mean Hines Ward would just be a WR coach?

    • I like Ball though. Would Hines be willing to join as a grad assistant for a year, and we can open up a spot on staff for him next year? Or maybe give him an administrative role, perhaps assistant recruiting coordinator, Director of NFL alumni, Director of Film Analysis, Special Assistant to Greg McGarity, etc.

  5. Spike

    If this guy is not interested, I’m avalable!!

  6. Scorpio Jones, III

    So, we can assume that this AJC story might be ok to read?

    And the reason for that would by exactly why?

    • Why do you need somebody to tell you whether it’s okay to read something? Read it and make your own judgment call.

      • There you go again, helping feed their hit count and supporting the AJC. With your support of such a terroristic and destabilizing organization, the question remains Senator, why do you hate UGA?

        /said in jest if that’s not clear

      • Cojones

        Hell, Blutarsky, a lot of us have weaned down to off the AJC. If you say “read it”, we more than likely would break our sworn oaths taken on our dog’s head. It would be up to our individual responsibilities to somehow make it up to the pooches. Especially since they have kept their barkers silent about all the other stuff around here..

  7. DawgPhan

    As for reinventing the program which seems to be the trending topic I see several areas where CMR could improve a just a little and see the benefits.

    1. Our policies regarding suspension should be no more aggressive than the SEC or NCAA mandates.

    2. Drug testing needs to be managed within the score of the program.

    3. Managing the numbers.
    Moving players out that aren’t going to see the field by having very clear conversations with them. I would place no restrictions on them transferring and assist them with the move, but they should know that they will not see the field at UGA unless disaster strikes.
    10 walkons on scholarship is too many.
    Needs to leverage CMR’s superior APR scores into relaxing the admissions policy.

    4. Better relationship with the local police. This actually seems to be happening a little. Or our boys are just heading to Al and Fl for trouble making.

    5. Strength and Conditioning. Proof is in the pudding, but I do think that this is moving in the right direction.

    All of these points have a singular goal of getting the best football payers on the field and keeping them there. Every decision should be viewed through that prism. Dont give me the slippery slope argument. I dont care. I am tired of looking down my nose while everyone else is stacking hardware.

    • Richt doesn’t call the shots on #1 or #2.

      • DawgPhan

        agreed…but that doesnt mean that he doesnt have a little capital in his pocket that he could use to get his way if he wanted it.

        • Bulldawg165

          You’re not referring to him actually paying somebody to not drug test specfic athletes are you? Because that has scandal written all over it.

          • DawgPhan

            no the capital would be political in nature. Him leaning on someone to get a desired policy change. w/r/t senator’s point about CMR not making the policy.

  8. Sounds like a good move. The man has been around the state and back again, and busts his butt from all outside appearances. He knows a ton of folks, and has established relationships with not only coaches around the state, but many kids we’re going to be pursuing over the next couple years. It certainly is somewhat outside the box, but he seems pretty well suited for the job. If true, congrats and good luck. With the space we have available, he’ll certainly have his work cut out for him identifying kids to sign as full as possible classes over the next year or three.

  9. Will Trane

    Look Coach Richt we understand the testosterone level of these athletes. Is maturity and sound judgement qualities that come when your birthday turns a certain number. Only in Athens.

    It is said the players will be suspended for a certain amount of games next fall. Why punish them then? Why punish the rest of your roster and your coaches when they are important to your level of play? Why punish the University for their transgressions? They partied it up some. Well, take away some of their free time with extra studies or civic duties. Let’s stop this mind set of punishing players by sitting out football games. Apparently that does not work. And it is just great press of the north Georgia yellow-dog liberal Democratic newspaper boys and gals.

    Diamond Dawgs drop another series…at home …well coached teams just do not do that. Gone from being in the Top 10 to all the way out. When is the AD going to wake up and see he has a baseball program going no where. The state of Georgia is littered with baseball talent. Same old same stuff out of the Athens campus. When will it change?

    • The substance abuse policy isn’t Richt’s to change. It’s the school’s. Talk to Michael Adams.

      • Cojones

        Think he would sit down and toke one with an illustrative Alumnas? I can use a chalk board, posters and Etch-a-Sketch to illustrate.

    • Hackerdog

      The argument of punishing the player instead of the team is a weak one that is open to exploitation. Why should USC pay for Reggie Bush taking money from an agent? Why should Miami be punished for a few of its players taking money from a booster? These players should just pay back the money at their leisure, and be free to play in the meantime.

      The only way to make schools and coaches care enough to enforce the rules is to punish the team if the rules are broken.

  10. SantaCruz'n

    Police in Athens do their jobs and, like most, abuse their power. You think if a cop pulls over a UA football player in T-town he is going to do anything but ask for an autograph? Even if they arent a fan they dont want to come home and find the front yard is on fire

  11. W Cobb Dawg

    Guess the recruiting job isn’t very important or it wouldn’t be left unfilled for the entire 2012 season and heaviest commitment time of the year, including signing day. I guess Simmons can fill the seat if we can’t find an ole buddy who lacks qualifications to fill the job. CTG’s assistant hires being the exception to that rule.

    • W Cobb Dawg

      Excuse me, 2011 season.

      • CharlotteDawg

        In Richt’s semi-defense I get the feeling the staff focused intensely on winning in 2011 and recruiting suffered slightly as a result as opposed to say Saban who could focus a little more on recruiting prior to and even during the 2011 season. I would have done the same thing as Richt in that situation, if I knew my job was on the line and if I didn’t win in 2011 recruiting for 2012 would be done by somebody else. Not that it’s a completely airtight defense since Richt put himself and his staff in that position by going 8-5 and 6-7 but it’s the most logical one. That being said with the level of attrition we’re experiencing signing a full class as in 25 plus the maximum number we can early enroll will be a necesity.

  12. Cojones

    Yes on the hire. Now/quick if it has made the rounds in the Athletic Dept. Others have seen this possibility with Simmons and if we demur, someone else is going to pony up. No comments about UGA talking to him or his availability so it all just may be conjecture of the wishing type. Or smoking type.

    Can’t some of you Dawg fans lobby some of those Law Dawgs in the Ga Senate and House to decriminalize pot and control it’s usage?Do we want to start a petition? Huh? Huh?

    Yes, right now, change our penalties for pot and other punishments to fit the SEC. OK? Smoke’em if you Got’em. No! No! I didn’t mean the football team!

    Richt doesn’t need me or anyone else saying it’s OK for the plans he has made and for us to think so is Pome de Rue. He probably has a few that we haven’t heard or even dreamed of.