Counting backwards

I don’t know about you, but to me it’s a little weird watching Georgia go through the process of getting its roster numbers down to 85 by the fall.  Not bad, mind you, just different from what we’re used to seeing.

Best of luck to Mr. Johnson, as well.  Hopefully the school does right by him and he can stick it out and get a degree.

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13 responses to “Counting backwards

  1. HamDawg11

    Yet another example of why we should over sign just like every other team does.

  2. Hogbody Spradlin

    I think Coach Richt can have a clear conscience relying on attrition of 2 or 3. It’s never failed anybody before.

    • Agreed. After spring practice, especially on the defensive side of the ball, I wouldn’t be surprised to see one or 2 transfers. Especially some guys who were buried on the depth chart with Grantham……..if it looks like they’ll still be buried after spring ball, they won’t wait around.

      Plus you gotta figure at least one of our current signees is inevitably not going to qualify. Seems to happen every year. I’ve long maintained that we should oversign by 2 or 3 every year, because I don’t know that there’s ever been a year we haven’t had at least that much attrition in the offseason. This year we supposedly oversigned by 4, though I’m guessing the coaches already knew Johnson was headed to a medical scholarship, so they really only oversigned by 3. JHC took care of one of them, the other 2 will shake out on their own without having to resort to dubious roster management tactics.

      • Macallanlover

        I have always supported allowing each school to sign to a number 2-3 over the 85 limit since there is always attrition. If you are fortunate enough to not lose one player from NSD to the end of the season, good on ya, next year you still have to limit signees to 87 or 88. That would put everyone on a level field regarding numbers, and allow for the inevitable attrition that occurs for so many reasons.

    • I think Coach Richt can have a clear conscience relying on attrition of 2 or 3. It’s never failed anybody before.

      And it’s never failed him before, because he’s done it in the past. And I’m not sure, but I seem to recall maybe one or two grayshirt situations, but Richt was up front with them. Then, of course, he went way too extreme the other direction with the numbers, which left us chronically short.

      There’s nothing morally or ethically wrong with going 2 or 3 over and grayshirting if need be, provided you do it an honest way, which Richt would. I didn’t know we were several over now. If we are, I’m glad to see it, because there’s nothing wrong with it.
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  3. Q

    I gotta think they knew those 2 guys were gone. Don’t think Richt is going to do a 180 and start trimming the fat in year 14.

  4. David K

    I’d still like to see rules in place where teams had to declare these things prior to signing day and it was all out in the open with exactly how many scholarships are available. When it’s done like this it reeks of cutting kids. If this exact story came out of Tuscaloosa we’d all be snarking over how ruthless Saban is.

    • Hogbody Spradlin

      I don’t think so. I don’t know exactly where the line is, but there’s a difference between allowing for attrition (which lots of schools do), and intentionally loading up to the yearly signing limit and knowing you have to cut players to get to 85 by August (which is Bama).

    • DawgPhan

      I believe that Bama was closer to 10 over. You are going to have to cut to get rid of 10. 3 is going to just happen. especially when you have 2 in the bag. This isnt hard unless you make it that way.

  5. Always Someone Else's Fault

    It all depends on how you set up your system and how you communicate that system to recruits. Example: Let’s say that Richt recruited 4 QBs, telling each one of them that 1 was going to start, 1 was going to back-up, and 2 would have to move on after 2 years. If his track record of developing QBs is good enough, he’s going to get 4 quality recruits to sign up for that competition and opportunity, in spite of the risks.

    Elite CFB programs can and probably should grade on a curve – but recruits have to understand the criteria and rubric ahead of time.