Okay, I admit I broke a self-imposed rule.
I read a Bleacher Report post. I couldn’t help it. A post entitled “Is It Time to Examine Mark Richt’s Recruiting Standards Now?” was too tempting not to check to see if the author was willing to go someplace truly stupid.
And Larry Burton, bless his heart, doesn’t disappoint. Nah, he goes there.
… It’s not like Richt’s seat isn’t already hot, but does he need to throw gasoline on his own fire with his choice of Bulldog players spending so much time in handcuffs?
For Georgia fans, it may be time to examine the source of the problem.
You’d have thought Richt unlocked the door and told the recruits which lockers to rob.
Seriously, it’s one thing to blame Richt for not exercising enough control over the kids who’ve enrolled in his program. It’s another to argue that Richt should somehow be held accountable for high school recruits who victimized Richt’s own players.
Which Burton does.
Since Bonner has in fact been given offers by many other big time schools, it could be hard to blame Richt for also recruiting him, but just the sheer number of players in trouble at Georgia should make even the most ardent Georgia fan at least begin to question the recruiting standards of Richt and his staff.
But wait a minute. Bonner’s been offered by every major program in the South, and the other two recruits… um, the other two recruits don’t hold offers from Georgia. None of them are “Bulldog players”. So now we’re down to blaming Richt for merely allowing kids on campus.
At this point, I couldn’t help but wonder ab0ut Larry’s loyalties.
He writes professionally for Touchdown Alabama Magazine and covered games during the Championship Season run from the press box and interviewed the coaches and players. He is proud to be a member of the Football Writers of America Association and the most read SEC and Alabama football writer at Bleacher Report.
Larry lives with his wife and Pug (Baccardi the Wonder Dog)… He is Community Leader for Alabama here on BleacherReport.com, He served several terms as a director in the Red Elephant Club and loves to meet with the Crimson Tide coaches and administrators. His Bama time were from 1976 to 1981 during the back to back National Championship years!
Hmm. Well, I’m sure they had nothing to do with the premise of his article. After all,
… Bonner was being heavily recruited by several schools and held offers from Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, Miami, South Carolina and USC.
Somebody pass Larry the Windex, please.