In picking Stanford over Georgia to give his verbal commitment, defensive lineman Jordan Watkins had this to say:
“In my mind, Coach Richt deserves to stay, but the fact that everyone is talking about him leaving made me think of what will happen with [UGA defensive line coach Rodney Garner] if Coach Richt leaves,” Watkins told the AJC. “I’ve developed such a good relationship with them that it’d be tough to go to Georgia if they weren’t there.”
In light of the comments from the athletic board members that were made public, I can’t say I blame him. And no, it’s not a good idea to keep a coach merely to hold a recruiting class together. But there’s no need for our own folks to make Richt’s job any tougher than it already is.
Expect this to get worse before it gets better.