Soooo… word is that J.J. Green will transfer to Georgia Tech. If you followed his recruiting, that’s not a big surprise. Nor is it a big surprise, given his wish to return to running back.
Nor is it a surprise that he’s been given an unconditional release by Mark Richt. And while I ordinarily support Richt’s policy because I think the NCAA transfer rules are a joke, I’m a little unhappy this go ’round. Not because of Green, mind you, but because of Robert Carter, Jr. Or, more specifically, because of Georgia Tech’s athletic director.
“Our practice has typically been to (not grant permission) to the ACC schools and anybody you play in a given sport every year,” he said. “We play Georgia every year. This is not something which is so much a Georgia thing as it is we compete against them every year. That’s a pretty standard industry-wide practice.”
If that’s your policy, so be it. But it seems kind of dumb for Georgia not to adopt the same approach here. And it’s not like Georgia doesn’t reciprocate in certain other areas now and then, for example, matching what opposing schools charge for visitor ticket prices. Granted, there’s no benefit to the reserve fund in blocking Georgia Tech from signing Green immediately, but unilateral disarmament shouldn’t be part of the Georgia Way.
Sure, that would suck for Green, but if he wanted to blame somebody for the block, Mike Bobinski would make an appropriate target. Or he could always read Mark Bradley.
I wonder if Greg McGarity could be swayed by a few angry e-mails. Eh, probably not.