The quintessential Mark Richt

Georgia leads the charge for an unprecedented conference-wide ban on transfers related to certain behavior… and Mark Richt is out there urging some tapping of the brakes.

Richt said on Tuesday that there is “certainly wisdom” in the rule, which was passed at the SEC’s spring meetings on Friday in Destin, Florida. He said he believes there will be room in the rule to consider special circumstances.

“I think there’s some wisdom in that but you’ve also got to have some discretion to make sure we’re not keeping guys from having a chance that deserve a chance,” Richt said. “I think it’s set up to work that out.”

The quality of mercy is never strained with the man.  I gotta give him credit for that.  But I don’t think I’d really worry about the end to giving guys second chances.  Not in the SEC, anyway.

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson scoffed when asked if the Atlantic Coast Conference should adopt a policy similar to the SEC’s new transfer rule.

“We don’t have that problem, I don’t think,” Johnson said. “We can’t get them in school anyway. I’ve never had that problem accepting kids with serious misconduct problems.”

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10 responses to “The quintessential Mark Richt

  1. Rival

    Do drug offenses count? {cough} Reuben Houston {cough}

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    • 81Dog

      yeah, but Reuben was already on the team, he wasn’t a transfer or potential signee. Chan Gailey was just doing what Tech fans love to do: bleat about how honorable they are until having to live up to their own loudly proclaimed standards might cause them to lose a game. Remember the Pizza Brawlers? Mike Mooney didn’t miss a snap.

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  2. CPJ is such a tool. I know gtu fans are so proud to have him as coach.

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  3. Russ

    Ask the lineman that punch a girl in the face. Johnson is such a big Johnson.

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    • Russ

      Damn typing on a phone! “Punched”

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    • 81Dog

      I believe his name was Kevin Salisbury, and he was a linebacker. Mooney was the OL who allegedly pummeled the girl’s boyfriend. I was shocked to learn that Salisbury somehow managed to become a practicing attorney after all that alleged misconduct.

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  4. the obvious problem is how do you define “serious”, it use to be fairly simple…felonies= serious/misdemeanors= not serious but when the non-lawyers start redefining words such as serious and adding “domestic violence”(which under Georgia law can and has occurred when a roommate punches out his drunken /deserving roommate) than than we ,as Coach Richt points out, need to build in some wiggle room to account for the unintended consequences of the SEC/PC police actions.

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  5. I Wanna Red Cup

    The Presidents wanted this rule because some did not have the guts to stand up and say no to the coaches ( I’m looking at you Bama, Auburn and LSU). This gives them a way to just say no and say” I would like to help you give this young man a second chance but my hands are tied. Sigh. It’s a rule.” And to CPJ, what a tool, you who just dismissed an A back for violation of team rules…. after being suspended last year for two games for a similarly described offence. Who recruited and admitted that misconduct problem?…oh wait.

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  6. Beakerdawg

    I hope the nerds keeps the Johnson forever… I feel this year’s C.O.F. Hate, will turn into this year’s auburn beatdown….

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  7. Uglydawg

    Paul Johnson is the fox in Esop’s fable of the grapes.
    Or maybe he’s just a common jerk.
    He recruits the same players as everyone else. He would have taken Isiah Crowell or Cam Newton in a heartbeat.
    And GT has had their problems with kids…just like most schools.

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