While I’m on a numbers kick this morning, take a look at something AirForceDawg compiled:
— Since 2001 UGA has signed 330 out of 375 prospects to NLIs, or 88% of the NCAA/SEC maximum allowable (thus a self-imposed 12% reduction in recruited scholarship athletes even though never on NCAA probation); quite the opposite of oversigning, regardless, a self-imposed competitive disadvantage
— UGA entered the 2012 season w/ only 68 recruited scholarship players out of the 85 the NCAA permits; since OT Kolton Houston was ineligible that season (Norandolone), UGA only had 67 recruited scholarship players, a self-imposed 21.1% reduction in players due to attrition and failure to sign the maximum allowable 25 scholarship players per year; we could have really used DL depth that year, esp. in the SECCG where Alabama rushed for 350 yds and Abry Jones was out injured
— UGA has lost 140 of its 330 signees prior to graduation for a 42.4% attrition rate
That is, to put it mildly, insane. I keep saying it – if you want to bash Richt for something, his roster management has been a complete joke and the primary reason for the program’s underperformance since its last SEC title.
Admittedly, Richt has finally woken up to reality and changed his approach to recruiting. Better late than never, I suppose.
There are two things to take from it now. One, you don’t snap your fingers and correct literally years of neglect overnight. We are seeing the inevitable results of the fix this season and it’s not pretty.
Two, I think we all know who deserves most of the credit for what’s happening now. How in the hell was Richt not called on the carpet by either Evans or McGarity for his lapse in judgment? Were they so happy to be saving money in the recruiting budget that they didn’t want to ask?