Fear and loathing on the recruiting trail

This is what damage control sounds like:

Chad Clay, a 3-star defensive back from Georgia’s Peachtree Ridge High School, said UGA defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt called last week to let him know what was going on.

“For me, I tried to block out what everybody was saying in the media and stuff and truly listen to what the coaches were saying,” Clay said. “They told me what really happened. You just can’t believe the rumors and everything you hear with that.”

Clay did not go into specifics, but did touch on how he felt about UGA after talking to Pruitt.

“I just think there was a disagreement among the coaches,” Clay said. “Arguments happen in football. Of course they happen and when you are not winning there is tension. But I think things at UGA will be just fine.”

He said he felt reassured.

“What (Pruitt) told me has me confident and still left me with the same feelings I have for Georgia,” he said.

Gosh, why would Pruitt feel the need to reach out like that to a kid who’s been solid for a while?

Clay said he also heard from rival recruiters after all those rumors surfaced last week.

“Of course those other schools knew about it and they reached out and asked me how strong was my commitment to Georgia,” Clay said. “But nothing really serious with all of it.”

Eh, sure.  But they’ll be keeping your number in their speed dial, Chad.  It’s nice to know they care.

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26 responses to “Fear and loathing on the recruiting trail

  1. Chi-town Dawg

    Nothing like Fran Tarkenton “helping” his alma mater by airing all kinds of dirty laundry on talk radio. Whether true or not, it’s bad all the way around for the program – recruiting, public image, players, etc.

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    • It’s all about Fran. My dad would have been deeply disappointed. He was a huge fan.

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      • Actually, it’s not. You should be asking yourself who gave Fran the ammo for his last blast, as well as who’s been speaking to the media.

        There are a number of agendas in play at Butts-Mehre. And even a change at head coach won’t settle all of ’em.

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        • Fran pops up when things go south and he goes out and shoots his mouth off to the media. That’s on him. He is every bit this programs energy vampire. I don’t care who pulls his strings behind the curtain, although its fair to point out he is being fed info and someone is feeding his agenda.

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    • Jeff

      Fran’s just mad because longtime friend Joe T. was moved out to bring in Hocke, and he blames Pruitt for that. Naturally, then, all team struggles are Pruitt’s fault. Fran’s always been Fran’s biggest fan.

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    • Brandon (Version One)

      You’d think Fran would have his hands full breaking down film of all those super bowls he lost. I think Fran was a surrogate for McGarity who took the opportunity to lash out at Pruitt whom he blames for the indoor practice facility expenditures and the other upsetting of the Georgia Way. If Richt and Pruitt stay Morehead needs to have the Tom Hagen-Frank Pantangelli talk with McGarity.

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      • Chi-town Dawg

        +1 that was my guess Brandon. The first guy who was publicly acknowledged by McGarity for his IPF donation is also probably acting as his lackey. As Twist points out, it’s probably no coincidence a similar thing happened a few years ago when the program was down and even last year leading up to the Belk Bowl. I like Pruitt and think he’s done an excellent job turning the defense around (yes, there’s still work to do), but no chance he’s on staff if Richt leaves. Even if Richt stays, there’s a good chance they may force Pruitt to leave, which would be a mistake IMO. Whether or not you support Richt or want him gone, there’s a smart way and a wrong way of handling these things and nothing good comes from making this mess a public fiasco.

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  2. Skeptic Dawg

    Letting Pruitt go would be a huge mistake. He is by far the best thing that this program has going for it. Retaining Schotty would be a huge mistake. He is by far the worst thing this program has going for it. Keeping Richt for year 16 would be a huge mistake as well. Hell, keeping following the 2006-2010 stretch was a huge mistake that we are still paying for.

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    • Dolly Llama

      I don’t think there’s a chance that either Pruitt or Schotty stays if Richt goes, Skeptic. Wouldn’t the new guy want to bring in his own people?

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    • Dolly Llama

      The worst-case scenario is Pruitt leaving while Richt and Schotty stay. Until recently I’ve not been a “get rid of Richt” guy — and I’m still only halfway on the bandwagon — but Schotty really needs to go. If it takes firing Richt to get rid of Schottenheimer, then so be it.

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      • Skeptic Dawg

        Llama, have zero idea what will happen at season’s end, but I fear that no change will be made. The idea of this staff returning for another year guarantees another year of hopelessness.

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  3. Argondawg

    He is just staying in touch so he can poach from his next stop.

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  4. Brandon (Version One)

    It’s one thing for competitors to spread and delight in program damaging gossip it’s another thing for our own “fans” and old jackoffs like Fran Tarkenton to do it and there were far too many of ours delighting in stoking the flames and making last week as Kardashian as possible for the UGA football program. Sadly its the world we now live in, hence all the Lane Kiffin-Saban fight/daughter banging rumors earlier this year when Alabama dared to lose a game.

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  5. W Cobb Dawg

    I think most recruits are committing to CJP. Not to mention the level of staff members that trace their jobs directly to Pruitt. If this DC leaves for any reason, along with the wagon train of folks he’s influenced, it’ll leave a giant whole in the program. I don’t see CMR as the kind of tireless worker we’d need to overcome such a huge problem. He’s having fits filling the hole Bobo left.

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  6. Macallanlover

    Funny that so many are worried about Tarkenton’s role in making negative comments while dismissing the cumulative impact of off-the-charts, negative comments by fans in message boards and blogs. UGA fans, imo, have kept the pot stirred and hurt UGA recruiting over the years with their passionate campaign against various UGA coaches at the HC, coordinator, and position coach levels. Also impacts which bowl bids UGA may get because bowl officials are worried about how enthusiastically fans will travel and support the team after an 8 or 9 win season.

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    • Athens Townie

      Sure, Mac. And ice cream sales cause shark attacks.

      You’re mistaking correlation for causation, Old Pal.

      Underwhelming performance on the field and in recruiting is on B-M and the coaches. Fan griping is correlated with those trends, but does not cause them.

      Time to come up with a new excuse.

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      • Debby Balcer

        Correlation is not causation but both times Richt has been on the hot seat we have lost committed recruits do to the calling for him to lose his job. Social media is powerful it is a tool used for good and bad. Stick your head in the sand and think what we post which is searchable is not hurting our team but it is.

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        • dudemankind

          If your theory was right then Phyllis from Mulga would have torpedoed the entire Bama program by now. Get real. Kids don’t care what a bunch of people write on fan blogs or say on fan TV shows.

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          • Athens Townie

            Exactly. We lost recruits because Richt’s performance was spiraling and his job was in jeopardy.

            Not because of a fan on a message board putting Richt’s job in jeopardy. That happened because we didn’t perform on the field.

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            • Bobby Bowden Syndrome

              yup and a little negative recruiting never hurts, by showing them the long list of studs they never developed, or changed their positions, or allowed to transfer….

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      • dudemankind

        This!

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  7. Fran Tankenton and Dan Wolken can both get bent. Screw the bulldog radio network for ever giving Tarkenton the damn mic during a pregame broadcast. Dad Wolken should lose his job for spreading misinformation but, unfortunately, social media allows for journalists to go on without being held accountable.

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