When the going gets tough, the tough get recruiting.

I mocked the administration yesterday for its disorganized approach to Georgia’s recruiting in the interim period between Mark Richt and his successor, but there’s a flip side to that coin that deserves to be acknowledged.

Right now, Richt’s staff is out on the road meeting with recruits, selling them on a school and a football program they may not be associated with by the time these kids enroll.  That’s got to be a tough pitch to make, especially when you’re looking some high schooler’s momma in the eye and explaining what’s best for her child.  And it’s not made any easier by every other school seeing Richt’s departure as open season on Georgia’s commitments.

To the extent that it helps contribute to holding together a key class – and remember, Georgia is still scrambling to fill holes left from the crater that was the 2013 class – that effort deserves the gratitude of every fan of the the program.  So, to you guys and to all the recruits who end up sticking with Georgia, thanks.

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UPDATE:  Per Seth Emerson,

The reason Georgia coaches have been told to go back on the recruiting trail is not because they have been given any indication they’re returning. It’s just, simply, because they’re still on the job, drawing a paycheck, and that’s their job. As one coach said when reached on Sunday night: “I’m just going into work. It’s all I know how to do.”

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32 responses to “When the going gets tough, the tough get recruiting.

  1. Merk

    This decision, while justifiable to some degree to fire Richt, is going to define the program for many years. Sadly, if we are stuck with the same options at QB next year, I am not sure any new coach will be able to do crap with that O.

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    • I’ve said it before and it is true, 2015 was CMRs best coaching year every. Our offense was the worse I remember since the early 60’s. If we have the same QB we will probably not make a bowl unless Chubb comes back 100%. He and Sony will be enough to win the minimum 6 IMO.

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  2. JG Shellnutt

    These men out recruiting right now are DGDs and I am proud of them and of their efforts.

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  3. Charlottedawg

    I may be wrong but to me this signifies the coaches on the road are being retained. If I’m wrong butts mehre really is that cowardly and dysfunctional.

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  4. Absolutely, yes. These guys need our support with whoever is the next head coach. They could have all packed it in and said, “Greg, you broke it. Now, you own it. We have jobs to find.” If Jacob Eason ends up at UF or another SEC school because there was no plan, we should have a tar-and-feathering in front of the Arch.

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  5. Bob

    I can’t imagine that Kirby Smart, or whoever the next coach is, is simply going to retain the staff of such an “under achieving” regime. Not sure anything like that has ever happened before. Then again, there is not a lot of data on coaches who have won 19 games over the past two years and got fired.

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  6. Spike

    Keep Lilly, BMac, Brown, Pruitt. Run off Shott, Sales and that SC knucklehead Hocke.

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  7. Gomer miles

    Herd early this am from someone inside the fort Knox like B.M. that all staff on the road at this point Wil be retained under the new h.c. smart I’m assuming due to previous ties to Pruitt at Bama. now my biggest question is who will be the o.c. because shitty is out for obvious reasons. Who are some of the big names who run a pro-stylish offence out there? (Feel free to chime in here) because from what I’ve herd no expense will be spared to bring a big name named coordinator to retain the Eason kid and give the offence an instant and we’ll needed jumpstart.

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    • reipar

      But I thought McGarity hates Pruitt. And also Brown and McClendon had to be restrained from attacking Pruitt and said they would quit if he is back next year. And Pruitt hates CMS. How can all these guys be retained if they are as dysfunctional as we are being told.

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      • These are good questions. But in the end, who should make the decision on who is retained, McGarity or the next head coach?

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        • reipar

          That is not a good question! 😉 (and if not clear I mean certainly the coach).

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        • I still feel McGarity likes to Richt to fire Pruit. This is the reason why McGarity was not doing anything in the last 4 games. He was waiting for the defense to lay some crap say against GSU or GTU. But this never happened.

          So while driving home the AD decided his best option is to put Richt’s job on the line VS Pruit’s. Richt refused knowing the sentiments of the athletes so he was fired. This was evident on the statements of both Richt and Pruit after the GT game. Only Pruit insisted that he likes to stay in Georgia, and Richt added that he will be recruiting. Both are hoping that the AD will have second thoughts about firing Pruit. This is now evident on the current pronouncements of the football players showing support for Pruit which is actually directed towards the ears of the future Head Coach. McGarity cannot fire Pruit now as it will be too obvious. So the first task of the next HC is to fire Pruit which will be more acceptable action for a new HC. They all know that it was Pruit the AD likes fired. Pruit is not a Georgia Way adherent.

          Disclaimer: Just my own story, LOL.

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    • TN Dawg

      If only David Cutcliffe were done at Duke….

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  8. Gomer miles

    If we are to have ANY success the only thing magarity needs to be incharge of is what socks he’s gonna wear on a day to day basis. I’m thinking because of the delay of putting them back on the recruiting trail that KS made the call that he would retain them. I’m sure mcgagity wants him gone but the culture in uga football is about to change otherwise they would have stuck with cmr, as far as the staff not getting along… I work with assholes on the daily and I will continue because I get paid too much not too

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    • reipar

      But I doubt you work with these assholes essentially every day of the year and many times 14+ hours a day. Also we are talking about people who are making so much money they can leave for another program take a pay cut and still pull down north of 300k a year. Giving up $50,000 does not sound so bad when you are still making that.

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  9. Borodawg

    I by no means know or understand the inner workings of recruiting. But how/why would you have an employee who may or may not be working for the program out recruiting players for the program? I need help in understanding that one. It may be answered in the comments above but have not read through them all. I will hang up and listen to your response.

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  10. W Cobb Dawg

    That picture says a lot. That’s BMac, not OL coach Sale.

    Dear Coach “to be named later”, please make call to Shawn Elliott if you want a good OL coach.

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