I guess it’s unanimous: nobody wants a Georgia player to go to Miami.
The gist of it: Smart believes he did not block Turman from going to where he wanted to go, as Turman did not express a desire to go to Miami. But the reason Smart blocked Miami was because he wanted to establish that it would not be an avenue for other Georgia players, now that Mark Richt is there.
“I wanted to set the precedent for the future that kids would not be able to go to Miami right away,” Smart said. “It’s very important that we understand that, and that’s pretty much standard operating procedure when a coach leaves one place, that a kid can’t go there with the coach. That’s important to me that people understand that.”
It’s certainly Smart’s call, but color me unconvinced. Is Smart that insecure about the players he’s inherited (a roster he’s criticized in certain aspects, by the way)?
This transfer culture stuff is a little tacky, if you ask me. Then again, I’ve never been in the arena in Tuscaloosa.