Daily Archives: March 19, 2016

“Please understand that A.J. Turman is going to be able to go where he wants to go.”

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.

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“Hey, son, c’mere. I wanna show you something.”

Kirby sounds like he’s in his element.  Enjoy.

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Just another day in Paradise

Otherwise known as spring practice in Sanford Stadium.

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He could tell you, but then he’d have to kill you.

Kirby Smart has opened Greg McGarity’s eyes, by damn.

Georgia athletics director Greg McGarity was in accord with Richt on the open-door stance and previously stated as much. But after meeting with Smart to discuss the topic, he has agreed to a change in operation.

“Kirby and I discussed this weeks ago, and he brought me up to date on the transfer culture in today’s world,” McGarity said.

There’s a “transfer culture”?  Who knew?

McGarity said Smart is prepared to speak about his position on transfers and deferred details on the subject to him. Smart is scheduled to meet with reporters on Saturday following Georgia’s third spring practice.

McGarity said he agreed to Smart’s transfer after going over the specifics with him.

“I learned a lot in that conversation I was not aware of,” McGarity said.

Ominous.  Indeed, maybe it’s not such a good idea for Smart to discuss this transfer culture thing publicly. I mean, lives could be at stake, or something.

While they’re adding all this new support staff, can’t they find a few spare bucks in the athletic department budget to get McGarity a PR adviser?  I can’t think of money better spent.

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New rhetorical bottles for old wine

I have to admit that if you’re not gonna accuse college athletics of plantation-like behavior, describing black student-athletes as “gerbils on the wheels of the college sports industrial complex” has a certain degree of panache to it.

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Happy talk is still alive and well.

I bet you didn’t know that early enrollee Julian Rochester has a motor and never stops.  Not only that, “He’s going to get after it every day.”

Obviously, it’s the dawn of a new day for Georgia football.  Exciting times!

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The class of 2016, still growing

Although I’m a little confused about the details, it appears that Georgia has added another player to this year’s recruiting class.

I say I’m a little confused because 247Sports has Kelly coming on board as a preferred walk on at wide receiver, while The Red & Black claims Kelly has a scholarship as a quarterback. Maybe Kirby’s gonna have him throw to himself.

In any event, welcome, Davis.

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