The evolution of Mark Richt’s roster management

In light of some of the comments I read in response to yesterday’s post about Richt’s offensive philosophy, I thought this was interesting enough to share.

Whereas in his Athens days, Richt’s propensity for leaving his roster numbers well short of the 85-man limit was the result of a deliberate reluctance on his part to overpromise when it came to making offers, this seems way more driven by the calculus of how to fill out a roster with what works best in the here and now.  I’m not saying whether that’s the best approach, but I sense that it’s driven by a realization that he’ll never have the resources to match what the likes of Alabama and Georgia do in assembling (and reconstructing) their rosters.

All of which leads me to wonder how much longer the transfer rules are going to allow Saban to get away with stuff like this.

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22 responses to “The evolution of Mark Richt’s roster management

  1. Mayor

    Can you blame Saban or any coach for not wanting to see a player he spent years developing on an opposing sideline?

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    • If you’re asking whether I get that Saban’s a control freak, sure I get that.

      If you’re asking whether he’s right to block a graduate transfer from playing wherever he wants, welp…

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    • Russ

      So, did Saban cancel the Tennessee game this year because Pruitt stole his playbook? Blocking a backup lineman who has graduated is just petty. No other reason for it.

      And I like Richt as much as anyone, but that quote doesn’t make me think he has changed that much. Sounds like he’ll still wind up with a less than full roster.

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    • mwo

      If he did that great a job of developing the kid he should be starting. Sounds like the kid is an overachiever by nearly completing his masters while a sophomore eligibility wise.

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    • Derek

      Calvin Candie agrees. One deserves a return on an investment.

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    • Erk's Forehead

      Saban is an ass.

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  2. PTC DAWG

    A graduate with eligibility left has worked hard, on and off the field. Let them go and wish them well, no restrictions.

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  3. Erk's Forehead

    “a realization that he’ll never have the resources to match what the likes of Alabama and Georgia do in assembling (and reconstructing) their rosters”

    Which resources do you speak of? Deep pocket boosters. Fertile recruiting ground. Favorable leadership in the AD.

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  4. 92 grad

    What this cmr post tells me is that cmr still thinks he can put together the perfect team if he gets the right mix of spiritual and ethical kids and that the team will win it all “the right way”. I don’t mean to be harsh, just how it strikes me, doubling down on his philosophy so he can prove it to everybody some day.

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    • Got Cowdog

      A tiger can’t change his spots, 92. CMR never changed his MO or philosophy during his career here, what would make someone think he would be any different somewhere else? He had good results with a 75% or so win ratio. Miami knew what they were getting; a serviceable coach with a good reputation and recruiting presence. I suspect he’ll stay around that percentage while at Miami. ‘Da U will be happy and so will CMR. I wish him the best and hope he continues to knock Paul’s johnson in the dirt every chance he gets.

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    • Derek

      Y’all act like he was miles and miles away. We were 5 or 6 yards short doing things his way. As much as I like our current direction, it’s just factual incorrect to suggest that CMR is some clueless fool that couldn’t compete doing it his way. Had he not hit a qb drought bw Murray and Eason, he’d still be here. Would we be at the level we are now? I sincerely doubt it, but the degree of the revisionism is a bit much.

      He may not be on the Mount Rushmore of coaches but he was a substantial step up from Goff and Donnan and I’m glad he drug us out of the wilderness even if he didn’t get us quite to the mountain top.

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      • Got Cowdog

        How did you get “miles and miles away” and “clueless fool” from those two posts?
        I have never said CMR was anything but an upgrade from any modern era Georgia coach including Dooley and have said as much many times. FWIW, I recall drunkenly posting some things on this blog after the ’15 UF game that may have been a little harsh, but hey it was the heat of the moment.

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        • Derek

          !) I didn’t respond to you.

          2) I was responding to the idea conveyed by 92 grad that there is no way CMR can win it all his way. He can. Is the path narrower his way? Yes. But could he win a natty at Miami? No doubt in my mind.

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          • 92 grad

            Nobody can come back from tangling with Derek the smartest guy in the room, but, I didn’t lay down any judgmental qualifiers, I interpreted the post by senator. I truly respect cmr and I never have said otherwise. All I said was, as cowdog surmised, tiger can’t change his spots. No drama really, until you posted….

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      • AusDawg85

        DERK YOU SLOBBERIN RICHTOPHILE! THE PREACHER MAN WAS O – 11 WHEN YOU PICK HIS WORSTEST LOSSES OVER 5 SELECT SEASONS AND NO NATTIES WHILE JUMPING IN POOLS WITH HIS NOODLE ARM QB’S!!!! KIRBY’S WON EVERY SEC CHAMPUNSHIP SINCE LAST YEAR!!!!

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  5. Thorn Dawg

    this just sounds lazy to me. CMR is fine with 75 on his roster because he couldn’t recruit 10 more to fit his system. Go find them. that’s your job.

    As Kirby has shown us in two short years, the practices matter. But, you have to have depth in order to run his practices.

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    • Derek

      Special teams matter too. Having young talented DB’s who aren’t playing much running down on KO and punt coverage is better than having walk ons doing it. Lots and lots of problems get solved by being at, or close to, 85 guys that can contribute.

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    • W Cobb Dawg

      Agree, it IS lazy. Seems CMR will never learn a lesson how off season attrition eats away at the 85 player roster, nor will he accept the importance of building depth.

      Details matter. It’s the difference between good coaches and great coaches. Though I hesitate to call roster management a ‘detail’. It’s one of the main tasks of any HC.

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