He here.

Welcome, George Pickens.  I have a feeling I’ll be typing your name a few times this season.

Now go pitch and catch a few with Jake.

20 Comments

Filed under Georgia Football

20 responses to “He here.

  1. Huntindawg

    It’s weird, but as much as I love the Dawgs I am actually a little put-off by the Pickens recruitment. At least as it is tied in with the student-athlete/ professional athlete situation we have going on here. Pickens is as much of a UGA student as my golden retriever.

    I guess what I am oddly commenting is that I feel that the UGA football team has become much more professional under Smart and much less a reflection of actual students playing a college sport. Maybe it has always been that way and I’m just becoming more cynical and less enthusiastic as a result of reading this site everyday.

    I’m sure that cynicism will fly right out the window as soon as the whistle blows on August 31. Well, actually that game is against Vandy, so it may actually augment that cynicism.

    Thanks Senator.

    Like

    • Macallanlover

      Fair comment, and you are right; we just happen to be on the receiving end this time. We can all remember when some 18 year old flipped at the end and left us with a hole in our plans. What I disagree about is this being on Kirby, or any coach for that matter. I do wish there was a “no tampering” rule by the NCAA. When a player chooses a school with a public, verbal commitment it should be on them to change their mind to de-commit, but not continually pressured by someone after he has chosen. This is no way restricts the player from doing what they prefer at any point, but it does afford them protection from other programs and their constant bombardment. Doesn’t matter if it is UGA, or not, levels the playing field for everyone. We will certainly welcome whatever skills Pickins brings to our Dawgs but I certainly appreciate those who wait to make this decision, and sticks with it. Sure it is different when there is a significant change before the actually signing of the paperwork. Last minute flips are troublesome for me otherwise. (Granted, I do not know what actually caused the Pickins flip, there may be more than any of us know.)

      Like

    • Huntin, it’s always been that way at Georgia as elsewhere. It isn’t a recent phenomenon. Coaches are paid to win not to turn out graduates. If admissions says yes to a particular athlete that has been cleared by the NCAA clearinghouse, I’m ok with it.

      Like

    • PTC DAWG

      You seem pretty judgmental on the kid.

      Maybe you know him better than me.

      Like

    • Greg

      “UGA football team has become much more professional under Smart and much less a reflection of actual students playing a college sport”

      Understood….but to compete, we have to. Can’t imagine how college football would look if they start to pay them (not against a small stipend).

      Gone would be college football as we know it IMO. If given the choice between the two, would rather see the “actual students playing a college sport”

      Like

      • Will Adams

        I guess you can always go watch the intermural flag football games if CFB disappears when they start (openly) paying players. It probably won’t be as entertaining but at least some of the good old days nostalgia should be there for ya.

        If Fromm, Swift, and Thomas were getting paid $500k this year, would the game magically be different? If so, how? It doesn’t change the game if Swift drives to the game in a Mercedes. Or if Thomas owns a house in Athens that his mother can live in.

        I feel like some people are afraid that paying players is going to turn them into some different person who only parties and plays football. News flash, these kids are in college and already go out to party.

        If I’m off base on this then please let me know how a player’s bank account balance changes the game of football. Times are different than what they were 20+ years ago. These kids are generating millions of dollars for everyone around them but themselves. Why shouldn’t they get a piece of the pie? Because this is Communist Russia and that’s the way it has always been done?

        Liked by 1 person

    • The Dawg abides

      Could you expand on what you’re “put off” by? As far as I have gathered, there were a few reports that Pickens may have work to do to make it to Athens by June. These reports were then expanded upon greatly by sour grape Auburn fans, then the narrative was pushed further by envious fans of the rest of our rivals. Well, Pickens made it to Athens on time. Apparently he didn’t need to take any summer classes to catch up. I’m assuming that since he’s enrolled, he’s been cleared by the NCAA.
      Players from the two previous classes (Wyatt, Walthour) didn’t make it here for their first semester and had to go to Juco briefly before enrolling the following winter. We had recruits under Richt that were question marks right up until fall classes started. Some made it in, some didn’t. I even recall at least one player enrolling late, then getting flagged by the NCAA clearinghouse while they reviewed the circumstances of his eligibility. It’s nothing new. You seem to have bought into the false, hyperbolic rantings of our rivals rather than trust our own admissions staff.

      Like

      • Huntindawg

        I don’t know if it’s Pickens in particular as much as it is the feeling that it is much more of a professional enterprise. i didn’t read any of the wartiggleplainsman rantings so that really didn’t factor in to my perception of college football, which really has been gradually negatively evolving over the last year in particular.

        Like

        • Mike Cooley

          You aren’t wrong that it’s definitely more professional in nature. I don’t like it either. I don’t think any of us want it to be more like the NFL but that’s where it’s being pushed. As sad as it makes me I can see a day coming when I won’t watch college football anymore. If it continues to be pushed in that direction at least.

          Like

        • PTC DAWG

          If, by more professional, You mean carrying a FULL roster of top flight players, count me in.

          Like

  2. Mike Cooley

    Are you the same Huntindawg that used to post over at GON?

    Like

  3. Huntindawg

    Since I don’t know what GON is I doubt it. I’ve noticed a couple Huntindawgs on various sites.

    Like

    • Mike Cooley

      That seemed oddly catty for such an innocent question. You go by the name Huntindawg which ostensibly means you enjoy hunting and you live in Georgia but have no clue what GON is. That’s strange too. Ok. The guy I’m referring was just as bitchy as you seem to be. Have a great day.😀

      Like

      • Greg

        Neither do I…what is “GON”??

        Like

      • Huntindawg

        Oh Georgia Outdoor News. Sorry didn’t mean to sound bitchy – that’s the problem with Email, text, etc is that tone is totally subjective to the reader.

        But no not me and unfortunately I haven’t lived in Georgia since graduation in 1990. Do love hunting though. And the Dawgs. I’m not sure which comes first.

        Like

  4. Can’t wait to see this kid play.

    Like

  5. W Cobb Dawg

    Can’t say enough about Kirby landing Pickens at the last minute. It must’ve had many opposing HCs shaking their heads in disbelief. Kirby is stocking up on those 6-4 and 6-5 WRs that give defenses fits.

    Like