Tag Archives: Mark Richt

It’s always sunny in Miami.

In a more innocent time, this is a picture that would have launched a thousand Evil Richt ships.

By the way, Hale covering a Richt presser is like déjà vu all over again, man.

Then, this would have set off rumbles in certain circles about not being serious, focused and game-faced.

Can you plateau eating a sandwich?  Asking for an athletic director…

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UPDATE:  Just like you draw it up.

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Yeah, right.

I simply can’t imagine that, short of facing off in the CFP, Georgia would willingly agree to play this game.

Not that I wouldn’t love to hear someone interview McGarity about it.

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It never was about getting top talent.

If you had to pick a school that generated the most players on a list of the NFL’s top 100, you’d pick Alabama, correct?

Well, you’d be half right.

… The NFL’s Top 100 Players of 2017 features 20 former SEC players, not including former TAMU stars Von Miller and Michael Bennett.

Alabama and Georgia not only led all SEC teams, but they led all of college football, too. Of course, Alabama won several championships with the following players included, and Georgia, well, didn’t. But that’s why Kirby Smart now roams the sidelines at Georgia to help change that.

This is why I have a hard time feeling sorrowful over Mark Richt’s departure.  Georgia never had a problem signing elite talent.  It had a problem maintaining roster depth.  As to that, we all know where the buck stopped.

Just like we know where it stops now.

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Butts-Mehre’s next nightmare?

I don’t think this current scenario is ultimately going to play out by the time the dust settles at next February’s signing day, but I sure would pony up a penny for Greg McGarity’s thoughts if Miami crushed recruiting in the next class and Smart didn’t.

Maybe it’ll be the subject of a future The First Word.

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Today, in one of these things is not like the other

Giant sigh.

Just once would have been nice.  Just once.

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The return of Evil Richt

In 1972, Hunter S. Thompson set about covering the presidential campaign, paying special attention to the Democratic Party’s George McGoven as he failed to get into office.

Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72 was serially published by Rolling Stone throughout the year. In one of the articles Thompson makes a poignant comparison to a campaign that happened in Texas in which Lyndon Johnson attempted to create a rumour to denounce his competitor.

It reads: “This is one of the oldest and most effective tricks in politics. Every hack in the business has used it in times of trouble, and it has even been elevated to the level of political mythology in a story about one of Lyndon Johnson’s early campaigns in Texas.

“The race was close and Johnson was getting worried. Finally he told his campaign manager to start a massive rumour campaign about his opponent’s life-long habit of enjoying carnal knowledge of his barnyard sows.

“Christ, we can’t get away with calling him a pig-f****r,” the campaign manager protested. “Nobody’s going to believe a thing like that.”

“I know,” Johnson replied. “But let’s make the sonofab****h deny it.”

I am reminded this morning of Tommy Perkins’ timeless analogy regarding recruiting in the state of Florida:

Miami: From a Bulldog perspective, if you looked at the state of Florida as though it were Afghanistan (and I do), the Gators, obviously, are the Taliban, while Miami is whatever warlord is running things in the Northeast. The Hurricanes don’t occupy anything remotely resembling moral high ground, but they are useful.

Why this morning, you ask?  Welp,

Rumors surfaced Thursday about the Florida football program committing an NCAA recruiting violation.

A source close to the program vehemently dismissed the allegations to SEC Country on Friday. A message board post — which later made the rounds social media — alleged that two UF assistant coaches offered cash to a prospect at Homestead High School. The poster also alleged there’s a video and it was provided to the NCAA.

The program source who spoke with SEC Country said Florida has not offered or recruited anyone from Homestead High School in three years. Florida State’s Ermon Lane, a 5-star prospect in 2014, is the last Homestead player UF recruited, according the source.

SEC Country also learned Friday that verbal commitments for the Gators were contacted by Miami staff members, who asked the recruits if they would reconsider the Hurricanes because of the alleged NCAA violation at Homestead. Members of Florida’s 2017 football recruiting class told SEC Country they received a text message from UF calling the rumors false.[Emphasis added.]

So it turns out Mark Richt is trying to do a solid for both himself and his former employer there, which, of course, is awesome.  I’ve got a feeling it’s gonna get pretty damned ugly in the Sunshine State over the next few days.  Popcorn, anyone?

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Now look who’s blocking.

From Seth Emerson:

During Mark Richt’s time as Georgia’s coach, the policy was always to let players transfer anywhere they wanted. Then Richt left, and Georgia’s policy changed – and so, apparently, has Richt’s new school.

Miami is not permitting running back Gus Edwards, a graduate transfer, go to Syracuse or Pittsburgh, two ACC schools that are on Miami’s schedule in 2017. The Palm Beach Post reported on the story Tuesday. 

It’s not clear what Richt’s role is in the decision to block. His athletics director, Blake James, told The Palm Beach Post that it’s the school’s policy.

“Institutionally, our policy has been that we would not do that for a school we’re going to play in the upcoming season,” James told the newspaper.

I guess life’s not so short at the beach.

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