Allow Me to Say This On Recruiting

Jeff Schultz does it again.  This little gem from his most recent column is just baffling:

The problem now is that too many of the players Georgia is recruiting should be red-lined. The line of risk needs to be pulled back.

The problem is, if Richt hadn’t gone out and signed Crowell, there likely would have been riots outside his house last season afters starting 0-2.  NSD in 2011 was a joyous day for the Bulldog Nation.  Can you imganie, if fresh off the Liberty Bowl loss to UCF, if Georgia had whiffed on Crowell and he had gone to Alabama.    Then, followed that up with two losses to begin the season? 

You never know how college will change someone.  In high school, I was a straight A student who never skirted the rules.  I never partied, was not one of the “cool” kids.  In college, I discovered I liked the taste of cheap, cold beer.   Especially Natural Light.   

So you know, you have to recruit the kids that the gurus out there say you have to.  And if you are not recruiting them, then there will be hell to pay.

When addressing the discipline problem at UGA, you can write columns about how Coach Richt’s message isn’t getting through, and how after so long people stop listening to the same thing.  You can write about how Georgia has stricter rules and a more open policy for reporting infractions.  You can talk about the over zealous UGA PD and the clown Jimmy Williamson.  You can write about how the active nightlife in Athens can help turn someone from a dweeb to Frank the Tank.   

But please spare me on how Coach Richt isn’t a strict enough disciplinarian, or how Georgia needs to recruit different players.  Both of those are just dumb things to say.



12 Responses to “Allow Me to Say This On Recruiting”

  1. 1 norman jones July 20, 2012 at 10:18 am

    Well said, unless it’s a obvious case like Willie Willams a few years back, you have to recruit the top players with what you can learn about their back ground and hope for the best.

  2. 2 RJ July 20, 2012 at 11:43 am

    There’s no doubt about it, look at the penalties, look at the suspensions, it’s now down to less than 69 scholarships, only a blindman coulsdn’t see Richt has no idea how to fix this recurring, ongoing problem he has. 69 scholarships, no problem? Give me a break.

    • 3 Corbindawg July 20, 2012 at 11:45 am

      That is a different problem and a different converstation. It has nothing to do with recruiting the right kids.

      • 4 Mr. Sanchez July 20, 2012 at 1:18 pm

        agreed corbin. Your last line says it all, Schultz is still a moron (who constantly looks for ways to get back at the man who made him look foolish in front of all his reporter friends a few years ago).

  3. 5 T Woodruff July 20, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    Well said, couldn’t agree more,

  4. 6 Matt July 20, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    Thank you! Great article!

  5. 7 Jason July 20, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    I must have missed that. Would love to have seen richt put schultzy in his place. Goofy looking dude with no writing talent. Could someone refresh me on what he said to embarrass him?

  6. 8 J.R. July 20, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    You lost a lot of street cred when you said natty lite, the real older generation would have a lot more respect if you had said PBR. its a generational thang. a guru back then was a little asian guy with a pony tail, probably named isaiah, and guys like Lindsey Scott lost their scholarship for talking back to the coaches, but probably had a 30/6 mounted in the rear window of their truck. But I digress, what’s a coach in 2012 to do? Schultz has probably had to many natty lites to remember those days either, hence the blather he puts in the AJC. Great article, love reading your stuff, but always thought you were from the PBR not Natty Lite generation.

  7. 9 Steve July 20, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    Couldn’t have said it any better, Coach Richt can’t baby sit 85 plus player 24/7. Yes everybody wanted Crowell and all Dawg fans would have been pissed off if he had went somewhere else.

  8. 10 KoolJay July 20, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    Uhm I think you missed the point.

    You’re focused on PUNISHMENT, the article is focused on PREVENTION.

    Get it?


  9. 11 Gdawg July 21, 2012 at 8:40 am

    It’s good to see there are fans with the right perspective. Too many fans talk out of both sides of their mouth, and you can never make them happy. The GPA and the graduation rate on the team continues to be one of the highest in the league, and they put a winning product on the field year after year. We all want a national championship, but only one team can come away with that trophy. Be patient it will happen. We are on the right track. This is the most talented defense we have had in years and that wins championships. The young talent on defense they have recently recruited will allow us to have one of the best defenses in the country for years to come. Enjoy being a fan of the team and let the media be the ones who doubt and criticize.

  10. 12 fred russo July 21, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    Look forget about recruiting CMR is just a bad coach period.If we had Sperier the last 11 years we would have won 2 national titles

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