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Richt Not As Anti-Oversigning As Suggested

A couple of weeks ago, Mark Richt told a Georgia booster club that it’s wrong for coaches to mislead student-athletes when it comes to their scholarship opportunities.  Richt said he was not in favor of schools telling kids — without warning — that there is no room for them in the inn despite the fact that they had signed with that program.

Georgia’s coach was cheered.  He was declared an “anti-oversigning guy.” 

But now the coach has clarified his remarks:


“First of all, I think everyone should have a right to manage their own numbers.  I think every university should be able to do that.  If you only have room for 20 and you sign 25 and then you come up in June and tell two or three of them that you don’t have room for them, then I think that is wrong.  But if everyone involved, the prospect, the parents and the high school coach all know the situation up front, and the prospect wants to enroll in the next semester, I don’t have a problem with that.  That’s all I have ever said.”


Sounds like Richt might’ve gotten a couple of phone calls from other coaches wondering why was chiming in on their business.

 


8 comments
Mr. Anonymous
Mr. Anonymous

I'm sorry I called you a moron. That was inappropriate. I don't mean to hurt your business; I like your website.

Thats the point, though. First, I don't expect that sort of thing from this site which is why I read it regularly. Second, when popular media outlets such as this one imply that Richt has backed off of the moral high ground on an issue like oversigning, even though he hasn't, it actually hurts HIS business in the same way a reader's comments could potentially hurt yours; it attacks his credibility. Richt consistently taking the moral high ground on issues like this is his bread and butter. Being the "good guy" is his thing and it works, particularly with the parents of recruits. How else could he have continued to recruit so well in spite of the past three terrible seasons? Hence the anger.

Sorry about that.

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

dwp007...

We try to do our best. We give opinion -- which means by default that people will disagree -- but we try to be fair and we try not be as sensationalistic as some other media outlets. (That's actually one of the reasons we started this site).

So it's always good to know that there's someone out there who likes using the site... even if he or she doesn't always agree with everything we write.

Woo pig...
John

dwp007
dwp007

For the record, I thoroughly enjoy perusing your site, John. While I don't necessarily agree with everything said [or written], you guys do a nice job of staying on point and providing many SEC starved fans with a solid source of information. Keep up the good work. [and Go Hogs!]

Mr. Anonymous
Mr. Anonymous

In spite of your argument in the comments, in the article you obviously weren't referring simply to the media's use of Richt's original quote, but to Richt's actual stance on the issue, which you implied has somehow changed when you titled your article, "RICHT NOT AS ANTI-OVERSIGNING AS SUGGESTED", and when you made the following statement to end your article:

"Sounds like Richt might’ve gotten a couple of phone calls from other coaches wondering why was chiming in on their business."

Exactly what has changed in Richt's stance since the original quote which you believe would have been prompted by these "couple of phone calls from other coaches"?

Nothing, and you know that, but you clearly intended to give the impression that he had changed his stance due to pressure from other coaches and the media, and that he originally merely intended to give lip service to the idea that oversigning is bad in order to bolster his reputation as a "good guy" coach.

Also, how many commenters on your blog use their actual names rather than a handle, which is still anonymous regardless of how frequently they may post under it?

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

Mr. Anonymous...

Gotta love someone who refers to himself as "Mr. Anonymous" calling someone else a moron.

Could you please explain what it is that's upset you in our post? As I see it, we make three things pretty clear:

1. Richt made comments to a booster club that were used again and again by the media to show that he is definitely an anti-oversigning guy.

2. Richt has reiterated his statements in an attempt to make his true feelings more clear.

3. As the headline states, Richt's comments weren't as 100% anti-oversigning as they were made out to be by many in the press.

From where I sit, I'm afraid you're the one who appears to be, uh, a bit dim. Because there's nothing in this story that suggests Richt has changed his position.

John

Mr. Anonymous
Mr. Anonymous

There is no "but". He said the exact same thing he said before, just in a few more words. Learn to read, moron.

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

Mr. Anonymous...

Please don't tell me what you THINK I was trying to do. Good Lord, the ugliness and anger of some people actually astounds me.

I referred to coaches possibly calling Richt because something -- obviously -- caused him to feel the need to clarify/reiterate his initial comments. They were blown out of proportion and he tried to clarify his way of thinking. Something made him clarify those statements. If you don't see that these comments were an attempt to soften the way his initial words were taken, then I'm afraid that's a YOU issue and not a MrSEC.com issue.

You obviously read into things and that's your right. Have at it. (Though if I hated this site, its writers and its "sensationalism," I think I'd go somewhere else.)

As for people using anonymous names... I will say only this:

Never in my life -- not once -- have I ever commented angrily under something someone has written on their website. I disagree with things all the time, but I don't rant and rave and claim to know what the writer "really means." I don't use a comment box -- that they provide me -- to insult them or to try to hurt their business.

But if I did, I'd use my real name. Just me.

Enjoy trashing the site. I look forward to reading your future interpretations of what it is I'm really trying to say.

John

Robert
Robert

I would bet that what caused Richt to comment on this again are the questions reporters are asking him in Destin, not a peer from the SEC west calling him up and telling him to cool it.



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