Poll: Has Mark Richt Lost Control Over Georgia’s Outgoing Transfer Process?
The act of blocking transfers, which is done largely for competitive reasons, has become yet another black eye on ‘amateur’ sports. Essentially, when a player becomes disgruntled and feels its in his best interests that he move on, a coach will grant his release with the exception of schools X, Y, and Z, almost always ones on future schedules or in the conference. In certain situations (can’t find a link to a recent story on a basketball player this happened to) coaches go overboard and block as many as 50 schools.
From a competitive standpoint, this makes perfect sense. Every case is probably evaluated individually, and a coach may be more lenient on a guy who he doesn’t feel will make an impact against his school in future matchups.
Mark Richt doesn’t adhere to any of these restrictive policies, and I can’t decide whether its a good thing or not. On one hand, Georgia may be made more attractive to prospects who are on the fence and realize they will have opportunity elsewhere if it doesn’t work out in Athens.
On the other? Well, Georgia could get burned. First off, there have been an awful lot of Dawgs transferring within the SEC, haven’t there? An oft-cited reason for restrictive transfer policies in the first place is coaches’ fear of tampering. Players develop relationships with coaches from other schools during their recruitments, and it would shock nobody to learn that certain Auburn, Florida, South Carolina, et al assistants may ‘check in’ on their happiness from time to time (pure speculation, no facts or unique insight).
Notwithstanding the losses of Nick Marshall (MAJOR impact) and Jonathan Taylor (no impact), the Dawgs have had a higher-than-usual attrition rate to future opponents.
It’s being widely reported that former QB Jacob Park is looking to transfer to Alabama. The Tide have no known quantities at the quarterback position right now, so it is reasonable to posit that he may have the talent to become the guy in Tuscaloosa in the next 2-3 years. Additionally, former UGA RB J.J. Green transferred to Georgia Tech just ten days after the Yellow Jackets’ first win at Georgia in a minor eternity.
The Dawgs will have to deal with Green in 2016 and 2017, no doubt. He qualifies as the most highly-regarded (per 247sports) recruit Tech has brought in to play B-back in Paul Johnson’s system. Just for levity’s sake, were Green transferring within the ACC, he would be required to sit out two years.
So, I’ll leave it to you, the reader: do you think Georgia’s policy on outgoing transfers is too lenient, or are the best interests of the players in question the most important thing? I want hot takes.