21
Jul
09

Look, there’s Glenn Beck!

Not really.  I just wanted to see if you were paying attention.  Apparently Columbus Carver head coach Dell McGee has seen enough of Georgia’s coaches around.

“They won’t be recruiting our school right now…”

McGee was miffed over the Dawg’s decision to withdraw a scholarship offer from Devin Burns, his presumptive starting QB, during his visit to Athens recently.  Georgia’s coaches tried to communicate to the Carver coaches that the offer would be withdrawn, but was told they would have to talk with Burns directly.

Richt called McGee, apologized and mentioned that UGA had handled it poorly.  So McGee has to “protect” his kids and keep Georgia off campus.

Yeah, ok.  If you have an offer pulled seven months before signing day, I don’t know how in the world he is going to make it.  Yeah, Georgia shouldn’t have made an offer they weren’t going to honor.  However, someone needs to explain how restricting the coaches from the largest in-state school is protecting them?  This isn’t The Kiffer making jokes about pumping gas or turning off fax machines.   Mark Richt is probably pretty upset over how this went down.

In the end, you have to wonder, what else is at work there?

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3 Responses to “Look, there’s Glenn Beck!”


  1. 1 Gerald Ball
    July 21, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    “However, someone needs to explain how restricting the coaches from the largest in-state school is protecting them?”

    If the largest in-state school is doing things like pulling offers from kids during on campus visits in front of their families, then yes that is protecting them. Richt himself admitted that his staff messed up; the people who were responsible for notifying Burns before the “dead period” failed to. When the “dead period” came, they were unable to contact Burns directly, so they tried to pass word through his high school coach. So what, they were going to make the high school coach be the one to cover for UGA’s mistake and break the bad news to his own kid? Please. That isn’t his job. It is UGA’s job to notify each recruit IN PERSON that an offer is being pulled. That is how recruiting is done, and Carver’s coach is an Auburn product and former NFL player who runs one of the better high school programs in the state that sends kids to I-A schools every year knows it. It isn’t the job of the Carver coach to run interference for UGA’s coaches when they drop the ball.

    As for any Carver kid that wants to go to UGA, well they can do what Burns has to do right now, which is go elsewhere. You are fine with Burns going elsewhere because UGA doesn’t want him, but you want Carver to supply UGA with the kids that UGA wants irrespective of how UGA actually treats Carver coaches and players? Please. That’s rich.

    The problem wasn’t with UGA pulling the offer … they have that right and responsibility. The problem was UGA’s not notifying the kid in a timely fashion. The kid and his family were invited to a UGA event, and they waited too long before telling him not to come because he no longer had an offer. THAT was the problem.

  2. July 21, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    This is the kind of thing CMR doesn’t take likely. I just wonder why the kid was offered by Bobo in the first place when we signed two pretty good QBs in Feb.

    In the end this is kind of like the perfect storm of recruiting: kid offered early to what should be a small class, other recruits begin committing early and suddenly signing a QB is too much of a luxury, too many other holes to fill. CMR protects his program and the Carver coach does the same.

    As far as the Carver coach closing his campus, he has to be pretty tight with Searels and Garner. This too shall pass.

    Maybe Stripling will commit on his visit this weekend….??

  3. July 22, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    Its unfortunate that they had to pull the offer but its not like its the second Wednesday in February. Its July 22. He can find another offer or two or three, maybe even four. Probably an offer from a school were he is more likely to play on a regular basis. There is no need to make rash statements or play make believe when it comes to this kid’s future. Burns was never going to play at Georgia. They needed a quarterback to run the scout team when Logan Grey, Aaron Murray, or Zach Mettenburger were running the first team and second team next year. Maybe Georgia should have been more cautious but there was no way to predict that 5 defensive end targets would all say “yes” mostly in the last month.


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