Interesting recruiting story has emerged from Georgia. Looks like they will part with DL coach Tracy Rocker. Allegedly, he had an argument with Solomon's mum and it's speculated that this lead to his firing.
I guess part of me is torn by this story. Some devalue kickers calling them "idiot kickers", but this guy has been pretty good for a college kicker.
It seems pretty apparent that Georgia is playing some numbers games regarding scholarships - as they've decided NOT to provide a scholarship for their starting kicker:
Georgia coach Kirby Smart’s decision not to give redshirt freshman kicker Rodrigo Blankenship a scholarship for the spring semester has rankled Blankenship’s parents. And it’s rankled them so much so that they’ve released a statement regarding the coach’s decision.
At issue is the kid is struggling to pay his way through school, and has now been the starting kicker at Georgia for two years:
That means the newbies will be cashing those weekly $200 maintenance checks (not to mention the free housing, tuition, books, etc.) while our son uses his debit card for weekend meals and incidentals; back home in Marietta there’s a dad who has to keep his son’s checking account balance on the plus side. Yes, our son is allowed to participate at the training table during the week —a godsend when meal plan costs are computed.Blankenship’s father told the AJC earlier in the fall his son may have to transfer because of financial reasons if he didn’t get a scholarship. Ken said in November he’s been using his retirement fund to help pay for Rodrigo’s expenses and the spring semester is the last semester he can afford.
I know there has been some chatter about Smart working the state legislature to change FOI laws, and we've seen some recruiting battles take a "sudden turn" at the last minute.
This just adds to my hatred of all that is $EC. We reward WALK-ONS with scholarships - yet a 2-year starter cannot be guaranteed anything.
Georgia passed "Kirby's Law," which allows its public universities' athletic departments to wait up to 90 days to respond to requests for information. Not only the info itself, but just the RESPONSE which should really take less than a week (e.g., "we got it, we'll get back to you").
Governor's spokesman said this: “it simply levels the playing field with other states that also have strong athletic programs like Georgia.”
Lieutenant governor said, “I hope it brings us a national championship.”
The implication is that winning teams hide their shit, and now Georgia teams can too. At a certain point, shit becomes more important than sports. They could at least do us the courtesy of PRETENDING it was about something else.
(HT to Steve Lorenz: http://michigan.247sports.com/Board/59424/Contents/UGA-passes-Kirbys-Law--44770022)
Edit: I hope this doesn't violate the no politics rule since it's about sports (see: governor's statement)
Georgia has fired Mark Richt, a source told https://t.co/IUb98wmtlA— Mark Schlabach (@Mark_Schlabach) November 29, 2015
This is relevant to our recruiting as well...
EDIT: ...and now it's official: http://www.georgiadogs.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/112915aaa.html
Apparently, Jeremy Pruit was fired and left his mark on the way out.
Mark Richt has lost control of Jeremy Pruitt. https://t.co/4sNuepyaSe— ricobert1 (@ricobert1) November 5, 2015
EDIT: Apparently, I jumped the gun a little bit. Seems to be a false report. My bad. Still, not a good look at ALL for Georgia that this seems to have been taken so seriously so quickly.