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UGA to Penn State players: Come on down!
Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 24 July 2012 | Bill King

Posted on 07/24/2012 10:49:07 AM PDT by COBOL2Java

While Mark Richt has perhaps been the most up-front about his interest in picking up some of the Penn State players who are free to leave the NCAA-hammered program and play immediately elsewhere, Georgia certainly isn’t the only SEC school looking at that possibility.

In terms of players currently on the Nittany Lions roster, this is likely to play out rather quickly, as most schools will be starting preseason camp soon — UGA on Aug. 2 — and in order to have a realistic shot at anything close to immediate playing time a transfer would need to be on campus by then.

It’s not surprising that Richt is interested, but what did widen a few eyes among college football observers was how he wasn’t at all coy about it when addressing the subject at Monday night’s UGA Day fan gathering. In fact, he volunteered the news that as soon as they heard about the NCAA sanctions against PSU, the Georgia coaching staff went over Penn State’s two-deep roster to identify players the Bulldogs might be interested in.

The fact that Richt offered that tidbit up in public is an indication that, yes, Georgia is really interested. And why not, the Dogs have a depleted roster that numbers less than Southern Cal, which is on probation!

Penn State players apparently would be welcomed by the UGA team as well. All-American Jarvis Jones tweeted: “Penn State players feel free to b a Part of BullDogs Nation!!!”

While you can bet Nick Saban and other SEC coaches are moving just as quickly as Richt, if more quietly, Georgia does have what appears to be a couple of built-in advantages: Georgia has plenty of room on its roster and also has on staff John Thomas, who until recently was Penn State’s strength and conditioning coordinator for 20 years.

As for which players Georgia might talk with, early speculation has centered on defensive end Deion Barnes and linebacker Khairi Fortt, both of whom considered Georgia out of high school and reportedly took recruiting visits to Athens. And UGA has at least somewhat of a relationship with two Penn State commitments — defensive end Garrett Sickels and tight end Adam Breneman — since both were offered scholarships by Georgia.

Beyond that, the most obvious need the Dogs have is experienced offensive linemen, so I imagine that’s where the Georgia coaches looked hardest when they examined the PSU roster at their retreat Monday. But the Dogs also are in need of additional depth in the defensive secondary.

Of course, we don’t know that Penn State players will bail on the program en masse, though it certainly would be understandable if they did, and Georgia may wind up not picking up any of the school’s current players.

It’s quite likely, however, that Pennsylvania — which proved very fruitful territory for the Bulldogs in past generations with names like Sinkwich, Trippi and Rissmiller — is likely to get increased recruiting attention in the future from a lot of schools, including Georgia. And in addition to Thomas, secondary coach Scott Lakatos is very familiar with the area.

Aunt Pittypat might have been aghast at more Yankees in Georgia, but this is one case where they’re entirely welcome!


TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events; US: Georgia; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: collegefootball; pennstate; uga

1 posted on 07/24/2012 10:49:10 AM PDT by COBOL2Java
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To: COBOL2Java

Georgia better do something if they want a remote chance at beating the Gators in Jax.


2 posted on 07/24/2012 10:51:52 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: EEGator

Something reminds me of the scene in Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” where the charwoman, the laundress and the undertaker are in Old Joe’s shack picking over what’s left of Scrooge’s belongings. ;-)


3 posted on 07/24/2012 10:56:54 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (FUMR)
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To: COBOL2Java
I don't understand how this is going to work.

You get a max of 25 scholarships a year, and a max of 85 scholarship players. Given, some of the kids won't be academically eligible and go the prep route, but coaches usually over recruit because of that.

It doesn't seem like teams are going to have scholarships to give these kids right now.

Now, I definitely could see PSU Freshmen and Sophomores transferring for the spring semester, and count against the 2013 class.

But I may be missing something.

4 posted on 07/24/2012 10:58:55 AM PDT by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: EEGator

I saw on the Gator Boards, that Coach Boom was inquiring about two of their linemen. Of course take it with a huge grain of salt.


5 posted on 07/24/2012 11:00:54 AM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: COBOL2Java

Wouldn’t they be better off signing up for a team that has a chance of winning?

Go Gamecocks!

(for clarity sake, I have always lived in Georgia, but, do not drink the UGA cool aid.)


6 posted on 07/24/2012 11:03:31 AM PDT by Conan the Librarian (The Best in Life is to crush my enemies, see them driven before me, and the Dewey Decimal System)
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To: South Hawthorne
I used to coach college football (not D-I). Some programs would save scholarship dollars as an incentive for all of the walk-ons. Basically all the players that were not on scholarship were told that they could earn one by their performance in the off season and/or fall camp.

I don't know if this is done or allowable at the D-I level.

7 posted on 07/24/2012 11:10:10 AM PDT by rightsmart
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To: South Hawthorne
It doesn't seem like teams are going to have scholarships to give these kids right now.

Due to ineligibility, transfers and dismissals UGA currently has 10-12 scholarships available for the 2012 season, so they are in perfect position to pick up some of the PSU players.

8 posted on 07/24/2012 11:15:55 AM PDT by commish (Freedom tastes sweetest to those who have fought to preserve it.)
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To: dfwgator

We could use them. Now with Texas A&M and Missouri, the SEC is ridiculous.


9 posted on 07/24/2012 11:18:12 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: South Hawthorne

South - what you are missing is that the NCAA has advised all Division 1 schools that Penn State players may transfer with their scholarships and exceed the 25/85 limits for 2012. However, any excess over the limit in 2012 will be reduced in 2013.


10 posted on 07/24/2012 11:22:04 AM PDT by Buckeye Battle Cry (GHWB gave us Souter. W gave us Roberts. Can we risk Jeb in the White House?)
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To: COBOL2Java

Every major college coach in the country will participate in this feeding frenzy. The NCAA could not have done anything more stupid even if they asked Obama for advice. Who did the NCAA hurt? The current students, who did nothing wrong, the community businesses who derive income from the sports and Paterno’s record taken from a man now dead and unable to defend himself. It sounds like the NCAA also reads “Rules for Radicals”.


11 posted on 07/24/2012 11:37:08 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Conan the Librarian
Wouldn’t they be better off signing up for a team that has a chance of winning?

Go Gamecocks!

(for clarity sake, I have always lived in Georgia, but, do not drink the UGA cool aid.)

I's sure Steve has been looking for some talent that may want to defect from Happy Valley!

Go Cocks!

12 posted on 07/24/2012 11:51:51 AM PDT by Gamecock (We don't come to Christ to be born again; rather, we are born again in order to come to Christ. RCS)
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To: COBOL2Java

So what if everyone at Penn State leaves? Will they just invite a bunch of walkons to play for them this year?


13 posted on 07/24/2012 11:53:32 AM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: South Hawthorne; brityank; Physicist; WhyisaTexasgirlinPA; GOPJ; abner; baseballmom; Mo1; Ciexyz; ..

PA Ping!

If you want on/off the PA Ping List, please freepmail me. Thanks!


14 posted on 07/24/2012 11:55:20 AM PDT by randita (Either the politicians fix our fiscal insanity, or the markets will.)
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To: rightsmart
The Nittany Lions are going to look like that team Scott Bakula and Sinbad played on in the film Necessary Roughness


15 posted on 07/24/2012 12:10:57 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: dfwgator
So what if everyone at Penn State leaves? Will they just invite a bunch of walkons to play for them this year?

Maybe Saturday afternoons at Beaver Stadium can be devoted to new pursuits!


16 posted on 07/24/2012 12:14:31 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (FUMR)
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To: COBOL2Java

Saban interested in Penn State players? I doubt there are any players on the Penn State roster that could crack Bama’s depth chart. Auburn, on the other hand, could use a few of the more thuggish Nittany Lions.


17 posted on 07/24/2012 12:15:18 PM PDT by yawningotter
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To: COBOL2Java

Saban interested in Penn State players? I doubt there are any players on the Penn State roster that could crack Bama’s depth chart. Auburn, on the other hand, could use a few of the more thuggish Nittany Lions.


18 posted on 07/24/2012 12:15:29 PM PDT by yawningotter
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To: COBOL2Java

“The fact that Richt offered that tidbit up in public is an indication that, yes, Georgia is really interested. And why not, the Dogs have a depleted roster that numbers less than Southern Cal, which is on probation!”

This is what happens when you recruit criminals and kids that can’t qualify. You either kick them off for being arrested for drugs and weapons charges or for failing their classes.

Richt did not even let the sun set on the Penn St. verdict before circling the carcass.

Keeping it classy, Mark Richt.


19 posted on 07/24/2012 1:43:15 PM PDT by vg0va3
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To: COBOL2Java

Penn State had a good reputation for student athlete academics. While it pains me slightly to admit as a Tech grad, UGA has very good academics these days when compared to other SEC and Big Ten? Televen? What are they up to? schools, as a result of the lottery-funded Hope Scholarship.

This may or may not make some of the Penn players a better match for UGA, but it’s worth considering.


20 posted on 07/24/2012 1:58:08 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: South Hawthorne

From what I understand the NCAA is waiving the limits if they accept a PSU athlete.


21 posted on 07/24/2012 2:10:06 PM PDT by bjorn14 (Woe to those who call good evil and evil good. Isaiah 5:20)
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To: Don Corleone
Who did the NCAA hurt? The current students, who did nothing wrong,


Pedophile State students shown here.
Doing something that is apparently not wrong.

22 posted on 07/24/2012 2:40:17 PM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: yawningotter
Saban interested in Penn State players? I doubt there are any players on the Penn State roster that could crack Bama’s depth chart. Auburn, on the other hand, could use a few of the more thuggish Nittany Lions.

I chuckled at that.

Then, I remembered it came from a school that, like Penn State, has already erected a statue to a living coach.

And holds the NCAA record for consecutive years of being on probation.

And was the last Division I school with respect to which the NCAA serious talked about applying the Death Penalty (when, while serving back-to-back probations, it committed a third).

And, through Saban, over-commits to kids each year and then pulls away scholarship offers.

But I did chuckle, after the major off-the-field problems Auburn players have had the last couple of years.

Hook 'em Horns and Beat Yale!

23 posted on 07/24/2012 4:20:18 PM PDT by Scoutmaster (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it)
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