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To illustrate just how long Richt has been in Athens, he is now on his fourth opposing coach in Knoxville.
Those two points are not simply by coincidence. Tennessee regularly raided Georgia in the 90s and also not coincidentally beat UGA regularly. When Richt arrived he began to shut the Vols out of the state and their program began to fall while the Bulldogs rose.
Some of that talent recruited to play in Sanford Stadium has been character reaches for a man deep in his faith. The 38 arrests are a regular occurrence and in addition to questionable recruiting decisions can also be attributed to lax discipline policy likely learned from his mentor Bobby Bowden.
To Richt's credit he has toughened up his stance dismissing more players as of late and I think that discipline has been displayed on the field with 22 wins over the last two season. My guess is Richt has already a discussion with signee Davin Bellamy who was photographed on a official visit to Oregon in a room with drug paraphernalia.
[Full disclosure here: this info is lifted from a UGA message board but it is well thought out and organized - unlike the last message board item I posted]
UGA had 298 recruits sign LOIs since CMR was hired 13 years ago, an average of 22.9 recruits per year; fwiw, the average star rating per recruit = 3.4765 stars (coincidentally, this is virtually the same star rating per signee for the Class of 2013)
- 43 signees ended up earning 1st or 2nd Team All-SEC honors (not counting the Class of 2013, as the players haven't had a chance to win an award yet), that = 16.1% of recruited scholarship players (or about 1 out of every 6 signed)
- Note that CMR inherited 15 scholarship players from Coach Donnan that distinguished themselves by earning All-SEC honors:
-- Boss Bailey (x2), Kevin Breedlove, Reggie Brown, Kentrell Curry, Terrence Edwards, Tony Gilbert, Charles Grant, David Greene (x3), Sean Jones, Randy McMichael, Curt McGill, Musa Smith, Jon Stinchcomb (x2), Johnathan Sullivan, & Tim Wansley
- Note that UGA also has had some walk-ons like Tra Battle, Billy Bennett (x2), Gordon Ely-Kelso, and Brian Mimbs that earned SEC honors
- 44 of CMR's signees were later drafted by NFL teams b/w 2005-2012 (an average of 5.5 players per year), including 5 1st round draft picks (i.e., Thomas Davis, A.J. Green, Knowshon Moreno, David Pollack, & Matt Stafford) and 5 2012 NFL All-Pros (i.e., Geno Atkins, A.J. Green, Justin Houston, Tim Jennings, & Blair Walsh)
-- Note: 24 of Coach Donnan's signees that CMR inherited were drafted by the NFL b/w 2001-2004 (an average of 6 players per year)
-- Note: Starting P Drew Butler (Pittsburgh) & LB Dannell Ellerbe (Baltimore Ravens) are two former CMR signees that were undrafted free agents, but are having successful NFL careers as starters
Attrition (x83 [i.e., 31.2% of signees] or an average of 6.4 signees/players per year):
1 player (i.e., Dexter Moody) was released from his LOI on 17 Mar 09 for academic & behavioral issues while at ECI
23 academic non-qualifiers; 9 of them returned to UGA after prep school/JUCO (waiting on Leonard Floyd [Summer 2013] to make it 10 of 23)
2 players (i.e., Jamar Cheney & Michael Grant) were denied admission
1 player (Antonio Mercier) failed a physical and was never cleared to play
13 players were granted a medical exemption (i.e., Neland Ball, Josh Brock, Trey Chandler, Antavious Coates, Tom Gainous, Marcus Jackson, Darrell Holmes, Jeremy Longo, Olaolu Sanni-Osomo, Jonathan Owens, Preston Pannell, Bryce Ros, & Reggie Weeks)
19 players were dismissed (i.e., Demetre Baker, Donovan Baldwin, Isaiah Crowell, Washaun Ealey, B.J. Fields, Chris Hickman, Walter Hill, Josh Johnson, Michael Lemon, Nick Marshall, Zach Mettenberger, John Miller, Alexander Ogletree, Montez Robinson, Chris Sanders, Sanford Seay, Antonio Sims, Odell Thurman* [returned], & Derrick White)
20 players transferred (i.e., Bama Adams, Blake Barnes, Brent Benedict, Richard Cook, Michael Cooper, Marcus Dowtin, Logan Gray, Dana Graydon, Jakar Hamilton, Cedric Haywood, Dontavious Jackson, Tavares Kearney, James Lee, Derrick Lott, Jordan Love, Ken Malcome, Derek Owens, Makiri Pugh, NaDerris Ward, & Nick Williams)
6 players left school due to academic issues (A.J. Harmon, Quintavious Harrow, Caleb King, John Knox, Dexter Morant, & Paul Oliver)
7 players quit the team (i.e., B.J. Fields, Scott Havercamp, Ian Smith, Aaron Scranton, Randall Swoopes, Carlton Thomas, & Seth Watts)