Thursday, May 15, 2014

Passive aggressiveness on North Avenue

Read this news nugget last night about Tech refusing to let UGA speak to their hoops player Robert Carter after the young man decided to transfer. My first reaction was - Well that sucks for Coach Fox since he's been looking to fill a roster spot.

But digging into a little further you get to McGarity's comments:
Fox asked UGA's compliance office to contact their counterparts at Georgia Tech to secure permission. When it was denied, McGarity called Georgia Tech athletics director Mike Bobinski, who did not relent.
"It's just a philosophical difference," McGarity said. "It's disappointing. Life is too short."
More from Towers' article here:
“Well, as per NCAA rules, we asked for permission to visit with (Carter), but unfortunately that permission was denied by Georgia Tech,” McGarity said Wednesday. “And that was very disappointing in light of the situation we had with Daniel Miller.”
Daniel Miller, a 6-11, 275-pound center, had signed with Georgia before Dennis Felton was fired as the Bulldogs’ coach and Mark Fox was hired from Nevada in 2009. Miller asked for a release from UGA and it was granted without conditions. Miller ended up transferring to Georgia Tech, where he scored 1,007 points over the last four seasons.
“The University of Georgia doesn’t restrict a student-athlete from any school that is seeking a transfer,” McGarity said. “The student-athlete’s best interest is at the forefront of our program. If they’re not happy here we’re not going to dictate where they can and can’t go.” 
Yes. And the little brother syndrome is in full effect, especially when you consider the case of former UGA center Daniel Miller a few years ago with no strings attached.

However, my second response was actually - that's a hole you're digging yourself there Greg. I mean, I'm not sure I want UGA to get in the practice of getting in the way of student-athlete's futures when they decide to move away from Athens with eligibility packed tightly into their suitcase.

But you can't complain too much when you're holding the shovel. Can you?