Todd Grantham (source: saturdaydownsouth.com)

RECRUITING, BOWL PREPARATION, AND KEEPING THEIR JOBS, OH MY!

It looks like CMR is taking the recruiting issue seriously, as of course he should.  I applaud all the time and effort that he and his staff are spending on getting the warm bodies that we need to fix the problems.  It is a serious balancing act to take care of this business and make sure that your team is ready to take care of business against a level II team in the Liberty Bowl.  I for one hope that they do spend enough time for us to not get embarrassed by O’leary’s Central Florida team.

In regard to same, the head man was quoted at a press interview that he was able to squeeze in, as follows: “I don’t even know how many miles our guys put on,” said UGA coach Mark Richt, referring to his staff’s efforts on the recruiting trail. “It’s just amazing how much ground gets covered. They are pretty relentless out there and you have to be. The recruiting wars are just as important as the wars on the field. So there is a lot going on, and everybody is just kind of swooping in at the last second.” (source: IndependentMail.com)

Defensive Coordinator Todd Grantham was quoted as saying on 680 the Fan radio in Atlanta this week, “The first thing I ask is: Can this guy help us beat Florida?” (source: BullDawg Illustrated)  He has made it clear that he is looking for a prototypical nose guard to fit his 3-4 defense.  Somebody that is huge and agile, which is what we were lacking this year and contributed to our defense leaking like a sieve to the run. (source: bleacher report.com)  He is going everywhere to look including community colleges.  He is no fool.  Especially after a disastrous first year, if his defense does not drastically improve year two, he will more than likely be sinking the entire ship.  If CMR loses his job, then Todd Grantham will lose his after only two years, and then where will he go?  Trust me Dallas will not take him back.

These guys are fighting for their lives, or rather their livelihoods!  It will definitely be interesting to see how it all pans out.  As one who bleeds red and black, I can only hope that it goes our way with this recruiting class.  Even if that means that we do land Mr. Crowell from Columbus.  If that is what it takes to be successful, then so be it.

If we are lucky to land enough of the “big fish” to help us have the talent necessary to be successful in 2011, then the next order of business is for CMR to study and then remedy the atmosphere he has created at Georgia, which seems to perpetuate the bad behavior on the part of the athletes year after year.  This starts from the ground up with new recruits being made to understand that no matter how much talent they have, that poor behavior, regardless of what they have been allowed to get away with in the past, will absolutely not be tolerated, and that there will be no second chances. 

The concept of “team” has to replace the concept of “individual talent” that seems to have taken over at Georgia.  If that means that all players, for example, are ordered to all shave their heads or cut their hair short, so that they all look alike, so as to cut out the “me” and install the “we”, like they did 30 or 40 years ago, then maybe that is what needs to be done!

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