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Blog: Beyond the numbers in Richt contract: JUCO recruiting and professional development

There are more changes in Georgia football coach Mark Richt’s new contract that runs through the end of the 2016 season than just the buyout clauses and the heavier emphasis on performance bonuses.

Here is some new language that wasn’t in the previous contract:

–‚ÄúIt is expected that the recruitment of junior college student-athletes will be kept to a minimum, as determined by Richt and the Athletic Director.‚Äù

Georgia’s 2013 class already has 20 commitments. Only one thus far is from a junior college prospect: cornerback Steven Nelson from College of the Sequoias in California.

Georgia hasn’t exactly loaded up on junior college prospects, but nose guard John Jenkins and offensive lineman Mark Beard on the current roster were plucked from there.

–Richt is to select ‚Äúat least two professional development courses for Richt and his assistant coaches to attend each calendar year during the Term; such courses to be approved by the Athletic Director and paid for by the Association. The courses may be the same for Richt and his assistant coaches or they may be different so long as they are intended to develop each coach‚Äôs skill and talents as applicable to their current positions.‚Äù

This falls in line with what Richt said after the 6-7 year of 2010.

“I’m just spending less time messing around with things that Greg (McGarity) wants to be able to help take off my plate from an administrative point of view,” Richt said.

He added: ‚ÄúThings are being put in place that are going to help free me up to spend more time doing the things that I love the most, which is study the game of football and be an expert and be on the cutting edge.”

–There is this on doling out program discipline: ‚ÄúRicht shall hold his assistant coaches and staff accountable for their own actions as well as the actions of the student-athletes under their respective supervision; provided that any serious discipline shall be discussed between Richt and the Athletic Director prior to Richt taking any such action.‚Äù

–Drug use and class attendance are addressed. Richt is expected to take ¬†‚Äúany and all actions necessary to comply with and to implement the policies of the Association and University relating to substance abuse and to class attendance by students subject to his control and authority, and to use his best efforts to ensure that all personnel and students subject to his control and authority comply with such policies. Richt shall remain current as to the content of such policies.‚Äù

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Some have also pointed out that defensive coordinator Todd Grantham’s new contract contains two clauses related to behavior.

It’s worth noting that not only are these not new, but they are standard for football assistants.

The clauses were in place in Grantham’s previous contract before he made a choke sign at aFloridakicker and had an on-field confrontation with Vanderbilt coach James Franklin.

The wording is exactly the same as before. And they can be found in John Lilly and Tony Ball’s contracts, too.

Grantham (or the other assistants) will conduct himself “at all times in a sportsmanlike manner and coaching the Team in such a manner as to ensure that student-athletes on the Team act in a sportsmanlike manner.” The other clause says he will conduct “himself in a manner as to uphold the highest standards of conduct and decorum expected of the administrators, faculty and staff of the University and its Athletic Programs.”

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