There is a buzz about the state of the University of Georgia’s football program, and the buzz is not a positive one.
This offseason has seen the dismissal of two of the Bulldogs' potential starters for 2010, the indefinite suspension of a walk-on player, and maybe one of the most lackluster recruiting classes in the Mark Richt era. As if all of this was not enough, the Bulldogs may be down to one scholarship quarterback in the near future.
Current second string quarterback Logan Gray has been the object of controversy the last couple of days as rumors of Gray transferring to another program swirled.
Gray met with Coach Richt on Monday night to discuss his options. Of course, Richt and the rest of the Bulldog Nation would like Gray to remain at Georgia. However, most would agree that his presence would only assist in adding depth in case the projected starter, Aaron Murray, were to be injured.
According to associate athletics director Claude Felton, Gray is still “weighing options for the remainder of his playing career.”
If Gray does indeed decide to transfer it would quickly reintroduce the question: Is Mark Richt officially on the hot seat?
The answer is of course not. Mark Richt has little control over which players willingly stay or go. He understands that his players need to do what is best for their futures, and if Logan Gray feels that transferring to another program is what’s best for him then Coach Richt and the fan base should respect that.
Another reason that a Gray transfer will not put Richt’s position in jeopardy is the fact that a talented quarterback transferring from a program is only a testament to the talent level and depth that is present on the team. So if anything, a Gray transfer is a tribute to the ability of the players that Coach Richt has recruited.
In addition, the talk of Logan Gray leaving the program paired with the dismissal of quarterback Zach Mettenberger, has allowed the coaching staff to more aggressively pursue and appeal to other talented quarterbacks in the 2011 recruiting class such as Christian LeMay and Braxton Miller .
Three potential impact players leaving a football program does not bode well for the program’s future on the surface, but logically, the transfer of a presumed backup quarterback is not going to get Coach Richt fired any more than another 8-5 season.
Richt has brought this program back into national prominence, and continued rumors of him being on the proverbial “hot seat” are getting out of control.
However, if the Bulldogs end up having another disappointing season despite all of the coaching changes, then speculators can bring to question the security of Richt’s job, but until then any talk of such a thing is absurd. And ultimately, a Logan Gray transfer will have no bearing on the decision.