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No restrictions placed on Benedict’s transfer from UGA

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It was reported over the weekend that former four-star Georgia player Brent Benedict had decided to leave the school due to personal reasons, although it was unclear what might be his next football destination.

While that remains the case, there will be no restrictions placed on where the offensive lineman will be permitted to continue his collegiate career by his now-former school.

Continuing a “tradition” that was in place during his days at Florida — and apparently continues to this day — UGA athletic director Greg McGarity tells the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Benedict will be free to transfer to any school in the country.  And, yes, that includes other schools in the SEC.

“I bring the same philosophy as we had at Florida,” McGarity, the former longtime associate AD, told the paper. “UF If a kid’s not happy, we just want him to be happy. Ninety-nine percent of the time, I don’t care where he goes. These four or five years are the supposed to be the best and most important of these kids’ lives and they need to be happy. …

“It’s the theory of plenty. There’s plenty of good ones everywhere. I don’t worry if they go to Florida or Tech and may come back to beat us. You can’t think that way. Life’s too short. [Student-athletes] are our most valuable resource. If they’re not happy here, I want to see them happy somewhere.”

The Journal-Constitution noted that Florida and South Carolina were among the finalists for Benedict before the Jacksonville, Fla., product chose the Bulldogs in 2009, so there’s the possibility he ends up back in the same conference.  Others who Benedict reportedly seriously considered were Ohio State, USC and Notre Dame, and the lineman’s father told the paper that he “would imagine some of them would take a look at him again.”

Benedict sat out last season as he recovered from major knee damage suffered during his senior year of high school. However, Benedict participated in this season’s spring practice and was listed as the backup to Cordy Glenn at right tackle.

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8 Responses to “No restrictions placed on Benedict’s transfer from UGA”
  1. lakesidegator says: Jun 28, 2011 4:25 PM

    Go to UF, man. We need O-linemen.

  2. travisfkingstephens says: Jun 28, 2011 5:07 PM

    Isn’t that sweet of ol’ greg.

  3. paulbrownsrevenge says: Jun 28, 2011 6:14 PM

    Auburn would probably pay top dollar for his services.

  4. jonkybon says: Jun 28, 2011 6:40 PM

    One more proof that UGA is still the class of the SEC! Good luck Brent, wherever you end up.

  5. teambringitstrong says: Jun 28, 2011 6:43 PM

    Typical. Georgians think they can do no wrong and have so much class. @jonkybon, did u not read where McGarity had the same policy at UF?
    And did you forget how your current AD came to be in the first place?

  6. bamasucks says: Jun 28, 2011 8:25 PM

    “If a kid’s not happy, we just want him to be happy. Ninety-nine percent of the time, I don’t care where he goes. These four or five years are the supposed to be the best and most important of these kids’ lives and they need to be happy. …”

    in other words, “his knee is shot and he’ll probably never play another down of football for anyone.”

  7. jonkybon says: Jun 29, 2011 7:52 AM

    teambringitstrong says:
    Jun 28, 2011 6:43 PM
    Typical. Georgians think they can do no wrong and have so much class. @jonkybon, did u not read where McGarity had the same policy at UF?
    And did you forget how your current AD came to be in the first place?
    ______________________________

    A lesson in class seems to be missing from many of the posters on in this forum.

    If I recall a certain book teaches us that he without sin cast the first stone. Its how we deal with our issues that sets us apart. UGA reports their suspected violations and fires employees that committ crimes. That is why they are the class of the SEC.

    I didn’t forget that allegations against Evans proved true and he was fired. An offense that had nothing to do with the UGA athletic department. What other SEC school has come close to reporting suspected NCAA violations before they became public or fired employees for violating the personal conduct clauses in their contracts? It certainly hasn’t been Florida, Auburn, Alabama or South Carolina.

  8. bamasucks says: Jun 29, 2011 1:26 PM

    Auburn reported what happened with Cecil Newton and MSU 9-10 months before the media picked up on the story and ran with it. how many players has UGA had that have been arrested under St Richt’s watch again? it’s not just the AD that’s had his share of problems with the law.

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