At last week’s SEC Spring Meetings, Arkansas and Texas A&M worked together to push through a new piece of legislation. With those schools planning to take their football series back to Cowboy Stadium in Arlington, Texas in a couple of years, they wanted the designated “home” team each year to be able to bring recruits to the game. (Arkansas also plays game in Little Rock, as well.) The SEC agreed to the schools’ proposal.
But this week, Florida and Georgia officials announced that they had agreed not to bring recruits to their annual neutral site tilt in Jacksonville. That left more than a few fans of both schools bewildered and/or ticked as hell.
“Here’s the thing, and it’s probably educating the general public: The only thing we could do down there (in Jacksonville) is provide (a recruit) and two friends (or) family members tickets to the game. My coaches can’t interact, support staff can’t. Once we’re off campus, we can have no contact with those unofficial recruits. So they are there getting a ticket from our operations staff or our compliance staff and going in the stadium.
“As opposed to an official or unofficial visit on campus, we’re able to entertain them, show them around the campus, we’re able to give them access to the field, to the locker room, all these things…
There’s just so many factors involved that it’s just not worth your bang for your buck there.”
But there is enough bang for the buck for Arkansas and Texas A&M to do it in Arlington? That’s the question a lot of Dawg and Gator fans will be asking now.
On a sidenote, McGarity also revealed that the UGA board is expected to approve Mark Richt’s new contract extension tomorrow.