Georgia Football: Rumors Make Good Conversation. Facts are Facts

Tracy Rocker has been replaced by Tray Scott. That is the news of the day. However, some are still wondering what happened with Rocker? Specifically, what’s with the unsubstantiated rumors regarding him having gotten into a disagreement with a top prospect’s mother?

Well, if you’re looking for answers, you can get no closer than the source of the rumor itself–in this case, Aubrey Solomon’s mother

In her own words, she never said such a thing. 

You can read more about it in detail here, but apparently Solomon’s decision had to do with how Georgia handled the situations of both Toneil Carter and Rodrigo Blankenship

A little over a month ago, I extended an opinion on Carter. While I understood how things work, I also said the whole situation was shady because of how it was handled

I caught hell for my opinion, but I stood by it then, and I do now. And, apparently, it made Solomon question Georgia a bit as well. 

She said a big reason why Georgia didn’t sign her son centered on coaching decisions and not anything specific in their recruiting relationship.

Caldwell said they were affected by the scholarship that was no longer there for 4-star Texas RB and longtime UGA commit Toneil Carter.

That added to their confusion about why freshman ALL-SEC kicker Rodrigo Blankenship was not extended a scholarship offer despite what he did to win games for the Bulldogs last season.

She said that was not her family’s fight but that it was a factor into how they perceived UGA. (Jeff Sentell, DawgNation)

End of the day, Solomon was likely going to Michigan no matter what Georgia did, but I do hope this puts an end to the chatter about Rocker. 

Bottom-line, Georgia was ready to move on, and so was Rocker. 

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5 comments for “Georgia Football: Rumors Make Good Conversation. Facts are Facts

  1. 02/12/2017 at 11:48 AM

    Thought it best to wait for some of the “chatter” coming from the media to reach its level. It did.

    Good luck to Solomon.

    Have always been a fan of Tracy Rocker’s on field teaching.

    Sometimes it is hard to get the total package, teaching and recruiting.

    Tray Scott was not a hurry up and get coach. Anyone that thinks this choice did not have some serious thoughts and conversations leading to hiring . . . .

    Jeremy Pruitt spent some time in Alabama, moved to FSU and help lead them to a “Natty”. Shifted his talent to Athens and for sure changed the way playing and recruiting is now done in Athens. Returned to Alabama, chosen by Nick Saban and first year back went to another National Championship Game. Takes some coaches longer than others. Pruitt does not fit into that way of thinking.

  2. Donnie
    02/08/2017 at 4:44 PM

    I don’t think Aubrey had any intention of ever going to UGA. While I agree the Carter situation wasn’t handled correctly, I doubt it had as much impact on his decision as she played it up to have. Since all she had to do was Google “Harbaugh pulls scholarship” and seen it happens at Michigan and almost every major college program. That being said, I really liked Rocker and think he is one heck of a defensive line coach. I just hope Tray Scott will be as good or better.

    • 02/08/2017 at 4:48 PM

      True. It’s not an uncommon practice, and I made sure to add Solomon was likely going to Michigan no matter what, but it was interesting she noted it in her comments.

      Scott has plenty of energy, but he’s low on experience. He’s only been at it for about 4-years, Rocker had a significantly better resume.

      That said, I’m on board with the hire and hope he relates well to the guys now under his charge.

      Appreciate the comments, Donnie!

      • john huggins
        02/09/2017 at 3:41 PM

        The mother has been quoted or misquoted almost as much as Rodrigo’s dad, which makes me wonder about what she said recently and what she allegedly said in the past. Agree with you that he was going to go to Michigan anyway, but her comments seem a bit over the top, as though in explaining her decision was “OK” because UGA screwed up with Rodrigo and Toniel. Leaving Georgia to play football elsewhere was apparently her desire as well as Aubrey’s. Fine. And if she didn’t like the “argument with Tracy” rumor, she should say so. Fine. But throwing in a couple of jabs at UGA on the way to her new job in MIchigan (OK, we don’t know if that is the case or not), seems a bit much. Not sure she and Aubrey would have been a good fit in Athens, based on his commitment issues and her sour grapes.

        • 02/09/2017 at 3:51 PM

          I’ve long felt that Solomon’s recruitment was a bit too exciting. I grew weary of what Solomon’s decision would be in much the same way I grew weary of Demetris Robertson’s. End of the day, once Michigan remembered to pay attention to him, it was a done-deal.

          I don’t know what happened for sure, but I think everything will work out fine for all the parties involved. It is what it is.

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