Richt happy to have helped Chaney

ATHENS - Mark Richt and Jamar Chaney talked this week, but this weekend's football game barely made the conversation, Richt said.

"He's doing well," Richt said. "As a matter of fact, he said he's getting nothing but As and Bs in school."

Jamar Chaney signed with the Bulldogs but was denied admission by a faculty admissions committee due to suspicion he cheated on the SAT. Richt was instrumental in finding Chaney a place to play, and he will face the linebacker on Saturday when No. 7 Georgia (3-0, 1-0 SEC) takes on Mississippi State (2-1, 0-1).

Georgia will have to play against Chaney twice in his career, Saturday and when Mississippi State plays in Athens next year, but Richt has no reservations about helping the player stay in the SEC.

"I don't care if it was Tennessee or Florida or South Carolina," Richt said. "I wanted that young man to have a place to go. I really liked him, and I felt like he deserved an opportunity. If a guy commits to us, I'm committed to him. That's the goal, trying to help kids."

Mississippi State coach Sylvester Croom said Richt's vouching for Chaney had a huge influence on the player's admission to Mississippi State.

"(Richt) is one of the people in this profession I have a great amount of respect for, not just as a football coach but as a man," he said.

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