Bulldogs denied permission to talk to Tech’s Robert Carter

ATHENS — Georgia wanted to talk to Robert Carter about possibly playing basketball for the Bulldogs. But Georgia Tech wouldn’t give them that chance.

Greg McGarity, UGA’s athletic director, confirmed Wednesday that he personally asked Georgia Tech for permission to speak to the 6-foot-8, 245-pound forward about a possible transfer. But that request was denied by the Yellow Jackets’ athletic director Mike Bobinski.

“Well, as per NCAA rules, we asked for permission to visit with (Carter), but unfortunately that permission was denied by Georgia Tech,” McGarity said Wednesday. “And that was very disappointing in light of the situation we had with Daniel Miller.”

Daniel Miller, a 6-11, 275-pound center, had signed with Georgia before Dennis Felton was fired as the Bulldogs’ coach and Mark Fox was hired from Nevada in 2009. Miller asked for a release from UGA and it was granted without conditions. Miller ended up transferring to Georgia Tech, where he scored 1,007 points over the last four seasons.

“The University of Georgia doesn’t restrict a student-athlete from any school that is seeking a transfer,” McGarity said. “The student-athlete’s best interest is at the forefront of our program. If they’re not happy here we’re not going to dictate where they can and can’t go.”

But NCAA rules allow schools to put restrictions on where transferring student-athletes can go, and Bobinski made no apologies for denying the Bulldogs access.

“Our practice has typically been to (not grant permission) to the ACC schools and anybody you play in a given sport every year,” Bobinski said. “We play Georgia every year. This is not something which is so much a Georgia thing as it is we compete against them every year. That’s a pretty standard industry-wide practice.”

Carter stunned the Yellow Jackets earlier this week when he announced he would be seeking a transfer. He was one of Tech’s most consistent players last season, averaging 11.4 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. He had the Bulldogs among his finalists when he was being recruited out of Snellville’s Shiloh High School.

Carter could not be reached for comment.

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