Posted: 3:04 pm Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

UGA’s ‘career symposium’ to prepare Bulldogs for life after football 

By Chip Towers

GREENSBORO – According to a 2009 Sports Illustrated article, by the time NFL players have been retired for two years, 78 percent are either bankrupt or under significant financial stress. Sixty percent of former NBA players are broke within five years of retirement, according to the same report.

Georgia is doing something to try to steer its football players away from a similar fate.

UGA executive associate athletic director Carla Williams, who counts student-athlete services and life skills among her many responsibilities, told the Athletic Association’s board of directors Thursday about a symposium that has been organized for the Bulldogs’ football players this summer. Attendance for the “2014 Career Management Symposium” is mandatory for all 125 players, and the once-a-week sessions will be conducted over a five-week period beginning on June 18.

The seminars will be conducted by former Georgia and NFL players and the subject matter is designed to be especially useful for players that may eventually become sports professional.

“It will have heavy emphasis on financial literacy and is similar to the NFL’s rookie symposium,” Williams told the board at the Ritz-Carlton Lodge on Lake Oconee.

Matt Stinchcomb, David Greene and Jeremy Lomax will teach a class called “Banking, Credit and Self Awareness.” D.J. Shockley and Tra Battle will conduct a session on “Budgeting, Saving and Investing.” Jon Stinchcomb and his wife Ali will team up with Robert Edwards and his wife Tracy will lead a seminar called “Sudden Wealth Syndrome and Career Management Principles.” NFL wide receiver Mohamed wraps up the symposium on July 24 with a class on “Value Based Decision Making.” The symposium kicks off with an initial class called “Business Etiquette: Clothing and Dining.”

Georgia thinks it’s information its players can really use.

“I think it’s great,” Georgia Athletic Director Greg McGarity said. “We can talk to certain populations about creating a resume, like we do in PAWS, our first-year program, and we talke about preparing for the future and networking and all these things. But a lot of it doesn’t hit home because everybody thinks they’re going into pro sports. They all think they’re going to make it in the NFL. ‘I don’t need to worry about that right now.’ …

“The light usually doesn’t come on until they’re out of football. So we’re just trying to force it. They may not want to listen to it right now, but we’re trying to force it so they can at least say we did everything we could to educate and prepare them for life after football. … They’re things they need to hear whether they want to or not.”

Since attendance is mandatory, the symposium will count against the new eight hours per week allowance the NCAA has approved for summer training for football.

Georgia coach Mark Richt added another program this past March designed to help the Bulldogs adapt to life after football. Richt invited all the players that played for him at Georgia since he became head coach in 2001 back to Athens for the “Paul Oliver Networking Weekend.” The idea of the event was for the former players “to reconnect with their friends and Bulldog family” while also meeting with UGA personnel to discuss their current career track and to undergo a “graduation audit” if they had not yet met their degree requirements.

The program was named after Oliver, who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound last year, not long after retiring from professional football.

84 comments
ThomasBrown
ThomasBrown

14 years of life after football history to look at for Mark Richt here at UGA, but life in football today shows that CF Matrix says Mark Richt is # 27 in Coach's Results playing # 6 Strength of Schedule this up-coming season with games against Dave Bartoo's rankings :


# 3 Georgia

# 2 Alabama

# 9 Clemson

# 8 Auburn

# 11 South Carolina

# 44 Georgie tek

# 44 vols

# 31 Missouri

# 31 Florida

and presumably at # 3, then # 4 FSU and # 1 Ohio State in play-offs.


And, he says today that the # 27 Coach's Results Mark Richt will lose 1 game not counting # 2 Alabama, # 4 FSU and # 1 Ohio State.

Obama_Joke
Obama_Joke

"We may not make a university student out of him, but if we can teach him to read and write, maybe he can work at the post office rather than as a garbage man when he gets through with his athletic career"--- UGA defense attorney Hale Almand - referring to UGA athletes during an address to the jury in the Jan Kemp case.

 

WDE
WDE

 To all the Vets no matter what team you pull for .....Thank You for your service !!

BSNBC
BSNBC

Do they still play football at Tech?..

Delusionaldog
Delusionaldog

Funny, after the AJC front page article that dog tickets are rising, it is now a freakin' premium article under the ol' Chipper. 


Can't make it up. 

WhiskeyBreath
WhiskeyBreath

DawiginLex,

Fans want to know, are you and Moistdawg the same  person?


TechTroll13
TechTroll13

Why would you "provide something similar to the NFL Rookie Symposium", if there is a 78% failure rate according to SI?

BCB
BCB

Great idea. GO DAWGS!

WhiskeyBreath
WhiskeyBreath

Hey Chip, King of Suckup.

Nick Saban has has these type of programs for years.

Ga is always behind the curve.

What is next, considering expanding the stadium?


JacketMan
JacketMan

First, I want to applaud UGA for letting their student athletes know that even if they make the pros, the money probably won't last so the value of their education is even more important.

This is the story GA Tech has been telling their prospects and their student athletes for several years and it's nice to have reinforcement from another major program. The more these kids hear this, perhaps the more they'll take this seriously.

HotDawg
HotDawg

P.S.

Don't invest in a Donnan suggested venture!

HotDawg
HotDawg

Is the NFL rookie symposium such a success if 78% are bankrupt or under severe financial stress after only two years out of the league?

Guess you can lead a horse to water......

HotDawg
HotDawg

Most non athletic people with money actually live below their means. They don't flaunt their wealth. They save for rainy days. And typically stay wealthy that way and remain stable and secure throughout their life.

TheOldGuy
TheOldGuy

@Obama_Joke  Since we'e walking down memory lane......



July 18, 2011, 1:53 PM ET


ATLANTA -- The NCAA put Georgia Tech on four years of probation, fined the school $100,000 and stripped its ACC title game victory from the 2009 football season on Thursday for violations that also included problems in the men's basketball program.


Georgia Tech did not lose scholarships and was not ruled ineligible for postseason games in either sport, but the basketball team had the number of recruiting days and official visits reduced for the next two seasons.


The NCAA vacated the final three games of the football team's 2009 season -- a loss to rival Georgia, the Atlantic Coast Conference championship win over Clemson and the Orange Bowl loss to Iowa -- for using an ineligible player. It was the Yellow Jackets' first season under coach Paul Johnson.


The NCAA said Georgia Tech should have declared receiver Demaryius Thomas ineligible after he accepted $312 worth of clothing in '09 from former Yellow Jackets quarterback Calvin Booker, who was working for a sports agent at the time. But the investigation took a harder turn against the school when athletic director Dan Radakovich broke NCAA rules by alerting Johnson that Thomas and safety Morgan Burnett would soon be interviewed.


It seemed obvious to the NCAA that Thomas and Burnett were told to prepare answers to questions they would be asked during the interviews. In its 26-page report, the NCAA wrote that it decided not to make a finding of its interview with Burnett after he "consistently denied" accepting free clothing. The NCAA committee on infractions wrote, however, that a violation occurred in regard to Thomas.


"The staff members provided, before the NCAA could conduct their interview, information about what would be discussed in the interview," NCAA committee on infractions chairman Dennis Thomas said. "These actions impeded the enforcement staff investigations and hindered the committee in getting to the truth in this case. Otherwise, this case, as it pertains to the football program, would have been limited to impermissible benefits and preferential treatment violations."


Radakovich defended his decision to tell Johnson that Demaryius Thomas and Burnett would be interviewed, and added that he didn't agree with the findings.


charlestonian77
charlestonian77

@Obama_Joke i feel like i am wearing a shirt that says 'i am with stupid ' after  reading your post.

you do realize that what that attorney said  is typical conservatism at work do you not? didnt ga-newt gingrich suggest that teaching poor school kids early on to clean bathrooms would serve them well later in life? ga-newt is one of your boys i dare say there obama_joke!


i think the  joke is on you. duhhhhhhh

Princess_Leia
Princess_Leia

@BSNBC Yes, with student-athletes, not the illiterate bozos that Mark Richt recruits.

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@WhiskeyBreath(aka BuzzardBreath) 


How would a Single Digit  IQ  poster child like you have the faintest idea  W H A T   T H E    F A N S   W A N T   T O    K N O W ???????????????????????????? 

WDE
WDE

@WhiskeyBreath  we always wonder the same thing about you and POAD. We know 350 and buckeye are one and the same..Lex is Lex  a DGD and he has been around a lot longer than Moist. 

DawginLex
DawginLex

@WhiskeyBreath  Hey stupid,


This is a story about UGA on a Georgia newspaper blog


Sober up and realize where you are

Classof98
Classof98

@JacketMan "Another" major program?  Since when is Georgia Tech a major program?

WhiskeyBreath
WhiskeyBreath

@Dawg-Gawn The would be a great meeting if it was a prayer meeting.  

I am surprised atheist and anti religious organizations don't come after Brother

and the university for violating the separation of church and state.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Meant to say many....and this is not to say they don't live very comfortably.

But most all that sustain wealth, adhere to personal budgets.

Harlequin
Harlequin

@Obama_Joke @Dawg-Gawn  Well, it so happens that the president of UGA at the time football began there, was a Yale alumnus himself! That probably had something to do with it!

POAD2014
POAD2014

@Classof98 if The INSTITUTE isn't a MAJOR School you are not BRITE enough to type on the blogs.

TECH had a student from every state but Wyoming and 147 countries.

UGa is more like the college of Gwinnett county.

Dawg-Gawn
Dawg-Gawn

"We Walk By Faith, Not By Sight" ~ 2 Corinthians 5:7

"BELIEVE" in the G

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@Dawggie @Delusionaldog @WDE 


Count me as a D-Lex, NCDawg, WDE, Dawggie, Buzz-off, KeenDaddy or  A N Y T R U E   M E M B E R  O F 

D A W G N A TI O N  fan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


I also have respect for many fans of other schools, (Wet Willie, gtcaryd in particular and many others) and don't really have dislike for any particular poster because I post some pretty raunchy stuff on here but most is just to rattle a few chains!!!!

Dawggie
Dawggie

@Delusionaldog @WDE  Better than being a pompous know-nothing parrot, who just uses the same old "copy and paste" lines day after day . . .

Oh, and I'm a DawginLex fan.

Delusionaldog
Delusionaldog

@WDE He is a pompous know it all along the same lines as nc dog. 

HotDawg
HotDawg

Richard breath, take your own advice.Get out of here and stay with your own school.