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Keith Marshall Gets A Mark Richt 'Happy Birthday' Serenade

Keith Marshall, a very highly touted North Carolina running back with well over a dozen 2012 FBS scholarship offers, enjoyed Mark Richt's rendition of "Happy Birthday," according to his Twitter. Think Richt realized he needed to rock the mic right after reading that tremendous profile of Jadeveon Clowney's recruitment, where it's revealed that a nice group sing is one of Clemson Tigers coach Dabo Swinney's finest tactics?


Recruiting violation gray area! The song, technically titled "Happy Birthday to You," has been the subject of much copyright debate, with its most recent rights holders, the Time-Warner Corporation, insisting that the song cannot be sung for profit without royalties. Landing a top-notch recruit would enhance Richt's standing, potentially leading to more future paper.


The depths to which Richt will sink for money! But at least it actually was Marshall's birthday -- if Houston Nutt attempted this maneuver, he'd get the wrong day, mispronounce the kid's name, repeat a rhyme during the "and many more" part, and somehow still get a signature. 


Yes, it's a common misconception that Michael Jackson's estate owns the rights to "Happy Birthday." This has been your daily throwdown on matters that involve both Mark Richt and Michael Jackson.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.