Radio host apologizes for question to Richt

Sports radio talk show host Chuck Oliver said Monday he was guilty of “horrible timing” in asking UGA Coach Mark Richt a question about losing big games after Saturday night’s SEC Championship Game.

Oliver, part of the “Chuck and Chernoff Show” on 680 the Fan, said he used “awful, terrible, wretched, horrid judgment” in posing such a question after Georgia’s emotional 32-28 loss to Alabama, a game many are calling the greatest SEC championship game ever.

In the exchange at a post-game press conference, Oliver asked Richt: “There are some people, whether its fans, media or whomever else, that may want to make further conclusions about you or your quarterback specifically in big games. Would you have any response to those people?”

Richt: “I don’t know what you’re saying. Why don’t you just say it straight up what you’re trying to say.”

Oliver: “There will be people who say that you and Aaron Murray specifically come up short on the biggest stage against the biggest opponents. Do you have any response to that?”

Richt bluntly asked if it was Oliver who was saying that, and Oliver responded that’s what he hears on the radio every day. Richt then says, “That’s for you to worry about then — if that’s what you say then I’ll answer the question; if you think other people are saying that, I’m not worried about that.”

After leaving the press conference, Richt returned briefly and said, “If anybody thinks our guys didn’t play their tail off, and Aaron Murray didn’t play his tail off, they’re crazy. That’s unbelievable that anybody would even bring that up.”

Oliver said his first reaction after the exchange was, “I really wish I could undo the last 90 seconds of my life.”

Was Oliver out of line in asking the question when he did or did Richt overreact to a legitimate question?

View the Oliver-Richt confrontation.

Listen to Oliver’s explanation.

587 comments Add your comment

DAWG POUND

December 4th, 2012
8:22 am

Oliver doesn’t have a clue!

jasonthecloser

December 4th, 2012
8:24 am

enjoyed Chuck’s explanation yesterday and the fact that Richt called him as well. All seems fine. Not the best timing, but still an appropriate question.

Brian E

December 4th, 2012
8:27 am

Out of line. I am a UGA grad who has been extremely critical of Richt for two primary shortcomings during his tenure at UGA: 1) Failure to adequately game plan and motivate the team for big games and 2) Failure to strategically maximize time management and ball possession in the critical final minutes of play in big games. In Saturday’s game it was abundantly clear Richt and his staff motivated and game planned effectively. As for #2 above, he did utilize timeouts effectively after Bama’s final TD (which I blame on Grantham/D’s inability to stop the run, which left us vulnerable to a deep threat by virtue of having to stack the line). It could be argued UGA should have spiked the ball with :15 to go but that was a toss-up whereas in similar situations in past games it was much more obvious he made bonehead calls. For me, he exercised ALL the demons against Bama’s and showed he is a worthy competitor on the national stage. Also, I will support any coach who stands up for his players the way coach Richt did in the presser. Bravo.

Jeremy

December 4th, 2012
8:27 am

I think it was a question that would have been valid in a decisive or blowout loss. Based on the way the game went the question was terribly inappropriate.

Diogenes

December 4th, 2012
8:28 am

The truth hurts sometimes, the timing was bad but what is Murray and Richt’s record against opponents ranked in the top 10? 1 and 11 or something close to that. I feel Chuck Oliver had a valid question, just not good timing.

jimbob

December 4th, 2012
8:29 am

Not sure what the point of that question is. It’s an opinion. What is Richt supposed to say?

Link

December 4th, 2012
8:30 am

It was nice to see Richt’s passion and fire. It would have been nicer for him to say more to Oliver as well.

B

December 4th, 2012
8:30 am

Brian E, well said.

Toredown

December 4th, 2012
8:31 am

Good timing – Dawgs blow big time…

NateDawg

December 4th, 2012
8:32 am

Oliver messed up. He admitted it and apologized. Nothing more should be expected.

redd

December 4th, 2012
8:35 am

Well he only asked the question that the rest of the state of ga has been asking

Call It Like It Is

December 4th, 2012
8:35 am

It’s not Chucks job to be buddies with Richt. Richt made it out to be more than what it was. Bad timing? So when would have been the correct time to ask that question?

Dawgfan

December 4th, 2012
8:37 am

Out of line…rookie broadcaster trying to make a splash…this topic should never come up again. This years dawg pack can play with anybody, anywhere. If the Bama player had just batted the pass down instead of tipping it we would have had that…Go Dawgs! Sometimes things happen for reasons unknown…

Karen

December 4th, 2012
8:38 am

It’s a fact! They always (with 1 exception) lose to ranked teams. That’s pathetic.

RNB

December 4th, 2012
8:39 am

Probably bad timing. but he is correct. The question needs to be answered. There is no hiding the facts.

redd

December 4th, 2012
8:39 am

@dawgfan. Did you seriously just call Chuck Oliver a rookie broadcaster lmao….OIiver probably knows more about football than Richt. Anyone who calls Chuck Oliver a rookie broadcaster is a complete idiot

richie

December 4th, 2012
8:42 am

rateing are low for their show had to make a splash. That sports show is not very good.

WinderDawg

December 4th, 2012
8:42 am

Who cares about Chuck Oliver?

He will be out of work soon and have to buy a ticket to see any game.

Dawg1

December 4th, 2012
8:45 am

Just to be clear here.

Oliver spent quite sometime on his show last Friday basically saying the CMR and Murray had not won the big game. No problem with that.

Bad timing or not – when he challenged CMR Saturday night – he basically said ‘others’ who are saying you and your QB cannot win the Big Game. When CMR asked him are you asking for others or is this your statement – Oliver backed down and said others.

If Oliver had ‘manned’ up – then at least he is consistent.

He was wrong to pick this moment to ask the question.

He was wrong not to be honest with CMR – stating that this was his opinion.

He was right to apologize.

We all move on…

UGA91

December 4th, 2012
8:47 am

Oliver did nothing wrong and shouldn’t have to apologize. Richt was a complete tool in the interview. He was ticked b/c he blew the game and will never admit it. CMR what diff does it make if it is media or fans saying you can’t win the big games that count? The point is that’s the talk out there. And don’t tell me CMR has never heard that….only if he lives in a vacuum.

Jeff

December 4th, 2012
8:47 am

My problem with Oliver is he didn’t man up. He asked the question so obviously he feels the same way. Instead he wimped out when challenged. Big man in a studio. Weak person when he’s got to back it up in person.

ylojkt

December 4th, 2012
8:49 am

Fair question to ask, guess he went to McGarity and whined about that as well. Maybe they can petition Mike Slive to ban difficult questions at press conferences.

hammerhead

December 4th, 2012
8:49 am

I honestly thought Chuck was giving Richt the perfect opportunity to address what has been a question about him and probably moreso, Aaron Murray. That said, Chuck’s right, the timing of the question was just awful. Too many emotions running through the coach at that moment in time. My guess is, Coach Richt looks back on it now and realizes he could’ve handled it better, too. The answer to Chuck’s question? Hell yes Aaron Murray and Mark Richt are a player and coach who can step up in big games. They came up 5 yards short on the biggest stage with the game ending on a flukish play.

Big Ol Stinger

December 4th, 2012
8:49 am

Oliver and his partner are both a little too proud of themselves. Oliver knows football, but he’s a smart ass, and so is Chernoff.

They’ve pissed off the coaches at UGA and GT, and they seem to think it’s cute. I wish Richt would have gone off on him and not accepted his apology.

Remember Chuck and Chernoff, opinions are like A holes, everyone’s got one. You don’t have the market cornered. Doesn’t matter who’s behind the microphone, you’re easily replaceable.

nate from detroit

December 4th, 2012
8:49 am

Has anyone taken the time to look into the big game numbers? Were the teams we lost to ranked in the top ten when we played them or were they there at the end of the year. How many of the losses occurred in 2008 and 2009 before Murray was QB? Also, in 2009 and 2010 we lost 12 games when we were down a little talent wise. Some of these people that keep throwing that stat up need to break down the numbers so that we can look at them a little more objectively.
These things run in cycles. Saban wasn’t always as dominant as he has been the last 4 yrs either.

William

December 4th, 2012
8:50 am

The question was out of line, and I am sure Chuck knew it almost immediately. While you could argue that it is a proper subject matter, though that is debatable, there is no way it was appropriate right then and there. It is an example of what is wrong with our society, that we treat our fellow human beings in such a manner. What is right about our society is that Chuck would recognize his error and apologize and that Coach Richt would do the same. As for the game, to borrow a phrase from Coach Richt, I was disappointed in the outcome, but in no way was I disappointed by the performance UGA, Aaron Murray, or the coaching staff. I would love to be able to buy a hat, a bumper sticker, or a t-shirt programming UGA as SEC Champs, but I love UGA nonetheless.

rob

December 4th, 2012
8:51 am

Chuck Oliver question was right and there was nothing wrong with the timing. Chuck should have thrown back in Mark RIcht’s face that questions like this comes with the territory. If all would remember that was Mark Richts response when asked about Aaron Murray house being toilet papered after the South Carolina loss.

Dawg Fan

December 4th, 2012
8:54 am

never listening to 680 again. lost all respect for chuck…. unfortunately, 790’s show is MUCH better in the AM anyways.

Gay Dawg

December 4th, 2012
8:55 am

Chuck Oliver is a clown.

Brotherhood of Fairweather Fans

December 4th, 2012
8:58 am

This is why the rest of the SEC mocks UGA. For the first half of the season ya’ll are all “Richt is on the hot seat, Richt sucks, Richt can’t win the big game” then when he does get into the SECC you all chest bump and act like you are entitled to a National Championship.
My only problem with Oliver is for apologizing for asking the question. See, yet again, Richt lost the big one. Face it, you guys are choke champions of the SEC. Richt was probably mad cause he knows that you guys will start up the hot seat talk next season after you lose to Spurrier.

bucket

December 4th, 2012
8:59 am

Brian E @ 8:27 has already stated it best. The question would only have been appropriate IF UGA had gone out and completely laid an egg in the game Saturday like they have done over the course of the bad streak that has been going on against ranked opponents. Yes, the end result Saturday was a loss just as in the SCU game this year, but the effort was totally and completely different from the coaches and the players. They were 5 yards away from going to the MNC game. The game came down to the very last play. In most of the games over the course of the streak the game was over in the dang 1st quarter! (Except LSU SECCG last year.) The win against Florida and the effort against Alabama should have earned CMR and his team a reprieve from the media at least temporarily. How would you like to have given an interview only minutes after having your heart ripped out?

Erin "spike the ball" Murray

December 4th, 2012
9:00 am

I HAVE THE HART OF A CHAMPION!!! 2nd PLACE IS GOOD ENOUGH FOR THE BULLDAWG NATION! MY HEAD STILL HURTS FROM THAT #90. HE SHOULD BE HUNG AT SUNDOWN.

tom leach

December 4th, 2012
9:05 am

Jim Rome had it right… “Own it, Coach”… Poor time mgmt. last minute of game… Perhaps the Painful Truth can cause a Coach to react out of frustration via Anger, rather than directly address relevant questions ???

Reggie

December 4th, 2012
9:05 am

The “kang” is an ass!! He and his partner are tough guys behind the microphone! I don’t think Chernoff had played any sports since 3rd grade.Timing was wrong. Sit on there arses behind the microphone and judge real athletes. Why didn’t he just say “this is MY question?

Bo Duke

December 4th, 2012
9:07 am

Bad timing- yes
Unfair question- not at all

Richt also apologized to Oliver. His rant about UGA’s effort had nothing to do with the question asked.

UGA played with tremendous effort, just lost to a superior team

Esteban

December 4th, 2012
9:10 am

Chuck is a P. All there is to it. Man up and ask the question. Don’t take it back. You’re a “journalist,” stop being a pansy.

78dawg

December 4th, 2012
9:10 am

When would be the right time for that question? Oliver is an Auburn homer and should be fired. I call on all dawg fans to call his shows sponsors and tell them you are boycotting their business. That’ll be Chuckie’s pink slip.!!!

bill

December 4th, 2012
9:11 am

Damn folks nobody lost more big games than Vince Dooley. One championship in 30 years and a record of 8-3 and 7-4 except for the Herschel years. Mark Richt has done a good job . If you don’y like him whowill you get to replace him,Petrino?

old dog

December 4th, 2012
9:14 am

Nothing wrong with questions; nothing would have been wrong if Richt (and I have disagreed with him myself before) had stepped over there and kicked Oliver’s butt, either. There is a difference between asking tough questions, and using your bully-pulpit as a launching pad for a personal agenda. I admire CMR in this instance…..Oliver should have had the spit slapped out of his mouth after a game like that! We left it all on the field.

Who Cares

December 4th, 2012
9:14 am

Chernoff is just another talking head that probably road the pines for most of his high school career and hasn’t coached a thing. Big man, big talk in the saftely of his studio, behind the microphone, but lacking the intestinal fortitude to claim responsibility for his own question/view in person. Only in America could someone w/o the requisite skills to play or coach make a living as a charlatan like Chernoff.

antonio romero

December 4th, 2012
9:15 am

ask the question like a man oliver. “people say, they say”.. what a skirt you are. great job at hiding on the radio.

RW

December 4th, 2012
9:16 am

It was a legit question, a tough journalistic in your face question that deserved an answer.

Since Richt didn’t answer, I offer my opinion.

Why doesn’t Richt & Murray win big games?
a) Richt’s not driven enough, he’s no Nick Saban, or Urban Meyer, no one’s ever accused Mark Richt of working too hard.
b) Murray isn’t good at correcting errors, he tends to repeat mistakes, like his three turnover game vs. Florida. Murray isn’t good at leadership, he tries to win trust by time spent studying videos instead of winning big games. Murray has poor timing–he either throws too short or too far, rarely hits a guy in stride, every year throws the majority of his interceptions on his own side of the field, he makes the wrong plays at the wrong time like throwing a low pass at the end of the game that could be tipped, or getting sacked to take his field goal kicker from a 45 yard field goal to a 50 yard field goal, or throwing an interception to end the half that turned into 3 points instead of hitting a wide open tight end for a nice gain or throwing to Conley so many times when Conley made poor plays every time or not running up and spiking the ball as time was running out or not looking off the linebacker on the last play or throwing the ball high and way out of bounds to stop the clock. Murray’s turnovers have cost UGA so many games I’ve lost count.
c) The defense hasn’t held too many ranked teams below 25 points in big games in the last 2 seasons, Florida yes, that’s about it.
d) Special teams play has cost UGA in their losses, SC returned a punt for td, missed a field goal vs. Bama, and many special teams errors in 2010 & 2011.
e) Players getting suspended from the wierd self imposed higher penalties UGA gives vs. teams like Florida.
f) weak staff of coaches, none had championship pedigree before they came to UGA, none are qualified.
g) sense of entitlement from players instead of competition. Murray should have been benched for throwing 3-4 interceptions, never was. Samuel never should have gotten more carries than Thomas, Terishinski shouldn’t have started over Stafford. Christian Robinson shouldn’t have started over Herrerra. Hutson Mason or Lemay should have gotten some chances to start some big games considering Murray’s performances.

bill

December 4th, 2012
9:18 am

UGA would be the National champions if they had dropped that last ball. Its an unpredictable game played by young men. Imagine if Alabama had lost . Ole AJ would be trying to explain that interception and that perfectly thrown ball for a touchdown was underthrown and almost batted away. Thank the Lord that the receiver was watching and made the adjustment. Had the receiever not slowed halfway through the route again incomplete. UGA played better than I thought they could. They were better prepared they just didn’t win.

RGB

December 4th, 2012
9:18 am

Elite teams always want to aim for perfection. Saban calls it “playing to a standard” which means that if you beat a team but don’t play to the standard, you are not satisfied. If you lose to a team but played to your standard, you certainly aren’t happy but you are satisfied that you played to the standard.

Mark Richt is a very good coach but hasn’t challenged himself or his team to be THE best. Most people can’t achieve the standard Saban describes which is understandable. Many don’t even try. But it is apparent that Richt doesn’t want to be quizzed about it no matter how poor the question or timing. He doesn’t have to answer the reporter but Richt should be asking himself what he needs to do to reach the next level.

“Are you satisfied with a 1-11 record against ranked teams? If not, what do you plan to do differently in order to achieve something better?”

The Bama victory makes those AJC mini-hit pieces on Saban last week look sillier than anything Mr. Oliver said.

Rainbow Dawg

December 4th, 2012
9:18 am

Stupid question. If the ball on the last play doesn’t get tipped, then that makes Richt a better coach? In hindsight spiking the ball may have been a higher percentage plan, but on any play you take your chances.

t

December 4th, 2012
9:19 am

Let me assure 680 the Fan that I will now be listening to 790 the Zone in the afternoons. Also, the large advertiser that Mr. Oliver seems to be the “face” for who Rocks so much – I followed Mr. Oliver”s advice to use that service and am now involved with the Better Business Bureau to see if I can get back over $3,000 which was shorted to me. Thank you, Mr. Oliver

Truth Hurts

December 4th, 2012
9:21 am

I am a dawg fan, but I was disappointed in CMR’ response and attitude. Look at the numbers, they do not lie. Aaron Murray folds like a cheap tent in the wind in big games.

364 yards rushing.....

December 4th, 2012
9:22 am

I like the Kaaaaaaang, give him a raise.

Karen King

December 4th, 2012
9:23 am

I had a real problem with the question. That was a game that came down to the wire and could have gone either way.. Somebody . had to lose. I hate that it was Georgia. I am proud to be a Georgia fan.

Veteran Fan

December 4th, 2012
9:24 am

Bad timing on question. Emotions running high. Should have been asked in a later interview. Uga played over their heads in their upset attempt. Alabama is just better and has better athletes as does South Carolina, LSU, Texas A&M, Ohio State, etc. Next season they will not have a lot of seniors and will have to rebuild with a tougher schedule. This was their chance to join the “elite” programs and they failed. It will be interesting, if they have a bad year, to listen to their fickle fans calling for firings and coaching changes! Coach Richt knows this and that’s why he was very upset!