Five questions facing Georgia’s Mark Richt

 

The AJC did a good job this morning of breaking down issues that have contributed to Georgia’s 4-4 season. I thought Jeff Schultz made the central point when he wrote that Mark Richt didn’t suddenly become a bad coach after winning two SEC championships (2002, 2005) and playing for another (2003). When football teams have a bad season like this, the head coach has to be willing to look at everything and everybody in the offseason. In the final analysis, it really comes down to five questions that Richt musk ask and answer:

 

1. Despite what the recruiting services say, is Georgia recruiting the caliber of athlete that allows the Bulldogs to compete for the SEC championship? A big part of coaching that fans rarely talk about is the ability of a staff to evaluate talent and make decisions on players. If you are signing the players you want but still getting bad results, then maybe you have a problem in evaluating talent. Example: A couple of years ago the Georgia staff had to make a decision between running backs Caleb King and Jonathan Dwyer. King has been an average player at best for Georgia. Dwyer went to Georgia Tech and became the ACC Player of the Year.

Bobby Bowden once told me that the only reason he signed quarterback Charlie Ward was because the late Wayne McDuffie stood on a chair in a staff meeting and screamed that the Seminoles had to take the skinny kid out of Thomasville. Ward led the Seminoles to the national championship in 1993. Those kinds of decisions over the long haul can make or break a program.

I remember that when Jimmy Johnson was at Miami, his recruiting classes rarely made the Top 25. But the players he put on the field could run like the wind. That’s because Johnson was great at evaluating talent.

 

2. Is Georgia coaching the players it has up to their full potential? Steve Spurrier told me a long time ago that players tend to play the way they’ve been coached. If they play sloppy, then they’ve been coached sloppy. Excessive penalties and turnovers are a sign of some sloppiness in the program. It must be addressed and Richt must decide if his current staff is capable of fixing the problem. Sometimes head coaches must shake up the staff to send a message to everybody—players, trainers, water boys and other coaches—that mediocrity won’t be tolerated. It’s tough to do. But the great coaches do it when necessary.

 

3. Is the offseason conditioning program what it should be? I don’t know the answer to this but the question has to be asked. I do know that after Florida won the national championship in 2008, coach Urban Meyer told me that he had instructed his strength and conditioning staff to put the Gators through one of the toughest offseason programs ever. Why? “Complacency,” Meyer said. “We want them to understand that they cannot, for one minute, take credit for what last year’s team did.  If they want to compete for another national championship, they have to earn it.” I talked to a number of Florida players who said they got the message.

 Jeff Schultz wrote about the edge that some teams—like Florida and Alabama—have and the fact that Georgia doesn’t seem to have it. If you have good players, then that edge is created in the offseason workouts. Again, it’s a tough question because Georgia’s strength and conditioning people are considered to be some of the best. But you have to ask.

 

4. Do I need to have a conversation with my athletic director about scheduling? Fans don’t want to hear this. They want you to play eight SEC games, four big-time non-conference games, and win them all. That is simply not the way the world works. I think it’s great that Georgia went out and played Oklahoma State on Sept. 5. But the fact of the matter is that while Georgia was opening the season with seven straight opponents from BCS schools (with four of them on the road), Florida was tuning up for its first SEC game by playing Charleston Southern and Troy. Sure, Alabama played Virginia Tech but that game was in Atlanta, a short drive away. And before Alabama played its first conference game it also faced Florida International (2-6) and North Texas (2-6). It’s a good thing that athletics director Damon Evans wants to spread the Georgia brand all over the country, but you also have to look at what your competition is doing and be realistic about what you are asking players to do.

 

5. Does the head coach need to step up his game? First of all, I don’t buy the idea that Mark Richt has to change his basic personality. You have to be who you are. Mark Richt’s personality was embraced when he was winning SEC championships in 2002 and 2005. I can’t tell you how many Georgia people have told me with pride that: “He’s the perfect coach for us. This guy will never embarrass us.” Now that Georgia is having a bad season, Richt’s “nice guy” status comes into question. The thinking seems to be that a nice guy can’t compete with Urban Meyer, Nick Saban, and Lane Kiffin. I simply disagree. The truth is that Richt has an edge to him when he gets mad that few people outside the program ever see. He might want to show that a little more often.

 

But what the head coach can do, after he has evaluated all of the other areas in the program, is look in the mirror and decide if he needs to change his approach on a more fundamental level.

Bear Bryant faced such a crossroads in 1969 and 1970 when he had back-to-back teams that only won six games. People started saying Bryant was too old and that the game had passed him by. After the 1970 season Bryant told his staff that Alabama was switching to the wishbone offense and that everybody had to get with the program or get out of town. Starting in 1971 Alabama went on an 11-year run where the Crimson Tide won 116 games, nine SEC championships and three national championships.

In 1974 Vince Dooley’s defense was so bad that he actually told some friends that he would get out of coaching if he couldn’t get it turned around soon. Dooley made some adjustments and Georgia went to the Cotton Bowl in 1975 and won the SEC championship in 1976. And you know what happened in the early 80s.

The point is that the great coaches adjust and adapt when the tough times inevitably come. After this season is over, Georgia’s Mark Richt will face one of those times.

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623 comments Add your comment

HBTD

November 4th, 2009
11:37 am

WTH. Yep. A HS offense playing against what looks to be a bunch of HS defenses. Let JD play the defenses of Bama, LSU, TENN, SC, UGA, Auburn and Florida on a regular basis and then let’s see what it looks like. Seriously, building up stats against the schedule tech is playing is comical and I think most people outside the tech program realize it.

jumbeauxtiger

November 4th, 2009
11:37 am

I think more is being made of this situation than it is. The Dawgs have talent. I don’t see an issue with their conditioning program, as the games they have lost since last season wasn’t because they got worn out in the 4th quarter. There’s no doubt they have had a challenging out of conference schedule lately with Tech solid again but it is not like the other BCS teams they have played and will play(Ok State, Az St and Colorado) are powerhouses. They have the talent to win those games.

The issue to me is the staff. Every top coach is surrounded by solid assistants(I know Dawg fans don’t want to hear this but you have to give Kiffin credit for his staff as look what they have done). Richt needs to get rid of several coaches and not just the DC.

He needs to evaluate himself and find within him a way to establish discipline, focus and accountability to his players.

Geaux Tigers
Go SEC

PMC

November 4th, 2009
11:37 am

I think every team that wants to play for a championship should play 8 conference games and 4 BCS non conference opponents.

Gators for Richt

November 4th, 2009
11:38 am

I feel bad for Richt. Having to put up with all this abuse from the Bulldog nation.

OKLAHOMADAWGS

November 4th, 2009
11:40 am

I dont believe its the recruiting, just look at all the UGA playes in the NFL. But I do agree with the off-season conditioning statement. I was at the Okie St game this year. UGA players ran out of gas early. I grew up in GA and now live in OKLA. It gets hot out here, but not like the GA heat and humidity.
Our players were out-of-shape, period.

MH

November 4th, 2009
11:40 am

Good point on evaluating talent. Here’s an insider. UGA (specifically Mike Bobo) recruited Demeryius Thomas but wanted him to play tight end. Demeryius was in fact offered a scholarship, turned it down initially, but then decided UGA was a good fit. Unfortunately a guy named Nadarius Ward wanted to play at UGA as well. Mike Bobo told Demeryius that because Nadarius Ward had 4 stars instead of Demeryius’s 3 stars he got the scholarship. Nadarius has since left the program and Demeryius is leading the ACC in reception yards his junior year and has NFL written all over him. This is the kind of garbage you can continue to expect with Mike Bobo and Willie Martinez. Shaking things up is not being un-loyal, it is being realistic.

GatorT

November 4th, 2009
11:43 am

Don’t the GymDawgs beat the football players every year in a strength and agility contest? Maybe the gymnastics coach should train the football players. I doubt the Florida or Alabama gymnastics teams would be beating their football players.

Tide Rising

November 4th, 2009
11:48 am

MH,

Interesting. Stars aren’t everything and Tubbs proved that at Auburn. While he had some great players like Carnell Williams his teams were usually 11-15 in recruiting classes. I don’t think he ever had a top 5 recruiting class and he always seemed to find 3 star players that turned later into nfl players. He must have learned something from his days with Jimmy Johnson at Miami.

G8R GRAD

November 4th, 2009
11:51 am

JP:

Agreed.
He (Spikes) should have to sit out at least the entire next game.
Frankly, I doubt we’d need him anyway.

Larry

November 4th, 2009
11:51 am

Tony-

I can say without a doubt that this is the finest thing you have ever written. Simple but entertaining and necessary concept, direct, concise, but effectively detailed execution. No extraneous fluff. Well done.

TybeeDawg

November 4th, 2009
11:53 am

Water Girl wants to know…”Coach, why are we 4-4 through 8 games this year?

Mickey Andrews

November 4th, 2009
11:53 am

Richt I will be looking for a job come 2/10/2010. Call me if you would like to talk. You have way better players then the current team I am coaching.

G8R GRAD

November 4th, 2009
11:54 am

another dog in ptc:

We’d have two, maybe three loses – UT, LSU, and probably ARK.

[...] Barnhart gets into Georgia’s recruiting in his Mr. College Football blog today . . [...]

Doc

November 4th, 2009
11:56 am

Hire Charlie Strong and pay him more than Florida

Larry

November 4th, 2009
11:57 am

what really sucks about this whole thing is that Richt has turned one rebuilding year into 2. by staying loyal to cox and keeping the shirt on murray, he has assured that next year will be another down year as we prep another QB and continue the musical chair rotation at tailback. if murray had started all year, we would have sucked, but at least he would be ready to come out next season with the poise and composure of a battle-tested QB

AZ Jacket

November 4th, 2009
11:59 am

HBTD, and the people outside the Tech program who realize this are who? Tech has played the defense of UGA and did pretty well. Since you did not include MSU and Vandy then they are just weak sisters in the SEC. I would have thought the worst teams in the SEC would be much better than any ACC, WAC, C-USA, Mtn. West, and Big East. Oh that is right, the mighty #2 team in the SEC gets it bottom spanked by Utah. JD would run just as well in any conference as long as the team can block. He is a top caliber running back and will play at the next level. You can be sure of that.

Gatorzip74

November 4th, 2009
12:00 pm

Larry
I agree with you 100%. Major error on developing the QB by CMR. Loyalty is to the whole team, not just one player.

unbiased volfan

November 4th, 2009
12:02 pm

#4 is a copout and just reiterates the point that you’d like to see UGA become the “ole miss” of the east again

i love the fact that most of the SEC takes pride in their out of conference schedules.

where there’s smoke….trust me on this, we went through the “blame it on Randy Sanders!”

macrotech

November 4th, 2009
12:02 pm

The Real SugarHillDawg, we already got our ‘7′ game winning streak….on our way to winning ‘THE’ streak of eight!!!

Mike, we’re working on those mousetraps! However, we’ve developed some ‘problems’….it keeps snagging everything but a hurricane!

Bud, how would those lines play out in a movie… the coach comes stomping into the showers, throwing an arm full of footballs at everyone while yelling, “Football ain’t rocket science…..!”?

Kirby Smart, you can’t ‘F’ the dawgs…there are laws! But, as you say, “You’re in BAMA, now”…laws vary from state to state…good luck!

Gagata

November 4th, 2009
12:06 pm

Tony
I think it should be pointed out that Richt is now looking across the field and staring at Meyer, Saban, Spurrier, Johnson instead of Zook, Shula, Holtz and Gailey. Now he is going to have to deal with Mullen and Kiffin. I think that Richt is a gentleman but the real issue may be that coaching has greatly improved in the SEC.

By the way, how was it being in NY instead of Jax?

AZ Jacket

November 4th, 2009
12:08 pm

ARdawg, thank you. You are typical. You and M would be fast buddies. How do you know where Tech belongs? As I said, we may not win all of them but I am sure they will be a lot more competitive and you will have to be better than us to win. That is the problem with the idiot fringe of the dawg nation. They think that they are give the elite status, not earn it. Well the media and the nation crowned you elite and what did you do, you threw it away by being middle of the pack. Now we have the idiot fringe of the Tech nation who over the past two years who have come out of the woodwork. As CPJ says you are only as good as you last game. How was your last game?

Hedgepruner

November 4th, 2009
12:08 pm

BUCKY BELUE had us at #5 in his weekly 680 TOP FIVE, I listen to Buck & Kincaid on a regular bases “enough” to know that BUCKY is a solid uga alum (former player for the mutts) and very knowledgeable about college football, as hard as it was for him to do that I tip my pruners to him for owning up to GT’s success so far. I agree we are playing at a higher level with our offense but until our defense & special teams get it together we could easily lose the next 3 games and ruin our chances at the ACC championship & BCS bowl. The one thing that inspires me every week is the way CPJ & staff have made adjustment in the 2nd half and come out to seal the victory, something us Jacket fans haven’t witnessed in quite awhile. I feel optimistic about our chances down the stretch but remember we haven’t had a week off going on 10 weeks and the guys are beat up pretty bad (ESPECIALLY OUR DEFENSE) , so maybe we somehow find that special something that great teams find to get us to the point of finishing 11-1 or 10-2 and set us up beautifully for the 2010 season .And next year we have all these junior players back & we also regain the lost 6 scholarships that will mean so much too….bring on WAKE & THWG !!

Ramblin Wrecker

November 4th, 2009
12:09 pm

Wait a minute. Alabama switched to the wishbone then went on an 11-year run where the Crimson Tide won 116 games, nine SEC championships and three national championships?

Wow. And why exactly do people think the option is outdated and won’t work in bigtime football? After seeing how dominate GT’s offense is with big time athletes, I don’t know why anybody would have scrapped the option. Nebraska changed for the sake of changing and have not been good since. Go back and look and you’ll see that some of the most dominant runs in the history of college football were by programs running the option. Nebraska under Tom Osbourne. Oklahoma under Bud Wilkinson and Barry Switzer. Alabama under Bear Bryant. Oh well, everybody keep running your yawn inducing pro style offenses (UGA) and we’ll reap the benefits of Paul Johnson’s old school genius.

Abilene

November 4th, 2009
12:10 pm

I know this sounds like heresy, but losing three of the next four games (no way the Dawgs can lose to Tenn Tech) would be the best thing for the program, since it would force the administration to make at least some changes in the coaching staff, preferably at the top. I’m talking about Richt, not just his inept assistants.

Ending up with a 5-7 record and no bowl game would be a very bitter pill to swallow, but we could start rebuilding with a new coaching staff and have hope for the future.

Regarding recruiting: Obviously Richt recruits talented players, but they’re mostly not legitimate students, they’re not very intelligent, they have very little discipline, and they get arrested often. UGA has become as infamous as the Criminoles and the old Miami teams, and that has to stop.

AZ Jacket

November 4th, 2009
12:11 pm

Sorry for the typos but this laptop keyboard is very hard to work.

RT Tech fan

November 4th, 2009
12:11 pm

Dudes,
You lost two, that’s two legit first round NFL picks on offense. Its gotta hurt. Who would expect any team to recover from that the very next season? Us techies would be satisfied with beating UGA and going to the Astro-BlueBonnet bowl. If you won every week, what fun would that be? I really think Richt is suffering from really high expectations. Maybe you guys could get Chan Gailey. Please oh please hire Chan.

Roll Tider

November 4th, 2009
12:13 pm

Here’s what a real coach looks and sounds like…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36Wr1NPVAVo

unbiased volfan

November 4th, 2009
12:13 pm

Abilene, see UT’s 2006 record…

any similarities?

rosco

November 4th, 2009
12:13 pm

Dwyer is in the ACC (All Cupcake Conference). Of course he’s going to look good. He has no strong competition to run against. This was exposed/proven in the whipping by LSU.

Here is another example: Cox is an anemic QB. If he was at GT he’d look like a Heisman.

OTOH, if Cox was at Bama, he’d look like a Heisman there as well. In that scenario (UGA vs BAMA), it is coaching. So a good SEC coach can take an avg player and cultivate them into a good product.

If Richt is unable to see talent, then why is he a HC? And if all of the rating services are wrong, then this means we have an entire team of 3 and 4stars that aren’t really 3/4stars and we have a HC who can’t rate talent. I’m calling BS on this one. This is nothing more than yet another excuse to cover up the ineptitude of the assistant coaches by deflecting the blame to the players.

All of these AJC articles that are ‘analyzing’ what UGA should do are about on the same level as peeing up a rope in terms of outcome. CMR is not going to fire anybody, not going to change his personality, not going to change his game schemes. He won’t even bench a losing QB (Cox). His press comments are that “bad ball bounces” seem to have led to the poor record. “we just needed to catch a few breaks by getting a few fumbles and interceptions to go our way and we’d be in the pact”. While that’s true in part, it’s not true in whole.

Dawg fans are just going to have to ride the wave of disaster until the money alums get fed up with losing. Which, if you go back and look at Goff and Donnan years, you’ll see we are in for at least two more seasons of losses to AU and/or GT combos. The FLA whipping is expected and accepted (if it weren’t, Richt would already be gone) so it doesn’t factor into the equation.

I think dawgs beat the two Tech teams and get taken to the wood shed by AU and KY. They might get a bowl but should really stay home to avoid further embarrassment.

Ga boy

November 4th, 2009
12:14 pm

Naw- don’t have Spikes sit out at all- just have him write 500 times on the blackboard-”I won’t try and blind another player again(maybe)”. I mean- Ealey himself said it was all cool. What’s the big deal right? he didn’t get hurt-no harm no foul. You just can’t teach class-you either have it or you don’t. Florida never has and never will. But they do have 24 football player arrests over the last 4 years.Lots of activity at the Gainesville penintentiary school evidently.

UGA Alum

November 4th, 2009
12:14 pm

Why are there so many Tech fans on the UGA blog? I have never even read an article about Tech. I don’t care about Tech except for that one Saturday afte Thanksgiving. I guess Tech fans truly are obsessed with UGA or the nerds spend way too much time in front of their computers! Get a life!

Tide Rising

November 4th, 2009
12:15 pm

Scheduling- Have to disagree with Tony on scheduling. There are 4 strategies to this.

1) Be like Ole Miss and play 4 straight patsy noncons as in this year.

2) Be like USCw and play 1 top tier team a year like Ohio State and then play 2 respectable if not great bcs conference like teams like Notre Dame and Virginia last year. This year they played a patsy in San Jose State but usually they play a mid tier bcs conference team or a respectable team like Fresno State that usually ends up in a bowl as their 3rd noncon game. To my knowledge they have never played a double a team ever to their credit. USCw plays 9 conference games so they only have 3 noncon games. They’ve also played respectable sec teams over the years like Auburn and Ark. This is the toughest noncon scheduling of the 4 ways to do your noncons.

3) Do like Bama and play 3 patsies but play one preseason top 10 team from another bcs conference and preferably a team that is part of the elite in that conference. We played VT 2 time defending acc champ this year and next year we play Penn State which has been the best or 2nd best team in the big 10 the last few years. Personally I would like to see us pick up a better mid tier team such as Southern Miss or Houston instead of FIU or north texas.

4) Georgia would do well to probably do like Bama or drop one of their middle tier opponents. Currently dogs play respectable but not great teams from other bcs conferences and a patsy.

ASU is a good name and an expected win but is not that big a challenge. Same with OK state which has never finished better than 3rd in its own division and although they started out top 10 everyone knows they never finish top 10. Same with Colorado, etc. These are games against bcs names but games that in any given year Georgia schedules because they are expected to win.

Not too tough like a VT but not to easy like a north texas either. Georgia should either drop these 2 middling games per year and play one big boy that’s usually in the top 2-3 in their conference or just drop 1 of the middling teams and then they have 2 patsys, I say this because of the rise of Tech. UGA would then play 1 decent but not great team like an Ok st, Asu, Colorado, and a tough GT game. GT now counts as a tough opponent with CPJ at the helm. 1 decent team, 1 good to great team like Tech, and 2 easy games. Nothing wrong with that schedule.

another dawg in ptc

November 4th, 2009
12:15 pm

G8R GRAD,
thanks for the reply. I’m sure you wouldn’t have 4 losses like we have. And I’m sure you wouldn’t have given up brazilion points like we have.

unbiased volfan

November 4th, 2009
12:16 pm

UGA fans…..it could always be worse. How’d you like to be an Ole Piss fan?

AZ Jacket

November 4th, 2009
12:16 pm

Ramblin Wrecker, no one on this blog (UGA) can understand your logic. As ARDawg said it, I paraphrase, Tech needs to get back where they belong. What none of these so called football experts will admit is that CPJ is being successful with players that were recruited for the pro style offense. I hope this does not scare you that much but CPJ still have over 40% of his offense that has not been used.

AZ Jacket

November 4th, 2009
12:18 pm

UGA Alum, last I heard this was not a UGA blog. I thought this was a CFB blog, that is what Tony advertises isn’t it. Just because he is righting about the dawgs does not make it yours. His last blog was over run with dawgies. Are you saying the Mr. College Football is strickly a dawg blogger.

Gatorpoop1

November 4th, 2009
12:18 pm

Hey Tony, when are you gonna lose some weight and get a TV show worth watching?

Biff Dawg

November 4th, 2009
12:20 pm

G8R GRAD… Ealey is a good kid and it was good to see that even he felt this was being blown out of proportion. Gator fans were saying it was Bulldog fans bringing it up but it was Urban’s wife and Coach Strong who mentioned it first. I’m glad to see we have a young RB who wasn’t afraid to tell it like it was. I’m sure he and I will be blasted by Dawg fans for saying it though. Also even though I’m a Dawg fan if you haven’t seen todays Florida Times Union you need to see the latest Tebow article. The short of it is this was not some press show because Tebow knew there was no press allowed but he played catch with a 10 year old fan and made that kid’s day/lifetime. The only picture came from a cops cell phone so nobody can say he did it for exposure. Just shows what a good kid Tebow is. There I said it.

AZ Jacket

November 4th, 2009
12:21 pm

rosco, JD had a real good rushing day in the LSU game last year. Tech’s offense did not play that poorly. But don’t let facts get in the way.

coach smith

November 4th, 2009
12:21 pm

gator dawgpounder

you need to look at the Gators’ depth chart my friend

8 Senior starters on defense (and Hayden will leave as a junior)

Seniors on offense= Tebow, Cooper, B.James, Moore, Nelson, 3 Senior O-lineman and the Pauncy twins already said they were leaving,

you better go look….The Gators will take a step back

And for that matter

TENNESSEE will lose EVERY O-Lineman, Geral Jones, Eric Berry, Hardesty, 3 of 4 D-lineman, and 2 linebackers….They will step back before moving forward too

Larry

November 4th, 2009
12:21 pm

dammit. just typed out a huge comment and your crappy blog ate it. you guys really need to stop using Wordpress.

Tide Rising

November 4th, 2009
12:22 pm

Ramblin Wrecker,

You won’t hear criticism from me. I’m a big fan of option football and I like watching Tech play. If you have a unique offense its hard for a team to prepare for you. And the reality is that for all its current problems UGA will always have better talent than Tech but with an option offense Tech can equalize things. Nothing wrong with the option offense for Tech. Its a perfect fit.

AZ Jacket

November 4th, 2009
12:22 pm

See folks, there are classy dawg fans, “Biff Dawg”

Art

November 4th, 2009
12:23 pm

Otto Strahl, obviously you don’t have a clue what the hell you’re talking about. In 05 UGA was #7, 06 #23, 07 #2, and 08 #10….so what the hell is your dumbazz talking about? That once a decade wonder over on North Ave would pimp their boyfriends to be able to claim those numbers.

AZ Jacket

November 4th, 2009
12:24 pm

I would say the Tech offense is more versital than the current UGA offense. Defenses have really locked on to that one.

AZ Jacket

November 4th, 2009
12:25 pm

Now Art, make sure you mention that in 08 you were predicted to win the MNC and was preseason #1. Underachieving is not a good thing.

HBTD

November 4th, 2009
12:26 pm

AZ Jack. You need to try and look at it objectively which does seem to be a problem for you. Yes, Vandy and MSU are arguably the two worst programs in the SEC. I’d compare these two programs to an NCS, Maryland, Va. NC, BC in the ACC. Certainly above a WF and Duke and below a Miami, VT, Clemson and of course the might Jacket who I believe “ONLY” surrendered 31 points to each this season in their two SEC clashes.

I never said JD wasn’t a good running back. It’s just weak to suggest that he’d be putting up the numbers he does in the SEC on a weekly basis. As good as he looks in that “tricked up offense” PJ runs, I just don’t see him being a TB in the NFL. Can he block? Maybe he could be FB.

Lastly, the point you and all the other nerds can’t seem to grasp (dang I thought you guys were all supposed to be real smart over there on the flats) is that any team can beat another team on a given Saturday, i.e. Boise over Okl., App. St. over Mich., Utah over Bama and of course GT over UGA last year. However, it’s very difficult to win these games on a week end and week out basis. Until Tech plays a real schedule, they’ll never have my respect and will be thrown into the same bucket as the Big East and WAC teams.

Atticus

November 4th, 2009
12:28 pm

The scheduling question is irrelevant at what we are discussing today. Yes it was too difficult this year but it’s not about wins and losses it is about HOW we win and lose and this started 3 years ago.

1-He lost a great coach in VH.

2-He used to stress discipline more, just ask ex-players. Teams that play well can deserve diufferent treatment, they have earned it. Teams that haven’t need to be treated like the army.

3-He didn’t hire the best coaches in the country, he hired ones he was comfortable with. That is his preogitive as HC, but the experiment failed. This is a business—go hire the best coaches in the nation and pay them well.

4-Demand accountability from coaches and players and have a way to measure it and reward or discipline accordingly.

Jay

November 4th, 2009
12:29 pm

So now Barnhart is using the schedule as an excuse. Last couple of weeks it was the refs. What’s his next excuse for Uga’s poor play…the recession?