Has Mark Richt earned the right to fix the problem at Georgia?

 I’m not going to sugarcoat this. What I see from the football team at the University of Georgia is not good. I picked Colorado to win last Saturday because I really wondered how much fight was left in this team. To Georgia’s credit, and I trust Tim Tucker’s judgment on this, effort was not the issue Saturday night in Boulder. The inability to execute basic plays in pressure situations and the inability to play defense at the most fundamental level was the problem.

Based on my mail and the folks who call in to my radio show, there are a lot of people who are convinced that the Georgia football program after 10 years under  Mark Richt has lost the necessary edge of coaching,  talent and game day savvy to compete at the very top of the SEC.

I get all that and when a team is 1-4 all those arguments can be made and they are fair. Still,  I am not backing away from this position: I believe that Mark Richt will be head coach at Georgia next season. But if this season continues to go South, some tough decisions are going to have to be made.

When things start going bad, the reaction always seems to be to fire the head coach because people believe there is always another Urban Meyer or Nick Saban waiting around the corner. You just have to go out and find him. Rarely do coaching transitions go that smoothly.

 Florida had to go through Ron Zook in order to get to Urban Meyer. Alabama went through Mike DuBose and the devastating NCAA probation that followed. Then it was two years of Dennis Franchione, an embarrassing episode  with Mike Price, and Mike Shula before Nick Saban returned them to the promised land. And also remember that Rich Rodriguez took the Alabama job and changed his mind or Saban would probably not be the coach today.

Changing head coaches in this league isn’t a simple process. A lot of the time the program has to go backwards before it goes forward again.

As I said a week ago, I look at Georgia and I see a team that isn’t very good. The offensive line has underachieved. The running backs aren’t bad but they aren’t All-SEC caliber. It’s easy to blame the defensive problems on the scheme but these guys were getting gashed pretty good last year running the old scheme.

Yes, you can make the point that the landscape of the SEC has changed pretty dramatically since Mark Richt won his last SEC championship in 2005. Meyer and Saban have raised the bar, there is no doubt about that. You can argue that it’s hard for any coach to maintain his edge after 10 years in one place. At some point you wonder if the players start tuning out the head coach.

But understand that when you let go of a guy who is a proven winner, you are taking a tremendous risk. Ole Miss couldn’t understand why it wasn’t as good after Eli Manning left. So they forced out David Cutcliffe, who only led the Rebels to five straight winning seasons. They wanted somebody more exciting in Oxford and chose Ed Orgeron, a good recruiter who wasn’t ready to be a head coach then and will probably never be a head coach again.

Tennessee was two bad passes away from winning the SEC championship in 2007. But after 16 years under Phillip Fulmer fans wanted something new and exciting instead of the tried and true. They wanted a rock star as their head coach like Alabama and Florida had in Saban and Meyer. So they hired a sun tanned Wonder Boy from Southern California. And we know how that one turned out. He’s back at USC and Tennessee had to hire a solid man in Derek Dooley to clean up the mess. Now Tennessee is looking at several difficult years before the program can be restored.

Greg McGarity, who became Georgia’s athletics director in July, learned from Vince Dooley and Jeremy Foley, two of the best ADs ever. He hasn’t told me this but I’m guessing that the last thing he wants to do just five months into the job is let go of a head coach who has won a pair of SEC championships (2002, 2005), played for another (2003), and might have had the best team in the country in 2007.

Having said all that,  there is no question that things are not going well in the football program at Georgia and that something needs to be done. So how about this:

McGarity sits down with Richt at the end of the season and says: “Coach, here is what I see. We should be competing consistently for the SEC East championship and right now we are not at that level.  In order to do that, what do you need that you currently don’t have? Whatever it is, I’ll get it for you. But I want you to identify the problems and then give me a plan to get us back on the right track.”

If you’re Mark Richt, you have to be willing to look at everything. Start with yourself and your level of commitment. Do you have the passion and the fire in the belly to do what is necessary to get Georgia back on top?

Then you have to look at your entire organization. What about your recruiting organization? Are you bringing in the right players but just not developing them to the SEC championship level? Or, is your talent evaluation not good enough?

You have to look at your strength and conditioning program. Is everything being done there that can be done? Look at the way Alabama’s players fill out their uniforms and look at yours.

What is the level of accountability throughout the organization? Have you changed? Are you doing things differently from when you first got here? You have to look at everything because at this point everything has to be on the table.

If Greg McGarity is satisfied with that plan, then everybody moves forward. I just believe that Richt has earned the right to fix what is wrong. I know a lot of people disagree and I respect their right to do so.

I would argue that Saturday’s game with Tennessee is a very important 60 minutes of football in the short term history of the program at Georgia. The crowd may be flat. They saw Georgia lose a heartbreaker to Arkansas on Sept. 18 followed by two inexplicable road losses at Mississippi State and Colorado. They are upset and dispirited. Coach Richt, you and your team have to change that with the way you play on the field. We are at the point where the team needs to lift its fans.

Here is what drives fans crazy. They feel that wearing the Georgia uniform and having the chance to play at Sanford Stadium is a privilege. They are emotionally invested in the program and have been for generations.   The fans would like to believe that Georgia’s players feel the same way. Fans that I hear from are starting to wonder if the players care about Georgia as much as they do. And that is not a fun place to be.

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2eyedKing

October 5th, 2010
12:50 pm

Georgia should have picked up Cam Newton. Then we would have a 2 man team, rather than a 1 man team.

Paul in RDU

October 5th, 2010
12:52 pm

Richt deserves another year to right the ship at UGA no matter what the final W-L record is in 2010. Yes the trend is down the last few years, but one really bad season should not cost a successful, honorable coach his job. McGarity has been on the job for less than 3 months – what kind of message would he be sending to current and any future UGA coaches by firing CMR after the GT game? Who would come work for the guy? What kind of support would other coaches expect get if they had a bad spell? How long would it take before Fox started looking at other opportunities?

Norcross

October 5th, 2010
12:52 pm

Tony,
Wow – I have read through your well written column and then the mass number of comments.

Everyone should remember that the head coaching position of any school is simply a job – an important job for many reasons, but still, a job. It is important to look at the job and how to measure the success in more than one way. The easiest is in the win/loss comparison. However, I believe that too many people lose track over the fact that the kids who play ball for that coach are still simply that – kids. They often look to their coach as a mentor and educator. If the football team is having a down year (or two) but the kids are coming out better educated and prepared for their future, then that is a measure of success.

I am not involved enough with the thousands of players that have been coached by CMR to know how good he is at shaping the lives of these kids, but it is very troubling to see the lack of positive progress on the field and the perceived high level of legal problems with players off of the field.

One of the things that kept Joe Pa at Penn State during his down years was the massive amount of love that former players have for him. He is well known for truly caring about his players and helping turn them into well educated, respectable people that are prepared for their adult lives.

If the coach is failing in both of these areas, then he should be fired – just as he would be in most other jobs.

5150 P.O.A.D

October 5th, 2010
12:55 pm

Becareful mUGA fans. I remember just a few years ago People wanted CHANGE THEY COULD BELIEVE IN and look how that has turned out.

2eyedKing

October 5th, 2010
12:57 pm

@Paul in RDU

“McGarity has been on the job for less than 3 months – what kind of message would he be sending to current and any future UGA coaches by firing CMR after the GT game?”

Considering the circumstances under which McGarity acquired his current job, I would think that he would get a lot of respect from prospective coaches for cleaning house and starting with a clean slate.

Gb

October 5th, 2010
1:00 pm

It’s all fixable.Only thing is CMR won’t get it fixed.I think Whittingham @ Utah would be a great candidate for the job.

2eyedKing

October 5th, 2010
1:01 pm

Good point 5150 P.O.A.D.

Think of how much better off we would all be right now had we amended the Constitution so that W. could have been given a few more terms to “right the ship”.

college is forever

October 5th, 2010
1:02 pm

http://www.collegelunchboxes.com I know everybody is P.O. but think of it as a marriage. Sometimes (well,alot) your wife really gets on your nerves. You are not going to divorce her just as we are not going to start “cheering” for the Gators or start chanting “Roll Tide”. Hang in there this is life. The Lord gives and takes away, you define your character in times like this. If everything was easy you would not appreciate it. Remember College is Forever, now go and get your favorite UGA hat or shirt and wear it today when you get milk and bread from Kroger, and it there are any left pick up a classic tin lunchbox while you are there. Go Dawgs!!!

2eyedKing

October 5th, 2010
1:04 pm

My only advice to McGarity is this: Don’t make the mistake of hiring another coordinator as a Head Coach. Let them get their OJT somewhere else. That’s what middle tier programs are for. Hire a proven Head Coach or stick with what you have.

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October 5th, 2010
1:06 pm

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Big G

October 5th, 2010
1:06 pm

Barnhart you make me puke!

Tide Rising

October 5th, 2010
1:08 pm

Richt deserves another year to try and righ the ship and here’s why.

Under the Bear Bama had seasons of 8,8,6,and 6 wins from 69-71 before going on a dominating run in the 70s that included 3 national titles and nearly a 4th. Where would Bama be had we not been patient and kept him?

Same with Joe Paterno. Several years ago Penn State had a losing season and several bad seasons in general and there was a lot of talk about the old man having lost his edge. But they recovered and from 07 through 09 Penn State reeled off 3 straight 11-2 seasons.

In this immediate gratification age there is something to be said for patience and sticking with a guy who was a proven winner in the past. If he was a winner in the past he can be again. He just needs to step back, reevaluate the program from a fresh perspective, and then make the necessary changes to get back on track.

Tony’s other point about finding an adequate replacement is the most important one. Lots of teams have gone into the coaching wilderness after having fired a good coach. Ole Miss with Cutcliffe, Bama was in the coaching wilderness for years after both the Bear and after Stallings also. LSU was in the coaching wilderness forever until Saban arrived and restored them. Florida was for a few years with Zook and Georgia itself was in the wilderness with Ray Goof and then Jim Donnan before finally getting Richt. Its just not that easy getting a great coach that’s going to be a proven winner.

5150 P.O.A.D

October 5th, 2010
1:09 pm

2eyedKing
I wouldn’t go that far, but look at the choices we had to vote for.

2eyedKing

October 5th, 2010
1:13 pm

sunny purdue

October 5th, 2010
1:14 pm

Who says Jawga is supposed to be good? My friend Stewart Mandel recently wrote:

“In all my travels, I’m not sure I’ve ever come across a fan base whose self-perception is so far from reality. Georgia fashions itself a national power in the vein of Ohio State, USC, et. al., based primarily off one glorious three-year run 30 years ago with Herschel Walker (and some kick-butt years in the 1940s). Prior to this season, the Dawgs under Richt had vastly outperformed their historical “equilibrium,” and in fact Richt’s career winning percentage (.752) is the highest in school history (not counting Bobby Winston’s lone 5-1 season in 1894).”

So, shut up and enjoy your glory years.

University of Georgia Fan

October 5th, 2010
1:16 pm

We need better coaching and playing from our team.

Clay Dawg

October 5th, 2010
1:18 pm

Good article, Tony, and as a loyal Bulldog fan, I agree with you. Anyone who thinks we can just go out and hire a Nick Saban or an Urban Meyer and be back on top in just a year or two is simply brain dead. Yes, Saban did it quickly, but that is very rare. He is the only Nick Saban out there. I don’t want to go five years at the bottom and then start working our way up, which is what will happen if we get a new coach. Our fastest scenario to be in position to win the SEC is to stay with Coach Richt and give him a chance to fix this from within. I believe that he has earned that. We were all calling for a DC change after the last two seasons. Well, we got it, and I think we should give the new coach a chance to gel with his new staff, his new team and the defense a chance to gel with a new coach and a new scheme. I already see improvements in the defense over last year. Last year’s defense would have given up 50 to Arkansas, 40 to South Carolina. We are not as far away as our record indicates. I think Vince Dooley said it best. Every coach goes through this. He mentioned himself, Bear Bryant, and several others. He went on to point out that Mark Richt has never gone through this. Give him a chance to pull out of it. I have read something about some possible animosity on the part of Rodney Garner about not being given the DC job. If this is true, get him out. I have also read that there is some friction between Richt and Grantham because Richt didn’t like the way he chewed out his players on the sideline. If this is true, Richt needs to back off and let him do his job. Young guys like that need to have someone in there face after they screw up. They can handle it — it makes them better. Even though I support Mark Richt 100% right now, I do have a few problems with him.

1. He is too nice. He doesn’t display that “killer instinct” or that “cut throat” mentality that is necessary to win in the SEC.

2. He hasn’t given next year’s quarterback a chance to gain valuable game experience. Example: When Georgia was officially eliminated from SEC East contention in 2008, he should have benched Stafford and let Joe Cox finish the year — at least until the Tech game. At the very least, he should have split playing time between the two. That way, when we start 2009, Joe Cox has some experience, other than mop up duty against Central Michigan. Joe Cox needed some SEC experience. And then, when we were out of contention last year, he should have benched Cox and let Aaron Murray finish the season so he would have some experience going in to this year. Also, if you have a great player, don’t redshirt him. (Knowshon) Knowshon should have played as a freshman, because you know that he isn’t going to stay around for his senior season. So we got two years out of Knowshon instead of three.

Another thing. Georgia never has any senior leadership. All of Georgia’s difference makers go to the NFL after their junior year. Sometimes I think we would be better off with a guy who has a little less in the talent department, and a little more in the character / work ethic department. Then maybe we can get 4 years out of some of these guys and have some senior leadership on our team.

Tony is right. Have McGarity sit down with Richt and identify problem areas. Develop a solid plan and a time frame to turn things around. We as Bulldog fans need to rally around our coach and our team. Stop all of the “fire Mark Richt” talk. He and his family don’t need that in their ear every time they turn around. It takes his focus off what he needs to be doing. It’s OK to say “yes, we’re disappointed, and we expect better,” but it’s also OK to say “we’re in your corner. Let’s all work together to get headed in the right direction.”

Remember, this is fixable in the long term. We are not getting blown out. Some of this is just bad luck. The ball is not bouncing our way right now. A fumble trying to set up the game winning field goal against Colorado on the road. Bad luck. Coach called the right play. A fumble on the one yard line while going for the tie against South Carolina. Bad luck. One or two plays away from hitting a game winning FG against Arkansas without AJ Green. A fumble in the end zone for the go ahead score against MSU — bad luck. Personal fouls are still killing us too — stupidity.

Bottom line is this — we are much closer than it seems, and closer than our record indicates. We are closer to where we want to be with Mark Richt in charge than we will be for 5-7 years if we go looking for a new coach who has to start all over from the bottom.

Come on, Dawg Fans! Hunker Down! Stay the course. See it through. We’ve got some big wins in store for us this year. Just think….. After this horrendous start, if we can beat FL, AU, TN, & GT, wouldn’t you call that a hell of a turnaround? You still want Mark Richt gone if he can pull that off? If so, you’re crazy. That would be a prime example of “finishing the drill.” Go Dawgs!!

Trogdawg

October 5th, 2010
1:19 pm

Mark your calendars: October 16, 2010 – The UGA Bulldogs lose to Vanderbilt at home and are 1 – 6, having lost to Tennessee at home the week before.

Mark you calendars: November 28, 2010 – The day after UGA loses to GA Tech and finishes 2 – 10, a “disappointed” Greg McGarity announces that Mark Richt has “resigned” as the head coach at Georgia.

Mark your calendars: October 16, 2010 – The Ole Miss Rebels shock the world and beat Alabama in a shootout: 45 – 42.

Seriously? Don’t make me laugh. Might as well say Ole Miss will finally branch out to adding more branches to their family tree.

WestcoastDawg

October 5th, 2010
1:20 pm

I feel it is time to make a switch. I love CMR and what he has done for UGA but I don’t see the passion and fire that was there in the earlier years. In this league to be the top it is 24/7. In my opinion (what does that matter) I feel we should scoop up Derek Dooley.If you have watch him lately, there is passion.

Gen Neyland

October 5th, 2010
1:21 pm

When one injects comparisons as a defense mechanism for another set of circumstances, it can be said these are lame excuses for avoiding the problem at hand. This ain’t about Florida, Tennessee, Auburn, Alabama, or my old high school team. We need not review case by case scenerios to use as a template for excuses. If we take that path, then using the mentioned programs in Mr. CFB’s blog, CMR will be forced out in due time. Personally, I hope he leaves one day on his terms, not the kangaroo court of journalism and/or fanbase perspective. Shoot, Les Miles is a little over two years from winning a NC and some of their fanbase is upset at things today. Winning is an early symptom for later dismissal suffered by a HC…Here’s to hoping CMR can get back on track a week after Saturday…and have a relapse around this time every year.

10SEConds

October 5th, 2010
1:21 pm

Of course he should get another year. The question is: what’s the marker of success for that year? It should be: significant reduction in off field problems; maintain high graduation rate of players; compete for SEC championship (meaning, finish no worse than 2d in East). If he can’t do those things, then he will have failed to meet at least 2 of those goals for 3 years in a row and therefore should go.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

October 5th, 2010
1:21 pm

Great article TB, well played sir. While the season is a disaster, Richt has earned the right to at least fix it for 2011. If he can’t, out comes plan B.

Chris Shelton

October 5th, 2010
1:21 pm

I am one of those die hard Georgia fans. I was born and raised in Athens. I bleed red and black!! This season has been more than tough because of 1)the off season problems that continue to plague and destroy the morale, image, character, and integrity of our program. 2) the consistent lack of play calling that is below average and continues to be predictable lacks the coaching that it could easily have 3) the lack of fundamentals like catching, not fumbling, blocking and tackling. When you bleed red and black and you devote time, money, and your life to support UGA football….it becomes more than frustrating!! Its the little things the good teams are concerned with and we are worried about our entire program? This university, town, and state deserves more!! I don’t care if its CMR or someone new….we need results and we need them to start THIS SATURDAY!!!!

Atticus

October 5th, 2010
1:22 pm

Here’s why it won’t work. EXCUSES. If Richt had a clue he would be saying things like “the way we are playing is unacceptable and everyone from the coaches, starting with me, are responsible, down to the players and we will get it fixed!” Instead we hear crap about how good Marcus Lattimore is, how fired up Colorado was….that we’ll keep working harder and stay the course….He just doesn’t get it. No clue.

lost dawg

October 5th, 2010
1:24 pm

Having McGarity asking Richt what does he need to get the job done is pointless. This is not the NFL where a GM can go and get a bunch of free agents to build a team. The problem that UGA has is the players don’t give a rats a$$ and there is nothing Richt can do to change that. In fact, the players have lost confidence in him and there is nothing Richt can do about it.

When I talk to the few high school players, that have colleges looking at them, laugh at me when I suggest looking at UGA. Not Good.

FrozenGator

October 5th, 2010
1:24 pm

We have our own problems…………..however……..I have never seen a coach who dons sunglasses that isn’t doomed…….ie.Bill Curry (AL), Ron Zook (UF). It just never projects well on a sideline in the South. For that matter, even St. Bobby.

Atticus

October 5th, 2010
1:26 pm

And for those blind loyalist homers….it’s not about losing games. Its about HOW we lose games. Look at the last 5 years, there were so many signs of this program leaking oil, times where the team didn’t even show up for a half. (VT, GT, UF (twice), TN (twice), Bama..). Good teams lose games, bad teams lose them and don’t even show up. 2-9 or whatever it is, are you kidding? You think he will all the sudden figure it out? What was last year for, he was supposed to figure it out then….

Ole Ball Fan

October 5th, 2010
1:29 pm

If CMR is so good answer this….How many assistant coaches has Richt developed into successful head coaches? Are or have his assistants been sought after to fill the top SEC / BIG 10 / ACC slots like all truly great coache’s are? Does anyone seriously think BoBo is head coaching material? Give me break!

Bamagradnyc

October 5th, 2010
1:35 pm

As to the clown (”real”) who said Bama just went through “15 years or so of complete and utter failure,” maybe you should get your facts straight. After dominating the SEC and the national college football world in the 60s and 70s, Bama won two SEC titles in the 1980s, a national championship and two SEC titles in the 1990s, and a national championship and an SEC title in the 2000s. Show me any 15-year stretch in the last 50 years in which Bama didn’t win an SEC title. You can’t.

Bama has never been down for that long. And of course now, the Tide owns the SEC again. So do us all a favor at UGA: Study Bama very closely and maybe someday, somehow, you might figure out how to beat Florida in the SEC East again. Bama’s last two games against Florida? 63-19 combined slaughter. By the way, Bama beat UF TWICE in 1999 (one of those years in which this clown claims Bama was on a 15-year stretch of “utter failure.”

dufferdawg

October 5th, 2010
1:36 pm

Da Wild Rebel…Mark YOUR calendar: Oct 5th 2010….YOU are an idiot !

mcdavidastro

October 5th, 2010
1:36 pm

GIve Richt a chance to fix? That’s what he’s had for the last 4 seasons and refused to do it. We should have been in the national championship hunt with Stafford and Knowshon but failed. Since than there has been little succes when we didn’t have players able to overcome bad or non existent coaching. The time for change is now, it’s only going to get worse. Richt doesn’t have a clue. There is no coaching work ethic as there is talk of the players working harder. The players aren’t the problem. Richt is the problem. Fire Richt before there is nothing left.

Tide Rising

October 5th, 2010
1:37 pm

FrozenGator,

That’s kinda funny about the sunglasses but come to think of it I’ve never seen a great coach who wins national titles wearing sunglasses on the sideline either. I could be wrong though. What about Jim Tressel? Doesn’t he wear sunglasses sometimes?

NOT REALLY MR ANYTHING

October 5th, 2010
1:40 pm

For a first, I actually agree w/ you Tony. Good article.

GatorBait

October 5th, 2010
1:41 pm

@Bamagradnyc

“real” is none other than “Patty the Whining Auburn Fan”.

666 P.O.A.J.

October 5th, 2010
1:43 pm

UGA will always ultimately at least have a shot at becoming one of the elite programs in THE elite football conference. They have been in the very recent past and regardless of this year or next they will get there again. GT pretty much peaked out last year. That was the best that could possibly be hoped for as far as GT is concerned. And remember, UGA is the 2009 ACC champions. Oh, did I forget to mention UGA beat GT last year, again? Yawn. Its great to be so hated. Love to see that obsession with other’s failure by some GT fans. It suggests a very healthy mental state of mind.

Chris Shelton

October 5th, 2010
1:45 pm

Mark needs to call the plays. Bobo is crazy. We block everyone straight up (with the exception of the bobo sweep), no counters, no “G” plays, no traps. We run 3 or 4 verticals all the time with no short or intermediate crossing routes, Chales,Figgins,White,Wooten and Gray would be great underneath recievers/TE. We play action on 3rd and 7 and 3rd and 9 with 60 total yards rushing in 4th quarter. We have no offensive integrity!! Our O-Line is doomed because opposing D’s “T” off on us and bring 8 and their asked to base block on runs and pass block play action. ugh!!!!!!! and our Defense is young and has looked bad and Mallet and Lattimore are good but they have kept us in games to win!! Its been our lack of play calling, creativity, and just basic “O” common sense makes me wanna puke!!!!

Sharkman

October 5th, 2010
1:47 pm

It seems like somebody is paying our DAWGS to lose. I know that’s a big charge, but, can you tell me that we can’t really suck that bad?

Tide Rising

October 5th, 2010
1:49 pm

Gatorbait,

Good spotting. This same AU fan comes on every single day with different handles and devotes most of the day to Bama bashing. He does have some witty comments even if they are anti-Alabama but sometimes it gets old. I think he’s got about 50 different handles but now he’s pretty easy to spot.

Tide Rising

October 5th, 2010
1:51 pm

Sharkman,

I think you guys are just in a bad rut right now. You better hope there’s no craziness like bookies paying players to lose. That would be NCAA death penalty right there. Given time Richt should be able to right the ship.

producewiz

October 5th, 2010
1:52 pm

let’s talk about the upcoming NFL STRIKE OR LOCKOUT COMING UP. mEANS NO jR. CAN SAFELY LEAVE.THEY MIGHT NOT HAVE A PLACE TO PLAY FOR A YEAR

Army of the Gators

October 5th, 2010
2:06 pm

Tide Rising is right…you guys are in a bad rut right now.Stay the course,it will work it self out.Say..one more year. We need to have the best coaches in the SEC. Puppies don’t jump ship! GO GATORS!!

lawzoo

October 5th, 2010
2:07 pm

:lost the abilty to compete at the very top of the SEC…….” ???

They don’t have the ability to compete in the lower middle of the SEC.
The Georgia newsmedia a/k/a “homers” will cause Richt to lose his job.
It’s laughable now but since Fla. was going to be in a down yearga. was going to win the SEC East and play Alabama for the championship.

What a joke!

Bulldawgrob.

October 5th, 2010
2:10 pm

If UGA fires Coach Richt I would hope they would go after Will Muschamp instead of Kirby Smart.I dont thin Kirby Smart has as much control as Will Muschamp over deffensive play calling and control.

Barbara Dooley

October 5th, 2010
2:13 pm

Wait till my son’s Vols put a whipping on Georgia. 1 and 5 will bring down the Bulldog Nation. The A.D. will then bring back Ray Goff.

Barbara Dooley

October 5th, 2010
2:16 pm

Colorado is the worst team in the Big 12 and got waxed by Cal.

Bulldawgrob.

October 5th, 2010
2:18 pm

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Silver Britches, Red Panties

October 5th, 2010
2:18 pm

Tony, of course Coach Richt deserves another year leading Our Beloved Dawgs. I’m sure he will still be able to get great recruits even if they have a losing season. After all, what young man wouldn’t want to share in the excitement of surprising your opponent with a different color jersey?

Tide Rising

October 5th, 2010
2:30 pm

army of the gators,

Did you guys get to watch the latest bama-uf game? I’ve heard different stories about the availability of college broadcasts over there. My brother is a lieutenant colonel in the army and if I remember correctly he got to see a couple of Alabama games via satellite when he was in Baghdad. But a friend of mine in Afghanistan only saw the dvd recorded games. I don’t think he had access to live games. Anyway, I hope seeing the live broadcasts helps keep you guys morale up over there.

Halsey

October 5th, 2010
2:39 pm

The reasonable thing to do is to give Richt one more season to get it turned around. If the team is not playing noticeably better by next year, it’s time to find a new coach.

Erk

October 5th, 2010
2:39 pm

Anyone heard about general dissension among players prior to Miss. St. game?

Also, why would we be picked as a favorite, much less a 12 to 13 point favorite to Tennessee? What am I missing here?