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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Bad Dawgs

October 5th, 2010
2:41 pm

The University of Georgia owes the students and fans of the Dawgs a certain level of production based on all the money,support,and talent level it gets for its football program. Why does Auburn,LSU,Bama,Fla. have winning seasons every year ? We are supposed to be right there with them. We have some of the top recruiting classes over the last 10 years. Unbiased ranking agencies tell us this. Its not fabricated lies. How does 4 & 5 star talented recruits come to UGA and output 1 & 2 star type talent on the field ? Running backs are taght to secure the ball in midget league thru high school. The last fumble by Caleb King there was no opposing player around him. He just dropped it while the offense was driving for a field goal to win the game. These things can’t be made up from imagination but they are happening at UGA. Are you gonna fire the team ? No. But you can get a new coach and coaching staff to get these 4 & 5 star recruits to play like 4 & 5 star recruits. Richt has got to go for UGA to move forward. He coaches without fire and emotion on the sideline. I do not see his desire to win expressed by his actions. Any other coach would be ballistic on the sidelines after all the mistakes made this year. Amazingly the penalties and clock mismanagement (timeouts,etc.) have disappeared this year which is good. But the off field troubles and on field poor performance by the players has taken over. I’vee been a UGA fan since 1980. There was time for Dooley,Goff,and Donnan to leave UGA. And this is the time for Richt to leave UGA.

Whiskeydawg

October 5th, 2010
2:42 pm

I believe Mark Richt will get Georgia turned in the right direction. I don’t know if it will all come this season. I think he’s facing issues he hasn’t had to confront before as a head coach. Issues you only face when you reach a level of longevity. If CMR can come to terms with the mistakes he’s made, correct them and learn from them, it could pay off big for Georgia in the future. Mark Richt will come out the other side of this a stronger, wiser coach that much I’m sure of. Whether he’s able to apply that new found knowledge to the Georgia program or one somewhere else remains to be seen. I do know that bad mouthing the man and the team by Georgia fans is not helpful to the situation. If you are a real fan you back your team when they’re down. That’s when the team needs you the most. I grew up in Athens, went to Georgia and would love nothing more than to be able to return there Saturday to cheer the Dawgs on, no matter the outcome.

Vu Du Huong

October 5th, 2010
2:46 pm

I have spoken about how to reverse the “Georgia Jinx”. Will you hear?

Calling A Spade A Spade

October 5th, 2010
2:47 pm

Vance Cuff cannot guard receivers.
Baccari Rambo cannot cover receivers.
Caleb King cannot hold on to the ball.
Washaun Ealey cannot block or hold onto the ball.
Mike Bobo cannot call ingenuitive plays, Mr. Vanilla Ice !
Mark Richt cannot control his players on or off the field.

This is the plain truth and every UGA fan knows it.

Erk

October 5th, 2010
2:47 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?

Calling A Spade A Spade

October 5th, 2010
2:50 pm

So whispering into the head coach’s headset while Colorado (who was beaten 58-10 by California) drills you is the right thing to do ?
I would have flung that headset off and been all over Caleb King for that fumble. I’d play a redshirt freshman over Ealey & King. Players should earn their positions not be given them.

hal tremper

October 5th, 2010
2:53 pm

Tony: Good article on Coach R. of Georgia………………..If UGA does not put the ball on the grass they win……………Colorado was very fortunate to come out on top last week.

hal tremper

October 5th, 2010
2:53 pm

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Basically what had happened...

October 5th, 2010
2:54 pm

We all need to let the kids take roids’. Let em’ beef up to like 6′9″ 400 lbs all muscle. Screw it, NCAA should let all the players play with clubs and weapons to try and kill each other. Know why? Because we are the fans and we ‘know’ whats best and what ‘we’ ‘want’. Quit being retarded, Richt doesn’t need to go. He should be allowed to go back to the days when coaches could physically hit and beat the players and treat em’ like garbage. Maybe it would toughen up all the pu$$ies we have playing for us right now.

Sharkman

October 5th, 2010
2:59 pm

Tide Rising, I hope you’re right. Can we seriously suck this bad??? Gee whiz!!!!!!!! How the heck do you snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory by fumbling right before kicking the game winning field goal. Seriously???????

Vu Du Huong

October 5th, 2010
2:59 pm

Will you hear?

Richard Dawson

October 5th, 2010
3:05 pm

NO.

He has earned the right to be FIRED.

Richard Dawson

October 5th, 2010
3:06 pm

We fumbled because Colorado destroyed the play because Colorado knew exactly what was coming because Richt is so predictable and wanted to play it “safe” and give Walsh another chance to miss a reasonably long FG. DUMB. Read the quote by Colorado’s DC.

University of Georgia Fan

October 5th, 2010
3:07 pm

Is that really you Barbara?

gtDAWG

October 5th, 2010
3:09 pm

Tony,

Great-perfect article for the situation.I agree with every single word.I have quoted Terry Hogue many times. During the Auburn game (lost to Bo) in 1983, the tv quoted him thusly: We don’t always have the best players .Coach (Dooley) recruits winners. We refuse to lose. That year- after Walker- 9-2. Drove 99 yards to beat UF, 10-9. Upset #2 Texas in Cotton Bowl, 10-9. Lastinger, who compledted under 50%, ran about 15 yards in the last 2 min to win the game.

Berzerk8dawg

October 5th, 2010
3:09 pm

Ted Brogan- Thanks for being a real bama fan and remembering the years in between Coach Stallings and Coach Saban. Every great program has bad times (even bama) I like coach richt but somthing is not going right in athens and we all know it. I personally think its the stregnth and conditioning coach. Just watching us tackle and looking at bama they are just bigger and stronger. I think the talent levels are similar right now but bama buffs up its players and they seem smarter than ours too. Not sure why but I think thats what we need is a Stregnth and conditioning coach that will push our guys harder and we just need meaner players.

Preston

October 5th, 2010
3:09 pm

As usual Tony asked the WRONG question.

The right question is: how good is Richt>

The answer: better than Saban or Bear Bryant were in their 1st 9 seasons.

That’s all you need ot know.

GatorBait

October 5th, 2010
3:12 pm

@Preston

“The answer: better than Saban or Bear Bryant were in their 1st 9 seasons.”

Better at WHAT? Tanning?

Richard Dawson

October 5th, 2010
3:14 pm

Here is why you lose a football game. It is not because a player made a mistake that Richt is not responsible for. Richt is responsible for everything the players do. Regardless, this particular fumble was due to Richt’s highly predictable decision to run up the middle to set up a field goal. Colorado, I, and my dead grandma saw this coming from 1000 miles away. They blew up the play, forced a fumble, and won the game. Blame lies squarely and only with Mark Richt, who is responsible for the terrible, predictable playcalling (and why would you want to set up Walsh for a 40+ yard FG when he already missed one? Go for the TD. Go for the win.), responsible for Bobo’s playcalling, responsible for recruiting good players, and responsible for how they execute. Richt and Richt alone is responsible. Here’s what Colorado’s DC had to say on this horrendous decision.

From ESPN.COM:

During a timeout in the waning minutes and with the Georgia Bulldogs already in range for a game-winning field goal, Colorado defensive coordinator Ron Collins decided to turn linebacker B.J. Beatty loose on a blitz.

“I told him, ‘Let’s run it,” Beatty said. “Because we knew they were going to try to run the ball, milk the clock and kick a field goal. I knew I had the opportunity to come off the edge and maybe disrupt the hand-off.”

Lining up with the Buffs clinging to a 29-27 lead, Beatty was just hoping for the Bulldogs to run the ball, and sure enough, it played out exactly like he envisioned.

Beatty stripped Caleb King just as he got the handoff from quarterback Aaron Murray at the Buffaloes’ 30-yard line and he held King back while teammate Jon Major smothered the loose ball.

Barbara Dooley

October 5th, 2010
3:18 pm

Let’s all wear the red panties this weekend in support of Saint Mark and his thugs.

Skitty Fritty

October 5th, 2010
3:18 pm

Costly Mistakes
1) Not firing Martinez after giving up 50+ to UT in Athens. Why? Could have hired Chavez (LSU DC) that year.
2) Redshirting Moreno
3) Not having anyone ready to play QB when Stafford left.
4) Not playing Metzenberger or Murray last year to get someone ready for this year. If Murray keeps progressing he will leave after his Junior year.
5) No hitting at Monday practices, Why? They are not Pro players.

@WreckBuZZ

October 5th, 2010
3:21 pm

If Georgia hires the right guy, you don’t have to worry about Ron Zook. I don’t think anyone thinks Will Muschamp or Kirby Smart would flop like Zook. And UGA isn’t in sanctions, so the Bama comparison is silly.

GatorBait

October 5th, 2010
3:24 pm

Barbara,

When did you quit going “commando”?

marietta dawg

October 5th, 2010
3:33 pm

A very good article that presents a point I have yet to hear. Richt has earned the right to turn things around.

FRED

October 5th, 2010
3:34 pm

TONY, IT’S NOT JUST YEAR IT HAS BEEN THE PAST 3. CMR HAS HAD THE GAME PASS HIM BY. THE TALENT IS JUST NOT COACHED UP TO IT’S POTENTIAL.

chazzo

October 5th, 2010
3:41 pm

Everybody is talking about Richt updating his O gameplan. Here’s another coaching change scenario for you: Remember Tubberville bringing the West Coast to AU?

JD

October 5th, 2010
3:44 pm

Good article Tony. Once again, history repeats itself – go back and look at Dooley’s tenure and record. Agreed, the SEC is a different level today than it was even in 2007 but you have to give CMR a chance this year. Whatever he’s doing during the week to “fix” problems isn’t being communicated and when we see our players getting their a** kicked week in and week out, what are we to think?

There needs to be some Erk Russell out there and not so much Betty White. Our guys look like and act like they’re playing on instinct only, no coaching up. When will this stop??

Mobile Dawg

October 5th, 2010
3:53 pm

Tony, it’s an emotional decision for a lot of people. In today’s world we only earn for what we have done recently. The bar has been raised in the SEC for quite a while now and CMR hasn’t met the challenge. I could go on listing problems with the players, coaches, cultures, etc. but they have been beat until the rug is worn out. He’s had his shot to correct things and failed. The warning signs have been posted for at least three years. Jury says it’s time for a change.

I say let’s get a proven up and comer like Joey Jones at South Alabama. He’s started two programs from scratch. I listen to him on his radio shows, in person; he’s confident, knowledgeable, has personality, and a good pedigree. When he answers questions, there’s no hesitation, no uhh’s, let’s see’s, well’s, I mean’s. Night and day difference in listening to one of CMR’s call in show or TV show. CMR took Donnan’s players and did with them what Donnan couldn’t, problem with CMR is he didn’t know how to rebuild the foundation once it eroded. He promoted his friends, people he was comfortable with, got rid of those whom he didn’t get along with, kept the incompetent ones way to long. We’re still dealing with some of them today. Totally inept as a CEO.

I do honestly think he will get another year but it’s only going to prolong the pain IMO. He hasn’t earned another year.

GatorBait

October 5th, 2010
3:57 pm

@chazzo

I wouldn’t argue that Georgia should hire Tony Franklin, but Tuberville is gone from Auburn and yet the spread offense is still there.

Hmm…

74 Dawg

October 5th, 2010
3:57 pm

Thanks for the common sense post Tony. I tried to say pretty much the same thing on Bradley’s blog yesterday,but the filter ate my post. Either too long or one politically incorrect word. If you look at Tennessee, Ole Miss you will also see where Auburn and Clemson will be in a year or two. Top shelf coaches are not few, they are the rarest of breeds. Shug Jordan, Dooley, and Bobby Dodd would have difficulty surviving in the current culture of gratification and unreasonable expectations we live in.

UGA all the way

October 5th, 2010
4:06 pm

“Remember Tubberville bringing the West Coast to AU?”

Yeah, they went undefeated.

Flo-Ri-Duh!

October 5th, 2010
4:10 pm

A bad time. To publicly offer the DC to two candidates and be turned down and then “settle” for your 3rd choice is bad timing. To implement a new defensive scheme (3-4 defense) with players that were recruited for a 4-3 and have never played (most of them) a 3-4 is bad timing. At the same time while bringing in a new DC, and a new defensive scheme – breaking in a new, inexperienced QB is bad timing. What caused this is bad timing and desperate changes made under pressure. Willie Martinez is a good position coach but was not ready to be a DC. When Van Gorder jumped ship without notice Richt didn’t have enough time to make the proper change at DC. The job was offered to at least two other DC prospects and turned down due to timing. The short term way out was Willie Martinez…. he should have been the interim DC but that would affect recruiting. Not many recruits commit when they don’t know who their DC will be so he was given the title of permanent DC. UGA needs to plan out their changes in coaches better and talk to prospective coaching hires under the radar before a final decision is made by UGA and the coach being recruited. Also with Richt’s wife being diagnosed with cancer he had a higher priority to take care of during all these changes. I can understand the problems on defense – short term due to all the changes in scheme and new coaches. I can understand the inconsistent offense due to a new inexperienced QB. I can understand (to some extent) the poor play of the 0-ine due to injuries. I cannot understand all the off the field problems with the players not being dealt with more hands on. Drivers licenses need to be checked before problems come up. Players should be held accountable for their acts. More physical practices should be held with real tackling instead of walk throughs.. These athletes should be better coached in basic techniques. They are not playing like a team. Unless UGA has a commitment from a better head coach rhey should not make a change now. Richt has a multi-million dollar buy out clause. He will need not one year but two to turn this mess around and he needs better position coaches on offense – obviously. If UGA keeps Richt they should announce a two year show of confidence in him…. if not keep it under the radar until a decsion is made.

Scooter

October 5th, 2010
4:12 pm

To all of the people straddling the middle..ie..not saying fire MR now but also not trying to claim that this team is going to win out and play for a NC next year: If he is given another year to show improvement, why does anyone think things will be better next year?

Yes, the Defense COULD be better in year 2 of a new system, but the Offensive like, which has pretty much gotten whipped this year, is going to have to be rebuilt, AJ Green is going to be gone..along with Durham, the RBs are still going to be mediocre at best, and basically the same players as this year, minus the best WR and most of the O line, are going to be the core of this team next year.

So frankly I don’t think any REALISTIC fan can be optimistic about next year either. IMO, keeping MR for another year is just prolonging the mediocrity…

Frankly I’d rather be a UT fan and be optimistic about a mediocre team with a new regime that’s expected to improve than be a UGA fan with a mediocre team that’s probably going to stay such and with a stagnant, lame duck coaching staff.

GaSouEagle

October 5th, 2010
4:15 pm

Funny stuff JD…being a humble GA. Southern man I can appreciate that one. I think most people are frustrated with UGA because of slow decline over the last few years combined with this year predictability on offense). MR saying it could be worse doesn’t help much either. That one was a shocker. However, I think MR has earned the right to stay and he can turn this around. Berzerk8dawg makes a good point too about strength and conditioning, it could be an area of concern.

Too tough 44

October 5th, 2010
4:17 pm

Hey uga players if you dont realize you should be honored to be a GEORGIA BULLDOG…THEN GET OUT, GO AWAY…WE DONT WANT YA! YOU PLAYERS ARE SUPPOSED TO BE THE CREAM OF THE CROP OF ATHELETES….SHOW US YOU ARE TOUGH ON THE FIELD! O LINE…GOOD GRIEF…NOT LIVING UP TO POTENTIAL, DEFENSE, WEAK AS TEA, RUNNING BACKS…EMBARASSING TO k MORENO, HERSCHEL, DAVIS, HAMPTON HENDERSON, SMITH, TATE…RUNING BACKS SHOW SOME TOUGHNESS, PUNISH THE D…..DO YOU EVER LIFT WTS? WORK ON STRENGHTENIGN? FOR THAT FACT ANY OF YALL? I AM DAWG TO THE BONE..BUT, YOU PLAY A’S ARE JUST THERE FOR THE GLAM IT LOOKS TO ME….GET YOUR A##’S IN GEAR! SHOW THE HEART OF A DOG! A BULLLDAWG! (I NEEDED TO SAY ALL THAT, GO DAWGS…) AND I DO FEEL BETTER!

SOUTHGADAWG88

October 5th, 2010
4:19 pm

Richt will be alright if he lands a good recruiting class.

CSA

October 5th, 2010
4:20 pm

Tony,

I have all but quit reading the AJC, mostly because I tend to completely disagree with everything Schultz and Bradley have to say, and also because I can’t stand reading some of the reader comments.

Anyway, this was a great article. Thanks.

Joseph

October 5th, 2010
4:20 pm

The problem is essentially with recruiting. We are not recruiting the right players. We base our recruiting on the publications and the recruiting services. We need to recruit kids that want to play and can play and have proven it on the field. We need to look outside of metro Atlanta for the talent. We need to be better! We need to do better!

Barbara Dooley

October 5th, 2010
4:25 pm

Les Miles… Who’s your Mama?

Who’s your Mama?

Say my name Les. Say it LOUD!!!

meh

October 5th, 2010
4:27 pm

defense needs to start body slamming the hell outta some people. I’m tired of this bumping into people and hoping they’ll fall or go out of bounds. wrap em up and put them on their ass!

meh

October 5th, 2010
4:29 pm

and the running backs need to hold on to the dah blame ball!

meh

October 5th, 2010
4:31 pm

I alomost forgot. Coach Richt has done alot for this program. I think he definately deserves a chance to right the ship. Let’s finish strong! Go Dawgs!

gt

October 5th, 2010
4:35 pm

The players have changed. When Tony writes about the bad boys of Florida we get the impression that Richt is working with choirboys at Georgia. You are recruiting hoods, not on purpose, you go out and find the best ranked players, but then you twist entry examine requirements or whatever it takes to get these bums in your school. Uncoachable, the next guy will have the same problem. We have gotten so much into the speed thing in college football we forgot how to tackle or even think. The game has gotten to complicated to be played by immature, slow thinking athletes, with attitudes. Everything Tony wants them to do just adds to the problem. Play with excitement? These boys think that means cheap shots and mouthing, playing out of assignment to unload on someone. The poorest teams are now reading that in the film. Don’t know how anyone fixes it unless they fire all the coaches and the players and start over recruiting people smart enough to play college football in the first place.

76-DAWG

October 5th, 2010
4:39 pm

I have faith that McGarity is the real deal. He will do what it takes to get UGA in the upper echelon of the SEC. I believe some big changes are coming and getting rid of CMR is not one of them, which I agree.
What got CMR in trouble was not being able to separate friendship from his job, as CEO of the team. Taking 3 years too long to fire Martinez set up all of the troubles that UGA is having now. It will take a few years to get everything in place but it will be worth it in the long run. McGarity will not settle on the status quo.

Douglas

October 5th, 2010
4:39 pm

Does he earn the right for another year? If we finish 2-10 or 3-9, absolutely not. He should have been making changes 3-4 years ago when he saw how bad some of his assistant coaches were but he refused. Thus, by refusing to make the tough decisions, the only person Richt has to blame for the current situation is Mark Richt. If we continue to lose, why should McGarity give him another chance? Does he really believe Richt is going to get better? I don’t think so. The only reason McGarity would allow him another year is to reduce the amount of the payoff and to begin looking for a replacement. Of course if he waits that long, he has to weigh the cost benefit: fans not coming to games, recruits going elsewhere, funds and giving decreasing versus buying out his contract.

drzlstrangelovejr

October 5th, 2010
4:46 pm

Hold on Tony Barnhart! UGA is what matters, not Mark Richt. Mark Richt has earned nothing! Mark Richt has been very highly compensated. He has failed UGA, its fans and alumni.
UGA deserves a competent head coach. Mark Richt has been given one of the best opportunities in colllege football. He has failed miserably.
DO the best thing for UGA, Mark Richt has earned nothing.

ga southern hater

October 5th, 2010
4:54 pm

gsu eagle fans, get out of here. You have no right to say anything about any real football teams. Find a high school league to comment on. ga southern is nothing.GSU= Geortgia State University.

Morpheus

October 5th, 2010
5:04 pm

Tony,

Richt would deserve to turn it around if there were no better options out there. However, when you have two alums that are arguably among the best coordinators (Muschamp & Smart) as well as a guy like Dan Mullen at Miss. St., why not tear the whole thing down and rebuild with one of them? UGA can’t keep patching up this sinking ship & expecting it to keep up w/Bama & Florida. And quite honestly UGA shouldn’t have to.

RealityDawg

October 5th, 2010
5:09 pm

Muscamp – Overrated defense in an overrated conference

Smart – Saban’s puppet and poster boy for SABAN’S defense

Mullen – Are his only SEC wins over Ole Miss and UGA? Beating a UGA team that has done more to beat themselves is hardly worthy of dismissing a proven winner like Richt.

I Agree

October 5th, 2010
5:23 pm

Beating a lousy team like Georgia shouldn’t count for much.