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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706 comments Add your comment

Palladin

October 5th, 2010
7:17 am

3rdn8

October 5th, 2010
7:19 am

wow….2nd….

now, what do I say?

3rdn8

October 5th, 2010
7:26 am

shelf life

saw it at UT and AU. Successful coaches who lost the edge. Tough row to hoe getting it back.

Don’t know if Richt/UGA Fan base have the stomach for this uphill climb.

Jablonski

October 5th, 2010
7:32 am

Great piece, TB. Problems are throughout the program and it ALL must be evaluated.

UA Alum92

October 5th, 2010
7:34 am

Good article, Tony. I agree that CMR has earned the leeway to right the ship. I’m just not sure the UGA fans are going to be that patient, particularly if the team dissolves to a 4-8 or 5-7 finish.

Joe

October 5th, 2010
7:35 am

Tony, in your exoerience, has another high profile team like Georgia imploded like this without the help of the NCAA?

You Ain't-Know Gaily Whacker

October 5th, 2010
7:38 am

Reporter: Mr. McGarity, what are your plans concerning UGA’s players ?

Greg: They have already been told of our expectations There will be no more of ME first. The ” Viper Pit ” is being cleaned out. There will be no more of this attitude———

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_ZBqpEUbik

82Dawg

October 5th, 2010
7:38 am

Yes, I say have the meeting at the end of the year and tell him that there has to be major improvements next year or he is gone. Who would you bring in? Everybody says look to Boise State, remember the last coach from there that was just as hot as the current coach? How well did he do when he left for bigger and better programs? I personally think we are weak, need to work on the strength and conditioning. We have no senior leadership on this team and did not have any last year. We need a player on offense and defense to stand up and be a leader on the field, to get in a team mates face if they screw up on or off the field.

Da Wild Rebel

October 5th, 2010
7:38 am

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.

southJaxBeachBullDawg

October 5th, 2010
7:38 am

Tony,

I could not agree with you more. Coach Richt has earned this right. Lets give it to him. BUT, lets also ask him has his level of committment topped off in the past few years. This I am not sure of. It all starts at the top and this is what AD McGarity will say. Personally, I believe the players are tuning the coach out because they sense he has lost his desire and level of committment. If this is the case then changes MUST be made. This type of play might be acceptable at other institutions but NOT at THE University of Georgia!

phil

October 5th, 2010
7:39 am

Is there anybody more irrelevant than “Mr. College Football,” Toby Barnhardt? NO!!!

Big D

October 5th, 2010
7:39 am

Tony, I would agree that Richt has the right to fix the problem. However, it did not start this year it has been coming but everyone put their head in the sand. Too many people in trouble and pentaties on the field and what was said “We will fix it” OK when is what the fans want to know.

JB

October 5th, 2010
7:40 am

Good read, per usual and I agree with the bulk of it.

The thing that is most frustrating to me is that we are about 5 plays away from being something like 4-1. We are probably the last 1-4 team that anyone wants to play.

We aren’t getting waxed and could have easily won but are, as mentioned, just a few plays away from having a much better record. Argh!

Things are not good but they aren’t necessarily as bad as some say they are.

HBTD!!!

UGA VII

October 5th, 2010
7:40 am

Please keep Mark Richt. I would hate to think I left for the other side and things will get better.

Tenn. wins by 30.

Snake Doc

October 5th, 2010
7:41 am

Well, in to each life a little rain must fall. Its falling on UGA at this point. Why delay the hiring of a coach? We went through Goff, then Donnan to find Richt. Its not like we haven’ been through the process before.

This program will never reach the heights all UGA fans hope for. Now we are a third tier team in the S.E.C. East. MR has had some fine years, but, tell me honestly , haven’t we all seen chinks in this teams armor from day one? The inability to beat Florida consistently, Being a world beater for 2 or 3 quarters of a game and all of a sudden the offense will disappear. Defense was good enough to win or keep the team in the game until th O woke up. The fact we start a season ranked number one, and plummet faster than a rock falling from space.

The inability to fire WM when it was apparent he was in over his head. Too loyal. We were promised changes after last year. Hmmm, We changed on D and its a work in progress. O didn’t change, and look where we are. Again, being to loyal? Arrests up, penalties and mistakes on the rise! Its good we had stafford and moreno because without those two this team would have really stunk.

Now we hove no star running backs, no star receivers, no star Defensive players. Recruiting is not as good as we have been led to believe or this coaching staff has no clue how to get the most out of its players. Does not know how to coach them up!

MR is a nice man, great human being, still its time for him to go!

UA Alum92

October 5th, 2010
7:42 am

One other point: As to who would UGA get to replace CMR, if there aren’t too many hard feelings from last year’s failed DC recruitment, Kirby Smart is probably near the top of the wish list.

Mark in Woodstock

October 5th, 2010
7:43 am

When a program goes south RARELY does a coach turn it around…just look at Tenn and Auburn….change needs to happen in order for the program to turn around…

Do you really think the programs at Florida and Bama fear Richt??? Of course not…they see a sleeping giant to the north and east…they want Richt to keep his job.

JB

October 5th, 2010
7:43 am

BTW, I’d also mention that the penalties and TO’s are way down, from last yr. Granted the TO’s we have had have been brutal.

I also think that if we were getting waxed that it would be fair to say that the players were tuneing out the coaches. That’s obviously not the case.

People seem to equate losses with such without really paying attention.

HBTD!!!

Palladin

October 5th, 2010
7:43 am

There are always a few teams that rise to the top in any CFB conference. These will vary from year to year, although there are usually 3 or 4 teams who, over time, dominate more often than do the other 8 or 9 teams. Mark Richt came into the SEC as Florida, Alabama and Tennessee were all on a downward trajectory. Georgia then took their place among Auburn and LSU as the rising stars in the SEC. Notice that the “other” two teams in ascension during that time period happened to be in the Western Division.

You noted that 2007 was Georgia’s “year”. This was when they were expected to make a NC run. And yet, when Georgia came to Tuscaloosa that September the game ended in a tie and Georgia needed a FG in overtime to win 26-23 against a depleted Crimson Tide squad that went on to lose to a middling Florida State team the very next week. It’s been all downhill for Georgia since that time.

Nobody can argue that Richt is incapable of coaching or that he is not a nice guy, but Georgia has already kept him there past his “sell by” date. Don’t make the mistake of letting another team hire your new HC while you decide whether or not this move is fair to Mark. It won’t be easy to start over. Then again, it won’t be easy to continue trying the same thing over and over again — hoping for different results.

turkeycaller

October 5th, 2010
7:44 am

Good write but NO.

82Dawg

October 5th, 2010
7:44 am

@UA Alum92 …Kirby Smart is not head coach material yet. He needs to go to a smaller school first. I am not sure how much of control he has in Alabama?

Serenity in the Swamp

October 5th, 2010
7:45 am

Just passing through. Oh, I say give hime an extention.

Little Nicky Satan

October 5th, 2010
7:47 am

Little Nicky will be available in January after I lead ‘Bammer to a 2nd straight national championship.

$8,000,000.00 per year; an office in the Dog Mahal made of gold, that takes up an entire floor of the building; and of course, a buyout of $500,000.00.

If you can’t pony up that amount, I’ll take my act to Georgia Bleccch.

3rdn8

October 5th, 2010
7:47 am

A little perspective here.

I remember Bryant’s teams of 1969 and 1970. If memory serves, both were 6-5, or there-abouts. There was no 24/7 internet/media scrutiny at the time, but there was a lot of murmerings at the barber shops in Alabama.

Good coaches, and good programs fall on hard times. Some recruiting classes just don’t pan out. There is little room for error in player evaluation.

My question….if I were an UGA fan…is: has this program made strides in building, and maintaining a program that is competitive in the SEC East?

Looking at UGAs record vs UF over the past ten years, that answer is no.

Changing coordinators, schemes, or anything else won’t fix that.

UA Alum92

October 5th, 2010
7:49 am

82Dawg, Coach Saban is VERY hands on in all three disciplines, but Kirby is calling the shots on defense. He won last year’s Broyles Award as the best coordinator for a reason. He is also an excellent motivator and recruiter and incredibly well prepared. The players love the guy. I would hate to lose him.

FireRicht.com

October 5th, 2010
7:49 am

Wasn’t this last years question???? Of course not! HE has had three consecutive years of terrible performance based on the talent on hand and the expectations! As CEO of the Dawgs he has performed horribly and we fans (the shareholders) expect a new man to restore confidence in our meteoric dropping stock price, Has any coach performed worse with as much talent as he has had the last two years? Aren’t we tired of saying next year we ought to be good? Aren’t we tired of Florida’s dominance? Aren’t we tired of losing to Kentucky, UT (when they are terrible see last year), Vandy, Mississippi State, etc. IT IS TIME! He makes MILLIONS and look at our performance. Either we need to hire some nobody with mediocre expectations and pay them far less or we need a coach worthy of the pay. We NEED CHANGE!

david humphreys

October 5th, 2010
7:52 am

when tennessee fired coach fulmer they had NO back up plan and look who we got! coach mouth and his daddy! whos better out there than coach richt? dont develope amnesia like we did. majors only started consitently winning when fulmer was elevated to oc.thank god hamilton got derek dooley (and no you cant have him!) think about it before you put your program in complete disarray…..

Fleming Island Dawg

October 5th, 2010
7:54 am

Palladin actually in 2007 the game was tied 20 to 20 and Alabama kicked a field goal and Georgia called a gutsy play on first down and Stafford hit Mikey Henderson for a 25 yard touchdown and in that case you don’t kick the extra point. I guess you didn’t see the game and just guessed the overtime from the score.

SimpleDawg

October 5th, 2010
7:54 am

I wasn’t able to watch the Georgia vs. Colorado game live.

People who have fall weddings, and don’t have a TV at the reception are inconsiderate……

I was able to watch the replay last night for the first time……I still don’t know why we lost to Colorado. After the disastrous start, the Dawgs seemed to be the dominate team. After a defensive breakdown here and a few missed tackles there, the Dawgs are in a real fight again. But even after all of the sacks and defensive lapses that happened, the Dawgs still looked like they were going to win the game, only to have a busted play create the fatal fumble that doomed Georgia to defeat.

They continue to beat themselves in games that could’ve been won. I’m more perplexed now than earlier in the season. I think we have good players, although on defense they’re ill-suited to the scheme we employ, and there’s nothing really wrong with the play calling……we have just forgotten how to win.

We have forgotten how to win.

We have snatched defeat out of the jaws of victory, again.

SimpleDawg

October 5th, 2010
7:56 am

Oh, and One Guy can make a huge difference.

But, only if the mistakes stop.

FalconUGAFan

October 5th, 2010
7:56 am

Tony…I think you are spot on …I do think Richt has to be given one more year IF McGarity feels that Richt still has the level of commitment needed for the program. The reality is that our fanbase will call for his (McGarity) head pretty quickly if the next coach doesn’t work out rather quickly.

Fleming Island Dawg

October 5th, 2010
7:58 am

FireRicht since when is 10-3 a terrible performance which is what GA did in 2008? Alabama went 7-6 in 2007 and FL was 9-4 the same year. How can you say it’s been 3 terrible seasons?

Larry

October 5th, 2010
7:58 am

Tony,

Other writers, talk show hosts, and fans have offered their opinions but you are the first to diplomatically offer a well thought out, systematic approach to facing and accepting reality, identifying the problems, and finding the solutions.

Touché!

Larry

#1 BAMA FAN

October 5th, 2010
7:58 am

I hope that UGA makes the right decision, whatever that might be. The SEC needs them to be the traditional strong program that they have been. To Wild Rebel….Ole Miss couldn’t score 45 points on BAMA’s freshman/chearleaders.RTR

3rdn8

October 5th, 2010
7:59 am

re: Mark Richt

I’d like to see CMR succeed because I think CFB needs more people like him. We need a few Bobby Bowdens sprinkled around the college landscape.

While there is no dount that Nick Saban is a great football coach, I wouldn’t want to go fishing with him.

One of us wouldn’t come back. And at the end of the day, I’m pretty sure he’d own my boat.

reebok

October 5th, 2010
8:01 am

nice article, tony.

Palladin

October 5th, 2010
8:01 am

Let’s say that conventional wisdom is correct and Richt remains as the Georgia HC in 2011.

It has become apparent that an 8 win season next year will represent a significant improvement. Will that be enough to satisfy Dawg fans that the program has been “turned around”? Would 7 wins be adequate, so long as one of those is against Florida? What do you expect from Richt in 2011 in order to decide whether to keep him for the 2012 season?

Doogsga

October 5th, 2010
8:03 am

Great read Tony. Thanks for an objective perspective. I’m worried about Schultz and Bradley. I don’t think we should go a witch hunt just yet. I, like many others believe this is our rebuilding year. With the new defense comes what looks like confusion in the defendive backfield. I get it – it’s not easy to learn – I’ve seen a D-1 playbook – it’s like a Tom Clancy novel.

The dawg nation has to keep the faith. These players can’t get right mentally if we’re riding them beyond what they can take.

Our fans must hold it together as well. If I were a recruit sitting in the stands and am watching fans boo or curse the home team, I would probably go elsewhere.

Real

October 5th, 2010
8:05 am

I love how Bama fans come on a UGA blog to boast and criticize other football programs when their own program went through 15 or so years of complete and utter failure.

5IML

October 5th, 2010
8:05 am

Yes, Richt should be given the opportunity to straighten things although he’s incapable of doing so. UGA’s biggest problem is talent evaluation. They sign the athlete with the most stars without regard to whether that athlete will fit in their system.

GT Dude

October 5th, 2010
8:06 am

I don’t really have a dog in this hunt, but do have an observation…
A common thread among most comments is that Richt is a “good man”; what the heck does being a good man have to do with being a good coach, I rarely hear the term “good guy” when one speaks of Saban, Meyers, Rodrigues, Kelly,….
What these men have in common, they are hard nosed and detailed oriented control freaks
Something that Richt has seemed to have lost along the way
I know the next obsrvation will seem a little odd, but take notice of Richt’s personal appearance. Until recently he has always been Mr. GQ – fit and trim with the spray on tan, but now he has packed on the pounds and not hitting the tanning booth as much, He seems to have lost control of some asspects of his personal life as well
Just my 2 cents, good luck with the Vols

Palladin

October 5th, 2010
8:06 am

@Fleming Island Dawg

No. I watched the game, but it’s been so long ago that I forgot the details of the overtime play. The fact that you remember this “signature” win over a Bama squad that finished the regular season with a 6-6 record and a loss to LA Monroe tells a lot about where this Georgia program stands.

Remember, this was Georgia’s best year in recent history.

Real

October 5th, 2010
8:07 am

“The SEC needs them to be the traditional strong program that they have been.”

Why? I don’t hear anyone saying that about the Vols and that program has had a much better tradition of great football than UGA.

Fleming Island Dawg

October 5th, 2010
8:09 am

Hey Real I agree with you. One of these Atlanta writers said how it used to be GA could never beat Alabama of Florida in the SEC now it’s any SEC team. The FL part is right but the last 4 games against Al we have won 3 of the 4.

3rdn8

October 5th, 2010
8:10 am

@ Real

didn’t realize that this was a UGA blog…..my bad.

Stillman/Fl. Dawg

October 5th, 2010
8:10 am

Told you so. CMR will NEVER get UGA to the promise land. This isn’t the ACC and he level of players are not SEC caliber. With the new defense you’d think he had sense enough to call the plays more because BOOBOO has no clue of how to call a game. You can see it in him, CMR is there to just be there, so just get out.

bdawg

October 5th, 2010
8:11 am

Tony, I had this conversation with a friend yesterday. I will get the answers but Greg can and will. Even with changes and they started yesterday, he went 1s vs 1s for the first time ever at UGA during the season, I give him a 5% chance to be head coach after 2011. The problems run too deep and I don’t think that can be corrected in 12 months. He cannot survive another 500 or below record in the SEC. After the season, if Mcgarity gets the plan he’s satisfied with and gives him 2011 to turn it around, I’ll support that, but if he isn’t happy with the answers and makes a change I’ll support that as well. Go Dawgs

Northern Sympathizer

October 5th, 2010
8:12 am

It’s fair to raise a cautionary note before replacing a proven winner in a program. The problem is that the “discussion” Tony imagines at season’s end should have already happened. UGA has been in steady decline for three years. His is a recipie for non-action. Non-action didn’t work in the waning years of either Butts or Goff. If the hand writing is on the wall, then read it!
I like CMR, but it is clear that coaching is no longer his passion and there are too many qualified candidates out there who ARE passionate about it. The issue isn’t “Does Richt deserve the chance to fix”. The question is can he?

George P Burdell

October 5th, 2010
8:13 am

YES. I am a Tech guy, but I watched enough of the Colorado game to see the obvious: when AJ Green was on the field, UGA was a good team. When Green was off the field, the UGA players alternated between trying to hard and being passive when aggressive playing did not yield results. This is not Richt’s fault, it is the PLAYERS’ fault. I am certain that the players want to play hard and win. But this type of thing happens unconciously, it happens fast on the field, and it happens at all levels of sport.

Michael Scharff

October 5th, 2010
8:13 am

Tony, I have met Coach Richt numerous times over the past decade. As many people have said, he is an incredibly good man. I truly think that he is still a bit naive in that I think he expects his players to adhere to the same standards of conduct that he follows every day in his life. But, in this day and age, there are too many negative cultural influences out there. I think that Coach Richt must install a strict code of conduct and stick to his guns. I do think he desrves another year to try and right the ship. I also think that changes have to made on the field. this is not what the fans have have come to expect as the Georgia brand of football.

uga_b

October 5th, 2010
8:13 am

Tony B.

Like you, I fully believed he would be back next season. The reason for that is I thought that even if we struggled, he wouldn’t lose the team. I am not sure he hasn’t. Double Negative FTW!

Anyway, the tipping point for me was the MSU game…arrest. At that point, I decided in my head that 7 was the magic number. If he gets some combination of 7 losses/arrests, I think he is on the “hot seat”. He needs the team to compete the rest of the year and look like they want to win even if they don’t.

82Dawg

October 5th, 2010
8:14 am

@Stillman/Fl. Dawg …if UGA’s players are not SEC caliber why were they fighting with Fla, BAMA, Tenn, etc for the players? Don’t buy that theory.

Fleming Island Dawg

October 5th, 2010
8:14 am

Palladin it’s not that long agao and I remember the good and the bad not like some bandwagon fans who forget their down years. I was just correcting the facts not taking a shot but if you must then like I said the last 4 against AL we are 3 and 1. So I guess you can’t brag about the last time AL beat us because we had a bad year? Never said it was a signature win so quit getting so uptight just like the facts to be set right since you were so positive we only won by a field goal.

Palladin

October 5th, 2010
8:15 am

@Real

I would like to see both Georgia and Tennessee regain the respect that they once had nationally. It is good for the overall conference for our traditional powers to be powerful.

You may not like taking advice from a Bama fan — but we’ve been in this situation before. The advice is free and you are free to ignore it — at your own peril.

3rdn8

October 5th, 2010
8:16 am

taking a page from the Shula years at Bama.

I have it on pretty good word that Mal Moore asked the same “game plan” of Mike Shula following the 2006 Iron Bowl. Shula politely (of course) told him to go sh*t in his hat. Head coaches tend to think that way. Six weeks later, Saban lands at Tuscaloosa.

I predict a similar outcome at UGA.

jwritz

October 5th, 2010
8:18 am

Tony, I couldn’t have said it better. I am a 30 year plus season ticket holder and if anyone has the right to complain it should be us. I see a football team that does not have the drive to compete at this level. Football is not a one man game, it’s a team sport. I see many problems within this progam. Fundamentals like tackling and blocking are not been executed, to many many penalties, player more concerned about themself than the team (this has been spiralling down for a few years now). Is this just a coaching problem or is it the players we recruit? I think it is a combination of both. Men need to stand up and be men and held accountable. End of story….

secfootball

October 5th, 2010
8:19 am

The SMART decision needs to be made if it continues south for the dawgs.

bad brad

October 5th, 2010
8:19 am

Well said, especially the last paragraph.

I for one am sick and tired of the dancing, showboating, etc that goes on after someone makes a great play. Win all your games then you can dance all you want.

And how in the world do you let one player commit three personal fouls in one game and still be playing at the end.

We need to start playing to win and quit playing not to lose…

And I don’t care what anybody says, it looked like a flea-flicker to me.

Fleming Island Dawg

October 5th, 2010
8:20 am

Palladin again not trying to blow out of proportion a win against a lowly AL team but that year I was in AL at my Aunt’s 100 year birthsday party in the Hotel lobby watching the game with a room full of AL fans getting all kinds of grief so of course I remeber how it ends. Didn’t say it was signature. If you base seasons on only beating teams with winning records most teams wouldn’t have much of a season.

5IML

October 5th, 2010
8:21 am

Mark Richt = Bobby Bowden

Both probably genuinely nice guys who win due to talent not strategy. Both are lackadaisical when it comes to discipline. Richt cannot change who he is.

Palladin

October 5th, 2010
8:21 am

@Fleming Island Dawg

You won that game in overtime — by three points.

Your last four games against Alabama cover a rather long (and dark) period in Alabama’s history. When a fan base starts to choose selective time frames in order to justify their record, then there is a problem. It’s your problem — not mine. Do with it what you will.

3rdn8

October 5th, 2010
8:21 am

changing the subject

did anyone notice that the LSU Center (I think his name is Herbert), saved Les Miles’ bacon against UT?

The game was chaos. He had the presence of mind to realize the clock was running out, and snapped the ball. Had he delayed, it wouldn’t have mattered if UT had 20 players on the field.

Red Panties

October 5th, 2010
8:23 am

Unfortunately the dawgs have gone from AKC Champion pure breed dawgs, to a bunch of flea bitten mutts from the dog shelter.

5IML

October 5th, 2010
8:25 am

@ Palladin and 3rd,

Let’s step away from the Richt stuff for a moment. Regarding our discussion yesterday, McElroy is just not thinking:

Greg McElroy said he was still sore Monday from some of the shots he took against Florida.

“I think I definitely need to start sliding,” he said. “It’s not that I don’t understand the importance of sliding and staying healthy. When I’m out there, I have a hard time going down. You can see myself slow down before I take a hit, almost as if I’m thinking of sliding, but it doesn’t really process, I guess, within my mind.

“It’s something that I probably need to start doing. It’s a long season and we’re five games in. I’ve gotten lucky not to take too many huge hits up to this point. I might not be so lucky next time.”

Hopefully, this can be fixed.

drew

October 5th, 2010
8:25 am

nope, he won’t fix it. he can’t fix it

Ole Ball Fan

October 5th, 2010
8:25 am

Alabama, UF, USC, Arkansas, and perhaps Miss State all have better coaching staffs than UGA. Even the Mad hatter’s staff in LSU might give them a run for the money. That’s scary!

SimpleDawg

October 5th, 2010
8:25 am

A lot of good points being made……

I could argue both sides of the debate, only I’m not sure who would be the solution if Richt is let go. We would certainly have to steal a coach from another successful program…..and they would not want to lose him. It would still be a crap shoot. There just aren’t many Sabans or Meyers out there, and are they at their pinnacle of performance, or are they still learning and growing?

As much as I hate watching Georgia get embarrassed, I’m glad that I don’t have the responsibility of making the decision that will positively or negatively impact the program for many years.

All I do know is that the status quo is not acceptable.

The bar has been raised. It’s a high jump, not a limbo.

atlvol55

October 5th, 2010
8:25 am

Yes,

While for some reason, it does seem like coaches hit that wall at 10 years; Richt certainly deserves a chance to get things back on track. Its not like Georgia has been getting blown out. They have been in every game to the end…

I predict Georgia finishes 7-5 or 6-6 at the very worse….Murray is just a freshman and will some experience could be a very good qb

Ole Ball Fan

October 5th, 2010
8:26 am

Oh – I left out Auburn!

Stillman/Fl. Dawg

October 5th, 2010
8:27 am

82Dawg–If they were SEC type players once they got to UGA and UNDERCOACHED then you are not SEC type players. When you leave our front 7, they DO NOT LOOK SEC TYPE…..

Palladin

October 5th, 2010
8:27 am

@3rdn8

Regarding the end of that LSU game, I think it was jumbeautiger who pointed out that the Quarterback dove on the ball with 0 seconds left on the clock. Nobody that stupid should be put behind Center in a major college football game.

[...] Has Richt earned the right to fix the problem at Georgia? asks Tony Barnhart of the AJC. [...]

Red Panties

October 5th, 2010
8:28 am

Richt needs to teach his player to act like they have scored a TD before, made a good catch and made a good run for a first down. All you see from the clowns playing for Richt when they do something right, is look at me! look at me! look at me! It’s all me and not team.

TONY B ROCKS

October 5th, 2010
8:29 am

Ole Ball Fan

October 5th, 2010
8:30 am

I see this all the time in business. Manager’s that don’t hire smarter people then they are and who have strengths that offset their own weakness eventually fail.

Palladin

October 5th, 2010
8:30 am

@5IML

I agree. Greg needs to take better care of himself. After all, he’s no Cam Newton.

richham

October 5th, 2010
8:31 am

Can we please get off the notion that Chris Peterson (Boise St) is a viable candidate for an SEC school. He will run into major head winds at any SEC school because he is a scientologist. It’s probably the reason he is still at Boise State.

Ole Ball Fan

October 5th, 2010
8:32 am

I should have said it this way – if you don’t constantly work to surround yourself with the very best people – you are doomed to failure.

Northern Sympathizer

October 5th, 2010
8:33 am

Agree with SEC football. We need the SMART decision.

3rdn8

October 5th, 2010
8:33 am

argument for conference parity.

I can’t see a way to come up with an objective poll in college football. Conference power rankings are a farce. There simply isn’t enough inter-conference play over the course of a season to make informed judgements.

I’m a Bama, and SEC fan, but don’t see a huge difference between here and there. “There” being the Big 10, or PAC 10. I look at Oregon, and OSU, and think they could play with anyone. I even agree with Brando on the Boise State issue.

The only real solution to this quagmire is to disband the major conferences. But they own CFB, so that won’t happend in my lifetime.

Alphare

October 5th, 2010
8:33 am

“Vince Dooley and Jeremy Foley, two of the best ADs ever”.

Tony, you have a wrong sentence here. It should be “Vince Dooley and Jeremy Foley, the worst and best ADs ever”.

Red Panties

October 5th, 2010
8:34 am

If Richt is fired, we will have the same problem we had hiring a DC, 3 turns and finally anybody who would come. Who would want to come to:

U

Get

Arrested and coach these undisciplined player, It would take a really good coach 5 years to weed out all the trouble makeres and half hearted players.

Please....

October 5th, 2010
8:34 am

Most head coaches at elite SEC programs like Auburn, Georgia, Florida, etc. are paid so much money they’re all set for life after a few years. They’ll never have to work again if they don’t want to. Their jobs become hobbies. They lose their edge. That’s not necessarily true for all of them, but I think it’s definitely a factor. I know if I made that kind of money I sure as hell wouldn’t be too worried about what the boss thinks, says or does. CMR seems to be a good man and a good coach, but what’s his motivation? At this point in his career it has to come from within. He must want success not only for himself and his family but also for his players and the UGA faithful. Maybe all that is just not as important as it used to be. He’s already acheived massive financial success. His kids and thier kids will never have money issues. Maybe, just maybe, the tremendous pay these coaches recieve is coming home to roost.
In the mean time, War Damn Eagle! It’s Great to be an Auburn Tiger!

SOGADOG

October 5th, 2010
8:35 am

Mr. Barnhardt,

You said it all. I agree 100%.

Keith Strawn

October 5th, 2010
8:36 am

Richt has the same problem as Les Miles — He looks bad even when the team is winning.

Palladin

October 5th, 2010
8:37 am

@GT Dude – “A common thread among most comments is that Richt is a “good man”; what the heck does being a good man have to do with being a good coach, I rarely hear the term “good guy” when one speaks of Saban, Meyers, Rodrigues, Kelly,….”

Coach Saban is a good man. He’s actually a very nice guy — off the field.

3rdn8

October 5th, 2010
8:37 am

@ 51ML

I suspect McElroy is hearing from the QB coach this week over this issue. I know he is a competitive guy, and that’s a good thing. But, it is still a long season, and Bama’s best chance to run the table is with an experienced QB. The risk-reward of getting an extra two feet on a throw-away down is just not acceptable.

Gen Neyland

October 5th, 2010
8:39 am

Many of us post our feelings based on the current situation. In that regard, I can only imagine the ire and frustration in the Michigan blogs over the past few years. Being it is what it is, we have two programs meeting up Saturday that has one looking to a hopefully, better tomorrow and one which is wondering what happened to today, today. Their overall respective and objective sentiments are based on the right now. Can we blame us..? Nope. We’re fans.

Noboby rides the crest short or long term without a price. All experience it along the way. I just hope I live long enough and remain young enough to enjoy another National Championship Atop Rocky. **Note to CDD–Please Hurry..! Good luck to us both. GBO…

Gator Mike

October 5th, 2010
8:39 am

I am a die hard Gator, and I do not have a right to speak up on the situation at UGA. What I will say is that the SEC needs the DAWGS to be a power in the conference and nationally. In my opinion, Coach Richt will fix it. I t would be a travesty to see UGA make the same stupid decision that the idiot AD at UT made when he fired Phil Fulmer. I believe the VOLS would still be in the hunt efvery year if Fulmer were still the UT coach.
Sayingall of that, note that McGarity was at UF for many years with Jeremy Foley. He saw the results of hiring a coach like Zook. Spurrier walked out on UF, and Foley knee jerked when Stoops and some others turn down the UF job. McGarrity is a smart guy, and he will make the best decision for the DAWGS. Everything runs in cycles (look at the way UF is struggling). We all need the DAWGS and VOLS to be in the hunt every year.
Just my opinion.
Go Gators!

Tom, Resident Georgia Fan

October 5th, 2010
8:40 am

Hey Phil: Learn to spell and realize that you are the most irrelevant person in the world. Now get back in the closet.

Red Panties

October 5th, 2010
8:41 am

richham

October 5th, 2010
8:31 am
Can we please get off the notion that Chris Peterson (Boise St) is a viable candidate for an SEC school. He will run into major head winds at any SEC school because he is a scientologist. It’s probably the reason he is still at Boise State.

I doubt that’s true, it is just posted on blogs with no credible source

guy

October 5th, 2010
8:42 am

It's simple...

October 5th, 2010
8:42 am

beat Tenessee, Florida, Auburn, and Tech and CMR keeps his job. He at least has to go 3 out of 5….with Florida being one of those 3.

It's simple...

October 5th, 2010
8:43 am

I meant 3 out of 4.

JB

October 5th, 2010
8:45 am

Fire Bobo………Spend $750,000 on a New OC with a NEW offense ( Mark’s is tired). Hire the best Strength coach money can buy. reevaluate recruiting. I agree with some on here that a 3 star with heart is better than a 5 star who puts out no effort. Play younger players who deserve.Let Grantham be Grantham. Mark needs to look in the mirror and make some decisions. He needs to t Or, he needs turn up the heat on coach’s and players. or, he needs to go……I think if he comes back, some of this will happen………….Tubbs left Auburn because he refused to tweak all the things they told him to do, mainly, firing coach’s.

Whopper Dawg

October 5th, 2010
8:45 am

Tony,

The argument to keep Richt because you are afraid the AD can’t hire a quality football coach is a pretty weak one. There are many quality candidates out there that would love to be UGAs head football coach, make that change and move on. The time to fix it was last year when we scuttled the entire defensive staff and now we are the worse team in the SEC.

RAMBLE ON!!!

October 5th, 2010
8:47 am

Spoken like a true homer

Max Sizemore

October 5th, 2010
8:47 am

A lot of thoughtful comments this morning — an above average blog for sure. I think GT Dude hit on something, that Richt appears to have lost control of some aspects of his personal life. That makes as much sense to me as anything. GT Dude, I’m guessing that you make your living evaluating people in some way, like personnel.

ColumbiaDawg

October 5th, 2010
8:47 am

You make good points, Tony. I think it will depend on how this season finishes out. If Georgia finishes like 5-7,then McGarity might do as you suggest. But, if the team finishes worse than that, he might consider the program beyond repair and in need of a new coach.

Loyal Homer

October 5th, 2010
8:48 am

I wrote this last week and while it sucks to lose to Colorado, I still think he deserves a chance to turn it around.

http://thesportsdebates.com/2010/09/29/the-fire-mark-richt-debate-verdict/

Valdosta Slim

October 5th, 2010
8:50 am

One a Dog, always a Dog, how sweet it is! And, just sayin’, Tony: drop the hair color. Looks weird and unnatural and fans actually can trust a writer with silver haired wisdom.

JB

October 5th, 2010
8:54 am

Gator Mike………………..Thanks, but going 9-3 and losing to you guys every year is getting old.
And this is why……………..The State of Georgia is #5 in High school talent every year according to Rivals, and Georgia, according to Forbes is the second most profitable Athletic Department in the Country ! That’s why we are sick of being mediocre. Mismanagement and underachieving is old.

Palladin

October 5th, 2010
8:54 am

Tuberville’s situation at Auburn has little in common with Richt’s situation at Georgia. Georgia never sneaked out in the dark of night to attempt hiring another coach without Richt’s knowledge. Tubby got revenge on Auburn. He kept his “BBQ boys” from Ole Miss on staff until they got their retirement from the state of Alabama, and then he quit coaching and dared Auburn to buy him out.

Snake Doc

October 5th, 2010
8:54 am

Most of you forget that MR was a no name OC before taking the HC position at UGA. We took a chance on him when he was hired. Whats the problem with taking a chance on another coach now that our team is down and out and sinking faster then the Titanic?

Remember Donnan was fired after a 7 and 4 season.

The definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing over and over expecting different results.

Could we suffer through something worse then we are now? Sure! However, do we not try to improve or is the status quo acceptable? Do we not attempt to build something better or do we continue to let the UF bash our brians in every year? Is beating the little juco/trade school all that matters anymore? Do we not aspire to greater things?

Ted Brogan

October 5th, 2010
8:55 am

Off Topic but:
Dear Rich Rodriguez,

Just wanted to thank you again for not choosing to be the Alabama football coach or else we would probably be in the same situation we had been in for the past several years. No Saban no championship.

To all the GA fans, hang in there it will get better. Not sure whether firing Richt is the right move or not. I think if he can pull of at least 2 of 3 wins against Tenn, FL and Auburn he should stay. He just needs to find a way to motivate his players and keep the disciplinary problems on and off the field down.

RTR!

Ugakev

October 5th, 2010
8:55 am

i think the main point was missed when we lost to colorado. . Even if we would of won that game we should not be playing teams like colorado close!!!!

Red Panties

October 5th, 2010
8:56 am

You want the lock bet of the year, Georgia is a 10 1/2 point favorite over Tenn—————————————————-TAKE TENN AND THE POINTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dooley the Vol

October 5th, 2010
8:57 am

I would not let CMR gp wiyhout a plan, after Peterson, Harbaugh and Patterson turn UGA down where do you go. As a UT fan it was painful to get rejected over and over, I am happy with Dooley, but I see UGA in the same shoes as the Vols.

Vols win this weekend by 6.

DawgByte

October 5th, 2010
8:59 am

Tony -

Excellent article… I agree with all your points. Moreover, I’d like to share one other note. Richt is in a bind, if he get’s rid of Bobo and brings in a new OC, it will take a year or so for the existing players to fully grasp the new playbook and for the new coach to recruit the players he needs to execute the new system. See Grantham’s situation for a case study. Richt doesn’t have another 2-3 years to right the ship, so what does he do?

Richt has to look at all the things you suggest, but in reality he’s going to be very limited in what he can do, because as you suggest change takes time. If there’s anything that can be done without a total disruption in operations is to adjust the method for evaluating talent and possible hand over the recruiting lead to another member of the staff. Garner’s reign has been FAR TOO LONG!

Dirty Dawg

October 5th, 2010
9:01 am

I absolutely believe that Richt deserves the opportunity to fix his mess. Having said that, I have to wonder if he has it in him to do it.

Richt’s success was when he was actually involved with this team. He had a kick-@ss DC and he was running the offense. The slide started with Martinez taking over as DC and Bobo as the OC… Richt took too long to make a change on Defense (now we have a good scheme but the wrong players for it) and no change on offense, or in his involvement with the team.

I don’t see that there’s anyone else out there who would be any better than the coach we have right now… I just don’t think Richt has the desire to be a head coach if it means he has to live and breath it.

Anyone know where he can find a part-time job coaching job??? Maybe after next season he can start looking.

DR J

October 5th, 2010
9:03 am

Very well written TB. The problems at UGA have been well defined by even casual observers…coaching or lack of….schemes whether antiquated or just new…recruiting philosophy for those schemes…lack of discipline, desire, focus and the list goes on. The problem that really irks me is the lack of blocking inside gaps with strange blocking schemes when you want to to run first…just TiVo a game and look at that aspect…gee…this isn’t rocket science. And the list goes on…when did making sure a punter actually punted the ball before having your contain guys turn upfield get deleted? Anyway, I do think CMR should have the opportunity to make the obvious changes. We all remember the late 60’s and early 70’s when a certain coach with mutiple NCs under his belt ran into trouble when the football landscape changed…different players and schemes. This was one time when a leopard changed it’s spots… and when he embraced new athletes and a new scheme that old Bear won a few more games and that’s one of the things that made him a great coach. I guess I am wondering if CMR can make the changes to restore UGA to this level. I don’t know.

Palladin

October 5th, 2010
9:03 am

@Dooley the Vol – “I am happy with Dooley, but I see UGA in the same shoes as the Vols.”

I don’t. I see two programs crossing paths. One is on an upward trajectory — the other is not.

I’ll let you guess which is which.

Here’s a hint: The fans of the heavily favored team have more doubts about which team will actually win this contest.

JB

October 5th, 2010
9:03 am

DawgByte…………you make good points……….I don’t know if he has the talent or time to turn it around………..Him being gone is a matter of time, i hate to say.

Diamond Player

October 5th, 2010
9:04 am

Hey Tony-

I double dog dare you to pick against Georgia the rest of the season, every game?

Put your money where your mouth is.

VA DAWG

October 5th, 2010
9:04 am

Richt will and should be given one more year to right the ship, but if he fails to do so likely candidates should be Dantonio, BVG, Whittingham (highly unlikely) or another defensive minded head coach. Peterson is a pipe dream and I would rather not experiment with Muschamp or Smart (good coordinators don’t has make goo HCs). Hopefully the scenario will not play out and Richt will begin winning again. GO DAWGS!

MURPHY

October 5th, 2010
9:05 am

To answer your question Tony:

Yes he does deserve to try and fix it-but I have no confidence he can.I guess time will tell. Saturday sure would be a good start at it. The real question is what is the timetable to show he can fix it?

RxDawg

October 5th, 2010
9:05 am

“We are at the point where the team needs to lift its fans.”

That’s the best statement I’ve seen yet.

This is the best article I’ve seen yet. 100% agree.

George

October 5th, 2010
9:06 am

Richt’s skills at repairing programs arn’t up for debate.

See the 2001/2002 turnaround, also see the 2006/2007 turnaround.

These writers simply don’t know what they’re talking about, they’ve never coached a team, never done anything practical, and ar ein love with their theories, which have nothing to do with the real world.

bamafan

October 5th, 2010
9:06 am

Simple Dawg – well said about Fall weddings. There is a story recounted in the recent best selling book about Bama’s motor home caravans during the 1999 season (Author = Warren St. John – Book = “Rammer Jammer”) about the Bama fan whose daughter scheduled her wedding on the (then) Third Saturday in October. The fan/father did not attend the wedding. ‘Nuff said.

Real – Lighten up – Almost all the Bama fans on this blog are sympathetic to UGA. As I told my UGA graduate daughter who is miserable, it has been 57 years since UGA lost 4 consecutive games. The last time Alabama lost four consecutive games was in 2007. Since losing those four games in 2007, Bama is 32-2. Better times lie ahead for UGA……….

Real

October 5th, 2010
9:06 am

Palladin

I think it’s hypocritical for Bama people to come in and give “advice” on what to do with their football program. Before you guys bought Saban, Alabama was a second tier football program on probation.

joe

October 5th, 2010
9:07 am

If you answer Tony’s question now…fine. But if the Vols whip UGA on Saturday, will your answer change? Take it to the bank…yes. 0-4 could easily turn into 0-6 heading to Jacksonville. Ouch.

Kool Breeze

October 5th, 2010
9:07 am

If Georgia finishes 9-4, a lot of writers gonna look so dumb.

Real

October 5th, 2010
9:08 am

bamafan

UGA fans could care less what Bama fans think. Your football program has been on probation more than we have and has had 15 years of utter failure. People respect UGA way more than they respect Alabama.

Frank

October 5th, 2010
9:09 am

Tony:

Have you earned the right to give Mark Richt or McGarity advice about coaching? Ever coached a Div 1 team in the SEC?

MURPHY

October 5th, 2010
9:10 am

Dooley the vol,

Its gonna be almost impossible to hire a big name coach here at UGA. We have a black cloud hanging over this program right now. We are really going to have to pay big dollars to get a big name,successfull coach in here. It will probably be the richest contact along with buyout ever in the NCAA.

Gator Mike

October 5th, 2010
9:10 am

JB, I totally understand your complete frustration. Best of luck.

dbc

October 5th, 2010
9:11 am

I agree we need an experienced OC. But I doubt anyone with those credentials will take a chance to come to a program with a lame duck head coach. Why come to UGA for a year when there’s a good chance your HC and the entire staff will be let go? It’s a roll of the dice that most candidates won’t be willing to take.

Blah, blah, blah ........ gone to seed it has

October 5th, 2010
9:12 am

A solid program takes about two good years or three to die. This UGA football death began during the Matt Stafford and Moreno, Massoquoi years. Richt has not continued to recruit solid SEC caliber linemen on D and O. Addiotionally, he has not gone after the really solid running backs because his old 90s FSU model never really had any of them, so why have them at UGA?

He has not fully grasped that in the SEC you are very physical on both sides of the ball and on O, you have tough, hard nosed running backs. You do IF you are top tier within the SEC.

Watch UT Saturday …………their back named either Toole or Poole form Toccoa, will run right up the UGA middle time and time again. Keep in mind that UT is so depleted and they will still PHYSICALLY DOMINATE UGA.

We can go on and on and on ……….but Richt has hired sub standard position coaches and co ordinators, and his players ( not the skill players ) are all substandard for the SEC.

Things work in cylces and UGA for now is in a down cycle. Alabama was and Floirda was for most of my 62 years and GT has been since Dodd was run off by Dooley and now UT and so we have to hang on.

If UGA has a new coach within 2 or 3 years and winning, very likely the other schools will be undergoing what UGA is right now. Cycles affect ALL schools. Coaches leave, quit, move on. CUM and Sabin and Miles and Spurrier will all be gone within two years. It is the way that it is.

Need all new blood in Athens, gang. It is the way that it is. Richt let it go to seed. Not you and not I.

Go Dogs.

Palladin

October 5th, 2010
9:12 am

@DR J

Yes. Fifty some odd years ago Bear Bryant deserved a chance to turn around a program that had two or three bad seasons in a row.

Then again, I don’t think Bear ever coached for a ten year period without winning a National Championship.

Real

October 5th, 2010
9:12 am

Palladin

About Auburn. Yes and no. Tuberville is not exactly a loyal coach. He threw Ole Miss under the bus to head for Auburn in hopes of national presence, which he got by the way in 2004. Auburn got sick of him because before 2004, he could not take them to a national title game. He did however warn the coaches about not ranking Auburn high in 2003. Now, as far as Richt goes, he’s been way too lenient on his staff and players. Hiring Bobo as offensive coordinator is just stupid since Bobo was a sub par quarterback.

TheItalianDawg

October 5th, 2010
9:12 am

I agree with Wopper Dawg “The argument to keep Richt because you are afraid the AD can’t hire a quality football coach is a pretty weak one. There are many quality candidates out there …” and I also agree with Gator Mike that Georgia and Tennessee should be strong programs for the sake of the SEC.
I will say this in order for Mark Richt to save his job, we, the fans, starting from this week earn the right to see a different Georgia team that actually winning and winning with style. our team is not physical enough and lack mental toughness if coach Richt can bring his team back and beat the crap out of Tennessee, I will say things might be getting better and probably changing some mediocre assistants like Bobo could eventually bring Georgia to the elite level other wise fire the clowns and hire Jim Harbaugh or Kirby Smart

Real

October 5th, 2010
9:13 am

MURPHY

UGA has a black cloud???? Ever see Alabama just 4 years ago? They were on probation!!!!!!! We could go out and hire anyone we wanted to.

mark

October 5th, 2010
9:14 am

I don’t think Richt knows how to fix what is wrong with this team and that’s why I think he needs to go. If he could fix it, we would see some signs of improvement already. Instead we see the same exact problems that have plagued the Dawgs for three seasons now.

Carolina Dawg

October 5th, 2010
9:15 am

It may have been stated above, but Colorado had great d backs. the rest of the teams we play cannot stop AJ Green without doubling him. We can still win out in the SEC and beat Tech. Stranger things have happened.
South Carolina loses three more and we win the East. that will right the ship. I know it’s a longshot but it starts this weekend. If we lose,the ship starts sink and down with it goes the Captain. just my opinion.

turkeycaller

October 5th, 2010
9:15 am

For 3 seasons we have looked like a lost man that tries to keep walking and hoping to eventually come out somewhere. I don’t see a future for the OC and staff. Apparently Richt and Bobo felt we could overpower these teams by a strong running game. That conclusion was derailed even in the LL game. We simply don’t have what it takes to operate as a power team. Now we are left to try other schemes that we may or may not be able to run either. They didn’t accurately judge capabilities for one thing. That now apparent shortcoming has led to frustration in other parts of the team.

Real

October 5th, 2010
9:16 am

Carolina Dawg

There is no way we beat Auburn, who is pretty pissed over the last 4 years. We won’t beat Florida and we won’t beat Tennessee. We will beat Tech.

01HAWK

October 5th, 2010
9:17 am

BARNHARDT……………………….You are dead on about how BAMA players fill out there uniforms. They are bigger, and faster. Look at INGRAM and RICHARDSON. They are physically imposing compared to UGA running backs.

Look at Julio Jones and most of the team. BAMA’S conditioning coach is probably the best and he is always on the sidelines right by the coaches.

Real

October 5th, 2010
9:19 am

“BAMA’S conditioning coach is probably the best and he is always on the sidelines right by the coaches.”

I wonder if Mark McGuire is their medicine supplier.

Reality Check

October 5th, 2010
9:19 am

Since I am not a UGA insider, I agree with Tony and think that the AD will have to evaluate everything at the end of the year and make a decision. Barring a miracle finish to get to 7-5 or 8-4, if we keep CMR another year the recruiting class will fall apart with most recruits realizing that CMR will only be there another year. Next year will be bad either way most likely, but with a change at least you speed the rebuilding process along. Since 2006 every year has seen decline except 2007. The 2008 team started #1 but had three horrible losses.I can except losses if it looks like the Dawgs are actually well coached and prepared, but several times over the last few years it looks like the team is not prepared. This is not an easy call but probably best if CMR resigns at the end of the year.

Miles

October 5th, 2010
9:20 am

Mark Richt will be fine this year even if he looses all his remaining games…

Next year, if the Bulldogs look as horrible as this year, he’s gone…

Palladin

October 5th, 2010
9:21 am

Real

October 5th, 2010
9:06 am
Palladin

I think it’s hypocritical for Bama people to come in and give “advice” on what to do with their football program. Before you guys bought Saban, Alabama was a second tier football program on probation.

No. Alabama was a better team during their long time lost in the wilderness than Georgia is right now. They had a 10 win season and a Top Ten ranking under Coach Shula in 2005. Every one of the 6 losses (in a row) to Auburn were close games. I was one of the folks who thought that Shula deserved a chance to turn things around at Alabama — but I was wrong.

You should probably just keep Coach Richt and hope for the best. What’s the worst that could happen?

AH

October 5th, 2010
9:21 am

Great article! Hopefully McGarity will force Richt to do what needs to be done.

MURPHY

October 5th, 2010
9:21 am

Real,

I agree! Now look at were you are today-The elite prgram in the NCAA. It will take a ton of money to get the right coach just like Bama paid-But is was worth it-right?

Preston

October 5th, 2010
9:22 am

That’s a good question Tony. And its a tough one but I believe the answer is no. We lose 3 games in a season that began with a pre-season #1 ranking, then lose 4 the next year, and now we’re looking at a season that will be the worst in decades. He earned the chance to stay the past couple of seasons by winning a couple of SEC championships (which is more than we can say for Goff or Donnan) but he hasn’t earned the right to stay longer and continue to watch the program suffer further. The recruiting is there and has been there so there’s absolutely no reason for this pathetic showing. We’re obviously being out-coached and out-motivated and that responsibility lies squarely on the head coach. I’m glad that coach Richt was here but its time to make a change and get a new fire started in Athens. I love coach Richt but I love the program more.

black bee

October 5th, 2010
9:22 am

Agreed CMR will be alright, mark my word! But he does have to look at the Program honestly. He has had 4 straight great recruiting classes, so something is not going well. For one UGA has had that dominant back lately.

404

October 5th, 2010
9:22 am

I suppose UGA fans feel better now after Barnhart’s “therapy” session.

The REAL is simple to see.

They’ve run out of Kool-Aid.

Preston

October 5th, 2010
9:22 am

Oops, meant to say 5 the next year. Even worse.

Otto

October 5th, 2010
9:23 am

CMR needs to take ownership of the offense this week. Planning/play calling needs to change. UGA could be 4-1 or 5-0 with better play calls, which would add a few long drives that were common 2002 to 2005.

If CMR ends the season aloof and not knowing why certian players were not in the game, the AD should not have to force a coach to chage the staff. Forced coaching changes lead to a very divided staff which leads to the train wreck that was Tubbs last season at Auburn.

IMO if CMR does not put in place changes by the end of the season, UGA needs to look for a new coach.

AP

October 5th, 2010
9:23 am

Michael Adams and Mark Richt have ruined the greatest time of the year. Tailgating isn’t the same in Athens. How many other universities try to dissuade their fans from being on campus. Have you walked by Sanford Stadium lately 2 hours before kickoff— zero atmosphere. I had a friend of mine from a Pac-10 school visit to experience the SEC. I was embarrassed. And by the way, UW shouldn’t compare to UGA, but they have us licked in tailgating and an exciting new coach! Up and coming program that also calls themselves the DAWGS.
I’m having a hard time handling the poor performance, but the nail in the coffin for me is the ineptitude of our boys in regards to the law. I never thought I would say this, but I’m not going to be making the trek to Athens again this fall. You can say I’m a bandwagon fan, I’m not, season ticket holder, once a year away game weekend fan, alumni from 88, Dawg fan to the core. They have made it just too hard to put forth the effort. I used to plan my tailgate on Wednesday’s and would leave Saturday AM at 5:00 for a 7:30 ESPN game. Their would be 50 of us tailgating, responsibly. Not anymore, we are having a hard time deciding between our kids 11U soccer games and tailgating in a parking deck and then watching a poorly coached football team. I’m seeing better football on Friday nights in Fayette County for goodness sakes. Sorry, it will take a change at the top to get me interested again.

MURPHY

October 5th, 2010
9:24 am

Real,

sorry thought you were a Bama Fan. I mean look at were they are today.

Real

October 5th, 2010
9:24 am

“They had a 10 win season and a Top Ten ranking under Coach Shula in 2005.”

Oh, so you had one good year. Whoopie. When Auburn was on probation, they went undefeated. Whoopie. You don’t hear the War Eagles shouting about it.

“Every one of the 6 losses (in a row) to Auburn were close games. ‘

No they were not. Last years game was the closest in the past 10 years. Look it up.

“You should probably just keep Coach Richt and hope for the best. What’s the worst that could happen?”

It’s not my decision.

Otto

October 5th, 2010
9:24 am

black bee, UGA recruits scat backs and runs them like power backs. Recruiting does not match the play calling.

Happy Valley patience

October 5th, 2010
9:25 am

The best coaching record today of 397-131-3 belongs to Joe Paterno.
Between 2000 and 2004, Coach Joe Paterno had seasons of 5-7. 5-6, 3-9, and 4-7.
Paterno became the target of criticism from some Penn State faihful. In 2005, Joe Pa said, “If we don’t win some games, I’ve got to get my rear in out of here, simple as that”. However, Penn State finished the season at 11-1 and were Big 10 Champions in 2005.
Paterno is 54-15 since the 2004 season.

Real

October 5th, 2010
9:25 am

MURPHY

Yeah, anyone can be great with the right amount of money. It works for the Yankees, Florida, Bama……..

NEXT #14

October 5th, 2010
9:25 am

@REAL 8:05A.M.,ENJOY THE KARMA EXPERIENCE & LEARN FROM IT!!

jeff

October 5th, 2010
9:25 am

someone explain how georgia is a 13 point favorite over tennessee? tennessee ain’t good but neither is georgia. tennessee played florida fairly tough, and lsu very tough. not sure i get it.

404

October 5th, 2010
9:26 am

THe other big problem UGA has is
that “gimmick” pro-style offense they run.

What a joke.

Everybod has the “blueprint” for that now.

Bobo is gone after the season. Guaranteed.

404

October 5th, 2010
9:27 am

I wonder when UGA fans will start demanding a refund for their $10,000

01HAWK

October 5th, 2010
9:27 am

I thank RICH RODRIQUEZ, JIM LEAVITT (Former coach at South Florida), and Mike Riley of Oregon State for turning down the BAMA job.

These coaches thought there was no chance of BAMA getting back to where they are.

Neither of these coaches would have done what SABAN has done. Coach Fran skipped to TEXAS A&M and then got fired. Good Riddance. Rough first year for SABAN with Shula’s players, but he has done the job.

To Coach Ron Middleton of DUKE: …………You left the BAMA staff to go to DUKE of all places in 2008 and I know you wish you had not. What a sorry looking team DUKE has.

One day BAMA will not be the best and UGA maybe. It all goes around for I do not know of many coaches that could have done what SABAN has done.

jeff

October 5th, 2010
9:27 am

happy valley are you happy where penn st. is right now? they are at best the 4th best team in the big 10 after osu, iowa, and wisconsin. maybe not even that considering michigan and michigan st. look fairly good. next year nebraska joins the conference. psu is a very average team and going backwards i think.

George

October 5th, 2010
9:28 am

Hi There Mr. College Football:

See, here’s the thing. Writers create theories. They don’t do anything practical. They don’t do, they think about doing. Ok, coaches do, they don’t think about doing, they do. So, let’s say you create another of your million theories about football, based on no practical experience. You’re theory is based on second hand knowledge. It’s not valuable. So, when your theory is tersted, and verified to be wrong, if you’re smart, you don’t need to be rehashing your theory, because it makes you look like you’re an impractical person. For the 1 millionth time, your theory that Mark Richt can’t turnaround a program and take it to the top of the SEC, has been disproven in 2002 & 2007. Now, if you want, you can keep trying to talk about that theory, which has already been tested, and was found to be false. But it doesn’t make you look like a practical person. Just giving you a little advice, since you guys are so into advice.

Russ, the Temporary Mascot

October 5th, 2010
9:28 am

Coach Grantham and I are going out to lunch to see if we can put some things behind us and bond for Saturday’s game. Coach is making $750,000 a year and I am temporary. It has caused some difficulty for me, I admit. Seeing him drive by with a box of doughnuts on the dash reminds me that I am a little out of shape myself.

PAT

October 5th, 2010
9:29 am

TB….I agree that most of the players & coaches (to some extent) don’t appear to have the sense of urgency that you’d expect. But if you do dump Richt, whom would and could you get to replace him? After seeing what I’ve seen the last few years, I’d certainly hope that if they did decide to hire a new coach, that the new coach understands that SEC is getting tougher every year and you’ve got to be on top of every aspect of the program at all times. That he needs to micro-manage and look over his assistants shoulders a awful lot to keep the program headed up hill.

jj

October 5th, 2010
9:30 am

Jeez Tony. Shut up about kiffin. LET IT GO. Everytime you speak you say something about the “boy wonder” the guy sucks and we all know that…get over it he is gone

01HAWK

October 5th, 2010
9:30 am

ACC………………………..All Cissy Conference

Sam Robards, Dawg Fan

October 5th, 2010
9:31 am

Thank goodness for Tony Barnhart.

This is the most accurate and level-headed take on our situation I’ve seen, and I agree with it 100%.

I could understand talking about UGA being completely in the tank if we’d been blown out in several of these games, but we haven’t been blown out. We’ve been competitive in EVERY game this year well into the fourth quarter. As someone earlier said, we’re only a couple plays away from flip-flopping our record.

We’ve got the pieces. Look at Aaron Murray, AJ Green, Kris Durham, Justin Houston and even Caleb King (sans the fumble against CU).

We’re just not making the plays, and Mark Richt deserves the chance to right the ship. McGarity will choose the cautious approach after this season. The last thing he wants to do so early in his term is fire a highly successful head coach, replace him with a Lane Kiffin and tank the program for years.

Besides, what if UGA wins out, UF loses to LSU and SC loses to Bama, UT and UF. That would leave UGA in the SECCG. Am I betting on such a wacky scenario? Heck no! But stranger things have happened…

NEXT #14

October 5th, 2010
9:32 am

@ FLEMING ISLAND DAWG,IF YOU COULD EVER PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP FOOTBALL & GET PAST THEM GATORS YOU COULD HAVE A SHOT @ BAMA!!! WONDER HOW THAT GA. RECORD WOULD LOOK THEN??!!

Honky Talkin'

October 5th, 2010
9:33 am

You think it’s bad now….after UGA loses to Kentucky and Vanderbilt, the angry mobs with torches will surround Athens. The only bright spot for UGA is Murray (who Bobo threw under the bus).

Pathetic

dap01

October 5th, 2010
9:33 am

Yes there is a mess at UGA but if CMR does not deserve an opportunity to get it right, who does? He has been with the program 10 years, he has been loyal, he has the highest character (Not Saban, Not Pete Carol), he is one of the winningest coaches in HISTORY. If he does not deserve a chance who does?

How about...?

October 5th, 2010
9:34 am

Agree with comments by southJaxBeachBullDawg on page 1. However, should CMR decide to become a full-time missionary, where does UGA turn? Lots of names being bandied about, but I don’t recall seeing Mike Leach mentioned. Is he too tainted to be considered? Don’t remember the exact reason(s) why TT let him go. Would McGarity embrace his “pirate” style? Would the fans?

Preston

October 5th, 2010
9:34 am

JB, your 8:54 am post was spot on.

CBS Announcer

October 5th, 2010
9:34 am

“but it’s a 1 and 4 SEC team”. HAHAHAHAHAHA. Revel in your pain.

PMC

October 5th, 2010
9:35 am

Yeah but Fulmer actually won a National Championship at Tennessee did he get a chance to right it? Did Johnny Majors? Did Tommy Tubberville?

He’s got a fine track record, really good. He did a great job turning the entire program around from middling to contender but then they went back to middling and then they are well below that now.

Coaches tend to say they keep doing the things they are doing that got them there. Maybe those things aren’t good enough in this environment anymore?

I certainly hope he can get it turned around. I think he’s an excellent head coach, but he’s really got to lock down the dicipline which isn’t his forte and he’s got to get the team to play with more focus, fundamentals and energy. This group of players has lots of talent but it’s disjointed and they still haven’t found out how to get them to play as a team. I wonder if he can actually turn it around in a reasonable amount of time.

Big Red

October 5th, 2010
9:35 am

Everybody wants a quick fix. Let’s just fire everybody and start over. College football is getting way “out of whack” altogether. Think it’s a lot of off the field crap that’s effecting players & coaches attitude . Metzinberger, Damon Evans, all these misdemener arrest (a lot of which is just stupid crap like expired license, taking somebody’s helmet, selling jersey’s, etc.) We got a young quaterback doing great things but making stupid little mistakes. Completely don’t understand all this fumbling and penalties at the worst possible time. Clean it up don’t fire everybody.

kirk herbstreit

October 5th, 2010
9:35 am

sam robards they have medication that can help your hallucination issues.

gunter

October 5th, 2010
9:36 am

Excellent piece Tony, Coach Richt has earned the right to turn this around and he will. Lot’s of distractions this year with all the arrest, AD embarrassment, new defensive coordinator.

redneck 61

October 5th, 2010
9:36 am

FIRE RICHT he is not even worried about winning a game he is more worried about fixing his hair.

dawgster

October 5th, 2010
9:36 am

Gator Mike..classy comments, very appreciated by true dawg fans and not the fair weather fans that want to be on the bandwagon when everything is rosey, but only no how to criticize when things are not going well…You are correct, the gators went thu a similar thing and got it right with Meyer..the Vols, same thing and of course Bama…look how long it took them to get it right…You know someone posted earlier that “Mark Richt”=Coach Bowden”..they were beiing sarcastic, but i’ll take that anyday as Coach Bowden is the 2nd all-time in Div 1 wins…and look at Penn State…they wanted to say that Coach Paterno was thru and that he couldn’t coach…well guess what a few very good recruiting classes and all of a sudden he can coach again…I wonder why he forgot how to coach for a few years…Anyway, Gator Mike, thanks for the classy remarks…go dawgs

How 'bout This, Dawgs?``

October 5th, 2010
9:36 am

Maybe CMR is too ethical to allow his players to bulk up on body “supplements” like they do at other schools. Maybe that’s why we’re getting beat on the line of scrimmage. And maybe he knows that if he brings it up he’ll be ostracized as someone grasping at straws. whaddyathink

McDawg

October 5th, 2010
9:37 am

this team reminds me of some of the Notre Dame teams that had the 5 star offensive lineman who gets his butt whipped play after play from some kid from one of the service academys-just seems like a dispirited group to me

Gordon

October 5th, 2010
9:38 am

I agree with everything Tony wrote, but if I were a Georgia fan I would be asking why it wasn’t done after the 2008 season, and certainly after the 2009 season.

5150 P.O.A.D

October 5th, 2010
9:39 am

Richt always beat the weak teams on the Dawgs schedule, but now his team can’t do that. I have to admit it is fun seeing UGA going down the toilet. UGA fans were so nice to Tech when we had Chan & Nix, If Bobo doesn’t fall on his Sword then Richt will have to force Bobo out. The trend seems to be a coach starts works 4-6yrs building a winner then moves on to a different job for more money. Joe Pa and Bowden like coaches are a thing of the past. It seems to stay FRESH a coach has to move to keep his edge.

UT96

October 5th, 2010
9:39 am

Gator Mike, you are way off about Fulmer. He had two losing seasons in four years. The program had been in a steady decline since the ‘99 season except for two years that Cutcliffe came back and instilled some discipline. Of course, he left for Duke and everything went into the toilet again. Fulmer had gotten complacent and lazy.

Now, I’m not for or against the firing of Richt, but sometimes change is good even if you have to take a step back. Our ad’s problem, as a poster mentioned, was he didn’t have a solid plan in place once Fulmer got the ax and we wound up with boy blunder-Kiffin. Georgia’s ad from what i know about him won’t make that mistake and UGA has this going for them: they can rebound from a coaching change sooner than we will will because they have a ton of great players in their own back yard.

bamafan

October 5th, 2010
9:40 am

Real – I guess it is clear now that you are an Auburn fan? But on the off chance you are a UGA fan, I will tell you that almost no one in college football has more respect for UGA than Bama. Quite frankly, UGA has been a player on the national scene only three times over the years: once in the 40’s with Trippi and Sinkwich; once in the 80’s with Walker, and in 2007 when UGA finished 2nd. I am not sure what your problem is but you don’t need to be ugly to folks who are sympathetic to the UGA situation. On the other hand, your negative rants about Alabama are the same ones usually posted by Auburn fans (Bama probation/6 losses to Auburn/etc/etc). Auburn is not a better team because you criticize Bama.
The Bama fans on this blog were not criticizing UGA; we are quite sympathetic having been there and done that several times.

Buck Belue wears a toupee

October 5th, 2010
9:41 am

I would rather have a JERK coaching my team and win games instead of a NICE GUY who loses games. No wonder it’s been 30+ years..

Keyser Söze

October 5th, 2010
9:43 am

“Grasping at straws” sums up your entire comment, How about this. Delusional would also apply.

PMC

October 5th, 2010
9:44 am

I guess the question I’d like to hear Coach Richt discuss is…. Coach how does it get to a point where guys under your tuteledge can’t do the most basic fundamental elements of football and not embarass the university with arrests? Yes they are young but they are old enough to be treated like adults are we expecting too much that they perform the fundamental elements of football and the fundamental elements of life (IE not being arrested) on a day to day basis?

juvenal

October 5th, 2010
9:44 am

not really any of my business, & i apologize in advance to anyone i offend for posting here-but isn’t your recruiting co-ordinater supposed to 1 of the best in the game?

PMC

October 5th, 2010
9:45 am

I mean, Vanderbilt tackles well. You don’t have to be an elite athlete to have good technique.

AU Alum 85

October 5th, 2010
9:47 am

UGA has a good man and a good coach. Richt just didn’t suddenly forget how to coach. Back in the days of Dooley, Jordan, and Bryant, schools didn’t fire coaches so quickly. Before he installed the wishbone and went on the huge run in the 1970s, Bryant struggled with a couple of sub par seasons and some wondered if he had lost his edge. Alabama stayed with him and history proved it was a good choice. UGA should keep Richt.

GeorgiaGuy

October 5th, 2010
9:48 am

I agree with every single word of this, Tony. Except it should have been done two years ago at the first sign of trouble in the organization. Good organizations don’t wait until things are spinning out of control to start evaluating the problem.

Real

October 5th, 2010
9:48 am

bamafan

You brought up the 6 straight losses to Auburn. I just clarified that those games were not as close as you stated. Also, I couldn’t care less if Bama fans respect UGA or not. Trust me, we UGA fans/alum don’t a crap about UA. As for the rest of your comments about me being an Auburn fan, no I am not. I do however have more respect for Auburn because they have to take crap from Bama people even when Bama loses to Auburn.

Bear's Ghost

October 5th, 2010
9:49 am

JB, Tubs threw coordinators under the bus multiple times to save his own skin. He left because the kitchen was gettin too hot. He wasn’t willing to step up his effort to try and keep pace with Nick. Since the Bama blackout game in 2008, when the dawgs were ranked #3 and undefeated, Richt is 15-12, 9-9 in the conference. He’s apparently a quality person, but like Tony mentioned, the bar has been raised.

Sean

October 5th, 2010
9:50 am

If Georgia forces out Richt, I hope they end up like Ole Miss or Tennessee. What a joke, the guy has been the best thing that has happened to Georgia since Herschel Walker and they want to fire him? DELUSIONAL!

The Miss. State loss was bad but Arkansas and South Carolina are both very good and Colorado is 3-1.

http://thebubblescreen.blogspot.com

Coach O

October 5th, 2010
9:51 am

I think that the blog moderators should block all comments that are negative toward Coach Richt.

Just Sayin’…

Rooster

October 5th, 2010
9:51 am

At the end of the day it will be the big time boosters that decide Richt’s fate. Is he covering the spreads? People wonder why Les Miles is under siege at LSU – how about being a 16 point favorite at home against a rebuilding Tennessee squad and needing perhaps the weirdest series of events to end a heart wrenching game. Local Baton Rouge TV cut into their lunch broadcasts to televise Miles Monday presser. Point is, if the deep pocket guys decide that Richt has done all he can it won’t matter what the AD thinks, they will just start pulling their checks from the Georgia Athletic Fund.

By the way, I agree with TB that the program will regress before going forward despite whoever they bring in, including Vince Dooley himself if UGA could pry him away from Kansas State errrrhh, Kennesaw State.

johnny reb

October 5th, 2010
9:51 am

Hey Tony, How did Cutcliffe do against the big boys when Eli wasn’t the qb? Before and after Eli? How did Cutcliffe do on the defensive side of the ball or recruiting? Cutcliffe real genius and innovator at Duke. If, he was that great why did he turn down TN? At least the man know’s his limitations.

Real

October 5th, 2010
9:51 am

“I think that the blog moderators should block all comments that are negative toward Coach Richt.”

I think you’re a fascist.

Real

October 5th, 2010
9:53 am

AU Alum 85

This is the difference between Saban and Bear.

Bear: Talented coach who could take his team and beat yours and then take your team and beat his.

Saban: Media loving money slut.

blazerdawg

October 5th, 2010
9:53 am

Coach Richt is a good representative of the university, a great coach to the players, and a politely stubborn individual. (alot like Coach Dooley) It seems like he is coming around on the practice intensity issue, and improving the tackling and exposing players to being tackled will yield benefits. Richt is smart enough and experienced enought to figure this out. Dooley, Bryant, Dodd all went through down years as well. The continuity of sticking with Richt will benefit UGA tremendously, if he has the will to win. To me this is the question with Richt – does he want to spend time with his family or GATA? I trust McGarity to know.

http://www.keepmarkricht.com

October 5th, 2010
9:53 am

Coach O

October 5th, 2010
9:54 am

And I think you are a blog moderator.

PALADIN DEATH DEALER

October 5th, 2010
9:55 am

Tony:
All these discipline problem escalated when the NCAA or maybe it was the ACLU did away with dorms exclusively for football players and other college athletes…When I was there John Kasay was bedchecking at 11:30 pm…With players living now wherever they want to all over Athens, checking on the players and what they are doing is out the window…It is no wonder the coaches can’t keep the players in check…Lot of places to get in trouble in Athens….The only thing I don’t understand is why the players won’t call a cab when they have been drinking and know they are under the influence. Players on every campus are going to go and drink some beer. It is the getting home part that must be handled to avoid the DUI and the possibility of injuring someone in a serious car accident while driving impaired….Coach Richt should give them some cab numbers to put in their wallet and tell any player who does not call the cab and insists on driving while impaired that if caught they will be sent away for good, no matter who they are….I wouldn’t want to be responsible for 100 18-23 year old kids who live where they want and come and go as they want…All a fan base can expect of the Head Coach is that if they are stupid enough to drive while impaired, they are on the next train to Clarksville….Think that is what CMR has decided….TONY, CHECKING IN FROM GREENSBORO, GA…..

Coach O

October 5th, 2010
9:55 am

Scratch that. You ARE a jealous Auburn fan! ;-)

ECB

October 5th, 2010
9:55 am

To all of you Al Bundy’s of the world obviously your coaching careers are better than CMR. So I expect that you will apply for his job if it comes available. I am sure that you are more experienced since you scored 4 touchdowns in one game, and have won a league championship in the Gwinnett Football League. None of you have a clue what it takes to coach in the SEC or at any college level for that matter. So keep living your dreams through the blog!!

MississippiDawg

October 5th, 2010
9:56 am

Hey Phil (from earlier)…if TB is so irrelevant why the heck are you reading his article and posting on this blog?
As for all the CBB comparisons, holy cow, if CMR turns out to be Bowden how lucky will we be? He is a legend and has the NC…Also, Bowden weathered some stormy seasons along the way (before and after the NC)…
Nothing wrong with a devout Christian HC…we just need more Fire and Brimstone !!

Nancy Pelosi

October 5th, 2010
9:57 am

ITS BUSH IS FAULT

coachx

October 5th, 2010
9:57 am

Tony,
Thanks for adding some balance to the AJC shock-jock style writers (Schultz / Bradley).

I’ll be in Athens Saturday supporting both UGA and Coach Richt.

Go Dawgs !

Alphare

October 5th, 2010
9:59 am

One thing I learned thru the years: never listen to UGA fans about predicting UGA’s season. I started out this season predicting a 8-4 season for UGA. And then I got influenced by UGA fans and changed it to 9-3 and a possible 10-2.

If I stuck with 8-4 and changed it to 6-6 after Green was out, I would be in good shape right now.

Dontavius Supremo

October 5th, 2010
9:59 am

This is exactly what I have been saying. Anyone who says differently is an idiot who has never had to hire anyone to do anything.

Yellow is the color of p**s

October 5th, 2010
9:59 am

Let me get this straight, most of you on this board want to fire a coach who may have his 1st losing season after winning 90 games in his previous 9 seasons (10 wins/year). He is 7-2 in bowl games with 2 Conference titles.
Look at that paragraph again and ask yourself this, what coach would want to come into this situation where those stats get you fired?
The only type of coach I can think of would be someone who is just biding his time until the job he really wants opens up.

Bud

October 5th, 2010
9:59 am

Without it turning into a chinese firedrill, maybe put 1 or 2 more experience play callers in the booth ( offense & defence). Maybe one of the senior injured players. But you still got to execute.

AJC Sports Section

October 5th, 2010
10:00 am

These problems will all work themselves out if we just ignore them long enough.

What?

October 5th, 2010
10:00 am

What is this earned the right garbage? Richt is paid darn near top dollar to get these idiots ready to play and frankly, he isn’t doing it.

Who cares what happened 5 years ago? Richt earns 2.5 million dollars each year. So in 2010, we have paid him $250,000 per arrest and $2,500,000 per win. Wow.

In business, he would have been canned 3 years ago.

There are a whole bunch of clowns that would jump at the chance to coach at UGA…for half of what Richt earns! We need a better HC Salary to Win Ratio…and we need it fast.

Burdell

October 5th, 2010
10:01 am

This Tech fan thinks that CMR has earned the right to get this team back on track…this year and next.

I’m currently reading Bobby Bowden’s book…there is some good stuff about Richt in there. I have always had a high regard for CMR as a coach but the book gives a little more insight into CMR the man. Good read overall…was never much of a Bowden lover just because his teams always pounded the Jackets so regularly but I guess now that he’s gone I can appreciate what he did for the game itself.

blazerdawg

October 5th, 2010
10:02 am

Classy comments Burdell.

AJC Sports Section

October 5th, 2010
10:03 am

Just wait ’till next year!

Gatorzone

October 5th, 2010
10:04 am

PMC, I agree with you on the loss of fundamentals. If the Defense wrapped up on tackles, and less fumbles UGA would be undefeated. Why is Grantham not doing a better job with this?

TheItalianDawg

October 5th, 2010
10:05 am

UT96- you are right on the money, I think the coaches change at Georgia if it happens will be a smooth process. Kiffin actually did good in his first year at UT, they beat us very bad, beat south carolina they almost beat Bama and played Florida tough and recruited extremely well. Im sure if he stayed, Tennessee will win at least 10 games this season.

Alphare

October 5th, 2010
10:05 am

What?

Good point. I can take 1/10 of what CMR is making, and probably do as good a job as he is doing now. My team can definitely beat LA-La I think.

Hatfieldgeoff

October 5th, 2010
10:06 am

Tony, having the AD talk to Richt as you explained would be good, but Richt has to be objective enough to see the problems and make the changes. That is where I think this idea fails. He was long overdue in admitting Martinez was the wrong choice at DC and he seems to be just as stubborn when it comes to Bobo at OC. Competition in the SEC is too high to promote from within. Look around the country and find one of the best men for the job and get him here. Your colleague Jeff schultz seems to think the quality of players at UGA now is the same as in the past. I could not disagree more. The 2002-03 teams had much better players. Caleb King, Logan Gray, Israel Troop, Brandon Wood and their are many others, were signed as top recruits but none has made any impact on the program. I agree Bama’s players do look stronger and faster and UGA probaly needs to address it Strength & Conditioning program, but Saban is making better choices on who he recruits. His DBs are larger and more physical and he plays pass defense by pressuring the QB, not by trying covering WR with small fast DBs. There are many top recruits in Georgia that UGA ignores, I use to think it was due to character issues that Richt was aware of. But as UGA’s arrests pile up I guess that wasn’t the case. So why do we not recruit players that go on to be stars at other schools, while many of the top recruits we sign graduate after anonymous careers in Athens. Between his Faith, his wife’s past illness and now wanting to see his son play college football, Richt is pulled in many directions. Life happens, as it does with all of us, but he is paid a lot of money to successfully lead this program and currently he is not doing it. Dooley supposedly asked Bowden 10 years ago if Richt was tough enough to make the tough decisions in coaching. it took 5 or 6 years for those question to arise, but it appears the answer is “No.”

Crazy

October 5th, 2010
10:06 am

Tony, This weeks game can’t be a barometer of anything. My goodness we are nearly two touchdowns picked to win by Vegas. The only barometer from this game is that if we lose to this inept team Richt should be fired – Period! And no….there would be no reason to wait until the end of the season. Fire him with games left…appoint Bobo to man the team until the end of the year and immediately get searching for the new headcoach so they have time to shore up recruiting. No way this team with this talent should lose to a team with nearly no talent.

George

October 5th, 2010
10:06 am

Wow, how will Richt hold on to his job?

Here’s his record:
8-4
13-1
11-3
10-2
10-3
9-4
11-2
10-3
8-5

Ton’y so right, isn’t that record horrible.

So much to fix.

Gator Mike

October 5th, 2010
10:06 am

DAWGSTER, Thank you , and best of luck to UGA. It will get better. UGA has too much pride and deep tradition for this problem to malinger.

UT96, I stick by my opinion. If Hamilton thought Fulmer was that bad, why didn’t he have a plan in place instead of settling for kiffin? Perhaps the UT problem exacerbated itself when Doug Dickey retired from the AD job. Also, I agree that Fulmer made a mistake in hiring the idiot offensive coordinator you had during his last year after Cutcliff went to Duke. When Spurrier walked out on UF, Foley knee jerked and we got zooked. We are lucky to have Meyer, and timing seems to be everything in getting the right coach. BAMA was also lucky with their timing in getting Saban.

At any rate, the SEC needs UGA and UT to be among the elite.

Big Red

October 5th, 2010
10:06 am

…..also this week we got a retired coach and AD pulling for Tenn. That don’t help but I understand. Now if it was my wife coaching the Vols you would’nt believe how hard I would be pulling for the Dawgs, but if it’s your children that’s different.

collegeballfan

October 5th, 2010
10:07 am

Couple of thoughts.

Why is it necessary for Richt to “fix” the “problem” at UGA? Why did he allow the “problem” to appear?

If player conduct off the fields is a problem why is he planning on signing a high school QB who was suspended from his team and school?
Why has he not pulled the offer?

It is never the scheme, it is never the play calling. It is always the execution or the talent level.

If it is talent level, then Scout, Rivals & ESPN recruiting services are a joke. UGA always has top 10 classes.

If it is execution, then that is a player attitude problem. And that is ignoring Character in recruiting.

PALADIN DEATH DEALER

October 5th, 2010
10:07 am

PLAIN TRUTH FROM GREENSBORO, GA, HOME OF TONY BARNHART:::::
ALL THESE NAYSAYERS FIND IT EASY TO POINT THE FINGER AND HURL INSULTS….WHO ARE THEY THAT WE SHOULD PAY ANY ATTENTION TO THEM..WHAT DID THEY EVER ACCOMPLISH??..DID THEY BUY A $42 TICKET AND EXPECT TO RUN THE ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT….CMR HAS DONE MUCH GOOD AT UGA, THIS GROUP HE HAS NOW IS OBVIOUSLY LACKING LEADERSHIP AND TALENT….THE ONLY THING I COULD FAULT ANY OF THESE COACHES ON IS MAKING SOME MISTAKES ON RECRUITING…IT WAS P.W. “THE BEAR” UNDERWOOD, WHO WAS THE DC AT AUBURN, WHO TOLD ME ONCE,”SON, DOCTORS CAN BURY THEIR MISTAKES, BUT WE COACHES GOT TO PLAY WITH OURS”….THINK THAT IS WHAT THE DOGS ARE DOING NOW…COACH BRYANT, THE BEST THAT’S EVER BEEN, HAD 2 BACK TO BACK 6-5 SEASONS IN THE EARLY 70′S…IT HAPPENED TO PATERNO, BOWDEN, DOOLEY, ETC, ETC. WE HAVE SOME OF THE MOST FAIR WEATHER, BANDWAGON, BUNCH OF BABIES AS FANS WHO NEED A PACIFIER AND NEED TO GET A LIFE….THE DOGS WILL BE BACK….THESE GUYS DIDN’T FORGET HOW TO COACH, IT IS THE ATHLETES THEY ARE COACHING….HAVE SEEN BETTER RUNNING BACKS ON HIGH SCHOOL TEAMS THAN WHAT WE HAVE A UGA….WHIP TENNESSEE……

Lowcountry Dawg

October 5th, 2010
10:09 am

Great article, Tony! I went to the SC game in Columbia and was really disappointed to see how much enthusiam the USC players had and how much our players had…NONE!

I like Richt and don’t want to see him go. However, he’s got to make some changes to himself and his coaches. More accountability, integrity, and fire…right now, we just don’t have it!

What?

October 5th, 2010
10:09 am

There is no way we beat Tennessee this Saturday. No way. After the game Richt will tell us all how “close” the team is to being good. He will follow that by saying we were missing our spark because the kids were tired from practicing in pads on Monday.

After this next embarassing beat down, Richt will go from not earning his salary to downright stealing it!

Meatlake

October 5th, 2010
10:10 am

Thank you Tony and I totally agree. He’s earned the right to fix this. Hopefully someone will light a fire under their asses. 92′

bamafan

October 5th, 2010
10:11 am

Real – it was not my post that claimed the six losses were close. That was someone else. I am glad that you clarified that you are a UGA fan – my apologies to the AU bloggers for thinking that someone who was putting hate into the blog would be an AU fan. My comments about respect were not clear because of my sentence structure. Bama fans do have some respect for UGA fans except in one area: that is the area that UGA fans seemingly believe that their program is top tier. It is not. I am surprised that you as a UGA fan have such deep seated feelings against Alabama and Coach Saban.
Not sure why since UGA and Bama play infrequently……..Again, I recommend you go back to bed and get up on the right side this time.

Don

October 5th, 2010
10:11 am

If you can’t execute basic plays, then you aren’t giving EFFORT! Duh
This team is bad on all fronts and it starts with the coaching. Next year there is no aj to go to. Even with him back we still can’t beat a crap big 12 team. Two years in a row we lose to a big 12 team that isn’t texas or ok.

Einsteindawg

October 5th, 2010
10:11 am

Tony, Baroni…thanks for stating the obvious. All you need to do is watch one of UGA’s football games from Richt’s first six years to see what is now wrong.

PALADIN DEATH DEALER

October 5th, 2010
10:11 am

Crazy:
Who is all this talent that you speak of….Name me some names….You keep throwing that talent thing out there, but who are all these guys??? I see very ordinary athletes when I watch the Dogs….Forget all this 4 star and 5 star jazz, what matters is what you do on the field….

Earl

October 5th, 2010
10:12 am

Tony… and you want to be my latex salesman.

GADevildawg

October 5th, 2010
10:13 am

why do you keep beating the drum that Richt has earned the right to fix whats wrong when that was supposedly what he was doing at the end of last season…..3 assts fired!!!! Why should he get another season with changes? Why didnt he make offensive changes last year or did he just want to blame Joe Cox?

gomdawg

October 5th, 2010
10:13 am

Come on Fans, I love Georgia and yes it hurts , you know the coaches and players are hurting . It’s hard times when you pull together so quit your bitching . iF You are a Dawg fan you will PULL FOR US COME SATURDAY WIN WE PLAY TENN. GO DAWGS.

Preston

October 5th, 2010
10:15 am

Has Richt earned the right to fix the problem at Georgia? Does this question reflect common sense?

Is Tony Barnhart showing common sense by asking this question?

Here’s Richt’s record:
8-4
13-1
11-3
10-2
10-3
9-4
11-2
10-3
8-5

How does this compares to others in their 1st 9 seasons?
Only 9 coaches, in the HISTORY of college football, won 90 games in their 1st 9 seasons.

Conclusion:
No, Tony Barnhart is not showing common sense.

Facts are facts

October 5th, 2010
10:15 am

You’re bowl record is what it is because you play against horrible teams. A&M, losing record
Hawaii? Come on.
And you’ve played at least 3 games at the dome where it’s a total advantage.

Chris

October 5th, 2010
10:15 am

Tony, you made one comment that says it all. “In 2007, Georgia may have had the best team in the country.” Yes, and look how well we did. We could’nt even make it to the SEC championship. We couldn’t beat a medicore S.C. team, and never even showed up against Tennessee.

This problem isn’t something new. We have always had a problem showing up for big games in the past. Now that we have a group of players that aren’t quite as good as the players of the past, these problems are amplified.

Richt has had plenty of time to make changes to improve this team, and he has waited too long. It’s time to bring in someone new.

Do you honestly think that things we’ll get better next year? Yes, it will take us a while to get back on top, but we need to go after a coach that can get us there. Richt can not.

aarh

October 5th, 2010
10:16 am

Joe- Yes, AU did twice while Tubberville was there. Now we may end up having a worse season, but it’s not over yet…so we don’t know that yet. The 1st time they tried to run him off (Jet Gate), & in their unsucessful atttempt to try to run the spread (when he was fired). Both times seemed to result in atrying to change coordinators & it not working out. Both times the team changed coordinators after that…they made a dramatice improvement.

Otto

October 5th, 2010
10:16 am

I will be there Saturday pulling for the Dawgs but stand by my prior post CMR needs to make changes on his own or the trend will continue.

hornblowermg

October 5th, 2010
10:18 am

the players at the level where they are starters care about the money in the NFL. the NFL should be required to either start their own farm system or subsidize every college football program in the country. that is my opinion, and i have been a uga fan for 45 years. yep, no school loyalty whatsoever in the student?/athletes of Athens today. just ask ajg.

Einsteindawg

October 5th, 2010
10:20 am

Preston,
Ninety wins in nine seasons used to mean something back when a season was ten games and maybe a reward to one of seven Bowl games. Maybe Richt should be coaching like he did while winning those first fifty games.

gomdawg

October 5th, 2010
10:20 am

LOOK AT TEXAS THEY PLAY NEB. NEXT WEEK THEY WILL HAVE 3 LOSES SHZT HAPPENS.4 PLAYS AND WE ARE 4-1 .

Dawgs73

October 5th, 2010
10:20 am

I find it humurous that a man making $2 million a year, that is paid at the upper echoleon of the SEC, is givin a pass and “he has earned another year”…REALLY?????????????????????????????

If this was any other realm of work or politics would any of us say that as currently situated, Richt has “earned” his level of pay and should remain as coach? I would say no, not because I hate Richt or have anything but the highest respect for him as a man and PREVIOUS accomplishments. I say this because I see a steep decline at the very essence of football (tackling, blocking, game management, in game adjustments, special teams, lack of player development and on and on and on).

I believe Mark to be tremendous human being and I appreciate what he has done for UGA, I just believe that he is in over his head and his message has been lost in translation. I see too many mistakes in areas that are alarming and very little ability to adjust.

Real

October 5th, 2010
10:20 am

bamafan

No one here gives a crap about Alabama. Do us all a favor and head on over to a Birmingham newspaper blog.

John

October 5th, 2010
10:21 am

gomdawg
it hurts? they’re hurting? really? man some of you are pathetic. losing a loved one hurts. getting fired from your job hurts. my college team having a tough football season once in a while? it sucks. that’s it.
sheesh

joe

October 5th, 2010
10:21 am

If the wheels fall off and UGA is 0-4, 0-5 or 0-6, the recruits will jump ship and that will signal the end of this current UGA coaching staff.

Steve H

October 5th, 2010
10:21 am

GOMDOG
Texas also has a National Champ last decade. That gives you a pass.

just saying

October 5th, 2010
10:22 am

Richt can lead the team out of the tunnel , he can even lead the team out of the desert into the promise land sing Glory Hallelujah and ugay is still 1 ans 4..You do realize you have had a top ten recruiting class the last ten years? I mean, you have the cream of the crop in recruiting and your 5 stars have given you 1 win over Lafayette..and now you all want to gather and sing Kumbayah,…Good luck with that..bwahahahahahahahahahahahahaah

Herschel Talker

October 5th, 2010
10:23 am

This is silliness. Richt deserves no chance because Mark Richt is the problem. How is Mark Richt going to turn himself around? This is pure idiocy.

CrimsonPride

October 5th, 2010
10:24 am

Georgia fans ——> Whiners

The level of whining by Georgia fans is just stupid now.

STHU !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Einsteindawg

October 5th, 2010
10:24 am

Herschel,
The only way Richt can “turn himself around” is doing the hokey-pokey.

Real

October 5th, 2010
10:25 am

CrimsonPride = backwoods hillbilly from the lowest educated state in the south.

PALADIN DEATH DEALER

October 5th, 2010
10:26 am

Dawgs73:
You are a nobody just like me and you weighing in on what the Head Coach at UGA makes and whether he get another chance to right the program won’t make a hill of beans….Don’t waste your time…..

UT96

October 5th, 2010
10:26 am

Gator Mike, politics played a huge role in the Fulmer deal. Actually, the straw that broke the camels back happened whn we played Bama and they virtually took over our stadium. They had about 35,000 or so there and at the end of the game was doing their Rammer Jammer cheer after our fans had cleared out. At that point the board of trustees gave their blessing to give Fulmer the boot.

NC Dawg

October 5th, 2010
10:27 am

Georgia’s next coaching search will be VERY easy. It will start with Muschamp and end with Smart. 2 alums, great coaches. There won’t be a Ron Zook era if we fire Richt. One of those guys will come, I have no doubt.

gomdawg

October 5th, 2010
10:27 am

JOHN, FIRST IT DOES HURT , GEORGIA IS NOT YOUR TEAM OR YOU WOULD ACT DIFF. I READ NOTHING BUT HURT FROM YOUR WORDS.

tulevol

October 5th, 2010
10:27 am

Interesting comments today. I don’t think UT will beat UG this weekend. Here’s why: LSU hangover will still affect them, that is why UG is favored so much. Game is at GA, Richt back is pressed against the wall so hard it hurts. GA finally puts a complete game together on Saturday. That is the realist in me. The fan in me says that the Dawgs suck eggs, and I hope UT beats you guys by 40 points. Fact is, both teams are struggling right now, and whoever has the mental edge will win this game. And I want UT and UG back to being ranked, and strong.

Gimmicks

October 5th, 2010
10:28 am

If CMR is going to lead the team on to the field, perhaps he should wear red panties and a black helmet. At this point any gimmick would be worth trying to turn the season around. Once the inmates are lead on to the field, then they can have a thug dance in the end zone.

gomdawg

October 5th, 2010
10:28 am

MUSCHAMP JUST GAVE UP 2 LOSES . LOVE SMART BUT HE’S NOT A HEAD COACH

Real

October 5th, 2010
10:29 am

Another problem I have with UGA is the fact that we rent our logo from the Green Bay Packers. Time for a new logo.

cajdawg

October 5th, 2010
10:29 am

I don’t like the question. It is a fun question for blogging purposes, but hopefully Greg Mc. won’t consider whether Richt “deserves the right to fix the problem” when comtemplating UGA coaching future at the end of the year. That is a terrible basis for making a future decision…should I hold Apple stock in the future because it has done well for me in the past? etc. etc.

Bryant

October 5th, 2010
10:29 am

Simple Dog We have one rule in our family. There will be no fall weddings. We preach it to our kids from the day they are born. Part of the job for parents is to teach their children to prioritize. This has never been an issue and never will. As for friends they understand that I will send a nice gift but will be unable to attend.

Real

October 5th, 2010
10:29 am

gomdawg

I don’t know why there is hype around Muschamp. What’s he done?

crickets….chirp….chirp…..

gomdawg

October 5th, 2010
10:30 am

BLACK OUT FOR SATURDAY BLACK JERSY

What?

October 5th, 2010
10:31 am

Preston 2 things:

1. The seasons are longer now and reaching your vaunted 90 wins in 9 years is not as difficult as it once was.

2. If we play a 13 game season, 7 of those should be W’s right off the rip (At places like Boise State that number is 10). That leaves another 6 games. Split those games and boom 10 wins. Richt in his best seasons loses a third of these games. Lately though it is not that we lost…it is HOW we lost. At least 2 games a year under Richt–even in the best seasons, the team is clearly not ready to play. This conversation is particularly timely because most of the time it is UT that embarasses us. Remember when we went in to the Florida game with a chance to win? I do. Those times are long gone brother.

I think if we keep Richt, we will never be as good as Florida or Alabama. If you want to never be the best, I think we should keep him. A big game coach he is not.

Bill

October 5th, 2010
10:31 am

Gomdawg
You can’t assume they will lose yet and 4>3
Plus as another poster said, Mack Brown won a national championship 5 years ago.

Real

October 5th, 2010
10:31 am

“It will start with Muschamp and end with Smart. 2 alums, great coaches.”

Just because they are alumni doesn’t mean they’ll come back. No way Muschamp leaves Texas to come to UGA. Kirby Smart will end up going to a bigger school with a better football tradition.

UGA should start talking to Stanford’s coach, Boise’s coach or Oregon’s coach.

NC Dawg

October 5th, 2010
10:31 am

so Muschamp loses all credibility because they lost a rare game at Texas? How do you know Smart isn’t a Head Coach?

PALADIN DEATH DEALER

October 5th, 2010
10:32 am

just saying:
Just keep pulling them out against those like mighty Wake Forest…When the ROBOT leaves, things will return to normal at Tech with all those recruits yall bringing in….

UT96

October 5th, 2010
10:32 am

TuleVol, I tend to agree with you about Saturday. That was the worst loss I have ever witnessed as a UT fan. I just know if our guys heads will be in the game Saturday.

gomdawg

October 5th, 2010
10:32 am

REAL , WHO GIVES A SHZT.

bwell

October 5th, 2010
10:32 am

Mr. College Football, I agree FINALLY a sport columnist that support CMR and not bashing the coach. I have said all along, be supportive, for TEN YEARS we won; ok now we are loosing, every program goes through a period of a down season. The real problem TB is we as a Bulldog Nation has seen Meyer and Saban come in after CMR and won nat’l titles and we only came close; but no cigar! So our Nation is mad as heck and of course we want what Fla and Ala have……… championships. I give CMR at least two more seasons and if things do not get better than yes sad to say he may have to resign. I’m believing next season we will be a top 5 team and all this will be gone. CMR is great for Ga and everything will work out find.

That Guy

October 5th, 2010
10:32 am

Anyone who says Georgia doesn’t have the players or athletes is a damn liar. You get the best of the best year in, year out. Your problem is that your players are stupid, reckless, and undisciplined. Some of that can be attributed to the coaching staff, but there is only so much Mark Richt and his staff can do to prevent your idiot players from being stupid.

NC Dawg

October 5th, 2010
10:33 am

why wouldn’t any alum want to come back to Georgia? We have as much big time football potential as anyone. Mack Brown ain’t retiring anytime soon either.

ArkDawg

October 5th, 2010
10:34 am

TB makes some good points, but if you agree with the Schultz article then we would have to make the assumption that he is not “OBSESSED ENOUGH.” How does one change from being not obsessed enough to obsessed enough. Keep in mind, even though TN went through hell after Fulmer, I think if you asked any fan they would say that it will likely be worth it in the long run with Dooley. At least he is OBSESSED about winning and has his priorities in order, TN football in FIRST and FOREMOST. I don’t know if that is necessarily the first first priority for most people, but that is what I want my coaches first priority to be. I don’t think that’s the case with Richt.

gomdawg

October 5th, 2010
10:34 am

BILL, JUST POINTING OUT EVEN THE BEST TEAMS HAVE PROBLEMS

What?

October 5th, 2010
10:35 am

Also…Tony mentions this meeting with the AD as the answer as if this has not already been taking place.

If this has not been taking place every year it is no wonder our team makes the same exact mistakes every year!

tulevol

October 5th, 2010
10:35 am

UT96, that one was tough. I just wonder how our guys will respond. I believe in our coaching staff saying and doing the right things, but that was a super tough loss for our players, and they will respond one of two ways at Sanford on Saturday, I hope it is positive.

DAWG Colonel

October 5th, 2010
10:35 am

Spot on. The problem in Athens is attitude. Organizations take on the personality of the leader. CMR is a great gentleman but needs to instill some fear in everyone….players as well as coaches.

Watch the movie “Miracle” a few times…you will understand what I am talking about.

“He will do whatever it takes”.

Fleming Island Dawg

October 5th, 2010
10:36 am

Earlier I got jumped on for correcting a minor error on how we beat Alabama in 2007. Wasn’t trying to hang my hat on that win I’m just a geek who likes to correct mistakes. I’m a fan win or lose I don’t go around saying wow we are better than you but was accused of being selective on wins an losses because our program has slumped. 2 years is a big slump. I’m a Falcon’s fan, Braves fan, win or lose just a fan who loves to watch football. Since I was accused of being selective I went back 20 years and with AL we are 4 and 4.

Real

October 5th, 2010
10:36 am

“we only came close; but no cigar! ”

Georgia was never close to winning a title. Every school in the SEC, minus LSU and Florida, has to go undefeated in the SEC. Whoops, scratch that. Every school in the SEC is held back from playing in the title game unless you are Florida and LSU. Alabama had to go undefeated in order to do that. Auburn just got screwed in 04.

So, unless you go undefeated in the SEC, you will not play for a title unless you are LSU and Florida. Those schools are not capable of going undefeated.

bamafan

October 5th, 2010
10:36 am

Real – my my a bit testy. Your comments seem to indicate that you are fairly realistic about UGA, past, present, and future. That builds your credibility. However, your ugly hateful tone is embarrassing your mother. Get a life. Bama fans are everywhere. I think I will stay on this blog just to irritate you.

Chris Phillips

October 5th, 2010
10:36 am

I agree 100% Tony. Great article. I hope McGarity and Coach Richt will read this.

Mark "Crimson Crier" Ingram

October 5th, 2010
10:36 am

UGA don’t need to get rid of Richt. They need to request Obama to bring “hope and change” to UGA by installing a new highly unqualified football czar for UGA to bring about all the wonderful kinds of improvements to UGA that the highly unqualified Obama czars have brought to the US of A!

Real

October 5th, 2010
10:38 am

Fleming Island Dawg

Was it a Bama fan? If so, I’m sure they’ll claim 2007 as a National Title for themselves. They are good at pretending to win national titles.

82Dawg

October 5th, 2010
10:38 am

@Herschel Talker …who would you suggest to come in and fix the problem?

Real

October 5th, 2010
10:40 am

“However, your ugly hateful tone is embarrassing your mother. Get a life. Bama fans are everywhere. I think I will stay on this blog just to irritate you.”

Another Bama hypocrite. Hey bamafan, did you graduate from college?

Bama fans are not everywhere. 90% of them reside in the worst educated state in the south. Alabama. The other 10% managed to move elsewhere.

PALADIN DEATH DEALER

October 5th, 2010
10:40 am

That Guy:
You obviously know very little about how to rate talent???? Some of the people who rate these guys don’t know a whole lot more than you do….What a player does when he gets to college is what counts, not what he does in high school…..Georgia has only A.J. Green who might be able to start for Alabama or Florida….You would probably tell me that the UGA running backs would put the
Bama running backs on the bench, and either would probably beat out Demps….You don’t know your A$$ from second base…..and i resent being called a damn liar…..

UT96

October 5th, 2010
10:40 am

Gator Mike, by the way, I’m finding some humor in the fact yourself, being a Gator, is defending Fulmer. Personally, I just don’t see it but there is some humor in it none the less:)

That Guy

October 5th, 2010
10:40 am

Bwell:

“I’m believing next season we will be a top 5 team and all this will be gone.”

Hmm.. Where have I heard that before? This year, last year, the year before, etc.? National prominence doesn’t come just like that. Please name me the last team to have a losing record one year, and then finish in the top 5 the next year, because that’s where y’all are headed. A losing season, and now you’re predicting a top 5 finish next year? 3 of your 5 offensive linemen, whom you said were going to be the strong point of your team this year, and seniors. And your line has been your weak point. Right now, you’re in the same position at the runningback position that you were in a few years ago with Ware, Brown, and Lumpkin. You have a lot of them, but none of them are very good. Ealey fumbles too much, Caleb King has been hurt most of the season, and Carlton Thomas just isn’t very good. AJ Green is gone after this year, and let’s be honest, he was your only source of offense against Colorado. So please, tell me Bwell, how you, in your right mind, think you’re going to finish in the top 5 next year.

Real

October 5th, 2010
10:41 am

Mark “Crimson Crier” Ingram

AWESOME!!!! Well, at least the thug football players would agree with you on that one!

3rdn8

October 5th, 2010
10:43 am

@ Real

do you not get ANY love at home?

Fleming Island Dawg

October 5th, 2010
10:43 am

And as far as being told we went downhill from the Alabama game in 2007 I guess being 10-2 that year including beating the mighty Tebow and number 2 in the country to 10-3 the next is really going downhill. I see the decline as last year with 8-5 which some teams would love and this years debacle the start of a decline not 2007. I guess I’m wrong though.

JB

October 5th, 2010
10:43 am

We ALL agree Mark is a fine man, but in 2011 or 2012, a new coach will be on the Sidelines for the Dawgs………….He does not have the talent, coaching or time to save it……5-7 this year and 7 -5 next ( maybe) will impress no one.

ugajimmy

October 5th, 2010
10:44 am

great piece. although i don’t think richt has the fire in him any more its true that mcgarrity should sit him down at seasons end and force him to evaluate him and the program. give richt the opportunity to right his wrongs. and if richt doesn’t have the level of commitment that is necessary (and quite frankly he doesn’t seem to right now) things should be done. but richt has done enough here to deserve that chace

UGA Snake Bit

October 5th, 2010
10:44 am

First off Da Wild Rebel is an idiot.UGA will not have a 2-10 record and Ole Miss beating Bama is not gonna happen,UGA really did not play that bad against the UC this weekend and should have won the game when King fumbled but they didn’t.UGA scored 21 sraight points during the game with AJ Green in the game and when he came out with cramps the offense got stagnent,the offense is a much much better unit with AJ.It’s hard to believe one player makes that much of a difference but it does.UGA will beat TENN and will go on and win at least 4 more games,Murray has played very well but the defense seems lost.There is too much talent on this team to lose 10 games.Firing Richt would cause UGA to lose recruits and put the program in reverse,let Richt if he desires so to get back on track,but I’m not really sure the fire is still there for Richt but I can only hope it is.

bamafan

October 5th, 2010
10:44 am

Fleming Island Dog – for the record, UGA won in 2007, 2003, 2002, and 1990. Bama won in 1991, 1994, 1995, and 2008. I, too, spend too much time trying to correct factual errors on this blog. Two many opinions asserted here are actually factual mistatements. Also for the record, Bama did not win the national title in 2007; no Bama fan would make that claim. 2007 is hard to erase from our memory as it included four losses in a row. Bama feels the UGA pain, but folks like Real cannot handle it.

bamafan

October 5th, 2010
10:44 am

Fleming Island Dog – for the record, UGA won in 2007, 2003, 2002, and 1990. Bama won in 1991, 1994, 1995, and 2008. I, too, spend too much time trying to correct factual errors on this blog. Two many opinions asserted here are actually factual mistatements. Also for the record, Bama did not win the national title in 2007; no Bama fan would make that claim. 2007 is hard to erase from our memory as it included four losses in a row. Bama feels the UGA pain, but folks like Real cannot handle it.

That Guy

October 5th, 2010
10:44 am

That’s the point I’m trying to make Paladin. You have the players. You have the talent. You just fail to develop those players and talent once they get to school. You’re playing with High School All-Stars instead of College Football Players. And that’s your coaches fault for not doing a good job of developing these guys, and the players fault for not wanting to get better. Do you think Ingram and Richardson walked into Alabama and automatically became possibly the best tandem backfield in the last decade? No. They worked hard, hit the weight room, and listened to their coaches. Georgia has the talent, just not the discipline in my mind.

A.J. Green

October 5th, 2010
10:44 am

Snake Doc. Last I checked, I’m a star receiver……

blazerdawg

October 5th, 2010
10:45 am

TG – I don’t know Bwell’s plan, and do not see a “Top 5″ next year, but UGA did go 5-6 in 1979 and then went 31-3 the next three seasons.

Eric

October 5th, 2010
10:46 am

Wired 15k to my brother in Vegas yesterday. Took Tenn and got 13 points. The line today is down to 11 1/2
Easiest money I will ever make.
This game as 4-7 point win written all over it.

Real

October 5th, 2010
10:46 am

“do you not get ANY love at home?”

Yeah, and speaking of which, I’ll have your wife home by 5 today. Promise.

JB

October 5th, 2010
10:46 am

Dawgs will not be pre season anything next year………..AJ and Durham gone, the OL maybe worse, and the same running backs and no one on Defense to strike fear in anyone ?????

BEEN AROUND

October 5th, 2010
10:47 am

The people that say “there is nobody better out there then Richt, or, be careful what you wish for”. How the hell do they know? There are people out there. You just have to have the determination and back bone to find them. Meyer came from Utah. Saban did not start at LSU or Alabama. Some savvy athletic director had the guts , initiative, and brains to find them. Where did Dooley coach before UGA or Parsegian before Northwestern and Notre dame?

Maybe it’s not a question of whose out there. Maybe it’s a question of being too damn lazy or complacent to get off your ass and make an effort to find them. Richt has been well compensated at UGA, and, if the numbskull who gave him the 10 year contract had had any brains, it would have been for no more then 5 years. Then UGA wouldn’t be in the mess they are now in.. Ask Notre Dame about 10 year contracts.

Richt has shown what he has been able to do in 10 years, and, for whatever reason, he has been found lacking. He has shown himself to be incapable of competing with the SEC’s best. It’s time for him to go. The sooner the better. If not, UGA’s fan base will pay the price.

Fleming Island Dawg

October 5th, 2010
10:47 am

Real Yes it was. He said we only beat their lowly team with a field goal in OY in 2007 and I just corrected him that it was a 25 yard TD from Stafford to Mikey Henderson. He said it was too long ago to remember. I was just correcting the facts and explained I remebered because I watched it with a buc\nch of AL fans and it was my aunt’s 100th birthday. He said we went downhill from there after beating their lowly team. Yes 10-2 then 10-3 and then 8-5 is all down hill. I know that last year was mediocre but not a losing season and this years is bad but tired of hearing how we have been bad forever.

hornblowermg

October 5th, 2010
10:48 am

JIM HARBAUGH!

RollTide

October 5th, 2010
10:49 am

Hey Real-
Here is one Bama fan who is not hypocritical. I hate your worthless program and I hope you lose every single one of your games. You play in a stadium where a sewer runs underneath it and you somehow expect great results. Bama has had our share of problems…with Shula, Dubose, whatever…and we STILL own the SEC. How many SEC title do you have again? That’s right…we’re still your Daddy you pathetic puke!!!

Eric

October 5th, 2010
10:49 am

Missouri is a 13 point fav over Colorado.

FalconUGAFan

October 5th, 2010
10:50 am

@bamafan I’ve actually met Saban and I have a great deal of respect for the man. That is a man that leaves nothing to chance. He controls his every action and word. I suspect that translates to the way he deals with his players. Thats why your discipline issues have all but disappeared.

producewiz

October 5th, 2010
10:50 am

Richt’s close friend is Ron Zook.they converse a lot. he might be getting advice from a guy who has absolutely stolen money from Florida and Illinois as head coach.He proved the “Peter Principle” is alive and well

3rdn8

October 5th, 2010
10:50 am

@ Real

here’s guessing you haven’t really seen my wife. you’d have her home before 5

Bricks

October 5th, 2010
10:50 am

real just got pimped slapped by roll

Game C0ck Here

October 5th, 2010
10:50 am

I hope Richt stays at Georgia for a long time, LMFAO

Real

October 5th, 2010
10:51 am

Fleming Island Dawg

I had to correct a bama fan who said every Auburn/Bama game in Auburn’s six year beat down of Bama were all close games. The fact is, last years Iron Bowl was closer than any of those six years of Auburn’s reign. Then, the moron had the gall to call me an Auburn fan because I corrected his stupidity.

Gotta love the poorly educated people from the state of Alabama.

82Dawg

October 5th, 2010
10:51 am

@RollTide …..easy now…don’t stroke out on us. It is just a game.

blazerdawg

October 5th, 2010
10:51 am

RT – y’all do not have sewer lines at Byant-Denny yet? dang. explains all the outhouses in tuscaloosa.

Evansdawg

October 5th, 2010
10:52 am

Tony, this is the best thing I have read yet concerning the state of affairs in Athens. I cannot and will not argue a single point. It does start with Richt and he should look within himself and have the option to decide if his dedication and fire to the program is still there. If not, then Richt owes it to the fans to step aside. If its there, and he agrees to right the ship, he has earned the respect to be given the chance to get it done.

Thanks for this article. Its the most sensible thing to come out of all this. Now, it is our job, the fans, to get our butts into Sanford this weekend and do what is necessary to support our boys. “THIS ENDS NOW” should be the message sent to the field from the fans.

GO DAWGS….Forever.

JB

October 5th, 2010
10:52 am

1-11 this year will change a lot of opinions on this blog………..Probably won’t happen, but we’ll see if this team has any fight left…………Next 2 months will be interesting…………! 11/2-12 point spread for Saturday…………Sucker bet or what? Do the Dawgs put in together this week ?

Game C0ck Here

October 5th, 2010
10:52 am

Wow, how do you let Bama boys talk trash to you like that? Oh thats right, your losers

TrueBlueBravesFan

October 5th, 2010
10:52 am

You so called fans are pathetic. College Athletics is not like the pro’s. These kids and yes they are kids are dice roll at best. Mark Richt can’t look into the future and see how these star recruits are going to turn out from a maturity and skill level. Remember this is not an exact science. The country is full of 5 start recruits that never amounted to anything on the College football playing field. (anyone even remember Lorenzo Booker now).
Is Mark Richt really doing such a bad job or is it that some of the hoped for talent really hasn’t panned out. Just look at the talent alone that had to be kicked off the team (Yet you complain about Richts lack of discipline). Its a no win for Richt if he doesn’t kick them off the team then he’s too soft on discipline. If he does kick them off well then Richt doesn’t recruit good talent. Geesh if I was CMR I would be going home every night and hitting the Jack Daniels.

Lets look at this year with a little bit of thought ( I know Im asking a lot). Last years defense was clearly not just outschemed but also outmanned. The line was consistently dominated at the line of scrimmage and that was with 2 NFL draft picks in every down. The backfield was horrible at coverage and it didn’t matter whether they played man or zone. Sure the read and react didn’t work well becuase the kids just weren’t good at playing it. You really expect a new defensive coordinator to come in and fix this with just 1 recruiting class of mostly redshirted freshmen? Come on that’s just not realistic. And lets face it this year was setting up to be a Tsunami before it ever started. New defense, new Freshman QB (who actually looks pretty good with his decision making) and a schedule with the toughest teams on the schedule in the first half (Not counting FLA). Did you really expect better than 2-2 to start (I didn’t). I think the biggest disappointment for me was Missippi State but even that game was setup perfectly for a GA loss. Think about it …we lose a heart breaker to Arkansas the week before (once again due to poor talent on the defense). Mississipi nearly beats LSU the week before thus giving them a lot of confidence. We go on the road and find out our best player AJ is still out from the appeal.

I would go so far as to say you really can’t judge this team till next year when Grantham has some of his players making contributions and our Quarterback has some facial hair. The question for CMR is at OC…..is Bobo the man? Im not sure on this yet because Bobo has had some great games. Yes he’s also called some head scratchers. My real issue with Bobo is he sometimes get stuck in a rut with his play calls. Too many Bubble screens and Off tackle runs. He needs to keep the DC guessing a little more with how he mixes up the plays. But remember we never know the full picture on htat either. Maybe a play requires a personel set that isn’t available. Or maybe the play didn’t practice well the week before. You don’t know what makes up the play calling decisions that a coordinator has to pick from.

Real

October 5th, 2010
10:53 am

“How many SEC title do you have again? That’s right…we’re still your Daddy you pathetic puke!!!”

Says the troglodyte who’s own state hoses down blacks, has the worst education in the south, and has had KKK members as governors.

Say what you want about UGA, but trust me, people actually like to come to Athens, b!tch.

Game C0ck Here

October 5th, 2010
10:53 am

Hey, who have you guys beaten this year ?? Maybe you can go to their blog and talk trash

Vulture

October 5th, 2010
10:54 am

Watching Richt is so relaxing that I just want to take a nap.

Real

October 5th, 2010
10:54 am

Game C0ck Here

Funny, just two weeks ago you were in here trash talking Auburn fans and calling them names.

Cam schooled you c0ck suckers. LOL

bamafan

October 5th, 2010
10:54 am

Fleming Island Dog – my apologies to you for the Bama fan who said the UGA victory over Bama in 2007 was a victory over a “lowly Alabama team.” The team did later lose 5 more games and finished 7-6 (losing four straight in November), but at the time UGA and Bama played that year, Bama was 3-0 and coming off Saban’s first significant win (come from behind against Arky and Darren McFadden). Bama was not “lowly” at that time. Clearly, UGA has not “been bad forever” but there appears to be some attempt by UGA fans to peg the current situation to a turning point. In my opinion, the turning point did not occur in 2007 and certainly not in Tuscaloosa. The pass that Stafford threw that night may have been one of the best he threw in three years at UGA. I also seem to recall Moreno running over us all night.

Fleming Island Dawg

October 5th, 2010
10:54 am

Thanks Bamafan. That’s all I was doing was correcting how we won the game and I was accused of being selective in wins and losses and hanging my hat on this and that. That’s why I went ahead and went back 20 years to 4 and 4 but don’t really care. I hang out with all fans and still love my team as they do also. I have been with both Alabama and Florida fans through the lean years and they remained true fans also.

Game C0ck Here

October 5th, 2010
10:55 am

True Blue- your coach gets paid to know how recruits will work out Dumb A**
Mark Richt is a joke

bruce mac

October 5th, 2010
10:55 am

There is no way that a plan can be implemented by CMR. At the end of the day, he is going to see that he in fact is the problem. Saban and Meyer and their type work 24 7 on recruiting, strength and conditioning, etc. CMR believes in a balanced life style. A balanced life style will result in 6, 7, or 8 wins per year in this environment. That is why the coaches now make $4Million, because they are worth it. CMR is not worth it, period because he is not all in. McCarity can dick around another year if he wants to but the Fat Lady has Sung on this one.

Commonsense

October 5th, 2010
10:55 am

Bingo Tony,

I think the two main points you made that are at issue here are “fire in the belly” and strength and conditioning. Richt obviously hasn’t gotten stupid the past 5 years. Yes, Saban and Meyer have changed the landscape, but Richt has still had teams that could, and should have, beaten them; or at the very least gone down to the wire against them. I have heard for years that our S&C program is putrid compared to other SEC programs. I think this should be a main focus of the new AD and seriously investigated.

Real

October 5th, 2010
10:55 am

Game C0ck Here

USC has never been relevant, never won a single national title, never won the SEC, and doesn’t have one player in the NFL.

Spurrier is a has been.

St. Clarkston

October 5th, 2010
10:56 am

Great idea! Give Richt the time tested mandate that there must be significant improvement. The difference between Georgia (the state) and Mississippi or tennessee is that it’s probably 4th in the amount of high school talent in the country (Texas, Florida, California, Georgia). Richt’s team has lost 9 games in the last season and a half. Just inexcusable.

Real

October 5th, 2010
10:56 am

“Mark Richt is a joke”

No, USC is a joke and will always be a joke. Spurrier is a washed up has been from Florida.

But hey, you have a chicken as a mascot.

just saying

October 5th, 2010
10:57 am

Inability to execute plays? That was the reason for the loss at Colorado? Well if the 5 stars cannot execute plays who the blank can? If the mutts were full of young 2 and 3 stars that is one thing, but your not. You people practically hold a parade every year marching up and down the aisles at your jobs bragging about your 5 star recruiting class year after year and this is what you have to show for it? One win over a double team? One win people one win and not even Mississippi State who by the way all you morons laughed at GT about beating last season. You ought to all be ashamed of your hypocritical selves. Next recruiting season, just shut the blank up..It is pathetic

robodawg

October 5th, 2010
10:57 am

Totally agree Tony. Great article.

Richt just needs to give McGarity enough to justify allowing him an offseason to right the ship. Getting bowl eligible would do it. A 4-8 season will make it very hard for McGarity. Will 5-7 be enough? A win over Florida would go a long ways.

Some people are cheering for a coaching change. Thanks for the common sense. Such changes are never easy. A team with a new coach can struggle for years before things get better. Having the “right” AD to make the “right” hire can’t guarantee anything.

If you’re a Georgia fan, you gotta root for Richt to give us something to feel good about over the second half of this season, make whatever offseason adjustments he needs to, and come out next year with a strong, competitive team. That’s our best option for winning more SEC titles in the next 5 years.

Russ

October 5th, 2010
10:58 am

Stand behind your team!!! “Did we give up when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?”

Just kidding. I want Richt to go.

bamafan

October 5th, 2010
10:58 am

Fleming Island Dog – thanks for the kind remarks. I don’t get much love at home apparently. It doesn’t get any better than college football – win or lose – but winning is more fun. Please don’t take the happiness over the situation at Bama as glee over the UGA situation…….it is not. Again, Bama only has to go back 3 years to find a four game losing streak, not 57 years. Good luck to the Dawgs against Tennessee!

Typical lonely, socially awkward Jacket fan

October 5th, 2010
10:59 am

hahahahha!!!! UGA sucks again!!! Yes!!!!!! Who cares what my team does!!! My life revolves around UGA and their success….or LACK THERE OF!!!!!! Hahahahaha!!!! Normally I pretend to be a fan of another SEC team but I figured my anti-UGA hatred and jealousy of their dominance over my team was so obvious and predictable that I would just start going by an honest handle for a change!!!! Keep up the lousiness puppies!!!!

WAR DAMN EAGLE

October 5th, 2010
10:59 am

Game C0ck Here

How’s it going, loser!!!!!! I bet you have nightmares of Cam Newton running down the field all over your precious chickens!

By the way, in honor of your mascot, I ate ChicFilA for lunch that day!

bamafan

October 5th, 2010
10:59 am

Oops – sorry about the misspelling of “dog” – must be my inferior bama education!!

RedEye Dawg

October 5th, 2010
10:59 am

Very good assessment. Just want to point out what I think is the biggest problem. When you score 27 points, you should not lose. Our defense must be taught at the 18 to 22 year old level, and must be conservative enough to not allow major breakdowns that have occurred in each game this season. Yes, we all want sacks and disruptions, but don’t let a safety run by a receiver to make a tackle. That just leaves the receiver wide open. Blitzing is exciting but when a linebacked shoots, somebody has got to cover his responsibility in case a runner gets into that spot. That has happened repeatedly. We must have a sound defense – - the Bear said “You don’t lose if you don’t get scored on”.

hmmm......

October 5th, 2010
11:00 am

Why do Tech fans continue to lie and say all UGA has are “5 star” athletes? Richt has only landed nine 5 stars in 10 seasons.

WAR DAMN EAGLE

October 5th, 2010
11:00 am

bamafan

We’ve all had our down years, and UGA will get around it. Mark Richt is my favorite SEC coach and there isn’t one football program in the country that would not love him to coach their team.

Fact check

October 5th, 2010
11:02 am

South Carolina has 17 players in the NFL.

Tim

October 5th, 2010
11:02 am

Yes. He fixed it 2001. He can fix now.

blazer

October 5th, 2010
11:02 am

i thought they got all these great five star studs every year-at least that

what we hear all the time-???????????????????

blazerdawg

October 5th, 2010
11:02 am

WDE – Classy comments and thanks for Vince Dooley.

82Dawg

October 5th, 2010
11:03 am

@Game C0ck Here …when was the last time SC won the SEC East, SEC or even the ACC??? Or even won more than 8 games in a year? Until they do something you need to be quite.

WAR DAMN EAGLE

October 5th, 2010
11:03 am

blazerdawg

Thanks for Pat Dye.

G8R GRAD

October 5th, 2010
11:03 am

” . . . what do you need that you currently don’t have? Whatever it is, I’ll get it for you.”

And Greg McGarity is just the man to get the job done.
Now the question becomes, “Is Richt?”

defactodawg

October 5th, 2010
11:04 am

This was the same questions TB asked towards the end of last season. I think the answer should be no. CMR has had 2+years to straighten the program and we’re worse off today than we have been in many years.

The real question is who is the replacement WHEN there is an opening, not IF there is an opening. I want the best coach available, regardless of his alma mater. It’s long past time for the good ol boy network to crumble to be replaced by qualifications and accountability.

c0ck fans are hiliarious

October 5th, 2010
11:04 am

Looks like the annually inevitable downward spiral of the fake USC has already begun. They will probably be battling it out with UGA for the worst bowl game this season. Fake USC will have their typical minimum 5 losses yet again this year. Book it.

WAR DAMN EAGLE

October 5th, 2010
11:04 am

82Dawg

Never. Never ever. That clown has no business being anywhere near a sports blog.

WAR DAMN EAGLE

October 5th, 2010
11:05 am

Hey c0ck

Auburn owns the state of South Carolina.

WE ARE YOUR DADDY!

c0ck fans are hiliarious

October 5th, 2010
11:05 am

btw, am I the only one that finds it offensive that AJC refuses to allow posters to spell out “c0ck” how it should be? Looks like they are the ones with their heads in the gutters…..

The Count of MonteFisto

October 5th, 2010
11:05 am

Heard that Tennessee is coming to Athens Saturday to punch Georgia right in the mouth. This pleases the Count greatly!

UGA True

October 5th, 2010
11:05 am

Best article bar none that I have ever read by Barnhart.

Coach Richt and AD McGarity: I hope you are reading. You might want to print it out and put it someplace and ponder it for awhile.

The gravitational pull of every program is to grow complacent – and after 10 years, it’s time to reinvent. (My 11 year old son sits with me at the games and can often tell me what play is about to be run. Whew… that’s not good.)

GoDawg

October 5th, 2010
11:06 am

Mark Richt is a good christian man. He should be left alone. I’m sure he’s doing his best. It’s a rebuilding year! We have a freshman quarterback! We have a new defense! Just wait until next year! Richt and Bobo will take this team to National Championship! It’s a rebuilding year!

bwell

October 5th, 2010
11:06 am

That Guy:

Easy, the offensive line is rotating players so the experience is there and we will have a veteran line next year. It’s not a forclosure that AJ will turn pro after this season. Murray will get better as the season goes on. The four games and rest of this season the WR’s has gain more confidence and will be a plus for rest of this season and next; plus we have couple wideouts recruits for next year. Not to mention we have 4 very good TE’s. Defense will improve as the season progress, have FAITH yeah it looks bad now but Coach G will get it right, it take a season no matter what conf or level of play to digest and gel. Lakers did not win as soon as coach Jackson came on the scene, neither did patriots when Coach Carroll left. Fla nor Ala won right away. 75% of the defense coaching staff was replaced. The secondary will be back with boykins and B. Smith and Hamilton to lock down the corners and the middle. My problem is CMR did not allow Murray to play last season to gain that experience plus he need to use the TE’s more which the last two games he has. With time and this season Murray will have us back next season to compete. I did not have Georgia winning nor coming close to winning the East this year. BUT NEXT YEAR look out! Now if someone who needs to go would be the strenght and condition coach, to many times the players come off the field after one or two plays, they have to be better condititoned. This is a rebuilding season, we will fly under the radar and win big next year my friend.

Stan

October 5th, 2010
11:06 am

When you get the recrutiing classes ga has the past 3 years and this is the result, something is wrong.

WAR DAMN EAGLE

October 5th, 2010
11:07 am

GoDawg

Richt is the classiest coach in all of the SEC. Hands down.

real fack check

October 5th, 2010
11:08 am

and out of the 17, 15 are from Georgia.

Bama Bob

October 5th, 2010
11:09 am

And we own you third rate aubbies. I am looking forward to the IB this year and another loss by you losers.

Tide 37
Aubbie 10

But you will get shellacked by Mallet before that happens.

WAR DAMN EAGLE

October 5th, 2010
11:09 am

The best football and baseball players in the south come from Georgia. IF any of you watched this years All Star game, there were more players from the state of Georgia than any other state in the union. And no, not all of them were from the Braves.

GO BRAVES!!!!!

Old Dawg

October 5th, 2010
11:09 am

Tony, this is great column and I hope CMR and Greg McGarity read it, digest it and make it happen. While I’m the first to say that programs can’t have superior success season after season, it’s obvious there is too much talent in the state of Georgia and too many resources available for the program to struggle like it is.

Making changes doesn’t always include letting coaches/managers go. A few years ago we had a production issue where I work. Our management team made some changes in how we analyze production, set up a team to review every aspect of production and the problems were solved.

The key to our success was that we looked internally at every aspect of what we were doing, we were honest about the issues and be open to suggestions.

I have no idea what the real problems are with the UGA program, though it’s obvious many things have changed from early in CMR’s tenure. If the program can enhance its position without firing folks, that OK. If changes need to be made by bringing in new blood, so be it.

UGA football is special to many folks… the players, coaches and administrators, and more importantly for the fans. Their yearly passion is what fires everything. And right now their fire is fueled by displeasure and lingering questions. I know everyone isn’t always satisfied; that’s a given.

All fans ask is to remain competitive and to be in a position for championships. That hasn’t happened in recent years and some folks are mighty jealous of our neighbors’ success. Until the fans see a move in the right direction, anyone who coaches football at UGA is going to feel an unforgiving heat. It’s not pretty. It may not be right. But it is what many fans demand.

WAR DAMN EAGLE

October 5th, 2010
11:11 am

“And we own you third rate aubbies. I am looking forward to the IB this year and another loss by you losers. ”

Oh goody, another fight.

Hey Bob, we owned your a$$es for six straight years. Go ahead and make a prediction about how you clowns will beat us up. You clowns said the same thing last year and you were saved with .52 seconds to go in the game.

“But you will get shellacked by Mallet before that happens.”

Oh right, just like you guys have 300 national titles. Right.

Vulture

October 5th, 2010
11:11 am

WAR DAMN EAGLE
Interested in a trade?

WAR DAMN EAGLE

October 5th, 2010
11:12 am

“you third rate aubbies.”

Logic fail. Auburn is currently ranked 8 and Cam Newton has more yards than your Heisman winning running back.

Also, we are the only team in the SEC with three players who AVERAGE 70 yards per game.

Oh, and our defense is getting better, faster and stronger every week.

NK

October 5th, 2010
11:14 am

I think this is a well written article that touches on the issues here, but also shows a reasonable plan of action for CMR and McGarrity. Well done TB!

Dirty Dawg

October 5th, 2010
11:14 am

They say ‘bad things happen in threes’, and with Mr. Barnhart’s piling on – combined with Bradley and Schultz, it would appear that we’ve received our ‘limit’ from this bunch of ‘front-runnin’/band-wagon-jumpin’/which way’s the wind blowin’ hacks.

Hopefully Mr. McGarity and even that damned Michael Adams, will have the good sense to try and calm the waters while, quietly, seeing to it that CMR has the plan and latitude to bring about the changes needed. ‘die-hard-braves-fan’s right, it was way too much to believe that the defense could have turned itself around in one season…and who the hell knows that the story is about the O-line – maybe the one that reminded us some weeks ago that the success we had at running the ball late last year was against teams that couldn’t stop anybody. Same with how we were ranked going into ‘07 – we weren’t good enough to begin with – just were lucky enough to have kicked the crap out of a ‘way’ overmatched Hawaii team in that Sugar Bowl – then when you add in the injuries, we were doomed – you forgot to mention those things didn’t you Tony?

So understand something people, the more you pitch fits…the more you ridicule the coaches and players…the more you show your a$$es here, the tougher it’s going to be to turn things around. Players will be even more discouraged…coaches will start to ‘renew’ friendships with other programs…and recruits will say ‘why in blazes would I want to come to that place with all the ‘fair-weather fans’?

Sam

October 5th, 2010
11:14 am

I agree completely with your analysis and clear thinking.

Mean Machine

October 5th, 2010
11:15 am

Tony, I agree with you about evaluating everything in the program, but at what point do you say enough is enough. This should have been done by the Evans and Richt after the 2008 season, when it was clear that the team underachieved. Richt has had ample opportunity to change things, and either he failed to address them, or he made the wrong decisions. The question we as Georgia fans are faced with is; do we believe that Coach Richt will turn things around? If the answer is yes, then we give him how many more years to get an SEC title? If the answer is no, then UGA had better make a change after this season, or it will only put UGA further behind in competing for championships. I was on board with giving Richt the opportunity up until the Miss. St. loss. Enough is enough, losing to Miss. St. and Colorado is unacceptable under any circumstances. I’ve lost faith in Coach Richt to get the job done.

Columbus Dawg

October 5th, 2010
11:16 am

Tony, There is a post above saying that Richt cannot foresee how a 5 star or even a 4 star recruit will turn out in college, and I mostly agree on that, but there are a lot of UGA fans, boosters and large money contributors who want to know what credentials some of our asst. coach’s have that would allow them to coach at an SEC level. Tony ball was hired as running backs coach, from a position at VT as just that. Now he is coaching receivers at Georgia. Where are his credentials for that? Mike Bobo played Quarterback at UGA for a couple of years, and McClendon was a receiver. They were both pretty average players at the SEC level, so what would make Richt have them in the roles they are now in? These are questions that have to be answered before a verdict is reached on Richt’s having earned any right to anything at this point.

chicagodawgs

October 5th, 2010
11:20 am

FIRE CMR!…Hes Done

Head Coaching Candidates: (Offer 3.5 million/2 yr contract)

1)Jon Gruden 2)Herman Edwards 3) Pete Caroll 4)Kirby Smart 5) Will Muschamp

Abnerish

October 5th, 2010
11:20 am

Anyone thinking we can have a winning season after watching the last 4 games is completely off their rocker! I’m the epitome of the Richt supporter, but even I am growing weary of this. I can’t believe that Tennessee is a 10 point underdog to us. Vegas usually doesn’t miss a point spread by that much. Why would anyone think we are that much better than the Vols? Makes no sense. There is only one game the rest of this season that we should be 10 pt favorites in and that is Idaho St. We should be underdogs to Tenn, UK, UF, AU, and Tech. I think the only winnable games left are ISU, Vandy, and UK. If I had to guess I would say we will finish the season 4-8. But I still think Richt will get one more season and here’s the reason: 2 SEC Championships and 3 SEC East crowns and a history of being able to turn things around. Comparisons to Donnan are not viable because he didn’t win the SEC and never got us to the next level. Winning the NC has more to do with luck than anything else, just ask Auburn fans. LSU and Florida have lucked out more than anybody. Twice in 10 years, Georgia was in position to play for the national championship (2002, 2007) but luck wasn’t on our side. If Tenn loses to either Vandy or UK in 2007 (and UT should’ve lost both games), we play LSU for the SEC and if we win we play OSU for the NC instead of LSU. In 2002, we only lost 1 game, but Miami and OSU were both undefeated. Richt has earned a chance to fix this.

Columbus Dawg

October 5th, 2010
11:21 am

Also, if there is truth to the rumor that Richt will not allow Grantham to scold players when they screw up, then that is extremely unacceptable. To just come out and say Richt has earned the right to straighten out this mess is a little premature without having these questions answered as well as the strength and conditioning questions answered.

Columbus Dawg

October 5th, 2010
11:21 am

Also, if there is truth to the rumor that Richt will not allow Grantham to scold players when they screw up, then that is extremely unacceptable. To just come out and say Richt has earned the right to straighten out this mess is a little premature without having these questions answered as well as the strength and conditioning questions answered.

Bama Bob

October 5th, 2010
11:22 am

6 years? We’ve owned you for 16 decades. Aubbie idiots. Cam will get shut down when he goes against a good defense like Bama’s.

Game C0ck Here

October 5th, 2010
11:22 am

War – love Georgia much ?? Man u need to ask out Mark Richt if you feel that strongly, and Cam sux, looks like Les Miles coached him

Game C0ck Here

October 5th, 2010
11:23 am

Grantham needs to lock them in the broom closet when they screw up

G8R GRAD

October 5th, 2010
11:25 am

Correct me if I’m wrong, here, but so far only one of you has suggested WHO would be CMR’s replacement if he waere let go.

Hypothetically, of course, but who?

Harbaugh?

Smart?

Muschamp?

Game C0ck Here

October 5th, 2010
11:25 am

hire Jon Gruden, that would be funny, man your QB’s would cry all day long

Game C0ck Here

October 5th, 2010
11:26 am

Spurrier JR would be the best hire you could make, then Georgia would become our scout team

chicagodawgs

October 5th, 2010
11:27 am

yeah it would be funny while Ga was beating the hell out of FL and Tenn every year..

bamafan

October 5th, 2010
11:28 am

Real – I hope my daughter (a UGA grad and a fan) is reading this blog today. She shouldn’t need any reinforcement of her behavior, but just in case, I will mention yours tonight at the supper table. Clean up your act and get a life.

G8R GRAD

October 5th, 2010
11:28 am

Wouldn’t you know it!
As soon as I posted, I noticed three (count ‘em, THREE) contributors suggesting replacements for CMR.
My apologies.

Game C0ck Here

October 5th, 2010
11:30 am

Chicagodawgs- beating Tenn is not a stretch for Georgia, have you seen them play, they are worst than you this year, still a 50/50 chance though.

MJ

October 5th, 2010
11:31 am

Tony,

Great read and I agree totally TB. Georgia is not going to get anyone better than Mark Richt and Richt deserves the opportunity to make it right. Though this really reminds me of what went on down at Miami when Larry Coker was on the outs in 2005. He was firing assistants left and right and really the reason for the demise was right there in the mirror. I am not sure if thats the case here but its an eerily similar situation.

As for the changes, I know people would be talking about Kirby Smart (unproven) or Will Muschamp (also unproven and his def has been shredded 2 weeks in a row w/ Texas talent) as the next coach but how much better are they than Richt? And realisticly, GA would be looking at 2-4 years before a positive impact is made and even then its not guaranteed. Tennessee is case and point. Its probaly in GA best interest to keep Richt see how next year goes and evaluate things after 2011.

Emory

October 5th, 2010
11:32 am

Tony, I always look forward to your opinion and respect everything you say. I think the whole thing boils down to strength and conditioning. The players can’t win, they can’t compete with better athletes, they are just not ready physically. Isn’t the strength and conditioning coach Mark’s brother-in-law? HUMMMMM!

Feeding The Fire

October 5th, 2010
11:33 am

Isn’t there a conflict between being a Christian and not believing in discipline? I have not been a fan of Richt. He got the memo that Tech is an important game but apparently never got the one for UF. Ten wins is just one statistic.

Game C0ck Here

October 5th, 2010
11:34 am

What coach get top 5 talent every year, and flushes it down the toilet every year………….Times up…Mark Richt

Earl

October 5th, 2010
11:39 am

I say start paying coaches on commission. No win no pay!

Mark Richt

October 5th, 2010
11:39 am

Sorry for the loss, i dont know what to say, our offensive line is young-every year, like the last 7.Maybe we can beat Florida this year, if their team gets the Flu. I have recruited top flight wide recievers but will waste their talent with my QB, i have recruited top flight running backs but will waste their talent with piss poor o-line play and play calling. Next year I’m thinking about putting in something called a defense, maybe ill recruit for that the year after. Your thoughts and prayers are welcomed

Mark Richt

October 5th, 2010
11:40 am

Please give me a big raise and I’ll win one more game a year, i promise

82Dawg

October 5th, 2010
11:40 am

@Game C0ck Here …you still have not answered my question. When has SC ever won a championship of any caliber???

G8R GRAD

October 5th, 2010
11:41 am

i wish we would hire Spurrier JR, he’s better than RIcht is

jellybeandawg

October 5th, 2010
11:42 am

Tony the problem with giving Richt another year to ” right the ship” is that the outlook for next season is worse than this season!

Next year we will have far too many losses at the OL, WR, DL, LB, DB positions. By any and all definitions, next season will be a “true” total rebuilding season and we will be significantly worse than this year. I feel real bad for Richt and the staff but what is the point in having a lame duck coach hanging around for another season of misery?

chank a long

October 5th, 2010
11:43 am

Tony, I couldn’t agree with you more. Great article. Especially the last paragraph. I think that epitomizes our frustration and sentiments. You are a true DAWG.

Game C0ck Here

October 5th, 2010
11:44 am

Our game this year with you, thats all i need, are you still living in the past-1980 LMFAO , 82Dawg-man that was over 30 years ago, let it go, visit your grandchildren or something.

82Dawg

October 5th, 2010
11:45 am

@G8R GRAD ..if you are a UF grad (I get that by your name) why would you want Spurrier Jr over Richt?

ugaclassof2004

October 5th, 2010
11:46 am

I disagree that Richt should be given leeway. From 2008 until now, this program has been going downhill fast. What Richt did in 2002 doesn’t buy him a lifetime! Richt is not Bobby Bowden or Joe Paterno, he didn’t build the UGA program! Dooley had years where he struggled, but he was always able to turn it around with a good season when he needed one. But there is a difference between a team that is struggling through injuries/inexperience and a program that is just bad. And the UGA program is just bad! And its not going to get better until Richt leaves. The problem for the last 3 years hasn’t been Willie or Bobo, its been Richt. He’s the one that has stuck by these guys even when they have proven themselves to be utterly incompetent! His ambivalence is what has led this program to this point. And if UGA wins Saturday, and finishes out 7-5 or 6-6, I will guarantee you that he keeps his job: which will really piss me off! If that happens, then the UGA alumni and fanbase are to blame for accepting mediocrity. What will it take for us as fans to change our mind? Will the program have to totally bottom out and go 1-11 or 2-10 before we make a change? Richt has been good for UGA. He’s the second best coach UGA has had after Vince Dooley. But he clearly can’t cut it anymore. His run is over! Allow him the option to resign, and lets move forward, even if that means 2-3 years of rebuilding.

Game C0ck Here

October 5th, 2010
11:47 am

82Dawg- Are you seriously gonna bring up 30 years ago to combat your loss this year to a superior team, running back, QB, coach.

5150 P.O.A.D

October 5th, 2010
11:47 am

Auburn owns the state of South Carolina? Well I guess you had to own something because nobody wants to own Auburn except the cows and BAMA.

82Dawg

October 5th, 2010
11:48 am

@Game C0ck Here… I have never posted anything about 1980, you are correct that is history. I do not live in the past.Glad you think your game with us was a championship game. Really shows your intelligence.

Dawgs73

October 5th, 2010
11:48 am

I don’t understand some of the illconceived logic that I am reading. “Mark Richt deserves another year”, “UGA will win a National Championship next year”, “Mark Richt deserves another 5 years”, “be careful for what you wish for”…and on and on and on and on.

I guess by some of the above logic (or lack there of), Vince Dooley should have never retired, Ray Goff should/would have been impossible to replace, and Jim Donnan should have been signed to a 30 year contract…HUH??????

Again, I love what Mark Richt HAS done for UGA, but the program AS CURRENTLY SITUATED, is in STEEP DECLINE. It’s not a one year thing, it’s been a gradual downward trend. It’s not fair to say that in the recruiting the first five years of his tenure was any different that the last five. That’s just not an acceptable excuse anymore. All you can ask of your recruiting coordinator, is to go out and bring players that are physically skilled at their position…It’s the COACHES JOB TO DO JUST THAT, COACH.

Please stop with the bind homer posts, and be objective. We love Mark Richt, but he is not providing for a bright future for our beloved Dawgs.

5150 P.O.A.D

October 5th, 2010
11:48 am

Florida owns Athens but they just sold the lease to Kentucky.

David

October 5th, 2010
11:50 am

Tony I love you man, but you can’t be objective when it comes to Ga. All jokes aside, you are emotionally invested in Ga. The program has hit rock bottom and CMR is the captain of the ship.
I think in the coming weeks you guys might find out he is not the saint you guys make him out to be.

Mike Smith

October 5th, 2010
11:51 am

Good article, Tony. I definitely think there are organizational problems under Richt. Grantham was a good hire. I would stick with him. Outside of the Colorado game, the defense has done a good job so far keeping UGA in the game while the offense does nothing. They are undersized at D Tackle after losing their top 3 to the NFL, so there are some growing pains right now. Still, the defense has given the offense opportunities to win, they just haven’t taken them.

I would question the conditioning, recruiting, and offensive coordinator positions. Richt has most definitely earned the right to fix this. I don’t believe there is someone better waiting to replace him. Change for the sake of it rarely turns out for the better.

The biggest piece to me is offensive coaching. These guys look lost on that side of the ball. If the offense was even clicking as well as last year, then UGA is looking at maybe one loss right now.

Game C0ck Here

October 5th, 2010
11:52 am

@Game C0ck Here …you still have not answered my question. When has SC ever won a championship of any caliber???

82dawg- is this not implying that your team won something when the wheel was invented, lets talk about today punk, do you feel lucky

Coach R

October 5th, 2010
11:53 am

Fleming Island Dog,

Georgia’s all-time record vs. Alabama: 35-25-4

I’ve known for some time that there is a disgruntled Auburn fan propping up a variety of childish, rude sockpuppets on this blog. I didn’t realize until this morning that said AU sockpuppet actually moderates the blog for the AJC.

Sensible arguments for firing Coach Richt will be blocked. That’s about the only thing that gets blocked in Georgia these days — or tackled, for that matter.

Topp Dogg

October 5th, 2010
11:53 am

Mike Leach for OC hire him now and see what happens next,nuts but a genius without doubt.

Game C0ck Here

October 5th, 2010
11:54 am

lockem up in the broom closet, you would be better with jon gruder

82Dawg

October 5th, 2010
11:56 am

Why dont we just put up the money for Myer while he still has a couple of good years left, he’s probably done at Florida pretty soon anyway

G8R GRAD

October 5th, 2010
11:57 am

A new low for this forum:

I’ve been HIJACKED @ 11:41!!!

G8R GRAD

October 5th, 2010
11:59 am

82Dawg:

Not me, my friend.
Trust me, I’m deliriously happy with Coach Meyer.

UGAAluminCalu

October 5th, 2010
12:02 pm

Well done and said, SIR.

Snarlin' Dawg

October 5th, 2010
12:03 pm

Coach Richt has been given many opportunities, more than most. I will not list all of them here but you all know the list anyhow. I want to plant a seed here for a potential coaching replacement… Kirby Smart. As a UGA alum I would love to give Kirby a chance to lead his alma mater to the promised land. His resume speaks for itself.

G8R GRAD

October 5th, 2010
12:03 pm

I know, I know, I can’t stand Bianchi either, but he echoes 5IML’s point made yesterday.

See:

http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/sports_bianchi/2010/10/memo-to-gators-urban-meyer-let-john-brantley-be-john-brantley.html

82Dawg

October 5th, 2010
12:04 pm

@G8R GRAD I was wondering…..

Doug the Jacket

October 5th, 2010
12:05 pm

HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA !!!!

WAR DAMN EAGLE

October 5th, 2010
12:05 pm

“War – love Georgia much ?? Man u need to ask out Mark Richt if you feel that strongly, and Cam sux, looks like Les Miles coached him”

Gotta love stupid people. Cam sucks huh? He leads the SEC in several categories and is now tied with Mark Ingram in the Heisman race.

Dude, you are RETARDED.

WAR DAMN EAGLE

October 5th, 2010
12:06 pm

“Are you seriously gonna bring up 30 years ago to combat your loss this year to a superior team, running back, QB, coach.”

USC has never had a superior team. Ever.

Auburn OWNS USC and the state of South Carolina.

82Dawg

October 5th, 2010
12:07 pm

@WAR DAMN EAGLE …Cam has looked good so far, BUT how are they tied for the Heisman? Didn’t think they voted on this until later this year.

WAR DAMN EAGLE

October 5th, 2010
12:10 pm

Game C0ck Here is stealing names.

Tony, could you please ban that clown.

NC Dawg

October 5th, 2010
12:10 pm

I read a post by someone earlier talking about some of the “showboating” going on after a play. I totally agree. For example, A.J. Green is an awesome player. However, after that touchdown catch on the sideline, he stood staring at the crowd as though he deserved a parade down Main St. right then and there. This is one of the main problems with this team. One play…and they want the game to stop so an award can be presented at midfield. Come on! Play the game…TO WIN! I don’t care about a highlight film catch if the final score has Georgia losing. Got it!?

WAR DAMN EAGLE

October 5th, 2010
12:11 pm

“Cam has looked good so far, BUT how are they tied for the Heisman?”

His numbers.

“Didn’t think they voted on this until later this year.”

The race.

WAR DAMN EAGLE

October 5th, 2010
12:12 pm

“Well I guess you had to own something because nobody wants to own Auburn except the cows and BAMA.”

Guess you’ve never been to Tuscaloosa. Woof!

WAR DAMN EAGLE

October 5th, 2010
12:13 pm

“you would be better with jon gruder”

Who is jon gruder?

Julian

October 5th, 2010
12:13 pm

Really? Do you seriously believe AJ Green loves Georgia as much as the loyal fans? Of course not – he’s just getting his ticket punched until his pay day in the pros. Richt didn’t forget how to win. You want change – be careful – for every Nick Saban there are 5 Ray Goffs

ol' balls coach

October 5th, 2010
12:16 pm

Tony, nice job. Richt should have the opportunity to turn this around. The question is will he take the opportunity, and will he start taking action this year. If things continue, he cannot wait til next year to make changes. (And I have a list if he needs help getting started.)

Bama Owns Aurburn

October 5th, 2010
12:24 pm

always have, always will, NUFF SAID

Bama Owns Aurburn

October 5th, 2010
12:25 pm

Cant wait to show what a punk CAM is, he will be set straight. Ingram will adjust the votes soon enough

aggie94

October 5th, 2010
12:27 pm

Richt for Sherman…no then no one wins.
disgruntled TAMU fan

David Granger

October 5th, 2010
12:27 pm

Hard to pin down my feelings on this, Tony.
Coach Richt does two things extremely well: He’s a clean-cut, nice-looking guy who says the right things–represents the university well. And he’s a very good recruiter, which is probably the best single asset a coach can have, especially in a talent-laden state like Georgia.
And after that, the positives are about over. He’s a horrible game coach, and…even worse…the team seems to have lost all discipline.
In recent years, we have seen:
1. Georgia players draw foolish penalties at crucial moments of the game.
2. Georgia players in all kinds of legal troubles.
3. Georgia players dancing and boogeying on the sidelines in the late 4th quarter of a game we were losing.
4. Georgia players running off the field to get to the locker room at halftime…with time left on the clock.
5. Georgia players shouting back at coaches who are correcting them.
6. Georgia players stomping on an opponent’s logo at midfield after it took a last-second field goal to beat…Vanderbilt. (To paraphrase Allen Iverson: “We talking ’bout VANDERBILT!”)

To maintain discipline, both on and off the field, a coach can’t be a friend to his players. The players have to have that kind of deep respect that almost approaches fear. And Tony…have you ever seen a coach LOSE discipline and ever really get it back?

Bama Owns The KKK

October 5th, 2010
12:28 pm

The U of Alabama has put more Klanners in office than Ole Miss! ROLL KLAN ROLL!!!!!!!!

AUBURN FANS UNITE!!!

October 5th, 2010
12:28 pm

To save Mark Richt’s job!

After all, we have to play these guys every year. We let Shula get away — we can’t make the same mistake with Richt!

Bama Owns The KKK

October 5th, 2010
12:29 pm

Ingram will adjust the votes soon enough and get Bama put on another 5 years of probation.

ROLL KLAN ROLL!!!!!!!

tiger7_88

October 5th, 2010
12:33 pm

@AUBURN FANS UNITE… you do realize that Richt has won a whole lot more against AU than he has lost, right? As far as I’m concerned, if UGa wants to take a flyer on a new coach, it’s all good to me. :-)

AU Bandwagon

October 5th, 2010
12:34 pm

You’re so right AFU. Mark Richt deserves a few more years to turn this thing around.

He’s the best possible coach for Georgia. Take it from me, I live very close to Georgia — so I should know.

82Dawg

October 5th, 2010
12:37 pm

@AUBURN FANS UNITE!!!…that is pretty funny, isn’t Richt’s record 6-3 against Auburn?

The Truth

October 5th, 2010
12:40 pm

CMR will never beat the big boys, but that doesn’t matter so long as he keeps his overall winning percentage high enough. He’s grown fat and happy with a mediocre football program and I’ve grown fat and happy with bragging about how good our Dawgs will be NEXT YEAR.

You just wait!

We’re gonna win the East next year. Florida will be down. You’ll see!

83Dawg

October 5th, 2010
12:43 pm

Yeah. Well, I’ll take a 6-3 win over Auburn this year. Might be the only other game that we DO win.

greg

October 5th, 2010
12:44 pm

well said Tony

Paul Johnson

October 5th, 2010
12:45 pm

how did you boys like my Mark Richt impersonation above? Pretty cool, ehh?

NC Dawg

October 5th, 2010
12:45 pm

This team needs a blowout win…something like 44-0. Unfortunately, Idaho State might be the only team in which that’s possible.

Real

October 5th, 2010
12:46 pm

I want to apologize for my rudeness toward’s BAMA FANS, i’m a bit cranky due to the fact I STARTED TODAY!!!

1eyedJack

October 5th, 2010
12:46 pm

Watched the rerun last night and one thing stuck out to me on defense. We are playing too fast. We are overpursuing the play most of the time. We’re not playing disciplined assignment football. I did not see a lack of effort.

On offense it is clear that we are a different team when AJ is on the field.

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.

SEC lunch links | SportsTalk South

October 5th, 2010
1:06 pm

[...] are tough at Georgia, but Mark Richt has earned the right to fix the problem, writes Tony Barnhart of The Atlanta [...]

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?

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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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.

Skitty Fritty

October 5th, 2010
5:27 pm

Harbaugh at Stanford is the next Saban. UGA better grab him now because he won’t be available next year. Why should UGA settle for an unproven assistant like Smart or Muschamp? Stanford is physical for the 1st time in their history. Would love to see UGA physical again!

I Agree

October 5th, 2010
5:30 pm

A major college football program should never hire a coordinator or position coach to fill a head coaching position. These sorts of hires never pan out in the long run.

Woostock Dawg

October 5th, 2010
5:31 pm

We have to beat TN this Saturday or I don’t think it will be possible for Richt to right this sinking ship. We have been on a downward trend in the SEC for the last 2 years and if we continue to lose this year, it’s going to take at least 2 more years to fix. We just don’t have the talent, and the talent we do have is leaving after this year ( see AJ, Durham) If we lose this Saturday, and continue to lose this year, Richt just won’t be given the time to fix the problems.

I Agree

October 5th, 2010
5:36 pm

Defeating Tennessee might be the only thing that can save this dismal season. Winning one against the Vols at home would be a huge feather in Coach Richt’s hat. Everybody be sure to wear your lucky red panties next Saturday!

Dawg_Mike

October 5th, 2010
5:36 pm

@ calling a spade a spade-

Please don’t forget #23 overrunning every play and still trying to shoulder bump.
He needs to be in your list as well.

JB at home

October 5th, 2010
5:50 pm

OldDawg55

October 5th, 2010
5:53 pm

Mark, I’d begun to wonder if you weakened this season, too, but your summation paragraph was spon on. I just think that perhaps McGarrity should drop by Richts’s office and hit him up with a, “Waht’s up, Coach?” session soonest. I never tanked guys that worked for me without having an informal job performance chat in mid session before annual evaluation..steering them toward the right direction..and then, and only then, did I do a kick ass procedure on them. I just think Richt should not just do a hair pulling self pity session but his own “back to Jesus” searching analysis and then apply lessons learned to his staff. Yes, this coming Saturday will let the fans know if the players are just wearing the uniform or are they really the Dawgs we want on the field. GATA Dawgs!!!

JB at home

October 5th, 2010
5:54 pm

I’m home now and I’ve read about half these and it seems Richt has about 30% of support.
Wonder what the Season ticket holders/Hartman fund check writers think.I know Dr. Adams would consider this economy when looking for 10,000 new people to pony up about 3-5K per ticket to see this product.No
Vote of Confidence out the President yet ( the only one that matters by the way). This train wreck hasn’t come to a stop yet with a body count.

Boston Dawg

October 5th, 2010
5:57 pm

I don’t think he’s earned the right YET to come back next season. Let’s see how this season plays out. If they show vast improvement, yes. If not, then no. I have been a Richt apologist forever now, but I’ve changed my tune of late. And it’s not just about this season. There is no doubt he has taken UGA football to places it hadn’t been in a while, but it is painfully obvious that UGA won’t reach the pinnacle with Richt as the head coach.

2002 was his best season, but even if you look closely at that year he didn’t beat any championship-caliber teams. We lost to a mediocre Florida group, and besides that the best team we beat was probably Auburn, and they went 8-4. He won the SEC again in 2005, but again the SEC wasn’t at it’s best and they still won it by the skin of their teeth, then got beaten by WVU in the Sugar Bowl.

And those were the best years. Since 2005 we really haven’t been that good. Even in the supposedly great 2007 year they couldn’t even win the SEC East with Stafford, Moreno, and Massaquoi. As for our rivalries, the only one he has dominated is against Tech, which is expected of any UGA coach, and he’s 2-7 against Florida (likely 2-8 after Halloween). He simply isn’t a top-tier SEC coach anymore. No doubt there are risks with dumping the “tried and true”, but do you really think UT would have returned to glory if they had kept Fulmer? I’m guessing they wouldn’t have. UT is probably still better off going through this adjustment phase than sticking with Fulmer forever. If UGA wants to continue to be the 3rd or 4th best team in the SEC, then fine, but if they want to make the next jump it’s going to take a new coach I’m afraid.

FLA DAWG

October 5th, 2010
6:00 pm

No Tony,

The Dawgs have spiraled down for years under Richt. He was finally forced to unload Martinez. If Richt gave Grantham a hard time for yelling at the D then what is happening on the D side of the ball is completely Richt’s fault.

Richt brought in Bobo. The confusion on the O side is therefore borne by Richt as well.
The man has proven he cannot administer this program.

He must go this season – in fact, now.
The sooner we begin a genuine rebuild, the better for all.

FLA DAWG
Class of ‘79

Boston Dawg

October 5th, 2010
6:02 pm

I’m also tired of the line that UGA “should be happy” with 2nd or 3rd place because we aren’t the national power we think we are. Bunk. I’d agree our history isn’t as good as Bama’s or even Florida’s at this point, but it should be. With the money, resources, geographical location, and recruiting base UGA has, not to mention it’s lone obsession with football, there is no reason UGA fans should not expect to be a national football power and at least compete for the SEC title every year.

I Agree

October 5th, 2010
6:05 pm

If they can only beat Tennessee, then the Dawgs WILL be the 3rd or 4th best team in the East Division.

Wait ’till next year!

The future’s so bright — I gotta wear shades!

FLA DAWG

October 5th, 2010
6:15 pm

I’m an alumn. This is my university.

The performance has become so bad we are an embarrassement to The University of Georgia not to mention The SEC.

How can you suggest this man be given yet another year!?

JB at home

October 5th, 2010
6:17 pm

Boston Dawg……….Agreed………..A new coach ain’t all bad….Auburn will probably go11-1, 10-2 at the worst under the new Russian ( LOL ) coach in year two……With the talent in this state, Year two would be good for us also. I hope Mark lands at North Carolina to take Butch Davis place. They would take him in a minute, and he would be a good match for them….Easy tempo, 7-8 wins a year, everybody happy.

Ed

October 5th, 2010
6:35 pm

It’s also fair to ask if Richt’s early success wasn’t more the product of having a dynamic defensive coordinator and one of the most dominant defensive players (Pollack) in college football history and an efficient, rock-steady quarterback in David Green.

Maybe Georgia under Richt was built to exploit a weakened SEC post-Spurrier (who himself exploited a weakened post-Dooley, post-Pat Dye SEC). Saban was doing his thing at LSU but obviously had his eye on the NFL at the time. Richt caught the SEC at the perfect time to restore Georgia to prominence but now the bar has been raised significantly with Saban, Meyer, Miles and Petrino.

We often hear how high-stress coaching is, especially in the SEC. Certainly college football coaches are public figures who live under a microscope. But as far as pressure is concerned, it’s no more pressure than being a salesman or manager in just about any industry in the country. If you don’t hit your numbers for three consecutive years, you’re almost certainly out of a job. It doesn’t matter how good your early years are, there won’t be any nostalgia. The difference: not many salesman or managers can retire as millionaires in their 40s and 50s after getting canned.

That’s why I don’t have sympathy for the coaches. If Mark Richt is fired tomorrow he can laugh all the way to the bank and never work another day for the rest of his life if he chooses not to. Not many salesmen or managers have that luxury.

Georgia should fire Richt if the powers that be determine he is no longer the right man for the job, period. Whether Richt has “earned” another year should not factor into the equation. He’ll be fine. I see no reason to waste another season to confirm what many have suspected since the ‘06 season.

Palladin

October 5th, 2010
6:41 pm

Ed,

You’re spot on.

SuperB

October 5th, 2010
6:49 pm

If he goes 3-9 or 2-10 there will be a next year for Richt. Just not at Georgia.

SOUTHGADAWG88

October 5th, 2010
6:55 pm

UGA was a mediocre program when Mark Richt came to Athens.After 9 seasons he has hit a rough patch.With the record he’s produced at UGA…hell yeah he deserves the right to go out on his shield.The guy has never had a losing record as a coach.

Ed

October 5th, 2010
6:59 pm

And yes, I realize that obscure workers around the country do not get eviscerated on blogs such as this by idiots like us, but I suspect the coaches, like politicians, train themselves early on to completely ignore blogs and newspapers.

One more point, Richt was hired to take on and beat Florida and Tennessee. He got the better of Tennessee early on and got tantalizing close to evening up the Florida matchup, beating the Gators twice in his first seven seasons and playing them very competitively in losses. Really, ‘02, ‘03 and ‘05 could just as easily been Georgia wins with a break or two.

But recent years are right out of the Goff / Donnan v. Spurrier nightmares of the 90s. Tennessee has blown us out in Knoxville the last two times we played there, and Florida has humiliated Georgia the past two years. Granted Florida had Tebow and great teams in ‘08 and ‘09, but that didn’t stop Ole Miss from beating them and Arkansas from almost beating them in Gainesville. Georgia under Richt has completely lost the mental ability to play Florida. It couldn’t be more obvious.

Kaiser Soze

October 5th, 2010
7:07 pm

IMHO we need to stay the course and weather the storm with Mark Richt riding shotgun. For every moron who thinks John Gruden is going to coach UGA, please go to Wal-Mart and buy a clue. Gruden is NOT built to coach the college game. Additionally, earth to the Kirby Smart bandwagoners… he’s not coming to Georgia, period. FYI, it’s Saban’s defense, HELLO!

If McGarity sacks Richt we have to start over. Say good-bye to this recruiting class (which may not be a bad thing) and look forward to 2-3 years of rebuilding… and Oh yeah, Meyer, Petrino, Spurrier and Saban will still be coaching in the SEC. Wake up and smell the coke.

ABamaFan

October 5th, 2010
7:10 pm

I am not a Ga. Fan obviously, so I have no dawg in this fight. But the way I see it, Richt is a good football coach going through a tough stretch. After all he has won at Ga, I’d be more than willing to give him a chance to set the ship aright if I was a Ga fan. I remember a coach having a great decade of championship football only to end the decade with back to back 6 and 5 seasons. Some said he was washed up and the game had passed him by. His name was Paul Bryant and after terrible years in 69 and 70, he won 3 NCs and more football games than anyone else through the 70s. Just something to think about before you dump a good football coach.

The Most Interesting Coach in the World

October 5th, 2010
7:13 pm

For my Vol friends(and especially the fan at the game who had the obnoxious checkered orange jacket and three teeth):

The Most Interesting Coach in the World

October 5th, 2010
7:14 pm

STAY THIRSTY MY FRIENDS :)

reddawg27

October 5th, 2010
7:16 pm

I have backed my Dawgs since i could walk and I’ve appreciated MR’s rescue of our team from Goff/Donnan humblings. However, he has earned the right to fix things – and he has used it. This is not a one year mess. This is the result of several declining years and it will get worse before better. I think the Boise coach – no way. Muschamp – maybe. My choice would be Kirby Smart. He’ll field a solid defense, he’s an excellent recruiter, and he’ll hire an offensive mind – or free his pal Bobo to do what he wants. I still believe the offensive woes are MR.

Palladin

October 5th, 2010
7:19 pm

@ABamaFan

That’s at least twice today that Coach Richt has been compared to Coach Bryant on this blog. He must be a pretty good coach to warrant such comparisons.

Beast from the East

October 5th, 2010
7:22 pm

From a Gator fan’s perspective, I have to agree with Gator Mike’s post from this morning. The SEC needs UGA to be a competitive program in the East. We all may be fans of rival schools and we want our teams to win every game, but we also want our rivals to be successful….as long as it’s not at our expense. I really feel bad for the Dawg Nation. Your program is at a crossroads and no one know for sure what the right answer is. Richt has proven he can win in the past but those days feel like an ancient memory. If you fire him, then there are no assurances that his replacement will fare any better. Tough decisions to be made by a first time Athletic Director. I would not want to be in McGarity’s shoes and have to make this call.
Regardless of what happens, I think most of us wish you guys the best. We need a strong UGA football program in the SEC.
Best of luck the remainder of the season, except for 10-30-10!

FLA DAWG

October 5th, 2010
7:23 pm

Dawg Nation,

I submit to you the history of Richt at UGA is a lesson in success and failure that has played out throughout the ages.

Initially this young man was surrounded by high performing coordinators and coaches. Over time, Richt surrounded himself with Martinez and Bobo and others who are less than high achievers.

Another year with Richt will end in a 50/50 win/loss record at best.

The University of Georgia deserves better.

I ask ALL of DAWG NATION to stop attending games, buying Dawg Souveniers, etc. until the changes our University deserves have taken place.

FLA DAWG
Class of ‘79

Ed

October 5th, 2010
7:27 pm

Thanks Palladin.

“I still believe the offensive woes are MR.”

I agree reddawg27. Richt is supposed to be the offensive guru from the Bobby Bowden school (for those who are too young, no one did it better than Bowden from the 70s into the 90s). As head coach he outranks all other coaches on staff, including the offensive coordinator. The buck has to stop with him. The fans who keep demanding Bobo’s head are missing the big picture.

Jeff in Calhoun

October 5th, 2010
7:27 pm

Tony,
Mark Richt has not earned anything but a paycheck. He needs to do his job or be fired. He has yet to win a National Championship and at this rate he never will. I believe he is a nice Christian man who cares deeply for his players but nice guys always finish last. UGA needs a coach that will put his foot up the players behind when they get out of line. I really liked Mark Richt when his style was working. I believe his heart is no longer in coaching and he will resign on his own terms at the end of the season. My prediction is a 3-8 finish.

salparadise

October 5th, 2010
7:28 pm

hey REAL,

Yes, ‘Bama had a long, hard road to get where we are now, but we had an SEC championship in ‘99. We also had a great season (relative to the program’s state then) in ‘05, so it wasn’t quite 15 years. So please, remove your head from your rear. Maybe y’all should just bring back those cute little black shirts.

Ed

October 5th, 2010
7:32 pm

Beast from the East said: “I really feel bad for the Dawg Nation.”

Those are gracious words, but they only come from fans whose teams beat yours like rented mules. You won’t hear any Tech fans saying that.

I might have said the same thing to a few of my Gator buddies in the 70s and 80s when Dooley made breaking UF’s heart an annual event. The fact that many Florida fans now look upon UGA football with pity says more about the state of the program under Mark Richt than anything a writer or fan could say on the AJC blogs. 2-7, and will be 2-8 barring a miracle. That just doesn’t cut it.

reddawg27

October 5th, 2010
7:36 pm

Ed’s right. When the Gators feel sorry for us (and I also appreciate the kind words and think they are genuine), it just means they no longer consider us to even be competitive. As Ed says, that speaks volumes!!!

Delbert D.

October 5th, 2010
7:39 pm

Amplifying what Ed said “If you don’t hit your numbers for three consecutive years, you’re almost certainly out of a job. It doesn’t matter how good your early years are, there won’t be any nostalgia.

In my experience, it’s 3 consecutive quarters of not making plan (budgeted operating income) for your division.

reddawg27

October 5th, 2010
7:42 pm

Question: how long has it been since you, as a Dawg, had no worries about an upcoming SEC game – including Vandy? I guess my closest would be last year KY at home – nuff said. I work in ALA. These guys KNEW they would beat Ark. by 21 points – after watching our game. Obviously, they almost blew it and were wrong. the point is confidence. Even with Stafford and Moreno, we’re only confident against Tech, and that is more about their team than ours.

RomeDawg

October 5th, 2010
7:43 pm

Well written Tony! I agree.

stan

October 5th, 2010
7:45 pm

Get Over it.
UGA has been lucky for decades. The fans are horrible and live through some wins for National title decided by a few points during the season. Richt is Good, all of You Suck, And so does UGA

Straighr Jacket

October 5th, 2010
7:46 pm

Mark Richt will fix the problems at Georgia but who will fix the problems at Tech? The worst Tech team since Bill Lewis!! Maybe Curry could give some advice!!

FLA DAWG

October 5th, 2010
7:49 pm

KIRBY SMART is the man we need.
Smart has trained under the prince of darkness saban, can recruit, can coach and is a DAWG in his heart.
My guess is he figured Richt would fall on his face this season or next and waited for the HC offer instead of taking a DC job.

GET SMART FIRE RICHT

todd

October 5th, 2010
7:52 pm

the prohram has been going down since the loss to Alabama in 2008. We would have won a National Championship in 2007 if Tennessee had not beat kentucky in 4 overtimes. Then we go into 2008 ranked number 1 and get crushed by Bama- downhill since.

Now we play with no discipline, especially on defense- just run a misdirection play or a wheel route and we are dead because we do not play assignment football. We wanted an agressive defense and we have it now but we have to realize that someone has to cover their man instead of all of us rushing in to make a big hit.

On offense we are so predictable. Changes have to be maade there and CMR needs to take over the play calling.

This season sucks but our schedule next year sets up really well. We just have to write this season off and try to get better during the year. CMR does deserve the chance to right the ship and I would be very surprised if we didnt have a great year next year. Just a long time till then.

We have been in every game and the turnovers at crucial moments have been the difference, not to mention that our best player missed the first four games. Relax Ga fans- yes this year sucks but it will get better. This is just an unusual year with lots of bad luck

ratherBgambling

October 5th, 2010
8:01 pm

Keep Coach Richt

All the Best,
Gator Nation

Hershel Walker

October 5th, 2010
8:11 pm

Idaho State is the next and only win for the dawgs this year.

Dogalltheway

October 5th, 2010
8:43 pm

Stupid is as stupid does, Do we have someone to step up and buy out Mark? I think he would a prime target for any College looking for a good coach to whip our tails. If he is given the door then we deserve to have him kick our tail

Who we need

October 5th, 2010
8:45 pm

Please don’t start the we need Kirby Smart – he has done nothing to prove he is head coach material – nothing!

If GA has to let MR go then the 1st person they should approach is Bill Cowher – he has been out of coaching long enough maybe he is ready to get back in and he would be a great person to turn the Dawgs around.

I know it would be a far fetch to bring him in but it is the type of person we need – not a DC or OC – we need a proven winner and proven leader. GA is not a “starting ground” for a DC or OC to get their feet wet- GA has the money and is attractive enough to bring someone of Bill Cower’s caliber in .

yankeedawgfan

October 5th, 2010
9:02 pm

I agree CMR will get one more year to fix the program. What I havent seen is anyone look through the crystal ball to next year. Here is my take:

Offense will be worse. Murray has done a very good job of “managing” games. He continue to improve. After that, the offense is a train wreck. The offensive line graduates two players. With two leaving off this average line the offensive line is going to be worse than it was. Knowshon made this offensive line look alot better than they are. Late last year they pushed around a small GT Defensive front and A&Ms defensive front. Based on those two games everyone thought the offensive line was coming into its own. This year has proven they have peaked out at average and losing players so next year they are worse. The running backs stink. Its not just the fumbles. Caleb King is often injured. They dont have the “wow” factor and dont pass the sniff test of SEC running backs. We all know there isnt an incoming freshman that will take over the spot. If Knowshon was red-shirted and Richt doesnt play freshmen because they cant block, then you have your running backs for next year already. That leads us to wide receivers. AJ is gone and Durham graduates. That leaves some guys that havent done a whole lot. With a more experienced QB in Murray next year he might be able to make the current guys better. Tight ends are great and deep. Too bad we arent seeing them more involved at this point in the season. Tight end is the strength of this offensive unit in terms of athletic ability, depth etc.

All that said, the offense looks to be about the same next year if not a step back.

Defense
year two of the new defense and the first real year Grantham gets his types of players. Those guys will be freshman so maybe one or two will actually contribute. The rest of the guys will have a year of experience with this defense so that has to account for something. I havent looked at the outgoing seniors off this team to make a truly fair analysis but my belief is the defense will be slightly better.

They will probably be in the right spots to give up fewer big plays with experience. Will they get pushed around like they have so far this year. All that being said, one thing hasnt been mentioned about this years defense vs. last year. Last years D lost 3 defensive linemen with alot of experience and Renee Curran who was a tackling machine. Nothing got past him. He probably covered up some of the other bad tackling from others. That team last year gave up more points to SC and Arkansas. AND…that was with an offense that could control the ball and score so the D wasnt on the field quite as much. So I believe this years D is better than last years D. Again, next year should be a bit better.

With the offense about the same next year and the D slightly improved, then UGA is a 7-9 win team. is that enough?

SEC Fact Finder(the real one)

October 5th, 2010
9:02 pm

Tony,

We live in a microwave society and everyone wants everything now or yesterday. The wanting includes winning at everything. There are currently around 18-21 undefeated teams that play FBS Football. On the other end is some proud teams like UGA who have suffered through 4 tough games and could have easily won 3 of those 4( C.Buffs, Ark, and USC) with a play at the end of the game. MS. ST just beat on UGA. The question we are all asking now is: Does UGA have the mental toughness and mental stamina to fight back, or has this version of the Bulldogs given in to the failed mentality. Alot will have to do with Leadership( not Senior Leadership) and the players who take a step forward and lead by example. Some of the leaders have been absent due to injury, suspension or poor play. We will all see how UGA does against a Tennessee team who will come in to Athens and give UGA a harder version of what MSU gave the dogs a few weeks back.

How will UGA respond in Samford Stadium? If UGA can play and play hard, life for Coach Richt will be a little easier for the next few games.

S.E. Dawg

October 5th, 2010
9:10 pm

He has earned every right to fix the problem, plain and simple.

Jim

October 5th, 2010
9:16 pm

What has he done in the last 4 years to earn the right for one more year? He has been paid HANDSOMELY for his time at UGA.
Move on now, not one year from now.

SEC Fact Finder(the real one)

October 5th, 2010
9:17 pm

yankeedawgfan….

Nice run down….lets look at UGA’s 2011 schedeule ….it is a very easy road for CMR or anyone else who will at the helm of the Dogs.

Louisville Home WIN-95%
USC Home WIN- 75%
Coastal Carolina Home WIN-99%
Ole Miss Away WIN 70%
Miss St. Home WIN 55%
Tenn Away WIN 55%
Vandy Away WIN 80%
Florida Neutral Loss @ 65%
New Mexico St. Home WIN 99%
Auburn Home Toss Up
Kentucky Home Win 65%
GT Away Win 51%

That is going in with 10 win and 1 loss and 1 toss up.

If a coach can not win on that schedule with 9 plus wins then a change is required, if CMR makes it that far.

scott

October 5th, 2010
9:23 pm

Hey all you BAMA fans, congrats on great success the last two years, ….1 sec title.

BUT you are 3 years removed from SUCKING (for a decade) and losing to La Laf. at HOME, thanks for your input!

CABO

October 5th, 2010
9:25 pm

Richt has not earned the right to fix the program. What he has earned is $3M per year, for what?
He is the highest paid coach in college football not to have a National Championship. LSU has two (one with Les Miles coaching), UF has two, Bama will soon have two. It is two much to expect one championship at UGA in 10 years? The sooner he goes the better.

scott

October 5th, 2010
9:25 pm

Jim, in the last 4 years we won a sugarbowl, finished 2nd in the country and won a capital one bowl going 10-3, had two guys picked in top 10 of nfl draft. Granted last 18 months have been rough. Relax, its a game it will turn around.

yankeedawgfan

October 5th, 2010
9:26 pm

SEC Fan Finder

I did the same figuring this year that you did for next year and I had 4 losses. Trouble with my analysis was it was 4 losses for the whole year. The tough part is still ahead for the Dawgs this year. We didnt expect UGA to lose to Colorado or MSU. They could have won two of the four they have lost. But, if we think UGA is marginally better next year, how do they go from a 500 team this year (maybe) to a 1 loss or 2 loss team next year? Its possible but I think that is best case for sure. You are a “glass is half full” guy. :-)

Da'Quan Nigstick

October 5th, 2010
9:42 pm

FLA Dawg – You’re a moron. Kirby Smart wasn’t the answer last year as DC and isn’t the answer as a potential replacement for Mark Richt. Get a clue Dawg fans, Richt will be coaching next year and rightly so, as he’s earned it. As a Bama fan pointed out, even the Great Bear Bryant had back-to-back bad seasons. It happens. All the coaching staff and players need to do is worry about beating the Vols, everything else will sort itself out in time.

At the end of the season Richt can fire Rodney Garner and our strength coach Van Hallenger and we can move on.

Bama Fan #2

October 5th, 2010
9:42 pm

If a Georgia football coach loses to Miss St. and Colorado back to back a change needs
to be be made in new head coach or new offense coaches and new SC coach!! Shula lost
to Miss St and see want happened!! RTR

H.Obama

October 5th, 2010
9:48 pm

Might be hard to run on the new 13 man defense used by the Vols

Da'Quan Nigstick

October 5th, 2010
9:49 pm

This blog is loaded with retards and Bama Fan #2; you toothless wonder, are just another example.

Snoop

October 5th, 2010
9:54 pm

When Richt sent the team on the field in ‘ 07 to dance in the end zone, he became one of the boys, and they are not good boys. Richt cannot regain respect, if he ever had it, once it is gone. Black outs, pool parties, and one-game suspensions won’t fix the program. The fat cats will squeeze Adams and Mike will hang Richt out to dry. Expect some lean years, because a strong coach will not work for a twit like Adams.

5150 P.O.A.D

October 5th, 2010
10:04 pm

Some interesting numbers. Notice that the ACC school %numbers compare in African students but the ACC schools numbers drop in the White students. That means most ACC school accept more MINORITIES than SEC schools. WOW that was not what I would have ever thought.
Diversity—————-black%——————–white%————————-
VT 4 72
Ark 5 82
BC 6 65
UGA 6 81
UK 6 86
GT 7 66
WF 7 82
Clemson 8 81
Miami 8 44
UVa 8 63
NCSU 9 78
Auburn 9 85
UT 9 84
Vandy 9 63
Duke 10 55
UF 10 64
LSU 10 79
FSU 11 72
UNC 11 71
Bama 12 82
Maryland 13 57
USC 13 71
Miss 14 79
Miss St 14 79

Vandy and Florida need to be in the ACC and Clemson and Va Tech need to be in the SEC.

KingGator

October 5th, 2010
10:08 pm

Rich Rodriguez TURNED DOWN THE BAMA JOB? You’re kidding right? I don’t recall that, but if it’s true, it just goes to show you how low the program had fallen. Now Saban is there, for how long who knows because the NFL debacle I’m sure still knaws at his craw. The population and players are not in the state of Alabama anyway to justify any long term success there. When UGA gets the right coach, watch out!! They have the population and high schools to supply the players. Like the state of FL has for Miami, FSU, UF, USF, etc

dagnabit

October 5th, 2010
10:17 pm

Mark Richt goes down with the ship. Bulldawgs Suuuuuuccccccccccckkkkkkkkkkkk big time. Athens is going down for a loooonnnnnggggggggggg time. What’s left? Well, payback for one thing.

Atlanta Gator

October 5th, 2010
10:31 pm

Sure, Mark Richt has earned the right to fix the problem. The issue, however, remains that he should have started to “fix” the problems that were evident to everyone who follows the Dawgs before the fifth game of the 2010 season. The problems on defense were self-apparent long before last season when DC Martinez finally got canned, and no one has stepped up on offense, including OC Bobo. Now, Coach Richt is faced with “fixing the problems” in a rebuilding year when his talent has been depleted by graduation and early departures for the NFL. The 2010 Dawgs have talent, but it’s young and relatively inexperienced.

Richt may waited too long to right the ship, and he may not still be captain when that finally happens.

Atlanta Gator

October 5th, 2010
10:33 pm

To All Crimson Tide fans, please accept my sincere, but belated congratulations on your team’s crushing victory over the Gators Saturday night. I hope our kids can improve enough that they get a second crack at the Tide in December. In any event, enjoy the victory!

Boz

October 5th, 2010
10:35 pm

Barnhart’s idea that newcomer Greg McGarity is going to sit down and decide what will happen is silly. This decision is going to be made by one man and one man only: Michael Adams. He may listen to some of the heavyweight contributors and he will even consult McGarity for the sake of appearances, but make no mistake–it’s his decision. Adams has proven he has no trouble making personnel decisions, so he won’t flinch from this one. And in the end his decision is going to be made on the basis of one thing and one thing only: whether keeping Richt helps Michael Adams or hurts him. Only a fool would believe that Adams will stand placidly by and let this football debacle drag him down along with the football program. Right now we are looking at about five times more arrests per year than wins. What do you think the decision will be?

Chili Dog

October 5th, 2010
10:42 pm

Thank you Mr Bulldog. Thank you Thank you Thank you.

Please keep this regime in tact.

The signature win aginast the Rainbows in the Sugar Bowl… and he even called for a black out that game.

Forget the no championships win Matt Stafford, Knowshow, and all the NFL 1st rounders. Forget he took the pre-season #1 team and lost 4 games, lost to Ga Tech and out of the top 20. The lost 5 games last year, and is 1-4 this year.

Your right… he has deserved the right to stay longer.

Hopefully much longer.

LMFAO

LHardingDawg

October 5th, 2010
10:43 pm

I got back from Colorado yesterday and the only bad thing on the trip was the score of the game. We had a great time in Boulder and the Colorado fans were great. We were invited to a tailgate party where the
Bulldog fans treated with a whole hog, free bar, and Larry Munson
cd’s. I would encourage everyone to make the trip to the Rocky Mountain National Park. It is fantastic. I am a little upset about not playing these games anymore. A seventh home game is not good for the program or the finances. A close look at Auburn attendence would certainly be in order.

Retarded Dawson

October 5th, 2010
10:46 pm

Richard, Caleb King dropped the ball before anyone even hit him. Did you even watch the game ? No contact at all and he drops it.

Retarded Dawson

October 5th, 2010
10:48 pm

How is UGA a 13 point favorite over enn who should have beaten LSU ? If you are a gambler bet the farm on Tenn.

Retarded Dawson

October 5th, 2010
10:50 pm

LHarding, you’ve never even been outside the state of Ga. You are a 100 % troll that has been posting all day every hay using a ton of different names. Get a job.

Tony Barnfart

October 5th, 2010
10:51 pm

I agree with everything POAD says.

Chili Dog

October 5th, 2010
10:52 pm

You’re right Tony… the dogs won 2 SECs in 2002 and 2005 in down years. Then Lost to West Va. and beat up Hawaii.

How many SEC East championships to Matt Stafford and Knowshow win?

How did last year go?

How’s this year going?

See a pattern?

Tony Barnfart

October 5th, 2010
10:53 pm

Loran Smith has mooched off the Dawgs for 40 years. He’s been a UGA roadie.

Larry Munson

October 5th, 2010
10:57 pm

Loran what’cha got ?

Loran : Well Larry, I’ve been mooching off the Dawgs a long time now. Free tickets,free food,free travel. I’m living the high life for free.

I agree. You need a hobnail boot up the…

Chili Dog

October 5th, 2010
11:01 pm

This week’s Tenn game is huge. Biggest game ever. The Vols are good and under rated. If the dogs can somehow get this one…. I think they’re back.

Hey 6-6 is possible. We’ve got Idaho St. , Jy, and Vandy too.

I mean if they go 6-6 it’s a real turn around, and the dogs are for real again.

Chili Dog

October 5th, 2010
11:04 pm

The Vols are tough.
I mean SEC touch.
They whooped UAB in double over time!

Chili Dog

October 5th, 2010
11:06 pm

… and we’ve got special team players that are hurt and out for this game too. I dont know. This one’s going to be a SEC WAR.

Larry Munson

October 5th, 2010
11:07 pm

6-6 is for the Vandy’s and Ole Piss’ of the SEC. UGA has let down their fans and instead of being contenders they are pretenders. They have snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. Stop the sugar coating. Call A Spade A Spade. “Let’s get em next game.” Ok, but with a new head coach.

Chili Dog

October 5th, 2010
11:08 pm

Hey … this Vol team only lost to Oregon by 30.

People dont realize how tough they are.
This is the SEC buddy!

We get this one… i mean somehow, someway… and we are 2 and 4.

Larry Munson

October 5th, 2010
11:09 pm

Richt’s job basically on the line and King fumbles within field goal range. He should be an ex-Bulldog player.

Larry Munson

October 5th, 2010
11:10 pm

Loran, how much UGA money ya got ?

Chili Dog

October 5th, 2010
11:11 pm

And then those candy ass Comodores come call’n.

Shee it. I mean 3 and 4 is a friggin lock. Good call Tony!

KimZ'sPackage

October 5th, 2010
11:15 pm

Ealey couldn’t hold the ball and hold up his pants. Bros want to hold their JUNK every second of the day but only hold a football for a few hours. You know they only hold the ball when they ain’t holding their Junk and a Joint.

Chili Dog

October 5th, 2010
11:15 pm

Great job Tony. Your turn with the proverbial UGA THING was a success.
Your good!

After Mark Bradley sucked on it for weeks, I think you were even better.

Now pass it long to the redneck radio guys. Buck loves the red and black big thing.

Then the 790 the zone crowd… they’re already on their knees for their turn too.

KimZ'sPackage

October 5th, 2010
11:18 pm

Chili Dog you want to get on your knees and lick the special sauce off my Uga VIII?

KimZ'sPackage

October 5th, 2010
11:19 pm

LOL I had to ask. Don’t be Tardy for My Party.

Chili Dog

October 5th, 2010
11:20 pm

None left.

Tony, Mark, and the redneck radio guys got it all

Chili Dog

October 5th, 2010
11:20 pm

Hope they keep it up….. LMFAO

Chili Dog

October 5th, 2010
11:22 pm

Yo Kim, How’d last year work out for you boys in Shreveport?

Mark, Tony, and the redneck radio gang says it was pretty good.

Chili Dog

October 5th, 2010
11:24 pm

And what about the year before that. Don’t you worry about that pre-season #1 ranking thing. Only losing 4 including Ga Tech wasnt that bad with a #1 team. Stafford and Moreno wern’t really that good anyway

Chili Dog

October 5th, 2010
11:25 pm

Hey when Tony takes it out of his mouth… he’ll tell you.
Win 5 of the next 6 and you have a shot at the Music City bowl.

Chili Dog

October 5th, 2010
11:28 pm

And Buck says … the fight’n gators lost to Bama while we were losing to the Buffs. I mean we both lost . What’s the diff?

Larry Munson

October 5th, 2010
11:38 pm

All our player are hurt… we’ve got no players.

We’ve got no players… AND they’re guys are big. I mean really big, too.

The air is thin… I mean really thin. Our best player is cramping up.

And he can’t play. And our guys have to go to class too!

I mean that Jann Kemp changed all that. Their guys dont.

The air is thin! The air is thin!

And Oh My God we can’t block! There’s a guy in our backfield!

Every play, I mean every play!

We’ve got not players.!!!!!

And lady luck just laid it on the ground!…. again

AF Dawg

October 5th, 2010
11:44 pm

Tony, The UGA AD and President already had this “meeting” with Richt before. Remember the Richt speech — I’ve got to do a top to bottom review of the entire program, including myself. Well, he fired a couple of coaches and it didn’t work — things got worse. Sadly, just like his mentor Bobby Bowden predicted, Richt isn’t mean enough to be at the top in the SEC. And by mean, I’m not suggesting yelling at your players all of the time. I’m talking about curfews, kicking players off the team, the occassional getting in a player’s face, and most of all — not hiring or hanging on to your buddies (Martinez/Bobo) to be a nice guy. Georgia needs a fire and brimstone kind of coach — someone the players are either scared of or are in total awe of. You are asking who can fill that bill? The front runners should be Harbaugh out of Stanford or June Jones out of SMU. Definite mistakes would be Muschamp or Smart — they are unproven head coaches and wouldn’t know how to right the ship.

5150 P.O.A.D

October 5th, 2010
11:53 pm

Buy the #s again Fewest non Black or white students ie OTHER.
OTHER
6%———Auburn——————SEC
6%———BAMA——————-SEC
7%———Ole Miss—————-SEC
7%———Miss St—————–SEC
7%———U Tenn——————SEC
8%———Kentucky—————SEC
11%——-Clemson—————-ACC
11%——-Wake Forest———-ACC
11%——-LSU———————-SEC
13%——-NCSU——————-ACC
13%——-Arkansas————–SEC
13%——-UGA———————SEC
16%——-USC———————SEC
17%——-FSU———————ACC
18%——-UNC———————ACC
24%——-Va Tech—————ACC
26%——Florida——————-SEC
27%——-Ga Tech—————ACC
28%——Vandy——————-SEC
29%——-BC———————-ACC
29%——-UVa——————–ACC
30%——-Maryland————-ACC
35%——Duke——————–ACC
48%——MIAMI——————ACC

Boy those SEC schools like to have only White and Black students on the PLANTATIONS for sure. Looks like the EDUCATED ACC is different from the Seperate but Equal SEC view of education.

Chili Dog

October 5th, 2010
11:57 pm

POAD

Don’t be use’n those facts and a numbers with the boys now. You know the boys are still fight’n that war of northern agression.

5150 P.O.A.D

October 6th, 2010
12:01 am

Hell I am Georgia born
Georgia Bred
And the Georgia Red Clay
I will be buried Dead
But I know what is right.

5150 P.O.A.D

October 6th, 2010
12:04 am

Give me an AK-47 with a few full Clips, a good dog, and a nymphomaniac that owns a liquor store, then you will never hear from me again.

Just Noticed

October 6th, 2010
12:05 am

Hey Bulldog Tony, Mark Bradley, and Schlabach….

Have you guys happen to notice that novice David Pollack has zoomed right by you red and black homers?

Guess that happens when your not sucking up to to the home fan base.
Oh well.

Chli Dog

October 6th, 2010
12:07 am

POAD,

Lets be honest here. Your georgia dogs suck hine tit.

David Letterman

October 6th, 2010
12:18 am

Top Ten Reasons Why Georgia SUCKS:

10. Willie Martinez couldn’t coach defense.

9. Lady luck won’t shine like she used to for Larry 30 years ago.

8. Mike Bobo can’t call plays in the imaginative SEC

7. Mark Ricth is a tough Christian disciplinarian

6. Our new Cowboys defense sucks. It will take years to get the right guys to play defense in the new scheme.

5. You never know what you’ll get until these guys get to campus. It’s just dumb luck that all our guys get arrested, while the other schools don’t. I don’t understand.

4. The SEC is tough. The SEC is rigorous. The SEC beats up on each other. The SEC is the SEC. The SEC…. The SEC…

3. Jann Kemp

2. It’s those recruiting services. They’re just wrong and telling everybody the wrong info. We’re recruiting the wrong guys.

1. We are full of sheet

Mark Bradley

October 6th, 2010
12:23 am

And I gaurantee you this. The Bulldogs will not go 6 and 6.
9 and 3.

Listen to me. I know what I’m talking about. I’m a professional, and I study this and write about this for a living.

I gaurantee you, they will not go 6 and 6.

Mark Richt

October 6th, 2010
12:25 am

to Tony and Mark…. mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

that felt good

Chili Dog

October 6th, 2010
12:27 am

Tony,

I’m still laughing at your blog (bulldog blow job) from a few weeks ago, where you wrote… “the dawgs are ok…. there’s just a fine line between winning and losing”

David Letterman

October 6th, 2010
12:33 am

How ’bout them Dawgs?

Sound pretty F..ing stupid right now doesn’t it?

Kentucky Fan

October 6th, 2010
12:35 am

You guys are Losers with a capital L.

Kentucky Fan

October 6th, 2010
12:38 am

Ok we’re we’re not the best in football. But we’re not dilusional for 3 generations like you a-holes. Overall, you’re the Wisconsin or Mich St of the SEC, but fail to deal with it.

Wanna talk about basketball?

Kentucky Fan

October 6th, 2010
12:40 am

Didn’t we play you guys last year at your place.
Like I said, we’re not very good in football, but how’d that work out?

Chili Dog

October 6th, 2010
12:44 am

KY Fan, Don’t push them over their dillusional cliff.

They’ve still got Vandy and Idaho St to thump thier chest with.

And who knows….. in another decade they could have a banner year and whip up on the Rainbows again with MCR calling for another blackout

Willie Marinez

October 6th, 2010
12:49 am

So… how’s it going this year?

Todd G.

October 6th, 2010
12:51 am

Remind me again why I gave up a good job to come here?

Chuck Dowdle

October 6th, 2010
12:55 am

It’s important to remember here that we all need to support the team.

Buck Belue

October 6th, 2010
12:56 am

Hey Tony it’s my turn…. let me suck on that thing for awhile

Mike Bell

October 6th, 2010
12:59 am

Don’t bogart that thing. I’ve got a living to make too, and I’ll do what it takes.

Kincaid

October 6th, 2010
1:00 am

Dave Archer

October 6th, 2010
1:00 am

Yeh I know I’m new, but I am a pro

Chuck Dowdle

October 6th, 2010
1:02 am

Things are heating up in the red and black room. Coach Richt, I know that’s what you like to see.

Tony Barnhart

October 6th, 2010
1:04 am

The SEC is a tough rigorous conference. The best. Know let me show you the best.

Willie Martinez

October 6th, 2010
1:06 am

I miss the comradaree…. why did they have to fire me?

Willie Martinez

October 6th, 2010
1:07 am

Those AJC guys we’re so …… professional. hmmmm

Carl Rove

October 6th, 2010
1:09 am

We are not going to allow homo’s to coach college football…. no matter how much they are enticed by “journalist”

Tony Barnhart

October 6th, 2010
1:11 am

Enticed? I say not! I’m Mr. College Football.

Here Buck, hold this for a second.

Buck Belue

October 6th, 2010
1:13 am

No problem…. you know I’m always heres here (on my knees) for the dogs

Mike Bell

October 6th, 2010
1:14 am

Hey…. gimme a shot of scotch

Mike Bell

October 6th, 2010
1:14 am

Check Dowdle

October 6th, 2010
1:17 am

Coack Richt,

We all know the dogs are the best recruits, the best student-athletes, and that you and your coaching staff do the best job of any coaching staff of any school,…do you think it’s important that the best fans in the country stay behind their team?

Mark Richt

October 6th, 2010
1:19 am

Yes Chuck… I’m glad you asked that… yes I do. We do have the greatest fans in the entire world and we should all stick together.

Tony Barnhart

October 6th, 2010
1:21 am

Coach Richt,

I think you’ve earned the right to stay at UGA, and I think your the best coach in the SEC, now… let me ask you this hard hitting question… do you think the dogs will improve over the 1-4 start?

Mark Richt

October 6th, 2010
1:25 am

Well Tony… we’ve got Tenn coming in and they are always tough. You know it’s the SEC and every week is a battle. It’s a WAR. I mean they are really good. Then we follow that up with Vandy, Idaho St. and Kentucky. I mean that’s a gauntlet. We’re talking 4 consecutive team outside of the top 80 in the country. So to answer your question, I don’t know. With a schedule like that you can’t make predictions. I just know we will work hard, even harder to improve.

Mark Bradley

October 6th, 2010
1:27 am

4 Reasons Why It’s not as Bad as you Think.

Oh never mind.

Mark Bradley

October 6th, 2010
1:28 am

Sorry, I used that 2 weeks ago

Bubba from Buford

October 6th, 2010
1:31 am

Coach Richt,

With our recuiting class coming in, you think we’ll win the SEC and NC next year? or you think it will take til the year after that.

I’ll just hang up and listen

God

October 6th, 2010
1:34 am

You guys are piss’n in the wind!

Know whatta-mean?

Jimmy

October 6th, 2010
2:41 am

If we could have stopped the run at SC, and not fumbled at SC, and if could have stopped the pass against Ark, I mean jus once, and if we had played better at Miss St. and stopped them from 400 yds., and if we could have stopped Colorado and run the ball against them, and if AJ could kept a playn , I think we’d 4-1 or 5-0 right now. Which is what we should be.

Ga Dawg 87

October 6th, 2010
2:43 am

Damn right Jimmy! We all right

Jimmy

October 6th, 2010
2:46 am

We go 6-1 our last 7 and peeple will see.
Tony’s right you know.

Ga Dawg 87

October 6th, 2010
3:01 am

Next year. Fla’s down, Tn down, SC Down, and we only play Miss St and Ole Miss. No more out of conf games.

SEC champs and maybe NC.

Jimmy

October 6th, 2010
3:05 am

Dawgs are 11-1 next year for sure, maybe 12-0 if were lucky dawgs… hehe

Ga Dawg 87

October 6th, 2010
3:09 am

you look at our schedule nexy year… i agree 11-1 or 12-0. we dont play nobody

Jimmy

October 6th, 2010
3:10 am

Dawgs are hale. Let em laugh this year. We’ll show em. Go Dawgs

BoWeevil

October 6th, 2010
6:17 am

Be here in 2011 ?

You mean AFTER he loses 15 seniors and 4-5 juniors and remains LIGHT YEARS behind Alabama, LSU and Florida in our own conference ?

When going in to 2011 he has this record :

17-21 vs Top 25 Final AP Poll teams CMR Era

10 losses to not Top 25 Final AP Poll teams CMR Era

31 losses CMR Era 21 vs Top 25 and 10 not

vs. SEC 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 :

.815 Florida 31-7

.694 Alabama 25-11

.666 LSU 24-12

.571 Coach Richt 20-15 UGA 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 vs SEC

Worst is that we are to believe CMR can HIRE a COACH to help him, when in the last 12 months he then will have FIRED EVERY coach he HIRED ?

begone

October 6th, 2010
6:49 am

Coach has lost this team and like many of the fans I believe the confidence in their coach is gone. You have to believe in what you are doing when you are being pushed in the weight room and on the field. These problems have been snowballing for a few years now. Do the players believe they can beat Florida and Alabame. I say no. The gimmicks and rah rah stuff will not do when you are in a battle. No discipline, Players that think of themselves more than the team, When Meyer came to Florida he threw 17 players off the team before the first season started. You have to clean house and get the proper attitude instilled in the program again. Georgia needs to be a power. We are the SEC and it is time to start acting like it.

Dgator

October 6th, 2010
7:38 am

“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?”

I think you hit the nail on the head with the above quote.

Georgia fans need to come down to earth and realize that their program is just an above average program that has a couple decent years every decade and then comes back down to above average (and this year down to Vandy’s level) yet the fan base still thinks it is 1980. If you get rid of Richt, don’t think you will have your choice of the hottest names, the Boise State coach will have a lot more attractive offers than UGA. There are a lot more Ron Zooks than there are Urban Meyer.

tony

October 6th, 2010
8:56 am

What is wrong with the people who are making the decision at uga? There ain’t no way Mr.Richt will turn the program around. Mr.Richt and Les Miles are the worse decision makers in college football. Mr.Richt cannot deal with Saban and Meyer and now the worse teams in the sec don’t fear the dawgs anymore. Keep Mr.Richt another yr then you people better be prepare to suffer and be humiliate in the sec and beyond.

steve

October 6th, 2010
9:20 am

I agree about Richt.

Just a comment on the strength program–if football fans and football programs, college and pro, took drug testing seriously, you wouldn’t see Alabama or anyone else fill out their uniforms as they do.

If you’ve read about the professional cycling drug wars, you’ve seen a dedicated effort to clean up a sport. If we had the same effort in football–and believe me, with so much more money at stake for teams and players the problem is MUCH worse–we’d be seeing 250 lb tackles again.

We’d also enjoy the games just as much–maybe more. Performance enhancing drugs riddle football. Cycling ignored the problem until it had several deaths among up and coming young riders.

Check out the life expectancy of former NFL linemen; watch the saddest interview I ever saw with Lyle Alzado. Tragedy is coming to young football players because of this problem and, since I love and played the game, I don’t want to see that.

Research and write on this subject if you want to do a really useful service to our sport.

some things are more important than $aban

October 6th, 2010
9:33 am

`
War Eagle !

In De Nile

October 6th, 2010
9:46 am

@steve

Right… Richt just doesn’t have good enough contacts with the steroid dealers.

That’s the ticket!

In De Nile

October 6th, 2010
9:49 am

Barners shouldn’t worry about Saban — they’ve got to get past Coach Richt first.

Cheezestik can’t handle the Mighty Dawg attack!

Top Dog

October 6th, 2010
11:50 am

Tony B- Best article I have seen yet on the Dogs. In fact, your article mirrors the letter that I wrote to McGarity. And yes he did personally reply. At the end of the day, whenever that may be, we are in good hands with Greg McGarity.

[...] Tony Barnhart is spot on in the observation that it’s to the point that “the team needs to lift its fans.” Most still want Richt to succeed. He’s good for the school in so many ways. A man whose faith is such a part of his character finds himself in the center of a crisis of faith of a different sort. One game won’t end that crisis, but those holding on to some hope that Richt is the man to turn this around need something. [...]

Icenupe

October 6th, 2010
1:03 pm

For every so-called UGA fan that wonders why UGA hasn’t played for a NC, allow me to provide u some info. 2002,(Richt’s 2ND YEAR) UGA finished 13-1. Ohio State and Miami played for the NC that year otherwise, its us. 2005 UGA wins the SEC with 2 losses to Florida and Auburn. The Auburn loss was due to a 4th and forever completion to UGA’s one yard line and we lost by a field goal. The Florida loss was WITHOUT DJ SHOCKLEY with Joe T. starting instead. 2007 UGA finished #2 behind NC LSU who won with 2 losses to Kentucky and Arkansas in the SEC but UGA lost to Tennessee and So. Carolina and lost to Tennessee on the tie-breaker that year. Many believe, as I, UGA was better than LSU but the loss to Tenn kept us out of the SEC Championship. Here we are in 2010 struggling but now suddenly Mark Richt is Ray Goff or Jerry DiNardo or Curley Hallman, or Woody Widenhofer or any other past lame SEC coach who stunk at their job?? Give me a break! He deserves the chance to right the ship no matter how many of you fairweather fans with selective amnesia. Only 2 other coaches are better than Coach Richt – Meyer and Saban and the list expands less than a handful around the country after that. And do yourself a favor and check Richt’s record versus Spurrier, Miles, and even SABAN. I still believe in Coach Richt.
What does it tell you when a team’s fans storm the field and tear down the goalposts after beating a team with a 1-4 record? I saw it as a form of RESPECT! Great programs rebound. UGA will with Coach Richt!

[...] College Football brings a new angle on the Richt-should-look-at-himself stance. Tony Barnhart never [...]

tony

October 6th, 2010
2:04 pm

Icenupe, without Brian VanGorder Mr.Richt is mediocre at best. I’m glad you brought up DJ Shockley too. Without DJ the dawgs don’t win the sec championship. DJ carry that team on his back that yr. That was the yr when the defense started going down hill. WV is the team that really expose our how weak defense was becoming but Mr.Richt ignored the problem. Mr.Richt was getting by with some good football players but he fail to get them to a NC.

If you put Mr.Richt in the WAC were they get 2 and 3 star athletes his team will stay near the bottom. I’m afraid they will keep Mr.Richt around only to disappoint the fans. In the end they will replace Mr.Richt because I don’t believe Mr.Richt got what it takes to win a national championship as a hc.

tony

October 6th, 2010
2:11 pm

Correction – WV is the team that expose how bad our defense was becoming.

avolfan4u

October 6th, 2010
3:23 pm

Barnhart could have mentioned a ton of programs that have changed coaches and wandered the wilderness for YEARS. TN is a good example. We suck right now and it ain’t getting better for a while, if then. I am not sure Dooley is the man. His game coaching decisions are absolutely terrible. But unless we can hire a Peterson from Boise or someone who can get it done we may as well tough it out and wait and see. UGA would do well to consider these implications.

Ugafan

October 6th, 2010
4:56 pm

Honestly, I think too many UGA fans want instant results and it’s just not gonna happen. Keep Mark Richt, give Aaron Murray a year of experience under his belt, give the new defense a year to adjust — I have hope we’ll be better next year.

This is a REBUILDING year. Not every team can have a “rebuilding” season like UF, where the new QB was experienced and confident.

EIEIO

October 6th, 2010
9:48 pm

I don’t think the program will get any better with Richt there. They won’t be able to recruit with him as the head coach. How are you going to be able to talk a 17, or 18 year old kid into a commitment when things are going the way they are? I have never met coach Richt, but I do believe he is a wonderful man. Kind, compassionate, etc. But this is SEC football we are talking about. He doesn’t have to be a bully, but he does need to bear down on his players. I think he has lost the respect pf the team. Praying for things to turn around is not going to get it. I saw where John Gruden’s name was mentioned as a possible replacement for Richt. I would love to see a guy like him take this program and turn it back into a winner. Bill Cower would be an excellent choice if they could get him. Whom ever it ends up being, and it’s only a matter of a few more games like what we have seen, and it will be over for Mark Richt.

YellowJacket

October 7th, 2010
7:24 pm

I’m putting my money on the Gym Dawgs.