Why Mark Richt should remain as Georgia’s head coach

 

College football is a game of emotion. It has to be played with emotion. To be enjoyed to its fullest, college football must be watched by fans with a certain level of healthy emotion. Coaches must be emotionally invested in what they do in order to do it well. Emotion is woven into the fabric of the sport.

But when one EVALUATES the game of football or a football program, which is going right now at the University of Georgia, it must be done without emotion. It must be done with a certain analytical detachment that sees exactly what the situation is and, if necessary, come up with the BEST possible option to fix it.

And when you take emotion out of the equation and focus only on the facts at hand, Mark Richt should remain as the head coach at Georgia for the 2011 season.

I’ve heard from a lot of you both on this blog and on my radio show. Losing to Florida broke your heart because you knew Georgia was good enough to win that game. I picked the Bulldogs because, quite honestly, I thought they had better players. Still do. But better players usually do not overcome four turnovers. And Florida deserved to win because Urban Meyer did a helluva job of getting his team ready to play after three straight losses.

So if Georgia had better players and Urban Meyer did such a great job of getting his team ready, how in the world, Barnhart, can you say that Mark Richt should be back in 2011?

Again, let’s take emotion out of this and look at the body of work and where things really stand in the program.

Richt is now 2-8 against Florida. I don’t have a counter to that. He hasn’t had consistent success against the Gators.

Richt won SEC championships in 2002 and 2005 and played for the title in 2003 against a team (LSU) than won the national championship. So this will be the fifth straight year that Georgia has not appeared in the SEC championship game. No counter argument there.

But let’s look at where the program has been and where we think it is headed.

In 2007 Georgia was as good as any team in the nation. If Tennessee doesn’t win in four overtimes against Kentucky in Lexington, Georgia plays LSU for the SEC championship in Atlanta. In my opinion Georgia wins that game and would have been in the mix for the national championship.

In 2008 Georgia was preseason No. 1. But before the season even began injuries negated the validity of that ranking. Still, Georgia won 10 football games that season. I’ve heard some people call that a bad season based on the preseason ranking. But if the preseason ranking is not accurate by the time the games begin, are you telling me that 10 wins is still a bad season?

In 2009 Georgia was a bad football team that was poorly coached. Too many penalties. Minus 16 in turnovers. Played well at the end of the year when the offensive line finally jelled. Still, not a good team.

In 2010 Georgia played the first four games without the best player on offense and in a brand new defensive scheme where the learning curve was steep. They lost on the road to No. 19 South Carolina, a team that beat Alabama on that same field on Oct. 9 and may play in the SEC championship game. They lost at home to No. 18 Arkansas (6-2), a team that will win nine or 10 games and has one of the best quarterbacks in college football. The Hogs’ only losses are to No. 2 (Auburn) and No. 6 (Alabama). Georgia lost on the road at No. 20 Mississippi State, which is 7-2 and whose only losses are to the No. 2 (Auburn) and No. 10 (LSU) teams in the country.

When A.J. Green did return Georgia won threee straight games against bad teams but by substantial margins. Then Georgia lost an overtime game against one of its biggest rivals in a game where they rallied from a 21-7 halftime deficit to force overtime. Aaron Murray, who is going to be a great quarterback for Georgia, threw a ball in overtime that he shouldn’t have thrown. No argument there. Young, talented quarterbacks make great plays and bad plays. Over time, the bad plays decrease. Murray will be no different.

So instead of its fourth straight win, Georgia absorbs a heartbreaking loss. So I ask you: If Georgia’s Blair Walsh kicks the winning field goal in overtime instead of Florida’s Chas Henry, are we even having this discussion today? If Georgia wins that game is everybody saying that Richt has things back on track and he’s good to go for the future?

If the answer to that question is yes, if the line between keeping a coach and letting him go is that fine, then you have to keep him.

Look, I’ve heard all the arguments. Richt is not (pick one): A) Tough enough; B) Mean enough; C) Savvy enough to compete with the Urban Meyers or the Nick Sabans of the world. On top of that you bring Gene Chizik to Auburn and Dan Mullen to Mississippi State and your argument is that the league is passing Georgia by.

But I would maintain that based on what we’ve seen the past four weeks things are trending upwards in the Georgia program. But I would also say that Richt needs to be prepared to put everything on the table in this offseason. Everybody’s job has to be reassessed. There needs to be more defensive talent across the board. Georgia’s backs are decent, but I don’t see a Marcus Lattimore or a Michael Dyer in the bunch. Richt needs to look at his strength and conditioning program to make sure it is the best it can be. He needs to look at his recruiting organization to make sure it is doing the job. Every coach on that staff needs to be prepared to explain how his area of responsibilty is going to get better. Changes will have to be made but the leadership at the top needs to stay in place.

I could be wrong. I often am. While there is much to be done to get Georgia football back to elite status in the SEC, I’m not convinced a change at the top is necessary. Please feel free to convince me otherwise.

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681 comments Add your comment

@WreckBuZZ

November 2nd, 2010
10:31 am

The problem Tony, is that Aaron Murray should have been making that bad pass sometime in 2009, so that in 2010 he is throwing a TD pass in that situation. That is all on Mark Richt. He failed to see the benefit of aligning Murray’s growing pain season with the season where UGA was weaker everywhere else and their division was too strong anyway (i.e. Tebow at Florida). That year was 2009. 2010 was a better year to compete, but Richt for some reason thought he would limp around a team with Joe Cox at QB to what…finished behind Tebow and UF again?

I just don’t get his logic there. And they knew Stafford would not be there for four years but did not recruit and plan accordingly, so that by 2010 they could be competitive instead of starting over again and by that way they wasted the last season of AJ Green.

Those are issues of organization and planning, not about personality etc. That type of issue is serious and should be evaluated.

John

November 2nd, 2010
10:31 am

You are right. If we had won Saturday, no one would be saying anything. The past couple of weeks no one has said anything. All of you saying he should be fired are just fair weather fans.

MURPHY

November 2nd, 2010
10:32 am

nmdawg,

I agree. McGarity needs to make a statement that Richt will return if in fact that is the case.Alot of recruits wavering because of the un-certainity.

DawginLex

November 2nd, 2010
10:34 am

wreckbuzz,

Murray got healthy enough to play last year for the Auburn game. You really want his first game to be that game? You blow a redshirt year to play Auburn(who we probably would have lost to), KY and Tech.

Murray loses those three games and somehow that changes his confidence level for 2010?

I’m not buying it.

3rdN8

November 2nd, 2010
10:34 am

If Barnhart’s purpose was to write a column that generated comments, and opinion………then he is one more successful columnist.

Georgia Folks

November 2nd, 2010
10:34 am

Every year we say we should be better next year! I remember everyone picking this year as a year of promise because we would have so much experience back on offense. We said similar things two years ago and go creamed. Just tired of future promise Tony. Glad to see you still have faith but you also are biased since you do not want to hurt a friend. Living friendship out….and considering this as a business…Richt simply has to go. Any CEO with the past three years with a losing record if you take the cupcakes out (yes, that includes the Vandy’s of the world) and he would have been fired already. Time for a clean slate and a reason to get behind this program again. Just demoralized after years of promise with no results. Shoot even the year you brag about was more the result of the SEC being down overall than of UGA being Great.

meh

November 2nd, 2010
10:36 am

the last year UGA went to the SEC championship game was the year(2005) before Bobo started calling the plays(2006). Maybe Richt should start calling the plays again.

Chess

November 2nd, 2010
10:36 am

11 players arrested. Tony this article is weak,

coachx

November 2nd, 2010
10:37 am

My donation for season tickets will say “Keep RICHT !”

Go Dawgs !

Rick

November 2nd, 2010
10:38 am

MURPHY & nmdawg,

I bet Coach Richt would be really nervous if McGarity did come out now and say there will be no coaching change. History shows that when any college AD or professional sports GM does that during a season, the coach’s days are numbered! Recruits know this as well.

Dawg in Nashville

November 2nd, 2010
10:38 am

http://pricezack.wordpress.com/2010/11/01/tough-loss-has-georgia-fans-questioning-a-bowl-appearance/ I came across this article yesterday. it is a pretty interesting read about georgia football. some of the fans are getting a little crazy

Blackberry Cobbler

November 2nd, 2010
10:38 am

TB– The reason CMR has to go is for the very reasons you mention. The fact is he doesn’t have a clue how to turn things around. It’s just the same old lame excuses. He thinks all the Dawgs have to do is work harder. The facts are that the talent is weak and the coaching is even weaker. At seasons end, let’s suppose CMR meets with his coaching staff and then with McGarity and CMR says this is my plan for how we’ll be no worse than 10-2 next year. What evidence do we have that CMR has the ability to pull it off? I sure haven’t seen it and neither have most other fans.

AltamahaDawg

November 2nd, 2010
10:40 am

The best point Tony makes is that if but for one play, 90% of these comments wouldn’t be getting made right now. Some people call that being fickle. Or just being a sports fan.

Jim

November 2nd, 2010
10:40 am

Please will someone, preferably Urban Meyer, acknowledge that UF’s win had much less to do with Meyer’s alleged coaching wizardry and more to do with the fact that Chris Rainey was allowed to play.

Mike S

November 2nd, 2010
10:43 am

A little Perspective:

Bear Bryant – 1969 – 6-5-0, 1970 – 6-6-0 – his 12th and 13th years at Alabama. He would go on to win 8 more SEC championships and 3 more national Championships.

Joe Paterno – 1975 – 7-5-0, national champ in 1982, 1984 – 6-5-0, national champ in 1986

VINCE DOOLEY – 1969 5-5-1, 1970 5-5-0, 1971 11-1-0, 1977 5-6-0, 1979 6-5-0, 1980 NATIONAL CHAMPS

Everyone saying Mark Richt should be fired because of two mediocre season is a MORON!

From Where I Sit

November 2nd, 2010
10:43 am

Jim,

How about the fact that FL is just better has been better and will for the most part, always be better?

Enough Said!

nmdawg

November 2nd, 2010
10:44 am

Rick–

you are probably right, since the sports world has so little integrity any more. If given a show of support, it would probably be the death penalty for Richt! Your point is well taken.

gernblanksi

November 2nd, 2010
10:44 am

Tony – Mark Richt is the John Cooper of the SEC. A good to very good coach who re-established a tradition laden program on the national scene. But much like Cooper could not beat Michigan (no matter who was coaching) Richt cannot beat Florida (no matter who is coaching.) There were times that OSU had better players than Michigan and lost. At one point it looked like Cooper was going to breakthrough with a national championship for the Buckeyes (especially after finishing 2nd in the nation twice.) But after going 11-1 in 1998, Cooper last two teams were 6-6 and 8-4. In those last two years not only was he losing to Michigan, but OSU was now losing to the likes of Illinois, Michigan St., Minnesota, and Purdue. Kind of like Richt losing to Miss. St., Ark, and Colorado.

If UGA loses to both Auburn and Ga Tech, Richt should be replaced. Cooper was and OSU hired Jim Tressel – who has taken OSU to the next level. After 10 years and serious trend downward in his success, Richt should be removed and allow someone else to take over.

JoeFan

November 2nd, 2010
10:46 am

CMR doesn’t seem to have control of his players or coaches. Grantham and his cheap antics are the latest case. CMR is to well paid for this type of display. Give him one more year but if 2011 is not a complete reversal he has to go.

Alabama Dog

November 2nd, 2010
10:46 am

Tony, I’m afraid I agree with the concensus of the blogs I’ve read. While Mark Richt has brought some positives to the program, it would appear to me the lack of discipline, both on & off the field, is an ongoing issue which has not beem addressed. As a resident of the state of Alabama, I believe I can say with some degree of certainty, that both Alabama & Auburn do not put up with mediocrity for long periods of time. I am 52 years old, and in my lifetime, Georgia has only had 5 head football coaches. In the last 28 years alone, Alabama has had 6, yes 6, head football coaches! While I believe in continuity, there also comes a time when you have to cut your losses. I firmly believe that time is NOW for Georgia!

Scott

November 2nd, 2010
10:47 am

Nice to know you and Richt are buddies Tony. The man has proven he can not compete with TODAY’S SEC. He is holding the program back, selfishly. Let him go try something else. It’s time for the Kyle Whittingham era at UGA.

FRED

November 2nd, 2010
10:48 am

TALK ABOUT EMOTION. TONY YOUR THE ONE WITH THE EMOTION. LIVING IN NEW JERSEY IN THE 1960 WITH SEASON TICKETS TO THE NEW YORK GIANTS I WITNESSED THE SAME KIND OF CORRUPT SPORT CASTER COVERAGE AS TONY IS DISPLAYING HERE. WHAT HAPPENS IS WHEN YOU GET A NICE GUY COACH LIKE CMR IS THE WRITERS GET CLOSE IT’S HARD NOT TO. THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT HAS HAPPEN HERE. ONCE THIS HAPPENS ALL OBJECTIVITY IS GONE. TONY YOU NEED TO TAKE ANOTHER LOOK AT YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH CMR IT’S TO CLOSE. THAT SAID YOU OTHER UGA FANS IF YOU DONT MIND A SECOND TIER PROGRAM THAT PLAYS EVERY YEAR IN THE BROWN BOWL GAME AGAINST FURMAN UNIVERSITY YOU GO AHEAD AND ROOT FOR CMR. I ON THE OTHER HAND I WANT A WINNER SO I WILL NO LONGER ATTEND UGA GAMES UNTIL CMR IS GONE. WE NY GIANTS FANS HAD THE SAME PROBLEM IN THE EARLY 1960s WITH ALLIE SHERMAN AS OUR HEAD COACH ONLY WHEN WE STOPPED COMING TO THE GAMES DID MANAGEMENT TAKE ACTION AND FIRE A BAD COACH THE REST IS HISTORY.

ceph

November 2nd, 2010
10:49 am

Also, who in the hell annointed you Mr. College Football? It sounds like a self annointing to me, nobody else is so stupid as to annoint someone who knows less about more than you do about your chosen profession!!!!!

Wo Cares About jeorgia feetball

November 2nd, 2010
10:49 am

Yes Fire the BUM, Who cares about college football ? Boring, thug filled sport, tear down the stadium and eliminate it as a sport, watching grass grow is far more exciting than this stupid sport. See how you “fans” act at games, a disgrace !

Florida Fans for Richt

November 2nd, 2010
10:50 am

bruce mac, order up for table 6 in your section. this time don’t spill the tray on the customers please, for crying out loud.

ARdawg

November 2nd, 2010
10:50 am

“So I ask you: If Georgia’s Blair Walsh kicks the winning field goal in overtime instead of Florida’s Chas Henry, are we even having this discussion today? ”

The talking heads were having this discussion last year. This year started with the discussion and it has only gotten heavier and thicker since the 4 losses. Take the grossly underachievement, the arrests and the lack of preparation and lack of fundamentals and YES were are having this conversation today. The Bulldogs for the past 5 years get nothing but progressively worse. If one offensive player is out of the line up for 4 games and you equate that to the 4 losses you Tony have your head stuck up your butt and are ignoring the coaching fallacies. Giving Richt another year to “right the ship” with his history of the previous 5 years only prolongs the misery of the Bulldog Nation another year

jtdawg

November 2nd, 2010
10:52 am

Tony – there are a lot of conviences in your estimates.

YOu left out the pitiful Colorado loss.

Tou clearly state that last year’s team was poorly coached and yet you are so cheery about this year’s prospects when it was clearly untrue. Mark Richt had to come out 4 games ago and ADMIT that he did not properly prepare his team this spring, summer, and each game week.

THe Florida game was never going to convince me or other rational people that Richt has corrected problems that have allowed this program to slip into mediocrity. Why would beating Florida correct years of recruiting neglect? Recruiting issues on the Offensive line were well documented back to ‘06, when a spate of injuries/dropouts/dismissals left the line thin. Strenght and conditioning have been on a consistent decline since then as well.

More importantly, the leader and CEO of the program completely ignores trending metrics to identify strengths and weaknesses. It took an embarrassing spate of 30 and 40 point embarrassing performances and a damn near DawgNation revolt before he decided to look at the leadership of the defensive side of the team to address issues that trended poor performance all the way back to that 2006 season after the 2005 Sugar Bowl embarassment.

If it takes him 4 years to recognize a defficiency that was plainly obvious after 2, what convinces you the rest of the program is in safe hands?

Why are you condoning gutting the staff and/or slashing jobs to change just for the sake of change. If Richt, like you state Tony, is convinced the program is headed in the righ direction, then why will there be any changes at all? SHouldn’t we just ride it out and see where this team matures heading into ‘11?

Einstein stated that the definition of insanity is to continue to repeat the same actions with the expectations of different results. How is this any different?

Mark Richt is a good man and possibly a better role model. He has proven that he does not recruit character, and those he does bring in he has obviously missed on convincing them to maintain good, moral decisionmaking and discipline.

THis is systemic and to think otherwise is difficult to comprehend. The entire program lacks discipline, period. Discipline is not poured out of a bottle, it is manufactured from Day 1 of a recruit’s appearance. And it shows on the field.

Florida showed that the discipline is not a consistent in this program. Too many little things are left to chance.

Florida was definitely never going to be the definition of the mark of a turnaround of this program for Richt, but merely a stepping stone. He needed this to prove he can win the games he is supposed to. He was going to need to finish with 2 more wins and a near upset of Auburn at least, to prove that he had this team doing the things to live up to it’s potential.

All he proved is he still cannot get this team to do what it needs consistently to be anything more than an occasional success.

True DAWG

November 2nd, 2010
10:53 am

you left our Colarado! Only reason I want to keep him is might could give Grantham another year

Get Over It

November 2nd, 2010
10:53 am

Mississippi St is the REAL BULLDOGS on the SEC. The GA Bulldogs are now 2nd Teir and will always be.

ARdawg

November 2nd, 2010
10:56 am

jtdawg

+2

Excellent post

Urban

November 2nd, 2010
10:59 am

You are right, keep Mark around. He is my bee otch. LOL

UGAgirlFAN

November 2nd, 2010
11:00 am

Tony Now we are talking….Get that other WRITER Mark what his name OUT! You make more sense and on more what you are talking about -the facts! Positive facts! Kudos to you! UF ONLY won that game due to our errors not because they were a better team or better coached! CMR is good for us maybe slow to make changes to the coaching staff, like there should be in the offense, but He is the best Coach we have had since Coach Dooley in my opinion- who else would we get?!!!! He show class, integrity and commands respect. In response to the players and their off campus stunts, what is he supposed to do- Babysit them 24/7? No, he can guide them by example and set the rules!!! It is like this: we all have a Bible (this is for those of us that are Christians or not) with the 10 Commandments, but God has also given us a freedom of choice even though he has taught us right from wrong-wel my point is, the situation is like that, they had their “Bible/Rule Book” and choices and now they have their consequences! Who is to say that CMR is not tough enough? EXCUSE me but were you in the actual room with him and the player when he is handing down the punishment? WOW! You must be honored then!!!! You cannot judge anyone period, have you heard that saying until you have walked a mile in their shoes!!!!! Yes-I am pro-CMR and pro-UGA!!!!! I love them Dawgs even when the chips are down because I KNOW I am a true fan who bleeds red and black- can you say that people? Can you support them unconditionally?!!!!

Internet Coaches

November 2nd, 2010
11:03 am

FIRE VINCE DOOLEY!!! This would have been the demands in 1970 from the fans, media, blogs, internet articles had they existed after two 5 loss seasons in a row. Thanks Gawd they didn’t! Good thing all of you know what it takes to be a great coach! You sound like Gator Fans last week. They wanted to fire a coach who won them TWO National Championships the last four years. Pathetic!

ARdawg

November 2nd, 2010
11:03 am

girlfan,

You need to put down the kool-aid and the crack pipe

what of it?

November 2nd, 2010
11:06 am

perhaps the better question is: Why has the team regressed at all? Why wasn’t everything put on the table last season after such a dismal performance? Why are we always caught without a quarterback when one graduates? Why are there STILL so many miscues? Why did we ever run practice without contact? Perhaps most important: WHY THE HELL DOES EVERYONE KEEP DEFENDING MEDIOCRITY?

Hugh Howard

November 2nd, 2010
11:09 am

Well written Tony. I graduated UGA in 71. I have never gotten use to losing to FL.or anyone else. I guess I’m a throwback since I still miss Coach Dooley on the sideline. Mark Richt has character. He is a man of integrity. He will straighten out the problem at UGA. I would hate to see a knee jerk reaction to this season cause us to go backwards. A coaching change does not gaurantee success

GStateBen

November 2nd, 2010
11:09 am

Stick with Richt as long as you want but your championship days are over. No player development, no discipline on or off the field.

That 2008 season (10 wins) included a win over FCS Georgia Southern and Central Michigan of the MAC. Not exactly a rugged schedule.

It’s called a program in decline – FBS wins in 2008 – 9, 2009 – 7, 2010 – 4.

What happens when Georgia has 4 losses by Halloween in 2011? Will this same article be written?

High Times Tider

November 2nd, 2010
11:11 am

With the talent and resources the University of Georgia has at its disposal year in and year out, there is absolutely NO excuse for it not being THE flagship football program in the SEC. Only Florida and LSU come close in these departments. Florida battles two other national powers every year for its recruits and LSU has the pick of the litter of a much smaller talent base. Georgia Tech is pretty much a non-factor. UGA has everything it needs to be a dominant power on the national level. The right coach is all it would take. Yes, Richt has done some good things. But he hasn’t come close to fulfilling that program’s potential.

jtdawg

November 2nd, 2010
11:11 am

Also,

There just might be an option that new AD Greg McGarity could be convinced is better, more equiped to hanlde the pressures of a top tier team.

This coach, I would bet anything, was absolutely tabbed to replace Urban Meyer if he HAD decided to coach.

He has done MORE WITH LESS than anyone in the country.

He has PROVEN he can be better, more talented teams.

AND he has proven he can do something that Richt cannot – consistently play with, and even BEAT the Mighty Gators.

Care to guess who Tony??

UGAgirlFAN

November 2nd, 2010
11:13 am

ARdawg! What the H* has kool-aid and the crack pipe have anything to do with what I wrote? I neither drink Kool-aid, hate the stuff nor have I ever done drugs! Why get so defensive and personal , too close to home?

Mobile Dawg

November 2nd, 2010
11:14 am

You may have consumed a bit to much of the kool aid yourself Tony. Surely one as versed as you in analyzing college football can’t have as short a memory as you have indicated with this column.

Opinions, everyone has one. You have only scratched the surface with this analysis, and defense of Mark Richt. You have to peel that onion Tony, layer by layer to get to the root cause of the problems. You have ignored the foundational problems that have plagued the Dawgs since 2005. A total lack of discipline, teaching, coaching that has defined this programs problems, i.e. penalties, lack of focus, dropped passes, getting blown out of key games because we weren’t prepared to play, etc. We could go on and on and on but alas, I’ve spent enough of my time on these blogs lately. About the only thing this staff has done reasonably well at is recruiting, if you rely on the rankings from Rivals and Scout.

One thing you said is right, if we’re stuck with CMR then we need a much smarter, motivated supporting cast of characters to surround him with.

Personally, I don’t think we’re stuck with him. He loses to AU, and GT, the fire gets much hotter. Let’s watch his coaching decisions the next few weeks and have this discussion again using facts instead of your opinions.

Like I said yesterday, the masses are tired of this crap. The process has started to replace CMR. There is a battle brewing which may divide Dawg Nation for a while but a very substancial group wants CMR gone.

Between, GA

November 2nd, 2010
11:15 am

Spot on Tony. I want him to stay and I believe we are on an upswing. Even with the loss in Jacksonville you could sense that the mystique surrounding the gators was gone.

Burma Shave

November 2nd, 2010
11:15 am

I’ve seen the good

I’ve seen the bad

To see Richt still in Athens

Makes me so sad.

Burma Shave

Ron Roberts

November 2nd, 2010
11:15 am

I tend to agree with you Tony, after a couple of days to digest the game. The team IS playing well now, four turnovers notwithstanding. Two of those came at the hands of a freshman “amped up” quarterback who will be a star in the next year or two, I believe. His receivers didn’t help him on the other two.

But by and large, this team is playing well, playing as a team, and showing signs of improvement week-to-week. It’s important that they absorb the loss and then forget about it. Plenty left to play for, and one of our biggest rivals needs to be knocked down a peg before Bama gets to do it. That – to me – is our “national championship.”

I’d like to see, in the off-season, a sort of “audit” of the program, from a Bill Parcells-type mind. I think McGarity will do (or probably has or IS doing) something along those lines, anyhow, but sometimes an outside perspective (maybe the A.D. still has that) wouldn’t hurt.

Bobo called a great game, Grantham’s defense is showing signs of improvement (don’t look at the points – look at the yardage & remember the turnovers and special teams put them in short fields to defend a lot Saturday) and aside from the potential losses of A.J., Chapas, Dent, Dobbs, Durham, Gamble, Munzenmaier, and Houston, a healthy core comes back. We see names go away all the time, and other names step in. We’re not dying on the vine, and I think Saturday showed that the talent gap isn’t that big between Georgia and Florida. Next year’s schedule sets up nicely, too (see: http://www.georgiadogs.com/sports/m-footbl/sched/m-footbl-sched-2011.html). Tell me you don’t envision a 10-or more win season out of that.

Glenn

November 2nd, 2010
11:19 am

Its all about winning . Bear Bryant was famous for getting drunk & beating his wife & players . No one cares . He was a winner . UGA girl fan , unconditional love ? Come on woman !!

jtdawg

November 2nd, 2010
11:19 am

UGAgirlFAN -

Not only do I support my team through thick and thin, I actually want them to IMPROVE and do better. How about you?

Nope. Most are so scared of change that you’d rather be middle tier than risking being great. Sure.

I’ll watch Richt coach for the next 25 years if that’s what you lemmings will watch. Unfortunately, we’ll have to deal with Gator holes screaming about 22 out of 25, 26 out of 30, 31 out of 36… just like you lemmings.

Baaahhhhh Baaaahhhhhh Baaahhhhh

alphacat93

November 2nd, 2010
11:20 am

As someone that is not a UGa fan, I will say it is time for Mark Richt to go. While Richt has been a 10-win coach and is a dramatic improvement over Jim Donnan, he was brought to Athens to win SEC championships and contend for BCS titles. He’s done the former, but not the latter. It doesn’t seem he’s going to be the coach to take the Dawgs to the next step of BCS title contention. And, there is the fact that his players can not stay out of trouble. Georgia needs to change things up. The program needs a jolt and Richt is not the man to do it.

ceph is a bitter cynic

November 2nd, 2010
11:20 am

ceph

You don’t like Tony’s blog don’t read it. Save your hatred for the Wal-Mart cashiers.

Dean Vernon Wormer, Faber College

November 2nd, 2010
11:21 am

Here are your words, Tony: It must be done with a certain analytical detachment that sees exactly what the situation is and, if necessary, come up with the BEST possible option to fix it.

You are not detached, TB. You are biased. You are a UGA grad and way too much of a homer. Why don’t you guys have the guts to print somebody’s else’s professional opinion, who really IS detached. Bradley just tries to stir the pot with his incessant parenthetical juvenilistic phrases. So neither one of you is capable of giving us a detached opinion.

If you were not a UGA grad, Tony, would you be saying the same thing.

Here’s the problem: Players and recruits communicate with each other constantly, no matter where they are and who they play for, or who they might play for. That network, fair or not, is based on how those players feel about a program and its head coach. Look at what happened at FSU with Papa Bowden and still at Penn State when the players just won’t play for the head coach any more. The players want to know that their coach will put them in a position to win conferenced and national titles.

Georgia is an also-ran right now in national college football discussions. Every year Mark Richt stays there will set the program back two more years, because of the losses in recruiting GA will suffer. When you’re down in a hole, you don’t keep digging to get yourself out.

Fire CMR now and pay the highest salary in the country to get the best coach in the country.

jtdawg

November 2nd, 2010
11:22 am

Ron -

Same thing they were saying about this year…..

Richt had “special year” written all over this one….

The only excuses being a RS Frosh QB and 1st year DC -

Oh but NEXT year…..

No wonder others around the country make fun of us with that statement…

We are in our 3rd consecutive rebuilding year. When will be rebuilt?