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

James

November 2nd, 2010
11:23 am

The most senseable non biased point of view that I’ve seen on this issue..Thank Tony

jtdawg

November 2nd, 2010
11:26 am

alphacat93

Here is something Mr College Football will NOT acknowledge…

Richt was BETTER with Donnan’s talent than he has been with his own….

joe

November 2nd, 2010
11:28 am

All I see are more pansy ass excuses. According to Tony Barnhart, Georgia will have to suffer through five or six more Godawful seasons before we’re allowed to send Mark Richt packing.

jellybeandawg

November 2nd, 2010
11:29 am

The Lunatic Fringe Richt apologists/defenders will do anything they can to protect and defend him.

DO NOT LET THEM FOOL YOU! They care little if any about the program, and use it only as a guise to further their CULT of Mark Richt agenda.

Their loyalty is to Mark Richt, not UGA.

Ace

November 2nd, 2010
11:29 am

You UGA fans are dilutional and funny, keep praying you too may win the lottery on the next ticket. What a sinking ship.

Justafan

November 2nd, 2010
11:33 am

Time to stop the BS about firing Coach Richt. Get your A@@ out there and support your team and Coach and help instead of hurting UGA.

Vote the Real Deal today…

BAMA dude

November 2nd, 2010
11:33 am

A lot of these comments support Stewart Mandel’s take on UGA when he said “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).”

Richt is the best UGA has ever had, including Dooley. If you recall, Dooley had the benefit of a weak Florida program for much of his tenure. Dooley won 71.5% of his games, 68.6% without Herschel. Richt has now won 74.6%. Yes, they are trending downward, but can you seriously fire the most successful coach in program history? I would think you’d have to wait until his overall winning percentage fell to at least second place.

Smoke

November 2nd, 2010
11:33 am

Way to go Tony….There does needs to be a coaching change….FIRE Mike BOOBOO, oops did I say that!! Yes I did…This is the SEC and it’s time to get back to playing HARD NOSE MAN UP FOOTBALL!!!! Stop being Mr. NICE GUY Mark Richt and lets win games in the trenches!!!

jtdawg

November 2nd, 2010
11:33 am

at least we don’t root for a Trade School team with a high school offense..

Ace should get a GED

November 2nd, 2010
11:34 am

UGA fans are “dilutional” and funny

LMAO!

Hedgepruner

November 2nd, 2010
11:34 am

I told all you THUGA homers that there is a new sheriff in town , Paul Johnson and he would win a National Championship every other year with the talent MR has, I love to see the Walmart fanbase “self implode” it makes my day , see you in athens Nov 27th and we are going to kick some hydrant humpers and they will surely be wanting to replace the FSU protege after that !! THWG !!!!! your pathetic !!

jtdawg

November 2nd, 2010
11:34 am

Justafan…

just like you’ll keep voting democrats hoping for something good, right?…

Cyber-Smoke

November 2nd, 2010
11:35 am

Tony, in a lot of ways I don’t disagree with your argument. But like others have said, it leaves out some key points.

I think Richt’s job at UGA has to come down to what the university is comfortable with.

If it’s comfortable with beating up on bad teams and winning close to 10 games each year, yet never truly being elite or beating better head coaches like Meyer and Saban, then keep Richt.

If it was my program, I would not be comfortable with that, not with the level of recruiting class Georgia gets each year.

jtdawg

November 2nd, 2010
11:39 am

WhoTF is Stewart Mandell and why do we care??

Let’s see – I’d say we have a fine and proud tradition here. Spend more time thumping your chest about your own school on your own damn blogs instead of coming here thinking you are saying something meaningful.. because you are not.

All of you non-hackers are the same – keep yelling and screaming the same crap in hopes this program sleeps for decades in mediocrity, because ALL of you know the last thing you want is to have to deal with this program operating at maximum potential.

Focus on your own football teams, losers. Nobody asked you…

Sideline Observer

November 2nd, 2010
11:39 am

Tony – I disagree with you. Here are my reasons.

1- Too many off the field problems. (See number 2)

2- We seem to sign most of the players we go after. Yet too many of them do not materialize and develope into “great” players. When Alabama, LSU and Florida offers someone, we should go and offer the same guy. Perhaps we don’t need a “recruiting coordinator.” We have got to sign better PEOPLE!

3- Our OL is the most experienced in the nation in terms of starts. Number one! Yet we can not dominate other teams, and “drive the ball down their throats!” Our pass blaocking is horendous. I seriously question the ability of our OL coaches.

4- Apparently our strength and conditioning program is lacking. We often have too many injuries, ham string type things and never seem to be as strong as our opponents, or in as good of a “game conditon” as some.

5- The best RB’s in the state seem to go elsewhere. Why?

Alphare

November 2nd, 2010
11:40 am

UGA, there is a good crop of coaches out there in case you need one, like Dan Mullin, who is really close to home.

PaulyD

November 2nd, 2010
11:41 am

All you have to do is look at it like this – how many coaches on the UGA staff have been contacted for other head coaching jobs/promotions/etc? Whats that deafening silence? Yeah thats right none, zippo, nada. I think that tells you all you need to know about the current staff. I hate change but good lord enough is enough.

jtdawg

November 2nd, 2010
11:42 am

Hedgehumper – Paul’s Johnson can’t even beat your stupid ACC teams, what makes you think you can talk smack to anybody?

Start winning more than once a decade against us, then come back and talk smack, otherwise mommy says she wants her computer back now…. so go upstairs and eat your PB&J and just lay down for nappy time like a good little boy…

MadMatt

November 2nd, 2010
11:42 am

I agree with you Tony as I just can’t bring myself to the “fire Coach Richt” side of the argument. Rest assured no Georgia fan is hurting as much as I am….but that said, I don’t think you should fire a coach for an emotional loss. This has been a tough year, but with Murray progressing and I do think the Grantham defense is improving and will continue to do so, the future is bright. Moreover, I don’t believe Coach Richt “got stupid” all of a sudden. He’s still a lot better than his predecessors and I firmly believe he’s better than any outsider we could bring in to start over. We’ve been down this road before and a little patience is worth the investment…

Justafan

November 2nd, 2010
11:42 am

Nothing good there my son!
Talking Coaches and politics is two different things.
Barnes has been there and didn’t product. You wouldn’t go back and hire Donnan would you..what ever.

BAMA dude

November 2nd, 2010
11:43 am

jtdawg

November 2nd, 2010
11:39 am
WhoTF is Stewart Mandell and why do we care??

He is a writer for ESPN, and this is a “College Football” blog. Yes, Tony is speaking about UGA today but that doesn’t make this a UGA blog. I notice that you didn’t answer the question- Can you really justify firing the most successful coach in your school’s history? Because that is exactly what Mark Richt is. Maybe you can, but it seems tough to justify and there’s not a lot of precedent.

HotDawg

November 2nd, 2010
11:43 am

Enter your comments here

Mike Smith

November 2nd, 2010
11:44 am

I agree. I say keep him. The defense is on the upward climb. From near last in the league the last two years, they are 6th in the SEC in scoring and 4th overall. The biggest concern is the off-the-field arrests and problems. Those cost UGA the start of this season. Had this team gotten everyone on the field from game one on, they have at worst 3 losses right now.

My other concern is offensive coordinator. I like Mike Bobo to an extent, but his tendency to bottle up the offense into play-action is maddening. He got predictable again in the UF game in OT. Throw deep, run up the gut, and then drop back for disaster…just like in the Arkansas game. For once, I would like to see him use the short screens or quick slants or roll out and dump to the TE. Instead he opts for predictability at key moments in the ballgame.

The coaches all need to improve, but I do that the future looks better than it did this time last year. Richt has earned the right to fix this.

OldFan

November 2nd, 2010
11:44 am

Tony, your next to last paragraph is exactly right. There are major areas for this program to address. CMR is under contract thru 2013. Firing him now, or any time short of his contract term, is too disruptive unless he completely fails to fuel the upward trend by looking hard at his staff and making the tough decisions. Then, CMR’s great failing would not be his won/loss record, but his inability or unwillingness to do his real job.

UGAgirlFAN

November 2nd, 2010
11:44 am

jtdawg and jellybeandawg
FIRST jtdawg because you were the nicest of the two, if that is possible, there was no need for name calling. I am not a lemming-I too want the best for UGA and I was only stating my opinion like you did.
AS FOR YOU JELLYBEANDAWG WHO WROTE:
“UGAgirlFAN is obviously a Mark Richt apologist & religious wacko zealot. Fans like her are the reason UGA will continue to swim in Mediocrity.

She and her elk are a cancerous, disguting tumor to the program. Her main agenda/priority is to Mark Richt, Not TO UGA.

The truth is these Richt apologists care very little for the good of the program and choose to put a man ahead of the good of the program . They are no different then the same type of wakos that followed Jim Jones.”
MY RESPONSE TO YOU!
Yes, I am a Christian NOT a wacko Zealot! Never followed Jim Jones, in fact never heard of him until he made the news and even then did not agree with him!!!!! I consider this whole comment as a personal attack to my character and just plain mean, you do not even know me! You however have showed yourself very well and are a person with issues that go beyond counseling! All I can say is get help you rude person, mean spirited person!

jwilli120

November 2nd, 2010
11:47 am

in the last 5yrs without donnans players why should he keep
his 3 million dollar a year job? oh wait until next year to
to find out, that puts us another year behind everybody in
the SEC again, if bobo isn’t demoted or fired after the
season then next year is now, i’m tired of being the laughing
stock of college football, even the two commentators asked
what is going on with UGA in the UF game, they see it and we
don’t…..COME ON MAN… EBAY Green knew what he was doing
and knew it would hurt the team but he did what he did anyway
no reguard for the TEAM…not enough TEAM PLAYERS… if you
have a chance to be great you train to be great we UGA train
to be just good…memories of the gut wrenching loss to UF
should be everywhere in all of the UGA facilities and the
team should be reminded of the loss everyday until they get
back to JAX next year with revenge on thier minds.. i wonder
if any of this takes place..all recruits coming in should also
be in the same frame of mind…2011 REDEMPTION. Train like you
have never trained before, SLOGAN: TRAIN TO BE GREAT IN 2011,
i would like to hear the coaches say WOW the guys TRAINED TO BE
GREAT and came into camp in the BEST SHAPE OF THIER LIVES, these
guys didn’t take any time off(partying and getting arrested)
the spent the offseason conditioning to be great, washuan and
caleb need to take dance lessons for good balance and get in
supreme shape become gym rats and not rug rats, wideouts spend
the offseason with your QB get to know his tendecies, become
a Great Team, all the stuff mentioned is COACHING…….
DARE TO BE GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BAMA dude

November 2nd, 2010
11:48 am

For once, I would like to see him use the short screens or quick slants or roll out and dump to the TE. Instead he opts for predictability at key moments in the ballgame.

Football offenses are like women’s hair color- blondes want dark hair, brunettes want blonde. Bama fans have been up in arms because we never seem to throw deep, always trying screens and quick routes.

JMac12203

November 2nd, 2010
11:49 am

jtdawg, yep, and your pups are going to HAVE to beat that trade school to get bowl eligible this season, which might not be as easy as you think. Neither team has very much defense, and it looks like another 45-42 shootout. Whoever has the ball last wins. Remember, your pups did not beat Tech last year, Tech beat Tech with the dropsies. I am sure all puppy fans were hoping for a miricle, because CWM and his defense were getting pushed all over the field in the 4th qtr. That high school offense was whipping their tails, until the drop by Thomas. My girlfriend, who is an avid puppy dog fan, flatly told me the best team lost that day. This season, it appears both teams are about even. Let’s see how it plays out.

Paul Midler

November 2nd, 2010
11:49 am

Aiken Chicken

November 2nd, 2010
11:49 am

Do not fire Mark Richt. It has taken us a while to pass UGA and we are looking forward to that easy win in the next several years.

Justafan

November 2nd, 2010
11:50 am

UGAGIRLFAN..u tell’um…I admire your opinion . Your religion and Coach Richts religion has nothing to do with Coaching and his job.

rodney

November 2nd, 2010
11:52 am

i had called for coach richts firing earlier but ive changed my mind, i wasnt looking at the big picture. i know he is gonna turn things around im 100% supportive of him. i would like to see the dawgs be more aggressive on the field and less aggressive off the field

jellybeandawg

November 2nd, 2010
11:52 am

UGAgirlFAN YOU are the one who decided to bring religion into a football discussion. The truth is your religious views have no place in football so if you don’t like the criticism then you should leave your faith out of the discussion.

Whether Mark Richt is a Christian or worships goats has no bearing on his lousy performance over the last 5 years.

Ron Roberts

November 2nd, 2010
11:54 am

jtdawg, allow me:

Richt had “special year” written all over this one…. Who said that? Who said we’d come out and DEFINITELY win at USC and at home to Arkansas, with said freshman QB and new defensive scheme? I don’t recall too many people saying that, out the gate. Throw in the loss of A.J.Green and those were definite losses. Let’s remember how good those two teams are and how close we came to beating them DESPITE the above-mentioned deficiencies.

We are in our 3rd consecutive rebuilding year. When will be rebuilt? Listen, you and I both know Rome wasn’t built in a day, and it takes even longer to clean up a landfill – aka Willie Martinez’ defense. Under-performing knuckleheads like Ben Jones and Vance Cuff have to be gotten rid of (and that’s coming).

Here’s my question… you fire Richt, then who do you go get? No matter WHO you get, there will be transfers and a 2-3 year window of upheaval, so if you’re tired of losing, you’re going the wrong way towards alleviating that.

I pin this downward trend on a bad batch of recruits that are currently being filtered out as we speak.

At the start of 2011, we return with a quarterback who plays “special,” an offensive line that’s playing SOLID, a handful of RBs that all have terrific skills, if not one “spectacular” back, two TE’s (Orson, coming into his own, now) that are playmakers, and while we’ll more than likely lose A.J. Green, a talented WR corp (and a couple of really good recruits committed, too) that will serve us well. Throw in a defense playing a scheme that WORKED against Florida (remember, the short field on turnovers and special teams’ inability to stuff returns) that will come with a better knowledge of the 3-4 scheme, and I think we’re going to be fine.

No matter your opinion – CMR’s done enough to warrant the opportunity, and I’m willing to give to him, if for no other reason – I care not to go through what Tennessee has, after this and last season for us.

I see an improving team, though; the stats bear it out. Your passion doesn’t eliminate stats.

if ifs and buts were cookies and nuts we'd have a merry christmas

November 2nd, 2010
11:54 am

tony….your very article shows why we need a change.

if…tennessee doesn’t win v. uk.
if…player’s don’t get injured….
but….
if….

how about this? why did uga go to knoxville that year and get their butts beat into the ground?

why, when the whole world knew that we were going to come out preseason #1, didn’t the uga coaching staff do a better job of protecting their players against injury and arrests?

i’m sorry, but you, buck belue, bill king and the rest of the blogosphere are nothing but mark richt apologists.

you gloss over the simple fact that we have been unable to perform at a consistently high level of intensity for 12 games a year…..we take a game or two off….and scramble at the last minute to either win or just barely lose.

why, if mark richt would just get a few “breaks,” things might be different. He needs more time….he has gotten bad breaks…..etc. I could unearth the same things that were probably said about Jim Donnan at the end of his reign.

the simple fact is this….after 9 years, UGA is no better off than it was after 5 years of jim donnan….and in some aspects (mike bobo’s stupid playcalling…our td percentage in the red zone is below the national AVERAGE) (arrests) worse.

a change needs to be made. i say mcgarity tells richt that he needs to see significant improvement next year…..and that improvement needs to be measurable in statistics and wins and losses, not in ifs buts and maybes.

.

November 2nd, 2010
11:54 am

It has abearing on yours, jelly

bugsquacher

November 2nd, 2010
11:55 am

I thought last off season was the time to put everything on the table….. How many years to we have to listen to the excuses before this program is completely run in the ground? Georgia will go 5-7 this year. They will beat Idaho State. They will get embarrassed by Auburn on National TV and with tears in my eyes, they will lose to Tech. Get ready Dawg fans, its going to be a long offseason. And just think, for a team that brought back the entire offense except the quarterback…… what a shame….. I dont think we are going to be better off in the next few years keeping Richt around. Its time to make the change…. That is if we want to play for National Championships…….. Its a shame…. a damn shame…

Beast from the East

November 2nd, 2010
11:55 am

SERIOUS QUESTION,
Does anyone actually believe that Richt will be there in 2012? I can’t recall any coach under this much scrutiny making it thorugh it more than a year or two, can you? I don’t think it’s a question of “if” he goes anymore, but “when”. Your thoughts?

jtdawg

November 2nd, 2010
11:56 am

BAMA dude –

Again, why is Mandell important to us? Oh he’s not. ANd yes, I conceded Mr. Barnhardt isn’t strictly UGA.

But absolutely yes you can justify his firing and I can do it in one fell swoop -

2007 – Mark Richt became the 6th highest paid coach in all of college football.

Record – 22 – 13 (roughly 40th or so since…)

That right there is enough…. He just isn’t earning it, not to mention a myriad of metrics that show underperformance, underachievement, or whatever.

I don’t give two damns about what any other fan thinks we should be happy with. Bama didn’t have crap for nearly two decades, we KNOW how frustrating it is, but just because you had Bryant doesn’t mean you are the only people who expect excellence. I’ll be damned.

Successful entities aren’t made by listening to retarded opinions written by outsiders and direct competitors.

So with all due respect to you and your team Bama Stan, when it comes to THIS opinion, you can go spit.

What would you/did you feel if/when other people would have come to you 4/5 years ago and argued – “You haven’t been sqat since Bryant retired, just be happy to win 8 games with Shula and be quiet – nobody expects anything from you. Stop thinking this is 1972 for crying out loud… yada, yada, yada…”

Not so funny when the shoe is on the other foot. But what do you care? Again, the last thing you or any UF/SC/TN/AU fan want to see is UGA performing at it’s maximum. QUite the contrary, it would make for an excellent SEC…..so get over it, stop being biased and look at the facts…..

A BIG Barnhart fan

November 2nd, 2010
11:56 am

Excellent article. Why did Mr. Barnhart not address the off field issues and how they relate to the situation? Mr. Barnhart, can you correlate the impact of the “extra-curricular” (bad behavior and arrests) activities of the players off the field to gameday performance of the team? What should the coaching staff’s implications be, if any in this matter? When a player is recruited, they are not just an athelete, but an ambassador of the institution they attend. Coach Richt is a good and decent man with great character, of that, there is little doubt. The question I pose is; shouldn’t a great program be built upon great people, including coaches, players, fans, and administration?

jellybeandawg

November 2nd, 2010
11:57 am

justafan,
UGAGIRLFAN was the one who wanted to bring her religion and the bible into the discussion, not me.

Like you I agree that Richts religion has nothing to do with Coaching or his job and it has no bearing on the discussion.

jtdawg

November 2nd, 2010
11:57 am

Sorry, I references Bama Stan, and meant Bama Dude.

Can’t ever remember Bama Stan being this obnoxious.

JMac12203

November 2nd, 2010
11:57 am

And on CMR, I have stated for years that he is a good coach, but not a leader that will lead the pups to the NC. It ain’t gonna happen. They are like the Braves in that they have had worlds of talent, but do less with more than any other team in the SEC. If Meyer, Saban, Spurrier, Miles, and even Mullen coached all that talent, UGA would be a force in college football, but as it stands, you have all kinds of talent, and are, at best, the 8th best team in the SEC, and a laughing stock. Are you even favored to beat Idaho St. this week????

G8R GRAD

November 2nd, 2010
11:58 am

3rdn8:

Your 8:24 post was well put.

Mike Bobo 17 INT

November 2nd, 2010
12:00 pm

Tony, love the post and please keep CMR around as long as you can, we love CMR and wish him the best.

Signed:

Urban Meyer
Les Miles
Nick Saban
Mack Brown
Steve Spurrier

jtdawg

November 2nd, 2010
12:02 pm

UGAgirlFAN

- You are correct and I owe you a serious apology.

I do get frustrated with the ‘follow the sheppard’ crowd. I am in business management, and I, justifiably, compare our team to how a coporation should be mananged, with consistent, non-stop evaluation, and I just see repeated failure.

I am afraid, quite opposite of some, that the worst scenario is we make NO change and accept status quo. As much as I would like to believe Ricth can turn it around, I just see no evidence.

If it were to happen, I will gladly apologize to anyone offended by the thought process, but can never stop criticizing what I deem as failures directly laid at the feet of the head of our program.

Again – I apologize to you as I certainly meant no overt offense. I just hope people make judgement based on sound fact, not overt hopefulness…

Mike Bobo 17 INT

November 2nd, 2010
12:04 pm

Tony, do us all a favor and quit claiming to be Mr. College Football and change your name to Mr. Georgia Football. You are not objective, unlike Howard, Herbstreit and even Corso (more professional outlets) set themseleves apart from their home teams.

If you really are Mr. College football, you would know that the Athens program is tanked/broken. You will not fire CMR, because Athens has already tested the waters with Kirby Smart and Will Muschamp, who both gave Athens the middle finger. They are with superior programs and already know around most coaching circles that the UGA program has major flaws, which you fail to address. Good luck with that one.

1eyedJack

November 2nd, 2010
12:05 pm

I just thank God that none of you kneejerk b@$tard$ are in charge.

Mike Bobo 17 INT

November 2nd, 2010
12:06 pm

jtdawg

Love your comment and you make this most sense on this page. How many more rebuilding years does UGA need? Florida was in the top 10 for several weeks, and this is one of their worst years!

That is what I am driving at, no one in Athens has a clue, which starts from your AD and works down. Look Dooley gave you one title, but he has tanked this program with 2 terrible coaching hires (Donnan and Goff), but everyone thinks Dooley is God. Get over it and gut the program.

jtdawg

November 2nd, 2010
12:07 pm

Mac12203

While I agree with your view on this year’s game, the thoughts about last year are off – base.

Yes, our defense for several years have been a sieve, for sure and yes, things were kept very interesting. But quite frankly, UGA ran right over, through and around Tech. It shouldn’t have been as close as it was. There was nothing Tech was going to do to stop UGA and I’m sorry but at no time did I feel the “better” team lost, and that is meant as no disrespect to a good Tech team that went to the Orange bowl. You guys just were’nt the best that night.

This year? Sure could be different. Who Knows? I actually respect Paul Johnson a great deal and think he’s doing a fine job there. It’ll be fun, as always.