What the Bulldog Nation wants to hear from Mark Richt

 Sometime soon Mark Richt is going to have his end of the year press conference. I would suggest that the head coach at Georgia have that presser sooner rather than later because, to be perfectly candid about it, he has reached a crossroads in his leadership of the football program in Athens. Georgia finished the 2010 season with a 6-7 record after a-less-than-inspiring performance against UCF in the Liberty Bowl.

No, let’s don’t choose our words carefully here. Let’s call it what it really was: It was a lousy performance. Georgia looked like a team that didn’t want to be there and at 6-6, maybe the players DIDN’T want to be there. But since they were there and since the University committed itself to play the game and provide programming for its television partner, it falls upon the head coach to demand that the guys who wear the uniform representing the state university at least play hard. And Georgia did not play hard against UCF.

Mark Richt will be back for his 11th season at Georgia and he has earned the right to fix what is wrong. And right now there is a lot that is wrong with the football program at Georgia. He needs to figure out exactly what is wrong and tell everybody exactly how he plans to fix it.

Then he needs to fix it–now.

I would not presume to speak for the people of the Bulldog Nation. But I am going to suggest that these are just a few of the things they would like to hear from their head coach in the very near future:

 

**–That he loves being the head football coach Georgia and is passionate about its success: Georgia is like any major football playing school in the South. Its people care deeply about the success of the team and are invested, both emotionaly and financially, in the program. And it pains fans to think that they care more than the players and the coaches. Of course Richt cares about his work and the success of Georgia. Just have a five-minute conversation with the man and you understand that. But here is where Richt, a man of deep faith and a belief in the balance of life (both admirable qualities), needs to step outside of his comfort zone. Georgia people want passion and they want a sense of urgency when things are not going well. I believe Richt feels these things but has not done a good job of communicating it to the Georgia people.

**–That recruiting is going to get better: Here is where Richt as a head coach and Georgia as a staff has to look in the mirror and be willing to face the truth.  The fact is that outside of A.J. Green, Justin Houston, and the two kickers, there weren’t a lot of players at Georgia who could start for Alabama. (I’m going to use Alabama and Florida as measuring sticks, for obvious reasons).  The running backs (Caleb King, Washaun Ealey), for all the hype coming out of high school, continue to be very average. The offensive line, for all the talent and depth that was supposed to be there, has underachieved for three years. The defense was in transition and was about what we thought it would be. It’s not fair to judge after just one year in Todd Grantham’s system. But in other areas,  either the players were not as good as everybody thought or they haven’t been coached very well.  Richt needs to figure out which it is and address it. Georgia needs better players and a lot more of them.

**–That players are going to be disciplined on and off the field: I hear about this more than any single thing other than wins and losses. Georgia people are tired of reading about knucklehead stuff that keeps players off the practice field and out of games. How hard can it can be, they want to know, to make players understand that their life is pretty simple: Go to class, go to practice, study, play in the games, and behave the rest of the time. When players show a lack of discipline on or off the field they need to be punished publicly and the punishment needs to be firm. Again, Nick Saban at Alabama seems to have a handle on this. I’ll bet Will Muschamp will get a handle on it at Florida in short order. When it comes to this area, a healthy fear of the head coach is not necessarily a bad thing.

**–That players are going to be developed and will get better under his watch: You don’t build a football program on players  who perceive themselves to be great  because they had a bunch of stars by their name coming out of high school. Of course you have to have the elite athlete, and Georgia doesn’t have enough of those. But you also have to have good players who will work to become great and average players who will work to become good. You can’t have a roster of guys who think they can get by on talent alone. You have to have hungry players. You have to be able to take average talent and develop it. Players have to get better from year to year. Georgia has not done that.

**–That players are going to get bigger, stronger, and faster. That nobody is going to outwork Georgia in the offseason: Look at Alabama’s players in their uniforms and then look at Georgia’s. It ain’t even close. Look at Florida and the strength and conditioning program it has under Mickey Marotti. When Will Muschamp got the job at Florida, it took him about 45 seconds to know that he was going to keep Marotti. This used to be a strength of the Georgia program. It is no longer. Joe Tereshinski has already replaced Dave Van Halanger  as the strength and conditioning program director and will get a chance to fix it. Again, this is not complicated. Look at what Alabama and Florida are doing and do that.

**–That everybody from the head coach on down is going to be held accountable: Richt not only needs to make it clear internally, but he must make this clear publicly to the Georgia people. Everybody, and that means everybody, is expendable if they are not willing to commit to the goal of getting the program back among the SEC’s elite. A good head coach at this level has everybody a little on edge. The players need to step up and hold each other accountable at every workout and every practice. Those who can’t, or won’t, commit at this level will have to leave.

**–That the people who wear the uniform for Georgia will again play the game with passion: I know we are dealing with a different generation of athlete who feels more entitlted (because the process has told him he’s entitled). For the most part today’s athlete is not going to buy into the love of the institution like the folks to sit in the stadium. That’s just a fact of life, a generational difference. Still, it can be managed. But, as I said at the top, the head coach can demand that his student-athletes give their best effort when those athletes represent the University. I know that is a quaint, outdated, and probably naive notion that it is a privilege to wear the uniform. But the Georgia people don’t feel that way and their feelings have to be taken into account.

Greg McGarity, the new athletics director at Georgia, is not going to say these kind of things but I will because these are just facts. After 19 years at Florida, he’s been at Georgia for four months. That is not enough time to evaluate a football program at this level. You have to go through a recruiting season, an offseason conditioning program, a preseason while watching the day-to-day operations. There are a lot of moving parts to a football program and McGarity has only seen two: a preseason and a regular season.

And all those folks who wanted to let Richt and his staff go after this season probably haven’t looked at what it would cost. It doesn’t take a lot of checking to see that such a decision, which would have included Richt’s buyout (just under $7 million) plus the cost of buying out the assistants would have cost Georgia in the $9-10 million range. Then you have to hire a new coach (at least $3 million) and another staff. So right now that would be about a $15 million decision for  Georgia. I don’t think that was a factor in this decision but in this economy you can’t pretend that it doesn’t exist.

As I said at the top:  Very soon Mark Richt will have to tell the Georgia people two very important things. 1) What he believes the problems are and 2) How he intends to fix it and that he intends to fix it now.

And as uncomfortable as it may be, Mark Richt needs to make his case with passion–a lot of passion.

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797 comments Add your comment

Lagdawg

January 3rd, 2011
1:02 pm

Richt has to begin by replacing at least Bobo, the WR coach and the RB coach. Bobo has not proved that he is capable of running a college offense and this is not the time to let him keep learning on the job. Being an OC is more than just recruiting QBs and calling plays. It’s your offense and so you should know what types of players are needed for the system and go out an get them. You have to design each gameplan and review the film on each team to work out the proper gameplan and Bobo does not do that or it does not show. We have to pursue better talent at each position and stop settling for the easy recruits. We need a comptent OC and it needs to happen quickly. Right now the offense is a disaster.

JB

January 3rd, 2011
1:04 pm

After reading some of these blogs the last two days ( Why do people write 800 word blogs. they are longer than the intro story by the AJC writer) Richt will never win an elected office in Georgia.

Big Dawg

January 3rd, 2011
1:05 pm

Outstanding article Tony! Fair and right on point. These are the exact things the Bulldog Nation long to hear, and we do want to feel like Coach Richt cares as much about the program as we do. As you well put, CMR has not done a very good job in communicating his passion for the Dawgs. Selling anything is always a transfer of enthusiasm, and he simply may not have that in him. He may just be on the wrong seat in the bus and could make some team a very good offensive coordinator. Nothing wrong with that, we just need to get it squared away before the program has lost any more ground. Thanks for the great points, and feel free to become CMR’s advisor in these matters…..he could sure use the help!

Pull My Finger

January 3rd, 2011
1:05 pm

@Driving Ms Dooley

Your Vols might be in the running with Auburn and Georgia next year. Gus is the smartest high school coach in college, but ‘lil Dooley might be the second best coach out there.

Wiggle Wiggle!

Dr Henry

January 3rd, 2011
1:06 pm

The Liberty Bowl was an embarrassment for Georgia and the SEC – - The Bulldogs had better players on the bench than UCF had in the game and still lost???

DIT

January 3rd, 2011
1:07 pm

I agree that Bobo should go right now! CTG only gave up 10 points. we scored ZERO touchdowns on a Conference USA team. That’s inexcusable!! I also agree that some of these scollies need to be revoked from the ones that have not given UGA an R.O.I.! If they do not want to give 100% during practice, games and off the field then pull the scholly away from them.
GET PLAYERS IN THAT WANT TO BE AND ARE COMMITTED TO WEARING THE RED & BLACK!!

jarvis

January 3rd, 2011
1:09 pm

Bobo out. Friedgen in.
It’s the only way.

Pull My Finger

January 3rd, 2011
1:09 pm

Coach Richt will use that loss as motivation for next year. You guys just don’t know how smart Mark really is. He’s gonna turn this thing around — just you wait and see!

Warhorse

January 3rd, 2011
1:10 pm

Does any poodle fan seriously think UGA is going to catch UF and Bama in the near future? Think of a bobo calling plays, as opposed to one of the top five offensive minds in all football.

On defense, the new round man who bilked UGA out of $750 K looks lost. Compare that with the enthusiasm of one of UGAs own guys, Will Muschamp.

The future in Jax looks bleaker than the Spurrier years for those who don the red n black.

SEC East = Big East

January 3rd, 2011
1:10 pm

Richt could replace BooBoo with Steve Spurrier and it would make little difference. Richt lost his team a long time ago.

DIT

January 3rd, 2011
1:10 pm

“Bobo out. Friedgen in”
__________

Interesting

Pull My Finger

January 3rd, 2011
1:12 pm

But see, we don’t have to wear red & black. Coach is working on some new uniforms for next year. What we need is a new choreographer for the team dance. That’ll make the difference!

buckeye

January 3rd, 2011
1:12 pm

hey sec fans ill admit so far the sec west has been by far superior over the big ten in fact im kinda embarrassed that im a big ten fan…… but dont get on a high horse just yet sec is still 3-3 in bowl games so far so i wouldnt start acting like sec is just unstoppable and i think you guys will end up 4 and 6 overall this year. ohio state will beat arkansas.. kentucky beats pitt but a&m beats lsu and oregon beats auburn in a great game prob one of the best nc in a long time…..

ValleyDog

January 3rd, 2011
1:14 pm

While hopeful that CMR will turn it around, I am considering the alternatives. It seems that Patterson will be staying @ TCU. Do we follow UGA bloodlines with Kirby Smart or lure Van Gorder back with the head coaching position & more $$$ ???

Time For A Change!

January 3rd, 2011
1:14 pm

He should have resigned after that pathetic excuse for a bowl game on Friday. He talks all this about Georgia being his home? Bullcrap!! GA isn’t his home and never will be. There are only 3 Million reasons a year that he is in Athens. He could care less about UGA pride and what the program means to people of GA. He should have taken the job and went back to Miami where he can recruit all the thugs he wants. He’s a pathetic excuse for a football coach and I am embarrassed to have him as our coach!!! Go DAWGS!! Fire Richt!!!

Pull My Finger

January 3rd, 2011
1:14 pm

You buckeyes should let all of your guys wear sweater vests. If Coach Richt was there, that’s what he’d do.

DAWG with two bags over is head

January 3rd, 2011
1:14 pm

Former Player = Caleb King

WE

January 3rd, 2011
1:15 pm

Hey Suckeye!
Again, no one rattled your chain and could care less about what you have to say. Try winning one time in a bowl game against the SEC before popping off. Go home little girl!

CHS

January 3rd, 2011
1:16 pm

We don’t want to hear anything. We want to see it.

Driving Ms Dooley

January 3rd, 2011
1:18 pm

Pull My Finger

January 3rd, 2011
1:05 pm
@Driving Ms Dooley

Your Vols might be in the running with Auburn and Georgia next year. Gus is the smartest high school coach in college, but ‘lil Dooley might be the second best coach out there.

Wiggle Wiggle!

We love our lil Dooley. He made some mistakes at the end of LSU and NC but he’s smart and a very fast learner. And he speaks southern. It takes a lot of things to be a good coach, but one thing you have to have is a good 3 or 4 year QB to hang your hat on in your early years. Tyler Bray fits the bill perfectly. I think if he started a website and updated his weight on a daily basis that it might be the most visited site in Tennessee.

We are happy to be moving in the right direction. We had true freshman starting everywhere this year so we’ll be ok next year, mayber 8-4 or 9-3, but 2012 will be very interesting as all these guys enter their third year.

The Doolander has too much class to pull a Kiffen and bolt for Georgia. Plus he doesn’t want to be in the shadow of his dad.

Hope has returned to Neyland Stadium.

gomdawg

January 3rd, 2011
1:18 pm

Mike Leech new offensive co. at just in

buckeye

January 3rd, 2011
1:19 pm

oh yea and no offense intended to any tenn fans but they just suck i looked at the top 120 right now and kentucky is the only team they have beaten thats ranked in the top 80 thats sad.. dooley will have them at an 8 win team a year at best….. saouth carolina is gonna be good for a while florida i think will be back quick and georgia will rise quicker than tenn… so if tenn wants to be better than the 4th best sec east team and in the music city bowl every year they need to get a proven coach or join the acc….. but they still have womens basketball hahaha…..

Scooter

January 3rd, 2011
1:20 pm

Comments from some REAL coaches:

#1 ‘Football is only a game. Spiritual things are eternal. Nevertheless, Beat Texas ‘ – Seen on a church sign in Arkansas prior to the 1969 game.

#2. ‘After you retire, there’s only one big event left… and I ain’t ready for that.’ – Bobby Bowden / Florida State

#3. ‘The man who complains about the way the ball bounces is likely to be the one who dropped it.’ – Lou Holtz / Arkansas

#4. ‘When you win, nothing hurts.’ – Joe Namath / Alabama

#5.. ‘Motivation is simple.. You eliminate those who are not motivated.’ – Lou Holtz / Arkansas

#6. ‘If you want to walk the heavenly streets of gold, you gotta know the password, ‘Roll, tide, roll!’ – Bear Bryant / Alabama

#7. ‘A school without football is in danger of deteriorating into a medieval study hall.’ – Frank Leahy / Notre Dame

#8. ‘There’s nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you.’ – Woody Hayes / Ohio State

#9.. ‘I don’t expect to win enough games to be put on NCAA probation. I just want to win enough to warrant an investigation.’ – Bob Devaney / Nebraska

#10. ‘In Alabama , an atheist is someone who doesn’t believe in Bear Bryant.’ – Wally Butts / Georgia

#11. ‘You can learn more character on the two-yard line than anywhere else in life.’ – Paul Dietzel / LSU

#12. ‘It’s kind of hard to rally around a math class.’ – Bear Bryant / Alabama

#13. When asked if Fayetteville was the end of the world: ‘No, but you can see it from here.’ – Lou Holtz / Arkansas …

#14. ‘I make my practices real hard because if a player is a quitter, I want him to quit in practice, not in a game.’ – Bear Bryant / Alabama

#15. ‘There’s one sure way to stop us from scoring—give us the ball near the goal line.’ – Matty Bell / SMU

#16. ‘Lads, you’re not to miss practice unless your parents died or you died.’ – Frank Leahy / Notre Dame

#17. ‘I never graduated from Iowa , but I was there for two terms – Truman’s and Eisenhower’s.’ – Alex Karras / Iowa

#18. ‘My advice to defensive players: Take the shortest route to the ball and arrive in a bad humor.’ -Bowden Wyatt / Tennessee

#19. ‘I could have been a Rhodes Scholar, except for my grades.’ – Duffy Daugherty / Michigan State

#20. ‘Always remember…Goliath was a 40 point favorite over David.’ – Shug Jordan / Auburn

#21. ‘They cut us up like boarding house pie. And that’s real small pieces.’ – Darrell Royal / Texas

#22. ‘Show me a good and gracious loser, and I’ll show you a failure.’ – Knute Rockne / Notre Dame

#23.. ‘They whipped us like a tied up goat.’ – Spike Dykes / Texas Tech

#24. ‘I asked Darrell Royal, the coach of the Texas Longhorns, why he didn’t recruit me and he said: ‘Well, Walt, we took a look at you and you weren’t any good..’ – Walt Garrison / Oklahoma State

#25. ‘Son, you’ve got a good engine, but your hands aren’t on the steering wheel.’ – Bobby Bowden / Florida State

#26. ‘Football is not a contact sport – it is a collision sport. Dancing is a contact sport.’ – Duffy Daugherty / Michigan State

#27. After USC lost 51-0 to Notre Dame, his postgame message to his team: ‘All those who need showers, take them.’ – John McKay / USC

#28. ‘If lessons are learned in defeat, our team is getting a great education.’ – Murray Warmath / Minnesota

#29. ‘The only qualifications for a lineman are to be big and dumb. To be a back, you only have to be dumb.’ – Knute Rockne / Notre Dame

#30. ‘Oh, we played about like three tons of buzzard puke this afternoon.’ – Spike Dykes / Texas Tech

#31. ‘It isn’t necessary to see a good tackle. You can hear it.’ – Knute Rockne / Notre Dame

#32. ‘We live one day at a time and scratch where it itches….’ – Darrell Royal / Texas

#33. ‘We didn’t tackle well today but we made up for it by not blocking..’ – Wilson Matthews / Little Rock Central High School

#34. ‘Three things can happen when you throw the ball, and two of them are bad.’ – Darrell Royal / University of Texas

#35. ‘I’ve found that prayers work best when you have big players.’ – Knute Rockne / Notre Dame

#36. ‘Gentlemen, it is better to have died a small boy than to fumble this football.’ – John Heisman

#37. After losing to Missouri , 35-10, in the 1968 Gator Bowl — “They run up and down the field on us like we was some barber college.” – Bear Bryant / Alabama

Ed (The Original)

January 3rd, 2011
1:21 pm

When did Georgia fans become “Bulldog Nation”? Just wondering.

What Georgia fans need to hear from Mark Richt is “goodbye.”

I disagree with those that say Richt has “earned the right” to turn things around. Outside of 2002, there hasn’t been a real outstanding year under his watch. He’s been paid a king’s ransome to coach Georgia, and he’s no longer getting the job done. I don’t think Richt has earned anything other than his high pay from UGA.

As any former top salesman knows, try telling your company or your boss that you’ve “earned” the right to keep your job after 3 straight years of falling short of your numbers. Try relying on what you did from ‘02-’05 as justification for keeping your job. Good luck with that.

Preston

January 3rd, 2011
1:21 pm

1) I have no doubt that CMR loves his job and the university. That is without question.
2.) The recruiting has not been a problem. Other than last year, we had consistent top 5/top 10 every year since CMR arrived in Athens. It’s coaching, especially the Martinez hangover on defense.
3.) I cannot hold the coaches accountable for too much in regards to the off season arrests. I am convinced that the local/campus police in other SEC towns look the other way for most of what our players are getting arrested for. They even give them rides home after DUI stops. Believe me! Discipline in regards to on field mistakes and miscues could possibly need addressing but I believe they improved greatly in that area this season.
4.) UGA’s players absolutely need to be coached up to this level of competition. Every SEC program does it and I believe Richt and his staff do it as well. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t just want him fired…I would regard him as someone who has been bad for the program. I don’t think they’re allowing the players to rest on their recruiting stars.
5.) The strength and conditioning hasn’t been as terrible as a lot of posters claim on these blogs. They aren’t a bunch of out of shape slobs panting around the field looking winded by the fourth quarter. There’s room for some improvement here but this is not what’s at the root of the problem with the football program at UGA.
6.) Accountability for every aspect of the game falls squarely on the head coach. That’s why he makes the millions of dollars a year and CMR knows that. If his staff isn’t getting the job done, it’s his fault for hiring them and that is a flaw in talent (or lack of) recognition.
7.) Motivation has been the glaring issue under Richt for quite a while now. There have been far too many games where these guys look like it’s business as usual. They show some emotion and passion at times but not consistently and that’s not acceptable. You can have all the talented players in the world but if they aren’t motivated, they’re susceptible to getting beat by a team with far less talent that is highly motivated.

bama guy

January 3rd, 2011
1:21 pm

what about them tide….. alabama whips notre dame in the 2011 national championship.. hey hats off to the irish kelly has got things crankin in south bend.. mich is about to be notre dames bitch…. oh and after cam leaves auburn will be mediocre again and bama will be the king of the west again…

Geodawg55

January 3rd, 2011
1:23 pm

Mark Richt lost the Liberty Bowl game when he decreed that they would go for the field goal rather than the first down. The team had driven 97 yards and were denied the chance to score a touchdown by Mark. He stated that he told them you did not get the first down in three downs so don’t come wanting a fourt chance. Every other coach in the SEC would have gone for the touchdown.

HIS MESSAGE TO THE PLAYERS WAS CLEAR THAT HE DID NOT THINK THEY COULD DO IT. THAT CERTAINLY DID NOT MOTIVATE THEM TO GO ALL OUT THE REST OF THE WAY.

IN HIS STATEMENT HE SHOULD ALSO STATE THAT HE WILL BE MORE AGGRESSIVE IN THE FUTURE ANAD PUT MORE FAITH IN HIS PLAYERS WHILE DEMANDING ALL OUT EFFORT FROM THEM.

IF HE DOES NOT GO ALL OUT HE CAN NOT EXPECT IT FROM THEM.

That said I whole heartedly support Mark Richt for the coming year and long range IF he gets more aggressive in his approach. He can be a great coach with a little attitude change.

I am a long time supporter since my first game in Athens in 1953. In the last thirty years I have missed very few games home and away. Mark is the best perswon and prospective coach we have had in all those years.

mad dawg

January 3rd, 2011
1:23 pm

AUBURN FANS , YOU BEAT THE WORST GEORGIA TEAM SINCE 1996 , GEORGIA BEAT AUBURN IN 2006 RANKED 5 TH IN THE POLLS IN AUBURN , ALSO BEAT AUBURN 4 IN A ROLL . WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME AUBURN BEAT GEORGIA 4 IN A ROLL ?

Driving Ms Dooley

January 3rd, 2011
1:24 pm

@ buckeye
but dont get on a high horse just yet sec is still 3-3.

Did you notice on the conference bowl record chart last week that all the conferences on there had played like 5 games already and the SEC was 0-1? What does that tell you? The SEC plays in bigger bowl games against tougher competition. Yes, Tn was a weak little sister and didn’t represent well, but the point is that you can’t compare overall bowl records when some of these conferences play all their bowls before New Years day.
What you can do is look at head to head–SEC vs Big Ten. How’s that working out for you so far?

DawgDad

January 3rd, 2011
1:24 pm

At 6-6 UGA should have DECLINED the bowl bid. Flat out. The players and coaches hadn’t earned the right to continue practicing and playing. Don’t act like you belong at that level, act like you don’t. That would have sent the necessary message, especially to prospective recruits.

This team was a mess, from the coaching staff down to the backup linemen. Serious lack of leadership; virtually all of the supposed “leaders” had disciplinary or performance issues, or were redshirt freshmen. Therein lies reason for hope; fix the coaching problems and after one or two recruiting years there will be a whole new crop of players in Athens.

I don’t worry about winning or not winning the SEC; I’m naive enough not to want a Cam Newton on the team potentially sinking the whole ship. It’s hard to stomach the general lack of toughness we saw in the Liberty Bowl coming from a team like UGA; the expectations are much higher.

Gay ness ville stinks!

January 3rd, 2011
1:25 pm

the man is 2-8 vs. our biggest rival! that concerns me much more than losing to UCF. also unlike Goff and Donnan he has had the luxury of playing some very average UF teams…and he still finds a way to lose!!!!

State of Michigan

January 3rd, 2011
1:28 pm

buckeye,

Gotta tell ya. I’m really hurting today after being belted 101-21 by Alabama and Miss State. If ya’ll can’t beat Ark at least try and keep the game respectably close like Penn State did.

And try protecting Terrelle Pryor. Michigan State lost 2 qbs to the Bama D and was playing a converted wr as a qb- he himself had gotten knocked out earlier in the game for several plays but had to play qb at the end since no one was left. BTW that Bama game could have been much, much worse if Saban hadn’t started plyaing his subs 5 minutes into the 3rd qtr. I guess he didn’t want to embarrass his friend mark dantonio too much.

The top 5 SEC west division teams have lost one game the entire season outside its division and that was Bama’s loss to South Carolina. Other than that those 5 teams have not lost a nonconference game nor an interdivision game besides Bama v S. Carolina. That should tell you something about what’s about to hit you when you line up against Arkansas.

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schmeckdawg

January 3rd, 2011
1:31 pm

What really troubles me, is the fact that all of the coaches are getting paid top dollar for coaching crappy football but yet when I received my Hartman Foundation donor form a while ago my donation amount for watching crappy football did not go down and I am willing to bet that when I get my season football application, my ticket prices will not have gone down. Is something wrong here or am I just not getting it?

WE

January 3rd, 2011
1:32 pm

SUCKEYE!
Again, go away little girl! You have no idea what you are talking about and nobody give two turds about the Suckeyes!! Fot the SEC they are like beating a NW Arkansas team……meaning, a patsy!

Driving Ms Dooley

January 3rd, 2011
1:33 pm

at buckeye

January 3rd, 2011
1:19 pm
oh yea and no offense intended to any tenn fans but they just suck

No offense taken. It was an impossible situation this year and we knew that going in. We lost close to 30 players in a two year double transition period. We feided a team that consisted mostly of 18 year olds.

I would be embarrassed though if my team consistantly owned the Big Ten conference and then got run out of the stadium by one SEC team after another in a bowl game. I’m just sayin. I wouldn’t trade places with that.

Rich

January 3rd, 2011
1:34 pm

Agreed, since Richt is given one more year (which he doesn’t deserve) instead of sounding like a broken record by saying that “we’re disappointed and we need to make changes” after every loss he needs to tell us what the problems are and what really needs to be changed.

WE

January 3rd, 2011
1:34 pm

@Driving Ms Dooley

touche!! Good one……… Suckeye has no clue

schmeckdawg

January 3rd, 2011
1:34 pm

Scooter @ 1:20

I think #5 goes right to the point!

buckeye

January 3rd, 2011
1:35 pm

hey driving ms dooley i just said that the big ten is the sec bitch i ad mit that and i like sec football i love all of college football. tenn is bad im sorry but they are tenn can barely compete with a depleted mediocre acc team how are they gonna play with the big boys in the sec sorry but its the truth… dooley has a one demensional team.. they can throw the ball deep every play thats not gonna get it week in week out in the sec….. and dooley cant manage the clock, cant count, cant find a running game and calls crap plays…. oh and watching tenn this year he also has hardly a speck of discipline with his players… the only reason they won when they did is because of the heart and fight in some of his seniors like reveiz who i think is awesome by the way.. when those seniors are gone dooley is stuck with a bunch of talentless thugs and one proven coach on the whole staff to fight wars in the rough rigorous sec conference 6 wins again next year for the vols maybe 8 in 2012 thats the best case scenario…. sorry…… my buckeyes are overatted and pryor was a bust ill admit but they are still lightyears ahead of the vols and better than at least 8 or 9 sec teams.. as for the rest of the big ten hell i cant speak for them im just glad my bucks dont have to compete in the sec every week…

Mean Machine

January 3rd, 2011
1:38 pm

Tony, how much time do you propose we give Richt? Just this next season? Given the state of this program, who in their right mind believes Richt (or anybody else for that matter) can turn it around? UGA is a complete dumpster fire, and we’re talking about giving a guy one more year to turn it around. It’s simply delaying the inevitable another year. So we Georgia fans basically have to watch an entire 2011 season sacrificed. So far, McGarity hasn’t made a very good decision.

Ed (The Original)

January 3rd, 2011
1:38 pm

“**–That players are going to be developed and will get better under his watch: You don’t build a football program on players who perceive themselves to be great because they had a bunch of stars by their name coming out of high school.”

Here’s a thought: forget recruiting rankings and go after 2-3 star character guys. Try to hit a homerun with a 5-star qb or running back every once in awhile, but focus on kids that are most likely to study hard, practice hard, and stay in school for 4 years. That formula seems to work well for TCU, among others. Raiding the housing projects for flashy 4-5 star talent really hasn’t worked out well for UGA. Quit trying to be Miami 1985-90.

dawgs got it

January 3rd, 2011
1:40 pm

UF just got better with the hiring of 4 new coaches. We remain the same under wonderboy and Bobo and choker………….

buckeye

January 3rd, 2011
1:40 pm

oh yea and people who are fans of like tenn and ga stop claiming the whole sec when your team sucks and cant even step on the same field as ohio state. just cuz the big ten is down as a whole doesnt mean i claim them and say ohio state sucks. tenn is the door mat to most of the other sec teams so when someone else in your conference wins a big game dont act like it was you.. concentrate on uab and memphis

WE

January 3rd, 2011
1:41 pm

Suckeye…. Name the year and date of your last win over an SEC team. What a bunch of crap thinking that your suckeyes are better than 8 to 9 teams in the SEC. They are better than only 3 teams, if that. Vandy, Ole Miss & UGA. That’s it!
Feel lucky that you don’t have to play Vandy to find out that your only better than 2 teams in the SEC.

buckeye

January 3rd, 2011
1:42 pm

and quit finding excuses for tenn. notre dame had a similar situation and just as much adversity as tenn and also one of the hardest schedules in the country and they are way better than the vols… brian kelly definatly has that program heading in the right direction…. great caoch…

WE

January 3rd, 2011
1:44 pm

Hey Suckeye. What is your excuse for being 0-ffer against the SEC in bowl games?
I know, it’s because y’all suck. Go back home little girl!

buckeye

January 3rd, 2011
1:45 pm

i love how people put georgia below tenn when they beat tenn by what 30 points shut up WE your an idiot all you know is football in the sec go back to screwing your cousin….. let people who actually know college football not just one conference talk….

Driving Ms Dooley

January 3rd, 2011
1:46 pm

Buckeye,

Do you read the paper? Comparing the buckeyes who have had a coach in place for years to a program in shambles but on the way back is classic. As I said before, no offense taken. We started a walk-on the D-line this year that was outweighed by 85 pounds against Florida.

Get it? we are thin this year and rebuilding. It’s called year one. What year are the buckeyes in with their coach? What an analytical genius you are to state that a team that was 2-6 at one point was no good.

Good luck vs Arkansas. I’m sure you will represent the Big 10 in classic fashion.

buckeye

January 3rd, 2011
1:48 pm

hey we go look up iowa, penn state , michigan records against sec since you wanna talk conferences and not your team.i guess cuase your team sucks. besides bama ohio state has more history and tradition than the whole sec and have acheived a whole lot more jack ass……