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

Willie Martinez

January 3rd, 2011
11:28 pm

Adios, suckers.

Kenneth Barlow

January 3rd, 2011
11:42 pm

This is the salient point although all others were good and to the point: In 10 seasons, the first four of which were in direct result of Jim Donnan-recruited talent, Our program has only been in the conversation concerning the national title three times, after finishing 13-1 and being ranked 3rd, 11-2 and being ranked 2nd and going into the 2007-08 season ranked #1 (with the resulting arrests which torpedoed that season).

Other than these times, the remaining 7 seasons have been a mixed bag overestimated by the nebulous claim “At least we finished with 10 wins”. However, three of these 7 seasons were 8 wins or less including finishing 14-12 over the last 2 seasons. Meanwhile LSU has won the national championship twice with Saban and Miles, Florida with Meyer winning two in 4 seasons, Alabama again with Saban and was ranked #1 this season once again and now Auburn with Gene Chizik is poised to win a title with the coach in place for 2 seasons!

While these programs and others such as Mississippi State and Arkansas are on the rise, the former two programs are sadly better poised to speak of championships than we are.
Ironically, Ralph Friedgen, who arguably has had similar results as Richt, can be fired after going 9-4 and winning the ACC coach of the year yet Richt has gone 8-5 and 6-7 and gets a mulligan. If Richt goes 8-4, he will be allowed to keep his job next season even though 8-4, though an improvement, simply extends the 5 year trend of mediocrity.

When Richt decided to go for the field goal on 4th and inches the announcer stated “Mark Richt is sending a message with going for the kick”. He was being polite in not stating that his gutless, cowardly, uber-cautious decision would pervade the team and show a lack of confidence. Ask yourself this question: If you didn’t know Paul Johnson was a Tech coach and you had a choice between him and Richt to lead your program, who would you choose, the tough no-nonsense daring Johnson or the meek, shrinking violet, take no chances Richt? Only the greatest and unobjective of Georgia homers would do less than the obvious.

Mr. Cool

January 3rd, 2011
11:52 pm

Mark has done enough damage and now it is time for him to move on.

Mr. Cool

January 3rd, 2011
11:54 pm

He just NEVER seem to have the team ready to play in the big game. Nick S. (ALABAMA) always have his guys ready to play.

Hey COWARD BARNHART

January 3rd, 2011
11:55 pm

What I like to hear from you is anything honest about Spurrier.

After the worst SEC Championship loss in its 18 year history. Nothing from you about Spurrier but yet you praise him every chance you get.

After another bowl loss by the ole ball coach (his B record now 6-5 F, 1-4 SC or 7-9). Nothing from you about him.

Fact is Spurrier has been a has been since the late 90’s. He beat a bad TN team (lost in bowl) bad GA team (lost in bowl), and bad FL team (won in bowl). The fact is he has had at 5 losses 3 years and 6 losses 3 years while at SC.

Boca Baby

January 4th, 2011
12:10 am

I grew up dreaming of wearing that helmet with that “G” on the side. Unfortunately I wasn’t big enough, fast enough or talented enough. However, I am offended that it would appear that the players we now have do not share that passion. It is high time they did or they need to get out. I would rather have a kid whose passion is to play for UGA, even if he is less talented. Irk Russell loved these type of players and won championships with them.

cowper8

January 4th, 2011
12:12 am

When coaches are paid the astronomical salaries they receive more is expected than what has been produced–especially in the last two years. Therefore the head coach should resign or be fired, a new man hired with his hand picked new staff of assistants, and begin a new chapter in UGA football. I have been following the Bulldogs since 1946 and am so disgusted with the program that I don’t care to watch them any more. Why put up with play calls such as going for a field goal on fourth and 1 early in the bowl game–which was a “kissing your sister” play that set the tone for the rest of the game. .

Boca Baby

January 4th, 2011
12:14 am

Sorry for the typo. That’s “Erk” Russell.

Rabun Dawg

January 4th, 2011
12:15 am

I was at the liberty Bowl and I must say how embarrassed I was to walk out of that stadium and be UGA Bulldawg! That was a pitiful performance, and it appeared that none of them wanted to be there or cared what went on. UCF was a pretty good team, but know way they should have shut UGA down completely as they did. No running game, QB, not on his game, we were doomed from the get-go, or at least after a 96 yard drive for three stinking points! What a slap in the face to the faithful who made their way to the game. Our program is in shambles, so why not cut our losses and start over with a new regime now, not next year, after another mediocre year. And why, oh why, does Searles not get thrown under the bus for the lousy showing of that offensive line! CMR is a nice man, but being a nice man doesn’t grant him a “pass”. Make a move now!!

UCF a pretty good team, ha let's laugh

January 4th, 2011
12:18 am

They beat one team with a winning record. ONE.

CrackDaddy

January 4th, 2011
12:20 am

how about: “I tendered my resignation to the AD this morning”.

Mr. Cool, say what

January 4th, 2011
12:22 am

Saban always has his teams ready. Are you sippping on some eggnogg. Utah hand Bama their butts to them 2 years ago in the bowl. Saban is way, way overrated. 1:47 from not playing in the NC last year against a bad Auburn team.

Danny Ford

January 4th, 2011
12:25 am

Georgia 0 Police 15

cs

January 4th, 2011
1:25 am

Such a good christian blah blah blah would resign. He is just as greedy as any pagan. I hope they lose every game if they keep Richt.

Jeff

January 4th, 2011
1:33 am

Several observations –

Coach Richt is a tremendous man and STILL a good coach. Folks, remember, just a few years ago, he had almost an 80% winning percentage, dominated road games, won 3 SEC East titles and 2 championships in 5 years, finished in the top 5 several times, and won several BCS games. So the man didn’t forget how to coach overnight.

BUT, he is the head coach, and the failures of the team (strength and conditioning, the line play, the players getting arrested, etc.) do ultimately fall on his shoulders.

It won’t take much to get Georgia back to where we as fans expect it… a couple of big wins in a season can turn an 8-4 year into a 10-2 year, and any time you’re 10-2 or better, you’re in the hunt for an SEC title and BCS berth. We’re not Vandy, going 2-12 with no hope of contending… remember, Richt took a very average program from 1999 and 2000 to a 13-1 season by 2002.

We as fans and supporters need to also SET AN EXAMPLE. Whining, b*tching, crying, cussing, etc. over everything doesn’t reflect well on the university, and it sure as h*ll won’t help us get any five-star recruits who are wavering. They see the boos at home games, they read the blogs, they hear the comments and read the headlines… Georgia needs to appear stable, supportive of its team, and unified… otherwise, we look like friggin’ Miami or Michigan. Anybody want to play there these days?

FINALLY… for you Richt bashers… tell me RIGHT NOW who we are bringing in this month if you’d gotten your wish and Richt was fired in the last few weeks. I’m waiting. Any DEFINITE names coming to mind? Anybody GUARANTEED to come to Georgia? Any SURE FIRE winners? I didn’t think so. Coaching is a crap shoot — sometimes you get lucky and get a good coach like Richt or Meyer or Carroll or Brown or Mullen or Edsel. Sometimes you get a whack job like Mike Leach or Rich Rodriguez. Sometimes you get an overhyped blow-hard who thinks he’s better than he is like, oh, say, Paul Johnson. My point is this: be careful what you wish for. Say we canned Richt and then head coach candidates starting turning Georgia down… we’d have to settle for a Sun Belt coach or some obscure assistant from Missouri or something. Is that what you want?

You don’t make change for change’s sake. Remember, we thought Donnan’s last couple of infuriating years were awful and too much to overcome — couldn’t beat Auburn, couldn’t beat Tech, couldn’t beat Tennessee, and never made the SEC title game. Mark Richt has given us more highs than lows, more wins than losses, and I for one fully support him and will hope that he can get things turned around. If we go 6-6 again next year? Yeah, I guess it’s time. But remember, a LOT of teams would kill for a 6 or 8 or 9 win season… we need to give Richt a chance to get us over the hump and back to 10-plus wins… remember, the man HAS done it before and he can do it again.

So enough CMR bashing — support the school, support the team, support the coaches, support the program, support the cause, and issue constructive criticism. If you can’t do all of that, I just as soon you get the h*ll off the Georgia bandwagon and go be a Michigan fan.

GO DAWGS!!!!!

Jeff

January 4th, 2011
1:44 am

P.S.

For the record, I was furious at the performance in several games this year — never should have lost to Colorado or Miss. State or Arkansas or UCF. But that being said, I still think Georgia can get the players to turn things around IN A HURRY. Remember, we still got a TON of 5-star players who filled NFL rosters all over the place in the 90s, and THAT was under the Goff and Donnan regimes where we NEVER beat the big 4 rivals (Tech, Tennessee, Auburn, Florida). Now, under Richt, we’ve dominated Tech, mostly dominated Tennessee, had a great 4-year win streak over Auburn, and popped the Gators a couple of times).

It takes a heluva lot more effort to turn a UNC or Missouri or Tech or Arizona or Indiana into a winning team — the facilities, caliber of players, and resources aren’t there. If South Carolina can win the East, if Auburn can go from an 8-win year to a 13-win year, if the crazy moron at Arkansas can win there… well, then one or two good recruiting classes and a couple of upsets in 2011 and 2012 will get Georgia right back to the upper echelon of college football.

But again, it takes a village to raise a child — rather than just b*tch on blogs, find a REAL solution and present it in a RATIONAL manner. Otherwise, all you “fire Richt now” clowns just look like the buffoons that you are. And if you all love Georgia that much, then go support the other great teams in the athletic department — don’t just show up at 4 or 5 home football games in the fall and call yourselves a “true fan” who “bleeds red and black.” We support the UNIVERSITY, not just 22 star players on a football team 12 Saturdays a year.

It takes, patience, rational thinking, and intellectual solutions to fix problems, not just ranting and raving and cutting off people’s heads. That’s the French Revolution, not progress toward a solution for the common good. Remember that, people.

GO DAWGS!!!!!

StatesBurr

January 4th, 2011
3:38 am

Trust Me…from an old First Sergeant. When you start off soft it is very difficult to redirect and become strong and hard. Unfortunately, you have set your tempo…

DawgGoneCrazy

January 4th, 2011
4:43 am

I too am a Dawgs Fan, I was a fan when CMR was winning 2 SEC titles in 5 years. I don’t recall anyone having a problem with his cool and calm demeanor then. As a matter of fact, that’s what most of the UGA fans loved about him. Now it’s not good enough, because Saban, Meyer, and others do it a different way, don’t be fair weather fans. 96 wins in 10 years, he must have done something right. The recruiting as been top 10 with the exception of one class over the past few years. So all you that say you’re not on the Dawgs Bandwagon anymore, probably shouldn’t have been there anyway. True Dawg fans don’t jump ship at the first sign of trouble. This is a top program and will remain that because this state (GA) puts out some of the greatest talent in the country. We will bounce back and CMR will still be the same cool and calm leader on the sideline. We only need true DAWG FANS……..

Dr. P.

January 4th, 2011
5:46 am

I keep reading what a classy person Richt is, well let him show some class and respect for UGa football. A heart- felt resignation and apology for destroying UGa football will suit me just fine. I don’t care if we lose all of next years recruits and have to appoint Lindsay Lohan as interim head coach !!

ChunkyMonkey

January 4th, 2011
5:52 am

TOny, you are correct on each and every point — but, that is beyond Mark Richt’s capabilities!! He has had ten years to put in place what you are calling for —- AND HAS FAILED! Think that he has lost his passion, and discipline is a joke! Guess another question could be, “WHAT ELSE IS THE TEAM INVOLVED WITH THAT COULD ULTIMATELY EMBARRASS UGA?”

President Adams needs a new head coach with fire in his belly and winning on his mind!!

Travis McGee

January 4th, 2011
6:15 am

I can understand how tough it would be to get the bulldawgs up for the Liberty Bowl — the Dawgs are playing the University of Central Florida and they got their butts handed to them.

What an embarrassment! If CMR had any pride he’d apologize and resign.

Kirby Not So Smart

January 4th, 2011
6:31 am

Kirby Not So Smart

January 4th, 2011
6:46 am

Please call me.

Corny Hull

January 4th, 2011
6:49 am

I believe Richt has taken someone else’s ways of heading a program(Bobby Bowden) and tried to imitate and/or do the same as far as discipline is concerned. Your method of running a program has got to be your own….even when fans and reporters grumble about it. It’s gotten out of hand at GA. Being a head coach is a lot like being a teacher in a classroom…it’s a lot easier to lighten up on the discipline than to be buddy-buddy, give 2nd chances and then reverse it and try to come down hard.
Richt has some of the toughest calls he has ever had to make in his life as far as football program is concerned. The people out here, including reporters typically don’t have a clue as to the virus that is affecting the inside of a program. I bet some of the players do but they cannot talk about it. That is where McGarity is gaining some insight.

Gators in Miami

January 4th, 2011
6:56 am

Please, keep mark richt at UGA—he can be another joe paterno—coach until he is 95! He’s a “nice guy” and will go on a mission trip soon.

Bulldawg4evr

January 4th, 2011
7:03 am

Those of you who don’t want to believe in the leadership of the program can now jump off the bandwagon you so easily jumped on when times were good. Go back and cheer for the North Avenue Bumble Bees. Or jump across the state line because I hear they need more money to buy the next batch of recruits. The rest of us will support Richt, the new DC and new AD, and stand behind the program during these trying times. All programs go through transition. Do some research.

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12 CRIMINAL CHARGES 6 wins 7 LOSSES

January 4th, 2011
7:28 am

Richt and the coaches, trainers, etc. should wear orange jumpsuits on the sidelines. That way the playuhs feel “at home” and in their own environment. They can feel they are filming The Longest Yard III, thereby, winning more games.

DAWG with two bags over his head

January 4th, 2011
7:51 am

Those of you that think CEO MR can turn this around next year are completely delusional. You’re Pollyana attitude is what has gotten us into this sad state of affairs. I hope you enjoy your 4-8 or 5-7 season that includes a dismantling on national TV by at least Boise State and UF . Maybe the three blind homers left in the stands can hold hands with Buck Belue and CEO MR and sing Kum ba ya after the games.

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&source=hp&biw=1020&bih=567&q=Richt+needs+to+go&aq=f&aqi=g-v1&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai=

January 4th, 2011
8:24 am

Google posts where Richt needs to go is topic.

paypay

January 4th, 2011
9:00 am

your math sucks. If you buy out the current coaches for 9-10 million that act saves you their salaries going forward. So, you can’t add the new coaches salaries to that figure to get a bottom line amount without netting out the current coaches salaries. So if it cost 9-10 million to buy out the current staff, then you relace them with a new staff (probably cheaper than the current one) you would actually be able to net that down. My guess is by at least a million.

Huh?

January 4th, 2011
9:17 am

You Richt apologists are idiots. You can’t fool recruits into thinking that nothing is wrong at UGA just by sticking your heads in the sand like a bunch of Ostriches.

Put down the Pabst Blue Ribbon and look at where your football program is. You’re already two years late in firing Richt.

floridawg

January 4th, 2011
9:53 am

The saddest thing this season were games when we obviiously had the better team on the field (esp. vs. Florida and UCF) and still got outcoached and outplayed. Our strategy seemed to be “if it works let’s try something else; if it doesn’t work let’s keep doing it until it does (running the ball straight up the gut several times in a row for no yardage). Richt shows no leadership or passion on the sidelines. He needs to instill energy and desire especially when things are not going well. When things were going badly for Florida vs. Penn State on New Year’s Day, Urban Meyer became the chief cheerleader and rallied the Gators to a victory. Richt seems to believe that maintaing “poise” is more important than winning the game. He doesn’t seem to have his heart in the game and the players take their cue from him.

buz

January 4th, 2011
10:27 am

Like you, Tony, I have supported and defended Coach Richt all season. But, watching the dogs in their woeful bowl outing, I realized I might be riding a lame, if not dead, horse. Commentator after commentator talked about the dismal state of affairs in Athens. I am not sure what is wrong, but it has to start at Coach Richt. One more year, maybe, but I am no longeer sure that is the correct call.

patrick

January 4th, 2011
10:51 am

The problem with your article………
Uga had one loss at 11 point…… a lost by 18.. the rest of the losses were by 7 or less. This is a program that needed a tweak or 2 and needed to hold on to the ball more. They could just as easily have 1 loss instead of 7. Bobo’s inconsistency and critical turnovers (not Richt) was Georgia’s problem. Get a clue

Go Dawgs!

January 4th, 2011
12:20 pm

At this point it’s not about what we want to HEAR it’s about what we want to SEE.

We’ve heard all the “We must look at what we’re doing and do a better job…” We’ve heard that for the past 3 seasons with each decline.

I can tell you some things I want to see and some things I don’t want to hear…

1. I want to SEE that our players are getting bigger, stronger and faster. We SHOULD know right away if Joe T’s new S&C program is working by the spring game. 3 months is PLENTY of time to see marked improvement in the athletes’ strength and conditioning.

2. I want to see and hear about more spirited practices and going full contact in practices. You play how you practice. You can’t go soft in practice all week and suddenly “turn it on” at game time. Richt has got to stop coaching out of fear of injury in this regard. He needs to tell everyone from 1st string to scout team, that going forward all practices will be full tilt and injuries are part of the game so wherever you are on the depth chart you need to be READY to fill the shoes of the man ahead of you at all times. 2nd stringers need to fully understand they are one play away from starting so be ready.

3. I DON’T want to hear anymore excuses about the players failing to execute. A TRUE leader takes full responsibilty and accountability for the performance of his team/organization. What they don’t do is hide behind momma’s skirt and point the finger elsewhere.

Coach Richt, YOU are the leader of this football program. Like it or not the buck stops with YOU. If the players fail to execute then it’s your coaches fault for not properly motivating and instructing them, and since you hired those coaches it’s ultimately YOUR responsibility. I don’t want to hear anymore about how Aaron held the ball too long, or if so-n-so didn’t miss an assignment. Just man up take responsibility and then chew butt in practice. The players and fans will respect you a LOT more if you do so. Who would you give your all for going into battle:
1. A coach who takes ownership during the hard times and accepts full responsibility for the state of affairs and shields his players from outside criticism, and handles discipline internally while praising the good in public.
OR
2. A coach who is constantly throwing the front line players under the bus and blaming them for not doing their jobs as the reason for the loss. ie. “Don’t look at me, I gave them a great game plan! THEY failed to execute”

Get motivated, get TOUGH, and GATA!!!!

Go Dawgs!!!

Paperboy 1980

January 4th, 2011
1:22 pm

Tony,
Nice article. As one fan mentioned above, I would like to read the text of last year’s season ending press conference. I suspect it would address the 7 things that you deliniated in your article. Same ol’ same ol’. So, where does that leave our program? Mired in mediocrity, thats where….which is EXACTLY where Michael Adams wants us. McGarrity is a good man but, when and if he decides to make a head coaching change, he will be forced to have the approval of his boss, the academician, Dr. Adams. Adams doesnt want ANYTHING to outshine his accomplishments….which is why he is content with mediocrity. Adams needs to go. Coach Richt is a great man, and has accomplished a lot in his tenure at UGA. I can’t look into his heart but it does appear clear by his sideline demeanor that he DOES NOT have the fire in the belly necessary to lead young men into battle. He needs to do some serious soul searching….Georgia people deserve a relentless commitment to excellence…anything less is unacceptable.

davidfreels

January 4th, 2011
2:40 pm

This year’s team was much like last year’s team, and both were very similar to Matthew Stafford’s freshman year team. Last year, Richt rewarded the loyalty of a 5th-year senior by making him the starting QB. Richt is like that. The team was average while the new QB learned. Unfortunately the new QB this year also made mistakes and lost games while learning the QB position–just like Matthew Stafford did. And just like Stafford, Murray will continue to improve but will take the Georgia Bulldogs with him for the journey. Be patient and be thankful that Georgia’s head coach is someone who knows instinctively that quality takes time to create.

SenoiaDawgs

January 4th, 2011
2:59 pm

Here is one more thing I haven’t seen mentioned. If I hear him say a freshman can’t play because he doesn’t know the system, can’t block or whatever it is and he turns out to be a first rounder he should be fired immediately.

Heck we are still hearing the same crap excuse for Marlon Brown. Oh just wait, he is going to be great once he learns what he is doing, yada, yada, etc…. You are the coach dadgumitt it is your job to get the players ready for game 1 once they are enrolled not game 27.

Bigdawg925

January 4th, 2011
4:55 pm

I Agree with what was said! But reading the comments by supposed UGA fans sickens me. if you as a fan are turned away by how the coach is doing or if we suffer a bad season then you DO NOT deserve to call yourself part of Bulldog nation! UGA will return to greatness. We are not Auburn where we have to Employee athletes like SCam Newton! We are not Alabama where we get put on probation by The NCAA then have to pay a coach 5 mill a year to coach for us! We are better than that! We may have problems with players and such causing problems! But they are young men! And it is Athens! I am a True Bulldog and will be if we Go 13-0 or 0-12!

puppydawg

January 4th, 2011
6:13 pm

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puppydawg

January 4th, 2011
6:22 pm

Time is up for Richt. Georgia is now a second tier team in the SEC with very little hope of competing with FL, AL, LSU, AUB or ARK. in the near future. Bring in a coach with fire, passion and discipline to turn this program around. The culture needs to change. The game is now too big for nice guy coaches like Richt to succeed.

nmdawg

January 4th, 2011
8:05 pm

I layed college football….big deal. There was a time in my carreer that I decided that the demands were not worth it, although I was a starter. I had lost the emotion to put it on the line. Much had to do with the coaching we received. Richt look immobilized on he sideline, no emotion or a total lack or interest. For $2.4 million, we should be able to at least have a leader the shows passion!

freedomdawg

January 5th, 2011
11:43 am

Tony, Of all the negative questions I have about UGA football, one of the things I was pleased with is Tom Grantham’s fire and the way he is in the face of players who need correcting with passion. A friend of mine said he read where Richt told him to tone it down. I hope this was a misquote or something because if that is the case, Richt is stifling the very thing he needs to be promoting.
Do you know that this actually happened?

Billy Peeler

January 6th, 2011
12:30 am

We don’t need to HEAR anything from Coach Richt. We’ve heard it before. Frankly, I think it’s time for Georgia to make a change…but failing that, there’s nothing I want to hear.
I want to SEE it on the field.

Georgia | MrSEC.com

January 7th, 2011
11:01 am

[...] express it in ways that perhaps he hasn’t done before.”  This falls right in line with a post from The AJC’s Tony Barnhart earlier this week.  Either Barnhart had already queried McGarity about his feelings regarding Richt [...]

Jake

January 10th, 2011
11:36 am

Come on Tony, you have to be blind not to recognize that the huge thighs and legs on Alabama’s linemen are the result of steroid use. Maybe you should propose a NCAA rule requiring annual drug tests – it would scare Saban and his cohorts to death. I notice that LSU’s current football players bodies are nowhere as well developed as their predecessors under Saban. Check it out.