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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Blow smoke up my.....

January 3rd, 2011
9:07 am

Of course Richt will say all the right things, just like he has the last three years. Its going to be more of the same since the 2006 Sugar Bowl loss to WVU. If he turns it around there will be the one or two stupid hiccups which will prohibit UGA being a national contender.

David

January 3rd, 2011
9:07 am

Tony, don’t you think this artilcle should have been written 3 years ago? How long do you think it would have taken Florida or Alabama to figure this out? The things you are listing can only be done by a new staff. Have you guys ever consider CMR might be content with just picking up a 3 million dollar check? Florida or Bama would have thrown him out 3 years ago. CMR is playing you guys like a cheap fiddle. Hope I am wrong.

Kenny Rogers

January 3rd, 2011
9:07 am

Buck Futt – The good news is the NCAA will only vacate the wins and take away the trophy…Auburn still gets to keep all of the real “winnings”, and you get to keep your little “Yes We Cam” t-shirt…

It’s really cute though, that you’ve found your way onto a Georgia message board after beating UGA for the first time in five years, and seem to think your one-hit wonder program is going to be competing for “championships” post Cam…lets be honest, Auburn is a 6-6 team without him.

Auburn gave up 318 points this year…if you win that would be the most by a championship team in the last decade, and clearly all the info you need to know that without Scam it would have been a mediocre year.

Bama 09’ – 164
Florida 08’ – 181
LSU 07’ – 279
Florida 06’ – 189
Texas 05’ – 213
USC 04’ – 169 (Auburn 04’ – 147)
LSU 03’ – 154
OSU 02’ – 183
UM 01’ – 117
OK 00’ – 194

My guess is that you are the true spoiled brat here…probably grew up a Dawg-fan somewhere in Alpharetta and still haven’t gotten over that rejection letter from UGA.

Mike Bobo

January 3rd, 2011
9:08 am

I heard that Damon Evans was in Memphis getting loaded on liquor and looking for white skank chicks with red panties… That’s probably just a bad rumor though with no truth to it.

joe

January 3rd, 2011
9:08 am

No matter how you slice it, losing to UCF and only scoring 6 points is down right pathetic…

JaxDawg05

January 3rd, 2011
9:09 am

This will be the most scrutinized off season in CMR tenure at the University of Georgia. He gets a chance in my book, but if the team doesn’t have the fire it takes to win next year then heads will roll.

Gator On The Loose

January 3rd, 2011
9:09 am

What CMR should say,

My great fans, do not worry: We have taken in your millions of dollars at the gate and you millions of dollars of donations and your millions of dollars of souvenir money.

What did we give you in return? We give you the opportunity and privilege each Saturday to get down on all fours and bark like cretins. We gave you two consecutive victories by one score over your rival and nemisis GT – the program with half the size stadium, one tenth the size fanbase, and a bunch of 2 and 3 star recruits!!!!

We own this state!!! So do not dare question me on the money we milked you out of…er your money well invested.

Now just don’t ask me about those reptiles, or the rest of the SEC east for that matter.

3rdN8

January 3rd, 2011
9:09 am

Other bowl games.

MSU had no business being on the field with Bama. I felt bad for Coach Dantonio, and the Spartan fan base…..they were totally outclassed. I think MSU would have problems with UT (no disrespect to the Vols, but it was a down year), and the only SEC West team they could hang with would be Ole Miss. Pretty sad state of affairs for the Big 10 co-champs.

ICMIII

January 3rd, 2011
9:09 am

Richt has had his year to “right the ship”. He didn’t do it. Time to move forward with someone else.

Fire Who???????

January 3rd, 2011
9:10 am

I guess the same things are going on at Texas, Florida, Mississippi, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Georgia Tech, Michigan, and several others. People need to realize that a program cannot win all of the time – sometimes teams do not come together in a fashion that makes them unbeatable. Sometimes teams come from out of nowhere to suddenly be the greatest thing going as did the 2007 UGA team. There was really no explanation why that happened, it just did. Dooley had losing seasons at UGA just before Hershell came along and took us to the NC; Saban had a lousy first year at Bama and then turned it around. CMR got us two SEC Championships way before we thought possible – maybe we became spoiled by that early success. I believe it will get turned around in a hurry and I’m still going to buy my tickets and send in my donation. See you at the Georgia Dome!!!

Just Sayin'

January 3rd, 2011
9:11 am

When both Army and Air Force win their bowl games, that tells you all you need to know about what a down year this has been for the entire league. Maybe next year will be better.

Ducks? Really?

Ducks???

bwell

January 3rd, 2011
9:12 am

Tony I agree with everything you just said. Why Ga won’t recruit some 2-3 stars who want to be at ga and some above avg. smart guys to ga, we let that player get away to Purdue yesterday. Maybe Coach Gardner time is up as a recruiter, obivous we can’t let him go to another SEC foe.

Mike Bobo

January 3rd, 2011
9:13 am

As offensive co-ordinator I will have to admit that we haven’t been competitive in 3 years. I will take some of the blame but most of the blame needs to be placed on Damon Evans for losing the UGA pride and morale and on an unamed O-Line coach…

01HAWK

January 3rd, 2011
9:13 am

TO BUCK FUTT:…………………………You made the comment of AUBARN playing for CHAMPIONSHIPS. PLEASE………………..Give us all a break.

The lasT CHAMPIONSHIP the BARNERS won was in 1957………………Did you hear me…………1957. BAMA has won quite a few since that time. AMAZING…………………..ONE CHAMPIONSHIP.

You get into the Championship game one year since 1957 and you would have thought you had at least a half dozen or more like BAMA.

Get over yourselves BARNERS. Ley’s see if you will screw this one up and be the ones to stop the SEC run in CHAMPIONSHIPS.

The only reason I am pulling for you is to keep it in the SEC and it helps every SEC team that gets to the BCS game.

Oh by the way……………………Your 2011 recruiting class looks like !@#$. I believe you are around 14th to 17th in all recruiting polls.

BAMA……………………At #2 just behind either Texas or Florida State.in most polls. BAMA racking up in the State of ALABAMA also. You will always be the 2nd best college in the State of Alabama.

SABAN rules the state.

MoDawg

January 3rd, 2011
9:13 am

Tony,
I’m not sure CMR is capable of showing passion. I have not seen it over the past 2 seasons, at all. Every time they show him on the sideline, he is just calmly pacing and looking up at the scoreboard. The game against UCF, was pitiful. Not taking anything away from UCF, because I believe they played hard and wanted to win the game, but the team that played Florida and Auburn this year were no where near Memphis Tennessee last week.

I have been the most disappointed with the O-line and the running backs and those two areas (O-line and running game coordinator) belongs to Searels, a guy I wanted to fight tooth-and-nail to keep a few years ago when it was rumored he was leaving. I think the defense played well, and got better as the season went along. Bobo did a pretty good job with the offensive play calling, but it’s up to the players to execute and other than us not using the tight ends nearly as much as we should havem especially when AJ was out is inexcusable.

I don’t know…It’s a tough time to be a Dawg right now and, like you said if Richt doesn’t show the Bulldog Nation that he truly wants to turn this thing around and then prove it, it will be another tough year next year (his last). He needs to “finish the drill”, himself or McGarity will finish his career at UGA.

'77 Dawg

January 3rd, 2011
9:13 am

A career military man and loyal dawg fan told me several years ago something very important about discipline. It’s a very slippery slope. Once you relax discipline rules, it’s almost impossible to ever restore order. He was talking specifically about the relaxing of the rules under Richt that started several years ago with he Soulja Boy sideline dancing and dread-locks hanging out of the helments. Shortly thereafter, UGA began to have the off-field discipline problems and a downturn in on-field performance.

This lack of discipline apparently bled over into the coaching staff as many became lazy and complacent. Our strength and conditioning has become a joke. Stacey Sorrels and Mike Bobo couldn’t coach Buford high school to another state championship.Richt demands no accountibility from his coaches. He allows his personal friendships to get in the way of doing what he is being paid $3M a year to do. I have a close friend who has attended both UGA practices and Alabama practices and he says the difference is night and day. UGA just basically runs plays, sometimes well and sometimes not so well. Bama coaches ACTUALLY COACH during practice. Saban will physically show a player the correct footwork or correct technique and make sure the player understands it or he finds somebody else who will. UGA just basically runs plays.
UGA hired Mark Richt to be a football coach, not our team chaplin. I’m glad he’s a fine christian man. I try to be one myself. But Richt somehow has forgotten he’s the coach and not the chaplin. When the AJC does a Q&A interview with Richt about the season and upcoming bowl game and Richt quotes scripture, then we’ve got a problem. Two years ago when Richard Samuel had 3 fumbles a reporter asked Richt what he was going to do about it. His answer was “I’m going to continue to pray for him”. Folks, that’s a problem. Is that the answer Saban or Meyer would have given? Not hardly.

The moment Richt loosened the discipline, he lost control of this team. He decided he wanted to be their friend and their pastor instead of their football coach. Once that happens, its over. I can’t name a single coach who has ever been able to restore order once he lost control. Fulmer couldn’t do it and Richt can’t either. The NFL scouting report came out a week or so ago with the teams who have the most NFL Ready Talent. Who is #1? Bama? Florida? USC? Texas? Oklahoma? No. It is the U of GA. Georgia has more NFL ready talent than any other team in the country and we can’t beat friggin’ Central Florida? Richt has lost his team.
The longer we wait to make a change, the deeper the hole we will have to climb out of.It’s that simple. Richt is a fine man. He needs to go into the ministry full time. He needs to do the honorable thing and step down. UGA has paid him more money than he can ever spend. It’s time to go Mark and allow UGA to hire a real coach.

Junkyard Dawg

January 3rd, 2011
9:13 am

Skitty Fritty

I’m a very passionate Dawg fan and I love Georgia football just as much as any other fan . Dude, we have no chance in hell next year. We have officially hit rock bottom. Tennessee will beat us next year and so will South Carolina. You and everyone else also know that Florida will also crush us in Jax. Do you realize Ron Zook even owned us? Now you think Muschamp and WEIS couldn’t? It’s time to wake up from this bad dream people, Georgia is the doormat of the SEC.

JB

January 3rd, 2011
9:14 am

Georgia people are helpless. ONE MAN, and one only will and can Determine if Mark Richt is fired. Dr. Adams. He is one powerful, egotistical SOB…..And might be enjoying this. The Athletic board must be full of spineless old men.

JDawg

January 3rd, 2011
9:14 am

“What the Bulldog Nation wants to hear from Mark Richt”?
***************************************
This fan wants to hear one of these two statements:

1 – Today, I am moving Bobo back to QB coach and will hire a top level OC.

2 – Today, I am tendering my resignation to begin my full time mission work.

Dixie Redcoat Band

January 3rd, 2011
9:14 am

4th and inches and we don’t go for it…that’s the game and we all knew it! And have you heard how many schools are after any of our coaches…?

Dr. Phil

January 3rd, 2011
9:14 am

Enter your comments here

3rdN8

January 3rd, 2011
9:14 am

@ Fire Who???????

Gotta admire your optimism, but think UGA loses big to UT, and Florida next season. I think Richt beats AU because Newton, Fairly, and the OL will be gone….should be a tough rebuilder for Chizik.

Phil

January 3rd, 2011
9:15 am

Muschamp hires Charlie Weis, Richt keeps Bozo. Muschamp is one up on Richt already.

A sign of a good staff is when other schools come calling wanting to lure your assistant coaches away. Name one coach on the Georgia staff that has been courted by another school in the last 5 years.

Cricket sounds………

This same staff will be back next year, although Joe T will be the new strength coach. This is the change Richt is banking on to turn it all around??

Cullowheedawg

January 3rd, 2011
9:15 am

WELL, I just figured out the solution. Some have said that we cannot afford to fire everyone or buy out the contracts and then pay true value for a new and VERY GOOD staff. We don’t need to as CMR has shown us the answer, he did fire his personal strength and conditioning coach, he just reassigned him. Well we can just reassign all of these folks to say maybe the grounds crew of UGA and then go out and hire all of that NEW AND GOOD STAFF. We will know how many of the old staff is good if they show up on time to mow the grass and pick up the trash and maybe a few will decide to leave on their own.

3rdN8

January 3rd, 2011
9:16 am

@ Dixie Redcoat Band

Good point. I was watching the game, and thought Richt blew it early. With the season UGA just suffered through, that call spoke volumes.

Don

January 3rd, 2011
9:18 am

rune in tomorrow for more of the “Obvious”

JB

January 3rd, 2011
9:18 am

Boy, they’re laughing now……. Governor Deal needs to look at Adams power…..Someone said it earlier. Cut off the money…….Let 35,000 tickets not get renewed and see if Adams wakes up.

Sargent Carter (McGarity)

January 3rd, 2011
9:19 am

“Pyle (Richt), what are you doing out there ? I’ll have you cleaning the latrines and shining my shoes if you don’t get into shape, boy.”

“Yassir Sargent Carter. Gaaaarleee. Sherzam, I’ll get right on it.”

Worm

January 3rd, 2011
9:20 am

Tony, I’ve been a season ticket holder for 25 years..I’m done until Richt is GONE!..I have friends on different staffs throughout the SEC..Those that have worked under Saban and Richt tell me the difference in the practice regiment is entirely night and day..Richt is too soft!..I intend to voice my displeasure to McGarrity,Adams and anyone else in Athens who makes decisions..I intend to withhold my donation and let my tickets expire..I encourage others to do the same until the product on the field resembles the price we pay..The gameday expierience has become too sterile and NOT worth the 3-4 hour commute..Richt and McGarrity need to tell me FAST what their intentions are..An 0-2 start next year and we’re FURTHER behind the eight ball!

JB

January 3rd, 2011
9:20 am

Well said, per usual.

HBTD!!!

tenn.DAWG

January 3rd, 2011
9:20 am

You say you can’t judge DC TG,I say it was quite obvious there was no progress over the course of the season based on the opposition.His conduct at times was pretty offensive though,maybe he and Bobo should trade jobs.

St. Clarkston

January 3rd, 2011
9:22 am

What would it cost the athletic dept. if instead of 90,000 butts in the seats there were 60,000?

BirdDog

January 3rd, 2011
9:25 am

The definition of insanity is doing the same things over and over again and expecting different results. CMR does not get it. It’s easy to say we’re going to change. But what exactly are those changes going to be? At the very least, Bobo should be demoted back to QB coach and a real, proven OC should be hired. I heard Friedgen from Maryland is looking for a job…

NoGaGator

January 3rd, 2011
9:26 am

I just can’t understand how anyone can logically think Richt can get things turned around in 1 year. Look at how the program has regressed in the past number of years. His defenders always seem to resort to “he’s a good Christian” and therefore should be kept as coach. Guess what – a lot of coaches are good Christians AND good coaches.

If he stays another year he’ll be DEAD MAN WALKING and the program will atrophy even more. The recruits will know it as well.

Dr. Phil

January 3rd, 2011
9:26 am

A good point in Tony’s assessment is the fact that UGA players don’t seem to improve under Richt’s coaching staff. Richt has been able to recruit some talented players, but their sense of entitlement keeps them from reaching their potential. Over the years, we have seen players dance and celebrate tackles after giving up 15 yards. Penalties speak for themselves. Off the field, Richt’s superstars behave exactly like they did in high school, and Richt is seemingly ok with this. One game suspensions from the TN Tech or AR State game has no apparent effect on off-field issues. Richt’s coaching staff is weak from the top down, including Todd Grantham and his thuggish sideline behavior. It is true that there is no money to fix this problem. That fact, along with Adams’ micromanaging, is enough to keep established coaches at schools other than Georgia. Richt needs to stay away from “dream recruits” and focus on good athletes who are willing to work hard and keep out of jail. Richt and Evans have set the tone for the football program. It will be very difficult if not impossible to change direction under that kind of leadership. At least Richt should get those stupid dog bones off the helmets.

Will

January 3rd, 2011
9:27 am

Just before the first half of the UGA-Colorado basketball game ended, several UGA football players came in and sat down two rows from us. They had just finished football practice and were worn out.

Their conversation turned to practice and the bowl game. One of the players commented that he didn’t care anything about playing in some third-rate bowl but that “Adams and Richt” want the money. The others chimed in and agreed that, if left to them, the season would end without having to play a bowl game.

At the time, I chalked it up to just talk from some tired football players.

After watching UGA in the Liberty Bowl, it was apparent this was more than just talk.

Of particular note to me – you may remember a camera shot of the UGA bench with about 7 minutes remaining in the game. One of the players I heard talking at the basketball game was one of he players in this camera shot – the one that appeared indifferent at best and dozing at worst!!

UGAX

January 3rd, 2011
9:28 am

Maybe we can lure Mike Smith away from the Falcons- and bring Van Gorder with him……Never mind, Adams will never hire anyone that could stand up to him.

DAWG with two bags over is head

January 3rd, 2011
9:28 am

The only way to get anyone’s attention in Athens is to withhold Hartman Fund contributions and leave seats empty in Sanford Stadium. This needs to be an organized effort if MR is retained as CEO (certainly no longer appropriate to give him the title of coach).

bamaguy

January 3rd, 2011
9:29 am

I agree with you Tony, but I just don’t but I just don’t think RIcht can do it. I attend a lot of college football games (I have a friend who works for a “major sports marketing firm” as they say). You get a sense of passion when you watch Auburn, Florida LSU or Alabama play in person. Even passion from Tennessee in a poor season. They know things are going to get better in Knoxville.

I sense no passion in Athens. Not from the players, anyway. I sense no passion in RIcht. For all the big money that Less and Nick and Gene are paid, you get a feeling from those guys that is not all about the money. That they care about winning, about being the alpha dog.

Georgia needs a new coach.

Will

January 3rd, 2011
9:29 am

Thank you CMR for saving me $5000+ for tickets, donations and room and board at the CE next season. I am finished until you are finished. You have embarrassed me for the last time.

travy

January 3rd, 2011
9:31 am

“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…”

careful tb, your slip is showing. the way you put it sounds an awful lot like the players are equal partners in this multi billion dollar business. can’t have that dude. you’re a made man!

JB

January 3rd, 2011
9:31 am

A couple of thousand tickets not renewed will not cause a ripple….It’s needs to be 25,000+

Miles

January 3rd, 2011
9:31 am

One more year like this one and Richt is GONE!

Road Scholar

January 3rd, 2011
9:32 am

maybe , maybe, mayb…

Poor babies!

3rdN8

January 3rd, 2011
9:32 am

re: earlier comment about discipline; military discipline to be exact.

I’m a Vietnam vet (Navy Corpsman) who served with the 1st Marine Division in 1969-70. I was discharged in 1972. During my service, I watched US Army units unravel. Discipline broke down, as did the units. Army officers, and Non-Coms worked like demons during the late 70s to rectify that. To their credit, they managed to rebuild the US Army into the force we all witnessed in the first Gulf War.

In the meanwhile, the Marine Corp was always the Marine Corp. Their units looked and acted like US Marines. That was because they never blinked. Marine Corp discipline is, has been, and always will be, tough.

Like the earlier poster said: once you lose it, it’s tough to get back.

I think Richt has lost it, and don’t think he can.

Dr Phil

January 3rd, 2011
9:33 am

It’s not about you! But I am available to help!

JB

January 3rd, 2011
9:33 am

As of this morning, I promise you, our Rivals consider our” to date” commitments open to recruitment again.

Miles

January 3rd, 2011
9:33 am

Looks like Florida is on a downward spiral as well…first Muschamp, now Weis…what?

tenn.DAWG

January 3rd, 2011
9:34 am

We all know this decision lays squarely on the shoulders of Adams,it wont be CMR or ADM,we’ll see if this guy has any gonads or not.

Raleigh Dog

January 3rd, 2011
9:35 am

Tony, you left out game plans, play calling, and game management. Richt has been out-coached in so many games and shown so little inventiveness and imagination. He’s predictable and vanilla. And he’s been repeating the same speech about “fixing” things and “starting now” to change and get better. How many times does he get to make this speech before being held accountable? You also don’t mention his failure over TEN years to change the momentum with Florida. His teams also get shellacked a lot more than ever used to be the case. He also loses to teams that UGA never lost to before (and sometimes at home: Vanderbilt). A loss to UCF should have been the final straw. Everything you mention is 100% true. Evaluating and recruiting real talent and then developing are perhaps the most important talents of a great college coach. Richt no longer gets enough “Alabama” type players. And how in the heck do you allow a quarterback to wear gloves in a warm game? Can you imagine what Bear Bryant or Vince Dooley would have told him? Murray’s performance in the UCF game showed me that stats are definitely for losers. Better stats than Greene and Stafford? 6-7 and no big wins show stats don’t matter. Murray doesn’t have the cool under pressure ability to lead a team in big games and at big crucial moments. He freaked out against UCF. How is he going to stay cool against the powerhouse teams? That he doesn’t have what it takes rests with the coaches’ failure to teach him and also their failure in evaluating him in recruiting.