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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'94 UGA Grad

January 3rd, 2011
9:35 am

Hey unbiased vol fan,

It wouldn’t surprise me at all if Georgia rebounds and goes 10-2 next year and Mark Richt remains our head coach for several more years. That’s not to say I’m predicting that is what’s going to happpen, I’m just saying that it wouldn’t surprise me.

richtfan

January 3rd, 2011
9:36 am

Tony,

Can we agree that Richt must start with himself in this equation? I have supported him and his way for 10 years, but it is painfully evident that Mark is at a crossroad. If he is not willing to commit to 110% winning at all legal costs, then he needs to resign gracefully and let someone else step into the role.

Bull Meacham

January 3rd, 2011
9:36 am

These things weren’t known last year? Or the year after the great preseason #1 team so undearchieved? Thought McGarity was brought in to take us to excellence (Florida) levels? UF wouldn’t put up with this crap, but UGA is too nice, conservative, slow, etc.
Boycott Leebern and Georgia Crown!

Bremen Dawg

January 3rd, 2011
9:37 am

Agreed but he has to step back and let someone like Grantham cuss and yell and little bit. He wanted a guy like like that but won’t let him do it. These punks today need that.

Junkyard Dawg

January 3rd, 2011
9:37 am

DAWG with two bags over is head

You are more than right. If we really want a change we must stop with the donations. Adams will really pull the plug once he realizes UGA’s money is coming up quite short. I personally know SEVERAL Dawg alumni that are not donating money this season or attending games. Look at how many games had empty seats this season you guys.

Next year expect 2/3 of the stadium to be full. I remember watching a UGA game against Ole Miss when Tuberville was the coach. The game was in Sanford Stadium, and Bobo was the quarterback back then. Almost the entire upper deck at the stadium was empty, look for our stadium to appear empty on tv this year kinda like it did with the Liberty Bowl. That was very embarrassing seeing UGA play in front of a crowd that small.

Fan

January 3rd, 2011
9:38 am

Tony, perhaps you can help me out here. I don’t disagree with the S&C coach change…I believe a change was needed, and I’m very glad it happened. However, if one is to look at the weightlifting records at UGA, you will see that the players, and team as a whole, have been stronger than any other teams in Georgia’s history. In fact, they’ve gotten stronger every year DVH has been the S&C coordinator. Average bench press/squat/clean is at an all-time high…This is a fact. I’d even be willing to bet that our “weightifting numbers” are comparable to Alabama and Florida (Surely, someone can verify this) Seriously, do you really think, or know, their average bench/squat/clean/40/vertical as a team is much better than UGA’s?? I really don’t think so, though I could be wrong. I think it’s really easy to say they are stronger, but I don’t think the weightlifting numbers show this. And, I completely agree that these teams look bigger/stronger than UGA on the field. I’m just very confused. Someone explain, please.

Mobile Dawg

January 3rd, 2011
9:39 am

What I want to hear is an angry head coach. UF prepared for a year after the loss to us with one goal in mind. Extra work every day all while being reminded of our last victory. That’s passion, that’s accountability. Tony, he does need to come clean, apologize to the fans and supporters, give us his view of what the problems are, and his clear plan of action on how he’s going to fix it. That said, he will only give us fluff. I believe he doesn’t think he owes us a thing.

I knew the second I read some of the pre Liberty Bowl comments from Richt that he would be glad when this season was over it was business as usual. However, it got worse than business as usual. We had the King incident, I read yesterday we didn’t use our total allotment of practices for bowl prep. Things are still going South.

I’m as avid a fan as any we have, and a “former” monetary supporter. As I’ve said before, my craw is full. I have lost faith in CMR, what’s more, I’ve lost respect for the man. He’s hoodwinking the University by masquerading as a Head Coach. It’s obvious that something is terribly wrong with his job performance. Either he’s got some personal issues keeping him from his full duties, his priorities as the football coach are seriously misplaced, or he’s just in over his head.

One last thought, I have read a lot of comments over the past several days logged in under names I haven’t seen before. Maybe some of the kool aid krowd has finally had enough but didn’t have the intestinal fortitude to come forward under their former blog names? Welcome to sanity….

danbo

January 3rd, 2011
9:39 am

MR does not have what it takes to do this, he is boring. Hell, his F150 commercials are even boring….

Hike !!

January 3rd, 2011
9:40 am

Tony

When all is said and done…. he cannot simply “reinvent” himself.
His first 5 years… playing with Donnan’s recruits and Van Gorder as DC…they carried the program.
Think about the steady drop in NFL players coming from UGa the last 5 years…and
Just as Erk carried Dooly all those years… Van Gorder carried Richt.
Bobby Bowden knew what he was talking about when he described Richt as being “maybe too nice to be a good Head football coach”.
Richt will demote Bobo and replace him to appease the AD. Then, next year with less talent, there is no way Ga wins 6 games…and rich will be fired. Remember…if he resigns, he gets no buyout. So he will stay until hell freezes over…or until he gets fired.

JB

January 3rd, 2011
9:40 am

Lot’s of number one draft choices out of this program , but yet, little hardware to show. Good coach’s care about their program and wins, not stats for the NFL. Stafford is a prime example.
He never showed leadership qualities, just stats concerns.

mrk

January 3rd, 2011
9:41 am

Tony, you say it will cost 15 million to replace coaches. How much have they lost already, since this season started out and what will it costs them next year when fans don’t come to games, buy merchandise, etc… not to mention to what it does to recruiting. This is not a one year thing, or even two. What is richt’s record against the big schools, in the big games. We continue to be unprepared and outcoached. He knows that. Remember when we had the different uniforms, the jumping up and down on the goal line, Richt is still trying to figure out how to be effective, that’s why he is 2-7 against florida. We have heard this every year since Van Gorder left and Bobo took over OC postion. We may hear it again one more year, but that may be more costly then, especially for the new coach coming in.

gadawgs

January 3rd, 2011
9:42 am

Tony..I agree with you pretty much across the board except for one point. CMR has not earned the right the last three years to fix anything because he has had three years to fix it and has done nothing but bring the program down to Ray Goff depths. If McGarity learned anything from Foley down in Gainesville I hope he adheres to one of Foley’s beliefs. And that is if a decision/outcome is inevitable why put it off, make it immediately. I respect coach and what he has done but I do not believe he will or CAN change his personality (even if he shows emotion and promises changes in his press conference).He is what he is and that is a very good human being, strong Christian and a good (not great) football coach. All admirable qualities yes but not what we need to get where we want to be. We need a mean sob who only cares about winning football games. Coaches are not here to raise and nurture these men (yes they are all over 18 which makes them men not kids) that’s what their parents are for. Yes coaches should provide guidance and advice but they should also break their foot off in their backsides when they do not respect the opportunity that has been given to them. Once again I do not think CMR has the personality to be like that and will not allow his assistant coaches to be like that as well. We are soft as a football team physically and mentally and that personality comes from the top down and sitting at the top is CMR. We need a change at the top Tony buyout or no buyout.

Mobile Dawg

January 3rd, 2011
9:43 am

Wrong Hike, a buyout could be negotiated, with leverage if necessary. Richt would be wise to step aside now if he has serious intent to keep coaching for a living. His stock is probably falling in value, IMO.

Big time?? Not

January 3rd, 2011
9:44 am

The CEO is responsible. That’s Richt. Sad to say it but its time for a change……now

5IML

January 3rd, 2011
9:44 am

Enough of this negative talk. Let’s move on to something more positive: I attended the Capital One Bowl on Saturday. I DVR’ed the game and watched it when I got home last night. The beating looked a lot worse on TV than it did in-person.

And congrats to Miss St. for destroying Michigan.

goldwreck

January 3rd, 2011
9:45 am

I think Ralph Friedgen has a house on Lake Oconee.

Dawg_Mike

January 3rd, 2011
9:45 am

Speed of the Captain, Speed of the ship….

Muddiver

January 3rd, 2011
9:45 am

The time for talk is passed. Your recipe for a successful press conference is a carbon copy of what St. Mark the Mediocre has given us in the past two years (reference the total commitment we were promised last year). The buyout cost is going to be the same today or two years from now. Are we going to be here in 2013 having this same discussion? Unless donations are used as leverage I fear we will. Adams doesn’t want to be known as a premier athletic program so Richt is a perfect fit for him. Ony way to change things is to hit’em in the pocket.

Don

January 3rd, 2011
9:46 am

I have not agreed with you often lately, Tony, but this time you are dead on, my friend.

Ron Burgundy

January 3rd, 2011
9:46 am

This story is both compelling and rich.

wreckmaniac

January 3rd, 2011
9:46 am

The attitude of the entire program is based on the concept that since UGA is part of the SEC they must be a top tier, top 20 program. That same irrational logic must apply to Vanderbilt but Vandy fans know better.

JB

January 3rd, 2011
9:47 am

Facts. He’s coming back. all the coach’s are coming back. our 4 best players will be gone and this dream class has signs of becoming a nightmare class…………..but…..I’m OK, Mark says were gonna work harder and leave no stone unturned…..and We might go back to practicing twice a day in preseason camp. I mean it this time….

ALUM65

January 3rd, 2011
9:47 am

Richt doesn’t have the guts to run the UGA football program. He’s too much the softie and fears trying to disipline those under him. If he had any top skills at all he would have never made Bobo OC, if he had any guts at all he would have fired Bobo last season.

4th&inches

January 3rd, 2011
9:49 am

I’ve been a dawgs fan for as long as I can remember & i definitely think that Richt deserves another year to make things right. I agree that his passion is lacking right now but after the past 2 years of trails for this team I think that should be understandable. After this season I think Richt knows exactly what needs to be done and just needs the opportunity to do those things. This team has been plauged with injury after injury, problem after problem and I think that he’s done what he could do with what he had. Yes there’s talent on the field, but I also don’t believe that talent is as good as past years. Murray is good yeah, but Stafford was better.

From what I understand Mark Richt is well liked & respected by his current players and I think that the changes this program needs right now would be a lot easier w/ a familiar face on the sidelines. It’s not the coach, its the whole team….we need the energy back that we had in the 2007 black out game or when Richt made the AWESOME decision to let the team rush the field & celebrate their 1st TD vs the gators…give it a year, if the energy, passion & of course the wins aren’t there…sorry Mark. All things must come to an end i suppose

joe

January 3rd, 2011
9:50 am

Once again not a UGA fan or even an SEC fan.
Main thing recruiting. Need a new coordinator for that spot and much better results. Finally someone, even if it was TB, stated they do not have the players. Reminds me of back in the mid 90’s when I would watch UGA and UF play-talent level was not even close.
Lets wait on Muschamp before declaring him the new savior of the SEC. Also, see how Auburn plays out over the next few years and enjoy the championship game before the sanctions hit. Let the AU people start their blather-3, 2, 1 go.

wreckmaniac

January 3rd, 2011
9:50 am

The discussion is no longer just about how UGA compares to the rest of the SEC but also how it compares to TCU, Central FL, South FL, Louisville, Boise State, and all the other “small” teams that are not BCS-aligned but are better than they are ranked.

3rdN8

January 3rd, 2011
9:50 am

51ML

I posted earlier that MSU didn’t belong on that field. I don’t ever recall a bigger mismatch in a bowl game. 49-7 is misleading. If Saban was so inclined, it could have easily been 63-0. MSU would have their hands full with Ole Miss.

'94 UGA Grad

January 3rd, 2011
9:50 am

Hey Raleigh Dog,

Don’t throw Murray under the bus after one bad game. Overall he did have a good season even though we were 6-7. All 7 of our losses were a ‘team effort’ with multiple players making multiple mistakes.

Junkyard Dawg

January 3rd, 2011
9:50 am

Have any of you guys seen the Dallas Cowboys?

Look at how they canned Wade Phillips and replaced him with interim Jason Garrett. I think the Cowboys had a problem like UGA is having. I believe the players didn’t take Wade serious and they didn’t respect him. UGA doesn’t fear or respect CMR. The Cowboys are now 5-3 under their temporary coach. I think UGA needs a new coach because they will be more amped up to play, and will respect him.

AFDawg

January 3rd, 2011
9:51 am

Mr. McGarity, It is time to blow this thing up right now unless you want to set the program back even further. For Georgia football, things have hit rock bottom. To leave things status quo will put Georgia into Vandy status. You’re the CEO — please make the CEO decision. Before the game ever started the Dawg nation was pleading with the coaching staff to open things up — be aggressive, throw deep, trick plays, punt block attempts, etc. There was absolutely zero innovation or motivation during the game. And then CMR made the fatal mistake, His number 1 QB was off (it happens) and he never gave his number 2 guy a chance to spark the offense. The bulldog receivers were clearly upset with Murray’s throws. Please go after the following coaches before someone else snags them:
1) Jim Harbaugh
2) Gary Patterson
3) Mike Leach
4) Chris Petersen
5) June Jones
6) Tommy Tuberville

BIG BEE

January 3rd, 2011
9:51 am

I hate it that CMR is in trouble at UGA. The only bright spot is that the UGA fans see that there is trouble at places other than GT. I want good programs at UGA and GT. It is nice that they have something to yell about other than that they own the state. Seems like what they own is not worth as much as they thought!!!

Truth

January 3rd, 2011
9:52 am

UGA should get relegated to C-USA, thats Conference USA.

Maybe games against Southern Miss, Tulane, and Marshall will help Richt get this program back to 10 wins a season– just a thought

I've given up

January 3rd, 2011
9:53 am

Tony,
Your points are brilliantly accurate. Unfortunately, they’re also a year or two too late. Anyone who watched us “play” on Friday, then watched the other SEC teams play on Saturday can see that we’re nowhere near that level anymore – and we’re getting further away every year.

All Richt has proven is that he’s completely incapable of instituting the level of aggressive, passionate change that we need. It just makes me heart-sick and has led me to surrender all hope or intent of supporting the program any further under his watch.

So while what you point out needs to be fixed about UGA is dead on – all we really want to hear RICHT say is: “I resign.”

JDawg

January 3rd, 2011
9:54 am

Right, Hike!!, a leopard can’t change its spots . . .

Paddy

January 3rd, 2011
9:54 am

Teams with UGA’s talent can turn things around quick. Others schools have done it time and time again. Just to name a few that have; Chuck Fairbanks, Bo Shembeckler(sp), Joe Pa, Woody Hays, the guy at Kansas St, Gary Patterson and the list goes on. But they are all tough minded folks with tunnel vision on the program. Can CMR do it? The &64,000 question that nobody can ans but him. He is facing the biggest challenge of his coaching career and we all will be watching. I for one hope he can. I have some doubt on this issue like most dawg fans. This will not be easy to watch but it will be interesting as hell!

Dawg Gummit

January 3rd, 2011
9:54 am

I have been watching UGA for thirty years and have never seen a Bulldog team this bad from Coaching on down. When Richt called for the field goal on fourth down early he sent the message that we could not gain a few inches against a team that gave up 40-50 lbs on the line. Lets not revise history as AU, UT and other fans and suggest the CMR has never done good things at UGA. His first five years were very good. However, the peak came a few years ago and barring a stellar recruiting class next year will be average at best. CMR should do the right thing snd resign this week to give us a chance to find a new coach. Please CMR if you leave now you will always be remembered as one of the great coaches in UGA history. DO not spoil your legacy by handing on and dragging the program down further by going 5-7 or worse next year.

Fire Mark Richt

January 3rd, 2011
9:54 am

He needed to go about 3 years ago.

Since Van Gorder left, UGA football has been average. This year below average. The Alabama “black-out” arse whipping brought a sense of reality to the program. In my opinion, Richt was never more than an average Div FB coach.

Eat the 15 Mill or you will see lots of empty seats and no bowl for several years to come.

Fan

January 3rd, 2011
9:55 am

****COULD SOMEONE WITH SOME EXPERTISE IN THE AREA OF STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING PLEASE READ MY POST AT 9:38 AND PROVIDE AN EDUCATIONAL RESPONSE. THANKS.

01HAWK

January 3rd, 2011
9:55 am

Good news for UGA probably. 4 STAR running back DEE HART has decommitted from Michigan Wolverrines and committed to BAMA as of yesterday. He went to BAMA practices while BAMA was in Florida and he saw the beat down of Michigan State and Michigan and changed his mind to go with the TIDE.

Crowell may still come to BAMA, but it will be crowded in the backfield. Did you see our 3rd string RB LACEY run over Michigan State.

Crowell may be thinking playing time will not come easy at BAMA nd go to UGA. SABAN will not wait on CROWELL…………….Not when he has a so many wanting to committ right now. I would still hold an offer for him and knowing SABAN, he probably will.

The University of Alabama received a huge commitment Sunday afternoon from 4 STAR Dee Hart, a Scout.com National 100 running back from Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando, Fla. Hart becomes the first running back to commit to the Crimson Tide in the 2011 class.

Hart rushed for 2,224 yards and set a Florida high school state record with 50 touchdowns in 2010. He helped Dr. Phillips to the Class 6A state championship game, where it lost to Miami Central. Hart attended the Alabama-Michigan State game in Orlando at his own expense and later traveled to San Antonio, Texas to begin practice for the U.S. Army All-American game.

ga gator

January 3rd, 2011
9:56 am

Watched the game with my Georgia girlfriend and future mother-in-law and as soon as Richt sent in the kicker on 4th and inches and did not go for it, she jumped up and said, “Coach Richt grow a pair!” then said, “I bet we lose this game”. If a woman over 50 can see it, why cant a coach who makes 3 million a year do it? Florida fans were furious over their crappy season and 95% of them are glad Urban is gone. That my friends are the expectations and after spending over 15 years with Foley in Gainesville, I bet McGarrity is thinking it too.

shankit

January 3rd, 2011
9:56 am

Whole problem is the offensive line.
Murray had his arse busted all day.
Can’t blame the defense, only gave
up 10 points.
Problem is the offensive line didn’t
allow Georgia’s game plan to get
the usual 30 + points.

Old School

January 3rd, 2011
9:57 am

Tony:

How about that Big X???

chief # 1

January 3rd, 2011
9:57 am

YOU want CMR to go Let me tell you how to make that happen ,READY, Don’t buy a ticket Don’t go to the Games, You think that would make a statement?

KZGuy

January 3rd, 2011
9:57 am

Any and I mean any 4 or 5 star athlete that watched the Liberty Bowl knows they could start immediately at UGA; however what decent running back wants to run behind that pathetic OL.? We need to recruit OL first then go after some stud running backs.

3rdN8

January 3rd, 2011
9:57 am

I don’t understand the reluctance of the UGA AD to pull the trigger. If this sample of UGA fans is remotely representative, then Mark Richt has received an overwheliming vote of “No confidence”.

I believe the UGA job should be the premier coaching job in the SEC. Georgia has twice the population of Alabama, more blue-chip athletes, and is in a prime geographic location for recruiting out-of-state.

Bama and Auburn are fighting like wounded animals over the in-state athletes we have. UGA, and LSU should be at a huge advantage in that regard.

ga gator

January 3rd, 2011
9:57 am

01HAWK you really think a great football player wants to play for the current bunch in Athens?

Hello Newton ( no soup for you)

January 3rd, 2011
9:59 am

CMR is for sure a good man, but a get in your face screamer & discipline coach he is not. Being fired up & passionate about winning is a desired quality, but you are who you are, CMR is not & never will be like Saban, Spurrier, Urban, & even Chizik, its not in his DNA so theres the problem, either deal with it or make a change, looks like a change would benefit the most right now as the respect factor for wearing the red & black with the players has been long gone!!!!!

ga gator

January 3rd, 2011
9:59 am

I believe the UGA job should be the premier coaching job in the SEC. Georgia has twice the population of Alabama, more blue-chip athletes, and is in a prime geographic location for recruiting out-of-state.

Based on that argument it would be UF instead of UGA.

BamaDan

January 3rd, 2011
9:59 am

Sorry BF, but Auburn isn’t a bench mark. One great year because you bought the best player in the country…it’s still Florida and Bama.

I don’t want to hear the talent excuse from UGA folks Tony. They have been recruiting on a high level ever since Richt has been there. They are not being coached up. The program hasn’t been the same since Van Gorder left. One more year is just going to prolong things, but he deserves it.

Mike

January 3rd, 2011
10:00 am

Georgia has had a “a lousy performance” for the last several years. RIch & BooBoo must go & take Russ the bulldog, too.