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

Beast from the East

January 3rd, 2011
8:17 am

It’s just a matter of time at this point before he’s fired. It’s a shame because he’s a great man and represents the university well, but it all comes down to wins and losses in bigtime college football.

Class of '98

January 3rd, 2011
8:29 am

Not sure it matters anymore, Tony. I fear Richt has lost the program.

saban

January 3rd, 2011
8:30 am

Please keep Mark Richt. I will be winning another national championship this year and will be visiting Georgia for a number of recruits.

Mark keeps the program where it needs to be. In the toilet. With his new choak dawg, and UGA VIII`s sex change operation, 2011 will be another year for the record books.

Just Sayin'

January 3rd, 2011
8:31 am

I think you’re right Beast. It would take a miracle to turn this program around in one year. I just don’t see UGA having two years of patience left.

3rdN8

January 3rd, 2011
8:31 am

I hate that Richt is in this situation. I have a lot of respect for him; both as a person, and as a coach. CFB needs more like him. But for him to continue to have a positive influence on the game, and the community, UGA has to win. No “Ifs,Ands, or Buts”, that is the world in which we live.

saban

January 3rd, 2011
8:31 am

Hey folks Richt got you to the Liberty Bowl.

Beating CENTRAL FLORIDA was just a bridge too far. You didn`t expect to win did you?

BOBO has to go

January 3rd, 2011
8:32 am

It’s more obvious than ever, he just can’t hack it…

Herschel's Revenge

January 3rd, 2011
8:33 am

Good points, Tony. I hope CMR shows some passion in his wrap-up presser, too, but I’m not expecting it. I really thought this guy was Dooley’s long-lost successor- a guy who could stay here and end his career, especially after winning those SEC titles in his first five years. But these last two years, except for the great Auburn win at home in 2009, have been a HUGE disappointment, and like a lot of people, I don’t know if he still has the respect of his players in order to fix it. I’m not there everyday, of course, and like you and others, I do feel he has the right to fix it because of his former success. But I do want to feel good this off-season knowing that CMR has a plan and is doing something different. “Finish(ing) the Drill”, which obviously didn’t happen this year, is not the battle cry anyone wants to hear at this point.

Just Sayin'

January 3rd, 2011
8:33 am

Then again, the odds of beating both Auburn and Florida next year may be the best they’ve been since Richt arrived in Athens. Will that be enough?

The Grappler

January 3rd, 2011
8:33 am

Tony, I think you are absolutely right on all points. Those are the things Richt should do and say. However, at this point, while he may say them, nobody thinks he can back them up any more.

Cpt Ronnie

January 3rd, 2011
8:34 am

Well, he has one more season… Needs at least nine wins in the regular season in 2011. If we under achieve yet again… Then blow the whole thing up!

THEGAME

January 3rd, 2011
8:35 am

It doesn’t seem to me that he has a plan. Look at Saban, there is the process. Look at Chizik, eveyone talks about the plan he brought to Auburn. Look at difference in both schools compared to UGA. The players are bigger, faster, and play with more passion.

UGA should take any money for the Bowl Game, they never showed up.

Glory Days Are Gone

January 3rd, 2011
8:35 am

Well-spoken, Tony. Fans don’t expect Richt to look like a pro wrestler ranting on the sidelines but a whole lot more emotion and intestinal-fortitude is necessary. When the camera pans to Richt losing 21-7 or winning 21-7 he looks the same. No emotion or even facial expressions at all. Mr. Cool I like to call him. But it ain’t so cool getting your arse handed to you by the likes of Missy St.,South Carolina,Colorado,and UCF.

I just don’t see how Richt “plans to fix it”. When you as the coach and your coaches appear to be THE problem how can YOU fix it ?

LaughinatGA

January 3rd, 2011
8:35 am

Ealey and King – “very average”? If that is average, above average must not be very good. Georgia’s running game is poor at best, Tony.

JB

January 3rd, 2011
8:35 am

Just read the minutes from last years presser.There was a re- dedication of sorts last year. coach’s were fired. Remember? And the NEW dedication got the program to 6-7.

RonH

January 3rd, 2011
8:35 am

The players were not prepared, the game plan was terrible (No deep passes to the best receiver in football?) and game decisions were awful (Kicking a field goal from the 4 on 4tth and inches after a 96 yard drive?). All falls on the coaching staff. Better change and fast or richt will be gone by the Florida game. Maybe he can be Florida’s offensive coordinator.

Howard

January 3rd, 2011
8:36 am

Tony, you hit the nail on the head in two areas: discipline and recruits who aren’t as good as billed. Could you see a player like Caleb King or Washaun Ealey going in to meet with Nick Saban after the things they did?? They’d wet their pants because they’d know what was coming. Remember what Spurrier said one time and the Georgia folks went nuts…he said something to the effect that for all the four and five star players Georgia got, something happened to their development because they never performed as advertised.
Richt needs the best assistants possible…those guys are what make a head coach successful. Georgia has been working on the cheap for years with regards to their staff…and it shows.
Anohter big problem facing Georgia as other schools…these HS kids are coming to college spoiled rotten and thinking they’re something special and above the law. Those silly “press conferences” held in their stupid HS libraries to announce where they going to college says it all about today’s scholastic athlete. Richt needs to roll out his “black snake” ala nasty whip and start acting like a head coach…not a mushy, feel-good, give ‘em another chance type guy. That won’t work anymore.

bulldogmaniac

January 3rd, 2011
8:36 am

I have ALWAYS been a Richt supporter but now….I have had enough and it is time for him to go!
I know it will hurt our recruiting for this year and it will take us a couple of years to get on track but if we stay our current path….we will just get more of the same.
How in the world did he make the decision to kick a field goal in the first qtr when we had the ball on the 4 or 5 yard line and it was 4th and an inch??????? Are you kidding me! Thast was a terrible coaching decision! You ALWAYS GO FOR IT in that situation.
99% of the time you are going to get a few inches on a quarterback sneek. That would have set the tone for the game! Even if you dont make it you give UCF the ball on the 4 yard line and play D!
Wussy call! Time to go~!

JB

January 3rd, 2011
8:37 am

I watched the second half of the Bowl on DVR again, and did nothing but watch the offensive line. Coach Searles ought to be cleaning out his office this morning.

Just Sayin'

January 3rd, 2011
8:38 am

@Cpt Ronnie

The end of the 2008 season was the time to “blow it up”, if that’s what was going to happen. If Georgia doesn’t win next year, then there won’t be anything left to “blow up”.

jackyldo

January 3rd, 2011
8:38 am

Well said Tony
The heart was missing from the Liberty Bowl – It was another event go and come home.

From the opening kick off you saw a lack of effort the return for a touchdown thankfully being negated by a penalty. The defense played pretty well but UCF played better and hot harder making crunching tackles.

The fourth and inches at the 3 after Ealey had gained 4, 3 and 2 yards the previous 3 carries Richt was mad because they’d not converted on 3rd down — what message did that send ?

The statement to the sideline reporter at the half that They’d settle murray down in the 3rd quarter before letting him get fancy again.. You did not let him get fancy again until you were behind 10-6.

Sad – but the stink of that game is going to be with us until kick off against Boise Sept. 3rd.

I smell change in the air

January 3rd, 2011
8:39 am

Change is coming and it needs to come fast. The Bulldawg faithful need something to rally around before National Signing Day. Assuming they can keep most of the class intact, Bulldawg fans will have plently to talk about through the Spring Game, but they need something now, to stay positive and stop all this bashing. The team has underpreformed at all levels and you can’t blame it all on strength and conditioning. The easiest move is Stacy Searls. The O-line has done nothing with the exception of the Tech game last year to measure up to their perception. The harder move is Bobo. He shows signs of knowing what he’s doing, but he has ZERO consistency. I heard a fat guy in a red outfit was looking for work and I don’t mean Santa. Let’s start there and if that doesn’t work, I’m sure CMR will find something else to do. Go Dawgs!

DawginLex

January 3rd, 2011
8:39 am

Here is what I hope he says at the press conference:

To Bulldog fans and alumni:

I have cherished my time here in Athens and I am truly thankful for the opportunity given me. We have accomplished a lot through the years and I am truly thankful to God for the opportunity to coach and mentor these young men at the University of Georgia.

After much prayer and thought and discussion with my family, I have decided it is time for me to start another chapter in my life. Bulldog Nation is divided because of our dissappointing play over the last two seasons and this university deserves better than what I have provided.

Therefore, I am submitting my resignation effective immediately.

Howard Rowan

January 3rd, 2011
8:39 am

I agree with your article. I really miss the one thing I use to see in Them ‘DAWGS’ eyes. PASSION TO PLAY… Seems the most important factor is how soon they can jump to the NFL.. Real pity..

HORO

Hobnailbooty

January 3rd, 2011
8:39 am

What a pathetic year…. i don’t know how he can fix it…. but I sure hope he does soon or its bye bye baby…… 10-2 next year or bust with that schedule..

Bob Dawg

January 3rd, 2011
8:39 am

Tony,
Everything you say is correct, but I think if you look back this is what the fan base have been saying since the decline over the past couple of years and it just ain’t coming. You can’t change CMR into Saban/Meyer or whoever else. He is who he is, and that ain’t changing. I have a feeling we will be talking about this again next year after another season debacle!

just a fan

January 3rd, 2011
8:40 am

I have always been a CMR supporter but after watching that dreadful performance against UCF I am not sure he can get it done. It will take more than a new strength and conditioning coach not to say that was not an issue.

Glory Days Are Gone

January 3rd, 2011
8:40 am

Mike Bobo needs to go back to Thomasville, Ga.
Searles needs to somewhere,anywhere but at UGA.

dawgfan

January 3rd, 2011
8:40 am

I don’t want to hear anything. We aren’t Techies. We aren’t swayed by tough talk and media one liners. We want results. Why even have a press conference? Its 10+ wins or bust for 2011. Its that simple. There is absolutely nothing to talk about.

JB

January 3rd, 2011
8:40 am

In Mark’s world, all the little kids get trophy’s. There are no losers. One cries, we all cry……………We are weak. Did anyone watch TCU play. Anyone see a difference?

bulldogmaniac

January 3rd, 2011
8:41 am

Your fired! Thats all I want to hear from the A.D.

Georgia Saturdays....Built Smartcar Tough™

January 3rd, 2011
8:41 am

“Call Katharyn”

*ring*….*ring*….

“Hello?”

“Hey, honey! Say, ‘Go DAWGS!’”

….

….

*snort*….*click*…..

“Honey?”

Jim Mora Jr.

January 3rd, 2011
8:41 am

Someone explain to me the difference in spending 15 million this year as opposed to next season? He is under contract until 2013.
Sorry- he has lost this team, and although I won’t speak for every UGA fan, lost a ever growing number of the fanbase.

Vick=Dog killing Thug

January 3rd, 2011
8:41 am

Good article Tony. Hit the nail right on the head.

thomas

January 3rd, 2011
8:42 am

man, seriously that’s a lot of stuff to fix!

Longtime Dawg

January 3rd, 2011
8:42 am

Oh how I wish CMR could turn this thing around … he’s such a great person and represents OUR university in the way in which all of us loyal Dawgs appreciate.

However – old habits die hard, if they die at all. There needs to be a fundamental change at the top … in words and in actions … and has to be visible to all. In any sport, players yearn for leadership, and particularly in football, they need to see a visible passion and fire-in-the-belly that drives the emotion and intensity of the sport. I have no doubt that CMR understands Xs and Os as well as anyone in the land, but on the sideline, he looks about as engaged in the game as if he were watching paint dry. Just watching the games over the weekend … look at the winners from the New Years Day bowls games … Saban, Meyer, Patterson, Stoops … intense, passionate, fire-breathing in-your-face, fear-of-God mentality … and it translates into positive results. Those are the same results and emotional investment that OUR university and its loyal fanbase expect, and quite honestly, deserve.

As blindly optimistic as I could possibly be, I would hope CMR could change the approach and re-establish our competitive position in Athens. But hope is not a strategy … we need new leadership in the football program in Athens.

jw

January 3rd, 2011
8:42 am

Coach can still be a very christian man and show some fire – watching the bowl game, when the horn ended the game – nothing – no emotion, no nothing.

Time for him to do some soul searching – what he started at UGA has been copied by everyone else in the SEC – time for him to become a bulldog again – and lead by example. I’m not sure the Bulldog passion has been there for Mr. Richt. He is beginning to see what resting on his laurels is doing – running him out of town.

I suggest he get tough with his troops -stop signing these law breaking thugs that have to spend 2 years at JUCO on UGA money – then never play a down at UGA – there are tough – deserving young men out there that will embrace what it’s like to be a bulldog – what it takes to be one and what the history of the Dawg Nation is all about.

Time for coach to get up off the couch at Carpets of Dalton and become a football coach – let wifey be the PR person – get back to the basics of COACHING FOOTBALL – it’s what you know how to do – and when you do it, you do it well!

UGA is giving you a second chance – fix it or get out of town – can’t be true red and black if some maroon and gold shines through those bulldog jackets. Face it – you can’t go back to FSU – deal with it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If you want easy championships – go to Pittsburg and play TCU for the Big East championship every year – you can phone that one in every year!

SimpleDawg

January 3rd, 2011
8:43 am

All that you stated is true…….

….only, I believe the ship has sailed on Mark Richt’s run as a top notch leader of UGA. He’s a good guy, but we need a passionate, driven man to turn things around in Athens.

Mark Richt is no longer that type of guy.

RxDawg

January 3rd, 2011
8:44 am

I disagree that the players didn’t “play hard” or that they played “emotionless” like some people said. They seemed to be trying, they just stink.

“Georgia needs better players and a lot more of them.” BINGO, sure UGA has some really good players. But we are also riddled with players that simply do not have what it takes (in heart, mind, and body) to win championships.

UGAX

January 3rd, 2011
8:44 am

I agree with you on everything except the ‘he has earned th right to fix what is wrong” comment. Sorry, but no one has ‘earned’ the right to be mediocre on his/her job. You get paid to perform at a high level every year and Richt hasn’t been doing this for the past couple of years. His loyalty to Martinez and, now it appears, Bobo, will cost him his job. Unless these guys are paying his mortgage, I seen no reason why they are still around. Nobody fears the UGA program any longer – not even the good ole Conference USA. If a player doesn’t want to perform on and off the field (see Caleb King- Poster Child), then kick his butt to the curb. Same goes for any of the coaches- including CMR.
Just wish we would have given CMR his marching papers before Muschamp took the UF job.

JB

January 3rd, 2011
8:45 am

I emailed McGarity this morning…..Civil, calm and direct. But, I think he is just the gate keeper. Adams is the guy who needs to be hearing from us. But, the more he hears from us, you know, the commoners, He”ll dig in and keep Mark for Spite. If he REALLY cared about UGA football, Richt would of been gone last year. Ask Maryland.

unbiased vol fan

January 3rd, 2011
8:46 am

UGA fans,

Do you really see MR as your coach in 5 yrs much less 2 or 3 yrs? We ALL know the answer to this. No coach has done less w more and underdeveloped talent under hhis leadership based on the recruiting stars.

As a vol fan, go ahead and keep for another yr, every recruit knows he’s gone at some point.

Glory Days Are Gone

January 3rd, 2011
8:46 am

Richt coaches every game ultra conservative. I’m tired of settling for field goals after watching the opponent score tds. Remember the Auburn game ? Richt was exchanging tds with Auburn then called for the field goal and mismanaged 3 minutes right before half-time not trying to score any points. I want a coach with some fire in him that will mash the likes of Colorado & UCF by scoring 70 points on them not trying to beat them 12-10 on field goals…

Palm City Dawg

January 3rd, 2011
8:46 am

I don’t feel good at all about this program now. I have said time and time again that I support Richt throughout the past 2 seasons, but after this season and the Liberty Bowl performance, I just give up. I have taken my UGA flag down from my back patio that all the Gators to see. Now I have to face the UCF fans. We need someone to get this team on the road to winning, but I just don’t feel Richt can do it. We’ll first have to wait and see if we can land the recruits we really need…Rome, Crowell…and lastly we need an offensive line coach and OC.

DAWG with two bags over is head

January 3rd, 2011
8:47 am

Tony,

CMR giving us specifc changes is certainly need, but I doubt it will have any real effect. We’ve heard this same “we’ve got to get better” crap for three seasons and the result has been even poorer performances. I really don’t understand why anyone could possibly believe that one more year can make any difference. We should suck it up and pay the $15M, otherwise we’re going to lost the fan base and the day will soon come when we would love to have had the opportunity to pay $15M to make it all right again. The fire CMR trigger needs to be pulled this week!

Skitty Fritty

January 3rd, 2011
8:47 am

I want CMR to go well next year but don’t see how he will. From my viewpoint, we don’t have the players and I don’t think he has held Rodney Garner or the other assistants accountable for the recruiting/talent level. I have heard rumors R. Garner doesn’t respect CMR which could be why it seems the players don’t respect CMR. Bottom line is and always will be recruiting in college football.

Glory Days Are Gone

January 3rd, 2011
8:47 am

Palm City, I hope those 7 UCF fans don’t go too hard on you…

Jeffro Bodeen

January 3rd, 2011
8:47 am

Bobo has gotta go-go!!! I’ve been saying it for 3 years. If he’s worthy of the same title as Charlie Weis, in the same league…then I’m a monkey’s uncle. His comments about how surprised he was at the level of play we got from Kris Durham this year only typifies his overall lack of knowledge when it comes to utilizing the talent he has in front of him. Oh yeah…UGA staff also thought Cam Newton would be a good tight end…. Good call there guys.8D That Liberty Bowl was 4 hours of my life I’ll never get back.

Coach O'Leary

January 3rd, 2011
8:47 am

Georgia lost to a program that outplayed, out-hustled, out-coached, and out-worked them. The attitude that Georgia should have gone in and curb stomped UCF just because they are Georgia (an attitude obviously maintained by the fans) is in itself an inappropriate level of entitlement. Georgia’s bowl game was a microcosm of their season. Kids inelligible, not working hard, thinking because they are in the big bad SEC they are entitled to victory. The fans mirror this sense of entitlement. Give UCF credit where they deserve it. UCF is the CUSA conference champion and are ranked. They deserved better than to play a bad Georgia team. That is an insult to UCF.

59bulldawg

January 3rd, 2011
8:47 am

Tony, I agree with everything you say except that Richt has earned the right to turn this thing around. I don’t have to see the Titanic go completely under to understand that it is sinking fast. Sometimes you just have to swallow hard when the medicine tastes awful. McGarity needs to just go ahead and make a decision to remove Richt and go in another direction. After all it’s not like the Georgia Athletic Association can’t afford it. However if Richt is allowed to drive the program comletely into thew ditch, there are going to be big problems with contributors. Richt needs to go and the sooner the better! I’ve had enough!

BoroDawg

January 3rd, 2011
8:47 am

Time for changes! More like personnel, then player changes. Go after Ralph Friedgen for OC and let Bobo be in charge of clock management or something other than the offensive plays!

SLAPAJACKET

January 3rd, 2011
8:48 am

I would keep the kicker and the punter from this team, Then go out and find me 22 Chris Durham’s. He plays with pride, heart and guts on every single down. Then i would put em on the field for the 1st game and yell SICK EM DAWGS. At that point my job would be very secure.

unbiased vol fan

January 3rd, 2011
8:48 am

i will say this, hire the fridge as OC

The Alpha Male

January 3rd, 2011
8:48 am

Auburn???? LOL!!!! The same Auburn that has beaten UGA ONCE IN FIVE YEARS??? THAT Auburn??? Again….. LOL!!!

After $cam leaves, you’re right back to 7-5, average as grits, the Jan Brady of the SEC and on top of everything else, stuck with a Gene Chizik….. after you give him a big raise and extension of course.

Coaching and recruiting

January 3rd, 2011
8:49 am

Georgia consistently finishes in the top ten in recruiting, yet is losing ground in the talent race when Florida, Alabama, and LSU are usually around the top five. It is telling that over the last few years, Georgia’s average recruiting finish has been about 4th or 5th in the SEC.

Games are won in the trenches. Excellent post on Dawg Run today- Since 2002, Georgia has signed exaclty one 5* on either side of the line of scrimmage. Many of the 4* OLs dlid not play much due to shoulder (and other) injuries.

Two things need to happen to return to competing for SEC titles: recruiting needs to pick up, especially on the defensive side of the ball (a point Tony made in his article). And, Richt needs to seriously consider whether upgrades are necessary of his staff, especially on the offensive side of the ball.

Redneck 61

January 3rd, 2011
8:50 am

Fire Mark Richt fans keep saying give him another year. It takes a new coach at least 2 years to do any good ga is wasting time. Plus anyboby can tell he dont want to coach anymore.

Glory Days Are Gone

January 3rd, 2011
8:50 am

If you watched the UCF game it is evident that UGA needs a new offensive co-ordinator. My dead grandad could call those vanilla plays from his grave. Bobo gets paid to call run up the middle,incomplete pass,incomplete pass,punt ?

Music City Dawg

January 3rd, 2011
8:50 am

You have forgotten that Richt no longer considers himself a coach. He is the CEO. That was the mindset that started the decline of the UGA football program. Unless or until he decides to come down out of the corporate suite and begin coaching again (if he still has the heart for it), nothing will change.

BG

January 3rd, 2011
8:51 am

Are Auburn fans actually on here bragging? UGA beat Auburn 4 years in a row! Auburn has been UGA’s little b*tch the past 5 years.

Steve

January 3rd, 2011
8:51 am

Tony, you’ve wrote this column before and more than once. Each year the program regresses. While I agree on all your points, I am not convinced CMR can deliver the goods. Georgia football is like a toothache that won’t go away. At what point do you pull the tooth?

Big Al

January 3rd, 2011
8:51 am

Agree with all said but do not think MR understands the issues and does not know how it fix them or would have by now—just saying.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

January 3rd, 2011
8:51 am

You summed it up pretty damn well. Nothing is opinion, simply facts. The program is in shambles. CMR thought he had a window when Meyer left? The window was slammed shut and Bulldog nation is going to get further embarrassed when Smart joins Muschamp as his DC. Weiss running the offense and two UGA guys in Gainesville while we are stuck with Richt. Looks like a fitting end to the season.

Tiger Eyes

January 3rd, 2011
8:52 am

At least we are playing for a National Championship while you got beat in the Toilet, I mean Liberty Bowl by the 4th best team in Florida.

Jeffro Bodeen

January 3rd, 2011
8:53 am

I think it would also be appropriate for the O-Line to hold the door for Coach Bobo as he leaves….he definitely would pass through untouched!

Skitty Fritty

January 3rd, 2011
8:53 am

Coaching & Recruiting:
You are dead on. The fans get fooled by looking at the skill athletes such as AJ, Murray, etc. but you win with the line on both sides of the ball. From Tony’s article, how many of UGA’s lineman would start on other SEC teams?

JB

January 3rd, 2011
8:53 am

The word is out. These 18 year old uncommitted blue chippers are very in tune to what’s going on around the South. They go to their HS coach and ask, what’s going on in Athens. And This coach, who loves this kid, will tell him the truth……and that is, ” son, you can go there and try to help be a part of the solution, or you can go where there are fewer problems and things are more stable”. Florida and Auburn appear to be stable, as does Tenn and even South Carolina. Georgia is a mess right now….All that said, This recruiting class will speak volumes.

Redneck 61

January 3rd, 2011
8:53 am

When AJ GREEN is gone what is ga going to do then.

rough rider

January 3rd, 2011
8:54 am

Looking at the recruiting class, I don’t see a major improvement in 2011.

Tiger Eyes

January 3rd, 2011
8:54 am

Cam won the Heisman. Murray can’t even beat UCF. UGA needs a real QB.

Nothing To Lose

January 3rd, 2011
8:54 am

I think Richt’s decision not to go for the touchdown on 4th and inches in the 1st quarter of the Independence Bowl pretty much sums it up. This chicken sh*t approach is not the way to win games. He has to be prepared to take risks in order to win and he has clearly shown that he is either unwilling or incapable or doing so. The status quo prevails in Athens and giving lip service to “‘change” is a recipe for continued failure.

social circle dawg

January 3rd, 2011
8:54 am

@ JB – That’s probably all we need to know as Dawgs fans. CMR has no more dedication left in him – he looks tired.

SOS Dawg

January 3rd, 2011
8:55 am

One thing wrong here is the notion that UGA players didnt want to be there. Richt is correct about the no lack of effort because UGA and the football program is simply not as good as everyove thinks it is. Even a Sports writer in Orlando said it earlier in the season when he said UGA was a 60 ish ranked team in collge football. He was dead on.

just a fan

January 3rd, 2011
8:55 am

Smart isnt going to florduh he will be bama’s DC one more year and get that phone call for the head coaching job at UGA

He will be gone

January 3rd, 2011
8:55 am

He will be gone by the middle of next season…after a 1-4 or 1-5 start, it will be over. UGA is lost with no direction. Granthan was a last ditch effort and he does not fit in at UGA either…Ritch has shown, he does not know what to do. The longer McGarity waits, the worse it will get.

Just Sayin'

January 3rd, 2011
8:55 am

@BG

You’re right about Auburn. Of course, Auburn manned-up and fired their long-time hero Tommy Tuberville. Looks like it worked out pretty well for them.

Coach Johnson

January 3rd, 2011
8:56 am

Glad the Tech folks and the AJC treat me with kid gloves and I don’t have to deal with all this stuff that Richt has to endure! Yeah..Tech lost to that sorry Georgia team but our folks and newspaper are used to losing anyway!

Skitty Fritty

January 3rd, 2011
8:57 am

The frustrating thing is other than USC next year, the East is taking a step backwards. UF will not be better next year with a new staff/scheme. UF might be better in the future but Muschamp is no Meyer. USC is beatable because mentally they still don’t know how to win based on the SEC championship and Chic Fil A bowl. UT is not ready talent wise and found multiple ways to blow games this year (LSU & UNC).
The window of opportunity is open in the East for 2011.

JB

January 3rd, 2011
8:57 am

I ordered my TCU hat this morning…..Call me when he’s gone……

Tiger Eyes

January 3rd, 2011
8:58 am

You would think UGA would be good enough to play maybe FSU,Miami,or the Gators in a bowl game but UCF was the best fit. Is UGA moving to that conference next year ? They don’t deserve to be in the SEC.

Skitty Fritty

January 3rd, 2011
8:58 am

Tiger Eyes:
Please come on the blogs after you get SMUed in the near future.

Para05

January 3rd, 2011
8:59 am

I am going out on limb here and say that we Dawg fans will not recognize this team next year. By that I mean we will see a team playing with fire and intensity like we haven’t seen since the Great Erk Russell coached there. It is never as dark as we think. We played everygame close this year and matched up with FL and SC pretty well. What we did not have is the conditioning and will to win when it got tough. We gave up in the bowl. It was embarrassing and I predict it will be a jolt to system of our players and coaches. Having said that, we need some changes from Richt. 1) Fire Rodney Garner, we are not recruiting the character of athlete to win the 4th quarter, 2) Take a strong look at Searles performance and what happened to our O Line. No excuse for their poor run blocking all year. 3) Show more passion and hold coaches and players accountable. Be willing to sit players that are not giving maximum effort, don’t readshirt skill players, don’t play seniors just based on longevity. Make everyone uncomfortable. Tony you hit it on the head. EVERYBODY should be a little uncomfortable.

dawgssux

January 3rd, 2011
9:00 am

Richt will change things up next year. He will dive off the diving board 2 times instead of one.

DawginLex

January 3rd, 2011
9:00 am

JB,

You hit the nail on the head.

This “one more year” thing will get used ad nauseum in living rooms across the south against UGA. Unless a kid is just in love with the school and the coach doesn’t matter, we will lose recruits.

Richt needs to do what he has always done-THE RIGHT THING. He needs to resign to re-unite the fanbase and alumni.

La Jolla Dawg

January 3rd, 2011
9:00 am

“…A good head coach at this level has everybody a little on edge…” Was this ever Mark Richt? Brian Van Gorder, yes, Mark Richt, no.

Doesn’t matter what we think Mark Richt should say, it’s what he does say that people should be listening to. Right after the Liberty Bowl loss he said there was no “lack of effort, or fire” on the part of his players. The players themselves, and the AD, thought differently.

And prior to the bowl game Mark Richt said something about wanting to win, liking rings and trophies, but feeling like educating men, on and off the field was more/just as important. Okay, but if the public perception is that those men are frequently getting arrested and leaving school early for the NFL, not sure that goal is being reached either.

You can try to put the right words in his mouth Tony, but ultimately that won’t fix anything. It isn’t coach speak that’s going to put Humpty Dumpty back together again. You’ve got to look at who Mark Richt is, what he has been saying, and more importantly, what he has been doing. My fear is that Mark Richt will say the “right” things, but only because as you suggest, it is what the Georgia faithful want.

I agree with what someone wrote earlier, this season was supposed to be the one in which things got better. Didn’t happen. Not sure why anyone thinks next year will be different.

JB

January 3rd, 2011
9:01 am

We usually have about 25% of bloggers defending Richt. Haven’t seen them since Friday.

Tiger Eyes

January 3rd, 2011
9:01 am

Next year we will circle Vandy,Ole Miss,Kentucky,and add UGA as automatic wins on our calendar…

VADAWG

January 3rd, 2011
9:01 am

The Georgia football team needs someone like General George “Blood and Guts” Patton to lead us to success in the SEC football wars. Unfortunately, we are stuck with Mr. Rodgers. Coach Richt will get another year but there is so much wrong with the program and it is so ingrained that it will make no difference. Whether Coach Richt deserves it or not the extra year, it will do a lot more harm than good. The whole coaching staff needs to go and the sooner the better.

DawginLex

January 3rd, 2011
9:02 am

The only positive thing I can say about the bowl game is that Grantham really seemed to be coaching his tail off and it showed with the way the defense played.

Too bad the offense blew grits.

3rdN8

January 3rd, 2011
9:03 am

The SEC is a coaching meatgrinder. I recently watched replays of Bama vs Florida in the 2008 SECCG, the 2009 SECCG, and the 2010 regular season game. Saban and Meyer looked to have aged ten years in a two year span. I think Meyer recognized this fact, and bailed while he still was young enough to recooperate.

Mark Richt seems to be weathering it on the outside, but I see no fire in his gut. Next season, he gets to face Muschamp and Weise and a Florida team loaded with talent.

gg

January 3rd, 2011
9:03 am

Agreed on most points, but I don’t agree that he has ‘earned the right to fix what is wrong.’ Three seasons of precipitous decline (three-five-seven losses) say otherwise. Good person…questionable head coach.

During the summer of ‘08, when Georgia was preseason number one, Mark Richt said in an article in the AJC that ‘everything was in place now for Georgia to be good for a long time.’ That seemed a profound statement, but who could argue with a coach who had his program in that position. Now, in hindsight, it seems to be the statement of a coach whose program was in cruise control. It didn’t matter what other programs were doing because he had the fomula figured out.

I think that’s the problem: Mark Richt is not yet a mature head coach at the highest level in college football! He got comfortable and took his eye off the program.

GStateBen

January 3rd, 2011
9:04 am

Georgia State in it first season playing collegiate football won as many games as Georgia did in 2010. That’s really all you need to know.

2011 will be Richt’s last season. They will go 7-5 at worse, 8-4 at best with nearly every loss at home.

dawgfan

January 3rd, 2011
9:04 am

If you look at Bobo’s track record, his offenses perform well against overmatched opponents talent wise. Against the heavyweights of the SEC he has done jack diddly squat. He sunk to new lows putting up 6 points against Central Florida. The guy is awful.

I will even go this far on Bobo: He cost us a national title in 2007. That’s right. You heard me. No way that team should have lost more than one game that year, but Bobo had a couple of his usual brainfarts against SC and Tenn. Its not that hard to call plays with Stafford, Moreno, and Southerland in the backfield.

And of course it all falls on Richt for allowing Bobo to call plays in the first place. Let’s face it. Richt got lazy.

Mike Bobo

January 3rd, 2011
9:04 am

I’ll have another scoop of VANILLA with those other two scoops of vanilla Mr. Ice Cream Man !

danny

January 3rd, 2011
9:05 am

CMR is comfortable in his job at Georgia and is Tommy Tubberville incognito during his last 2 years at Auburn.

mcdaviddawg

January 3rd, 2011
9:05 am

What I want to hear is that he is leaving, and that I can wish him a happy retirement.

Vdawg

January 3rd, 2011
9:05 am

I agree COMPLETELY here!

UGA Insider

January 3rd, 2011
9:05 am

I have heard more than a few fans say they saw players out getting drunk at local bars in Memphis. This backs up my point that CMR has NO respect on this team whatsoever. I thought for sure that CMR would sign an extension but now there is NO way it will be offered.

As far as talent and ability UGA is an average Conference USA team at best at the moment. We are small, weak and lousy at most positions. And what is CMR’s solution to this problem??? He reassigns his friend and hires Joe T???? Are you kidding me???? We have major problems with strength and we can’t find anyone in the nation more qualified than Joe T.

One good thing about the bowl loss is there will be NO expectations on the 2011 team. We are thin at every position and Murray looked very average against UCF. Looking at our schedule I don’t see 7 wins on it…..

charliecole

January 3rd, 2011
9:06 am

Tony

January 3rd, 2011
9:06 am

Richt’s coaching methods are as stale, outdated an uninspired as his “butt-cut” hairstyle.

Spot on Tony

January 3rd, 2011
9:06 am

CMR has no fire in his belly. Like a comment before,pay CMR his money to leave town. Because we are going to have to pay this time next year.

CMR lived off Jim Donana’s recruits. What has CMR done with his recruits ?? NOTHING!!!!

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.

'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.

Muddiver

January 3rd, 2011
10:03 am

As much as it pains me to say Auburn is looking pretty smart right now. They paid $250k and are looking at a NC we paid $3 mil and got 6-7. Good deal for them.

chief # 1

January 3rd, 2011
10:03 am

Its one thing to be a Christian, its another matter to put up with been Sorry as a Football Team,It all raises and falls on one thing LEADERSHIP and Georgia doesn’t have it any where.

3rdN8

January 3rd, 2011
10:04 am

@ ga gator

A big part of my reasoning is based on the fact that UF has so many in-state schools to compete with for talent. Not to mention that practically every school in the country recruits south Florida. I think Oregon has a kid from Pahokee. In fact I think every Div I team has a kid from Pahokee.

what of it?

January 3rd, 2011
10:05 am

Awfully gentle, that wasn’t just a lousy performance, it was pathetic and a slap in the face to bulldog nation. The fans deserve better for as much time, money, and dedication as they give to this team week in and week out. If the players cared half as much as the fans, there is no way they could have lost that game, and instead they rolled over and urinated on themselves.

Why is it that the place-kicker was better able to articulate our problems in the game than the head coach?

Scott

January 3rd, 2011
10:05 am

I agree with the passion part and have deeply questioned Bobo’s playcalling but UGA was 40 points from setting the all-time single season scoring record. Some of these kids don’t take pride in wearing the G on their helmets like the old Butts and Dooley teams. God rest Erk, we should have hired him and the passion would have been there for sure.

JDawg

January 3rd, 2011
10:06 am

“We need to recruit OL first then go after some stud running backs.”
**************************************
Richt would probably settle for anything right now. No commitments in almost 5 months.

Losing will do that to a program.

crapsandwich

January 3rd, 2011
10:07 am

I really like Mark Richt. He deserves better, he will not get it.

I look for Richt to be fired this week. Don’t believe they aren’t meeting now to discuss that very issue on the Regents level with Adams. Money does not even enter into the equation. Yes it will cost us about 15 mill or so, but what is the cost of keeping Richt? Fans know he is lame duck, money will begin to dry up and that $55,000,000 profit each year will drop by 30% OR MORE.

Everyone assumes Richt will be back. I don’t.

Non Dawg

January 3rd, 2011
10:07 am

Buck Futt:
Just the name you chose speaks volumes about a low class Auburn fan. No need to say anything else.

dawg-gone

January 3rd, 2011
10:07 am

AFdawg
Those Coaches don’t wish to come to UGA….why leave their program for a losing program (this year)?
Of course Money talks and total control talks………just saying show me the $$,$$$,$$$ and hope!

GT

January 3rd, 2011
10:07 am

Tech basketball, Georgia football same disease. The coach gets too comfortable, and they really think for the millions they are getting paid the college is getting their money’s worth. If they didn’t feel this way they would do the right thing and resign. Trying to make Richt fake passion is really part of the problem, he is like a dull preacher who enjoys his job at the expense of his congregation. These other coaches at Alabama, Auburn, Mississippi State and South Carolina get better every year at their job, Richt stays the same. Faking it in a press conference will not get this team going, when Miles bring out a 400 lb lineman with no fat on him for the coin toss a message is sent. Miles and the SEC coaches all give awful press conferences because their work shows their passion, they don’t need to lie about their work.

01HAWK

January 3rd, 2011
10:08 am

BAMA………………………….Headed towards the # 1 class in the country for 2011 with signing of DEE HART………………………………… CROWELL would probably make it a # 1 class. SABAN will probably sign one more RB. Hopefully INGRAM tells SABAN soon what he wants to do.

INGRAM by the way is graduating this SPRING. He was an early qualifier. Congrats to you MARK INGRAM !!!!!!!!!!!

RICH GET RICHER…………………….I like the ROLL TIDE COMMERCIALS ON ESPN !!!!!!!!!!!

Blackberry Cobbler

January 3rd, 2011
10:10 am

When CMR was hired at UGA, his mentor Bobby Bowden said he didn’t think CMR could be a good coach (said he was too nice).

Most fans and alumni are now fed up- the Liberty Bowl was the last straw. CMR has now used up what little faith and benefit of the doubt that a lot of fans were still giving him.

The program seems to be beyond repair at this point. Sad, really sad.

CMR, being a man of strong faith, believes that God allows things to happen for His purpose. Therefore, CMR is not going to get emotionally attached to the situation. As he said “It is what it is” and you deal with it. That’s his take on life but that’s not what UGA fans deserve and not what the program needs.

5IML

January 3rd, 2011
10:10 am

3rd,

Mich St had players my size (6′1″, 175) playing on defense. Physically, it was a complete mismatch. MSU played a very weak schedule and caught more than a few lucky breaks. The only lucky break on Saturday was the reversal of Nico’s fumble recovery for TD.

I don’t expect Dareus, Ingram, or Julio to return (and they shouldn’t). I’m surprised Dont’a is rated as the No. 2 ILB. He might decided to leave. Because of the injury, Barron will be back. Robbie Green will return from suspension. Things are looking good for the foreseeable future. RTR!

notso fast

January 3rd, 2011
10:10 am

Coach R has lost the passion for the game when the SEC is all about passion. Look what Florida is trying to do. Look at the assistants they have lost to other programs. Is anyone trying to get Bobo? Coach R need to clean house and start over. No one enjoys letting friends go but he is paid well to win and he better start winning or some friend wwill be having a talk with him.

ga gator

January 3rd, 2011
10:11 am

3rdN8, you are partially correct, but really the only two they compete against is FSU and a little with Miami. USF, FIU, FAU and Central Florida dont get the kids FSU or UF go after.

Dumbo

January 3rd, 2011
10:13 am

1st: all the Techies…worry about the Wreck on the Flats, so, go somewhere else with your stupid comments. 2nd…Richt, please understand, the great majority of us go to church for our religious needs. I go to Sanford Stadium for entertainment and pleasure, please don’t confuse the issue; either you are a football coach or a missionary, you don’t do justice to either by trying to be both at the same time. 3rd….Donnan was right when he said of putting a fence up around Georgia recruits, maybe, you and your staff need to spend more time in Georgia hustling after recruits rather than wasting time & money on the slimmest of chances of signing a kid from some other state, 4th…please show some passion and energy on the sidelines. 5th….whenever a player does something stupid (like jumps off-sides) snatch him out of the game, chew his butt in front of 90, 000 people and let him know that this kinda play is unacceptable. 6th….whenever one of your players decides to go downtown and get in trouble, you suspend him, take his uniform and hang it in the End Zone at games, so everyone will know that this player screwed up and is being punished. Embarrassment & humilitation is a very strong deterrent…..these kids understand disrespect…they disrespect the Team, the Program and the University….you show them disrespect as part of the punishment. They’ll learn real fast.

3rdN8

January 3rd, 2011
10:13 am

@ crapsandwich

not sure I agree that Richt will be fired this week. But if he is….who does UGA go after? Kirby Smart is probably on the short list, but am unsure what other candidates would receive serious consideration. Malzahn?

DDAWG

January 3rd, 2011
10:13 am

CMR NOT TOUGH ENOUGH!!! PERIOD

Truth

January 3rd, 2011
10:13 am

There’s only one BULLDOG in the SEC and that’s MISSISSIPPI STATE

When UGA beats a CUSA team, they can get their mascot back. Hail State

JB

January 3rd, 2011
10:14 am

I wonder how isolated Adams,McGarity,Richt are to this raw emotion out here. Like polls, you can gauge feelings by small samplings. Boy, if this is true, they are in trouble.

BamaDan Is A Gomer

January 3rd, 2011
10:14 am

The same way 2 great years for Alabama because they bought Mark Ingram and Julio Jones doesn’t mean they are “back” to the “glory years”. All while being on probation by the way, one infraction away from the Death Penalty. My point is WE DON’T KNOW that Cam was paid, just like we don’t know if Ingram has been paid ( We know he’s had contact with agents, attended the same infamous party as AJ Green, Puncey, and Marcel Dareus, etc.) Since you know more than the NCAA does at this point BamaDan, why don’t you explain Julio Jones driving around campus in a brand-new escalade? Cheating is a national pastime over there in Tusca-loser!!

Wally Butts' Designated Stumbler

January 3rd, 2011
10:14 am

Well, now we know why Marcus Dowtin didn’t play Friday.

The Road to Back-to-Back Fulmer Cups Starts in Athens

SavDawg

January 3rd, 2011
10:15 am

Searls definitely needs to go. Bobo needs to be demoted to Q-back coach, or let go. Our program has PLENTY of money to hire top rate assistants. Go find’em, pay ‘em, and lets try again. I’m not sure Richt can stop this embarrassing slide. One more season. He has earned that. UCF had a 6′2″ 230 lb tailback. That is what UGA used to have until Richt brought in his ACC finesse offense. This is the SEC coach. Get back in the I formation and play like we used to !!!!!

Englebert Humperdink

January 3rd, 2011
10:16 am

I’ll tell you what I’d like to hear from Mark Richt: “I resign.”

3rdN8

January 3rd, 2011
10:16 am

5IML

Agree on your assessment of the 2011 team. I think it will be Saban’s best one yet. If these JUCO players pan out, Bama will be deeper at virtually every position than at any time in my memory.

dawg-gone

January 3rd, 2011
10:16 am

Muddiver you are full of it. You have no proof Auburn paid anything. If you do speak up so justice can be done. Don’t make uga look like cry-babies we look bad enough!

ATL is TigerTown

January 3rd, 2011
10:17 am

Get real BD. You win your little bowl game and now you’re suddenly the anointed one. That’s rich. Sure go ahead and urge UGA to strive to be the 4th best team in the division. That’s a “benchmark” they’ll love. I know they appreciate your “insight”.

01HAWK

January 3rd, 2011
10:17 am

Michigan State players reminded me of DUKE players. All of the small DB’S was funny.Seeing Ingram and Richardson run over them was funnier. Looking for LSU, ARK, and AUBARN to do there job.

Still can not figure out how SOUTH CAROLINA beat BAMA. That is a head scratcher.

Buckeye

January 3rd, 2011
10:18 am

Going 0fer on New Years sucked. Alabama – no surprise. Best team in the country talent wise. Miss State – everyone new UM had no defense. FLA/Penn State – entertaining.

Falling to 6 and 7 in a 3:30 game against Conf USA on New Years Eve must really suck.

Playing in another BCS game doesn’t suck Looking forward to Tuesday vs Arkansas.

Thought I’d give you a chance to beat up on the Big 10 for a while and quit beating your dead horse.

Buckeyes in 2020! Tearing down the hedges!

Saban

January 3rd, 2011
10:18 am

Alabama has alot of fat white girls. 60% of bamers are on food stamps. having a sister-wife is common. the double-wide is the state symbol.i thought those coon-asses were trashy.

howard

January 3rd, 2011
10:19 am

What I want to hear from Richt is that he has decided to STEP DOWN.

5IML

January 3rd, 2011
10:19 am

3rd,

In 2011, we need leaders to step forward on offense and defense (and avoid major injuries) to get back to the glory years. (By “glory years”, I mean last January. lol)

01HAWK

January 3rd, 2011
10:19 am

ATL is TigerTown ………………………One Championship since 1957 and AUBARN is all of that ? Get real. You will always be 2nd best in the State of Alabama.

Denver Dog

January 3rd, 2011
10:19 am

Bama Dan, here is your legacy; Charely Pell, Danny Ford, Jackie Sherrill, and Gene Stallings. Two thinks in common: 1) Learned under the bear at Bama. 2) Got caught in the worst recruiting violations in CFB, in the south, in history. Cheat is just part of your language. Remember Darwin Bell.

NotPremier

January 3rd, 2011
10:19 am

You folks need to calm it down…UGA will never be a premier program nationally and will never be able to hire a big name coach from any other big time school. CMR took your program to new levels, quit being brats and give the man a chance to fix it…GO GATORS!

ga gator

January 3rd, 2011
10:20 am

Buckeye

By 2020 you will be 0-18 against the SEC.

Muddiver

January 3rd, 2011
10:21 am

Dawg Gone you’re absolutley correct. Auburn got a player we passed on for free and are looking at a NC. We paid $3mil and got 6-7. My bad.

Suckeye

January 3rd, 2011
10:21 am

blahahahahahahahahah— little ten guy talking smack. hilarious—– blahahahahahahahahah

ga gator

January 3rd, 2011
10:21 am

Denver Dog where do Vince, Hershel and Jan Kemp fit into your scenario?

blue field

January 3rd, 2011
10:21 am

Boise St in 2011…tearing down the hedges…………………

01HAWK

January 3rd, 2011
10:21 am

DENVER DOG………………………………We strive for CHAMPIONSHIPS in T-TOWN…………………And not lower tier BOWLS. Oh by the way…………………….Stallings won a CHAMPIONSHIP in 1992.

haters are skaters

January 3rd, 2011
10:22 am

the comparisons btwn fulmer and richt are uncanny!

it’s sad really, he’s obviously in denial

JB

January 3rd, 2011
10:22 am

Gonna be a long 10 month’s…………I’ve seen our Bulldog club spring event drop the last 3 years from 700, 400, to 200 last year……Hope we have a 100 this year.
I think fans from other schools on here are getting the idea we think we ought to be 12-0 every year. No, that is not the case. We just want to put a passionate, well coached team on the field with a chance to win. The State of Georgia is in the top 5 Nationally with Blue chip prospects. The are pretty bad at this time. The guy at the top making close to 3 mil is accountable, IMO

dawg gone

January 3rd, 2011
10:23 am

muddiver..agree. Its sad….

ga gator

January 3rd, 2011
10:23 am

JB, that is not the case, but quite a few delusional Dawgs think that you are #1 in the conference every preseason.

JB

January 3rd, 2011
10:23 am

blue field, Hey dumb a$$, gonna have to drive 70 miles to do that. The game is at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

ylojkt

January 3rd, 2011
10:23 am

Let me not be the first to say how fun this is to watch. Out of all the fans of SEC teams that I know, UGA fans are the worst! They simply cannot help insulting other schools fans and teams repeatedly, they think their team will go undefeated every year, and they are clearly delusional and undeservedly egotistic.
I knew our Jackets were in for a bit of a rough year, not just because of the loss of big time skill players, but mostly because of the youth of our offensive line. UGA still had their skill players, and had Murray (who is obviously a skilled QB), and they also had what was supposed to be a team leading Senior Offensive line – yet they failed to achieve anything other than letting a few weakened teams beat themselves (and this includes my beloved Jackets). The teams that UGA beat all pretty much handed the games to them, I personally didn’t see them take a game from anybody.
Now you smug pup fans know what it’s like to have a coach who is satisfied with the status qou and not taking risks or having his team play aggressive ball. I hope it lasts for a few more years, and the Jackets beat you four straight. One thing is for certain, you have been given two gift games in a row by GT, but that will end next year. The only question then is, will we be as smug as you were when we had FG Gailey as coach and our AD settled for his same attitude for years past our fans liking. The effects are still seen in the stands at Grant Field today, the same can happen in Athens as well.
One other thing, some of you on here have mentioned UGA getting the Fridge as OC or coach, no way would Ralph ever go to UGA, he is way too smart of a man for that. Maybe you should go after O’Leary, wait, he wouldn’t even consider your school either. Hmm, well somewhere out there must be a desperate HS coach willing to lead that disaster for a couple of years.

BamaDan Is A Gomer

January 3rd, 2011
10:24 am

Dead Wrong 01Hawk we are #1 in the state THIS year no matter what kind of trash you spew! 28-27!! CHOKE!!

JB

January 3rd, 2011
10:24 am

ga gator…….On these blogs maybe….Not the REAL fans/Alum I sit near at the games.

5IML

January 3rd, 2011
10:25 am

01HAWK,

I agree with you on Ark and LSU but not Aub. I liked a couple of the signed at the Capital One Bowl:

“Roll Ducks Roll” “CAM. What’s in your wallet?”

ESPN liked the signed also as they continued to show them.

kindergarten math

January 3rd, 2011
10:25 am

Sometimes one decision says all that needs to be said. When CMR went for the field goal on fourth and inches, he was telling his players , coaches and the whole world that he had no confidence in their ability to get half a foot against players from Central Florida. Is there any surprise that Georgia was flat for the rest of the game ? How do you feel, as a player and coach, when your head coach makes that announcement to the world ? Contrast that decision with Coach Mike Smith and the Falcons, who routinely go for it on fourth down because they believe in their players and coaches abilities. Making these first downs are not only inspirational for the team, but itis also a morale crusher for the opponent. CMR should apologize to his players, coaches and fans for that humiliating, emasculating decision. It sent the message that he did not believe in them. If he didn’t believe in them, then is it any surprise that they just went through the motions from that point on ? It is very discouraging to see the emotion and coaching that takes place from the sidelines from other head coaches in the bowl games, and contrast that with CMR’s “whatever” attitude.

Corch Meyer

January 3rd, 2011
10:25 am

1,2,3,4,,,,,,5 that them gator dont take no jive. gradilations to pearcy harvey. go gator

ThaMan

January 3rd, 2011
10:26 am

Dumbo – very aptly named.

JB

January 3rd, 2011
10:27 am

ylokjt…………………….Then you didn’t pay attention the last two sShula was at Bama. Suicide watch is not the word.

@ Wally Butts

January 3rd, 2011
10:27 am

•Marcus Jafar Dowtin, 21, of the 6000 block of Clinton Manor Drive, Clinton, Md., was charged with assault second degree. The charge was placed on the stet docket.

JB

January 3rd, 2011
10:27 am

s/b last two years Shula was at Bama

McDawg

January 3rd, 2011
10:27 am

i lay this on the Offensive Line-perhaps these juniors should submitt the game film to NFL evaluators

Stephen Dawg

January 3rd, 2011
10:27 am

What I want to hear is the truth and with some balls. Richt needs to admit that we are out of shape, unmotivated, and undisciplined on and off the field. He needs to go on record that if the same can be said at this point next year, he will quit taking the school’s money and resign before McGarity has to personally show him to the door.

Furthermore, I am sick of hearing about how recruiting needs to improve. TCU, Wisconsin, Stanford, and countless other schools are doing far more with much less highly regarded recruits than we currently have on our roster. This is just a scapegoat to evade the fact that the coaching and conditioning has sucked!

3rdN8

January 3rd, 2011
10:27 am

@ Buckeye

Not beating up on Big 10. I FIRMLY believe conference powers are cyclical, and the SEC is having a great run.

Here’s how my predictions went:

I did pick UNC over the Vols. Davis just had too many athletes.

I missed FSU vs USC. I thought it would be close, but Spurrier would find a way.

I picked Miss State big over UM. My relatives in Michigan were surprised at this one, and it cost ‘em.

I picked Bama over MSU, but didn’t think they’d cover. Boy was I wrong on that one.

I picked PSU over UF in a close one. Thought PSU was the tougher team. Bama played both this year. Big JoePa fan, but he really, really, needs to retire.

I originally picked OSU over Arkansas, but have changed my mind. OSU’s biggest problem is your prima donna QB. Guys like that are a cancer. Can’t believe Tressel puts up with it.

Anyway…good luck tomorrow night.

ga gator

January 3rd, 2011
10:28 am

JB, I go to all of your games too and a couple of away games each year, Most of the ones that I talk to seem to think they will win the SEC every season until the first loss.

Pope UGA XXIII

January 3rd, 2011
10:28 am

I’m so thrilled to learn that UGA beat Auburn 4 of 5 years and
that we also “own this state”. Someone please objectively look
at the returning players & coaches and tell us exactly how we’re
going to dramatically improve in 2011.
Those of you who choose to do so, please copy Dr Adams on
any correspondence you send the AD which mentions suspending
your contributions to UGA. His blood type is $$ +.

ga gator

January 3rd, 2011
10:29 am

Stephen Dawg, how you been? I agree and I think this year started with doing away with 2-a-days in August.

Buckeye

January 3rd, 2011
10:29 am

Ga Gator,

I’ve previously posted that we may come to Athens 0 and 19. Will make tearing down the hedges so much sweeter.

King Gator

January 3rd, 2011
10:29 am

pwned by UCF – enough said. Go Gators!

BamaDan Is A Gomer

January 3rd, 2011
10:29 am

Yes Stallings won a title with Antonio Langham, a star player on that team who was later found to have been paid at Alabama. READ THIS:Investigation centers on Stallings role with Langham and agent

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Gene Stallings admittedly knew his star player had signed something for someone. Now the question is: Was the Alabama coach diligent enough in getting to the bottom of the whole Antonio Langham affair?

The NCAA apparently doesn’t think so.

Langham’s eligibility was one of two potentially “major” violations cited Thursday by the NCAA in its official letter of inquiry, delivered to the school nearly two years after another former player, Gene Jelks, accused the Crimson Tide of wrongdoing.

The school, which has won six national championships and is ranked 11th in the country this season, could be facing probation for the first time.

Langham and his uncle, Clyde Goode, both say Langham told Stallings about his dealings with a sports agent in a New Orleans bar just hours after Alabama won the national championship at the 1993 Sugar Bowl.

“I told him to call his coach and tell him what he had done,” Goode said. “He said he did.”

ga gator

January 3rd, 2011
10:30 am

Buckeye, not unless you get rid of Vest Man.

STALLINGS KNEW

January 3rd, 2011
10:31 am

Investigation centers on Stallings role with Langham and agent

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Gene Stallings admittedly knew his star player had signed something for someone. Now the question is: Was the Alabama coach diligent enough in getting to the bottom of the whole Antonio Langham affair?

The NCAA apparently doesn’t think so.

Langham’s eligibility was one of two potentially “major” violations cited Thursday by the NCAA in its official letter of inquiry, delivered to the school nearly two years after another former player, Gene Jelks, accused the Crimson Tide of wrongdoing.

The school, which has won six national championships and is ranked 11th in the country this season, could be facing probation for the first time.

Langham and his uncle, Clyde Goode, both say Langham told Stallings about his dealings with a sports agent in a New Orleans bar just hours after Alabama won the national championship at the 1993 Sugar Bowl.

“I told him to call his coach and tell him what he had done,” Goode said. “He said he did.”

AUBURN PAY A PLAYER

January 3rd, 2011
10:32 am

Love all the Auburn peeps on here. They RENT a Florida player whom should’ve been kicked out of Florida and they’re proud of the fact the whole country knows it and they’re in the NC…Auburn will be in the same seat as UGA next year…Richt better turn it around.

JB

January 3rd, 2011
10:32 am

ga gator……then you need to change your handle to ” lost gator licking Dawg hind end,cause I love gator but go to Ga games ,so I’m confused”…………That’s your moniker from now on…LOL

Buckeye

January 3rd, 2011
10:33 am

3rdn8,

Thanks. Appreciate your infomation and well wishes. You’re right about Pryor. I still root for the kid, amazing athlete, but a legend in his own mind. He’s not unlike Tiger…needs to lighted up on perfection and smile once in a while.

King Gator

January 3rd, 2011
10:33 am

Georgia needs more coaches who jump off the high dive in pants and less practice/2-a-days! Go Gators!

goldwreck

January 3rd, 2011
10:33 am

I think GA vs Boise State is the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Classic
game at the GA Dome in Atlanta.

Read This 01Hawk

January 3rd, 2011
10:34 am

Alabama Put on Probation
.

August 03, 1995|GENE WOJCIECHOWSKI | TIMES STAFF WRITER

Alabama, with the third-winningest program in major college football history, was placed on three years’ probation and severely penalized after the NCAA Committee on Infractions found the school guilty of unethical conduct and “a distressing failure of institutional control.”

The sanctions, made public Wednesday, also require Alabama to reduce its football scholarships from the maximum 85 to 81 for the next two seasons, reduce its freshmen and transfer player scholarships by 22 during the next two seasons, forfeit eight victories and a tie from the 1993 season and forfeit any chance to appear in postseason play this year.

In addition, the Committee on Infractions ordered four school officials, including Coach Gene Stallings and Athletic Director Cecil (Hootie) Ingram, to attend a regional rules compliance seminar during each of the next three years.

King Gator

January 3rd, 2011
10:34 am

Boise State puts nail in CMR’s coffin … long 2011 for Pupps. Go Gators!

JB

January 3rd, 2011
10:34 am

Between Au and Bama, the NCAA ought to set up a branch in Birmingham.

James

January 3rd, 2011
10:34 am

Tony-

Are you serious? Saban has had 6 seasons where he had a 6 or 7 in season, Richt’s had 1.

1 losing season since 1985, in 25 years. 1. The other 24 were winning seasons. All 24.

He wins 9.6 games a year.

He’s in the top 4 winning %.

The guys gave great effort, faced a top 20 ranked team, came up a little short—4 points. I didn’t see lack of effort on the field, name names, which players?

Lack of passion? Give me a break. Richt’s personality is WHY he got to #3 in 2002, and #2 in 2007, you didn’t com,plain THEN that he needed more passion?

He’s the guy that knows how to turn it around. He did it in 2002 & 2007. Let’s support him.

suwanee dawg

January 3rd, 2011
10:35 am

Buck Futt, Nice comment. Guess you forgot Auburn had lost four in a row to UGA before 2010. Absent Cam, you guys are 7-5 at best. Your defense was lousy. Of course we can continue to aspire to your level of class.

Read This 01Hawk

January 3rd, 2011
10:35 am

Antonio Langham, then a Crimson Tide junior defensive back, signed with an agent after the team’s national championship victory over Miami in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1, 1993; and that former Alabama running back Gene Jelks received six loans for a total of $24,400 based partly on his future earnings as a professional player. School officials and the NCAA enforcement staff submitted a summary-disposition report, which is a joint acknowledgment that the violations occurred.

James

January 3rd, 2011
10:35 am

U guess Urban Meyer need smore passion, since Florida had a terrible year, Mack Brown too.

joe suggs

January 3rd, 2011
10:36 am

Hey Buck Futt ! Your boy Cash Newton was a mercenary player that went to the highest bidder for a year . Best player money could buy !

Musschump

January 3rd, 2011
10:36 am

yo gator fans, yall think zook was bad. ive been overrated at every job ive had. Mack was glad to see me go. Kirby is just like me. saban runs that defense and always has. thanks for the 2.7 mil though. he who laughs last laughs loudest

1eyedJack

January 3rd, 2011
10:37 am

Is Neil Callaway available yet? Maybe we could swing a trade with UAB. Callaway for Searles, Tony Ball, Bryan McClendon, Caleb King, Tanner Strickland, Ben Harden, Israel Troup, Brandon Bogatay, and Jeremy Longo.

01HAWK

January 3rd, 2011
10:38 am

POT CALLING THE KETTLE BLACK for all of the BARNERS on this blog.

Did you for forget about MIDGET TERRY BOWDEN and the CROOKED PAT DYE ?

They were some of the most crooked coaches there have ever been. Get REAL

Buckeye

January 3rd, 2011
10:38 am

How did your former “Dawgs” do? Never have understood the spelling. Bobby Carpenter LB, Detroit: Recorded eight tackles (five solo, three assists) in a 20-13 victory over Minnesota.

Nate Clements CB, San Francisco: Had three solo tackles, one assist and a forced fumble in a 38-7 win over Arizona.

Ted Ginn Jr. WR, San Francisco: Caught two passes for 41 yards, including a 37-yard touchdown, and returned two punts for 21 yards in the win over Arizona.

A.J. Hawk LB, Green Bay: Totaled 11 tackles (nine solo, two assists) and a half-sack in a 10-3 over Chicago.

Santonio Holmes WR, New York Jets: Caught a 17-yard pass for a touchdown in a 38-7 victory over Buffalo.

Vernon Gholston, DE, N.Y. Jets: Had two assisted tackles in the win over Buffalo

Malcolm Jenkins DB, New Orleans: Finished with two solo tackles in a 23-13 loss to Tampa Bay.

James Laurinaitis LB, St. Louis: Made six solo tackles with three assists and recovered a fumble in a 16-6 loss at Seattle.

Michael Jenkins WR, Atlanta: Had five receptions for 52 yards in a 31-10 win over Carolina.

Ryan Pickett DT, Green Bay: Had two solo tackles and one assist in the win over Chicago.

Brian Robiskie, WR, Cleveland: Had two receptions for 35 yards and a touchdown in a 41-9 loss to Pittsburgh.

Will Smith DE, New Orleans: Recorded a sack and a solo tackle in the loss to Tampa Bay.

Mike Vrabel LB, Kansas City: Had two solo tackles in a 31-10 loss to Oakland.

Chris Wells, RB, Arizona: Rushed for 16 yards on five carries and caught a 6-yard pass in the loss to San Francisco.

Donte Whitner S, Buffalo: Had four solo tackles in a 38-7 loss to the New York Jets.

Antoine Winfield CB, Minnesota: Had nine tackles (six solo, three assists) in a 20-13 loss to Detroit.

King Gator

January 3rd, 2011
10:38 am

Cash Newton was worth every $ to AU this year, WAR SEC BCS Championships! Big Ten + Nebraska.. nice job in the bowl season!Go Gators!

Dawgs73

January 3rd, 2011
10:38 am

There is nothing in Richt’s past five years that would suggest that he is capable of competing for an SEC/National Championship (as the current level of coaching/competition has increased). To give him another year based on “he’s earned the right to fix it” just doesn’t hold water. He is not going to magically change and become something he is not. Evey other university in the SEC have made coaching changes to improve their respective programs.

It’s been time for change and to wait another year for no good reason, is bad for UGA and sets a precedent that mediocrity is acceptable at the highest level. Championships start from the top at the AD level, and McGarity needs to move forward and make the decision now. It’s obvious that the fan base has already jumped ship (as evidenced by the terrible showing at the Liberty bowl). To sit back and wait, is equal to blind indifference. The fans are screaming for change and want someone to instill hope in the Dawgs again…alas, Richt is not that man.

SoCal Dawg

January 3rd, 2011
10:39 am

Who would of thought that a pair of red panties would of bought CMR one more year. The only reason CMR is still the coach is because Mcgarity is a fair man and hasn’t been the AD long enough to make a completely informed decision.

3rdN8

January 3rd, 2011
10:39 am

@ BamaDan Is A Gomer

If you insist on beating dead horses, then have the decency to at least know the facts. Alabama was never accused of paying Antonio Langham. Langham had dinner with an uncle, and another guy who was an “agent”. This meeting took place at a restaurant in New Orleans after the 1993 Sugar Bowl. Langham apparently signed a contract with the agent on a napkin. That made him inelgible. He played all of the following season for Alabama. The NCCA ruled that the UofA did not have sufficient institutional control, and we were subsequently hammered.

If that makes your pathetic existence somehow happier, and more meaningful, then I’m glad we could oblige.

GTman

January 3rd, 2011
10:39 am

1. Mike BOBO needs to go. UGA should replace him with Ralph Friedgen (best offensive coordinator I have ever seen). UGA runs a high school offense that can only score two field goals against UCF!

2. Todd Grantham needs to go. He acts like a total redneck on the field and is an embarrassment to UGA. His results are not nearly good enough to tolerate his bad behavior. How can you expect the players to act like grownups when the DC acts like a chump?

3. Bad characters need to go. There is not 1 irreplaceable player on that team. I can’t believe that Richt lets these players stay at UGA. Get rid of a few and that will send a discipline message that will translate to better behavior off and on the field.

charlie Strong

January 3rd, 2011
10:40 am

Thanks UF, ive had more success than the chump has ever had.

bart

January 3rd, 2011
10:40 am

Tony, your column is right on. However, I cannot see Coach Richt showing passion. It’s just not in his nature. Think about this…When Van Goder was there, he was the passionate one, and it worked. Since Van Gorder left, the program has been in slow decline, until we hit rock bottom this year. Grantham seems to have some passion, but we don’t know yet what kind of DC he’ll be. Frankly, I cannot see this coaching staff turning the program around in a year’s time, maybe ever. It seems to be in the cards for Richt to be fired after next season. I hope I’m wrong because aI think he’s a fine and decent man.

James

January 3rd, 2011
10:42 am

Richt had a great 2nd hal of 2010, 5-2, just didn’t do well in the first half, 1-4. Deal with it.

Bubba

January 3rd, 2011
10:42 am

Gt man,aybe we like rednecks. as long as we beat the Joke by Coke im happy. Now shut vand tell your wife to come back

DAWG 1

January 3rd, 2011
10:42 am

This is so far down the line I doubt if many will read it – but, one coach that has not been mentioned as doing a poor job is Rodney Garner. He also coaches the Searles led offensive line, but more than that, I don’t think he is a good judge of talent. Also, I never hear recruits saying “I love Coach Garner” yet they say that for other coaches, including Richt.
As for Coach Richt, I truly feel his strong beliefs will not allow him to change his “fire”. It is not in his personality or makeup to allow himself to get upset. When he shook hands with George O’Leary after the game Friday, he was smiling. He was the only DAWG smiling! His personality or who he is is not going to change.
Bobo has no clue to what it takes to create a good, unpredictable offense. His is so predictable by fans that coaches who practice the profession KNOW what is coming. Second and 23 and he runs the ball!
As a lifelong Dawg, this all reminds me of the end of the era before Vince Dooley. Then “Vince who” came in and immediately turned the same players into winners with the likes of great coaches like Erk Russell.
As much as I admire Coach Richt as a person, I just no longer respect his coaching ability. I wish I felt differently.

PMC

January 3rd, 2011
10:43 am

Perhaps, but these are things Tony that needed to be handled way back in 2005, when it was obvious they were not prepared to play West Virginia in the Sugar Bowl….

These problems have been problems for longer than 2 years. It’s on going.

01HAWK

January 3rd, 2011
10:43 am

READ THIS BARNERS !!!!! It would be good if you SHUT UP and keep your own house clean.

Dye’s tenure on the plains ended when Auburn was penalized for payments by boosters and assistant coaches to a player, Eric Ramsey. Tape recordings were released that implicated a booster named “Corky” Frost, and present Troy University head coach Larry Blakeney. The controversy landed the Auburn program a spot on 60 Minutes and an eventual NCAA investigation. While the investigation did not find Dye personally responsible for rules violations, the NCAA determined that as head coach and athletic director, Dye should have known about and stopped the payments to Ramsey.[2] The fallout from the NCAA probation against the football team pushed Dye out as athletic director in 1991 and as head coach the following year.

AUBURN, Ala. – Former Auburn coach Terry Bowden said on tape two years ago that boosters were funneling thousands of dollars to players when he became coach in 1993, a time when the Tigers were on NCAA probation.

“They were paying players cash, $12,000, $15,000 to sign,” Bowden said on a recording reviewed by the Associated Press. “All I was told to do was shake hands and say, “Thank you. I appreciate how much you love Auburn.’ ”

Bowden did not make clear whether he reported the payment scheme to the NCAA, but said on the tape: “When I came here, I put an end to it.”

Bowden’s comments were reported Sunday by the Opelika-Auburn News. A columnist taped the comments in a meeting about two years ago, and a copy of the tape was made available to AP.

Bowden did not return a call by the AP to his Orlando home. He is a commentator for ABC Sports, where spokesman Adam Freifield said Bowden contended the remarks were off the record and had no further comment.

A statement issued by Auburn questioned why remarks made by Bowden in 2001 are only now being reported. The columnist who taped the comments, Paul Davis, said there had been concern Bowden’s remarks were “off the record” and not for publication. Davis said Bowden has sent him an e-mail encouraging their publication.

The school’s statement also said Bowden repeatedly had certified to the NCAA from 1993-98 that “he was unaware of any unreported violations of NCAA rules by anyone involved with the Auburn football program.”

Though there is a four-year statute of limitations for NCAA violations, there is an exception if the infraction is considered “blatant.” NCAA spokeswoman Kay Hawes wouldn’t comment on the specifics of the allegations.

William Muse, who was president of Auburn during Bowden’s term as coach, also said in newly released transcripts that he had heard rumors of a pay-for-play scheme but that it was never verified during the NCAA investigation.

Bowden resigned as coach during the 1998 season as his relations with a powerful trustee, Robert Lowder, became strained.

On the tape, Bowden said 25-30 boosters would meet in Birmingham and 15-20 would meet in Rome, Ga., and that they would give $5,000 each. He said that when he arrived at Auburn, an assistant collected the money.

On the tape, Bowden said he took a stand against the practice. “I’m going to finish that deal. That’s over with,” he said he told one of those involved.

Read This 01Hawk

January 3rd, 2011
10:43 am

2 Words for ya: Albert Means

JDawg

January 3rd, 2011
10:43 am

Dang, the probation-pissing-contest between AU and AL will take a while. What about a dozen between the both of them?

King Gator

January 3rd, 2011
10:44 am

Trying to figure out why all my co-workers (Tech & UGA grads) look so sad today? the guy from AF looks happy and the girl at reception who almost graduated from UCF is going to be carrying around her UCF coffee mug all week I’m afraid.. @ least the talkative old guy from PSU hasn’t come by my office and probably won’t until April. Go Gators!

monty

January 3rd, 2011
10:44 am

I’m a GA lifelong fan and I watched Bama destroy MSU, the difference in the way their players performed and the way ours performed was night and day. Our running backs are the easiest guys in the league to tackle. If you get a hand on them you will bring them down. Bama’s backs were absolutely running straight over people. They played with a chip on their shoulder as if they had something to prove, we didn’t.They looked coached up, we didn’t. Just a reward for winning 6 games.It’s all about the attitude. Name me 2-3 defensive highlights this season for the dogs. You can’t do it. David Pollock used to have that many in one game by himself.

russ

January 3rd, 2011
10:44 am

back in 06′, all the writers and bloggers said richt was done. then 2007 happened, he finished #2 in the country.

they were all wrong then, and they’re all wrong now.

How Soon You Forget 01Hawk??

January 3rd, 2011
10:45 am

, Means’s high-school coach, Lynn Lang, all but auctioned Means off to the highest bidder. Alabama was the one that bit, with mega-booster Logan Young allegedly paying Lang a total of $150,000 to steer Means to Tuscaloosa. It was that kind of sprawling kudzu patch of a scandal that included dozens of schools, FBI investigations, allegations that Phil Fulmer tried to submarine Alabama by feeding evidence to the NCAA and lawsuits that have spanned the ensuing decade; when the smoke cleared, ‘Bama coach Mike Dubose was out of a job, three people were in jail and the Tide incurred a two-year bowl ban and the loss of 21 scholarships. As far as anyone can ascertain, the Tide only avoided the death penalty by the skin of their teeth, and the scholarship reductions so kneecapped the program that the team went 43-32 over the ensuing six seasons and had more new-coach searches than bowl wins.

drsoul

January 3rd, 2011
10:46 am

There was a time at Alabama, under Bear Bryant, when admittedly by himself, that things got a little slack and two 6-game winning seasons back to back…alumni wanted him out….!!! Bear saw the light, was able to look in the mirror and realize what needed to be done… and, the rest is history..!!!
Yes, it would also be a good sign to see Richt look at Bama’s program overall and instill some of those principles in the Bulldogs.. Now, I bleed Crimson through and through, but I also want to see the entire SEC group do well and be the leaders in college football… Georgia is also too rich of a program to let things get too complacent… Get a hold of this, Richt…for everyone, the players, alums, fans and your SEC brotherhood…!!! Don’t continue to make a joke of Georgia…!!!!

King Gator

January 3rd, 2011
10:46 am

I hope they keep CMR around a few more years, will give CWM a little time to get up to speed without having to worry about losing to the Dawgs. Go Gators!

James

January 3rd, 2011
10:46 am

5-2 ain’t too bad. Richt fixed everything in the 2nd half of the season. Got off to a slow start at 1-4, happens many times to every good coach, Miles, Saban, Meyer.

To go 5-2 after starting 1-4, richt should get coach of the year.

DIT

January 3rd, 2011
10:47 am

Tony, I think your comments are right on track. I was one of many so frustrated by the UCF loss that I wanted to see CMR replaced immediately. Before that I was a strong CMR backer. I have had time to think about it. One year does not give him time enough to turn the program around. However, at saying that, he has had going on 11 years to do so.
He is an incredible man both on and off the field and College sports needs more people of his influence. However, the football program is in a downward spiral. Usually the only thing that can get things better is a major change. I hope and pray that CMR can turn the program around next year, but just don’t see it. He needs to get back to the SEC CG… don’t see it. Anything less and I’m sure he will be replaced.
UGA just does not have the “hosses” to compete for the SEC CG next year. Huge tests right off the bat. He MUST find a way to beat Boise State and SC to get the ball rolling. Again, don’t see it.

Side note; Congrats to MSU, UF and Bama on their impressive victories. Now that’s how an SEC team is supposed to look!

ga gator

January 3rd, 2011
10:47 am

JB, will keep the handle. Spent 52 years in Florida and moved here and met a UGA girl in 2005, sit in club seating and get a kick out of your dated pregame video presentation.

Mike Bobo 17 INT

January 3rd, 2011
10:48 am

UGA just needs to look the other way, which is what they have been doing since the CMR tenure.

Please, give CMR another 10 or 15 years and Miles and Saban will kick in a few bucks to make this happen.

Steve

January 3rd, 2011
10:48 am

Passion is ovverrated. Tenn has a passionate head coach, he aint’ good.

We don’t need to HEAR anything from Richt, we need to SEE more wins.

ga gator

January 3rd, 2011
10:48 am

To go 5-2 after starting 1-4, richt should get coach of the year.

Classic James.

How Soon You Forget 01Hawk??

January 3rd, 2011
10:48 am

You avoided the Death Penalty by the skin of your teeth. Yes Auburn has broke the rules, but never even close to 2-major violations within a five-year window, which is part of the criteria the NCAA uses in applying the Death Penalty. Tater Tot and Wayne Hall were small potatoes compared to Albert Means, it was the top scandal of the DECADE!!

lagadawg

January 3rd, 2011
10:49 am

I am a dawg fan living in Louisiana,people out here say comparing Richt’s coaching to Les Miles makes Les look like a rocket scientist,nuff said,they all say if Richt was at LSU HE WOULD BE GONE 2 YEARS AGO.

MikeP

January 3rd, 2011
10:50 am

Richt doesn’t need better talent. The players on this year’s team averaged ranking 6th nationally in the recruiting services over the past four years.
They are being coached down at UGA, not coached up. This ‘dream team” is melting away rapidly, the kids are looking for schools where they can improve instead of getting worse.

Mike Bobo 17 INT

January 3rd, 2011
10:50 am

The problem with the UGA program is there is not enough emphasis on defense and coordinators, it is all about CMR. UGA let Van Gorder out the door, and Dooley never would have achieved a national title if not for Erk Russell.

You should have fired CMR and moved Van Gorder to head coach, then we would not even be having this conversation. Also, you need to fire Dooley and remove him from your program, along with every media writer who tries to support this broken program, including the arrogant Barnhart.

BULLDOG NATION DOESN'T CARE

January 3rd, 2011
10:50 am

UGA has all the advantages that the teams winning conference and national championships have. However because the fans and leaders of the program readily accept mediocrity nothing’s gonna change. We’re talking about a program which has but two conference championships in the LAST 28 YEARS!!! We’ve lost 13 GAMES in the last two years and most Bulldogs fans are appauled by the idea of replacing Richt. Demand nothing get nothing…

ga gator

January 3rd, 2011
10:50 am

Steve, 100% agree. Dooley is a moron who cost Tenn the game at LSU and the bowl game by calling time out near the end which hurt his punters chances of dropping it inside the 10 yard line.

JB

January 3rd, 2011
10:50 am

ga gator……..fair enough………Are you a Gator fan?

Georgia | MrSEC.com

January 3rd, 2011
10:50 am

[...] at this point. Once you lose a fanbase past a certain point, there’s no getting it back.  Even if you say all the right things, eventually the proof’s in the win column.  Richt’s win column doesn’t figure to [...]

Mike Bobo 17 INT

January 3rd, 2011
10:51 am

Athens: just keep doing what you are doing, we love you.

Christian LeMay

January 3rd, 2011
10:51 am

I cannot wait to get to Athens so I cannot be held accountable for my behavior anymore.

GTBob

January 3rd, 2011
10:52 am

Sometimes a program needs a new coach. It doesn’t mean that Richt is a bad coach, it’s just that the direction of the program is way off course at this point and may be hard for Richt to correct. The players are a little out of control, and the fans are getting restless. I think it would probably be better for Richt and for UGA for Richt to have a fresh start somewhere else.

01HAWK

January 3rd, 2011
10:52 am

No probation kissing contest here. BARNERS are so upset that they have one CHAMPIONSHIP and know that if they lose to OREGON……………………………The TIDE will come down hard on them. I laugh at BARNERS because they do not know there own messed up history.

One CHAMPIONSHIP and all of suden you have a better record than BAMA over the years. Weak comments by BARNERS.

Snoop Dawg

January 3rd, 2011
10:53 am

It’s too late. OFF WITH HIS HEAD!

Richt has had every opportunity times three to get the ship on course. Nobody owes Mark Richt anything. As a matter of fact, he owes the Bulldog Nation a big apology and several million dollars in unearned income.

Among all his other problems, Richt is deficient in communications skills. If he is passionate, it is a national secret. If he is tough, nobody is aware or anxious about not doing their jobs. Being a head coach at a premier university like UGA requires outstanding communication skills. Richt not only does not have them, he doesn’t have any.

These skills translate into being a failure in keeping Georgia talent in Georgia. In addition, he and his staff have not been able to assess true talent.

Richt’s time was over two years ago. Wimpy administrators have procrastinated in firing him, to our disadvantage. If he is allowed another year, it will be absolutely disgraceful and it is entirely possible that in this day and age that our glorious football Tradition will perish forevermore.

McGarrity may have only been here for four months, but he knows what is not going on and he is very familiar with Richt. He need to do his job too, or we may be looking for another AD that has goals that are in synch with the Bulldog Nation.

Paul From Milton

January 3rd, 2011
10:53 am

Finally someone at Georgia acknowledges what the rest of the SEC has known for awhile – that there is good talent in Georgia but not enough to win a championship. The talent on that team has been overrated for some time and simply taking the best instate talent and fitting them in hasn’t worked. The 3 best players at UGA recently – Stafford, Moreno and Green – all came from out of state.

JB

January 3rd, 2011
10:53 am

It’s not that the Bulldawg nation doesn’t care….Read these blogs……..We are run by a dictator named Adams who calls all the shots. It’s about HIM! Auburn has it’s Mob. Bama folks will kill you for this kind of performance…… Florida just wants to win baby…….i don’t know why this man got so powerful. He is.

ga gator

January 3rd, 2011
10:53 am

Absolutely JB, been going to games in Gainesville since 1961, but like most “old” Gators, respect UGA and their dominance in the 70’s and 80’s. I pull for UGA every game except the game in Jax.

01HAWK

January 3rd, 2011
10:55 am

What do you call a AUBARN TIGER FOOTBALL PLAYER WITH A BCS CHAMPIONSHIP RING ?

A Thief !!!!!!! They had to have stolen it

an insult to uga and his religion.

January 3rd, 2011
10:55 am

isn’t there some verse in the Bible that says “whatever you chose do do, do it wholeheartedly because that is your service to God?”

i wonder what St. Richt has to say about that, in light of his recent showing….or would he just simply say…”it is what it is….”

he is doing more harm than good right now….not just to uga but also to those who hold him up to be some kind of example of Christianity for us all. Christianity does not equal mediocraty.

Anyone who wants to take me to task on that is going to have to go through Mr Tebow.

JB

January 3rd, 2011
10:57 am

Wouldn’t it be nice if Barnhart, Bradley, Tucker or Schultz or someone would drive to Athens Today and get an interview. With Adams, Richt, McGarity……. These writers are just bloggers like us.
Where’s the NEWS ?????????????????

Gen Neyland

January 3rd, 2011
10:57 am

UGA’s new AD will give CMR a chance but as in ANY BUSINESS, change is always possible when the administration changes hands. Like it or not CMR supporters or non-supporters, MR is starting 2011 at ground zero with a handicap in McGarity’s eyes. This could get to be an interesting insiders game of a power struggle between the two of them…I would have to think a new AD that comes to town from a program that won a NC or two in football has his eyes set on another. CMR needs to show the promise of getting to that point ASAP.

Paul The Vol

January 3rd, 2011
10:58 am

Interesting that Ga Gator would say that because I consider Urban Meyer completely overrated as a coach. I had heard that the secret to Meyer’s success was Dan Mullen and that was proved correct once he and Tebow left town. Florida had a wealth of talent and Meyer was hapless with it.

JB

January 3rd, 2011
10:58 am

thanks ga gator……

hop

January 3rd, 2011
10:58 am

the talent is not there for georgia to win big in 2011. the dogs are losing their best players and the replacements are lacking at best.

i doubt the recruiting season will be meaningful since we have many questions about our coaching staff.

finally, even buck belue has major concerns,that is better than the homer group on the georgia football network that are still making the usual excuses for the AWFUL effort in the liberty bowl.
also, mr. mccarity ,we do get it in the bulldog nation ,we just wish you did as well!

DIT

January 3rd, 2011
11:00 am

an insult to uga and his religion.

Colossians 3:23

CMR is not an insult to the Lord. I can promise you that. Please take a view of what this man does off the field with his time. He has been doing a poor job of coaching the past couple years. That’s the issue

UGA owns you tasty bees..

January 3rd, 2011
11:01 am

Buck Futt

January 3rd, 2011
8:30 am
Yeah, Georgia, you take Tony’s advice. Go right on making the fourth-best team in the West and the second-best team in the (lousy) East your benchmarks. Pay no attention to Auburn… we’ll just go on beating your overrated hides and playing for championships while you whine and act like spoiled brats. That’s a lot of fun for us.

LOL Nothing better than an IDIOT AUBURN “fan” who obviously just jumped on the bandwagon, or had their head in the sand the last five years. You are 1 – 4 the last FIVE GAMES, so it appears that we just took a short break this year from “beating your overrated hides”. Nothing better than laughing at comments from stupid people from the dirt road capital of the world, the state of Alabama. YOU and PEOPLE LIKE YOU are what define HICKS

Ralph

January 3rd, 2011
11:01 am

Barnhart says this: “That players are going to be disciplined on and off the field: I hear about this more than any single thing”, yet he has it listed as the THIRD item. It is obviously a very low priority for Richt and the thUGA administration which does not discourage recruiting unsuitable COLLEGE students.

GT Fan ...

January 3rd, 2011
11:01 am

You GA fans are FUNNY. Funny, I tell ya! If the dogs don’t go undefeated then “someone’s gotta get fired” – GOD DA*N!

There’s having high expectations for your program, then there’s what so many of you are screaming about axing folks. You folks need to CHILL…..

JB

January 3rd, 2011
11:01 am

Good insight Gen Neyland…….My biggest concern is that Richt is like a guy 40 pounds overweight trying to win the hundred meters, Line him all day, it ain’t gonna happen.

ga gator

January 3rd, 2011
11:02 am

Paul The Vol

No disagreement from me. I am glad Meyer is gone; good ridence. He was tolerated because he produced, he has been lost since Mullen left. I am thrilled beyond words with the Muschamp and his hiring of Charlie Weis as his OC.

DawginLex

January 3rd, 2011
11:02 am

Richt needs to do what he has always done-THE RIGHT THING

The right thing is for him to resign now and re-unify Bulldog Nation.

I admire the man as a person and for what he has done for the program but his time has passed.

Resign Coach Richt and do it today.

jumbeauxtiger

January 3rd, 2011
11:03 am

Good points Tony but I don’t think Richt will change. He is who he is. A good man and apparently a not so good coach who does not instill discipline on and off the field.

Georgia should clean house starting with him. The Dawgs have talent and it wouldn’t take long for a capable coach to turn things around.

JB

January 3rd, 2011
11:03 am

GT Fan……do you want me to paste some post from Chan’s last year?

Todd from Birmingham

January 3rd, 2011
11:03 am

Mcgarity does not get it!! Mark Richt would have resigned this morning if he cared so much about the program..he’s a dead man walking, so why take the ship down with you ??? Fire his ass Mcgarity! Show the fans you truly understand and do what needs to be done- Mark, Your fired!

Mike Bobo 17 INT

January 3rd, 2011
11:03 am

Keep doing what you are doing and no one is allowed to criticize the UGA football program, no one.

Roark

January 3rd, 2011
11:04 am

As a big-time SEC head coach, CMR is a dead man walking (literal zombie). Couple the monotone lack of intensity and focus demonstrated by the coach with a team of average footballers and you get 6-7 at best!

Summit Dawg

January 3rd, 2011
11:04 am

If he doesn’t get rid of Bobo as OC, then he should be fired! He has no fire, no “BALLS!” He doesn’t even trust his own offense, when on the opening drive with inches to go for a first down and a potential 7, he calls for a field goal….I guess when he goes into recruits living rooms, he’ll say “come to UGA and we’ll show you how to kick fieldgoals!”

ga gator

January 3rd, 2011
11:05 am

JB, even when Tech won the ACC last year, them and Clemson lost to UGA and SC. Too bad they cannot join a conference with Army, Navy and Air Force.

Mooty Squarefinger

January 3rd, 2011
11:06 am

Great article Tony… I agree 100%.

The other thing Mark Richt needs to do is tell all his Juniors thinking about going to the NFL – “FORGET ABOUT IT!” With the exception of AJ, there isn’t a single player on UGA’s team that could hack it in the NFL starting next year. Justin Houston is dilusional if he thinks he’s ready for the NFL. If he couldn’t sack Godfrey with UCF’s line in front of him, what makes him think he can do so where the Offensive Linemen are larger, stronger and WAY more experienced. The rest aren’t even worth discussing, when you take into consideration they’re associated with a 6-7 team.

NOBODYYOUKNOW

January 3rd, 2011
11:07 am

Many times the truth hurts. I have to agree with every thing in that article. A change would be tough but it may have to happen. And if a change is made us fans must be patient with a new system.

Top Recruit

January 3rd, 2011
11:07 am

This is what I’ve said for awhile. But do not get caught up in someone’s outside appearance. Get decisions from junior going pro this week. Need to know for recruiting and spring roster and practice, etc. Cut loose high maintenance players like King. The scholarship is not a gift from UGA. Earned it every year. Too many young men go to UGA and read all that bull on those blogs and think they are a “beast”. How long did it take CMR to understand he had issues on the O line. Too long. How can you say in August you will be surprised if you do not run the ball. Then in the first game LL has several penetration. But oh no all those bloggers sit there and see a high number on the score board. That do not see the sets, plays, and executions. Why in hell did the coaches not see that going into the fall. Yes, CMR has some issues!

Free Textbooks Anyone?

January 3rd, 2011
11:07 am

01Hawk I hear Bama’s giving away free textbooks again. Then again why do they need textbooks at Alabama anyway? How soon you forget 6 in a row mullet!! Oh that’s right I forgot ya’ll were “down” during those years so the one for the thumb doesn’t count!

Free Textbooks Anyone?

January 3rd, 2011
11:08 am

Hurry now 01Hawk I hear they are going for 28-27 % off this year LMAO

Snoop Dawg

January 3rd, 2011
11:08 am

If the gloves don’t fit, the team will quit.

The CEO must go!

5IML

January 3rd, 2011
11:10 am

How bad was it on Saturday? This is BAMA’s third string nose guard:

http://cdn3.sbnation.com/fan_shot_images/169579/9164212-large.jpg

Due Diligence

January 3rd, 2011
11:10 am

CMR is a great guy. Sometimes great guys don’t have it. Sometimes great guys have slumps and rebound. I don’t need to list the coaches who have tanked only to come back strong again. That’s life! But another year with CMR gives UGA more wiggle room. If he turns it around great! He is very capable and I won’t be surprised. But if he doesn’t turn it around, let’s start investigating “other” possibilities. Due Diligence!

Junkyard Dawg

January 3rd, 2011
11:10 am

Too whoever said Malzahn for UGA coach should forget about it. His offense pre Cam Newton pretty much sucked. He is a gimmick coach who will only have success once every 5 or so seasons when he gets a rare talent like Newton or Tebow caliber. I would rather have a defensive mind like Kirby Smart who has the “Saban Blueprint” in his back pocket.

Beast from the East

January 3rd, 2011
11:11 am

Tony,
Based on what I’m reading here, the Dawg Nation doesn’t want to “hear” anything out of Richt. They want to “see” something different. All of the talk in the world will not quiet the naysayers at this point. It’s time to put up or shut up for Coach Richt. 2011 will decide his fate.

DIT

January 3rd, 2011
11:12 am

@Junkyard Dawg

I would have to agree that if CMR gets the axe Kirby would and should be 1st choice to run the program……… Then Adams steps in and mucks it all up

Free Textbooks Anyone?

January 3rd, 2011
11:13 am

LMAO at a MARBLE-MOUTH UGA fan calling Auburn hicks. You must not live in GA because buddy I do and believe me there are some “Hicks” in “these parts of the woods” LMAO

BULLDAWG BILL

January 3rd, 2011
11:14 am

Tony, you are asking Richt to be something he isn’t — a fireball of expression. He can’t do it and his only resort is to win football games. I fear that he has let the program slip too far for his type of leadership to bring it back. Next year will be a long year of gradual death for the program. I wish he would just leave now and let McGarity get on with finding a hot new coach.

kybodawg

January 3rd, 2011
11:14 am

ok buck futt youre going to keep beating us. i belive the record for the last 5 yrs is 1-4. as for championships you have 24 seniors a tim tebo clone on steroids and youre best d player will be gone after thjis year. good luck next year when youre 5 and seven.

Big John Dawg!

January 3rd, 2011
11:16 am

Coach Richt overall is a great man and a great coach! But Nobody is great all the time! I believe with Murray, should be the best quarterback in the SEC, we win the East and get back to a BCS bowl. Mark knows how to motivate his players and this year he will do just that! I beleive we will have a great year and a fun year! Coach Richt will deliver!

Ted M

January 3rd, 2011
11:17 am

This is a a great post.

kindergarten math

January 3rd, 2011
10:25 am

Sometimes one decision says all that needs to be said. When CMR went for the field goal on fourth and inches, he was telling his players , coaches and the whole world that he had no confidence in their ability to get half a foot against players from Central Florida. Is there any surprise that Georgia was flat for the rest of the game ? How do you feel, as a player and coach, when your head coach makes that announcement to the world ? Contrast that decision with Coach Mike Smith and the Falcons, who routinely go for it on fourth down because they believe in their players and coaches abilities. Making these first downs are not only inspirational for the team, but itis also a morale crusher for the opponent. CMR should apologize to his players, coaches and fans for that humiliating, emasculating decision. It sent the message that he did not believe in them. If he didn’t believe in them, then is it any surprise that they just went through the motions from that point on ? It is very discouraging to see the emotion and coaching that takes place from the sidelines from other head coaches in the bowl games, and contrast that with CMR’s “whatever” attitude.

That was a great post.

Junkyard Dawg

January 3rd, 2011
11:18 am

CMR is too loyal to his assistants. He would rather put his own job on the line instead of finding the right OC and DC to assist him. His friends will be the downfall of him as a head coach because he is too worried about their careers rather than his own mess. He has to understand that this is a business and not some coaching interim BUDDY SYSTEM. In other words he is putting “pleasure” before business and this is the ultimate formula for failure.

Due Diligence

January 3rd, 2011
11:20 am

“Big John” – Agree!

Lowcountry Bulldawg

January 3rd, 2011
11:20 am

When was the last time UGA lined up and physically dominated an upper echelon SEC team?

That cannot be answered entirely on S&C coaching. It is more so on a coaching staff’s philosophical approach to winning games.

CMR now has to make the Alumni and Fanbase that he is capable of changing essentially everything that has got him to this point. How can we believe this?

Proactive or Reactive? The time is now….

oakwood dawg

January 3rd, 2011
11:21 am

Bart, I mostly agree with you. CMR, in 10 years at UGA has had 6 great seasons(10 or more wins), 3 good seasons(one 9 game win,two 8 game wins) and this years terrible loosing season. Thing is once we got use to winning at least 10 games, we were upset at anything less. Of utmost importance too, is the fact that he has only beaten UF twice in 10 years. CMR is a good person that has now become a not so good head coach. I don’t know what has happened to him but I don’t think he can handled it anymore. Because of his overall record, he probably should have next year to prove himself but I don’t see it happening i.e.having a good season. To my way of thinking, CMR should retire now and save himself what will be a very embarrassing season next year. There is always abundant talent in the state of Georgia(every year) and with the right coach to get a big share of that talent AND COACH THEM UP there is no reason UGA can’t be one of the top 3 teams in the country year in and year out.

Dennis

January 3rd, 2011
11:22 am

Richt is a great guy…that being said, he’s consistently out-coached by teams that have nowhere near the talent UGA does. His teams are undisciplined which starts with the coach. I’m all for family atmosphere; at the end of the day, you’re being paid top $ to win football games, not be sluggish and have the “I wish it would have gone differently” mentality. TIme to step up or step out.

Hike !!

January 3rd, 2011
11:22 am

This is a little story about college football past.
Before the story, let me say that all college football players should receive some monetary compensation for the all the money they produce for the colleges they represent. This would help eliminate those temptations to “steal a laptop, Cameron”; “sell a jersey, A.J,”etc.

I recall talking with our high school all state running back, who was playing for UGA. This was back in the late 60’s. It was at a BBQ joint and I had commented on how much I liked his brand new Chevy. I ask him what it cost to which he replyed…”oh, I only had to pay one dollar, they said that made it legal”.
On to Ga Southern. Three years ago I was talking to a former GSU linebacker about his playing days there in the late 80’s. Erk was their coach ( the best coach ever ). He talked about those Alumni parties held after each home game. “Coach made us all attend and wear Blue blazers and ties”. The alumni would come around and put envelopes inside our coat pockets. If I had a really good game I could get as much as $500. Man I loved those parties”.

Which brings us to CMR. I cannot imagine him allowing “anything” illegal in his program, but what about his competition. I am not confident that this “alumni participation” doesn’t continue in this modern era. Anyone else, out there have first hand stories they would like to tell ? No names, please.

gomdawg

January 3rd, 2011
11:23 am

OK CMR IF I WERE YOU, 1ST. I WOULD TELL ALL MY PLAYERS THAT NOBODY A STARTER YOU NOW GOT TO EARN THE STARTING JOB FROM IN COMING PLAYERS TO SENIORS AND NO REDSHIRTING THIS YEAR YOU PLAY THE BEST I DONT GIVE A DAMN . WE SHOULD HAVE -PLAYED KEN DAMN RED SHIRTING HIM.

Buckeye

January 3rd, 2011
11:23 am

Oakwood,

Top 3 in the country year in year out?. Please. You are occasionally a top 20 program and some years not even that. Always have been, always will be.

Barry

January 3rd, 2011
11:25 am

In my opinion, Tony Barnhart’s article is the best, most accurate and fairest assessment of the “way it is” and what is needed with Coach Richt and the Georgia football program. We have a wonderful human being at the Bulldog helm, but also a man who may have become too nice and too soft for todays big league caliber football players, many of whom are “street kids” who need a lot of tough love…. not just love. I want coach Richt back for the 2011 season, he has earned that with what he has done since he has been at Georgia. But it has become obvious that some major changes/additions need to be made both in personell, and in demands for discipline. As Barnhart said – the program and it’s leadership seems to lack “passion”, at least what is shown to those of us who watch and care.

Dennis

January 3rd, 2011
11:26 am

@Hike, these guys do receive compensation for playing football in the form of a very expensive scholarship plus room & board, etc. Enough of this “they don’t get anything for playing.” They get a ton & to give them more is to further strengthen the self-indulgent nature of young people which ends up with UGA players and those from other schools thinking they are above the law.

Coach Saban

January 3rd, 2011
11:26 am

I want to say what a fine man Coach Richt is and a great football coach. UGA suffered from alot of injuries and bad luck this year. I truly fear UGA and I think their players are very fast and very strong. Coach Richt should get a contract extension.
Regards,
Coach Saban

PS- I want to apologize to the Spartans for putting their whole team in the hospital Saturday. They were very fast and very strong also.

Free Textbooks Anyone?

January 3rd, 2011
11:26 am

Just to put this in perspective: Since Auburn ran afoul of the NCAA in “92, Alabama has been put on probation THREE TIMES and forced to vacate victories TWICE!! Auburn has not had ANY violations in 18 YEARS, yet in that same period Bama has committed at least 2 MAJOR violations, THREE probations, vacated over 30 games, and almost RECEIVED the DEATH PENALTY!!!!! Not to mention the humiliation of hiring a coach and having to fire him before he even coached a game, because he was down at the gentleman’s club getting a lap dance!! Nice Image for the state’s so called “flagship” university…..

Hammlett

January 3rd, 2011
11:26 am

If Richt had one shred of integrity, he would resign. But he’s in it strictly for the big bucks, so that won’t happen.

Denver Dog

January 3rd, 2011
11:26 am

doesn’t matter what Richt SAYS at a press conference, actions speak louder than words and his team plain sucks, period.

bulldogmaniac

January 3rd, 2011
11:26 am

THANK YOU COACH MARK RICHT!!!!! YOU JUST MADE UP THE MINDS OF ANY BLUE CHIP RECRUITS WHO WERE THINKING ABOUT UGA AS A POSSIBLE DESTINATION! THEY WILL NOW GO SOMEWHERE ELSE!
TIME FOR YOU TO GO!
4TH AND 2 INCHES AND YOU KICK A FEILD GOAL?????REALLY?????

Driving Ms Dooley

January 3rd, 2011
11:27 am

Junkyard Dawg

January 3rd, 2011
11:10 am
Too whoever said Malzahn for UGA coach should forget about it. His offense pre Cam Newton pretty much sucked.

I hope you guys keep thinking that way. As a Vol fan, I would rather face CMR than Gus. Another guy I would fear is Mike Leach. Quirky yes, but a proven offensive wizard.

CMR has let the game pass him by. He reminds me of Fulmer is his final days. I hope you do hire a defensive guy because if you hire Gus or Leach, your team would be dangerous and fun to watch. As a Vol, I would like to see Richt stick around for a while.

Jack

January 3rd, 2011
11:27 am

Tony-

I understand your frustration, but are you sure you feel qualified to speak for the entire fan nation? I don’t want to hear any of the things you wrote. I don’t want to hear anything.

I just want to see imporvement, more wins. And we will. Be patient, Richt’s only had 1 losing season in 25 years, develop a little more thick skin.

CrackDaddy

January 3rd, 2011
11:27 am

CMR could made a statement about “no more knuckle heads” by retracting LeMay’s scholly when he got suspended from his HS team. That showed that Richt will continue to be “business as usual”.

404

January 3rd, 2011
11:28 am

I would really like to know……..

How many UGAG fans actually paid the $10,000 in
pre-season 2008 to buy into the season ticket pool?

Those fools got screwed.

We

January 3rd, 2011
11:28 am

Go home Suckeye! No one rattled your chain. Your sorry team will fold like the rest of your league tomorrow night.

Doc Dawg

January 3rd, 2011
11:28 am

CMR is no more than the typical overrated “hot” assistant coach du jour that had early success but was not ready for the head coaching job and was not able to grow into it. Mindless loyalty to mediocre assistants being the most damaging of his faults. The whole program accepts mediocrity in all aspects of the game, the off the field shenanigans, the “party central” mentality, the “aw shucks” excuse making that permeates everything. Saban, Urban Meyer, and I’ll bet even Dooley’s kid run a tighter ship.

jarvis

January 3rd, 2011
11:28 am

I’m not going to say that his extreme is right either, but Tommy Tubberville would have fired Mike Bobo 28 times by now.

Alphare

January 3rd, 2011
11:29 am

Before the game, how many UGA fans thought UGA would easily beat UCF because they were UGA?

Did Tony think that?

Yeah, UGA coaches and players thought the same thing.

So here you have it: all UGA fans, players and coaches all thought they would beat UCF simply because they were UGA.

Why only fire the coaches? what about the fans?

Driving Ms Dooley

January 3rd, 2011
11:29 am

@Coach Saban

January 3rd, 2011
11:26 am

Now that’s funny.

DIT

January 3rd, 2011
11:30 am

@Coach Saban – L.O.L.!

jarvis

January 3rd, 2011
11:30 am

Great point Alphare. And by great point, I mean that was pretty stupid.

Junkyard Dawg

January 3rd, 2011
11:30 am

Even if we canned Richt there are only a VERY few good coaches available. Who would you guys add to this list?

Gary Patterson – would be my TOP choice, but no way in the hell he would come to Athens. This guy is doing more with less and that 4-2-5 defense was very impressive in the Rose Bowl.

Jim Harbaugh – Michigan/49er/Denver Bronco bound, we just don’t know which one

Kirby Smart – Has been a long time student of Saban’s and could really turn things around defensively. It just makes me feel great knowing that he could possibly install a Nick Saban mentality into our program which is exactly what the Dawgs need.

Derek Dooley – Could probably be a steal for UGA. Someone who has passion for the Dawgs. He is going to really turn things at Tennessee around next season with his young talent. I believe Dooley would love to take over UGA and follow in his dad’s footsteps. Could you guys imagine how much the Dooley’s would mean to UGA if Derek came and saved the Dawgs?

Charlie Strong – Has had very good success at Florida with scrappy, nasty defensive units. Strong would love to return to the SEC and knock UF in the mouth.

Bad Dog

January 3rd, 2011
11:31 am

Maybe Richt is praying his team will start winning like the movie he was in Facing the Giants.

CMRikkt

January 3rd, 2011
11:33 am

does Dowtin’s arrest count since it wasn’t in Clarke County? Since it was so close to the end of the year, can it be counted on the total for next year’s defense of the Fulmer Cup? I need a ruling..

bulldogmaniac

January 3rd, 2011
11:33 am

Time to fire him now. It will hurt recruiting but…………………………………………………………….
The Muschamp / Weis duo will lure all big recruits for the next few years anyways.
We are going to have to take the lump sonner or later…..might as well get it over with now.

dawgmeister

January 3rd, 2011
11:33 am

Tony, that is an excellent article. It said what needed to be said. I as a member of the Bulldawg Nation am not happy with what has been two horrible seasons: 14-12, 7-9 (SEC). $7 million is a lot of money to buy out Richt’s contract and like you said Tony when you add the assistant’s money it brings the total buyout to over $15 million. There’s an old saying “three strikes and you’re out.” Well for Mark Richt’s sake I hope that he realizes that he has two strikes on him. Since McGarity hasn’t been at UGA for a full cycle like you said Tony, perhaps it is best to finish up this cycle and if things don’t improve then fire Richt, Bobo and the rest of the coaching staff.

DIT

January 3rd, 2011
11:34 am

OK Alphare “Your Fired”

Get what your saying. I to thought we would beat UCF. In typical UGA years we would have wiped them clean. That’s why most of us were overconfident. I’ll admit, I should not have been this year with the play of the team. I would have to think that every fan thinks the same way of their team when playing a UCF. Would you not agree?

At saying that, I don’t want to take away from UCF what they did. They played a good game and deserved to win. Congrats!

St. Bernard

January 3rd, 2011
11:34 am

Bobo and Searls can’t be fired, because no one will come in to replace them with Richt on the hotseat. Why would a coach leave his job to move somewhere that he could be fired from within the next 12 months.

A good recruiting season and an uptick in emotion and energy is the program’s best chance for turning things around. Win 10, win the East and play in a January bowl game. That’s the only way these guys save their jobs.

Snoop Dawg

January 3rd, 2011
11:35 am

I now believe that the University of Georgia will fire Mark Richt in the next two weeks if he does not choose to resign.

The Most interesting Man in the World on Mark Richt turning UGA around:.

January 3rd, 2011
11:35 am

……………………….No!

Silver Britches, Red Panties

January 3rd, 2011
11:35 am

On behalf of all fans of Florida, Alabama, Auburn, South Carolina, Tennessee and LSU, thank you for defending Mark Richt.

CMRikkt

January 3rd, 2011
11:35 am

or maybe that wasn’t my Marcus Dowtin? Been so many arrested, I just assumed it is..Maryland is out of state isn’t it??

Spokesman for the SEC East

January 3rd, 2011
11:37 am

The SEC East is demanding that McGarrity give Richt & Co a contract extension.

bulldogmaniac

January 3rd, 2011
11:38 am

I dont think that he would ever do it…..he has no ties with UGA but…….Gruden would be a great “next” head coach! Recruits would flock to UGA. He is a no BS, hard nose type coach.
Would love to see him here.

Big Mike

January 3rd, 2011
11:38 am

All this UGA dithering, finger pointing, hand wringing, and excuse making is sad and funny at the same time. If your team was really an elite team, they would show it on the field. They are not. They got beat by a better team last Friday. Simple. They got beat by seven, count ‘em, seven better teams this year. Who cares about excuses, blaming, and the last 4 years (or whatever) results. GA doesn’t have a very good football team. But, they “own this state”. Congratulations. How’s that comparing yourself to TECH (Ha!) working for ya?

Lowcountry Bulldawg

January 3rd, 2011
11:38 am

St. Bernard,

Great points about the coaches. This is again similar to what Tommy Bowden went through at Clemson. On the hotseat, everyone knew it. Coaches using it against him in the recruiting battles. Makes it extremely tough to maintain mediocority, muchless less become champions. This is PROGRAM IS GOING TO TAKE ITS LUMPS IN RECRUITING! It can be a 1 year issue this year, or by keeping him it will become a 2 year problem, this season and NEXT. CMR has put McGarity in a no win situation.

Dostoveyskiy

January 3rd, 2011
11:39 am

CrackDad, you hit the nail on the head. LeMay exhibited mega-lack-of-character, and CMR ignored it.
What message did he send? I heard it loud and clear. So, there is no stopping to “knuckle-heading” at UGa under CMR.

Junkyard Dawg

January 3rd, 2011
11:39 am

No way Gruden would ever waste his time in Athens. Don’t get me wrong, I would love to have him but let’s be real here folks.

To the curb

January 3rd, 2011
11:40 am

I always wonder what Richt was thinking when he just stand there looking off into space wearing those dark sunglasses. Now I know. Damn, CMR’s been watching movies during the game. See video glasses in Skymall magazine and tell me those don’t look like his glasses.
http://www.skymall.com/shopping/detail.htm?pid=203092986&c=102672398

He;s been watching movies instead of what’s happening on the field.

bulldogmaniac

January 3rd, 2011
11:42 am

CONTEST!!!!!!!!!!! Everyone post a real option as a replacement for CMR!
After we get a few we will vote!

Doc Dawg

January 3rd, 2011
11:42 am

If Gruden wouldn’t go to the U, which at least has some panache even though they decided graduating kids and getting off the police blotter was more important that winning, why does anybody think he would come to Georgia!?!

I like the idea of Leach. Some of these kids need to be put in the shed.

bulldogmaniac

January 3rd, 2011
11:43 am

Brian Van Gorder……hate to take him from Falcons but….

Driving Ms Dooley

January 3rd, 2011
11:43 am

@Junkyard Dawg

January 3rd, 2011
11:30 am

Derek Dooley – Could probably be a steal for UGA. Someone who has passion for the Dawgs. He is going to really turn things at Tennessee around next season with his young talent. I believe Dooley would love to take over UGA and follow in his dad’s footsteps. Could you guys imagine how much the Dooley’s would mean to UGA if Derek came and saved the Dawgs?

Keep your hands off of OUR Dooley. He has already endeared himself to the Vol nation –(even though better coaching would’ve beat LSU and NC). As soon as he was hired, I said it was a mistake because I knew Ga would come after him is he succeeded. Well, Dooley is not only very smart but he is also very committed to UT and he is his own man. He feels that Tn gave him an opportunity and he would not turn his back on them. Sounds naive I know(after Lame Kitten), but we have ourselves a truly southern gentlemen. His parents raised him well. And for that, we thank the Bulldogs.

Now, leave him alone.

Junkyard Dawg

January 3rd, 2011
11:43 am

Only way I could see Gruden coming is if UGA made him the highest paid coach in college football, then maybe he would come. It’s not like UGA doesn’t have the money. Hell, give him 5 million a year. Look at Kentucky how the made Calipari the highest paid basketball coach. If you want BIG NAMES then you are going to have to pay BIG PRICE TAGS for them. If UGA offered him a huge deal it just might make him move.

bulldogmaniac

January 3rd, 2011
11:45 am

qualifications
disciplenarian (sp?)
hard nose (get back to junkyard days)
runs a pro style offense

Robin

January 3rd, 2011
11:48 am

New Years Resolution:
I’m a die hard Georgia Fan . . . but . . I’m not wasting my Saturday’s any more watching Georgia football until they start winning or fire Bobo. I’m going shopping!

ylojkt

January 3rd, 2011
11:48 am

I hope AJ turns pro so Gailey can draft him, then he will have the pleasure of having been coached by the two worst, most passionless coaches the state of Ga. has ever seen.
UGA, please sign Mark Richt to a lifetime roll-over contract!

bulldogmaniac

January 3rd, 2011
11:48 am

If we were to make a move then it has to be a BIG NAME!
MANY recruits have said that if the staff is fired that they will go elsewhere.
If they are fired but replaced by a bigger….better coaching staff the recruits would stay!

Mr. Upshaw

January 3rd, 2011
11:49 am

Actually Tony was wrong about Justin Houston being one of 3 dawg players who could start at Bama. Houston plays the jack position- same as Courtney Upshaw at Alabama. Upshaw has 5 sacks the last 2 games and was named the MVP of the capital one bowl for 2 sacks and several tackles for losses. How often does a jack linebacker win mvp of the game award?

On top of that Upshaw also defines the difference in physicality between the Bama and Dawg players that Tony was talking about. Upshaw would kick Houston’s arse all over the place and beat him down. He’s 263 lbs of solid muscle and fast, fast, fast.

Its funny that Tony brought that up about strength and conditioning. I watched that UCF debacle and was amazed how that smallish UCF players pushed the dawgs around. Dawgs got slovenly players like Ben Jones- kind of tubby and chunky. Bama’s players are big, powerful, arms like tree trunks, and have all that power with speed. You got 9 months hit the weight room real, real hard before facing those men from Alabama. You better start today!

Tony was right about one thing though. The 2 dawg kickers are definitely better than Alabama’s 2 kickers. Have fun knowing your kickers are better than ours.

bulldogmaniac

January 3rd, 2011
11:50 am

I hope AJ gets drafted by ST Louis.
They have a great young QB, the D is comming around.
They have no recievers!! Throw AJ in there and they win the division.

Junkyard Dawg

January 3rd, 2011
11:50 am

Driving Ms Dooley

Derek would leave Tennessee in a heartbeat my friend. UT is a great program but this is Derek’s home, and it’s his family. Right now Derek’s home, and family needs him and you don’t turn your back on your family. I can really see CMR getting canned this season. I can also see Derek Dooley win ten or more games this year. His 2nd year at UT with that Bray kid will surprise the nation. Once he has this successful year I really think UGA might ask Dooley to come home. Just a thought.

NOVAJacket

January 3rd, 2011
11:52 am

Well done, Tony. I have to say that typically a team that lacks discipline off the field, won’t have it on the field. The Dawgs should be better.

Doc Dawg

January 3rd, 2011
11:52 am

How about George O’Leary? Only half kidding.

bulldogmaniac

January 3rd, 2011
11:52 am

I dont want D Dooley!
We need a bigger name, tougher coach than that. He looks clueless at times!

bulldogmaniac

January 3rd, 2011
11:53 am

We need the Mike Smith of college football!

Former UGA Letterman

January 3rd, 2011
11:53 am

First – You have to recurit players that want to be a Bulldog and has a heart and passion about wearing the red and black and then coach them the right way!!!! Second – You have to have a coaching staff that wants to be at UGA that has a heart and passion about the UGA Program!!!!! Third – As a Head Coach you have to put “The Fear of God” in your players and your coaching staff that if they are not doing their job then they are gone, like Coach Dooley did when I was in the UGA program and like Saban, Meyer, Patterson, Stoops and Steve Spurrier does now!!!!! A Head Coach is only as good as his assistants are!!!

AD Greg McGarity was at UGA when I was in the program and he will get this corrected. Greg has a HEART and a PASSION about UGA!!!!!

Go Dawgs!!!

Spokesman for the SEC East

January 3rd, 2011
11:54 am

The only thing better than having Richt at UGA would be Dooley; that makes me LMAO!! Dumbazz Dooley cost Tn the game at LSU and the bowl game. What a joke, but hey it would be even better than having Helen Hunt back for another year.

DIT

January 3rd, 2011
11:54 am

BILL CURRY!!!!…………ha, I could not help myself

bulldogmaniac

January 3rd, 2011
11:55 am

Agree! Coaches and players should BLEED RED AND BLACK!

Instant Karma

January 3rd, 2011
11:56 am

What does Katherine think when she looks Helen Hunt in the eyes?

Gator Guy

January 3rd, 2011
11:57 am

Ga fans hypothetically say Auburn is an 8 win team without Cam.

But what about the hypothetical of Ga being a 2 win team without AJ? Wait…what? They were? UGA 2-11 without AJ. Its a reality. Wow…..that stings.

And even in Florida’s worst year since the Zooker, you still couldnt beat them. Sad sad….

UGA – the most irrelevant of the SEC’s Big 6 the last 3 decades.

I also like the “we beat dem Awbrens 4 years in a row!” statement…..how was the quality of those Auburn teams you beat? Last 3 years of Tubs and first year of Chizik – congrats Dawggies, you really beat some Auburn juggernauts there. Now, go have yourselves a cookie and remember how irrelevant you are.

BTW – this isnt a UGA message board. Its a comments section on an objective column. You don’t own it mutts. Prepare to be Fla, Aub, and Tenn’s little b!tches the next 3-4 years.

south

January 3rd, 2011
11:57 am

Auburns coaches plan…..
he won 5 games as a HC before this year…..
bought the newton kid…..and did great….
but will the tide ever roll next year….
ROLL TIDE
6 6 next year

Gator In Georgia

January 3rd, 2011
11:58 am

The Gators hire another coach who played at UGA and is from Atlanta:
The George Wynn File
Assistant Athletics Director for Football Operations
George Wynn enters his sixth season as assistant athletics director for football operations at Texas. Wynn joined the Longhorn staff after spending the previous six seasons at Arizona State as director of football operations.
THE GEORGE WYNN FILE
Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.
High school: Fulton (Atlanta, Ga.)
College: Georgia (1992)
Graduate degree: Georgia (1995)
Wife: Leesha
Children: Royce, Lena

Not trying to rub anything in, I’m just agreeing with you and showing more ways Richt is falling behind.
Who do you want running your offense BOBO or Charlie Weis–not even close.
BTW, Muschamp is putting together a complete staff faster than Richt could find a DC.
Richt is out to lunch and the SEC is eating his lunch.

David

January 3rd, 2011
11:58 am

Have any of you guys ever consider that CMR just believes he is superior to the rest of us? If I am wrong, why wouldn’t he EVER take responsiblility for the losses? He let’s the fans and media throw the assistants under the bus and he says nothing.
He is not the Christian you fans think he is.
And that wife of his, can’t she go without the spotlight just one time?

NORCROSS DAWG

January 3rd, 2011
11:59 am

JEFFRO BODEEN—U GOT IT RITE! CMR WANTED TO MAKE SCAM NEWTON A TE ? HE SHOULDNT OF TOLD ANYONE THAT! PROVRS HIS LACK OF JUDGEMENT ON TALENT AND DO WE NEED TO LOOK AT CMR LACK OF JUDGEMENT ON RECRUITS CHARACTER? CMR IS A NICE MAN,,BUT NO HEART FOR WINNING,NO FIRE IN HIS BELLY, AND WHAT AN IDIOT WITH CLOCK CONTROL IN A FOOTBALL GAME..HE IS TRYING TO GET 100 BROTHERS MOTIVATED TO WHIP SOMEBODY’S ASS WITH A SERMON EACH SAT. MORNING? IT AINT GOING TO HAPPEN! I AGREE WITH BARNHARDT 100%. TO MUCH MONEY TO FIRE THEM ALL LIKE WHAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN. SELAH

bulldogmaniac

January 3rd, 2011
12:00 pm

Gator Guy

January 3rd, 2011
12:00 pm

Tenn > Goergia as far as the better job.

Who would give up being on the edge of the Smokey Mountains in East Tenn to go to Hippie infested Athens to listen to Michael Stipe’s poetry and watch weirdos walk down the street?

in a nutshell

January 3rd, 2011
12:00 pm

Richts Boys home of the South aint workin !

Whopper Dawg

January 3rd, 2011
12:00 pm

Tony,

Those are fundamentals of a program that should not have to be addressed 10 years into a program, If you have to reinforce or establish those now, then you have truly lost the program and the players. Additionally, your areas of improvement really run the gauntlet of the basics. Better players, much better conditioned, more motivated, more passion from the coaching staff and players, etc, in and of itself is an indictment of the program under Richt.

I can argue that there are only two SEC programs that are clearly below UGA’s football program, Ole Miss and Vandy. All and I mean all the others are either are at par with or superior to UGA.

Richt has an easy schedule next year which will hide some sin, but the program is far from competing in the SEC.

Chris Phillips

January 3rd, 2011
12:01 pm

Thank you Tony. You said everything that I have been feeling. Why do you and others seem to get it and have solid answers, but those at Georgia don’t seem to get it and have any answers?

TrishaDishaWarEagle

January 3rd, 2011
12:02 pm

7 more days..leaving thurs night for Glendale…Can you SMELL what the Chizik is cookin! (ok wrestling reference was to soothe the UGA fans pain..you lost to UCF..you can’t whine about Fairley ANYmore! )

prediction AU 56 O 42

WAR!!!! DAMN!!!!!!!!!!! EAGLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

bulldogmaniac

January 3rd, 2011
12:03 pm

Gator Guy….That is stupid.
Athens has been voted…..for quite a few years in a row now….as one of the best college towns in the country!

Jeff

January 3rd, 2011
12:04 pm

Hey Saban…..pretty stupid comment on your part….from someone who lost to LOUISIANA-MONROE!!!! How soon jerks like you forget…..

Instant Karma

January 3rd, 2011
12:05 pm

I would like to humpaTrishaDishaWarEagle!

Go Knights

January 3rd, 2011
12:05 pm

IF Georgia players didn’t want to be there why were one of the players crying afterward and your RB instigating a fight. This sounds like a spin job to appease the masses* UCF physically dominated Georgia

DIT

January 3rd, 2011
12:05 pm

@David
“He is not the Christian you fans think he is”
________________
Really? Please explain to me your version of a Christian. This should be entertaining. Do you even have a little bit of a clue on how CMR lives his life outside of UGA? Please get your facts before popping off!

ga gator

January 3rd, 2011
12:06 pm

bulldogmaniac, even though I am a Gator, I agree. Gainesville has at least as many hippy types, not to mention the Hari Krishnas.

Vancy Duly

January 3rd, 2011
12:07 pm

Suggestions for 2011:
1. Move Bobo back to QB coach and hire a Top 10 caliber Offensive Coordinator. Bobo is NOT one. If he were, he would have had some head coaching offers by now…. Far too inconsistent and mind-numbing at times. (one example – GA Tech 1st half – 14 passes thrown, 220 yards, 3 TDs – 2nd half — 5 passes thrown (mostly short ones: 50 yds, 0 TDs). Bobo seems outcoached too often.

2. Instill a level of disclipline and accountability that would shock a Marine (if that’s even possible). This includes our troubled S&C program, but also our collection of mug shots……… The only progress we made in this area in 2010 was reducing the mindless late-hit penalties…….

3. Watch a guy like Tank Carder play for TCU, or the Miller kid for UCF (who grew up a UGA fan), and compare them to our graceful defensive players with beautiful locks of hair flowing from under the helmets. Then, check the stats, and see that it’s the Carders and Millers who make tackles and big plays, while our guys still look good in their pretty uniforms…………. Oh, David Pollack, please clone yourself – 11 clones needed in Athens ASAP……..

4. Focus on the line of scrimmage —- both sides of the ball. We have become weak, and by the 4th quarter, worn out……….. We could survive Bobo, mediocre running backs, and inexperienced QBs if our offensive line was kicking butts. The OL has underachieved for several years……. If we had monsters on the defensive front, perhaps we could afford a few more LBs and DBs with pretty hair, yet few tackles or broken-up passes……….

murfdawg

January 3rd, 2011
12:09 pm

As a Dawg fan for over 40 years, this was a soft team this year. And it seems as if we get softer every year under Richt. When UGA took the opening kickoff and marched down field, I thought we were ready to play and have a good bowl game. When Richt made the decision that his team was not tough enough or mean enough to get one yard for a first down and then one more for a td, two things happened. The Dawgs quit and UCF got fired up and knew they were tougher and meaner than Georgia. The rest of the game was like flag football. AJ run deep and if you catch the ball for a td good, if not we’ll try it again. The players were waiting (and hoping and wishing and praying)for someone to make a play. We have turned into Dusty Springfield!!

One more thing. Before the bowl game, Richt would probably get a good grade for next year if he managed to get 8 wins. Unfortunately for him, the bar has risen to 10 wins and an SEC East championship. He must beat Boise,USC and Fl. Missy St looks like a loss. AU without Scam would be a toss-up. That leaves him one game to have a hiccup (and he always does.) He needs to coach like he has a 2 million dollar bet on every game. Which he does.

CatsFly

January 3rd, 2011
12:09 pm

UGa needs to recruit players who are passionate about wearing the red panties!

Lowcountry Bulldawg

January 3rd, 2011
12:10 pm

Mark Stoops, watch him.

npgator

January 3rd, 2011
12:11 pm

Tony – very well stated.

Tell the truth

January 3rd, 2011
12:11 pm

The entire SEC Least is in shambles except for SC. They will more than likely win the East again next year. Ga has just as much chance as anyone to step back up next year and win it again.

The General Feeling

January 3rd, 2011
12:12 pm

When did expectations at UGA get so high?

Let’s see…. two SEC titles covering 25 years. Ya’ll should be happy.

Tell the truth

January 3rd, 2011
12:13 pm

Gator Guy Worry about your less than average Gators friend. NOBODY fears the Gators any longer- nobody.

David Granger

January 3rd, 2011
12:14 pm

We’re going to have to agree to disagree on this one, Mr. Barnhart. Coach Richt needs to go. He has allowed that FSU-style lack of discipline to creep into the program (both on and off the field). And when a coach loses discipline, he can’t ever get it back.

3rdN8

January 3rd, 2011
12:15 pm

@ Junkyard Dawg

Agree re: Gary Patterson. Think he’d be a great fit at UGA

Derek Dooley would be as well, but would be hard to pry himaway from the Vols.

Kirby Smart – I’d hate to see him leave Bama, but I think he’d be better served to get out of Saban’s shadow. I’m not sure he’s a top tier HC prospect until he succeeds as a DC at another school. UF?

Charlie Strong – I’m guessing he’s cropping up on several short lists.

Gus Malzahn – If he turns out to be as good a HC as he is an OC, it would be scary what he could accomplish in Athens

Jeff

January 3rd, 2011
12:16 pm

At this point Richt does not have a clue what to do. If you listen to his post game comments during the year it is always the same. Blah, blah, blah. As for me, I don’t need to go back and watch the game film because I was watching in real time. The press for so long handled Richt with kid gloves with the result being he believed all his press clippings.

Sense of entitlemet. Yes. Complacency. Absolutely. The answer is coaching plain and simple. No doubt the majority of players at UGA had multiple offers from other schools even those current elite programs. You could switch the players between UGA and Bama and Saban would coach them up and win with our players and Richt and staff would leave everyone questioning those players.

Recruiting is not going to get any better under Richt. Results from the last several years impacts recruiting and I expect UGA to lose out on all the top players they are recruiting. UGA should have an advantage over several schools in the SEC that run the spread just by asking the recruits how many teams in the NFL run the spread.

Richt has UGA at a disadvantage because of the status of the program and his increasingly hot seat. Richt has reached the same point as Fulmer and Tuberville both of which overstayed their effectiveness. McGarity is just delaying another year the inevitable and further damage to UGA. Richt could have done the right thing and walked away thanking UGA for ten years and been revered forever in Dawg lore but things instead will likely get ugly over the next year.

Dawg Tired

January 3rd, 2011
12:17 pm

We need to hear, “I have failed to do the things needed to turn this program around. It’s my fault completely. I appreciate the opportunity Coach Dooley gave me 10 years ago. I have lost control of this program. My players no longer are willing to put forth the effort needed to win in the SEC. That is my fault. I regretfully think it is time to turn the program over to some one with fresh ideas.”

Mettenbergers Ghost

January 3rd, 2011
12:18 pm

Unless CMR quits he’ll be around until he’s fired. Miami is looking again but I’m sure his pride is enough motivation to turn the once proud program around but common sense says it’ll be 2-3 years before that happens and if he can even do it. He currently doesn’t have enough good players and coaches to make it happen. His special teams are pure vanilla. No imagination. GA’s always caught off guard when the opposition runs trick plays. GA doesn’t have any unless its the reverse. Cannot recall the last time GA ran RB option pass/run. Its like the coaches have run out of ideas. We can see it and so can the other teams we play. If CMR wants to turn things around he needs new blood in his coaching staff. Thats all of them. Do it now otherwise nothing will change for the best.

CatsFly

January 3rd, 2011
12:19 pm

If a coach is secure in his job, he would only leave his current position for one at another school only if its adds lifetime or near-lifetime security in the new job. (Talking about schools which are essentially even, such as Tn and UGa.)
How many coaches have promised the offering school his services, just to reneg the next day when his current school matches or even ups the stakes. Its all about money, as you already know.

Tell the truth

January 3rd, 2011
12:19 pm

The UGA football team deserves better fans !!!!

Georgia ADs big mistake

January 3rd, 2011
12:21 pm

Richt has lost such an incredible amount of support that it would be better to just fire him now and start looking. The problem is that McGarritty made the critical mistake several weeks ago of saying Richt’s job was safe through 2011.

Dog fans don’t realize it now but that mistake is almost as big as the red panties mistake. He should never have made such a proclamation because now UGA loses another year.

All he did was essentially make Richt a 1 year lame duck coach and the effect is that the dogs will lose several top flight recruits, the fan base will remain restless for a full year, and the inevitable firing of Richt was delayed by just one year.

Les W. Moore

January 3rd, 2011
12:22 pm

Tony is right. Coach Richt has NOT developed a player in over 10 years at UGA. Sure, he has recruited talent but he has not developed it. Ealy and King are prime examples of highly rated RBs coming out of high school who now couldn’t start for Georgia Southern.

Think about the guys who never improved past their Soph seasons. About everyone… really.

LEROY

January 3rd, 2011
12:22 pm

Let’s all just digress a little……

Mooty Squarefinger

January 3rd, 2011
12:23 pm

Buckeye -

“You are occasionally a top 20 program and some years not even that. Always have been, always will be.”

Uh, apparently you don’t read so good. From 2002 through 2008 UGA was a Top 10 team. If Ohio St. had to play a conference Championship like everyone else, how would they fair? Something to think about and oh BTW don’t look at what the SEC did to the Big 10 on New Year’s Day, I’m sure you think that’s an anamoly as well.

NORCROSS DAWG

January 3rd, 2011
12:24 pm

4TH AND INCHES,,,I DONT MIND GETTING THE POINTS EARLY IN A GAME,,,BUT RICHT,ASK FOR A MEASUREMENT FOR CHRIST SAKE(OOPS,,SORRY),,,DO SOMETHING INTELLIGENT DURING A FOOTBALLGAME,,,ARE THE ASSISTANT COACHES ALLOWED TO TRY AND HELP THE HEAD COACH? OR ARE THEY AS LOST AS HE IS DURING A GAME,,THE PLAYERS TAKE ON THE PERSONALOTY OF THE HEAD COACH! UGA IS IN A DOWNWARD SPIRAL BEING LEAD BY A COACH WITH NO DESIRE TO KISK SOMEBODY’S ASS! I WILL TAKE ANYBODY AS A NEW HEAD COACH AT UGA,,ANYBODY!

TrishaDishaWarEagle

January 3rd, 2011
12:25 pm

Now that the season is over, I can tell the truth. I’m the girl with the red panties. Pat Dye set the whole thing up because he’s still pissed that UGA hired Vince Dooley instead of him.

BTW: I’m wearing my red panties to Glendale — and I don’t plan on taking them off this time!

Well… I might take them off for Cammie!

DawgByte

January 3rd, 2011
12:26 pm

Les W. Moore -

David Pollack comes to mind! He was recruited by UGA as a Fullback. The coaches then switched to DT, before he finally found a home at DE where he became the most dominating DE in the nation during his tenure.

NORCROSS DAWG

January 3rd, 2011
12:30 pm

IF CMR WAS AN ASS LIKE JIM DONNAN WAS TO THE PRESS AND FANS,,,,HE WOULD OF BEEN FIRED AFTER LAST SEASON,,,,BUT HE IS TO NICE OF A HUMAN BEING TO BE FIRED AND HAS WAY TO MUCH MONEY(OVER PAID) LEFT ON HIS CONTRACT TO BE LET GO RITE NOW AS NEEDED…..DONNAN WAS AN EXCELLENT JUDGE OF TALENT,,CRM WAS GOING TO MAKE SCAM NEWTON A TE ! THAT SHOULD OF GOTTEN HIM FIRED ON THE SPOT! SELAH

t.slay

January 3rd, 2011
12:30 pm

(Quote)kindergarten math

January 3rd, 2011
10:25 am

Sometimes one decision says all that needs to be said. When CMR went for the field goal on fourth and inches, he was telling his players , coaches and the whole world that he had no confidence in their ability to get half a foot against players from Central Florida. Is there any surprise that Georgia was flat for the rest of the game ? How do you feel, as a player and coach, when your head coach makes that announcement to the world ? Contrast that decision with Coach Mike Smith and the Falcons, who routinely go for it on fourth down because they believe in their players and coaches abilities. Making these first downs are not only inspirational for the team, but itis also a morale crusher for the opponent. CMR should apologize to his players, coaches and fans for that humiliating, emasculating decision. It sent the message that he did not believe in them. If he didn’t believe in them, then is it any surprise that they just went through the motions from that point on ? It is very discouraging to see the emotion and coaching that takes place from the sidelines from other head coaches in the bowl games, and contrast that with CMR’s “whatever” attitude.(end quote)

___________________________________

Kindergarten Math, I agree 100% with your post. It seemed like the wind went out of Georgia’s sails after that first field goal. Several things could have happened had they gone for it on 4th down. They could have drawn the UCF defense offsides and gained a 1st and goal with 4 new shots to get into the end zone. Even if they don’t make the first down, the defense had UCF on its own 1 or 2 yard line and the defense could have forced a turnover and possibly a defensive touchdown (like Atlanta against Seattle a few weeks ago). But for Richt to make the statement that he had no confidence in his offense, that was a killer. I don’t blame some of the players for being upset about that decision as was reported in the press. At that point Georgia had nothing to lose and Georgia could have made a statement right then for 2011.

Last year, we beat Texas A&M in the Independence Bowl. A&M finished 6-7 last year. This year they are playing LSU in the Cotton Bowl. Texas A&M improved vastly while Georgia got worse. If that is not an indication of the state of where Georgia is at, then I don’t know what is.

Last week, a couple of days after Ga. Tech lost to Air Force, I read the AJC interview with Coach Paul Johnson. Johnson came across as very pissed and he said that there WOULD be changes. I could almost see the smoke coming off the paper Johnson was so angry about Tech’s season. On the other hand, Richt says “We’re disappointed. There will be changes. It is what it is.” The Tech folks may be in for a pleasant surprise next season. I have more confidence at this point Johnson turning things around at Tech than I do Richt turning things around at Georgia.

Gator Bait 18-3

January 3rd, 2011
12:31 pm

Tell the truth

January 3rd, 2011
12:13 pm
Gator Guy Worry about your less than average Gators friend. NOBODY fears the Gators any longer- nobody

TRUTH—————IF I WAS 3-18 AGAINST THE GATORS I WOULD BE WORIED, BUT THAT’S JUST ME. THE WORST GATOR TEAM IN 20 YEARS STILL WHIPPED THE DAWGS.

BelieveDawg

January 3rd, 2011
12:32 pm

Get ready for a BIG turnaround Dawg fans! It’s darkest before the dawn, and the light is about to shine forth. You have to persevere through the tough times to enjoy the fruit that comes in the good times. Expect the best to come, Dawg fans.

FRMTHEBLCHERS

January 3rd, 2011
12:34 pm

Just by reading most of these posts it sound’s real clear what the bulldog nation want’s to hear from CMR. Thank for the memories and the Ford pick-up.GOOD-BYE.

DIT

January 3rd, 2011
12:34 pm

@BelieveDawg

I truley wish I could get on board with your post. Just a little hard right now, but I hope your right!

Gator Bait 18-3

January 3rd, 2011
12:34 pm

Tell the truth

NORCROSS DAWG

January 3rd, 2011
12:35 pm

HEY BELIEVEDAWG,,HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF REALITY? THE BIG TURNAROUND STARTED AFTER ALL OF DONNAN’S PLAYERS RAN OUT OD ELGIBILITY AND CMR THUGS STARTED TO SUN THE ASYLUM. SELAH

Steve

January 3rd, 2011
12:36 pm

What a bunch of fair weather fans. How many of you were at the Liberty Bowl. I was and out of the whole Bulldog Nation there were only about 10,000 wearing red. True fans support their team all the time. I bet most of you calling for Richt’s head didn’t even bother to go to the game. Did the team show up and play hard? No! But the fans didn’t show up at all. Maybe we are all getting what we deserve.

Jack

January 3rd, 2011
12:36 pm

The 1 thing Richt should NOT do is hold a conference and tell his competition what all his problems are. How dumb would that be?

Just move on, 2010 is over, can’t change a thing about it, time to focus on 2011.

Ace

January 3rd, 2011
12:36 pm

The UGA Possums, play dead at home, killed on the road. UCF, oh my.

SEC East = Big East

January 3rd, 2011
12:38 pm

Richt = Has Been

Driving Ms Dooley

January 3rd, 2011
12:39 pm

@TrishaDishaWarEagle

January 3rd, 2011
12:25 pm
Now that the season is over, I can tell the truth. I’m the girl with the red panties. Pat Dye set the whole thing up because he’s still pissed that UGA hired Vince Dooley instead of him.

BTW: I’m wearing my red panties to Glendale — and I don’t plan on taking them off this time!

Well… I might take them off for Cammie!

We all know you wear orange and blue panties or nothing at all. Cammie is gonna be a very rich guy next year. I’m sure you’re not the only one offering.

GatorBait 18-3

January 3rd, 2011
12:39 pm

Tell the truth

I would be worried if I had only had 1 commitment from that great recuiting class Richt has lined up playing in the UnderArmour game Wed night. Take a look at the players the top SEC schools have playing. Recruiting is Richt’s downfall.

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. College
Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix S 2-Jun 200 Alabama
Trey DePriest OLB 2-Jun 220 Alabama
Malcolm Faciane TE 5-Jun 260 Alabama
Ryan Kelly C 4-Jun 264 Alabama
Marvin Shinn WR 3-Jun 180 Alabama
Vinnie Sunseri OLB 11-May 202 Alabama
Bradley Sylve WR 11-May 175 Alabama
Brey Cook OT 6-Jun 295 Arkansas
Mitch Smothers OG 4-Jun 285 Arkansas
Reese Dismukes C 2-Jun 275 Auburn
Kiehl Frazier QB 2-Jun 210 Auburn
Thomas O’Reilly OG 3-Jun 296 Auburn
Jeff Driskel QB 6′4″ 224 Florida
A.C. Leonard ATH 6′3″ 232 Florida
De’Ante Saunders ATH 5′11″ 185 Florida
Ryan Shazier OLB 6′2″ 200 Florida
Ja’Juan Story WR 6′3″ 190 Florida
Nick Waisome CB 5′10″ 168 Florida
Justin Scott-Wesley WR Jun-00 200 Georgia
La’El Collins OT 5-Jun 285 LSU
Anthony Johnson DT 3-Jun 295 LSU
Jarvis Landry WR 11-May 181 LSU

SEC East = Big East

January 3rd, 2011
12:40 pm

Why would the fans waste all that money attending a bowl game in BFE Memphis when anyone with common sense knew there was barely a 50/50 chance UGA would show up and play to win?

Nick

January 3rd, 2011
12:40 pm

The thing is, I still like CMR and will continue to follow him as long as he’s the man in Athens. The bad thing is, that I have simply lost faith in him whereas a few years ago I never would have said such a thing.
Please make me change my mind soon. NOW actually!

billcanoe

January 3rd, 2011
12:41 pm

Tony – Your article was spot-on throughout, but the fundamental problem is that CMR does not understand – or does not want to understand – what discipline really is. He suffers from the Bobby Bowden syndrome – if the kid is a really good football player, just slap his hand and say “you shouldn’t do that”. No really meaningful discipline to get the kid’s attention, because that might require suspending the kid for a really meaningful game or two. The second fundamental problem is that he doesn’t have the caliber of players that Bowden had for many years to be lenient with. This mindset is not going to change, nor are the results.

Tell the truth

January 3rd, 2011
12:44 pm

Gator Bait 18-3 It does not change the fact that Florida has fallen from it’s one lofty perch!!!

TrishaDishaWarEagle

January 3rd, 2011
12:44 pm

@Driving Ms Dooley

Nobody knows my panties like you do!

;-)

SEC East = Big East

January 3rd, 2011
12:45 pm

Richt’s body of work as a HC is not even close, nor ever will be close to what Bobby Bowden accomplished.

pointingthefinger

January 3rd, 2011
12:46 pm

Richt is overrated and the bell will toll. The players quit on him and some of them deserve to get their scholarships pulled for the off-field antics that took place this season. Overall UGA gets a D-. Way to go Dawgs..LOL

Former Player

January 3rd, 2011
12:48 pm

Tony, your article appeals to the subjective and while you hit some populist issues in Dawg nation, you do not know what you are talking about. Granted the record of UGA these past 2 years underlines serious ssues, I do not believe anyone but the coaches have an idea on what the problems are and the fix is never as simple as you propose.

I have no doubt that another bad record like this one will end Richt’s career in Athens, but some things I will defend:
1. Nobody wants to win more than Richt…and I can not support this anymore than you can support that he does NOT care. You would not accept my specific examples anyway because of our record.
2. Recruiting has gone and will continue to go well. Our success rate is not as successful as UA and UF because they signed more 5 stars than our 4 stars. It’s really that thin of a line between championships and mediocrity. We are missing leaders on our roster, something very hard to find nor is rated by Rivals.
3. Discipline issues are not why we lost. We had much worse when I played.
4. Strength is not a concern. Van Halenger is one helluva coach. Though I like Coach T and his new energy, Van Halenger’s positive infludence will be missed. Walk on the field and compare us to UF and UA, Tony. We do not lack strength or size. We have lacked in “on feild leadership”, however and need some to step up in the huddle.
5. Accountability: exactly who is not being held accountable? Puh-leaze…and lastly,
6. Passion?! C’mon, how do you measure this and how does Richt prove this to you? By having a press conference and saying it?! Nobody has more passion for UGa and it’s gameplan to win on Saturday than Richt and he demands it from every Coach and player.

I have no doubt that the coaches are doing all they can to win the conference are going to work now and looking forward to our opener against Boise State. Proving it on the field will no doubt shut up both the fans and reporters – who are getting paid to kick up dirt using subjective speculation.

pointingthefinger

January 3rd, 2011
12:50 pm

Those War Eagles will get a wakeup call next week. That defense of fat bodies can’t keep up the pace with O’s quick paced offense. AU fans will be crying crocodile tears.

Pull My Finger

January 3rd, 2011
12:52 pm

Coach Richt is the best coach in the whole SEC. Just wait till next year — you’ll see!

Mayo

January 3rd, 2011
12:55 pm

The bow is on the verge of slipping beneath the waterline. Will the bilge pumps work or does the ship plunge downward after 2011?

Pull My Finger

January 3rd, 2011
12:57 pm

Well if Auburn loses, then at least they won’t have to complain about sharing the NC with TCU.

tony

January 3rd, 2011
12:58 pm

I still say Todd Grantham should replace Mr.Richt. He will use the whip without hesitation. All he need is a good OC and a good Strength and Conditioning Coach.

Driving Ms Dooley

January 3rd, 2011
12:58 pm

Trish,

I like your prediction earlier. 56-42 was it? I think that we’ll start to see alot of copy cat offenses next year and a possible paradigm shift in offensive philosophy. I hope your man Gus doesn’t take a head coaching gig in the SEC. On the other hand, if he does, it will help the SEC stay ahead of the pack in terms of innovative offense.

Either way, I’m hoping for a 100 point, 1000 yard game. Of course, with an SEC winner.

Weagle Weagle..

GatorBait 18-3

January 3rd, 2011
12:58 pm

Tell the truth

January 3rd, 2011
12:44 pm
Gator Bait 18-3 It does not change the fact that Florida has fallen from it’s one lofty perch!!!

I agree that Florida was terrible this year, but a least Meyer was man enough to step down since he had lost that fire in his belly. Of course, Richt never had any fire and won’t step down. After he starts 0-2 in 2011 he will fired—to bad he is fired now. For you that is, it’s great news for the rest of the SEC.

Looks like another 6 loss year coming up. Count em, Boise State (much better than UCF), South Carolina, Miss State, Tenn, the annual whipping in Jax, and Auburn. Don’t rule out an unexpected loss to Miss or Kentucky.

Memphis Dawgfan

January 3rd, 2011
12:59 pm

There needs to be several changes made.. I understand upsets, but losing to UCF after a month of preparation is not excusable. I was at the UCF game and I was actually stuck in the middle of UCF fans.. that team was playing for something and every single person there was jumpin the whole time.. there fans had just as much fire as there players did.. it made me sick to my stomach watching our defense do a little swagged out walk to there positions before every play in the 4th quarter.. it was embarassing, i wanna see them at least pretend like they wanna be there.. just a side note to throw in a little under 7 min to go in the 4th quarter 1st and 25 after a chop block, we run the ball, as if we had gained any yards whatsoever running the ball all game.. unbelievable.. looking forward to some changes in athens

Pull My Finger

January 3rd, 2011
12:59 pm

Auburn will be even better next year. This will be three years with the same coaching staff. Their only real competition in 2011 will be from the Georgia Bulldogs.

seabass

January 3rd, 2011
1:01 pm

Our or Ritch’s player evaluation has got to get better. That should be obvious when the winner of the heisman is from Ga.and we don’t recruit for the position. We also have defensive ends playing noseguard. If we don’t have the personale to run the defensive scheme 3-4, then don’t run a 3-4.

Mayo

January 3rd, 2011
1:01 pm

Hope “Former Player” is right. I truly hope he’s right. From “just a fan’s” perspective though, the media, the fans in the seats, and the (honest, non-flaming, thinking) SEC football-watching public as a whole can recognize trouble with pretty good clarity. There’s no other SEC program with as much of that “trouble” as we speak than the one in Athens.

Lagdawg

January 3rd, 2011
1:02 pm

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

JB

January 3rd, 2011
1:04 pm

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

Big Dawg

January 3rd, 2011
1:05 pm

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

Pull My Finger

January 3rd, 2011
1:05 pm

@Driving Ms Dooley

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

Wiggle Wiggle!

Dr Henry

January 3rd, 2011
1:06 pm

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

DIT

January 3rd, 2011
1:07 pm

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

jarvis

January 3rd, 2011
1:09 pm

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

Pull My Finger

January 3rd, 2011
1:09 pm

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

Warhorse

January 3rd, 2011
1:10 pm

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

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

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

SEC East = Big East

January 3rd, 2011
1:10 pm

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

DIT

January 3rd, 2011
1:10 pm

“Bobo out. Friedgen in”
__________

Interesting

Pull My Finger

January 3rd, 2011
1:12 pm

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

buckeye

January 3rd, 2011
1:12 pm

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

ValleyDog

January 3rd, 2011
1:14 pm

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

Time For A Change!

January 3rd, 2011
1:14 pm

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

Pull My Finger

January 3rd, 2011
1:14 pm

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

DAWG with two bags over is head

January 3rd, 2011
1:14 pm

Former Player = Caleb King

WE

January 3rd, 2011
1:15 pm

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

CHS

January 3rd, 2011
1:16 pm

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

Driving Ms Dooley

January 3rd, 2011
1:18 pm

Pull My Finger

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

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

Wiggle Wiggle!

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

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

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

Hope has returned to Neyland Stadium.

gomdawg

January 3rd, 2011
1:18 pm

Mike Leech new offensive co. at just in

buckeye

January 3rd, 2011
1:19 pm

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

Scooter

January 3rd, 2011
1:20 pm

Comments from some REAL coaches:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ed (The Original)

January 3rd, 2011
1:21 pm

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

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

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

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

Preston

January 3rd, 2011
1:21 pm

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

bama guy

January 3rd, 2011
1:21 pm

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

Geodawg55

January 3rd, 2011
1:23 pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

mad dawg

January 3rd, 2011
1:23 pm

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

Driving Ms Dooley

January 3rd, 2011
1:24 pm

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

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

DawgDad

January 3rd, 2011
1:24 pm

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

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

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

Gay ness ville stinks!

January 3rd, 2011
1:25 pm

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

State of Michigan

January 3rd, 2011
1:28 pm

buckeye,

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

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

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

[...] BOWL PUNCHOUT. This really should be a two-ingredient appetizer: the first part, an editorial gently suggesting Mark Richt is in a real and live critical moment at UGA after losing to UCF in a bowl to go 6-7 on the year, and the second being a UCF player punching a [...]

schmeckdawg

January 3rd, 2011
1:31 pm

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

WE

January 3rd, 2011
1:32 pm

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

Driving Ms Dooley

January 3rd, 2011
1:33 pm

at buckeye

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

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

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

Rich

January 3rd, 2011
1:34 pm

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

WE

January 3rd, 2011
1:34 pm

@Driving Ms Dooley

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

schmeckdawg

January 3rd, 2011
1:34 pm

Scooter @ 1:20

I think #5 goes right to the point!

buckeye

January 3rd, 2011
1:35 pm

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

Mean Machine

January 3rd, 2011
1:38 pm

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

Ed (The Original)

January 3rd, 2011
1:38 pm

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

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

dawgs got it

January 3rd, 2011
1:40 pm

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

buckeye

January 3rd, 2011
1:40 pm

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

WE

January 3rd, 2011
1:41 pm

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

buckeye

January 3rd, 2011
1:42 pm

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

WE

January 3rd, 2011
1:44 pm

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

buckeye

January 3rd, 2011
1:45 pm

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

Driving Ms Dooley

January 3rd, 2011
1:46 pm

Buckeye,

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

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

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

buckeye

January 3rd, 2011
1:48 pm

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

Warhorse

January 3rd, 2011
1:48 pm

Hey Suckeye: this just in from the Fiesta Bowl: Troy Smith was sacked again by a Gator DE.

Any why would a program with a guy at QB who has been stopped three times for traffic violations, while driving a vehicle licensed to a Bucknut booster — be boasting on any site, even the poodle site?

Driving Ms Dooley

January 3rd, 2011
1:49 pm

Buckeye,
Tn played:
Oregon
Florida
Alabama
Georgia
SC
and LSU

So explain how Notre Dames schedule was tougher than that.

NewnanDawg

January 3rd, 2011
1:49 pm

Tony, you don’t think fan contributions and bowl payouts will be down $15 million?

Here’s what you’ll get from Mark Richt:

“We gotta stick together”
“We’re gonna get after it”

24-17 in the SEC the last 5 years. Not acceptable at Georgia. Fire Mark Richt.

marinedawg

January 3rd, 2011
1:49 pm

Basic training runs about 15 weeks at P.I. If we really want to turn thngs around. Pay the Corp for lodging and form the F troop company. 13 weeks make it and if they dont send them to Afganistan and bring the same total Marines back to play ball for the lowly Dawgs. One thing the Marines would have is discipline,and leadership qualities. Only other suggestion would be dont ever recruit a future Dawg who has more than a 1 star rating. These 4-5 star impersonators have been pampered since 3rd grade.
Semper Fi

buckeye

January 3rd, 2011
1:51 pm

hey driving ms dooley no body wants to coach tenn cuz the program just sucks so you got stuck with dick dooley. tenn was a stepping stone for kiffin. and even if dooley does succeed which i doubt he will bail and head to georgia sorry……….. go watch some lady vols and get real…

WE

January 3rd, 2011
1:52 pm

@Suckeye
Truth hurts for you doesn’t it. Your the idiot with your mindless dribble coming out of your mouth thinking that your team is better than most of the SEC when you are proven year in and year out that you can’t compete with the SEC. That’s a fact you moron.
By the way , you don’t know anything about football so again, go back home little girl! What I’m stating is backed up by facts. Your mindless dribble is from your mindless little brain!

Sharon Massey

January 3rd, 2011
1:53 pm

I think it’s a shame that any big time college football coach is held solely responsible for the play of a team. The coaching staff can coach up the team members all day every day BUT if those players can’t or won’t perform on either an individual level or as a team then those players need to be held responsible and consequences, from benching, suspension to withdrawal of scholarship need to be on the table and used–not just for football either but should include everybody from football to field hockey. It IS a privilege to represent any major college or university and should be treated as such. It really infuriates me sitting in the stands to have players who are not even giving their best effort standing on the field and waving their arms exhorting the fans who pay to be there to make more noise and be more involved when they are not putting forth any effort themselves. To go to Jacksonville every year involves 2 days off from work (vacation days), a 6 hour drive EACH WAY (nobody pays for me to fly or my hotel stay!), gas, food, and other expenses and then the team does not even play well????? It’s not about losing per se, it’s about giving your best effort every play of every game! When you’ve got players admitting they have “taken a few plays off” as some did after the loss to South Carolina, that’s NOT acceptable to me.

SEC East = Big East

January 3rd, 2011
1:53 pm

Anyone remember that pre-season article out of FL saying GA was ranked something like #60 and how many people on these AJC Blogs said it was BS?

Jack

January 3rd, 2011
1:54 pm

UGA is ranked #23 in the country right now.

What to complain about? Pretty good with the new 3-4, coaches, and QB.

http://cfn.scout.com/2/557948.html

Urban Meyer at Georgia in 2012

January 3rd, 2011
1:55 pm

Mark it down. Daughter goes to GT. Urban and Georgia AD, McGarity, are close friends. Here it comes.

The Watergirl

January 3rd, 2011
1:57 pm

The one thing that will help me believe in Richt for one more year is “Mike Bobo will retain his job as QB coach and we will have a proven OC calling plays!! It is bad when 90,000+ arm-chair QBs can call the play thats coming just because we have seen this “vanilla” offense for too many years. Its the main thing that must be changed and do it today

SEC East = Big East

January 3rd, 2011
1:57 pm

23rd in the country huh?

Looks like 53 by this poll: http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/rankings/120/index2

SEC East = Big East

January 3rd, 2011
1:59 pm

Urban will coach at 2nd Tier regional school the same day Chucky does.

Driving Ms Dooley

January 3rd, 2011
2:00 pm

Ok Buckeye you win. Ohio State is better than the 9th place team in the SEC. This year.

Pitbull

January 3rd, 2011
2:01 pm

CMR has lost control of this program and the players have no fear of him. That much is evident. Bobby Bowden made the point that Mark may be “too nice” to be a head football coach when Mark was hired by UGA. We may be seeing that now.

The question is does CMR have the stones to fire coaches that don’t coach and recruit, and does CMR have the stones to run off players that don’t make the effort to do what it takes to win?

I am beginning to think that he does not. Ironically, neither did Vince Dooley in the 1970’s. But coaches were given more time back then and Vince turned it around.

I think it should be noted that UGA started to go downhill when Van Gorder left. He was the enforcer, like Erk was for Vince. UGA has been without an enforcer for severl years now. Will Grantham be one or does Mark need to go out and get one?

And I am not convinced Joe T is the answer for the weight room. I ran into him and Coach Mike Cavan in Studebakers’s night club the night before the Dogs lost to Tech the next day in a game in Atlanta in the 1970’s. I doubt his work ethic has changed that much. I did think it was funny that Joe T and Mike Cavan left just a few minutes after they realized they had been recognized when I asked them “Are we going to win that game tomorrow?” They looked shocked.

oakwood dawg

January 3rd, 2011
2:01 pm

Okay buckeye I may be dreaming about a top 3 every year but like most(not all)yankees you think you know it all. Check the records–Since 1965 UGA has been in the top twenty 27 times, Ole $hit U, 33 times. Since 2000 UGA 8 times Ole $hit U 9 times. Doesn’t sound like an “occasionally top 20 team and some years not that” but leave it to a yankee to open mouth and insert foot. To continue your education, through 2009, 10 win seasons(total) by division 1-A Teams Alabama leads with 29, Ole $hit U 19, and UGA 18. The only time we have played you we won i.e. 21-14 in the 1993 Florida Citrus Bowl. And let me warn you, Arkansas will take you to the wood shed in the Sugar Bowl !

Tide Rising

January 3rd, 2011
2:03 pm

buckeye,

In fairness to Tennessee they did lose a substantial number of players when Kiffin came- 12 players I think transferred plus injuries, etc. . UT played with only 68 scholly players in Kiffin’s only season and the situation was just as bad in Dooley’s first season- lots of attrition for a variety of reasons. But Dooley did a fine job of getting some momentum back in the 2nd half of the season even if they did lose their bowl game. They will be back- a proud program like UT will only stay down for so long.

As for Ohio State I think they get too much of a bad rap from my fellow SEC fans. They are in my view a solid football program and have talent on par with the elite teams of the SEC. Its just that until you actually beat an SEC team in a bowl you’re gonna catch hell from SEC fans. It is what it is.

And your Big 10 brethren did you no favors in their showings this weekend, especially in matchups vs the SEC. I can tell you that the Bama beatdown of Mich State could have been so much worse that its not even funny.

Minus 48 yds rushing for Mich St tells you just how bad they got physically whipped. And this was the co big 10 champion that had been 11-1. We pulled our starters 5 minutes into the 3rd qtr and still the onslaught continued unabated. For Pete’s sake our 3rd team tailback had almost 100 yds rushing and bolted through the middle of the MSU defense for 12 and 62 yd td runs on simple off guard dive plays in the 4th qtr.

As it stands the SEC west’s 5 bowl bound teams are a collective 37-1 against all opponents outside of its division this year including the bowl games so far. That stat does not bode well for your buckeyes.

buckeye

January 3rd, 2011
2:04 pm

hey driving ms dooley 10 out of twelve teams that notre dame played had an above 500 record and went to bowls usc would have if they werent on probation… i wouldnt count florida this year as tough. tenn played division 2 ut martin… went in double overtime with uab hahah.. got blown out by 6 and 6 georgia and beat memphis barely beat vandy beat ole miss all not evn in tyhe top 80 in college football so yea notre dames schedule was way harder not to mention the irish were playing like 6 weeks with a third strig quarter back the best tight end in the country out and 3 oftb there top 4 recievrs out still maged to get to 8-5 with a blowaout bowl win over miami who blew out north carolina btw.. oh and allowed two touchdowns total against tulsa top 15 offense, utah top 15 offense, army 4th best rushing team and usc despite being on probation still some of the best talent in the nation so dont compare tenn and notre dame try again… and if you dont believe me on those stats look it up for yourself……

Preston

January 3rd, 2011
2:04 pm

What kind of loser buckeyes fan comes on UGA and SEC blogs and talks trash. You guys have NEVER won a bowl game vs SEC opponents. NEVER! Go home. LMAO! You’re a pathetic joke that wins a pitiful conference and then gets embarrassed in bowl games. Give me a break loser.

Latest Rumor

January 3rd, 2011
2:04 pm

Tony:

I’m hearing that Terrell Pryor sold his pants to Pat Dye, I’ll keep you posted.

WE

January 3rd, 2011
2:10 pm

This just in:
Agnus Scott has proposed to buyout Arkansas to play in the Sugar Bowl. The President of Agnus Scott said that they needed a warm up before they begin their new schedule in the ACC next year.
ARK. of course would not have any of it because the HC said that he needed to see how many points his scout team would run up the score on OSU. The goal is 60 points.

producewiz

January 3rd, 2011
2:11 pm

lot of teams don’t want to go or practice for certain bowls.remember Alabama-Utah?Looks like the ole ball coach had his problems against F.S.U. Gators had something to play for, but I think they wre lucky it was Pa. State.Brantley’s 1st pass an interception.their 1 quarterback was lousier then all 3 of the Gator quarterbacks.Miami looked like they were happy, right?Arizona keeps the worse of the Stoops’ brothers, and they stink it up a lot, not just the bowl season.And etc., etc.

Leaders, Legends & LOSERS

January 3rd, 2011
2:11 pm

Wait a minute, an Ohio State fan is here talking garbage?

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!

Driving Ms Dooley

January 3rd, 2011
2:13 pm

Buckeye,

Exactly what are you trying to prove now? that Notre Dame is great?

Your first memorable post read: no offense, but Tn sucks.

My response was: none taken.

We knew that coming into the year. So what is your obsession with Tn?

And Notre Dame for that matter?

Do you have a point you’re trying to make before kick off with Arky?

BILLY JACK

January 3rd, 2011
2:13 pm

We need to recruit some 3 star players who have heart instead of these 5 stars that have none.No 49 for C Florida was clearly the best def player on the field and wanted to come to uga badly but Garner said no.I hope he is fired today and Bobo is demoted to QB coach.Start recruiting real football players instead of these 5 star turds that quit on the team.

buckeye

January 3rd, 2011
2:14 pm

@tide rising i agree with you on everything you said im not on here trying to say osu is the greatest and i gave the sec its props i just get tired of fans of ga and tenn trying to talk smack to osu fans like it was there team that beat osu, that annoys me oh and guessing by your name you are a bama fan. dude great team caught a cpl of bad breaks this year but i still think mich st is a good football team i just think bama is above the rest if they played like that all year they would be playing jan 10th. 2011 man you might laugh at me but bama and notre dame national championship bama wpies the floor with them… i do tink brian kelly is gonna do great things with the irish, and you got to admit that to get to 8 and 5 this year under all those circumstances( especially after the tulsa game i thougt they were dead) then they went on a hell of a run i think they can get to 12 and 0 next year 11-1 at worst but bama will lose a heartbreaker but win the sec and meet the irish. that would be a classic national championship and the bcs would jump all over that maatchup

Spokesman for the SEC East

January 3rd, 2011
2:14 pm

Urban Meyer at Georgia in 2012?

No how about since he is used to running a High School offense, Urban Meyer at GT in 2012!

Paul N Destin

January 3rd, 2011
2:14 pm

Richt is Mike Shula without the NCAA probation. All these things you stated amaze me in that if you have to tell the man what is wrong then you have lost the war already! Money is the only reason he will not be fired and that is sad but it is a lot of money to have to pay someone to get out of town. If you have any luck he will just retire and accept a buyout over many years in order to help UGA since you have paid the man and paid him well.

Driving Ms Dooley

January 3rd, 2011
2:15 pm

Tulsa??

Utah??

Army??

impressive.

WE

January 3rd, 2011
2:18 pm

Suckeye,
Your little sister called and wanted you back home cleaning her doll house within the next 2 minutes or she is going to kick your butt…….. again!

buckeye

January 3rd, 2011
2:20 pm

hey driving ms dooley whats impressive is all three of those teams would prob blowout tenn well maybe not army hahaha your a joke im not talking with you anymore.

RYDER

January 3rd, 2011
2:21 pm

INVESTIGATE THE ALCOHOL AND DRUG USE ON THE TEAM. IS THAT THE CAUSE FOR LACK OF MOTIVATION ?

WE

January 3rd, 2011
2:22 pm

How do you circumcise a Buckeye(Suckeye)?
Kick his sister in the chin

WE

January 3rd, 2011
2:23 pm

Well, your sister told me that’s how they handled you there Suckeye!

Tide Rising

January 3rd, 2011
2:24 pm

Paul N Destin,

Richt is Mike Shula without the probation? I’ll give Richt more credit than that based on his accomplishments earlier in the century. But based on the last few years I would say that is a correct and funny assessment.

Since McGarrity already made the mistake of saying he would keep Richt in 2011 rather than wait until the complete season is over I think the only thing to do would be for Richt to step down gracefully for the good of Georgia football. I admire and respect the man but after the UCF loss it is apparent that he has lost virtually all support.

Barring a miracle 10 win season in 2011 McGarrity just screwed up by delaying the inevitable and thus hurting Georgia’s recruiting for a year. A lame duck coach for a year is terrible for a program. Now if he turns it around and wins 10 games than myself and about 200 other posters on this blog are all gonna feel kinda stupid. I just doubt his ability to turn it around in one year.

Germandawg

January 3rd, 2011
2:25 pm

I seem to remember about this time last year when these pages were full of reasons that Richt should be retained at UGA and to fire a coach who had done as much for UGA football as Richt has would be a horrible idea. Now it is about the cost of buying him out??? Richt has not been interested in doing what is necessary to win at the level that Dawg fans expect for at least 4 seasons now. This is not a new thing and unfortunately it is not going to get better any time soon. It is way past time for Richt to leave the University of Georgia and make room for someone who wants to be there for reasons other than it is what he knows and is comfortable with.

buckeye

January 3rd, 2011
2:25 pm

@WE your an idiot i bet you never even played football your just a wannabe so go fondle your nephew or whatever it is you dumb hillbillys do….

buckeye

January 3rd, 2011
2:26 pm

Enter your comments here

Cobb Dawg

January 3rd, 2011
2:27 pm

Former Houston Oilers coach Bum Phillips used to say of Hall of Fame coach Don Shula, “He could take his’n and beat your’n, or take your’n and beat his’n.” There are many, many CFB coaches who took much less talent and did much more with it over the past 3 or 4 seasons than CMR. UGA is now nowhere near the top 25 and won’t be next season. You’re talking about a foolball program in a state with some of the best HS players in the nation. This is a miserable failure on the staff’s part and will not be fixed by CMR. Mark my words, we’ll be talking about the same thing next season but it will be much worse. CMR has quit coaching but is still cashing his checks.

oakwood dawg

January 3rd, 2011
2:28 pm

Buckeye–You are the one talking smack and I resent your remarks about UGA. Do some home work and you will see how wrong you are about the dawgs rankings.

Leaders, Legends & LOSERS

January 3rd, 2011
2:28 pm

“your” an idiot

LOL

WE

January 3rd, 2011
2:30 pm

@SUCKEYE
Did I hurt your feelings little girl? Don’t be so sure about never playing football before there little girl. I go by facts of games played. Tell me I’m wrong about the 0-ffer yout team has against the SEC in Bowl games. Just stating the facts.
Sounds like you know all about that fondling of nephews so I’ll let you proceed with doing that being that you are the expert at it.

Tide Rising

January 3rd, 2011
2:31 pm

buckeye,

I just don’t see it with ND being an 11-1 team next year. Brian Kelly certainly has them in the right direction just like Dooley at UT. Both teams finished the 2nd half of their seasons very well. But due to tough academic standards in terms of recruiting I just don’t know if I can ever see ND being a premier top 5 team again. They certainly won’t be able to recruit the overall speed that a typical SEC team can recruit due to the academic standards.

buckeye

January 3rd, 2011
2:33 pm

hey oakwood dawg i never said anything about georgias rankings i dont have a problem with georgia i think they are alot better than people are giving them credit for they had one bad year get over it…. i think georgia will be back in the mix soon.

Doggone

January 3rd, 2011
2:35 pm

UGA is willing to settle for being mediocre so Ricth will get at least another year… Even when he had among the top recruiting classes in the country and was predicted to win SEC and National titles they managed to coach the teams down…. Sure they won a lot of games but only twice in all of his years did he win the right ones to get the SEC title…. Never has he even sniffed of the National title….. Whereas Florida and the other top schools have won and won and won when it counted during that time… Georgia fans hope for the best but as in the past expect the worst…

Leaders, Legends & LOSERS

January 3rd, 2011
2:36 pm

Tide Rising, not sure about ND not ever being a premier top 5 team again due to academic requirements. Look at at Stanford

The Ghost of Wally Butts

January 3rd, 2011
2:36 pm

Never fear Thug Dawg fans, it’s the off season and we have the chance to defend our FULMER CUP championship.

Tide Rising

January 3rd, 2011
2:37 pm

Cobbdawg,

That saying about he can take his and beat yours and take yours and beat his was actually first coined about Bear Bryant. Can’t remember who said it but it was said back in the 60s or early 70s and I think it was the USC coach John McKay or another great college coach who coined it.

Richtard Simmons

January 3rd, 2011
2:40 pm

only one word – bye!

Chris

January 3rd, 2011
2:40 pm

Very ” TRUE” and ” REALISTIC” remarks about the Georgia Program and what needs to be done. The only PROBLEM Mr. Barnhart and I think you already know your own answer, as do I and the rest of the “Non Bible Thumping Bulldog Fans, is that Mark Richt is ” Not that kind of Guy”. He just does not have that personality, he just does not have that fire……it is not in his genetice make up. You have seen it happen on and off the field this year and it is an absolute disgrace and embarrassment to ” College Football” not only at Georgia but, the entiree NCAA with off the field violations. So yes Tony all your question and remarks are dead on 100% accurate….Except Mark Richt will NEVER be that Guy, that Mold, that Passion. No need to wait any longer, follow in the footsteps of NC Programs like Bama, Florida, LSU, Texas. Let the AX fall and get things going in the right direction. Money is money but, 11 arrests and a Football Team that looks horrible and incompetent coaches making the University look like a Black Eye is more important than MONEY. Thanks Chris from good old Jersey, thats right New Jersey…………….Ralph Friegen short term 3yr deal and bring in a young potential OC to take over after that.

buckeye

January 3rd, 2011
2:41 pm

tide rising notre dame has a pretty solid recruiting class prob top ten next year and even if they dont have the talent of the sec last time i checked they dont compete in the sec so yea top 5 is definatly possible and i dont know if you realize this but the bcs does have a love affair with notre dame back in 2005 notre dame was 5 and 2 going into that game with tenn who they destruyed and with a 5 and 2 record they were ranked 8th in the country so i think if notre dame ever gets to 10 wins at least they would be a top 5 team. i do however agree that if they got to a bcs game or nc they would get destroyed by a top tier sec team.. look what happened in the 2006 sugar bowl against lsu..

Time For A Change!

January 3rd, 2011
2:44 pm

Greg McGarity, Athletic Director

gmcgarity@sports.uga.edu

KaliDogg

January 3rd, 2011
2:46 pm

Two Questions (almost rhetorical but I’ll ask them anyway):

(A) After the final gun in the Liberty Bowl, as a player, who would you rather face in the locker room: Mark Richt, Nick Saban, Urban Meyer, Vince Lombardi, Erk Russell? Add other names as you see fit. Oh, and by the way, does anybody think that those other fellas weren’t “good” people? Watch the Lombardi special when it’s on. Do you hear the way his ex-players talked about him?

(B) After a 96 yard drive to open the game, 4th and (less than) 1 a sniff from the opponent’s goal line, what do you think any of the above would have called?

BTW, Coach R, for your information, it was 3rd and 2 on the last play. His quote, “They should have made it on 3rd and 1.” Face it, coach. You flinched. You gave the opponent life and hope. Changed the tone of the game. And your answer is, “Well, if I’d known what the final score was going to be…” What?

Final note. Organizations reflect the person at their head. Always have. Always will. To suggest that Mark Richt can “fix” UGA without “fixing” Mark Richt is pure fantasy.

buckeye

January 3rd, 2011
2:47 pm

@ tide rising also i think notre dame ending the season with impresseive wins over tulsa, utah, army, usc, miami and allowing just 4 tds in 5 games is a bit more impresseive than tenn beating memphis, vandy, ole miss, kentucky and then losing to a depleted north carolina team. not hatin on tenn but my second fav team is notre dame and my bro in law is a tenn fan and is always trying to put tenn in the same class as nd. oh not to mention look up brian kellys career compared to dooleys, not even comparable… dooley gets credit he dont deserve cause his dad was a legend…..

Tide Rising

January 3rd, 2011
2:49 pm

Leaders, Legends, and losers,

Good point about Stanford being an academic school and having a top 5 ranking. But I’m talking about consistency. Stanford is playing in a very watered down pac-10 this year and other than a great 2010 when have you ever in your life seen Stanford in the top 5?

Buckeye,

Same with ND. They can get some great players even with their standards but overall I just don’t think they can get as many good to great athletes as an upper tier SEC program. They’ll never have the pure overall numbers of athletes with speed as somebody like a big 6 SEC team. Now I do agree that the media has a love affair with ND based on ratings. You might even call it media bias.

buckeye's little sister

January 3rd, 2011
2:50 pm

Boiy! You better get off mama’s PC and get your tail in here and finish cleaning my doll house. Don’t make me remind you of the last time you were on that PC for too long. Two words: bloody and nose!

buckeye

January 3rd, 2011
2:55 pm

@ TIDE RISING i have a question seriously i want your opinion.. you talk about notre dames academic standards now i understand your theory on stanford another team that is not even in the same class as nd… but if notre dame cant get athletes cause of there academic standards than why is notre dame the most successful football team of all time even though they havent been great in like 15 years.. i mean 11 national championships, 7 heisman trophy winners, 99 all americans and the most nfl hall of famers barring tim brown gets in this year. how did they do that if there standards hinder them from being a good team?

Tide Rising

January 3rd, 2011
2:57 pm

buckeye,

I will agree with you that I think Brian Kelly is a better coach than Dooley based on record. Anyone who can raise Cincy to a bcs bowl has to be good.

As for the UT and ND debate ND might always be the biggest name in college football just due to tradition and history. But UT is also a premiere name and is one of the nation’s 10 alltime winningest programs. They’re a pretty big name in their own right even if they’ve been down lately.

I just think UT has better long run potential of competing for championships based on less rigorous academic standards for incoming players. Doesn’t hurt that UT also typically has the largest recruiting budget in the country, great facilities, and a large and rabid fan base that cares. ND has the same in terms of facilites and fan base but the big difference is that UT will always be able to admit more and better athletes based on academics.

goldwreck

January 3rd, 2011
2:59 pm

I think Charlie McLendon from LSU was the first to say Bear Bryant could take yours and beat his or take his and beat yours.

KaliDogg

January 3rd, 2011
3:02 pm

Yep, goldwredk. Please add Bear Bryant to my previous list. I’d have headed to the parking lot in my uniform before I’d have wanted to face him in the locker room after the Liberty Bowl.

PHIL

January 3rd, 2011
3:02 pm

I am so sick of all the talk about “arrests” and “no discipline” that I think I am going to puke.

I want to see an article about how the most agregious offenders are no longer on the team but that LSU was more than happy to take one of them.

I’d like to see an article about how when the cop that was put in the hospital by Da’Rick Rogers did not want to press charges when he found out he was assaulted by a UT football player. Include in that the fact that neither he nor any of the other players involved missed a single game.

I’d like to see an article about how Urban doesn’t give a crap about how his players behave as long as they win. See the poke to the eyes incident and the death threat incident. Rainey should have been kicked off the team just for being so stupid as to put it in writing.

I want to see an article about how the police treat athletes differently in Tuscaloosa than they do in Athens. How that riding a scooter the wrong way, not having a scooter license, not having a middle name, and heaven forbid a college kid drinking a beer before he was 21 would not even get reported in Tuscaloosa. Yet in Athens it makes front page AJC news. How not having the money to pay for a speeding ticket gets you an arrest in Athens when in Tuscaloosa it gets it paid for you or “taken care of.” I want to see an article about how Saban takes scholarships away from players who have worked their butts off for him for two years to give to others he has over signed like the Wall Street Journal did. It’s the least you can do Tony after writing a whole article about Grantham giving the Florida kicker the choke sign. I guess that is worse though than taking scholarships from deserving kids, hospitalizing policemen and threatening a woman’s life.

IF and that is a big IF, the people who continue to write about all these “arrests” have ever been to college I would bet the ranch they have done much worse things than these “convicts” they continue to be offended by. UGA still holds the patent on fan stupidity.

Tide Rising

January 3rd, 2011
3:05 pm

buckeye,

Easy question to answer. Take a look at virtually all of ND’s huge football accomplishments- the 11 titles, all the all americans, most of ND’s football lore comes from the 1970s and before. They have accomplished very little in the last 20 years. From the 1980s on ND has one national title in 88. The black athlete and high academic standards has a lot to do with ND’s decline. ND was mostly white as were a lot of programs- especially in the south- well into the mid 70s. Look at ND’s roster now. They don’t have as much overall speed and near as many black athletes as a typical SEC team. And that has to do with academic standards. Just an ugly truth to life. And while some people may think what I said to be a racist statement its common knowledge due to economic and social circumstances that black students just don’t do as well academically and would thus have a harder time getting into and staying in a program like ND.

monty

January 3rd, 2011
3:05 pm

Heck is some ways we’re lucky to be where we are, just imagine if CMR and company had lesser talent in players. They sure can’t coach anyone up. We would be just another Vandy. Just think if we didn’t yearly put as many players into the NFL as any other program. When is the last time a GA team beat a team they weren’t supposed to? Head scratcher isn’t it?

ARdawg

January 3rd, 2011
3:08 pm

Barnhary is a Gomer

Tony your space could have been better utilized screaming for Richt’s resignation. No, you insist on living this lie about “earned a right to fix” mentality. No he doesn’t, Richt has no rights to anything. Why must Bulldog nation endure another year of lackluster coaching, player performance and embarassment week in and week out? Just for some deluded idea that he has “earned the right”. I call BULLS on you. He lost that right in CO. MSST UF and now UCF. He has no “right” Barnhart

Brucerugby79

January 3rd, 2011
3:09 pm

Somebody get in Touch With HUGH NALL!!!! he would not put up with any of this

buckeye

January 3rd, 2011
3:09 pm

@ tide rising i personaly agree that ut can be in the championship mix i just think they need a better coach and until dooley shows something better than beating ut martin and memphis than im gonna continue to think that.. it happens to every school i just think tn fans are afraid to admit that they got desperate and i dont blame them considering kiffin left in the middle of the night with no notice. but dooley might get them to 8 win seasons but championships no way. like i said the reason i think notr dame has more of a chance is because they have better coach, no sec schedule and not to mention the media on there side like it or not but its true…

Scalded Dog

January 3rd, 2011
3:11 pm

Tony, I keep hearing CMR has “earned the right to fix what is wrong” with UGA football. Why? You’re a pretty good sports writer and have been for some time but if you spend a season writing dribble, I don’t your editor will agree you’ve “earned” anything but a kick out the door. I’ve been using the same mechanic to fix my car for over 10 years and he does excellent work. However, if he stops doing excellent work and I break down on the side of the road, I’m getting a new mechanic. UGA football seems to be broken down on the side of the road. I think the longsuffering fans have “earned” something and it ain’t what we saw in the Liberty Bowl!

Leaders, Legends & LOSERS

January 3rd, 2011
3:14 pm

Phil

Maybe Coach Richt should cease with the pool parties and resume two-a-days?

buckeye

January 3rd, 2011
3:14 pm

@ tide rising good theory but notre dame has alot of black football players look it up prob 3 fourths of there team. and i know notre dame has high academic standards but i dont buy that it is to the extreme people make it out to be. and notre dame has had alot of great black players throughout there history, jerome bus bettis, rocket ismail, tony rice, jarious jackson, golden tate, tim brown, arnaz battle, michael floyd there now, murice stovall, derrick mayes…. just to name a few…

Tide Rising

January 3rd, 2011
3:17 pm

“How not having the money to pay for a speeding ticket gets you an arrest in Athens when in Tuscaloosa it gets it paid for you or “taken care of.” I want to see an article about how Saban takes scholarships away from players who have worked their butts off for him for two years to give to others he has over signed like the Wall Street Journal did.”- Phil

Hey Phil,

Please provide evidence of an Alabama player having a ticket “taken care of” for him. I would like to see your proof.

While you’re at it please provide the name of one single Alabama football player who was cut after 2 years of playing at Bama to make room for another player cause Saban oversigned.

Downtrodden DawgFan

January 3rd, 2011
3:17 pm

Does anyone remember the last time(besides the Auburn blackout)that the players(and coaches)had that fire in their belly. I do, it was when Brian Van Gorder was the DC. I suggest dumping Richt and paying the millions of dollars for a new head coach to BVG. That guy fired up the whole team,nnot just the D, as well as the Bulldawg nation. He’s proven himself not only in the SEC but look what he’s done w/ the Falcons D. We NEED a defensive minded coach to head up the troops!(Look@ Saban). WE NEED A COACH THAT SPITS FIRE, and puts fear into the other teams as well as HIS OWN!!! Bring back BVG NOW!!

black football player

January 3rd, 2011
3:18 pm

Headline Quote from Rivals: BIG TEN CAN’T HANG WITH THE SEC

DeAnthony Arnett, the No. 2 recruit in the state of Michigan, was never so sure of his decision to leave the state for college football as he was on Jan. 1 – when the state’s two flagship universities were overwhelmed in bowl games.
Seeing Michigan lose to Mississippi State, 52-14, in the Gator Bowl and Michigan State get crushed by Alabama, 49-7, in the Capital One Bowl, made Arnett happy he’s headed to the University of Tennessee.

It just shows you how good the football is in the SEC,”

oakwood dawg

January 3rd, 2011
3:21 pm

Buckeye—I guess I’m a dumb ole southern redneck but when you say and I quote ” You are occasionally a top 20 program and some years not even that” it seems to me you are indeed talking about rankings. Guess I should go get my corn squeezings, have a few slugs and ferget about it.

TrishaDishaWarEagle

January 3rd, 2011
3:22 pm

@Drivn ms Dooley..

I agree, I want to see 100 points scored in Glendale..so long as at least 51 are for AU.

And BTW..the panty comments are not me, they are my pinecone liquor swigging screen name thief who just can’t stand that AU is playing for the NC and another school lost to UCF…

Tide Rising

January 3rd, 2011
3:23 pm

buckeye,

I’m not saying ND doesn’t have any black players- they’ve had a lot of great ones coming through there. I’m just saying that for the most part that for a lot of the top tier elite black athletes that may be marginal students ND is not an option. They do pick up some good black athletes that are decent students but may not be near the top of the recruiting lists. They are not picking up numerous 4 and 5 star black athletes the way an Alabama or Florida are. That’s all.

black football player

January 3rd, 2011
3:24 pm

But I was impressed with Notre Dames game against Army.

Driving Ms Dooley

January 3rd, 2011
3:27 pm

TrishaDishaWarEagle

January 3rd, 2011
3:22 pm
@Drivn ms Dooley..

I agree, I want to see 100 points scored in Glendale..so long as at least 51 are for AU.

And BTW..the panty comments are not me, they are my pinecone liquor swigging screen name thief who just can’t stand that AU is playing for the NC and another school lost to UCF

That’s ok Trish. There are alot of unbeliebable claims made on this blog. You wearing red panties (except for Falcons game) was an easy one to catch.

Weagle

lagadawg

January 3rd, 2011
3:27 pm

The last 2 years there have been more players from Ga.on SEC rosters than any other state,Ga. should be in it’s glory years and when was the last time Ga. won a game they were underdogs.

Dixie Crystals

January 3rd, 2011
3:30 pm

The defense under Willie only lost 5 games.
Grantham was NOT an improvement at all.

Tide Rising

January 3rd, 2011
3:31 pm

What happened to Phil?

I’m still waiting on his proof of Alabama players getting speeding tickets “taken care of” or his proof of Alabama players being run off after 2 years by Saban to make room for more players cause he oversigned. I guess money talks and boolsheet walks cause I’ll bet Phil a grand he can’t produce any proof of either.

Mountain Dawg

January 3rd, 2011
3:34 pm

GaBOY

January 3rd, 2011
3:38 pm

The mighty Dawgs will rise again…it’s only a matter of time.

61-39-5

January 3rd, 2011
3:40 pm

Of course I just want him to say Bye
Hopefully he got a lot of U Haul gift certificates for Christmas
If that can’t happen, I would like him to offer to give me and my kids some sideline passes next year to make up for the cabbage I dropped on the trip to Memphis
Nice 2 field goals Bozo. You have a bright future as an OC in Aussie football

PHIL

January 3rd, 2011
3:45 pm

Tide Rising not sure if you can read being from AL but maybe you can get someone to read this to you

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704243904575630593438793612.html?KEYWORDS=alabama+football

As far as the police go last year on my way to the Sugar Bowl I stopped at a Krystal in Tuscaloosa at 4 in the am. A very nice uniformed police officer came in and began a conversation while in line. He told me that if a policeman ever arrested a football player for a silly offense as he referred to the arrests in Athens, the other officers would make it a point to arrest their kids so that stuff never happened. He also stated that if someone was ever caught under age drinking they take them home and make sure they are safe. Just like they would do with a politicians kid. No speeding tickets are given unless it is something outrageous. That is what the man told me. I would swear it on my grand mothers grave.

When are you going to wire the money, moron?

Btw, unlike you who obviously sits at the computer and does nothing all day, I have things to do. Just leave me a note and let me know when you’ll be sending the money. What you don’t have a thousand dollars? Never have had? Who’d a thunk it?

GaBOY

January 3rd, 2011
3:45 pm

For you Auburn fans – spank those Ducks and bring another win back to the SEC. It seems my dawgs have let me and the Conference down again. It’s okay though – we’ll let the SEC keep taking turns win the Nat’l. For now, this GA boy got an Auburn shirt under GA hat. GO SEC!

Preston

January 3rd, 2011
3:47 pm

McGarrity, needs to be calling Kirby….pronto!

Coach

January 3rd, 2011
3:48 pm

ACC 2 SEC 0 head-to-head in bowl games this year. Also Conference USA 1 SEC 0 hahaha. Good thing for the Big Ten.

Red Harrison

January 3rd, 2011
3:48 pm

Ralph Friedgen is available!
Ralph Friedgen is available!

Mark, don’t go down with the Bo-bo-boat. He’s a high school coach, at best.

GatorBait 18-3

January 3rd, 2011
3:52 pm

What the Bulldog Nation wants to hear from Mark Richt

I resign, I’m outa here in my Ford 150

buckeye

January 3rd, 2011
3:58 pm

@tide rising yea i see your point and just for the record i have the utmost respect for the sec especially bama… i just get irritated when people seem to forget who teams like ohio state, notre dame, michigan are just because they have had some rough years lately they just need to remember thet even if those teams never become a power again they are the ones who set the tone for college football especially notre dame and if not for teams like that college football including the sec wouldnt be what it is today… but with that said college football goes in cycles and everybody has good periods and bad ones… bama wasnt much to talk about for like 15 years till saban got there now look at them… same for notre dame with kelly i think… could be wrong though…..

GatorBait 18-3

January 3rd, 2011
3:58 pm

I don’t have any idea if he will will be sucessful, but Will Muschamp is putting together a staff
that Richt can only dream about. One of two things must be true, Florida is a better place to coach or Muschamp has more crediblity than Richt. Or possibly both.

See for your self————-BTW, Ralph Friedgen is available, but the Gators don’t want him.

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=5984192

buckeye

January 3rd, 2011
4:00 pm

@ tide rising gotta admit when you see teams like bama, nd, osu, texas, tenn, usc etc…. the traditional powers in the top 10 or 15 competing for nat championships college football is so much better…

Bob

January 3rd, 2011
4:01 pm

Tony, A Gator fan here, and we hope Mark stays right where he is and continues doing what he is doing…but on the serious side, being a sports fan, I see no passion in his teams. Lack of enthusiasm seems to run all through the Dawgs… Just an observation…Bob

Tide Rising

January 3rd, 2011
4:07 pm

Phil,

I believe you suffer either from abject stupidity or problems with reading comprehension. You stated plain and simple in your post that Saban had been running off players after 2 years to make room for more players. In the article 3 of the 4 players plainly stated that they left of their own accord and a 4th left over a difference of opinion with Saban. Leaving voluntarily does not constitute Saban running them off you utter fool.

Nonetheless lets examine the 4 players in the article.

Alonzo Lawerence- was in Saban’s doghouse since he got there. He says flat out that he left the team voluntarily while Saban said he was a discipline problem as most of us who follow bama football know. So what happened to Alonzo. He ended up at Southern Miss and was booted off the team a few months ago for you guessed it- disciplinary reasons.

Prince Hall- Hmmm. Prince said he left of his own accord and not due to disciplinary reasons. This coming from a guy who had previously been suspended 3 separate times. Like Alonzo he aint exactly a bastion of credibility. Yet you state he was run off by Saban to make room which doesn’t even jive with what Prince said. Man are you stupid or what?

Brandon Fanney- Brandon was a fulltime starter. The alleged rumor was that he failed a drug test and was suspended for breaking team rules. Truth is no one knows but Saban and Fanney. In any event Fannney states plain and simple that he left voluntarily. You dumbarse said Saban ran him off.

The 4th guy Preyear- He was not doing the things Saban had asked him to do which usually indicates disciplinary problems or not going to class. In any event Preyear stated plain and simple that he voluntarily transferred. Meanwhile you are stating he was run off. The man flatly contradicted your assertion as did the other 3 that they were run off.

According to the words of all 3 they transferred voluntarily and that is not what you said. Read the article you blithering idiot!

long-time dawg

January 3rd, 2011
4:08 pm

It’s quite simple. McGarity sits CMR down and says, “tell me not only what needs to be fixed but how you are going to fix it–by next season.”

Mike

January 3rd, 2011
4:11 pm

Tony,

I like what you said overall. I think one piece that needs to be emphasized is defense. If you look at the teams playing for championships, they are year after year in the top 10 nationally on defense. Not necessarily on offense. I think we have to commit our recruiting and philosophy to defense. There’s a reason we say defense wins championships. Here’s a stat, the last time we played for an sec championship, we were ranked in the top ten on defense nationally. If you look at the defensive rankings the past 5 years, you will find a slew of BCS contenders and Conference Champions. Also, the past 5 years, our defense has ranked lower than Georgia Tech’s.

ARdawg

January 3rd, 2011
4:13 pm

Bob

We dawg fans have been seeing it for the last 5 years. no doubt you don’t wish to see it changed. Nobody outside of the Dawg Nation does. If a change is ever made prepare yourself, we will return but I wouldn’t look for it anytime soon. Gomers like Tony will be hollering he deserves a chance to right the ship next year. If they truly believe that, where were they last year?

PapaDawg

January 3rd, 2011
4:14 pm

What I want to know is why the heck was Michigan, Michigan st. & U Conn in a BCS Bowl

birddawg92

January 3rd, 2011
4:15 pm

Keeping Richt another year is a wasted year—$15 million or no $15 million. Do you think Alabama or Florida would let that keep them from canning a guy who’s put up the sorriness that we’ve seen out of this team, not for 1 or 2 or 3 years, but FIVE years. Continual underachievement—even when we one the last SECC, a season in which we once again lost to UF and Auburn.

Every day that Mark Richt stays at Georgia is another day we fall further behind the aforementioned, not to mention LSU, South Carolina, an ascendant Arkansas, and at this stage, Mississippi State.

The problem with this whole debate is everyone is just looking at the last 1-2 years. Richt’s teams have been underachieving (woefully) ever since Van Gorder left. Richt has had ample reason and opportunity to solve the problems. He has not. Past time for him to go. If McGarity can’t see that, then we need somebody else in that job too.

http://www.saturdayinathens.com

Tide Rising

January 3rd, 2011
4:16 pm

Phil,

Furthermore I have to really question just how stupid you are when you state Tuscaloosa police routinely let Bama players go for things like drinking and driving and other offenses. And all this from a conversation with a cop in a Tuscaloosa krystal at 4 am on the way to a sugar bowl? What sugar bowl? When was the last time Georgia was in the sugar bowl in new orleans? And who in the hell drives through Tuscaloosa from Georgia on their way to New Orleans?

You might want to check the records- 8 Alabama players were arrested in Saban’s first year and a half in Tuscaloosa- a DUI and several public intoxication and drinking in public charges. Seems the facts just don’t agree with your ALLEGED conversation with a Tuscalossa cop. Try telling Juwan Simpson, David Palmer, and several other players that Bama players don’t get arrested for simple alchohol related violations.

You are a complete moron and frankly your story about this alleged conversation at 4 am at a Tuscaloosa krystal on the way to New Orleans is complete BS. Try coming up with something more believable next time.

TrishaDishaWarEagle

January 3rd, 2011
4:19 pm

@coach

thats the SEC (L)EAST

SEC WEST cleaned some clocks Jan 1 ; probably will in the sugar and cotton..; and since my trip cost is skyrocketing due to boyfriends desire for a saturday in vegas on the way to Glendale, AU will tiger chomp some peking duck…

ATLHokie fan

January 3rd, 2011
4:22 pm

Good stuff Tony, this coming from a Va Tech fan. Couple of comments – Georgia shows why following all these recruiting sites is worthless. I went back and looked at 5 years of Rivals and the worst that UGA was ranked was 14 or 15 and top ten three of the years. Were the recruits really that good (and poorly developed) or did they get higher star value because of committing to UGA (ala the Notre Dame syndrome)? Also, not sure I agree with the “fire” comment. Beamer is not a screamer but seems to be effective in pulling his teams together when things aren’t going well. Not sure if Richt has the same respect from his players. I’m not a big fan of firing coaches but if UGA doesn’t show improvement this next year, I can understand the Bulldog nation wanting a change.

john

January 3rd, 2011
4:25 pm

I always find it funny when team’s lose to what they consider “lesser schools” it was from a lack of effort, or a bad coaching plan, but the truth is UGA got beat by a better team. UCF was already ranked in the top 25. If Godfrey hadn’t been operating on one leg UGA would probably have lost by more. BTW, UCF isn’t exactly a small school anymore with the 2nd largest enrollment in the US at over 55k students.

TheEarl

January 3rd, 2011
4:26 pm

The pride on Union Point has it exactly right!

People are tired of CMR’s only attribute ‘being a Christian man.’

We can get a clergyman for our chaplain and spiritual advisor. As for CMR leading his players the way they ought to be, have you looked at our list of players with legal troukles the last year or three?

WE NEED A COACH WHO CAN WIN!

And we need a coach who demonstrates some passion and holds his players accountable. CMR seems to do NEITHER.

If the Dawgs do not play in the SEC title game in 2011, CMR is gone, and UGA will be looking for a new coaching staff…

You heard it from THE EARL…..

Driving Ms Dooley

January 3rd, 2011
4:26 pm

Oh Trish, don’t worry about it. Sometimes I forget If I’m you or me or some other goofy Barner sockpuppet!

Cammie Cammie Cam Juice!

Time to Go

January 3rd, 2011
4:30 pm

CMR has lost it as a motivator/coach and needs to step aside before the program is driven further intonthe ground.
Truly has become UGAly

KR

January 3rd, 2011
4:32 pm

I’m an Auburn grad, so I don’t have a large stake in this issue. However, living in Georgia means I am exposed to it on a regular basis, so I do have some thoughts on the matter.

In the real world, there is no such thing as an “earned right” to fix things. Results are what you are ultimately evaluated on.

What can Richt do differently in this year that he hasn’t already tried in the last 10?

If he does do something radically different, is a year enough time to get the desired results?

If he doesn’t do something different, or if he isn’t given enough time for radical changes to take effect, then what is the point of this year?

Tide Rising

January 3rd, 2011
4:37 pm

KR,

BTW good luck in the BCS title game. If AU wins and I think you will it would be the 5th straight for the sec and the 3rd in 4 years for the SEC West division. Not to mention back to back national titles and back to back Heismans for the state of Alabama- something that has never been done in college football by any state.

Leaders, Legends & LOSERS

January 3rd, 2011
4:37 pm

Tony:

I’d love to know what your Talkin’ Football buddy Bob Neal has to say right now about his alma mater. I can’t believe Brandon has not fired Rich Rod yet. I’m not a Maize and Blue fan but Michigan deserves better, that was one of the poorest performances (Gator Bowl) I have ever seen. Do you think he may actually get another year?

258DAWG

January 3rd, 2011
4:39 pm

Tony, what would it cost UGA after next season??? If it’s not as bad as the 15 mill; good ol’ Kirby may get his wish after next season it seems.?.?

FLA DAWG

January 3rd, 2011
4:42 pm

Tony,

The fact that you or anyone would have to outline what Richt should say speaks volumns about the complete disconnect this man has with UGA, College Football, The Players, Alumni and Fans.

Culture Cult

January 3rd, 2011
4:45 pm

The culture of the program must change and it’s difficult to create that kind of change through the leadership that created it. Not impossible but highly unlikely.

SonofaDawg

January 3rd, 2011
4:45 pm

Cry me a river Tony! Don’t give me this “UGA didn’t want to be there” crap. They got outplayed and let ME call it like it was, UCF is BETTER than UGA! I don’t care what Richt has to say, he and his teams have been underachieving far too long! Give him a pink slip-NOW!

Skipper

January 3rd, 2011
4:45 pm

I agree with everything you stated, however I don’t think CMR has a clue. You can’t fix what is wrong if you don’t know what is wrong. I have not heard one word from CMR about any specific things he needs to fix. All he says is we will improve next year. Well, he has been saying that for 3 years and I’ve had it. Plainly he is the problem and he’s gotta go. I hate it because he is a fine person, but it is what it is.

jerry

January 3rd, 2011
4:50 pm

Richt’s problem is simple. Keep his damn personal feelings out of football business.

JimDawg

January 3rd, 2011
4:54 pm

Ain’t nothing gonna change.
The coach is a great Christian family man, but his heart ain’t in it anymore.
If anything was emblematic of what is wrong, it was his decision at the 2 yard line at the beginning of the game.
The coach cannot help himself anymore and ain’t nothing gonna change.
I will see you back here next year to continue with this same storyline….

Bama Pukes

January 3rd, 2011
4:56 pm

Shut up Tide falling,who cares.College football is not a life or death situation,you dumb ass red necks cross the state borders,there is more to life than teen agers playing a game.

Suburban Meyer

January 3rd, 2011
4:59 pm

I changed my mind but Florida already hired a better coaching staff….maybe Georgia will give me a chance!

jerry

January 3rd, 2011
4:59 pm

Given 4 choices, and they could hire either one, who would the monkeys who run the show at UGA hire as a new head football coach?
1-Gruden–won Super Bowl
2-Cowher–won Super Bowl
3-A reincarnated Lombardi–won Super Bowl
4-Smart–never won a damn thing

You can bet your a$$ it wouldn’t be 1, 2, or 3.

gcs

January 3rd, 2011
5:10 pm

According to Rivals.com, the state of Georgia has 14 four-star players who have committed to a college (there are no committed 5-stars). Of these 14, UGA has only 6 commitments. The others are going to Alabama (2), Tennessee (2), Cal, Notre Dame, Stanford and Ga Tech. How can Richt let a Georgia blue-chipper go to Notre Dame?!!

UGA does not dominate the state in recruiting like they used to.

.

Krazy dawg

January 3rd, 2011
5:13 pm

We are having recruiting problems.I live in Valdosta and we had four players go to Florida State in two years,(Lowndes).Looks to me about everyone is coming down to GA to get are players.Mike Bobo i believe would be a better QB coach and we need a offensive cordinator.I like like Mark Richt but wish he was more aggresive.The only other coach that i would like to see is Holtz at USF.I just hope that Mark will fix are program.Maybe make Herschel a recruitor.

needums

January 3rd, 2011
5:13 pm

I truly feel that all that is happening is by design. CMR does not want to coach anymore and the worse this team performs on and off the field the easier it will be for him to leave. If UGA is playing like they used to and wining big games then we as fans and the universty will want him to stay and I don’t think that’s what he wants. He can say all he wants about addressing the problems but I don’t think this will be fixed and he will be fired at the middle of next season, get paid what’s left on his contract and leave with a smile on his face.

LakeDawg

January 3rd, 2011
5:14 pm

Good points Tony. However, that’s just the problem. CMR doesn’t have a plan and I don’t think he knows how to begin to come up with a successful one.

FLA DAWG

January 3rd, 2011
5:14 pm

Richt has had more than enough time to fix the problems.
Perhaps the most glaring proof of his inability to Head Coach at UGA is the Offensive Line.
This was preseason touted as one of the finest (possibly The finest) in the country.
The results of their performance was obvious for all to see. An utter fiasco.

Richt’s time is over. He’s had many chances. It’s time to give someone else a shot at restoring RESPECT to The University of Georgia and it’s football team.

BIG D

January 3rd, 2011
5:14 pm

well everyone heres the problem the team this year has had no heart.honestly i was at the liberty bowl friday and was in the dawg walk and all the players coming in seemed down in the dumps and didnt want to be there. the crowd was not behind them very well eather ive been to two of the games this year and the tn game and bowl game and the crowd has not been behind them like yrs past….but on the other hand bobo needs to go his play callin has varied everyone knows what he is going to call and it seems like if the norm isnt working he gets in a panic and starts calling dumb stuff…pattern pass run pass punt run pass run punt pass run pass punt run pass run punt always.plus it hurt us not having chapas this weekend also…..i dont know new off cord would be nice then if mark cant get it done so be it on to the next coach….

Tide Rising

January 3rd, 2011
5:17 pm

Bama Pukes

January 3rd, 2011
4:56 pm
“Shut up Tide falling,who cares.College football is not a life or death situation,you dumb ass red necks cross the state borders,there is more to life than teen agers playing a game.”

Bama Pukes,

You’re right. More to life than college football so STFU and get off the blog since you have more important things to do. With that I’m out for the day since I got more imprtant things to do. I’m in my redneck Gulf Shores beach condo. Think I’ll go out and enjoy that redneck Alabama sunset now. Have fun at work loser. I’ll be at the Pink Pony and then the Florabama the rest of the evening so Foff.

Elwood

January 3rd, 2011
5:18 pm

Wins don’t always tell the story. I believe that Jim Donnan won games, he just didn’t keep all of the Georgia blue bloods happy.

Chuck

January 3rd, 2011
5:24 pm

Boycot the games and you will have a new coach in short order, and we need one, Oh how we need one.

Please Do Something

January 3rd, 2011
5:24 pm

Brian Van Gorder is the solution,pay him what it takes,please.

Ace

January 3rd, 2011
5:25 pm

You doggie fans are so funny

Timbo

January 3rd, 2011
5:32 pm

So…. Dawg fans should be waiting to hear this after 10 years? That should tell you something right there.

tulevol

January 3rd, 2011
5:34 pm

Richt=Fulmer. You guys have some good players, but they don’t play good, they play sorry, lazy. Reflection of coaches, just like the way kids behave is a reflection of their parents. We have all seen some kid in the mall, screaming, or just being mean, and their parents just put them in “time-out” instead of giving them the spanking they deserve. Same with Ga football team. You need somebody to whoop them good players into playing good, instead of sending them to “time-out”.

Todd from Birmingham

January 3rd, 2011
5:36 pm

What we have here…is a failure to communicate Tony~ We want a new coach “yesterday” I do believe Sir…am I correct dawg nation? Lets do the up and up Mr Richt…Resign!

Whiskeydawg

January 3rd, 2011
5:40 pm

I’ve defended CMR through this year and have written on more than one occasion on several Dawg blogs that he deserved another season and a chance to “fix” the program. After watching the performance of the offense during the Liberty Bowl; I’m not sure he can do that now. It’s tough to compare individuals and programs, at least I think it is, but if you look at Tennessee and Georgia for this year, which program looked in more disarray at the start of the season? I think most of us would say, the Vols. Which program had a more seasoned coach with a high winning percentage? Most of us would say, Georgia. At the end of the season, with less talent on both sides of the ball, Derek Dooley’s Vols are vastly improved. While they didn’t win their bowl, those who saw the game know that team came to play; they never gave up, and in my opinion should have won the game when time expired. On the sidelines you saw an intense and engaged coach who looked prepared and hungry. Why is it that Georgia, with all it had going for it this year ends its season on a very low note and with the same record of another SEC school who many felt would be lucky to win a couple of games? Coaching. I don’t know all the answers. Maybe some of it is just the rigors of the job. Urban Meyer certainly has accomplished a lot in his tenure as head coach at Florida, but it cost him his health and I’m sure on more than one instance his family felt the team came before them. Maybe that is what it takes to reach the very top and I certainly can understand why someone would not want to pay that price or stop paying the price. If that is the case, burnout, then CMR needs to step aside and let Georgia hire someone is anxious to carry the burden and pay the price.

Bulldog Friend

January 3rd, 2011
5:45 pm

I don`t understand why so many folks think the loss in the Liberty Bowl was so bad. UCF is a ranked team regardless of their schedule and their conference affiliation. They are a well coached team. Nothing to be ashamed about losing to UCF. Since the Bulldog Nation always has very high expectations, I understand the concerns about a losing season record however;all should keep in mind that 2010 was the first in 14 years. Overall, that speaks volumes for the football program. I think 2010 was just an anomoly.They will be back. Patience my friends!!

tulevol

January 3rd, 2011
5:46 pm

I really like Derek Dooley has our football coach.He brings an intensity and a fire that has been missing. I mean, our football team is not what it used to be, I know. But I know I have way more confidence going into next season with Dooley then a number of GA fans do with their current coach.

MontyP

January 3rd, 2011
5:52 pm

I thought this was pretty good article but I didn’t see “FIRE MIKE BOBO” once so it came up a little short on what I would like to here Coach Mark Richt say.

junior23

January 3rd, 2011
5:53 pm

WE NEED TO STOP THIS IS NOT THE TIME TO SAY FIRE MARK WE NEED CROWELL DICKSON ROME

Jay S

January 3rd, 2011
5:56 pm

To the story writer, Passion Passion Passion! Thank You, you got it right. Just sick and tired of watching the Dogs screw up and seeing Richt look like a deer in the headlights. He has it in him, look at hist first several years. COULD be the hardest thing to get back. Has driven a lot of coaches and athletes out of their sport

SonofaDawg

January 3rd, 2011
6:04 pm

tulevol

January 3rd, 2011
5:34 pm
Richt=Fulmer.
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Uhhhh, no! Fulmer won a National Championship, sorry but Fulmer > Richt!

SonofaDawg

January 3rd, 2011
6:05 pm

To answer your question Todd from Birmingham: YES!

Whiskeydawg

January 3rd, 2011
6:07 pm

BF. I hear what you’re saying about UCF and do agree. They are ranked and a well coached team and if I felt Georgia truely had a weaker team but played their hearts out and lost, I would feel different. GA didn’t play to their potential. I think for many of us the Liberity Bowl was just the last straw. As I said above, I’ve defended Richt for a while now but I’ve come to the conclusion that he is the problem. I believe he just maybe burned out. There is no shame in that. He’s given his all for Georgia and I really do respect that but maybe that’s all he has to give. If he’s our coach next year, I’ll support him the best I can and hope that he’s able to turn things around. Right now, I just don’t see that happening and I can’t imagine what he could say that would make me change my mind.

CaliDawg

January 3rd, 2011
6:07 pm

Sad to say, but from what we’ve seen the past few years, not willing to make the necessary changes until absolutely pushed…I believe he has finished the drill. When you can’t or won’t make the necessary changes to correct the issues…you become the issue. No other program waits and waits and waits until it’s a monumnetal overhaul. I hope he isn’t being so loyal to Bobo that they both find themselves looking for a job. The kicker will be that he probably won’t even take him with him to his next HC position. My only other concern is that UGA is so finacially greedy that they don’t want to spend money to make money. Our continued “hiring from within” isn’t working. Will we wait until it’s too late? Why do we always wait until it’s a last ditch effort? As long as UGA’s #2 profit, there won’t be a change. Losses will drop that profit…then and only then as the revenue dips a change will be made.

GT BABy

January 3rd, 2011
6:12 pm

Georgia fans want to hear theyre a first tier team, but in reality, they lost to the fifth best team in Florida hahaha!

FLA DAWG

January 3rd, 2011
6:23 pm

Hey Tony,

Do you ever followup with some of your blogger fans on this site?

SouthGADawg

January 3rd, 2011
6:25 pm

CMR is not totally to blame the offensive line sux. That is the biggest problem, no damn blocking. BOBO calling stupid running plays with Thomas. Really he should not even be on the feild. This guy falls down just thinking about running with the ball. Look at the bright side, we beat Tech and Tenn. If we are bad then they are worst.

lagadawg

January 3rd, 2011
6:26 pm

I think the bookies in Las Vegas are smarter than 99% of us fans and they had Ga. a 7 point favorite.

nahila

January 3rd, 2011
6:28 pm

Simple answer to propel UGA back to the top of the SEC, that is to bring in an offensive coordinator that is willing to take a dull easy to defend against offensive playbook, burn it and have the moxey to bring back exciting rockem, sockem, and blockem attitude with a base offensive system that has exciting and yard eating result options. Bobo should go back to quarterback coach.

jack bull

January 3rd, 2011
6:37 pm

is it possible for coaches to change instead of changing coaches? just wondering.

Big T

January 3rd, 2011
6:40 pm

You hit the nail on the had TB…..No passion equals very few wins. I would add to your list….too many flags…..how many drives were killed or continued by the opposition because of a stupid penalty. It all comes back to coaching and the buck has to stop with CMR.

jack bull

January 3rd, 2011
6:44 pm

so, in Clemson’s case, does too much passion(by the head coach) equal very few wins?

The SavDawg

January 3rd, 2011
6:44 pm

In 2011 Mark Richt will lose to the fourth different head coach at Florida during his tenure at Georgia and that will be the footnote on his career.

TECHsucks

January 3rd, 2011
6:44 pm

Georgia’s O-line has underachieved ALL season, running game has completely sucked ALL season, play calling has sucked ALL season, and although UGA’s defensive numbers are better than last year they sucked at times. If you fire Ritch are you going to fire Bobo as well? Who would run the program better than Ritch? You need to hire a offensive coord. and recruit defensive players accustomed to the style of D UGA wants to run. Oh, George O’Leary, do we need to remind the world how and why you ended up at UCF?

TECHsucks

January 3rd, 2011
6:46 pm

Why dont all the UGA fans who jumped off the band wagon not send in their contribution and NOT by tickets so the real fans can get some.

912 Dawg

January 3rd, 2011
7:04 pm

@Lowdnes25, is Dickson gonna commit to UGA wednesday?

TimDawg

January 3rd, 2011
7:05 pm

….are there any ‘Real Dawg’ fans left, seriously doubt it.

poopdawg

January 3rd, 2011
7:06 pm

I have to say i expected our performance against UCF in 2008 in the sugar bowl against Hawaii. Some how we played inspired against Hawaii. 2010 was the year to right the ship instead we shipwrecked. Our defense played well against UCF until their final drive. I love everything about Richt except his coaching ability. I love the Dawgs 6-7 or 1-11. I still like what Donnan said right after he took the job as coach . Reporters questioned Donnan about getting such a late start in recruiting. He said reassuringly said ” i will find 25 men who want to be Georgia Bulldawgs.” Georgia needs new direction in recruiting also.

Denver Mutt

January 3rd, 2011
7:08 pm

6 wins, 7 losses and 12 arrests! go Dawgs.

Georgia football player Marcus Dowtin knocked a man unconscious in a Maryland bar fight last May, according to the police report of a second-degree assault case that has since been resolved.

Brant Sanderlin bsanderlin@ajc.com Georgia linebacker Marcus Dowtin tackles Vanderbilt receiver Tray Herndon last October at Sanford Stadium. Dowtin is the 12th Georgia player to face criminal charges since the beginning of 2010.
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At a Dec. 21 hearing in Worcester County (Md.) district court, Dowtin’s case was placed on stet docket, placing it on hold until the court is satisfied that stipulations placed on Dowtin have been met. Those stipulations were not specified. According to Ocean City, Md., police, which charged Dowtin, the case has been resolved to the victim’s satisfaction.

He is the 12th Georgia player to face criminal charges since the beginning of 2010.

HawgDawg

January 3rd, 2011
7:10 pm

I have always been a Dawg Fan. It is time I agree with you guys we need a new Coaching Staff! Look at Auburn where they were with Tubberfield a few seasons ago. There New Coaching Staff virtually unknown look what they have accomplished. So it can be done, that is Proof! I respect Coach Richt but his program is out of control now and it’s too many seasons with too many reasons why we are not SEC Champions. We’ve done it before and there is no reason why we can’t do it again. We need Change now or you can Kiss the Recuritment Train GoodBye!

Just Sayin'

January 3rd, 2011
7:11 pm

I’ve seen some on here compare Mark Richt to Mike Shula. He’s actually more like Bill Curry. Curry had a great winning record at Alabama — against everyone except Pat Dye. Richt has won a lot of big games, but he’ll never win the really big game when it counts.

simplythetruth

January 3rd, 2011
7:29 pm

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Low Country Dawg

January 3rd, 2011
7:41 pm

Tony, the comment you made about our talent level-that players like Washaun Ealey couldn’t start for Alabama.
1. The same guys that rate Alabama’s and Florida’s classes rate ours-except for last yr-we’ve had top ten classes the last 5 or 6 years-as a matter fact- I believe overall-our classes have averged higher than Florida’s.
2. Actually-if Washaun Ealey HAD GONE TO ALABAMA OR FLORIDA-HE WOULD BE A DIFFERENT PLAYER.

I believe in Brian Van Gorder-Richt had a strong assistant who made a difference-not sure if Grantham can fill the void-he seems to have the passion.

simplythetruth

January 3rd, 2011
7:49 pm

Richt hasn’t earned the right to another year. He is paid a salary based on his performance as HC, he has failed miserably. His nonchalant demeanor has been transferred to his players and they feel that just showing up is good enough. Once known as “Tailback U”, UGA has become known as “Chop Block U”. That is a result of poor coaching which starts with the HC.

Bama Rules

January 3rd, 2011
7:51 pm

Damn, That beat down in the black out game sure has some lingering effects. It is time for you puppies to stand back up. I watched the UCF game and saw a UGA did that was not inspired. It is a coaching and discipline problem.

When it rains, it pours

January 3rd, 2011
8:00 pm

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Coach Richt has not yet decided whether to suspend Marcus Dowtin
for knocking out another man in an Ocean City, Maryland bar fight.

Where UGA is

January 3rd, 2011
8:01 pm

The very old and over used “it ain’t rocket science” is applicable again, Tony. You sir, know it, as we all know it. The UGA haters do, I do and all of my UGA classmates do too. The program has “slud:, as Dizzy Dean used to day.

Problem is why has Mark Richt not grasped this??? THIS is why I am convinced that he needs to go. We all knew these ugly truths to be a fact two and three years ago. Stafford and moreno could have cared less and that starts at the top. They became the new care less template for uGA ball players and babies and punks.

2011 will come and go and so will Mark Richt. One fact remains true. Alabama, USC and PN State and UGA are the 4 all time bowl winners with Bama at 37 and UGA last at 26. THAT is where we will return soon, with renewed energies from a new coach in 2012.

UGA class of 71 & 73

Bham Jason

January 3rd, 2011
8:03 pm

I enjoyed the article and agree that all those things need to be said. The problem is they needed to be said last year. The real question is what will it cost UGA to keep Richt for this year and fire him next year. There is no possible way that the program will be turned around by next year and then Richt will be let go. UGA is bailing water with solo cups on the titanic. Folks the ship is sinking and its not a small hole or one hole. Sure Richt is a nice guy but he is not what is needed to win games. Why do the UGA fans keep accepting mediocrity?

dawg4u

January 3rd, 2011
8:11 pm

How long do we have to keep rewarding CMR with our support and loyalty because of the 2002 and 2005 SEC championships? We have gotten progressively worse each year over the past three seasons. CMR is making 3 MILLION dollars per year and what is he doing to earn it over the past three seasons. I am getting sick and tired of hearing about “we must make changes”, “We are disappointed”, and “we have to get better.” The “bowl game” against Central Florida was the final straw. Anybody who watched that fiasco and still thinks that Richt can turn this program around is delusional. We keep beating our chests and proclaiming that “we own this state” in referring to Tech is laughable. They are in the ACC folks and we are in the SEC and have slipped tremendously over the last 3 seasons. We can’t even beat Miss. State and South Carolina anymore much less expect to compete against Saban at Alabama and whoever Florida has as a head coach. Just keep on living in fantasyland Dawg fans. Mark Richt will never be able to compete in the SEC. We need a change in leadership and direction!!

What the Bulldog Nation wants to hear from Mark Richt

January 3rd, 2011
8:14 pm

I QUIT! IM SORRY AND IVE FCKED UP. I STINK, I AM AN UNDERACHIEVER AND I QUIT SO THAT GA CAN GET BETTER!

What the Bulldog Nation wants to hear from Mark Richt

January 3rd, 2011
8:17 pm

MARK RICHT HAS EARNED THE RIGHT TO GET THE H E L L OUT OF GEORGIA!!!!

Richt

January 3rd, 2011
8:18 pm

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SNOOP DOG

January 3rd, 2011
8:18 pm

F U C K MARK RICHT

tulevol

January 3rd, 2011
8:19 pm

SonofaDawg, sorry I stand corrected. I don’t mean to pile on you Dawgs, I am frustrated too. A strong UGA means a strong SEC east, and I enjoy it when our two teams are at their best. Richt has done alot for Ga, but that bowl loss is really telling about the program direction.

Huh?

January 3rd, 2011
8:20 pm

So I turned on ESPN and apparently some guy named Andy Luck is playing some other guy named Tierod Taylor in a bowl game. I don’t know if these guys have teams that play for them, but Lou Holtz just keeps saying that that Luck kid really loves football. Lou said he believes that he would play the game for free — he loves it that much.

powhownd

January 3rd, 2011
8:35 pm

6:30 pm MST, Black Monday has come and gone and Boo Boo is still the OC at UGA. I cannot understand why Saint Richt hasn’t pulled the trigger. Unless he thinks he is gone too. UF just got Charlie Weis. We have Boo Boo. Do the effin math CMR. You are getting lapped, not just beat.

college football

January 3rd, 2011
8:45 pm

the University of Georgia is going to be just fine, despite chippie techie and techie tucker slimy reporting.

reddawg

January 3rd, 2011
8:58 pm

I think that Smart, with his ALA defense mentality would be a better hire than Muschamp, although, he would have taken it and been a good one. Hire Smart now, let him bring some ALA assistants as his DC and he’ll do like Muschamp and hire an OC. We have no excitement now. I have NO optimism for next year. As an ALUM – that’s embarassing!

savannah dawg

January 3rd, 2011
9:02 pm

It’s too late. We are gonna suck next year too.

TampaGator

January 3rd, 2011
9:04 pm

The Orange Bowl looks 1/3 empty tonight….I guess those high tech engineers from Stanford had other things to do tonight….like make 3 million dollars while others are watching and posting about football….including me.

TampaGator

January 3rd, 2011
9:08 pm

Florida has its worse season in recent memory (8-5)….and they still won the Outback Bowl, hired a great young coach, hired one of the best offensive coodinators from a playoff NFL team, hired an outstanding defensive line coach from the NFL, an excellent offensive line coach, an excellent WR coach with deep South Florida recruiting ties…..and you still have “Off the Mark” Richt, “Slow Mo” Bobo, and “Chokeman” Grantham. Not fair is it?

TampaGator

January 3rd, 2011
9:10 pm

Hey…..but maybe A.J. Green can bring his “I am great” play to the Falcons next year……nope….Coach Smith prefers players who “give a damn” about winning.

Chris

January 3rd, 2011
9:13 pm

Tony, Richt has not earned the right to fix this. He has had his chance and has failed miserably. I expect his end of the year speech to be very similar to last years.

He earned the right to coach Georgia beyond 2005 with his performance in his first five years. In my opinion, he has lost the right to fix what is wrong with Georgia over the last 3 years.

He should leave, and he should leave now. Why do we have to go through another year of this?

UGAKev

January 3rd, 2011
9:13 pm

Dawg fans the dream team that will begin to fall in to place wednesday and it will change all of your minds real quick. This is going to be the greatest recruiting class in Georgia football history. This class is going to make past classes look like little girls in pads. It starts wednesday with JAY ROME and XAVIER DICKSON….the dominos fall into place after that….GO DAWGS! what a special class this is going to be!

Buck Belue

January 3rd, 2011
9:15 pm

As i told everyone on my radio show this morning, it is the offensive line’s problem on offense. Look at the fat gut players. They don’t look like Alabama’s or Florida’s linemen that are stout yet as big. Poor conditioning period. I’m on 680 the fan AM radio every day folks…

UGAKev

January 3rd, 2011
9:17 pm

Mark Richt has not got a bunch of players of this caliber since he has been at Georgia….Mark Richts job will be saved if this recruiting class falls into place. We will know alot on february 3rd about richts future. Actually we will have an idea as early as wednesday…. ANY COACH IS AS GOOD AS HIS PLAYERS! ask chizik and meyer?

reddawg

January 3rd, 2011
9:25 pm

I guess we can pull for LSU in 2011 and Zack – until Richt’s gone. ‘Cause 2011 will be worse than this year. The deeper that we fall the harder to get back….

athdog

January 3rd, 2011
9:29 pm

Tony,
When Mark was winning SEC’s in Athens, one of the things the press was quick to credit him for was the way he never lost his cool. His teams reflected his lack of panic, and it served us well in the Tennessee game in 01, Auburn 02, etc…I don’t care if he changes his expression or not on the sidelines, keeping your head is important during the heat of the game. What I care about is that he has the courage, and make no mistake, it takes courage, to admit there is a problem and fix it. If it means replacing an assistant or three, so be it. If it means reassigning an assistant or three, so be it. Just find what he perceives to be the problem and do what he thinks necessary to repair it.
Anything less and he’s not being honest with himself, the university, the AD or the fans, and he must be replaced.

Cobb Dawg

January 3rd, 2011
9:33 pm

UGAKev, I’m excited about the recruiting class prospects. But I’d be more excited if we had someone who could coach ‘em.

Do Everyone A Favor

January 3rd, 2011
9:43 pm

To Everyone:

Do everyone a favor and continue bashing your coach.
Do everyone a favor and continue not believing in one of the finest universities in the entire country.
Do everyone a favor and continue calling for the head of a man that is much finer human being than you.
Do everyone a favor and give up your season tickets, other people are more deserving.
Do everyone a favor and and question the judgement of a group of people that are more educated than you.
Do everyone a favor and complain about a man that, to date, ranks as one of the best college football coaches.
Do everyone a favor and continue wasting your time arguing in a blog over a decision that NONE of you will make NOR influence.
Do everyone a favor and forget everything that has happened since 2001.
Do everyone a favor and NEVER give a fan of another team a hard time and apologize for every time you did.
Do everyone a favor a take the UGA tag off the front of your car, throw away all your t-shirts or hats, and pull that ALUM sticker off your car.
Do everyone a favor and NEVER set foot in Sanford Stadium and do not even think about traveling to Athens.
Do everyone a favor and just SHUT UP.

You all should be ashamed of yourselves and should never again call yourselves “fans”. It is not the football team bringing shame to the University of Georgia, it is you. You make TRUE fans ashamed to be Bulldogs.

Bunch

January 3rd, 2011
9:45 pm

Agree with all your points except that there’s a talent gap between UGA and Bama, UF, LSU and the like. You’ve put your finger on the real personnel problem with your points about player development, strength & conditioning and accountability. Your assessment of King, Ealey and others as being overrated/unable-to-start-for-Bama is based solely on productivity rather than talent. Yes, recruiting rankings are more art than science, but the roster is littered with players – King and Ealey included – who got scholly offers from Bama, UF, LSU and other elite programs: Murray, LGray, Charles, TKing, MBrown, RWooten, ITroupe, Glenn, JAnderson, Sturdivant, BSmith, Boykin, AOgletree, CWashington, DTyson, AJones, KTripp, CGeathers, RSamuel, Dent, Gamble, AHebron, etc. Many of these players have either been poorly developed or poorly deployed (played out of position – Tripp, Gray). 2010 NFL rosters indicate that UGA remains one of the top producers of pros, so what’s the heck is going on at UGA since 2006 regarding collegiate productivity of these players? Once you factor in the talent, Richt’s W-L record over the past five years (23-17 in SEC) is even worse than it looks on paper.

oakwood dawg

January 3rd, 2011
10:03 pm

Bulldog Nation lets face the facts. CMR will be our coach next season. We owe him a lot cause he lifted us to new heights however what we once had under him can not be resurrected. We can only hope to win more than we loose but I have little faith in that happening. I also HOPE THAT I AM WRONG about CMR. One thing is for sure, the people that really know college football know that the strongest college football conference is the SEC. Those people, including Buckeye, that don’t believe it need only to check the record book. College football in the South is a religion.

gotta go

January 3rd, 2011
10:15 pm

If he could fix this, he would have this year. He is either not capable or not willing to put forth the effort. He is not the CEO a championship team needs.

chazzo

January 3rd, 2011
10:27 pm

sometimes I wonder what Bear would have done. If faced with a bunch of journalists and armchair QBs telling him what he ought to do and how to do, what do you think Bear would say? Maybe something like “wishbone, and ^&% you.”

rangerbulldog

January 3rd, 2011
10:34 pm

For his family’s sake, Mark should negociate a buy out, and even remain at Ga as C Loyd Carr at Michigan’ Dave W at Pittsburg.Next year it will be even uglyier

Chris

January 3rd, 2011
10:35 pm

Do Everyone A Favor…why don’t you do everyone a favor and shut your stupid trap!

Everone on here wants what is best for The Universtiy of Georgia but it aint Mark Richt. If you can’t see that, you’re just as delussional as he is.

We are all proud to be Georgia fans, and we will all support or TEAM to the end. We do not however, have to support a lame duck coach that has lost total control. WE, as fans do not wont to see our team suffer anymore, but as long as Mark Richt is the head coach we will continue to do so.

All of the bashing of Mark Richt on ths blog is not by terrible fans, it is by fans who actually have a clue. You obivously do not, so do yourself a favor and realize that it’s ignorant fans like yourself that support coaches that aren’t worth a damn. You probably wanted to hang on to Ray Goof too.

Red Man Reaction

January 3rd, 2011
10:37 pm

Well, #3 on TB’s list (Improved Discipline) has already been blown out of the water (thanks Marcus Dowtin!).

What’s next?

Raiderbeater

January 3rd, 2011
10:38 pm

It comes from a lack of passion from the top. It comes from recruiting a 4 star athlete who has his eyes on the NFL and could care less about the University of Georgia instead of the 2-3 star athlete who was raised in UGA diapers and had UGA pennants in his middle school bedroom and rushed to cut the grass in late summer so he wouldn’t miss the kick-off on TV. THOSE athletes DO EXIST! The problem is we look for the flashy superstar who wears sunglasses at night and assaults women instead of the hard working kid….thats how big time football is now. Boise/TCU/UCF/ and other are scooping up these kids when there hometown university dissapoints them.

MILO

January 3rd, 2011
10:58 pm

Well Said Tony !! Great Article !! If Richt followed everything you said he needed to on here,Georgia would be back on the way to the top.I just don’t see Richt doing what it takes to get us back where we need to be.But I hope he does !!

Dawgboy

January 3rd, 2011
11:09 pm

Proposed letter from football team to school administration:

Dear Administration:
We apologize for the 2010 season and the bowl game. Most of us have been used to success in our football lives. We didn’t come from the bottom of the high school recruiting barrel. We came from the top of the recruiting barrel. None of us wanted to play for a Conference USA team or a second tier SEC Team, and we had the talent to see those dreams realized. What has happened since is embarrassing. The plans, schemes, conditioning, and motivational techniques employed in our development obviously are not competitive in today’s big time college ball.

We recommend the immediate removal of the current staff that has been responsible for our development, and the introduction of a whole new staff and system. We are the main drivers of the 80 million dollar athletic budget, and we believe that the several million dollar cost of making a change will be well worth the money spent.

We pledge every ounce of our strength and abilities as we help the new staff create a new day at the University of Georgia.

Sincerely,

2010 Football Dawgs

Mr. Georgia Football Returns

January 3rd, 2011
11:10 pm

Mark Richt is a toxic asset! Georgia is stuck with him for another year and will pay him another $3 million smackers.(for what?) This program has been sliding for 4 years and Richt hasn’t been able to stop it, instead the downfall is exelerating. The attitude on and off the field is obviously bad. What would make anyone think Richt can turn it around. The changes that need to be made are to massive and would encompass all areas. The degredation is so severe that it would take at least two years and Richt has one.
What about the affect on the Dawg Nation? Does anyone care about them anymore? The Dawg Nation has endured Richt ’s meltdown for years. What about them?….their integrity and their character?

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.