Three and out: Dooley’s doom, Richt’s seat, Tech’s rebuttal

Derek Dooley may have a rough road ahead in Tennessee.

Derek Dooley may have a rough road ahead in Tennessee.

It’s only 93 days until the start of the college football season (17 games on Thursday, Sept. 2). That’s practically next week! So here are a few Memorial Day weekend appetizers, if you’re not already stuffed from those three slabs of ribs you just “Hoovered.”

Here’s another edition of, Three and Out:

1. Derek Dooley will pay for Fulmer and Kiffin’s sins

Great piece by in the Knoxville News Sentinel about why Tennessee fans should have low expectations in the short term under coach Derek Dooley.

The story examines just how poorly recruiting went for former coaches Phil Fulmer and Lane Kiffin in recent years, leaving the Volunteers with relatively little talent.

Some excerpts:

Two of Fulmer’s most highly rated final classes were shaken by departures. Five players from the 2006 class left the program, didn’t qualify academically or were dismissed. Four have been lost from the 2008 class. From those two classes, UT lost four offensive linemen, a glaring weakness for 2010.

UT’s 2007 class is another matter entirely. It was highly ranked, but has since been one of the most disappointing signing classes in recent memory. The 32-member class was ranked fourth and third in the nation by Scout and Rivals, respectively. However, 17 of those signees didn’t complete their eligibility. They either never made it to campus because of academic issues, were dismissed after they arrived or left the program.

When Kiffin bolted for Southern Cal after one one season, he left his own grease spot, according to the story.

Kiffin’s talent-first approach may also have caused UT’s former staff to overlook character issues with two highly touted players. The Vols were forced to dismiss receiver Nu’Keese Richardson and defensive back Mike Edwards after the two were charged with attempted robbery.

Then there’s the attrition that one would expect from two coaching changes in little more than a year. All that has resulted in 30 UT signees failing to complete their eligibility. Then, there are 19 one-time UT commitments who went elsewhere after a coaching change was announced.

Do you agree Tennessee is doomed?

2. Mark Richt: Hot seat debate, part 27

Mark Richt's status being debated again.

Mark Richt's status being debated again.

Two weeks ago, we went down this road of whether Georgia coach Mark Richt is on the hot seat in the 2010 season. It was clear (and not surprising) that fans are firmly entrenched on both sides of the issue.

Well, it seems athletic director Damon Evans’ comments the other day in Tim Tucker’s blog about the perceived slide of Georgia’s athletic programs have sparked new debate.’s “Insider” edition (requires subscription) took the comments as a direct indictment of Richt.


While this statement encompasses several teams, the most important among them is obviously football, which had its worst season of the Mark Richt era last year.

While Evans made a point of saying that he has no intention of replacing any of the teams’ coaches, his comments serve as a not-so-subtle hint that Richt needs to get his team playing better.

At the very least, his statement certainly doesn’t do anything to quell the rumors that Richt is starting the season on the hot seat.

That might be overstatement. My position always has been that it will take a bad season in 2010 for Richt to be on the hot seat in 2011. The fact the Bulldogs have changed defensive coordinators and have an easier schedule this season (no Alabama or LSU and easier non-conference games) should play in Richt’s favor.

Still, ESPN Insider couldn’t resist jumping a few steps ahead:

A tough schedule could spell an 8-4 season or worse. That might mean an opportunity for a guy like Georgia alum and current Alabama [defensive coordinator] Kirby Smart to get his shot as an SEC head man.

Fair or unfair?

3. Anthony Allen fires back for Georgia Tech

You might’ve heard about this already. Here are the videos, just in case. Georgia Tech running back Anthony Allen put together an entertaining video blog rebutting ESPN’s ACC writer, Heather Dinich, who had done a video blog outlining why the Jackets will struggle to repeat as ACC champions this season.

I can’t say yet who’s right. But Allen might have a future in the broadcast booth.

Here’s Heather Dinich’s original video blog

Here’s Anthony Allen’s rebuttal

Debate No. 3: Who will be right?

Enjoy the rest of your Memorial Day weekend, folks.

Earlier posts

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Three and out: Dissed Dogs, key Falcon and the wrong M.J.

Wade, LeBron and Joe are meeting? Where — Yalta?

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103 comments Add your comment

Bryan G.

May 31st, 2010
11:40 am

I envision UGA blowing out UT in Sanford Stadium this year with everyone cheering “Who’s Your Daddy?”

SEC Rules!

May 31st, 2010
11:57 am

It’s so weird to see the Richt speculation. Common sense pundits say something to this effect: have a bad year, and you’re on the hot seat in 2011.

Well what coach wouldn’t you say that about? Only a handful of coaches wouldn’t feel pressure after a bad year, especially since the year previous was also disappointing.

It’s a pretty obvious statement that if coach X has a bad season, he will start to feel some pressure the next year. We’re in a culture now that reports on what others are reporting. We talk about coverage, rather than events. No indictment on you Jeff – it happens all over the news.


May 31st, 2010
11:58 am

Vince changes his jersey at the half.

bruce mac

May 31st, 2010
11:59 am

Bryan, thanx for showing class about you know what. Only a Bulldawg would show such restraint. Go Dawgs.

Hillbilly Deluxe

May 31st, 2010
12:05 pm

Derek Dooley has one thing going in his favor. It’s mighty hard for anybody to look bad when compared to Lane Kiffen.

Mark Richt Fair or unfair?
Doesn’t matter. That’s why these college coaches make the big bucks.

Anthony Allen did a nice rebuttal there. It was done with humor and not meanness. That’s why it worked.

Tech Man

May 31st, 2010
12:14 pm

Based on previous predictions, Heather (like so many of the so-called “experts”) will again be proven wrong regarding Paul Johnson and Georgia Tech. Reminds me of what the professor said in Adam Sandler’s movie “The Waterboy” – “Momma’s wrong again”. I agree Jeff, Anthony Allen may have a future in the broadcast booth. And he certainly has a better prognostication record than Heather. Speaking of which, I miss hearing “Leonard’s Losers” with his sidekick “Percy Peabody” – now there were some prognostications that you could believe in.


May 31st, 2010
12:15 pm

The last two years in Athens have Damaged Mark in the eyes of some….Not just the record, but the awful eggs his teams have laid in big build up games, Blowouts. unprepared. these games have tarnished the Georgia brand. It was painful to listen to the commentators try to say something good about us in games we were behind 3 to 5 TD’s early and could only answer with mostly 4 and outs on offense. Sleep walking in Tennessee last year was the last straw for some. These teams had issues, and at 2.8 mil per, Mark is the one held accountable. Grantham has a BIG job to do. Save Mark’s.

Not Disappointed

May 31st, 2010
12:22 pm

Thanks Jeff. Enjoy your Memorial Day as well. The Briskets are smoking nicely!

ATL Dawg

May 31st, 2010
12:22 pm

If Kirby Smart is EVER the head coach of my beloved Dawgs – then mark it down – I will NEVER give another dime to UGA or attend any games he coaches – National Championships or not – Kirby Smart to me is NO longer welcome in Athens, GA!!!! I hope he rots unders Saban. Damon Evans I believe most of the Dawg nation feels the same way I do. NEVER bring Benedict Smart back to Athens – NEVER!!!! I would rather lose every game than have Kirby Smart at the helm in Athens!

calibre lake dawg

May 31st, 2010
12:24 pm

Dereck Dooley knew waht it was when he got the job. He’ll deal with it and have them in good shape if there willing to wait 3-4 years.

Richt will be fine….wait… we’ll know if he’ll be fine after the ARK and SCAR games right at the begining if the season

Anthony Allen rebuttle was nice but one of those times heather was wrong was when she picked you all to beat my dogs in Atlanta…..just saying

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May 31st, 2010
12:38 pm

UT was doomed the day they sold their souls to the devil and replaced a first-class guy, Fulmer, with all that’s wrong with CFB, Kiffin. Repentance/recovery will take a while.

As a Tech fan, I say that the day Richt is on the hot seat will be a good one in Atlanta – go ahead and fire him, we dare you.

I’m not sure why HD thinks 2 losses cannot win the Coastal – I don’t see any other team destined for one loss or less. Also – holy cow! Joshua looks like a beast – I hope he’s spent as much time throwing a football as he apparently has in the weight room.


May 31st, 2010
12:46 pm

I agree with ATL Dawg on Smart. He betrayed the Dawg Nation. He is forever the enemy.

P. Bull Terrier

May 31st, 2010
12:47 pm

I agree with ATL Dawg. I’m not as bitter about it as he/she appears to be, but Kirby Smart had his chance to return to UGA. He’s an Alabama guy now.

Reid Adair

May 31st, 2010
12:50 pm

I think Tennessee fans will definitely need to have patience because the football program – in terms of talent, if nothing else – is in shambles.

As for Georgia Tech? Kudos to Anthony Allen on his video. My favorite part was the last bit when he showed “0″ and said that was the number of times Heather Dinich was right last year.

Can you dig it?

May 31st, 2010
12:53 pm

ATL Dawg….I agree with you all the way. Kirby Smart had his chance to help his alma mater and he chose to keep his nose stuck up Saban’s ass….he will NEVER be welcome at UGA again. Most Georgia alums and fans I know feel the same way you and I do….they won’t support Kirby Smart if he ever becomes coach at UGA……but the good thing is we won’t ever have to make a decision because CMR is not going anywhere…He’ll get it turned around and the Dawgs will once again rule the SEC…….its going to happen…and I can’t wait…………Can You Dig It!

Beast from the East

May 31st, 2010
12:54 pm

UT is getting what it deserves after hiring Kiffin. They should fire their AD for being such an idiot! It’s a shame that a storied program like that will get set back ANOTHER 4-6 years because of the actions of one clown!!! I blame the AD…not Kiffin. He’s the one that was fooled into hiring a nobody with a nothing resume and paying him top dollar!

Richt will be on the hot seat if UGA has another subpar year. They need to go at least 9-3 (maybe 10-2) to quiet the skeptics. If not, then 2011 could be his last? Hope not.

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May 31st, 2010
12:59 pm

If the athletic dept EVER chooses to go after the turncoat Kirby Dumb it will so divide the Bulldog nation that the rest of the southeast will all have multiple orgasms. Kirby Dumb will NEVER stroll the sidelines between the hedges. He had his chance to show where his loyalty was and it became very clear…he is NOT a Bulldog. Bridge cremated.

Black Out

May 31st, 2010
1:11 pm

When does Georgia have another black out game? Hehe


May 31st, 2010
1:16 pm

A not-very-informed media pundit that does not like GT and/or does not think GT has a solid football team……………..why does this seem strange to anyone out there??

MOST media pundits are anti-GT when evaluating the football team.

A huge percentage of media pundits are anti-ACC when talking football.

GT & the other ACC teams need to win games and eventually the fair coverage will follow……the obvious problem is the consistent negative coverage hurts recruiting efforts (players & coaches), fan support & alumni donations!

Maybe the ACC should only schedule super soft out-of-conference teams (like the SEC, Big10 & Big12); this way the conference APPEARS to be more dominant……………..NO THANKS…………I like the fact that the ACC plays legitimate teams outside of the ACC games (eventhough this approach has proven to be a mistake in the BCS era). Hopefully, one day the BCS will stop counting games against teams ranked outside of the Top 100!!

Jeff Schultz

May 31st, 2010
1:20 pm

Bryan G — That’s pretty funny.

Jeff Schultz

May 31st, 2010
1:23 pm

SEC Rules — No offense taken. It’s the blogging mentality. When you’re asked to write 15-20 blogs per week, some of those invariably end up spinning off something that’s said or written somewhere else. It’s an every day occurrence in my blog. But sites like Deadspin and The Big Lead have very little original material — they all aggregate.

Jeff Schultz

May 31st, 2010
1:25 pm

JB — Suffice to say, if Grantham can fix the defense, Richt will have little to worry about (well, except developing a freshman quarterback).

Jeff Schultz

May 31st, 2010
1:25 pm

Not Disappointed — Dang! Smoked brisket! You’re doing it up right.

Bryan G.

May 31st, 2010
1:46 pm

I thought you might like that, Jeff.

Bruce Mac – you’re welcome. I have to say it was tempting.


May 31st, 2010
1:51 pm

Heather Dinich should be tending the babies or grocery shopping. Besides she looks like my malmute Bear.
Tech will be fine again


May 31st, 2010
1:56 pm

How do you rebut UGa not getting a BB Tourney bid, nor a Baseball tourney bid? I know, fire the FB coach.

Jeff Schultz

May 31st, 2010
1:58 pm

Lanier — Come on, be nice to Heather.

GT Fan

May 31st, 2010
2:13 pm

Heather’s lost as a bed bug. Great job Allen! Dooley will be Ok..Coach Richt is a damn good Coach. Coach Johnson will continue to win at GT. Jeff is the Man….Come on GT baseball Team, pull it out!

Please Rads, FIRE PAUL HEWITT asp.


May 31st, 2010
2:46 pm

GT Grad just in case you missed it the Acc had losses to 2 division 1aa schools ,only one victory in BCS bowl history. Acc needs Fla. State and Miami to step up. A better ACC is bad news for PJ.


May 31st, 2010
3:07 pm

I agree UGA needs a big season to quiet the CMR talk, however i think a good season with another beating in Jacksonville could be almost as bad. UGA fans would be more forgiving to a coach that could get us out from under the UF shadow. I hope with the coaching changes that CMR can accomplish that goal.

Eddie Edenfield

May 31st, 2010
3:11 pm

If Coach Richt is on the “hot seat”, no coach in America is safe. The most stupid thing UGA could ever do would be to get rid of CMR. He is an excellent coach and an even better individual. And by the way, Kirby who?

Big B CH 99

May 31st, 2010
3:19 pm

Allen has a good sense of humor, he had a couple of videos on the board during games last yr that were really popular. I like the guys like him that like to have fun, it’s cool in any sport to have players that you can tell have fun playing the game.

And as a GT fan, I’ve said before, UGA go ahead and Fire Richt, that’s the dumbest thing you could do, it’ll be hard to replace Richt with anyone better. He’s by far the best coach you’ve had since Dooley.


May 31st, 2010
4:23 pm

Hope you’re taking note of the comments in regards to Kirby Smart here, Jeff.

Add me to the list of UGA alums who will stand vehemently opposed to Kirby Smart ever coming back to UGA. He had his chance. He used his alma mater as a bargaining chip to get himself a bigger contract, and for that he will never be forgiven. By either the alumni or the administration.


May 31st, 2010
4:27 pm

On a sidenote, I don’t know how Insider came to the conclusion that UGA has a “tough schedule…” pretty much everyone can see that it’s significantly easier than any schedule we’ve had in several years. Sounds like they skipped doing the homework and just mailed it in, quite honestly. Which isn’t surprising, given the source.


May 31st, 2010
4:28 pm



May 31st, 2010
4:34 pm

The only people that are truly hoping to see Richt fail are fans of other SEC teams and those few Dawg fans that do not know football, and there are very few of those people. Yes, Urban has owned him but, I believe that is about to change. Bottomline, Richt leaves when Richt wants to leave and not before then.


May 31st, 2010
4:45 pm

Richt will be fine. The true Georgia backers who dante the big money are still behind him 100%. I like Allen’s rebuttal but I have to state- if that was a UGA palyer can’t you see all the bees on here trashing the young man’s grammar?
Nice work by Allen though. Best of luck to Dooley except when he’s playing UGA, the team he really wishes he was coaching.

Russ, the Temporary Mascot

May 31st, 2010
4:49 pm

The greater question is how will this team fare with no mascot? No one has been identified for sure as the new mascot and I don’t plan to be back after the a$$ painting I took at the bowl game in Shreveport. A team with no mascot is a team with no life. I think Coach Richt puts on those dark glasses and prances around on the sideline and never even thinks about how hard the little mascot is working during the game. I don’t know Derek Dooley but I bet he is no a$$ painter.


May 31st, 2010
4:59 pm


The Real YellowJacket

May 31st, 2010
5:21 pm

As the men of The Institute said “we out.” Bye Heather!


May 31st, 2010
5:29 pm

Thank you for Anthony Allen’s rebuttal. Classic!

What do you call a team without a QB?

May 31st, 2010
5:32 pm

The daugs evidently learned their lesson last year…schedule a bunch of tuff teams and you get tuff results. The cupcakes of this year should eliminate any heat.


May 31st, 2010
5:39 pm

Derek Dooley will last three years and then be replaced.

Oh, they’ll say nice things about him as they help him pack his bags. But they won’t tolerate his inability to win.

The man has no track record of success as a head coach. The brightest thing on his resume is his surname. He was a desperation hire. Those don’t usually work out and there’s nothing in his past to suggest that he’s a trend breaker.

UT will suck at football for at least the next four to five years. Their suckitude may last even longer, depending upon whom they hire to replace the failed Dooley.

Delbert D.

May 31st, 2010
5:42 pm

- Heather blinked every time she spoke. “Lie to Me.”

- Coach Dooley has a big challenge, starting with so little. In a couple of years, let’s see. Is he driven enough?

- Based on some fans’ reactions, it seems that Kirby Smart has done the equivalent of joining the Taliban.

- Coach Richt will stay in character. He will ask the team to play hard.


May 31st, 2010
5:54 pm

There’s something comforting about the way GaTech is perennially underrated despite Paul Johnson’s sterling track record.

I’ve always preferred to root for the ‘dog and these kinds of reports make it more enjoyable when Tech wins.

I’m not sure why the pundits see failure where the record shows success. Johnson’s offense usually moves the ball, sometimes completely dominates the clock and thus the game, and occasionally produces amazing big plays. Admittedly, the passing game is a crude disaster. But The Institute (love that!) is returning its QB, which has to count for something.

We knew the defense was the question mark last season. It is again this season, but until we see how the players execute Groh’s schemes it’s too early to write it off.

Conversely, the pundits love Clemson every year, despite the school’s history of choking in big games. They seem to overrate Clemson’s talent and they treat the school like an SEC power that’s slumming in the ACC.

Somehow they overlook the fact that the last time the Tigers won the ACC was in 1991. There are people who can vote who’ve never seen a Clemson ACC champion.

Meanwhile, the only living people who haven’t seen The Institute hoist the ACC trophy are suckling on their mommy’s teat.


May 31st, 2010
6:01 pm

CMR is not going anywhere. You can bet the house on that. Damon will be gone before Mark Richt.

cindy hendrix

May 31st, 2010
6:03 pm

I agree with ATL Dawg KS is not welcome at UGA he had his chance to help his alma mater & to be paid very well for an asst coaching job but he turned us down in our hour of need & used it to get his raise & further line his pockets.
For that I will never support him being our coach at UGA CMR has hired & fired
& is getting back more actively involved again & CTG’s new 3-4 defense & a couple of great running backs things are defintely on the upswing. CMR you have my support & our new coaches too along with our players can’t wait to see our new 3-4 defense as always GATA GO DAWGS!! let’s show em a thing or 2 with our new defense & kick some gator sa** in the processs SIC EM DAWGS WOOF WOOF !!!!!!!! Cindy p.s. KS I guess you don’t mind being saban’s puppet he had to turn the job offer for you you could speak for yourself yet you were the 1 offered the job this tells me a hell of a lot about you ! Good Luck you will need working under Saban!!

sec east powerhouse NOT

May 31st, 2010
6:44 pm

wow what a schedule for the ugays, don’t know how they are going to beat their chest and brag about their tough opponents in that sec conference this season but they will find a way..if cmr drops two, tune in right here and get an ear full from the same phonies who want their coach gone mark my word…that mousey looking little girl on the acc blog is an idiot that mocked gt all last season and started right back up where she left off this is like she supports 11 teams but hates one(gt) and then goes to the acc championship game and sticks her microphone in the gt players faces and expects them to be thrilled that she stopped by… I have traveled all over this country and have been to the part of Indiana where this lady is from and it doesn’t get any more ignorant or backwoods than that. Not sure why Tn hired a coach with a losing record at La Tech but wouldn’t be suprised if the Vols find a way to win a few.