LIVE: Georgia tries to remember what a win feels like

Mark Richt and his team would welcome an easy day against Coastal Carolina.

Mark Richt and his team would welcome an easy day against Coastal Carolina.

ATHENS — Good morning, and welcome back to Victory Lane.

I’m typing this a couple of hours before kickoff, but I don’t think assuming a victory is too presumptuous. Big schools like Georgia schedule little schools like Coastal Carolina for mental and physical therapy, not because it’s going to launch them into BCS bowl contention.

And if there’s one thing the Bulldogs need, it’s therapy. They’ve lost two games. One was ugly (Boise State) and one was competitive (South Carolina), but 0-2 is 0-2 and the Bulldogs do not want to get to the point of ranking their losses this season.

That’s why this game is well timed. Coastal Carolina is an FCS (1-AA) team. It plays in the Big South Conference with the likes of Gardner-Webb and Presbyterian. Despite Georgia coach Mark Richt’s early week contention, the school is here for the paycheck ($475,000), even if the players want to win. The team is called the Chanticleers, which is a fierce rooster, so this affords the Dogs a chance to break their losing streak against poultry.

OK, a few items  before I turn you loose:

The Dogs have lost three straight going back to the Liberty  Bowl last season, meaning their last victory was over Georgia Tech on Nov. 27. So in case you’ve forgotten about that winning feeling, that’s why.

As much as he is criticized, I thought Georgia president Michael Adams touched on the right themes on at a UGA cabinet meeting on Thursday when he called for support of the program and Richt, while at the same time remaining non-committal to the coach’s future. An excerpt: “There’s nobody here who likes to win more than I do. But it’s time for us as a community to get behind ths team, support them from now ’til the end of the season. And once the whole body of work is in, we’ll do what we do every year. We’ll see where we are.”

On Richt: I wrote earlier in the week that I believe Richt needs to go 9-1 the rest of the season to keep his job. That’s based in part on his contract situation, which will have two years remaining after this season. To earn an extension — which is necessary to send a message to potential recruits — Georgia must be very impressive in the next 10 games, and that starts today.

I don’t know how many empty seats there will be today. But I can report there was very little traffic driving to Athens and around the stadium today.

I would imagine Richt will keep things fairly vanilla in this game. You should be able to beat Coastal Carolina without trick plays. Besides, the Dogs are still committing enough errors on both sides of the ball that they need this game just to work those problems out before conference play resumes next week at Ole Miss.

Alright. That’s it for now. I know turn it over to you. Chip Towers and I will secretly set the over/under on the first “Fire Bobo” or “First Grantham” and “Fire Richt” comments.

By Jeff Schultz

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588 comments Add your comment

bugsquacher

September 17th, 2011
11:43 am

SEVEN REASONS WHY GEORGIA SHOULD BE CONSIDERING A COACHING CHANGE.
1-GEORGIA is a combined 0-5 against Top 25 teams in 2010 and 2011
2- GEORGIA has lost 10 of its last 12 against ranked teams. (2-10 record)
3- GEORGIA is now 14-14 in his last 28 games
4-GEORGIA is 6-10 in the past 16 SEC games.
5- GEORGIA is 2-5 in their last 7 games going back to last season
6- REMAINING SCHEDULE. Games they will probably lose: 1- Miss St. 2- Tenn 3-Florida 4-Auburn. Games we should win (if we don’t have an off week): 1- Costal Carolina, 2-Miss, 3- Kentucky, 4- New Mexico, 5-Tech, 6-Vandy.
LOOKS LIKE A 50/50 CHANCE OF ANOTHER LOSING SEASON.
7- It’s been 30 yrs since our last national championship…. Can Richt get us there? Are we trending in the right direction?
THE ABOVE SAYS……. NO!

TA

September 17th, 2011
11:43 am

BIGDAWG37

September 17th, 2011
11:44 am

FIRST…GO DAWGS!!!

Mazoom in Cary NC

September 17th, 2011
11:45 am

Everyone must be at the game if I’m first 15 minutes in.Go Dawgs

TA

September 17th, 2011
11:45 am

@bugsquacher: get some new material. I’m sure the powers that be are paying close attention to your every whim.

bugsquacher

September 17th, 2011
11:46 am

the facts speak for themselves….wake up Dawg Nation enough of this circus…

bugsquacher

September 17th, 2011
11:47 am

just give me the facts….

Coastal Carolina gets paid less than two months of Richt's salary

September 17th, 2011
11:48 am

wild one 13

September 17th, 2011
11:49 am

This should be a tune up and confidence builder for the Dawgs. This game will do the new starters a world of good in regard to their confidence.

JAWJeRDAWG

September 17th, 2011
11:50 am

Pull us through, Jeff.

Hope UGA plays focused and injury-free. ..

Couldn’t make it up to Athens for the game today; had a flare-up of my rheumatoid arthritis so I’ll be following you, Jeff, and listening on the radio.

I gave my seven tickets to two young Georgia fans where they could take their wife and children to see their first game between-the-hedges.

Have good day, all, and .. Go Dawgs!

Bugsquacher is soooooooo right

September 17th, 2011
11:52 am

bugsquacher is spot-on with his observations. We need to hear more from discerning fans like him. Or her, as the case may be.

Athens Dawg

September 17th, 2011
11:55 am

Athens Dawg

September 17th, 2011
11:56 am

51-7 Georgia. I remember when we beat TECH like that back in 2002. You remember that Tech fans? I see how it would be hard to forget considering you 9-1 since Richt has been here.

We’ll win today BIG. 51-7. Maybe worse.

Joe P

September 17th, 2011
11:59 am

Does anyone know where I could watch the game? I know it says ESPN3 but it says its going to blackout in Georgia.

Burma Shave

September 17th, 2011
12:00 pm

A lot of the dawgs
Are into crime
The worst ones like Curran
Will do the time

BURMA SHAVE

Instant Dawgma

September 17th, 2011
12:00 pm

Schultzie, All naysayers need to realize no matter what happens to Mark Richt, it is NOT happening before the season is over. So no need to berate the coach every minute of every day. It does no good..So the Dawg Brethren that are spewing the negative need to shutup about it and support the team for 10, 11, or dare I say 12 more games this season. Why spew misery now? It’s a long journey and you can’t do anything at all about it.
And to the plain old scum of other schools spewing other crap..get a life

JAWJeRDAWG

September 17th, 2011
12:01 pm

I would just like to see us play a focused and mistake-free game today, with no injuries, and get ahead sufficiently to allow the coaches to let all our reserves get some significant playing time and experience.

Keep us up-to-date on all that is happening pre-game, Jeff and Chip. .. Go Dawgs!

JAWJeRDAWG

September 17th, 2011
12:02 pm

On an earlier Bill King Blog
September 17th, 2011
10:36 am

BURMA SHAVE posted:

Taking your kids
To a UGA game
Is child abuse
And a crying shame ..

As a UGA fan, I believe a more appropriate rhyme would be:

Taking your kids
To a game in Sanford Stadium
Is passing the torch
To the young Bulldog Nation.

Go Dawgs!

big don

September 17th, 2011
12:02 pm

JawJeDawgs: Had a back flarup big time and like you couldn’t make the long walk down Baxter, let alone back up aftewards. Don’t get me wrong, for Auburn I’ll be reenting a wheelchair if need be. I feel your pain, literaally and figuratively. Not too many deep observations today. Richt or no Richt matters not to me. Winning does. The cards will unfold as played and I have no seat at the table. I only worry that be careful what you ask for might come true if they let him go. There ain’t no Saban out there in case you haven’t noticed and the dude at Miss. State looks more that a lateral move and change for the sake of change. Never forget that we elected by FAR the worst pres of the US on the words “Change” and look at your 401’s now, my friends. I’m just saying…No need to say go dawgs or bark today. It should be smooth sailing. If the lose, however, I’ll light the first torch and buy a new pitchfork to help escrot CMR out of town.

bugsquacher

September 17th, 2011
12:03 pm

just stating the facts…….

1-GEORGIA is a combined 0-5 against Top 25 teams in 2010 and 2011
2- GEORGIA has lost 10 of its last 12 against ranked teams. (2-10 record)
3- GEORGIA is now 14-14 in his last 28 games
4-GEORGIA is 6-10 in the past 16 SEC games.
5- GEORGIA is 2-5 in their last 7 games going back to last season

Ginger

September 17th, 2011
12:04 pm

how to watch game ???

Your dawgs are wallowing in mediocrity and obscurity

September 17th, 2011
12:05 pm

You Dawg fans who keep repeating Tech-Georgia scores enjoy yourselves all you want. The thing is… Tech alumni and fans have lives that don’t depend entirely on what a bunch of kids does on Saturday afternoons. College sports are fun to follow, but the biggest reason for going to college is to get an education.

UGA fans don’t seem to care about anything but football, and they don’t care if their players are enrolled in silly majors that no parents who are paying the bills would send their kids to UGA for. The very few football and basketball players who graduate have no job opportunities and end up unemployed or working in menial jobs that hardly require a college degree.

Georgia Tech is a real school with serious academic standards, and that includes scholarshipped athletes. UGA has a long history of being a drunken party school, where parents send their kids for an easy degree, even if the degree itself is worthless.

Jan Kemp exposed the obscene sleazy crap going on at UGA with athletes being enrolled in courses a ten-year-old kid could pass. That was almost three decades ago, and nothing has changed. If anything, the abuses are more blatant today. Way too many illiterate goons are being recruited, and the very high arrest rate shows clearly that Richt does not care if his players have any morals or character.

The bottom line is that most Tech fans have very good jobs and productive lives that don’t depend on Tech’s football record for their happiness in life. It would be great to beat UGA more often, but when you put scholar-athletes up against moron-athletes, it’s usually no contest.

So keep on posting your scores all you want, especially since you’re home with plenty of time on your hands. I wish you well, maybe you’ll get lucky and get back your old job sweeping floors before your unemployment checks stop coming.

JAke Dawg

September 17th, 2011
12:06 pm

Anyone know where we could watch the game for free?

iago's yoda

September 17th, 2011
12:06 pm

FIRE BOBO!

FIRE GRANTHAM!

FIRE BEFORE YOU SEE THE WHITES OF THEIR EYES!

Instant Dawgma

September 17th, 2011
12:07 pm

@bugsquacher…..Again, Mark Richt is NOT getting fired at any point during the season, if EVER.
You are meaningless….and if so smart with your prognostications, go to Vegas and put your money where your piehole is….then again, you probably have no money.

RNB

September 17th, 2011
12:07 pm

Jeff, how full is the stadium?

JAWJeRDAWG

September 17th, 2011
12:08 pm

@ big don

It is pretty rough, but I too, play to be there for all the rest of the home games.

I support the team this year and will just wait to see how it all plays out.

.. Go Dawgs!

bugsquacher

September 17th, 2011
12:08 pm

Do things change if we win today? Lets see,,,, if we win….

1-GEORGIA is a combined 0-5 against Top 25 teams in 2010 and 2011
2- GEORGIA has lost 10 of its last 12 against ranked teams. (2-10 record)
3- GEORGIA is now 15-14 in his last 29 games
4-GEORGIA is 6-10 in the past 16 SEC games.
5- GEORGIA is 3-5 in their last 8 games going back to last season

If we lose…..

1-GEORGIA is a combined 0-5 against Top 25 teams in 2010 and 2011
2- GEORGIA has lost 10 of its last 12 against ranked teams. (2-10 record)
3- GEORGIA is now 14-15 in his last 29 games
4-GEORGIA is 6-10 in the past 16 SEC games.
5- GEORGIA is 2-6 in their last 8 games going back to last season

Hmmmm, what do you think?

JAWJeRDAWG

September 17th, 2011
12:09 pm

Plan to be there, not play. Sorry.

bugsquacher

September 17th, 2011
12:10 pm

its just the facts….. no opinions…… just the facts…..

wake up DAWG NATION……..lets get rid of this circus

Instant Dawgma

September 17th, 2011
12:11 pm

@Your dawgs are wallowing…..seems you are not part that group that has a life….why else would you write such a long and drawn out essay in blog rooms…..zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Instant Dawgma

September 17th, 2011
12:12 pm

Where’s Schultze during his so-called live chat?

Jeff Schultz

September 17th, 2011
12:16 pm

JAWJeDAWG — Sorry to hear about the Arthur Itis. I’m sure the tickets went to good use.

Jeff Schultz

September 17th, 2011
12:16 pm

Athens Dawg — “Test” << Were you waiting to see if you were banned?

Adam

September 17th, 2011
12:19 pm

Can someone post a link to listen to the game online. I keep going to WSB website and its has some crappy show on instead of the tailgate show. If I can’t find the game then I’ll have to go study. Please help! lol

JAWJeRDAWG

September 17th, 2011
12:19 pm

Hope we see all the ‘Dream Team’ that aren’t going to be red-shirted, get some significant playing time today.

We’ll need them to gain some game-day experience as we move into our remaining conference games .. Go Dawgs!

45ACP

September 17th, 2011
12:20 pm

A win is a win and the Dawgs need a win.

Gravy Train

September 17th, 2011
12:21 pm

Wow. Jeff, was the over/under set at one? Also, it didn’t take long for some wind-bagged Nerd Herd techno-dork to get on here and pop off about academics and how he or it doesn’t care about football. So why waste your time posting your rant? Yeah, you know what the remedial program is at Tech? It’s there. After sophmore year it morphs into something called “management.” So then, what is Reggie Ball doing these days with his superior education? How about Joe Hamilton?
Let me give you some advice: It’s not UGA’s fault that your life sucks. It’s not their fault that you are socially stunted. It’s your fault. Take ownership of your life and move on.

Jeff Schultz

September 17th, 2011
12:21 pm

Instant Dawgma — “Schultzie, All naysayers need to realize no matter what happens to Mark Richt, it is NOT happening before the season is over.”

<<< This is not a prediction. OK? One more time: This is not a prediction. But, I believe Ray Goff both got fired before the season was over but finished out the year. Jim Donnan was fired after the season, I think.

Jeff Schultz

September 17th, 2011
12:22 pm

Jake Dawg — “Anyone know where we could watch the game for free?”

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JAWJeRDAWG

September 17th, 2011
12:22 pm

@ Jeff

Just to see their excitment in being able to go see the Dawgs play, I know they went to good use! .. Go Dawgs!

Schultzie your an idiot

September 17th, 2011
12:22 pm

Can you help me find a link to listen to the game online! Some suggested a radio but I don’t have a clue what those are. lol

Jeff Schultz

September 17th, 2011
12:22 pm

RNB — Pretty empty right now.

Jeff Schultz

September 17th, 2011
12:23 pm

Instant Dawgma — “Where’s Schultze during his so-called live chat?” … <<< Sorry, I was eating.

Troll Power Ratings

September 17th, 2011
12:25 pm

@Your dawgs are wallowing in mediocrity and obscurity: Mediocrity, yes, for now. Obscurity, nope. Thanks for caring so much and spending your time on what is truly important to you – cut and pasting anti-Georgia drivel.

Yep, you certainly have quite a “life”. We’re sooooooo envious.

Jeff Schultz

September 17th, 2011
12:26 pm

For those asking: Internet broadcast link is on Georgiadogs.com. But like I said, it’s the same cost as buying it PPV. I think $34.95.

SSIgator

September 17th, 2011
12:26 pm

“I would imagine Richt will keep things fairly vanilla in this game.”

So, you mean this game will be like every other game UGA plays>

Gravy Train

September 17th, 2011
12:26 pm

Jeff,
How’s the food spread in the press box today?

Terry

September 17th, 2011
12:27 pm

Please don’t feed the Trolls.
According to Tom Postmes, a professor of social and organisational psychology at the universities of Exeter and Groningen, Netherlands, and the author of Individuality and the Group, who has studied online behavior for 20 years”..Trolls aspire to violence, to the level of trouble they can cause in an environment. They want it to kick off. They want to promote antipathetic emotions of disgust and outrage, which morbidly gives them a sense of pleasure.

Schultzie your an idiot

September 17th, 2011
12:30 pm

well seing how I’m just asking for the free radio link, your still haven’t answered my question. Hence the screen name.