Richt: Winner to whiner?

Some UGA fans appear to think Mark Richt’s latest incarnation, following the Iceman/Nice Guy of the early days and “Evil” Richt of the end zone stomp, is Mr. Whiner. First there were his recent comments about the annual game in Jacksonville (he’s right that it’s not a neutral site, but complaining about the weather there favoring the Gators was a bit of a stretch), and now he’s griping about his Dogs’ nonconference schedule this coming season.

“I’m not that thrilled about it,” Richt told the Athens Banner-Herald concerning facing what College Football News called “the toughest nonconference slate of any SEC team by far,” with games against Oklahoma State, Arizona State and Georgia Tech in 2009. 

As the ABH points out, of the 65 teams in the six Bowl Championship Series conferences, only two besides Georgia will play three nonconference games this season against teams from BCS conferences. And neither one of them has as tough a schedule as Georgia’s: Syracuse will go up against Minnesota, Northwestern and Penn State while Georgia Tech faces Mississippi State, Vanderbilt and Georgia.

“One would be plenty,” Richt said. “The plan was never to have Oklahoma State and Arizona State and Georgia Tech [in the same season]. That was never the plan.” Richt said the plan was supposed to be playing one other BCS team plus Tech in a season … and he’s not in love with even that idea. 

The upgrading of the nonconference schedule was “for the fans and to get out of the Southeast region” for recruiting purposes, he said. But Richt believes traveling 1,900 miles each way to Arizona last season impacted the Dawgs adversely the next week when Alabama jumped out to a big halftime lead in Athens. 

Again, with the whining: “That’s a tough trip,” Richt said. “It’s a tough trip to go all the way over there and then come back, fly back through the night and then just get ready to keep grinding, because it is a grind. You need rest. Not only your players, but your coaches need rest, too.”

Richt’s boss, athletics director Damon Evans, doesn’t sound convinced by the head coach’s arguments about the detrimental effect of traveling out west. Said Evans: “That’s his opinion and I’ll listen to his opinion, and I’m sure he has some valid points. … I do know this: That there are teams around the country that do it week in and week out. Sometimes you’ve got to get up and go. … This year we’ll probably be playing a night game at Arkansas. We’ll probably get in later from Arkansas than we will from Oklahoma State.”

Examining Richt’s stance on this, he has a point and he doesn’t. Yes, playing three BCS nonconference teams in one season on top of an SEC schedule is excessive. It’s certainly not the norm. Tennessee has the reputation for scheduling big-name nonconference opponents, but generally only one per year (California, UCLA in recent years), with the rest less than imposing. This year, they face Western Kentucky, UCLA, Ohio and Memphis. LSU’s nonconference schedule is Washington, Louisiana-Lafayette, Tulane and Louisiana Tech. Alabama does open with Virginia Tech, but its other nonconference games are against Florida International, North Texas and Chattanooga. 

Ole Miss has Memphis, Southeast Louisiana, Alabama-Birmingham and Northern Arizona.

And then there’s Florida’s embarrassingly light nonconference schedule, which has Charleston Southern, Troy, Florida International and not-what-it-used-to-be Florida State.

Evans gives Florida a pass on that schedule. “Certain schools have built up reputations because of what they’ve accomplished,” he told the ABH. “Florida gets a lot of credit. They’ve won two national championships. Let’s not forget that. You’ve got to work your way up and Florida has done that.”

Well, yes. But during their 2006 national championship season, the Gators’ nonconference oppoents were Southern Mississippi, UCF, Western Carolina and FSU. Last year’s nonconference schedule was slightly more respectable, with Miami and Hawaii joining FSU and the Citadel.  

So Richt does face a tougher schedule this year than the rest of the conference. But Evans says three nonconference BCS opponents in one season is not going to be the rule. More often, Georgia will play one BCS nonconference game besides Tech in a season. And that’s something fans, tired of all those yawner home games against schools with directional names, have wanted. There’s also the advantage of a tough schedule impressing the folks who vote in the human polls and bolstering the Dogs in the computer polls.

As for the trip to Arizona being a factor in last year’s showing against the Tide, Georgia didn’t look tired in the first half of the Bama game; they looked unprepared. As the game went on, the Dogs actually played better. Maybe it was the players getting too caught up in the whole “Blackout” thing or just the coaches not getting them ready or a combination, but tired from the previous week’s travel? I don’t buy it.

So what do you think? Is Richt justified in complaining about the schedule? Or does he need to quit with the whining and concentrate on winning?

287 comments Add your comment

Reptiles Rule

June 8th, 2009
4:01 pm

Hey Bulldawg (sorry Beatles)…and I guess UGA fans are “all the above”?!

JenniferGO Dawgs

June 8th, 2009
4:01 pm

Tide Rules how can you even say what us Georgia fans are tired of? You are a Tide fan, I am just saying………

Otto

June 8th, 2009
4:02 pm

uuugh. ND was a quote from the article and IMO a little sarcasm. Who knows it was written by a PAC10 homer.

Dawg88

June 8th, 2009
4:06 pm

OMG, quit griping. If UGA wants a national championship, just win baby.

BOOHOO KEEP CRYING UGA MUTTS

June 8th, 2009
4:08 pm

Keep crying mutts…ugay will always be 3rd in the SEC….Man up mutts win something.

gdawginkalamazoo

June 8th, 2009
4:10 pm

I see all the posers and haters on here having a good time with this one. Why should he be thrilled to have an OOC schedule that features 3 teams in the top 25? Then face the SEC schedule. I get the feeling that it is more of the Dooley school of poor mouthing, ie, “those Richmond Spiders have a fine, very physical football team”, more than it is actually complaining. Richt knows that he can win all of those games and he also knows that if he does that the computers will reward the team for it. From “winner to whiner” is pretty bad Bill but you knew it would get a lot of hits. If second tier in the SEC is winning 10+ games a year then it’s fine by me. All of you people who want to complain about Richt cough up some names of “other coaches” that you think would do a better job that would be willing to show up in Athens for the long haul. He has made this his program and has been pretty darn successful with it so far. IMO he doesn’t have to have an NC this year or next, or the next. He will get it soon enough. He knows how to win and he is running the program the right way which is evident by the talent the program is drawing in and producing for the NFL. I think it took Mack Brown a while to get his NC along with a few other coaches out there.

Otto, good job on the USC schedule. Perception is all that really matters. Fact be damned.

uuugh.

June 8th, 2009
4:11 pm

Sorry Otto…ND needs to man up and join a conference. They get special treatment and I can’t stand that folks think they are still relevant! Florida and Tech fans are the worst but USC and ND fans follow pretty closely behind…at least Florida and USC actually win games with some consistency.

Then again by Richt’s logic it is Notre Dame’s travel schedule that is keeping them from being more successful.

The Truth

June 8th, 2009
4:11 pm

Hey Bama “Stain”….What’s with you and Donnan? Every blog you make you meantion him.Maybe we should meantion Shula, or all those other loser coaches Bama had after the Bear died. Saban will be run off in short time because his teams ahave always come up short of expectations….just look it up…One thing for certain…you are one pompous SOB. I laugh everytime I read your blog….you are so self righteous…I’ll bet you stand in front of the mirror for over an hour everyday looking at yourself….Bama will lose four games ( LSU,Ole Miss, Va. Tech and Arkansas or S. Carolina) this year count on it!You have no QB and an untested, average offensive line. Your running backs are average at best. To quote an SEC coach whose team played Bama last year…On Terrence Cody…”He’s not that good. It’s amazing the publicity he got. If you run right at him he’ll make the play…but he wasn’t a problem for us” They can be good (average) but they won’t win the SEC West!…. Big Hat…No Cattle…that about sums up Bama’s team this year…The Truth has spoken!

Once a Dawg, always a Dawg

June 8th, 2009
4:12 pm

Bama Stan is one brick shy. Everyone knows Bama fades as the year goes on. Schedule all the nursing homes early to get 7-0 and then finsh 8-4. What an embarrasment to the league against Utah. Georgia has not finsihed below a 8 win season since Les is more Miles showed up. We opened a can on LSWho last year and if we had 5 more minutes would have come back and beat Roll Tide crew. Georgia has the best program in the country right now and will continue to hang around the 10 win mark every year until we hit the big one eventually. The tech thing last year was a huge fluke and those things happen college football. That’s what makes it so great! But you termites might as well get used to losing 7 or 8 in a row before we let you win another.

tenn.DAWG

June 8th, 2009
4:14 pm

If CMR does a good job,not even a great job of recruiting in state,that means evaluating,qualifying,and coaching,UGA should be competitive with uf,al,or anybody regardless of schedule.Same could be said about Fox or Perno.

Mac

June 8th, 2009
4:19 pm

Jacksonville is absolutely a neutral site, Bill. You and your scared ilk are full of manure. Don’t worry about changing the venue, Vince didn’t and Vince owned the Gators. Richt does no one any favors by implying its a disadvantage. Dooley proved empirically it isn’t. Next topic, please.

Chris

June 8th, 2009
4:19 pm

OOC games effectively mean nothing in my opinion and are not worth talking about. For instance, each year when Tech and UGA play each other their fates have already been decided. That extra game is simply for pride. I’m not exactly sure how it works in the SEC, but in the ACC the tie-break for a spot in the ACC Championship goes to the team with the best division record, followed by quite a few other things before OOC wins/losses are taken into account. So Tech could lose every single OOC game, win all but 1 or 2 ACC games, and still make the Orange Bowl. I assume it’s the same for UGA, so as long as you’re beating the teams that matter, you’ll make the SEC Championship, which will either land you in the Sugar Bowl or the BCS Championship since it seems that every year the SEC gets in an invite to the big game. I have a feeling that a loss at Ok State (which I honestly believe is more likely than Tech beating UGA at Bobby Dodd) will do next to nothing to hurt your BCS chances. Hell, even if you lose 2 OOC games you can still make it out of a somewhat deflated SEC with 1 loss and land in the Sugar Bowl, which is considered a good season by anybody.

BOOHOO KEEP CRYING UGA MUTTS

June 8th, 2009
4:21 pm

If the coaches from Bama, LSU, Florida complained about who they played, UGAY fans would say they were “crying about their schedule” but when that hypocrite Mark Richt whine complain, UGAY fans says he is speaking whats on his mind..KEEP CRYING ABOUT EVERYTHING…EVERYBODY. IT SUCKS TO BE A UGAY MUTT!

MVP

June 8th, 2009
4:24 pm

CHOKE……..THE OFFICAL DRINK OF THE GEORGIA BULLDAWGS!!

Athens..

June 8th, 2009
4:29 pm

I don’t see anybody crying…more like laughing at the totally ignorant comments (see example above)

We are looking forward to the schedule and the season!

Go Dawgs

UGA88

June 8th, 2009
4:31 pm

Agree…there are certainly enough dolts to go around…

BAMA STAN

June 8th, 2009
4:34 pm

Otto – good posting above. I too like Auburn’s staff.

Interested in your thoughts about Tennessee for 2009 and their staff.

You asked earlier why I said UGA will be in a down year?

Just a lot of unknowns going into this year – kind of like Richt’s first year and Staffords first year. UGA could be a better “team” this year – and will have to be a better unit.

Your QB appears to have good leadership – but his arm strength is not too good – floats and struggles the deeper passes with little velocity – seems to have to muscle up to get it down field – look at the G DAy Game and you will see what I am talking about.

Strengths:
OLINE
D-Tackle
LB – Curran
WR – Green

Concerns:
WR – after Green – who can catch and can these guys block downfield? Will have to depend on true freshman Charles and Brown. Not an ideal situation.

RB – Just not sold on UGA backs….. right now:
– Samuels – appears to be a big stiff hard runner – no wiggle, no balance.
– C. King reminds me of Gerald Riggs out of Tennessee from a few years ago. Had talent, not too smart, struggled with blocking and blitz packages. When it appeard he got it together his senior year – unfortunately – had a devasting ankle injury.
– C. Thomas is fast – but goes down easy.

Defense
DE – an unknown – need some players to step up. AGAIN – an unknown.
LB – Curran a joy to watch – the kid never quits – after Curran, UGA looks like all other SEC teams at LB.
DB’s mis-play a lot of zone and several breakdowns last year. Losing Allen hurts. Appear very athletic – but can they play as a unit? Tech breakdowns glaring – but similar break downs against KY, Bama, LSU and Auburn made for big gains.
Overall – Defense just not well coached – poor timing with penalties keeping drives alive. I am thinking about two interceptions called back due to hands in the face by a DL. One against Bama (we went on and scored – one against Florida early in the game – they went on and scored)

To Richt’s point – a very grinding schedule – week after week against physical teams – and you have to get yourself up mentally week after week – a big challange in itself – easier said than done.

Look at LSU – their hardest stretch is at MISS ST., at UGA, then Florida at Home. All other big games have a softer opponent in front of them. Washington, then Vandy. LA Lafeyette – then Miss State. Off Week, then Auburn, Tulane – then Bama. LA Tech – then Ole Miss / ARK.

UGA’s schedule has decent opponents each week – you overlook one – boom – upset special. OK ST, SC, ARK, AZ ST (uga should win this one easy), LSU, TN, Vandy – off week – Florida, TN Tech, AUB, KY, GT.

All ribbing aside – besides Florida – all games UGA could win. LSU will be favored and I think should be the favorite to win the SEC West. OK STATE has the entire team coming back and this is a HUGE statement game for them. If UGA wins – that will be big – but look out for ARK after SC. Look out for TN after LSU. Look out for Vandy after TN. KY after AUBURN. Besides the physcial grind – the mental grind is the big concern. If this was the 2002 UGA team – then no worries – that was a very good team – mentally strong. Just not sure about UGA 2009 – too many unknowns and opportunities to get bit.

Otto

June 8th, 2009
4:38 pm

uuugh. again the ND comment and the USC schedule was quoted directly from the ESPN link below. It also goes on to say USC playing the SEC durring the regular season is unlikely.

IMO ND does get special favors and nobody was cheering more for Hawaii in hte bowl thank I was.

Dawg Fud

June 8th, 2009
4:41 pm

i like this year’s schedule. let’s strap it on and play.

what i don’t like is pating New Mexico State $975,000 to come to Athens. Yawn…

LonghornsForLife

June 8th, 2009
4:42 pm

BamaStan you might wanna go to the official NCAA.com website and look under FBS history and recheck your so called claim on 12 National titles, because according to the NCAA they only RECOGNIZE Alabama winning 10 national Championships lol. Bama fans are a joke with all the false crap! Come out to the West and play a real team like Texas who has beated Alabama in ever matching and then you can talk lol. Here’s the link to the NCAA’s FBS history of RECOGNIZED National Championships: http://www.ncaa.com/history/football-fbs.html

Tide Surfer

June 8th, 2009
4:45 pm

Bama Stan you are an insult to all Bama Fans. The Truth is right. You are one pompous SOB. As a Bama alum….I’m worried about the Tide this year.We won some games last year we should have lost i.e. Ole Miss, LSU. And we lost a game we should have won i.e. Utah. Our team was very inconsistent…a Saban characteristic.We now have to worry about Ole Miss as well as LSU.Also…a team leader hasn’t yet emerged.I wouldn’t crow so loud yet. You might have to eat your words.

shane#1

June 8th, 2009
4:46 pm

Bill, is this the best you could do? I wish you guys would do a little work instead of taking cheap shots just to get some controversy stirred up between the “enemy posters” and UGA fans. I want the WLOCP to stay in Jacksonville, but I do not consider that town to be a neutral site. I just love the atmosphere and I don’t think the game would be as big anywhere else. Would Richt like a softer schedule? WELL DUH! Wouldn’t anyone with a seven figure salary who’s job depended on winning games want a softer schedule? Do you guys see Saban, Meyer, Miles, Weis, or Carroll looking for three tough OOC BCS opponents? How about Jim Tressel, what does tOSU’s schedule look like this year? In case you haven’t noticed, those guys have played for a lot of national titles in the past decade, well except Weis, and that’s kinda his fault. BTW, There is nothing wrong with building up your opponents. Nobody could cry like old Vince, and the Bear was pretty good at complementing the other team himself, especially after he called Auburn a “cow college”. Do ya’ll remember all those blocked kicks and how ol’ Bear had his rear end handed to him by the wareagletigersplainsmen? Yep, Vince, Bear, and Bobby did pretty well by building up the other team. Who the hejj wants their boys confident in the summer anyway? I would want my guys thinking that they were going to have to work their tails off all summer just to have a chance to break even in the fall.

Shaye

June 8th, 2009
4:48 pm

Definitely whining. It’s an opportunity for an SEC school to say “we’re not playing cream puffs anymore.” Let’s face it, though in-conference opponents are probably the toughest in the SEC, we do have a habit of scheduling some ridiculous non-conference games. And sometimes we get surprised by them.

I’m not buying the tired stuff either: Alabama rolled over the Bulldogs in that first half because the Bulldogs underestimated them, pure and simple.

jaglaw

June 8th, 2009
4:56 pm

Here’s a thought! I cant wait to see if UF is punished and loose their pre-season #1 ranking by their week schedule. Certainly happened to UGA last year. Remember 3-0 and fell in the rankings. Thats fine, just be consistant.

RealDawg

June 8th, 2009
5:02 pm

Pete Carroll-Whines, Mack Brown-Whines, Les Miles-Whines,Saban-Whines, Spurrier-Whines

Richt said, “Pass the whine”

GatorDude

June 8th, 2009
5:14 pm

What a joke. He really is a sissy boy, oh we are so tired coaches too. Like the coaches are doing anything but standing around shifting their undies lol. Seriously though, playing out west sure sounds more appealing than having to start out in the deep south in 90 degree weather! Richt needs to stop whining, get a tissue, and head out there and play some football and if they can win the non conference games this coming season then maybe they will get more respect as a powerhouse team, otherwise its woof woof back to the doghouse!

Georgia Dawg By Way Of Las Vegas

June 8th, 2009
5:15 pm

Enough of the We Can/We Can’t Bull****!

Let’s Play Some Football!

Proper (Inspiration), (Motivation), (Dedication), (Heart and Guts) will see the Georgia Bulldogs through a tough season.

Without this?

I don’t want to think about it. (O_O)

Get it done Dawgs!

Get it Done!

It starts with a Victory at Oklahoma State.

Get it done!

SthrnSrvy

June 8th, 2009
5:18 pm

I don’t necessarily think of it as “whining”, he is simply letting the world know how tough it’s going to be this season. What’s wrong with flexing your muscle and saying “look what were getting ourselves into”? And if the slate is swept, then the pollsters take notice and good things will happen. It’s a shame, but until a playoff exists, it still comes down to politics.

BruffDawg

June 8th, 2009
5:38 pm

This schedule is great for the young team and the fans. We will get to see competitive football and our younger players will get experience against good teams. No weeks off is good for their development. Let’s strap it on and see what unfolds. Go Dawgs!

Lucid1

June 8th, 2009
5:47 pm

I’m a transplanted Yankee(damnYankee cuz I won’t leave). My team is the WOLVERINES and I love the DAWGS too. They are the only team that didn’t seem to hurt so much when they beat my “little brother” MSU. Then out of the irony poor Stafford is sentenced to Detroit…He’s got a pair to say he will make history and when he does I will say ‘I watched him when…” If their is a team in the SEC that can handle a schedule like Georgia’s it is the DAWG’s. Too bad Florida doesn’t have big ones big enough to do the same. I understand Florida’s stratedgy however, as Michigan has seem to follow with Delaware St on the schedule. With all the “rebuliding bla bla” I hear from my fellow Wolverines, it still won’t be as exciting to win 10 games as it would be if the non con was Arizona, OSU, ETC ETC. shut em’ all up Dawgs and whoop some azzzzzz! GO BLUE GO DAWGS

RedMan

June 8th, 2009
5:48 pm

It takes discipline to not whine. We all know that Coach Richt doesn’t handle that well with his players…on the field penalties??? Off the field arrests??? Obviously, it is a fundamental flaw in his character. Give me Jim Donnan any day (College Football Hall of Famer) and let Coach Richt go back where he really belongs when Bowden retires. He’ll suit FSU just fine.

Lucid1

June 8th, 2009
5:53 pm

SthrnSrvy

June 8th, 2009
5:18 pm
I don’t necessarily think of it as “whining”, he is simply letting the world know how tough it’s going to be this season. What’s wrong with flexing your muscle and saying “look what were getting ourselves into”? And if the slate is swept, then the pollsters take notice and good things will happen. It’s a shame, but until a playoff exists, it still comes down to politics.

HERE HERE This will all be solved when the BSC is dissolve and a fair playoff system is put into place. All that needs to happen is for a big money source see a way to make more money for everybody with a play off system. i already thought of 1 so i know it can be done. it would take too much to lay it oput here but, it actually involves ALL D1 schools whether they make the finals or not they get $$$. plus the sponsers make more from more games being played….simple but not easy with the BSC mafia controlling our nations kids with an unfair BS system. GO BLUE GO DAWG’S

Lucid1

June 8th, 2009
6:02 pm

SthrnSrvy

June 8th, 2009
5:18 pm
I don’t necessarily think of it as “whining”, he is simply letting the world know how tough it’s going to be this season. What’s wrong with flexing your muscle and saying “look what were getting ourselves into”? And if the slate is swept, then the pollsters take notice and good things will happen. It’s a shame, but until a playoff exists, it still comes down to politics.

HERE HERE….we need to rid the College football scene of the mafia called BCS. They keep the undisputed national Champion from being revealed every year. A Boycott isn’t feasible…I can’t go without my fix and I know none of you can either. Hey Bama Stan….THAT is an impressive post. It’s scary to see an opponent know so much about our team. GO BLUE GO DAWGS

Otto

June 8th, 2009
6:08 pm

Stan LSU favored to win the West. I know the media will hype them because thats what they do but….. I’m not sold on the QB and the schedule is murder. Bama IMO is the favorite to win the west with Ole Miss in 2nd.

DB is UGA’s bigget question amrk no doubt about that.

Who did bama have after Julio Jones last year at WR? I think UGA is deeper at WR than Bama was last year and that some of the backups have showed instances where they could be great. Truthfully who can really make an impact in UGA’s pro style attack when AJ is on one side and MoMass on the other. The other WRs have a chance to fight for AJ’s spot as the 2nd WR.

Overall I’m not that worried healthy lines, a few good players like Curran, Cox, AJ, and UGA can win.

Tide Rising and I keep saying it, UGA looks alot like Bama last year. Except IMO UGA will have a better QB than JP (no knock to him) and better WRs. Bama may have had a slight edge at RB with Coffee but not much.

BAMA STAN

June 8th, 2009
6:08 pm

12 NATIONAL TITLES (10 if you are Texas fan) 21 SEC TITLES

Tide Surfer:

1. Where did I state that Alabama was going to win the SEC West in any of my posts?

Answer – I did not – I stated that LSU should be the favorite – we could lose 1 to 3 games – heck, we could go undefeated – we have a smililar QB concern that UGA has.

2. Other bloggeres posts boldly state that I make outlandish predictions – including Bama trouncing UTAH.

FACT: I predicted the Tide would win – but prefaced it that I was worried about a huge mental let down – concerned that it would be a Boise STATE/OK game. I knew that UTAH was good by watching them kill BYU and San Diego State – Utah on a roll and had momemtum – much like UGA had after beating Florida in 2007. But, I thought Bama would win – we were just not prepared and did not respect UTAH.
WE got UTAH’d!!!!

3. Why do you call me a pompus SOB – No doubt that we had a good year last year – but I make NO EXCUSES or HIDE from the fact that we have been on probation – and have sandwiched some 10 win seasons amongst some very mediocre seasons.

I also state that I am not mad at Fulmer or Tennessee or Spurrier for turning us in …….. we deserved to get caught and needed to get caught to get DuBose and out of there. Cheating on his wife and paying HS coaches – we do not need to build our program this way. We deserved what we got – and had to eat humble pie.

With that said – I also stated that Bama had a good talent base that some addtional recuriting and coaching could put us at our historical position as a consistent power in the SEC.

It took Saban two years to put us in that position – YEAR 2 – we go undefeated in the regular – NO other SEC team did that. We played a great game against Florida – the team I predicted would win.

By the way – Richt won the SEC in his year 2, made it to the SEC Title game year 3 – and won the SEC year 5. But Urban Meyer and Florida have passed UGA and Tennessee won the SEC East in 2007 – has actually beaten (blown out) UGA 2 of the last 3 years.

This is a UGA Blog – so I keep most of my comments about UGA and my thoughts as an SEC fan for that program.

If I am a UGA fan, I am concerned that the program has not gone to the title game since 2005 ( should have gone in 2007 – but played stupid against SC and did not show up against Tennessee in a humiliating butt spanking) – and appears to now be struggling against the Vandy’s and Kentucky’s of the world where UGA used to beat them more assuredly. YES – UGA is still winning – but the dominance has disappeared – and the peerception is that they are now trying to hang on as other programs have caught up and some have passed UGA (Florida, Bama, LSU).

UGA fans on this post – as many other fans for their schools – have blinders on – and think things are better than they actually are. IF I bring up the fact that UGA is historically the 5th best team in the SEC based on head to head competition – then many UGA fans throw have a fit.

When I mentioned last year – being rated number one preseason – UGA – was not not deserving – had too young an OLINE that this would be a burden and that the Defense needed to step up – I was called ARROGANT.

This is a UGA BLOG – so I focus on UGA.

UGA could lose 1 to 6 games next year – just don’t know – I predicted that they would lose 3 or 4 – but if they lost 5 – it would not surprise me as there are several unkowns and they have a very challenging schedule – mentally as well as physically – besides that – the league is very tough. I mention this – and people hate ole BAMA STAN!

I have two words for all the BAMA STAN haters!!!!

ROLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL TIDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BAMA STAN

June 8th, 2009
6:24 pm

12 NATIONAL TITLES – 21 SEC TITLES!!!

OTTO – you could be right! UGA has a very athletic roster – but can they gel as a team and get through a very tough 2009 schedule.

IF Cox can lead the team – and not lose games – then UGA has good chance.

Defense – Big question mark – really need to step up and play consistent. Yes, Injuries hurt UGA last year – more so on defense than offense. But the timing of some of your penalities on Defense really hurt the team last year.

Richt’s comments were not whining – he was responding to a question in a sincere manner. Week after week – very taxing mentally when all the games are big games.

As for Bama – I am concerned about our QB situation. Our OLINE last year was really built for power – and we were better than average in pass protection. This year – we may not be as good at run blocking – but should be better – more balanced with improved pass protection.

Compare to UGA – OLINE last year was good run blocking – but better at pass protection. Should see improvement in run blocking – like the OLINE coach.

We agree on Auburn – good staff – has talent – could pull some upsets this year.

What are your thoughts on Tennessee and Kiffin. Not sure what to think but he is hauling in talent. Defense should be good – will try to run clock with running game and simplify passing attack for his QB’s. If offense is better than the failed Clawson experiment – Tennessee could be similar to Auburn – or the entire thing could blow up!!!! Your thoughts – you seem to be on your game.

dawg fan

June 8th, 2009
6:26 pm

Bama Stan, I have two words for you also, BITE ME!

JimC

June 8th, 2009
6:35 pm

Whiner. Cry-baby. Cheater. Take your choice.

UGA88

June 8th, 2009
6:37 pm

BAMA STAN:

get a life, dude. I will say that at least you have some insight in your comments, not just dribble. How about some brevity?

JimC

June 8th, 2009
6:46 pm

Is Martinez still at UGAy? :-)

Dawg 84

June 8th, 2009
6:47 pm

BamaStan; you just aren’t very bright are you?

According to your considered judgement, Georgia will lose many games and has a good chance to lose all their games this coming year. You say Ole Miss is a better program now and UGA is only slightly ahead of Vandy? Yeah, you know what you’re talking about. Hope you get your head out of your a$$ in time for the season.

You better worry about your current 2 game losing streak.

john

June 8th, 2009
6:59 pm

We need that “tough” schedule that Insect Univ has this year. That way the dawgs could rest the starters at half time every game. Hell maybe UGA should join the ACC so it could finish undefeated every season.

I understand Richt’s point but I’d personally rather see the dawgs line up against some good non-conf teams rather than pansyville babies like Jacksonville St, Duke, Gardner Webb, etc.

FL DAWG

June 8th, 2009
7:07 pm

IMO his comment was not whinning, just answering a question. With that being said, bring on anyone. In the end it will make your team better.

Ogeechee Dawg

June 8th, 2009
7:11 pm

I almost hate doing this – but got to defend BAMA STAN.

If you guys would actually read his posts – he has very good insight – and mixes in humor – and some outrageous comments to get the rabid dawgs barking. My favorite was his ranting that UGA is the Michigan State of the SEC……and I had to give him points after the UTAH game when he posted that Bama embarrassed the SEC and got UTAH’D!!!!

But he does place a lot of fact in his posts. If you pay attention to his post – you can split out the facts and the outrageous comments he throws out there to tease the UGA nation.

WHY AM I DEFENDING BAMA STAN – he stated he would no longer open his POST 31-0 at the half!! – and stated that he would open with his now famous 12 National Titles – 21 SEC Titles – and has been true to his word not to mention 31-0 at the half.

I also know from reading his posts that he enjoys tugging the dawgs tail as his neighbor and best friend is a UGA alum – and they trade barbs across the blog.

One last thing – Bama Stan did predict Florida would beat Alabama in and win the National Title – he also predicted a win over Utah – but expressed concern that Alabama would struggle due to the letdown of the SEC Title game. So he was correct in that ALABAMA embarrassed the SEC and struggled.

With that said – Dawgs will come together and win 10 games next year. Will finish in the Top 10. Strength of schedule will play a huge part of the ranking.

Otto – enjoy your post as well. Can’t figure out if you are a Notre Dame fan. With the BCS special treatment and the Notre TV contract – I root for this program to lose every game. I wish they would join the Big East or the Big 10 (making 12 teams).

Unfortunately – look at their schedule – a mix of Pac 10 – Big 10 mid level teams: NEVADA, MICHIGAN, MICHIGAN STATE, PURDUE, WASHINGTON, USC, BOSTON COLLEGE, WASHINGTON STATE, NAVY, PITT, UCONN, STANFORD.

With a heavy return of upperclassmen in the trenches – Notre Dame is in serious contention to make a BCS appearance. GO BLUE, GO SPARTY, GO Trojan! GO EAGLES!!!

TX DAWG

June 8th, 2009
7:18 pm

Calling a spade a spade is not whining. Also, the biggest whiners I know are the AJC sportswriters and media. Do writers for the AJC ever post anything positive? I have seldom seen other schools bash their coach like UGA does, and I think a big reason why is the AJC.

TX DAWG

June 8th, 2009
7:23 pm

Also, Bill King, how many more UGA coaches do you want to trash this month? First you bash the baseball coach, now Richt. Can any coach do anything right for you? Maybe they should call you before they make every move so you won’t have something to blog about.

Algonquin J. Calhoun

June 8th, 2009
7:27 pm

He’s a whiner, cheater and nincompoop!

Lee Dawg

June 8th, 2009
7:28 pm

The Dawgs should look at this schedule as an opportunity and not as a grind!! Man up C.M.R. and get the boys ready!!!! I personally think the Dawgs will be better than a lot of people think! I think they will play with a chip on their shoulders!

All American Dude

June 8th, 2009
7:33 pm

I know this is sort of off topic, but I’m gonna LOVE seeing Tech fall on their a** this season due to being to over confident!!

Gator Growl

June 8th, 2009
7:47 pm

Not to change the subject, but today I was listening to the radio and they were talking something about the “Sons of Saban”. I kid you not! Can a Bama fan tell me what that is??? Sounds spooky as hell, first I thought they were saying “Sons of Satan” and it was about some cult group. But now after giving it some thought, I don’t know which sounds more strange or more scary!?!? Please someone, clarify.