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

AltamahaDawg

June 8th, 2009
10:13 am

200 yellow cell phones just lit up!

RxDawg

June 8th, 2009
10:18 am

I guess it’s time to man up. If you want to be the best, you beat the best.

RxDawg

June 8th, 2009
10:22 am

As far as Richt being a “whiner”, I guess if the media blows up any and everything negative thats said by him then it could appear that way. It’s not like he gets up to the podium every press conference and starts making excuses.

theTruth

June 8th, 2009
10:25 am

BILL, is sounds more like you are the one whining not Richt. To think that playing ASU or any other ‘BCS’ school instead of a directional school doesn’t have an effect is ignorance. It’s much easier to play your guys for HALF a game and let them REST instead of a 4 qtr grind. The soft schedule didn’t hurt FLA last year nor LSU two years ago.

I too like seeing ‘bigger names’ coming to Athens, but last year’s and this year’s schedule is too much because everyone else has an advantage over UGA.

RAMBLE ON!!!

June 8th, 2009
10:26 am

CRY BABIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Boooo Freaking Hoooooo.

LSU Baseball SEC Champions

June 8th, 2009
10:29 am

richt has made an art out of pissing and moaning about everything.

GeoffDawg

June 8th, 2009
10:30 am

Even if the players weren’t tired by game time, all that traveling could’ve impacted their early week practice and gameplanning which in turn could’ve made them look unprepared against Bama. I don’t think that’s the only reason Bama jumped on them so hard and fast but it’s reasonable to think that contributed.

Regarding the whining thing – unless somebody has a history of complaining, it’s only fair to take him at his word. It’s not like CMR has broken down crying on tv like some other unnamed coaches. Also, I doubt he just volunteered that information. I would guess that he was giving his honest opinion in response to a reporter’s question.

tip

June 8th, 2009
10:30 am

RxDawg is correct. Good grief. The ABH wanted to do a report and he answered the questions honestly. He never once made excuses during the season. I think that any coach in America would want to watch the amount of travel their team goes through. If he said these things in response to losing a game or being shut out of a certain bowl game then that would be whinning. Doing so during the offseason when a local reporter asks the question is not whinning. However, when you write aboout it and make it into a big story you are not portraying our coach or our program in a fair light.

GeoffDawg

June 8th, 2009
10:31 am

lol LSU – I think it was Les Miles who got his panties all in a wad about ESPN’s coverage of him.

PMC

June 8th, 2009
10:33 am

Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime is the credo of any well performing program.

Wally Butts

June 8th, 2009
10:34 am

How in the H*** did you get this job???In 2 years you haven’t written a relevant column about UGA…If you do not have anything to do but rehash other articles that have already been written then take the summer off…Do you ever have an original thought…

david

June 8th, 2009
10:35 am

You are the one that is complaining, like most UGA fans. Richt is use to playing Miami (Miami was a part of the Big East when Richt was the OC at FSU) and UF as out of conference opponents. I heard David P on 790 the pre-madonna, cry about how UGA should play cupcakes because the SEC is so hard. Bell just railed him saying that fans do not want see UGA play I-AA teams at home. How about UGA playing Miami, FSU, North Carlina, or any team was of the Mississippi? Just like UF, that will never happen.

dap01

June 8th, 2009
10:44 am

It’s funny how Tech fans are one of the first on the UGA blog.

alsim

June 8th, 2009
10:44 am

In 1980, UGA played Texas A&M, Clemson, TCU and Georgia Tech. I don’t recall Vince Dooley complaining about the non-conference schedule.

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george

June 8th, 2009
10:46 am

HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA. Once again proves that the dawg nation is the biggest bunch of whiners from top to bottom. The pups play a game west of the mississippi last year for the first time in almost 50 years now people bitch about their hard ooc schedule. Holy crap that is comical. In the past 5 decades the pups have had one of the easiest ooc schedules of any team in the SEC overall. Now they are just starting to catch up with everyone else and it is waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah. Gotta love UGA fans. Why dont yall do us all a favor and go shed your tears over Lake Lanier to help fill the lake back up.

GeoffDawg

June 8th, 2009
10:46 am

29 years from now, I don’t think you’ll recall this either alsim.

superDawg

June 8th, 2009
10:51 am

well i say man up and beat the snot out of everybody the travel part of the schedule may be tough but bottom line is when you hit the grid iron bring a big stick.SIC-EM AND GO DOGS!

RedandBlack

June 8th, 2009
10:54 am

It just does not matter. Line them up. The Dogs will take them all on one a time. Anywhere, Anytime, Anyplace. The Georgia Bulldogs will hit them hard and often!! Woof, Baby, Woof!! Go Dogs!!!

uuugh.

June 8th, 2009
10:55 am

I think this year’s schedule should be the rule rather than the exception. I’d rather Coach say something about the dawgs rolling up their sleeves and going to work than talk up the schedule’s difficulty. Maybe he was asked a leading question…but he should be deft enough at dealing with the press by now that he avoids seeming like a whiner–he is the face of the program!

Just shut up coach. Get to work and develop some depth for the grind ahead.

Not only did Alabama seem to be much better prepared, they played like they wanted to win. Saban saying “We don’t care what color they wear” (or something like that) was the right approach. Richt didn’t take the right approach then and he is not taking the right approach now.

Stories like this make it seem like our coach is scared…or at least trying to hedge the expectations for the season or something. That we don’t need.

AltamahaDawg

June 8th, 2009
10:56 am

I have a feeling these “some fans”, (and who are they incidentally), that have labeled Richt as Mr. Whiner, are quite the whiner themselves. Hell, this whole basis of topic is whinny fans. The man answered a direct question. Was he incorrect? Would ANY coach say “I like it” about the toughest schedule by whatever standards? So?

My problem with his comments is that he even answers any question at all, ever. Why does he even acknowledge these sports tabloid-esque questions, just to have to put out a clerification about context later?

Just like the neutrality of J-ville. Asked did he think it was neutral, he said no. He wasn’t asked if thats an excuse, why they lost, move the game, given up for the rest of time, and yet, all that was read into it. I am positive in the year he won, and if he won 5 in a row, he would still say that he doesn’t think it “neutral”.

Nor would he ever say he want’s the SEC’s toughest schedule, and like it.

And its absolutely hypocritical of the the “some fans”, who whined we can only win 10-11 games, and whine that we can’t get what the gator fans got, and turn around and say they don’t want to have the type of schedule they put out as well.

murfdawg

June 8th, 2009
10:58 am

I don’t think we are going to go undefeated and win the MNC this year. Now, I would like to see some good games this year in Athens and get my money’s worth from my season tix and contribution. I would rather have an open date instead of playing Tn Tech. I have to make a decision of whether to go to my son’s ex-roommates wedding or go watch the Dawgs play TT. If we were playing a decent DI team, the choice would be easy. It doesn’t matter what we do with the out of conference games. Win the SEC East, win the SECCG and the BCS will take care of itself. Until we do this, the rest of the conference and the nation will continue to look at us as a bunch of whiners. Time to grow up Dawgs!!

Mike In Valdosta

June 8th, 2009
10:59 am

It may not be prudent, but I would take our schedule over Florida’s (or ours in the past) anyday.

I will always complain about UF having an open date before the WLOCP, but never the location.

Reebok

June 8th, 2009
11:00 am

Tech fan here. Yes, that’s a very tough non-conference schedule, but it’s a high-risk-high-reward deal, isn’t it? Opening with Okla State is a gutsy move and will pay big divedends in the polls if UGA pulls it out. Besides, the road to the SEC championship still goes through Gainesville (OK, it actually goes through Jacksonville, but you know what I mean). The out-of-conference games will affect UGA’s chances in the SEC not at all.

Reality Check...

June 8th, 2009
11:01 am

george needs a reality check….. dude we play Tech every year..Our OOC schedule is harder than anyone else’s for that reason alone…UGA fans are not whinning, we are stating the truth…Other schools have harder schedules because they play the SEC in their OOC…Perception is reality

GeoffDawg

June 8th, 2009
11:01 am

murfdawg – I think the bigger issue is what kind of man schedules his wedding on a game day?

Robert

June 8th, 2009
11:04 am

CMR is not a whiner. He’s just discussing relevant issues and being realistic about what he says. The Dawgs have BY FAR the toughest non-conference schedule in the SEC and one of the toughest in the nation. He is simply aware of this. He’s not making excuses. You’ve got problems when a head coach pretends everything is dandy and never discusses the negatives of scheduling, travel, etc.

JT

June 8th, 2009
11:05 am

Hey Tip. What is whinning? Is that whining after you win? Boo hoo. Once in ugays history they play some decent out of conf teams. Waa Waa. Like they have any chance of winning this year anyway. As for last year, it’s not like they came out looking like a top 5 team. They gave up 21 to Ga Southern and you barely beat So Caro. It’s called coaching. You weren’t a very good coached team last year. And with the depletion in talent, I don’t see uga winning but 7 games this season.

John

June 8th, 2009
11:07 am

I think Richt is right, but he is probably lamenting the fact that he has a tough schedule, and he has to do it without Starfford, Moreno or Muhammad. That’s probably his biggest fear. I’m just glad all the patsies are off the schedule and we are playing a decent non-conference home game and at the same time, traveling to play a decent team from the Big 12.
You could easily see UGA 0-2 after the first two games (great math) with a loss to Ok St (new stadium and first game) and then having to play USC at home, where they have taken 2 games from UGA already since Richt has been coach.
It’s going to be tough, and hopefully a fun season.

big dawg, little dawg

June 8th, 2009
11:08 am

Come on Coach! Get over it. You are now playing not to lose rather than to win. It is so obvious that you are “relieved” or “grateful” or “satisfied” after a poor performance win instead of pushing the boys to their highest level of confidence and ability. I like the program, but this attitude is weak and demonstrates the dawgs would rather walk over bad opponents than face a tough schedule and see what happens. Accept the competition as a challenge, not an obstacle. GO DAWGS!

dawes

June 8th, 2009
11:08 am

bill king quit being cry baby

AltamahaDawg

June 8th, 2009
11:09 am

murphdawg, the entire nation considers the Georgia football program as a bunch of whiner? really? I know a lot of people around the country and I have never heard that from any of them. How does a lack of recent NC make somebody a whiner, there are plenty of high profile school that do not as well. I don’t get the correlation.

Now if they read the AJC blog comments very often, I could see where they get that impression.

Bill

June 8th, 2009
11:10 am

Bill are you telling me Jax is not a neutral site now and it was in the 70’s and 80’s?

Steve

June 8th, 2009
11:11 am

Stop whining and play!

uuugh.

June 8th, 2009
11:11 am

I think that might be ‘well coached’ JT. I agree that the coaching wasn’t the greatest last year but you are wrong about the depletion of talent. 2 big names doesn’t make a team. I think we will surprise some folks, beat Tech and give FLorida as much as they can handle. I don’t think 10 wins is out of the question.

Robert

June 8th, 2009
11:14 am

10 wins is certainly not out of the question. Those 10 wins would look mighty nice to the pollsters.

RAMBLE ON!!!

June 8th, 2009
11:17 am

Actually I’ll give St. Richt credit. He answered the question that was asked. He’s not a whiner.

Now, 98% of the UGAg fan base is nothing but whiners, but I don’t believe St. Richt is. Vince Dooley, now there’s a whiner!!!

What’s ever funnier than who is the biggest whiner, Bill King or St. Richt is the prototypical UGAg fan ‘Huh?’ has just predicted UGAg as 2009 National Champions on GT blogs.

Sometimes I don’t know weather to, not like (I’m a lover not a hater) ya’ll, or pity you.

I chose to not like you, but sometimes I’m torn.

The Truth

June 8th, 2009
11:19 am

Florida and Georgia Tech ought to be embarrassed with the schedules they have. Florida will once again pad its record while beating up on teams with lesser athletes and resting their first teamers for the bigger SEC game. Georgia Tech pads their schedule because they know they can’t field a team capable of competing in the ACC and beating quality Division 1 teams outside their own league.Let’s face it…Tech can’t even fill up their own little stadium for home games. They have to rely on visiting teams they play to sell the majority of the tickets to their games.
In recent years only SEC teams like LSU, Auburn,Tennessee and Georgia have had the gonads to travel west of the Mississippi River to play other Division 1 teams.Its easy to sit at home, point fingers and tell everyone how great you are…..go on the road during the regular season to hostile environments outside your league and prove it ….its harder than you think!
To the LSU fan above…..Les Miles is the biggest whiner in the league! what a joke for you to even point fingers at Richt. Between Miles and Meyer the SEC leads the country in whining coaches and crybabies.I love it when Miles and Meyer cry on TV….they come off like a couple of spoiled children!

Robert

June 8th, 2009
11:19 am

Ramble On!!!…incoherent or ignorant?

AltamahaDawg

June 8th, 2009
11:21 am

2 big names do not make up for a lot of little names either. Even if you are good coached.

BAMA STAN

June 8th, 2009
11:24 am

12 NATIONAL TITLES – 21 SEC TITLES

Richt is preparing the UGA nation for a 7 or 8 win season – it is a very tough schedule and the season is a grind…….. and the fact that the QB postion, RB’s and WR’s (depth) weakest since Richt has arrived.

Richt knows that this is a down cycle year – plus a brutal schedule.

UGA should beat:
AZ STtate, and TN Tech

UGA should lose to:
OK STATE, Florida (will be an ugly blow out… again) and LSU.

UGA will be 50/50 or slight favorite over:
So. Car., Ark (upset waiting to happen), Tennessee, Vandy, KY, Auburn, GT.

UGA could possibly lose two to four 50/50 games.

Yes – a brutal schedule during a down cycle year = 7 win season.

WTF???

June 8th, 2009
11:24 am

I wouldn’t call it whining. Put it into perspective. UF wins National Championships playing Citadel & Freeshoes U. If the fanbase & the media is calling for National Championships from the Dawgs then we need to set up our schedule to give us the best chance at that. A week off before the Florida game & cupcakes to fill the schedule between SEC & Tech. Not top 25 out of conference opponents.

Look at it this way, if at work you get all the tough azz jobs but your co-worker doesn’t do anything but he makes 25k more a year than you. Wouldn’t you piss & moan?

WTF???

June 8th, 2009
11:25 am

BAMA STAN – Yes, you are still an idiot.

big dawg, little dawg

June 8th, 2009
11:25 am

Here’s the issue (not just with the schedule but overall): the UGA staff has lost its swagger and is now afraid to lose. So even the wins are “not losing” in mind, body language and game planning. It is so obvious the last two years…and PLEASE do not talk about a three hour plane ride as the reason they got blown out by ‘Bama. Get real, coach. Nice job by Bill K to point this out and nice job by AD Evans to get some exciting games on the schedule and get the program out of the southeast region. Let’s play some football. GO DAWGS!

WTF???

June 8th, 2009
11:26 am

I will bet anyone on this board $500 right NOW that UGA will win more than 7 games.

Put up or shut up.

Trey

June 8th, 2009
11:27 am

Anyone who doesn’t thinks travel and schedule strength effects a College Football Team is naive.

Ken

June 8th, 2009
11:31 am

I agree with Richt, we beat ourselves up on teams outside of the conference and then when we play in the conference, we sometimes end up with key people sittting on the sidelines. It is an advantage to have a soft non-conference schedule, like spring training in baseball and pre-season in the NFL. Every team needs time to re-cooperate and to be close to 100% at game time.

austindog

June 8th, 2009
11:33 am

GT has a solid OOC schedule because they play perennial top 10 Georgia. Georgia has a weak OOC because they play perennial unranked GT.

Bill King

June 8th, 2009
11:35 am

To answer who ” some fans” are who say Richt is whining, just check the bloggers and comments about the Jacksonville comments. And on the Banner-Herald site, check the comments on the article in which Richt talks about the schedule. Like I said, I agree with Richt that this year’s nonconference schedule is excessive. But I don’t think it looks good for him to be using scheduling as an excuse for the Dogs’ poor showing against Alabama last year.

YoungDawg

June 8th, 2009
11:37 am

I think CMR is expressing his frustration with AD & President! They both must go! How can we have a surplus in our AD budget & not get what the football coach wants done & keep up with conference opponents building programs?!? I know we’re expanding Butts-Mehre but why at the same time can’t we also get the indoor facility built, give Sanford’s outdated concourses a face lift & do something about Stegemen? So far I like what I hear about Mark “Who?” Fox but if that hire doesn’t pan out then it’s another strike against Damon! On top of all that Damon doesn’t listen to Richt on scheduling! I see the point somewhat that CMR is whining however I think CMR has a legitimate argument on this. Playing out of conference BCS opponents is fine if there scheduled properly. The AZ State game worried me all off season going in to last year & I said it’ll be hard to win that & the AL game due to the travel. We’ll unfortunately I was right & now CMR is saying that publicly. If there had been a bye week or at worst a weaker opponent the following week it would have been fine. We play Tech every year so them & one other BCS team in the right spot on the schedule should be enough! The problem here is President wants to capitalize on the AD funds & its directory is following orders in maximizing revenues. Let’s call them out not our coach who is just stating the facts! This keeps up we might lose CMR!

WTF???

June 8th, 2009
11:40 am

The Dawg’s poor showings against Bama & UF last year was because the team had no heart or discipline. Schedule didn’t have anything to do with it. Joe C. needs to be busting some azz in summer workout sessions.

Corliss

June 8th, 2009
11:40 am

As much as I loved Stafford, Knowshon & MM, the fact is: for all of that “talent” those 3 had and for all the offensive numbers they put up:there STILL is no “I” in TEAM. My point:ZERO SEC Championship game appearances for the Bulldogs. What makes one think we can’t win without them. The numbers didn’t lie:we certainly couldn’t win the SEC WITH them. In Atlanta, Florida didn’t have their most explosive offensive player in their biggest game of the season up to that point. Guess what: they STILL won.

george

June 8th, 2009
11:41 am

Reality Check,
That could be the most idiotic post I have ever read. You claim that your OOC schedule is tougher than everyone eleses bc of playing TECH. It was you and all the other idiots on this blog that a few short months ago before the jackets beat your ass and yall had won 7 in a row that said playing your TECH made your OOC weak. So which one is it????? Make up your mind. 2. You obviously do not even know what an out of conference schedule means. You claim that other schools have tougher schedules bc they play SEC in OOC???????? Well newsflash any SEC game is a conference game whether playing a team from the SEC west or east and all 12 teams in the SEC go through the same process regarding what teams they play in the other division. You play one team every year and then you rotate two teams in and out. So sometimes you do get lucky and play two weak teams from the west or get unlucky and play two hard teams in the same year. BUT EVERY SEC SCHOOL HAS 8 SEC games every year end of story. Your comment just shows you dont know what the hell you are talking about and you like every other UGA fans tries to make exucse after excuse about everything. Quite comical if you ask me.

OZZFEST

June 8th, 2009
11:42 am

(I am a season ticket holder.) I kindly request that COACH RICHT keep his mouth shut on this issue. We may have the “strongest non-conference schedule” THIS YEAR…but we have had the softest, crappiest non-conference schedule year in and year out for decades. (Thanks Vince.) It sucks to pay big money for season tickets and have 1/3 of the home schedule setup as “TN Tech” and “GA SOUTHERN” year after year after year. I was in Tempe, I will be in Stillwater,…Boulder…Louisville…Eugene and look forward to further enhacements to our schedule (think Michigan/Texas A&M/Nebraska). LOOK AT THE SCHEDULE FOR THE LAST 30 YEARS>>>WE HAVE PLAYED NO ONE. Look at Tennessee’s schedule for the last 10 years alone…UCLA, Notre Dame, Miami.

THIS IS LONG OVERDUE. Go Dogs!

dlae in newnan

June 8th, 2009
11:42 am

As a UGA fan since 74 I hate to say this, but, Shut Up and play someone. Hate little powder puff schedules. Hate ND but they do play people. Stop the Whining and Play. Be Men.

Andrew

June 8th, 2009
11:46 am

Bill, maybe you should just cheer got Tech if you are not happy with coach Richt.

Sissy Dawg

June 8th, 2009
11:46 am

The schedule is an opportunity to excel.

T-DAWG

June 8th, 2009
11:48 am

Bama Stan you are the man!!!!! Bama will go 9-3 but they are the team to beat. Lets see Bama has no QB and a weak OLine(ask Utah) but the Tide should be okay.

DawginLex

June 8th, 2009
11:51 am

Bama Stan,

I’ll put your predictions in the same class with Rambler. Like “LSU won’t score”. “LSU won’t be able to stop us.” “LSU is another SEC school we will dominate.”

The UGA/FLA games are most often not blowouts. Last year was an aberration. This year will again be the 3-9 point spread that typifies most WLOCP’s.

You better worry about Ole Miss passing you in the West THIS YEAR.

The Truth

June 8th, 2009
11:52 am

Bama “Stain”…Once again you come across as the biggest idiot on this blog.You and your smug attitude about every team in the league except Alabama. One thing you can definitely take to the bank this year is that Bama will lose at least four games( Va.Tech, LSU, Ole Miss, Arkansas or S.Carolina).. …count on it. I saw your Spring game…your new QB has a very weak arm….makes very poor decisions. You have no running game and both your lines are average at best. This will be exposed early in the season by Va. Tech and once again you Bama fans will point fingers and whine. Saban coached teams have a history of underacheiving….thats a fact …just look it up! Also, Georgia may not be very deep at WR but their starting WR’s make Bama’s look like schools boys……and that’s THE TRUTH!

Red Elephant

June 8th, 2009
11:54 am

But look at it this way, if UGA has a really good season, with that schedule, they will jump to the top late in the season when it counts. That is a pretty impressive schedule. It makes the SEC look good. It should be viewed as an opportunity not a hazard.

big dawg, little dawg

June 8th, 2009
11:55 am

Play hard and play a hard schedule. Isn’t it better to get 7 or 8 quality wins than 9 or 10 playing powder puffs? Once again, you cannot back yourself into a championship. You have to earn it on the field and the better, more regionally diversified the schedule is, the better for bulldawg football in the long run. Yes, play Big 12 and Pac 10 and Big Ten oppenents and we will see if the mighty SEC is indeed the best conference in the land. Concerning this year’s squad, and setting expectations, we might surprized some folks on defense and up front, where it counts. Depth is key and we have more depth than the last two years – but PLEASE do not be afraid of a tough schedule. Go Dawgs!

Pitbull

June 8th, 2009
11:59 am

We do have a tough schedule this year but every game is winnable. The tough competition will wear you down over the Fall but it can toughen you up too.

I never recall Coach Dooley complaining about a schedule, but then again I can never remember him playing one as tough as Coach Richt faces this year.

Let’s just do our best and limit the turnovers and cover on special teams.

Huh?

June 8th, 2009
12:01 pm

Richt is definitely whining, but I think its a psychological ploy similar to a Holtz/Spurrier tactic of making every team they face sound like the freaking ‘85 Bears. I really do. Talk your opponent up and talk your own team down. This is college football coaching 101. Richt is no fool. I think he knows what he’s doing. Okie State will read those comments and think they’ve got us scared all summer long. Its brilliant.

BAMA STAN

June 8th, 2009
12:11 pm

12 NATIONAL TITLES – 21 SEC TITLES!!!

What message of confidence is Richt sending to his team and fans?

1. We can’t beat Florida in JAX?
2. Our schedule is too tough?

I wouild rather have a coach that would state – ANYTIME – ANYWHERE – let’s stap on the helment and play some football!!!!

With that said – yes, UGA has a tough schedule – but UGA will also be in a down cycle. Richt knows this and is concerned that this will be his worst showing as UGA HC – which I believe it will be. UGA has been passed by Florida, Bama, possibly OLE Mill – will get beat by LSU this year by at leat 10 points – and is more on par and maybe – just maybe slightly better than Auburn, Tennessee, S. Carolina, Arkansas and Kentucky. Vandy might beat UGA again this season as well.

Richt’s teams peaked in 2005 – the 2007 team may have ended up #2 – but that team got beat by S. Carolina and totally blown out by Tennessee in one of the worst showings of a UGA team under Richt.

Yes, the 2007 team got hot and beat a 9-4 Florida team with a hurt QB – and played Hawaii in the Sugar Bowl. Hawaii, by the way – barely beat Washington that year as that was the toughest game on their schedule.

I would like to see UGA and BAMA meet in the DOME to get our 22 SEC Title – Pat Dye was pre-mature – UGA is NOW not man enough!!!

ROOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL TIDE!!!

Wish UGA was on our schedule again this year – we need another breather!!

Mikey

June 8th, 2009
12:11 pm

man up and play the damn games.

Josh

June 8th, 2009
12:16 pm

I guess we are gonna be screwed if we ever go to a playoff system…too many hard teams to beat

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Gen Neyland

June 8th, 2009
12:33 pm

Look on the bright side : If ya win ‘em all, plus the SECCG, you’ll be in the NCG. Every cloud has a silver lining and every schedule has a Crystal Football at the end of the tunnel…

blue fox

June 8th, 2009
12:35 pm

St. Mark is beginning to show some cracks in the veneer, you don’t hear Johnson moaning about Tech’s schedule, I agree with Mikey: just play the games!

murfdawg

June 8th, 2009
12:37 pm

Geoffdawg,
The wedding is being planned by Gamecocks.My older son went to USC and my younger son is at UGA. Insanity runs in my family, what can I say!

Old Dawg

June 8th, 2009
12:39 pm

Either way you look at it, the 12 game schedule is tough on college athletes. Based on previous success in Jacksonville, it shouldn’t be a problem. But like I’ve said before, the monster we always knew Florida had talent-wise, has awakened, and will continue to be a factor for years to come.

As for playing other BCS conference teams, I think one a year other than Tech is enough. Name another major conference where they have to play the likes of Florida, Auburn, LSU and Alabama (I know the schedule fluctuates), plus Tennessee, South Carolina and the answer is obvious.

Another poster said that Southern Cal didn’t have any problems playing Auburn on the Plains. I have no idea who the Trojans played the following week, but I can almost guarantee it wasn’t a Top 10 team.

The primary culprit in all of this is the 12-game schedule. The president’s council wimped out of the play-off concept and allowed an extra game to appease and misdirect fans’ passion. Whether teams play a non-conference BCS opponent or not, teams still have to prepare and the extra time on the field takes a physical and mental toll. While it’s true UGA hasn’t always played a lot of teams from other parts of the country on the road, the Dawgs, like everyone else in the conference, play a taxing conferenc schedule.

I’m not as apprehensive about Oklahoma State as some folks are. UGA played them in 2007 when they supposedly had a good team and handled them easily. Their defense, though they have a new DC, was horrible last year and I don’t think they’ve been able to recruit/scheme out of them talen in one spring. And the Dawg’s defense will be improved.

And ASU will wilt under the humidity of Athens.

Nuff said!

The2Davids

June 8th, 2009
12:39 pm

We think that UGA is the best team. We also think coach Richt is the best. We also think Donnan was not that good of a coach at this level.

Huh?

June 8th, 2009
12:40 pm

“Yes, the 2007 team got hot and beat a 9-4 Florida team with a hurt QB – and played Hawaii in the Sugar Bowl. Hawaii, by the way – barely beat Washington that year as that was the toughest game on their schedule.”

Something very similar could be said for 2008 Bama. The best team you beat all year was an injury depleted 10-3 Georgia. The SEC West was down. You barely scraped by an 8-5 LSU team that was down after losing its starting quarterback. You were lucky as all hell to beat Kentucky too. Auburn was crap. Tennessee was crap. Clemson was crap. Your out of conference schedule was totally pathetic. When it came time to face the big boys Bama folded like a tent losing its last two games of the season, including mid major Utah in its bowl game. When all was said and done, Alabama didn’t beat a single top 10 team in 2008. What did you really prove?

Two can play this game clown. Your throwing stones from a glass house.

Obama, please beg the Saudis for lower gas prices....and tell Richt to stop talking

June 8th, 2009
12:41 pm

OPPORTUNITY DAWG FANS!!!!Tougher schedules make your losses that much less; that’s OK when the team your being examined next to has the same number of losses. JUST NEED TO WIN BABY!!!

Garrett

June 8th, 2009
12:44 pm

I agree with Richt that it is a tough schedule but to a point Richt needs to forget about how tough it is and get his team prepared. Stop talking about Jacksonville and all this other stuff and lets get the team ready. By the way Bill, where are you getting this notion that it is not a neutral site in Jacksonville? Your not falling into the boat with all the other fans who haven’t seen Georgia win there since the 80s. That stadium is as neutral as it gets, split 50/50 straight down the center. There are as much Dawg fans, if not more, than Gators down there. It is not the setting, stadium, site, or any other thing, it is the team and that team is the Florida Gators. They have owned us down there since the 90s. Starting in the 80s when we always would beat them no one complained about moving the game. Its all about winning. And I think a lot of Bulldog fans(including you Bill) have fallen in that trap that since we can’t beat them, we need to move the site because that is the real reason why we can’t beat them. It’s not, you know it and I know it. It is the team and we need to start beating that team.

Bow Wow

June 8th, 2009
12:44 pm

His Holiness is acting like he had nothing to do with scheduling these teams, I mean, who makes the schedule? Adams? Georgia will win eight games and go to a minor bowl. Richt will declare the season a success and give big pay raises to his staff.

Tim

June 8th, 2009
12:46 pm

I agree with Coach Richt. Playing three high profile BCS Schools and SEC scheudle will probably work again Georgia this year. I didn’t understand the trip to AZ State last year before the Alabama game. The AZ State game should have been the first game of the year. The trip to Stillwater OK and Arkansas will be taxing on UGA. GT, stop playing Jax State!!!!

aladawg

June 8th, 2009
12:48 pm

You could always have Saban as your coach and he can whine and blame the fans for Tide’s lose to Utah.

Dawgs73

June 8th, 2009
12:52 pm

I was wondering…do coaches that have been or aspire to be Championship calibur complain about schedules? I can’t name one coach in the past 20 years (that meets the above stated pedigree) has ever complained about an upcoming. If I am wrong, please someone help me.

I can’t fathom that Meyer, Saban, or any the more recent coaches makes these type of excuses.

Obama, please beg the Saudis for lower gas prices....and tell Richt to stop talking

June 8th, 2009
12:52 pm

HELL YEAH, Huh? !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Karl Childers

June 8th, 2009
1:00 pm

I like dat potted meat….

Roll Tide…

mmmmmmmmmmmmm……

how2fish

June 8th, 2009
1:01 pm

I’d rather hear CMR whine than ANYTHING that Saban,Meyer,etc have to say.

NewnanDawg

June 8th, 2009
1:01 pm

I’m really sick of people “reading” comments and thinking that they know what a coach is thinking. Unless you are “listening” to the coach in person to hear the voice inflections and every thing that is said, not just what is left after editing, you have no idea what a coach’s mindset is. I have often heard coach Richt analyze all sides of a question in an interview, and if you only print part of the answer, or don’t print the wording of the question, the answer can be completely twisted. So if you don’t hear the whole interview, you don’t know anything, and from all of the interviews I have actually “heard,” there isn’t any whining going on.

Sounds to me like Coach Richt is just trying to make sure the schedule difficulty is well known to the media so that if/when the Dawgs are winning, they get the extra poll votes for beating tougher teams. He wants to set the stage for a one point win to count like a 20 point win over a patsy.

Go Dawgs!

Steve

June 8th, 2009
1:03 pm

Well, I guess with all the experts we might as well cancel the upcoming season since the decisions are already being made about who will beat who. I always thought the games were won on the field and not because you have a big mouth. Save your yahda yahda yahda for after the season. I do notice that the SEC is not scheduling any Mountain West teams – bunch of chickens. I guess the difference is that Fresno State’s coach has publically said “anyone, anytime, anywhere.” Richt says “wah, wah, wah.”

Jealous of UGA ?

June 8th, 2009
1:06 pm

Bama Stan,

you sure are a comical piece of work. I acn almost assure you that UGA will win more than 7 games…probably 9 or 10. LSU will NOT beat Georgia – certainly not by 10 or more points. That is a dumb a$$ proclamation. You should be as knowledgeable and concerned about your own issues in elephant land. You will have 8 or 9 wins at best, even with the crappy schedule. I certainly would LOVE to play your pansy arses in the dome for the SECC.

George,

the comment about the poster not knowing what an OOC schedule is makes you look stupid. The poster was referring to other conferences who happen to play a SEC school as an OOC game (FSU, Clemson, GT, etc.) And for you to say that GT whipped UGA last year is a damn joke. Since when does a 3 point win constitute a a$$ kicking? Did you get a ring also?

Spurlock

June 8th, 2009
1:08 pm

Bring ‘em on. They’re all a bunch of sissies anyway. OSU Cowgirls couldn’t beat GA Southern and we got ASU in our own backyard. We’ll beat Tech for the next 8 years in a row…. at least. So I’m looking forward to a great season full of great games.

Cuz

June 8th, 2009
1:08 pm

I think CMR should stop answering questions. That would solve the problem. But I guess he is like me. You ask me a question, I will give you an answer. You may not like the answer. Fine, then don’t ask the question. Sure the answers to some of the questions seem inane. It is hotter for the Dawgs in JAX. No same temperture unless one is in the sun and the other shade. The Bama game showed how hard it is to returning from the West to play again, Coaches and players need rest. Puhleeze. We lost the game because they were not in awe of the Dawgs. They played a good game and won. I also have no excuses for 45-42 except that Stafford’s non throwing arm was injured. Sorry gators, I could not resist. Set the schedule with real teams and lets play. I do not want to see Amish U on the schedule.

Drew-G-A

June 8th, 2009
1:09 pm

it’s tough, but let’s man up and get it done. Especially since his own saying is “Finish the Drill”

Robert

June 8th, 2009
1:09 pm

Huh?,
You are correct in everything you said.

Crank dat Soulja Boy Richt

June 8th, 2009
1:10 pm

waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! this is the most wonderful time of the year for’ the bulldog nation. they can talk the talk and not have to walk the walk. 2008 NATL champs baby! (pre-season).

Matt from Suwanee

June 8th, 2009
1:10 pm

Richt: “I’m not thrilled about it”.
Since when is “I’m not thrilled about it” whining? Sweet Lord, let the season get here soon because the AJC is running out of ways to stir up fans.

Sanford Drive

June 8th, 2009
1:11 pm

Wow, it’s almost like Richt is admitting defeat in advance. What a great message to send to your team.

erin

June 8th, 2009
1:11 pm

If you think he is a whiner, send him back to Tallahassee. Id be glad to have him for a head coach

Reality Check II

June 8th, 2009
1:17 pm

Bama Stan, don’t start the UGA is crap line you have been feeding all off season. Huh said it best, you were overrated last year and made your bones off horrible Clemson team that had its coach fired and a very over rated UGA team missing top offensive and defensive lineman. With a new QB, All world Offensive lineman gone you better worry more about LSU and Ole Miss. I predict that Alabama will come in third in the SEC west. You are laughable like the GT fans you are one year removed from having Tommy T-Villes foot up you a$$.

JaxDawg

June 8th, 2009
1:18 pm

Granted the grind of an SEC schedule is brutal enough for any team in the conference, but if you want to move your program to elite national status then non-conference games like these definitely help more than hurt. I think the “any one, any time, any where” philosophy gives a team that edge to get there in recruiting and exposure.
FSU, Miami, and ND all did this better than anyone in the 90’s.
Players who truly have that “it” factor thrive on competition and want to go to schools where they not only have a chance to win, but also where they can compete against the best and showcase their talents.

Our problem last year had less to do with scheduling and coaching and more to do with losing 22 1st and 2nd stringers for signifigant time ranging from 3 games – the whole season, and the gamble of limiting contact in practice for fear of further injury.

As for Richt’s “whining” I think it has more to do with the “poor-mouthing” and building up lesser opponents tactics learned from both Bobby and Vince.

Again games are won and lost in the trenches, and last year’s injury deliema will be this year’s blessing.
The Dawgs will be just fine.

Sterling

June 8th, 2009
1:18 pm

WOW… seems like the Tech fans really jump over the fact that have won one in a row over UGA. They’re funny when they play such an easy schedule (compared to UGA). I wonder why they don’t try to line up some big name teams… they certainly won’t find many in the ACC. Don’t they have a site to write about all the wonder seasons of tech? Reminds me of a politician that only talks about his opponents faults and never their own attributes or why they’re the one to vote for. I guess tech fans have very little positive to say about their football team (what has been their end-of-season rankings the past 10 years?) so they have to cry about UGA.

MaconKnight

June 8th, 2009
1:21 pm

The problem I have is this: if we can play other BCS Conf. Teams then everyone should. period. JUST STOP PLAYING CUPCAKES ALL TOGETHER.Look at FLA’s Schedule they have the weakest non coference schedule of all the Major Conference teams. So how and the He\\ can they be considered the best team. there non conference schedule is so weak. they will score 80 points on the citadel instead of 70 this year. if I CMR I would be complaining about too! call it what you want, but let’s be real about. COLLEGE FOOTBALL IS A JOKE UNTIL THEY LET TEAMS COMPETE IN PLAYOFF, WHERE A REAL CHAMPION CAN BE CROWNED AND NOT DECIDED BY THE COACHES OR BCS!

ROHO

June 8th, 2009
1:23 pm

I thought CMR was “Ford Tough”. Just hush and coach!!

spider

June 8th, 2009
1:25 pm

hey Bill, you mentioned the DAWGS tough non conf sked and listed ga tech as one of the tough teams on their sked, what i dont understand is that for the last 100 years the DAWG fans have been saying how bad ga tech is, but now all of a sudden tech is a tough game????

SEC1

June 8th, 2009
1:29 pm

I’m glad we have this schedule. I love it!

You gotta be ready to play…

Go Dawgs!

DawgForLife

June 8th, 2009
1:30 pm

Richt is simply protecting his job. He knows that he’ll likely lose four to five games this year and that with the Martinez fall out from last year he will be on the hotseat after this year. He knows that a loss to ASU or OSU coupled with a loss to Yech…Florida, LSU and potentially another SEC loss or two and his security at UGA becomes doubtful. Amazing how the optimism has changed after last years debacle.

CharlotteDawg

June 8th, 2009
1:31 pm

Big non-conference games are great for college football.

This Dawg is looking forward to the schedule…

Socal Dawg

June 8th, 2009
1:33 pm

I wonder what kind of confidence CMR is giving his players. We can’t beat FL in Jax and this year our schedule is to hard. I know it’s been said already but MAN UP! The trojans do it all the time and half the country wants to play ball there. Once again be a man!

UGA88

June 8th, 2009
1:34 pm

I agree, a real fan has to love this schedule. Tough, yes, but it’s going to be exciting. How much fun is playing Northeast polytech state?

Go Dogs!!!

Ferndolin

June 8th, 2009
1:34 pm

FL’s none-conference is pathetic. It’s a weak schedule but they’re smart in getting it. This is a way of keeping their best talent off the field and away from injury so they can kick some SEC butt later in the season and be ready to compete for a nat’l champshp. I’m a big DAWG fan but FL has the edge here.

WTF???

June 8th, 2009
1:39 pm

BAMA STAIN, I want my $500 bucks at the end of the year b!tch.

uuugh.

June 8th, 2009
1:40 pm

Why do people seem to thing the USC Trojans have a difficult schedule!? If UGA plays in the Pac 10 they would play in the Rose Bowl every year too. If USC plays in the SEC they are Ole Miss at best.

Their recruiting classes are great because all these kids want to be stars and playing in LA helps that. Carroll is a good ex-Pro coach which also helps. Of course an agent renting a mansion for your family to live in while you go to school there doesn’t hurt either.

Enough already with the USC gushing on the dawgs blog.

Braindawg

June 8th, 2009
1:42 pm

I love it Bama Stan is the joke of this blog. What he says can be written off as a dumb ass Ala. fan, and we all know with the inbreeding in bama, has effected their brains. Ga. being passed by ole miss, get real. What a laughing matter his blogs are. He belongs in a comedy club, not on a blog. HAHAHAHA, what a dumb azz. Keep posting Stan, we all need a laugh!!! Go Dawgs!!!

AltamahaDawg

June 8th, 2009
1:42 pm

Ah, those “some fans”. Like I said….

Jimmy the c

June 8th, 2009
1:42 pm

I want more of them. Where is the Kick-Off at the Dome with USC or UCLA. If we say we want o be considered in the top of the nation, lets prove it. Richt came from the program that grew in prominence by the mantra of: “Anyone, anywhere, anytime” Lets do the same.

southgadawg88

June 8th, 2009
1:44 pm

The whiner label is off base.The real problem with the schedule is that it is full of teams that have quality talent.That does not mean they are all championship caliber teams… however these are teams from BCS conferences that do a decent job recruiting good players.It’s kinda like a prize fighter,you would rather not fight a bunch of top prospects back to back,even if they are not on the same level talent wise the cumulative effect of consecutive solid competition will wear you down over the long haul.There is a reason a lot of the all time great fighters fought more than their fair share of bums.As for football look around there simply is not a lot of NC teams that have played top ranked schedules the year they won the title.Ask any coach they would prefer to play 1-2 tough games and as many cupcakes as they can get away with.Miami lived on beating FSU and maybe 1 good BigEast team and they were in the NC hunt year in and out.USC plays at the MOST 2 good teams a year the last 10 years and they stay in the hunt,OKLA and Texas only play the other weak teams in their conference,You know why you just cant get away from Ohio State?They have 1-2 good teams on their sched and the rest cupcakes and mid level comp.I think their fans will settle for that as long as they are a threat to make to the MNC.As a fan I like the schedule….great games to watch.As a coach though depth and injuries is what you worry about.Beating UGA would be a big win for every team we play and I would expect them to bring their “A” game.We got a lot of young talent and they will be thrown to the fire right out the gate.

Gen Neyland

June 8th, 2009
1:44 pm

NewnanDawg : After reading your post, there appears to be a fine line between ‘knowing what a coach is thinking’ and knowing what a ‘coach may be saying’. The difference is..?

Cuz : Taking my afternoon break. Painting is going swell. Back at it now…Keep an eye peeled over to the East for those Stampede’n Gamechickens…

Kendawg

June 8th, 2009
1:45 pm

Perhaps playing some tough OOC teams is not attractive to CMR, but it is attractive to some of us fans. We’ve had more than enough home games against the Tennessee Techs of college football. I don’t think the game against Okla State will be all that difficult, although I’ve seen a lot of bloggers(other teams’ fans) already count that as aloss for UGA. I’ve got a hunch that they’re going to be sadly disappointed.

ChefChuck

June 8th, 2009
1:45 pm

Damon Evans actually played the game. He knows what he is talking about. Richt sat on the bench for four years. Who do you believe?

spider

June 8th, 2009
1:48 pm

i thought ga tech was inferior to you guys, what gives???

Otto

June 8th, 2009
1:48 pm

Bama Stan why is it a down year for UGA? The lines are healthier than ever, the QB is more accurate. AJ at WR and I’m sure one of the top recruit RBs will step up and the WRs will be fine.

T-Dawg Bama’s QB play will most likely be better. The OL is a question mark but I’m sure Saban will have some of his OL recruits ready to play.

I do have to ask what message is CMR sending the team with comments about Jax and now the schedule. Is it classic Vince or Bowden sytle poor mouthing or is downing the team? We will find out this fall.

GreatDawg

June 8th, 2009
1:49 pm

Come on St. Mark, go ahead and say it…you don’t want to play in Jax against the gators, you don’t want to go west to play anybody, what you want is to play the SEC East schedule and then lay Clarke Central and Athens Academy down like you were executing them. No guts, whine all the time, but, I guess if I had to coach a bunch of thugs I’d be kinda ornery too.

Otto

June 8th, 2009
1:51 pm

Spider, They are but if you’re playing 2nd and 3rd string after a tough SEC schedule along with top 25 teams in your OOC, injuries add up. GT plays in the powder puff ACC and does not take the pounding.

Athens..

June 8th, 2009
1:53 pm

I believe playing quality teams only makes you better. Take Ohio Sate for example. You may coast in to the NC game, but then, at some point, the embarrassment begins.

If we stay focused, play smart, and with emotion, we should be fine…

GO Dawgs!

Jethro Tull

June 8th, 2009
1:56 pm

Poor huh? Poor georgie was injury depleted. Funny all the fans I talked to before Bama and Fla games said “We’re better at every position”. “We’ve got so much depth it doesn’t matter”.

Question: How many ranked teams did georgie beat in ‘08?
Answer: #18 Mich St

Yes, the SEC is a tougher conf than the ACC but not near as much as some of you want everyone to believe. Regular season record 3 and 6 I believe. The ACC stunk up the bowl games to even it at 6-6.

Jake

June 8th, 2009
1:58 pm

Tech fans love to call UGA whiners because of Richt’s comments on non-conference scheduling? I can see their point. If anyone has the right to complain its them because year in and year out their non-conference schedule is always tougher than their conference schedule. For Christ’s sakes they’re in the ACC

Hawaii

June 8th, 2009
2:05 pm

Rev. Crybaby Richt needs to coach at Hawaii for a season and see their what their travel schedule looks like for EVERY SINGLE ROAD GAME…

david2

June 8th, 2009
2:06 pm

george who do you girls play in 2009

Duh?

June 8th, 2009
2:07 pm

Does a tough schedule mean a rebuilding year (again)???

uuugh.

June 8th, 2009
2:08 pm

Hey Jethro…how did Alabama do in the bowl game with their Stud OL suspended?

Missing because of Injury or Suspension, a single Offensive lineman can make a big difference on Offense…especially when the team runs behind that particular O Lineman 60 or 70% of the time like the Tide did. And hats off to Saban for explaining to that idiot that the NFL combine is a job interview!

RealDawg

June 8th, 2009
2:11 pm

Telling the truth isn’t whining. He probably would like a bit different scheduled since he is the first one judged on performance. CMR asnwers questions when asked.

Sure is funny how everybody writes UGA off, and we keep winning games.

We are not where we want to be (yet), but at least our coach isn’t an azz, we aren’t on probabation, and we don’t have to outsource our ticket sales. Cheer up guys.

DawginLex

June 8th, 2009
2:16 pm

Hey General Neyland,

I don’t see it with USC east. In fact, I see the ol ball coach heading for the greens permanently. NCSU will whip them on opening day and it will be downhill from there.

Good points made earlier on the blog about how Bama actually didn’t have a quality win except for beating the worst UGA team since 2006. a team that was injury riddled. They squeaked by KY and Ole Miss and LSU and lost to Florida and then got embarrassed by Utah.

Nothing to gloat about that’s for sure. Bama stan can’t admit that we have won 2 SEC titles since Bama won their last one.

big dawg

June 8th, 2009
2:16 pm

it is what it is. the fans love it, the alumni love it, and lets face it, that’s who’s paying their salary. i say we add notre dame,michigan,texas, and usc to the mix. put clemson back on too. that’s what will get me to the games..not ut-chatt. or the citadel.

BAMA STAN

June 8th, 2009
2:17 pm

12 NATIONAL TITLES – 21 SEC TITLES!!!

Reality Check – you may be correct about Bama next year – we have areas that we need to address as well:

QB – similar situation as UGA
OL – actually – we are deep here – but lost some big names – may need a few weeks to gel.
Defense, WR, RB – good shape!

However – and kind of to Richt’s point – our schedule is very favorable:
– SEC EAST opponents: at KY, SC at home, TN at home.
– SEC West: ARK home, at Ole Miss, LSU HOME with an open date before!!, at Miss State, at Auburn with Chattanooga before.
– Out of Conference:
VA Tech in the Dome – followed by Florida Int’l, North Texas – and Chattanooga.

Tough games for BAMA:
– VA Tech is a tough opener – we need a QB in a hurry.
– At Ole Miss – With respect to Jim Donnan – I think Ole Miss will be like the UGA teams under Donnan – good teams that have the capability to beat you – but lack consistency for whatever reason. Ole Miss could win this game – but I think this game is Bama’s to lose.
– LSU – we have them at HOME and an open week prior – this is huge. Will be a tough game and LSU will be ready to play.

UPSETS? – yes they could happen:
– South Carolina at HOME – they suck after the 5th / 6th week into the season – they play lights out early – then realize they are a mediocre program at best. We play them week 7.
– Tennessee at HOME – Defense will be tough – as usual – not sure new offense will be staffed and ready to challange in 2009 – but keep an eye on this team in 2010. Predict will have passed UGA by 2010. Kiffin is making noise – which is drawing national recruits to visit.
– Auburn – same as TN – I think they have a good staff in place – and Defense will be sound – will offense gel in 2009???. Bama’s game to lose – but Auburn will put up a fight.

Speaking of Auburn – If I am UGA – this game makes me nervous – UGA barely beat Auburn last year – and they should be better Offensively and Defensively. Game is at UGA – which gives Auburn the edge as the visiting team wins this game for some strange reason.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN? – BAMA could lose 1 or 3 games – could go undefeated. Not sure what to expect.

Big Dog

June 8th, 2009
2:18 pm

UGA plays VANDY&KENTUCKY&SOUTH CAROLINA MAYBE OLE MISS OR MISS ST WHAT A BRUTAL SEC GROUP GIVE ME A BREAK!!!

AltamahaDawg

June 8th, 2009
2:20 pm

Wow, jethrow, all the dawg fans you talked to said we are so deep, no amount of injuries would matter, huh? surrrrre they did…….

Crank dat Soulja Boy Richt

June 8th, 2009
2:21 pm

Reality Check II – we’ll see how “overrated” Alabama is this year. BUT.. I guess you are an expert on being “overrated”. Your beloved bulldawgs are the DEFINITION of the word. Bye bye

Anthony Tigerio

June 8th, 2009
2:21 pm

Cry baby. Wah Wah Wah. 12 games in the schedule, maybe a rare 1 more (SEC champ game). Need 6 wins to go to a bowl. All the SEC schools want to schedule 3 cupcakes and go 3-6 against the rest to cash in the bowl$. Kentucky, Vandy, SC and OleMiss are better competition, but not consistent every year. Keep it up and the 13-0 Auburn year will not be the last time you’re shut out. If you want to anoint yourself the ‘best conference in the country’, every SEC team should schedule at least 3 BCS schools as the out of conference opponents EVERY year. Talk is cheap, walk the walk.

gatorman770

June 8th, 2009
2:23 pm

Richt is a whiner, but not near as bad whiner as Vince “Whiner” Dooley. Vince’s whiney voice was as irritating as fingernails scraping a chalkboard.

Reality Check...

June 8th, 2009
2:26 pm

george needs to go to UGA for reading comprehension coarses…I made a joke about tech and he thinks I don’t know anything about football… As usual Tech fans are a sad bunch of haters….Can’t get by the hate to even see the joke in the blog… and yes georgie we do play a harder out of conference schedule than other SEC teams becaause we play tech….I tried to give you some respect but you were to busy hating to see that…Tech fans are such easy targets….

Athens..

June 8th, 2009
2:27 pm

Anthony, my boy

take a look at who has won the NC as of late. I think that’s walking the talk. You can walk the walk all you want.

WTF???

June 8th, 2009
2:28 pm

UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU-tah……

WTF???

June 8th, 2009
2:29 pm

Otto

June 8th, 2009
2:30 pm

Stan, You did bring out some good points. S. Car does play lights out early and then they don’t have the depth of talent to keep it up like the SEC powers. Why because S. car does not have the in state talent and the SEC conf schedule is tougher than their in state rival.

Aubuurn does bother me as they have enough talent to win and the staff and team should really begin to gel by midseason. I think Auburn upsets some people the question is how soon. The coaching staff is much more united as I have been posting in Tony’s blog for months. Tony Franklin venting is another interesting read.

http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/article/20090606/SPORTS0402/906060343/1179/sports0402/Tony+Franklin++Former+offensive+coordinator+airs+Auburn+s+dirty+laundry

Dorsey Hill

June 8th, 2009
2:30 pm

Jethro,

Pretty sure that LSU was ranked when we played them and at the end of the season. ASU was ranked when we beat them as was USC. I’d have to look back, but Vandy may have also been ranked at the time of the game.

Bill,

That we came back in the second half doesn’t mean that we weren’t tired. Bama let up. When it got time for them to score again to put the game away, they went right down and scored. I said it after the game and I’ll say it now: Had they come out and re-set the score at 0-0 in the second half, I’m not sure we’d have done a whole lot better than we did in the first. Had we played La. Lafayette the week before, we’d have at least given them a game.

Our 2008 and 2009 schedules are ridiculous and CMR is right to complain, because it simply isn’t necessary to voluntarily put ourselves at a competitive disadvantage and obscure what is our real goal. OOC games may be important at some level, but winning the SEC East is what we need to focus on and that is difficult enough, especially in years that you have to play both LSU and Bama from the West. We need to be very careful when deciding what games to play and when they fall on our schedule. This fall we open against a top-10 team on the road and will play a USC team that will have 2 more days rest after playing NC State (at Columbia?). That’s one helluva a challenge for a team with as many question marks as we have.

Otto

June 8th, 2009
2:37 pm

Anthony the SEC scheduling is no worse than most of CFB. It could be argued Bama, Tenn. and UGA are scheduling more high profile OOC games than most BCS conf title contenders.

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/columns/story?columnist=forde_pat&id=4239858&sportCat=ncf

Besides the SEC has ties to more bowl, wins more bowls often playing to a team that placed higher in their conf than the SEC team. The SEC plays the top team not selected by a BCS bowl from the BigTen, Big 12, and ACC. Finally the SEC has never lost a BCS title game. As a result the SEC has more BCS titles and a bigger TV ayout than anyone else. I’d say they walk the walk.

Josh M

June 8th, 2009
2:38 pm

“Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime is the credo of any well performing program.”

Have you watched ANY college football in the last 30 years?

bull-gator

June 8th, 2009
2:40 pm

I wish the Gator’s non SEC schedule was tougher. I don’t like watching them play the likes of Troy, UCF, The Citadel, etc. I would like to see them play USC, UCLA, Michigan, Notre Dame, Penn State, Texas, Ga Tech, Miami, BC, Va Tech, North Carolina, etc., and I think most Gator fans would also. I understand the money thing, the travel thing, and whatever other lame ass excuses the AD’s come up with. The bottom line is the fans want to see good football and beating up on an inferior team is not a good test of a football team and certainly not fun to watch. I wish the Gator’s were playing UGA’s schedule, believe it or not.

DoveDawg

June 8th, 2009
2:40 pm

Mark Richt is a great coach who consistently turns out winning teams. He has shown he can motivate young men, and that he can adjust to difficult situations. I am sure that he would prefer to be able to concentrate on the SEC games on the schedule…since we are, by all accounts , in the toughest conference in the land…so why is that whining? He simply made a statement of fact…so let’s just quit making it more than it is. I am a little surprised at Bill King writing a piece like this. He usually is very supportive of the Dawgs and the coaching staff. I feel like this article was simply inappropriate and unnecessary. Let’s see if we can’t be more positive and support our Dawgs, who I believe will have a very fine season.

fishtales

June 8th, 2009
2:40 pm

I love it when teams like UGA and Auburn get it handed to them harder than Harry Reems gave it to Linda Lovelace…so they become cheerleaders of OTHER teams! Suddenly the mighty Bulldawgs and Aubarn Tiggers have become Ute supporters! Listen…either your team gets it done or they don’t, but you don’t get to become sidewalk alumni of any other team you choose unless you admit to being a bandwagon fan…that is uless of course you are already a sidewalk alum/bandwagon fan for your chosen SEC school. Absolutely pathetic.

[...] Oh, and if you want to continue to talk about Richt’s complaints about the schedule, you can do so here. [...]

Otto

June 8th, 2009
2:42 pm

“Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime is the credo of any well performing program.”

Only Fresno St lives by that motto and they have not won the WAC since ‘99 despite having one of best teams year in, year out in that conf.

Independent thinker

June 8th, 2009
2:44 pm

It’s Vince Dooley reincarnated!! Except he has zero national championships.

Independent thinker

June 8th, 2009
2:46 pm

Hey brilliant Reality Check…it’s “courses,”

BILLY JACK

June 8th, 2009
2:47 pm

Bama Stan is a joke he has never made a prediction that has come true.He told everyone on this blog during recruiting season that UGA could not sign Marlon Brown-Orson Charles-Geathers and on and on.He is the most ignorant person on this blog and that includes Ramble-On and other tech douchbags.Bama Stans last big prediction was a Bama victory in the Sugar Bowl and we all know how that turned out.Bama Stan you need to worry about Bama and stay off of Georgias blog.If you had any brains Bama Stan you would keep your toothless mouth shut after your embarrasing bowl game.Alabama not only disgraced themselves but the whole south.It is the most humiliating loss in SEC history.

Otto

June 8th, 2009
2:47 pm

How many years did it take Dooley to get his title?

Gator Growl

June 8th, 2009
2:52 pm

There’s no doubt that Georgia has the most difficult schedule but as a head coach you can NEVER even make it sound like you are complaining about it. You can say things like “we know it’s going to be a monumental challenge but we’re going to try to take one at a time and win every one of them”. You CAN”T say things like “I’m not thrilled about it” and then start complaining about the travel. That doesn’t exactly inspire confidence within your team and fans and almost sounds like a built in excuse. A little surprising coming from Richt, who other than that stupid end zone stunt, I have a huge amount of respect for.

Reality Check...

June 8th, 2009
2:54 pm

Independent thinker needs a reality check…good job bush league…Thanks for the spelling lesson…I have to admit though, I am not brilliant, just smarter than you….you are the pathetic one for that sorry performance against the Ute’s…LOL..

what-ever

June 8th, 2009
2:57 pm

Oh Come-on, Mark – UGA has had (for many years) a cream-puff schedule when it comes to non-conference games. In 2007 UGA played Western Carolina and Troy. In 2006 they played the mighty Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, UAB, and Colorado (in a year that the Buffs went 2-10, which UGA had to score 2 touchdowns in the 4th qtr to win by 1 point). Year before that UGA played Marshall and Georgia Southern. And for the rest of the fans that cry about the schedule which includes GT every year, all I’ve got to say is that you are all always talking Tech down – as if playing Tech doesn’t mean that much.
So, Mark – have a little cheese with that whine. You have really become quite the cry-baby.

Reality Check...

June 8th, 2009
2:59 pm

Sorry the comment about the ute’s should have been directed to fishtales…Hey independent thinker could you spell check my post for me…And correct any of my misspelled words…thanks for your help…

what-ever

June 8th, 2009
3:01 pm

One more thing – As many of you in the SEC like to say “we are the toughest and best conference in the land” then why worry about a non-conference team??? Afraid you can’t handle it?

Georgia Bulldog News - June 8, 2009

June 8th, 2009
3:01 pm

[...] Richt: Winner to Whiner? – Junkyard Blawg [...]

Reality Check...

June 8th, 2009
3:01 pm

What-ever….wwwwhhhhaaaattteeevvveeerrrrr!!!!!your hate is showing through….thanks for wasting your bosses time…

UGA_has_the worst_FANS

June 8th, 2009
3:04 pm

That’s bad when the head coach is already making excuses and the season hasn’t started… This time last year UGA had already won the National title without even playing a game.

pigskinfan

June 8th, 2009
3:05 pm

I’m a Hurricane fan and follow UGA because I have a sister who goes there, but I am mainly here because I love college pigskin period. I don’t think Richt has much to complain about it that’s what some want to call it.

Deep down the canes down in Miami would gladly switch with UGA for the 1st 4 games this season. FSU, GT, VT and Oaklahoma. Even with all the freshmen and sophomores, I haven’t heard a peep from south florida about how hard their schedule is or what were they thinking putting together that schedule. Those kids know they’re going to take some lumps to get back to the top. Nobody expects the Canes to win those 1st 4 games, but UGA has a good thing going for them, they’ve got people who believe they can win those out of conf. games.

Get out there and hit them in the mouth and play your game and you’ll win. Go Dawgs

TUPAC EARNHART JR.

June 8th, 2009
3:06 pm

THE BIG DAWG WILL EAT THIS YR……….ONE LOSS! A FLUKE LOSS, THEY WILL WHIP EVERYONE PROBABLY, DAWGS HAVE A GOOD YR!

Reality Check...

June 8th, 2009
3:10 pm

Okay what-ever i’ll play your silly game. Say the SEC went out and scheduled 4 out of conference games with the other BCS conferences each and every year. And say the SEC keeps the same winning percentage from the bowl games. Then the SEC teams would win 3 out of 4 if not all of them. Do you think those same conferences would continue to schedule those games and we would be right back where we started. We are just trying save the other conferences some embarassment..

Bulldawg

June 8th, 2009
3:14 pm

I think Richt is a great recruiter and an okay gameday coach. I don’t like this whining about tough non-conference games. Guys, we should own the SEC and be willing to play anybody, anywhere. Look at USC!! They travel across the country to play ACC and SEC teams all the time and never whine. They just win!
In all honesty, there are really only a couple teams who are good in the SEC year in and year out. FL, LSU and maybe AL. Everyone else in our conference is mediocre at best and very beatable every year. I still don’t understand why we cannot dominate like we used to. Lets man up and play anyone, anywhere!! Dawg Nation Unite!!! WOOF WOOF WOOF!!!

mcdaviddawg

June 8th, 2009
3:17 pm

If they don’t want to play a full slate of real teams, less shorten the season and pay the coaches less. Otherwise he needs to shut up and do some coaching. Something we’ve been a little short of the last couple of seasons.

#1 BULLDOG FAN

June 8th, 2009
3:22 pm

This schedule is weak as muddy creek water

BAMA STAN

June 8th, 2009
3:24 pm

12 NATIONAL TITLES – 21 SEC TITLES!!!

WTF? = Big Smoke – Little TeePee!!

I like to throw in a dig just to get you and other rabid UGA fans going!

I do feel that UGA lost out on what could have been a decade of dominance. UGA should have been reloading after 2005. Richt had been to 3 SEC Title games – appeared to have the machine rolling. But it seems that each year – something is missing and UGA is a bridesmaid……….something is out of sync.

I guess what I am saying is that pieces are not falling into place each year. Of course, this is the challange for all teams.

Since Van Gorder left – UGA Defense is just not an intimidating unit.

Not sold on Bobo play calling.

DID the Richt era peak in 2005 and is in danger of being back in the Donnan days? If UGA wins 8 games in 2009 – you will have half of your answer – they win only 8 again in 2010 – you will know that the program is on a plateau and the natives will become restless.

Florida is the ALPHA Male in the SEC EAST. Tennessee views UGA as a stepping stone to get to Florida – and GT is no longer afraid of UGA

According to my Vol friends, Tennessee / Florida will soon be the premier game of the SEC east again – much like is was in the 90’s. Boy, these schools hate each other. Florida toys with UGA – but hates Tennessee. Tennessee thinks of UGA about like UGA thinks of South Carolina or KY – but it’s real East rivalry is Florida.

So WTF?? Care to predict UGA win/loss record in 2009?

Aubie

June 8th, 2009
3:24 pm

Georgia where the bulldogs are bulldogs and so are the women.

KaliDogg

June 8th, 2009
3:24 pm

What’s the top program in the country? Could argue that point but let’s say USC (not South Carolina, sorry) is at least in the running for that position.

They open as San Jose, okay, give them that one.

Their other non-conference opponents? Ohio State and Notre Dame.

Put Ohio State and Notre Dame (using the Notre Dame of prior years, assuming they can get over the Charlie Weiss hump) on the UGA schedule, and who would complain?

Too hard?

UGA – USC
UGA – Notre Dame
UGA – Penn State
UGA – Miami
UGA – North Carolina
UGA – Florida State
UGA – Michigan
UGA – Pitt
UGA – Virginia Tech

Who doesn’t want to see those games?

Would playing those games help or hurt UGA’s image (and, thus, recruiting) in the football world?

In what sport does a coach complain that they’re not matched up against enough patsies?

Otto

June 8th, 2009
3:24 pm

what-ever, UGA did play Okie St in ‘07 which you did not mention.

Iceman

June 8th, 2009
3:26 pm

The media whines if we don’t play OOC foes, and fans whine we DO.

Ya just can’t win.

Iceman

June 8th, 2009
3:27 pm

The media whines if we don’t play OOC foes, and fans whine when we DO.

Ya just can’t win.

RealDawg

June 8th, 2009
3:32 pm

Bulldawg-Why do you dimish our accomplishment by putting UA ahead of us?

UGA has the highest winning percentage in the last 10 years of any SEC school (7th nationally)followed next by UF and LSU. UA is 36th of major I-A teams over that period. Don’t drink the UA cherry kool-aid. They are just now turning around.

BTW who is ahead of UGA and the SEC-Boise, Texas, OU, USC, OSU and VT.

We are in pretty good company-whining and winning.

JenniferGO Dawgs

June 8th, 2009
3:32 pm

Let me make one thing clear, Coach Richt is, will and never be a whiner! He has legitimate points! Are you a fan of the Bulldogs or not? With negative comments and criticisms, on again, off again so called fans, let me spell it out for you …..YOU ARE NOT, and if you can do it better then get out there and put your money where your mouth is! I am so sick of announcers, so called fans and sport writers who think they know it all and can do it better! Then do it! I am so sure Coach Richt would not mind watching a bit! I totally support him and his decisions whether they turn out good or bad, because I know he’s not perfect, I am not perfect and I could not do his job. So Go Coach Rich and Go Dawgs!

Bulldawg

June 8th, 2009
3:33 pm

I state again, we should be the best in the SEC year in and year out based on the quality of players Richt is bringing in. For some reason we are just on the second tier… Behind FL, LSU and sometimes AL and TN… As a TRUE DAWG, I will not settle for second tier much longer!!! DAWG FANS UNITE!!! Let’s get this train back on the track and not whine about playing tough teams, lets just beat them!!! WOOF WOOF WOOF.
PS-The yellow nerds will not beat us again any time soon. You can bet on that for real!!!

Atlanta_Tiger_Fan

June 8th, 2009
3:35 pm

Yes, he’s a big whiner!!

Last Word

June 8th, 2009
3:37 pm

The BCS computer penalizes weak schedules, or, if you wish, rewards tougher ones.
Hence, its purpose.

RealDawg

June 8th, 2009
3:39 pm

BAMA STAN- Dig all you want. You are so wrong. I tailgating with hundreds of LSU fans last year listening to them talk about how we were going to beat them (and we did). UT fans do not feel at all like they own us. They were happy to beat anybody the last couple of years. AU always worries about that the game against us. Tech is bloated over one victory in upteen years because one guy decided to not tackle on three plays. UF-Ok, they do own us.

wpeebles

June 8th, 2009
3:39 pm

This is possibly the worst piece of “journalism” I have ever read. Bill King is obviously an implant from a rival SEC state and only came to Georgia because his wife has the better job. He would be more productive as a Kroger bag-boy.

Otto

June 8th, 2009
3:40 pm

Bulldawg Look at USC!! They travel across the country to play ACC and SEC teams all the time and never whine. They just win!

No they aren’t

What’s also disappointing is the Trojans’ future nonconference schedules don’t feature a marquee matchup similar to the series with Ohio State, which concludes Sept. 12 in Columbus.

2010: at Hawaii, Virginia, at Minnesota

2011: Minnesota, Syracuse

2012: Hawaii, at Syracuse

2013: at Hawaii, Boston College

Of course, the Trojans do play Notre Dame every year.

http://myespn.go.com/blogs/pac10/0-9-69/USC-vs–SEC–Not-happening-anytime-soon.html

Mike

June 8th, 2009
3:41 pm

Whiner. All 3 are pretty good teams, but none are powerhouses. UGA should be favored in all 3 games. I understand the conference schedule is tough, but just play the schedule your university agreed to and quit talking about it in the press. It’s as if he’s already planting the “well, if we go 9-3 it’s a good season” seed.

Bulldawg

June 8th, 2009
3:42 pm

Did I mention the following in my previou post?:
Gators are rednecks
LSU Tigers are homo’s
Bama is full of dumb country folks
Ga Tech is a bunch of nerds.

Case closed. WOOF WOOF WOOF

Golden Dawg 84

June 8th, 2009
3:42 pm

Too bad they didn’t use that 4 hr flight from Phoenix to work on the Bama gameplan. Remember that Richt and staff decided to fly back late at night after the game. That is their problem.

Getting tired of all the excuses: Last year it was the schedule, then injuries (still looks like if the uninjured players actually tackled alst year would have been fine). This year, all we are hearing about is our tough schedule and injuries.

JenniferGO Dawgs

June 8th, 2009
3:43 pm

Wpeebles…….LOL

H_jones

June 8th, 2009
3:47 pm

It’s a deep schedule but not tough. NONE of these teams are top 10
Teams. When did BCS team become equivalent to “good” team?
When UGA schedules a top 10 OC game, then they can complain.
Other big SEC boys in recent years scheduled OU, Va Tech, USC, etc.
UGA never does. Ever.

JenniferGO Dawgs

June 8th, 2009
3:47 pm

RealDawg If UF owned us they would be ahead in the series and they are not. I have never thought Jacksonville was neutral territory, if that is how it is going to be , then we alternate the dome one year and Jacksonville one year or go to a different state , Alabama.

G man

June 8th, 2009
3:49 pm

7-5 at best in 2009 …at best

Otto

June 8th, 2009
3:49 pm

H_jones the last time UF scheduled a BCS OOC game other than Miami which was only twice and FSU was Okie St all the way back in ‘91.

Reality Check...

June 8th, 2009
3:50 pm

I’m with JenniferGO Dawgs…..GO DAWGS!!Focus OSU!!!

Southern Eagle

June 8th, 2009
3:51 pm

Doesn’t Southern Cal come East and beat teams and then travel back home and beat teams? I’m sure UGA will back their way into a National Championship one day but only if Florida let’s them by being down that year.

Bored of the Go-Dawg Nation

June 8th, 2009
3:52 pm

You can’t complain about a difficult non-conference schedule if you want to have a shot at National Title contention. The only way to gain forgiveness for The annual dud you lay against Florida is to beat someone from out-of-conference besides Middle Tennessee St or WKU. However, If you couldn’t win with 2 Top 12 NFL players on your team last year, I wouldn’t really worry about your non-conference games making much of a difference.

Toates

June 8th, 2009
3:53 pm

I see you got your wish, attention. What is on the menu for July? Pathetic…..

BOOHOO KEEP CRYING UGA MUTTS

June 8th, 2009
3:53 pm

Who the crybaby now? Mark Richt and UGA fans…Wait UGAY fans always crying about something..Georgia why don’t you “buy” another win for a cool million.

TideRules

June 8th, 2009
3:53 pm

Richt whines more than Lane Kiffin—he needs to cut the complaining about his schedule, where they play, their facilities, etc. and start winning big games. Ga fans are getting tired of his act and all those chokes. Mark it down—Bama wins it all this year!

Reality Check...

June 8th, 2009
3:54 pm

The neutral site in jacksonville prevents us from scheduling another home and home….PERIOD…g-man needs a reality check….UGA will not lose five games this year…PERIOD

williebkind

June 8th, 2009
3:56 pm

I love the tough schedule each week. I am sick of seeing th dawgs beat a no body and lose to a rank team. CMR needs to coach or get someone who can! Oh is Martinez still there?

uuugh.

June 8th, 2009
3:57 pm

Otto…who cares if USC plays Notre Dame? Notre Dame is not good and USC should not get anymore credit for scheduling a powerhouse of yesteryear than a team that schedules Yale.

USC’s strength of schedule is weak because the Pac-10 features USC and….uh….uh….Oregon once every 4 years? They have to schedule strong OOC games because their conference is so weak. I am hoping Rick N can turn things around at UCLA so that I can stop hearing about USC’s “dominance.”

How far in advance are these games scheduled. 5-6 years? Somebody was discounting our game with Colorado–How often do they go 2-10? The ASU game last year was supposed to be better too. I think they have been trying to schedule tougher games but the timing has been a bit off.

Richt needs to shut up and Coach ‘em up. He needs to start cashing in on some of these great recruiting classes. He gets less out of a top 5 recruiting class than anyone else in the top 5!

JenniferGO Dawgs

June 8th, 2009
3:59 pm

BOOHOO KEEP CRYING UGA MUTTS I don’t see or hear anyone crying just stating the obvious facts, you are on the wrong blog, this is UGA we do not whine, you need to go to South Carolina or Tennessee, sorry you got lost! Plus you are interrupting our discussion.

Otto

June 8th, 2009
3:59 pm

Southern Eagle who is USC beating Cal, one of the Washington teams, Stanford those are real power houes like LSU, Bama, and UF.

Also as I stated above USC has cooled off on scheduling the big games, nothing planned after the Ohio St game this year. I guess they could take the schedule and beat Oregon St and Stanford in the same yesr.

Jeff

June 8th, 2009
4:00 pm

Geez…we have become like UT and the others complaining about everything. Thought we had great players that could win championships. What bothers me the most about this is the players hear this and they use it as an excuse to lose. Just like crying about JAX- we owned UF in the Dooley years…they drove, we flew…..it was hot then as now and it was the Gator Bowl. When players hear coaches making excuses that carries down to the team. Stafford was an expert at it in post game news conferences. Never thought we would end up a bunch of crybabies….Man Up dudes!

Reality Check...

June 8th, 2009
4:01 pm

Wait….All I heard last year that Moreno and Stafford was overrated…Now they ar 1st round NFL talent….make up your mind people…Love the Haters, now it’s we do less with more….LOL!!!!!

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.

Richard Hunter

June 8th, 2009
8:00 pm

GET US OUT OF GATOR LAND AT LEAST EVERY OTHER YEAR

Gator Growl

June 8th, 2009
8:00 pm

OMG…Went to the web site…It is a cult group and they worship elephants!!! Pretty cool rap song though (goes to Sweet Home Alabama).

ghost dawg

June 8th, 2009
9:42 pm

Ive felt all along that Ga. needed to keep the pink panties teams off the schedule, let fla have them, and play the best. Sooner or later the best recruits will see that if want to play real football againest the best teams and most tv coverage they will come toUGA. We might lose a few at first but we will win and win big.

PappyHappy

June 8th, 2009
9:50 pm

Does anyone else feel an ……….. excuse coming on?? If he is not ready to play with the Big BOys, then go to IIA!!

raheem

June 8th, 2009
10:36 pm

If the dogs win out , then they should be ahead of Florida in the BCS POLL AND GET A SHOT AT A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPE GAME THAT WHAT UP

Camden Mark

June 8th, 2009
10:47 pm

Playing the toughest schedule is somthing to be proud of.
In the long run playing the OK States of the world instead of Chaslston Southerns (UF) is a good thing and will only make the program stronger.
Besides, lets not forget we allresdy beat the crap outa both these teams and I expected we’ll do it again.As far as game prep that falls on the coachs who have consistantly done a poor job going back to the West Virginia suger bowl.Coach Richt has got to get a handle on that or we will have a slip up or two every year.This years prediction;this years team is in better shape than last year and will go 10-2 or 11-1,regular season,Win the SEC,and have a shot at it all.

Recruitnik

June 8th, 2009
11:19 pm

Bill king you are a complete moron.. how in the hell did you get this job idiot.

Paddy

June 8th, 2009
11:43 pm

It is the mighty SEC, we should play a mighty hard schedule once in a while. Go Dawgs, just play ‘em and win ‘em.

FinanceBuzz

June 8th, 2009
11:56 pm

BWWAAAAAAA!!!! Our schedule is too..*sniff*….hard….BWAAAAAA!!! We are used to starting with Podunk St. so we can get all of our offseason suspensions dones against a team that we cannot lose to….but now we have to start with a real team….and then another real team come to the Cesspool…then….*he starts visibly shaking here*…we have to play the…*gulp*….triple option and Paul Johnson AT Tech!”

Suck it up, UGAg! Y’all played so many ridiculous cupcakes over the years and ducked anyone of any strength OOC other than us and Clemson, you cannot complain if you OOC schedule was USC, Oklahoma, and Texas.

tyler

June 9th, 2009
12:25 am

Once a Dawg……Absolute moron. An embarrassment to the league? How about being the preseason NUMBER ONE and losing 3 games!!!My God you are delusional. Once the Tide was up 31 to NOTHING I think that it’s safe to say they lost their focus. Another 5 minutes and you would have won my ass. The result was a beatdown, not even close. Talk about losing to the Utes- Bama destroyed the dawgs- imagine what Utah would have done to you guys- Ga Tech kicked your ass.

macrotech

June 9th, 2009
1:02 am

CMR is a respectable man/coach. This is a stupid argument! The man answered questions that were asked him. He answered them honestly and without reservation. WHY does this come off as whining? ANYONE else in his shoes would have answered the same way! NOW, if he starts forteiting games because they are too far away OR he thinks they’re too tough….THEN he should be considered a whiner! I’m saying all of this and I’m a Tech fan!

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Richt = Richard Simmons

June 9th, 2009
7:23 am

Pay attention leg humpers, Richt is letting you know 2009 excuse of choice is flying. Eveyone knows you folks just can’t handle Hartsford (the dog fan that shut down the airport, the dog fan that flew infected endangerign the lives of those on the plane),

Last year was injuries. 2009 the battle cry is FLYING!!!!!

Have a good flight to Jacksonville!

Jerry G

June 9th, 2009
7:24 am

Could it be UGA was unprepared against Bama because they were tired? Coaches utilize Sunday as a major prep day for the following week. Returning from Arizona early in the am took a big chunk of their “edge” from Sunday’s prep. Bottom line: Bama soundly beat UGA. However, Richt has a point. Would the outcome have been the same had UGA played the Citadel at home the week before? You can’t tell me a home game against the Citadel and a road game against Arizona are the same!

Nachos

June 9th, 2009
7:25 am

UGA will beat the Gators in Jacksonville this year! Well… maybe not. Sorry I’m drunk.

Prison league is the answer

June 9th, 2009
7:32 am

If Richt get’s his way: no Jacksonville, no FLYING, no Tech game.

Maybe Richt would just be happier coaching the prison league. That way he still gets to coach UGA players, but does not have to put up with all the tough games and FLYING.

Maddog

June 9th, 2009
8:06 am

Typical “hit piece” by the media. Build somebody up just so you can tear them down. Happens all the time.

Just imagine the reaction from the media if CMR started banning some of them from press conferences.

richtfan

June 9th, 2009
8:16 am

Mark Richt is very much Dooley-esque, and this just proves it even more. He is poor mouthing with the best of them because he knows what kind of team he’s got under all of the cloak and secrecy. He knows we’ve got talent all over even though he’ll have a new starter at qb and rb. Our lines of scrimmage, especially offensively, look very good and very deep. If his name weren’t Mark, I’d think it was either Vince or Larry.

big dawg, little dawg

June 9th, 2009
10:50 am

Bottom Line: the great programs usually meet their stiffest competition in practice! USC has guys on the second (and even third) team who would start anywhere else. Look at Matt Cassel! (DJ is almost like that, but Joe Cox is not…). But up front, you have to expect injuries and tired players, and be able to sub often without a huge drop off. This is my expectation for the Dawgs…and we are not quite there yet. Lord almighty, get out of the region and recruit nationwide. Build the brand and the program. Do NOT shirnk away from “the toughest schedule in the nation”…embrace it as a blessing – and yes, welcome the challenge. (”I’m not thrilled about it” however you spin it is a loser statement. Try, “Bring ‘em on! We will be ready! We like playing the best because we are the best!”)

Go Dawgs!

Mobile Dawg

June 9th, 2009
11:25 am

This one just won’t die will it? Bottom line is I don’t care who you play, if you have a top tier program you shouldn’t get blown out, or show up not ready to play, “consistently” being the key word, and not become a target.

Getting blown out, or being unprepared for two or three big games a year has become this teams reputation for several years now. Who’s to blame? Who’s whinning? Like it or not the answer is pretty obvious.

Kendawg

June 9th, 2009
11:29 am

Playing such a difficult OOC schedule can make us look more attracive to the voters in the polls if we win those games. For instance, if the Dawgs beat Okla State in the opener, won’t we be likely to jump into the Top 10? Every poll I’ve seen so far has Okla State at around 8 – 10 in the poll. I wonder if the pollsters have taken a good look at their defense? We were ranked #1 in preseason polls last year but no one expected that we would have a lousy defense.

Jealous of UGA ?

June 9th, 2009
1:25 pm

Tyler,

Sponge Bob is on downstairs……

I think “Crank dat soulja Boy” moron has passed Ramble On and Bama Stan as dumbest poster on the UGA blog. Congrats CDSB ! You are an absolute douch bag.

There is too much talk about this, supposed whining. Everyone on this blog who believes this to be true needs to wake up and smell the damn coffee. There has not been one complaint or whine about the scheduling- just factual answers. Anyone can make something out of nothing when statements are taken out of context.

Bama Stan, still don’t understand your reasoning of UGA having plateaued. The numbers speak for themselves my friend.

Jacket since 1997

June 9th, 2009
1:29 pm

COACH RICHT WASNT COMPLAINING WHEN HE WAS IN TALLAHASSEE, WINNING ALL THOSE ACC TITLES???? SOUNDS A LITTLE CRY BABYISH TO ME!!!! BUT I DONT CARE, THE MORE UGAG LOSES THE BETTER!!!!!!!!! GO TECH!!!! JACKETS ACC CHAMPS IN 2010!!!

Oledawg

June 9th, 2009
1:52 pm

Bill and Bloggers- Read Scout: CollegeFootballNews.com, article by B E Coleman. Your “article” is an abomination to all fans of UGA. I suspect that some of our rivals are embarrassed to write on here. What the hell were you thinking?

Oledawg

June 9th, 2009
1:56 pm

Jealous of UGA?- you are right on the mark. Now read today’s article on CollegeFootballNews by B E Coleman. Bill’s article makes us look like jerks along with him!

thedu

June 9th, 2009
2:39 pm

About the 2006 Florida schedule: even with the non-conference schedule being what it was, the Gators still had the toughest strength-of-schedule rating in the country. Just a reminder.

Chris W

June 9th, 2009
2:48 pm

You don’t have to have 3 BCS teams to have a tough OOC schedule. Oregon plays Boise St, Utah, and Purdue. And they have a ninth conference game instead of Tennessee Tech.

Gatorrob

June 9th, 2009
3:19 pm

I’m so sick of hearing about Florida’s sos, In both 06 and 08 we had the toughest schedule in the country. That’s just a fact. Go look it up. FSU is always a quality oppenent and we normally play other good teams from florida. we regularly play miami, central florida, and we are about to start a series with USF. If Georgia has a problem with playing their out of conference don’t schedule those teams. I don’t know why he’s complaining until they learn to beat Florida consistently their not going anywhere anyways.

Gatorrob

June 9th, 2009
3:22 pm

If the dogs win out , then they should be ahead of Florida in the BCS POLL AND GET A SHOT AT A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPE GAME THAT WHAT UP

No crap….any sec team that wins out deserves to play for the national title. Don’t hold your breath though.

Jim T.

June 9th, 2009
3:56 pm

You have a coach who has averaged over 10 wins a year during his tenure at UGA and you have the audacity to call him a whinner? Give me a break! I suppose then that Steve Spurrier and Uban Meyer are whinners too. Bear Bryant used to complain about his tough schedule … every friggin’ year! Hey boys, what Mark is doing is called poor mouthing … you ignorants fools!

Mike

June 9th, 2009
10:44 pm

Oh you silly little puppies, You just can’t give Florida any kind of credit. Florida has won three national titles. In the years they have won a national title, they have played the toughest schedule in the nation…twice and the second toughest the other time.

You boys should hire a coach that stops whining and starts winning. As long as UGA has Richt as the head coach, he will always have a losing record against Florida (2-6 and counting)

Maddog

June 9th, 2009
11:47 pm

Bill King

Would Coach Paul Johnson’s comments about the kickoff classic playing in the georgia dome be considered “whining”?

ugadawgrbian

June 10th, 2009
1:50 am

First off to the bumblebees, congrats on playing a real schedule. You finally get to play a real schedule three SEC teams. Two of which you should beat. But that’s not saying much considering one of the is the bottom dweller of the conference and until last year the other team was the bottom dweller. It’s one thing coming to Athens every other year but quite another to go on two road trips in the SEC.

Secondly why do the Gators get a free pass on their schedule? They play noone out of conference and no one in the mainstream media calls them out on it.

Third, no excuses about the Bama game. We got beat, plain and simple. Could it be becasue of the travel, possibly, but I’m not buying it. Looks at the game it was totally a lack of focus. A turnover inside the redzone overturned by a penalty on the opening drive, dropped passes, no blocking for Knowshon, the Dawgs were simply not ready to play that night.

To me the most dissapointing thing about last season was not the fact we lost games, as fans we all know we are going to lose some, but the way we lost the games. There is no way with the talent on our team we should have got blown out the way we did against Bama and the Gators. And that brings us to the game against the bee’s. Make no mistake we lost the game, you did not win. And don’t sit here now and tell me that at halftime you thought you would win that game. We gave it to you. Ellerbe not wrapping Dwyer up in hole led to a long td run, and Reshad Jones trying to shoulder block Roddy Jones out of bounds let you score another td. We lost the game, you didn’t beat us.

Crow

June 10th, 2009
12:20 pm

I don’t know enough to talk about UF’s schedule, but how can you say that Tech’s is full of cupcakes? With the exception of Jacksonville State they are all from the MIGHTY SEC! And to say that Tech can’t beat anyone of substance is asinine. 2 out of 3 SEC teams last season ain’t bad. And don’t claim that they were horrible teams “the arm pit of the SEC”… you were one of them. Only scared weak teams complain about their NonCom schedule being too hard – Wahh Wahh Wahh. Good ol’ St Rickt is straight up neutering your program. THWG!!!!

cdawg

June 10th, 2009
12:36 pm

Typical Atlanta ban-wagon writer/fan, when things are great, Richt is the best thing since slice bread, when things aren’t, Richt is a whiner.

Towaliga

June 10th, 2009
5:44 pm

Let me get this straight….MR is complaining because UGAy is one of only 3 teams that play 3 BCS out of conference teams, and GA’s opponents are tougher than the other 2 teams’ opponents. However, GT is one of the 2, and their opponents are GA and 2 other SEC teams. In other words, MR is saying that playing UGAy and other SEC teams is easier than playing the non-SEC teams. There you have it, in paraphrasing MR’s own words–the SEC is over-rated.

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