No ‘hot seat’ for Richt

Mark Richt and Les Miles on the SEC hot seats? 

That’s the remarkable proposition blogger John Pennington offers at MrSEC.com. He says he came to that conclusion by asking which coaches can least afford a “bad, bad” year, are battling perception problems and face the highest expectations from fans and boosters.

I won’t get into his thoughts on Miles, but using a 5-7 record as the benchmark for a bad, bad year, he thinks such a season in 2009 would result in fans beginning to call for Richt’s head because the perception is “Richt can win a lot of games, but he can’t win ‘the big one’” and the expectations for this season are high “despite the loss of three key playmakers on offense.”

OK, there certainly are elements of UGA fandom that gripe about Richt not yet having won a national championship. And, granted, expectations always run high in the Bulldog Nation. I doubt Richt would want it any other way.

But only the most unrealistic followers of Bulldogs football would even think about calling for Richt to be fired if he were to suffer a losing season in what quite obviously is a major rebuilding year for his offense. (And I think that’s highly unlikely anyway.)

Most Georgia fans remember all too well the feeling of hopelessness during the lost years under Ray Goff and the grinding frustration of mediocre winning seasons and middling bowls under Jim Donnan. 

Yes, perhaps we’ve been spoiled a bit under Richt and so can look at last year’s 10-3 season (the sixth time in the past seven years Richt’s Dogs have won 10 or more games and been a year-end Top 10 team) as a disappointment. But that’s what happens when you’re preseason No. 1 and subsequently falter (in no small part because of a ridiculous string of injuries).

We’re disappointed, but we’re not deluded. Georgia fans know we have a good thing going with Mark Richt and that it’s only a matter of time before he brings the Bulldog Nation another national championship. Richt’s golden touch at recruiting shows no signs of slowing down and if he can get a bit of luck with injuries, the schedules after this season look more favorable for Georgia (as does Tim Tebow’s graduation). 

Richt on the hot seat? Only in some strange alternative universe SEC.

242 comments Add your comment

Cuz

June 23rd, 2009
10:39 am

Maybe the same alternative Universe that had the Spock with the goatee.

CLTDawg

June 23rd, 2009
10:41 am

Anyone who actually thinks Coach Richt is on the hot seat is a moron. We have a solid program and are on very solid ground. If the defense toughens up a bit, we will do just fine.

olddawg

June 23rd, 2009
10:44 am

You can all laugh and scoff about it now……but a few more 9 and 3 or 8 and 4 seasons and lose to the Golden boys of Atlanta…..It cost Jim Donnan his job….

Horace Butterworth

June 23rd, 2009
10:45 am

I was in school under Goff/Donnan. Life is much better when we’re winning. Richt has turned our program around. While we were ranked #1 last season, we had an inconsistent team and qb. Not Richt’s fault. Would support a 10 year deal.

Will

June 23rd, 2009
10:50 am

No hot seat for CMR. The UGA program has never been stronger as evident by the recruiting class we are assembling for next year. CMR is like a supreme court judge…. He has the job as long as he wants!

dawgstephen

June 23rd, 2009
10:51 am

GOOD POST BILL!!!!!

Let’s see in 2002 we were 13-1. Only unbeaten teams were ahead of us. In 2005 we lost 2 games only due to injury to shockley. (with a week off before the gators, we have DJ in that game). In 2007, UGA was in the National Championship “argument”.

Bottom line, with some of the luck that FLA and LSU teams had in those years, the we would have already played for the NC. Coach Richt is the best Coach we can possibly have on AND off the field.

He is NOT on the hot seat.

Pitbull

June 23rd, 2009
10:52 am

This 1973 grad thinks Coach Richt is doing a fantastic job. He is 82-22 in 8 seasons and he did a fantastic job with all of the injuries this past season. Of course injuries dictate how you practice. Losing a player in practice is just as devastating as losing one in a game.

We are fortunate to have such a quality coach and the only reason that other schools are not beating our doors down to hire him is his statment that “he will remain at Georgia as long as Georgia wants him.” What a great committment.

I know the posers from other schools hate him and there are a handfull of unrealistic Ga “fans” that think 10+ wins over 8 years is not good enough for them. They are all losers, and losers hate winners.

We are indeed blessed to have him and I know we will have a successful recruiting class coming in soon just because they want to play for Coach Richt.

Here is Coach Richt’s record:

Mississippi 4-0

Arkansas 4-0

Mississippi State 2-0

Georgia Tech 7-1

Kentucky 7-1

Vanderbilt 7-1

South Carolina 6-2

Tennessee 5-3

Auburn 5-3

Alabama 3-1

LSU 3-2

Florida 2-6

dawgstephen

June 23rd, 2009
10:54 am

For those who want to point at the record against FLA…remember CMR has beaten FLA 3 times to Donnans 1, and he has a 7-1 record against tech, and a winning record against any other SEC team.

How long did it take Bowden to beat Miami?? (wide right), and how long before Mack Brown beat Oklahoma??? And how many times can Pete carroll lose to UCLA or Oregon State before someone says that about him? What if Penn State had given up on Joe PA? Look at TN and what they get for firing the winningest Coach they ever had????

COACH RICHT FOREVER

BULLDAWG FEMALE GRAD

June 23rd, 2009
10:54 am

IT IS NOT THE HEAD COACH WHO IS 100% THE PROBLEM, 75% TO OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR, 20% TO HEAD COACH BECAUSE HE CAN OVERRULE ANY PLAY BOBOBOBOBOBOBOBOBOBOBOBOBOBOBOBOBOBOBOBOBOBOBOBOBOBOBOBOBOBOBOBOBOBOBOBO CALL A & 5% PLAYERS- CHEW ON THAT

coachdawg 2000

June 23rd, 2009
10:55 am

I can’t fathom why anybody would place Coach Richt on the hot seat. He ahs brought us back to the collective consciousness of national media. He has brought class and excellence to program that was floundering (thank you Ray Goof and Eric Zier A.K.A. stat-man) and desperate under Donnan. I was in school during those regimes. It was horrible being on the same acheivement level as the chickens and the imposters of starkville.

Pago Flyer

June 23rd, 2009
10:56 am

We always have a Top Ten recruiting class…but nothing happens!

Ty Cobb

June 23rd, 2009
10:57 am

Bring back Ray Goof

COBB IS BASEBALL!

RAMBLE ON!!!

June 23rd, 2009
10:59 am

St. Richt is the best coach UGAg has ever had, period. I’m being serious too. Put him on the “hot seat” for all I care.

I’m just glad Paul Johnson is better.

I think Mr. King is running out of ideas.

coachdawg 2000

June 23rd, 2009
11:01 am

I will concede that is difficult to watch the Gayturds win BCS national championships.

JB

June 23rd, 2009
11:01 am

Coach Richt is very good at getting great Athletes to Athens. What he is not good at is letting under performing coach’s be shown the door. We are a top 10 program with a 25-50 th coaching staff with an exception or two……..Go Dawgs

Otto

June 23rd, 2009
11:02 am

For that think 2-6 against UF isn’t good enough, LSU is 3-5, Tenn is 2-6 as well.

I do think that special teams plays need to improve, Play calling is more predictabe under Bobo and CWM could go after the QB more often. I would start with special teams which the new kicker hopefully helps. The healthy lines will help the offense and defense.

Ramblin Rick

June 23rd, 2009
11:04 am

he will be on the hot seat when he loses to Paul Johnson this November

Frank Lane

June 23rd, 2009
11:05 am

Score is only one measure of the greatness of a coach. Is Mark Richt in the best interests of the young players and men that we recruit? Are their lives enriched by UGA and the experience there? Ask them.

Otto

June 23rd, 2009
11:05 am

CMR best UGA has ever Dooley and Butts had some great teams.

CPJ has had one season. We’ll see how many 10 win seasons he can have in the ACC in 8 years. CMR ran the offense for FSU and dominated the ACC.

BG

June 23rd, 2009
11:07 am

Now this is a funny story. If, Mark Richt is on the hot seat every coach in the SEC better be looking over their shoulder.

TW

June 23rd, 2009
11:08 am

Now that the rest of the schedule has good tape on Paul Johnson’s flag-football offense, GT will have to prepare for teams that are ready for them.

Otto

June 23rd, 2009
11:08 am

Rick the UF game is far more important than the Nerd Herd.

reservoirDAWG

June 23rd, 2009
11:10 am

The answer is no.

BG

June 23rd, 2009
11:10 am

Ramblin Rick Coach Richt is 7-1 aganist your team! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

m

June 23rd, 2009
11:12 am

Sure Richt is a good coach. But once he loses to Tech the next couple of years you dawgies will drop him just like you did Donnan.

Thank God and Greyhound that chan gomer gailey is gone….you dawgs are just beginning to realize how much you miss him.

45-42….just the beginning.

Slow Freddie

June 23rd, 2009
11:12 am

Dawgstephen, I agree that UGA would be utterly stupid to get rid of Richt because of the unrealistic expectations of some UGA fans. He is a very good man and a very good coach. But it gets old listening to UGA fans continually talk about luck and the NC games when LSU and UF are mentioned as well as your crying about DJ not being available against UF one year. Had he been available, there is certainly no guarantee UGA would have won. Heck, look at 2002 when you went 13-1. To whom did you lose? The Gators. In Richt’s 8 year head coaching career, UGA has lost to UF 6 times including 2 times during that dunderhead Zook’s watch at UF.

Sometime, teams and head coaches appear to have another team’s number. Look at Bruce Pearl and UT basketball. I think they’ve lost only one game to UF even during the two years UF won back-to-back national championships. Is Pearl a very good coach? You bet, but so is Donovan. Sometime there is no logical answer to the lack of ultimate success of a head coach in college. Donovan doesn’t blame his lack of success against Pearl’s teams on injuries or bad luck.

Quit whining and start supporting the Bulldogs!

RxDawg

June 23rd, 2009
11:14 am

I know we have some pretty passionate whathaveyoudoneformelately fans. That said, Richt has solidified his throne for a while to me. He has won championships, with his players and other coaches players. He has a great winning percentage in the hardest division in the hardest conference in America. To me personaly we won that national championship in 2007. I don’t care what people say, we deserved it. Replace that 10-2 ranked #3 in the nation UGA with some crap team like Notre Name and the media moves them up to #1 after the top two teams lose. We literately were campaigned out of playing for the national championship.

Now, is he invincible? Of course not. Richt has 2-3 losing seasons in a row and people’s whispers will turn into roars. But it’s going to take quite a bit more than that to come from me. The man not only wins, but wins with class. As far as I’m concerned he is the head coach of my alma mater until he wants to retire.

dawgstephen

June 23rd, 2009
11:16 am

Freddie, thanks for the comment, and i respect it. Entering my 11th season of season tickets, and the contribution that i make every year, i do support them.

On another note, i have jeff owens on my radio show this week. Links to online archives coming soon.

Go dawgs

m

June 23rd, 2009
11:19 am

I like men;)

reservoirDAWG

June 23rd, 2009
11:20 am

Bill, are you getting paid by the topic?

getthepicturenow

June 23rd, 2009
11:24 am

John Pennington is also a columnist for the Knoxville News Sentinal, coincidence? i think not. i can’t imagine why he would want to point the “hot seat” finger at other schools. shocking. Richt is fine and UGA could not get an “upgrade” for him right now.

guy.

June 23rd, 2009
11:26 am

rebuilding year? what happened to all that ‘we dont rebuild, we reload’ talk?

Coach D

June 23rd, 2009
11:27 am

I think Richt is a great coach. Yeah 10-3 was dissapointing but in comparision to what Auburn and Tennessee went through last year, I’ll take 10-3 anyday.

As for the Florida problem, let’s keep in mind that those Florida teams have been pretty good the last few years. With the exception of last season’s blowout, Richt has had as good of success as anyone in playing and handed Florida one of it’s worst losses to date under Urban Meyer. I can deal with losing to the Gators if they are better than us. What I don’t like seeing is what happened during the Ron Zook era, where Florida would be 8-4 or 7-5 but could still beat UGA. UGA lost those games in 2002 and 2003 because they tried too hard and because Florida was in their head. Richt shouldn’t have lost a single game against Ron Zook. Those loses were terrible to endure.

Tom

June 23rd, 2009
11:28 am

While it’s common to parrot the idea that Donnan’s record vs the Big 3 (and 3 straight L’s to Tech) were his ticket out of SAthens, there were MANY more factors involved. Those “in the know” will confirm that the high-profile losses were a convenient excuse.

Otto

June 23rd, 2009
11:28 am

m, Donnan wasn’t fired for 3 loss GT. It was going 1-4 against UT and 1-4 against UF that cost him the job.

m

June 23rd, 2009
11:29 am

I am still a loser

The DAWG

June 23rd, 2009
11:30 am

olddawg – why don’t you come up with an original name or one more accurate, such as oldbee! Where do you get your numbers. Ever take a math class or look at the record book?
Mark Richt will be around for a long time, and will make Paul Johnson work very hard for any more wins. PJ is a fine coach, probably much more realistic than his delusional fans, and will hopefully be able to turn the rivalry back into something worth watching by producing some decent teams. Hey, some rate GT to win the ACC this year! Not the SEC, but somewhere down the line.

Mark Richt

June 23rd, 2009
11:34 am

Golly dangit, I wish I was Urban Meyer. Or Nick Saban. Or Les Miles. I know we win some games, but we’ll never win the big one. Isn’t that enough? Leave me alone.

PAC 10 Homer

June 23rd, 2009
11:34 am

Doesnt matter how many games UGA wins or loses.

If CMR loses just one more to GT & CPJ, “guaran-damn-tee” CMR will be on the hot seat. This year, go 8-4 or 7-5 AND lose to GT, and there’ll be riots in Athens.

UGA expects to lose to FL. They dont expect to lose to GT.

If GA went 11-0 and lost to GT, the dawg nation would be in revolt.

Otto

June 23rd, 2009
11:34 am

Tom I agree there was more going on behind the scenes than just the losses. However you can not win once every 5 years against your 2 biggest division rivals in the SEC and expect to keep the job at UGA, UT, UF, LSU, Bama or Auburn.

HH

June 23rd, 2009
11:35 am

Let him get his “axx” beat by Urban a few more years without beating him in return, then see if the tune changes.

coachdawg 2000

June 23rd, 2009
11:35 am

Don’t you techies have your own blog. Oh, that’s right you need a marketing firm to draw attention to your irrelevent trade school. Good luck with all of that.

Cuz

June 23rd, 2009
11:35 am

The only hot seat Richt will be is the heated seats in his Ford pickup.

Cuz

June 23rd, 2009
11:36 am

should be “on” after be.

Gator Fan

June 23rd, 2009
11:36 am

That would suck if UGA started getting tired of Richt all because he couldn’t beat Florida a majority of the time. He is a class act (minus the celebration that “went out of hand”, which ultimately paid dividends in the long run see NC) and does very well against every team e/x Florida on a regular basis. Auburn was stupid to run Tubberville out of town, and UGA would be a fool to want greatness, get rid of Richt who has them at good every season, and end up w/ someone like Kiffin who can only take you to mediocrity. One bad season does not mean you should be fired, see Auburn’s mistake.

Southside

June 23rd, 2009
11:36 am

CMR couldnt hold Vince’s jock. At least VD delvered the NC.

Cuz

June 23rd, 2009
11:38 am

Right now, say in the Urban era, who beats UF on a consistent basis? Anyone, anyone, Bueller?

Otto

June 23rd, 2009
11:38 am

PAC10 I think you need to go back to west coast as you don’t know much about the culture at UGA. UF and Tenn are the big games in Athens and depending on who you talk to Auburn comes in above GT. If CMR beats UF next year and falls to Auburn and GT he will not be on the hot seat. 11-1 with a loss to GT would sure heat up the game but it would not put him on the hot seat with just that 1 game. CWM maybe but not CMR.

camdendevil

June 23rd, 2009
11:38 am

We should have had a national championship by now. If there were a playoff system we would. The championship is media driven. The gaytors, Ohio State and others will always get the benefit of the doubt.

Cuz

June 23rd, 2009
11:39 am

Who would want to hold Vince’s jock? Yuccckk.