Paul Finebaum, the Mobile Press-Register columnist and radio personality who serves as the Matt Drudge of the SEC media circuit, now has turned his attention from Urban Meyer ostensibly going to Notre Dame and has declared that Mark Richt is teetering on the hot seat.
Finebaum starts off by calling Georgia’s season last year “a house of horrors.” Even though the Dogs won the Capital One Bowl “to finish with a solid 10-3 record,” he says,” it was too little, too late. The damage was done and fans have been grumbling ever since.”
He touches on Richt’s supposed shortcomings, including not being enough of a disciplinarian and not having the “steely determination” and “ruthless no bend or break approach” of an Urban Meyer or Nick Saban. But “the one thing you hear more than any concern,” Finebaum says, “is the national championship. There is a feeling among some in the Georgia fan base that Richt simply can’t get it done.”
With Georgia facing another tough schedule this year, Finebaum treads the same path as MrSEC.com did last month, saying that “should Georgia stumble out of the gate, expect the pressure to intensify on Richt. Fair or unfair, it’s the reality of college football.”
Overall, though, Finebaum’s main argument seems to be that if it could happen to Tommy Tuberville and Phil Fulmer, it can happen to Richt.
I realize that in the state where Finebaum works the fan bases tend to have a love/hate relationship with their coaches; they either elevate them to sainthood or start sending projectiles through their windows at the first sign of trouble.
But the idea that Georgia would even consider getting rid of a 10-win-a-year coach because he hasn’t won a national championship is patently absurd.
Even if the wheels came off this year and Georgia won, say, less than eight games, Richt would not be anywhere near the so-called hot seat. Now, if the Dogs lost four or five games because opponents were continuing to roll up 30-plus points, the same could not be said for defensive coordinator Willie Martinez. Richt undoubtedly would feel pressure to make a staff change there.
But Richt teetering on the hot seat? That’s about as likely as Tim Tebow breaking a sweat in the Charleston Southern game.