Dogs’ ‘golden era’ … for now

 

Vince Dooley era commemorated (University of Georgia)

Vince Dooley era commemorated (University of Georgia)

As part of its College Football Preview, out today, USA Today looked at the history of all 120 programs in the Bowl Subdivision and picked the “golden era” for each one. 

For some schools, that means going way back (Vandy’s heyday was 1926-1930) while Florida is in the midst of its golden era since Urban Meyer arrived, the paper says. 

Alabama’s golden era is pegged as 1961-66, when Bear Bryant went 50-4-1 and claimed three national championships. The Bear also accounted for Kentucky’s golden era, 1949-51, when he went 28-8, took the Wildcats to the Orange, Sugar and Cotton bowls and won the 1950 SEC championship.

Auburn’s prime years were 1955-60, USA Today says, when Ralph “Shug” Jordan went 49-10-2, won the 1957 AP national championship and finished fourth in 1958 with a 9-0-1 record. For Tennessee, the paper opts for the years 1938-40, three consecutive unbeaten seasons under Gen. Robert Neyland, instead of the years when UT won national championships (1951 under Neyland and 1998 under Phil Fulmer). 

Poor South Carolina’s so-called golden era is 1979-80, when Heisman winner George Rogers led the Gamecocks to consecutive 8-4 seasons and berths in the Hall of Fame and Gator bowls. What a legacy.

As for Georgia Tech, the paper goes with 1951-53, when the Jackets went 17-1-1 and shared a national championship in 1952. What, a 3-point win over the Dogs last year doesn’t qualify as a golden era? That’ll be news to some Tech fans.

Not surprisingly, USA Today’s choice as UGA’s golden era is 1980-83, when Vince Dooley’s Bulldogs were 43-4-1, Herschel Walker won the Heisman and the undefeated 1980 Dogs took the national championship.

It’s hard to argue with that choice, since Wally Butts’ best years in the 1940s during the Sinkwich-Trippi era, including the 1942 consensus national championship and the undefeated 1946 team that one poll ranked at No. 1, were sandwiched around a couple of mediocre war-years seasons. 

Certainly, the Mark Richt era, with two SEC titles, six 10-win Top 10 teams and an 82-22 record so far, could be called the Dogs’ “silver” era. Add a national title to that run and even Dooley loyalists likely would concede the golden era designation with no argument.

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L-Dawg

August 26th, 2009
10:32 am

GLORY GLORY TO OLE’ GEORGIA!!!!

LOVE TO LOVE MY TEAM, AND NOT HATE/ENVY ANOTHER!!!!

GO DAWGS!!!!

10 SHORT DAYS MY FRIENDS!!!!!!!

Chamblee Dawg

August 26th, 2009
10:40 am

Sic Em'

August 26th, 2009
10:41 am

I don’t think there is an argument, and the numbers and results speak for themselves from 80′-83′. I am too young to remember those years, but just being a true Dawg fan, I am proud of that historic time frame between the hedges.

As for Tech, a guess a “shared” national title would be cream-of-the-crop to that program, over half a century ago. I agree with you Bill, you would think they are in their golden era now after a sloppy 3 point beating of a injured, stuggling UGA team in miserable weather. But let them talk, let them party, let them continue to show their ___ on the UGA blogs…. man it’s going to make Nov 28th a sweet sweet victory!!!

Goooooooooooo Dawgs!!! Sic Em’!!!!

Saint Simon

August 26th, 2009
10:47 am

i forget wat i am gonna said

Corrine Brown

August 26th, 2009
10:48 am

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GeoffDawg

August 26th, 2009
10:52 am

I see we’re in the current golden era for Okie State after three straight bowl appearances. I would add that a $165 million check from T. Boone is probably the icing on the cake.

Kendawg

August 26th, 2009
10:55 am

Will any Dawg fan ever forget 1980-82 when Herschel was the most dominant player in the nation? Will we ever have another running back who could domanate games like he could? I’d like to think that with a very good offensive line that Richard Samuel could approach his dominance. Well, time will tell.

GeoffDawg

August 26th, 2009
11:03 am

I’m sorry Kendawg but as good as I think Samuel will be, saying that he could approach Herschel is a bit of a stretch. Herschel is a once in a lifetime type of player.

45-42

August 26th, 2009
11:05 am

that sixth paragraph was a low blow haha. hope yall go 11-1 with an unhappy thanksgiving. but richt should make it a golden era for yall, he is a hell of a coach and the reason for the (temporary) fsu demise

SimpleDawg

August 26th, 2009
11:10 am

Clearly, Georgia’s Golden Era is the ‘80 – ‘83 seasons when UGA was the most dominate program in the nation. It was extra-special to have the best player in the country wearing the Red and Black.

What’s even better is to have 3-4 other eras of notoriety that require strong consideration.

It is great to be a Georgia Bulldog…..

What 2 college teams have played in all 4 of the original Big Bowls ( Rose, Sugar, Orange, Cotton ) ?

dap01

August 26th, 2009
11:12 am

Samuel can not even surpass Moreno. Samuel will NEVER be in Herchels class.

Did you ever watch Herchel?

Herman Archie

August 26th, 2009
11:14 am

Georgia and Notre Shame?

dap01

August 26th, 2009
11:14 am

To take it a step further, Samuel would not even be starting except for an injury to King. Is King in Herchels class? Is Samuel in Garrison’s class? Davis’s class? Rodney Hampton’s class?

Go Dawgs!

BurningRedBleedingBlack

August 26th, 2009
11:15 am

Bring another Golden era Mark Richt Go dawgs GOD Bless UGA and Staff

Ryan

August 26th, 2009
11:19 am

The Dawgs are destined to be good but not too good under Richt. When the “Golden Era” consists of 2 SEC titles and nothing else, that isn’t anything to get excited about. I would prefer Florida’s golden era (now) or Alabama’s golden era (60s – 80s), or LSU’s golden era (now). It depressing.

W-Dawg

August 26th, 2009
11:24 am

You said it L-Dawg. This could be a special year in Athens. GO DAWGS!!!

Try selling out a 55,000 seat stadium......

August 26th, 2009
11:26 am

Tech’s Golden era will surely be when they have their first sellout since god knows when. Maybe if they started playing their games at Grady High School over by the park, they would have a more intimidating atmosphere.

****FREE Tech football ticket with proven ties to a Bin Laden!!!!*****

SimpleDawg

August 26th, 2009
11:29 am

The only 2 teams to play in and win all 4 of the original Big Bowls ( Rose, Sugar, Orange, Cotton ) are:

UGA & GT

See, we do have something in common.

shards1967

August 26th, 2009
11:32 am

The fun thing about UGA’s program is EXPECTATIONS baby. We have them because we have a solid, highly regarded ACADEMICS driven school AND A GREAT FOOTBALL TRADITION over what? 60-70 years??? The 40s, late 50s, the 60s, 70s and the 80s and 90s( with Donnan) and now with CMR over his last 8 years.

If Richt can ease ONE NC into his seasonal mix within three or four great years (10-2s) starting say with last year or the year prior, then that will only confirm the greatness of the program.

One NC will do it and time will tell over the enxt 3 or 4 season. Geez, our record speaks for itself anyway. UGA is one of the consistently WINNING programs over the entire USA.

Tech? We are coming to see you boys. Get your turbans, your Korans and Nside Dr car jacking thugs ready, cause you will need them.

chazzo

August 26th, 2009
11:36 am

Urban the weasel hasn’t been at UF long enough to have an era, much less a golden one. Maybe a golden shower.

The golden era would have to go to the Spurrier/Wuerfel (sp?) years. How quickly we forget.

Nick

August 26th, 2009
11:36 am

Bill, I loved your South Carolina & Tech comments!

I’m ready to tee this thing up. The suspense is killing me!

Go Dawgs!

Try selling out a 55,000 seat stadium......

August 26th, 2009
11:38 am

***** FREE Tech football ticket with valid police report of mugging within 4 blocks of campus!!! *****

Cuz

August 26th, 2009
11:43 am

I saw Herschel play and would speak to him on Campus whenever we met up because he was from my neck of the woods. He was a once in a lifetime back. He should have won two Heisman’s instead of the one. That freshman bias hurt him in 1980.

Richard Samuel could be a very good back. He could put up some big numbers. But it really is not fair to compare him to the incomparable Herschel Walker.

Dawgaholic

August 26th, 2009
11:43 am

Hunker down u guys!!

Cuz

August 26th, 2009
11:45 am

I don’t know chazzo, if the Urban Legend and his disciple can bring home another Crystal football and Heisman trophy this year, I have to go with the Legend.

PTC DAWG

August 26th, 2009
11:59 am

Richt has done VERY well, all the while playing 8 or 9 conference games a year. Dooley made it on 6 SEC games and rarely playing Bama.

Gator Growl

August 26th, 2009
12:04 pm

Florida’s golden era started with SOS, was interupted 3 years by the Zooker and now has entered pure platinum under the Pope Urban. Early 80’s were Dawg daze…

ChuckWDawg

August 26th, 2009
12:04 pm

I was a freshman at UGA in the fall 1980 that graduated with the spring class of ‘84 and have been spoiled ever since. By the 1982 season we Dawg fans strolled down to Sanford just knowing we were going to win the game and relished the luxury of that giddy confidence. Even when we no longer had Herschel, when we finally lost a home game to Auburn and Bo Jackson late in ‘83 it seemed like a fuzzy surreal bad dream you couldn’t wake from. That was definitely a Golden Age.

Roll Tide Roll

August 26th, 2009
12:08 pm

Only the Tide has a true golden era. Going undefeated without even playing Alabama in 1980 is lightly pathetic as a golden era.

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GeoffDawg

August 26th, 2009
12:13 pm

Can you expand on the term “lightly pathetic”? It sounds like a mini putdown.

Parkland Dawg

August 26th, 2009
12:19 pm

I attended Georgia durning the Golden Era of 1980 to 1984. The only home game we lost, was the last game of my senior year to Auburn. In order for Richt’s tenure to be considered golden, not only do we need a NC, but we also should be beating Florida on a regular basis. Until we accomplish those two issues, I consider these times to be a silver second.

Cuz

August 26th, 2009
12:19 pm

Roll Tide Roll is somewhat delusional.

GeoffDawg

August 26th, 2009
12:20 pm

Yes, I also agree that this is a “silver” era of Georgia football. It’s definitely an upgrade from the bronze Donnan and tin foil Goff eras though.

Ed

August 26th, 2009
12:22 pm

Roll Tide, Georgia had better teams than ‘Bama did from ‘80-’83. Not playing Alabama during that period was the Tide’s good fortune, not ours.

As I recall, we had a big win against Bama in ‘65, right smack in the middle of the Bear’s “golden years.” 21-0 in ‘76 was sweet as well. 3 out of 4 this decade isn’t bad, either. When it comes to Alabama, Georgia has more than held its own over the years.

SuperB

August 26th, 2009
12:22 pm

All Richt needs is a national championship! The Butts and Dooley eras were fabulous, but Richt can still top them.

Blackberry Cobbler

August 26th, 2009
12:26 pm

Dooley produced 3 “Golden” years out of how many total in his tenure?

If and when CMR wins a NC, I think if he stays at UGA his record of total accomplishment will far exceed Dooley.

And that’s a tough statement for me to make because I’m not a huge CMR fan. I think his teams have underacheived for the talent they’ve had.

not a dog grad

August 26th, 2009
12:26 pm

Instead of golden, this dogz season will be known as the “BOOKEND” season…lose the first to a ranked team and lose the last to a ranked team! What will happen in between??

GT4Ever

August 26th, 2009
12:29 pm

How can you label it a Golden Era minus The National Championship.

GatorNation

August 26th, 2009
12:32 pm

Oh yeah, can’t beat UF and no NC. Real good era Mr. Ritch!!!!!!

simon saints

August 26th, 2009
12:34 pm

42-45..haha..and we still suck

Ed

August 26th, 2009
12:36 pm

That’s golden ERAS, not years, Blackberry. If golden years are what you’re after, then Dooley produced ‘66, ‘68, ‘71 and ‘76 as well. ‘78 was also a special year – 9-2-1 with a team that was supposed to be his worst. What makes Dooley’s entire tenure golden was his success against Tech and Florida.

GeoffDawg

August 26th, 2009
12:38 pm

GatorNation – he’s beaten UF twice and has been shafted for a NC shot twice. I’m confident that he’ll get there. BTW – the names Richt, not Ritch.

Ed

August 26th, 2009
12:38 pm

1985 was golden for no other reason than the 24-3 beatdown of No. 1 ranked Florida. I can still see Worley and Henderson galloping down the field on those long TD runs.

Mike T.

August 26th, 2009
12:45 pm

Only the Tide has a true golden era. Going undefeated without even playing Alabama in 1980 is lightly pathetic as a golden era.

Bama couldn’t have stop Herschel.

George P. Burdell

August 26th, 2009
12:46 pm

I’m pretty sure Penn St. and Bama have also won the 4 traditional majors. In fact, I think Joe Pa has actually won all of them as a head coach.

WATERDONZI

August 26th, 2009
12:49 pm

saint simons is bill dart

HT

August 26th, 2009
12:49 pm

With such a weak staff it won’t happen.

Mike T.

August 26th, 2009
12:51 pm

lose the first to a ranked team and lose the last to a ranked team

Only three points and a second half let down by Georgia’s defense separate Paul Johnson from Chan Gailey.
42-45 a fluke!

gdawginkalamazoo

August 26th, 2009
12:51 pm

UGA has the Herschel era. Florida has the Tebow era. Herschel was simply the greatest college running back of all time. Tebow is currently racking up his legend as the greatest college QB of all time. If Richt gets an NC then we will being enjoying UGA’s golden era no doubt. Richt is still learning how to be a complete coach. Few tweaks here and there and he will get an NC.