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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San Francisco Dawg

August 26th, 2009
12:52 pm

In that same USA Today section on College Football it had Sagarin’s college football ratings…these ratings, in my opinion, are better than the AP, USA Today or any other polls because of its scientific approach to rating teams like team schedules, etc…It has Georgia number 7! Georgia Tech was out of the top 40 at number 42…I believe both are very accurate…Go Dawgs!

Who Cares?

August 26th, 2009
12:55 pm

richard cranium

August 26th, 2009
12:56 pm

Over 100 years of football and only 1 National Championship that happened before the internet was created.. how sad..

Too bad you can’t bring back Herschel.

By the way, Georgia Tech has 4 National Championships, Tennessee has 6 and Florida has several… Oh, but you guys do seem to win that Pre-Season National Championship every year. Congratulations!!

59bulldawg

August 26th, 2009
12:59 pm

Well said Cuz! Samuel could be very good but Herschel was a beast! I was at every home game save one when he played and I’ve never seen a back who was a threat to score every time he touched the ball. Herschel was that good! As for the Richt era, he’s been very good! But he’s gonna have to kick it up a notch or two before we can apply the phrase “golden era.” When Herschel played we expected to win every game. So far in the Richt era we try to figure out where we might trip up and what 2-3 games we might lose. To be honest it was like that with Dooley too before Herschel. But an athlete like HW changes everything though . . . confidence, expectations, and achievement. We don’t have another Herschel but we might an athlete or two who could step up and dramatically change this team’s fortunes and perhaps soon lead us back into the college football elite. I certainly hope so and feel good about this team’s potential.

THWG

August 26th, 2009
12:59 pm

I’m a ramblin wreck from GA Tech,
a h3ll of an engineer!

How can UGA justify this as a “Golden Era”? CMR always plays to his opponents…that’s not the sign of a good team or a good coach. While GT may not have the talent that UGA has year in and year out, GT certainly has more heart and determination than the Dogs of Athens. Until UGA stops recruiting based on talent alone, they will never succeed as a program under CMR. To justify the true talent of an individual, you must look beyond their talent and into their goals, aspirations, heart, and determination. That, my friends, is why GT will flourish under CPJ. We couldn’t care less about stars (*) given to a player by scout.com or rivals.com.

FYI…the Golden Era of GT Football is right around the corner…just wait and see!

gdawginkalamazoo

August 26th, 2009
1:01 pm

Cuz, I haven’t been on these much lately, I hope all went as well as possible at the Mayo for your daughter.

Matt

August 26th, 2009
1:04 pm

Until UGA has a National Championship under Richt I will say that he is a good coach, not a great coach. Meyer, Saban, Carroll, Brown, Tressel, Spurrier (can’t get the atlhetes he needs at S.C.) these are GREAT coaches.

Reality Check

August 26th, 2009
1:06 pm

I think yech golden age was the 3 years it took George Godsey to run that 40 yard touchdown on an option play in Athens, what was that 2000? I think it’s funny yech shared a national championship over 50 years ago and and we won in 1980, why can’t they wake up!?! They need a reality check!

gdawginkalamazoo

August 26th, 2009
1:08 pm

“We couldn’t care less about stars (*) given to a player by scout.com or rivals.com”. Good attitude there THGW, why worry about something you will never see at Tech.

GeoffDawg

August 26th, 2009
1:09 pm

I don’t know if I necessarily buy into the argument that you have to win a MNC to be considered a great coach. Especially in light of the fact that without a playoff, there’s so much in terms of politics that goes into who get a shot. I agree that it helps solidify the issue but there are coaches with titles who simply aren’t that good and coaches without titles that I would pick to start a new program with any day. Would anybody consider Dan Marino to be just a good QB even though he never won the Superbowl?

SimpleDawg

August 26th, 2009
1:11 pm

Burdell…I stand corrected. Bammer and PSU have also won both. I must’ve left out some part of the story in my question.

Heck, Joe Pa is the only guy old enough to have coached long enough to go back to the days before conference tie-ins and still be around today. I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that he coached Gerald Ford, Pop Warner, and Knute Rockne.

Pago Flyer

August 26th, 2009
1:12 pm

Well of course nothing means anything if we can’t ever beat FL again!

Richt?

August 26th, 2009
1:14 pm

Richt ain’t in the class with Meyer or Saban or several others Georgia is a around the 10th best program, good years a little better bad years….
When was the last win against a really good team? None last year, not Hawaii, not Tech, not Auburn, oh yea we upset Florida once……

Tide Rising

August 26th, 2009
1:15 pm

Simpledawg,

Actually UGA and Tech aren’t the only teams to have played in those 4 bowls. Bama has played in all 4 of those bowls, sugar, orange, rose, and cotton. I wouldn’t be surprised if UT had played in all 4 either since I know UT has at least been in the rose and sugar and given their history it would be hard to believe they’ve never been in the orange or cotton bowls

Kendawg

August 26th, 2009
1:15 pm

Actually, since I had season tickets even before the Herschel era, I saw Herschel play many times during his tenure. I didn’t say that Samuel would match Herschel; I said perhaps he could approach Herschel. Can’t you read English? Let’s give Samuel a little time to prove or disprove this speculation. And I don’t buy the proposition that King would have been the starting tailback. Samuel had already outplayed King during the early scrimmages. The handwriting was on the wall.

can't tackle, huh?

August 26th, 2009
1:20 pm

If beating the dogs counts, then Techs Johnson must be golden!

gdawginkalamazoo

August 26th, 2009
1:24 pm

Geoffdawg, same with Tarkenton.

GeoffDawg

August 26th, 2009
1:24 pm

Kendawg, if Samuel can approach 1800 yards a season (in more games) and the SEC touchdown record, then I think we’ll all be extremely happy Dawg fans.

GeoffDawg

August 26th, 2009
1:25 pm

Yes, very good point on Tarkenton. I even have his autograph at home. Don’t know why that didn’t occur to me.

gdawginkalamazoo

August 26th, 2009
1:26 pm

Whether it is Samuel or King or one of the other guys back there, they need to play with the same fire that Moreno had. Moreno was a game changer with just his attitude and energy. Not a vocal leader but leader by example.

BruffDawg

August 26th, 2009
1:31 pm

2004 Big win against defending national champs at home LSU. 2005 SEC title win over higher ranked LSU. Bama at their house one and done, blackout at home, Florida 2004 2007, Hobnail, Greene to johnson. None of these are big wins?

Tide Rising

August 26th, 2009
1:31 pm

Geoffdawg,

So the Goff era at UGA was Georgia’s tin foil era. Have to admit that gave me a chuckle. I reckon I would likewise have to call the Shula era at Bama our tinfoil era.

In referenece to Bama and UGA not playing 1980-1983 that was a shame. In 1980 we were coming off 2 consecutive national titles and had teams renowned for great defense,especially the 79 team with the goal line stand against Penn State. If anyone could have stopped or at least slowed down Herschel during his era it would have been us. 1981-1982 we still had good teams also even though we were starting to ebb a little bit. I’m certainly not saying we would have won though against the great Herschel led Gerogia teams.

Hypothetically if we had we played Georgia the 3 years Herschel was there it wouldn’t surprise me if Georgia won all 3. It just would have been great to see the 2 teams play with Bama being the team of the decade of the 70s and Georgia taking over the torch in the early 80s. Too bad football fans never got to see that.

The great thing about nowadays is that 2 teams of that caliber would be almost impossible not to meet in the sec. The rotating inter division play guarantees we get to play teams like UGA and UF 4 of every 8 years and if we had an era like Herschel and Bama in the early 80s it would be hard not to see the 2 face off at least twice in the seccg. It makes you realize just how much better the football scheduling is nowadays.

Paddy

August 26th, 2009
1:42 pm

CMR is going to need a NC. I believe he can do it and very soon. This years team is going to be a pleasent surprise starting with a 10 point win at Okie St.

ZP

August 26th, 2009
1:44 pm

Tide Rising- he said played in AND WON all 4. Bama has not done this only 4 teams including UGA and Ga Tech have

Richard cranium- actually that would be 5 NCs. Of course, back then there was no BCS and no defined NC but if you are going to claim 4, then by that standard, we claim 5. and don’t forget, you shared the one in 1990. would that be 3.5?? and UF has 3, not several. Also, until last year, UGA had never been ranked #1 in the preseason so I wouldn’t say that we “seem to win that Pre-Season National Championship every year”. You’re an ignorant moron. Until you know what you are talking about, go away!

chazzo

August 26th, 2009
1:46 pm

Urban Meyer is a weasel. Just look at him… 100% weasel.

AceDawg

August 26th, 2009
1:51 pm

Wasn’t old enough for the early 80’s era, but any era with a national title is the best era. Hopefully Richt finds a way sometime. We’ve knocked on the door several times.

Eastside Jacket

August 26th, 2009
1:52 pm

Simpledawg you better include Oklahoma too. And it’s not PLAYED in all four major bowls but WON all four of the major bowls. Your list of two has now grown to five (but I’m pretty sure that’s it).

BruffDawg

August 26th, 2009
1:55 pm

My Mama told me not to grow up to be a cowboy, so i became a bulldawg instead.

43

August 26th, 2009
1:59 pm

The Golden era- last 20 years- Georgia vs. Florida, Georgia-4 wins, Florida-16 wins

0 National Championships

45ACP

August 26th, 2009
2:01 pm

I believe Richard Samuel will be a very good back for Georgia. I watched him at Cass High. He was also an outstanding linebacker.
There was just one Herschel Walker. The good folks of Wrightsville GA. have signs up in recognition of Herschel when you enter the city limits.

Topp Dogg

August 26th, 2009
2:04 pm

UGA will win a NC before GT will,this you can bet on.

Tide Rising

August 26th, 2009
2:05 pm

ZP,

I understand that he’s talking about played and won. I just left that out. We have also won all 4 of the major bowls and someone pointed out that Penn State has done the same.

Not only has Bama won all 4 of these bowls but we are more than likely the only team that has won each of these bowls multiple times. We’ve won the Rose bowl and Orange bowl 4 times each, we won the Cotton bowl 3 times, and we won the sugar 8 times. I seriously doubt anybody else can claim having won all of these bowls multiple times.

GatorNation

August 26th, 2009
2:15 pm

If and buts were candy and nuts…if this or that would have happened. You UGA fans are funny. Just go out and do it and quit making excuses. You’ll always be second teir to us. Now Alabama has Saban, make that third teir…oh wait, LSU has righted their ship. Make that forth teir. OMG, GT has PJ now. You might not even be the best in state. You guys will continue to recruit but the one thing your coach can’t do is coach. You always lose one game that puts you out of the picture. 1980 is all you guys have. That’s pathetic. When you actually do someting, talk to me!!!!! You ready for another beat down. Joe Cox, HA HA HA HA HA!!!!

Bow Wow

August 26th, 2009
2:17 pm

Richt’s teams are going to be known for bad sportsmanship, like dancing in the end zone, player arrests, and penalties, regardless of their win-loss record.

GeoffDawg

August 26th, 2009
2:27 pm

I’m surprised you remember back to 1980 GatorNation. I thought football wasn’t invented until the 90’s? Still waiting on that undefeated season down in Gainesville….

GatorNation

August 26th, 2009
2:38 pm

Geoffdawg…It’s all about what have you done for me lately, is’nt it?!!!! I loved watch Walker play but that’s the past. We live in the here and now. As long as you win NC’s baby!!!! That’s all that counts. It doesn’t matter how many you lose along the way just as long as you WIN baby!!!! You will never win one as long as UF, Bama and LSU are beating you up.

Playing football since 1991

August 26th, 2009
2:40 pm

Geoffdawg,

But be glad about one thing. Bow wow is right. Can’t nobody dance the way Knowshon could. Ya’ll can taunt and dance on the sidelines (Auburn game), on the opposing teams logo(Vandy game), or in the end zone for unsportsmanlike penalites (Fla. 2007). Saint richt talks a good game but the bottom line is that your team is comprised of thugs with no class, no respect for the game, no sportsmanship with all that dang dancing. Play football and quit the dancing routines you clowns.

Saint Simons

August 26th, 2009
2:48 pm

Roddy Jones just scored again!!!!!!!!!!!! hahahahahahahahahahahaha

GeoffDawg

August 26th, 2009
2:51 pm

Can’t argue against the recent past with UF but you should probably double check your facts otherwise. Georgia has the advantage in recent history against both Bama and LSU. This includes a Tiger beatdown just last season in Baton Rouge.

Regarding 1991’s post, I don’t see any correlation between occassional dancing and thuggish behavior. A more germane question would be to ask if you’ve read anything about your own team over the last few years. I know it’s easy to be blinded by Tebow’s shiny a$$ but does using a dead girl’s credit card and breaking into an impound lot ring any bells?

GatorNation

August 26th, 2009
2:51 pm

Richt will never be as good as coach as Meyer, Saban or Miles. Hence, NO Championships!!!!! He’s now second behind GT’s Johnson.

GeoffDawg

August 26th, 2009
3:00 pm

Well played sir…

gdawginkalamazoo

August 26th, 2009
3:05 pm

chazzo, nobody will argue with you on that one. But a very successful weasel at that.

SWFLJacket

August 26th, 2009
3:06 pm

Go Gators!!!

gdawginkalamazoo

August 26th, 2009
3:27 pm

GatorNation, jealous of Coach Richt and the Bulldogs.

45ACP

August 26th, 2009
3:42 pm

Seems like I read a story about 24 arrests under Urbans watch……

GatorNation

August 26th, 2009
3:43 pm

gdawginkalamazoo…Why would I be jealous of inferior coaching and team. You guys danced around acouple of years ago and showed your childish mentality and then we came back and 49-10 wipping on your puppies, nuf said. How many titles have your beloved pups won this decade? I’m really jealous of Joe Cox, HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!!!!

UGA_Alum_93

August 26th, 2009
3:44 pm

Does Tech ever win a Championship that they don’t share with some other school?

GatorNation

August 26th, 2009
3:45 pm

UGA can’t even come up with an original school song. That’s sad. No jealousy here at all!!!!!!!

Its a gator world

August 26th, 2009
3:49 pm

Geoffdawg,

i don’t think anyone brags about beating the bammers earlier this century. They were pretty depleted from their probation and every one was beating those mediocre teams so I wouldn’t brag too much bout that. I’ll give them a little bit of a break cause of scholarship losses but as you found out last year they are a different beast when not being beaten down by probation. They and Ole Miss gave us our only tough games all year and I’ll be far more worried about them then I will you. And btw, TIm tebow does shine like the messiah dont he.

UGA_Alum_93

August 26th, 2009
3:50 pm

GatorNation: Congrats on last year. How much did it cost to pay those refs off? When you got ‘em in your back pocket like you did last year that is the kind of score you can run up.