Richt aiming high has not hurt UGA

Mark Richt has shown he's serious about upgrading Georgia's defense. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Mark Richt has shown he's serious about upgrading Georgia's defense. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Time for some perspective. You want to see a college football program damaged by a coaching search, look at the University of Tennessee and what their successful but misguided pursuit of Lane Kiffin last year has yielded.

But spare me the wailing and hyperbole about the state of the program in Athens. The idea that Mark Richt’s unsuccessful pursuit of three high-profile defensive coordinator candidates has inflicted humiliation and damage on his program might make for lively blogging, but it’s far removed from reality.

The fact that Bud Foster, John Chavis and Kirby Smart all were long-shots with no reason to leave their present jobs needs to be kept in mind. Maybe in a more gentlemanly era they wouldn’t have used Richt’s interest as public leverage to pry some more bucks out of their current bosses, but that’s unfortunately the way it’s done these days. And at least Richt and Damon Evans have put to rest the notion that Georgia is too tight-fisted to go after big names.

Sure, the protracted uncertainty about the DC might prompt some of Georgia’s recruits to look elsewhere. But odds are that was going to happen anyway in the wake of Willie Martinez’s firing. And depending on who the new DC is, the Dogs could attract a player or two who initially wasn’t leaning toward Georgia. One defensive recruiting class isn’t going to make or break the program.

It’s a turbulent era in college coaching, and while luring Smart away from national champion Alabama would have generated some feel-good PR, I’m not sure it would have done much for UGA in the long run. Chances are he would have been gone from Athens in a year or two when he got offered a head coaching job. That’s the problem with going after a hot young name. Call it the Tubby Smith Syndrome.

What matters isn’t the journey but where we end up.

The bottom line on Richt’s search won’t be evident until the new defensive coordinator is in place and we see how much (or if) Georgia’s defense improves. Whether it’s an assistant from the NFL, a relatively unknown DC from a smaller program or some biggie whose name hasn’t yet surfaced, it won’t matter a lick if Georgia’s scoring defense doesn’t get better.

And if the defense does once again become a strength for the Dogs and Georgia returns to contention for the SEC East title, no one is going to care or remember how long the search took or who said no along the way.

Humiliated? Damaged? Hogwash.

A couple of other thoughts on the defensive coordinator search:

Rumors are again circulating that Brian VanGorder might be interested in returning to Athens. I think that would be a mistake on both sides. The odds would be against VanGorder being able to recapture the “magic” of his era at UGA (which was helped considerably by talent he inherited from the previous coaching staff). And his job history in recent years doesn’t indicate he’d be likely to stick around very long anyway. Rehiring him would not be a step forward. …

Remember all those folks with “inside” information or “close ties” to Richt who kept assuring us all through the dalliances with Foster and Chavis that the hiring of Smart was already a “done deal” or that he was “signed and delivered” and just waiting for the BCS game to be over to make the announcement? Keep that in mind the next time someone offers up the “inside” word.

292 comments Add your comment

sarfdawg

January 13th, 2010
10:02 am

First? Is that how this game works?

sarfdawg

January 13th, 2010
10:05 am

VanGorder would really be a mistake? Really? He’s the most successful D coordinator Georgia had since Erk, and the defenses lack of success since he left is even more of an indicator. The Falcons defense has been well below average, and Georgia/VanGorder would be a very comfortable fit. That said, I’d still be surprised if it happened. Lot of pride on that man’s end.

Dawg Stephen

January 13th, 2010
10:06 am

Bill, my inside source told me at the Tenn Tech game that every defensive player was gone except Garner….thats a pretty good head start on when it actually happened.

This same source told me it was KIRBY, but Kirby changed his mind. Im sticking with my source, when I hear something, I will let you know that was you can report it before the others.

StuDawg

January 13th, 2010
10:06 am

WELL SAID! I agree 100%.

dap01

January 13th, 2010
10:06 am

Kirby: It’s not that you turned up down, it that you strung us along.

WonderDawg

January 13th, 2010
10:06 am

keep telling yourself that.

StuDawg

January 13th, 2010
10:07 am

The recruits that really want to be a DAWG wont be turned off anyway, and those are the only players we want on our team!

CLTDawg

January 13th, 2010
10:08 am

The problem is we are trying to get a DC from schools that are currently better than we are. Why would Kirby leave the defending national champ for us, just because he is an alum does not mean he has to come back to coach. If that is the case, why are we not going after Muschamp as well?

We just need to get someone on board who can motivate the team and get the defense playing better. It could be worse, at least we aren’t going thru what Tennessee is. Kiffin is a punk!

Go Dawgs!!!

L-Dawg

January 13th, 2010
10:08 am

GLORY GLORY TO OLE’ GEORGIA!!!!

WELL SAID BILL.

I AM SICK OF THE CHILDREN OF AJC, BRADLEY AND SCHULTZ, WANTING TO DO NOTHING BUT STIR UP UGA FANS THE LAST SEVERAL MONTHS.

WE WILL BE FINE. I EXPECT GREAT THINGS IN 2010!!!

GO DAWGS!!!!!!!!!

Dawg in Grovetown

January 13th, 2010
10:14 am

I think it does say a lot that Smart, Chavis, and Foster got huge raises for staying in the respective locations instead of going to UGA. If they weren’t any good their employeers would’ve been happy to let them go. They are valued commodities to their universities. I say that we should’ve been aiming high. I don’t care if Shultz says Richt’s strategy has blown up in his face, he’s doing the best for Georgia Football. We’ll get a good coordinator, I really do believe that. Go Dawgs!

Jerry Royster Fan

January 13th, 2010
10:14 am

Personally, I’m more interested in talent than a “marquee” name. Remember where Van Gorder came from? Western Illinois. No doubt, there were many UGA fans disappointed with the hire and that we were not bringing in a bigger “name.” But it worked out rather well for the 4 years he was with us. But, I’m not saying let’s bring him back, I’m saying let’s go get us the next small school defensive coaching talent.

Thanks

January 13th, 2010
10:14 am

Can you please explain this to Mark Bradley? He doesn’t seem to understand.

Calm Dawg!

January 13th, 2010
10:16 am

It is going to be okay! CMR will get the right guy in place. We will be better, and the East is ripe for the picking

collegeballfan

January 13th, 2010
10:18 am

Bill, I do not often agreed with you, but on this column you are right on. Watching sausage being made is not an appetizing experience, but the end product is wonderful.

There was a day, we old timers remember, when these coaching searches could be done on the QT. Those days are gone and the present system is rather ugly.

But Richt will end up with a solid DC and the results will show on the field next season. And all the turmoil of the past weeks will be a dim memory.

Suches Dawg

January 13th, 2010
10:20 am

Bill , I agree with your comments regarding the DC search. All the naysayers should answer two questions : 1)Is there any other NCAA school that could have persuaded these three guys to become their DC ? ; 2) What would all the pundits have said if Richt had NOT gone for high-profile hires ?? (I can just hear the AJC boys now…”You would think a program of UGA’s status could attract a high profile candidate.”) Mark Richt will get his man and we can thank our lucky stars he is our HC and we have the most stable program in the SEC.

Zeus

January 13th, 2010
10:20 am

Just like I said, Kirby ain’t coming.

DILLIGAF

January 13th, 2010
10:22 am

Thanks Bill, for the CORRECT observation into the hunt for a DC and how it pertains to the program.

You often present the right slants in your articles while the other two “hacks” present rear mirror reflections with no real content. i guess that’s why they’re still at the AJC and not writing for a more elite publication.

Dawg

January 13th, 2010
10:23 am

Shultz needs to worry about his Tech Buddy CPJ’s search and not worry about the Dawgs, we’ll be fine!

DawgGirl32

January 13th, 2010
10:24 am

Thank you, Bill, for putting the respectability back in journalism, unlike your colleagues Bradley and Schultz. They represent the US Weekly of journalism. I am absolutely ecstatic at the way Mark Richt is handling the search. Aiming high like he has is proving that he is dedicated to getting our defense back on track. The fact that Foster, Chavis and Smart even considered our offers when they had no reason to leave their current schools says a lot about the prestige of our program. I am more than confident that Richt will find someone great. It’s times like these when everyone needs to take a step back and look at what’s going on with other schools and be thankful for Georgia’s wonderful head coach.

North Georgia Dawg

January 13th, 2010
10:25 am

TRAVIS JONES – NFLexperience, UGA Grad & Good Recruiter. This is our guy! We need to shout it from the roof tops! Richt hire this guy!

Now serving number 7........number 7.....

January 13th, 2010
10:25 am

Heard some disturbing news this morning, and my question is how involved is Damon Evans in this mess. Here’s the rumor:

* Foster was Richt’s #1, but the limit was $650K/year. VT upped the ante.
* Koening (spelling?) initially got a whopping $300K but that was upped to $400K. Had already signed with Illinois and a lawsuit was threatened.
* Chavis was initially offered $500K, but that was later increased. LSU exceeded UGA’s offer.
* Smart – everyone knows about that debacle, but the offer was $700K/yr.
* Tyrone Nix was offered $250K, but that is now up to about $400K.
* Grantham will take in excess of $800K.

These salaries are all over the chart. If this is correct, then who in the hell is in charge of setting the pay for this position? Is it Richt, Evans, Adams, or some combination? This is turning into a joke.

Randawg

January 13th, 2010
10:27 am

-I agree with you on this one Bill…BTW,will you guys PLEASE get rid of that Kirby Smart picture on the main page…we’ve seen him enough and it’s not relevant anymore!!

Hank Reardon

January 13th, 2010
10:29 am

GT51

January 13th, 2010
10:30 am

ugas defense will stink no matter who the dc is next year. 3 d linemen gone, leading tackler gone, most of secondary gone. not that good anyway. defense will give up an avg of 30+ pts next year

And while you are getting rid of the...

January 13th, 2010
10:31 am

…Kirby Smart picture, how about getting rid of the picture of the Trade School preparing for the Orange Bowl!

GeoffDawg

January 13th, 2010
10:31 am

I don’t think Van Gorder’s coming back but I have to disagree that he’d be a mistake if he wanted to. He is a tireless planner and an excellent coach and motivator. Just look at what he’s done with practically no talent on the Falcons D for the last couple of seasons. If I thought he was actually a viable candidate, he’d probably be my top choice, even if it’s only for a few years.

dawggirl

January 13th, 2010
10:32 am

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you for the great article!! I was about to stop reading the ajc because of those retards: Bradlye & Schultz. They shouldn’t even be allowed to write about UGA anymore!

I competely agree…the only thing that matters is that WHOEVER comes in here can coach and make the D better. Then he will be great, no matter the name!

GO DAWGS!!!!!!

thomas

January 13th, 2010
10:33 am

HALLELUJAH – A POSITIVE WORD FROM THE AJC ABOUT MARK RICHT – UNBELIEVABLE! http://www.wedgeorgia.com

The Grinch

January 13th, 2010
10:33 am

GT51

January 13th, 2010
10:30 am

A tech fan talking about a team with a lousy defense? BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

DirtyDawg

January 13th, 2010
10:33 am

I still believe that Kirby Smart was the only one of the potential candidates to whom a formal offer was made. The others consisted of talking to agents to determine the level of interest and salary range. That’s the way it’s done when your casting about for top talent. As for Kirby, yeah, ‘Commin’ Home to Momma’ was the draw – along with doubling his salary, which AL did anyway. But I’ll bet ya’ that Georgia didn’t use the one thing that could have given him ‘pause’ – namely, that Georgia was asking him to come back this one time and one time only – don’t expect to get asked again. Might not have made any difference, and I’m not necessarily saying that they should have tried it, but it would clearly be the only way he would have disrupted his situation in Tuscaloosa – -plus he got the money anyway. Selah.

GeoffDawg

January 13th, 2010
10:34 am

If we’d gotten Kirby Smart, he probably would’ve only been here 2-3 years before leaving for a HC job himself.

GT51

January 13th, 2010
10:34 am

grinch

thats why i know one when i see one.

GT51

January 13th, 2010
10:35 am

i also know what losing 3 d linemen does to the rest of the defense.

The Grinch

January 13th, 2010
10:35 am

GT51

January 13th, 2010
10:34 am

Haha. Touche.

GT51

January 13th, 2010
10:37 am

uga should have went after east carolinas dc. would have been an easy hire and he would have improved the defense. instead cmr tried making a big splash and all he has accomplished is making a big splat

Bob LeBlah

January 13th, 2010
10:38 am

Bring Van Gorder Back!!!!!

dap01

January 13th, 2010
10:39 am

Perhaps the other AJC writers could actually have a goal of contributing and not just stirring things up.

Dawg in VA

January 13th, 2010
10:39 am

I just sit up here in Charlottesville steaming at the UGA “fans”. The same ones moaning, whining, and complaining about all the things going on at UGA will be the same ones saying “we” are the best,”we”, “we”, “we” next year if UGA win the SEC and goes to a BCS bowl game. I am here at the home of University of Virginia whose football program SUCKED last year (not to mention they are in the ACC).

I’m not totally convinced that CMR really wanted Smart or did he feel the pressure from the fan base. Because we all know more than CMR (note sarcasm). Let the COACH pick the man then support him and the boys on the team. GO DAWGS!!!

WIndale

January 13th, 2010
10:42 am

I’m with Dawg Stephen… Kirby did say yes only to change his mind. I know this as fact.

JB

January 13th, 2010
10:43 am

I would bet my 401k ( what’s left of it) that Kirby went to bed that night and turned to his wife and……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
Apologized.

Fleischman in Chi Towns Bed

January 13th, 2010
10:44 am

Dawg Stephen – my inside source told me UGAg is irrelevant.

RTR

Evansdawg

January 13th, 2010
10:45 am

Anytime some d-bag uses the words “done deal,” I consider it to be garbage.

VanGorder, Schmanorder...

January 13th, 2010
10:46 am

…he is just like Kirby, a product of his head coach being the real brains behind the defense. Yes, he was good the first time around in Athens, but as Bill pointed out, he did it with players recruited by someone else. And the old saying is true – you can never go home again! At least Kirby was smart enough to know this!

Big time?? Yes

January 13th, 2010
10:46 am

Kudos Bill. Please tell the Mark and Jeff to focus on reality (and all you bumblers)

Scott "Last Call" Hall

January 13th, 2010
10:47 am

I nominate “The Grinch” for biggest d-bag poster on the AJC.
CONGRATS!

Wes Stansbury

January 13th, 2010
10:47 am

Bill you are right on! AJC should FIRE those clowns and hire You!!!

The Grinch

January 13th, 2010
10:50 am

Scott “Last Call” Hall

January 13th, 2010
10:47 am

If you were man enough to consistently post under the same name then someone might be able to nominate you for a similar honor, but alas, you’re not. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

Paul's Johnson

January 13th, 2010
10:53 am

I agree that where the search ends is more important than where it begins. But other than that point, I disagree with 100% of what you wrote, because its spin from a true believer.

My theory from the beginning is that Richt undertook these moves under pressure and mostly against his will. He gave in and dismissed said coaches when it was obvious that his job would eventually be in jeopardy if he didn’t. And this coaching search is the proof in the pudding. Because if this were a carefully calculated move, thought out well ahead of time, I believe that Richt would have already found his D/C. But this throwing Hail Mary’s at big name D/C’s smacks of a top-down administration dominated approach. Instead of going after a lesser name who might be the next big D/C, Richt IMO is being forced by his administration to go after a big name “proven” D/C to placate fans and big donors. I happen to think that Richt is more competent than this, but his hand is being forced by outside forces. To me its the only thing that explains this fiasco.

123456789

January 13th, 2010
10:54 am

How high has Richt “aimed” in his efforts to help Decory Bryant ??

Will there be ANY money left after Braynt is awarded
a multi-million dollar by an appeals jury against the UGA-AA??

Why no mention of the Decory Bryant case, JY Blwag ??

Sanford Drive

January 13th, 2010
10:55 am

I’m all for getting some new, young talent. It’s tough to get current DCs from a top program to make a lateral move.

DILLIGAF

January 13th, 2010
10:55 am

GT51:

“uga should have went after east carolinas dc. would have been an easy hire and he would have improved the defense”

I agree. I think Hudson would have been a great fit at UGA. He’s going to make a name for himself at FSU.

Big L

January 13th, 2010
10:56 am

This is just so much fun. Hey, at lesst UGA gets a break for a few days. Maybe everything die down til Cowboys lose to Vikings. Then we get Grantham and just keep makin fun of UT.

How2fish

January 13th, 2010
10:58 am

Can’t help but think the rumors about the Dallas guy are true..if CMR was looking at another college guy I think its a done deal. How long will it take if it is him..do you have to wait till the Cowboys season is over?

AltamahaDawg

January 13th, 2010
10:58 am

I’m looking..I’m looking…..nope. Can’t find a single thing that I disagree with.
I’ll add that we have lost recruits on signing day with our full staff on the phone with them, and picked up commitments late with other teams staff doing everything possible to convince them otherwise, so timing is not the big issue.

I am starting to get the sense that some of our fans are Jonesing for a name to resume blaming thier own personal problem on however. That’s got to be a drag not knowing who is going to be carrying your nutsak all this time.

Grantham/Travis

January 13th, 2010
11:00 am

I say go out and get both of them. They both have experience and Travis has experience at UGA and recruiting. I am just not sure what will happen to Garner. He has been incredible, so I dont want him to leave.

cherokee

January 13th, 2010
11:01 am

GT51 ……….Tech has it’s own problems on defense. Go post over there.

daddydog

January 13th, 2010
11:02 am

Coach did exactly right going after Smart. If he gave him a contract to take back and smoke over I disagree with that(make deal face to face) We need to go ahead and get a DC from a smaller school, who has done an excellent job with talent available to him(Air Force DC seems to fit this bill). Another good option is someone in NFL who in past has been a successful DC either in NCAA or NFL.

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

January 13th, 2010
11:02 am

Thank you Bill for calling out J Schultz for his “humiliated and damaged” comments. Coach will hire the new DC not pundits or bloggers. By game one next year, this search will be forgotten and life as we know it will go on. Thanks for what you do and good luck to the hated Vols in their search for a real head coach. To all Vol fans, just think of the money y’all will save not buying diapers for that baby you had as coach

Dawg Nation

January 13th, 2010
11:03 am

Travis Jones sounds like the best candidate to me if he is interested. I also like the sound of DeRuyter as well.

Fladawg

January 13th, 2010
11:06 am

You are a little late with these important and correctly written comments. Where have you been when Bradley and Shultz and team have written like j-a’s? I think true UGA fans and Ritch supporters will remember who the loyal are in time to come.

Without-a-clue

January 13th, 2010
11:07 am

Aren’t all of you grateful for Techies like GT51 who give of their break time at Wendy’s to come on here and share with us their expertise? ‘Course they frequently have typos but greasy little fingers will do that.

True Dawg Fan.

January 13th, 2010
11:09 am

L-Dawg

I agree with you.

Go Dawgs !

Porty

January 13th, 2010
11:09 am

Scott “Last Call” Hall…..I second that nomination. And you guys should thank Lame Kitten for taking the target off your backs, as this is becoming a regional issue. Getting turned down in public 3 times when the bank has been thrown at them is an issue for UGa. Don’t kid yourself.

Dave

January 13th, 2010
11:10 am

I for one was reminded last night how lucky we are to have coach that has made our program his own, and leads it with integrity, class, and passion. I know our program isn’t perfect, but I’d rather be where we are than where some of these other programs are right now. Keep the faith, Dawgs, Coach will find us a good DC.

How2fish

January 13th, 2010
11:11 am

Without-a-clue now Dude that’s funny I don’t care you you are..

Without-a-clue

January 13th, 2010
11:12 am

Hey Porty, is your last name Potty?

Topp Dogg

January 13th, 2010
11:13 am

Johnson or Withers in that order.

Its taking a while

January 13th, 2010
11:16 am

Anyone is an upgrade over Willie Martinez. Absolutely sick and tired of watching the same base 4-3 defense when the opposing offense is in a 3 receiver set(no need to try and make the quarterback read the defense), the defense miss a million tackles a game, and all the other blunders of Martinez. How can you call yourself a defensive coordinator when your defense allows Johnathan Crompton to have a career day?

Precious Hedge

January 13th, 2010
11:18 am

Who can spend more money or offer a longer contract , UGA or Jerry Jones?

Its taking a while

January 13th, 2010
11:20 am

What is Sly Croom doing these days? Never had an offense at Miss State, but the defense was always stout. Plus it would make for great irony.

animaldr

January 13th, 2010
11:22 am

go get van gorder and travis jones

The Grinch

January 13th, 2010
11:23 am

Porty Potty

January 13th, 2010
11:09 am

If it’s a problem for UGA, then what do you say for USC which was turned down by 3 coaches prior to getting Kiffin. Is USC in trouble?

AceDawg

January 13th, 2010
11:23 am

Dude I’d still hire Van Gorder. He’s one jumper I’ll forgive because of how well he did. It’s worth trying if he’d give it a go. That said, I like him with the Falcons and hope the Falcons can get enough defensive talent for things to work out. Hard to coach a team that isn’t physically good enough to shut down good NFL offenses.

Porty

January 13th, 2010
11:23 am

No, without a clue. Are you 6 years old or just act like it?

Mark it down...

January 13th, 2010
11:23 am

Muschamp will be the next UT head coach, and he will bring along his buddy Kirby to be the D-coordinator there. What a slap in the face that would be from Kirby…

coachx

January 13th, 2010
11:24 am

VanGorder would be welcomed back with open arms.

Make David Pollack a position coach so he can hit the recruiting trail for us. He would be one of the top recruiters in the country. The man can relate to young men, in a positive way, like no other.

coachx

January 13th, 2010
11:26 am

I like the thought of Sylvester Croom.

Good thought “Its taking a while”

The Grinch

January 13th, 2010
11:27 am

Its taking a while

January 13th, 2010
11:16 am

Here’s something scary – I got a call from a friend in Athens who says rumors are starting to surface that Willie may be rehired as a defensive backs coach.

ToccoaDawg

January 13th, 2010
11:27 am

Coach Richt is doing a fine job. Stop with the whining. 90 wins in 9 years says all there is to say. oh that’s with Willies D

Sorry

January 13th, 2010
11:28 am

123456789 – we can pay your boy Bryant over and over and still be just fine. But he isn’t going to win his case so it doesn’t matter.

Observe & Report

January 13th, 2010
11:29 am

What about the Bama LB coach, Sal somethin or another? I heard his name a lot early on but nothing since. Surely he would be interested.

Sorry

January 13th, 2010
11:30 am

The Grinch – Who ever gets the DC job will have control of the defensive staff. So saying we would rehire WM as a secondary coach before we hire a DC would not make any sense.

P. Bull Terrier

January 13th, 2010
11:31 am

How many recruits are really going to leave because it takes a few weeks to hire the right DC? Where would they go – Tennessee? Florida? GA Tech?

With coaching staffs throughout college football in a state of transition, the only thing a smart recruit (no pun intended) can do is sit back and wait for all the chips to fall.

Sammy d

January 13th, 2010
11:31 am

This article suggests that we have some lack talent on D. TALENT has nothing to do with it. It is just coaching. We’ve been killing in recruiting. We some of the best D players in the nation, top level guys. If VanGorder came back he would have plenty of talent. We know what he can do. We have all seen it. Why would it be any different now? The NFL and the NCAA are not the same monster. We would be good to go. Unfortunately, I don’t see it happening.

The Grinch

January 13th, 2010
11:32 am

Sorry

January 13th, 2010
11:30 am

I hope you’re right. I agree that a DC SHOULD have the final say, but I feel Richt will control final input.

Sorry

January 13th, 2010
11:33 am

Mark it down… – wishful thinking for somebody who is jealous of UGA. But it won’t happen. Go think of another scenario that would make you feel good about your pathetic team.

UGA-72

January 13th, 2010
11:34 am

A lot of ignorant postings here. I, too, agree that CMR will find us a big name DC and all will be well in the Bulldawg Nation. Nothing worthwhile happens quiclky; it takes time and I’m glad CMR is taking the time to get this right.

Bremen Dawg

January 13th, 2010
11:35 am

Richt will get someone good, I don’t think that the D has no where to go but up. You are right about VanG, Georgia’s best years on defensive was with Donnan’s recruits. Heck, even the offense was better during Richts first 4-5 years with Donnans’ recruits.

P. Bull Terrier

January 13th, 2010
11:35 am

The Grinch

January 13th, 2010
11:23 am

“Is USC now in trouble?”

Yes, as a matter of fact they are.

However, I agree with the point you were trying to make. (I think.)

murfdawg

January 13th, 2010
11:36 am

GT51….you should have “went” to English class .

Bill,
You sound like sour grapes, when you say KS would be gone in 2-3 years. We got turned down and Saban stuck it to us again. All we need is a good grad student and NEVER run cover two. The defense will be better because WM and RJones are gone.

DTC

January 13th, 2010
11:37 am

Everybody needs to understand that Schultz is a putz and a GA Tech oriented sports writer. He does not write from a neureal perspective – if he even has a perspective.
Has it turned out in the way that Mark Richt wanted it to? Of course not. However, these sports writers and the University alumni, and these bloggers have said, go after Smart, go after Chavis, go after Foster – and he did – and now these same idiot bloggers and GA TECH sports writers are fussing about him going after Foster, Chavis and Smart.
It seems to me that the people who are the ones with the problems are the ones who “think” they understand what they are venting or writing about. Richt does understand the process. Trust me when I say – he understand the process ‘even more now’ than he did before he fired the defensive guys.
I am starting to wonder how long it will be before some of you nuts start advising CMR to go back and rehire the nuts he fired. That will be the proof that none of you are GA fans – I think most of you ARE GA TECH FANS IN DRAG!
I am still wondering about the Army DC. Don’t remember his name.

DawgBuzz

January 13th, 2010
11:39 am

I’m glad CMR is going after the top Defensive coaching talent out there. He will land a quality guy soon. No doubt about it.

DTC

January 13th, 2010
11:40 am

dawggirl – you speak the truth.

'Simple' Logic

January 13th, 2010
11:42 am

Yeah right.

Drink the Kool-Aid, Homer.

BWAA HAAA

Bremen Dawg

January 13th, 2010
11:42 am

Guys, he is right that Smart would have been gone in 2 -3 years. Heck, he might be gone from Bama in the next few weeks if Tennesse, TT, or South Florida talks to him. Remember, its a business now. Colleges are not loyal to coaches and coaches are not loyal to the colleges. All about money and who win pay me the most. Its not a lifetime dream to coach at so and so university anymore, its to get a HC job and who will pay me the most.

P. Bull Terrier

January 13th, 2010
11:43 am

Mark Richt is the most powerful man in sports!

As soon as he started feeling a little bit of heat from his DC search, he arranged to whole “Kiffin to USC” situation to take some of the focus off of the DC search at UGA.

McDawg

January 13th, 2010
11:45 am

i agree /more important t get it right than to have a guy in place ASAP

NASH

January 13th, 2010
11:46 am

after and unbeleivable four no i have to ask my self why did coach richt make sucha an impulse move? they never had a back up plan in place natioal signing day is like to weeks away and uga does not have a dc and jobs are opening up left and right maybe everyone should have stayed in the dark and this should have been a hush hush move

Relax, Remain Calm, Don't Worry, Be Happy

January 13th, 2010
11:46 am

Bill-

Finally some sanity here. You’re exactly right. Richt is not about style, he’s ALL about substance.

From a substance standpoint, no one in the SEC can touch him, 90 SEC wins in 9 seasons, he’s the one and only active coach to do that. Richt’s program has also sent more players to the NFL than any other SEC program, 2nd only to Miami. Richt is a tested, proven guy who, over the last 9 seasons, has navigated through staff changes with terrific results. 2002 & 2007 were Natl Champ years, that’s a Natl Champ type fo year every 4 or 5 years. At FSU, Richt as OC helped get them to 5 Natl Champ’s. So, that’s 7 Natl Champ type of years in his career SO FAR.

Additionally, in 2001 and 2006 when Richt had an 8 win season, he had his 2 best years after that in 2002 & 2007, should have been invited to the Natl Champ both times, 2002 finished 13-1 & won the SEC, 2007 finished #1 ranked and was dropped to #4 after Kirk Herbstreit lobbied against Georgia, the team that beat Herbstreit in his Bowl game at Ohio St.

Even Richt’s bad years arn’t like a Sban, Saban had 5 6 or 7 win seasons, one at Bama. Richt’s NEVER had a 6 or 7 win season.

Only 7 coaches in HISTORY won 90 games in 9 seasons.

Bremen Dawg

January 13th, 2010
11:47 am

By Richt going after the top guys just shows that the nation knows who the Bulldogs are. When your running a top ten program over the last 10 years, then your going to have things like this happen. Forgot the DC now, I want to see UGA 8.

Bremen Dawg

January 13th, 2010
11:52 am

Relax, Remain Calm, Don’t Worry, Be Happy,

You have to have a little luck on your side like Bama did when Colt got hurt. We just haven’t had any luck on our side and the media (ESPN) has always been against UGA and Richt. Yes we did have NC capable teams in 2002, 2005, and 2007. So looks like 2010 or 2011 should be the next great year. Trust Richt and all of us need to support him now on this.

Brian Van Gorder Fan

January 13th, 2010
11:55 am

True, in the LONG TERM, BVG might not be the first choice due to his opportunisitc personality, in the SHORT TERM, he might be the best choice. Richt needs a big year in 2010. Richt cannot make a mistake on this hire. BVG is a proven commodity in the SEC.

Richt targeted first REALLY LOYAL guys, Foster to Beamer, Chavis to Fulmer, Smart to Saban, it was a LONG SHOT, but the RIGHT STRATEGIC LONG TERM MOVE. But their loyalty was a hindrance to their hiring. So now that he exhausted all those options, he’s going to have to take a chance on someone with less loyalty or less pedigree in his background. I am guessing Richt will opt for less pedigree this time, we’ll see if loyalty is a value Richt is willing to compromise on, or not. Richt has not been willing to compromise on it so far. I admire that. He might be able to get both a short term solution AND a loyal guy if he hires 2 big names on the D side.

1eyedJack

January 13th, 2010
11:58 am

Faint Heart never won Fair Maiden.

Josh

January 13th, 2010
12:00 pm

Gt51, unlike your sorry team, we have the ability to RELOAD at each position. Tech will be writing the next chapter in their book of mediocrity next year.

VinceVanGo

January 13th, 2010
12:05 pm

Bill, Here’s some food for thought and a few more names to discuss. I got on a College Football site and looked at Power Rankings for Defensive Coach’s in 2009. They listed the top 25 in order. They had the pre and post National Championship Game rankings. Yes familiar names like Everett Winters(N.C.#14), Tim DeRuyter(AirForce#18), and Kevin Steele(Clemson#21) were on there. But there were also a couple of others that might be considered. Dick Bumpas(T.C.U.) was #2, Justin Wilcox(Boise State) was #10, and Phil Bennett(Pittsburgh) was #16. Georgia would definitely be an upgrade from T.C.U., and the DC’s from Boise State and Pittsburgh might want to get into a power conference. But there was also an unkown(to me) sleeper in the top 20. Greg Hudson from East Carolina was listed as #20. His defense held Ryan Mallett of Arkansas to a 15-36 passing performance this year. And he is on the coaching staff of Lou Holtz’s son, Skip. Maybe he is someone to check out. And up and comer who may stay for several years. By the way, for all of the Georgia faithful, the Power Rankings listed Mike Bobo as the #23 Offensive Coach in the nation in 2009. Thanks for the time Bill, and good luck Mark Richt. I know you will get the right man for the DC job. Vince.

Ken

January 13th, 2010
12:09 pm

As a Georgia grad- all of you who trash coach here should be ashamed of yourself. We could end up with someone like Kiffin or even back to Goff. Give Richt a break. He’s a good coach with a good heart and we can be proud of the example he sets. Sit down and be quiet.

Turd Buster

January 13th, 2010
12:14 pm

Porty
You got that sorry arse kicked by again . Your are quite pathetic.
You never learn it , you just aren’t bright enough. Big try as
you might you just can’t run with the big dogs . Amateur hour is
all you got but and that porch is so lonely over there at the Tech blog.

AugDawg

January 13th, 2010
12:14 pm

AMEN Bill. Perspective is not very common around the ajc. Both writers and readers (most not all) are fairweather. They certiainly are not TRUE Bulldawgs.
CMR is still the man for the job and will get a very good dc. He played the cards he was dealt so to speak by going after the big guns. It was best move he could make. IF he doesnt take those shots fans, press, AA, AD everybody would second guess. Now, he can proceed fully knowing he gave it his best and get someone with less curb appeal but perhaps more value.
And, if the kiffin affair has not shed perspective on the integrity, consistency, character and overall quality of CMR then screw “our fans “. God bless CMR for putting up with some of the worst “fans” ever. And ROMANS 8:28 is still in the Bible. Thank God for CMR and his relationship with Christ. It will get him and us through this for the best outcome possible

jack bull

January 13th, 2010
12:19 pm

well, i’m glad all of the lunatic fringe got their way with CWM.. just think, UF is in disarray, not knowing if their coach will be back next year(i’m saying no he wont just from his wife’s expression after the sugar bowl), their DC leaving. now UT gets stiffed by lane kiffin and takes ole ed o. with him…and to think, if we still had everyone in place, the recruits would be pounding down the door to come.. maybe that continuity thing actually means something.. but oh well, we got what we wanted, didn’t we???

RedandBlack

January 13th, 2010
12:20 pm

Way to go VinceVanGo. You have performed more research on your own initiative than Bill King here and any other sports writer on the AJC or sports talk jock here in Atlanta. Was it that difficult? Did it take that much time?

Maybe you ought to speak with the editor of the AJC and ask him for a job since no one at the AJC sports department has been doing their job except for chasing rumors… Good job. Something new and definitely news worty. Go Dogs!!

Ron Mexico

January 13th, 2010
12:20 pm

Just heard a rumor that if the Cowgirls lose this weekend that Saban is gonna go there and be the new coach. And Smart will take over Bama.

JMar

January 13th, 2010
12:21 pm

FINALLY someone said it. “What matters isn’t the journey but where we end up.” I’m not sure why asking various coaches, getting turned down over $200,000 raises, and then ending up with DC X is “humiliating”, while simply asking and ending up with DC X is not. By September, the search will be an afterthought; by 2011, forgotten.

How2fish

January 13th, 2010
12:28 pm

123456789..dude change that channel !

59bulldawg

January 13th, 2010
12:30 pm

I’d still like to know why he was coaching running backs when he was on Richt’s staff . . . considering he’s such a defensive genius.

Gary

January 13th, 2010
12:31 pm

Thanks, Bill, for taking Schultz to task for that completely off-the-wall insane blog yesterday. Maybe has a toothache.

Ole Chicken Neck

January 13th, 2010
12:36 pm

Good article Bill. Bradley could learn a lot from you!

PHIL

January 13th, 2010
12:37 pm

Thanks for a well Written article with an actual idea of the truth. Just try to keep this up.

jerry

January 13th, 2010
12:41 pm

I, for one, never said all those faux pas hurt the program, just that it made Evans (mainly) and Richt look like nincompoops. And so what if I did. This ain’t China, Mr. Mao Bill.

santa cruz dawg

January 13th, 2010
12:42 pm

Nothing Can Stop the US Air Force!!!!!
DeRuyter to UGA

Not A Happy Day on Old Rocky Top!!!!!!!!!!

Gordon

January 13th, 2010
12:43 pm

What is “ungentlemanly” about listening to an offer and then deciding not to accept it? You assume that these guys never had any intention of leaving their current jobs. If the schools where they work didn’t want them, they didn’t have to give them raises. It was UGA who approached them, not the other way around.

Gordon Gecco

January 13th, 2010
12:44 pm

Paul’s Johnson is spot on. CMR is in the untenable position of being a Head Coach who is looking for the “best man for the job” of DC, but the requirements are being dictated by EVERYONE but CMR. boosters, alums, and fans want A-List candidates (ask Tennessee how that worked out when they searched for a Head Coach last year). The Bud Fosters and Kirby Smarts of the world are not in play, were they to be serious candidates, THEY would have reached out to UGA. CMR needs to find a “sleeper”. he needs to find a proven winner who views the DC job at UGA as a career opportunity. The guy is out there, but he’s probably not “scheming” at a BCS conference school. CMR needs to look under the radar, not on the Sports Page. and I don’t even like UGA or the SEC.

Buddy Curry made every tackle

January 13th, 2010
12:46 pm

Until the head man instills some discipline: on the field, on the sidline, and off the field, we will be second tier. Until our staff makes our team mentally and phsically tougher, we will be a second tier team. If CMR played Saban and Urban M. 50 times, he would have 5-10 wins. Can anyone argue that point?

DILLIGAF

January 13th, 2010
12:46 pm

VinceVanGo:

“Greg Hudson from East Carolina was listed as #20.’

Greg Hudson was named last week as FSU’s DC.

cantondawg

January 13th, 2010
12:47 pm

Hell no for Van Gorder. After the sh$4 he pulled at Georgia Southern i would never want him coaching the dawgs again.

Buddy Curry made every tackle

January 13th, 2010
12:47 pm

Sorry, physically

jerry

January 13th, 2010
12:48 pm

Bill King has missed the entire point. It was not WHO they went after, it was HOW they went about it. Damn!

Cuz

January 13th, 2010
12:48 pm

The more I read about Grantham, the more I like him. He could be the sleeper DC.

Gordon

January 13th, 2010
12:48 pm

The market price for a good DC just keeps going up. The top 3 programs in the SEC East are now looking.

Cuz

January 13th, 2010
12:49 pm

BVG’s train has left the station.

DILLIGAF

January 13th, 2010
12:53 pm

Everett Withers @ UNC would be a great fit. Their defense is going to be brutal next season and will have them winning the ACC championship.

EW

January 13th, 2010
12:56 pm

Sure would be nice to land a DC in the next day or two. We’d look like the class of the conference if ANY good news came out compared to the disarray other programs (yes UT that’s you) are in.

EW

January 13th, 2010
12:57 pm

I am starting to think a big time name isn’t gonna work. We just need a solid coach who can motivate and keeps his word. Stability will go further to help the program than a two or three year stint by a big name.

'Simple' Logic

January 13th, 2010
1:00 pm

DILLIGAF: wrong! Mark Stoops is DC @ F$U

Smashsmeesha Bobeesha

January 13th, 2010
1:08 pm

“I EXPECT GREAT THINGS IN 2010!!!”

Alabama does too!

Here’s to a 14th National Title!!!!!

Smashsmeesha Bobeesha

January 13th, 2010
1:11 pm

The SEC power has shifted to the SEC West.

Florida’s stock is going leveling off.

TN is in chaos.

GA…..well, they’ll choke as always.

Alabama, Ole Miss, LSU, AU and even Miss St. will be the dominate teams in the SEC for a while.

nole

January 13th, 2010
1:16 pm

Mark Stoops is the DC at FSU and Hudson is Linebackers and assisstant HC for defense. Essentially 2 DC’s. A new strength coach that has the same strength program as Alabama. Lookout for the Noles!

William

January 13th, 2010
1:18 pm

I AM for hire for the DC and I promise if I am selected UGA will learn how to tackle. I know I know these players have been playing since they were 8 years old. See,they were bigger and faster in their middle schools and highs schools so they could just bump the other kids and knock them down. Not so much in college because everyone was good in their high schools. So I will teach them to tackle the first year then we will work on pass coverage. That could take a couple of years. However, I will do all this for 1.2 million a year but I promise at least seven wins a season. NOW THATS A GOOD DEAL.

Another C'ville VA DAWG

January 13th, 2010
1:20 pm

Finally a voice of reason in a sea of hysterical bs.

Luckily the postings of your AJC counter parts are not considered journalism, just opinions meant to stir up the crowd not logical or experienced enough to know the reality these top tier coaches live and work in. Shooting high for successful, secure coaches is going to be a tough strategy with several ‘not in my best interest’ responses. This process is no different than a successful organization’s external search for good executive talent. Also luckily, CMR doesn’t pay attention to the masses and continues on his search that will end with a great hire for UGA stakeholders.

Bill, keep this torch of reason and reality burning brightly so the sane ones in the group have some reason to keep coming back to the webpage!

William

January 13th, 2010
1:26 pm

“Also luckily, CMR doesn’t pay attention to the masses and continues on his search that will end with a great hire for UGA stakeholders.”

How long did he keep Willie Martinez after the masses got involved? Are you one of those CEO’s or mangagers who awards bonuses for failure or incompetence?

Papadawg

January 13th, 2010
1:27 pm

Good article. Have I missed something or did the guys who turn the job down did so because they didn’t want to come to Georgia or because they were happy where they were. Big difference

DawgDayAfternoon

January 13th, 2010
1:29 pm

Without-a-clue

January 13th, 2010
11:07 am

Aren’t all of you grateful for Techies like GT51 who give of their break time at Wendy’s to come on here and share with us their expertise? ‘Course they frequently have typos but greasy little fingers will do that.

Based on his screen name I’d say it’s more like “welcome to Walmart”.

DawgsForever

January 13th, 2010
1:30 pm

The primary question that we need to be concerned with is whether or not UT can actually hire Muschamp away from Texas! Most of us Dawg fans feel he will be our coach after next season but this probably will not happen if he is hired at Tennessee. Please say NO to UT!!!

DawgsForever

January 13th, 2010
1:30 pm

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Papadawg

January 13th, 2010
1:35 pm

Kirby, your Greyhound Bus Ticket is being sent from Knoxville as we speak

Smashsmeesha Bobeesha

January 13th, 2010
1:37 pm

“Most of us Dawg fans feel he will be our coach after next season but this probably will not happen if he is hired at Tennessee.”

Well, most Dawwwwwg fans “feel” that their team will win the NT every year. Never happens.

Why would Muschamp leave Texas, a school with more talent and more tradition, to coach at a 2nd rate SEC school like UGA?

59bulldawg

January 13th, 2010
1:40 pm

BTW one rumor has the Kansas City Chiefs in possible competition for Grantham’s services should Romeo Crennel end up there since they both worked together in Cleveland. I like Grantham but if this is true I say look elsewhere. Whoever we offer next we need for that person to accept and get on board as quickly as possible.

South Ga. Dawg

January 13th, 2010
1:45 pm

What about David Pollack? He is a great motivator and loves the DAWGS!!

SOUTHGADAWG88

January 13th, 2010
1:51 pm

Grantham was fired for backstabbing Crennel so there is zero chance of those two working together.

Papadawg

January 13th, 2010
1:51 pm

Quit slamming the Dawgs cause Muschamp ain’t going nowhere. He wants and will have the Head Coaching job at Texas and of course Texas will increase his pay to keep him

Falconfan1

January 13th, 2010
1:52 pm

No bs, I have a friend who is a next door neighbor to Van Gorder and he told me that van gorder was going back to the dawgs.

Stallionganglia

January 13th, 2010
1:53 pm

No Van Gordor, for obvious reasons.
No David Pollack for DC, for obvious reasons.
The Air Force DC is an interesting option, however I’d like to see us reach into the NFL and pull a solid position coach. Grantham seems like the logical choice to me.

Oprah

January 13th, 2010
1:57 pm

Everybody gets a raise!

Porty

January 13th, 2010
1:58 pm

A little unbiased journalism for the lunatic fringe here to read:

http://mrsec.com/story/smart-stays-richt-in-trouble

Mike T.

January 13th, 2010
2:01 pm

to coach at a 2nd rate SEC school like UGA?

If you think UGA is 2nd rate. You need to go slap your Mama for bringing
you into the world. Go check where Georgia stands in the all time victory list.Moron.

SOUTHGADAWG88

January 13th, 2010
2:05 pm

750k was too much money

jellybeandawg

January 13th, 2010
2:16 pm

You are right that Richt aiming high for a DC has not hurt the program, however their are many things far more grave that have. Richts overall lack of team discipline, penalties, and an inability to develop and coach up talent are just a small sample of things he has done to hurt the program far worse…

Reality Dawg

January 13th, 2010
2:16 pm

“2007 finished #1 ranked and was dropped to #4 after Kirk Herbstreit lobbied against Georgia, the team that beat Herbstreit in his Bowl game at Ohio St.”

Why are some idiot Dawg fans still on about this one? ESPN and Herbstreit had absolutely nothing to do with the South Carolina loss and the Tennessee loss in 2007. Because of those losses the East was tied and the tiebreaker went to Tennessee BECAUSE THEY BEAT UGA THAT YEAR. No East Title, No SEC Title = No National Title Shot. Finished #1? Rankings are updated after those pesky Conference games buddy………………….move on

Rome Dawg

January 13th, 2010
2:17 pm

1. Van Gorder
2. Deruyter
3. Jones

In that order. Get it done Damon!

Sure

January 13th, 2010
2:18 pm

Smashsmeesha Bobeesha

January 13th, 2010
1:11 pm
The SEC power has shifted to the SEC West.

Florida’s stock is going leveling off

??????????????????????????

SOUTHGADAWG88

January 13th, 2010
2:19 pm

I think Richt was pressured to fire Willie and crew.I definitely don’t believe that decision was reached prior to the GT game either.

Smashsmeesha Bobeesha

January 13th, 2010
2:20 pm

“to coach at a 2nd rate SEC school like UGA?

If you think UGA is 2nd rate. You need to go slap your Mama for bringing
you into the world. Go check where Georgia stands in the all time victory list.Moron.”

Yeah, it’s waaaaaaaaaaaaaay behind BAMA!

Minnesota Dawg

January 13th, 2010
2:21 pm

Bill, you’ve got the best blog on AJC. I agree with you on this post. Richt will get his man and we will start winning more games.

Dawg

January 13th, 2010
2:21 pm

123456789 – If you had been paying attention you would have noticed that the lawsuit was dismissed.

Smashsmeesha Bobeesha

January 13th, 2010
2:22 pm

Sure,

Urban Meyer is questionable to coach.

UGA is in turmoil.

TN is in turmoil.

SEC West

Alabama’s future is bright.

LSU is going to be fine.

Auburn is recruiting great players.

Miss St. has FL coaches.

Ole Miss is going to get better and better.

Arkansas will be an offensive powerhouse in the next couple of years.

ClemFan

January 13th, 2010
2:22 pm

what are you talking about aiming high? Clemson took Alabama’s DC last year, so at best he’s trying to take a first year guy who ran Nick Saban’s defense, which really means he did whatever Nick Saban said, And UGA offers him almost double salary and he still doesn’t take it? UGA sucks

Hank Reardon

January 13th, 2010
2:25 pm

At least one AJC writer isn’t spewing doom and gloom about the situation at UGA.

Albert

January 13th, 2010
2:26 pm

“We just haven’t had any luck on our side and the media (ESPN) has always been against UGA and Richt. Yes we did have NC capable teams in 2002, 2005, and 2007.”

2002 – Sorry the Gators had to cost you the title game that year.
2005 – Sorry the Gators and Auburn had to cost you the title game that year.
2007 – You got by the Gators, but South Carolina and Tennessee cost you a shot at the SEC Title Game and the BCS Title Game that year.

Hank Reardon

January 13th, 2010
2:26 pm

ClemFan, you’re an idiot. Wait and see how much Alabama coughed up to keep him.

BG

January 13th, 2010
2:27 pm

UF went after 2 coaches who turned them down before they got their NFL DC. So, sometimes a search can take a while.

ClemFan

January 13th, 2010
2:28 pm

Hank just accept nobody wants to go to UGA, I heard Richt is moving to Tennessee

k

January 13th, 2010
2:28 pm

Bring in Tony Dungy for a couple of years to mentor Rodney Gardner. CMR, please do this.

Bo

January 13th, 2010
2:40 pm

Hey, Now serving number 7……..number 7….. – Bud Foster says that GA never talked money and that simply talking to UGA got him a raise. No other media outlets have reported that anyone other than Smart had a K in hand. I don’t understand why everyone at the AJC is saying that at least 3 other people were offered the job. Richt, Evans and all of the other “candidates” have been silent on this issue, yet the AJC is reporting these other job offers as fact. The fact is that no one really knows at this point and I doubt that you do either.

Smashsmeesha Bobeesha

January 13th, 2010
2:41 pm

Albert,

The BCS cost 2004 UNDEFEATED Auburn squad the National Title.

Auburn beat 5 top 25 teams. USC beat 2.

Auburn set an all-time NFL recruiting record that year with 4 players going in the first round.

Auburn had a better squad than 06, 08 FL and 07, 03 LSU.

Smashsmeesha Bobeesha

January 13th, 2010
2:41 pm

“Wait and see how much Alabama coughed up to keep him.”

LOL! Like UGA would not pay a lot for someone.

Hmmmm

January 13th, 2010
2:45 pm

“Richt aiming high has not hurt UGA.” That’s exactly what a Dawg fan in denial woul say.

Paul's Johnson

January 13th, 2010
2:46 pm

Georgia fans need to WAKE UP. Going after these big name guys they had little chance of getting and failing is NOT A POSITIVE. As I stated earlier, I strongly believe that Richt’s marching orders are to hire an established name D/C, and to spare no expense. This entire episode is making Richt look naive at best, incompetent at worst. But since outside forces are obviously playing a huge role in this process, Richt can’t do what he did when he was originally hired, which is to bring in a guy nobody ever heard of (BVG) who turned out to be a helluva football coach. Richt is in a tough spot.

Delbert D.

January 13th, 2010
2:52 pm

Doesn’t “aiming high” mean you’re gonna miss?

ATL Fan

January 13th, 2010
3:03 pm

After the opening for DC at UGA it seems that the other schools in the SEC have had to spend lots of money to keep thier DC’s from coming to UGA. At worst UGA has forced other schools to up the ante to maintain what they have. Meanwhile, Georgia will likely get a high quality defensive coordinator.

Both are positives for Georgia. Georgia athletics is in the best financial shape of the SEC schools and can afford the price wars better than the other schools. The result being an advantage for UGA in recruiting an keeping players as well as top-flight coaches.

With as many very good candidates still available, UGA will be in great shape to move forward after the hire is made.

Tee

January 13th, 2010
3:19 pm

I love the internet! God Bless the internet!! It only takes a few of us typing in our wishlist for DC’s to come to the DAWGS for everyone one of us to make Kirby Smart the smartest man in the world for coming home….right Pollack? And then when Smart becomes the dumbest jerk in the world (next to Kiffin, Kiffin and Oggie – ask the Vol fans who is the worlds’ worst), because he decided to stay and kiss Sabins butt.
Smart would not have been at UGA for two seasons – he’d be offered a head coaching job somewhere.

Here’s one for everyone to consider, and I admit I do not know the guys name — how about the Defensive Coordinator that has just left USC?
Is he going with Carroll to the Seahawks? USC has had some killer defenses over the last few years and I’m sure that he will not want to take a lesser position under old man Kiffin.
What do you think?

Tennessee fans – I can’t stand hearing Rocky Top played — but I do feel sorry for you being treated this way. Kiffin pulled out of town faster than Bobby Petrino leaving the Falcons. Kiffin should be cast as the lead in the remake of “The Shawshank Redemption – Part 2, The Reeming of the Vols!!!! HaHa

AltamahaDawg

January 13th, 2010
4:07 pm

There is no way that BVG is going to come back here and put his 50-0 record as risk.

Guess Who?

January 13th, 2010
4:18 pm

Agree the media hype is just that and UGA should not be embarassed or damaged.

HOWEVER, it is time now to get it done. We cannot afford to wait for UT to fill its spot and assistants and get last pick.

charliedawg

January 13th, 2010
4:19 pm

I saw Willie Martinez at Hartsfield Jackson this morning, he must be going to work for Delta……..what is Delta thinking?

confusadog

January 13th, 2010
4:21 pm

Blogs give every stupid redneck a forum. He’s mine:
Hire Tenuta and beat tech with their discards. He was a pain in the ass to play against.
Van Gorder chose to leave. Let it be.

Jimmy

January 13th, 2010
4:24 pm

Van Gorder–NO.
Kirby Smart is an UNPROVEN DC until he gets out from under Saban’s shadow.
Don’t lament not landing Kirby.
No other coach has been offered…contacted maybe…but not offered.

Richt will make a good hire.
If not…we will know in two years.
If Richt messes this up…he will be gone in two years too.
I believe in Richt.

The ItalianDawg

January 13th, 2010
4:25 pm

Unlike Bradly and Schultz I do enjoy your column, because it is balanced and concised. however, I dont agree with you on Brian Van Gorden, if he really interested to get the job and genuine about it. give it to him because I know from sources he is not interested in head coaching job position anymore, he repeatedly mentioned that going to GSU was one of his biggest mistakes because he finally realized that he is not a head coaching job material but the best D coordinator in the country. BVG is a better D coordinator than Smart, Muschamp and Foster.

Biggdawg33

January 13th, 2010
4:31 pm

Smart did not come for a reason. Dallas loses against Minnesota (hopefully, I am still bitter from 1981) and JJ fires lil Bum and throws an ungodly amount of money toward Nick Satan and Kirby thinks Bama will give him the HC title.

Dawg4lyf

January 13th, 2010
4:31 pm

I don’t think this is that big of a deal. Ritch has aimed high and those guys got paid alot not to leave…this just means he went after the good ones. If Ritch had not tried these guys, everyone would complain he didn’t go after them. UGA is a good place and a good job…just because we didn’t get the first couple doesn’t mean we are now dredging the bottom – it just means there are alot of good ones we haven’t checked on yet…patience will prevail and we will be fine. Mark is a great coach and he’ll find the right piece of the puzzle.

Ed

January 13th, 2010
4:35 pm

Van Gorder would be great. Now, where do we find the next David Pollack?

123456789

January 13th, 2010
4:38 pm

Dawg said:

If you had been paying attention you would have noticed that the lawsuit was dismissed.

If you could read, you’d know that the appeals process has already started.
It will be appealed all the way to the State (even Federal) Appeals Court.
http://www.macon.com/220/story/970089.html

This is going to be a LANDMARK legal case.

And, the UGA-AA is going to lose……HUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGE.

Ga Gator

January 13th, 2010
4:38 pm

I watche Van Gorder from afar, why do UGA fans think he was so great? How many championship teams did he coach? How many wins did he win against UF, against the Zooker? Just askin

Ga Gator

January 13th, 2010
4:40 pm

Enter your comments here

Saban

January 13th, 2010
4:45 pm

I hynotized Kirby Smart again so he will become the new head coach at Tenn.

I notified Tennessee officials today to offer Kirby the job.

Also I am dispatching a number of Alabama recruiting rejects to join Kirby to help with the annual beatdown of the dogs.

Try to steal my hairdresser will you Richt.

Satan

AltamahaDawg

January 13th, 2010
4:45 pm

I think we can all agree that no matter who Richt had hired, there would be a relentless beat, for months if not years, of “why didn’t we go after Kirby Smart” if he had not tried.

JaxDawg

January 13th, 2010
4:49 pm

hell ya dude give the job to Brian Van Gorden! he is the best DC by far

Cuddles

January 13th, 2010
4:50 pm

UGA hiring Van Gorder would be like returning to your ex-wife, creepy and 99% of the time never works. Please UGA, do not go there.

boog

January 13th, 2010
4:56 pm

why would BVG not be able to coach successfully at UGA again? I don’t get you logic on this one. Has his coaching skills diminished since he left UGA and has spent several yrs. in the NFL …two at DC? I don’t get your thoughts at all. And he most likely would stay as long as anyone who would be highly successful. That’s the risk you take unless they are avg. I agree with you other points however. But your BVH take was nothing more than speculative drivel.

FLDawg

January 13th, 2010
5:07 pm

To Ga Gator, at the time of BVG if we had half the offensive power that we have now you would not have played in Atlanta dome. BVG is a heck of a coach. and now he is even got much better, he knows talent and he knows how to get it out. if he wants the job, give it to him

FLDawg

January 13th, 2010
5:10 pm

what do you mean bringing back BVG like returning to ex-wife, no similarities whats so ever. BVG is excellent, better than Smart

Hopkins

January 13th, 2010
5:11 pm

I think BVG would be a great college DC but not a UGA. Sometimes when you put the band back together it is impossible to create the same magic you had before. Just like what USC just did with Kiffin, Orgeron and Chow. It is too forced and I guarantee it won’t go well. From everything I have heard CMR is a big fan of BVG.

bali smith

January 13th, 2010
5:14 pm

the best article i have read concerning georgia s attempt to hire the new d co ordinator. Do not really know what the big deal is about the tree men who turned georgia do year swn. Georgia needs someone who is going to be there for years and who is happy to be where he is.I believe it will take awhile to get the d back to where it needs to be.Take your time Mark and get the right guy that will serve you and UGA best.

Mike T.

January 13th, 2010
5:21 pm

“to coach at a 2nd rate SEC school like UGA?

If you think UGA is 2nd rate. You need to go slap your Mama for bringing
you into the world. Go check where Georgia stands in the all time victory list.Moron.”

Yeah, it’s waaaaaaaaaaaaaay behind BAMA!

Just because we trail don’t mean we do not have a respectable place on the list.Certainly not 2nd rate.

AltamahaDawg

January 13th, 2010
5:26 pm

Actually I would argue that BVG coached at a time when UGA had a much more steady offense. I’m betting if he had to choose he would not have traded for our offense in tha past few years.

charliedawg

January 13th, 2010
5:35 pm

Interesting, I just listened to Pat Forde from ESPN say that you do not rush a coaching decision for the sake of a recruiting clase…….hmm…..maybe he can come write for the AJC!

dap01

January 13th, 2010
5:57 pm

It seems Bradley and Shultz do not try to look at the big picture when throwing out articles. They favor quantity instead of quality. Or perhaps they have agendas.

Western Dawg

January 13th, 2010
5:58 pm

People who are successful in life always take risks. Risks are considered a proving ground for gut instinct. You can remain safe and remain average the rest of your life. CMR wants to be the best and time will prove him right by trying the get the best Dc possible. That does not mean he failed. It simply means he’s a risk taker….and that’s a good trait to have as a leader. Patience is a virtue!!

CHARLOTTE DAWG

January 13th, 2010
6:06 pm

Great article and it is the truth! This girl tells it how it is.

I also don’t feel sorry for his recruits. Not one bit!

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/commentary/news/story?id=4822352

tnugadawg

January 13th, 2010
6:48 pm

Brian VanGorder comming back to UGA.That’s the smartest thing I’ve heard in a long time.It’s not the players comming in that is the problem,it’s how they have been coach the makes them unprepared for Pro,s.Thus the later draft picks threw out the years happens.Richt need’s to go to BVG and beg his to come back.If you look at the recruiting class,BVG had worse talent,he just devoloped the into what they needed to be.Wille has had all world talent and made them worse then when they came in.BVG neededs to be back,sor fork the money out or it’s one more year.

DawgVoiceofReason

January 13th, 2010
7:03 pm

Bill,

I couldn’t have said it better myself. Dawg fans just need to be patient. It will all work out in the end. Coach Richt will make the right hire.

Reality

January 13th, 2010
7:05 pm

2 sad programs, UGA and Tenn….UGA will take a back seat to Tenn on hiring new coaches, afterall Tenn is a top 10 program and UGA is a 2nd tier SEC program.

Froggy the Gremlin

January 13th, 2010
7:47 pm

It’s plainly embarrassing & humiliating to be rejected this many times for this kind of $$. What does this say about your coach & your program?

Guess Who

January 13th, 2010
7:47 pm

KIRBY AND HIS WIFE WILL BE ON A PLANE HEADING BACK TO ATHENS AFTER THE SEC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. BOOK IT1

Billy Boy

January 13th, 2010
7:50 pm

What a stupid viewpoint. You should go back to selling Hot dogs or programs or whatever you sold at Sanford Stadium. The manner in which this has been handled most certainly has hurt CMR and UGA’s image. The fact they will have to settle for Grantham or possible blogs about Air Force or William and Marys DC is evidence enough. Lame. Georgia can have a better mouthpiece than you Billy Boy!!!

VanGorder

January 13th, 2010
7:54 pm

He ain’t comming back. He has already said it. Something has never been revealed as to why he left in the first place. I do not think he and CMR have a strong relationship. Forget about it!!!

Richt to UT

January 13th, 2010
7:58 pm

Just In Mark Richt is headed to Tennessee to take the head coaching job.

Guess Who

January 13th, 2010
8:02 pm

BOOK IT ANYWAY!

CLEVON LITTLE

January 13th, 2010
8:11 pm

VanGorder , maybe not. And while I would like to see him turn the UGA Defense around, I’m not sure if he would be the long term solution. However, don’t underestimate his & Richts’ friendship –his son walked on at UGA.

Froggy the Gremlin

January 13th, 2010
8:12 pm

You fools should have kept CWM. He’s as good as your second rate program is going to get. BOOK IT.

Tyler

January 13th, 2010
8:13 pm

How about Texas Tech’s Ruffin McNeil?

CLEVON LITTLE

January 13th, 2010
8:13 pm

Richt to UT, yeah, and Coach Pajamas just took the south Florida job.

CLEVON LITTLE

January 13th, 2010
8:14 pm

Froggy the Gremlin , and what rate is Tech??

Happydawg

January 13th, 2010
8:22 pm

Sorry Bill, I would take Van Gorder in a heart beat.

TXDAWG

January 13th, 2010
8:48 pm

RICHT WOULD NOT GO TO TENN. HE WOULDN’T DIGNIFY THAT FOOTBALL PROGRAM.

renegade#1

January 13th, 2010
8:48 pm

Imagine that; Mark it down created the most hideous scenario. Muschamp and Smart at Tenn. Good God ya’ll. Never lose til you die. I hope them guys ain’t that good or that devious. It would be the apocalypse in the SEC! Other than that you guys don’t worry. Mark’s going to right by us.

Reality

January 13th, 2010
8:52 pm

Richt will not interview for Tenn…that would be a promotion…he does not deserve it.

Happydawg

January 13th, 2010
8:54 pm

TX DAWG, could agree with you more! I really think that Tennessee will be hiring Steve Spurrier as their head coach, he has such an ego and could care less about fallout at this late stage of his career. Ole ball coach is from Tennessee and great place for him to end his career.

renegade#1

January 13th, 2010
8:56 pm

John

January 13th, 2010
9:28 pm

“considerably by talent he inherited from the previous coaching staff”

Bill, it’s past your bedtime,or time to take your meds…What inherited talent? Pollack was a 2 star high school pick, Thomas Davis wasn’t even rated when VanGorder recruited him, Greg Blue was a 2 star player as well. All were “coached up” by VanGorder. Georgia needs coaches that can get the most out of the abilities of any player recruited.

Carty Seay

January 13th, 2010
9:34 pm

Oh my Gosh, I just figured it out. Bill King is the antidote for Mark Bradleys articles. Bradley brings some objectivity to Bulldog football and Bill comes it to to tell all the Dawg homers that being turned down three times in a row should make you feel good because you’re that much closer to getting the “right” coach. Bill says he has to go, Mark Richt is texting him a rough draft of tomorrows copy.

Slick Willie

January 13th, 2010
9:46 pm

Kirby Smart is going to be the next Head Coach at Tennessee, trust me.

Since Vince

January 13th, 2010
10:47 pm

huh ? ” Richt’s unsuccessful pursuit of three high-profile defensive coordinator candidates has inflicted humiliation and damage on his program might make for lively blogging, but it’s far removed from reality.” What is this blind homer smoking ? Have you seen what the national pundits are saying ? Wow Bill King…. way to blow smoke up our rear ends when Florida not only out plays the dawgs on the football field but getting clobbered in recruiting as well. UGA has problems and some of blind loyalist who thinks everything will be fine are te same ones who defended Willie M. If you daeg fans are happy then get use to going to Shreveport. Be happy with playing toe to toe with Vandy year in and year out. Yeah right… we should all feel better because of the Tenn. situation but hey Lane Kiffen sure did spank my Dawgs huh. Im sorry Bill KING but wake up UGA , CMR and Damon Evans have egg on their face whether you believe it or not.

dan

January 13th, 2010
11:04 pm

UGA is what it is, a good football program but not a great one. Hell I’ll say it right now, Saint Vince was overrated. Take away 3 years of Herschel and the guy was really pretty average. Want to know how many wins Dooley averaged the last 5 years of his career? 8. Want to know how many wins Mark Richt has averaged the last 2 regular seasons? That’s right, 8. UGA is an 8 or 9 win program. Nationally they’re viewed in the same light as Wisconsin, Auburn, Oregon, Texas Tech and Iowa: teams that might go 11-1 every once in a while but they’re still considered second tier programs.

djawjuh

January 14th, 2010
12:42 am

I am atonished with the posts that refer to “I believe, I trust” CMR to hire the “right” candidate. Based on what? Yes, he had a great five years at the outset.

Richt, y’all must have forgotten, however, is the same person who hired WM as DC. Richt is the same person/coach who watched the program sink deeper and deeper to where we are now fourth in the SEC E and haven’t won an East title in the past four years.

CMR needed another year to give to buddy WM because he hadn’t seen enough decline yet. What was CMR smoking that caused him to move to a wait-and-see attitude when most everyone thought that WM should be given the door?. Did any of you faith/trust merchants think about that?

Just circle the wagons whenever you hear a negative remark about this man who is Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde what with his first five years and his last four. Scoring defense gets worse each year beginning with the hiring of WM as DC. What did CMR see that convinced him WM would turn it around?

So what is the basis of this “trust” that CMR will hire the “right” person to coach the D? For one thing, we have a decimated defense so nobody is going to step into that situation without job security up front. If that person doesn’t right the defensive ship he and Richt will be out the door right fast. Because it IS all about money and contributions to UGA. And why shouldn’t it be? Does UGA come first or does CMR? UGA does with me.

If he can’t get the job done, he should be fired just like any other CEO that fails. 90 wins in 9 years is impressive. But when one considers that he is competing with Meyer, Miles, and Saban, an ugly fact appears. It goes like this: National Championship. The first three coaches have won a NC in half the time that CRM has been at UGA. CMR hasn’t won one yet nor has a UGA team competed in the Championship Game.

Trust, faith, etc.? Those are relilgious concepts not football ones.

UGA ‘54, ‘57.

UGAJAG

January 14th, 2010
3:54 am

….I say hire Manny Diaz and be done with it. Imagine the recruits we could steal from south Florida with him on board. He has an aggressive defensive approach that us Dawg fans would love.

Radly Dawg

January 14th, 2010
7:15 am

Bill, you’re the only AJC sportswriter who seems to be in touch with reality. Thank God for your common sense and grounded points of view. Everything you said, or conjectured made perfect sense. My grandfather owned a hometown newspaper for 50 years….my Dad was Associate Publisher, and I also worked there while growing up. Back then journalism was, for the most part, respectful, factual, annnd, as you put it, “gentlemanly”. In these days of “materialism” those considerations in journalism are long gone!!! I know Mr. Henry Grady would be sickened by the present state of affairs in journalism!! Keep offering up the truth and Go Dawgs!!!!!

RADLY DAWG
Metter, Ga.

FLA DAWG

January 14th, 2010
8:25 am

I just took a look a next The Dawgs schedule for 2010. What an opportunity! Louisana (Rajun Canjuns – not LSU), SC, Arkansas, Miss State, Colorado, UT, Vandy, Ky, UF, Idaho State, Auburn, GT.

With the UT & UF confusion The Dawgs could really do well – if they had a decent team.

Regrettably, with a redshirt freshman QB who has not taken even one game snap, the early loss of some very good talent to the NFL, Offensive Playcalling by Bobo and our own confusion regarding DC which has made our commits nervous and caused some wandering eyes at least, we may have blown what is a Golden Opportunity to win the SEC East.

Maybe some things will fall into place in our favor and we can make a run at it. But the picture isn’t pretty right now.

kenfuller

January 14th, 2010
8:30 am

Its time already ! Do it now . The continuation of no news day after day is depressing and makes UGA look like an undesirable place to coach. I know its not so but it surely looks that way to young recruits and their families. Frankly , I am of the opinion that no decision is more harmful now than a wrong decision . MAKE A DECISION .GIT ‘ER DONE.

SC Dawg

January 14th, 2010
9:09 am

Common sense… we should be looking to provide upward mobility, or greater opportunity, not throwing money at premium DC’s with little interest. Look at Boise St or TCU to offer a greater chance at the national title. Pick off a DC from a jilted major like USC(west), etc. Point is that we should be dwelling down into greater long-term potential.

WPH

January 14th, 2010
9:57 am

Brian Van Gorder would be my first choice. He is someone I know personally and he is not only a great Defensive Coach and Hard worker but more important he is a man of faith and someone I would want coaching my Kid. He has worked wonders with an undermaned Atlanta team. Hire him if you can get him.

Dawgs73

January 14th, 2010
10:48 am

Bill, I have to completely disagree with you on this one. To say that Richt going after big names and getting turned down at every opportunity is good, is horsesh!!! It sounds like you are just patting Mark on the back for effort, but this is big time college football where the meek are eaten and swallowed. This isn’t high school football, this is a “big boy” league that pays coaches handsomely to produce results. There is no in between or grey area to be confused here, you either close or you will be closed. It’s not to say that Richt has to “break any moral codes”, but he is paid top tier money to represent the University and sell the UGA brand.

By no means am I devaluing or degrading Mark’s past accomplishments, but it is critical to his career that he produces high end results with this hire. He can certainly still “salvage” the situation and restore order, but time is ticking and he needs to make some noise quickly.

tnugadawg

January 14th, 2010
10:51 am

(The real junk yard dawg)=Vangorder hired yet by CMR?If not here’s how, big money (at least as much as kirby smart would have gotten ,even though kirby is not as good as BVG,lots of begging= Vangorder=Very good D-fence (even with players leaveing)=beating UF,and UT every year, lots of BSC championships(raises for CMR),or CMR could hire one of the other guy and go to UT in 2011.

David

January 14th, 2010
11:31 am

Everyone makes a big deal about the DC position. All Georgia has to do is what Alabama did this year win every game and then the national championship game. Whoever they get, if they follow that plan will be alright with me!!!

OZZFEST

January 14th, 2010
11:46 am

YOU ARE WRONG. YOU SEE, THE POLLS ARE MADE UP OF PEOPLE’S OPINIONS….AND THE FOSTER/CHAVIS/SMART DEBACLE INFLUENCES PEOPLE’S OPINIONS.

THE VOTERS THAT PUT US IN THE BOWLS ARE NATIONAL, NOT REGIONAL…AND RICHT HAS LITTLE TO NO STAR POWER NATIONALLY…ESPECIALLY COMPARED TO MILES, SABAN, AND SPURRIER…AND THAT IS JUST WITHIN THE DUDE’S OWN CONFERENCE.

heyberto

January 14th, 2010
11:47 am

At last! A voice of reason on the AJC website.

huelly

January 14th, 2010
11:50 am

need to look at Dick Bumpas at TCU. He has been a finalist for the Broyles award for the last 2 years. His defense was ranked well this year.

quadriple option

January 14th, 2010
11:53 am

Paints on the ground! Looking like a fool with your paints on the ground.

quadriple option

January 14th, 2010
11:55 am

Brian Van Gorder left Georgia Southern high and dry. He is a weasal. UGA does not need to go down that path. What about the Cowboys D-line coach?

THWG

January 14th, 2010
12:03 pm

Billy, seriously you need to stop being a lap dog for Mark and tell it like it is. Aiming high? :) :) You must be really drunk of that UGA kool aid.

There is a big difference between aiming high and being realistic. This is not kindergarten where everyone is constantly lied to, by being told “you can be president of the U.S.A when you grow up.”

I know you can do better Billy. Mark Richt showed just how stupid he is rather than aiming high as you put it.

Why would Kirby Smart leave the best program in America, where he has a chance to win back to back sec titles as well as a nc, to clean up Mark’s mess so that Mark can take all the glory?

He was dreaming instead of being realistic. This is what tends to happen with people who believe in god. The resort to “god will handle it,” rather than taking the steps to handle it themselves.

This is why communists abolished religion. it is a big lie, a scam of immense proportions.

massachusetts DAWG

January 14th, 2010
12:31 pm

Enter your comments here

Gen Neyland

January 14th, 2010
12:45 pm

THWG : You a commie..?

Scott

January 14th, 2010
1:06 pm

Why not hire the grad assistants who shut Tech down and pay them both half or less than these “big names” would fetch?

MississippiDawg

January 14th, 2010
1:32 pm

Great article Bill – furthermore – I don’t have any inside info as so many of your bloggers claim, but I can guarantee one thing…when we start the 2010 season we WILL have a DC – and he will be a competent, experienced coach. One more thing – whoever he is, his Defense will be better than last year for two main reasons – the first is the “change” itself…while change is painful – it’s usually good for organizations. The second is the “schedule”…UGA will have a softer schedule and I assure you the UF and UT debacles will not happen as they did in ‘09.

Additionally – thank God CMR is our coach…Kiffy certainly added some perspective here.

MississippiDawg

January 14th, 2010
1:49 pm

Hey THWG – what a pessimistc, un-American point of view…Surely you are NOT a DAWG FAN…BTW – many of your secular and even “scientifiic” experts have concluded that the Universe itself implies an “Intelligent Design”…my sincere advice to you: Try reading a BIble and comprehending the history of the Gospels. Its hard to come to any other “logical” conclusion that Christ IS who he says he “IS”. Also, just imagine if YOU are wrong…..GOD BLESS THE DAWGS and CMR.

JSS

January 14th, 2010
2:59 pm

Bill King, I apologize for coming on your blog with a non UGA athletics matter… I hope that you’ll indulge our effort on this day and this one time only…

Hello Again UGA fans…

As many of you know, there has been a great tragedy in Haiti… Blogger “Ted Striker” and I are asking you to get involved in aiding the victims…

I set up a Facebook cause page for the Haitian Relief effort
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=426507305332&ref=search&sid=819343849.3665709771..1

Hey all of you in the mighty Bulldawg Nation, take up the challenge against Tech and fans of the other rivals in the SEC and ACC!!! Please step up to the plate!!! Please tell me what you think! If we can improve the site and possibilities of helping to get more bloggers to contribute to any of the worthy charities and NGO’s that are on the ground in Haiti…
Thanks again to “Ted Striker” (he is traveling on business today) and to all of the blog moderators on the AJC staff for letting me post on their blogs…

fayncdawg

January 14th, 2010
3:24 pm

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! SOMEBODY WHO WRITES FOR THE AJC WITH THE CORRECT PERSPRCTIVE ON THE UGA DC ISSUE!! HECK, SCHULTZ AND BRADLEY SHOULD HAVE SUBMITTED RESIGNATIONS THE MOMENT KIFFIN LEFT UT FOR WRITING SUCH IDIOTIC PIECES!! I HOPE THOSE TWO UGA-HATER SEE UT’S COACHING SITUATION AS FAR MORE DIRE THAN UGA’S! AGAIN MR. KING, THANK YOU!

Thrashers moving to Quebec City

January 14th, 2010
3:45 pm

You have lost your ice hockey team,again!

Lane Kiffen is RIGHT TO MOVE

January 14th, 2010
3:46 pm

Enter your comments here

Lane Kiffen

January 14th, 2010
3:47 pm

He hates fried chicken eaters!

waynester

January 14th, 2010
3:47 pm

I think Tyler is on the right track with McNeill from Texas Tech. He’s a great motivator as seen in their bowl game when the pressure was really on. His former and current players love him and rallied for him to become head coach, but the school went with Tuberville.

nobody wants to coach your team!

January 14th, 2010
3:50 pm

you filthridden fried chicken eaters!

Anfernee

January 14th, 2010
3:51 pm

Anquon

January 14th, 2010
3:51 pm

D'Brickeshaw

January 14th, 2010
3:52 pm

leBron

January 14th, 2010
3:52 pm

ClassDawg

January 14th, 2010
3:54 pm

How can Richt’s failure to find a DC hurt any more than the poor performances on the field the last two years? We are a good program, and with the leadership issues at UF and UT it is a prime chance to rise up to the level of a great program. I am not inspired by the all-too-public overtures and rejections by Richt and Evans, and I contend that there is more pressure than ever to hire a real stud for the DC position. We have to rebuild, not just reload, and “youth with potential” or “solid background” just ain’t going to cut it with fans, recruits, supporters, or current players.

BamaMama

January 14th, 2010
4:00 pm

Objectively speaking (I’m a Bama fan), the AJC gives Georgia far more favorable treatment than any other major-city paper gives its sports teams, pro or college. I travel extensively in my job, and while I live here in Atlanta, I am an avid sports-page reader. You should expect and appreciate provocateurs in the local press, it is a compliment to your numbers: their success is measured by the number of blogs, posts, responses to their columns, not by the positive or negative aspects of those comments. Real bulldogs (I own two) have thick skins, but the bulldawg variety of fan seems to have very thin skins. Stop whining and hire a DC, you never had a shot at Kirby…he’s waiting on CMR’s job.

BamaMama

January 14th, 2010
4:03 pm

P.S. While Mr. King is a competent writer, Georgia fans would be wise not to confuse a homer’s bias with profound journalism.

Athens: The New Haiti

January 14th, 2010
4:06 pm

Smells bad in here. Oh, it’s a Georgia blog, that’s why.

ClassDawg

January 14th, 2010
4:11 pm

True, I like reading Brother Junkyard Blawg, but just because we share similar perspectives hardly make them CORRECT perspectives. Obviously I think they are right because they are positive about UGA, but it’s a big mistake to ignore other perspectives, even those coming out of Atlanta. If Richt had a few more honest associates to bounce ideas off of he might have made some better decisions. I am not satisfied with just being an “upper middle tier” SEC team, but I have to look at facts and admit that that is what we have been. Now let’s strive for something better….we can’t wear the stars until we earn them, guys, and 8 or 9 wins a year doesn’t earn National championships.

cantondawg

January 14th, 2010
4:15 pm

This is my take on the DC Saga..

I think CMR took a couple of weeks compiling names and resumes of Potential candidates. He tried first to hit the ball out of the park with Foster but knew he would likely not get him. Then i think he settled on two possible candidate (Grantham and Smart). I do not believe Koenning or Chavis was ever offered the position. CMR probrably called Chavis just to gauge his interest but Chavis parlayed that into a better offer. All this time i’m sure CMR knew that it would either be Smart or Grantham. I personally believe politics led to the offer of Smart. Based upon what i’ve heard, I think Grantham has been CMR’s pick all along

Bill King

January 14th, 2010
4:22 pm

TWHG:

First time I’ve been called a “lap dog” for Richt. Generally I get flak for being on his case too much. But in this case I think the criticism over the DC search has just been overdone.

jellybeandawg

January 14th, 2010
4:27 pm

Mark Richt = FAKE JUICE & FAKE TAN

Bill King

January 14th, 2010
4:35 pm

Carty Seay:

Yeah, you cracked the code: Richt ghostwrites my blog. He had a lot of fun by having me say he sounded like a “whiner” a few months back. And all that stuff defending Martinez over the past couple of years was a sham. He really was telling me to write that it was time for a change.

Bill King

January 14th, 2010
4:36 pm

John:

You apparently put a lot of faith in those recruiter service star ratings.

I don’t.

Bill King

January 14th, 2010
4:37 pm

Happydawg:

I’m not saying VanGorder couldn’t do it again at UGA. He was a great DC. But second acts are notoriously difficult. And, like I said, he’s tended not to stay anywhere long, so I don’t know how much stability he would bring to the program.

Porty

January 14th, 2010
6:17 pm

But Bill, you have been called a Lap Gopher haven’t you? What was it like on the set with Murray, Chase, Ted Knight and Foster Brooks? Did you wear the costume at the 30th Caddy Shack reunion?

GO DAWGS!!!

January 14th, 2010
6:40 pm

Really? Several other teams have named DC’s in the time GA has been looking. I’m sure they didn’t hire garbage(FL). Now Diaz is gone to MS. state. And TN will be looking for a DC as well. So let’s just sit around, wait on a D-Line coach from Dallas that may or maynot take the job. Grow a pair of balls and ask him now. It’s a cutthroat business. I sure hope the minds that be know what they are doing, because right now they look like incompetent jacka****

dawgdude

January 14th, 2010
6:47 pm

BVG best DC UGA has had in a long time,a master mind.He would impove the team alot.When he was thier UGA players were hyped up.None of this coach Richt waving his clip board at you to get the fans up stuff.Play’s were made on the field.I was at the vandy game in 2006 when the D let vandy come right down the field and score.KY the D didn’t show up either.Could have had alot better year.Just like the WVA game in 05,good old willie trys again.Under BVG”s D-fence these things wouldn’t have happened.And want if CMR will hire him,Pay the money hire Vangorder,David pollack for DE coach,and since were dreaming David Green QB coach(great QB)would be a great coach.Pay (Junk Yard Dog)Brian Vangorder,(the best choice for the job).

Voyager Dawg

January 14th, 2010
7:02 pm

Mr. King. Once again you are the voice of reason and put the rest of the AJC staff to shame in your analysis. We have had too much “inside” information out here and I think there is only an extremely tight circle of folks around Coach Richt that know the truth about who’s been offered and who hasn’t. I’m glad to see UGA going after big names, but I agree with you that it won’t matter who he hires unless it provides results on the field. The kids that want to come to Georgia will come because of the program, not who’s in place as the defensive coordinator. Coach Richt will do what’s right and get us a quality coordinator. Go Dawgs!

UGA Observer - not Fan

January 14th, 2010
7:02 pm

Georgia is a good football program – just not elite or as great as the uga fans think. Richt might be aiming high, but has missed the reallly big ones. In the words of the Lewis Grizzard, “Shoot Low Boys(Richt) – They’re Riding Shetland Ponies.”

Brian Van Gorder

January 14th, 2010
7:11 pm

Of course I am interested. Life is not always about moving up the corporate ladder. If UGA offers me big-time money, I live very comfortably in Athens and do what I do best-coach aggressive defensive football. The last few years have had many stops moving up the corporate ladder, but at the end of the days I was at UGA longer than any other stop. I have the energy for this job, I have the contacts to hire the best D in the SEC, I get along great with Rodney Gardner and of course everybody gets along with Mark Richt. Mark, in case you lost my cell number it is 706-4TH-&ONE. The ball is in your hands now…

FLA DAWG

January 14th, 2010
7:43 pm

Bill,

All three were long shots!? Then why did we go after them without knowing ahead of time what their response would be? Ever heard of due diligence?

The most basic rule in business is to know the true availability of an asset before going after it. The inept approach by Richt, Evans & possibly Adams is, indeed embarrassing. Especially in the Smart debacle. Why did Athens & Co. wait so long for a negative response?

The only good that comes out of this is that three DCs are at the top of their payscale and they can only go to HC positions, stay where they are or be demoted from there – now a certainty courtesy of Mark Richt & whomever the he!! else is running the asylum in Athens.

Moaning too much? If that’s what it takes to get Richt to do what we’ve been screaming for him to do for TWO YEARS, then so be it.

frank

January 14th, 2010
8:31 pm

Blawg Dawg, you’re comments are right on. Better to get the right person than to pay the price later — even if it takes awhile. I have seen this work out, despite impatience, in business and in the hiring of a church pastor.

TXDAWG

January 14th, 2010
8:46 pm

Got to give Richt time. Many openings out there and only a few qualified candidates.

JDW

January 14th, 2010
9:22 pm

Thank you Bill! Finally a bit of proper perspective from someone at the AJC. The drivel put forth by some of your colleagues has been at once tiresome and predictable. Everyone needs to sit back, relax and let the man do his job. I have every confidence that he will make a great hire if he doesn’t let media manufactured urgency get in the way.

SickandTired

January 14th, 2010
10:41 pm

hey king, is there anything that Mark Richt could do that you wouldn’t think was the smartest thing you’d seen since they put removable wheels on trailers? What about those tornado tie downs. Now that was something that changed the world…..to bad Mark Richt can’t find a DC for you

JESUP

January 14th, 2010
11:18 pm

JESUP

January 14th, 2010
11:19 pm

VIDEO…..Grantham breaking down game film http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSsx-E7UEHc

JESUP

January 14th, 2010
11:27 pm

Grantham IS THE MAN……..root for the Vikings this weekend…

DawgVoiceofReason

January 15th, 2010
12:30 am

Perspective, people. It is hard right now to wait. But some of you sound like a 7 year old being told to wait until it’s daylight on Christmas morning. And those who are crying about disaster and humiliation for the program are just plain ignorant. As soon as the defensive coordinator is hired and in place, the panic will subside. As soon as we start playing better defense, the worries of now will be forgotten. No one will care.

I’m glad to see Coach Richt went after some of the big time DCs. If it had worked out, that would have been great, but he IS going to get a good coach.

One last comment, those of you who refer to our program winning “8 or 9 games” a season and it not being enough are math morons. UGA has AVERAGED 10 wins a season. 90 wins in 9 years = 10 wins per season. Coach Richt is one of only 7 coaches to do that and it is not something to take lightly.

SickandTired

January 15th, 2010
7:48 am

Brownie you’re doing a heckuva job.

LAST

January 23rd, 2010
8:56 pm

First!!!!!!!!