Richt has brought something more important than a BCS title to UGA

Mark Richt draws praise from outside the Bulldog Nation for the way he's handled recent events in Athens. (Associated Press)

Mark Richt draws praise from outside the Bulldog Nation for the way he's handled recent events in Athens. (Associated Press)

If you haven’t checked out MrSEC.com’s tribute to the kind of coach — and, more importantly, the kind of man — Mark Richt is, you definitely should. The headline sums it up pretty nicely: “RICHT CONTINUES TO SHOW THAT HE’S THE CLASS OF THE CONFERENCE.”

Knoxville-based John Pennington, who writes the blog, says that “for my money, there is no better representative of an SEC university than Georgia’s Mark Richt.”

Amen.

This testimonial from outside the Bulldog Nation is prompted by a couple of things. First, the restraint Richt showed in dealing with the media flap over incorrect claims that some of his football players had harassed a couple in an Athens taxi. As Pennington puts it: “Rather than bark about the media or point a finger at a writer, Richt kept his cool and discussed the dangers of rushing to judgment in our instant-media world.”

Drawing a comparison to Urban Meyer, Pennington notes: “There were no ‘we’d be going at it right now’ comments. No ‘be very careful’ warnings.”

And beyond the taxi affair, Pennington cites the way Richt handled the unfortunate need to dismiss Montez Robinson from his program after the linebacker used up all the second chances he’d been given. Rather than simply leave the former Bulldog in his wake, Richt visited him in jail and continued to try and counsel the troubled young man.

Says MrSEC: “Again, this kind of action shouldn’t surprise anyone. When linebacker Jamar Chaney was denied admission into UGA back in 2005, Richt helped convince Mississippi State’s Sylvester Croom to give Chaney a chance in Starkville. … ‘It didn’t surprise me at all that Coach Richt did what he did,’ Chaney said. ‘He’s a great man.’
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Here the Richt detractors will say: Ah, but he hasn’t won a national championship. They would rather have someone along the lines of a Nick Saban or Meyer in Athens if it means a crystal football in the trophy case.

As if that’s the only criteria that matters in judging a college football coach.

Maybe in today’s results-oriented athletics scene, that puts Richt and UGA at a disadvantage. It’s easy to understand how 17- or 18-year-old kids coming out of high school might be more dazzled by BCS rings than repeated displays of character and stability.

I don’t agree with the way Richt does everything, but on the whole I’d rather have him as head coach than anyone else I can think of. And I happen to still think Richt can win a national championship at Georgia without turning into a ruthless, ego-driven jerk or an obsessive head case.

Still, even if that doesn’t prove to be the case, I’m glad he’s the way he is.

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aj dawgs

April 8th, 2010
1:53 pm

I like how the article said Richt is the kind of person you want your child to be like.

Bobby Knight won a Championship.

I’d rather have Coach Richt than a guy like Knight.

Spokesman for the Spokesman of the Spokesman

April 8th, 2010
1:54 pm

DawgGirl32, only in the sense that, the dance must be what defines class.

Wow really UGA?

April 8th, 2010
1:56 pm

Really UGA? You think your coach brought class to the conference?? So encouraging your players to celebrate after a touchdown in Jacksonville is classy? Having players that taunt fans is classy? How many UGA players have been arrested since he’s been the coach again? Sounds like a real class act to me…..get real!

aj dawgs

April 8th, 2010
1:56 pm

If winning a National Championship is all that counts, why do people spend so much time on blogs like this one? Why are they afraid of a guy who “can’t win a National Championship”?

RGB

April 8th, 2010
1:56 pm

Via sloppy writing, you seem to equate Saban with Meyer in terms of their personal conduct.

Both have won national championships–and there is a basis of comparison from that perspective–but their deportment is far different.

You should consider getting a narrower brush with which to paint SEC coaches.

RTR.

Spokesman for the Spokesman of the Spokesman

April 8th, 2010
1:56 pm

aj dawgs, be careful, Knight had almost a perfect graduation rate. I wouldn’t want my son to be like Knight but I would rather him play for him than Richt. If you haven’t trained them right by the time they go to college, no preacher coach is going to get thru to them.

'94 Graduate

April 8th, 2010
1:59 pm

Well said Bill. You could finish #2 in the polls for 10 years in a row and people will still say “but you haven’t won a National Championship in 30 years.”

Dorsey Hill is a flat out LIAR

April 8th, 2010
2:00 pm

Dorsey,

Gene Stallings did not play David Palmer one week after his 2nd DUI arrest. He was suspended indefinitely you freaking liar. He served a suspension for 1 or 2 games following his initial DUI arrest but after his 2nd arrest he was gone from the team. LIAR!

Realist

April 8th, 2010
2:00 pm

Richt will likely never win a title at UGA, but due to his high class, that’s OK—class is much more important than doing anything to win a title. Let non-classy coaches like saban and meyer have the titles.

Gary

April 8th, 2010
2:02 pm

I just wish more of his players and his fans could learn from his grace and composure. Better behavior on and off the field for both could do a world of good from a program that seems to have an image problem. Loud drunk fans in the stands and trashing the school each weekend make it very hard to be a family event. The language anger and aggression on display at these games make it an unpleasant place to be for those of us who would like to watch the game. I actually enjoy some of the away games a little more because the fans tend to tone it down a bit at Kentucky and Vandy or out of conference. It will be a shame when the day comes that I give up my tickets permantly to watch from home rather than deal with the drunken bafoons that make the game so hard to enjoy for the average football fan. I think we try and put too many people in there. Makes everybody uncomfortable and hostile. To the friendly polite fans who do account for the majority, I thank you for helping me enjoy the game. Just wish we could keep the drunks on their couches….

1eyedJack

April 8th, 2010
2:02 pm

At least he’s not telling his fans to “Punch ‘em in the face” or threatening reporters. And he’s not signing up 35 players when he only has 25 scholarships to give like some guys around here. I’ll take him over that crap any day.

Spokesman for the DawgNation

April 8th, 2010
2:04 pm

We will keep him no matter what his record is!!

craig

April 8th, 2010
2:05 pm

I think a better article would be what school has been as classless as UGA under Richt’s watch, from arrests to endzone dances in the 1st quarter etc, really? oregon has had alot of off field issues and the sucker punch. who else is even close?

Nobody is a SPOKESMAN for anybody but themselves

April 8th, 2010
2:05 pm

Get OFF your HIGH horse Spokesman–What a tool!

carl harris

April 8th, 2010
2:06 pm

Remember though, Alabama has the second highest graduation rate in the SEC. ROLLLLLL TIDE

DawginLex

April 8th, 2010
2:11 pm

Vandy and KY,

1-8 for the dores
2-7 for the cats

3-15 between the two of you.Don’t you wish goff was back?

HanDAWG

April 8th, 2010
2:11 pm

Coach Mark Richt is a class act, but the AJC stole my copyrighted and trademarked brand: “Blawg,” in blatant disregard of my rights as an American businessman and writer.

http://www.bighairyblawg.com is a ticking bomb. Tick-Tock, AJC on the clock…GET OFF MY JOCK!

Big Hairy Blawg tm and (c) HV

Otto

April 8th, 2010
2:13 pm

A few things, all those saying Saban is there until the next offer, who is going to pay more, and who will be able to offer the control of the program Bama offers, and who has the recruiting base? Add to that Saban is close to his lake house. I don’t see him leaving on his own unless Bama is put on probation for something one of their Alums does. Saban has run clean programs.

Next CMR is a great man. I am proud of him and how he handles the players and recruiting. The down side is at times he maybe to nice. I did not agree with DJ coming in while Greene was clicking in the middle of the game. IMO he should be more vocal about bad calls. Lastly he has seemed to be to hands off and far to trusting of his assistants over the past few years. CMR is still learning on the job and looks to be making adjustments after last season. I hope he learns and UGA and CMR have a successful future.

Dorsey Hill is a flat out LIAR

April 8th, 2010
2:13 pm

1eyedjack,

Who are you referring to signing 35 players when the limit was 25? Are you referring to Chizik who took 32 commitments this past recruiting season? Or Houston Nutt when he took 37 commits to build relationships with jr colleges? Saban did sign 32 his first full year at Bama but that was because he knew 2-3 were possibly leaving for pro baseball(which they did) and that another 4-5 were questionable as to whether or not they would make the grades to get in. As it turned out the numbers worked out perfectly and Bama enrolled 25 after baseball and academic attrition and was at 85 schollies like everyone else. I take it you were referring to Nutt or Chizik.

fitzgerald

April 8th, 2010
2:13 pm

Mark Richt……….meet Tom Landry. Perhaps Richt will be on the same pedestal as Landry. Everyone else get to the back of the line.

Mark's Mixer

April 8th, 2010
2:14 pm

Mark Richt cordially invites you to his home to watch the 2011 BCS Title Game. No need to bring anything, just bring yourselves. See you there!

January 10, 2011
100 Gator Lane
Athens, Ga 30601

Arlo

April 8th, 2010
2:14 pm

I would take a NC title anyday. Obviously CMR’s class can’t keep UGA players out of trouble. He doesn’t require the discipline from his players to get a NC title. I definitely understand why the bulldog nation wants Saban to leave, but I seriously doubt that will happen anytime soon.

Standing on the sidelines

April 8th, 2010
2:14 pm

Well, as the old saying goes, in this case, apparently, UGA fans can’t have their cake and eat it too. Based on Richt’s accomplishments thus far, they can take a man of character or a good but not truly top-notch coach. If the UGA football fans were as rabid about football as UK fans are about basketball, guess which they’d choose. I doubt any of the UK fans are complaining after this season. Moreover, based on the current successful football coaches nationwide, especially in the SEC, Saban, Urban, Petrino (past record), and, in the PAC 10, the guy that just quit Southern Cal for the pros, you can’t have it both ways. Consider Switzer, a guy not of sterling character, for example. Switzer’s record at OU: 15 years as head coach, 157-29-4 total wins, winning % of 83.7; conference record: 100-11-1, 89.7%; 3 national championships. UGA may have a coach with character, and that’s OK. But, for my buck, I’d rather have Switzer. Maybe a little lacking in character, but a proven winner.

KimZ's Package

April 8th, 2010
2:16 pm

Richt #4 or #5 in the SEC, but #1 on the Clarke County Bail Bondsman’s Christmas List. Momz hez at Chuch on Sunzda anz Iba can sez no judge tilz Monzda. Mr. Richt iza Gud manz. He bissited me afenter chuch o Sunzda afenternoon.

James

April 8th, 2010
2:17 pm

I’d rather have Nick Saban. Obsessive or not, he wins and his players aren’t going to jail half as many times ours are. Why? They are afraid to.

Love Richt, but I’d trade him in a heart beat for that genius in Tuscaloosa.

brian

April 8th, 2010
2:18 pm

A coach is hired to win a NC. You take your “class”. I’ll take NCs.

Dorsey Hill

April 8th, 2010
2:19 pm

David Palmer finished his career at Alabama. He was never, ever removed from the football team. He blew a .236 BAC and injured the other driver. He was suspended for the first DUI, reinstated, got a DUI on the night after his first game back and was not suspended again. Here is the link to a story about Palmer’s last game; The 1993 Gator Bowl: http://articles.latimes.com/1994-01-01/sports/sp-7429_1_gator-bowl. Of course Palmer then was drafted by the Vikings in the 1994 as Palmer left after 3 seasons. However, given that Palmer played in his LAST friggin’ college game, how could he have been removed from the team?

Otto

April 8th, 2010
2:20 pm

bamaguy:
I believe Florida has been a national power under Meyer and some guy named Spurrier.
I believe Alabama has been a national power under Saban, Stallings and some guy named Bryant.
I believe Georgia has been a national power under Dooley and . . . . .

You can Wally Butts to UGA for that list. CMR has been a power too.

How many time have the 2 teams above been put a probation that prevented them from claiming titles or going to Bowls?

R.S.V.P.

April 8th, 2010
2:21 pm

I will be there for your Mixer Mark, I am going to bring the dessert and 3-4 Nacho Platters. Looking forward to a night of fun!

Todd Grantham

Spokesman for the DawgNation

April 8th, 2010
2:24 pm

Otto, did you forget about Jan Kemp? That was kind of embarassing wasn’t it?

Dave Grantham

April 8th, 2010
2:26 pm

Save me some food for the mixer Mark. I need to feed my girlish figure.

Todd Grantham

April 8th, 2010
2:27 pm

Dont you even know my name Dave????

KimZ's Package

April 8th, 2010
2:28 pm

Will Mark be turning water into wine and having his water girl serve us at the Party?

Dorsey Hill is a flat out LIAR

April 8th, 2010
2:30 pm

Dorsey.

That is not what you wrote. You wrote that Palmer played the next game after his 2nd DUI arrest. That is what you wrote and its right there for everyone to see!

Palmer got a DUI and was suspended for the 25-8 Bama win over Vandy. He was then reinstated and got a 2nd DUI. He was then placed on indefinite suspension after that 2nd DUI. He did not play in a game right after a 2nd DUI AS YOU CLEARLY WROTE ABOVE IN YOUR POST AT 12:56 PM!

Just google Gene Stallings suspends David Palmer and you will see several articles stating that Stallings suspended Palmer indefinitely after the 2nd arrest.

YOU ARE A LIAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

KimZ's Package

April 8th, 2010
2:31 pm

Otto is Russ’ butt sniffing buddy.

Brett Shepherd

April 8th, 2010
2:32 pm

Just another way for the sorry Bulldawg fans to justify their lack of national titles in college football. If a national title isnt that importatnt, why then do you Dawg fans talk about 1980 so much?
JUST KNOW THIS…MY COACH AT USC MR LANE KIFFIN may not have that so called class that 3rd place Richt has, but as long as he can bring us more titles to Heritage Hall, we could care less. FIGHT ON USC!
THE TROJANS WILL RISE AGAIN!

Spokesman for the Spokesman of the Spokesman

April 8th, 2010
2:32 pm

We are the only team that has a moral Head Coach and no matter how many losses against Vandy and Kentucky will make us want to fire him.

Spokesman for the Spokesman of the Spokesman

April 8th, 2010
2:34 pm

Time stopped in 1980 when Buck was handing off to one of Hershel’s personalities.

SOUTHGADAWG88

April 8th, 2010
2:35 pm

Kind of surprised so many seem to have forgotten what kind of man we have as the HC.

Dorsey Hill is a flat out LIAR

April 8th, 2010
2:47 pm

12:56 pm

“Gene Stallings at Alabama played David Palmer the week after getting a DUI driving a 100+ and running over the back of the vehicle in front of him. And Palmer had just come off of a suspension for DUI.”

Actually Stallings suspended Palmer indefinitely after the 2nd arrest and got him professional counseling. He was allowed to remain with the team and to practice and allowed to stay in the dormitory while Stallings reviewed if he would be suspended for 3 to 6 games, the rest of the season, or if his Alabama career was over. But bottom line is that Palmer sure as hell didn’t play the next game after his 2nd DUI arrest as the LIAR DORSEY HILL ALLEGES IN HIS 12:56 POST.

Looks like Dorsey is still a LIAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Old Dawg

April 8th, 2010
2:47 pm

SOUTHGADAWG88, I haven’t forgotten. I am reminded everytime my gator buddy sees me.

ReptilesRule

April 8th, 2010
2:48 pm

Football is a physical game. Football is a game of emotion. Football is war on the gridiron. It’s not always about nice. It’s not always about diplomacy. It’s not even always about calm and composure. Don’t misunderstand here…we’re not talking about rules and ethics here…those will always stand. I’m taliking about the fire in the belly, the passion that a leader transfers to his “troops”, his players. When I see Richt on the sidelines at games (not just vs Florida), I see this great, nice, composed, calm and even somewhat mellow coach who probably really cares about his players. When I see Urban Meyer on those sidelines I see the passion, fire and a coach who will go to war with and for his players, no matter what. Who will take a “bullet” for his guys. Whether it be from the media or from rival fans.Who will stand up for them until hell freezes over. Damn the torpedos!!! Who is a FOOTBALL coach. …You know, FOOTBALL…that game of emotion.

AceDawg

April 8th, 2010
2:50 pm

I’m glad that he is the way he is when he has a wild defensive coordinator to counter him. Had it with Van Gorder. Now he’s got it with Grantham. Time to Release the Hounds.

ga gator

April 8th, 2010
2:52 pm

ReptilesRule as a fellow gator, I must disagree with part of your post. Tom Landry had the same stoic pose and attitude as Richt and he did OK. We are currently winning as a direct result of Spurrier changing the attitude that even Zook was able to carry on. Richt loves his players every bit as much as Urban, only not as demonstrative.

Big Ole Gator Fan

April 8th, 2010
2:52 pm

Big Ole Gator Fan here. I and my fellow Gator fans post here because we are scared as hell of Georgia. We have the upmost fear in our hearts and have to respond to any blog about them up and coming Dawgs. The Gators fear that the Dawgs are going to be SEC champs and N/C champs a lot in the next 10 years. We will be bent over this year ready to receive what is ours.

ga gator

April 8th, 2010
2:54 pm

Big Ole Gator Fan you are every bit as stupid as some of the haters on this blog.

kevin

April 8th, 2010
3:08 pm

Big Ole Gator Fan = Vanderbilt and Kentucky = Humper Hater = Spokesman = Tech Fan = Avid D&D player = has never had sex.

ReptilesRule

April 8th, 2010
3:09 pm

ga gator…Ah yes, but Tom Landry still had that look in the eye, that steeley glare and leadership that all players respond to. There was a certain fear there and that respect that a soldier has for his commander. And Landry could get on a player, believe me, though he chose a more private venue. Plus Landry coached in the pros where (particularly at that time) playing was a livelihood (many players I knew back then even had summer jobs) and players HAD TO to grow up, get serious or be gone. Don’t know if you’ll agree, but even in this day and age, college is MUCH more about school pride and passion, about bragging rights and singing the fight song, not about who is gonna be a the free agent with the biggest paycheck…

nice aint enough

April 8th, 2010
3:10 pm

2-7 vs our biggest rival dont cut it. we need someone who will get us out of our slump.