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.

458 comments Add your comment

Inspector G

April 8th, 2010
10:10 am

norm peterson

April 8th, 2010
10:11 am

could be that everything starts and ends with his Christian values!

I’ll admit that I sometimes hate him but he is one of the finest and we @ UGA are lucky to have him.

BT

April 8th, 2010
10:13 am

I’ve always said he is pure class. He will bring a title! I’d rather have a Richt for 20 years with no NC than someone like Saban for 4 then have him bolt for more money!

Larvell "SugarBear" Blanks

April 8th, 2010
10:14 am

……..I couldn’t agree more, CMR addressed the Defensive issues this year when the heat was on. He did it in his own way and his OWN terms. For this I respect him so much……would I LOVE to see UGA win the NC. HELL YES, but I don’t want to sell our soul aka Sabin to do it.

Bo

April 8th, 2010
10:14 am

I agree 100%. You can be the best in in your profession or life without being a jerk or a egomaniac. Unfortunately, there are a lot of people who believe otherwise.

Bo

April 8th, 2010
10:15 am

Thanks again Coach Richt!

allan in texas

April 8th, 2010
10:15 am

Give that another Amen!!!!!!!!!!!!

dreamer

April 8th, 2010
10:18 am

By far the best article I ever read in sports in a long time.

There are more important things in life than wins and losses, even the championship. I agree that Richt can and will win the championship with Georgia, but more importantly, the class and the character he shows is beyond measurable. Great role model for our young people! Go Dawgs!

laurenzomac

April 8th, 2010
10:23 am

Amen and hallelujah!!

Chris Phillips

April 8th, 2010
10:23 am

Very well said. I completely agree. I have been frustrated with UGA and CMR over play calling and coaching decisions, but I’d rather have that man as a coach and a leader of my kids any day of the week than Saban or Meyer. In the end, a crystal trophy is incomparable with character quality.

Johnny DangerDawg

April 8th, 2010
10:24 am

I agree. Sometimes, the haters like to claim that Richt being a “nice guy” will prevent him from winning titles. But I’m pretty sure that advising Montez Robinson and being polite to the media doesn’t hurt a coach’s chances of winning titles.

Bryan G.

April 8th, 2010
10:24 am

Eh…I mean, yes, I agree with Mr. SEC. This is a tough one because I do really like CMR. However, I really wouldn’t mind him having a little more Saban in him.

Richt is a good coach and a great man. I’d be just fine with him being a great coach and a good man, too, though…

DirtyDawg

April 8th, 2010
10:29 am

I’m one of those guys that thought, along with Vince Dooley as I recall, that Jim Donnan deserved another year to ‘prove’ himself. Alas it wasn’t to be. But in retrospect, I can’t tell you how happy I am now that it resulted in getting Mark Richt. Just as Joel Eaves and Vince took Georgia to a whole new level of class and pride back in ‘64 – albeit there was not much way to go but up back then – Coach Mark Richt ‘makes us proud’ with everything he exudes and does. Glad we got him? You damn betcha!

Tallcarl

April 8th, 2010
10:32 am

Well that’s a step in the right direction for all, maybe if the media will concentrate on the positive? Naaa, won’t happen. Go Dogs

GooseDawg

April 8th, 2010
10:32 am

Great article Bill!

This was a well written & very refreshing article. It served as a much needed reminder about what great character CMR has & what a positive influence he has on the young men he coaches.

We are truly blessed to have Coach Richt in Athens & I hope he remains the leader of the men in Red & Black for a very long time!

island man

April 8th, 2010
10:32 am

Bryan G. U hit the “nail on the head”. I would take it another step and say CMR is a great recruiter and a good coach.

TuckDAWG

April 8th, 2010
10:39 am

Great article Bill we love CMR and am glad he is a great person that being said i do belive we will see more fire in him this year than we have in years past he seems to have a different bounce in his step this spring GATA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Johnny's Quest

April 8th, 2010
10:40 am

Winning at all costs isn’t everything. I can assure you Coach Richt & his staff want to win more than even most die hard Dawg fan. Being led & mentored by a man like Coach Richt will be what the players remember long after their playing days are over.

1eyedJack

April 8th, 2010
10:43 am

Thinking back it seems that most of the serious arrests and problem children (and personal fouls) on UGA’s football team seem to be on the defensive side. Could that be an additional reason for CMR to clean house on that side of the ball? Is Grantham’s, Belin’s, and Lakotas’ hiring a step toward putting some discipline on that side of the ball? Was Willie and company lax on discipline and recruiting the wrong kind of personality to play defense or simply a lack of due diligence in researching the recruits?

Under Richt and this new regime I expect to see profound improvement in not only discipline on defense but also on the athletes being recruited.

I wouldn’t trade CMR for CUM or Satan for 4 crystal balls and an oreo blizzard.

BobDog

April 8th, 2010
10:43 am

We only see the public side of Coach Richt. Inside the fence, he’s probably much more driven. He always exhibits poise and class and I like the image he projects for UGA.

The D

April 8th, 2010
10:47 am

I agree with this article and am glad you wrote it! I think CMR is the best thing to happen to the University besides the HOPE scholarship. UGA is beloved by the state, and I think we all would like a NC, but knowing we have such a sound leader for our young men to look up to is good enough for me. THANKS COACH

Dawg Days

April 8th, 2010
10:49 am

Coach Richt is a class act, and its sad that when the heat was on to chase WM out of Athens, many bloggers were critical of the coach’s deep Christian values and beliefs. But its his devote relationship with the Lord that makes him the special man he is. Recently there was an article questioning if Richt had lost control of his team, and if he is the next Bobby Bowden of the SEC. The irony is that his core belief in developing young men is paramount, and understands they will make mistakes, but if they show remorse and accept responsiblity, they deserve a second chance. That seems like more control to me than lack of control, guess it just depends on your perspective.
Regardless, I am proud of what Coach Richt stands for and glad he is representing UGA, go Dawgs!

Bryan

April 8th, 2010
10:49 am

As a Bama fan, I’ve always like Richt and the stand he has taken for his faith. I think he is a very upstanding person and I have a lot of respect for him as a man.

However, when it comes to a FOOTBALL COACH, I wouldn’t trade Saban for anybody else out there right now. Saban is paid to win football games and national titles and that’s what he does. People point to his coaching past and call him all sorts of names. However, every coaching change he has made he has had good reason to make that move in regards to the right choice for his family and his career. The move from Michigan State to LSU was a no brainer. He got to come to the SEC and to a school that had all the tools needed to compete for a national title and he did just that. After that, it was a move to the NFL.. something every coach in the game of football desires to take a shot at. No one can blame him for making that move in his career. After being in the NFL he realized this wasn’t what he wanted and he realized he was not cut out for the NFL and he missed one thing that wasn’t a part of the NFL game.. RECRUITING! People who claim Saban will go wherever the dollar leads him seem to forget the fact that he took a pay cut to come back to the college game and take over at Alabama…another school that had all the tools in place to win a title..and once again, he did just that. People claim he will leave Alabama when another offer comes up… well I can’t see the future, but I don’t see that happening. When he came to Alabama, some of those same people also said he isn’t as good as the bammers think, he ain’t worth 4 million and he’ll never win a NC at Alabama because they are a team of the past..blah, blah, blah. And we see how that worked out, didn’t we?

I think he’s the best coach in college football and his record backs that up…and I’d be willing to bet a few of you Dawg fans would love to see ‘Satan’, as some call him, strolling on the home side between the hedges….but I doubt many of you will be honest and just admit it.

Roll Tide!

Florida Dawg

April 8th, 2010
10:53 am

It’s about time we had a decent article talking about things that matter. Amen! Can’t wait for the G-Day game this weekend. My wife and I are driving up from Orlando just to see it. Should be a great day!

GO DAWGS!!!!!!!

GooseDawg

April 8th, 2010
10:57 am

Question for the TRUE Dawg fans,

When CMR brings UGA another SEC title & that elusive BCS aka Mythical Nt’l Title are yall STILL going to want him to be more like Saban? I understand his laid back demeanor makes some folks question his motivation, his intensity, his desire to be the best, but seriously, do yall think if he starts walking around like his ‘youknowwhat’ don’t stink (ala CNS), throwing visors (ala CSS), yelling at reporters (ala CUM), or taunting the opposition (ala Lame Lane Kiffin, not even worthy of being called a coach) that suddenly our football team will start winning more games?

Whatdayasay Dawg fans?

LSU_TIGER

April 8th, 2010
10:59 am

Class doesn’t win ball games!!!! Yes, Richt is classy and very nice…too nice!! The kids may respect him, but they don’t play well for him. I guess if you’re happy being in the middle to bottom of the SEC pack, good for you. I would rather have a hard ass that wins ball games anyday!

Just wondering

April 8th, 2010
11:01 am

Assuming Mark Richt is everything that he was hired for; which appears to be based on the comments above; like being an honest trustworthy Christian man who guides young men in the proper paths of life and NOT to win championships. Then why might I ask did he fire Willie Martinez. Martinez coached exactly like Richt wanted or else he would have fired him the previous season. Just wondering…

SEC observer

April 8th, 2010
11:03 am

Even the original EVIL GENIOUS, Stephen Orr Spurrier has said he is going to be more of a “jerk” quoting his own word in order to bring the longed for championship to Columbia.

George G.

April 8th, 2010
11:05 am

It’s a front.

Dbalcer

April 8th, 2010
11:05 am

Coach Richt does make me proud to be a DAWG. I believe he will win a NC. There are a lot of things that have to work together for that to happen and I see it happening in the near future.

stw

April 8th, 2010
11:06 am

Bryan: And Saban will be your coach UNTIL someone comes along and offers him more money.

Honest question to ALL DAWG FANS:

April 8th, 2010
11:06 am

Would you be content with Richt never winning another East Championship as long as he continues to be competitive and live his upstanding life style? How many wins does he need this year to keep his job or is any number ok?

NC_DAWG

April 8th, 2010
11:08 am

LSU_Tiger, one middle of the pack finish does not indicate a team mired at the bottom. Dawgs will be back and back strongly the next few years.

http://social.bioware.com/brc/14911

AlphG8r

April 8th, 2010
11:10 am

hahahahaha this is just sad… I’m sure Coach Richt’s name will be prominently displayed in the “class” section of the history books…right under all of the other great classy coaches with no titles like um… remember that one guy? you know the one I’m talking about

Dawg 39

April 8th, 2010
11:11 am

A great article that I totally agree with. I really enjoy this Blog. Keep It Up.

James

April 8th, 2010
11:11 am

Tech fan here.
I agree, and Richt always has exhibited great character. That said, if Dawgs get less than 9 wins this year, expect to hear “boot mr. nice guy” and “nice guys just can’t cut it in the SEC” as the folks on this blog are calling for his head. Hope that doesn’t happen though, he’s a great coach.

James

AlphG8r

April 8th, 2010
11:12 am

Would you rather have a “coach with class” or a “coach with championships”?

JoeV

April 8th, 2010
11:13 am

Leave it to an arrogant bama fan to change the subject to his team/coach.

From a Clemson alum, Richt is a class act and admired across the country for his actions. You guys have a great one in him.

knoxdawg

April 8th, 2010
11:13 am

I want to win a NC as much as anyone but you never lower your values to do so. If CMR doesn’t win one so be it. His integrity speaks for itself. Go Dawgs!

RAMMER JAMMER YELLOW HAMMER

April 8th, 2010
11:16 am

stw, i guess you think cmr would stay at uga if a team came calling w/ 4.5 mil a year. but we all know that wont happen dont we……. just saying… this will be year 4 for cns, so i guess we need to find us a coach after the bcs title game.

Mike

April 8th, 2010
11:16 am

Sounds like everyone above me has been drinking the Kool-Aid and attending the CMR love fest. It also sounds like everyone is ready and willing for a 2-3 loss season this year. Fact – Since CMR has been at Georgia, no NC. Not only no NC, but never even playing for one. The closest was the recent Sugar Bowl against Hawaii, and Georgia was the number 3 team in the conference that year. So, keep on drinking the Kool-Aid.

Dawg Man

April 8th, 2010
11:18 am

Bryan, no doubt Saban is a better motivator and i would argue a better college “football” coach than Richt. Keep in mind I am a die hard Dawg fan. But, I wouldn’t expect Saban to be there longer than 2 more years at best once he gets bored with Bama or more money comes calling from the NFL. On another note, if winning a National Championship is all that matters in College Football, then ALL classes for football players should only be subjects on football. Forget History, Math, Science, or any other useless stuff like that.

George P. Burdell

April 8th, 2010
11:19 am

Always choose a coach with class over championships. Championships will come and go. The legacy behind a man with class will last forever.

Jennifer

April 8th, 2010
11:19 am

Oh my God. Is this an April Fools Day joke??
You think the man whose team stormed the field after scoring a TD on Florida, whose team can’t keep its players out of jail and whose team commits penalties left and right has CLASS? Are you serious? Richt’s players don’t know the meaning of the words “sportsmanship” and “discipline.” They run around like a bung of entitled thugs both on and off the field.
Bill, I know that this team mired in perpetual mediocrity needs something to hold onto, but the myth that Mark Richt is a class act is laughable.

bamaguy

April 8th, 2010
11:20 am

There is no doubt that CMR is a man of character. But let me ask a question. How long would a CEO of Coca Cola stay on the job if he failed to keep Coke at the top, regardless of his character. In the end, the man is paid to compete for championships. If he doesn’t, he will eventually be let go.

I’ll take Nick Saban and a crystal football.

Dawg Man

April 8th, 2010
11:21 am

Your best article yet Bill

mexdawg

April 8th, 2010
11:22 am

Coach Richt leads by example and that’s something I’m sure his players respect.WE are very lucky to have Mark Richt as our head coach and I hope he stays with us for a long time.Keep up the good work coach.LET THE BIG DAWG EAT.

Jennifer

April 8th, 2010
11:23 am

I cannot believe I left off the Black Out. The Black Out!! That’s class???

This is shear insanity. Yes, he’s a Christian, and will tell anyone within 20 feet about it, but that does not equate to class.

Great post Jennifer

April 8th, 2010
11:25 am

His program is run just like his mentor (saint bobby) taught him, except he hasn’t produced a NC and the fans will tire of him just like the Noles did with Bobby.

Why dont the players reflect the coach?

April 8th, 2010
11:26 am

Isn’t that an appropriate question?

Frank Lane

April 8th, 2010
11:27 am

I agree. The two examples used in the article really differentiate Richt. A coach should seize every opportunity to do his job, to coach and to teach. Richt is exemplary. I am proud to have him.

Peadawg

April 8th, 2010
11:27 am

Amen Bill! Can’t wait for G-day! See y’all there!

BehindEnemyLines

April 8th, 2010
11:29 am

LOL, class? CMR? Please tell me this was written on April 1st.

SCJacket

April 8th, 2010
11:29 am

Though I will always say THWG, I must say I have always respected Richt and his program.

RAMMER JAMMER YELLOW HAMMER

April 8th, 2010
11:30 am

jennifer, you left out the dancing on the side line while getting thumped, anyway uga fans and beat writers need something to make them sleep better a night.

Peadawg

April 8th, 2010
11:31 am

“I want to win a NC as much as anyone but you never lower your values to do so. If CMR doesn’t win one so be it. His integrity speaks for itself. Go Dawgs!”

AMEN! I’ll take CMR over Saban or Meyer any day of the week!!!!!!!

DL

April 8th, 2010
11:32 am

Though being a Gator fan, I can say that Coach Richt is a hell of a person. My only opposition is the use the word class. Define class? If it’s defined by giving players a second chance, then a lot of the SEC coaches have it. Is it defined by not running up the score? So you tell your players not to play as hard and not to score? Is it defending your program, school, and players? Everyone defines “class” differently, so don’t assume that Coach Richt is the only one in the SEC with it.

GO GATORS!

Dr. P.

April 8th, 2010
11:33 am

Richt is a candy-a** and the team takes on that personality. Worse yet, that’s the type recruits he gets. There’s no place for “turn the other cheek” in the SEC

Kim

April 8th, 2010
11:34 am

Jennifer, couldn’t have said it better myself. Oh he’s so klassy AND a bible-thumper, oooo, what a winner.

Moore

April 8th, 2010
11:35 am

Funny how people are saying they don’t think Richt matches up as a FOOTBALL coach even though he’s a man of character yet he’s heading the most CONSISTENTLY successful teams in the SEC. The day is coming when the big one will land in Athens and when it does it’ll come with a solid record over time behind it. I think we can build a contending team with our coach who is a good football coach and an oustanding man of character. Yes, it can be done and Richt is proving it.

OrlG8r

April 8th, 2010
11:35 am

With all due respect to Coach Richt, and I agree he’s up there among the best, but I’d rather have my coach winning championships and standing up for my players when “entitled’ yet “unaccountable” reporters run my players into the ground. If his point is that Richt is a better man because he didn’t call out a reporter who wrote a dishonest piece about one of his players, then I don’t think that’s a compliment at all. Just sayin’

cobradawg

April 8th, 2010
11:36 am

Remember a few years back when coach Richt got a call that Tenn. I believe, was tipping their plays, and he called notified them, before we played them, Thats a class act. We win our share, and if he never wins a nat.title I can except it, atleast the NCAA doese’nt have a permanant room at the Athens Holiday Inn.

common sense

April 8th, 2010
11:37 am

Print the article and send it to all recruits parents. Maybe it will make them reconsider taking the bribe money from UF or UA.

Tired of mediocrity

April 8th, 2010
11:38 am

Moore, I don’t think losing to Kentucky and Vanderbilt at home a consistent winner. You may think so but I am ready for a coach who like Saban or Meyer distain mediocrity.

Vick=Dog killing thug

April 8th, 2010
11:38 am

I agree that CMR is a class act and I would trade him for Meyer or Saban. However I do feel that CMR needs to make adjustments to keep his players a bit more in line. Discipline, Attitude and Work ethic all need to improve for more than a few UGA players.

Go dawgs.. We run this state

bamaguy

April 8th, 2010
11:38 am

CMR and a crystal football will never both be in Athens at the same time.

read n black

April 8th, 2010
11:38 am

we all know what the “P” stands for “Dr.” and the AJC won’t allow me to type if for those who don’t.

Reader of idiots

April 8th, 2010
11:39 am

common sense, you got any proof about bribe money? Or could it be a losers way of striking at winning programs.

read n black

April 8th, 2010
11:40 am

Jennifer, is retard school on spring break? This article is not about Georgia’s team having class…it’s about Richt having class, which you apparently skipped a few of.

Reader of idiots

April 8th, 2010
11:41 am

Funny that these same jackass humper fans ridicule Tebow and his display of religion.

master

April 8th, 2010
11:42 am

Jennifer, how does having a blackout make him classless?

UGA2009ACC CHAMPS

April 8th, 2010
11:43 am

Bamaguy,

Kind of like teeth and toothbrush will never be in the same sentence in alabamer

C from Marietta

April 8th, 2010
11:43 am

To AlphG8r

A coach with class. Football is just a GAME. Intregity and Class are for life.

I will answer for Jennifer

April 8th, 2010
11:43 am

Master, not classless; better word should be hopeless. The Grambling State uniforms are 2-2.

Shaking My Head

April 8th, 2010
11:44 am

I entirely agree that Mark Richt is a good man with good intentions and he has great Christian values. But, for him to have “brought class to uga” is stretching it out too far. Look at all the arrest that have occurred during his tenure…where is the class in that? He recruited every single one of those players that were arrested. And sending the entire team out on the field to celebrate a touchdown against florida…GIVE ME A BREAK! If he is going to bring class to uga, he needs to share his values with his players first.

Rob

April 8th, 2010
11:44 am

The fine institution that produced Jan Kemp and Jim Harrick has no room to be talking about “class”

UGA is a win-at-all costs football factory that cares very little about the student in student-athlete

Charlotte Dawg

April 8th, 2010
11:44 am

Didn’t read the article but don’t care. We want championships first, class second….sorry but that is just how I think the majority of us championship starved fans see it.

Richt is trying to be an honest man in a den of theives and it is just not producing great results. Good but not great.

Meyer and Saban are classless, cheating jerks…but they win championships. It is about winning baby!

Gator Eater

April 8th, 2010
11:44 am

Jennifer and all CMR haters: so you guys think that a coach retired & unretired in less than 24 hours is class? Oh, his daughter is more important, no no hell with his daughter, his Tebow is more important. Wait, one more class decision: suspend a guy half game for violating sportsmanship IN FRONT OF NATIONAL TV!!?? The only joke here is you because if you hate him so much, why bother to read the article and write your stupid comments?

Spokesman for the SEC East

April 8th, 2010
11:44 am

We hope he stays for life!!!

Jennifer

April 8th, 2010
11:44 am

Apparently read and black thinks the team is not a reflection of its coach. So I guess his conclusion is that Richt is a class act, but a weak willed and ineffective one. You must be so proud.

C from Marietta

April 8th, 2010
11:45 am

To OrlG8r

Changing blog ids to make the same stupid point is really lame. I am just sayin.

Spokesman for the SEC East

April 8th, 2010
11:46 am

Charlotte Dawg, so if you win you must be cheating? Would Vince Dooley fit in that category?

C from Marietta

April 8th, 2010
11:46 am

To Charlotte Dawg,

I am glad your in the minority. Coach Richt get it.

Dawg Crazy

April 8th, 2010
11:47 am

Richt’s class is way ahead of other SEC coaches, with meyer and saban at the bottom, with no class. Class is much more important than BCS titles—saban and meyer would sell their own mother to win a national title. Richt believes that running a classy program is much more important!

DL

April 8th, 2010
11:47 am

Gator eater…the embodyment of class.

Spokesman for the SEC East

April 8th, 2010
11:47 am

C from Marietta we all learned that from your dufus humper named Patrick.

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1158327737&ref=name

Moore

April 8th, 2010
11:47 am

I don’t have any problems with Tebow’s religious beliefs. I actually applaud him for being true to himself. I blame the majority of Tebow’s “hater” issues on ESPN. If they just let the boy go about his business instead of doing Tebow-cam and telling us if he burps on the field then I think he’d have a lot more support. Just sayin…

ugafan426

April 8th, 2010
11:48 am

I agree with this article 100%, there is no other coach in the country i would rather have over coach Richt. As a college football coach, your job is not only to win games, you also have to teach those young men character and how to make good decisions in life because not everyone makes it to the NFL where you can run people over with your car and sexually harass women and nothing happens to you. Yes, he hasnt brought a championship here, but we definitely have the talent to win one. I hate all the talk about how Richt is on the hot seat, in my opinion, he should leave UGA when HE wants to leave. It took Joe Paterno 17 years to win his first national title, and Bobby Bowden 28 years (18 at FSU) to win his first, arguably 2 of the best coaches in history. I wouldnt trade coach Richt for any other coach in the country.

GO DAWGS!!!!

ONLY Fair

April 8th, 2010
11:49 am

DawgByte

April 8th, 2010
11:49 am

Great article, thank you! UGA has knocked on the MNC door three times under Richt. We’ll get there with hard work and the ball bouncing on our side.

DL

April 8th, 2010
11:49 am

Can someone define class, present how Meyer and Saban don’t have it, and then give me proof of where either of them cheated?

Spokesman for the SEC East

April 8th, 2010
11:50 am

ugafan426I agree with this article 100%, there is no other coach in the country i would rather have over coach Richt. As a college football coach, your job is not only to win games, you also have to teach those young men character and how to make good decisions in life because not everyone makes it to the NFL where you can run people over with your car and sexually harass women and nothing happens to you.

Then if that is what you want in your coach, HE IS A FAILURE!!

bamaguy

April 8th, 2010
11:51 am

UGA2009: I never tire of the UGA petty jealousy of Alabama and Florida. It is amusingly obvious.

Besides: Georgia without Atlanta is Mississippi. Those who live in glass houses . . .

Troof

April 8th, 2010
11:51 am

Charlotte Dawg is an idiot. Saban gets it done without cheating. Richt is no doubt a class guy but how much longer will you Dawg fans settle for no NCs? There will come a point where not getting the crystal football is going to be a sore point with you guys. Then we’ll see how much leeway class gets him.

Rheumatism

April 8th, 2010
11:51 am

Bama fans: after Saban is gone in 2-3 years come back afterwards with the “I’d rather have a trophy any day.” and talk to the recruits heading to UGA where they’ll tell you they want to be at a program with a coach that won’t ditch them there sophomore year.

Pago Flyer

April 8th, 2010
11:51 am

Yea, but he hasn’t won a National Championship and may not win another SEC Championship!

Alaska Dawg

April 8th, 2010
11:52 am

Bill, thanks for that piece. I am a lifetime blind loyalist to UGA, but I agree that Richt’s character is way more important than Wins and Losses. I do think that with Richt we can win a National Title. It has been unfortunate that when we have had some awesome 1 loss teams that the top of the BCS field was too crowded. Everyone wants to jump on the Gator bandwagon for their titles in seasons when they were not undefeated. Meyer is scum and I for one think that Mike can, as he puts it, go drink the Gator Kool aid. We certainly do not need someone like him in the Dawg nation!

POAD

April 8th, 2010
11:52 am

CLASS? Class? class? HAHAHAHHAH. Class at MIAMI? Class at FSU? Class at UGA? Richt acts like he has class but the thugs he coaches proves different.

Spokesman for the SEC East

April 8th, 2010
11:53 am

Please everyone, don’t critisize RICHT, we want him to stay FOREVER!!!!!

Forever a Bulldawg

April 8th, 2010
11:54 am

Double Amen!

Jennifer

April 8th, 2010
11:56 am

@ Master “Jennifer, how does having a blackout make him classless?”
If you have to ask, you won’t understand, but I’ll try. Using such a silly gimmick shows no sense of decorum or sportsmanship. The Black Out is the equivalent of painting one’s chest in team colors.

Winning on fundamentals with a disciplined team, while showing respect for the other team and for the tradition of the game, is how one demonstrates class.

@Gator Eater: I have never, ever said that Urban Meyer had class. Ever.

Ever.

kevin

April 8th, 2010
11:56 am

I am UGA fan and I want a NC. Richt has been good, not great. And at times, I think what defenders of Richt call “class”, I would simply call too passive. And you can have the whole religious bit–can’t stand it–agree with Kim and Jennifer. However, I also agree that Richt handles the media better than any coach in football and represents his team well. Also, despite a disappointing season last year, Richt finally showed some balls made some much needed moves this off season.

Spokesman for the SEC East

April 8th, 2010
11:58 am

kevin, if he would of fired them a year earlier he might of had a better record last year.

kevin

April 8th, 2010
11:59 am

A little late…I completely agree Spokesman.

bamaguy

April 8th, 2010
11:59 am

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 . . . . . . .

Minnesota Dawg

April 8th, 2010
12:00 pm

Jennifer, you don’t know your facts. Bill you are right on! I put Richt up there with Dooley and that’s saying alot! How long did it take Dooley to win a National Championship? 15 years or so? Richt will get his if he’s given a chance. Developing character in players is far more important than just winning! Don’t get me wrong, I like to win, but not at the expense of losing your good name. I’d take Richt over Saban, Meyers, and any other coach around. I don’t lose sleep over Georgia not winning a National Championship. There’s more to life than that! I love the dawgs and I love Saturday afternoons in the fall! Dooley’s teams were great memories and now we’ve got a keeper in Richt with many memories in the making.

bruce mac

April 8th, 2010
12:01 pm

Reader, and the jackass Florida fans don’t ridicule CMR, right? Nobody displays more “in your face” than Tebow and that is what gets old. I know you don’t see it because you are in love but it is tiresome to others. CMR is low profile with his faith IMO. Gators and Dawgs don’t like each other, leave it at that.

POAD

April 8th, 2010
12:01 pm

cantondawg

April 8th, 2010
12:02 pm

Goosedawg,

I agree with you. Being a jerk doesn’t necessarily mean that you are a good football coach. However, i do think that blind loyalty to friends has been a problem with Richt. Instead of getting the most qualified DC in 2005, CMR chose to hire his friend CWM. When you hire your friend, you tend to hold on to them for way too long and not hold them as accountable as you should. That’s been the only fault i’ve seen with Richt but he has corrected it now. I don’t think there’s anybody who’s a Dawg fan that doesn’t realize that we’ve made some serious upgrades with CTG, CWB and CTL

kevin

April 8th, 2010
12:03 pm

bamaguy “Georgia without Atlanta is Mississippi”…Okay, but Bama is Mississippi.

Minnesota Dawg

April 8th, 2010
12:04 pm

Kevin, when it’s all said and done with life, what will you have? A National Championship! What will Richt have? A National Championship and a lot of former players who will thank God for a man like Richt who had high standards! I’d rather have a coach like Richt for my boys!

Dean

April 8th, 2010
12:04 pm

To answer the question. A coach with class that puts others first. Go Dawgs and Richt is our man.

Alabamadawg

April 8th, 2010
12:06 pm

POAD

April 8th, 2010
12:07 pm

You want Class and a Multi-cultural college life go to TECH or Georgia State. UGA is Barbie Doll U–Fake blonde Chicks. 57% female student body of 26K+ students and only 2679 Africam American students, 2800 Asian students, 1K hispanic students( Athens Banner Hareld Feb. 27, 2010 article.) Why do Black players want to go to this school. When a crime happens and a Black male is involved guess what people think?

Billy O

April 8th, 2010
12:07 pm

Hey Mike….politics kept us out of the NC game that year. We were the highest rated SEC team in the polls.

Hey Jennifer….UGA is not mediocore…..no team that averages 10 wins a season for the last decade is mediocore.

I know….I know…. I shouldn’t confuse the issue with facts.

Ron Roberts

April 8th, 2010
12:07 pm

Those “hasn’t won a national championship” detractors can’t stuff it; Mark Richt has TWO 1-loss campaigns that, under MOST circumstances since he arrived, would’ve been enough to win a national championship. His detractors need to look at his resume here under those regards. Winning a national championship often requires a little bit of luck, especially for an S.E.C. squad.

It’d be easy to dominate a weaker (Pac-10, Big Ten) conference and be there come BCS time, but we don’t have that luxury, so it is what it is. If there’s one knock on Richt, it’s that we haven’t competed better against Florida than we should have. The last time Moreno and Stafford had a shot at ‘em – that game was ugly, and should’ve been a closer-fought campaign. It got out of hand once the turnovers racked up; but I was there, and before INTs and fumbles, we were matching them.

Two 1-loss campaigns, and a 2-loss season where we were ARGUABLY the best team in the nation at the end of the season cannot be overlooked; neither can it be eschewed that in one of those 1-loss seasons, the one loss came to Florida without our starting QB at the helm.

The guy’s a class act, and has made this program a viable SEC and national title contender. I imagine these same “detractors” are the anti-Bobby Cox-like contingent, as well. I’ll take Cox and Richt every year, because you can’t win a title without being in the hunt, first, and they both get their squads there.

POAD

April 8th, 2010
12:08 pm

Hire a BLACK Coach and then who is your MAN?

Dean

April 8th, 2010
12:08 pm

And, if you study your Judeo-Christian history you will see that the Lord always tests those closest to him. Richt continues to persevere while his detractors pile on. We at Georgia are blessed to have him and regardless of what others say, we it’s more important to influence these young men and help mold them into good men than it is to win a few championsips.

Spokesman for the SEC East

April 8th, 2010
12:09 pm

If Richt is all class, etc. then why hasn’t filtered down to the criminals?

BG

April 8th, 2010
12:09 pm

Richt is more strict on his players than any other coach in the SEC. If Montez Robinson played for UT,UF,Bama or Auburn he would still be on the team.

OldDawg

April 8th, 2010
12:10 pm

Jennifer and Kim especially, and the other “haters”…thanks for your contributions to this blog.

And more specifically thanks for providing PERFECT examples as to class vs NO class!

Minnesota Dawg

April 8th, 2010
12:11 pm

Spokesmen for the SEC East, have you ever heard of free will? With your reasoning, Richt should sleep in the same room and go with them to class and everwhere just to make sure they won’t slip up! Try again and make some sense next time!

kevin

April 8th, 2010
12:11 pm

Minnesota Dawg,

Hope you’re right–that Richt will have a national championship. And I agree that Richt is a stand up guy. I just think at times (perhaps too often) Richt is afraid to hurt people’s feelings. Willie Martinez should have been fired a year ago. Bobo should have been fired this year. All in all, I like Richt and would rather have him than many other coaches.

BG

April 8th, 2010
12:12 pm

POAD what you smoking dog??

Spokesman for the SEC East

April 8th, 2010
12:12 pm

BG, no he should of been kicked off after the second arrest. Richt is just like Bobby, he delegates and looks the other way.

POAD

April 8th, 2010
12:12 pm

Ron read before you post. And Bobby Cox only has WHITE players. Richt has Thugs and beating Hawaii ain’t Crap to make you #1.

kevin

April 8th, 2010
12:13 pm

Great points Ron Roberts!

Dawg 39

April 8th, 2010
12:14 pm

Not only do I agree totally with the article (It makes me proud to be A Dawg Fan) but I disgree totally with the naysayers. 20 years without a SEC title until CMR came along (I had given up).
We are currently enjoying the best 10 year run in the history of Dawg Football. Only CMR could have done that at UGA. He will win more SEC titles & as far the NC, who knows. ESPN will do whatever it can to keep the Dawgs out of the NCG. The next 4 years look extremely promising to me

david

April 8th, 2010
12:15 pm

Jennifer…it’s as if we were at the same UGA/Bama game…i completely agree with your observations and believe you are spot on! As i left The Blackout Game, carefully stepping over the self-inflicted litter on the trashed quad, I was proud about my team, its coach, and the fans…

roll tide

John

April 8th, 2010
12:15 pm

Most SEC coaches have class with the exception of gone Kiffen and Meyer, The new Auburn coach has it as well as Saben. I watch Saben very close last year and he is a class act too. It’s important to me.

Spokesman for the SEC East

April 8th, 2010
12:15 pm

POAD, but they did look good wearing black against Hawaii.

POAD

April 8th, 2010
12:15 pm

BG the same Crap your Players are smoking because we both know I and your players will get many chances to get away with it. Check my facts and get back to me. UGA is not Black friendy if you don’t play with a BALL. Check the facts.

Spokesman for the SEC East

April 8th, 2010
12:16 pm

How does ESPN keep the dogs out of the NC game? What an inferiority complex!!

Minnesota Dawg

April 8th, 2010
12:16 pm

Kevin, I can understand what you are saying but most of the time we don’t have all the facts. We don’t know what goes on behind the scenes. Have you not ever been falsely accused or misjudged? It happens all the time in College Football. Rumors and gossip and spin. Now I’m not a blind, yes man, but Richt did deal with the problem. He did it in his own time. He makes mistakes and never will be perfect. Don’t you agree?

Moore

April 8th, 2010
12:18 pm

Name a program that doesn’t have any off the field issues? All of these programs take kids with difficult backgrounds and give them an OPPORTUNITY. Some kids get it, take advantage of the opportunity and appreciate the faith the coaches placed in them. Some kids don’t get it and fall back into bad patterns. Try as we might, we can’t save everyone from themselves. Point is that Mark Richt gives them a shot and in examples given here helps kids beyond the point of where it benefits him or UGA.

There comes a point where a good influence is not enough, opportunity is not enough and some kids make bad decisions anyway. Sometimes that’s on them.

KimZ's Package

April 8th, 2010
12:18 pm

Richt has so much Class he sat on the Bench so Kelly could Lead the U to a title!

kevin

April 8th, 2010
12:21 pm

MD,

I agree. It’s hard to have an educated opinion in this instance. As you point out, there is plenty going on we know nothing about.

Humper hater

April 8th, 2010
12:21 pm

You would get more bang for your dollar if you hired Billy Graham as your HC and then a genious for an offensive coordinator and a maniac for a D coordinator.

wheres my

April 8th, 2010
12:21 pm

Ring??????????????????

RandyBogartGA

April 8th, 2010
12:22 pm

I was reading this same writer last year and all of you dawg fans were screaming for coach Richt’s head because he was a christian !!!!!! Can’t you people make up your minds????????? Now give us an answer.do you want him or not want him???? For crying out loud make up your minds and get on with it.

kirby

April 8th, 2010
12:23 pm

OK Dawgs…so u rank number 1 in the country every year in class. That record will probably never be broken! I love to watch Uga play football (and dance on the sideline). I bet u guys r preseason no. 1 again this year in “class”…keep up the good work!! Bow Wow Bulldogs Bow Wow

Fred

April 8th, 2010
12:23 pm

He sure gets paid a lot of money to be a sunday school teacher………….. I thought the goal of a coach was to WIN……….

Old Dawg

April 8th, 2010
12:24 pm

Face the facts; we hired Richt because at the time Spurrier was the coach at UF and the only program that had success against the gators was FSU and UGA hired their #1 assistant to end the domination by Florida. He has not succeeded. period!!!

$750K

April 8th, 2010
12:24 pm

So classy to take millions of dollars for coaching football when the education budget is being slashed. So classy, indeed.

John

April 8th, 2010
12:25 pm

Nice column. You hit the nail on the head. Richt is the best coach in the SEC. Great job!!!!

Bama Jammer

April 8th, 2010
12:25 pm

Class? Keep it, Bama, Florida, LSU, and Tennessee will keep their BCS Titles. 100 years from now when somebody is looking at past champions there will be no asterisk next to Bama’s or Florida’s NATIONAL TITLES that says……that Mark Richt had a lot of class. He may have class but a lot on his team do not. That endzone dance against the Gators was the most class-less thing I have ever seen and Florida will use that as motivation for years to come, maybe that’s why they have beaten the Dawgs 90-27 in the last 2 games. RTR

#2 BAMA FAN

April 8th, 2010
12:25 pm

Mark Richt is a great man and very good coach, but the question is has he won any NC’S NO. I hope
he does one day at Georgia or some where else. Richt has gone to beat Urban Meyer this year to get
the heat off his backside. Saban is no angel but he does a lot of charity work in Alabama for his Nick
Kids corporate. If you could mix and match Saban and Richt in to the same coach you would have a great coach and human being!! RTR and GO DAWGS!!

Old Dawg

April 8th, 2010
12:26 pm

Money comes from “private” athletic association and not from the university dumb ass $750K!

ilikeyourearlobe

April 8th, 2010
12:27 pm

I am proud to have such a grounded, Christian man to be the leader for the dawgs. People can bash him for being a Christian and doing things the right way, but in the end all that matters is a mans morals and integrity. Thank the Lord for coach Richt!

Debose

April 8th, 2010
12:27 pm

Yes, Mark “2-7″ Richt has class, Congrats!

Rick

April 8th, 2010
12:29 pm

Folks this is football not church. Championships are what matters. Until Richt wins one he will be considered inferior to Saban, meyer, etc.

Dawg 39

April 8th, 2010
12:29 pm

Check Holtz, May.Herbie & Co. previous relationships with the Dawgs. They are not fans. As a 70 year old female fan said to them when ESPN came to Athens: “You have something against my Dawgs”. They Do.

Spokesman for the SEC East

April 8th, 2010
12:29 pm

You are correct Bama jammer, Richt “mr class” totally knew the endzone dance was coming, got caught on Nationa TV laughing on the sidelines and then tried to apologize. Not a christian but a hypocrite!!! You people have short memories.

Commissar Obama

April 8th, 2010
12:30 pm

Class? what about partying in Florida’s end zone? what a joke.

Spokesman for the SEC East

April 8th, 2010
12:31 pm

Dawg 39, since when do Holtz and May determine who goes to the title game? and what year did they keep you out of it?

UGASlobberknocker

April 8th, 2010
12:32 pm

I agree with all of the positive comments from Mr. SEC about Coach Richt. That said, we better start getting back to where the program was 5 yrs ago or Coach Richt, despite his wonderfulness, might be coaching elsewhere.

Moore

April 8th, 2010
12:33 pm

So classy the Athletic Association which is a separate entity from the university itself donates funds to keep the university solvent.

kevin

April 8th, 2010
12:33 pm

I could are a less is Richt is Christian. Hitler also was a Christian. Religious man does not equal good man. There are plenty of non-Christian people who are far more moral than many religious folks.

That Guy

April 8th, 2010
12:34 pm

Clearly sending all of your players out on to the field after scoring ONE touchdown in a game against an inferior Florida team demonstrates the utmost class and respect for the game. Everyone does that, right?

Also, becoming one of the nation’s leaders in personal foul penalties the past few seasons reveals the incredible stature, character and respect for the game held by Mark Richt, right?

Give me a break.

BS Alert

April 8th, 2010
12:34 pm

The majority of you jokers would support firing Richt tomorrow if it meant you were assured of getting a coach like Saban or Meyer to win a NC. Not that they would want to take a step down going to UGA, but just saying hypothetically all this moralistic, “class” talk would go out the window if were guaranteed a NC with someone else.

Georgia Fan

April 8th, 2010
12:34 pm

Spokesman — Dude, you are without a doubt the most pathetic loser that trolls the ajc blogs. Today it’s Spokesman, yesterday it was sling blade, perhaps you are Saint Simons because you are obviously a Tech fan. Seriously man…do you really get that much happiness from trying to tear down UGA fans every minute of the day? Doesn’t it get boring? What’s even scarier is that you can tell from the tone of your comments that you’re so proud of your “witty” remarks even though you are having a conversation with just yourself. Occasionally someone will respond to you but mainly your retorts may as well be directed at a mirror.

I am curious so please tell…what was the cause of all the anger? Did a drunk UGA fan (maybe the guy Patrick with whom you are obsessed) beat you up or something? Seriously man — what’s up with all of the pent up frustration? (wait, don’t answer that).

Jason is a Dawg

April 8th, 2010
12:36 pm

Thank you for writing what was on my mind. This is your finest post. Keep up the good work. Those outside of Athens, even in our state, don’t understand what Mark Richt means to the University of Georgia. Never heard a negative rumor about the MAN, you can’t say that about the foul mouthed Saban and the very suspect Meyer. Great coaches, great recruiters, are they great men?

jc_atl

April 8th, 2010
12:36 pm

Ha – class my a55. Some of the shenanigans he’s put his teams up to, and the extremely poor discipline his teams exhibit year in and year out, not to mention all the arrests. Not impressive.

Spokesman for the SEC East

April 8th, 2010
12:37 pm

Georgia Fan, not a tech fan at all. I live to bring delerious humper fans to reality. Your Coach Richt is a fake or he would not allow things that go on in humpville.

Dawglasville

April 8th, 2010
12:37 pm

We have our coach and we love him. You have your coach and I hope your happy with him. You also have a blog that I hope will one day satisfy your blogging needs so that you won’t have to come on ours.

Minnesota Dawg

April 8th, 2010
12:37 pm

Man! Did that little dance in the end zone against Florida make some fans outside the Bulldog nation mad or what! We are so relevant in the SEC! Like I said before, every team looks over their shoulder when we come to town to play them!

Denver Dawg

April 8th, 2010
12:39 pm

Coach Richt is a fine man. His character is awesome and he really cares about his players. He is so refreshing in an era of all of the win at all cost ideals.

Minnesota Dawg

April 8th, 2010
12:40 pm

BS alert, NO WAY!!!

LSU Tiger

April 8th, 2010
12:41 pm

Newsflash – The polls are adjusted after conference title games. A 2 loss Dawg team that doesn’t play in their conference championship game gets in the BCS Title game over the 2 loss SEC Champion? Not a chance

South Carolina 16 UGA 12 ???????

Humper hater

April 8th, 2010
12:41 pm

Minnesota Dawg, you need to worry about taking control of the Hedges before you make comments about the pups coming to town. Dawglessville, I think this is the AJC so considering there are about 100K Dawg grads in the Metro Atl and about 3 million readers, I would say its open to anyone.

Spike

April 8th, 2010
12:42 pm

So now that UGA has not won anything in the past few years the sports writers in Atlanta start talking about the class Richt has brought to UGA? Please explain how multiple arrests and gimmick celebration football is classy. I am open to any thoughts. And do all the UGA fans out there agree that class is more important that a BCS title?

UGA fans are just plain dumb. Four months ago you were ready to fire him and now I see all of these amens. After another lackluster year next year will we see the same amens? Get a grip.

Humper hater

April 8th, 2010
12:43 pm

LSU Tiger you won’t convince them. They have such a bad inferiority complex they think that everyone including the refs hate them. They dont realize that outside of Athens everyone just laughs at them.

jason

April 8th, 2010
12:43 pm

good article, except Georgia players are thugs and Richt cant keep them out of jail. How many arrests have there been under Saban? Yea, not really close…

CATERDAWG

April 8th, 2010
12:43 pm

To all you BAMA and GATOR fans, CLASS and caring about these KIDS is more important than winning a National championship!! If more coaches cared about these kids who come from broken homes, with no Dad around there would be less opportunities for these kids to get into trouble!! Alabama fans just remember you will get what you wanted by paying for Satan but in the end you will get BURNED!!!

Minnesota Dawg

April 8th, 2010
12:44 pm

Kevin, we are not trying to make an issue out of Richt being a Christian, but it can’t be overlooked that his faith in Christ is the basis for all he does. Hope you can respect that.

buzzDawg

April 8th, 2010
12:44 pm

Richt does have class. What some mistake as Richt being passive is simply being cool, calm and collected under pressure. His outward demeanor is a sign of his inner grace and relationship with God. It has nothing to do with weakness, quite the opposite, in fact. Spouting off and venting at reporters and kids shows weakness of character. Sure, we might be able to get a coach like Urban Meyer but I, for one, would not like to see that at Georgia. Winning is great but is not the only thing nor should there be a win-at-all-costs mentality. You have to do it right and be able to look at your face in the mirror at the end of the day. Richt has always taken the high road.

UGA player in jail

April 8th, 2010
12:44 pm

Class?!?!? LOL…OMG…LOL! This is the most humorous blog I’ve ever seen written. UGA is the scum of the SEC and so is Mark Richt. He has players sitting in jail, players who receive a 1-game suspension (of course the 1-game is against a 1AA opponent) for DUI, DWI, theft, etc. You mean to tell me that Richt is classy? Love it! April Fools right?

RunningDog

April 8th, 2010
12:45 pm

Bill,
I thought about you and Coach Richt’s disagreement over punt returners when Urban Meyer had gone of on the Sentinel blogger. You and the coach had a polite, vaguely tense exchange, but in the end you agreed to disagree. There was no name calling or threats.

The fact that you’ve written today’s entry is indicative of the class that both you and Coach Richt possess.

Keep up the great work!

PreSeasonNationalChamp

April 8th, 2010
12:46 pm

Too bad that ‘class’ is not transferred to their fans.

ga gator

April 8th, 2010
12:46 pm

Haven’t been on in a while, but my opinion is this: If what CMR brings to the table is ok with Dawg fans, then it is no one else’s business. They pay his salary so it is them who decides how long he stays. He appears to be a very fine gentleman.

Minnesota Dawg

April 8th, 2010
12:46 pm

Humper hater, down deep inside you really worry when the dogs come to town. I know you are not going to admit it!

run the ball

April 8th, 2010
12:46 pm

Good read!! I like Coach Richt, but the bottom line in big time athletics is results. Ten wins a year. That’s pretty good. But, there is a real discipline problem in Athens. Off the field and on the field. Our players can’t wait to “superman dat ho”, or stand on the bench and wave towels, or act like they”ve never been there before, or jump up in down in the endzone after a T.D. It’s embarrasing, but we’re willing to accept it as long as we win? Wow.

Spurrier

April 8th, 2010
12:47 pm

With me calling the plays again and our defense bringing everything we have at that Frosh QB we are going to win that game!

DAWG hater

April 8th, 2010
12:47 pm

Isn’t saying someone has the most class in the S.E.C. like saying you have the slimmest kid at fat camp?

Minnesota Dawg

April 8th, 2010
12:48 pm

Amen, Buzz dawg!

Humper hater

April 8th, 2010
12:48 pm

Minnesota Dawg, my town is Jax so I love it when they come to town and love it when they drag themselves back licking their wounds.

Steve

April 8th, 2010
12:49 pm

I still think scheduling is the only reason Richt doesn’t have his National Championship – not whining – just a fact. Alabama and UF schedule 3 creampuffs last year, UGA only 1 – that saps a team when the game has gotten so physical over the years. And UGA’ers will be crying when we only win 7 or 8 this year, but that will be mainly only the defense. No way to win big in the SEC with our lack of depth at CB…..Hope I’m wrong.

Humper hater

April 8th, 2010
12:50 pm

Steve, that was 4 creampuffs if you count the dawgs.

Spokesman for the SEC East

April 8th, 2010
12:51 pm

One last time, DONT FIRE RICHT, PLEASE!!!! I’m out, see you losers.

Minnesota Dawg

April 8th, 2010
12:51 pm

Humper hater, I hear what you are saying, but hind sight is always 100%. The tables will turn and we will be kings of the hill again!

trey

April 8th, 2010
12:52 pm

Richt’s window of opportunity has run out… he had a good chance before alabama and Florida upgraded their coaches, big difference in zook and shula compared to meyer and saban.

aj dawgs

April 8th, 2010
12:52 pm

You measure a man by his critics. I’d say is we get to page 3 here, it proves Mark Richt is a great coach.

John Peyton

April 8th, 2010
12:52 pm

Minnesota – As the mayor of Jacksonville I eagerly look forward each year to the Dawgs annual trip down here. Gooooooooo Gators!

kevin

April 8th, 2010
12:52 pm

LSU Tiger,

You lost to Arkansas! I take your point regarding winning the SEC championship win allowing LSU to leapfrog the Dogs in the polls, but had it not been for UT beating us head to head early that year, we would have destroyed LSU in the championship game. UGA was playing better football than any team in the country in the end of 2007 season.

too easy

April 8th, 2010
12:53 pm

we’re all happy to have CMR stay as long as possible at UGA. visiting players in jail, and playing in shreveport. Go Dogs!

DawginLex

April 8th, 2010
12:54 pm

Spurrier-Mark richt owns you and the domination will continue.

Coach Richt is a class act. I’m glad he is our coach.

Minnesota Dawg

April 8th, 2010
12:54 pm

John Peyton, you don’t have TEBOW this year! The tables have turned and we are hungry. Those Junk Yard DAWGS are COMING!!!

Humper Hater

April 8th, 2010
12:55 pm

And Trey even the Zooker owned him.

Dawglasville

April 8th, 2010
12:55 pm

As much as I love my SEC brethren and hate Tech, I can take the barbs from Techsters better than those from our neighboring states. At least Tech is in Georgia. Aren’t there jobs in Florida, Tennessee, Alabama, South Carolina? Don’t they have newspapers? Has 1-20, I-75, I-85 or the airport been closed down?

Vandy and Kentucky

April 8th, 2010
12:56 pm

We are glad he’s your coach also DawginLex

yellow ears

April 8th, 2010
12:56 pm

the whole you can’t be classy and win the championship thing is dumb.

Jim Tressel. Tony Dungy. Mark Richt.

Sure, you can choose to be like Urban Meyer or Saban, but you don’t HAVE to be to win.

Those guys burn bridges pretty fast, and leave in less than 5 or 6 years.

Richt’s outlasted Meyer and Saban in the SEC here. Neither has stayed at 1 school this long.

Dorsey Hill

April 8th, 2010
12:56 pm

A couple of things: I haven’t looked at all of the comments but I am glad to see that the negative ones are not from Georgia fans. While there will be a noisy contigent of fans who are only focused on wins and losses, the vast majority of our fans are more interested in wins being a by-product of doing things the right way. In life you can do all sorts of things the wrong way to get ahead and many do. Personally, I’d rather lose every game for the rest of my life than to have a coach like Bobby Knight or have a coach that ran a program like Jimmy Johnson did at Miami or Switzer did at OU. So for those out there who say that in our hearts we’d rather have Saban, you’re wrong. We don’t. We want the guy we have and you can keep yours.

Now for those who say that CMR is like Bowden with respect to discipline, while there is no question but that we have had far too many off-field incidents. However, those incidents have always met with severe discipline. Its not like these guys think they can get away with it because they don’t. Bobby played guys who got arrested that week. 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. Every Georgia player who gets arrested (but for trafiic infractions) either gets a one or two game suspension and its the next one or two games. There is no waiting for SSW Montana to show up on the schedule. Repeat offenders, and even first time serious offenders, are removed from the program or miss half the season. If you can find an exception, go for it, you won’t find it.

For those who claim that the program is mired in mediocrity, the numbers just don’t bear that out at all. In the past decade, UGA had the 3rd most wins total and the 3rd most conference wins and Richt is 3rd in winning percentange among active coaches. Those of you who think that this program is in decline or stuck are going to be very surprised come this fall. Get prepared to watch the Bulldogs in the SEECG, because we will be there.

Go Wildcats!

April 8th, 2010
12:57 pm

Kentucky 34 UGA 27

Vandy 24 UGA 22

Kentucky 24 UGA 20

Jordan

April 8th, 2010
12:57 pm

Well I am going to repeat what has been said over and over again. I would take Richt over Saban and Meyer any day. I think he and a few other coaches in the NCAA are very classy. Richt, Mack Brown, and few others. To me I like the idea of a coach who does not have raise his voice at reporters or shown yelling at all costs to refs or players throughout a game. I would rather have a player, and look at it for that matter if your son, were to go play for a man to learn life long lessons of character, respect, morality, and other lessons that I see from Richt than I do other coaches. Yeah a ring would be great, and to hoist up that crystal ball, but in the long run, I would rather be remembered by the peopel around me for those things I just listed than just a national championship football winner.
I won’t get into the idea of class because whoever said it was right, class is defined by different people and standards, but I think CMR is one classy guy, and otehr coaches should look to him to not replicate fully but take some of his qualities and use them for their team.
In terms of the arrests, on-field penalites and etc. CMR is going to have the team more disciplined through the hiring of CTG, CWB, and CSL. It might not happen this year, but it will happen. And also, these kids are in college, and people are going to make mistakes, and the arrests suck for any team, but how you get over them is what defines and a coach, and CMR, as well as most coaches in the NCAA do that. It might result in losing a player, or suspension for games, but the coaches have to follow protocol and arguing that one team is a bunch of thugs, is pointless, because everyone will say that about every team, if an arrest is made.
On a lighter side, CMR cool demeanor and tempo of coaching hasn’t made him want to take time off because of stress and health factors, and think about taking a leave of abscence. LOL sorry, Dawg fan has to poke fun at the UF.
Great man, great leader, great Christian values to help others, and one great coach. Go Dawgs!

Vandy and Kentucky

April 8th, 2010
12:58 pm

Dorsey, what first time offenders removed? Robinson was 3 time. But hey who am I? Keep him as long as he wants the job.

Vandy and Kentucky

April 8th, 2010
1:00 pm

Jordan, long post, short reply: too bad those values dont filter down to the thugs playing for him.

A Bama man but a Mark Richt fan

April 8th, 2010
1:00 pm

Mark Richt has won two SEC titles and averages ten wins per year. Only a moron (Jennifer) would think he’s not a good guy. The AJC message boards seem to attract a lot of bottom feeders. Richt is 3-1 vs the Tide. With a couple of breaks he could have played for two NC’s. Bear was 20-13-1 from 68-70. I guess he was a mediocre coach too. He rebounded pretty good. Richt has made some changes to his staff and with the talent at Georgia folks would be pretty stupid to sell them short. I think they will be dangerous in the next few years. Roll Tide!!

UGAAlumnus

April 8th, 2010
1:01 pm

You know what, Coach Richt does seem to be a good guy and I’m really glad he visited our “jailed” ex-team member.

But, he’s also a great coach. All these people commenting on here about “class doesn’t win ball games”. Coach Richt has won more games at UGA in the last 10 years than pretty much any other coach in the nation. He’s at the top with WINS.

Go Dawgs!

Minnesota Dawg

April 8th, 2010
1:01 pm

Dorsey HIll, come on brother!!

Bob

April 8th, 2010
1:03 pm

“Those guys burn bridges pretty fast, and leave in less than 5 or 6 years.”

Shame on that evil Urban from climbing the ladder in his profession!

Georgia Fan

April 8th, 2010
1:04 pm

Vandy and Kentucky = humper hater = Spokesman

The Ol Bawl Coach

April 8th, 2010
1:05 pm

The only job that Saban would leave for would be the Dallas Cowboys and Urban, the New England Patriots.

Vandy and Kentucky

April 8th, 2010
1:06 pm

Nice try but no cigar Georgia fan.

Vandy and Kentucky

April 8th, 2010
1:06 pm

Georgia Fan=Fan of second rate program

Vandy and Kentucky

April 8th, 2010
1:08 pm

Leaving to watch masters all of you lovers AND haters.

aj dawgs

April 8th, 2010
1:09 pm

like I said, you measure a man by his critics, and it’s 3 pages of criticism so far, so that tells you how great coach richt really is.

Humper Hater

April 8th, 2010
1:10 pm

Or it shows how much we hate delusional dogs aj.

Reverend Richt-er

April 8th, 2010
1:11 pm

Give me a break! Richt’s fake as hell. Try looking at your total arrest record since his reign started- it’s laughable.

Dosta Dawg

April 8th, 2010
1:13 pm

How could a Florida Fan even say anything about class at all? From Urban to their players (poking eyes etc), no class what’s so ever. But they win, is that all that matters? Tebow has good character and that took the spotlight off of the others misdeeds.

P.S. Jean Shorts are the total opposite of classy

fishtales

April 8th, 2010
1:14 pm

This is what happens when you go 30 years without a title…denial and rationalization. You keep telling yourself it doesn’t matter Dawg fans. Meanwhile the rest of the SEC powers will keep focusing on the task at hand. He’s a football coach…not a guidance counselor. You play to win the game.

Humper Hater

April 8th, 2010
1:15 pm

So is cleaning yourself in front of 90,000 fans Dosta Dawg.

HOUDAWG

April 8th, 2010
1:15 pm

To Jennifer & others that took this opportunity to slam ……..

You are simply pathetic & small minded ……… you have no clue what class even means !

Your responses validate as much …….

kevin

April 8th, 2010
1:15 pm

Vandy and Kentucky, Humper Hater and Spokesman,

Don’t you have some sort of foam weapons to build for you upcoming LARP excursion. What is wrong with you?

aj dawgs

April 8th, 2010
1:15 pm

Jesus never won a National Championship, he’s a decent guy.

Humper Hater

April 8th, 2010
1:16 pm

aj dawgs, he was the best because he didn’t charge 4 million to do it.

aj dawgs

April 8th, 2010
1:17 pm

Enron proved that getting to the top is not what counts.

#1 BAMA FAN

April 8th, 2010
1:17 pm

I think Coach Saban has enough money, but if not BAMA will be willing to pay him whatever he needs. Coach SABAN wins by putting in endless hours and covers every detail. He has learned his craft from some of the best and usually when you are the best, you have many “haters”. I would like to hear some of the documented cases of selling his soul and ruining kids life that are mentioned daily. I am a Christian and I respect the man Mark Richt is but Coach Saban should not be a reason he does not win the “big ones”. RTR

aj dawgs

April 8th, 2010
1:18 pm

Do you think the way Saban and Meyer have left so many teams is classy? I don’t. I’d rather have richt, with whatever faults he has.

aj dawgs

April 8th, 2010
1:18 pm

Is winning a National Championship the way you measure whether a man is a success?

aj dawgs

April 8th, 2010
1:19 pm

If winning a National Championship is all that counts, why are you on this blog, and not on one about a coach who’s a “winner”?

Why are you wasting your time?

Minnesota Dawg

April 8th, 2010
1:20 pm

fishtales, you live in a world that’s not real. Hope you wake up one day before it’s too late. We love to win and sure do hope we win. We are not giving in to not winning. We get fired up with loosing just as much as you do. Who do you pull for in the SEC?

Humper Hater

April 8th, 2010
1:23 pm

You know what, you have changed my mind. CMR is the greatest and I hope he remains your coach forever. Paying him all that money to build men is more important than winning championships.

kevin

April 8th, 2010
1:24 pm

Montez,

Your joke is unoriginal, obvious and thanks to multiple posts, incredibly played out. It’s the kind of thing I found funny when I was 13.

Have fun with puberty.

Bob

April 8th, 2010
1:25 pm

So Meyer was suppose to stay at UTAH in a 6th tier conference and turn down the Florida job in the 1st tier conference?

Dosta Dawg

April 8th, 2010
1:25 pm

Class, coming on a rival teams blog to dispute a nice news article.

fishtales

April 8th, 2010
1:25 pm

Thanks for setting me straight Minnesota. Boy, what a reality check…seriously thanks. I’m a Bama fan. Yes, I want my team to win every game but understand that it’s not always possible. I also don’t think that being driven to win like Saban is makes him all the things Dawg fans like to call him…i.e. cheater, classless, etc. Do you know the man? All of his current and former players speak extremely high of him. Parents of recruits whose living rooms he sits in obviously trust him enough to send their children to him. Don’t get me wrong, I think Richt is a great coach…but don’t erroneously tear down others just to try and put him in a saintly light.

JOE

April 8th, 2010
1:26 pm

I don’t understand. I never recall anybody anywhere saying anything negative about Mark Richt as a person. He’s a great person for all intents and purposes. What the Hell is the point of this article?

Spokesman for the Spokesman

April 8th, 2010
1:27 pm

Please understand, we love Mark Richt and Georgia.

B. Scott

April 8th, 2010
1:32 pm

Amen to that! Thank you Coach Richt! GO DAWGS!!!

kevin

April 8th, 2010
1:34 pm

Spokesman,

Please understand that your commitment to leaving comments on this blog will have an adverse effect on your D & D skills.

Ginger

April 8th, 2010
1:36 pm

Agree…Glad he is the man that he is and a great coach…There are things more important that football. So glad that he visited Montez and I bet will continue to try and help him.

Dawg 39

April 8th, 2010
1:36 pm

My final on It. I had a series of Email correspondence with Lowe when he was with ESPN about that 2 or 3 years ago. I was told ESPN had someone who had a grudge against the Dawgs. I Checked it out & could not determine who it was since several seemed to be guilty. In 2007 ESPN did everything they could to keep the Dawgs out of the NCG. They influence a lot of the voters & Holtz, May, Herbie & CO. are obviously not fans of CMR or the Dawgs. Some fans agree with me & some don’t. I know I do not have an inferiority complex. Check It out.

McDawg

April 8th, 2010
1:39 pm

can’t wait for football to start

Georgia Fan

April 8th, 2010
1:41 pm

Bill — maybe the last one was a little too far but you let montez posts remain? BS.

AltamahaDawg

April 8th, 2010
1:41 pm

Anybody with a pulse prefers to winning games over losing. And any college football fans that claims that they wouldn’t love for thier team to win the NC is a lair. But here is the problem with the NC (aside from the BCS format): if THAT is all you care about then the next year you are almost assured to be the miserable SOB that you were before. You have to be just a tad deeper than that.

As far as programs and fans, there are plenty of others just are capable and deserving with the same desire. And Richt NOT winning a NC being his knock, that’s about as complimentary as it is incriminating. If he wasn’t capable, why does anybody even bother to point it out. I also wonder if many of the Georgia fans realize that these really high standards of thiers that he can’t fulfill, because HE is the only reason that you suddenly always had them. Certainly wasn’t from the 20 yrs before. I dont know how a couple of you guys didnt wind up at the bottom of the lake during the decades in the past, the way you carry on now.

Now about all this hero worship of Saban. Somebody said they would rather have him. Ok, cool, Come back in about 10 yrs, because thats how long of a headstart he had to get where Richt is now. Before Richt had his first Grad Assist job, Saban had already coached at 7 different places. Saban was in his 3rd year at his third HC job before he had a year that got him a NC. (same kind of year Richt had in his second year ever, but thats another argument). OH yea, and a 4 yr stink in the NFL before that.

I find it funny how being the DC at Cleveland is supposed to be this dig at Grantham. I doubt Saban would agree. Of cource all you Saban expert didnt even realize that.

No now comes his 4th HC job at his second SEC school, 2 NFL posts, 10th program. You know , I think he might know a thing or two. He is without a doubt a better prepared, more expereinced, and overall just better coach than Mark Richt today. (And he will lose just as many games over his career as they all do….1 out of every 5 games)

So here is the question, do you want to throw away the learning curve we have invested in Richt to go chase the next hero of the day, or just be happy he is already a decade ahead of where he should be?

Meyers is just a phenom. Personally I believe his days are numbered in jortsville, but really hasn’t UF always been a school that goes for the shooting stars, and UGA always been looking to be more of the long term overall success engine? Just seems like the personalities are ingrained. Nobody is holding a gun to anybodies head to be a fan of either one.

McDawg

April 8th, 2010
1:43 pm

don’t get the hate Saban thing-b/c he left LSU?? he had tough physical teams at MSU , LSU, and BAMA-that is how you win in college ball

only reason he doesn’t smile is b/c he has dentures

Spokesman for the Spokesman of the Spokesman

April 8th, 2010
1:47 pm

AltamahaDawg, that was long but still quite ill. Since when was Goff and Donnan long term? They lost to UF and that did them in. But even Donnan had a better winning percentage against UF than Markie boy.

Dorsey Hill

April 8th, 2010
1:48 pm

Vandy and Kentucky,

Your answer is Michael Lemon.

THE TRUTH

April 8th, 2010
1:49 pm

RICHT is a coach every mother wants her kid to play for…………SABAN is a coach every father wants his son to play for….. = UGA—- mama’s boys

DawgGirl32

April 8th, 2010
1:50 pm

Are the Gator fans STILL talking about the endzone dance? Soooo pathetic. Get a life.

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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.

Title #14 in 2010!!!

April 8th, 2010
3:12 pm

Keep the class–that’s fine!!! Just win titles baby! Saban’s bringing #14 home to T-Town in 2010—mark it down!!! The Tide is loaded again and will beat Florida easily in the SEC title game, again and then roll over Oklahoma in the BCS title game. It’s hard to be humble as a Bama fan!!!!!!!!!!!

kevin

April 8th, 2010
3:13 pm

UF will not make the title game this year. They lost a ton of folks this past year. It will be UGA vs. Bama in the title game.

CamdenDawggirl

April 8th, 2010
3:14 pm

Thats loser talk. We need a crystal.

socal dawg

April 8th, 2010
3:15 pm

Richt’s legacy will be cemented by his character, not his win-loss record. Dean Smith would have still been a great coach and life mentor without the Natl Championships. So will Richt- Here’s hoping he gets blessed with one.

#1 Lifelong UGA Fan

April 8th, 2010
3:15 pm

Thank you for putting into words, what I have been trying to say all along! UGA has the fortune of having the BEST there is !

Gratefuldawghead

April 8th, 2010
3:17 pm

Tide #14 in 2010…. Bama lost like 8 starters from the Defense. The defense was the key to Bama’s success.

Dorsey Hill

April 8th, 2010
3:19 pm

What does “after his 2nd arrest he was gone from the team” mean to you? I read that to mean that his career was over at Bammer U. which clearly it wasn’t. So what did poor David Palmer actual suffer at the hands of Gene when he got his 2nd DUI right after coming off of his suspension? When do you “indefinite” quit being indefinite? Well, as you suggested, I did look it up. Palmer was “indefinitely” suspended on Sept. 8th and reinstated on September 24th. So yes you were right he was “gone from the team” for 15 days. Hell of a tough guy that Stallings.

ESTHER

April 8th, 2010
3:19 pm

I’ve got class our whole family has class.

DeafGary

April 8th, 2010
3:21 pm

What I’ve always admired about Mark Richt is this: He will not boast.
After a win, he praises the Lord (first, always!!), his coaching staff, his players, the fans…even the other teams’ play.
He never boasts of his gameplan or his coaching ability.

That, when compared to the other coaches, is what makes him stand out, in my mind.
It’s probably also what makes the liberals, in the nation, hate him so much!!

fire mike adams!!

April 8th, 2010
3:22 pm

i think we should fire mike adams and elect/appoint richt president of the university. and if you dont agree w/me, think about this…could it possibly get any worse if the best looking, classiest, most down-to-earth coach in the country ran uga? didnt think so.

ga gator

April 8th, 2010
3:27 pm

kevin, sorry to disappoint you but we lost about the same as you on Defense and will be more explosive on offense.

kevin

April 8th, 2010
3:28 pm

DeafGary,

I am not sure what being liberal have to do with anything. I am a liberal and I generally like Mark Richt–as he seems nice and is a good coach. What I do not like are people who think that their being religious makes them better than other people or gives them the right to hold oppressive opinions. And I think thanking the Lord for football game wins is akin to thanking the tooth fairy for the money under your pillow. My mom put the money there. Coaches and players win games.

ReptilesRule

April 8th, 2010
3:29 pm

Also, I never said Richt doesn’t care for his players as much as Meyer. But SHOWING it is KNOWING it especially for a young person. Just think about your kids or when you were young and why it is so necessary to SHOW your care and concern, not by just saying it but with actions. Just saying it was not enough. The emotive part and interactions such as hugging them and putting your arm around them or a pat on the back have to be there as well. Of course, as you get older, you understand and it goes without saying. You KNOW your mother loves you even if you live far away and only get to see her a few times a year. Life and experience teach you those things. But when you’re young, it’s all about the emotional actions and being demonstrative. Remember young love??? Hope in some kind of round about way, I’ve made my point.

kevin

April 8th, 2010
3:30 pm

Ga Gator, We have every returning starter on offense sans our thoroughly mediocre QB from last year. You won’t be more explosive on offense. Hard to tell with defense on either side, but from what I have read regarding Grantham’s response in Athens, I think we will be more than fine this year.

kevin

April 8th, 2010
3:31 pm

“Remember Young Love”–Is that a reference to Urban’s recent crush on Tebow?

Title #14 in 2010!!!

April 8th, 2010
3:34 pm

Actually, the Tide’s losing 9 starters—but Saban’s a defensive genius and has reloaded the D with more superstars. This D may actually be better than last year and the O will be better with more experience!!! Another 14-0 season, on the way!!!! Take it to the bank!

YELLOW HAMMER

April 8th, 2010
3:35 pm

greatfulheaddawg or whatever…… bama’s defense will be better in ”10 mark it down, bigger, faster ,stronger….

PowerDawg

April 8th, 2010
3:37 pm

Man, do I love the way you subtly compared him to Narcissistic Nick and Unhinged Urban!

Bill, I have sometimes taken issue with some of your comments and opinions, but you hit this nail on the head!

We are going to see a better Bulldog football team on the field this year, I truly believe it. There will be some growing pains, especially defensively, but we will be better than last year.

Any you’re also right about something else, too. Richt is going to win us our first BCS title.

And it will be soon, very soon.

GooseDawg

April 8th, 2010
3:37 pm

Cantondawg,

100% agree w/your post–CMR’s biggest mistake was indeed promoting his pal Willie Martinez to DC & then being at least 1 year too late in correcting his mistake in judgement. Heck, I’ll even admit that early in his tenure at UGA his “clock-management” was terrible & as of today, I’d still like to see him improve in that aspect but otherwise, I know that CMR has done a great job in Athens & I remain convicted that he will one day bring that elusive NC back to Athens if the rabid & shortsighted minority don’t run him out of town first!

CMR is a man of character & integrity & he has a terrific track record as a head coach (one of the best EVER in his first 9 years). Plus, w/the positive additions to the defensive coaching staff, I expect the CMR bashers will have plenty of crow to eat when CMR is bringing SEC titles to Athens long after ol’ Nick has left for greener pastures & ol’ Urban has followed his confused heart & becomes Tebow’s full-time personal attendant. Regardless, is CMR a perfect man, NO, is CMR a perfect football coach, NO, does CMR represent UGA in a manner that us Dawg fans can take pride in, well, even a few CLASSY posters from our biggest rivals have stated they agree with those sentiments and getting compliments from the enemy is one of the best compliments of all!

Speaking of complimenting enemies, I will go on the record & say that heck yeah, I truly think that both Saban & Meyer are great football coaches, (can’t say the same about Les Miles even though & he HAS won a BcS trophy), but like the original article stated (you know the article by Mr. SEC that hardly anybody that is commenting here took the time to read) if I had a son about to play SEC football, I’d have no reservations whatsoever about putting him in the care of CMR because “CMR is more than just a man that you want your son to PLAY for, CMR is a man that you want your son to BE like.”

GATA Coach Richt!

spokesman of spokesman

April 8th, 2010
3:40 pm

kevin you guys are so obsessed with tebow love. i guess it goes along with having a mascot who loves to clean himself in front of others.

ga gator

April 8th, 2010
3:40 pm

kevin, only one thing to say son; Ron Zook vs Mark Richt

ReptilesRule

April 8th, 2010
3:43 pm

socal dawg…have to disagree about Dean Smith a bit. Yes, he would have been remembered as a class guy and a great mentor if he had not won the National Campionships, but his accomplishments on the court is what cemented that legacy… Instead of being remembered as just one of the great coaches with something missing, one who did everything but win the big one. Hey, there’s nothing wrong with being a class guy or a nice guy, I can only hope that within my own little sphere of life that I am thought of that way by people who know me. But in the end, if you are a leader or coach or a businessman whatever… you are remembered foremost for your accomplishments.

Blackberry Cobbler

April 8th, 2010
3:46 pm

CMR is getting a longer leash because of his class. He, in fact is a great guy and a class act. There’s no denying that.

But the leash is going to eventually turn into a noose if he doesn’t win the SEC and compete for the NC. I like that he’s a nice guy and for that many are willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.

But the program has deteriorated under his watch and he’ll be a goner in 2 years if things don’t improve. I know it, he knows it, we all know it.

Pass the Kool-Aid please.

kevin

April 8th, 2010
3:54 pm

Spokesman,

That’s the 2nd time you mentioned the mascot licking itself bit. Perhaps you’ve run out of things to say. Actually that’s somewhat surprising since you’ve come up with 6 names you comment under.

kevin

April 8th, 2010
3:54 pm

Ga Gator,

Not sure I get the Zook vs Richt bit.

Tide Rising

April 8th, 2010
3:58 pm

Title #14 coming,

Tone it down a bit and just try for a little humility. I’m excited about the 2010 season as well and like you I think our D will be even better, certainly more athletic and more physical than last year. But to start stating that we will beat Florida “easily” and then just roll through another unbeaten season on the way to another title is way premature and way too haughty. Not to mention a little crazy.

Florida had all 11 defensive starters back and 19 of the top 22 this past year and still didn’t repeat Repeating is that hard and our last 6 sec games will be against teams that all have a bye week before playing us which gives all 6 of them a huge advantage in terms of preparation, rest, and mental focus. We could be a better team than last year and still end up losing 1 or 2 games against a very tough and disadvantageous schedule. And don’t ever count out the gators just cause we won the game last year. They are deep, talented, Meyer is resilient, and they landed a monster freshman class that may be the greatest freshman class ever assembled.

Your enthusiasm is great but we have a long way too go and like you I’m excited given the returning talent on D that has played a lot of snaps. But slow down the trash talking. A 14-0 record and another national title is nowhere near the cakewalk you seem to think it is.

tw3a

April 8th, 2010
4:00 pm

AWESOME story……

Me

April 8th, 2010
4:03 pm

Being classy and nice is all well and good but it doesn’t constitute a lasting legacy. A football coach is not a diplomat to the UN but even a diplomat has to be undiplomatic at times in order to get things done. And as a football coach, well there’s nothing wrong with being classy and nice but without the rings then that’s all you are…a classy and nice coach . And if that is enough to make some of you fans happy with the program, then good for you!!

bigdawg

April 8th, 2010
4:03 pm

blackberry, you have no base in facts to state that the program has deteriorated under Richt.

are you aware that UGA never even played for an SEC title throughout the 90’s and under Richt they have been to 3 and won 2

in the 90’s the Dawgs never went to a Sugar bowl or any other now-BCS bowl. under Richt-3 trips, 2 wins

from 2001-2007 only LSU won as many games as UGA in ALL of college football (look that up if you want)

and under Richt UGA has a winning record over every SEC school except Florida (try that one too) as well as going 8-1 against Tech.

get some facts together before you blindly post

character will equate to titles when given time

it took Dooley 15 years to win a title and that was without the BCS making it nearly impossible to do it without going perfect. Richt has only had 9

he is one of only 5 coaches in SEC history to win 2 SEC titles in his first 5 years

would you like me to keep going or do you see how dumb you statement was now…

ga gator

April 8th, 2010
4:06 pm

kevin Zook was 2-1 against richt without tebow, spikes, dunlap, etc. We are not worried this year either.

kevin

April 8th, 2010
4:11 pm

ga gator,

If I were UF, I would not be afraid either. Hell, no question you’ve owned us nearly every year for 15 years. Just trying to remain optimistic…

mighty kc

April 8th, 2010
4:11 pm

“Always choose a coach with class over championships. Championships will come and go. The legacy behind a man with class will last forever.”

um, WRONG. trophies and banners and rings are forever…coaches w/ class are usually talked about/described as ‘having class’ because they aren’t ‘winning’. and so they DO NOT last forever, they eventually get fired.

saban and meyer might be called “jerks” but they care about their players…who cares if they bristle the media?

Tide Rising

April 8th, 2010
4:13 pm

Dorsey Hill and Dorsey detractor,

Here is what happened with David Palmer. He was arrested for DUI and it was in this initial DUI that he had an accident and he was put on indefinite suspension and missed the Vandy game. The night of the Vandy game he then was cited for speeding past another local nightclub and given another DUI. After that Stallings booted him off the team for 3 games and then reinstated him after he had completed alcohol rehab and intensive counseling. It was Stalling’s feeling at the time that he needed more help than punishment.

Dorsey, he was in fact suspended for several games after the 2nd DUI. The assertion that he played immediately after a 2nd DUI arrest is simply not true. It should also be noted that this was 1993. Culturally we are far more intolerant of DUIs today then we were 17 years ago. There is much more awareness in the last 10 years or so then in the early 90s when DUI wasn’t seen quite as seriously as it is seen today.

Today a 2nd DUI under Saban would probably warrant a dismissal from the team. Saban has forced starters off the team such as Brandon Fanney and Prince Hall for simply breaking team rules. Imagine what he would do if a player got a DUI much less a 2nd DUI.

robert

April 8th, 2010
4:14 pm

If you can’t even beat the village idiot(zook) how is he going to fare better against meyer and saban. When people start talking about how nice of a guy the coach is its time to worry because your not winning championships people hate a winner thats not them

Steve Spurrier

April 8th, 2010
4:15 pm

Respect Richt immensely. Good man.

Jennifer has a point

April 8th, 2010
4:19 pm

Jennifer may have hit the nail on the head. CMR may indeed be classy but his teams certainly do not reflect “class”.

This is a team that in addition to the endzone celebration had several other personal fouls in the first half alone in that game. They also danced on the sidelines taunting the AU players during a romp over Auburn and its a fair statement to say Georgia either led the conference or was in the top 2 or 3 in personal fouls over the last few years.

As for off the field antics the dogs have either led or been 2nd in the conference the last couple years in number of player arrests and player citations with the police. I don’t think even the most ardent dawg fans would dispute that.

Richt may be a classy guy but it certainly doesn’t extend to his football team.

ReptilesRule

April 8th, 2010
4:22 pm

Tide Rising…Good perspective. I can understand why Tide fans would be overenthused and perhaps even overconfident because that’s the way I would describe Gator Nation last year, for all the reasons you pointed out. Bama will certainly be favored this year and rightfully so. But there are so many potholes in the road, so many potential twists and turns that even a team like Bama and indeed mighty UF of last year can go down on any given Saturday. With that being said, I would expect Bama to have much continued success and to meet up with Florida in December yet a few more times in the near future…

TallaDawg92

April 8th, 2010
4:24 pm

Jennifer @ 11:19 am does not understand the importance of class and she wears jean shorts.

kevin

April 8th, 2010
4:24 pm

Seriously still harping on the endzone celebration. Harping on the endzone celebration is less classy than the endzone celebration, itself.

I tell you what else is classy. Nothing says class like referencing Bible verses on your face and running up and down the sidelines like a lunatic screaming and flailing your arms. Give me a break.

nah

April 8th, 2010
4:25 pm

2nd rate coach at a bush-league school. Loser Coach for Loser Fans.

And now Kevin has a point

April 8th, 2010
4:28 pm

Good point Kevin,

And now Jennifer would probably respond and mention the Georgia players stomping on the Vandy logo in celebration over beating Vandy of all people. Who stomps on the logo of Vandy after beating them anyhow? Good grief! Its Vandy! What up with dat?

ga gator

April 8th, 2010
4:31 pm

Equal respect Kevin my man. It appears that Tiger is still as good at golf as his other sport.

kevin

April 8th, 2010
4:33 pm

Nice Ga Gator.

Tide Rising

April 8th, 2010
4:38 pm

Reptiles Rule,

I pretty much learned from you guys last year that no team is invincible since I was one of those people that didn’t think anybody including us could beat UF last year. Other great teams like USC in 2005, Miami in 2002 going for a repeat, there have been a lot of great teams that people have thought couldn’t be beaten and voila. They lose.

We pick up you guys and Penn State so our schedule this year will be even more challenging not to mention the last 6 sec games after you guys will be played against bye rested opponents. But I’m still hoping for a rematch against you guys should we lose in the regular season and another classic game like the 2008 game or the ones we used to play against UF in the 90s. Several of those including the 24-23 game were classics.

ga gator

April 8th, 2010
4:40 pm

Tide Rising, being preseason #1 like the Tide will be in 2010 is more of a burden than anyone can imagine; just ask UGA in 08 and us in 09. I was worn out once the season was over and cant imagine what it was like for those actually involved.

kevin

April 8th, 2010
4:42 pm

Celebrating Vandy was a bit much. I agree. But, I do not think it reflects having class or not having class. A legitimate and healthy part of sports is celebrating…people have danced on the Georgia G before and I never thought, “Man, those guys are classless”. Just a little healthy taunting.

kevin

April 8th, 2010
4:43 pm

While flattering, starting off the season #1 was no fun. Nowhere to go but down…

ga gator

April 8th, 2010
4:48 pm

Being #1 and having that zero target on you all season is murder. But I guess if the choice was between having the target on you or not being in the conversation, well then I guess being #1 will do. I’m glad we wont have it this year.

ga gator

April 8th, 2010
4:51 pm

Its a lot more fun talking subjects than trash. See you guys later.

HHewitt

April 8th, 2010
4:53 pm

I have to laugh that, since the dogs cannot win a national championship, the fans have to be happy they have a “nice” coach. They will realize that it takes more than a nice coach to win a NC and as long as they are happy with what they got, they will get what they get. No NC and maybe 3rd or 4th in the division. How low have the dogs fans sunk……

Jimmy

April 8th, 2010
4:53 pm

Wow, I’m having flashbacks. When Lou Tepper was at Illinois in the 90s he wasn’t getting it done on the field. And the various writers in the state (with credentials far better than Mr. SEC.com) wrote articles year after year about how he had class, and the players went to their classes, and there were few off-field incidents, etc. And guess what, after a few years of not meeting the expectations of the fan base (which were a whole lot lower than a NC), he got fired. Wonder if this is the beginning of the end for Richt. . .

And BTW, when did class and winning become mutually exclusive? Or maybe its easy to have class when you are not winning. . .

SEC FANATIC

April 8th, 2010
4:54 pm

Saw an earlier post kind of comparing the sideline demeanor of CMR and Tom Landry of the Dalls Cowboys and that they were both outwardly unemotional and stoic on the sideline and how Landry was after all considered a successful coach in the NFL, wasn’t he?? But somebody help me out here…didn’t Landry’s last few Dallas teams experience decline and wasn’t Landry on the hot seat the last couple of years? And then wasn’t he eventually fired and sent packing by the new owner Jerry Jones??? Hmmm…maybe there IS a resemblance there??

Dawg 39

April 8th, 2010
4:58 pm

Altamaha Dawg. Just had to say that as usual I agreed with everythig you said. Also want to reiterate that I thought the original article was great & I totally agreed with everything In It,
As to CMR & the Dawgs; the next 4 years will silence the critics & satisfy the true Dawg Fans.

Camden Mark

April 8th, 2010
5:05 pm

CMR is a good likable fellow,had a chance to talk and eat breakfast with him a couple of times,but as much as I think of him as a person another season or two like the last two and he needs to be gone.
Coachs are hired to win ball games,period.

Rod

April 8th, 2010
5:05 pm

Coach is the class of the sec and a great coach.

kevin

April 8th, 2010
5:08 pm

Ultimately, I think Camden Mark is right. Coaches are hired to win. Also, Jimmy makes a good point. This article creates a false dichotomy–either your classy or you win–agreed Jimmy, the 2 are not mutually exclusive.

Patient Dog

April 8th, 2010
5:09 pm

UF and UA lets make a deal. Stay on your on blog and we will handle ours. Try to impress your own fans if you can.

Camden Mark

April 8th, 2010
5:12 pm

Dont get me wrong.I think CMR ia a good coach and is getting things turned around,notably on defence.I hope he gets things back on track and is with us for a long while.
Whoever that was bad mouthing coach Landry,do it again and I’ll reach thru the screen and slap you.

Without-a-clue

April 8th, 2010
5:13 pm

They say that Coach Richt doesn’t pay much attention to blogs, etc. I hope he reads this and in so doing gets a sense of how many of us admire him greatly as a leader of young men. And he is a leader in the most admirable way. He leads by example. We are indeed fortunate to have him as our head football coach.

Without-a-clue

April 8th, 2010
5:33 pm

Many of our erudite posters on this blog are proof that computer use should require a license. Some natural intelligence and a basic knowledge of the use of the English language (as a part of the license criteria) would remove many from our midst and return them to the ranks of village idiot wannabees.

Tide Rising

April 8th, 2010
5:39 pm

ga gator,

Would have to agree with you that starting out #1 just puts a big bullseye on your back. The only good thing about it is that if you lose you have less of a hill to climb to get back to at least #2 and get in the national title game. That’s about it though.

redblack&blue

April 8th, 2010
5:40 pm

Reader of Idiots was right on. JAWJA fans are all over Tebow because of his Christian lifestyle. But CMR can walk on water and is the greatest,most righteous man on the planet. I will agree he is a good man, however he better kick some tail next season. As the saying goes”just win baby”. Or he’s GONE.

Tide Rising

April 8th, 2010
5:44 pm

Bill King had a good article right up until this point:

“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.”

That last sentence was a not so thinly veiled cheapshot at Urban Meyer and Nick Saban.

Its a shame that Bill wrote a great article on “class” and Mark Richt and then ends it by taking a “classless” cheap shot at Meyer and Saban. Truly ironic that he chose to end the article in such a cheapshot fashion.

Dixie

April 8th, 2010
5:48 pm

jail visits?

betterthanyou

April 8th, 2010
5:49 pm

JoeV
Leave it to an irrelevant Clemson fan to try and make an inferior attempt at an insult. Bama is the best team in the nation and seems like you would have known that ever since 8/30/08 btw, your current football coach is a Bama alum.

As for Mark Richt, what a loser. If you’re going to pick a school to play football at due to the coach’s character or religion then you are a loser too. UGA is the most under-achieving school in the SEC and Richt has made it that way. No players + No coaching=pathetic excuse for a football team. Richt, maybe you can beat Kentucky. But, at least you get that one game against Tech every year.

Hate to tell you fan's...

April 8th, 2010
5:59 pm

CMR does sound like a fine person with all he does concerning the less fortunate, however you’ll be hard pressed to find any coach that has something positive to say about him or his program, but to put in proper context, most coaches don’t say much…heck, JoePa loves Spurrier…how about CMR’s ex-players, anyone say something positive??? anyone???…anyway, here are 50 things listed before in the AJC… http://www.onlineathens.net/node/1756

ReptilesRule

April 8th, 2010
6:03 pm

Tide Rising…ga gator was right, last year WAS exhausting but it was more than just being the big target. It was by far the strangest season I have ever experienced as a Gator fan. One newspaper columnist even labeled it “the Season of the Weird” From Lane Kiffin to the Tebow hype and microscope and concussion, the Spikes eyepoke incident and culminating in Dunlaps untimely arrests and horrible SECCG effort it’s no wonder that Urban temporarily lost his marbles. I know I almost did or felt like it a few times during the season. As it turned out, the most anticipated season in Florida history became the grind of the century and even many of my Gator fans were asking me “where’s the fun gone??” Thankfully, it returned just in time for the Sugar Bowl and an epic performance by Tim. Believe me, there was alot of fear that we were so let down and with Urban’s situation so much in the air that the game would be our “Utah” (sorry). And I know many people in Alabama are reveling in the fact that they think Saban sent Urban Meyer over the edge but believe me, it started at the very beginning of that year and NEVER let up. But after the bowl and a great incoming class, it’s an all new start and I’ll tell you that Gator fans are very excited to see what the future holds…

heeldawg

April 8th, 2010
6:12 pm

Joe Paterno or Pete Carroll? Tom Osborne or Barry Switzer? Mark Richt or Nick Saban?

Who would you rather have your child play for?

There are good coaches who win ball games with class and inspire loyalty and dedication, and there are good coaches who have a win-at-all-cost philosophy and are ruthless in their pursuit of that elusive crystal football. Both types can win national titles; the above pairs are prime examples. It all depends upon what you want representing your program. Richt has been in Athens nine years and has won 90 games, two SEC titles and four SEC East titles. He has the second-winningest record in the SEC during that span and has yet to have a losing record. His teams have been to bowl games every season, and he’s won most of those. By contrast, a succession of coaches at South Carolina (including two hall-of-famers in a row)have failed to even approximate that level of success over 115 years’ time. Florida, situated in the middle of the greatest concentration of high school football talent in the country, has won consistently just since the era of Spurrier (with a lull during the Zook years). Georgia Tech, Auburn, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Mississippi State, Arkansas, South carolina, Clemson, and, yes, even Tennessee among Georgia’s traditional rivals would kill to have Richt’s record over that span. So he hasn’t won a national title yet. He’s been awfully close at least twice, both in 2002 and in 2007, coming a play or two away from playing in the MNC game both of those years (and likely winning that game had they played in it). At least he’s not a characterless tool like Lane Kiffin, or a total buffoon like Orgeron, or an unimaginative dunderhead like Chan Gailey. And remember–it took Joe Pa over 20 years to win his first national title at Penn State. It took Dean Smith about the same length of time to break that barrier in basketball at North Carolina. Both of those men left stamps of respectability on their respective programs that have gone on in perpetuity to this very day.

Richt will win his title someday–someday soon, I suspect, since the defensive deficiencies of the last few seasons have finally been rectified with new, talented personnel. Then all of this nonsense chatter about him being “too nice” will finally stop.

That’s my take on this.

heeldawg

April 8th, 2010
6:23 pm

Oh, and “Betterthanyou,” what an incredibly classless post. The arrogance of Alabama fans knows no bounds. You guys and Saban deserve each other. Guess there’s an innate need to have great football in the vast wasteland around Tuscaloosa, because there sure isn’t a whole lot else (except Dreamland Barbeque). Enjoy the national title while it lasts. When you wake up from that dream tomorrow, you’ll still be in Alabama.

The University of Alabama–every Georgia kid’s favorite backup school when they can’t get into the University of Georgia. Hope you enjoy educating our castoffs.

Tide Rising

April 8th, 2010
6:29 pm

heeldawg,

Who would I want my kid playing for? Pretty much any of the names you mention above and even Switzer who I feel got a really bad rap from the media. Swtizer had an interesting life story in that he grew up dirt poor. He had a special affinity for black athletes because he grew up alongside many blacks and was just as poor. His mom committed suicide when he came home one day from college and his dad was murdered so this guy went through some really tough things in life. For all his character flaws he still achieved a lot for a kid that grew up with a lot of turmoil.

JoPa would probably be my favorite. I would pick Saban over Richt though for the simple reason that from what I’ve seen Saban’s players have a far stronger sense of discipline on and off the field than what Richt’s players are showing.

Richt is more personable, certainly a nicer and more popular guy than Saban. That’s all well and good but the bottom line is I would want my kid to be a disciplined young man who doesn’t get into trouble. And on a head to head comparison between Richt and Saban over the last couple years Saban’s players are getting into a lot less trouble than Richt’s. Feel free to disagree but arrest and police citation records tell me that Richt’s players aren’t getting the strong sense of discipline that young men need.

Tide Rising

April 8th, 2010
6:33 pm

heeldawg,

Yes. Some of us bama fans can and will be incredibly arrogant as a lot of fans are right after winning a national title. But the glass houses thing applies to Athens. Your comment about the surrounding wasteland around Tuscaloosa? You ever been to Monroe, Bethlehem, etc. These are all small towns near Athens and let me tell you that Alabama rednecks aint got nothing on the folks and towns immediately surrounding Athens. If you’ve been to any of these towns you know exactly what I’m talking about.

betterthanyou

April 8th, 2010
6:44 pm

What is it with loser schools and loser fans always bringing up class? Being a Georgia native, I know all too well what your precious “school” has to offer its students. I also know that once UGA loses a couple of games you “fans” will stop going to games because that is just what you people do. You don’t support your team unless they give you a reason. Pathetic. Yes when I wake up tomorrow I will be in Alabama. Yet when you wake up tomorrow you’ll sill be a loser UGA fan with a loser coach who puts up fronts of righteousness to take all the attention away from him mediocre career. Maybe you’ll get lucky and the world will end and you won’t have to constantly be reminded of your pathetic little football team or the unbelievably inadequate person who is at the helm of the program. Maybe. Until that time comes remember Mark Richt can put up all the fronts he wants for his character and you can bring up issues of “class,” but UGA will never reach any level above mediocrity in anything that matters. Deep down inside, you know it is true. To Hell with Georgia.

Jason

April 8th, 2010
7:40 pm

Class is great and all but will class save his job? No it wont. A Crystal Ball will though. You can take class all day long because when it comes down to it you will not beat Florida as long as Urban Myer is there.

Monroe, GA.

April 8th, 2010
8:18 pm

superDawg,

You could say the same about monroe and all those other pathetic little redneck towns all around Athens. You guys have a plethora of rednecks all around you so I would calm down the redneck talk. You Deliverance(based on Georgia) hillbilly rapin Georgia mountain men and you gone with the wind cousin intermarrying Georgia crackers should take a deep, long look at yourselves before calling anyone else a redneck.

AltamahaDawg

April 8th, 2010
8:29 pm

Mark, so we have got you down for getting rid of Richt if he has a couple more seasons of the 10 win, New Years day bowl win variety?

aj dawgs

April 8th, 2010
8:50 pm

you measure a man by his critics. 4 pages so far, wow, what a guy Richt is, we’re lucky to have him.

Spokesman for the SEC East

April 8th, 2010
9:03 pm

aj dawgs, we aren’t critics, we want him to stay a 100 years.

Big Canoe

April 8th, 2010
9:06 pm

I appreciate Coach Richt….his family….and his staff. All are First Class folks.

GaDawg

April 8th, 2010
9:35 pm

I am so sick of hearing about arrest. Can anyone name one felony arrest that has lead to a conviction. The arrest that are happening are misdemeanor traffic violations. Not the type that have plagued FL over the past few years where the “great”, and I use that word so lightly, I quit, no I don’t quit I’ll just take a break, well maybe not, Urban Meyer. Where a felony is just overlooked. UGA has had their share of petty offensives, so have other schools. Anytime you have teenage kids away from home they will spread their wings. Traffic offensives do not end the world. Montez Robinson is the most serious crime during Richt’s tenure. Look at TN 3 players armed robbery last year. Get off the thug crap.

GaDawg

April 8th, 2010
9:43 pm

Hate to tell you fans – You are an idiot! There is nothing in that article that states other SEC coaches dislike him, or for that matter, former players. So I’m calling you out, provide one quote from a coach, SEC or otherwise, and one former player who says the do not like him in print. You must provide the source of the quote, publication date and anything else that will confirm that it is an actual quote. If you cannot, get off the blog for good. You up for the challenge?

KJ

April 8th, 2010
10:00 pm

“Being a Georgia native, I know all too well what your precious “school” has to offer its students.”

Sounds like someone got rejected by UGA admissions. It’s ok kid, that DeVry degree has to be of some use, don’t give up hope!

Lawson Owens

April 8th, 2010
10:14 pm

Anybody that did the coaching job he did this year, beating Auburn and Tech and winning the bowl game, how could you not respect that. he looked at what was wrong, and fixed it. The Dawgs will be OK.

kaput

April 8th, 2010
10:38 pm

I guess starting an on field riot doesn’t equate in the ‘reckoning?’

Sounds like a loser to me . . .

I am the dog

April 8th, 2010
10:42 pm

he is a great coach and always thinks before speaking. Wish he could teach his classless fans a thing or two.

Spokesman for the SEC East

April 8th, 2010
10:42 pm

Hey lawson how did he do in 08 when he had Stafford and Moreno?

Tired of losing to Kentucky and Vandy

April 8th, 2010
10:43 pm

Oh well, he’s still a really good man.

Sean Hannity

April 8th, 2010
10:44 pm

Isn’t freedom of the press great?

flagboy?

April 8th, 2010
11:02 pm

Jennifer

April 8th, 2010
11:23 am
I cannot believe I left off the Black Out. The Black Out!! That’s class???

This is shear insanity. Yes, he’s a Christian, and will tell anyone within 20 feet about it, but that does not equate to class.
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yeah. . you’re an idiot. . . next.

The Pretender

April 8th, 2010
11:05 pm

I think he is a pretender….what does Miami (thug university), Florida State (thug university) and UGA (thug university) have in common? Tada: Mark Richt.

flagboy?

April 8th, 2010
11:07 pm

betterthanyou

April 8th, 2010
6:44 pm
What is it with loser schools and loser fans always bringing up class? Being a Georgia native, I know all too well what your precious “school” has to offer its students. I also know that once UGA loses a couple of games you “fans” will stop going to games because that is just what you people do. You don’t support your team unless they give you a reason. Pathetic. Yes when I wake up tomorrow I will be in Alabama. Yet when you wake up tomorrow you’ll sill be a loser UGA fan with a loser coach who puts up fronts of righteousness to take all the attention away from him mediocre career. Maybe you’ll get lucky and the world will end and you won’t have to constantly be reminded of your pathetic little football team or the unbelievably inadequate person who is at the helm of the program. Maybe. Until that time comes remember Mark Richt can put up all the fronts he wants for his character and you can bring up issues of “class,” but UGA will never reach any level above mediocrity in anything that matters. Deep down inside, you know it is true. To Hell with Georgia.
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yes yes. . . thank you for your views. However, any “person” who must post under the name “betterthanyou” should ask why he/she feels so driven to tell everyone else how inferior they are. . . shouldn’t you be doing something worthwhile with your time Mr. Senator?

RED DOG 77

April 9th, 2010
12:56 am

Aparently someone, Bill, is reading my posts. [just kidding, wrote a post almost word for word last night]…………..But, Bravo Bill…………If I were king, and could have any coach in the nation for my beloved BULLDOGS, there is no question I would stick with Mark Richt !……….Relax Dog Nation, we will get our Championship……………In the meantime we can take great pride in the fact that we do have the National Champion of college football coaches at home in Athens !!! GO DOGS!!!! GATA !!!…………….sic em coach Richt !!!

Class Matters Most

April 9th, 2010
12:58 am

mark richt has class—urban meyer and nick saban do not—very simple. Georgia will not be winning any titles soon, but at least mark richt is the class of the league.

married a uga girl

April 9th, 2010
2:02 am

the only reason you would rather have MR over CNS or UM, is because you can’t get CNS or UM.
I dare say that Saban’s total life training ‘process’ and strict disciplinarian approach trumps MR’s laid back christian demeanor relative to shaping a young mans life. Saban is more father figure compared to Richts big brother.
Richt is good, but I will take Saban.
by the way, the creampuff OOC comment from the dawgfan I don’t understand. Bama has or will play UCLA, Oklahoma , VT, Clemson and Penn State this decade. We try to schedule one inter sectional game per year. With UT, USCe, UF, from the east this year and penn state, Bama’s schedule has been rated toughest in the nation by some preseaon mags..Roll Tide.

rockbama

April 9th, 2010
2:30 am

Let me first say that I am a die hard Bama fan.

That out of the way, I know Bama and Georgia football first hand. I great up in both states let me explain….My mother lives in Hoover, AL and my father in Gwinnett county(Atlanta suburb) so my youth was spent in both states. Played football for Hoover before moving to Atlanta finishing up high school and playing football at Collins Hill. If anyone can see both point of views about Richt and Saban and Bama and UGA, it is.

Have always respected UGA and a very close friend of mine, god rest his soul, went to UGA and some of the best times of my life were days spent in Athens. Same can be said for the many times I have spent in Tuscaloosa and going to Bama games.

Back to the subject at hand. Mark Richt exudes class. No one can deny that. His religious beliefs and the way he carries himself and the love he has for his family, players and the fans of UGA cannot be disputed. However, UGA fans are fooling themselves if they believe that the higher ups at UGA and the fans themselves will support Richt forever if he doesn’t produce a championship in the near future(i’m not just talking about a NC either.)

He has fallen behind Saban and Meyer. The issue I see with UGA is that Richt may be to nice. He is trying to hard to be a “bro” to his player than mentor at times and this is costing UGA and Richt in the long run.

My second point…….Saban isn’t going anywhere. I cannot 100% predict the future, no one but the good lord has the answer for that, but I can tell you with good confidence that it isn’t all about the money with Saban. He left LSU for a head coaching gig in the NFL. Most coaches aspire to coach in the league at some point. Saban may not be Mr Rodgers, but he isn’t the a-hole everyone makes him out to be. He left the NFL because his philosophy doesn’t mesh well with a bunch of millionare crybabies that hold out when they don’t get their way. He figured out that the college game was suited for him. He loves to recruit and build his players to be successful in life, on and off the field.

This is why he is at Alabama. I honestly believe he would have never left LSU and he has said it himself, if he didn’t want to scratch the lifelong NFL itch.

I find it fitting that everyone loves to blast Saban, yet never mentions all the charity work he and his family do on a constant basis. Like someone said before, get use to it because he isn’t going anywhere for awhile.

That is all…

buck

April 9th, 2010
5:51 am

Meyer and Saban have class and win championships, that’s the difference. Apparently CMR is not such a class act when compared to the lawless antics of his players. Either he recruits Thugs or his “Class” isn’t sincere and the players see right through it. You decide.

UGA 2010

April 9th, 2010
5:55 am

Since when is “the winningist coach in the last decade” of the strongest football conf. all around in NCAA football? You Richt haters are jealous. He is a fine man, and a fine coach. And if you immature children had HALF of the character and composure he has, you would have kept your mouth shut. This is a blog for UGA fans, and fans of the Bulldawgs are no fans at all unless they are supportive of the TEAM. Save none, the team consists of players, coaches, trainers, doctors, students, alumni, and most importantly, other fans. This is fanship. Not this socially deprived, cowardly bickering from pathetic individuals who are looking for nothing other than to get a rise out of someone. Its very sad. Its the old adage of “bad attention is better than NO attention”. Go get a life, a family, and you will be finally experiencing what life is all about. Don’t be a loser, spend your otherwise wasted life showing someone you care and love for them, and when your eyes finally open, the last place they’ll look is for a way to down another caring, compassionate human being. They are truly the ones who God shines his blessings onto, as they help nurture and protect his children on earth, who would be otherwise throw their life away by embracing hate, jealousy, and anger as you have. There is a life out there for you. If you had the nerve to say those things to Mark Richt’s face, he wouldn’t give you the “rise” your on this site looking for. He would wish you well, and most likely be praying for your lost and damned soul, as he is a Christian, and we serve One God. Not crystal footballs, plastic trophies, are cheap thrills.

LOL....

April 9th, 2010
6:02 am

LOL…..LOL….

Dawg 39

April 9th, 2010
6:38 am

CMR IS A WINNER. HE DOES HAVE CLASS BUT HIS DAWGS ARE WINNERS. HE IS NOT GOING TO BE LET GO & HE WILL BRING MORE SEC TITLES TO ATHENS. BET ON IT.

tdog

April 9th, 2010
6:50 am

What a bunch of bull. All he wants to do is sell trucks and furniture, let the hoodluns run wild, and he does not motivate the players like he should be doing. It is not about the shirt color you wear or jumping up and down in peoples faces that motivate young men. Let’s hope he can come back down to earth and get this head on straight.

AltamahaDawg

April 9th, 2010
7:25 am

How stupid do people have to be if they can’t post a comment without using that tired , worn out “thug” every other sentence. Surely to hell your vocabulary is better than the average parrot.

Oh, and please bring up FSU one more time, maybe you will not look like you just copied that brilliant thought for the 39th time.

I’d be embarrased if that’s the best I could come up with. I like the guy and I could write something more original to jab at him than 90% of you spineless trolls.

SickandTired

April 9th, 2010
7:34 am

This article and string of responses is living proof why Georgia can never, ever hope to measure up with the great football programs in america. Sad, Mark Richt “may” be a good man. Truth is, we don’t know what goes on after he leaves the football field really and truly. If u don’t believe it, see Tiger Woods. Never a champion head coach, Mark Richt has begun to be the poster child for underachiever.
Georgia:the Wisconsin of the SEC
Georgia: Deserves better

RedAndBlack

April 9th, 2010
8:03 am

CMR’s priorities are God, family, and everything else. His principles and values shine through his character day in and day out. It’s not the ring, the money, or fame that is at the center of his life. Those things you will never take to your grave. But leaving a legacy and having an impact to the people around him is what matters to him behind serving God. I would rather have CMR coach my child than anyone else in this country. If not a NC ring, my child would leave with great principles and character and have higher standards to impact other people’s lives.

CMR’s priorities are God, family, and everything else. His principles and values shine through his character day in and day out. It’s not the ring, the money, or fame that is at the center of his life. Those things you will never take to your grave. But leaving a legacy and having an impact to the people around him is what matters to him behind serving God. I would rather have CMR coach my child than anyone else in this country. If not a NC ring, my child would leave with great principles and character and have higher standards to impact other people’s lives.

CMR’s priorities are God, family, and everything else. His principles and values shine through his character day in and day out. It’s not the ring, the money, or fame that is at the center of his life. Those things you will never take to your grave. But leaving a legacy and having an impact to the people around him is what matters to him behind serving God. I would rather have CMR coach my child than anyone else in this country. If not a NC ring, my child would leave with great principles and character and have higher standards to impact other people’s lives.

Twilb Dawg

April 9th, 2010
8:09 am

Coach Richt is a great man! I am honored to have him at my University!

GO DAWGS!!
Twilb Dawg ‘01

TCDawg

April 9th, 2010
8:41 am

With all the talk about the Crystal Ball, National Championship, etc., to me it lacks character and integrity with the way it is decided who plays in the game. We could have already won it a couple times with a little luck. So, I’ll take CMR any day of the week, and they can keep the trophy with the flaw in it until they find a better way to decide it!

Charles UGA 70

April 9th, 2010
8:42 am

For those to whom winning football games is more important than life, you are always going to feel the way you do unless you view the world the way Coach Richt does–thru the eyes of Christ and not the world. Would rather have Mark with his faults than a hard core winner with no life values.

TCDawg

April 9th, 2010
8:49 am

To Sick and Tired- I happen to know for a fact that CMR is exactly the person off the field and out of the “limelight” that he is when the public sees him. He’s certainly not perfect, as know one else is, but he serves the One who is.

George G.

April 9th, 2010
9:13 am

Actions speak louder than words. And the actions of UGA players on and off the field during Richt’s tenure speak to the contrary, Bill King.

Looser

April 9th, 2010
9:20 am

I do not think he will win a SEC championship again. He has to be considered an underachiever when you look at all the top 10 recruiting classes he has had. The only time he won a championship was when Florida was coached by Zook.

Dawg Whisperer

April 9th, 2010
9:30 am

Who hasn’t read or heard about coach Richt’s adoption of disabled children from poverty stricken regions of the world? How can anyone in this media driven world say they haven’t seen enough evidence that coach Richt exemplies class in his personal life? He would the first to tell you that the source of his kindness and class is readily traced to a personal relationship with Christ. Coach Richt would admit that he is not perfect, he just aspires to be. Ultimately, in the sports world, wins and losses on the gridiron determine a coach’s future but as UGA fans we are better for having a coach of this calibre

jj special

April 9th, 2010
9:51 am

Since richt has coached in 5 national championships, I find it hilarious that some here don’t know college football history.

I’d say coaching in 5 national championships makes a championship coach.

Richt has won SEVERAL Nastional Championships and he’s coached in more national championships than ANY ACTIVE COACH IN THE NATION.

Looser

April 9th, 2010
10:07 am

jj special,

I do not know what you are talking about. You can only claim championships if you are the head coach or the school.

TommyJack

April 9th, 2010
10:07 am

We shall see how much dawg fans want him to “stay for life” after he squanders class after class of recruits.

Rocket Rod

April 9th, 2010
10:11 am

Success without honor is like an unseasoned dish, It will safisfy your hunger but it does not taste as good! Go CMR, Go Dawgs!

Dawg85

April 9th, 2010
10:17 am

Saban’s a great coach but let’s look at the reality. As wishful as Alabama fans are their is no way they sustain the pace of the last two years. It won’t happen in the SEC. I checked his coaching record — at Michigan State he was 34-41-1 (it took a 9-2) his last year to make that what it was. At LSU he had three years out of five where he won less than ten games (two eight wins and a nine win season) and he was 6-6 at Bama in 2007. The Tide has had two great years but nobody is going to own the SEC. It’s too tough.

Coach Richt’s time will come. Football is constantly evolving. Richt has made some good hires. The Dawgs have plenty of talent. If Georgia fixes their defense (and I think they are on the way) they will be fine. Just think about how different some of the games the last four or five years would have been with some decent defense. I love Richt and would have liked to have seen him make a change sooner BUT he has made significant change. Take these Dawgs lightly, if you will, but you will see a different brand of Dawg in the next couple of years.

On another note– these boards remind me of an MSNBC political panel — a bunch of morons who no next to nothing but keep on repeating it to try to make it true. Makes it hard for the actual Georgia fans (and the few who seem to know about football) to engage in a real discussion.

Looser

April 9th, 2010
10:27 am

Dawg85, Take these Dawgs lightly, if you will, but you will see a different brand of Dawg in the next couple of years.

What do you think is going to happen? Georgia will win back to back games against Kentucky.

KeithB

April 9th, 2010
10:28 am

Nice guys finish 4th! If rings are what you are after, UF, Bama, and maybe LSU should be your choices in the SEC. The rest are simply whipping boys.

Endzone Dancing Fool!

April 9th, 2010
11:03 am

Richt’s the man!!! He’s working up a new endzone dance routine for the florida game this year—mark is still furious at meyer calling those late timeouts in the 08 blowout, so he’s got something bigger planned this year. Those dawgs can dance dance dance!!!! I heard they can even do it in a 3-4!!!!

Gator Nation

April 9th, 2010
11:30 am

We LOVE Richt. Please keep him @ UGA forever!

Jack Spratt

April 9th, 2010
11:32 am

If Mark Richt is such a class guy how come he’s had so many players arrested during his time at Georgia (more, IIRC, than any other coach during that same period of time)? But that’s o.k., please keep spinning this kind of stuff. Gator fans don’t want to see him fired. It’s such a shame when you lose something you own.

Reality Check

April 9th, 2010
11:35 am

The last resort of the losers- “my coach is a nice guy”.

George

April 9th, 2010
11:58 am

Ah spring fluff pieces. I guess he has been ok, but who doesn’t want to win championships?

Dawgingatorville

April 9th, 2010
12:52 pm

AMEN Sir! I agree and I hope we have Coach Richt at UGA for as long as he wants to coach!!

gladenole

April 9th, 2010
2:07 pm

Richt is a fine Christian man. But as a head coach he is above average at best. He has recruited with the best of them but the fact he has done little with it shows he is lacking as head coach. I still miss his not being at FSU. He was a great guy and one heck of an offensive coordinator but there is a big difference in being a good/great coordinator and being a good head coach

gladenole

April 9th, 2010
2:10 pm

Enjoy Mark while he’s there. I don’t think he has many years left there unless he starts to produce some championships of some type.

TXDawg3

April 9th, 2010
2:18 pm

Developing character to win in life is far more important than athletic championships! By the way, UGA will get their share of the latter as well under Coach Richt’s leadership.

Camden Mark

April 9th, 2010
3:07 pm

Jittery Urban’s already lost a game to CMR.
With superman gone I suspect its one of many more to come.

icedawg

April 9th, 2010
3:21 pm

Character is the measure of a man. Unfortunately in this day and age that no longer is an expectation from most people, even evidenced by the comments of some who write into the AJC sports blogs. Richt is a very good role model of good character. UGA is fortunate to have a man of this caliber. On top of all that, his record is very good as well. No BCS Championship? Maybe not, yet, but there are numbers of very good coaches who will probably never win a BCS Championship but excel in positively shaping the character of those under them. They are difference makers.

GaDawg

April 9th, 2010
4:11 pm

RedAndBlack
April 9th, 2010
8:03 am

I agree with you wholeheartedly!

Coach Richt is much more valuable to the University of Georgia than all of the naysayer’s, whiners, and finger pointers that post in these blogs. If they are, indeed, true UGA loyalists, they are of the “immediate gratification” generation that was never taught the value of PATIENCE. All of their screaming, heel kicking, and gotta’ have it now, fit pitching episodes, do nothing more than sew discord among brethren.

It took 38 long years of hard work, dedication, and the PATIENT understanding that 1980 would come and it did! More Championships will come, but they cannot be forced. Discord doesn’t lead to positive results; unity does. We must impose the same formula which led to the title of 1980. Coach Richt knows exactly what he is doing, and he has the patience to see it through. We are blessed to have a coach with the character he posses!
GOOD THINGS COME TO THOSE WHO WAIT…………………………………………………..

Character Counts!

April 9th, 2010
4:17 pm

This year, without tebow, UF’s going to be down. This is the year for UGA to take control of the series, which should happen. UGA’s loaded on O and D and Florida’s got a bunch of gaps, and brantley’s not that good. One hit from the Ga D and he will be on the sideline. UGA owns the SEC East in 2010—-mark it down!

statesborogator

April 9th, 2010
4:40 pm

“Jittery Urban’s already lost a game to CMR.
With superman gone I suspect its one of many more to come.”

Georgia fans are the most delusional fans in the SEC. We have only lost to you guys 3 times since 1990 and you are just as arrogant now as you were then. Urban has beaten Richt 4 out of 5 times.

I would be willing to bet if Urban or Saban decided they wanted to come coach UGA, you guys would do the happy dance all night.

Brad

April 9th, 2010
4:46 pm

Yeah, that end zone celebration had nothing but “class” written all over it! You should all be proud of class and no championships. The SEC obviously needs more of that.

Ken

April 9th, 2010
6:44 pm

Seriously ??
Yeah Mark Richt is such a class act he sent his team on the field to taunt Florida a few years ago.

IRicht is just as bad as Saban or Meyer. Not as bad as Kiffen though.

A truely classy coach in the SEC is Bobby johnson.

Steve

April 9th, 2010
7:00 pm

“Do you want a classy coach or win National Championships?” is the statement I hear. Well here is a thought…being classy AND winning National Championships is not mutually exclusive…don’t settle for less!

Dawg85

April 9th, 2010
10:37 pm

Hey Looser
What do I think will happen? I think Georgia’s going to be much better on defense, but with limited reading skills you probably have comprehension issues.

dawg149

April 9th, 2010
10:48 pm

These kids are supposed to be coming to UGA to gt an education, learn to deal with becoming an adult, and lastly, play football. Yes, I’d love to win more championships, yes, I’d love to have a trophy case of National Champ Iron, but to sell out wins for character?, Please. Too many of you put all the emphasis on w’s nd l’s. If it were your child under Richt, not just another player, wonder what would matter most then. Richt is a good guy, period. He chooses to CARE about his players like he would if they were his sons. You got a problem with that? Then take off that red n black. I’ve been a dawg for 40 something years, and nothing is going to change that, but the very idea of bashing Richt is just plain stupid, and selfish. We’re talking college football, not world peace here. Come on people, get with the program or get out of the program………

Recruit

April 9th, 2010
10:58 pm

I am being recruited by all three and aside from the same spill from all of them, what keeps sticking in the back of my mind is 1- How long will Coach Saban and Coach Meyer stay? 2- What values are not only spoken about but displayed on a daily basis. 3- Which one does my momma trust with me.

Coach Richt going to the jail to see Montez spoke a lot to me.

Malinda

April 9th, 2010
11:40 pm

Thanks so much Coach Richt. I was born a Bulldog and will proudly die a Bulldog. What a class act job you have done at Georgia. We are so lucky to have you and your family, your dedication, your wisdom and leadership. Thank you for all of your sacrifices and relentless hard work. Go 2010 Dawgs!

Ken

April 10th, 2010
4:43 am

Hey Recruit, not to sound like and ass, but how long do you think Richt will stay in Athens before being fired ?

Alabama and Florida have the SEC locked up for years. Even if Saban and Meyer both leave next week.

1stcav

April 10th, 2010
8:44 am

Finally, someone recognizes what coaching is all about. Coaching young men and helping shape their lives. The vast majority of college players will not play at the next level, rather will live like the rest of us in the real world of struggle and sacrifice. I’m very proud of Coach Richt and what he means to these young men and how he helps to shape their lives. Winning is wonderful but seeing a young man succeed in life is much more rewarding. Football is only a game.

You don't have to be smart to be a Georgia Fan ...

April 10th, 2010
8:45 am

Of all of Georgia’s past coaches, who would Georgia fans rather have than CMR? Who has the best record to this point in his career? We live in a world where people want things now! We get mad when we have to wait more than 3 minutes in a fast food line … we get mad when someone does not return our text right away … We forget out the foudations – what’s important.

Yes, the goals should be SECEC – SECC – MNC … and you had better believe CMR is focused on ALL of these … In order to win these you have to win games which CMR has proved over a long period of time he can do. Yes, UGA football has been going in the wrong direction for two years, but this is the normal up and downs that apply to everywhere in our lives. He has earned the change to right the ship. For those of you true Georgia fans that want to get rid of CMR then I would say it is you that knows nothing about winning the elusive MNC … To toss him now would be the biggest bonehead move in the history of sports.

Boca Baby

April 10th, 2010
5:42 pm

It may not be known by most but the first official national championship won by Bear Bryant was in 1961 at Alabama. This was his sixteenth year as a head coach. So we now we move into Richt’s eleventh season at UGA. I do believe that there is more than one national championship on the horizon for Mark. Doing the right thing the right way sometimes takes a while to produce results. Do I hear an echo from the grave crying, “Amen!”

Ugaclassof2004

April 10th, 2010
6:14 pm

I like Mark Richt, he definitely made my years at UGA very special. He’s a class act who reminds me of my high school head coach, another great man. My problem with Richt isn’t with him as a person or even his values, it’s with his management style. When Richt’s teams are playing up to their capabilities, they are capable of beating any team in the nation, and I really and truly believe that. But then his teams’ will turn around and not show up mentally the next week and lose to an inferior opponent.

And in the last 3 years, it has been very disturbing watching my Dawgs get blown out to mediocre teams like Tennessee. It’s like they get hit in the mouth and don’t respond. Richt’s earlier teams would fight you till the very end. The David Greene and David Pollack teams from 2001-2004 would have never lost to Florida 49-10! No way!!! These players right now don’t seem to have a whole lot of pride and it’s up to the head coach to either instill that pride or to bench players if they under-perform.

And finally , much negative attention has been given to Richt’s assistants, and I echo those statements. But the bigger issue to me is Richt’s inability to evaluate talent. Good head coaches aren’t necessarily football masterminds, but they know enough to put their best players on the field and their best assistants as their coordinators. And that’s a major flaw in Richt’s leadership style!

Crimson Crush

April 11th, 2010
1:28 am

Funny stuff … like spraying perfume in a bathroom stall to try and do something about the appalling stench that IS Georgia football .

When you see articles like this and then a bunch of Kool Aid drinkers running in on the comment section to proclaim stuff like “football isn’t everything ” or “I’d rather have losing seasons for 20 years than win one national championship” … you pretty much know Richt already now has one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel as the Georgia head coach of football . LOL

Richt's Class!

April 11th, 2010
6:43 am

“When Richt’s teams are playing up to their capabilities, they are capable of beating any team in the nation….”

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! When do Richt’s teams play “up to their capabilities?” (Hint: they don’t, that’s why they go bowls in Shreveport.).

Kincade Licks Buck's Nuggets

April 11th, 2010
9:01 am

I wouldn’t trade Mark Richt for Nick Saban. Saban will be gone in a couple of years, and Bama will go back to being on probation and playing lousy football. And the Bama fans will be reminded of him every time they go to Bryant-Denny Stadium and see his statue.

crimson crush is a moron

April 11th, 2010
10:02 am

The lack of football knowledge on the AJC boards is incredible. Any dummy (Ken) who really thinks that Florida and Alabama now own the SEC is in for a rude awakening. I know the rosy picture about Alabama and Saban (and how two years out of being 6-6 they are now the best program in the history of college football– blah, blah, blah) but with all the defensive losses Alabama suffered it may be a little tougher year. I think the stupid comments come from people who act like CMR hasn’t done anything at Georgia. BTW Crimson Crush he is 3-1 against Bama.

Ken

April 11th, 2010
4:26 pm

Sorry but Saban and Meyer will recruit 5 star caliber players every year, and will continue to dominate UGA for quite awhile.

BTW I’m not a Tide fan or a Gator fan, I’m a Vanderbilt fan.

joe robby

April 12th, 2010
12:23 am

It’s clear to see in the responses to thie article why Alabama, for all of its success on the football field, is a joke of an institution. Think of EVERY negative stereotype about college athletics and its Alabama that comes to mind. Now you see why.

Thanks Bill. Finally, something reality based that’s worth reading.

joe robby

April 12th, 2010
12:30 am

Ken, no need for you to keep posting over and over and throwing in the shameless Bobby Johnson, Vandy plug. We get it. The problem is no one cares about you or what you think. You’re probably not a Vandy guy anyway. A Vandy guy would be smarter and would know what is important.

The real truth is you haters just can’t stand it when someone neutral says anything good about UGA. It just drives you nuts. Well sit in it and stew.

BuLLdawg

April 12th, 2010
6:39 am

What in the hell is this all about when we fired Jim Donnan for losing 13 games his last 4 years here. Now, we’ve lost 14 games the last 4 years here, and because half of the 92 arrested /suspended are on the offensive side of the football in the Coach Richt Era, you think you can claim because Coach Richt is a Christian, that that is more important that how his PLAYERS perform on the field and in life. Our players are most assuredly NOT acting out these values you ascribe to St. Richt. You give him a pass, when he has fired his entire Defensive coaching staff except Rodney Garner, the whole Special Teams coaching staff, and now has taken over all the Duties and even day-to-day operations of the entire Offensive Staff.

Clearly, Coach Richt’s coaching staff has LET HIM DOWN. His players continue to let him down on a daily basis, recruited by his coaching staff here.

5 fumbles yesterday, 4 sacks of Aaron Murray alone, 5 deep passes by Aaron Murray all overthrown, his short passes were many of them behind the receivers and uncatchable all to the 1st team Offense who returns intact except for the QB, and Aaron Murray threw the only interception to have now 5 interceptions in the scrimmages.

This for an offense which has in the last 4 years, lost to every SEC East Team in a row, gone 1-3 vs the vols the last 4 years, gone 1-3 vs Florida the last 4 years, gone 10-10 vs SEC East teams the last 4 years all while averaging # 96 in Penalties every year the last 4 years, averaging 21 fumbles per year every year the last 4 years in a row, and averaging 14 interceptions a year the last 4 years in a row.

And, he is a Saint because he visited Montez Robinson in Jail whom the author FAILS to point out beat up a girl repeatedly. First he slams her into a dumpster. Then, he picks her up and slams her to the floor at McWhorter Hall. That is his recruit. Just as Zach Mettenberger is. Just as 92 arrested / suspended in the Coach Richt Era are his PLAYERS – none of them acting like he has taught them ANYTHING about being a Christian for all to see and know for certain.

14-game seasons nowadays and he is a Saint going 9-4 or 10-3 again this season as he has had only 1 season with more than 11 wins. UGA is not in the Top 8 teams in the nation in his tenure and once a month we have some player on his team let him down. Not to mention in 14-game seasons having the expectation of going 9-4 or 10-3.

This is the 5th year now in a row that if we do not make it out of our own division of our own conference, that we will not even play for our own Conference Championship while you sit there bragging about Coach Richt’s Walk with Jesus.

I thought he was the head football coach ?

If I wanted the players to demonstrate this much Christian Values, I would teach them a class of Religion. And, hire a football coach who has some clue about hiring a coaching staff to teach them at least to not beat up little girls and instead WIN FOOTBALL GAMES in our own damn division of our own damn conference, let alone get on the National Stage – which he has NEVER DONE – beating a Top 10 Final AP Poll team in a damn bowl game.

Richt's the Man

April 12th, 2010
9:36 am

Teaching Christian values to the team is much more important than wins and losses. UGA is very fortunate to have a coach with class and not lowlife like saban or meyer, who just care about wins.

BuLLdawg's Mom

April 12th, 2010
6:32 pm

Go take your medication and lie down.

Crimson Crush

April 13th, 2010
6:18 am

Hang in there BuLLdawg … like I said when you see people grasping at the flimsiest of straws trying to justify Richt … when they feel not just compelled but outright obligated to make an excuse for the one or two seasons max that he has left as the Georgia HC … you are close to the end .

The Kool Aid drinkers are squeezing the last remaining drops out of the jug when they start saying stuff like ” Who cares about wins … I want my an outstanding Christian teaching values ” … then they ignore an arrest list of players long enough to make the 1980s Miami program blush . He is toast . You know it .. I know it … anyone with a college football pulse knows it .

Reading the increasingly lame excuses by some of these “Dawg” fans for a man that obviously can’t produce good Christians OR a quality football program is pathetic . It is almost as bad as listening to the Vols when they were trying to pump up the Boy Wonder Kiffen then claiming all the laughter was because everyone else in the SEC was “jealous” …

NC Dawg

April 13th, 2010
8:31 am

Mark Richt is the best thing that has ever happened to UGA football. Best man in the game. Let’s don’t forget he is a winner of 2 titles in the toughest conference in America. I have had season tix every year since graduating UGA in 1995, and I am so proud of our head coach. Hope he stays forever and hope we are wise enough to make sure he stays forever. Thanks Coach Richt.

DawgVoiceofReason

April 14th, 2010
11:08 pm

BuLLdawg,

Misery, woe, sadness, despair, depression, agony, into the abyss, doom and gloom, glass half empty, hopeless, abandon all hope, cry, complain, whine, moan, misrepresent, skew, distort, fail to acknowledge, lack of perspective, pathetic, suicide, bombastic, know-it-all, holier-than-thou, pain, confused, hater, hateful, unforgiving, antithesis of a fan, sad, disturbing, never want to read or hear from again.

I associate these words with every one of your posts that I have ever read. There are probably other words I have left out, but even you should “get the picture” from this.

DawgVoiceofReason

April 14th, 2010
11:11 pm

Bill,

Thank you for the post.

I do appreciate Mark Richt and his approach to life and football. He is worthy of respect and admiration, and his approach will (and has) pay off.

TidePrideGA

April 15th, 2010
10:17 am

I certainly respect Mark Richt for his integrity and his character. I think he is a good coach who has elevated UGA to about as high as they will ever get in the college football world. Georgia has always been a perenial 8-4,-9-3 type program in the historical sense. I don’t know if he has what it takes to win the big one as a head coach, maybe he does, maybe not. But lets stop insulting each other and our schools. That does not help advance the conversation. Roll Tide!!!

Mr Me

April 18th, 2010
5:20 pm

Look at all the haters that come crawling out of their crappy blogs to comment and try to make up things about Richt to make him sound bad. Go back to your crappy blogs and talk about your “Great” coaches that only care about themselves and money.