Dooley puts it all in perspective

Vince Dooley has the right perspective on Mark Richt. (Georgiadogs.com)

Vince Dooley has the right perspective on Mark Richt. (Georgiadogs.com)

With writers and columnists in the border states determined to try and generate some heat under Mark Richt’s head coach’s seat (despite the fact that nobody who counts in Athens feels that way), Vince Dooley puts it all in perspective.

Dooley, who’s visiting his hometown of Mobile for his 60th high school reunion, talked with the Press-Register there and summed up the UGA situation pretty nicely:

“Once you establish a program at a high level and you win 10 ballgames pretty much every year, when you fall below that you become a victim of your own success a little bit,” Dooley said. “The other thing is that Florida has been on a roll of late. Our record against them is just atrocious the last 10 years.”

But, Dooley noted, while “this has been the first what you might call not-so-good year,” the other side of the coin for UGA is “you beat your rival that won the ACC and you won the bowl game. A lot of people would be celebrating, but not so [at Georgia].”

That’s because Richt set the bar high for himself with his first few seasons in Athens, and college football nowadays is all about what have you done for me lately?

Maybe you disagree with Vince and think there wasn’t any reason for celebration last season for UGA football. But like I’ve said before, anyone who believes 90 wins in nine seasons isn’t good enough should think back to the days before Richt arrived.

I’m confident whoever Georgia hires as the new AD will recognize what a good thing the school has in Richt.

265 comments Add your comment

Ross

July 8th, 2010
12:03 pm

Context does help see things clearly. Nothing happens in a vacuum. Georgia had a bad season in football, really, compared to what?

VDawg

July 8th, 2010
12:03 pm

Good read!! FIRST?

skeet

July 8th, 2010
12:04 pm

Ross

July 8th, 2010
12:08 pm

Richt needs to learn how to correct mistakes.

The depth chart and the bench have to be used better to keep players focused.

You demote (bench and lower on depth chart–even in practice when mistakes are made), then you promote (you’ll get better tomorrow).

Daily review depth chart with coaches, don’t be afraid to move players down who make mistakes.

Realist

July 8th, 2010
12:10 pm

UGA did not play well last year. Richt’s loyalty to staff and players has been extremely annoying. The best should coach and play. Hopefully the off-season fallout will pay hefty dividends in the near future and signal a new direction for the program. I reluctantly renewed my seats for next season so I’m not giving up yet, but 73″HD in A/C looks better and better by the year.

Terry Hoage

July 8th, 2010
12:10 pm

If there is anything the last week has taught us, we should appreciate our coaches and leaders who represent the university very well. Mark Richt is one of those leaders. Here’s one Dawg who believes in our Football Coach!!!

Dale

July 8th, 2010
12:13 pm

It doesn’t matter if you win or lose your bowl game, it’s which game you got.

Terry Hoage

July 8th, 2010
12:14 pm

BTW…for all you stooges out there who doubt our fearless leader, remember what it was like for 20 years without so much as sniffing a championship. He will give us a chance to compete for more championships in the future so increase those antidepressants and relax.

Ross

July 8th, 2010
12:15 pm

Sometimes, you don’t know what context Dooley’s coming from. Sure, 8 wins, and end season on winning streak. Is that good enough?

Here is where Georgia ranks out of 120 teams in the NCAA:
#118 in Turnover Margin
#117 Kick off return opp team
#120 Fumbles recovered
#118 takeaways per game
#111 Penalties
#100 Interceptions thrown per game
#59 Scoring Margin

Add to this the ongoing problems with injuries at OL/WR, Richt can’t fix that either.

Richt needs to fix 8 problems in 1 year.

Most come because Richt’s not good at ahnging behavior, he’s not strict enough, like Boweden said, he’s “too nice” when it comes to discipline. If players make mistakes, bench and lower on depth chart. Encourage them to keep trying,. and get better, and live up to potential.

schultz is mighty smart

July 8th, 2010
12:20 pm

Last year was down by Richt standards. But you must think, if we change does that mean we upgrade? Tennessee keeps changing, finally getting a good one, but damaging their for several years.

SSIgator

July 8th, 2010
12:23 pm

Ross -

I agree with you, but you are wasting your breath with the KoolAid drinkers that follow UGA.

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minnesota dawg

July 8th, 2010
12:27 pm

Don’t get rid of Richt. He’s good and will eventually win a National Championship. Look at the great coaches and see that they didn’t always bring home the big one! All you arm chair coaches think you know everything that is going on, but you don’t! There are a lot of things that must be in place to win a National Championship. Even if you have all the players and the coaches in place, you still have to have a little luck in winning at least one game during the year. Georgia saw that back in 1980 with Florida and Tennessee and that was two games. And then, with Notre Dame in the Championship! They knew how to capitalize on opportunities. That’s really the difference in winning and losing in this day and time when so many teams are as good as the other.

dawgbark

July 8th, 2010
12:27 pm

This type of mature perspective is what we were lacking in a much younger AD. I hope UGA will do a legitimate search for top talent to bring in as AD, someone who lets the coaches do their work and supports them with beneficial analysis of their teams and trends.

edumacated

July 8th, 2010
12:28 pm

Hey Bill, how would you have felt had you been an Ohio State fan when John Cooper was coach? Kinda the same scenario right?
Richt’s great, but I’m betting that there is somebody out there who can actually beat Florida and Urban Legend.

SSIgator

July 8th, 2010
12:30 pm

minnesota dawg -

“That’s really the difference in winning and losing in this day and time when so many teams are as good as the other.”

Are you really putting UGA in that category?

chazzo

July 8th, 2010
12:32 pm

Amen to the support of Mark Richt. He will be a dynasty coach if we let him. He will win championships and NCs. I guarantee every coach around the conference will mention to a recruit that Richt is on the hotseat. I guarantee every coach around the conference will make a remark to parents about Evans’ DUI and the drinking problems at UGA.

Thing is the class is looking solid. Must be something about coming to Athens and actually talking with the coaches that wins these kids over. There is a great tradition at UGA.

Coachdawg 2000

July 8th, 2010
12:34 pm

Mark Richt is an outstanding coach and anybody that thinks he isn’t is either a fan of another school (i.e.north avenue bumbling geek)or a delusional resident of the lunatic fringe. 10/year 2 SEC Championships in 10 years+ 1 other SEC East title (we went the first 10 years of SEC Championship game without even getting a sniff of the game!). We haven’t been what we should’ve been the last 2 years but CMR fired a close friend to get us back to where we were. Even Dooley had some down years before he ever won a NC. Get a grip, go watch Nascar or rasslin’ and leave football discussion to people who actually watch it from an objective realistic point of view!

Whopper Dawg

July 8th, 2010
12:34 pm

True that, however we have to beat FLA more than once a decade and be more competitive, a lot more, in every game.

SEC Football

July 8th, 2010
12:35 pm

As the old saying goes be carefull what you wish for. Mark Richt has done an outstanding job and would have his choice of some plum jobs if he left UGA. I can remember years back if we were averaging 10 wins a year everyone would be going crazy. Last year was an off year for us and we still beat Tech when they won the ACC. If we have 7-8 win seasons the next 2-3 years then we should be concerned. This year will be interesting with the new defensive staff and scheme. I have confidence we will see a big improvement. The key this year will be the offense and turnovers. If we win the turnover game we will have a 9-10 win season. 2011 should be the year we put it all together. I mlike the staff we have an the intensity.

CHDawg

July 8th, 2010
12:35 pm

Oh my, the experts we have here who know exactly what to do to win every game every year! Quick, let’s follow TN’s example and see if we can hire Kiffin. Seriously, you have to look at the big picture, and they don’t get any better than Richt–a fine man, an excellent coach, a great record. We are blessed to have him imo.

JPW

July 8th, 2010
12:37 pm

Let’s give Richt the fair opportunity to correct the issues that have surfaced over the past few seasons. He’s a good man and a good coach, and I can’t think of anybody better to lead our program.

joe

July 8th, 2010
12:38 pm

So will Vince buy Barbara red or orange panties for Christmas this year??

How2fish

July 8th, 2010
12:39 pm

Ross,SSIgator tell you what you keep your coaches and we will keep CMR..deal?

DCJohn

July 8th, 2010
12:41 pm

Best article/opinion page I have seen from you Bill. Nicely done to scour for an article we could not find and make it your own. Mark Richt is one of the best coaches to ever walk the sidelines at Georgia. If he did not have coaching talent, he would not have won the SEC in his second year, and beat the school he came from in the Sugar Bowl. If Mark Richt was not a great coach, then dadgummit why has the other side in that Sugar Bowl match-up declined so much? Mark Richt was great for Florida State, and he has been and will continue to be even greater for Georgia.

RedPantsDawg

July 8th, 2010
12:42 pm

Richt’s flaw is that he is slow to make changes. He let Willie and Fabris stay a year too long. It was clear after the 2008 season that the defense and special teams were big problems. Last year should come as no surprise to anyone that paid attention in 2008. I support him but he burned a lot of goodwill be built up early in his tenure by keeping those clowns too long.

Spike

July 8th, 2010
12:46 pm

CMR is a class act and we should be happy and proud to have him. Is he perfect? Of course not. Do the Dogs win every game? No. But who is perfect and win every game? Be careful what ya’ll ask for. He is the kind of coach I would want my kid to play for.

GT BABY

July 8th, 2010
12:50 pm

ummmmm…..UGA AND RICHT SUCK! THERE I SAID IT.

Lindsey

July 8th, 2010
12:53 pm

Coach Dooley is right on!! I think CMR is a great guy and great coach (any one remember the pre-Richt days). True last season was not the best, but over all since CMR has been here I think he has done a wonderful job, and beating Tech last year the way we did is making me excited for the 2010 season. GO DAWGS!!!!!!

Tennessee Dawg

July 8th, 2010
12:53 pm

Mark is all Dawg at heart and great for our school.

UGA lies and cheats and

July 8th, 2010
12:54 pm

steals their mascot from other schools, their logo from pro sports teams, and their fight song from Union solidiers….. Ignorant rednecks are so easily fooled.

AltamahaDawg

July 8th, 2010
12:56 pm

Actually Ross, I could take just 2 or 3 of those and magically change the results of several games last year.

I could also take a number of those and apply them give or take just as bad to other schools who had way better seasons than UGA 09′. So obviously a team does not have to fix all eight to be successful, just cannot have all 8 at one time. (and several of those are linked, if not redundant)

Whopper, we are actually beatig them 1 out 3 here lately using the selective memory method of counting since 2004. This would be the year in that cycle.

Coachdawg 2000

July 8th, 2010
12:57 pm

Don’t forget that the Coach De jour Nick Saban last at home to La.Monroe and mighty Urban lost in the poutback to a sad sack, lame duck coach led Michigan. Why is it that you let Paul “Lady Gaga” Finebaum convince you that we are not in good hands with Mark Richt. The “hot seat” talk is absurd and should not be mentioned with Richt at all. BTW this probably is going to be a difficult year again 7-8 wins probably. 3-4 defense transition is not going to seamless. We may look really bad at times however next season(2011) we should be loaded for bear on D, but we will miss AJ Green in’11. So we probably are 2 years away from challenging for the NC. Not a negative ned but just a realist. That being said, let’s hope we go 14-0 for eternity and let’s rally behind Coach Richt and the boys! It’s GREAT TO BE A GEORGIA BULLDOG!

LUVdaDawgs

July 8th, 2010
12:59 pm

Fellow Bulldog fans,

The dogs will be just fine. Matter of fact, the dogs will be fine this year. You can not possibly win games in the SEC with poor defense. The defense let us down several times last year. The 3-4 will work just fine witht the talent we have on that side of the ball. True we will need some help on the OL, but Richt is a smart of enough coach to have the Dawgs as contenders. TRUST ME! THE DAWGS WILL WIN GAMES THAT THE EXPERTS SAY THEY WON’T!

DawginLex

July 8th, 2010
1:04 pm

Coach Dooley nailed it. Look at the record the prior 17 years before Richt showed up.

1984-1988 averaged 8 wins
1989-1995 averaged 7 wins
1996-2000 averaged 8 wins

No SEC titles or title game appearances in those years.

2001-2009 averaged 10 wins per year

2 SEC titles and played for a 3rd.

The bar has been raised and Richt is responsible for it and is also responsible for raising it even higher.

Bull

July 8th, 2010
1:08 pm

I’m a loyal supporter of Richt and think he’s very capable of taking us there….but I disagree about the bar set high at a ten win season. For UGA fans, supporters, alumni etc…the bar is set at a National Championship. We need to be running at higher level..and rightfully should…that’s our expectations…

lance

July 8th, 2010
1:11 pm

90 Wins in 9 seasons is great however you need a better win percentage against or biggest rival (FL) and we need to win at least 1 NC. That is just the bottom line. Stats mean Sh&*t- just win!

ugag is irrelevant

July 8th, 2010
1:11 pm

nobody but you drunks even know where athens is

bufbox

July 8th, 2010
1:12 pm

Richt finally made some tough decisions and pulled the trigger.. separating the program from what had been pulling it back the last few years… ever since VanGorder left, in my opinion. He did burn some goodwill in the process… no doubt he waited at least one season too long, if not two. Hopefully his relationship with the coach staff is now one that will keep professional business choices and decisions as top priority, that it will stay that way… and friendships, etc. will no longer be allowed to creep in and interfere with what is best for the program. I support him fully again and am excited about the season. But had he not made the changes, I would be just like last year… dubious before the first game even played.

dougdawg

July 8th, 2010
1:12 pm

gt baby: guess you know all about ’sucking.’ being from gt. depends on what you’re sucking, doesn’t it? and we all know what you have in your mouth, and it isn’t red panties, is it? oh, but maybe it is, on second thought.

#1Stunna

July 8th, 2010
1:13 pm

Great read Bill!! To all the haters out there, we won’t even be having this discussion next year, because the ship has been righted!!! GO DAWGS!!!

DawginLex

July 8th, 2010
1:14 pm

Agreed bull. My point is that the bar was lower than it is now and it has been that way for quite some time.

Under Coach Dooley, we thought we had a shot to win the SEC most of the time but reality set in in the later years and we realized that we were not going to win it. With Goff and Donnan we never had a shot except for 1992 when the team with the most talent ever assembled in Athens to never win the SEC blew up in Jacksonville and at home vs UT.

Donnan’s 1997 team was good but realistically we were not the best in the SEC.

JAXDAWG

July 8th, 2010
1:19 pm

Vince summed it up perfectly. I wonder if he would interested in the job if Adams somehow goes bi-polar and inks him do a deal.

The Ghost of Wally Butts

July 8th, 2010
1:21 pm

Vincent hit the nail on the head – as he usually does.

He would know. He had winning seasons 24 out of 25 years.

And the one non-winning season was a 5-6. And what happened then? After many seasons of (then) unparalled success, Dooley had one (and only one) non-winning season….and the “Dump Dooley” bumper stickers appeared.

Remember those?

So, Vince has earned the right to wax philosophical about a finicky public and fan base.

1eyedJack

July 8th, 2010
1:24 pm

I love all you haters. Your blog hits keep Bill employed so that I can read about MY Dawgs.

Conversely, that might be why YOU don’t have a decent blog to go to. Sometimes it takes days and days for 100 hits on a Tech blog.

bufbox

July 8th, 2010
1:27 pm

not a finicky public and fan base… we want them to win consistently, given the talent. But realizing we can’t win ‘em all.. we at least expect them to COMPETE every game. That hasn’t always been the case these last few years. Nothing finicky about that fan position. Pretty steady and straight-forward, actually.

SSIgator

July 8th, 2010
1:40 pm

Here we go again.

“Starting his first full day on the job as Georgia’s interim athletics director, Frank Crumley addressed more than 100 staff members Wednesday morning, imploring them to carry on “business as usual.”

Translated I guess that means – more arrests of UGA players and admin personel. Summer time in Athens – a proud UGA tradition. By the way, the fall edition of the Victoria Secret magazine will hit your mailbox soon. The temp AD might want to pre-order red before they sell out.

Scott W.

July 8th, 2010
1:45 pm

SSIgator, I hope you get poked in the eye.

Realist

July 8th, 2010
1:50 pm

Get ready for a dismal year. You UGA fans are long on hope with a team that is short on talent.

SteDog

July 8th, 2010
1:52 pm

take away the Herschel years and Dooley was a 7 and 4 coach.