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.

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July 8th, 2010
1:53 pm

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Budapest High Class of 2006/ GT Class of 2011

July 8th, 2010
1:53 pm

Huzzah my friends. This great day in history. You dog people getting new athletic director, us the almighty YellowJackets get new contract. No more Goat barrell racing or Warcraft tournaments on Thursday nights on ESPN Ocho. No my friends now we mark that time for our YellowJacket American football team to play other mighty ACC teams like DUke or Maryland.

UGAgirlFAN

July 8th, 2010
1:56 pm

minnesota dawg – YOU SAID IT! These are ALL armchair Coaches, referring to the anti-Coach Richt Fans out there, who do not know what the *ell they are talking about, I am no Coach either BUT my friend Coach Vince Dooley is or was and HE knows what he is talking about !!!! If you are so unhappy with him then go find another team and root for them, we do not need non-supporters like you around, the negativity is unreal and uncalled for! And to the REALIST who said “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.” I will take them and I am so sure many others will-who are the true Fans and Supporters even when a GOOD DAWG IS DOWN!!!!!!! Your kind make me sick and I totally back up UGA anytime and support them in any way that I can….GOOOO DAWGS!

Dawgzballs

July 8th, 2010
1:57 pm

Mark Richt is in the top 5 among active coaches in college football. It would be a complete fail to even think about getting rid of him. However,,,, it would be nice to lose to Florida by less than 30 points some day.

Scott W.

July 8th, 2010
2:00 pm

Maybe if the Dog Faithful would remain such after the first three games of the season we wouldn’t be so disappointed come Halloween. (See 2007)

Mark

July 8th, 2010
2:04 pm

I love to hear people complain about Mark Richt. He loses too much, he isn’t emotional enough, he doesn’t know how to coach his players or build a staff. Please.

Richt has a great track record, and part of that is his ability to learn and adjust. No one wins 90 games in 9 years without that ability. The Dawgs will be fine under Richt, and all Bulldog fans can be grateful that Coach Dooley brought him in.

Do I want to win them all? Heck yeah, and then I would grumble about the score. Coach Richt has created great expectations and he knows this better than any of us. He is also very competitive, and those who work with him respect his ability to think under pressure and lead his team.

I have played for lots of coaches and worked for lots of bosses. If they care about me as a person, and have my back, I will run through walls for them. Yank me around in public and through me under the bus and I will come back to bite you like any good Dawg should.

As for those complaining about the occasional legal problems at UGA, no one is proud of them, and their are programs in place to try to address them. You can bet that Richt (and Adams, Fox, Perno, Landers, etc.) hate these issues. The fact that they don’t hold the kid up to public ridcule and instead work with them to correct the underlying issue says much more about the coaches and administration than it does the players.

NOTSO FAST

July 8th, 2010
2:06 pm

LISTEN, COACH R MAY NOT BE PERFECT BUT HE IS BETTER THAN GOOD. I LAUGHED AT THE CHANGING HELMETS BEFORE THE GATOR GAME BUT I GUESS IF IT HAD WORKED WE WOULD HAVE THOUGHT HE WAS A GENIUS. THE DAWGS ARE LUCKY TO HAVE HIM.

Big Dawg

July 8th, 2010
2:06 pm

First, I congratulate Coach Richt on finally making the hard choices as far as defensive coaches are concerned. We will see over the next few years if the ship has been righted and yes as a former DAWG and now as a Dawg fan I had become used to 10 win seasons and going to either BCS or upper tier bowls yearly. With success comes high expectations and that is what we have here is an expectation of consistently competing for championships both SEC and NC.

Go Dawgs

Shankit

July 8th, 2010
2:12 pm

There is somebody out there that can beat
Florida and Urban. He is now coaching at
Texas Tech, because he got hosed at Auburn,
like a lot of the “Dawg Fans” are trying to do
to Richt.

Ed

July 8th, 2010
2:13 pm

I disagree, and believe that Richt should be on the hot seat. Despite having some of the best recruiting classes in the nation, Georgia has underachieved for the most part in recent years and has generally looked like a poorly coached team. Some of the lowlights include:

Back-to-back blowout losses to UF;
Embarrassing losses to average UT teams in consecutive trips to Knoxville;
Loss to Vanderbilt;
Near home-loss to one of the worst Colorado teams in decades;
Two losses in four years to Kentucky;
Falling behind West Va. 28-0;
Falling behind Alabama 31-0;
Complete breakdowns on special teams and defense that repeat themselves over long period of time (showing inability to adjust); and
Obvious difficulty motivating players for big games as shown by embarrassing endzone celebration in ‘07 WLOCP and two gimmicky “blackout” home games.

I like Richt and sincerely hope he works it out, but I’m not going to pretend that all of these problems and the decline in Georgia’s football program is all a big illusion. Something has been going on in recent years that’s different from what we saw in Richt’s first 4 years at UGA.

Ace

July 8th, 2010
2:15 pm

UGA is not in the top notch of the SEC and the rest of the SEC is mediocre. Funny is UGA fans and their whines.

Scott W.

July 8th, 2010
2:19 pm

Who needs facts Ace, funny is not you.

1970 Dawg

July 8th, 2010
2:22 pm

I agree with Coach Dooley. Coach Richt is a victim of his success. Some fans have become spoiled by CMR’s success over the last 9 years. Just for reference–CMR’s winning % over his 9 yrs has been 76.9%. Coach Dooley’s winning % was 72.3% (eliminating the 10 ties from calculation). This is no detraction from Coach Dooley who was an excellent coach but merely to show that CMR is also an excellent coach. For further reference, Joe Paterno and Bobby Bowden have won approx 75% of their games so CMR is in pretty good company..
We could do a lot worse. Ray Goff won 57.5% and J Donnan won 67.8%. That was a 12 year period, folks. Any time you change you run the risk of going backward. See Alabama’s track record of hiring coaches if you doubt it.
I think much of this hot-seat BS comes from our competition which would be more than happy to see CMR leave UGA with the idea that the program would surely decline. We can’t shut them up as long as they troll our blogs but we can sure tell them how wrong they are. And for the true Dawg fans who continue whine about our porgram, please re-read the first 2 paragraphs of this post

Scott W.

July 8th, 2010
2:23 pm

Difference is the absence of VanGorder.

Bob Askew

July 8th, 2010
2:25 pm

“Dooley noted”- HAHAHA

1970 Dawg

July 8th, 2010
2:29 pm

Please quit whining about Florida. They give scholarships too and they get some of the finest athletes in the USA. Everybody else has trouble beating the gators. Meyer has won 85.1% of his SEC games Like him or not, he runs a top-notch program will and probably continue to do so.

Dawg 76

July 8th, 2010
2:36 pm

It’s funny how many of the CMR on the hot seat people are anti UGA, outside the program, and or from Mars. If CMR is so bad of a coach why do the the Hot Seat Nuts want him gone? I assure you that it is not that they want UGA to find a new and better coach….

BG

July 8th, 2010
2:37 pm

UGA could not hire a coach any better than Richt. Richts record speaks for itself. Mark Richt is a honest coach and he runs a classy program. Mark Richt will never be accused of cheating or breaking the rules. I don’t think all coaches in the SEC could say that.

BG

July 8th, 2010
2:40 pm

Oh, and Richt is 8 out of 9 aganist the nerds.

1970 Dawg

July 8th, 2010
2:42 pm

Dawg 76 and BG, thank you for stepping up. We need to drown out the drivel coming from the haters, the imposters and our own whiners.

92 UGA Grad

July 8th, 2010
2:44 pm

We all know there were serious issues with the team the past couple of years – too many penalites, too few turnovers forced, poor kick coverage on special teams, etc. Coach Richt has addressed the causes of these shortcomings by firing Martinez (whose passive approach to defense led to a lack of turnovers forced) and Fabris (who was in charge of kick coverage units). He brought in Grantham, who is a disciple of Saban and Bud Foster along with Lakatos (who coached three NFL DB draft picks at UCONN of all places) and Belin (who coached up LBs at Vandy and produced several All-SEC and NFL caliber players at Vandy). Belin is bringing an aggressive approach to kick coverage to special teams and Lakatos & Grantham are preaching press man, aggressive, blitzing, pressure the QB defense.

If the team goes 8-5 again this year, then I’m on the bandwagon of folks calling for a new Head Coach, but this team wins 10-11 games this year due to the changes made in the offseason.

Dostoyevskiy

July 8th, 2010
2:44 pm

We all need to be as good at what we do as CMR.

RedPantsDawg

July 8th, 2010
2:46 pm

1970 Dawg– What concerns me most about losing to Florida is that the last 2 losses we weren’t even competitive in those losses. The last 2 years we have struggled to beat midlevel teams and the teams we should be competitive with (Florida, Alabama, TN) we have been blown out. We are 2-2 against Kentucky the last 4 years. The truth is the program hasn’t been the same since the 31-0 first half of the Alabama blackout. The home loss to KY last year was one of the worst I’ve ever seen. The team had no fight and the coaches coached the game scared.

ca dawg

July 8th, 2010
2:53 pm

remember what CMR’s stated goal was when he took this job: he wanted to “knock the lid” off the program. i don’t think that’s been quite been done (i’d say the lid is cracked but not completely off), but on balance i do think he’s done as a good a job as any georgia coach ever has. i look for improvements this year on both sides of the ball–more discipline, more accountability, and better execution–and that’s how i’ll measure success in 2010.

bottom line: the florida program is unreal right now. we’re just one of many teams that can’t beat them consistently (or, seemingly, ever). let’s see how losing that incredible 2008 class and charlies strong affects that program, but even if florida weakens (history suggests that’s inevitable) we’ve still got to do so much better to overtake them. i think we will be a better football team this year. i want to see us play fast, clean, aggressive, and smart against florida; we do that and i’m happy to let the chips fall where they may. GATA!

chazzo

July 8th, 2010
3:01 pm

Ed,
I have a point of contention. UF finished #1 and #3 in the nation the last two seasons. They had one of the greatest college players at QB, the best D-coordinator, and gill loads of 5 star recruits. Let’s be honest, here, as much as I hate saying it, UF was just damn good, and that has a little something to do with those 2 losses. UF fans were talking the same down-in-the-mouth crap when UGA had Herschell and the best D in the land. It all comes around. 2 mediocre seasons (with injuries, departures, etc.) after 8 solid ones does not support your negative outlook.

LHardingDawg

July 8th, 2010
3:14 pm

I wonder if some of these haters have ever been to a Georgia game. I bet they could not even find Athens without a GPS.

1970 Dawg

July 8th, 2010
3:21 pm

Every program in the country has rebuilding years (especially when you lose 2 first rounders who leave early for the NFL). As great as Coach Dooley was, he had rebuilding years as follows:
1965 6-4 1969 5-5-1 1970 5-5 1977 5-6 1979 6-5 . And this was back before we had such parity in college football. Back when you could count on beating Kentucky and Vandy and the other have-nots.
I’m glad we stuck with him. He turned out pretty well, I think.

Habanero

July 8th, 2010
3:22 pm

Remember Dooley also said “with great success comes great expectations!”

Jim Donnan’s last 4 years:
10-2
9-3
9-3
8-4
36-12
Mark Richt’s last 4 years:
9-4
11-2
10-3
8-5
38-14
Delbert D.
May 27th, 2010
7:16 pm
Jim Donnan’s SEC record, last 4 years:
6-2
6-2
5-3
5-3
22-10
Mark Richt’s SEC record, last 4 years:
4-4
6-2
6-2
4-4
20-12
Jim Donnan lost 13 games his last 4 years here
and we fired him for it.
Coach Richt has lost 14 games his last 4 years here
Jim Donnan lost 13 games his last 4 years here
and we fired him for it.
Coach Richt has lost 14 games his last 4 years here

Oh, there’s more…..

9-4 in 2006
8-5 in 2009
10-10 vs SEC East the last 4 years
# 96 average NCAA Ranking in Penalties last 4 years
21 fumbles on the average every year last 4 years
14 interceptions a year average every year last 4 years
1-3 vs 4 really bad vols’ teams last 4 years
1-3 vs Florida last 4 years & 2-7 overall Coach Richt Era
8 losses out of 11 games vs Top 10 Final AP Poll for Richt
8 more losses vs not Top 25 Final AP Poll for Richt
5 of 10 SEC losses last 4 yrs not Top 25 Final AP Poll
No QB prepared 2006
No QB prepared 2009
No QB prepared 2010
39 arrests / suspensions just the last 3 years for UGA football
Lot better NFL draft with Jim Donnan’s recruits
Lot worse NFL draft with Coach Richt’s recruits
Can’t be more than couple days from next arrest – June 5 ?
Lose to Spurrier game 2 have LOSING RECORD SEC East last 5 yr
Redshirt Knowshon Moreno so we get to see him 2 years only
Rip Redshirt off # 11 RB Washaun Ealey 3rd quarter 5th game
Make Caleb Freaking King Starter at RB with more 1 yard or less games
Throw Marlon Brown 2 passes all season long
Throw Branden Smith 2 passes all season long
Start Aron White until game 12
Aron White defending Zach Mettenberger
Fired entire Defensive Staff except recruiting coordinator Garner
Fired entire Special Teams Staff
Should have fired entire offensive coaching staff totally
Instead Coach Richt is going to do their jobs and his
Let’s see what can we do to the uniforms this week ?
Tell us how great Joe Cox is.
Made Joe Tereshinski III # 1 depth chart, Joe Cox 2 Matthew Stafford # 3
Now we are to watch video from 2 years ago to know how great 1 QB is
Have no even beginning to look like a # 2 QB
Injured QB
Injured RB
Caleb King interviewed yesterday says “football is a grind” to new recruit
God Almighty I guess Damon and Adam$ didn’t get the memo, we’re great
What ? Is it a SECRET it is the football program ?

I say buy out the contract. He apparently has been “Emeritus”, retired but on staff for four years. Hire Muschamp or Smart. Bring someone new in that is not looking to retire and soaking up $2.8 million per year plus endorsements and bonuses while he waits!

Run the table? The way they have played in the SEC over the past four years they need to “run under the porch!”

Two years ago, one had to donate $10,651 to qualify for the right to buy new University of Georgia football season tickets. Last year, the cutoff dropped to $4,205. This year, it will decline again.

the failures under Richt, the poor team building, the average 3 conference losses over the last four years, the fact that his record and Jim Donnan’s record are the same over the past four years and Donnan was fired.Our President fired Donnan when it was apparent that our program had plateaued, we had lost to all of our biggest rivals, and the AD could not guarantee that the overall and record against are rivals would improve the next year.

tbone

July 8th, 2010
3:37 pm

Is there a reason why my comments do not show up in the comments section?

Zuma Dawg

July 8th, 2010
3:37 pm

Habanero
Get that hot pepper out of your mouth and maybe you could think more clearly.

SSIgator

July 8th, 2010
3:38 pm

Habanero -

Stop applying logic to this. You are interrupting the KoolAid party.

1970 Dawg

July 8th, 2010
3:47 pm

Jim Donnan was a pretty good coach with no tact. His personality got him fired and not his record

Zuma Dawg

July 8th, 2010
3:48 pm

SSIgator 90 wins in 9 years.I will gladly drink that KoolAid for the next 9 years.

1970 Dawg

July 8th, 2010
3:49 pm

Re: the drop off in contribution level to acquire tickets at UGA. Don’t know if you have noticed but we’ve been in one of the worst recessions in my memory and that’s a long time. Every nonprofit has suffered from a decrease in contributions.

Habanero

July 8th, 2010
3:54 pm

I apologize for interupting the “Kool Aid Party”!

Habanero

July 8th, 2010
3:56 pm

Zuma Dawg you missed my point. You can average 10 wins per season and never win a championship if you “average” 3 conference losses per season. 3 conference losses = NO CHAMPIONSHIP

long-time dawg

July 8th, 2010
3:56 pm

Good article Bill, and points well-taken by both Vince and you. But, haven’t you learned by now that you can’t talk reason to this bunch of semi-illiterate and immature clowns?

SSIgator

July 8th, 2010
4:01 pm

Habanero -

Zuma Dawg is happy in the fog. Don’t try to drag him in to reality.

I have a name to offer

July 8th, 2010
4:04 pm

We can determine quickly with this comment who the hottest team over the last 13 years is and therefore the HOTTEST COACH with this stat: UGA is the ONLY school to win at least 8 games over the last 13 years. Not Oklahoma, not Alabama, not Florida, not LSU, not Ohio State, not the real USC, and for sure not Tennessee.

So, I will offer a name that is better than Richt over this same period …………… his name is He Does Not Exist. Donnan was in the position for one of these 13 years, to be fair.

UGA ought to go after He Does Not Exist ………….. right?? Name for coach better over the same period.

NCs, come and go. Texas and UGA are # 1 and # 2 in that order of having $$$ MONEY IN THE BANK,BABY. UGA must be doing something right. I can name 35-50 schools that would LOVE to have this very enviable record …………wins AND money in the bank baby.

Go Dogs.

Habanero

July 8th, 2010
4:07 pm

Repeaten ustedes por favor!

You can average 10 wins per season and never win a championship if you “average” 3 conference losses per season. 3 conference losses = NO CHAMPIONSHIP

Zuma Dawg

July 8th, 2010
4:08 pm

SSIgator
No Tebow+No Willie=a beatdown coming your way this fall.

SSIgator

July 8th, 2010
4:10 pm

Zuma Dawg-

Have another sip.

cindy

July 8th, 2010
4:18 pm

CMR =AD=KirbySmart=HC=NC All so simple!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Habanero

July 8th, 2010
4:22 pm

Cindy-

Excellent math!

See Spin Monkeys ………be like Cindy!

Pago Pago DAWG

July 8th, 2010
4:33 pm

The Detroit paper had two stories on the same page about our ex-ad, so we’re getting lots of press..

ugakev

July 8th, 2010
4:42 pm

Hey Ssi gator . dawgs coming off an 8-5 season and your Gators coming off two out standing seasons. . Your still behind us in football sales. Wow whats goin to happen when you go back to mediocre

dawginmemphis

July 8th, 2010
4:44 pm

Below are the turnover margin rankings for the last 6 nat’l champions. This tells you all you need to know about what to fix.
09- Bama=4th in turnover margin
08- Florida=2nd in turnover margin
07-LSU=2nd in turnover margin
06-Florida=37th (still top 30% and they upset Ohio State who was 13th in turnover margin)
05-Texas= 28th; upset USC who was ranked #1 in turnover margin
04- USC= 1st

This sort of states the obvious–punish / limit touches to backs and receivers who fumble, reign in Aaron Murray’s play book every time he makes a stupid mistake and make him show up more to the film room, bench DBs who are dragging us down and not progressing as ball hawks, regardless of seniority. Bacarri Rambo should have been playing last year while Evans sat on the bench. That was maddening. This should change with Lakatos.

Richie

July 8th, 2010
4:45 pm

Richt has built the #2 most profitable football program in the SEC. Damon had ZERO to do with it. 90 wins in 9 seasons. 3rd highest win % among active coaches at .769

Richt “hotseat” talk would be like Berkshire firing Warren Buffet. Ain’t gonna happen.

Richt’s going on a “consecutive game winning streak” starting this year that people will be talking about for a long, long time, like decades.

Richie

July 8th, 2010
4:46 pm

If Murray throws interceptions, bench him, bring on Gray or Mason.

Some Lame Name Here

July 8th, 2010
4:47 pm

I never played football, never coached, I suck at my current job, but I am a genius and I stayed in a trailer last night listening to Dixie all night long. Take my adivce please…….