Don’t look for fake ‘outrage’ from Mark Richt

Why are some college sports observers so anxious for Mark Richt to fall? (Associated Press)

Why are some college sports observers so anxious for Mark Richt to fall? (Associated Press)

Anyone expecting the NCAA “inquiry” in Athens to prompt Mark Richt into jumping on the anti-agent “pimps” and “predators” bandwagon with Nick Saban and Urban Meyer doesn’t really know Richt.

Situational (and not very convincing) outrage trotted out for the TV cameras isn’t his style. (Does Saban think his own agent is a pimp? Just wondering.)

While Richt currently is limiting his comments regarding the NCAA to “we’ll see what they gather,” even after the investigation is concluded and he can talk, it would be a major surprise for him to come out pointing fingers and threatening to ban agents or NFL scouts — actions that are highly unlikely to really be taken by Saban and Meyer in any event. (What a recruiting tool that would be for major talent: Come to Alabama, where we can guarantee you won’t be seen at practice by pro scouts. Please.)

Yes, the current situation with agents trolling for future pro clients is getting untenable, but Saban’s approach isn’t going to solve it. SEC Commissioner Mike Slive probably comes closer with his idea that nationally the NCAA needs to rethink its limitations on contact players can have with agents.

No, colleges paying players isn’t likely to happen, and neither is the NCAA approving players taking money from agents. But bringing the agents into the tent in some officially sanctioned capacity might at least cut down on the attraction of peripheral enticements like the party in South Beach.

As for the specifics of the UGA inquiry, we don’t really know who they’re focusing on, despite the report from the celebrity gossip outfit TMZ that it’s A.J Green.

Green says he wasn’t at the party and there’s no reason not to believe him. It’s possible some other Bulldog was involved. Or the NCAA simply could be working its way through all the top NFL prospects to see what they say.

One thing I do know, though: It was kind of ridiculous the way some pundits were trying to dance on Richt’s grave practically within minutes of the announcement of the NCAA inquiry. One more reason he’s on the hot seat? What a crock.

It’s interesting just how anxious some folks are to see Richt fall, delighting in every obstacle thrown in his path, while the sports media in general genuflects in the direction of Saban and Meyer.

Maybe it’s the nice guy image. Or wearing his faith on his sleeve. Maybe they just can’t believe there’s not an inner jerk hiding beneath that calm exterior. Perhaps if he got openly angry more often and lashed out occasionally like Saban and Meyer the harpies of the sports media wouldn’t be so quick to relish in the prospect of tough times for Richt.

It won’t happen, though. Win or lose, Mark Richt is too much of a gentleman to play that game.

161 comments Add your comment

DawginLex

July 22nd, 2010
11:31 am

I’m expecting a big year from the DAWGS regardless of the AJ Green thing.

I still would not trade coaches with anyone.

318 Dawg

July 22nd, 2010
11:33 am

Great article. You hit the nail on the head, nice doesn’t sell in today’s world.

Crackhead

July 22nd, 2010
11:37 am

You want yooooooooooooooooooooo cornbread?

Chris Phillips

July 22nd, 2010
11:37 am

Saban and Meyer’s chosen words live up to the hype the news media thrives on. When it comes to Richt, the ‘hot seat’ question is all they got. But they don’t even “have” that. Richt is not going anywhere. He does not offer the media what Saban and Meyer seem to enjoy doing. Again, it gets back to character. Richt may seem hum-drum to the media who operates, lives, and breathes on hype, sensationalism, and rumors. But I’ll take hum-drum any day of the week as opposed to the other.

Lindsey

July 22nd, 2010
11:44 am

Well said Mr. King!! One of the many things I admire about CMR is his ability to stay cool and level headed in situations. I can’t wait for September 4th, GO DAWGS!!!

mcdawghna

July 22nd, 2010
11:46 am

Am hearing now that AJ is probably in the clear on this. He has witnesses who can back up his story, but there could be another player or players involved……this is a huge scam with the schools involved and I’m hearing that there will be many more high profile names and schools involved……Have also heard Mark Ingrams name mentioned…..The party in Miami is only the starting point……and a small part of it…….NCAA’s investigating other stuff involving this problem too

UGA ALUMIN

July 22nd, 2010
11:49 am

I LOVE MY NICE COACH, IT DOESN’T MATTER IF WE WIN JUST AS LONG AS THE COACH IS NICE!!!!!!!!!!!!! BARK BARK BARK!!!!

Loran, whadayagot?

July 22nd, 2010
11:50 am

I didn’t get the impression that Saban wants agents banned. He just wants them to be held accountable and suffer consequences just like the players. He didn’t absolve the players of responsibility. He just said agents were approaching players at a difficult time in their lives when they’re more vulnerable. I’m not paticularly a Nick Saban fan, but what he said made sense.

jdawg

July 22nd, 2010
11:51 am

I noticed the Georgia plane going to Alabama for the SEC event. I really think that it is a big risk to put this group on one plane. The hope would be that players would travel separately as some corporations do. The pilots and plane are first class….hopefully this can be considered in the future…

PirtDawg

July 22nd, 2010
11:53 am

I agree, college football already has it’s fair share of “Bobby Knight’s” someone with the calm collective mind set of CMR is a breath of fresh air. As for the NCAA, I dont think they’ll find anything, atleast not on AJ.

bo

July 22nd, 2010
11:56 am

turmoil, frustration, upheaval, and bravado all seem to inspire writers more than quiet, steady determination

jarvis

July 22nd, 2010
11:59 am

jdawg…they all ride in a bus together every week. It’s more likely that they’ll die on that. There are certainly more opportunities for an accident.

SickandTired

July 22nd, 2010
11:59 am

Bill, I gotta give you credit, you consistently kiss up to Mark Richt. For you to make light of Saban’s remarks and make Mark Richt look saintly for what you thought his response would be is incredibly short sighted and quite frankly stupid. I guess you don’t recognize what real leadership and coaching looks like since it’s been so long removed from Athens. The Mark Richt is a nice guy mantra might sell well to a fan base that’s had Ray Goff and Donnan previously but if you want a championship you have to have a guy with a little mean streak that lives to win. Mark Richt lives to collect his check in my view. He’s passive, he’s offense scheme challenged and he makes too many promises to recruits. It’s already cost him one national championship but that was with Donnan’s players. His players are more FSU like in the fact they are undisciplined and show no respect for authority. It will only get worse and the fact that the NCAA is on ready to assault Athens is something you should be very concerned about. If you have the number for the NCAA investigators please post it on this website. I’d love to talk to them.

Hagrid

July 22nd, 2010
12:00 pm

Richt is in trouble and he knows it. With 42 players arrested in the past three years, plus at least two officials in the athletic department arrested for DUI, the whole program is rotten to the core, and Richt is the core!

Sack this bozo and move on.

GeezusDawg

July 22nd, 2010
12:02 pm

Especially when having to travel to the ghetto in Atl.

tbake

July 22nd, 2010
12:03 pm

Good point! And while we’re setting expectations and all, you also shouldn’t expect Richt to jump on the BCS Championships bandwagon with Saban and Meyer anytime soon! Smart money is on those guys to win more before Richt racks up his first.

AnnoyedGator

July 22nd, 2010
12:09 pm

Enough with the “self-righteous/world against us/woes is us/Saban and meyer are manipulative dictators crap” dawgfans. No one wants to see Richt go out in flames because of an Agent scandal. This article is UGA homer nonsense. The article paints Saban and Meyer as insincere in an effort to pain them as cheaters. The cheater label allows homers to rationalize UGA’s struggles in 2008 and 2009.

rightofcenter

July 22nd, 2010
12:11 pm

Bill,
You certainly genuflect to Richt enough to make up for any shortcomings on the part of other media. Although I would use other words, like kiss his ______. A little fake outrage is one thing – how about legitimate outrage every once and awhile? Or even “mild annoyance” would be an improvement.

Innocent Bystander

July 22nd, 2010
12:13 pm

Hey Hagrid and SIck and TIred this is a blog for Georgia fans.What is Mark Richt something like top five all time in number of wins in his first five years? How long would each of you have had a job if the same standards were applied to your job performance? He’ll come back.For the hundreth time you’re comparing recent Richt to early Richt not current Richt to UGA all-time.He kept a Coordinator for too long agreed.

Kim

July 22nd, 2010
12:18 pm

“top five all time in number of wins in his first five years?”
And? No one cares or remembers that (except sad Ugag fans).

Tom

July 22nd, 2010
12:21 pm

Hope there is an inner jerk with Richt. He needs to be more fiesty like Saban. These off the field problems seem to happen every year, and something major needs to be done. If Richt were really disciplining these guys right, things wouldn’t happen.

But look at Damon Evans!!! What kind of example is that? These kids don’t take Richt seriously.

Burroughston Broch

July 22nd, 2010
12:22 pm

When you say ThUGA, you’ve said it all – from the bottom to the very top.

dawggirl

July 22nd, 2010
12:27 pm

AnnoyedGator, no one is forcing you to be here or read the blawg. If you don’t like it, feel free to leave and not come back.

Padawg

July 22nd, 2010
12:31 pm

As for Richt, I can remember a loud but small faction of fans who wanted Vince Dooley’s head in the mid to late 1970s – then he won the National Championship.

Jake 7

July 22nd, 2010
12:32 pm

Sick & Tired…..YOU ARE A IDIOT……TAKE A HIKE…….DUMMY!!

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

July 22nd, 2010
12:34 pm

Richt and the Dawgs bring out the hate in a lot of folks on these blogs. I wonder if it’s because CMR is a christian (and open about it), or because he is a consistent winner vs everyone that is not named Florida. Either way the juvenile diatribes from the “fans’ of other teams are quite amusing. I love the smell of fear that comes from off these posts. How pathetic it is to have to hate on another team and coach instead of supporting the team or coach you supposedly align yourself with. Truly pathetic, and you know who you are.

Old Dawg

July 22nd, 2010
12:46 pm

It’s apparent to me that most of the media needs to start working for either People magazine or one of the tabs, perhaps The World News. There’s such a lack of true journalism it makes me sick to my stomach. I wrote some pieces on challenges folks go through every now and then when I was in the business but these folks live off of scandals.

There are too many other stories that readers enjoy and the media has forgotten how to put them together. Please remember, not all of us live in a sewer and we sure don’t want to taken into it.

ca dawg

July 22nd, 2010
12:52 pm

hagrid: CMR has always run a clean program at UGA. certainly, we’ve had problems with player arrests, but there’s no reason to assume on that basis that the program is dirty or that CMR is “in trouble” in the way you suggest.

annoyed gator: i actually agree with you on this one. if houston nutt or dan mullen had called agents pimps, no one would care. what is more, there is no reason to think saban or meyer are posturing or are being insincere. at any rate, i’m happy for you (or any gator fan) to come on our UGA blog here and express reasonable opinions about its tone or substance. (note: “49-10″ and “17 out of 20″ don’t count).

SickandTired

July 22nd, 2010
12:57 pm

Jake, thanks for your impassioned post. However, I’m neither an idiot or a dummy, actually I’m pretty darn smart and also, I don’t like hiking, I prefer to ride. Have and nice day and God Bless the NCAA.

tbake

July 22nd, 2010
1:00 pm

Y’know what? Meh. Around and around we go. This is just filler for the doldrums of July. Richt, like any other coach, has his detractors and defenders. The defenders refuse to admit the obvious, in that he recruits too many low-character kids, and has a stand pat, laissez-faire attitude, lacking the fire needed to compete in a cutthroat league like the SEC. Sure, he’s a nice coach who can run a nice enough program – good enough to win 9 or so games in most years, sometimes a little more, sometimes less, but that’s it. He’s reached his ceiling and whether or not that’s good enough is a question each UGA fan must answer for themselves. I know my answer. Movin’ on…

How2fish

July 22nd, 2010
1:02 pm

Bill good article I agree CMR is not going to give the media the freak show that they so dearly love. Come on Sept 4th !

boots

July 22nd, 2010
1:08 pm

Well said. We are blessed to have CMR as our coach. I would rather have him than Saban or Myer. Those saying otherwise are blind, stupid or greedy. Our student-athletes are better off being led by CMR than anyone.

SSIgator

July 22nd, 2010
1:14 pm

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho -

“because he is a consistent winner vs everyone that is not named Florida”

Does 10-10 in the SEC East over the last four years qualify?

Bryan G.

July 22nd, 2010
1:15 pm

Boots -

I can understand the sentiment. And it’s hard for me to disagree with anything Bill King said in this piece, but part of me does wish Richt had a little bit of that edge that Saban and Meyer have (and that Spurrier used to have).

I’m glad Richt coaches at UGA, but I’d like the team to have a little more attitude and play more p**sed off this year than it seems to have the last few years.

NC Dawg

July 22nd, 2010
1:15 pm

Indeed, I think people want MR to fail simply because he IS an unapologetic Christian living God’s way and not the way of the world (which is a majority of the rest). The Bible clearly concedes that when Christians so live, it severely irritates those who have chosen the path to Hell. More power to you, MR.

SSIgator

July 22nd, 2010
1:17 pm

boots -

“Our student-athletes are better off being led by CMR than anyone”

With 40+ arrests – are you serious? The local warden would do a better job.

Mr. Georgia Football Returns

July 22nd, 2010
1:18 pm

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho -

IWake up people, it’s the 21st Century! Nobody seems to get it! It’s a high stakes poker game called “Championships Plural”(The National Championship and The SEC Championship) It started at the beginning of the 21st Century. Mark Richt and Georgia were playing at the table with two SEC Championships! Over the past four years “Middle of the Pack Mark” has posted no Championships and is no longer at the table with LSU, Florida and Alabama.
It’s not about 10 wins (or averaging 10 wins), It’s about winning championships!
Let me see if I have it straight? 1. Mettenberger was dismissed. 2. A. Murray was given the number one spot after a dismal G-Day performance. 3. Logan Gray is all but “alienated”. 4. Three star recruit Hutson “I’m a Dawg Baby” Mason is the backup QB behind injury prone Murray. WOW! Another great situation to be in courtesy of “Middle of the Pack” Mark Richt.

Mr. Georgia Football Returns

July 22nd, 2010
1:21 pm

Mark Richt spends a lot of money to “address” the problem but he doesn’t “solve” the problem!

DawginOH

July 22nd, 2010
1:21 pm

Well said, Bill! I think it all comes down to character here- CMR has it, while Meyer and Saban just care about winning football games and not tarnishing their own images as coaches.

SSIgator

July 22nd, 2010
1:25 pm

Mr. Georgia Football Returns -

That’s because Bill King and others that tolerate “average” or “very good” go home at night and watch the tape of the 1980 game and hope those days will return once again. Not with this coach – keep dreaming guys.

B. Scott

July 22nd, 2010
1:25 pm

Why do they want him to fall? Because he’s a Christian and a good guy and because they SUCK!

Richt Sucks!

July 22nd, 2010
1:25 pm

The Dawg Nation loves Will Muschamp and Kirby Smart!

RAMBLE ON!!!

July 22nd, 2010
1:26 pm

Wow, you guys are pathetic.

All this cheating and only one NC 30 years ago.

Just sad, I pity you fools.

SSIgator

July 22nd, 2010
1:28 pm

Mr. Georgia Football Returns -

Right on cue, DawginOH makes your point and mine. UGA fans – so predictable.

BG

July 22nd, 2010
1:30 pm

There isn’t a single coach in the SEC that runs a cleaner program than Mark Richt.

mcdawghna

July 22nd, 2010
1:33 pm

To the Richt haters…….Name ONE coach that could be hired away from another school that you could GUARANTEE will be more successful than CMR…….The odd’s are slim to none…..his winning percentage is unparalelled in UGA history……Name just one who is a legitimate football coach now who could step in and do better……CMR will get his championship in Athens and all will be good with the haters

Richt Sucks!

July 22nd, 2010
1:33 pm

BG -

WRONG!

All Georgia’s coaches ran a “clean” program….Goff, Donnan….did you forget?

Mr. Georgia Football Returns

July 22nd, 2010
1:36 pm

mcdawghna -

Mark Richt spends a lot of money to “address” the problem but he doesn’t “solve” the problem!

Could Will Muschamp or Kirby Smart do any worse?

Monticello Dawg

July 22nd, 2010
1:40 pm

I think it denotes a certain amount of insecurity that fans of programs riding the highest- Florida and Bama- are consistently on any UGA topic running down Richt. Of course, the fact that UGA football is the biggest sports item (Hawks, Falcons, Braves included) in the state probably incurs jealousy from some fans living in Georgia that are aligned with rival schools.

True True

July 22nd, 2010
1:45 pm

Good points, Bill. I think Richt believes AJ is innocent, and therefore isn’t going to work himself into a tizzy over something he thinks will be disproved. Better to just keep focus.

For video of Richt answering the agent question: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_lBEbARLZ4k&feature=channel