Richt’s latest move: Fans debate ‘old school’ vs. ‘new blood’

Coach T. is "old school," and maybe that's the sort of tough approach Georgia's players need. (University of Georgia)

Coach T. is "old school," and maybe that's the sort of tough approach Georgia's players need. (University of Georgia)

Well, I certainly didn’t expect the last item on my wish list for the 2011 Dogs to be addressed quite that quickly.

If nothing else, the news Thursday that Dave Van Halanger is being replaced by Joe Tereshinski Jr. as Georgia’s director of strength and conditioning has produced an interesting fan debate about whether Mark Richt is taking the right approach in trying to get his program back on track.

A lot of fans were underwhelmed by the choice of Tereshinksi and reports that Vince Dooley’s old conditioning coach, John Kasay, will return from retirement to assist Coach T. Their concern is that this staff shuffle won’t really address the problem of Georgia’s s&c program apparently having fallen behind the times. The belief in this camp is that the Dogs need a fresh approach and cutting-edge methods. There’s even been speculation this really is an interim move until someone else becomes available (which to my mind would seem a strange strategy on Richt’s part — why reshuffle twice?).

Others have hailed the Tereshinski-Kasay option as a return to the kind of no-excuses hard work that characterized conditioning in the days of Erk Russell and the lean, mean Junkyard Dawgs.

As UGA kicking great Rex Robinson put it: “Most fans expected an infusion of new blood. What Coach Mark Richt has done instead is withdraw what can only be described as ‘cord blood’ to this football program. How many times has the DawgNation screamed for the days of Erk Russell. The old school approach to winning football. Hard work, toughness and a junkyard mentality. Well here you go Dawg fans.”

Indications are that the Tereshinski way will differ radically from the way Van Halanger handled things. As former player David Pollack told Bulldogs Blog, Van Halanger and Tereshinski are “polar opposites.”

He described Van Halanger as “one of the sweetest human beings you’ll ever meet” and “a father-figure guy.”

As for Coach T., Pollack said, “you can go to him anytime you want to, but he might have a switch waiting for you. He’s very, very old school. … I don’t think there’s anyone that ever pushed me harder than Coach T. Just old school, hard work, you’re going to do things the hard way.”

And who’s to say that old-school Tereshinski won’t embrace whatever the latest developments are in the field? Reportedly, another hire will be added to the strength and conditioning staff, and that might well mean some fresh ideas added to the mix. Old dogs do learn new tricks.

Bottom line: The Dogs of late have been getting whipped in the fourth quarter with regularity and that’s not what characterized Georgia football in the days when Tereshinski and Kasay were players.

It remains to be seen if the players, too often coddled in the Richt regime, will buy into Coach T’s old-school approach, but Pollack seemed optimistic in that regard when he Tweeted that Tereshinski will be a “great fit 4 young kids who think they know it all.”

UPDATE: Check out Tim Tucker’s report on Tereshinki’s conference call, in which he talks about his plans, using the latest technology, the advantage he’ll have over an outsider and his thoughts on what’s needed most: “The whole culture we’re going with is, we’re going to prepare this team for the fourth quarter. Georgia used to be known that in the fourth quarter, they won. . . . We’re going to press and challenge these kids every day to overcome. They’re going to have to overcome.”

ROCK, MEET HARD PLACE

As a Dogs fan, it’s tough to choose sides in this year’s SEC championship. I mean, Nick Fairley vs. the Prince of Darkness?

My first inclination is to pull for South Carolina for various reasons that include the whole Cam Newton NCAA farce, Fairley’s dirty play and the way Gene Chizik handled it and a natural tendency to want the underdog to win that game. I don’t really like Steve Spurrier, but I do respect him. Not so, Chizik.

On the other hand, it probably is to Georgia’s advantage for the Tigers to win, since a loss might well drop them out of the BCS championship, which could mean only one SEC team making it into the BCS. That, in turn, likely would knock everyone down a peg in the bowls and put the Dogs in Birmingham instead of Memphis.

So I’m torn. I expect Auburn will win, but I don’t really enjoy the prospect.

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130 comments Add your comment

1eyedJack

December 3rd, 2010
10:43 am

I’m da man?

dawg73

December 3rd, 2010
10:45 am

I’M PULLING FOR THE OLD BALL COACH !!! AT LEAST THEY WIN WITH CLASS , AND YOU CAN BET A DIRTY PLAYER ON HIS TEAM WOULD BE WATCHING THE GAME , NOT PLAYING IN IT !!!

hammerhead

December 3rd, 2010
10:45 am

I’ve never been first!

bigtimedawgfan

December 3rd, 2010
10:45 am

First! and thanks for the info!

hammerhead

December 3rd, 2010
10:45 am

And, I still haven’t…. dangit.

bigtimedawgfan

December 3rd, 2010
10:46 am

damn shouldnt have read the article first. haha

1eyedJack

December 3rd, 2010
10:47 am

You snooze..you lose.

Eat and Tweet

December 3rd, 2010
10:51 am

Nutrition is also a key in our S & C program. Beer and pizza consumption needs to come to a complete halt The culture for our student atheletes need to change if UGA wants to win championships. Hard nosed coaching and motivating wins. Coddling players breeds softness plus excuses and that is what the Dawgs have become.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

December 3rd, 2010
10:52 am

Bill

This program has been codled into the I need motivation to play a UGA

Stupid uniform changes
Dancing on the field
Beard Growing

I wonder what will be next

Bryan

December 3rd, 2010
10:56 am

I like the move….as always good stuff Bill!

IC or Bust

December 3rd, 2010
11:00 am

We need a RB. Caleb Queen and Ealey are below average SEC RB’s. Go find us a RB.

hornblowermg

December 3rd, 2010
11:00 am

i remember when Stanfill and Patton planted spurrier time and again on a Sat. afternoon in Jacksonville. auburn’s criminal element players and their sissy, classless coaches and athletic supporters must have unlimited finances to be able to influence those administrators who make decisions regarding discipline for college football. it is time for the NFL to develop a farm league like major league baseball and send college football to the status of “club competition”. as the situation stands now, the only real competition in college football is who has the premier “satchel man”. and with that said, it is time to send Rodney Garner and his priorities for recruits out the door and over to Auburn where he belongs.

egeagle

December 3rd, 2010
11:02 am

The fiery old-school approach will work as long as some new methods are infused. Erk’s way, as with Tereshinski and Kasay, can engender a toughness and edge that wins games late rather than fade. New exercises and techniques will work just fine if the players have the proper work ethic and mind set to be tough. One of the things that made me a Dawg fan in my early years was the idea that the Junkyard Dawgs would fight you for every blade of grass on the field. That’s how they handled Fla, always filled with great athletes, so often in the old days.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

December 3rd, 2010
11:04 am

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Zoomie

December 3rd, 2010
11:07 am

“How many times has the DawgNation screamed for the days of Erk Russell. The old school approach to winning football. Hard work, toughness and a junkyard mentality. Well here you go Dawg fans.”

If this is what this change brings to the table, I’m 100% behind it!

I think folks are getting a little off track with this selection. These older guys are quite capable of learning, understanding, and implementing modern S&C practices. The strength or weakness of this change resides in the leadership these guys bring to the program, not the methods. Not knowing Tereshinki or Kasay, I can’t comment on their leadership abilities. Time will tell, and I’m still willing to give Richt, McGarity, Tereshinki and Kasay the benefit of the doubt.

NOOGA DAWG

December 3rd, 2010
11:09 am

Love the move, now bring on the pain !!!!

NOBODYYOUKNOW

December 3rd, 2010
11:11 am

Its gonna take it all. Good coaching, hard training, great recruits, dedication and patience. But it will get done.

Ed

December 3rd, 2010
11:12 am

Bill, the SEC will still get two BCS games. If Auburn loses, they’ll go to the Orange.

ICMII

December 3rd, 2010
11:16 am

Screw Auburn!! Go Chickens!! And for an evil genius, Steve Spurrier is one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet.

dawgfacedboy

December 3rd, 2010
11:18 am

One by one the scapegoats are being eliminated. He still has about 3 more coaches he can replace before he’s out of excuses.

Abnerish

December 3rd, 2010
11:20 am

Is there a way to have BOTH teams lose? Where’s that Ga Dome tornado when you need it?

1eyedJack

December 3rd, 2010
11:20 am

If he’s got Pollack’s endorsement I’m on board with it. DGDs, both of ‘em.

Bo

December 3rd, 2010
11:21 am

I have no idea if the move to Tereshinski will work out and neither do most people posting on blogs. However, I can comment on people saying that ‘reshuffling chairs’ in the S&C program is a failure in an of itself.

Our company has a concept that every employee is on a bus and the bus is headed to where we want to go. Our job as managers of people is to make sure that the right people are on the bus and those people are in the correct “seats”. We have had several employees who we determined were the right people to be on our bus but were not succeeding in their current role. We made those people some of our best employees by moving them to a different seat.

Absolutely, this move could be a failure. However, maybe Joe T will kick some butt and oversee an excellent program…and possibly, Van Halanger will be able to offer some guidance and mentoring to some of Georgia’s players. As a Dawg fan, I certainly hope so.

Dbalcer

December 3rd, 2010
11:27 am

I think the strength and conditioning move is a good one especially since DAWG greats Robinson and Pollack are on board with it. I am rooting for SC because of Fairley and the whole Newton taint. In the past if you had asked me if I would ever root for Spurrier I would have said no way but this Saturday I am.

azdawg

December 3rd, 2010
11:27 am

This is a SURPRISE move. Would have thought if Richt even replaced Coach Van that it would be w/someone outside the inner circle but then Coach T is a firey type of guy as can be seen on the side lines during games. You have to like that and it does fire up players. If he performs anything like Erk Russel he’ll get the guys in shape. Recall Freddie Gilbert in 1980 saying before the FL game Erk made his Def players run the entire week before the game. Come the 4th qtr they were not gassed but FL was and of course we won that game. However, other than playing experience, has Coach T kept abreast of S&C? He has the right mind set but does he have the knowledge other than the bull in a china closet approach? I believe it will be lets wait and see if GA players profit from this move and get in better shape.

Then again maybe this was a token move by CMR to appease the fan base and maybe backfire on him like the hiring of Grantham to run the defense which has been a total failure.

Supes

December 3rd, 2010
11:31 am

I would take a lower bowl to see Auburn get knocked out of the NCG.

Even though I don’t like Darth Visor at all…I respect South Carolina and what they’ve been able to accomplish in a SEC East down year…which GA did not…they seized their opportunity and finally got to Atlanta…something that people thought was impossible with FLA/Tenn/GA being the traditional SEC East favorites.

Auburn will be found out for the cheating dirty paper tigers that they are…their coach is a sell out classless person…no way will this GA fan be cheering for Auburn ever again. (ironically before this year I’ve always respected Auburn and have cheered for them in the past when they represented the SEC in bowl games and such) but never again.

Lets hope that South Carolina will somehow find a way to end this travesty and send Sham and co home packing with a loss.

H-Town Dawg

December 3rd, 2010
11:31 am

I don’t think Joe T is a bad decision, but i do think we need younger blood in our S&C program. We need to do what the Falcons did and go and get a top MMA trainer to add to our S&C program. This will bring toughness and a junk yard dawg mentality as well as great conditioning. Get a JC nose guard for our defense and Isaiah Crowell at tailback and we will see improvement.

Will

December 3rd, 2010
11:39 am

Bill, two SEC teams are going to make BCS bowls no matter what. If SC wins, they go to the Sugar Bowl and Auburn will get an at-large bid. In fact, Arkansas may even have an outside chance at sneaking in one as well if they’re still in the BCS top 7.

what of it?

December 3rd, 2010
11:39 am

So we’re promoting from within? That should bring some new perspective. Great idea from the old brass. Let’s make sure we keep the legacies around b/c Tereshinski III didn’t cost us a QB problem and scholarship at all, and Bobo’s done such a nice job as a legacy as well. Maybe we can bring in Quincy Carter for quarterback coach.

BULLDOG

December 3rd, 2010
11:40 am

Are you crazy. Ealey is a good SEC back. He is only a sophmore and had more TDs than AJ green this year.

DawginLex

December 3rd, 2010
11:40 am

Why does http://www.cfn/scout.com continue to show us going to Atlanta to play FSU in the Chicken Bowl?

Are we even on their radar?

1eyedJack

December 3rd, 2010
11:41 am

Speaking of MMA, now would be a good time to bring Herschel back into the fold. He’d have them doing ballet and karate and kicking bootay. Depending on which of his personalities showed up that day. ;)

RealDawg

December 3rd, 2010
11:42 am

Please take a look at what the Falcons are doing. Have you seen their injuries compared to the other teams in the NFL? Have you noticed how many games they have pulled away in the 4th quarter or come back? A huge part is their new approach to training and fitness.

Supes

December 3rd, 2010
11:47 am

Ealey is a good SEC back. He is only a sophmore and had more TDs than AJ green this year.

**********************************

Key fumbles aside…Ealey is a good SEC Back but he’s not great. He lacks that top gear and the ability to run over people when needed.

Greg

December 3rd, 2010
11:52 am

The SEC is going to get 2 teams in the BCS regardless of the outcome tomorrow. If Auburn loses, SC goes to the Sugar. Do you not think an 11-1 Auburn team would still get a BCS bowl bid? I think so.

Arkansas is the team that’s really pulling for Auburn tomorrow. Doesn’t matter nearly as much to other SEC schools.

Dawg Fud

December 3rd, 2010
11:53 am

Re: SECCG

I just want to see a good game. May the best team win.

And for the record, I have always liked Spurrier. I think he’s great. Would love the opportunity to play 18 holes with him and pick his brain.

Dawg Fud

December 3rd, 2010
11:55 am

Supes,

a RB should have more TD’s than a receiver regardless of age or talent. Any team worth its salt is able to run the ball effectively in the red zone or goal line.

Dawg Fud

December 3rd, 2010
11:55 am

Greg,

if you don’t win your conference championship, how do you advance to the title game?

Walter

December 3rd, 2010
11:56 am

Here’s the thing.

1) Richt’s won 96 games in 10 seasons, he makes excellent decisions
2) Richt said in his own book, Strength & Conditioning was the foundation for a footballl program, so he knows how important this is
3) Richt needs to build more aggressive guys around him to balance his calm & steady style in leadership roles–especially when you’re trying to get guys to be maniacs about S & C
4) Coach VH is in a better fit for his strengths too–which have always been mentoring
5) With all the off-the-field arrests lately, Coach VH focuses 100% on teaching character/ethics, makes a lot of sense. Discipline ON the field corrsepsponds to discipline OFF the field.
6) Richt, by making this S & C move, gets 2 guys who share his values, but bring a tougher style to the S & C program.

You don’t need new “techniques”, you need the right mentality.

Barry

December 3rd, 2010
11:57 am

Interceptions and poor red zone play, and poor play on 3rd downs, and in the fourth quarter, aside from that, Murray’s a decent QB.

Barry

December 3rd, 2010
11:59 am

Going wiht Richt and Pollack on this one.

Those 2 know a lot more about what needs to be done, than bloggers & writers.

UGA Alumnus

December 3rd, 2010
12:02 pm

Auburn is a great team. We should have beat SC. Why would I pull for an inferior team to win the SEC? I’m expecting Auburn to win another national title for the SEC.

War Eagle, and…

Go Dawgs!!!

we'll see....

December 3rd, 2010
12:03 pm

well, as usual the disneydawgs are proclaiming this the second coming of erk.

i think if richt hired kim jong il or osama as a coach, they would be proclaiming georgia’s return to greatness.

if richt stuck with van halanger, they would talk about how every coach has a “down period” and that
the “true fans” are being patient with the greatest coach in the history of georgia football (even though he hasn’t won a MNC…..)

as for me, I say wait and see. CMR continues to circle the wagons around a fort that is burning from the inside out. while rome burns, he plays his fiddle….the disneydawgs swoon, and he collects his millions.

in december 2011, we’ll know a little bit more about whether or not this worked. till then, it’s all conjecture.

Jackson

December 3rd, 2010
12:04 pm

Ealey averages more yards per carry than Marcus Lattimore. And Ealey averages almost 7 ypc in the 4th quarter, which is crazy, his conditioning is excellent. Ealey’s 11 td’s were big, especially on 13 carries a game.

The Mole

December 3rd, 2010
12:13 pm

The 4th Quarter will never be a problemwith Joe T. and John C.. leading the conditioning.The team will be looking forward to the 4th Quarter. That is when we have fun.

75-76-DAWG

December 3rd, 2010
12:14 pm

If Tereshinski will bring back discipline to our football team then I’m all for this hire. The problem UGA has is everybody is trying to be the “COOL PARENT”. Somebody has got to be the the disciplinarian and CMR is too busy adjusting his designer sun glasses.

UGAgrad71

December 3rd, 2010
12:16 pm

Boy am I old! Was a grad student at UGA when Joe T II was playing. It does not matter what you weigh when you hit the field if you are a marshmellow and the other guy is a rock.

DAWGS forever

December 3rd, 2010
12:16 pm

Nutrition is also a key to the SC program. This is not a bad move but is it the best? I am more at ease with 47 and 5 being on board but a little skeptical.

I am old school by the way. But admit the game has progressed so much from Dooley’s days. Look at some old film of games. WOW.

Here is one hoping this turns out to be a great move… just not sure now….Go DAWGS!

mountainman

December 3rd, 2010
12:24 pm

Richt could take the greatest conditioned players in the country and still coach out a marginal winning season!!! How about a “Coaching for Dummies” mentor (Admin. Asst.) to help him, and he needs to quit wearing those “rose-colored” glasses for pete’s sake!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dave

December 3rd, 2010
12:27 pm

I have to pull for the real USC. I don’t like Spurrier and would love to see nothing better than him throwing his visor, but I absolutely hate that school on the Plains. I see a healthy dose of Lattimore and then going play action to Jeffries. USC should have beat Auburn the first time that they played, but let them off the hook. That said they still had a chance with Conner Shaw playing QB to tie the game late with a TD and 2pt conversion. I’m sure that Spurrier will have something up his sleeve for the Tigers/War Eagles or whatever they decide to call themselves this week.

I like the Joe T move, but maybe they need to look at what FSU did with their S&C program this past year. They trimmed a lot of fat off the O-line with their diet and workouts, which made them a better overall team especially in the 4th quarter.

75-76-DAWG

December 3rd, 2010
12:30 pm

Spurrier may be one of the biggest SOB’s on the planet , with that disapproving smirk always on his face but you have got to respect a coach that isn’t trying to win a popularity contest but only interested in WINNING the game with integrity and high ethics in the most sportsmanship way. He is from OLD SCHOOL football and I think is is one of the best COACHES that has ever coached college football.

Virginia DAWG

December 3rd, 2010
12:39 pm

Not happy with the Nick Farley antics, but have no problems with Cam and the rest of the team. I also remember all the sarcastic digs Spurrier has made toward UGA through the years. My daughter is at USC as a student right now and my wife is an Auburn graduate….they will both be in Atlanta this weekend, but as a DAWG and SEC fan i want us to continue to dominate college football. The only way to another national championship is if AU wins. As someone said on an earlier post…War Eagle and Go DAWGS!

Averyboy

December 3rd, 2010
12:41 pm

Well everyone else can just hang it up and go ahead with presenting THUGA the NC trophy for the next 80 years!!! That did it!!! You gotcha a new / old (??) s&c coach. Whooooooooo boy!!!! That was it all along and “if” you’d had him this year you wouldn’t have lost a game. Kinda like replacing the D coordinator last year solved all your probl…….wait…………..

Virginia DAWG

December 3rd, 2010
12:43 pm

The way to curb a lot of off field problems and also ensure the players are eating and sleeping properly is to bring back the jock dorm concept. I know that this was voted out by a number of the smaller schools in our NCAA division, but it just makes a lot of sense and also breeds a better sense of team. When I was in school in Athens we were allowed to eat at the jock cafeteria and the portions were huge!

Always next year!

December 3rd, 2010
12:45 pm

Boise State 72, UGA 13. It’ll be a slaughterhouse on the field.

It's not the conditioning, folks

December 3rd, 2010
12:52 pm

Unfortunately nothing is going to change until UGA changes its third-rate coaching. That’s where the difference is, and that’s why everyone outside Dawgt Nation just laughs at Dawg fans getting so excited year after year about what a great recruiting class UGA gets. It doesn’t matter how many blue chip high school players go to UGA, they simply don’t get the coaching they would get at Florida or Alabama or USC or auburn, to name a few schools whose programs are far ahead of UGA. And that’s not going to change as long as Mark Richt is in Athens.

Get your heads out of the sand and face reality. And mediocrity and irrelevance.

ca dawg

December 3rd, 2010
1:02 pm

walter is right, i think, when he says that his new division of responsibilities plays to the distinctive strengths of CVH and CJT. but we have to work harder and smarter, so i also like what dawgs forever says about nutrition. in fact, CJT has already said he’s going to make some changes in terms of nutrition (including hiring a full time nutritionist, which we currently don’t have).

marc weiszer over at the ABH just wrote a very fine blog about this same topic:

http://dogbytesonline.com/new-uga-strength-coach-tereshinski-everybody-realizes-we-have-to-go-in-a-different-direction-39915/

robodawg

December 3rd, 2010
1:03 pm

Hopefully Joe T. (and maybe John Kasay) will combine old school attitude with the most current science in S&C. Just cuz they’re old school UGA insiders doesn’t mean they can’t hire some top notch consultants to design workouts and (at last!) a proper nutrition program. Joe T. is saying the right things.

DIT

December 3rd, 2010
1:04 pm

At 1st I was not too impressed about Coach T taking over. I have done some research on this guy and now I’m convinced that he is what we are looking for. He will get our guys not only physically ready, but mentally ready as well!
The 1st test will be in the 4th quarter of the Boise State game!

And please haters, Come on here and sprew your BSU 1,552,636,311 UGA 3 crap. If I recall about 5 years ago the same was said and we all know how that turned out. CMR will get this ship turned around and pointed in the right direction in 2011!!
Go Dawgs!

robodawg

December 3rd, 2010
1:06 pm

I’m pulling for S Carolina. Facing a Big East team in Birmingham may just have a little more luster than SMU or UCF in the Liberty, to be honest. Plus there’s still a chance Auburn could lose and still go to the BCS over TCU, or if they don’t, that another SEC team still gets an at large bid.

ugaclassof2004

December 3rd, 2010
1:10 pm

To:It’s not the conditioning, folks

You’re absolutely right. UGA has the talent a resources to be on the inside looking out as opposed to the outside looking in in regards to National Titles. Look at Auburn: 2 years ago they were 5-7! After things got stale with Tuberville, they took a risk with Chizik and it payed off. They had a rebuilding year last season going 8-5, and now they are 12-0! New system, new players, new coaching. Sometimes that is just what a program needs. Richt, like Tuberville, has had some good years in Athens. But it is time for him to move on, and more importantly; its time for our program to move on. Going 6-6 at a place like UGA that has great instate talent and the resources to be successful is inexcusable! I expect more from my alma mater and so should everyone else.

75-76-DAWG

December 3rd, 2010
1:17 pm

ugaclassof2004
Chizik build a one year wonder. When Cam and Farley leave for pro ball Auburn will be lucky to win 6 games next year. UGA will beat Auburn next year by three touchdowns.

RJM

December 3rd, 2010
1:23 pm

My only reason for backing Auburn is that if they do in fact win an SEC team will play for the National Championship.

bill

December 3rd, 2010
1:26 pm

MMA training might be all the rage and the new sexy way to train, but it is way different than football training. They have nothing in common and both sports should be trained differently

Hogwash

December 3rd, 2010
1:28 pm

Go South Carolina!!!!!

ca dawg

December 3rd, 2010
1:31 pm

@ it’s not conditioning folks: i recognize your little tagline and have seen you cut and paste the same entry several times. you mention the coaching they would get at auburn… really? what is gene chizik’s record as a head coach without cam newton? we’ll see how good a coach he is when he loses his QB, 4 starting OL’s, and his best defensive player. how good does urban meyer look without tim tebow and percry harvin? USC won exactly one more game than we did this year, and if there were ever a team that coasted on superior talent and lazy coaching, surely it’s the trojans. even saint nick lost 3 games at bama this year.

how did you learn to type with your head so far up your own a**?

ca dawg

December 3rd, 2010
1:37 pm

@robodawg: i was also impressed by what joe t had to say–definitely not a guy who sounds like he has his head in the sand. emphases on nutrition and modernization of workouts seem very reasonable, and reflect concerns that have been expressed by people inside the program.

hope it shows up on the field next year!

Class of '98

December 3rd, 2010
1:59 pm

Is the new motto going to be “Finish the Set”?

edumacated

December 3rd, 2010
2:07 pm

The idea of having new blood is not only bringing in different ideas, but also enthusiasm as well. Sorry, but these old guys just aren’t going to burn the midnight oil like some go-getter in his 20’s or 30’s.

ole island dawg

December 3rd, 2010
2:18 pm

I’m pulling for South Carolina. Chizik lied and Fairly is dirty. Cam is a great player but I agree with the AD at U Southern California, the family is an extension of the player.Auburn got by with one so far.

Tuna

December 3rd, 2010
2:38 pm

If David Pollack endorses Tereshinski then I’m sold!

Andrew

December 3rd, 2010
2:38 pm

The SEC will still get 2 in even if South carolina wins.

BCSCG: Oregon vs. TCU
Rose: Stanford vs. Wisconsion
Sugar: SC vs. Ohio St.
Orange: VT/FSU winner vs. Auburn
Fiesta: OK/Neb winner vs. Big East

You can’t have more than 2 from any conference. We know The ACC and Big East will not get an at-large bid and the Big 12 is down. The Orange Bowl is not going to want a three loss Nebraska or Oklahoma when thay can get a one loss Auburn with the Heisman trophy winner. Come on Bill think!

NashDawg

December 3rd, 2010
2:41 pm

Scam U and Chizik are bums and for that reason I hope the chickens beat the crap out of them. As for the old coaches. Well lets see what they can do.

ugaclassof2004

December 3rd, 2010
2:47 pm

ca dawg

UGA has lost 11 games the last 2 years! Compare this to the other big name programs in the conference

ALA: 3
AUB: 5
FLA: 6
LSU: 6

UGA has the resources to be hanging with all of these schools!! The last two years: 11 losses! UGA from 2002-2005? 9 losses! You do the math. And after doing so, if you still think that Richt is the right guy for the job, then you my friend are the one with your up you a$$!

ugaclassof2004

December 3rd, 2010
2:56 pm

Oh and to further belabor my point about what a lousy job Richt is doing: Tennessee with Derek Dooley and a depleted roster was still able to finish 6-6!! And this with a bunch of freshmen and sophmores!!! Considering how down the SEC is this year, UGA at the very least should have finished 8-4!

bugsquacher

December 3rd, 2010
2:59 pm

May Carolina be just in their punishment and right the wrongs made to their brothers in the SEC ……….. and I hope Carolina will strike down upon Auburn with great vengeance and furious anger for their cheatin’ ways…….

The righteous will have their day!!!!!! Beware Auburn…….what goes around comes around….. I hope Carolina crushes you…….

bugsquacher

December 3rd, 2010
3:06 pm

oh, and btw, I expect after Carolina beats Auburn, the NCAA will declare Carolina ineligible and give the win to Auburn…… why not? they know the Newton’s broke NCAA rules but turned their back….. they just want a big championship game, its not about football and integrity any more, its about the $$$$$$$$.

bugsquacher

December 3rd, 2010
3:08 pm

I rather not have the SEC represented in the championship game rather than have some cheatin’ team represent the SEC…. think about it, when the truth comes out, it will tarnish the whole SEC instead of just Auburn….

Frank Lane

December 3rd, 2010
3:22 pm

Auburn. We need another SEC national champ. I think all their wins this y ear will eventually be vacated but let’s win it on the field anyway.

Joel in Demorest

December 3rd, 2010
3:23 pm

Richt could take the greatest conditioned players in the country and still coach out a marginal winning season!!!

And therein lies the problem. Richt is really just a mediocre coach, and his best days are years ago. For things to improve and UGA to become competitive again, Richt has to go. How long is it going to take for the “powers that be” to recognize this and take action?

Derek

December 3rd, 2010
3:26 pm

Boise State 67
Georgia 17

Fun in Hotlanta!

Old 1984 guy

December 3rd, 2010
3:31 pm

I have a copy of one of Erk’s old August motivation month calendars, If they need it. Good hire.

Ed

December 3rd, 2010
3:43 pm

Can’t pull for Spurrier. He’ll lose and be 9-4 during the weakest year ever for the SEC East, which will be his high-water mark at Carolina.

Can’t really pull for Auburn either and I find Newton and Fairley annoying, but I don’t hate them. In a league full of thugs, they have simply out-thugged everyone else.

I don’t have a rooting interest in this game, but it should be fun to watch.

old dawg

December 3rd, 2010
3:46 pm

i am sorry, let’s draw a distinction here. yes dawgs fans call for a return to an erk russell style of tough defense. on this we can agree.
it is the approach where i part ways with the decision that has been made. players are much bigger, stronger, and faster than when erk was in charge. the METHODS to make this happen have advanced.
am i to feel good that this “return ” will yield tough minded players like yesteryear. great, i would like to point out that this will yield players of the same size, strength, and speed as yesteryear. they would struggle to compete in the SEC of today.
i read the press conference. we are going to all watch home movies of workouts…..sorry, i nodded off. why don’t they get together and watch the tape series “buns of steel” instead. it has to be more entertaining and just as useful. maybe they could slip in an episode or two of “the dukes of hazard”.
strap in folks, the dawgs have just lost all power and will be settling to the bottom soon.

funny...

December 3rd, 2010
3:50 pm

Birmingham or Memphis, really? Who cares. I would prefer Birmingham so I can drive home after the game. Memphrica is such a craphole.

Always next year!

December 3rd, 2010
4:03 pm

Really?

December 3rd, 2010
4:06 pm

ugaclassof2004 – Is it inexcusable for a team like Texas to go 5-7? What about UF going 7-5? Or how about Southern Cal going 7-5? It happens guy!

Paul H

December 3rd, 2010
4:07 pm

SC. Just like everyone else on the planet, sick of Auburn and all their BS.

SatillaDawg

December 3rd, 2010
4:29 pm

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SatillaDawg

December 3rd, 2010
4:30 pm

Stop blocking me, AJC.

All I said was Un-Fairley is trash.

It’s a fact.

I’m for any team for which he doesn’t play.

Go Carolina!

Skyhook

December 3rd, 2010
4:39 pm

The mark of an intelligent coach is the realization that something is wrong and needs to change. Bear Bryant had a couple of mediocre years and made a change, and in the process did more to integrate the South than Dr. Martin Luther King (but thats another story). Coach Dooly had a couple of mediocre years and he made changes.

Mark is a smart guy. There are no guarantees in this business, but he is making an effort,and that is really all any of us can expect him to do.

There is no magic potion or panacea to S&C work. It is just staying after it, and when you think you can do no more, go one more time.

I was extremely critical of the decision not to have more than one two a day in the summer. I have coached high school players and many times we would beat a far superior team in the last 5 minutes of the game in that we had prepared in the summer heat to do that, and would not hesitate to practice live tackling in practice if we saw it get sloppy in the game. An old saying that fatigue makes cowards of us all is so true, and it also makes us drop our heads and not wrap up. The solution: be less tired than the other guy.

This stuff is not rocket science, it is just being willing to pay the price. A lot of folks say they are, but don’t.

If Coach T gets after them like he says he will (and has) we will be fine.

Get me Rex Kramer

December 3rd, 2010
4:44 pm

What is this getting whipped in the 4th quarter garbage??? We have been getting our ass kicked the entire 60 minutes.

benjones_champion_chopblocker

December 3rd, 2010
5:20 pm

Good thing Bill is a THUGA homer and forgets about all my chop blocking i I do.
Fairley plays dirty, but I play even dirtier. He is too big of a punk to admit it!

long-time dawg

December 3rd, 2010
5:31 pm

I seem to remember that the Dawgs did not bring Erk Russell back to replace Dooley because Erk was considered to be too old(school). We went with youth(Goff)instead. Joe T. is used, but he ain’t used up. Give him his due, and a chance.

saban

December 3rd, 2010
5:40 pm

nick farley for president.

saban

December 3rd, 2010
5:41 pm

Georgia can still go 6-7. Now that is a good thought.

What?

December 3rd, 2010
5:52 pm

Why do UGA fans want Cam/Auburn to be guilty?

Peter Piper Picked A Sausage

December 3rd, 2010
6:00 pm

(((42-34))) LOL…

It’s natural to want new blood in the program, but it sounds like all the Assistant Coaches supported this move. I think it will be good for Georgia.

Tom

December 3rd, 2010
6:01 pm

@75-76-DAWG Why would Cam leave for the NFL? Do you really think he’d take a pay cut?

Mobile Dawg

December 3rd, 2010
6:28 pm

War Eagle, bring home another Crystal Trophy. Bill, looks like it really doesn’t matter what we think, we’re going to get what Richt gives us. Hopefully an improvement on the football field.

jake

December 3rd, 2010
6:38 pm

I am a hardcore UGA DAWG, but I have to say go WAR EAGLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I would rather see two SEC teams in the BCS than one. My reasoning is simple, just to show the nation that the SEC is the toughest conference.

puppydawg

December 3rd, 2010
6:54 pm

Never in my life did I expect to pull for the Evil Genious but I will die a happy man if the Auburn Scumbags lose every game they play, both before and after they get the death penalty. And c’mon Bill, who cares if that means Birmingham instead of Memphis? Both places suck.

@ What? @ 5:52 PM

December 3rd, 2010
6:57 pm

Why do UGA fans want Cam/Auburn to be guilty?

Because they ARE guilty and we want to see justice served. Next stupid question?

@ Always next year! @ 12:54 PM

December 3rd, 2010
7:05 pm

Boise State 72, UGA 13. It’ll be a slaughterhouse on the field.

So you’re giving UGA and 59. I’m willing to take that bet for $100K, even if I have to cash in my 401(k). You in?

Auburn 82

December 3rd, 2010
7:43 pm

Man, I cannot believe UGA fans would not pull for Auburn. We always pull for the Gym Dawgs…you guys rock at girls gymnastics!!

O Bama

December 3rd, 2010
8:17 pm

Coaching genius Mark Richt may take you to 7-5 or even 8-4 occasionally, but Florida will still win the SEC, meaning no BCS bowls and no top 10 final ranking. Most years, UGA will be extremely lucky to finish in the top 25, and only after a big bowl win over a nobody opponent.

It’s a different world now, and Dawg fans need to adjust their expectations downward to reflect reality.

Unfortunately nothing is going to change until UGA changes its mediocre coaching. That’s where the difference is, and that’s why everyone outside Dawg Nation just laughs at Dawg fans getting so excited year after year about what a great recruiting class UGA gets. It doesn’t matter how many blue chip high school players go to UGA, they simply don’t get the coaching they would get at Florida or Alabama, to name two schools whose programs are far ahead of UGA. And that’s not going to change as long as Mark Richt is in Athens.

Get your heads out of the sand and face reality. And mediocrity and irrelevance.

Harry the Hat

December 3rd, 2010
8:20 pm

“So you’re giving UGA and 59. I’m willing to take that bet for $100K, even if I have to cash in my 401(k). You in?”

Just wait a few months. The line will probably increase.

tide roll

December 3rd, 2010
8:36 pm

Richt loves letting these so-called “problems” fester. There are two ways to stay on the $ 2.8 million dollar gravy train, One is to compete to the fullest and win, the other is to constantlly rebuild, Whether its a redshirt freshman quarterback that has to mature, a 3-4 defensive scheme that the guys just can’t seem to pick up, or the latest, a strength and conditioning program in need of repair. Richt stays on the “Train”, Whether its beating Florida and competing for an SEC title, or the easier option, and Richt’s preference, creating problems that shouldn’t be there, Either way, Richt stays on the $2.8 gravy train. Don’t Uga fans sense that they’re being played?

KimZ'spackage

December 3rd, 2010
8:47 pm

I sound like Richt is doing the Liz Taylor thing. Marry the Devil you alread know. RICHT is a FOOL and he must love to eat Leftovers. Hiring Joe T Jr is like reusing a condom. It may work for a few drives but it will bust under real pressure.

MATHDAWG

December 3rd, 2010
8:54 pm

I WILL NEVER PULL FOR AUBURN AGAIN NO MATTER WHAT TEAM THEY PLAY INCLUDING THE IRAN NATIONAL TEAM.

THANKS TO THE NCAA AND AUBURN, EVERY ELITE HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETE WILL BE OFFERED FOR SALE BY HIS PARENTS. ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS TELL THE KID TO CLOSE HIS EYES. WHAT A BUNCH OF PURE CRAP. THE NCAA AND AUBURN HAVE RUINED COLLEGE FOOTBALL FOR THE FUTURE.

KimZ'spackage

December 3rd, 2010
9:07 pm

Mathdawg stop crying you lil Bitc. Hershel Walker was paid by UGA 30 years ago. Get over it or prove it. The SEC is the bigger JOKE than the NCAA. I guess every HOT 18 year old will be a GOLD DIGGER because the best Piece of A.s should always pimp herself for money no matter what the man is like.

Dawg Tired

December 3rd, 2010
9:54 pm

Are you kidding me!!! Fire the fricking weight lifting coach and act like everything is great now???!!!!…he didn’t recruit a bunch of light hitting no tacking D backs…He didn’t waste a season on Joe Cox…He doesn’t decide NOT to rush punts, field goals or extra points…he doesn’t take a damn knee with 25 seconds to go in the half when he’s down by 14…he doesn’t get 14 points up in a game and decide to quit being aggressive on offense and Defense…I’ll like Mark Richt when he finally drops a pair and can square up with Urban Meyer or Les Miles or Nick Saban without having his ass handed to him every year..Lets move on… at least when this bunch of break even season disgraces to the Bull Dawg Heritage lose to UCF in the Elvis Bowl we won’t know what to expect next year except that it couldn’t possibly be worse. I’ll bet even Money that Chris Petersen and Boise St beat Mark Richt in the first game straight up…who wants some of that????

Natureboy809

December 3rd, 2010
10:06 pm

I like the move, but the question remains- can Grantham turn around the mess and complete lack of talent that Willie Martinez left in time to save Richt’s job?
We’ve scored 30 points 7 straight games; had never had more than 4. Doesn’t matter when you suck on defense

KimZ'spackage

December 3rd, 2010
10:07 pm

Dawg Tired what is Bull Dawg Heritage? I the 1980-82?

KimZ'spackage

December 3rd, 2010
10:08 pm

Natureboy
Who and what D did the Dawgs score more than 40 against?

KimZ'spackage

December 3rd, 2010
10:14 pm

Stars Mill looks like they are going to beat Tucker.

bardawg

December 4th, 2010
1:02 am

I grew up in Columbus, and heard Wah eagle all my life ( to the point I just wanted to puke ) and , I guess after this year ,I’ve discovered a new found hatred for these folks that has surfaced that I just did’nt realize that was so deep-seated in me , I mean I just can’t stand ‘em. Pl
ease let ‘em win win the whole ball of wax so it can be taken away from them

ES

December 4th, 2010
2:47 am

I can’t believe any of you guys would pull for someone that throws flea flickers in the 4 th quater in sanford stadium with a minute to go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!How stupid can you people be?

75-76-DAWG

December 4th, 2010
2:57 am

I know this is off topic but one more jab at Cam Newton.
A friend of mines daughter got caught with friends that had broken into someone house and thrown a party.She did not know they didn’t have permission to be in this house. She had to pay over $2000 for damages to the house and 100 hours of community service,along with all the other teen agers. She was guilty by association and CAM NEWTON IS TOO.
MATHDAWG, I agree that the NCAA just screwed up and every top recruit will let their father or mother negotiate the terms for the recruit signing to go to a particular school as long as the recruit doesn’t know what’s going on. This precedence will come back to bite the NCAA in the rear end.

barneyb

December 4th, 2010
6:48 am

Hey Flat Tire in I-95 in Jacksonville-
Amen! Agree to everything you have always been saying. The thug ghetto dancing, classless celebrations, dreadlock, off-field foolishness, and lack of heart and character is at the root of the players’ problems. And the lack of top-tier coaching talent is at the root of the staff problems. Nothing significant will change under the current regime. Sorry y’all, just sayin’………………

Rosezeee

December 4th, 2010
7:43 am

As much as I hate Newton, Fairley and Chizek – I dont want to see the SEC’s string of national champions broken. Go SEC and bite my lip, go war eagle

Richard Simmons

December 4th, 2010
7:54 am

That David Pollack is a Hunk ! Carrot sticks or cucumbers anyone?

Dawg Tired

December 4th, 2010
9:29 am

WE BULL DAWG FANS ARE BEING PLAYED!!! Terseshinski…didn’t we already waste a season on him as quarterback.???Changing the strength and conditioning coach is like changing the frickin trainer…. OK guys we have a new trainer…now what…. we play the same effortless light hitten no wrappin bunch of thug wannabes (RAMBO)…we don’t make adjustments until halftime…”we run the same predictable offense…”we are going to run a quarterback sneak on 4th and 1 on the goal line 3 times in a row see if you can stop us”…and they do.. …Thats why Richt called a timeout against Tech on the goal line he knew Bobo was running another predictable call up the middle. He finally pitched to Ealy around the end and he walked in…besides isn’t Tershinski he like the Joe Cox of strength and conditioning…

1eyedJack

December 4th, 2010
9:51 am

Well, it appears we’ll be subjected to the frustrated ramblings of Dawg fans(?) disappointed that they didn’t get their Christmas wish of Mark Richt’s (or Bobo’s or Grantham’s) head on a platter.

I would be more upset if we weren’t doing something. Either CMR is taking the initative or McGarity has identified this problem or CMR has been reading these boards.

It’s good for CMR to show recruits that he’s not happy with 6-6 and he’s being proactive in trying to remedy the situation. We may not know all the variables involved in this situation which dictated hiring from in-house versus going outside for the solution. It may or may not have been entirely CMR’s decision.

Ted M

December 4th, 2010
9:56 am

Was Dave Van Halanger fired or I guess demoted or something else?

Ted M

December 4th, 2010
9:57 am

Bill King tells what this new technology is that is being brought in.

Golden Nest Egg

December 4th, 2010
11:17 am

Cam’ dad won’t receive the money now. It’s an IOU. That is, Feds won’t be able to trace this money until 10-15 years from now. That’s when the payment will be made. And, it will be more than $180,000.

Cam will sign NFL; make his money; support his dad/mom for now; then, Cam Senior will cash in.

Clever.

Dawg Tired

December 4th, 2010
11:39 am

Since when does the Coach get to say when/if he comes back?? Dawgnation will never get any relief until we get a new coach>>SOS same ole…

Dawg Tired

December 4th, 2010
11:49 am

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