Archive for December, 2010

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 …

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A Georgia Bulldogs fan’s wish list for 2011

What's on your Georgia football wish list? (SportsFanFare.com)

What's on your Georgia football wish list? (SportsFanFare.com)

With the regular season over and the bowl pairing still to come, a lot of fans are looking ahead to next season and debating what changes, additions and tweaks are needed to pull Mark Richt’s program out of its two-season slump. Here’s my own wish list for the Dawgs, which is topped by:

A big, bad JUCO nose guard to bolster the undersized defensive line. Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham is in dire need of more bulk and aggressive play on the defensive line, and while signing Thomasville defensive end Ray Drew looks like a must, Georgia can’t wait for a true freshman to mature. So let’s hope some of the junior college lineman the Dogs reportedly are looking at wind up in Athens next season.

A more consistent Mike Bobo. Richt has indicated the former Georgia QB will return as his offensive coordinator, and while that decision isn’t popular with some fans, I’m OK with it. (An interesting discussion of Bobo’s pros …

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