Should anything less than 10 wins save Mark Richt’s job?

How many wins in 2011 should be enough to save Mark Richt's job? (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

How many wins in 2011 should be enough to save Mark Richt's job? (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

We all know Georgia needs to show marked improvement next season to save Mark Richt’s job.

The question is how much improvement will be enough?

If Georgia wins the SEC East, the fire-Richt talk will quiet down, no doubt about it. And such a turnaround from this year’s disappointing results certainly isn’t out of the realm of possibility.

Short of a trip to the SEC championship, though, what would be considered acceptable progress? What would constitute being back “on track” in the eyes of Greg McGarity and the bulk of the Bulldog Nation?

Ten wins? That’s generally considered a benchmark of a successful season these days and probably would satisfy most UGA supporters. Even nine wins might do it, depending in part, I think, on who Georgia beats. If wins over Florida and Georgia Tech are included in that number, it might be judged good enough to buy Richt more time.

But what if Georgia only wins eight games? That would be an improvement over this year, but would it be enough to say Richt had righted the ship? Eight wins wasn’t enough to save Jim Donnan; should it save Richt?

I’ve heard more than one fan who’s lost faith in Richt call it the “nightmare” scenario: He wins just enough games next year to keep his job but doesn’t really make enough changes to get the Dogs back into the SEC elite.

The program’s been drifting now for several seasons as others have passed us. Would keeping Richt after an eight- or nine-win season in 2011 be accepting more of the same and just be putting off the inevitable?

What do you think?

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BobbyDawg

January 5th, 2011
5:02 pm

In 1973 ‘Bama won the national championship.

chazzo

January 5th, 2011
6:31 pm

Bull Dog Girl,

When you win the SEC, you are in the elite. That has happened in the recent past. There is more to UGA than the Walker years.

The Eternal Pessimist

January 5th, 2011
6:56 pm

He needs to do two of the following three:
Win 10 games; beat Florida; win the SEC East.
I don’t think anything less than that cuts it. And this losing to Florida business has GOT to stop. Ask yourself this: would an Ohio State coach who was 2-8 against Michigan still have a job? What about an Oklahoma coach who was 2-8 against Texas? Georgia isn’t on the level of those programs at the moment. But with the fan-base and resources we have, there is no reason for us not to be competitive in every game we play. I can handle a loss, but not even bothering to show up and compete is a huge problem.
Hopefully Coach Tereshinski will instill some of the discipline and toughness this program has been lacking.

Chappj

January 5th, 2011
8:27 pm

I think short of a sec champ game, a 9 win regular season should save him. I mean who really cares about a meaningless bowl game? The key is can you get your players pumped for games that matter? That has been a problem in the past, but I could care less how we play in any bowl unless it is for a title.

DawgFan

January 5th, 2011
8:32 pm

One thing I do know is that all the crap you keep stirring up about CMR’s job is making it twice as hard to recruit. Why don’t your treat CMR for what he is, the best Coach UGA has ever had and leave it alone already.

DawgFan

January 5th, 2011
8:34 pm

The media is stupid. A few years back you pounded on Richt to give up the playing calling, now that he has you are pounding him to take it back. Just take a step back and look at what you are writing, what dopes..

No name

January 5th, 2011
8:39 pm

Been a dawg for fifty years.Tried to hang with CMR. Watched a lot of college football this year. UGA is the worst coached team in D1.

KeithB

January 5th, 2011
8:55 pm

He should already be gone. It’s just time for a change of pace. It’s not going to get any better any time soon.

A-Ville Ranger

January 5th, 2011
8:58 pm

I’m so sick of losing. Richt’s words don’t match reality anymore. He was sure enough we’d win the bowl game he had it engraved on senior plaques.

He seems convinced we’re in for a strong finish in recruiting. If we don’t finish strong it’s yet another example of Richt’s disconnection from what is and what his faith says should be.

leslie22h

January 5th, 2011
9:17 pm

Bill, why was “The Blawg” removed from the drop-down list under the “Sports” heading at ajc.com? It looks like the link to your page was replaced with “College Recruiting.” If I were you, I’d feel slighted.

Chris S

January 5th, 2011
9:24 pm

Ten wins should save his job; eight should lose it, no matter what. Nine is a tough call, but I’d say fire him unless there’s both a very good excuse (e.g., Aaron Murray and a couple of offensive linemen are lost for the season) and reason to think things will get improve (e.g., a great recruiting class or UGA finishes the season with a seven-game win streak). In general, though, the presumption should be to fire Richt unless he wins 10 games.

Personally, I wish McGarity would can him now. It’s becoming increasingly apparent Richt can no longer recruit top talent–last year’s class was mediocre, and he’s losing every important battle for in-state talent down the stretch. Keeping Richt around for another year doesn’t just mean one more bad season–it means the new coach will require even more time to rebuild the talent pool, and it will be even harder to do so.

Bo in NorthCarolina

January 5th, 2011
9:29 pm

CMR’s loyalty has been and still is to his mediocre assistants. Willie nor BoBo should have been given the in house promotion to OC and DC. MR’s first loyalty should be to UGA!.

Pitbull

January 5th, 2011
11:14 pm

The offensive play calling in the the bowl game was pitiful. The players threw in the towel after that field goal with inches to go for a TD. Now the recruits are throwing in the towel. I hate to say it but I believe the train might be left the station! Richt having backed Wee Willee for so long is very likely going to cost him his job. He was weak. Now he is paying the price! Coaching is for the strong of heart, not the weak and timid!!

M.Bobo

January 5th, 2011
11:52 pm

To the Bulldawg Nation:
As your offensive coordinator, here is what I should have done when losing to Central Florida and 6 other teams- I should have done something different- how about 3 plays from the wishbone? Or how about a fake punt we practiced way back at 2 a days in the summer time? How about the ever complicated Reverse. That play is usually good for 10-20 yards on any defense. Or how about that crazy half back pass, you know- where you toss it to the tailback and he runs about 6 yards and then has to throw the ball across the field to someone who can catch it. Plays like these must be way too complicated for this bunch.

Tell the truth

January 5th, 2011
11:55 pm

Let’s make it interesting- he must win the SEC CG, AND win the NC, AND lead the nation in offense AND in defense. AND he must do all of this for $50,000 a year and refuse the rest of his existing salary/enhancements etc. His pay will be docked by $1,000 for ANY arrest of ANY UGA student during the next twelve months. Finally, he must meet with and apologize to all of the nitwits on the ajc blogs whose life is shallow that their happiness depends on the success of Richt and the UGA football team with their 18-21 year olds. We must ensure that Mark Richt never forgets just how important it is to our well being that he win the next ten SEC CG’s.

BoWeevil

January 6th, 2011
1:00 am

Boise State – WIN
South Carolina – LOSS
Coastal Carolina – WIN
@ Ole Miss – WIN
Miss State – LOSS
@ vols – WIN
@ Vandie – WIN
Florida – LOSS
New Mexico – WIN
Auburn – LOSS
Kentucky – WIN
@ Georgia tek – WIN
SEC Championship Game – watch on TV – DNP
Crappy bowl game – WIN

14-game season, we will not play SEC Champ Game
13-game season, remaining
LOSSES – 4 – South Carolina Miss State Florida Auburn
WINS – 9 – Boise St So Carolina Ole Miss vols Vandie N Mex KY Ga tek bowl
9 – 4 in a 14-game season for the better teams
Good for about # 32 in the nation in won/loss
Obviously, about # 7 in The SEC at 4-4 and 1 DID NOT PLAY SEC Champ

Otis My Man

January 6th, 2011
1:14 am

I have given CMR all the breaks I can. With the talent we have been recruiting we should be winning–end of story. Lets stop recruiting the players that “Rivals.Com” tink are the highest rated — and start recruiting the players who want to play for THE UNIVERISTY OF GEORGIA!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We have been recruiting like we are an NFL Team who takes the best so called “available” player instead of the one with “State Pride, Heatr & Integrity” I want kids who refuse to loose and will not except mediocrity from there fellow teamates. Demand the Best and you will get the Best. WE NEED TO INSTILL WINNING BACK TO UGA!!!

BoWeevil

January 6th, 2011
2:23 am

You are not going to do that here at UGA with Mark Richt

He wants to MINISTER at this wayward home for wayward kids

Of course, he isn’t any good at that, either.

Like he isn’t at hiring a coaching staff

or evaluating talent

Or discipline.

Look at Marcus Dowtin ?

Mark Richt has not said 1 word about Marcus Dowtin

What kind of message does that send ?

Doc Dawg

January 6th, 2011
8:28 am

I love Saint Mark. But he doesn’t have the personality for Big Time SEC football. No fire in the belly.

GT51

January 6th, 2011
8:51 am

cmr is a lame duck coach. every sec coach knows it therefore every recruit knows it. no talent coming in. not much talent currently left. another 4 or 5 loss season. it will take the next coach 2 or 3 yrs to improve the talent base which means 3 to 4 yrs of 4 to 5 loss seasons

Searels' Lil Boy Richt

January 6th, 2011
8:53 am

I think they will win only 7 games next year. They would need to win 9 games (beat Fla. & Tech) to keep Richt if I were McGarity. I think getting the right coach at UGA to keep fans happy and merchanhdise sales high would offset buying out Richt’s contract. The UGA caps and shirts are sitting in stores gathering dust here in Southwest Ga….

Pitbull

January 6th, 2011
9:02 am

Coaching a winning team is a major job now a days. Like Meyer said, 6 yrs equals 40. Richt started out gang busters. WHY, thats easy! He was calling the plays running the offense. Van Gorder was calling the plays running the defense. End of Story!

Bill

January 6th, 2011
9:47 am

Fire CMR… there are already too many conservatives in the world… Hire Brian VanGorder… He has the fire in his belly… CMR surely doesn’t…

Searels' Lil Boy Richt

January 6th, 2011
9:56 am

Ditto for Georgia Tech, GT51. UGA sucks right now but with that said UGA is better than Tech. So Tech is an afterthought…

Glenn

January 6th, 2011
9:57 am

This just my opinion, but at least ten wins and may need to win the east to keep his job. Thats what I really think. Go gettem CMR.

Searels' Lil Boy Richt

January 6th, 2011
9:58 am

What top recruit would want to come play for the coach that let weak UCF beat him in the Toilet Bowl ?

46-40

January 6th, 2011
10:26 am

IF UGA wins 8 games next yr it will buy RIcht another yr. It will be hard to hire another coach with the expectation that it they were to win 8 games they would lose their job. There are a lot of things that play into having an 8-win season or a 10-win season, and I think it’s hard for someone to quit another job & move their entire family somewhere knowing that if they were to have a bad yr only winning 8 games that they could lose their job. I’m not saying that multiple 8-win seasons should be acceptable, and certainly 8 & 6-win seasons are not –I’m only pointing out that for the AD in charge of hiring someone, you want to be able to hire someone really good, and it may be hard to hire certain people if you just fired a guy that won 8 games & has the overall record that Richt w/ a 75-80% record. But if you want my opinion, I believe Richt is in trouble because I see UGA as being worse in 2011 with all of the guys leaving.

Need of some BellyFire

January 6th, 2011
10:57 am

Why do some of you keep mentioning Gruden.Do you honestly think he would come to coach college,especially UGA. Look, I bleed Red&Black but come on, lets be real.NO WAY Gruden comes to UGA, or college.If he comes out of retirement it will be for a NFL gig. If we are looking NFL, lets try and bring back Brian Van Gorder.Does anyone remember the passion that he coached with? We need someone to instill discipline and fire so the whole team would run through a brick wall for him.Not the lackadaisical crap we have going on now.

BulldogBob

January 8th, 2011
10:33 am

Anyone who thinks we will 10 games next year is nuts. If that is the criteria for keeping CMR, he might as well pack up right now. Unfortunately, anyone who thinks we are one of the elite programs in the SEC is dead wrong (just check the records against the top teams in the SEC). We may not be able to get anyone better. All I’m saying is be careful what you wish for.

big root

January 10th, 2011
5:54 pm

you no how it is when a scared kid sees a bully his knees go to shaking and he really don’t no what to do, that’s how Coach RICHT coaches his team, if you can’t get up the nerve to go for 4and 1 on C. Florida how do he plan to compete in the always Strong SEC

big root

January 10th, 2011
6:05 pm

IF my job is on the line i’m not going to leave it up to MIKE BOBO to save it, if i’m getting fire you better believe i’m calling the plays.Coach did a great job with JIM DONNANS players but wjth the players he has brought in the program has fallen REAL BAD