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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JB

January 4th, 2011
1:46 pm

Ron, go ahead and call Mayflower Van lines………..He’s toast with that list.

Dawg Tired of It

January 4th, 2011
1:48 pm

Win the East. That’s the minimum in my opinion.

JB

January 4th, 2011
1:49 pm

How bout beat a team with a winning record for starts……….Beat Kentucky by the half rather than holding on for dear life…….Two good things to accomplish.

1eyedJack

January 4th, 2011
1:50 pm

I am a CMR supporter though after the Liberty Bowl I am on the fence.

If CMR allows CMB to call a sprint draw to Carlton Thomas on 2nd and 23 again then McGarity needs to immediately run onto the field and have the State Patrol escort both out of the stadium.

Ray Goff

January 4th, 2011
1:52 pm

Wow our biggest rival hires a guy with 4 Super Bowl rings as an O.C…..and you want to hire a guy fired @ Maryland.

Bronco Beatdown

January 4th, 2011
1:54 pm

Het every dawg fan worried about Boise, it wont be close. Boise will get embarrased by UGA just like we did in 2005. Boise isnt returning anybody. their glory days are done

Dawg 39

January 4th, 2011
1:58 pm

Richt needs a great class of recruits as well as the 10 wins including a win over the Gators.
The new AD is checking recruiting, off season conditioning, academic & scholarship issues, off field problems, long range plans & goals, immediate progress on all fronts, & a myriad of other things, as well as the number of wins in 2011. If he is not satisfied on all fronts then Richt is gone.
I expect that in 2012 we will start over with a new coach & I do not expect him to be as sucessful as Richt. I do hope that I an wrong.
I expect 2011 to be Spurrier’s last year also. That means the last of the teams that I pull for because of the HC will be gone. I will still favor certain teams & certain programs but not because of who the HC is. I will also always be a loyal & avid Dawg Fan.

LCDawg

January 4th, 2011
1:58 pm

I think CMR is a great guy and a very good man. I also think he has lost the fire to coach. It’s a tough job that chews people up and spits them out. Having said that since he is sticking around for at least 1 more year I truly feel he needs to get much more involved in the day to day with the players and coaches. There is absolutely ZERO reason he should have let CVH run the S&C program the way he has for the past several years and it’s painfully obvious that the OL & RB’s need to be coached up i.e. time for a coaching change.

virginia dog

January 4th, 2011
1:58 pm

FIRE HIM NOW !!!!!!!!!! HECK HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN FIRE BEFORE HE GOT BACK TO ATHENS. IT IS OVER RICHT IS A WALKING DEAD MAN.

tuck fech

January 4th, 2011
1:58 pm

I went to the Carolina game, the Tennessee game and the Liberty Bowl this season. I drove over 1,400 miles just to go to the Liberty Bowl (Charleston SC to Memphis). UGA lost two of the three, despite having better talent than all three opponents. I will not spend another dime on UGA football until the administration at Georgia makes sweeping changes in their football program. Enough is enough. The staff at UGA couldn’t coach its way out of a wet paper sack. For Richt to accept those tremendous paychecks of his is almost criminal.

bobDawg

January 4th, 2011
1:59 pm

I’m reading alot of blogs where folks want change in the coaching staff… ain’t happening… who is going to move their family to Athens for what could be a one year stint???? I’m also reading about 1979 when we went 6-7 only to win it all in 1980 when Herschel arrived… Richt better find his “Herschel” and others in recruiting if he wants to turn this around as drastic as this column is talking about….

college football fan

January 4th, 2011
1:59 pm

UGA better get its S & C program at a more elite level or even the coaching won’t matter. Bama’s strength coach seems to be amazing. They aren’t allowed to say “Can’t, hot, or tired”. The slogan is “How you do anything is how you do everything”. UGA has talant that needs to be better developed from top to bottom.

bobDawg

January 4th, 2011
2:00 pm

…. I also feel the Damon Evans mess gave Richt another year ….Evans would have fired him after the Tech game….

Al

January 4th, 2011
2:00 pm

Anything less than winning the SEC East will be considered a failure to right the ship. How about actually having FOOTBALL PRACTICE. Get the guys ready to play ball. We still haven’t learned the fundamentals of blocking and tackling and untill that happens we are going to continue to suck. Good gosh, learn how to knock somebody down so they don’t wnat to get back up. Load the team and their gear on busses and drive them to the McDonalds in Winder and kick their a$$es off and make them hike back to Athens. After a few times we will know who has the strength, heart, determination and character to be a Bulldog.

What?

January 4th, 2011
2:04 pm

Hah! The reason Georgia’s a mediocre program is that they’re still ‘discussing’ when Mark Richt should be fired. He’s not performed well in a number of years. And if you actually look at top tier programs, he’s never really been up to snuff. Of course, if you fire him, who will UGA get to replace him? Not a top tier coach – that’s been proven by UGA history…. Hah. Enjoy your 2011 season.

Catfish

January 4th, 2011
2:07 pm

I have always been a huge Mark Richt supporter even after the failures of last season. I even was behind Coach after losses to USC and AK this year. The fact that Florida was a bad team this year and they still kicked our butt is the most concerning.

In my opinion, the only way Coach Richt should keep his job is a trip to the SEC Championship Game and a win over Florida in 2011. The number of wins doesn’t matter as much but 10 wins is probably what it takes to get back to Atlanta these days. I want the team to play with more passion on a consistent basis. A lot also rides on this upcoming recruiting class. If he lands the bulk of the Dream Class that he’s been touting, then that would go a long way to save his job. However, if he doesn’t get Crowell and misses out on other big recruits. That combined with losing the bowl game will put even more pressure on for next year.

It’s an uphill battle and Richt will need a Urban Meyer/Nick Saban work ethic to accomplish it. If he’s not prepared to do that, then UGA needs another coach. We can no longer sell send your boys to UGA b/c Mark Richt is a great man and Christian when all his players are ending up in trouble with the law. Bobby Bowden always got by with his criminals b/c he kept on winning. We all saw what happenned when the winning stopped, and Bowden had a lot more credit built up than Richt does.

Barking Dawg

January 4th, 2011
2:07 pm

Bill another stupid article. When are you losing your job. Let’s get someone on this blog that knows football.

Caldwell Hall Dawg

January 4th, 2011
2:08 pm

10 Win season, still iffy if loss to Florida ….again

college football fan

January 4th, 2011
2:10 pm

tt

January 4th, 2011
2:11 pm

What does Richt have to say? When is he going to pipe up w something meaningful? I am so sick of this hang dog ‘well shucks ‘ routine. Its mind numbing!!!!! “We didn’t want to loose this game but…it is what it is.”, “we cant expect to win ‘em all.”…………What kind of million dollar coach is this…wake up Richt!!! SOMEONE JAB HIM W A CATTLE PROB OR UP HIS MEDS….SOON! I can’t believe we have to deal with this for another year! SHEESH

Mobile Dawg

January 4th, 2011
2:11 pm

Better quit worrying about what needs to happen for Richt to come back. It’s time to start worrying about what it’s going to take to bring people like me back. How bout a blog on that Bill? I’m sick and tired of discussing Richt. It was time for him to be gone the second the Liberty Bowl was over.

87dawg

January 4th, 2011
2:11 pm

I remember sitting in the stands many years ago watching UGA vs auburn. It was a close nearing the end when auburn decided to kick a field goal. That’s when then coach Ray Goff decided that was the best time for a timeout. I then turned to my brother in law and said “that timeout just cost him his job”. I remember it very clearly. Regardless of anything else that may have gone on that season I believe Goff would have survived at least one more year but that was the single worst example of game time decision making I had seen……..up till this year

I have never supported Richt. I am not a fan of his and I never have been but I have never bashed him on line. I have stated this since day one to family and friends. Richt’s game time preparations and decisions are right on par with that stupid timeout so many years ago against auburn. I don’t blame Bobo for that one. Sadly, it has been a constant theme for the past several years.

I couldn’t care less if he is a good man. The world is full of good men. Some of them, however, can coach football. Does anyone remember a fellow named Erk Russell. At first glance Richt may be considered “holier than thou” but the fact is, Erk kicked tail and got results. My old coaches didn’t care what I thought and we won some games. A lot of them, in fact. I don’t see how a coach can get the most from his players if they don’t fear him. Other teams don’t fear Richt and neither do his own players.

I see him pulling a baseball player contract renewal thing and getting just enough to last another year. Pull the plug and move on now while we can salvage recruiting and respect.

Original "Dawg"

January 4th, 2011
2:12 pm

I am a descendant (Great Nephew) of Dr. Charles Herty, the man who brought football to the South and long held tradition to the University of Gerogia. I, like many others, was ecstatic when Richt joined the ranks of the red and black, and have watched in dismay as the program has slid further down a steeper and steeper slope. The program needs to be re-started, from an New AD (which we have) all the way thru the players. It is simple. The new AD needs to explain to Coach Richt that this garbage (all of it – losses, arrests, misdimeanor citations, poor grades) stops. It stops today.If it continues, it will be dealt with. Suspensions seem to have no impact, the Players laugh on the sideline while the dawg faithfull look on in dismay. The coaches don’t seem to care that the hedges get destroyed by visiting teams and the tradition is trampled on. Players screw up – they’re gone. No more Mr. Nice Head Coach. The team loses – coaches get fired, no more Mr this is a rebuilding year. This is not the tradition that we know and love at Georgia, not the tradition that was established over 115 years ago down behind the chapel. Players play, coaches coach, Dawgs win…its that simple.

Whiskeydawg

January 4th, 2011
2:12 pm

It isn’t only a question of minimum number of wins. If they win 8 games but recruiting was going in a positive direction, the losses were close and the team played their butts off and you could see that changes had been made in the philosophy, I could see CMR getting past next year. However, what if we manage 9 or 10 wins with the same philosophy, number of arrests, same OC scheme and recruiting has not improved? I would take 8 wins with real promise for a future that included an SEC Championship over a flute season of 10 wins with no real changes being made and the eventual slide down again. I think you have to measure more than just wins.

JT

January 4th, 2011
2:12 pm

Top 10 recruiting classes every year and we are talking about winning 7-8 games in order to keep a mid-grade coach? I hate that we are even talking about this. The sooner you fire him the better. Charlie Strong is sitting at Louisville just waiting for a big school to pick him up. I don’t know if any of you remember, but he coached a hell of a defense at Florida, and I would much rather have a defensive head coach than an offensive head coach that prefers BOBO to himself. Apparently MR forgot about how successful he was when HE called the plays.

JB

January 4th, 2011
2:12 pm

What? well said………………..Maryland….yes Maryland fires Ralph F. for winning 8 games and ACC coach of the year……..Our Bulldog club attendance drew 700 for the pre season #1 ranking year in 08….. We drew 200 last year……..Hope we draw 100 this year. lack of confidence by All…………Yes, He’s a great human being………….We need a football coach with passion and a will and desire to win.. If he’s got it, he’s hiding it.

Ricardo Cabeza

January 4th, 2011
2:13 pm

9 wins minimum (one being FL) and ZERO player or staff arrests maximum!!!

Mobile Dawg

January 4th, 2011
2:14 pm

Well said 87Dawg.

59bulldawg

January 4th, 2011
2:17 pm

There should definitely be improvement in the number of wins. But wins alone should not be the final determinant. There should be a marked improvement in discipline. There should be an improvement in team effort in each game. There should be a marked improvement in strength and conditioning. There should increased evidence of some type of logic in the play calling for each game. The team should show marked improvement in the basic areas of blocking and tackling. Personally I’d like to see Richt somehow grow a pair and have confidence enough in the team he and his staff coaches to go for it when it’s 4th and inches and the ball is three yards from the end zone. There should be improvement in each of these areas as well as 9-10 wins. The status quo or anything less is not acceptable. But I don’t have faith that Richt is the man to do any of it. I wish he would just go away!

King Donko of Punchstania

January 4th, 2011
2:18 pm

Richt won’t win 1 game if he keeps Bobo employed as the offensive coordinator. That dip spittin’ drunkard redneck POS couldn’t guide a middle school team offense. He must have pictures of Richt doing something unholy. There’s no other explanation for why he’s an OC in the SEC (or college football for that matter).

red hill

January 4th, 2011
2:20 pm

Whatever benchmark you would like to use will not be reached. We’ll be sitting right here in the same sinking (sunk) boat this time next year. For the life of me I can’t see why McGarity and Adams don’t go ahead and cut our losses. Richt is a goner.

JB

January 4th, 2011
2:20 pm

Where is Richt since the Bowl? What’s he got to say besides shucks? What great corrections does he have in Store for the program.. Will they add 10 plays to the 10 they have and make the other DC earn a little money? Will we try to block a punt? Will they get in shape and become mean? Will they figure out a way for average teams to not get 8,10 12 yards up the middle on us at will? Will he kick a player or two off the team that breaks a rule and let’s the team down? Just Asking.

Mobile Dawg

January 4th, 2011
2:21 pm

59bulldawg, the single thing that bothers me most is Richt’s attitude about this whole thing. He hasn’t admitted once that he hasn’t done his job. More than anything I want CMR to stand up and just “ADMIT”, I have failed. This is what I’m going to do. At that point, I might consider giving him the chance that apparently so man DA’s think he has earned.

Westy

January 4th, 2011
2:22 pm

SEC champs = keeps job with contract extension
BCS bowl = keeps job with contract extension
SEC East champs = keeps job
10 regular season wins = keeps job
10 total wins (regular season + bowl)= keeps job
9 total wins + beat UF = maybe keeps job
9 total wins = lose job
8 or less total wins = lose job

Provost Marshal

January 4th, 2011
2:25 pm

You dawg fans need to get over yourselves. Even the upper echelon teams, a group you are not a member of, incidentally, like Florida, Texas, Ohio State to name a few don’t fire their coach for not winning 10 games what makes you guys think you are so elite that only 10 wins will do.

Chris

January 4th, 2011
2:26 pm

Good Christian man, but he needs to be replaced now. This guessing about how many wins next year to save his job makes no sense. Hasn’t he already proven since ‘06 (exception of “07 maybe) that he may tend to become complacent after success? So what if he does win 10 next year. Couldn’t we relive this all too bad experience all over again and basically set the program back 2-4 years? Personally, I believe that in today’s society a ten year stay at one place is about all that is to be expected. CMR has done a fine job making UGA relevant again in winning 2 SEC titles and I do appreciate that. But it is obvious that the passion, dedication and ability to lead this program just isn’t there. I don’t want to hear my institutions coach say such things as: “sure football is important, but compared to the the grand scheme of things and life, it comes second”. Hopefully, we all KNOW this, but I want my coach to never admit that out loud. Ask yourself, do you think you might hear that type of comment from Saban or Belichick? No way! And again, we all know life is more important than a game, but this alum/fan wants his coach to think on 12 Saturdays in the fall that football is the ONLY thing that matters.

DawginLex

January 4th, 2011
2:28 pm

If we get Crowell and some d linemen pan out, I truly believe 10 wins is possible.

I also could see 8-4 with losses to SC,MSU,fla and UT

He is gone if we go 8-4 and 4-4(SEC)

DawginLex

January 4th, 2011
2:29 pm

JB,

Richt is doing what he was doing leading up to the bowl game:

RECRUITING

His coaching life is at stake.

JB

January 4th, 2011
2:29 pm

McGarity sat nest to Foley for 17 years at the Gator bowl ( old name I know) and has heard it ALL about losing EVERY year. He sat and watched Central Florida hold us without a touchdown last Friday. He saw the OL care less if they blocked someone. He saw Richt quit on this team on fourth and inch’s ant the 3 yard line early. He’s opened his Email since Friday. ( I know he got a least one, MINE). I think he knows the score. I also think he told Richt after the Tech win he would be back. Never did he think he would see a bowl game performance like he saw. He’s learned something already. Don’t make promises until it’s ALL over

daslicksta

January 4th, 2011
2:30 pm

10 wins, with 1 of them being Florida, anything less, file for unemployment.

JT

January 4th, 2011
2:31 pm

Provost: I can assure you that Mack Brown will be on the hot seat soon enough, and when was the last time OSU beat an SEC team? I believe it was 23 years ago.

JB

January 4th, 2011
2:34 pm

Mr provost……You are stuck in time as is our Football program. Georgia beat then ranked #1 Texas in the Cotton bowl to keep them from a National Championship, and prior to Spurrier, Florida couldn’t sniff Georgia’s jock. Yes, All old news, but our program has some history, Just as Florida does when it stunk EVERY Year.

King Donko of Punchstania

January 4th, 2011
2:34 pm

PUT DOWN THE KOOL-AID! CROWELL IS AVERAGE AT BEST! This kid is not a game-changer. He has a few nice cutbacks in his highlight video and is clearly the beneficiary of some poor tackling. UGA’s best bet for an elite RB is in 2 years when Kamani Brown at East Paulding is ready to sign a letter of intent to play college ball.

Dawg with two bags over his head

January 4th, 2011
2:34 pm

The flames of dissention are being flamed and what have we heard from our CEO? The same old crap we’ve been heard for three seasons “we’re going to get better”, “we’re going to make changes”, “we can’t win them all”, “it is what it is”. All that came last Friday night. CEO MR needs to sack up and answer some tough questions about the lack of bowl preparation/desire and specific examples of change. I’m hoping that the reason he hasn’t come out to discuss this is that his boss is working out a retirement plan for him. Wishful thinking on my part.

Mirk Racht

January 4th, 2011
2:35 pm

He should be FIRED today, not tomorrow, not next week, TODAY.

You got that right!!!

JB

January 4th, 2011
2:38 pm

Trust me, With Adams, If he wins 10 games even losing to Florida and SC, he comes back, and might get an extension. I’m serious. That would tickle Adams to death. Winning the SEC and National title in not important to Adams. Raising money is. 10 wins would be plenty, and beating Florida, Adams would tell you it’s a game. It’s not important, to him anyway.

ARdawg

January 4th, 2011
2:41 pm

You Yahoo’s talking about 9-10 wins need to put that crackpipe down and pay attention. 9-10 wins ain’t going to happen. Be realistic. If that’s what it will take for you to stomach Richt one more year you’d be better off writing McGarity now. We managed 6 wins this year from nobody of consequence and had our hat handed to us by freaking UCF. That’s right UCF. We don’t get any lower than that. For a 9-10 win season we’d actually have to beat more than one pretty good team.

joe

January 4th, 2011
2:42 pm

let’s see…would 8 wins do it- it didnt save Jim Donnan….earth to stupid fans that write this crap….Jim Donnen did not win two SEC championships……I agree, we need to improve and changes need to be made but lets be very clear you stupid fans that want to blame spoiled players on the coaches…..this season lies clearly at the feet of players who are full of themselves and lack any sense of morals….that said, our bigger problem is the type of players we recruit…..

Jay in VA

January 4th, 2011
2:47 pm

The musts for Coach Richt to stay, IMHO: 1) No, or at least very minimal, player discipline/academic issues – THIS IS HUGE, and the first barometer we’ll all be able to see!, 2) Keep game penalties under control (no return to 2009), 3) Overhaul the offensive play calling process in a meaningful way, 4) Permanently ban calling chip shot field goals unless the situation totally dictates it (no more CO and UCF style chippies that may have cost us 2 wins), 5) Show up and make us proud in the Boise State opener in front of the nation, whatever happens (Note- an embarrassment that night ala the Liberty Bowl should be grounds for immediate termination!), 6) No blowout losses, considering our schedule will never be more favorable than this one, 7) Go at least 4-2 vs SC, MS, TN, FL, AU, GT. (Trying to be real world, since going undefeated seems a stretch.) 8) Time to beat FL! (If not now, when?). All that said, I think I’m asking more than the man can deliver. Sad for him, and for us. Would love to be proven wrong by this time next year.

Jay in VA

January 4th, 2011
2:48 pm

Didn’t mean to throw in a smiley face above. Where did that come from?