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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Cuz

January 4th, 2011
11:01 am

Win the East.

DawgInDFW

January 4th, 2011
11:01 am

If we beat UF, UT, SC and Auburn, and one of the losses is a close one to Boise, a 9-win season could still be a “passing grade.” Problem with that is: Who are the losses to? Vandy? UK? If we lose to mediocre teams again this year, look out…

Yoda

January 4th, 2011
11:02 am

A national championship is all.

khomes

January 4th, 2011
11:03 am

9 wins with one being Fla.

42-34 Dawgs STILL Run This State!

January 4th, 2011
11:03 am

Yes, IF we win at least 9 games and beat UF for the first time in ages.

The automatic win against tech is a given.

Redandblackdog

January 4th, 2011
11:03 am

I have been a Richt supporter, but this no excuse game with Central Florida burned all of his political capital. He can go right now as far as I am concerned!

Dawgs97

January 4th, 2011
11:04 am

I don’t care if he beats the Gators – but he needs to hit 10 wins again. Florida may have made a good hire, remains to be seen. But they are in a transition year & we have a BYE week ahead of time. It’s a great schedule – if Richt can’t win 10 of 12 with this schedule, he has to go. 10 wins is a MUST…end of story. Sorry…no exceptions.

Dawg_Mike

January 4th, 2011
11:08 am

In a game that did not matter, the election to go for the FG was to me a death blow.
This was the game to throw caution to the wind and run some trickeration.
Q- when was the last time we ran a fake FG ?
Q- when was the last time we blocked a punt?
Q- when was the last time we ran a fake punt?
you get the point….

Matt

January 4th, 2011
11:08 am

I think if we win 8 or 9 but every game is close and hard-fought then it’ll show the changes. Some times attitude changes are what can save a coach.

ssidawg

January 4th, 2011
11:08 am

10 wins AND no significant off-season issues. 12 arrests in 2010 is an absolute embarrassment.

Dawg_Mike

January 4th, 2011
11:08 am

Conservative gets you beat.

khomes

January 4th, 2011
11:09 am

They can only loose to Boise,Tn,Sc or Aub. and have 9 wins. Problem is if they loose to Boise and Sc we are in for another long season just like loosing to Sc. and Ark. If they loose to Fla they must win east and thats probably going to be a 9 or 10 win season.

beach dawg

January 4th, 2011
11:09 am

I think 10 wins is a must for cmr, would also like to see more fire and emotion from him like the 2007 version of cmr the players reflect his laid back additude and play with no fire. I still thinkl Bobo is in over his head as oc he would be fine as qb coach but we need a true oc on the staff,

MadisonDawg

January 4th, 2011
11:10 am

He should be FIRED today, not tomorrow, not next week, TODAY. There is no way a coach can live up to expectations like this. What is the difference in today and next year. It might hurt recruiting or it might help recruiting if you make the right hire. I have always been a Richt fan but if 10 wins next year (which isn’t going to happen) is what it takes to save his job then you might as well start over right now …….

TallyDawg

January 4th, 2011
11:12 am

Watching this team hew-haw around on the sidelines with no motivation, no fire, and no discipline is enough. The players appear to not care if they win or lose, and the staff isn’t motivating them. This program has become EXACTLY what FSU was when CMR/Bowden was there: a bunch of THUGS.

I have all the respect in the world for CMR, but something has to give. I hope he realizes that.

dawg fan

January 4th, 2011
11:12 am

i say greg should at least talk to gruden go up to 6 million if he wont come then kept cmr

BMDPD

January 4th, 2011
11:14 am

I have always been a Richt supporter, but I don’t think his heart is in it. His heart is where it should be, but not in the right place for a coach in the SEC. I will miss him. I will miss his character. I will miss his example, but if we don’t win at least 10, then it is time for him to go.

NC Dawg

January 4th, 2011
11:17 am

If we lose to Boise St. and start 0-1, bye bye. I think the tone will be set with that first game. Boise State is a must-win in my opinion.

dawg fan

January 4th, 2011
11:18 am

if he does keep cmr then it may be to late to get patterson next year go to gruden first and offer the keys to athens

bdawg

January 4th, 2011
11:19 am

I think 9 would do it but there has to be some quality wins in there. I honestly cant remember what the last good win was. I know we beat tech in 09 but thats tech. Feels like forever ago since we won a game that we werent expected to win

heyberto

January 4th, 2011
11:22 am

Wins would salvage his job, but there needs to be improvement beyond that, for sure. By the same token, wins don’t equate to how better things might be getting, particularly on defense. I would say he needs to have a winning season for sure… I need to look at the schedule to get a sense of how tough it might be before I can give you a number.

bdawg

January 4th, 2011
11:22 am

NC dawg,
I completely agree with you. the boise game is everything for next season. To have a great season you have to set the tone early…no more 1-1 or 1-2 starts

Mark Richt won with Donnan players and BVG

January 4th, 2011
11:24 am

Im not going to entertain this question because the answer will be it aint gonna happen. Richt will be gone after the 2011 season. Mark it Down….

WaycrossDawg

January 4th, 2011
11:26 am

I trust that CMR will pray about the direction of our football program and get things turned around in the right direction. First step is to fire Birthing Hips for destroying the Heisman-hopeful career of Caleb King! Second step is to bring back ‘Soulja Boy’ on the PA system at start of 4th Quarter, will make all the difference in the world.

Trust in CMR (and pray about it)!

What??

January 4th, 2011
11:26 am

Well, he should have been fired this year, but that apparently isn’t happening. I have also stated that a nightmare scenario for me is we do just well enough next year to keep him, putting off rebuilding for another season. I think 8 wins and he is gone. 10 wins he stays. 9 wins is maybe territory and will depend on who we beat but just as importantly how we play the games. If we are disciplined and show heart, I think people will be willing to accept 9 wins. I also think that another bad off season of embarrassing headlines could get Richt fired prior to the season.

Cuz

January 4th, 2011
11:26 am

Get Isaiah to come to Athens. Start him in the Boise game.
Get a running back to coach the running backs.
Lose the Fulmer Cup.
Turn practices into a cross between UCF and Modern Warfare Black Ops. Make the players glad it is gameday so they won’t get hit as hard.
Less commercials about Ford trucks and more concentration on the program.
A new dive for pool day, the half gainer is getting old.

Dog in London

January 4th, 2011
11:27 am

Has to be at leaste 10 wins, look at the schedule! Apart from Boise, road games are Miss, UT, Vandy. Don’t play Ark, Bama, or LSU from west. Auburn losing 25 starters, Fla with completely new coaches with new system, other than Boise & Tech non-conf games are Coastal Carolina & NM State – not even close to Central Fla. We don’t have to be great to do well with this schedule, just solid and consistent!

Dawg with two bags over his head

January 4th, 2011
11:27 am

Ten might do it for the few blind homers left. The die is cast with CEO MR in my book. I don’t think there’s any way they could possibly win 10. At the very least we will be dismantled on national TV by Boise State and UF. The time to fish or cut bait is this week. McGarity and/or Adams need to clean house to rid us of the malaise infection.

Edward

January 4th, 2011
11:28 am

McGarity just wants the program to get going the right direction. 11 wins to 10 to 8, now to 6. Need the needle going the other way minimum 7 wins, if Florida is one of those. If Richt loses to Florida again, I’d say he needs 8 wins to save his job.

Edward

January 4th, 2011
11:29 am

The whole National Championship or get fired mentality is romaticism. Just improve, win more games than you did in 2010.

dawgster

January 4th, 2011
11:29 am

I think 9 wins may do it if you can beat the gators…lose again to them and i’m afraid he won’t get another chance…now lose to the gators and still win the SEC East, might save you, but the SEC East i still believe goes thru the gators, so i think you have to beat them…Win the East and lose to Tech, i could deal with that for at least one season…But guess what…we won’t be the ones making that decision…it will be our AD…thats why he gets the big bucks…go dawgs

What??

January 4th, 2011
11:30 am

Wow, Edward. Your expectations are pretty low.

bruce mac

January 4th, 2011
11:30 am

Even with 10 wins if the two losses are Tech and Florida he is gone. 9 wins with another loss to Florida and he is gone. 8 wins and he is gone period. That is how I see it and how it should be. I think he deserves another year but enough will be enough. The Liberty Bowl loss ranks right up there with Dooley’s loss in Tangerine Bowl to Miami of Ohio. The good news is Dooley went back to the basics and put the Dawgs on road to MNC. I am 50/50 on if CMR can do it.

Finchdawg

January 4th, 2011
11:33 am

I agree with khomes. 9 wins, and two MUST be over Florida and Tech.

WaycrossDawg

January 4th, 2011
11:33 am

Fire Birthing Hips Bobo!

Hip Hop Sanford

January 4th, 2011
11:33 am

First off Richt needs to “get crunked” on the sidlines on game day. He needs the red “Im Georgia” Towell and lead fans in slinging it round round in the 4th.

Pensacola Dawg

January 4th, 2011
11:33 am

I think that anything less than the SEC Championship will not do. I don’t think that you can single out ANY game as one that we absolutely need to win..there are too many. There is no way that we can lose to Boise and have a good season. The Dawgs have what amounts to a home game in ATL and they need to show what they are made of. However, I don’t believe they will be allowed to show their true talent with Bobo calling the plays. That field goal over going for in on 4th was totally inexcusable.

jablonski

January 4th, 2011
11:34 am

Blow it up NOW…he cannot go to 10 wins without AJ. This is prolonging the inevitable.

TheItalianDawg

January 4th, 2011
11:35 am

Bill,
at my work, there are Auburn, Bama and Florida fans and we talk about every single detail about college football. all of those guys Sincerely say Richt should be fired, and they brought an interesting point the way we played in the liberty bowl indicate that Richt is trying to get fired, he is not even serious about about winning.
Georgia will not win 10 or 9 or 8 games next season, if there is 40 seconds until half time Georgia will take a knee others will try to score

Moose

January 4th, 2011
11:35 am

Like to see CMR/Bobo correct some of 2010 mistakes:
*win some close games/beat some teams with a winning record
*start out strong instead of 1-4
*commit to run the ball 40x a game
*go with playmakers, stop rotating guys like B. Smith, Ealey, Charles, T King
*Average 42 points a game on offense like Auburn

Let’s face it, the SEC is now won with offense, so the entire focus needs to be on THAT side of the ball.

Clean House

January 4th, 2011
11:36 am

Fire Garner, Searles and Boo BOO……

dawgfacedboy

January 4th, 2011
11:38 am

SEC championship game. Doesn’t necessarily have to win it but at least play in it. He’s 2-8 against Fl and if you can’t beat them with any consistency then you won’t compete for the SEC east consistently.

How bout just looking prepared, competent, and confident on a weekly basis. Even when we win it looks ugly.

Dog in London

January 4th, 2011
11:38 am

Agree with Pensacola Dawg. No way we should be throwing in the towel against Boise (a team full of seniors). We have 8 months to prepare for this. That should be enough for an SEC team of this talent level playing what amounts to a home game, to beat Boise. They still don’t have our talent, it’s just they are better coached these days. That is the challenge for CMR and his staff. Show that they can do it. There are 2 strikes already in ‘high profile’ non-conf games: OK State & Colorado. It really is do or die.

Dawg Man

January 4th, 2011
11:41 am

10 wins and they better beat UF and GT. Simple as that

DawginOH

January 4th, 2011
11:41 am

Winning the East should be the only thing to guarantee his job. And unlike in the past years where Georgia has gone to the Dome in December, CMR HAS to beat Florida this year.

Bailey

January 4th, 2011
11:41 am

Bill-

So true. Win the National Championship, and every game by at least 78 points or Richt gets fired. Also, hold each teams to 0 points. And kick 5 field goals a game without missing one, and average 55 yards a punt. Great minds think alike. We are dreamers.

dawgfacedboy

January 4th, 2011
11:42 am

Moose, you’re an idiot. We had Stafford, Moreno, MM, and AJ Green on the same offense 3 seasons ago (that’s 4 first rounders on the same O) and we didn’t even contend for the East. Auburn is the only team in the league that had success with a crappy D this year.

Never going to Outback resturant again...

January 4th, 2011
11:42 am

I’ve been one of his biggest supporters. But after the Liberty Bowl…I’m ready for an upgrade. Although, I’m old enough, I can remember those “Dump Dooley” bumperstickers, and he survived that, and won a NC several years later. So, my point is Richt can turn it around, but…we do need an offensive line coach ( I guess Callaway was better than I thought ).

Jon

January 4th, 2011
11:42 am

Beat Florida, and he can go 1-11 for all I care and still keep his job. Sic em’, woof.

DavidW08

January 4th, 2011
11:43 am

Mark Richt is the man who will bring title #3 to Athens, the lack of support from our fanbase after this season is dissapointing. The same ones who praised him a couple years ago for having us ap#1 are now calling for his head after going 6-7 only once. UGA needs faithful loyal fans who stand behind our players and staff through thick and thin. CMR is so close to having his in state dream team all commit, we can win it all next year with Murray, Crowell, and others. Think back to UGA’s last 6/7 season….. It was 1979, the next year we won the title…. I hope CMR realizes that there are some fans who aren’t ready to sell him out yet.

mdawg

January 4th, 2011
11:43 am

10 wins = a bad season any season

Jon

January 4th, 2011
11:43 am

Moose-

you’re the man. right about offense, alst 3 sec winners have averaged 40 points a game on offense.

Cobb Dawg

January 4th, 2011
11:44 am

I happened to be in the skybox concourse at Neyland Stadium in 2007 when UGA lost to Tennessee. There was a lot of celebrating going on (by folks wearing orange), but I happened to notice these two rather depressed-looking gentlemen standing outside the men’s room in their UT garb. One turned to the other and said, “You know what this means, right?” and the other nodded and said, “Yup. Five more years of Fulmer.” I hope that’s not where we’ve arrived with CMR and his staff.

Arlict

January 4th, 2011
11:45 am

I’ve ben to every game since 1941. I’e turveyed 1000 co-workers here at our little place, 97.6% said Richt can win 7 games and still keep his job. God bless America.

Red Man Reaction

January 4th, 2011
11:46 am

Richt isn’t going to “right the ship.” The boat, under his watch, has hit an iceberg and now all he can do is talk, make empty promises and rearrange deck chairs while it takes yet another season for UGA football to finally go under.

UGA Passenger #1 – “I hear they’re serving hot dogs and nachos by the pool!”
UGA Passenger #2 – “Lovely! What’s that gurgling sound?”
Coach Richt – “Change.”

Judd

January 4th, 2011
11:46 am

I was right by UGA the dog in 07 when UGA won the big game, we both high fived each other.

CigarDawg

January 4th, 2011
11:48 am

10 wins minimum, excluding a bowl game. Elite status in the SECE is consistently playing in 14 games a year and 10 wins is only 71% of that. We only have to be better than 5 teams to play in Atlanta every year and that hurdle just isn’t very high. If we don’t raise our expectations as alumni and fans, how can we expect our athletes and coaches to raise their own expectations of themselves? How long will we keep making millionaires out of insurance salesmen without getting to the big dance?

Lord Byron

January 4th, 2011
11:48 am

I expect all things to turn out ideally, so therefore, Lord Richt shall win each game, play them all with perfect simplicity, making no mistakes, and please his constituents around the world.

Boss

January 4th, 2011
11:48 am

2 wins minimum.

jdawg

January 4th, 2011
11:52 am

First of all do you consider a fan, one that does not contribute or purchase season tickets? I say that a fan is one that does. Most of these on blogs, gosh, have they been over to Athens? Marked improvement should be up to AD, and not a numbers game. I, we decide by letting AD know where we stand. Yes, I have already sent email to him.

Moose

January 4th, 2011
11:54 am

If UGA averages 45 points a game on offense, I don’t care how many games UGA wins.

7576DAWG

January 4th, 2011
11:54 am

UGA must win a minimum of 10 game and maybe 11 because by keeping Bobo everybody knows that if UGA loses more than two games that Bobo will be the proximate reason for those losses. By only losing 1 or 2 games maybe those losses want be because of Bobo and him being the most unqualified offensive coordinator in division 1 not to mention that it will be UGA
s easiest schedule in the last 8 to 10 years.
This year and next was suppose to be UGA’s easiest rotation of the West part of the SEC schedule . If we don’t get it together by next year what will our season look like when Alabama and LSU come back around.

Time for a Change

January 4th, 2011
11:54 am

He needs to do 4 things in my opinion:

1. Beat UF
2. Beat Tech
3. Win at least 10 games (With the schedule next year there is no excuse for less than 10 wins)
4. Win the SEC Championship

Anything short of that and he should be escorted out of Athens!!

Ranault

January 4th, 2011
11:54 am

i’d take 6-7 again, with a win against Florida.

Jake

January 4th, 2011
11:55 am

I keep coming back to this: UGA was recruiting Cam Newton as a tight end.

CMR admitted this without any apparent chagrin or embarrassment.

Conclusion: CMR ought to go on a church mission for a year or two or five, because I suspect that’s where his passion lies. He’s a good, upright man who had some early success but ultimately was miscast as a football coach. Time for him to resign and move on to his true calling.

Jeff

January 4th, 2011
11:56 am

It’s not how many games you win, but how you play the game. If the games are close, like this year, and the players give great effort, that’s all someone can ask for. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, but effort is the key. Give great effort and you’ll be in most every game.

Bill

January 4th, 2011
11:57 am

Enter your comments here

Sammy

January 4th, 2011
11:57 am

15-0 or fire him.

Dirk

January 4th, 2011
11:58 am

Richt needs to go 21-0 in 2011 to keep his job, 14 wins + making up for the 7 losses this year.

robodawg

January 4th, 2011
11:59 am

If at the end of the season it feels good to be a Dawg, Richt stays. If not, he goes. Who knows, maybe even 8 wins would do it, it depends on HOW we get there. But Richt’s gotta get his mojo back. The team needs some fight and some swagger.

Hank

January 4th, 2011
11:59 am

All I ask:
1- get 275 yards rushing a game
2- get 200 yards pasisng a game
3- hold the other team to 0 points a game
4- score 59 points a game

Russ

January 4th, 2011
12:00 pm

Play wiht heart, and maybe I won’t get gas again.

Holson

January 4th, 2011
12:01 pm

Just make us proud.

Bill

January 4th, 2011
12:01 pm

You made some comments about Leach and that is fine you are intitled to your opinion. However, you are dead wrong about the man. He has won evrywhere he has been. If Bobo is fired I would hire Leach to be the OC in a heart beat. What better way to overcome the hatchet job done on him by ESPN and Craig James(you talk about classless and corrupt). He could take Georgia to the championship.

Coachdawg 2000

January 4th, 2011
12:02 pm

If we put together the recruiting class that we seem to be lining up then he should be given at least 3 years to develop those guys and see where we are at. I’m more disappointed by my brothers and sisters in the DawgNation than I am the team .We had a REALLY bad season but we’ve got an opportunity to get it done sooner as opposed to later if we get the best of THIS state’s players year in and year out. We have to stop chasing 2nd tier Florida guys. Go Dawgs! Come on Dream Team!

uga_fan39

January 4th, 2011
12:02 pm

With the schedule we have, 10 wins plus win the east or he has to go. UF will be down, Newton will be gone. This season should be a cake walk. 10 wins and the east or he has to go….

azdawg

January 4th, 2011
12:02 pm

With the current coaching staff, players, PLAY BOOK, its a dream to think 10 wins in 2011 is possible. They’ll be 0-2 right out of the gate and downhill from there. CMR and his staff have lost player and fan confidense and do not know how to regain that confidense. The loss to CFU was worse than the loss to WV back when we actually had some good players.

CMR nor his staff will be able to put humpty dumpty back together again. His refusal to make coaching changes across the board and put life back into a lifeless playbook will be his own demise.

UGA Insider

January 4th, 2011
12:03 pm

CMR is about to sign an extension later this month. CMR and UGA will be married until at least 2014 no matter what the record is. I guarantee it.

Dawgs73

January 4th, 2011
12:03 pm

It’s amazing to me that Richt is still employed at UGA and has been conditionally given another year because “he’s earned the right to fix this”….B.S. He is paid over $2mill to oversee a program that doesn’t even have to go out of state to recruit championship caliber players, yet he still fails. There are but a few other universities/states that have this built in advantage of recruiting (in state) and winning big time (Texas, Florida, USC/California).

It’s incompetent at best, to deem that he has earned anything other than his record/recent accomplishments. I say again, if any of us had the privilege of being AD at a major university, would Mark Richt be one your top 5 list, top 10 list, top 50 list?

Greg Cody

January 4th, 2011
12:05 pm

He need’s to win conference games and beat Boise State! Beating Tech should not be on the list of games needed to keep the job. Win the east and he may get another year but that may be a stretch.

Coachdawg 2000

January 4th, 2011
12:06 pm

Jake-
We don’t run the Spread. (S)Cam Newton does not fit what we do. Newton is the ultimate “ME” guy. And he is a thug. Why would we want him?

Big Dawg

January 4th, 2011
12:09 pm

Everyone can now relax. Just read this and you’ll see where our fearless leader gives all the answers we could ever need.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/561358-georgia-football-mark-richt-says-it-best-were-all-disappointed

Lowcountry Bulldawg

January 4th, 2011
12:12 pm

1)No offseason arrests

2)Beat Florida

3)Beat Tech

4)Beat UT

5)Beat USC

6)Beat Boise

7)No hickups against any of the perceived light weights on the schedule.

All this has to happen imo for him to keep his job. What are the odd’s he can simply get past #1?

uga_fan39

January 4th, 2011
12:12 pm

but he’ll settle for field goals on every fourth and short inside the red zone. Defense lacks the size and talent to play the 3-4, plus Grantham looks clueless on how to stop the spread option attack everyone is running. Bobo will probably start Cartlon Thomas and run him up the middle every 2nd and long we encounter. Another great QB who will be under utilized. We’re taking on too much water, and our coaching staff is clueless on how to fix the leaks..

Lowcountry Bulldawg

January 4th, 2011
12:12 pm

*hiccups* sorry….

M

January 4th, 2011
12:13 pm

I’m not so sure it’s how many wins we get but how we win. We need to dominate to prove we are a legitimate force in my opinion. If we can do that then I think that will show major improvement. However, I honestly don’t see that happening next year. UGA really needs a culture change and I think that starts with a new head coach. If we win 9 or 10 games next season and Richt somehow saves his job, what’s to say everyone in Athens doesn’t get complacent again thinking their jobs are safe for another few years and we go right back to mediocrity in 2012.

dawgfan

January 4th, 2011
12:16 pm

He should be fired if we win less than 10 games but chances are 9 wins will save his job, maybe even 8 under the right circumstances. Nobody will be expecting much out of next year so the Richt supporters can spin it as a success. He could almost benefit from his ineptness because he’s lowered the bar.

The Fat Lady is singing

January 4th, 2011
12:19 pm

Richt should move on before it gets ugaly….

PHIL

January 4th, 2011
12:20 pm

Based on trends, 6-6 will save his job.

Sugar HillDawg

January 4th, 2011
12:21 pm

How are we gonna win 9 games with the bunch of guys we have coming back???

boots

January 4th, 2011
12:21 pm

Bobo back to QB coach, and CMR should call the plays. I think 9 wins would be fine so long as we win against either Florida or Tech (who we should kill anyway) and also beat either Auburn or Boise State. Also, the arrests need to be 1/3 of what they have been, although I don’t count speeding tickets or stupid things that the AJC puts as “breaking news.” If Murray bumps another car in a parking lot, I don’t care. It will be VERY expensive to exit this entire staff and hire someone new, and as we found out with our Defensive Coordinator and Tennessee found out, it is not as easy to hire someone as we might think. Even Florida settled for a DC at another school that did not qualify for a bowl.

Dan

January 4th, 2011
12:22 pm

10 wins – no way, 9 wins – no way, 8 wins – no way. Sorry everyone it ain’t gonna happen. Richt can’t fix his program because he doesn’t know how. If he did he would have already done it. Not only that the schedule next year is weaker than this year and if he were lucky enough to win 9 or 10 games, who cares, we’ll be in the dumpster again in 2012. And why oh why did McGarity go out and change the schedule to play Boise State next year. That will be a great way to start the season with a huge loss.

Mrs. Boo Boo

January 4th, 2011
12:23 pm

Im so so…. Its been a pity party here at home the last few days. Honey can you bring me the walker with wheels please?

Rich

January 4th, 2011
12:24 pm

For CMR to keep his job he needs either:
10+ wins plus BCS Bowl or
10+ wins plus SEC East Champion
9 wins or less with a mediocre bowl isn’t going to cut it anymore.

Vance Duly

January 4th, 2011
12:25 pm

I would support giving Richt at least 2 more years if he does these things & holds his staff accountable:
1. S&C Coach Joe T installs 100% accountability to all workouts (players have been slack per other UGA sports training staff). No more being late or skipping. Joe T modernizes our program to match what Bama and others are doing. We have fallen behind in our approach (yes, we have – former UGA trainers have said so).
2. Demand that we have 5 OLs and at least 4 DLs that are as nasty as any of our opponents. When’s the last time we’ve dominated any line of scrimmage? From our season opener until Centarl Florida, our O-line was a huge disappointment.
3. Move Coach Bobo back to QB coach and hire a TOP 10 caliber Offensive Coordinator who can design a clever game plan, make in-game adjustments, and show a bit of imagination. Bobo’s moments of good playcalling are too often offset by predictability and lunacy…….or both. There are too many examples of this to list in one posting….
4. Make it clear to the players that if they can not act like MEN off the field, they WILL not play on the field for Georgia. No more thugs and Entitleists. Give us some David Pollacks, Bruce Millers, Tim Jennings and Tank Carders — no more underperforming spoiled brats……

With a few changes, a few key players (TB, NT, Jarvis Jones & Richard Samuel at LB, and a couple of new OLs), and a KILLER instinct, we could compete for the SEC East EASILY next year. Our schedule is favorable…… Go DAWGS!!

Summit Dawg

January 4th, 2011
12:26 pm

Used to be “Running Back U!”…..Now it’s “Field Goal U!”…..thanks to our coach with “No Balls!”

Alabama | MrSEC.com

January 4th, 2011
12:28 pm

[...] role with Florida.)4.  The Florida basketball team knocked out Rhode Island 84-59 last night.5.  How many wins will it take to save Mark Richt’s job at Georgia?6.  Unless they’re hired this offseason, get ready [...]

Reverend Richt

January 4th, 2011
12:29 pm

Who needs wins, when you can just fire assistant coaches.

RealDawg

January 4th, 2011
12:30 pm

What good is it having a nice, christian coach if it doesn’t show in players, actions on field, or results? His niceness has bought him some time. Three declining seasons is not knee jerk. Everything is do or die from this point. The pot is boiling and the heat is on. Put up or shut up..etc, etc.

UGAX

January 4th, 2011
12:32 pm

Very disappointed. It appears CMR will be given another opportunity to coach this team. And it doesn’t appear as though Bobo is going anywhere. Too bad, when 40,000 fans show up for every home game next year, maybe Adams will think otherwise. Very disappointed in McGarity and the University for not pulling the plug this week on at least one of these bozos.

Michael

January 4th, 2011
12:33 pm

Win the east, beat UF and Tech. Nothing less. Reading through the comments above made me wonder. Is it too big a stretch to expect football fans to know how to spell the word “lose”?

Ceasar

January 4th, 2011
12:33 pm

With the cupcake ‘11 schedule 11 wins is a must!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

UGAGrrl

January 4th, 2011
12:34 pm

After attending UGA during the dark days of Ray Goof (and sitting in the stands while Spurrier ran the score up), I thought any coaching change would be an improvement. I was, and still am, a huge Jim Donnan fan. If we hadn’t lost to Tech in ‘99, he might have stayed around another season or two. Anyway, I’ve come to love Mark Richt, but our Dawgs phoned it in this last Friday, and that’s all CMR’s coaching and leadership. I say we don’t need trickeration, we need fundamentals! Is it too early to ask Santa for a tackling coach, a leaner, meaner attitude on both sides of the ball, and sound fundamentals?

RunningDog

January 4th, 2011
12:35 pm

You can’t apply the standards of Jim Donnan. Donnan never won two SEC titles or took the team to any BCS games.

UGAX

January 4th, 2011
12:36 pm

Can we not make a run at Patterson from TCU?. Bring in his whole staff and start over……

Top Dawg

January 4th, 2011
12:36 pm

It’s more about the attitude, effort, determination and commitment of the coaches and the players than it is about a specific number of wins next year. That all has to change in order to “right the ship.” Nine wins SHOULD be considered a down year at UGA.

MAD DAWG

January 4th, 2011
12:37 pm

FIRE MARK RICHT RIGHT NOW! HE TURNING INTO RAY GOFF. HE IS NOT GOING TO WIN TEN GAMES OR COME CLOSE TO WINNING THE EAST IN 2011. HE CAN’T BEAT FLORIDA.

Paul H

January 4th, 2011
12:38 pm

9 and the East

Damon

January 4th, 2011
12:38 pm

Mark Richt is part of the problem but there are many others. Making Bobo his OC was the dumbest thing he has ever done. He was a QB coach and time management something or the other. Bobo is in way over his head, he has never coached an OL, WR, RB, TE he was a QB coach and that was it. Bobo should not be calling the plays he gets it right sometimes but not nearly enough for UGA to be competitive.

Chris

January 4th, 2011
12:38 pm

If we lose to Florida, and win 8 or 9 games, he should be gone. I just can’t get over the fact that he was brought to Georgia to win championships and beat Florida. He is 2-8 against Florida, and hasn’t won a championship of any sort in 5 years.

Hell, he should already be gone! What are we thinking????

fred

January 4th, 2011
12:40 pm

sorry, richt isnt the bulk of the problem…if saban coached uga and had to play by the same “rules” as richt (and those who came before), then he couldn’t fix uga football either, and therefore would never attempt to.

Go Dawgs!

January 4th, 2011
12:41 pm

I think it goes much deeper than just the pure number of wins and losses.

I think it depends on a few things:

1. Who the losses are to
2. How much we lose by
3. When we lose
4. Why we lose

example if we’re 9-3 but the 3 loses come in the form of under 7pts to say Boise St, SC, and Tenn early in the season, but the team fought and were in those games and the team got better as the season went on and we record some double digit victories then it MAY be enough to keep his job.

If we go 9-3 losing by double digits to SC, UF, and GT and have several close wins. He’s done for sure.

If I’m Richt and Co. I’m preparing to go 11-1 or 10-2 with a trip to the SEC Championship game. If he’s 10-2 and loses both the SECC and Bowl game to finish 10-4 then I think he’s done despite going to SEC title game.

I personally think 11 is the magic number for Richt. Patience is running thin.

saban

January 4th, 2011
12:45 pm

Richt Forever.

He will recruit a couple of wonder dawgs that will buy him a few more years.

No one will notice the pitiful coaching of choakdawg and the rest and I will win two more national championships.

Recruiting Georgia players is so easy these days. Wonder who I will allow to play for me?

Ceasar

January 4th, 2011
12:49 pm

The whole town needs an attitude change!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Macclenny_dawg

January 4th, 2011
12:49 pm

Bill anything less than a SEC Championship and he should be gone Period!!! He will never have an easier schedule than 2011!!! He has never swept the teams in the east. Everthing sets up for that to happen!!! We will not play anybody that should beat us on the road!!! Home games has to be all wins the good teams win there home games!!! Florida should be a must game he said when he was hired that was what he was hired to do!!! He hasn’t delivered so even by his standards he should have been gone!!! SEC championship or bye, bye!!!

Just Keep On

January 4th, 2011
12:50 pm

It is not this year’s record that will hurt recruting, it is all the TRUE RED DAWG FANS yelling for CMR job that will hurt recruting. The recruits are hearing the barking of Dawg fans loud and clear.

Ray Goff

January 4th, 2011
12:50 pm

Would any other SEC team other than Vandy, keep a coach who just went 6-7 and lost 10-6 to UCF?

dawgmeister

January 4th, 2011
12:51 pm

Anything short of a Eastern Division championship that includes wins over Florida, South Carolina, Tech and Auburn will be grounds for firing that loser Richt.

David Granger

January 4th, 2011
12:51 pm

It’s not so much what the record is, but how has the program’s overall “feel” changed:
Do we still have lots of players getting in legal trouble?
Do we still make lots of stupid penalties at critical times?
Do we still play very poor defense?
Does our offense still make real conservative calls?
Do we play scared, and worry more about not losing than about trying to win?
Has Coach Richt gotten that “gimmick” stuff out of his system?
When we play a team that we’re clearly BETTER than…do we beat it handily, or play down to its level and have to scramble to win a close one?
Does the team actually have DISCIPLINE…both on and off the field?
If we can make those changes, the won-loss record will take care of itself.

I hope I’m wrong, but frankly…I don’t think Coach Richt can do it. For one thing, when a coach loses discipline, it’s almost impossible to ever get it back. Coach Richt has done some good things here at Georgia, but it’s time for him to move on…and I wish him well.

Ray Goff

January 4th, 2011
12:52 pm

He gets a way to much latitude for being a nice guy and adopting foreign kids.

SoCal Dawg

January 4th, 2011
12:53 pm

For me it all depends on how much heart and soul the team plays with in loses and wins.

Keep On Keepin' On

January 4th, 2011
12:54 pm

With fewer criminal arrests next season, and no 4-game suspensions, the Dogs will do just fine.

chiefdawg

January 4th, 2011
12:57 pm

Must be 10 wins and one of those wins must be UF. Should have let him go this year.

girldawg

January 4th, 2011
12:57 pm

He has to win the 2011 SEC Championship with a mandate to win a NC the next year. Nothing more nothing less. I always said if everyone is okay with mostly mediocre seasons with a few so called winning season thrown in CMR is your guy! CMR could not win a NC when he had one of the best teams ever which included David Green and David Pollack (not his recruits) so it is questionable if he can do it now. I don’t think he knows how to really utilize and grow talent. He demonstrated that when he sat back and waited for AJ to be able to play we had the talent to win some of those games not just punt them and move on to the next. The guy makes a cool $3mil a year that should in itself should be a mandate to win games lots of them.

Ray Goff

January 4th, 2011
12:59 pm

Aaron Murray is a slightly better version of that Garcia kid at South Carolina. The quicker you UGA fans come in touch with reality the better. Garcia throws more int’s but murray throws his in bunches in big games.

Poleesemenses

January 4th, 2011
12:59 pm

Dawg_Mike, I agree completely! When is the last time we even TRIED to block a kick, XP, field goal or punt??????

Aksthegovmint

January 4th, 2011
1:01 pm

Hard to believe UGA has slid to the bottom 25% of the SEC!

Ray Goff

January 4th, 2011
1:01 pm

Look at all the NFL first rounders at UGA with nothing to show for it..Stafford, Moreno, A.J. Green all first rounders

Gator Man

January 4th, 2011
1:07 pm

What a sad football school: This man has not come close to wining a Nat and you people are talking about next year.
This man could not coach a high school team in the state of Florida, what low standards UGA has.

Old man

January 4th, 2011
1:08 pm

It is pretty unusual for today’s coach to recover past glory on a consistent basis. Given the chance, Richt might have sporadic success if he remains at Georgia. It is doubtful that he can put together a string of seasons comparable to 2002-2007. Bowden (FSU) never really got him mojo back. Tuberville, Dye, Fulmer, and to some extent Paterno are coaches who, once they had a few off years, never returned to sustained greatness. If we are to have a success era similar to those orchestrated by Meyer, Saban, Stoops, Carroll, Tressell, etc., we will need a new head coach.

just a fan

January 4th, 2011
1:09 pm

here is our 2011 schedule
Boise St
USC
Coastal Carolina
@Ole Miss
Miss St
@Tenn
@Vandy
Bye Week
WLOCP
New Mexico St
Auburn
Kentucky
@ Yech

The consensus seems to be 10 wins or 9 wins and having to beat florduh, but can someone name the teams we are going to lose to this upcoming season. Can we withstand losing to Boise to open the season and regroup for USC? Are we going to lose to Miss St at home and at Tenn?

Vant

January 4th, 2011
1:12 pm

Thanks, Bill for providing a forum for the delusional and demented to express their thoughts – although it doesn’t appear that many of the posts here involved brainwave activity; of course the Dawgs need marked improvements, CMR was not going anywhere after this season and won’t go anywhere after next season unless the same record occurs (and it won’t)

JAKE

January 4th, 2011
1:12 pm

6.5 WINS OR MORE IN 2011.

Eric

January 4th, 2011
1:13 pm

Consensus? Could be the same person reaching ocnsensus with himself posting under a bunch of fake names.

Scottie

January 4th, 2011
1:14 pm

Concensus from the sane posts is 7 wins.

GODAWG

January 4th, 2011
1:14 pm

Coaching has gone down the tank. The only thing I think is that Richt wants to do is keep his job. He’s a fine Christian man but a winning SEC team needs a hard driving coach not a church youth counsler. If he gets to stay he needs to replace Bobo with and experienced OC. Richt doesn’t have the guts or mindset to be a winner.

Red Rules

January 4th, 2011
1:14 pm

We were just an eyelash away from a much different season this year. If you people actually would go back and look at the games you DVR’d again, you’ll see what I mean. Richt cannot shoulder the blame for fumbles, interceptions, coverage miscues caused by someone taking the fake, dropped passes, dropped interception opportunities (there were several). And sometimes the opponents actually make some great plays themselves. Those things happen in every football game played – sometimes they happen to aid your efforts and sometimes they go against you. That is the game of football – it’s tough to take but other than the recent bowl game, our teams gave commendable effort and still lost some close games. I think the bowl game lack of effort showed that the players were just ready to get it all over with! Let’s move forward and stop all the negativity – why would a good recruit want to go to a school with such fair-weather fans???

JD

January 4th, 2011
1:14 pm

I have been one of the biggest supporters of CMR but enough is enough. There is no way the Dawgs should lose to UCF even on one of their bad days especially in a bowl game. CMR was hired because he knew offense and had guided FSU’s offense to a national championship and mentored Charlie Ward to a Heisman Trophy. CMR please stop rubbing your forehead, adjusting your shades, and being way too cool on the sidelines. You were hired as an offensive guru even though that may have not been relayed to you by Dooley or Michael Adams. Call the plays so that you can be more involved and intuned with every structure of the game. Did anyone see Jim Harbaugh last night calling plays? Did you all catch how he relates to his players without saying a word. Sometimes it really appears to me that CMR is too satisfied with the condition and/or welfare of this team. Light a fire under yourself and your players. Chris Durham, Justin Houston, and AJ Green are the only players I have seen that kept themselves motivated and hungry all season long. I know I’m missing some other players but my point is that only a few can do that. CMR needs to light the fire or get them off this team if they can’t play to their 4 and 5 star hype level or remove himself for the good of UGA.

I may have been a little too hard but I know this guy knows how to coach. I would love to see him stay but he has to UF and win an SEC title at least regardless of how many wins.

Aubie

January 4th, 2011
1:14 pm

UGA schedule sets up very nicely next year like Auburns did this year. UGA has a good shot at winning 10. What then? If he is not gone before next season I think he stays for several more years. Go Hawgs tonight!!

Jackson

January 4th, 2011
1:14 pm

Ugh… wow… Fire fire fire… that’s all we ever hear. Do I think Richt is on the hot seat? Yep Do I think he needs to do a strong mirror look? Yep. Does he need to go down — maybe, if he is unable to make some coaching changes (which is now very unlikely). Basically, there needs to be a change in focus and behavior. Everybody talks about the poor effort at the UCF game… I was there, I saw it, it was pathetic. Having said that, what else was pathetic was the turnout for the game. If the fans won’t show why should the players? The attitude across the spectrum in all aspects of the program is pathetic. Who was the 2nd player off the field after the ball was knocked down with no time left? Justin Houston…. where is the passion from the “leader” of the defense…. Truely pathetic…
So to answer Bill’s question, the attitude has to change. The players need to step up and be true leaders by example. The coaches need to instill a disciplined approach — that focuses on basic football, basic academics, and basic behavior. The wins and losses might be what points people to say why Richt should or should not be fired, but ultimately it will be about the effort and attitude of the players. McGarity didn’t say he was disappointed in the loss, he was disappointed in the effort. I agree. If we get outcoached… fine — it stinks, it hurts but it happens. If we are out classed by talent, it hurts — but it happens. If we get out husseled, out fought, then no doubt, Mark Richt, Mike Bobo, Todd Grantham… need to go.

Ray Goff

January 4th, 2011
1:14 pm

as long as UGA goes 7-6 ..us Jorja fans will be happy and kontent, we ain’t hard 2 pleaze.we jus like feetball.

Lotus Flower

January 4th, 2011
1:15 pm

Win 13-0 every year or don’t play.

ARdawg

January 4th, 2011
1:15 pm

If 10 wins is the benchmark Mcgarity just as well send him packing now. 10 wins ain’t happening for UGA next year. It pains me to state that

nmdawg

January 4th, 2011
1:15 pm

To me, Coach Richt has got to at least LOOK engaged to merit another year. What I saw on the sideline during the bowl game was someone who looked disinterested. If that is the way the “leader” acts, how can you expect those around him to act much differently? Football is an emotional, violent game, yet TG gets ripped for “bad conduct”???? Let the tennis players, golfers, and equestrians (who play sports that are physical, but less violent) worry about manners and stuff! Get nasty, hit, pursue, have fundamentals and passion. That does not mean “be a thug”…except on the field while playing with class. Richt has lost this group, and will not get them back, in my opinion.

Uncle Overall

January 4th, 2011
1:16 pm

I been a dog fan since 1922. sic em’. don’t keer how many games dey win and all, i am one of them loyale fans.

jtdawg

January 4th, 2011
1:16 pm

9 Wins and the East
10 wins and nothing less

HE MUST BEAT UF!!!!!! No more!

Biff Pocoroba

January 4th, 2011
1:17 pm

Well let’s see. If you consistently underperformed at your job year after year is he/she going to keep giving you chances? No, you’re going to get let go no matter how good of a guy you are. And in his case, he’s the executive manager making millions, who only made changes to the sub-par staff when he was basically told to do so. Now after the Bobo experiment has not worked, he continues to stick with him. Magical thinking is not going to right the ship, only a regime change will do it. I mean, he’s a decent guy, but it’s been 10 years folks. Does he stack up to Saban, Tressel, Beamer, and the other perennial contenders. Or the new guys, Chip Kelly, Harbaugh and Patterson. Time to start over. Let’s hope Kirby will still be available.

bart

January 4th, 2011
1:17 pm

Looking at the schedule, I think anything less than a 10 win season would be a failure, with a win over FLA being mandatory.

Angry Dawg

January 4th, 2011
1:17 pm

I don’t care how many games Richt wins, by by golly, it better be with some screaming, kicking over some gatorade coolers, and waving his arms around like Dooley. Yes, Dooley stunk too, but at least he has some passion losing.

jtdawg

January 4th, 2011
1:18 pm

I say it does not matter one bit. If we lose in Gainesville next year, he should either resign effective immediately and if not fired on the spot by McGarity.

No More!!!!

Harry

January 4th, 2011
1:18 pm

Anyone suggesting more than 7 wins in lost in la la land. Just improve little by little. Get better.

jtdawg

January 4th, 2011
1:19 pm

Harry, that aint happening. He better win more than 7 or pack his office.

The Ghost of Wally Butts

January 4th, 2011
1:19 pm

This just in…..Vegas has released the official line on the Thug Dawg vs. Florida-Atlantic game….the odds are “Pick ‘Em”.

On a brighter note, we are the odds on favorite to defend our FULMER CUP championship!

Big time?? Not

January 4th, 2011
1:19 pm

Must get back to Atlanta Period.

1992 Dawg

January 4th, 2011
1:19 pm

David, keep drinking that kool-aid… you have lost your mind. Look at the 3 year death spiral UGA is in. Over 40 arrests in 3 years, this program is a train wreck. We are wasting our time and $ on this program

JD

January 4th, 2011
1:19 pm

Someone please tell me why do we have to keep playing SC the 2nd week of the season all the d*mn time? That is getting old real fast. The BCS standings are all that matters right now and they don’t come out until late during the season. Switch up and play them later sometimes when it will probably mean something with the strength of schedule.

Bennie

January 4th, 2011
1:20 pm

Richt needs to win 18 games this year or I’m not buying season tickets in 2012.

Ed (The Original)

January 4th, 2011
1:20 pm

No. And 10 wins or more without a victory over UF shouldn’t save his job, either. If Richt simply can’t beat Florida more than once every 5-6 years then someone else should get a shot at doing so.

‘02 and ‘05 were flukes – Georgia won the East because they lost to average UF teams and Tennessee wasn’t anything special. But historically you can’t win the East conceding the Florida game.

Lord Byron

January 4th, 2011
1:22 pm

Like Lord Bill, I expect perfection in all things, to expect less, is non sense. Each play must make the ESPN highlights. Each moment must be your work of art. Each game must be perfect. It can be done. If you shoot for the stars, and hit a cow, at least you got something.

Willis

January 4th, 2011
1:23 pm

I expect AJ back or I am taking my blankey home.

Ray Goff

January 4th, 2011
1:23 pm

18 of the last 21..you UGA fans should be used to getting your azzes whooped in Jacksonville….The definition of insanity is to keep trying the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results. Richt is what he is a good guy and a mediocre football coach

Skitty Fritty

January 4th, 2011
1:23 pm

The key games are always UT, Florida, Auburn and Tech. Throw in South Carolina for 2011. If he wins 4 of these or more then keep him. If he wins 4 or more then more than likely UGA wins the East and will have a shot at 10 wins.

jtdawg

January 4th, 2011
1:23 pm

Thank you, Ed(The Original)

Bob

January 4th, 2011
1:23 pm

Richt’s 10 year record

8-4
13-1
11-3
10-2
10-3
9-4
11-2
10-3
8-5
6-7

2 SEC Titles/ 6 Top Ten finishes Record 96-34 (.738) Bowl Record 7-3

Vince Dooley’s First 10 years

7-3
6-4
10-1
7-4
8-1-2
5-5-1
5-5
11-1
7-4
7-4-1

2 SEC Titles/ 3 Top Ten Finishes Record 73-32-5 (.686) Bowl Record 4-3

Yeah, makes all the sense in the world to fire Richt. Sure.

Wonka

January 4th, 2011
1:24 pm

Her ein the chocalte factory, all things can be done. win all games, it’s realistic.

jtdawg

January 4th, 2011
1:24 pm

Ray Goff – GFY

You can’t even hold Richt’s jock, and he obviously isn’t that special.

Arthur

January 4th, 2011
1:25 pm

Camelot exists and Georgia can win 15 games in 2011.

Ray Goff

January 4th, 2011
1:26 pm

Guys like Bob are the reason UGA sucks….UGA doesn’t lose to UCF in a bowl game, show some pride. Your an SEC team for the love of God…..Thanks Bob

Billy

January 4th, 2011
1:27 pm

If 7 days was all God needed to create all, then 7 games all Richt needs. 7 is the magical number.

jtdawg

January 4th, 2011
1:27 pm

Bob

Take your head out of the sand.

Instead of comparing to a coach record 40 years ago, compare him to his contemporaries, you know, the one’s he actaully competes against? Ohhh, sorry, not conducive to your argument….

Ray Goff

January 4th, 2011
1:27 pm

jtDawg ..I tried my best. but, Dooley sabotaged my career…Sincerely, Ray goff

George

January 4th, 2011
1:27 pm

Be 1 game better than the SEC average.

please get rid of him

January 4th, 2011
1:28 pm

I am so sick and tired of excuses being made for CMR. At some point you have to quit talking about playing better and actually play better. We looked awful in the games we lost this year and terrible in the games we won. There is not another top 25 program in the country that would allow the coach to stay after the past few seasons we have had. COACH, thanks for the help with the kids in Zaire, but right now we need help with our football team. And you dont seem to know how to provide it.

Yuklid

January 4th, 2011
1:29 pm

If you take the square root of 98,333,4444,2222 and dive by 33333333 and then multiply by 3.456567789234566, that’s how many games Richt must win in 2011.

Thank you.

Ray Goff

January 4th, 2011
1:29 pm

Florida just hired an O.C. with 4 Super Bowl rings..and we’re retaining a Coach who went 6-7 and lost to UCF

Dawg with two bags over his head

January 4th, 2011
1:30 pm

We shouldn’t be speculating on the number of wins, but rather digging in and saying we want a change at the top right now. Nothing I’ve seen suggests that we won’t be having this same conversation next year. I e-mailed my letter to McGarity last night. I suggest those that really understand the problem will do the same.
And yes, I was at the Sanford Stadium this season and I was at the Liberty Bowl last Friday to see a collection of young men (not a team) put forth a disgraceful effort. Outside of Kris Durham and maybe Justin Houston, they didn’t deserve to wear “G” s on their helmets.

Jones

January 4th, 2011
1:30 pm

I expect UGA to go undefeated for the next 17 seasons, and to win the lottery each year.

Bill, we is kindred spirits.

savannadawg

January 4th, 2011
1:30 pm

I thought at first we should give him another chance just because how we treated Dooley after his losing seasons. Which there were way more than just one. Bt that is just not the way it seems to be these days. I think CMR is cappable of making changes eventhough its not what he would like too do. Don’t forget there are also politics envolved that we as the average person cannot see. If I was him I would just resign and be done with it. i do not see us getting better. Specifically if all those guys that are thinking about leaving, leave.

jtdawg

January 4th, 2011
1:30 pm

Better yet, before you throw out Richt’s record again, look at it like this

Richt AVG (After VanGorder)

9-4
11-2
10-3
8-5
6-7

44- 21
.677 WIN PCT
0 SEC East titles
0 SEC East Championships
1 BCS win against MIGHTY Hawaii
ALL RICHT RECRUITED PLAYERS

Where are the stats to argue about now?

Elliott

January 4th, 2011
1:31 pm

Just play with passion!!!!

MH

January 4th, 2011
1:31 pm

I don’t care if he has 13 wins this guy needs to go. He has had the money, time and talent to build a program that should compete every year not every 5 years!!!

Hilltown

January 4th, 2011
1:32 pm

Dream on, you never know where you’;ll end up, so dream on, dream on, dream on, as Tyler said so beautiflly.

Angry Dawg

January 4th, 2011
1:32 pm

9.6 wins a season, that’s HORRIBLE!!!!

Ray Goff

January 4th, 2011
1:33 pm

I ain’t doin’ nothing……give me a 2nd chance, I can do better. I promise.

PaulieOldSchool

January 4th, 2011
1:33 pm

It boggles my mind that most of y’all think that this loser can win at least 8 games, some as many as 10. What are you smoking? He’s taken talent and wasted/misused it. He has no control over the players off the field, and barely controls them on the field. He can’t communicate. He can’t use his offense correctly and apparently, is always just a player or so away from being really, really good. Really? How can a school like SC take less talent and do better? At least compete, for God’s sake. At least look like you want to be on the field and on the team. At least try. Sorry, he gets no more time as far as I’m concerned. He’s gotta go now. No more excuses, no more time.

Astro

January 4th, 2011
1:33 pm

Look at the stars, and then ask yourself, how many stars are there? Then you’ll know how many games Georegia can win. It’s past Saturn inside the circle of the moon, for those of you in the know.

1eyedJack

January 4th, 2011
1:33 pm

Techies always say that we Dawg fans are delusional. After reading some of these posts I agree.

savannadawg

January 4th, 2011
1:34 pm

Oh, and at the risk of sounding racial. Did anyone see the Orange Bowl last night. No one can tell me that white boys can’t play this sport anymore. that is bunck!!!!!!!!!!!

Ray Goff

January 4th, 2011
1:34 pm

Wow Astro..that was deep.

Angry Dawg

January 4th, 2011
1:35 pm

18 top 10 finishes in 25 years. Should have been 20!!!!

the koolaid pitcher has run dry

January 4th, 2011
1:35 pm

apparently bob has some extra pitchers stashed away….please share them with the rest of your friends.

the truth is that when we get these new recruits, they will finally be able to execute the gameplan and we will be undefeated for the next 4 years. that’s the problem. we’ve been gettting players that don’t execute….and don’t use this “nick saban or urban meyer doesn’t have this problem,” excuse because we all know that CMR, CTG and CMB design the greatest gameplans in the history of modern college football…they just have to find players that will do what they say.

uh huh…..matt stafford and k.moreno and we can’t win the east….

wonder how many SEC titles ole Jim Dougnut would have won had he been allowed to stay….probably had the same record as the greatest coach and christian in the NCAA.

Ray Goff

January 4th, 2011
1:35 pm

Hire me I’m homeless…. and cold and hungry…give me another chance

yankie guy

January 4th, 2011
1:36 pm

i’ve always said, can’t contorl how many you win, but only how you play the game. just try harder. thanks.

Angry Dawg

January 4th, 2011
1:37 pm

Who cares about that lousy #4 winningest percentage, should have been #1!!!!

Astro

January 4th, 2011
1:38 pm

If anyone knows Richt’s birthdate, please share and I’ll do an analysis for you for 2011.

Mya

January 4th, 2011
1:39 pm

REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HOOK YOUR WAGON TO A STAR, AND YOU NEVER KNOW HOW FAR YOU’LL GO.

Numbers Guy

January 4th, 2011
1:42 pm

I ran Richt through all my charts, formulas, and figures. Going back to his start over 20 years ago at FSU, he has averaged 10.33 wins per season. At University of Georgia, it has dropped to 9.6 wins per season. Therefore, I’d project 9.9999 wins in 2011, you masy freely round up to 10.

Ron Smith

January 4th, 2011
1:45 pm

I’m no expert but my ideas include:

1. NO player crimes and/or arrests
2. Win the games they are supposed to win, i.e. Vandy. Kentucky, Colorado, UCF, GA Tech etc
3. Cut injuries by 50% by better conditioning
4. Get a real defense coordinator along with recruiting defensive players
5. CMR to call plays assisted by Bobo
6. Win 10 games and become competitive for SEC East and conference championship
7. Be selected for BCS bowl

JB

January 4th, 2011
1:45 pm

If he worked for that powerhouse Maryland, He’d be gone now !

leo

January 4th, 2011
1:46 pm

10 wins with FLA being one of them. If he’s smart, he’ll demote Bobo, bring in someboy like Friedgen to be OC, and fire Searels. Without some personnel changes, I don’t see how he’ll keep his job.

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?

Ray Goff

January 4th, 2011
2:50 pm

Face it UGA is no longer a big time program welcome to the ranks of Kentucky, Ole Miss, and soon to be added the son of Dooley and his 13 man defense

joe

January 4th, 2011
2:52 pm

Hey all you dilusional fan base that jumps off the bandwagon…..remember Dooley’s loss to Miami of Ohio???? remember 1979????? tired of a fan base that is no more than a piece of sewage….hope you give up your season tickets- you’re they ones that boo at home games I am sure…..let the rest of us have better seats…..

Dawg with two bags over his head

January 4th, 2011
2:55 pm

Joe,

Just who do you think recruited those players? The fans, the cheerleaders, the Redcoat Band, Larry Munson?

Biff Pocoroba

January 4th, 2011
3:03 pm

After the 4th and inches call, it looked as if Murray had lost faith. We will not have double digit wins next year. 0-2 start.

UGA Insider

January 4th, 2011
3:04 pm

Has anyone heard the reports of UGA players drinking in Memphis all week heading into the game? I also heard rumors of players being disgusted with having to practice and prepare for a game they didn’t want to play in.

It may be time for CMR to non-renew some scholarships and weed out some bad apples.

Touch Down

January 4th, 2011
3:05 pm

He has retooled the defense. Time to retool the offense. Get rid of OC & Offensive line coach. They didn’t deliver with the talent we had & is inexcuseable. I know doing that & winning the East is near impossible. Holding Central Florida to 10 was enough with a new defensive scheme. Scoring 6 points against CUSA team, even the conference champs, is an embarrassment. I say give CMR 2 seasons to get Offense redone & Defense to solidify. He should resign if he is not producing after that.

Provost Marshal

January 4th, 2011
3:07 pm

Re:JB

No, I am not stuck in time as you say, quite the opposite. My point is that Georgia hasn’t won a national championship in decades and hasn’t even played in one in a long time while the some of other schools I cited have won one and played in one or more other ones rather recently, so why the exagerrated expectations.

SSI FAN

January 4th, 2011
3:11 pm

I am a Georgia fan. There seems to be an unreasonable attitude about the successfulness of Georgia’s football accomplishments. Here are the final records and SEC records of the team since 1980:

Year Record SEC Record

1980 12-0 6-0
1981 10-2 6-0
1982 11-1 6-0
1983 10-1-1 5-1
1984 7-4-1 4-2
1985 7-3-2 3-2-1
1986 8-4 4-2
1987 9-3 4-2
1988 9-3 5-2
1989 6-6 4-3
1990 4-7 2-5
1991 9-3 4-3
1992 10-2 6-2
1993 5-6 2-6
1994 6-4-1 3-4-1
1995 6-6 3-5
1996 5-6 3-5
1997 10-2 6-2
1998 9-3 6-2
1999 8-4 5-3
2000 8-4 5-3
2001 9-4 5-3
2002 13-1 8-1
2003 11-3 6-2
2004 10-2 6-2
2005 10-3 6-2
2006 9-4 4-4
2007 11-2 6-2
2008 10-3 6-2
2009 8-5 4-4
2010 6-7 3-5

The most telling records to me are the SEC records. Since 1983 Georgia has lost at least 2 SEC games in every year but 2002. While the records the last 2 years have been disappointing, CMR has had 6 seasons in which Georgia won at least 10 games. Georgia football has been more relevant in the rankings under CMR than at any other time since 1983. I am disappointed in the results and the off field problems the last 2 years, but it’s not like Georgia has been a perpetual football powerhouse.

NewnanDawg

January 4th, 2011
3:24 pm

WIN THE EAST….MINIMUM

Palmetto State Dawg

January 4th, 2011
3:27 pm

SSI Fan: that’s not the point. The pount is that UGA has no excuses at all. We should be a football powerhouse like Florida, Alabama, etc…. UGA should field a top 15 teams 99% of the time. Tell me exactly what Bama has that UGA does not have besides more history and a better coach? UGA is the flagship university in a talent rich state with excellant facilities and a rabid fanbase. It’s an A list job, and with the right guy, we should compete for the SEC year in and year out.

UGA Swim Coach

January 4th, 2011
3:30 pm

I say if we go 6-6, he should stay. 500 is not too bad, and plus he’s teaching these kids to swim every year when he visits our pool in August. While our upcoming opponents were being idiots and sweating out in the hot sun, our football team was relaxing in the pool. Life is good.

RxDawg

January 4th, 2011
3:31 pm

He better beat Florida.

Zoomie

January 4th, 2011
3:32 pm

I don’t know why we should, after watching the 3-year nose-dive this program has been in, believe that a change in the S&C program is going to fix it. I watch Richt on the sidelines and I’m convinced he doesn’t know what’s wrong and, therefore, can’t fix it.

The SEC has passed him by. His time is gone. Another year of Richt is just setting up the program for more disappointment.

Richt’s staff is not getting the job done. If there was an announcement out of Athens that Richt has replaced Bobo with a world-class OC, and that there were other major shake-ups in his staff, I would believe that Richt gets it and would have some confidence moving into 2011. But Richt will keep the same people around him and wonder why things just don’t get better.

The promotion of Martinez to DC, and Richt’s stubborn loyalty in the face of the collapse of a once-proud defense, is a telling insight into Mark Richt’s coaching psyche. UGA would be better off to heed the lesson, cut ties now, and not stand by to watch the further decline of the football program for another year — or more.

bill

January 4th, 2011
3:35 pm

Looking forward to CMR’s end of season “State of the Program” press conference — even if he does his usual coach-speak (”We’re working hard at getting better”), the Q&A should be good.

Hope someone asks if he has consdiered possible re-location to either Hartford or Ann Arbor?

BirdDog

January 4th, 2011
3:35 pm

No players getting arrested in 2011 would be a good start. Then 9 wins would be acceptable IMO.

LawDawg

January 4th, 2011
3:46 pm

I am as big a Richt defender as there is, but 8 wins will definitely not do it, because it will not show improvement over a 2 year period. This was a rebuilding year w a freshman QB and a brand new defense, that will not be true next year. A second year defense and QB should equal 10 wins (9 might be ok if they are all wins in the regular season and then we lose a hard fought top-tier bowl game), but if we do not do that, Richt will have no one to blame but himself, Searles, Van Halanger, and Joe T. Bobo actually made serious improvement this year, but the O-Line and conditioning were embarrassing. Our players look small even compared to non-top tier teams and they are completely gassed in the 4th quarter.

Hello...

January 4th, 2011
3:48 pm

Why hasn’t Mark Richt dismissed Marcus Dowtin for his felonious assault last spring. He not only beat up an innocent bystander, he never reported his arrest to Richt.

Hypocritical Saint Richt really sucks.

LawDawg

January 4th, 2011
3:48 pm

SSI FAN: THANK YOU. That clearly makes the case that UGA was not a football powerhouse pre-Richt. I have always assumed most of the people saying we should be year-in year-out top-10 team are people under the age of 25 who do not remember anything about football before Richt.

TexasDawg

January 4th, 2011
3:53 pm

Why hasn’t he already been fired?? Why are we even having a discussion about saving his job?? His butt should have been gone after last season.

TexasDawg

January 4th, 2011
4:01 pm

Urban Myer had 2 National Championships in 5 years at Florida; Nick Saban already has one in what, 3 years at Alabama?

How many has Mark Richt brought home to Georgia in 10 years? Big fat goose egg, that’s how many. Again, why are we even discussing him saving his job? He should already be gone.

mountainman

January 4th, 2011
4:01 pm

UGA football has entered the TWILIGHT ZONE;in fact, it began three years ago…..we are in a time warp where an overcompensated incompetent coach is allowed to rule the UGA universe and no one is seeing this idiodisy and taking any corrective action! So it looks like we continue to remain in the Zone longer than necessary because no one with any intelligence will take the steps to get us out!!!

JB

January 4th, 2011
4:01 pm

Rodriguez gone after THREE YEARS. Hum. Winning must be important to them. They aren’t scared of a recruiting fall out….and not scared of Attracting a new coach AFTER firing one after three years.

Mean Machine

January 4th, 2011
4:08 pm

I’ve been saying it all year, if you’re not going to fire Richt this year, then UGA had better win at least 10 games, win the SEC, and beat UF in the process. Anything less, and he should be fired. It’s been 5 years since UGA has won the SEC. That is too long, that should be unacceptable at UGA. What I fear, is Richt will go 9-3 and lose to UF, but McGarity will deem that as sufficient, and we will be having this discussion in 2012, 2013, and so on.

Gbal

January 4th, 2011
4:10 pm

If UGA should loose to Boise and SC and sitting 0-2, I say fire CMR on the spot, name an assistant as HC for the rest of the season and name the 2012 coach in mid season to help with recruiting for the year. we dont want to be sitting on the fence all season, cut him loose in December and then suffer with a recruiting disadvantage with a new coach just being names. I hate that things have gone sour on MR but I really now feel that the change should be made NOW. I hate to delay the inevitable for another 1-2 years.

I wonder if asked, how many more years does CMR really want to coach??

Id like to ask this question. I sense that 2-3 more years and he will be ready to bow out, winning or loosing. If this were the case, Id really like to see UGA and CMR come to an agreement now and name a new coach this year.

Dagny

January 4th, 2011
4:10 pm

Why does Richt even have to think about it? Send this thug home now. Today.

http://www.redandblack.com/2011/01/04/bulldog-lb-dowtin-faced-assault-charge-in-maryland/

RTR

January 4th, 2011
4:11 pm

I hope UGA fans on here aren’t pulling the “remember when…” scenarios. If so, let’s play: remember when your program won national championship in 50 years and still spoke of your program as if it was one of the country’s elite programs. Vince Dooley? Ray Goff? Jim Donnan? Mark Richt? Exactly, what do you think you deserve or are capable of? Nobody’s coming there. Next year will be the same as last. Face reality. Why don’t you just send some of those players you’ve got over there to Bama and we’ll make illiterate football players out of them instead of illiterate traffic violators. If you want a ring, come to Bama. If you want to think, “wow, we just got beat by CENTRAL Florida, how did that happen. Wait a minute, I don’t care,” go play for Mark Richt. Bama going for #14 next year. RTR!!

Mr. Spelling

January 4th, 2011
4:13 pm

Gbal, did you ever take spelling in school? Or did you ever go to school?

LawDawg

January 4th, 2011
4:13 pm

TexasDawg: that would mean that every three years, 117+ coaches deserve to be fired. That is asinine at best.

Cuz

January 4th, 2011
4:15 pm

CMR is his own worse enemy here. Before CMR most fans expected an 8-3 season, no shot at the SEC title and a mediocre bowl. Now we expect the SEC title and a shot at the BCS title game. Our expectations have changed.

SSI FAN

January 4th, 2011
4:16 pm

Palmetto State Dog

A list job? Let’s see. When Dooley resigned we hired Goff, when Goff left we hired Glen Mason who then decided not to take the job, we then hired Donan from Marshall, then we hired Richt, the offensive coordiantor at FSU. I don’t remember any successful D1 or pro head coaches even being interested in the job (like Meyer at FL or Saban at AL). The only times Georgia has arguably competed for the SEC championship year in and year out since 1983 has been under CMR. I’m not satisfied or happy, and I agree that Georgia should be a football powerhouse. All I’m saying is that it was not a powerhouse from 1984 through 2000.

Gbal

January 4th, 2011
4:17 pm

Urban Myer had 2 National Championships in 5 years at Florida; Nick Saban already has one in what, 3 years at Alabama?

LESS MILES – 1
GENE CHIZIK- 1 (on the way)

5 Championships 5 years, yet UGA has not even made it to the SEC game during this period??

How many has Mark Richt brought home to Georgia in 10 years? Big fat goose egg, that’s how many. Again, why are we even discussing him saving his job? He should already be gone.

I agree with you Tx Dawg!! I hate it cause I like CMR but he is just not the motivator. Maybe assistant AD and recruiting coordinator???? Naw?

UCDawg

January 4th, 2011
4:18 pm

To me this is not so much about how many games are won, but more about how the games are won. If we were to finish up 8-4 but the team is clearly committed, organized, disciplined, and shows GREAT attitude and effort each week then I would be satisfied. I would rather have an 8 win season that was earned as opposed to an 11 win season and a blowout in the SEC Championship game because we won 11 games due to luck or something. That said, If 8-4 is the best we have with all those qualities being evident week in and week out then it may just be time for a change. I want Richt as the coach, I want him around for a long time to come because I think the players are learning important things but results must follow.

DrDawg

January 4th, 2011
4:22 pm

He MUST beat Florida. He MUST beat Florida. If he wins them all except Florida with their first year coach, he has to go. Florida is the measuring stick.

SSI FAN

January 4th, 2011
4:23 pm

LawDawg

Where do you practice law?

tony

January 4th, 2011
4:23 pm

Below is Oregon Ducks Offensive and Defensive Line. They are smaller than the dawgs and playing for a nc. It’s not about size…….. it’s about strategy, tactics, strength, conditioning, technique, passion and motivation. Those 7 things have been ignored by Mr.Richt too long.

Let Todd Grantham replace Mr.Richt and lets start over.

……322lbs………………….286lbs………………290lbs………….281…..
79Mark Asper……….77Carson York……68C.E. Kaiser….69Bo Thran
…………………………………………..300lbs………………………………….
…………………………………….54Jordan Holmes…………………………..
………………………………..Oregon Offensive Line…………………………

…………………………………..Oregon Defensive Line………………………
45Terrell Turner……88Brandon Bair…….99Zac Clark….58Kenny Rowe
……261lbs……………..272lbs………………..270lbs………..232lbs……..

funny...

January 4th, 2011
4:24 pm

10 wins would be great, no way this team wins 10 games.

Grantham had it right when he said that recruiting needs to focused on beating Florida. Can this recruit help Georgia beat Florida. I think for too long the focus has been on besting Georgia Tech. That’s old guard thinking. I think the Dooley school of thought was can we beat Tech and to some extent that extended into the Damon Evans era. As the landscape of college football has changed in the last 10 to 15 years, Georgia stayed with what worked in the 70’s and 80’s.

LawDawg

January 4th, 2011
4:26 pm

Cuz: very good point. He is being judged by a different scale than the one we had before him, but my fellow Dawg fans tend to have severely unrealistic expectations anyway. They act like every coach is just champing at the bit to come here, but guess what? We are not luring Saban away from Alabama, Harbaugh is going to the NFL, not here. Believe it or not, NFL coaching gigs and 10-15 (conservatively) coaching jobs are more attractive than UGA even without the added detriment of the fanbase being insane. Other coaches are aware of the lack of respect given Mark Richt despite his obvious successes. Penn State could have fired Paterno after their bad run in the 70s, but then they probably would not have gotten NCs in 82 and 86.

UGA '92

January 4th, 2011
4:26 pm

Enter your comments here

haters are skaters

January 4th, 2011
4:26 pm

10 wins, including fl. that scenario may not get him to the sec championship though w/ sc looking at a 10-2 season as well. will have to see how and where those “wins” come from.

LawDawg

January 4th, 2011
4:32 pm

funny….: I’m not sure what that means, a good player is good against either team and up until recently UF and GT ran similar pro-style offenses and defenses. Do you mean we should only get TEs that are good against the 4-3, not the 3-4? What does that even mean?

UGA '92

January 4th, 2011
4:34 pm

A trip to the Dome in December would do the trick. Not sure replacing Louisville with Boise State was such a smart move. Other things are in place for a good season. We drop Arkansas for Ole Miss, as well as avoid Bama and LSU. Tenn is still getting it together, and think I Muschamp will fall on his gator-loving face. Once the NCAA finds the cleared check with Cam Newton’s name on it, they will be on the floor too. Plus, Tech is a joke. Would love to see Richt run the table just to see how Shultz and Bradley eat crow.

LawDawg

January 4th, 2011
4:34 pm

SSI Fan: Atlanta, I am not going to be more specific than that in an anonymous internet forum.

ceph

January 4th, 2011
4:35 pm

The dumbest thing that I have ever heard BoBo say is that everyone in the Butts-Mehre building must be rededicated to the NEW attitude at UGA. Damn, now he is blaming the secretaries for the losses. What I would like to know is exactly when did they UNDEDICATE themselves to the program?

LawDawg

January 4th, 2011
4:36 pm

Also, if we have a huge game call (like the P whatever, whatever Verron Haynes play or the Michael Johnson fade against AUB) against BSU to win the game, a lot of fair weather fans will be bag on the Richtwagon.

LawDawg

January 4th, 2011
4:36 pm

That should have been “playcall”

SSI FAN

January 4th, 2011
4:39 pm

lawdawg

Would not expect any more specificity. I went to Mercer law school back in the day.

LawDawg

January 4th, 2011
4:40 pm

It’s also worth noting that we have been better over the last few years than GT or TEN, which are two of rivals and two major recruiting rivals.

LawDawg

January 4th, 2011
4:40 pm

And we are better than UMich, UT, and USC, which are three teams with more historical success than UGA.

ARdawg

January 4th, 2011
4:40 pm

Every fan has unrealistic expectations. Who among us sits and cheers for a 8 win season or in this case a 6 win season? I disagree with you Cuz and Lawdawg. Richt is not a victim of his own success he is a victim of his own lack of success. To see it spiral completely out of control is at the very least disheartening to every Dawg fan.

The Goff years did not lower the expectations of Georgia fans. The Donnan fire was a mistake and premature. A Richt firing even at this juncture would be long overdue as was the Goff firing. There is no redeeming qualities in Richt to move the program forward. He started out very good and on fire but, the fire has long burned out

LawDawg

January 4th, 2011
4:41 pm

Nice SSI Fan…I thought that might be where you were going with it. You practice in GA?

LawDawg

January 4th, 2011
4:42 pm

ARDawg: two down years (and both still bowl years) is not a trend. We won double digits the two years before and the last two are teh first two Richt has won fewer than 9 since his first year.

ARdawg

January 4th, 2011
4:42 pm

Lawdawg

Any one of those teams are better than UGA. The team I saw in the Liberty Bowl couldn’t carry Michigans or USC water jugs

LawDawg

January 4th, 2011
4:42 pm

Paterno had a much worse run before the 1982 and 1986 NCs.

Mean Machine

January 4th, 2011
4:43 pm

Attention SSI Fan and Law Dawg: I am 39, and unfortunateIy I remember the Goff years. Just because UGA has not been a perennial top 10 program in the past, is not a reason to justify mediocrity now. Yes, Richt won 2 SEC titles in his first 5 years. That is the level the program should be. What we have seen his last 5 years is not acceptable. What is the difference between UGA and SEC powers like Alabama, Florida, and LSU? UGA has all the resources those schools do. If anything, UGA should be a better job than those places due to the population boom of Metro Atlanta, and the expansion of the recruiting base due to that boom. There is no excuse for UGA to not be a perennial top 10 program. It’s a matter of having the right leadership, just like Florida wallowed in mediocrity until they finally hired the right coach. If you ask any coach in the country about UGA football, they start drooling, because every one of them will tell you it’s a top 5 job. This program has underachieved throughout its history, and it’s time for Georgia to fulfill its potential!

LawDawg

January 4th, 2011
4:44 pm

Someone clearly did not watch MSU/UM…as I recall, MSU did not put up 52 on us. But that is just a common opponent, so… Also, have you seen UM’s record under Rich Rod? Richt is not even in the same ballpark of terribleness.

ARdawg

January 4th, 2011
4:45 pm

Lawdawg

Look back, it’s more than 2 years. All the way back is 5 years. The 11-2 year with the Hawaii Sugar Bowl win wasn’t an exception. It was a weak SEC year and a favorable UGA schedule except of course the reaming by TN and Bama

LawDawg

January 4th, 2011
4:46 pm

Mean Machine: agreed, and if we have another 6-8 win year, that will be telling, but you are putting too much stock in this year. This is and always was going to be a rebuilding year. Even God himself Nick Saban had a weak defense in the first year of the 3-4. That is how it goes, the 4-3 to 3-4 switch takes a year minimum to perfect (and get appropriate personnel). Anyone who thought the D was going to be great this year does not understand the difference between, say, a 3-4 NT and a 4-3 DT, or a 3-4 Mike and a 4-3 Mike, or a 3-4 DE and a 4-3 DE.

ARdawg

January 4th, 2011
4:47 pm

Goff wasn’t allowed a 5 year skid. Donnan wasn’t allowed a skid at all…. why is Richt?

LawDawg

January 4th, 2011
4:47 pm

ARDawg: that is revisionist history. We were the best team in the country at the close of 2007 and we won 10 in 2008 (which was disappointing, but only because we started #1).

LawDawg

January 4th, 2011
4:48 pm

It is a 2-2.5 year skid tops adn Goff and Donnan did not have two SEC titles under their belts.

LawDawg

January 4th, 2011
4:49 pm

This is part of a post from earlier.

2002 13-1 8-1
2003 11-3 6-2
2004 10-2 6-2
2005 10-3 6-2
2006 9-4 4-4
2007 11-2 6-2
2008 10-3 6-2

ARdawg

January 4th, 2011
4:49 pm

Lawdawg

Last year was the supposed rebuilding year after losing Stafford and Moreno. This year and with a seemingly weak schedule was supposed to be a rising year with veterans and a frosh QB. Last year a 6-7 record might have been more paleteable

LawDawg

January 4th, 2011
4:49 pm

Show me something similar in GA history other than the early 80s.

LawDawg

January 4th, 2011
4:50 pm

ARDawg: only the crazy 20 year old message board fans thought this year was going to be a great year, not anyone who knows anything about Xs and Os.

ARdawg

January 4th, 2011
4:51 pm

Lawdawg

Started #1….yet got reamed in Knoxville and by Bama at home but, finished arguably the best team in the country. If that doesn’t point to a coaching problem for you, nothing will

Denver Dawg

January 4th, 2011
4:53 pm

anything less than winning the SEC and he should be gone ….which means he will be, because they won’t.

LawDawg

January 4th, 2011
4:54 pm

I’m not sure how you can use the terms “rising year” and “frosh QB” in the same sentence, but agree to disagree.

ARdawg

January 4th, 2011
4:54 pm

LawDawg

BS
Nobody I know was looking for a great year. 8,9 possibly 10 wins and beating Florida was very likely. Except out level of coaching had fallen even from last year. Personally, I didn’t think that was possible but, it was.

UGADawg83

January 4th, 2011
4:55 pm

I don’t know Bill what did the guy at Jiffy Lube tell you? Do they actually pay you for this column?

Made famous by Hershel

January 4th, 2011
4:55 pm

6 wins, 7 losses, 12 arrests, CMR should be gone now!

Hobnail Boot

January 4th, 2011
4:55 pm

In my line of work it is about what you have done for me lately. I can have a decent year and my review would be meets expectations. Is that good enough? It is if you are passionate about what you are doing and are willing to think out of the box in order to exceed expectations the next year. I see a pattern (wheels coming off) over the last four years with our program. Is that good enough or do we hold the one responsible accountable?

Newnan Outrage

January 4th, 2011
4:56 pm

So let’s shoot the messenger for asking the Q about what should/would it take to save Richt.

ARdawg

January 4th, 2011
4:56 pm

10 returning starters on offense and it is a rebuilding year? The new defense was questionable but, it wasn’t expected to be as bad as Willie’s. It wasn’t but just by a very slim margin

Tifton90

January 4th, 2011
4:57 pm

Dawgs won’t win 10, won’t win the SEC or the SEC East, so what’s the point here? Either UGA is/would be satisfied with mediocrity or be bold enough to say with 5 star receuits, top 10-15 recruit classes each year, 6 wins is unacceptable, period, end of story.

Hobnail Boot

January 4th, 2011
4:58 pm

I think he has to win 10 games and be able to sustain it. This is Ga the bible belt for recruits. We should be able to select and keep the prople we want and win every year.

Palmetto State Dawg

January 4th, 2011
4:59 pm

ARdawg: we beat Tenn in 08 and got spanked by Bama at home two weeks prior to that. The year we got hammered in Kville was 07 and 09. Both times we were a better team on paper, and those two unexplainable losses fall on Mark Richt.

Denver Dog

January 4th, 2011
4:59 pm

C’mon guys, stop picking on my dawgs, we’re like #57 in the the latest cbs sportsline poll of the top 120 schools in America LOL

ARdawg

January 4th, 2011
5:00 pm

I wish I was wrong in my prognostication but, 10 wins ain’t happening for UGA next year. Nor can it be expected. Nine wins is fantasy. With Boise ST coming with half of the talent as this year, we don’t beat them either.

I hope I am wrong, pray I am wrong but I don’t see it happening

Hobnail Boot

January 4th, 2011
5:01 pm

ARdawg, if not he is gone or at least he should be.

jerry y

January 4th, 2011
5:03 pm

10 wins in wishful thinking. The Q here is IF UGA is allegedly suppose to be a football power, what are we waiting for. 6 wins and an uninspiring bowl game loss in Memphis of all places is bull crap. I see Michigan blew out Rodriguez for under performing at a big time school.

ARdawg

January 4th, 2011
5:03 pm

Palmetto

I stand corrected but, that wasn’t exactly my point. The fact that we could lose to a mediocre Vol team so convincingly and bounce back to be one of the best in the country is coaching and as you say, falls on Richt

Steakie

January 4th, 2011
5:04 pm

Winning 10? Laughable, better chance of 10 more arrests IMO

FootballFan

January 4th, 2011
5:10 pm

Tide roll

January 4th, 2011
5:13 pm

Richt wants to be bought out. He can go watch his kid play up in North Carolina and not do it on Georgia’s dime, which, by the way, based on his religious convictions,he should be ashamed of. Anyway, RICH ROD+NICK MARSHALL – the Tampa Hotdog = CHAMPIONSHIP!

Lagdawg

January 4th, 2011
5:13 pm

It depends on the quality of wins, but anything less than ten would be failure. There is still enough talent on the team with proper coaching to win ten games. Saban could probably win a NC with the returning players and the incoming players. It all comes down to coaching and if CMR put more passion into this team and the gameplan as he does his commercials, we would probably me more successful. All jokes aside, a team takes on the identity of the coach and we need more intensity out of the coaching staff and the players. More dedication in the offseason from the players in the strength and conditioning phase and more concentration. The OC needs to learn how to execute a game plan against team and I don’t feel comfortable with the OC that UGA has. This is college, not OJT for peewee football. The offense won’t change and be game ready until they replace Bobo, the RB coach and the WR coach.

dfr

January 4th, 2011
5:16 pm

SEC Title or else, in my opinion.

Hobnail Boot

January 4th, 2011
5:17 pm

Don’t we have a former RB coaching WR and a WR coaching RB?

Einsteindawg

January 4th, 2011
5:17 pm

It doesn’t matter…Richt won’t come close to 8 wins, so spare us the frustration and clean house now. As I’ve said before, what have you seen these past three seasons that makes you think CMR and his bunch of underachievers can turn it around? He’s just an overpaid, ordinary coach now.

Tide roll

January 4th, 2011
5:19 pm

Bill, Dig this formula: RICH ROD + NICK MARSHALL – BOBO – THE TAMPA HOT DOG = CHAMPIONSHIPS

DodgerDAWG

January 4th, 2011
5:21 pm

Driving to Columbia for South Carolina, 2 nights at the hotel, 50 yard line tickets: $800.00
Driving to Athens for Arkansas, 2 nights at a hotel, 45 yd line tickets: $750.00
Flying to Memphis for UCF, 2 nights at a hotel, 30 yd line tickets: $1250.00
Living with the results of this season without major changes: SICKENING
Amount of my donation to the “fund” next year: PRICELESS (as in ZERO)

Hobnail Boot

January 4th, 2011
5:21 pm

Tide Roll, what in the He$$ are you talking about?

Einsteindawg

January 4th, 2011
5:28 pm

Hey Tide, how ’bout this formula: Alabama -Saban = fourth in the SEC West.

Ken

January 4th, 2011
5:33 pm

All of this negatism, could hurt our recruiting effort. We have the best college football coach in the country. He will turn it around, there is no doubt about that, but a number of wins during a season is not good for any coach. No one needs that type of pressure. We need Coach Richt over a long haul and UGA will be back among the elite in a few years. If not this coming year.

Football Bat

January 4th, 2011
5:42 pm

REALITY: We’re likely 4-3 going into the Florida game and only if the attitude and play calling improve.

“Now when I say change I don’t necessarily mean personnel or anything like that. I don’t want to light a fire.”

And that is why we will not improve. He doesn’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings on the staff or the opposing teams it seems. How about your team and your fans there, COACH JACK-WAGON??? Any call of duty to them?

Ken

January 4th, 2011
5:44 pm

This is not good for recruiting. Coach Richt is one of the best college football coaches in the country. We should keep him over the long haul and not put the pressure on him of having to win so many games. He will turn lthe program around but it may take longer than one more year. If we keep Caoch Richt, I see a National Championship in our future. Who is going to replace him that is a better recruiter? a better person? and more dedicated than he is? I hate the thought of starting over and rebuilding.

Xenophon

January 4th, 2011
5:45 pm

If Richt loses 4 games in the first half of the season, he will be fired before the beginning November.

Football Bat

January 4th, 2011
5:47 pm

@Ken: Dedicated??? Really?

Would a “better person” have held on to Willie Martinez -college roommate- that long and let the program suffer?

Yeah, he’s just swell.

Too little too late

January 4th, 2011
5:48 pm

Watch UGA’s recruiting. If it is fabulous, then make no change until next year and then, if he loses, 4 or 5 games, can him. Period. IF however, come February, he fails in recruiting the needed kids like at running back, D linemen and corners and a receiver or two and a great QB, then he should be fired then.

It has been 5 years since UGA made any noise. Time for him to move on, no hard feelings.

Go Dogs.

UGA class of 71 & 73

Hobnail Boot

January 4th, 2011
5:48 pm

6-7 not good for recruting either. We got beat by a team (Cent Fla) with maybe 3 star players. The long haul started back 4-5 years ago. I am over it. We have great players coming in every year and do nothing with them except let them run wild and get arrested.

wayxdog

January 4th, 2011
5:49 pm

Has he called Friedgen yet to see if he’s interested in doing a few years as OC. Bobo can be QB coach if he wants to stick around.

Richie

January 4th, 2011
6:14 pm

who is going to buyout all of the contracts and who would be a good replacement?

jack bull

January 4th, 2011
6:16 pm

5 years? huh?!? wow..

9 wins will save his job. although i think we’ll win more than that myself. unless he insist’s on keeping Murray at QB…

Blue Ridge Dawg

January 4th, 2011
6:21 pm

wayxdog you listen to the same radio station that i do. i think it’s a good idea.

JRW7

January 4th, 2011
6:24 pm

Let’s see, we had 12 arrests, but only 6 wins, this does not add up very good for CMR!!!! Enought is enought!!!!!! Times up for CMR!!!!

Salvatore

January 4th, 2011
6:31 pm

CMR needs to announce Marcus Dowtin’s permanent suspension from the team, and he needs to do it now. UGA doesn’t have a football team any more, Richt has let it turn into a gang of thugs.

Inevitable

January 4th, 2011
6:34 pm

Fire Richt now, or we’ll be going through this same conversation a year from now.

jack bull

January 4th, 2011
6:39 pm

like i’ve said before. we’ve had 12 arrests, outta 100+ players on the team, that’s about 10% of the team, which is made up of 18-22 year olds.

Cam Newton himself had 13 arrests while at Florida, and who knows how many at Auburn? Auburn is in the great state of Alabama, where really good players get pulled over and the officer says, “oh, it’s you, you need a ride home?” anybody on here, including Bill himself, who thinks 10-12 guys on the team at any time in the history of college football weren’t doing something to get in trouble are delusional..

jack bull

January 4th, 2011
6:42 pm

who on here would’ve wanted Cam Newton on our team this year? just wondering.

Jborodawg

January 4th, 2011
6:51 pm

I’d settle for eight IF we beat Awbun, Flawduh and Tech. Lose one of those then it’s nine. Lose two of those then it’s 10.

I have every faith that CMR will turn it around. Statements like “lacks fire”, “doesn’t care”, “has lost control” are just ignorant.

I like what Lou Holz said today on ESPN; “…If you’re gonna fire the coach you better have a SOLID idea who you’ll get to replace him…practically have that person ready to sign on the dotted line…and know for sure he’ll be better than the one you fired…”

Amen “DavidW08″! Well said. Hopefully “…Murray, Crowell, and others…” don’t read the comments here and elsewhere from “fans” who think they know exactly what ails the program. And comments purporting to know what another person (CMR) is thinking or feeling.

techengineer

January 4th, 2011
6:58 pm

GA will never win 10 games again w/ Bobo calling plays. They need a real offensive coordinator and yes I’d fire Richt now. I’ve been a fan of his ever since he arrived but the last 5 years have been unbearable. Just damn right awful football with some of the best athletes in the nation. Fire him now or fire him next year. Nothing will change at GA.. Man I wish they would have got Dooley!

Big Dawg in the carolinas

January 4th, 2011
7:20 pm

Must win 10 and beat Fla. we have played for the last few years with “NO HEART” and if we run the ball inside the tackle more then twice in a series next year “I’m going to be sick” we have fast backs that can run a defensive line into the ground running for side to side and early in the season they want be in shape “other team” and we can use our speed, we need a defence that attacks “NOT” the bend but don’t break defence, more to come later. BD

college football fan

January 4th, 2011
7:21 pm

@einsteindawg – Bama’s 4th place in the SEC West with 3 losses would have been a tie for first in the SEC East. In case you didn’t notice, the West was a much stronger division this year.

DAWG with two bags over head

January 4th, 2011
7:22 pm

As I said earlier this afternoon, to debate a trigger point in wins is pointless. We need to hunker down and demand a coaching change now. You kool aid drinkers just can’t separate the mediocre coach from the Christian man. Our CEO is a great guy, but he is not a great coach. He’s had ten season to prove himself, and all he’s proven is that he can win some games with somebody else’s recruits and a hard-nosed DC, both of which he no longer has. Hanging on to him just puts us farther down the road in cleaning up this mess of undisciplined, selfish, and entitled thugs.

JKA

January 4th, 2011
7:33 pm

He should go now. We should no longer accept losing consistently to Florida. If we want to be a 1st tier team in the SEC we cannot continue to accept mediocrity. I would assure you, he would have been gone a long time ago had he been coaching at Florida, Alabama or LSU. But they obviously have higher expectations than we do.

Boobie Bowden

January 4th, 2011
7:38 pm

Hell, dawgs had an even dozen this year. Oh, wins? Sorry, I thought you were talking about arrests. Is that gonna be on the plague they give the Seniors?

PHIL

January 4th, 2011
7:43 pm

Bill, do they pay you by the reply to your blog like they do Bradley and Shultz? The season is over. Why don’t you try writing an article about why recruits should come to UGA even though this was obviously a down year? All you and the other two members of the three stooges do is hurt recruiting. The other two don’t help Tech much, either. The largest newspaper in the state should be ashamed.

PHIL

January 4th, 2011
7:48 pm

Enter your comments hereI forgot to mention that Tide Roll is the perfect example for the reason why we tell “Alabama Jokes,” It’s probably him I’ve got on this picture of an “Alabama Bass Boat.”

beanuga

January 4th, 2011
8:00 pm

IDK. Why doesn’t MR get rid of some assistants? I can name 4 right off the bat.

Stuck in TN Dawg

January 4th, 2011
8:01 pm

Been “stuck” in Nashville for the last 10 + years. 1966 GA Grad. Had to support Vandy. Well, at least I was able to see some other “great” teams, sorta play. Now is the time for UGA to beat Vandy in doing the “PC Thang”. Hire GOLDBURG! Not Bill – but Whoopie. It’s time for a female coach of color. Whatever!

WeallbleedRed

January 4th, 2011
8:12 pm

We as fans just expect too much. However if you look at the past 4 seasons the program has gone down. CMR is a good person. I can’t critize his christian beleifs. My fellow fans if UGA lets him go, who are we gonna get? Yes, there are some out there that may be qualified to coach. But are they a good fit for UGA? And would they accept the job? If you remember before CMR there were some that were offered but turned it down. Why? Who knows? I would love to see UGA go back to the GLORY DAYS. Can CMR do it? I just don’t know.

chet

January 4th, 2011
8:18 pm

Win the east (not likely) but we all know they have no shot to win the SEC, the west is sooooo much better (coached).

Chet

Potatodawg

January 4th, 2011
8:30 pm

I’ve given up on CMR. He was supposed to right the program this year. Please don’t say we can’t find a top quality coach to take this great job. Bulldawg nation has been very good to CMR. He has let us down and is now in denial. At least Urban stepped down because of health reasons he lost his edge. But our coach won’t admit he doesn’t have an edge .

Dawgman in South GA

January 4th, 2011
9:03 pm

He should have been fired Friday night. As a matter of fact, he shouldnt have been allowed to come back to Athens period! . . . .Sorry folks, I get a little carried away sometimes. Unfortunately I believe that CMR’s strength is his weakness. He is a very loyal man, but he is more loyal to his below average assistant coaches than he is to the advancement of the program.

Mistake 1. Not bringing in a proven D.C. when VanGorder left.

Mistake 2. Promoting slick Willy to run the defense.

Tied for 3rd place. Firing slick Willy too late and allowing Bobo to call plays.

I just dont see UGA winning more than 8 games next season. Heck, if UGA wins 8 with this staff I’ll be shocked.

Bama Dawg

January 4th, 2011
9:11 pm

In order for CMR to reach 10 wins, he would have to rid himself of his entire staff because the current staff has proven beyond a doubt that they can’t coach. AD McGarity needs to go ahead and get rid of him now instead of doing so next year. It’s time to move on.

UGA fans are so ....

January 4th, 2011
9:33 pm

You know what makes me sick? YOU DO! Why don’t we go over to mamby pamby land & get you some self confidence, you JACK WAGON!

TBod Dawg

January 4th, 2011
9:37 pm

I have been behind CMR from the start, but he has lost control of
this program. We need new leadership. Hell, bring Jim Donnan
back. He had the program going in the right direction.

wildbill

January 4th, 2011
10:01 pm

After Boise State cleans our clock, we might have to bring back Vince!

jbdabassman

January 4th, 2011
10:12 pm

I agree with beachdawg on BOZO, really a problem should have went before martinez

JUST WIN

January 4th, 2011
10:16 pm

Anything less than 10 wins should lead to Richt’s dismissal.

Mamby Pamby Land

January 4th, 2011
10:18 pm

Mamby Pamby Land is located on North Avenue in Atlanta.

AthDawg

January 4th, 2011
10:35 pm

I told Coach Richt face to face in September that he needed to use the word “Championships” more. I told him the Bulldog nation needed to know from his mouth that he thinks and speaks to his platyers about championships. He said “well, if you want to hear “championships” I guess we could say it for the fans. I said, “not just for the fans Coach, the recruits need you to say that we are here to win “championships ” too. He said “we’ll see what we can do.”
Here’s his passive, unemotional, press conference after one of the worst Bowl appearances UGA football has ever seen.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/561358-georgia-football-mark-richt-says-it-best-were-all-disappointed

KDAWG

January 4th, 2011
10:43 pm

Let’s look at the obvious, forget 13 losses in 2 seasons which is enough to fire any coach, Florida and Alabama both would have fired Saban and Myers. It is things like- beating Florida not once- but how about 2 years in a row? Why is that so hard to do? How can you not win a NC with Matt Stafford, Knowshon Moreno, Muhammed Masoquai and AJ Green on the same team? That alone is good for 35- 42 points a game against any defense and please don’t get me started on the 2002 team- David Greene, David Pollack(the best Georgia team I have ever seen)- if that Georgia team could not make it to the NC game, Georgia never will under Richt. Look at it from another angle-Meyers, Davis, Saban and Chizik have all made it to the NC Game. These are realities and if everyone takes a step back and looks at everything and not just losing to UCF in the Liberty Bowl, it probably is time for him to go. Let’s not forget the 11 players arrested over the summer- anyone remember that? Now it looks like one of our guys is suspended for quite awhile next year. Could you imagine degressing at your job for 2 years? You would have been asked to leave by now. He is a great guy but I think his Glory Days at UGA have passed and unfortunately College Football in the South is a business and Richt is showing poor management of his Staff and Players. Georgia just does not lose to teams like UCF, Colorado, Miss St, Arkansas- as an Alumni I should never have to wake up on a Saturday morning wondering if we are going to beat Kentucky or Vanderbilt- especially when Georgia is the underdog!

AthDawg

January 4th, 2011
10:54 pm

When was the last time Georgia……

1. Ran a fake punt?
2. Ran a fake FG?
3. Ran the No Huddle?
4. Blocked a punt?
5. Used clock management with under a minute to play before halftime?
6. Coach showed energy and motivation on the sidelines?

As Munson would say, “ok, get the picture”.

PRATTVILLEDAWG

January 4th, 2011
11:05 pm

Have CMR sign a contract to win 10 games in 2011 including UF and Tech. If contract is not fulfilled, he must resign and forfiet all buy out money. If he does not want to sign contract,FIRE HIS ASS NOW!!!

icedawg

January 4th, 2011
11:14 pm

Well, if we are looking for improvement then there should be no arrests this year and at least 7 wins.

Wally Butts

January 4th, 2011
11:31 pm

It cannot be forgotten that Georgia screwed Richt big time by hiring Damon Evans as his boss, as though Evans, at age 34 and ten years younger, could provide Richt any guidance or counsel. Without a credible boss to set fair standards, many people do not perform well. Evans skipped about seven levels of normal career progression in the AD ranks, all apparently because of a desire of Georgia (and Pres Mike Adams) to appear culturally stylish. Just a joke of a hire, and anyone who has labored through the ranks of athletic administration knows it was. Richt now has a new boss with seasoning and experience which will greatly help him. For the first time in six years, he will have a review from someone he respects as having knowledge of the situation.

GWJ

January 5th, 2011
12:24 am

Gotta win the East…period.

DAWGS forever

January 5th, 2011
12:37 am

10 isn’t enough. We need championships. We need gatorade baths. Let’s get back to the DAWGS of old not this excuse ridden bunch. Get back to those who WANT to be a DAWG and not just a stepping stone.

OldFan

January 5th, 2011
12:42 am

I think the real question here is not how many wins will save CMR’s job. The real question is will any number of wins save his job if nothing else changes? Say we win 10 games with a season full of arrests, disciplinary problems, sideline antics and boneheaded coaching. Has CMR earned our acclaim again? For 99% of the fans, I bet he has.

hotdawg

January 5th, 2011
12:46 am

Should 10 wins save Paul Johnson’s job? He’s definitely got Tech on the road that any UGA fan would love; however the hymenopterans and the AJC sports staff may think he’ll need 10 or more wins in 2011.

BoWeevil

January 5th, 2011
12:55 am

Last Five (5) Years :

56-9 Ohio State
56-12 Florida
61-5 Boise State
55-10 TCU
54-15 Oklahoma
52-16 Virginia Tech
51-14 Southern California
50-15 LSU
50-15 Texas
50-15 BYU
50-15 Utah
49-16 Wisconsin
49-16 West Virginia
49-18 Alabama on the field
48-16 Oregon
48-19 Missouri
47-18 Penn State
46-18 Auburn
46-22 Hawaii
45-20 Cincinnati
45-21 Boston College
45-20 Texas Tech
44-21 Georgia Mark Richt last entire 5 years # 23 won/lost # 23

2 other teams with 44 wins the last 5 years, Navy and Tulsa.

2 more teams with 43 wins the last 5 years Oklahoma State and Nebraska.

2 more teams with 42 wins the last 5 years South Florida and Georgia tek.

All games through tonight 4 January 2011.

BoWeevil

January 5th, 2011
1:10 am

Oldfan,

No sir.

The number is 67 percent of Bulldogs’ fans say NOW TODAY that 2011 is Mark Richt’s LAST YEAR

BoWeevil

January 5th, 2011
1:13 am

GWJ,

Win The SEC East ?

Good Lord son, Mark Richt is 13-12 vs SEC East these last 5 years now and counting.

Win The SEC East 2011 ?

DISNEYdawgs.com

He Hate Gator

January 5th, 2011
1:17 am

A big turnaround is highly unlikely so why waste the season…clean house now and let the fans and players have a fresh outlook….

Bulldog Friend

January 5th, 2011
5:26 am

With every new blog it seems to me that the UGA fans are getting more adamant about getting rid of CMR. Each of us has a right to express their opinion. Although I am in the vast minority here, I believe UGA fans need to realize:
1. Dr. Adams and McGarity will make all major decisions based on what they believe is best not what the fans and alumni want them to do.
2.Those who are yelling for CMR to be fired have never coached football.
3.Those same people have no clue as who the solution (a new coach(es) should be and if they did could they get them to come to UGA?

BoWeevil

January 5th, 2011
6:12 am

You’re an idiot.

Who do you think gives the school the money ?

It is us.

Who cares who the next coach is ?

We are still working on getting this guy, out.

He is the 1 who needs to worry what job he can get next that is nearly as good as this one.

ta

January 5th, 2011
6:25 am

.When are we going to start talking about Paul Johnson’s job. As bad as Georgia has been the last two years they still beat tech. Wyoming who was 3 and 9 was able to put up 14 points on Air Force.

Coach Johnson

January 5th, 2011
6:39 am

I’m glad Richt is catching the heat and not me! Thank goodness that Tech has low expectations and is comfortable with losing seasons! I’m glad that everyone knows that I’m a genius and that my players and coaches are sub-par!

Dawg with two bags over his head

January 5th, 2011
7:43 am

Bill,

Since we’ve exhausted this “how many wins” exercise, how about a blog devoted to “what do we as fans need to do right now to end the CEO MR era?

Dawg with two bags over his head

January 5th, 2011
7:49 am

Here are some suggestions that I’ve already completed:

1) Withhold Hartman contribution

2) Write and send a polite but firm e-mail/letter to Greg McGarity expressing my thoughts on the direction of the Program

3) Plan not to attend a game in which CEO MR participates (notice I didn’t use the words “coach” or “coached”, reasons are obvious)

Blahblahblah

January 5th, 2011
7:56 am

Thugs? What thugs?

UGASlobberknocker

January 5th, 2011
7:58 am

I can live with 9 wins next yr as long as we beat Fla and Tech

Blahblahblah

January 5th, 2011
8:03 am

So according to Wally it was the black guy hired because of affirmative action who is to blame for Georgia’s misery. Not the coach.

JDawg

January 5th, 2011
8:05 am

“When was the last time: 5.Used clock management with under a minute to play before halftime?”
***********************************
AthDawg,

Richt does manage the clock. See, when there’s under 2 minutes left, he has his QB take a knee so as to run out the clock, whether UGA is ahead or behind.

CenterofMass

January 5th, 2011
8:18 am

Bulldog Friend, with all due respect…you don’t have to be a coach, etc. to know that UGA has is a ship without a rudder and a captain. Basic business principles can be applied to football, etc. Football is big business and needs competent personnel to manage it. It’s obvious, as one commenter stated earlier, many problems began with the hiring of the previous AD. Wow! Now, as then, most of our personnel have reach their level of incompetency. The negative publicity of the arrests is a major issue for the entire university. This has become a rule rather than exception. My humble opinion this is like the “canary in the coal mine.”

SEC East = Big East

January 5th, 2011
8:21 am

Even after only 6 wins and loses to Boise and UF, Richt’s contract will be renewed. The only place he’s going is to church on Sunday with the rest of the UGA ole boy network.

JDawg

January 5th, 2011
8:21 am

10 wins?

9 wins?

Win the East?

Beat UF?

Dang, do you people realize what you are writing?

Mark Richt and Co have now lost 12 games in two seasons, including losses to Colorado (who was so lousey, they fired their coach who lost 7 in a row after beating Richt, even before the season was over).

Y’all think all of a sudden Richt and Bobo are gonna figure out how to beat a team, any team with a winning record?

I’ve watched most of the bowl games since the Liberty, and to date our own UGA:

was the most unprepared;

had the most uninspired play;

had (as usual) the most predictabe offensive play-calling;

had the poorest blocking;

and apparently made no offensive adjustments at halftime or at any other time during the game.

And before you blame it all on Bobo, Mark Richt had a headset on too. He knew what was being called.

No staff changes in 2011. Just change “the way we go about our business.”

What does that mean, getting direct deposit instead of picking up those massive paychecks?

Almost $6 Million in football staff salaries. 6 Wins.

UGA is definitely not getting its money’s worth.

chazzo

January 5th, 2011
8:23 am

It all comes down to the big four. Win three on those, and there is no excuse for not winning 10.

Woebegong

January 5th, 2011
8:28 am

I do not know whether the amount of wins is a good guage come next year as to whether CMR has/can turn it around. I think it all boils down smart coaching decisions and to do that, one of the first things he will need to do is find a OC, who has the expierence, knowledge and coaching expertise to get the offense going. Hire a good OC, demote Bobo to quartersback coach, and let him learn under this coach. A few years of expierence would do Bobo an immense amount of good.

CMR has to coach like his career depends on it. Quit being conservative, and show some faith in those players you recruit. If not, the other SEC schools will continue to pick the state of Georgia clean. They should most likely get this running back because after watching Alabam’s bowl game, they are three solid players deep at running back and I don’t see him being able to beat any of them out for playing time. King and Ealey give him a legitimate chance of moving up quickly if he is as good as some folks think he is.

Make sure the players are not only in the weight room during the off seaqson, but out on the track, running wind sprints and the such. It is hard to believe all of their problems in the 4th quarter were due to poor conditioning but a good bit of it might have been. Part of the 4th quarter woes were due to the fact that they gave up, as the game plan was hopelessly out of sync by then and no coach to make the necessary adjustments to match the games flow.

If we do not have the beef to properly execute the 3-4 defense, let’s see more than the 40% usage of the 4-3 defense next year. If we can not get a legitimate NG who can occupy the middle, the 3-4 is not going to work. Don’t try and tell me that the players can’t learn both schemes well enough to be competitive either. These are suppose to be college educatable folks as well as players on the team. Another nice improvement we could make was to teach a bunch of these guys how to tackle. Smaller teams teach thier kids how to tackle around the legs and roll with the tackle. Simple fundementals.

CMJR, show the kids you have some fire in you. If you have lost that fire, negotiate a settlement with the AD and retire. At the same time, if a kid chooses to go out and get drunk, in a fight or some other unacceptable behavior, boot him off the team. Fans will understand and accept a little less as far as wins go, if the team does not have more police blotter entries than wins on the football field, at least for one season. Once these players knoiw they must act like young adults, they will come around. Sometimes, you have to use a little strong arm to get your point across. Works darn good when it comes to getting a bunch of raw recruits in the service, to start acting like the men they ne3ed to be, and start working as a unit. In my 21 years of service, I still remember vividly basic training and the whole new vocabulary I was taught. When I left basic training, I was a changed young man and ready to handle a whole lot more responsibility than when I first arrived. If these kids choose to be thugs, and not conduct themselves properly, let them find a school that will let them be thugs, not UGA. They need to know it is an honor to wear the black and red, not a given, just because they are athletic. If they are not smart enough to realize that, they do not belong in college in the first place.

St. Richt

January 5th, 2011
8:38 am

I see its time for the annual sunshine pump that is Georgia football to begin… 10 wins?? I’m sure they won’t miss a beat losing AJ Green and Justin Houston, among others. Bill- your blogs are always good for a nice laugh.

Meanwhile, how about that mighty SEC sitting at 3-4 in bowl games and 0-2 against the ACC? I don’t hear many people saying A-SHE-SHE on these blogs anymore.

St. Richt

January 5th, 2011
8:39 am

Oh, never mind, I forgot about “the Dream Team.” I’m sure Richt will coach them up just like he normally does.. Uh huh.

CenterofMass

January 5th, 2011
8:47 am

Woebegong, thanks for your comments-specifically, the conduct issues. Maybe UGA needs to incorporate some “basic training” program run by qualified retired drill Sergeant. Many of our “raw recruits” need a little attitude adjustment. I agree, if they’re smart enough to realize the honor of attending this institution, then they don’t belong here.

CenterofMass

January 5th, 2011
8:50 am

Sorry…I should have said, if they’re NOT smart enough to realize the honor of attending this institution, then they don’t belong here.

kwgadawg

January 5th, 2011
8:59 am

10 WINS AND THAT BETTER INCLUDE FL…

7576DAWG

January 5th, 2011
9:03 am

St Richt
If the SEC as a whole doesn’t improve next year and especially in 2012 then you may be right in making fun of by far the best conference in college football. The problem the SEC has is they have so many players and coaches going to the pros’ and for coaches pro’s and head coaches of other college programs , that we have to expect a bad year every now and then.
Other conferences better hope the SEC can’t reload , but we all know that’s not the case. ENJOY IT WHILE YOU CAN.

LakeDawg

January 5th, 2011
9:05 am

Well put Woebegong.

Garydawg

January 5th, 2011
9:19 am

Woebegong, where do you get off stating that Richt is conservative? Kicking that field goal on the 3 yard line with 4th down and inches showed me that he is a gambler. I thought he was going to punt.

schmeckdawg

January 5th, 2011
9:30 am

Donnan also couldn’t beat The Joke By Coke and had no personality.

Jborodawg

January 5th, 2011
9:45 am

I just knew with Bill King’s question that they would come out of the woodwork.

“…Richt is trying to get fired, he is not even serious about about winning…”
Ignorance rears its ugly head. Any evidence he feels that way?

“…Less commercials about Ford trucks and more concentration on the program…”
So, you think he sits in that truck three or four times a day and does that commercial?

“…The Dawgs have what amounts to a home game in ATL and they need to show what they are made of…”
Will the fans show what they’re made of?

“…At the very least we will be dismantled on national TV by Boise State and UF…”
You could make a million dollars in Vegas with that kinda foresight and knowledge.

“…First off Richt needs to “get crunked” on the sidelines…”
There’s a LOT of ranting’ and ravin’ coaches out there…who have losing records. If you haven’t seen coach Richt fired up on the sidelines, you haven’t been watching. An even keel is also a valued attribute.

Amen to Vant @1:12, “…Thanks, Bill for providing a forum for the delusional and demented to express their thoughts…” and, Red Rules@1:14, “…We were just an eyelash away from a much different season this year. If you people actually would go back and look at the games you DVR’d again, you’ll see what I mean. Richt cannot shoulder the blame for fumbles, interceptions, coverage miscues caused by someone taking the fake, dropped passes, dropped interception opportunities (there were several). And sometimes the opponents actually make some great plays themselves…” Might I add that Bobo shouldn’t shoulder the blame for those things either. Bobo didn’t throw two INTs against UCF. Granted, those mistakes don’t happen consistently with a well-coached, well-prepared team. Seems it was someone different every week. But, again, the coaches don’t throw INTs or drop passes. Penalties were down considerably; that in itself shows better coaching.

However, another 6-6 or 7-6 season won’t get it. Regardless the number of wins, if we win the East, keep him. If we win the SEC championship, definitely keep him. If not, sorry Coach Richt; it’s been nice.

SAVANNAHDAWG

January 5th, 2011
10:09 am

It’s not just about the wins anymore. The entire attitude needs to change now, starting with CMR! You drive 90-plus yards only to kick a field goal? Plenty of time left in the first half and you run out the clock instead of trying to get some points (not the first time this year either)!!! Kick the deadbeats off the team and send a message!!! No grades……..off the team! Get arrested, no matter what the charge, off the team!! If you are going to act stupid and lazy, off the team!!! And recruit guys who have heart, HUGH AMOUNTS OF HEART! The Caleb Kings of the world need to go…..ALL OF THEM!!!!
All the talent in the world means nothing if you don’t have the HEART, DRIVE, DESIRE AND HUNGER to do what you must!!! That means the coaches as well!!!
No excuses………this year stunk……….don’t let it happen again!!!!

BufordKing

January 5th, 2011
10:34 am

Let’s see:

We had 10 of 11 offense starters return this year.
We had a 6-7 record
We are losing AJ 4 game suspension Green, J. Houstin, Clint Boling.
Our running backs suck.

And we are hoping a bunch of High School kids will come in and “DREAM TEAM” UGA to glory.

I frankly do not see UGA doing anything special next year:

Here are my thoughts on the 2011 schedule:

– Boise State – LOSS
– South Carolina – LOSS
– Coastal Carolina – WIN
– @ Ole Miss – Probable WIN
– MIss STATE – LOSS –
– @ TENNESSEE – 50/50 – Probably WIN
– @ VANDY – WIN
– FLORIDA – Probable LOSS
– New Mexico – WIN
– AUBURN – LOSS
– Kentucky – Probable Win
– @ GT – Probable LOSS

Let’s Recap:
4 WINS – Coastal Carolina, VANDY, New Mexico
3 Maybe Wins: Ole Miss, Tennessee, Kentucky
3 Probable Losses: Florida, G-Tech
4 LOSSES: Boise State, South Carolina, Mississippi State, Auburn

Just keeping it REAL – based on what UGA has done the last 2 years and what is returning.

TejasDawg

January 5th, 2011
10:39 am

Let’s pretend CMR can right the ship and we have another 10 years in similar fashion to the last. A couple SEC titles in the next five years sounds great right now. However,would we be happy with a 4-16 record against Florida after 20 years of CMR? Plus we still would not have competed in a national championship game in 40 years by then.

Sure CMR is better than Donnan and Goof. I would hope so. However, I want someone who can compete semi consistantly with the likes of Saban, Meyer and Miles. I want to see the Dawgs take the national stage at least one more time. CMR has not done it in 10 years and it certainly does not look promising now.

The 2008 season was a bust no matter how many wins we had given what was expected. It has only gotten worse since. He is a good man and I admire that. However, there are a lot of coaches out there with substantially less talent and facilities doing much more.

Finally, just becasue some of us are critical does not mean we are not fans. Many times in my 58 years I have been critical of the president of our country and wanted change. That did not make me less of an American. I just wanted a better America.

BufordKing

January 5th, 2011
10:50 am

Jborodawg – we were within an eyelash of a different season??

We lost to figging Colorado and UCF!!!!

We got blown out by Auburn.
We were manhandled in the 4th Q by South Carolina, Mississippi, Florida, Auburn, and Colorado.

We gave us 30 points 5 times this year – and 29 points to Colorado.

We DID not score a touchdown against UCF – FRIGGING UCF!!!!

#1: POOR COACHING
#2: POOR LEADERSHIP
#3: UNPREPARED PLAYERS
#4: POOR GAME COACHING
#5: NO RUN DEFENSE IN THE 4Q this year

Our program has slipped – and slipped fast – 6-7 in not even mediocre – it is a LOSING RECORD against the easist schedule we have had in years.

No Excuses – Coach Richt is a GREAT man, BUT HIS program has now failed.

It’s FANS like me that buy tickets, send money – travel to watch the team. And when we have nore ARRESTS than POINTs SCORED AGAINST UCF – I have a real problem with our LEADERSHIP – or lack thereof.

Jborodawg

January 5th, 2011
11:15 am

BufordKing…points well taken. The Colorado loss was inexcusable. I wouldn’t put UCF in the same category since they were ranked #25. I’d almost put the Flawduh loss right there with Colorado; that was def a winnable game. Awbun and S.C. were a different story; after all, they placed for the SECC. But, good teams can win on any given Saturday no matter the competition. And no doubt we can and do expect that. Yes, it was a “disastrous” season, by our standards. I’m just in the camp that says give CMR and CMB another year. I don’t think we wanta be where Tenn is; where every game the announcers are saying, “…these players are dealing with their third coaching staffs in three years…” Hopefully, Joe T can kick the conditioning program up a few notches. However, I do wonder about the O line coaching. Supposedly one of the best O lines coming into the season. But, no running game and the QB scrambling/hurrying/throwing INTs shows O line problems to me. I might be wrong.

Go Dawgs

January 5th, 2011
11:52 am

10 wins, SEC championship game appearance.

hotdawg

January 5th, 2011
11:59 am

BILL KING,
In the interest of fairness, should you not speculate on whether 10 wins will be enough to save Paul Johnson’s job in 2011? Or is Johnson and Tech so irrelevant that your potential readers would have little interest? It is truly sad that UGA constantly fights a “headwind” of silly rumor and speculation promulgated by the AJC sports staff.

Chris

January 5th, 2011
12:00 pm

Ugh, ONE. Its called the championship.
Can’t win with the caliber players he has had….get rid of em

tired of losing to UF

January 5th, 2011
12:10 pm

if we beat UF by 50 them maybe. Still wont make up for 10yrs of florida dominance under Richt.

Jborodawg

January 5th, 2011
12:16 pm

Dropped passes, crucial INT, falling on the ball instead of running it in, HC looking dumbfounded after the loss….

Petrino has to go.

HanDAWG

January 5th, 2011
12:21 pm

http://www.bighairyblawg.com (trademark) – has perspective on Richt. Short of at least a division title, I’d say 9 wins is sort of the over/under on Richt staying: 10 wins, he stays. 9 wins, questionable. 8 wins, he’s out.

brokebackvol

January 5th, 2011
12:25 pm

Its like watching what happened with Fulmer all over again. Nice guy, decent coach, but he’s had his chance. Dawgfans deserve better than just another 3rd place in SEC East run. He’s toast so dump him now and grab someone available right now – how about RichRod?

georgia resident

January 5th, 2011
12:25 pm

I am personally tired of reading about the thugs that are constantly breaking laws. I don’t care if they are on a scholarship and are the number one picks, they need to learn how to live within the law. They won’t be given chances in the real world so start them now. Teach them respect for others.

Mac

January 5th, 2011
12:32 pm

Georgia’s 20th player arrested this week(AJC yesterday)? He might the the best coach in the world but he can not control his players??????

Fletcher

January 5th, 2011
12:34 pm

Amazing that Richt now knows”how” to fix the UGA football problems, where in the hell has he been if he knows what the problems really are? Nothing will change with this staff, as they just don;t have the tools to produce a really good team. O line was supposed to be good, looked like a high school line.

Jeff

January 5th, 2011
12:37 pm

Anything less than what Florida, LSU, Florida, and Alabama have won the last four years and Auburn is trying to purchase this year is unexceptable. That is part of the problem with CMR, is his goals are set low instead of for the top prize. If those teams can win, then why can’t CMR win with the players he’s recruited. No excuses. I’m sick of his excuses.

Producer

January 5th, 2011
1:00 pm

The thing I’m trying to figure out is who Richt has nekkid pictures of to still be employed. He is ineffective and does not deserve another season.

Jeff Dantzler

January 5th, 2011
1:04 pm

Ed (The Original)

January 5th, 2011
1:15 pm

“Oh, and at the risk of sounding racial. Did anyone see the Orange Bowl last night. No one can tell me that white boys can’t play this sport anymore. that is bunck!!!!!!!!!!!”

It’s not racist savannadawg, just an honest observation. Stanford not only proved that, but so did TCU in the Rose Bowl. 13-0.

Boise State’s been proving that for a long time. Although to a slightly lesser extent, Ohio State proved it last night.

Do white kids still play football in the south? You’d never know it watching games on TV, especially the defenses. They don’t seem to have any problems excelling in football if they live in the North and West.

David Pollack once played defense for UGA. He was pretty good, as I recall. I’m wondering if too much emphasis is placed by recruiters on 40 times and vertical jumps. Ability to play football at the major college level should be a factor too, and many so-called 4-star athletes that UGA lands seem to lack that most important intangible.

Bham Jason

January 5th, 2011
1:16 pm

Fire him yesterday, not today, not next week. There is no excuse good enough to keep him. Listen to his comments regarding the season and the bowl loss. He has no answers because he lost control 2 years ago. UGA or as it has been renamed thUGA, will probably win 8 games next year and we will settle for that because we are used to mediocrity. Fire him now and hire Kirby Smart from AL and that would help with recruits that are wavering between AL and thUGA.

Dawg Fud

January 5th, 2011
1:22 pm

If we lose to Florida he should fired on the spot. The would make him 2-11 v. the Gators.

Unacceptable.

Mike

January 5th, 2011
1:24 pm

It will depend on how the wins LOOK. Administrative duties prevented him from helping these players win? Unlikely. I am not there; but, I hope he has more than less time spent on administration is the difference.

12 CRIMINAL CHARGES 7--er--6 wins 6..NO..7 LOSSES

January 5th, 2011
1:28 pm

How many wins? Just say 13-0 and put it on a plaque. We can always change it later.

Here's to "changes"

January 5th, 2011
1:30 pm

I’ll bet I’m reading this same article this time next year….

nauti-dawg

January 5th, 2011
1:37 pm

If a frog had wings…..

Even if we get Crowell and he plays as a true Freshman, I just don’t see us winning much more with Bobo calling the same old 10 plays he’s been using in the same old situations for years.

Don’t you think the recruits read these blogs too?

IMHO – MR will not get the dream team without assuring the recruits that play calling responsibilities will change and predictability will be replaced by clever imagination -

~ Loyalty is a fine quality, but in excess it fills political graveyards. ~
- Neil Kinnock

browndog

January 5th, 2011
1:47 pm

Want to see the players being held accountable for their actions off the field. Play the kids that give 100% and let the chips fall where they may. With what the coaches are being paid the fans deserve a quality product. Too bad compensation for the coaches is not on an incentive basis because if so there would be a different approach to each season.

Chickasaw

January 5th, 2011
1:51 pm

Coach Richt should earn another season if:

- Wins at least 9 games.
- Beats UF.
- Suffers no blowouts and is competitive in every game.
- Is in the race for SEC East all the way to last SEC game.
- Gets to a good bowl–e.g., Outback or Citrus (or whatever they’re called now).
- No more than 3 or 4 off field issues.
- Maintains current graduation rate.
- We fans see as much fight and passion in coaches and players as we feel ourselves.

Easy to say. I know that the first time it’s 3d and 20 and we run it between the tackles I’ll be saying “fire ‘em all!” Then again, I remember pretty much same thing happening in 1979!

BulldogGirl

January 5th, 2011
2:36 pm

“get the Dogs back into the SEC elite”? Seriously Bill? When were we ever in the SEC elite? 1980 – 1983 maybe? I’m a huge Dawg fan and would like to see some major improvement but let’s now kid ourselves. If we can’t beat Florida and win the East consistently we are not and never have been in the SEC elite. We need a coach who can get us there!

legionaire

January 5th, 2011
2:42 pm

10 wins would be enough to keep his job .Buck Belue thinks it is time to demote Garner as recruiter to D line coach. It seems to me that each class for the past 5 years have been in the top 10. Why have they not been coached up? Why have there been games that preparation was non existent- Alabama in 2008, Florida 2010 are examples.

JT

January 5th, 2011
4:43 pm

Fellow dawg fans!!!! You know history of football!!! Help me out with this question..Has any coach in the history of all football ever went from 6-7 to 14-0????? Is Mark Richt the one in possibly 1,000,000 odds to win the national championship next year???? I am positive you have to be realistic.

BobbyDawg

January 5th, 2011
4:58 pm

JT — I could research this further but this is what I came up with on quick notice.
In 1969 AND 1970 Alabama went 6 — 5 both years under The Bear. Then in 1971 they went 11 –1 ; 1972 10 — 2 ;Then 11 — 1 in 1973, 1974 ,and1975.

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