Is cutting off contributions the right way for disgruntled UGA fans to protest?

Greg McGarity noted that contributions don't just support the football program at UGA. (University of Georgia)

Greg McGarity noted that contributions don't just support the football program at UGA. (University of Georgia)

After last week’s bowl game disaster, I mentioned to my wife that for those young Dogs fans who haven’t been able to afford the “buy-in” level of contribution to get season tickets, this might be the year to make the move. It seemed likely there would be more nonrenewals of season tickets than usual and the cut-off point probably will continue dropping, as it has the past couple of seasons.

You’ll recall that when everyone was all excited about Georgia being a preseason No. 1, the annual cut-off level of cumulative Hartman Fund/Bulldog Club donations necessary to become a first-time UGA football season ticket holder soared from $1,991 in 2007 to a ridiculous $10,651 for 2008. The next year, however, it dropped off to $4,205, and last year to $1,550.

It’s a good bet that figure will drop even more this year, especially considering the way athletic director Greg McGarity was talking Thursday.

In reporting that fan feedback after the poor showing in the bowl has been about 50/50, McGarity noted that “You’ve got a certain faction of fans out there that are disappointed and if they don’t have change, then they’re going to drop out of the program.”

McGarity made the pitch for such folks to reconsider. “People are going to have to make decisions on do they want to hang in there with us or do they choose to do otherwise? But the way I look at it is that individuals and people that support our program, it’s really supporting our program. I know they’re frustrated with football right now but what is so important is the contributions go into funding every sport that we sponsor. So, in essence if you have some that are pulling out of the program … then they’re basically pulling out of making a contribution that helps us in every facet of our operation.”

McGarity added, “I understand it. I do understand the frustration, and the only thing we can do is to say we’re working as hard as we can to turn this ship around and after we get it going, then I think you’ll see a lot different reaction.”

Now, I’m about certainly not happy with Mark Richt and the Georgia football program right now, but I wouldn’t even consider dropping my season tickets in protest. I’ll admit I blanched a few years ago when my minimum required contribution to keep the seats I’ve had since 1975 doubled, but I never seriously considered giving them up.

At the time a friend in the same situation pondered dropping out of the Bulldog Club and simply buying tickets from scalpers on game day, figuring he could still save money even paying a big mark-up over face value. In the end, though, he renewed his season tickets as well.

And here’s the key difference: If he had dropped out and gone the scalper route, he still would have seen the games, but he wouldn’t have been supporting the athletic program with scholarship money. Which would hurt the basketball and baseball and gymnastics and other athletic programs at UGA, as McGarity pointed out.

So here’s my question to my fellow UGA football season ticket holders: Are you considering dropping your tickets for the coming season. If so, why? And you younger fans who’ve been wanting to get season tickets: Will you be put off by the declining fortunes of Richt’s Dogs, or do you see this as a golden opportunity?

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302 comments Add your comment

daslicksta

January 7th, 2011
11:02 am

FIRST!!!! It is 1 way to get the message across as the way of blogging obviously isn’t noticed.

DawginLex

January 7th, 2011
11:07 am

You either support UGA or you don’t.

You are not claiming allegiance to a coach, you are supporting the school.

Anyone who stops contributing NOW hoping that a coaching change would be made before next season is a clueless idiot when it comes to college football.

Fire Richt now and hire who?

Talk about a disaster.

G'Vegas Dawg

January 7th, 2011
11:11 am

Absolutly NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

G'Vegas Dawg

January 7th, 2011
11:13 am

I guess I should finish and clarify what I am saying. I am absolutly not giving up my season tix. I am 32 years old. I know nothing other than UGA football. There is no other program in the nation that I could or would pull for. Good or bad, I’m with the dawgs til the end of time.

Dan

January 7th, 2011
11:14 am

Contribute to the basketball team instead

What??

January 7th, 2011
11:14 am

As an alumni, it’s hard to feel like you have many other avenues for having your opinion heard. Under Adams, money is all that talks at UGA.

Dbalcer

January 7th, 2011
11:16 am

Those who do are bandwagon fans. If they do there a others who will step in and buy the tickets. Hopefully then we won’t see opposing team fans in those seats. When the ticket price rose to over $10,000 a corporation bought the seats next to us and we had opposing fans sitting next to us every game. Once the price went down we had UGA fans again next to us. We sit in the club level.

Daniel's Dawgs

January 7th, 2011
11:16 am

I Love my Dawgs win or lose and I am not giving up my season tickets!!!!

bottom line

January 7th, 2011
11:17 am

Richt has another year. That debate is over. McGarity talks like he means business and if he does, then the program is moving in the right direction. So, the jury is out pending next year’s results and McGarity’s actions. If the football team disappoints McGarity will have to fire Richt or people will vote the program is not making progress. VOTE = MONEY. When it is said and done, its nice UGA has a great women’s gymnastic team, but….

GatorMike

January 7th, 2011
11:18 am

Boo the players. That’s what I do.

Broke Dawg

January 7th, 2011
11:18 am

It is hard to support a program headed in the wrong direction during these hard times! The bowl game may have cost UGA MONEY and RECRUITS. Running the ball up the middle on third and 20 must work great on BOBO’s X-box?????

FlaDawg

January 7th, 2011
11:19 am

daslicksta, hippies blowing up hummer dealerships as a way of protesting gas-guzzling vehicles is another way to get a point across but that doesn’t make it an intelligent move. dawginlex, you are exactly right. you’re either with us or against.

Gangster of love

January 7th, 2011
11:19 am

Bulldawg born, Bulldawg bred, when I die, I’ll be Bulldawg dead – Lewis Grizzard

pcidoc

January 7th, 2011
11:19 am

I will support my Dawgs. This will probably be a good year to upgrade seats. It looks like CMR and AD GM are taking steps to get this turned around. We just need to fill some big holes with this recruiting class and CMR will have us in the hunt again. Go Dawgs!!!

NCDawg

January 7th, 2011
11:24 am

Yes. Stop contributing now! I want season tickets, but I cannot afford to contribute large amounts. If y’all stop contributing, I can get season tickets with a small contribution.

Thank you for your support.

DAWG24

January 7th, 2011
11:25 am

Totally wrong to stop contributing. Either you are a real dawg or not!
I went to the bowl game in Memphis. I was embarrassed by their play, however, I am a die hard dawg. GO DAWGS!

sogadog

January 7th, 2011
11:25 am

Golden opportunity. However, I understand alumni dropping tickets when the Dawgs are losing. The Athletic Association is basically saying “Please stay with us” while the football team is losing. However, back in 2008 and they were saying “We are winning so pony up ten thousand dollars.” Alumni should remain loyal to the program when the Dawgs are losing. But we must remember that by charging ten grand for the privilege of buying season tickets when the Dawgs were winning, the Athletic Assoc. was not very loyal to alumni.

AP

January 7th, 2011
11:26 am

Bill- I can handle the poor season every now and again. Unfortunately three years running now. What I want to know is who wrote Mark Richt’s or gave consent to that embarrassing cluelessness of a press conference. I was embarrassed! What I needed to hear— ” I will give the University of Georgia, its student-athletes and fans 110%, 365 days a year and if next year does not produce the desired effect, I fully expect the University of Georgia to be in the market for a new head football coach. If that happens it will not be for a lack of effort on my or my staff’s part. You have our pledge to give you maximum effort, integrity in all aspects of this football program, and we expect of ourselves and our players and our fans nothing less than Championships! Thank you.” Now get up and leave the room.

Top Recruit

January 7th, 2011
11:26 am

Not something you like to do. But you have to get someones attention. And nothing talks like money. Everbody likes a rate of return on their investment. We alums would like a little hire rate at UGA even when it is hard in the financial end.

Dawg_Mike

January 7th, 2011
11:29 am

Stop contributing to the program = a very slippery slope.

movin on up.....

January 7th, 2011
11:30 am

I ain’t happy with CMR…haven’t been since he sold the farm betting on the imposter in the Rodney Hampton Jersey (#7.)

But, I give my money every year….because one of these days, I’m going to be able to get all the home and away tickets mailed to my house from UGA. The worse things get the farther up I go on the list.

Yall just keep protestin….i wont stop you.

I’m a movin on up…..to the east side….to a deeelux apartment inthe sky…..

Evans Dawg

January 7th, 2011
11:30 am

My money is important to me and my family. As a UGA alum, of course I support the school and want to see it succeed in all endeavors. The product I have seen on the football field the last couple of years has disappointed me. Will I renew my season tickets? Yes, but we halved the number of tickets we purchase with my in-laws (due more to having two small children making attending a game a little more difficult than any other reason). Taking fans that have supported the program to task for lower donations due in part to performance but also economic realities seems a little off to me. Produce a winner again and ticket sales will go up. Richt is paid handsomely to do this. Maybe his salary should be tied financial performance. On the field success and financial success go hand in hand in the SEC.

AltamahaDawg

January 7th, 2011
11:31 am

To fool yourself that you are somehow “helping” the school to withhold your contributions in order to effect.?????? I’m really not sure what exactly????? or that somehow it’s your way of registering your complaint that the football coach didn’t win enough games lately..as if that even needs to be pointed out… is a pretty stupid idea.

If it’s a matter of contributing to the entire program, as McGarity points out, those folks are not going to wilt.

If it’s a mechanism of purchasing tickets to a specific sporting event, then its simply a consumer decision as to if you want to stay in line now or go to the back later. It’s a product. Buy it or don’t. But don’t try to hide behind some banner other than pure personal gratification. And there is not a thing wrong with that.

The coaching situation is going to take care of itself with or without you.

RedandBlackDawg

January 7th, 2011
11:32 am

Amen …. I get so tired of fairweather, front-running, “We have to win every game or it’s the end of the world,” fans that I could scream. Either support the University or don’t. I love it when the Dawgs win, I’m disappointed when they lose, but I don’t for a moment consider pulling my support. Mark Richt will either turn things around, or he won’t. It sickens me to see the death sprial that some people seem to see for the program right now. Every piece of bad news is magnified, every lost recruit is the end of the world, every new assistant or coach at another school is a sign of how far the program has fallen.

Stop it. If you want to cancel your season tickets, if you want to boo head coaches and players, take a trip down to Turner Field or the Georgia Dome.

UGAgirlFAN

January 7th, 2011
11:32 am

No way! If they are true Fans they would support their team thru thick and thin!!!!!! I bleed red and black always no matter what their season and bandwagon “so called Fans” make me sick!!!! GOOOOO DAWGS!!!! ♥

Dawgs2011

January 7th, 2011
11:34 am

Coach Richt is a tool and he has set the program back to 1995. Save your money.

G'Vegas Dawg

January 7th, 2011
11:34 am

It’s your God given right to feel whatever way you want to about the UGA program. But, the fact is if you only support the team when things are good, you are no fan at all. Do you quit your job when you get mad at a co-worker? Do you leave your kids on the side of the road when they disappoint you? Hard times are a part of life. I guess that mentality is what is wrong with our kids and our society. If life is tough, just quit.

78DAWG

January 7th, 2011
11:34 am

For those who want to complain and not support UGA, pleae do not contribute (if you did to start with), don’t buy tickets and please don’t show up in Athens on Saturday’s in the the fall. Then the rest of us can upgrade our seats. And by the way don’t come back next year or the following year when we’re back.

bjohndawg

January 7th, 2011
11:35 am

DAWG till the day I die.
No matter how sorry the coaching gets.

AltamahaDawg

January 7th, 2011
11:38 am

Recruit…..whose attention do you think need to be gained. Do you really think for a second that Greg Mcgarity doesn’t know exactly what is going on and 1000 times more qualified to deal with it, than a guy that gets and envelop in the mail with the schools logo and tosses it in the trashcan?

get somebodies attention……..sure. And say what? Football team lost too many games, and you don’t like that sort of thing…well golly gee, who know! Certainly not a man whose entire job is to know that.

Rick

January 7th, 2011
11:38 am

I went ahead and sent in my contribution. In fact I increase it some. I am not happy with the program and believe that CMR should be fired, but maybe I can get better seats and a better parking space.

gomdawg

January 7th, 2011
11:40 am

2010 IS HISTORY, I SAY LIKE PULL TOGETHER I FOR ONE DON’T WANT CMR TO FELL I THINK HE IS THE BEST COACH FOR UGA .

AltamahaDawg

January 7th, 2011
11:43 am

It also occurs to be that the “job” of a fan is pretty well defined. A Fan “job” is not to feel good about wins. You should, and hate the losses BUT That’s not the “job”. Might be time to fire some folks who aren’t doing thier job either.

Ron Roberts

January 7th, 2011
11:43 am

You’re either a Dawg or you aren’t. Me personally, I’d want a published list of NAMES of the “dropouts.” Better yet, when things turn around, I’d tell them there’s a special ‘renewal fee” for re-establishing their ties with the athletic department.

I want REAL fans in the stands, and frankly, the wine and cheese set don’t make enough noise anyhow. I’ll take 92,000 rowdy “real Georgians” over 80,000 hob-knobbers and 10-12,000 students ANY day.

We have the same problem at Stegman, honestly. Dawg fans at basketball games don’t know how involve themselves In the game to participate in WINNING the game.

UGA Insider

January 7th, 2011
11:46 am

Tomorrow AJ, Houston and Boykin will anounce they are leaving UGA. I don’t know about Glenn and Sturdivant yet.

RedandBlackDawg

January 7th, 2011
11:47 am

As for the coaching situation … please spare me the idiots who think changing coaches cures all ills. Pitt fired Dave Wanstedt and hired a wife-beater. Michigan took two days to fire Rich Rodriguez and still doesn’t have the coach it wanted.
You can change coaches, and yes, you might be better off, but you could also very easily wind up in worse shape. If you want to call for Richt’s dismissal, the price of admission is coming up with his successor. Think Kirby Smart will take the job after witnessing the treatment another former Bulldog, Mike Bobo has received ? If CMR were Ray Goff, or Jim Donnan, who never managed to win consistently this would be a different arguement. Give the man the opportunity to be successful, give the program, and the University your support, and most of all …. take a *%#(*&)# deep breath and calm down.

Broke Dawg

January 7th, 2011
11:47 am

Had season tickets through the Ray Goff and Donnan years but lost my tickets when contributions went up for Richt. If contributions go down I may be able to get tickets back. I just want the DAWGS to WIN no matter if I can attend! I just think Richt has taken us as far as he can. Its been a great run but we haven’t been the same since the Bama loss. I too am EMBRASSED by the bowl game, but I still say GO DAWGS!

Thundering Flea

January 7th, 2011
11:49 am

Reading the interview of the AD reminds me of that saying that everybody likes to quote these days………”A fool is someone who keeps on doing the same thing over and over that has never worked and expecting different results next time”.

Einsteindawg

January 7th, 2011
11:49 am

It’s a catch 22…if you stop contributing to the GEEF/Hartmann fund, then you lose your opportunity to order season tickets. And, if you decide to reup in a couple of years or so when the program is back, then you have to start all over again. I guess the best way to handle this and vote with your money is to only contribute the minimum. As many season ticket holders only contribute the minimum anyway, that’s why it’s a catch 22.

AltamahaDawg

January 7th, 2011
11:49 am

The renewal fee is that they are at the back of the bus. Or wagon as it were.

Has anybody else read any more comfirmation of Thomas Brown joining the S&C staff. I think that is an excellent move.

Macclenny_dawg

January 7th, 2011
11:51 am

@AP
If only he would have stepped up and said that!!! I would have some hope he could turn this team around. I still support my Dawgs anyway!!! The difference between Florida,Auburn, Tennessee, and Georgia!!! As soon as Florida started losing to teams like Mississippi state, Kentucky, and Vanderbilt they got rid of there coach as did Auburn. Guess we are following the mold of Tennessee!!! Why?? At least Tennessee and Auburn had a coach at the time that won a National championship!!! SEC championship or bye bye Richt!!!

Will

January 7th, 2011
11:51 am

CMR will be in trouble when and only when Mike Adams realizes contributions are down. Money is the ONLY thing that sorry SOB cares about. I hope Deal kicks his arse back to wherever he came from. All UGA fans should read “Between the Hedges” in the offseason.

moops

January 7th, 2011
11:51 am

UGA Insider – Wow, thanks for the scoop. You should change your handle to “Captain Obvious”. Or, “I’m posting today what was leaked out last night”. I think either one is good…

keen observer

January 7th, 2011
11:54 am

Sogadog, awesome post. It’s not a two way street. Just like one poster said when the contribution went to 10,000 they had a corporation buy the seat next to them which ended up being used by OPPOSING fans. Was the University concerned about the alumni in that situation? Heck no. They’re only concerned about the almighty dollar. Raise the price as high as they can when times are good and screw the fans and let corporatins or whomever buy the tickets. Loyalty doesn’t cut both ways with them.

Mark

January 7th, 2011
11:56 am

I plan on giving my 10K for tickets and parking. Please I suffered through the Ray Goff years. Oh by the way the great Vince Dooley should have been fired 3 or 4 times based on his record. Take away the Walker years and he was nothing more than average. 1969 5-5-1, 70 5-5, 71 11-1, 72 7-4, 73 7-4-1, and 74 back to 6-6. Please now a days he would have been fired. So get off your high horses and support the Dawgs.

AltamahaDawg

January 7th, 2011
11:57 am

How is that a Catch 22? You didn’t present any catch there. If you drop out you have to start over, but if you don’t drop out you ……………what? Don’t have to start all over?

Lindsey

January 7th, 2011
11:59 am

Winning season or losing season we will keep our season tickets (as long as we have jobs!!) GO DAWGS, best of luck in 2011!!

LawDawg

January 7th, 2011
11:59 am

Bill, I am willing to bet that more than 98% of the commenters on your site do not contribute in any way. In fact, it appears that most of them are either under 22, so it is unlikely that you are going to get any useful response to your question.

Me, I would never consider dropping my season tickets, in protest or otherwise, and I will continue to make at least my minimum contribution.

dawgfacedboy

January 7th, 2011
12:00 pm

You aren’t going to make the point you think you are by ending your contributions. There are thousands of fans who would love to take your seat and you will be replaced quicker than you will ever know. I will continue to contribute because I know as soon as I stop they will win the NC, that’s my luck. However, if they were to do something like hire Bobo as the HC or name him the “coach-in-waiting” I can assure you that I and everyone else I know will be ending their contributions.

LawDawg

January 7th, 2011
12:00 pm

whoops, delete “either”

1eyedJack

January 7th, 2011
12:00 pm

Sometimes a little revolution is a good thing. Hopefully, some of those who say they won’t contribute are the fogeys who listlessly sit on their hands during the game or those who boo their own team. Give their tickets to the students and let’s get more enthusiasm in the stands.

Einsteindawg

January 7th, 2011
12:02 pm

The catch 22 is that if you want the tickets, you have to contribute and you have to live with the product on the field…good, bad, or average. Wouldn’t it be nice if the University gave the loyal season ticket holders a break with a discount in times like this. Won’t happen because it’s all about the money. Maybe Richt would like to forfeit some of his salary for a mediocre coaching job?

dawgfacedboy

January 7th, 2011
12:02 pm

I wonder how a 6-6 season next year will affect contributions.

FRED

January 7th, 2011
12:03 pm

THE ONLY WAY TO MAKE THE LEADERSHIP MOVE IS TO HIT THEM IN THE POCKETBOOK. THAT IS TRUE IN ANY BUSINESS.

Wayne

January 7th, 2011
12:05 pm

I have been a season ticket holder for 33 Years so I have been through this before. I will always as long as I am physically able to go will continue to go. We live in Sarasota Florida and attend every game, home and away. If people want to jump off let them, we will continue to roll. GO DAWGS

Aladawg

January 7th, 2011
12:05 pm

I have to say that I will contribute again this year as I have for every year since 1982. Over the years I have moved from end zone to better seats and have increased my number of seats to the maximum to help my kids get tickets as well. I have missed less than 10 % of ALL games.

With that said, I will also say that writing letters, sending e-mails and phone calls do very little to alter the decision making process. Trust me, I have done all of those when I felt the need. It is a fact that donations have gone down the last 3 years. It is also a fact, now, that those falling contributions have gotten Greg McGarity’s attention. That is why he has responded so vociferously on the direction and his plans. It is obvious to me that in no uncertain terms he has told Coach Richt the same thing Dooley told Goff before his last year. That was “We need significant improvement”. Defining that gets a little fuzzy, but I’m sure that has been done. So, I continue to support my team, my school and Coach Richt. Anything short of that “significant improvement” will take care of itself. I won’t, however, criticize those who choose to drop donations, tickets or support because without that happening, attention is not directed where it needs to be.
You can always make direct donations to the school, the other sports (Outside of GEEF) or to specific programs if you don’t want to “support” football directly. My 2 cents……..
Aladawg

AltamahaDawg

January 7th, 2011
12:06 pm

Good, because we all were puzzled by K.Johnson’s tweet. Now we know. BTW that was from yesterday….so “tomorrow” would be today. Might want to ask AJ about that at lunch.

NWGADawg

January 7th, 2011
12:10 pm

Yes, all you fair weather D-bag should quit buying and contributing so I can move under the 2nd level seats in the 1st level corner and won’t have to bring a poncho anymore.
All the fire MR fans should buy tickets at Grant field, they never sell out and need help plus thier coach is a fantastic a-hole that tells 18 yr old kids they can’t play for Tech if they visit another school during recruiting. They are kids for Christ sake, many of whom have never left thier hometowns and want to see other places, since football is thier only ticket out of there its sad to use it against them. And before you Tech fans say something clever like thats what an intense coach should do, just think back to when you were in Seoul or Punjab and loned to leave your villages, college in the states provided that.

Old Dawg Fan

January 7th, 2011
12:11 pm

If UGA Football continues (If McGarrity allows it to continue) down the current road even “die hard UGA boosters” will stop coming to the game-sooner or later give up their “season tickets”. Kinda like buying any product-if the product quality decreases and continues to decrease over time you stop buying that product. Same here-UGA Football (lets be clear) is the main driving force of all UGA sports-ifthis CMR “product” continues to decrease in quality-Fan’s/Boosters/Alumni stop spending money.
From what I see and hear from CMR-he is really going to do nothing!!

AltamahaDawg

January 7th, 2011
12:14 pm

I’m guessing that a 6-6 record next season would affect contributions only if folks don’t like the newly hired head coach.

tom

January 7th, 2011
12:14 pm

You are either a fan or not a fan of UGA sports, and if you think that giving has that much to do with
you might want to lookk at other big schools who have a down period and came back. The AD looks at that but if all you loudmouths don’t want give the money STOP GIVING and shut up but when they go 10-2 be able to pay for what missed out on because it will rise again because your loud mouth will not get rid of CMR his record will. Bu the way list how long you have had season tickets and how much you give and let us see if you are wirth it.

1eyedJack

January 7th, 2011
12:16 pm

Econ 101, supply and demand. Even now demand outstips supply.

JACKSON DAWG

January 7th, 2011
12:17 pm

I think you loose your points when you discontinue your support….If so, go ahead idiots—-see you in section 600

Whiskeydawg

January 7th, 2011
12:17 pm

Cutting off contributions to Georgia is a great idea – if you’re a Tech fan.

GeorgiaGirl

January 7th, 2011
12:18 pm

There is nothing on this good, green Earth that would make my husband and I give up our tickets. We have 4 and this will be our 10th season as season ticket holders. If you are a true Dawg, through and through, you will support our Athletic Program in both the good and the bad. The program will be on the rise again soon (whether or not it’s the same head coach is still to be decided).

If you want to stop contributing and give up your seats, go ahead. We will simply take advantage and better our seats and move up in the away ticket pecking order.

Once a Dawg, Always a Dawg!

Loran, Whatayagot?

January 7th, 2011
12:19 pm

It’s tempting to drop out of the Bulldog Club, but don’t do it. McGarity has been involved in a super succesful program and he won’t accept the current state of affairs. That includes women’s basketball, women’s gymnastics, and baseball, all of which need major improvement. However, some will drop out and create opportunities for young grads to buy in. If he has to fire Coach Richt next year (and I hope that’s not necessary), then he’ll find a great coach. Love those Dawgs, win or lose.

AltamahaDawg

January 7th, 2011
12:20 pm

Old Dawg fan, never going to be all that. There is no “road”. Either Richt’s team improves markedly next year and he will be around or it doesn’t and UGA will make a move. Is this somehow not perfectly clear to everybody? At times, it seems like we’re not all talking about the same reality here.

Einsteindawg

January 7th, 2011
12:20 pm

Keeping things in perspective, I’m sure some of you my age (64) or older remember when UGA sold many homegame tickets the day of the game at the stadium ticket office. And, it was nearly impossible to get Tech season tickets (while Dodd was there). Now, at Tech it’s 4 tickets, 4 cokes, 4 hotdogs, and what time can you be there. Things can and do change.

Central Georgia Dawg

January 7th, 2011
12:22 pm

The dawg fans who are remaining positve and supportive are the real fans. Anyone can cheer for a winner! When the chips get down, who are your real fans. I love the the fact that people are actually supporting UGA and the student athletes. Every Georgia fan is disappointed, but putting out all this negative vibes does nothing to help recruiting, coaching, etc. Georgia fans, TRUE GEORGIA FANS, CIRCLE THE WAGONS, THE NAY SAYERS ARE GOING TO TRY TO SEND UGA TO LOWER PLACES THAN THEY ARE NOW. WHAT HAPPENS IN A YEAR OR TWO WHEN THINGS DO TURN AROUNG. ARE THE ATTACKERS GOING TO COME BACK AND COZY UP TO UGA. THEY ARE NOT TRUE FANS. I AM SICK OF ALL THIS NEGATIVITY! IF YOU CAN’T SUPPORT UGA FOR THE TEAM, NO MATTER WHO COACHES, WHAT DECISIONS THE COACHES MAKE, THEN PLEASE GO TO ANOTHER FAN BASE AND INFECT THEM WITH YOUR NEGATIVITY!

bubber

January 7th, 2011
12:32 pm

too much trouble to get t athens ,park,eat and return same day. ticket prices gouge. contri bution and payment dates too early.coaches pay toohigh how minimum wage and bonuses for performance.

Jenna Jameson's OBGYN

January 7th, 2011
12:35 pm

I think everyone should take their money, and pay for Mark Richt to have a year’s supply of spray tan.

Mark (another one)

January 7th, 2011
12:40 pm

Six tickets and renewing. I am confident that the University will not allow the current slide to continue, and we will be in the stands for all games that health allows. This is just an opportunity to improve our seats.

As for those that are thinking of quiting, goodbye. There will be plenty more to replace you, and hopefully they will be true fans.

Class of '98

January 7th, 2011
12:42 pm

I always buy from scalpers. I like having a different viewpoint every game.

Nashdawg

January 7th, 2011
12:46 pm

No because there are ebbs and flows in life and this too shall pass. The problem with society today is we all want instant pudding. In other words we want everything now. Well that is not how life works.

McDawg

January 7th, 2011
12:46 pm

Boykin is delusional and J. Houston could be a 1st rounder if he stays

keen observer

January 7th, 2011
12:48 pm

I would be willing to bet that some of these so called die hard fans would be dropping like flies if Georgia had a couple more losing seasons.

roughrider

January 7th, 2011
12:51 pm

As an alumni, the best way to express displeasure with the program is to cut out contributions.We all know that money talks and b.s. walks. When contributions went to $10,000 in 2007, I started watching the dawgs on t.v.

keen observer

January 7th, 2011
12:53 pm

NashDawg, it’s been 30 years. If Auburn wins monday night it will be the 9th national championship in football for the SEC since Georgia claimed the title. Just sayin.

7576DAWG

January 7th, 2011
12:55 pm

I would never pull my support because of a few losses . I went to school at UGA in the mid 70’s when we were happy with a five hundred season and were hoping for any bowl game of any kind.
But, having said that I also understand some fans frustration about things like :
1- Taking three years too long to fire Martinez
2- Giving Bobo a coordinators jobs when he only had coached a few year and had no history to justify such an important job promotion.
3-Not building an indoor practice facility that will match other top SEC program’s,still waiting

You get my drift there are a lot more. The fans that are pulling their support because a lot of people have seen our down turn coming for years and were making suggestions to prevent it and nobody in authority at UGA were listening. This fan base doesn’t have unlimited financial resources like some do and it’s their last resort by pulling their financial support, nothing else worked. So, some of you are real hard on this group of fans but for me especially for alumni I feel your pain and hope to see you in the near future.

Mustangdawg

January 7th, 2011
12:55 pm

To all the people screaming for Mark Richt to be fired. “YOU HAVE GOT TO BE CRAZY.” Before you got richt you were not relevant in any means. When before richt were you top ten? Also who are you going to hire? You would be Like Georgia Southern A few years back fired a guy who was making FCS(1AA) playoffs every year and advancing. To hire the young hot shot coach (VANGORDER) Have a losing SEASON!! VANDUMMY quits? No problem Hire another young hot shot coach (Chris Hatcher) still mediocrity and no playoffs. 1 bad season 6-7 and one mediocre season does not a career make. Get a Life be A “REAL” Georgia Fan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mark Richt

January 7th, 2011
12:56 pm

Dear UGA season ticket holders: I would like to ask you to use your money in another way. I’d like to build a swimming pool for my boys right beside the Butts-Mehre building. This way our team can go take for a swim anytime they want without having to use the UGA swim team’s pool. I’d like to reward my boys with this pool after having a 6-7 record. All is well in Bulldog land. God Bless.

AltamahaDawg

January 7th, 2011
12:59 pm

roughrider, let me get this right. Stop paying the money because it expresses displeasure with the program, which is exactly what you did in 2007. So top team in the country…….that’s bad?

Wake up

January 7th, 2011
12:59 pm

People want to get what they pay for. If withholding money is what it takes to get a coach whos set in his ways and not trying to fix the dying program, so be it. No one wants to pay to see your team lose because of coaching errors. We need a coach that is passionate about winning. Money is the only leverage we alums have, and we should use it.

Coachdawg 2000

January 7th, 2011
12:59 pm

Some of you are too stupid to live. Shut and pay for your tickets or go elsewhere. Maybe this will thin out the geezers in the south stands.

DWGfan

January 7th, 2011
1:00 pm

Never been the type to plunk down that much cash on football. Geez, I’d rather have a new boat or a Stratocaster or something. Yeah, so you get to see them on down years, but as soon as they’re good again it’ll just shoot back up to 10,000. Way I see it, I make thousands of dollars by staying home and watching it on TV w/ friends and family. Boy sure do miss those student tickets, and the sleepovers at Stegman to get tix were fun, too. People would bring beds, couches, TVs…

Wake up

January 7th, 2011
1:02 pm

Oops I meant get rid of*

Snoop Dawg

January 7th, 2011
1:05 pm

The sad story here is not whether or not to stop contributions, but why the UGA President and Athletic Director do not step up to the plate and fire Mark Richt and his staff for their obvious incompetence. They seem to be using the same obfuscation tactics that Richt successfully used for year by deflecting their own problems on othes. Richt has blamed everyone and everything but his mama for his steady downward spiral. Now, it seems that McGarrity and Adams are doing the same thing by trying to lay a guilt trip on those alumni who care but are feel helpless when they see such low standards and character issues throughout the program.
McGarrity needs to be honest with the fan base and talk with a little candor. If the Richt buyout is too expensive to make immediate changes, I believe that the fan base might understand. But the alumni are college graduates, after all, so they are too smart to bite on the lame “we’re working to get better” schtick.
Another think that really toasts my Wheaties is the impossible situation that Richt has put the UGA and its loyal fan base in. He was very effective in creating this “religious man of integrity” aura, but his actions do not match his words. He has to know in his heart that he is incapable of richting (I mean righting) the ship, but instead of taking the honorable route of resigning a la Urban Meyer, he has chosen to selfishly cling to the liferaft to maximize his money. I will grant you that the UGA in retrospect was downright stupid for offering Richt such a contract, but they assumed that he would perform in such a way that it would be a fair deal for both parties. Richt has not held up his end of the bargain, but refuses to resign which would allow the UGA to afford to get a quality replacement. So when all these Zombies drivel about how much they respect Richt, what a religious and honorable man he is, then I reply that Richt’s actions do not match the aura that he skillfully developed for himself and that many, many Bulldogs eagerly bit down on hook line and sinker.
If I were king, I would dismiss Richt and his entire staff, hire the best coach that I could get to agree with no regard to cost, and start over. Even though it might be expensive, if the program turned around and we won some championships, it would be a great investment and would have a great return financially.
Until then, however, OFF WITH THEIR HEADS!

AltamahaDawg

January 7th, 2011
1:12 pm

My Bulldawg buddies and I have a saying:
“Shut up and pay the man”

(the “or don’t go” is inferred)

Bulldawg1444

January 7th, 2011
1:14 pm

Never in a million years will I quit supporting my beloved Dawgs.I too want to win on the football field,but cutting off support hurts other worthy programs.I have faith in McGarrity and Coach Mark Richt that the ship will be righted.So all you band wagoners quit contributing.I guarantee there will be others to take your place.

Snake Doc

January 7th, 2011
1:19 pm

Stay the course – Is that the only answer those of you who support the CEO have?

What if those of us who want the CEO gone, are right? What will you be saying then? What will your answer be next year? One more year? More excuses? Excuses are for losers, didn’t you ever learn that?

If you are right I will say I was wrong, however, the evidence points out that me, and those like me who want the CEO gone may be right.

Coachdawg 2000

January 7th, 2011
1:20 pm

Snoop-
Have you ever coached,worked with young,people,raised children? If you have you would understand that it is a very process and requires constant reflection and action. So this mythical idea that Richt doesn’t “have what it takes” is ludicrous. News flash don’t laways do what they are told,taught,know that is right. Sometimes they just plain do stupid things. The fact is our coaches were beating the bushes for players and not sweating UCF. Was that necessarily prudent? No. But for all you who would cry why didn’t he/the team do a better job representing the “G” then I would ask did you as individuals go to the Liberty Bowl if the answer is “no” then shut up! 2010 was a absolute trainwreck but at least we are trying to get players to make 2011 meaningful. Would 7-6 make all things right in the BulldogNation? No! Who cares about a crummy bowl loss if the extra recruting time yields excellence in 2011.

Snake Doc

January 7th, 2011
1:21 pm

Snoop – AMEN!

AltamahaDawg

January 7th, 2011
1:21 pm

GAWDALMIGHTY! How old do you have to be to understand Mcgarity is not firing Richt this offseason, but if the team is not better next year, he will? To continue to make comments that are oblivious to that reality at this point is just boring and lazy.

Snake Doc

January 7th, 2011
1:21 pm

And what do you coach, Coach?

More excuses!

Captain Kangaroo

January 7th, 2011
1:26 pm

Sounds a bit childish to me. Like a child who doesn’t get his way, ” I’m just not gonna play, I’ll just take my bat, and go home”. Face it, we are spoiled. We have no patience. This reminds me of the Falcons a very short time ago after the Vick and Petrino fiasco. These blogs were so loaded with contempt and hatred; everyone was gonna cancel their season tickets, blah, blah, blah. Then the Falcons got the right GM, he hired the right coach, etc. Well, I think UGA has the general manager in place now, and he will do a good job, if we show just a small amount of patience. And based on Richt’s overall success, it is proper to give him a chance. The easiest thing in the world is just condemn everything, and blow up the whole works, but I doubt that’s the smart play. Personally, I am, and will always be a Dawg, and that means sticking with my team through the good and the bad that all teams experience at some point.

keen observer

January 7th, 2011
1:26 pm

Mcgarity was interviewed by the athens banner herald today and was asked about the assistant football coaches. He said that he will never get involved in evaluating assistant coaches in any sport. It would be up to the head coach to make the call on hiring and firing assistants. But he did reinterate that he expects all sports teams to compete for championships. It’s starting to look like Richt is going to go down with the ship by hanging onto these inept assistants. McGarity wants results but he’s not going to force Richt to make changes. I do believe we will have a new football coach next year.

AltamahaDawg

January 7th, 2011
1:27 pm

Yea Doc, that exactly what folks are saying, stay the course, don’t improve, don’t analyze and correct, in short, don’t win more football games. Good call. Brilliant.

Coachdawg 2000

January 7th, 2011
1:27 pm

Snake Doc-
I coach football. I have done for 11 years and i can tell you that young guys’ heads aren’t always where they should be. Some of have to remember that football is only one part of their young lives. Sometimes a girl dumping them occupies more of their attention than it should. sometimes their instincts contradicts what they’ve been coached to do. The coaches are expected to be professional but the players aren’t. If you want coaches fired or you’ll withold your contributions then I say off with you! Go ride the Falcons bandwagon until wheels fall off.

Lagdawg

January 7th, 2011
1:28 pm

I’m a big time UGA fan and I am upset with the way that the football program has been handled over the past 3 years, but bottom line is, Richt is here for at least another year and unfortunately so is Booboo. It is really sad that it has come to this, but what do you expect when Auburn and Alabama hire new coaches and win NC within 2-3 years of the coaches taking over the programs. The problem is that Richt takes to long to recognize a problem and to do anything about it. Bobo should have been fired or demoted, but we chose to keep him. Richt could have easily taken over as the OC until he found a replacement. Too many excuses and too many losses. We will see what changes next season and if he has to go, it needs to be quick and a hire needs to be made quickly. Just cause you played for UGA doesn’t entitle you to a coaching job if you are not getting the job done. I again see that we are late offering some of the top recruits for next year from the state but, Auburn, Tenn, SC, and UA have already offered. That’s why we continue to miss out on a lot of the top players and end up begging certain players to come to the program. That’s what makes these kids think that they are superstars before they even prove anything on or off the field. Being a dictator as a coach is sometimes how you have to do it to get the right results and when it comes to recruiting we have to be just as ruthless as the other schools in the SEC.

needums

January 7th, 2011
1:29 pm

What do you expect, I mean really if the football program funds the rest of the sports at UGA then I think the thing to do is make sure that certain program stays successfull and it is not. If you have a mediocre football team everything else is going to suffer……..”it is what it is” CMR

Snake Doc

January 7th, 2011
1:30 pm

what level of football?

And excuses are for losers!

There ain’t no excuses in life!

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Coachdawg 2000

January 7th, 2011
1:32 pm

Snake Doc-
What do you do for a living?

edumacated

January 7th, 2011
1:34 pm

Nothing personal Bill, but I think it would help the program if a few more old folks dropped their season tickets and let some young blood in. Remember the conversation earlier this year about how the band plays the same songs year in and year out, and how Sanford is not that loud of a stadium for opposing teams to play in. There you have it.

Snake Doc

January 7th, 2011
1:35 pm

Network Engineer LAN/WAN – for 20 + years and that includes Internet connectivity and Security!

Coachdawg 2000

January 7th, 2011
1:39 pm

Snake-
So if one of your subordinates does someting incredibly stupid becuase their spouse left them and crashes the system. This cost the company money and your boss says it’s your fault and we will withhold your paycheck to make up the difference.F.Y.I.- facts aren’t excuses. You and the ohter “fire everybody” morons hurt our program more than you know and you probably go find someother hobby.

mountainman

January 7th, 2011
1:41 pm

Hey Fellow Dawgs, no emotions, Please!!! After all, remember “It is what it is” HaHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SSIgator

January 7th, 2011
1:43 pm

Wow. I go out of the country for three months, come back here to visit and it is just like the movie Groundhog Day. Bill King writing the same type of “I love CMR” letters, the people who want change and don’t get it and then the apologists who I guess must be like the wait staff in the dining hall of the Titanic – oblivious to the end. Study football more for cutting edge plays? What the heck has he been paid almost three million dollars a year to do? What a sad state of affairs for a once proud and respected football program. That preacher man is a real snake charmer.

Dawg Fud

January 7th, 2011
1:43 pm

Bill,

It’s not a matter of protest. It’s a matter of investing in something you believe to have value. Some contributors do not see potential value on Richt’s future.

Alumni should always write a check to the institution (as opposed to the GEEF), regardless of their satisfaction with the football team.

Mark Richt

January 7th, 2011
1:46 pm

It is what it is.

Athens= God's Country

January 7th, 2011
1:47 pm

I hope all of these FAIRWEATHER FANS drop out. I would love the chance to buy their tickets to support my team. Go away please!

Athens= God's Country

January 7th, 2011
1:50 pm

BILL,

Do you feel worse cutting the check now or when Goff and Donnan were running the show?

Mean Machine

January 7th, 2011
1:52 pm

I don’t have season tickets because I can’t afford them. But I do manage to go to 5 or 6 home games and 1 road game every year. As furious as I am with the ineptitude of Coach Richt and his staff, and the continuous downward spiral this program is headed, I don’t believe I would have the heart to give up season tickets.

edumacated

January 7th, 2011
1:53 pm

SSIgator,

I agree. Apparently this guy has been getting millions of dollars to babysit a bunch of kids. What a dumb thing for him to say that now he will have time to “study the game.” Anybody else in any other profession says that and they are a laughing stock. Richt says it and folks on here are like “O.K…..great!” Talk about drinking the kool-aid.

7576DAWG

January 7th, 2011
1:53 pm

keen observer
That’s what I’ve been saying all along . By not changing out McClendon, Garner, Bobo and Searels CMR’s statement is if you go down so will I. That may seem noble but assistant coaches are given a one year contract for a reason and that is they have to get the job done most every year. That’s what set CMR apart from the great coaches like Saban . CMR is more concerned with being liked and being a friend than getting the job done. But that policy never works out because what happens when your friend can’t get the job done? I will tell you. You keep Martinez and an unqualified offensive coordinator years longer than they deserve and your entire program suffers.
Hiring McGarity was the best move ever at UGA. He understands this and will not tolerate CMR putting everything ahead of the most important thing which is TOO WIN.

Athens= God's Country

January 7th, 2011
1:56 pm

It is starting to sound like Damon Evans didn’t do squat for CMR.

JTDawg

January 7th, 2011
1:56 pm

Right, SSIgator.

I keep hearinig that, “Richt’s earned the right to fix this.”

I say Richt and Co got paid over $10 Million dollars the past 2 seasons for a 14-12 record. And that’s playing in the SEC East, which is now the punching bag for the SEC West.

He has gotten paid very well for everything he has done here. He just better be glad he is the CEO of UGA’s football program, instead of a major corporation.

12 losses in 2 seasons, and NOW he’s gonna study football?

edumacated

January 7th, 2011
1:57 pm

I sure hope my doctor is taking time away from running his practice to “study medicine” and stay on the “cutting edge.” Sheesh

There is not a person on here who would go to a doctor if they heard that the guy was not staying up on modern medicine and reading his journals. So why would you rely on a coach who admits that he has not stayed up on the modern game.

Beamdawg

January 7th, 2011
1:59 pm

I am sure some people will not contribute for season tickets because of the Dawgs strugles but what about the ones that are sick and tired of the damn blue suit wearing Michael Adams and his constantly changing rules that make it harder and harder to enjoy your day tailgating?

layinlow

January 7th, 2011
2:02 pm

SnoopDawg, I totally agree with you on Richt and this man of honor thing that he has created for himself. I’m a christian as well but to me I don’t see where his principals matches his actions. To me a good christian would instill more discipline in the young men he leads. Tough love is the best kind of love when dealing with young people. Joe Gibbs was a great christian coach who demanded excellence and didn’t put up with anything else. Thats why I have a lot of disdain for all the posters who make condescending remarks about the christian faith because they are displeased with Mark Richt. Richt’s coaching ability has nothing to do with his faith and vice versa.

KeepDreaming

January 7th, 2011
2:03 pm

Any fool that would pull their contribution money just b/c the football team had a bad season probably NEEDS the money anyway. Bunch of fair weathered homers out there!!

NewnanDawg

January 7th, 2011
2:08 pm

VanGorder is long gone….now we’ve missed out on Muschamp. Save your money. Next year will be brutal.

the check's in the mail....NOT!

January 7th, 2011
2:12 pm

Dropped all contributions and season tickets in ‘09. No intention of renewing, particularly after 2010. That’s how real fans should vote- with their wallet. Sorry, just sayin’. Being a kool-aid drinking fan does not make one loyal.

Do the Math

January 7th, 2011
2:16 pm

I have had Georgia season tickets since 1985, and know that the minimum contribution per year per seat is $400 (in the best sections), so if you buy 4 season tickets in the best sections in Sanford Stadium, your minimum contribution is $1600. Some give more than that to get better seats to the Florida game and other away games. So, if I withold my $1600, do you think there is any impact to an operation whose budget is tens of millions per year? I don’t think so! I give because I love and support UGA, not because I think it entitles me to have a say in how things are run.

Redcoat alum

January 7th, 2011
2:18 pm

Dear edumacated-
FYI, it is common knowlegde among many fans and we in the Band are well aware that we DO NOT pick what we can & can’t play. That is set by the University. We could play 1,000 songs in our reperotiore, but alas, UGA won’t let us. Don’t blame the Redcoats- we don’t like it any more than you do!

keen observer

January 7th, 2011
2:22 pm

7576DAWG, I am feeling better about the McGarity hire by the day. Everytime he speaks I feel more comfotrable that he will take action when the time is right. We can’t lose sight that the man has been on the job for only six months and had to do his due diligence concerning the program. He has sat down and looked richt in the face and told him I will do whatever it takes mark, just let me know what you need. I see that as a sign that McGarity is laying down the gauntlet and there will be no excuses after the 2011 season. If Richt doesn’t get the job done next year then he can never say that McGarity didn’t give him a fair shake. I truly believe that this is McGarity’s position and I have to respect that because Richt did win two SEC titles.

Don "Vito" Leeburn

January 7th, 2011
2:27 pm

I dare you – any of you – to cancel your support for MY athletic association.

Uga VIII

January 7th, 2011
2:30 pm

Goodbye, cold cruel 6-7 world.

Ben

January 7th, 2011
2:31 pm

Supporting athletics and scholarships is nice but the cold hard fact is everything is built around seeing the football team in big time games. That’s what drives everything. It’s hard to argue with my friends who come down for, let’s be honest, 2-3 “big” games a year on the home schedule, and pay (for example) $100 a pop per game. They’re still coming out ahead on my donation and season ticket costs. Also this year $100 would get you TWO big games this year. I love the basketball team but that hasn’t been a good enough reason in the past decade (although it’s getting better under Fox who I really like). Also, I live in Atlanta and it’s simply not easy to get over for hoops games but once or twice a season.

I’ve said for years that it was a blessing in disguise that I suffered my time in Athens during the Donnan years because it allowed me to get grandfatherd in at a very low donation level.

I’ll never give up my tickets because they’ve “got me” and I won’t go back to zero points. So, I say to you youngsters…..get in while the gettin is good.

LakeDawg

January 7th, 2011
2:33 pm

Great point sogadog.

7576DAWG

January 7th, 2011
2:33 pm

layinlow
What CMR doesn’t understand is he is treating all young kids like he treated his own kids. CMR instilled discipline, ethics, morals, integrity and other values into his kids from birth just like I did and neither one of us have ever had one bit of trouble from our kids. But everybody can’t be a role model for their kids and the kid has to learn by themselves which is going to be the hard way. CMR doesn’t realize some of these kids have been on their own since they were about 10 years old and they are use to doing what they want anytime. You just can’t tell these kids anything and he doesn’t realize that the best way to get their respect is to put the fear of god into them and let them know that you are in charge and this is a dictatorship and if they don’t jump when you talk they want be here long. This is not the same way you have to treat a kid that was raised with value like respecting their elders . Most all adults already have the kids respect. Saban understands this and most consistent successful great coaches of the past do to.

Old Flatulent Dawg

January 7th, 2011
2:35 pm

BK, I agree with you, I’m not giving up my seat. However; since I have little use for Dr. Adams, I think I’ll reduce my contribution to the University Foundation. But no, I won’t stop my gifts to the Hartman Fund.

PMC

January 7th, 2011
2:36 pm

No, absolutely not. That kills recruiting. What Georgia needs really is Phil Knight or T Boone Pickens.

Still kind of embarassing they don’t have an indoor practice facility.

7576DAWG

January 7th, 2011
2:38 pm

keen observer
I totally agree. Sometimes you have to take two steps back in order to go forward. McGarity will get things turned around at UGA , we just have to give him the time to get it right.

maddawg

January 7th, 2011
2:39 pm

Not if you are basing your decision on what you see on TV. If that is as close as you get to the football program then you should trust those in the know.

AltamahaDawg

January 7th, 2011
2:40 pm

edumacated, if your Doctor told you that the new hospital director had recently taken a lot of the administration BS off of hims, so he had to deal with insurance and compliance less and could spend time with his own medical staff and looking at how other doctors were innovating more, THIS would be bad news to you……and why?

Lowcountry Bulldawg

January 7th, 2011
2:40 pm

If they continuee to lower it I may find myself in Athens every Saturday. We had season tickets till ‘97, let them go. Should have continued on wit them. Now I would have to pull myself away from a 65in DLP flat screen, but if the price is right, I will have my but back in Athens.

The point is if you want to be foolish, stop donating money! Only hurts the university as a whole and YOU will only look back and regret the moment you made that choice. This program is down for what is only going to be a blip on the radar.

The choice is yours, but be careful as for every one fool out there contemplating it 10 individuals are ready to jump in your place.

GOOOOO DAWGS!

Sandman053

January 7th, 2011
2:42 pm

PMC we don/t have one because Leeburn hasn’t decided to give us one lol

SWGADAWG

January 7th, 2011
2:43 pm

Yes…please do. I want better seats.

Mike

January 7th, 2011
2:45 pm

As a younger fan, I see this as a great opportunity for me. I hate to get em this way, but I’ll take what I can get when I can get it.

timthebrave

January 7th, 2011
2:46 pm

Thanks for your tickets bandwagon jumpers.

Dig Bick

January 7th, 2011
2:49 pm

Fran Tarkenton should did blister CMR this morning on 680 the fan. He has been right about UGA’s program all season long. Its time for CMR to go.

JTDawg

January 7th, 2011
2:53 pm

Bet Fran would be a great coach.

disgruntled dawg

January 7th, 2011
2:53 pm

blah blah blah. No Big Deal ! Didnt renew last year and I just watch my Dawgs on TV. Sanford Home games are nothing more than a hip hop concert anyway.

This says it all...

January 7th, 2011
2:53 pm

This pretty much sums up the UGA graduate…
“I am 32 years old. I know nothing other than UGA football.”

It is bad enough when a former football player says that, but for a regular fan or alumnus, it doesn’t sound very good. Great for the football program, but doesn’t say much for the school overall.

Really didn’t mean to pick on you G’Vegas Dawg, I understand the rest of your post, but this quote was too good to pass up.

Dig Bick

January 7th, 2011
2:57 pm

Fran doesnt sugar coat it homers. Tells it like it is and so far he has been correct. CENTRAL FRICKIN FLORIDA and 6 points. PATHETIC !!!!

DawginLex

January 7th, 2011
2:58 pm

This says it all,

You are so FOS it is not even funny.

You classify all UGA grads as working in the Waffle House or sweeping streets.

Believe what you want to and continue to live in your own little delusional world.

UGA is turning out a lot of fine graduates who work and earn great livings.

Murphy

January 7th, 2011
2:58 pm

27 year contributor and season ticket holder. No more after this past year.Im done. Im going to spend my hard earned money on other things.

DawginLex

January 7th, 2011
2:59 pm

Sturdivant returning for senior season.

http://www.dogbytesonline.com

ARdawg

January 7th, 2011
3:04 pm

Hee Haw, Hee Haw

This says it all...

January 7th, 2011
3:04 pm

@DawginLex ,
I wasn’t the one who said he knows nothing but UGA football…

ARdawg

January 7th, 2011
3:04 pm

I guess you fixed it huh Bill?

JTDawg

January 7th, 2011
3:05 pm

“CENTRAL FRICKIN FLORIDA and 6 points. PATHETIC !!!!”
***********************************
Then Richt tells us Bobo and Searles did a great job, not good job, but great job this season.

I think Richt himself is what the Techies call “delusional.”

ARdawg

January 7th, 2011
3:05 pm

Heya Murph!

As you have surmised, the Liberty Bowl was a bust.

I too will refrain from any future ticket purchases

DawginLex

January 7th, 2011
3:08 pm

This pretty much sums up the UGA graduate…
“I am 32 years old. I know nothing other than UGA football.”

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

the above statement is what you said.

ARdawg

January 7th, 2011
3:09 pm

Sorry McGarity, for many of us “regular fans” our only protest is to cut out the UGA expenditures

Murphy

January 7th, 2011
3:09 pm

ARdawg,

I will always pull for the Dawgs but I wont continue to give them money. I feel like im paying for a Porsche and getting a KIA.

AltamahaDawg

January 7th, 2011
3:12 pm

Let me guess, Fran thought 6 points against CFU was not good.

Christie

January 7th, 2011
3:15 pm

I love my dawgs, win or lose! Of course, I REALLY love it when they win. My parents have been getting tickets since the 60’s. I am a graduate of UGA and have been getting tickets since the 80’s. I get season tickets for the football games, but I have also attended the gymnastics meets, basketball games, and baseball games. The contribution goes to all the sports team. There is no other team in the USA that I would spend my hard-earned money on. There are a lot of us people out there that are “honest-to-goodness” die-hard Georgia fans, but I do think that the amount is slowly dwindling.

ARdawg

January 7th, 2011
3:15 pm

Murph

All my life I was a huge MLB fan until the second strike with the season lockout. I vowed no more. I was a huge NFL fan until the season lockout. I vowed no more. I to date have kept those vows. College athletics is the only organized sports I spend my money on. The NCAA’s recent flip flopping on the rules and UGA’s lack of progress in advancing the football program has put this in jepordizing that. Suppose I’ll stick with golf and yardwork. Maybe take up being a history buff like George Costanza

AltamahaDawg

January 7th, 2011
3:16 pm

You’re not giving them money. You are paying for your own enjoyment of attending a football game. Nobody blames you if you don’t want to do that, but don’t act you were Paying THEM, or giving THEM anything. They were allowing you to purchase a ticket which you are free to pass on.

AltamahaDawg

January 7th, 2011
3:21 pm

Golf is okay, but I’d be duck hunting out there, if I were you.

just a fan

January 7th, 2011
3:21 pm

I have been a season ticket holder since Donnan’s last year and I would never give up my tickets I support the whole university, am I happy with where we are at as far as football is concerned no but do I think McGarity will make the tough choices after the season if we don’t improve yes I do.

esatcobbdawg

January 7th, 2011
3:21 pm

have already sent in my renewal $’s for today’s next year.

ARdawg

January 7th, 2011
3:23 pm

Altamaha, if that was directed at me, I beg to differ. There are numerous programs and at different levels one can choose to spend one’s money. Counting various tickets to numerous trips to numerous games, logo’ed regalia yearly, general support and just being a fan is in my book, “spending money on the program”. If you take the position one has to be a season ticket holder (which I have been in much leaner times) then, that’s both your opinion and right. I do not see it that way.

Murphy

January 7th, 2011
3:25 pm

ARdawg,

I did a little research last week end and tried to come up with an approx figure of the money I have spent on donations and going to UGA games for the past 30 years.I could retire 6 years earlier on the figure I came up with.

Altamaha Dawg

You are correct-I did pay for the enjoyment of being able to attend UGA games.And the contribution is giving to the University. I dont enjoy watching UGA football anymore and that is the reason Im bowing out.

ARdawg

January 7th, 2011
3:26 pm

Altamaha

And the ducks are plentiful this year. Just ain’t my bag. Don’t fault others for it. I quit hunting years ago. I have been on some recent hunts but, I wasn’t shooting

wyedawg

January 7th, 2011
3:27 pm

I will continue to renew my tickets…that gives me the right to complain! Fieldgoal Jesus (CMR) will be gone as soon as his contract expires. UGA is just saving the buy-out $.

ARdawg

January 7th, 2011
3:29 pm

wyedawg

Indeed it does! Hell, I’m getting tired of complaining and really haven’t been complaining that long.

JTDawg

January 7th, 2011
3:30 pm

ARdawg,

Don’t mind AltamahaDawg. He just likes to lie in wait, then belittle posters he disagrees with, rather than actually post an opinion on the article.

Oh, and he’s very smart. Just ask him . . .

ARdawg

January 7th, 2011
3:33 pm

JTDawg

I have a lot of respect for Altamaha. He calls them like he see’s them. If you don’t get nothing else out of what he posts I can assure you it is from his heart. He’s been on these boards much like me I suppose, since their inception. I don’t always agree with him but, I know he does generally know of what he speaks

AltamahaDawg

January 7th, 2011
3:34 pm

NO Ar, I wasnt directing that at you. I was making the point that its really a lot more simple than some make it out to be. As if the university Owes them something. The entire premise of this being a matter of a “protest” I do find silly though. Truth be told, its exactly what you say. You either choose to spend money on your own personal emjoyment or you don’t.

AltamahaDawg

January 7th, 2011
3:39 pm

Ah JT, as opposed to your post that was a topic related? I have posted plenty of opinions on this topic today. I take it you would like to dispute some of them? Or were you just trying to belittle me?

And AR and I have each other emails, Unlike most folks on here we only say thing that we aren’t afraid to personally own up to. I don’t think he needs to hear from you who to ignore.

Athens= God's Country

January 7th, 2011
3:40 pm

Please go away FAIRWEATHER FANS!!! Richt is the reason we have such high standards. Our program sucked before he arrived. Support your damn team!

Matt

January 7th, 2011
3:46 pm

You are not “supporting the University” whether you buy tickets or not. Money given to this fund supports only the athletic program. The athletic association, sometimes, at its own whim, announces it will give some spare change to the Arch Foundation or Georgia Fund, which is the University Proper. The athletic association then may or may not decide to follow through with this pledge. I hope all you folks who say you either support the University or you don’t support the Georgia general fund and then double give to your school or college. As a double dawg, it is clear to me that the academic programs at Georgia are in far more need of financial aid than the football, basketball, gymnastic, or equestrian program.

Grizzard

January 7th, 2011
3:48 pm

Gangster of love

January 7th, 2011
11:19 am
Bulldawg born, Bulldawg bred, when I die, I’ll be Bulldawg dead – Lewis Grizzard

At least Lewis is one bulldawg that ‘finished the drill’.

ARdawg

January 7th, 2011
3:49 pm

Altamaha

I don’t do the “protest” per se’. To me that’s just an idle threat. When my interest is gone, it’s likely gone for the duration. Certainly I’m not paying through the nose attending games now but, I did pay for one kids degree from UGA. My money won’t be missed I’m sure and it’s not a protest or a threat. When I lose interest and move on, I’ll be gone for good. I am tiring very quickly. Maybe it’s age or maybe I just don’t really give a fat rats azz anymore. yanno?

ARdawg

January 7th, 2011
3:52 pm

Matt

You seem to forget UGA is a state funded public university. Every taxpayer in the state supports that institution

Jay In VA

January 7th, 2011
3:52 pm

Buy low, sell high! Tried and true marketplace economics. Now’s the time to get in. Georgia football will rise again. I admit it’s a bit difficult to see it now, but you know it will.

SCAM Newton

January 7th, 2011
3:56 pm

Some of you people need to get a life.

samfan2

January 7th, 2011
3:57 pm

Quit procrastinating. Go get Kirby Smart and get it over with. We all know that he is destined to be the next UGA football coach. What are you waiting for AD? Just do it.

ARdawg

January 7th, 2011
3:57 pm

Jay in VA

Sure it will. I state that with all sincerity. I have no doubt it will.

Will

January 7th, 2011
3:57 pm

I have been a season ticket holder since 1966. I am one of those “old’ alumni that the young guys detest. One of those sitting in the North stands, lower level, between the 30s that actually sit down most the game and rarely a red, distorted angry face is to be found here. Don’t hear too many boos and profanity directed at either team in my sitting area.

I contribute two dollars to UGA for every one dollar I contribute to GSEF and my cumulative contribution to GSEF puts me in the top 15% of contributors.

I attend games because of the experience of game day, my love of my university and finally, because I expect UGA to win. I expect the football team to represent the University in the most positive of lights and expect UGA to recruit players who can read and write and are committed to graduating. I am more upset with off the field misbehavior, recruiting questionable students with questionable character and puzzling gaps in graduation rates than I am with wins and losses.

I also understand I am in the distinct minority among those who post on sites like this one.

The disconnect between the character and morals of Mark Richt and the players he recruits is both sad and puzzling. I wish UGA would recruit good high school football players and teach them to be better rather than depend on recruiting great high school players regardless of their academic ability or character.

If UGA continues to recruit those of questionable character and football players continue to misbehave at the alarming and embarassing rate seen over the last two years, I most likely will end my 44 years of significant contributions to the athletic department. I will never end my significant contributions to the University of Georgia.

Dawg In SC

January 7th, 2011
3:59 pm

Been a season ticket holder for 15 years. It’s not just about support, it’s about value too. Have you looked at the home schedule for the upcoming years? It is horrible. Why pay for seats and a contribution when 3 home games are against nothing teams (and that will only get worse as the new AD takes the Florida approach to easy non-conference games). Sure it doesn’t help that the boys aren’t good right now. $95 per seat per game with contribution (plus all the other game day expenses) is just too much to go watch the likes of Buffalo, New Mexico, Coastal Carolina…all in the same season. Football pays the way for many sports – but not for long if the dogs don’t get it going. The stadium may be “sold out” but the tickets aren’t being used. No product. No value. No Contribution.

ARdawg

January 7th, 2011
4:01 pm

Yeah! What Will said!!

UGA Insider

January 7th, 2011
4:05 pm

Butts-Meyer is abuzz today with rumors CTD is leaving to become the new DC in Dallas. Stay tuned.

Uga VIII

January 7th, 2011
4:08 pm

You either support UGA or you don’t.

You are not claiming allegiance to a coach, you are supporting the school.

Anyone who stops contributing NOW hoping that a coaching change would be made before next season is a clueless idiot when it comes to college football.

Fire Richt now and hire who?

Talk about a disaster.

PaleRider

January 7th, 2011
4:10 pm

Coaches always want provisions in their contracts for bonuses when they win a conference championship. How about a provision for a pay CUT when you have a losing season?

here are some options

January 7th, 2011
4:10 pm

UGA Insider, Who is CTD??

AltamahaDawg

January 7th, 2011
4:11 pm

Nah! your not gone, and your certainly gone for good. You wait and wait in anticipation of the football season then it turned out that way, obviously you aren’t going to be driving over 4 states empty out the wallet. I think you make a very good point about the NCAA. They certainly make it much more difficult to be any kind of a fan now, in good times or bad. Same for the media driven state of the game. “Support” is just a different creature that it used to be. It’s more a matter of consuming than supporting now.

agdawg

January 7th, 2011
4:12 pm

I will give my donation and purchase my season tickets just as I have every year since 1979. No I am not happy with the outcome this year but it certainly has been worse. I have 2 degrees from UGA and am not a fair weather fan. There is no other team that I root for in ANY sport! My participation in purchasing tickets and making my annual donation is just as special as voting in any election. I can complain or discuss BECAUSE I truly am a fan AND SUPPORTER! I really do not believe that many of you actually make a donation or purchase tickets.

Did ya’ll really think that we could be that good with a freshman quarter back and a new defensive coach? The year I graduated from UGA, 1979, was awful and look what happened in 1980! Look at Florida and Texas this year. Things will improve and it will get better. Still rather be a DAWG any day……..

jaxdawgfan

January 7th, 2011
4:13 pm

I am highly displeased with the current decline of Georgia football. Anyone who agrees should not be labeled a fair weather fan. I’ve been a solid fan for 35 years. That is NOT fair weather or bandwagon support but enough is enough.

From where I sit, those who call themselves fans yet continue to financially support a program that is so obviously under-performing and getting worse are simply too self-indulgent to sacrifice going to the games instead of helping to encourage meaningful change.

That said, I have a better question than the one asked by our AD: In the face of verified multiyear decline, is there any reason for another year of status quo? Fans, REAL fans, have a right to disagree and to demonstrate it by withholding funds… because we DO care.

Without revolution, we’d have remained British colonies. Without fans using money to make their voice heard now, we’ll remain mediocre. The choice is yours.

McGarity is close to CUM

January 7th, 2011
4:13 pm

AD McGarity is close to Urban Meyer. What if in one more year, McGarity were to offer CUM the UGA HC job? Meyer could re charge his batteries in the year away.

I say why not? Meyer wins. period. Richt? Nothing lately.

I am in my 60s …………… need to see one more two or three year fabulous run like between 80 84. Meyer can do it at UGA and his ego would be boosted beyond imagination, because he would have rebuilt another down SEC program.
UGA class of 71 & 73

AltamahaDawg

January 7th, 2011
4:14 pm

…..you’re certainly not gone for good…………would have been the actualy point. even corrected the sp.

JB

January 7th, 2011
4:16 pm

I have 3 seats and may actually move up to 4 as I expect a bunch of band wagon jumpers to jump off. Thus, improving my lot. As an alum, I’m in through thick AND thin.

HBTD!!!

layinlow

January 7th, 2011
4:17 pm

Will, well said and I have complete respect for your position. I too want to see more scholarships offered to kids who are academically suited and with good character attend the University and who actually want to be Dawgs. I want to see more Kris Durham’s and less caleb king’s.

bitter franki sinkwich

January 7th, 2011
4:18 pm

only the chosing one’s AKA (walker/me) CAN RISE TO THE TOP of collage football, CROWELL cant hold our jock, he is soft the A/A game proved that 6 carries for 23 yards —–nice—-, lets support caleb king and his fantastic running ability, uh—ealy —-try’s —- go dawgs and its back to the drawing boaed with our new 3 star recruits—-cool—

PS coach-em up f-150 man, with a nice tan (fake)–great sunglasses, hahahahahahahahahahahahahah

UGA Insider

January 7th, 2011
4:19 pm

Coach Todd Grantham

Skitty Fritty

January 7th, 2011
4:22 pm

I have season tickets on the uga side approximately 25 yard line and I am considering not renewing my 6 tickets. The reason is not out of protest against UGA’s season or Richt but the state of college football in general. We have had great stories this year such as Cam Newton, Chris Rainey, Terrel Pryor, etc. You should read the article yesterday in the AJC by M. Downey about the Auburn football players who received degrees and the Auburn professors never saw them in class. Why doe we support a minor league progam for the NFL? I don’t support UGA because the players or the coaches but because it is UGA.

AltamahaDawg

January 7th, 2011
4:26 pm

jaxdawg, would you not think the coaching situation is going to work itself out next year? And the message that you send with withholding money will be heard way too late to make a coaching change this year? (Which was basically last month.)

7576DAWG

January 7th, 2011
4:26 pm

UGA Insider
I hope you are wrong about Grantham because he is about the only coach that not only showed some emotion this year but did his job. If he will stay everybody will see a huge difference next year.

Skitty Fritty

January 7th, 2011
4:27 pm

Here is the article from yesterday’s AJC. This sounds worse than UGA’s Jam Kemp affair in the 80’s. Have you seen this anywhere else other than the AJC? Where is the outcry to this article. If I had a Sociology degree from Auburn, I would be furious because it is worthless.

http://blogs.ajc.com/get-schooled-blog/2011/01/06/auburn-tumbles-from-4th-to-85th-in-football-academics/?cxntfid=blogs_get_schooled_blog

Gatormeat

January 7th, 2011
4:29 pm

I think the alumni and contribitors should cut off the funds. If I was giving money to a school that was getting more players arrested than they were winning games and having all kind of crazy stuff like panty incidents going on, I would cut them off to. georgia has become a disgrace to the SEC, if it were up to me I would kick them out and replace them with a more honorable school like Miami or Florida State. The dogs are just plain disgusting

ARdawg

January 7th, 2011
4:30 pm

Altamaha

You’re right. I will be anxiously awaiting the start of next season even with the yearly renewed enthusiasm. I will be planning what games I will attend and be spreading my cash where appropriate. In my 40 years of being a fan I have been through valleys much lower than this one. I’m full of displeasure at the rotten season and I can understand the negativity but, it ain’t going to change who I am and I am a Bulldog fan till the end

Skitty Fritty

January 7th, 2011
4:31 pm

Gatormeat:
Didn’t UF have Cam Newton for 2 years and how do you explain Chris Rainey? Nice try, but UF is all about winning at any cost and didn’t do a very good job this year with 5 losses.

Carlos Feltsein

January 7th, 2011
4:31 pm

FIRE MARK RICHT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!

ARdawg

January 7th, 2011
4:31 pm

If Grantham were to bolt after one year and the free ride he received, he wouldn’t be worth having in the first place.

Beast from the East

January 7th, 2011
4:32 pm

Hang in there, Dawgs! All programs, no matter how great, go through rough patches. Look at Michigan, Notre Dame, etc. Richt may or may not be the one to turn it around, but rest assured that someone will within the next couple of years.

Sandman053

January 7th, 2011
4:33 pm

I too want CTG to stay…he has fire and determination and I think next year the defense will shine. Of course with Bobo the Dodo calling plays it will have to shine.

Sandman053

January 7th, 2011
4:34 pm

Beast from the East…I agree! Of course I too am really looking forward to getting better seats next year.

ARdawg

January 7th, 2011
4:37 pm

Grantham has already ridden that pony, I really can’t imagine he’d jump back into it at this juncture.

ARdawg

January 7th, 2011
4:38 pm

Enter your comments here

Sandman053

January 7th, 2011
4:39 pm

Yeah I personally think he could make a bigger impact fixing the disaster that has been UGA defense for the past several years rather than going back to Jerry-ville. That ship still isn’t ready to fully sail I don’t think.

SickandTired

January 7th, 2011
4:39 pm

Heck yes. I’ve been saying for years Mark Richt should be gone. Now all we do is hire a nutritionist? No more money til that deadbeat is gone. Like it or not, that’s how I feel and he can hit the road before I give another dime to Adams.

jaxdawgfan

January 7th, 2011
4:46 pm

AltamahaDawg

I hear you. By the end of the year, the coaching situation had certainly better be worked out.

My point is that it should ALREADY have been worked out. This situation has been tolerated far too long. It has been repeatedly pointed out that other schools, now with successful programs, didn’t wait nearly as long as we have to make changes when they went into decline.

The final straw was that, instead of making changes, our program has chosen to make noise by repeating the “we’re working hard to right the ship” mantra and pretending to be “excited” about the coming year. You’d have to be on some mood-enhancing substance, legal or otherwise, to be excited about Georgia football this coming year.

Withholding funds won’t get us a shiny new coaching staff this year. I know that. But it will help make sure that this insanity (i.e. doing the same thing expecting different results) won’t stretch out ANOTHER year.

46-40

January 7th, 2011
4:47 pm

Bill, Of coarse dropping the $$$ support for the program hurts more than just football. That’s the point –to get the university’s attention. And it will work. When the U.S. puts santions on other countries you hit them in the pocketbook –and it hurts the citizens. That’s life. Fix the problems & no one gets hurt.

Dawg Tired

January 7th, 2011
4:49 pm

All I know is that Coach Richt said at his last press conference that “Bobo and Searles are both doing a great job.” Maybe we need to contribute more money to pay for a brain transplant.

Einsteindawg

January 7th, 2011
4:50 pm

I may be in the minority, but I think the jury is still out on McGarity’s hire. Foley is special and just needed someone to do the paperwork and fill out the correct forms, and my last business with McGarity was in the mid 80’s and he assigned my parking permit for the football games. A real AD could see through all this BS…and would be proactive. Just my opinion.

here are some options

January 7th, 2011
4:54 pm

Several posts have been directed at the lack of discipline and the type of athletes recruited (rightfully so)……I wonder what kind of athletes Harbaugh at Stanford recruits????? His team dominated VT……….

Einsteindawg

January 7th, 2011
4:55 pm

@here are some options…and they could read at college level, too.

AltamahaDawg

January 7th, 2011
5:01 pm

jaxdawg, the problem with your plan is:

McGarity wasnt here last year, he can’t be held to any standard but what he can do NOW. So why would you screw yourself out of your place in the ticket line to correct a problem that you have absolutely no indication exist. (McGarity not doing what he should). Nothing he has said should give you the slightest inclination that he will not.

What you are talking about is punitive at this point, not proactive.

Einsteindawg

January 7th, 2011
5:07 pm

I agree AltamahaDawg…just contribute the minimum, send a letter (not an e-mail) to our AD, and copy our Board of Regents. A half empty stadium speaks volumes to the University and to the TV network covering the game.

72 Grad

January 7th, 2011
5:08 pm

Wow! Are they crying about not getting enough money now. I stuck through the years of Goff, Donnan and the last couple of years. My reward—I now miss the cutoff for GA-FL tickets (and matbe Boise State) after contributing for over 35 years. Perhaps Mr. McGarity has enough sense to realize that ALL season ticket holders (BUYERS) want to see the GA-FL game at least every other year. With ex-football players and ex-football coaches being AD for all these years they only saw through the football teams perspective—or was it just the MONEY!!!! Wake-UP. UGA only cares about the big dollar donors.

Sandman053

January 7th, 2011
5:14 pm

Yeah I got Ga- Fl tickets this year and it was a total surprise. But I would like to eventually get a point total high enough to get both…maybe this so-called discontent if they follow through with it will make my percentage go up.

icedawg

January 7th, 2011
5:26 pm

Football is just a sport. For some it may be more than that in an unhealthy way. All sport programs go through peaks and valleys. Right now the football program is in a valley. So what. If changes are necessary then they will be forthcoming, maybe not to satisfy everyone’s timing, but satisfying everyone is impossible anyway. If someone is supporting the UGA sports program then unless there something unethical in the program I would not see why they would pull their support simply because of one team’s sub par performance.

7576DAWG

January 7th, 2011
5:30 pm

If we played the GA-FLA. game in Athens every other year there wouldn’t be a problem

Steve

January 7th, 2011
5:51 pm

DawgInLex said it best.

All you couch potatoes who think you know so frickin’ much about football annoy me. Calling for peoples jobs and such. Just IMAGINE me being a complete outsider coming to your company and telling them they should fire you!

We hired Richt for a reason. We wanted to be relevant in college football again. For every year he has been here except the past two WE HAVE BEEN RELEVANT. I think Richt is a victim of his own success.

Fifteen years ago, a winning record every season and a bowl was an improvement.
When Richt started, a winning record every season and a bowl was an improvement.

For every single season but one, Richt has been a major improvement over what we have had for the last 20 years people. We have now had one losing season with Richt. In his first 10 seasons Vince Dooley finished the regular season with .500 records twice. In his next 10 he did it once, and also had a losing regualr season once. In other words, Richt is outperforming the most revered figure in UGA athletic history.

Let it go people. He deserves a chance to recover from this. He is coaching in the most dominant conference in football during a run in which the conference is stronger than it has EVER been, yet he still has the best winning percentage in UGA history. He still has a top 5 winning percentage of all active BCS conference coaches in this decade.

I know everyone is upset over how the last two years played out. I can guarantee you this right now .. Mark Richt is more upset than any single one of us.

Voicing your concerns is fine, but a real fan does not sit here and act like a GaTech troll on these boards and then wonder why we can’t get recruits. Try looking at the positive side a little bit.

Ceasar

January 7th, 2011
5:56 pm

Require CMR to observe Mark Fox!!!!!!!!! Now there’s a guy that knows how to run a program!!!!!!!!!!

The Truth Hurts

January 7th, 2011
5:57 pm

OK Steve. Give me the positive.

The Truth Hurts

January 7th, 2011
5:57 pm

Also, this decade is two years old. He’s .500 in it.

The Truth Hurts

January 7th, 2011
5:58 pm

Make that under .500.

Ceasar

January 7th, 2011
5:58 pm

Enter your comments here

Gatormeat

January 7th, 2011
5:59 pm

The reason you dogs don’t get recruits is they want to actually play for a team that has a chance to win championships, like the Mighty Gators. All they will get at georgia is Independence bowls and an arrest record. There is a reason you have lost 18 of 21 to us and have not won two in a row since 1988-1989, it is because you are a bunch of criminal scrubs compared to us. Muschamp and Weis are going to lay an epic whooping on you dogs this coming year, it will be the game that seals richt’s fate. Then you can hire some other loser coach and the Gators will beat him down also. To us you are Vanderbilt. You are Kentucky. Accept it

Gatormeat

January 7th, 2011
6:05 pm

No money coming in for the dogs, can’t get no one to commit, arrests, panties, coaches threatening to choke opposing players, cheap shots and starting fights at the Auburn game, and a lame duck coach. These are just a few of the reasons no recruits should consider georgia, it really would be a terrible waste of their youth. Come down here to Florida where you will win games and learn character, all you will learn at georgia is how to get arrested

ColumbiaDawg

January 7th, 2011
6:31 pm

Look at your contribution as an investment in the future. The more you contribute, the higher in the pecking you go as far as home game seat assignments and getting any kind of away tickets. Even if it doesn’t pay off this year, it might be the difference in those kind of seats in the future.

bitter ga fan

January 7th, 2011
6:35 pm

GAYtormeat, nice cheap shots, especially when you just fired a crazy as– turban cryer– he may have quit but in reality he was run off!! your closet is full of skelletons weak as— gator fan

at georgia we have a great tradition in football and we no we may have made a mistake drawing on a coach south of our boarder. ask why birds fly up-side down over fla.?????theres nothing worth sh—- on, jokes on you gator meat every time you look in the mirrow, spoon chest punk

UGA Alumni Times 2

January 7th, 2011
6:39 pm

The answer of whether or not to stop contributing largely depends on your personal financial situation and motivations. If you your the average Alumni, you should probably keep your tickets with a long-term outlook in mind. If you’re doing poorly financially, this is a good time to save some cash. Feeling guilty about spending money you don’t have and getting no satisfaction from your purchase is a double negative. If money is no object to you, and you could buy back in at any time off e-bay, your contributions probably hurt UGA a lot more than they hurt you. If impacts all sports, yeah, it means a lot to UGA. And it might bring about a call for action. So it all depends…

bitter ga fan

January 7th, 2011
7:01 pm

spend yo money and buy the best playas just like auburn did, a mere 200,000 and there at a national championship game, JUST SAYING PO-DUNK

J Clay

January 7th, 2011
7:02 pm

Nope, expecting I will be able to get all 4 of my seats together now though…and considering adding 2 more seats…

Bob

January 7th, 2011
7:04 pm

RNB

January 7th, 2011
7:11 pm

I have had season tickets since 1982. My answer to your question is yes I will give mine up. It is a total waste of hard earned money to watch this program continue to me below average. There is no excuse for Georgia to not be in the mix for championships every year with the faciliites and money this program has. Hell with all of them. Mississippi State has more excitement. What does that tell you.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

January 7th, 2011
7:36 pm

Cut the donation crap and go back to purchasing the seats at face value

In this economy fans shouldnt be required to donate unless the want to not have to

Uga and the rest of the sporting events better hope the ecomony gets better because they will be begging people to pay if it doesnt

Jay

January 7th, 2011
7:46 pm

20 year season ticket holder here. I don’t think it will be a organized boycott of attendance. It will be more organic in people will not want to spend the ever decreasing entertainment budget dollars on a program that doesn’t even appear to be trying to win championships. UF, Bama, LSU, Auburn all seem to aggressively trying be elite program. Heck even Miss. St appears to have surpassed us.

AltamahaDawg

January 7th, 2011
7:49 pm

Seems to me, contributions and attendance at the stadium would be a much more likely way to send a message to the AD as to what clout and expectations the fans have.

AltamahaDawg

January 7th, 2011
7:54 pm

That they do and will (give and attend), not they they won’t, I mean.

Plus what is this “us against them” attitude? As if anybody at the admin does NOT the same thing as the fans?

Tampa Dawg

January 7th, 2011
7:58 pm

Since CMR is more of a preacher than a football coach, it should be like church. Pass around the collection plate and donate whatever you can afford to give.

atlanta dawg

January 7th, 2011
7:59 pm

Of COURSE NOT!!! Win or lose i bleed red and black.. Go Dawgs

pulaski dawg

January 7th, 2011
8:20 pm

It’s not the couple of down seasons that has me considering dropping out. After 26 years, I’m getting tired of parking issues due to poor planning. I’m getting tired of concessions that now charge $5.00 for a cup of ice and require you to buy a bottle of water for $2.00 to go in it rather than just filling it with water as they would soda. If you dare go for a drink, you miss a quarter of football. Not too much seems to be done with fans in mind. I long for the eighties and nineties when it seemed the fans were appreciated for something other than money.

Richtard Simmons

January 7th, 2011
8:52 pm

sogadog, very well stated.
we are not getting 2.8 million worth out of richt. Cut his pay until he raises his performance.I would like to know what changes re being made, beside making the video director the strength coach. What richt said the other day was almost the exact thing he said last year and the year before, its getting old, certainly not worth 2.8 million.

Richtard Simmons

January 7th, 2011
9:04 pm

stevie, we cant get recruits because we have lost 12 games the last two years. these kids want go go to a winner. they all dream of playing on a national championship team. no one in his wildest dream sees uga as that now. even 17 and 18 year old kids can see that for 3 years we have been headed down. im glad i dont have stock in a company you are ceo of if you would keep way underperforming empolyees as richt on the payroll at 2.8 million.

cmac

January 7th, 2011
9:10 pm

I went to every game in the Richt era … until the Liberty Bowl. I decided that it was time to register my protest & i did not buy tickets or make the trip …. & I AM GLAD I DID NOT WASTE MY MONEY OR TIME!! I plan on doing the same with my contribution in Feb. Have had 4 tickets for almost 20 years, but am considering reducing it to 2 & giving serious consideration to reducing it to 0.

there are huge problems in Athens. It starts at the top & quickly rolls downhill. You are what your record says you are & UGA is a way below average program that will continue to spiral downward with the current coach in charge.

Find & listen to Fran Tarkenton on 680 The Fan Friday morning. He gave an excellent analysis of the UGA Football program. Major problems & it starts with Richt. The guy has been the head coach for 10 years & he is excited to be relieved of some duties that will allow him to get more involved … WHAT THE HELL HAS E BEN DOING? tarkenton made an excellent point in asking the religion of Saban, Chizic, Cip Kelly, Jim Tressel, Les Miles, etc… Nobody knew & nobody cares. They are hired to be football coaches, not preachers!!

Lastly, all the delusional UGA Football fans who think things are gonna get better – the team is losing its best offensive & defensive players. 6 wins will be a great season in 2011 …. & we will lose another year of getting the right leader in here. And for all you Kirby Smart hacks, winning 24 – 0 at home vs your biggest rival & your defense cant hold the lead …. sounds like the perfect man for the job at UGH!

Say what you want or Make Excuses

January 7th, 2011
9:26 pm

Just being reported, Stanford in talks with Petersen, Miles to Michigan, and too many folks on here ask the dumb “Who are we going to hire?” Look around the qualified guys are abundant.

Richtard Simmons

January 7th, 2011
9:28 pm

You people calling yourselfs “real fans” are the problem. You are the ones hurting the players and the team.
they deserve the best of coaches available to coach them up and make them better. They certainly haven’t gotten that the last 3 years. Iv’e asked many times for someone to give me real facts of why they think we will be better next year after we loose green, durham, houston, boykin,gamble, dent, and 2 offensive lineman. You are delusional if you think we will be better. Face it there is no more of a dream team coming than we have finished the drill the last 3 years. So you self proclaimed feal fans quit hurting my team and players and give us a chance to get better.

Ed (The Original)

January 7th, 2011
9:42 pm

“Fire Richt now and hire who?”

How about any decent assistant coach in the country, DawginLex. There are dozens that would be mediocre for less money than what Richt is earning, and if we’re lucky we’ll hire the next great young coach. Other schools seem to have no problem landing coaching talent, why do you believe Georgia has no choice but to watch discipline, motivation, and results continue to slide under Richt as they have since ‘06?

Dawgperiod

January 7th, 2011
9:46 pm

Coach has nothing to do with it. Dawg Period !

Lil-Dawggie

January 7th, 2011
10:14 pm

Vince Dooley didn’t make $2.5 milion per year either like Richt does. Cut Richt’s pay to $500,000 next year and I’m cool with him staying. But going 6-7 making $2.5 million is absurd.

RED DOG 77

January 7th, 2011
10:31 pm

Bill………Anyone who goes back several headlines you’ve written would be inclined to believe it would be a good idea to stop all contributions !………You are starting to sound more like the “hype” writers at the AJC rather than a good ‘ol BULLDOG. Bill I have respected your columns for some time now, but you have lost me, and have alot of work to do, to win me and the “The Real” BULLDOG fan back……………Good luck Bill. you’ll need it………Regards, RED

Delbert D.

January 7th, 2011
10:45 pm

Pete Carroll gets more of Jim Harbaugh from now on:

“Harbaugh will face his collegiate nemesis, Seattle’s Pete Carroll, twice a year. In Carroll’s last game with Southern California against Stanford in 2009, Harbaugh kept his team scoring despite the lopsided outcome. After the Cardinal went for a 2-point conversion late in the 55-21 game, the two head coaches met at the 50-yard line to shake hands. Carroll asked Harbaugh, “What’s your deal?”

NYTimes, today

P. Bull Terrier

January 7th, 2011
10:56 pm

Has anyone else noticed that this topic has brought out more intelligent comments and fewer childish insults from fans of other schools than any AJC blog in the last couple of years? Even a majority of those claiming they won’t renew their tickets this year are posting reasonable arguements for their position, instead of the typical “red panties” junk you have to wade through on most blogs. Is there a big Dungeons and Dragons tournament going on in Atlanta this weekend, or something?

A few people on both sides of the debate who claim they are going to either renew or cancel their long held season tickets don’t seem to have a clue about how the priority system works or what kind of donation is required each year to renew season tickets. Obviously you can’t judge much by what people claim in blogs, but the feeling I get is that most season ticket holders are going to renew this year even if they aren’t Mark Richt fans anymore. Judging from the other blogs, I was starting to think I might be sitting on the 50 yard line next season because of all the non-renewals.

The Boise State game will be an interesting test of season ticket holder loyalty. I’m betting that quite a few donors/season ticket holders will be left empty handed after the people at the top of the points list buy up all of the tickets so they can sell them on e-bay. A great season in 2011 might be enough to pacify the anger of those who are excluded from that “home” game, but the insult of a mediocre (or worse) season following the injury of being left out of the “home” game crowd may be too much for a lot of people. I may be one of them.

beast

January 7th, 2011
10:59 pm

I’ve been a dawg fan all my life; that won’t change. I’ve been a season ticket holder for 10 years. 2010 was the first time I haven’t been to a game in Athens since 1975 and it had nothing to do with the coaching staff, the team, nor the cost associated with 4 season tickets….I just can’t stand being around all of you idot “fans”.
Go Dawgs.

Oldman

January 7th, 2011
11:11 pm

Anyone who gives up the tickets because the football team is doing poorly, should be ashamed to even call themselves fans. Fair weather fans are what they are. This is GEORGIA BULLDOG FOOTBALL, WE BLEED RED AND BLACK FOREVER. Good or bad, they are still our team, and i support them no matter, win or lose.

stendek

January 7th, 2011
11:17 pm

I have been screaming to all that will listen that Mark Wretch is clueless! Mike Dodo doing a wonderful job? Six points in bowl game. Is that wonderful to you? Anyone? No need for me to scream that the reverand is out of touch with Bulldog Nation. His comments sadly speak for themselves! More disaster in a few short months. Guaranteed! My donations to UGA? Checkbook lost. Sorry. Maybe when new coach who WANTS to succeed is hired it will turn up! Offensive line DID quit in bowl game. CANNOT BLAME THEM AFTER FG SERVED AS VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE FROM HEAD COACH! STENDEK

James K. Polk

January 7th, 2011
11:56 pm

I love it when you people say someone is a “fair weather fan”. We haven’t won a title in over 30 years now, any fair weathered fans have long since departed. We are horrible because our fans allow it. Would Richt still be around at Bama, LSU, Florida, Oklahoma, Texas, or Ohio State? Of course not… Which is why those programs play for, and win, titles. In fact, Richt would have already been fired at Maryland. Most of our fans just want a few 10 win seasons and some Outback Bowl titles. Not me. I want the crystal football, which Richt will never have the onions to win. Fair weathered? Give me a break! Fans get the football program that they desire 100% of the time, which is why we are awful, and why Richt doesn’t care…because he is not made to care like he would at Bama.

cynicaldawg

January 8th, 2011
12:51 am

James K. Polk-ditto to that?

7576DAWG

January 8th, 2011
1:03 am

James K Polk
I have got to agree with you on a lot of what you said. I don’t think these fans are fair weather fans especially the alumni. The name of the game is wins and UGA has got to decide if they are content with losing 4 to 6 games a year or do they want to be labeled as a top tier team meaning top 10. Either way I will support the decision but it sure does feel better when you win.
The tie breaker is going to be McGarity because

BoWeevil

January 8th, 2011
1:08 am

What other suggestions do you have besides cutting off contributions and not paying for crappy HOME games we LOSE anyway against nobody teams to get the POINT across to the DISNEYdawg.com that 9-4 this 2010 season would have been # 32 in the nation won/lost (We are 3 full games WORSE than that.) 2009, by the way, # 32 is where a 9-4 UGA would have finished last year too in 2009 (We were WORSE than that too.) We are # 60 over the last 2 years and # 69 this season.

2008 was the season all our players were arrested the very night we were # 1 in every poll. 18 went out on the town and got beat up, went to the bathroom on the public streets and beat up a hospital that night, followed by 3 games vs good teams 2008 giving up 29, 42 and 31 consecutive points in the 3 losses handing the football to Knowshon Moreno an avg of 17 carries each game.

I think it sounds like a great idea every time I read yet another is doing just this.

7576DAWG

January 8th, 2011
1:11 am

to finish
McGarity did not come to UGA to settle for second best. I have a feeling he is a doer and now that he has made AD he will get credit for what happens here on out and I have a feeling CMR and his coaches will know their fate as early as the end of the SC game if we are 0-2 to start the year. CMR and Bobo will not impress anyone by scoring 50 point on teams rank number 75 to 100 and losing to every school ranked in the top 40. McGarity will do what it takes to reunite a very proud fan base.

BoWeevil

January 8th, 2011
1:14 am

Oldman,

“Good or bad, they are still our team, and i support them no matter, win or lose.”

Then, go by God to South Carolina where you will fit in perfectly. Here you are a huge big part of the damn problem around here.

DISNEYdawgs.com

BoWeevil

January 8th, 2011
1:19 am

Greg McGarity I have ZERO -0- confidence in.

I did not want him hired in the 1st place.

He has never coached tiddly winks.

And, our coaches report to him ?

Nice. Really nice.

This FOOTBALL SEASON of 7-LOSSES is Greg McGarity’s 1st full football season.

HE DID NOTHING.

He has allowed them to do NOTHING this off-season.

He has allowed Mark Richt to keep his sorry “coaching staff” when no recruit will come here play for them.

Greg McGarity has allowed 12 Georgia Bulldogs football players to be arrested on criminal charges and has been there for every 1 of the 17 SUSPENSIONS of UGA Bulldog football players this entire freaking season.

His comments are KOOL-AID.

He is the DISNEYdawgs.com

He lacks a pair.

A.D. What a load of hogwash. He would NEVER have achieved that at Florida

NEVER

BoWeevil

January 8th, 2011
1:26 am

Mark Richt has won 5 of his last 13 SEC games

Mark Richt has NEVER beat a Top 10 final AP Poll team in ANY BOWL GAME ever here at UGA.

Mark Richt has won 3 games vs Top 10 final AP Poll teams and those 3 years lost 4, 3 and 4 games.

Mark Richt has lost all the other 9 games vs Top 10 final AP Poll teams in his 10 years here.

Mark Richt has lost to 10 NOT top 25 final AP Poll teams, such as 5-7 Colordo this year.

Mark Richt has -0- coaches on his coaching staff, none.

Mark Richt cannot recruit.

Mark Richt says he is the # 4 coach in America and no 1 in the press can ask him why then UGA is # 23 in won / lost the last five (5) years then.

You either support this football program, or you are a DISNEYdawgs.com poster supporting only Mark Richt – who ain’t great.

7576DAWG

January 8th, 2011
1:43 am

BoWeevil
I will give McGarity through the South Carolina game. If we are 0-2 I expect him to make a major announcement and if we lose one of the games it had better be a great game and we barely lost to a great team.
You have got to understand that he is responsible for I don’t know how many teams women and men , probably at least 25 or more teams, someone probably knows and he can’t spend all his time with a screwed up football program. He already stated that he will not be responsible for any assistant coach , his job is to evaluate all the head coaches at Georgia and the assistant coach are the responsibility of their head coach so if the assistant coaches are not getting the job done McGarity will hold the head coach responsible .
Next year will either be a great turn around year for the football program or we will be getting a new 6 million head coach with all new assistant coaches.

BoWeevil

January 8th, 2011
1:45 am

UGA has not had 7 LOSSES in a season in 53 years since 1957

In 118 years of Bulldogs’ history we have lost 7 games twice, now 3 times.

Nice Mark Richt, Greg McGarity and Michael F. Adam$

All 3 need to GO

BoWeevil

January 8th, 2011
1:48 am

b.s.

Greg McGarity is 100 percent responsible for this “coaching staff” of Mark Richt.

Greg McGarity has never coached anything, which is why he isn’t doing anything about this all season long and now all off-season – NOTHING.

Please don’t print EXCUSES

7576 DAWG – there ain’t none

tennessee tom

January 8th, 2011
6:27 am

if you want to get the brass at UGAs attention,just quit going to the games,after several games at UT with 20-30 thousand empty seats,Fulmer was shown the door,the only thing these people understand is money,when you have coaches making 2-4 million a year,and ADs making a million,they are out of touch with the real world,UTs athletic budget is over 50 million a yr,larger than some small countries,and I am sure UGAs in not far behind

ClinchPanther

January 8th, 2011
7:34 am

NO i’d say don’t stop your support. I understand the mega contributors using it s a way to make a point but it only hurts the program instead of helping it. Those mega guys usually have some contact privileges anyway so why not make the point face to face? I go to every game i can no matter what the record is.

BoWeevil

January 8th, 2011
7:36 am

Like I say, why the hell not ?

You have to get the attention of the DISNEYdawgs.com in Athens that

9-4 would be good for # 32 in the nation this year, 2010

9-4 would have been good for # 32 in the nation last year, 2009

9-4 will be good for # 32 in the nation next year, 2011

9-4 is totally unacceptable

CenterofMass

January 8th, 2011
8:10 am

I’m passionate about UGA but disciplined enough-win or lose-to not let my emotions override my ability to think. When it’s all said and done, wins or losses will soon fade from our memory bank. Having said this, we have some serious problems that need to be addressed, not white-washed with procrastination and appeasement.

Don’t “throw the baby out with the bath-water”-continue supporting UGA, not the mediocre, if not inept management, of the football program. The football program off-field problems are like a “canary in the coal mine”. This is part of the “dirty bath-water”. This is big business, and like any business there are measurables that I’m sure the AD will utilize to evaluate coaches, players, etc. It’s regretful, but I continue to believe we have so many “holes in the boat” that we now have no alternative but to change ships and captain. It appears that many of our present coaches, staff, players have reached their level of incompetency. Sometimes you just have to “bite the bullet” in the short term for long term benefits.

Mr. SEC

January 8th, 2011
8:44 am

The answer to your question is “no”! Must have money to build upon, you only make the thinging worse! I woould like to comment on another subject though, since there was no place to respond to the Nick Farley article. I am a college football fan, I tape games and then go back and watch them again, many plays or players I like to watch them in slow motion just to see what they are really doing on each play, (that’s the old football coach coming out in me from 31 years of coaching experience on several levels). He is dirty, he does not have to stoop to do somethings that he does even when is away from the ball or around it. Ex. while on the ground swinging your helment or legs to hit people when there is no reason, I coould go on, but I want! Watch the game, all phases, and you will see also! Great defensive player, dirty player on the field!

Blind Homers = Enablers

January 8th, 2011
8:47 am

Enabling Behavior…
Here are some examples…

•Repeatedly bailing them out – of tight spots” they get themselves into
•Giving them “one more chance” – …then another…and another
•Ignoring the problem – because they get defensive when you bring it up or your hope that it will magically go away
•Joining them in the behavior when you know they have a problem with it –
•Joining them in blaming others – for their own feelings, problems, and misfortunes
•Accepting their justifications, excuses and rationalizations –
•Avoiding problems – keeping the peace, believing a lack of conflict will help
•Doing for them what they should be able to do for themselves -
•Softening or removing the natural consequences of the problem behavior
•Trying to “fix” them or their problem
•Repeatedly coming to the “Rescue”
•Trying to control them or their problem

Sound familiar????

Time for a Change

January 8th, 2011
8:55 am

My question to you is what are you going to do next year after another mediocre season and they keep Richt around? How’s that loyalty to a program that is more loyal to a football coach than its alumni and fan base gonna look then? Its amazing to me how the talk of dropping out of the program gets some reaction from the athletic department. Funny how that works!! Loyalty to a program or not, why would you throw good money after bad? From a business perspective that is just a bad decision. Why would you pay your hard earned money year after year for a program who is doing nothing really, but taking your money on regular basis? Get a clue people! The quickest way to get change is to stop funding the greed machine!! Wake up people!!

Fan of the Game

January 8th, 2011
9:17 am

If you truly care about your university and what is going on. You don’t throw your money around like th NCAA, you talk to the individuals in charge and make your point. That is when you have too many Chiefs and not enough Indians. Intimidation with your money if flat out wrong especially when half of these people inherited and didn’t earn a damn penny other than bloodlines.

SC Fan

January 8th, 2011
9:33 am

You folks are missing a big point. The money is NOT for football. It is for the Title 9 requirement to field girls athletics. Volleyball, swimming, softball, gymnastics, etcetera. Football is the only income producing sport. Until that changes the seat tax will continue to be excessive.

Hike!!!

January 8th, 2011
9:47 am

Hire Ralph Friedgon as OC now and the alumni will give Mark another year without bailing on the program.

Jborodawg

January 8th, 2011
9:53 am

My wife and I will keep contributing. You’re either for us or agin us. If you claim to “bleed Red and Black”, how can you stop? Contributing has nothing to do with CMR or CMB or whomever; it’s the program one is supporting. And, it’s one of the best programs and one of the best schools in the country.

Thx Gangster of love @ 11:19…It’s like Lewis Grizzard once said…

Goooo Dawgs! Sic Boise St!

AltamahaDawg

January 8th, 2011
9:54 am

Well, you hated everything and everybody when you insisted that 12-2 was a lock, and the best defense in 30 years, so I would say….why the hell not….is exactly right in your case.

Falcon 34

January 8th, 2011
9:58 am

As a UGA Alum and season ticket holder, obviously I can say that I love the Dawgs no matter what, but in terms of the pure product that’s been fielded the last several years, it simply doesn’t measure up. I also am lucky enough to have Falcons season tickets as well (mucho cheaper) and I can enquivocally say that if forced to give up one, I absolutely would choose the Atlanta Falcons every single day. I understand that many don’t like the NFL as much, but in terms of the pure product the Falcons franchise puts an excellent product on the field and the same can’t be said of the Dawgs under Richt. I know comparing the NFL and NCAA is like contrasting apples and oranges, but I know every time I enter the Dome that the Falcons will bust their @ss and play as hard as they can to pull out the W. Sure they come up short, and that really doesn’t bother me because I know they played their tails off. Which is obvious,since a Matt Ryan led Falcons team is 20-2 in the last 3 years at home. Can we say the same about a Richt-led Georgia team? Nope.

I certainly don’t get into the whole wins and losses because sometimes the ball just doesn’t bounce your way or you have a penalty or something of that nature, but when a team is undisciplined, unfocused, and seems to have no fight or edge most of the time, how fun is it? Do we really know that the Dawgs are going to fight to the finish, play hard-nosed football even if they come up short? Nope.

I understand McGarity giving Richt another year. Richt has completely earned it. But anyone expecting miracles next year, need look no further than his most recent press conference.

Top Dawg

January 8th, 2011
10:08 am

Here’s a safe bet: I’m not buying season tickets.

bart

January 8th, 2011
10:10 am

Let’s face it, if Richt were not the “good Christian man” he is, he’d be gone. But because of his character, he is given the benefit of the doubt. And maybe that’s fine. He has earned it. I really hope he can turn it around next year, but I’m not expecting miracles. If I were betting, I’d bet he’ll be gone after next season. However, I would never consider giving up my season tickets. The thing to do is to contact McGarity, which I have done, to let him know your feelings.

AltamahaDawg

January 8th, 2011
10:11 am

Panther, this question was not posed for the benefit of the mega contributor. They do have face privileges and I am sure they have exercised it. Thats what matter really, the folks who can hands-on know what’s really going on. This question was more for the average Joe who is forced to contribute money to the university program as a whole, so that he may secure tickets to the football games, and if he want to have the patience of an adult for what will inevitable work itself out, or just wait till his role of being a fan can once again be defined as only enjoying the experience when the score favors his team, then brag how he really “showed em” from his seat in 336.

buzz

January 8th, 2011
11:02 am

Georgia fans are very selfish and are only saying , we will support the DAWGS if they are good.

Didn’t they have people that supported them no matter what.

Bring back Vince, Richt has a better record

ugabball

January 8th, 2011
11:10 am

Just contribute the minimum until you like the direction the program is going.

roy

January 8th, 2011
11:21 am

i wish you would shut the hell up at least until after signing day!!!!!!!

Mirk Racht

January 8th, 2011
11:29 am

I’ve never understood how anyone – even an alumnus – could support and take pride in UGA’s football team. When you look at their history for the past forty years, how can anyone ignore Jan Kemp and the “remedial studies” scam, the Jim Harrick fiasco, the DUIs in the athletic office, the DUIs and other arrests of players, the #1 party school tag (i.e., the most drunk students), the suspensions and outright dismissals, the Fulmer Cup, and on and on?

As disgraceful and humiliating as it is, I don’t see many alums and fans demanding an end to this sordid activity. It sets UGA apart as the kind of school most people abhor, and it’s become an embarrassment to the whole state of Georgia.

Will it never end? Apparently not while Mark Richt is at UGA. Richt is perhaps the biggest hypocrite in the United States. But even with all the cheating and lawlessness that he ignores, he still can’t win the SEC.

Teasley51

January 8th, 2011
11:31 am

Bill, We will give our money as usual and look forward to sitting in front of yall in section 104 in the 2011 football season! Gooo Dawgs!!

Woofer

January 8th, 2011
11:35 am

Don’t forget that you’re also paying the enormous vet bills for Uga and Russ.

Woof. Woof. :-)

Ed (The Original)

January 8th, 2011
11:37 am

“love it when you people say someone is a “fair weather fan”. We haven’t won a title in over 30 years now”

Overall I agree with you President Polk, but are you forgetting ‘02 and ‘05?

Ed (The Original)

January 8th, 2011
11:41 am

“Bring back Vince, Richt has a better record”

Richt’s winning percentage has been dropping steadily. Dooley’s rose in his later years. And I checked out Dooley’s old schedules and couldn’t find any La.-La’s or Idaho State’s or Ga. Southern’s, either.

Here’s what counts to me: Dooley against UF: 17-7-1. Richt against UF: 2-8. Enough said.

7576DAWG

January 8th, 2011
11:46 am

I think that if McGarity get’s permission to fire CMR next year , and there lies half the problem with ADAMS too involved in the AD’s job, that we had better already have at least six million or more figure in mine if we are going to get someone that will give us championships every year. I don’t want to see a repeat of the Grantham hire where the first 5 candidates made it clear they didn’t want to come to UGA. If we pay a head coach 3 million then a great coordinator should make at least half of what the head coach makes. That’s why it is so obvious that Bobo is so under qualified to be offensive coordinator. He is not worth more than 200 thousand. I will guarantee you that the first 5 candidates for the defensive coordinator’s job were being offered a lot least than 750,000 that it took to get Grantham and thus their lack of interest.
If you study the way Saban run his entire program, coaches like CMR are amateur’s and don’t have a chance. Saban is one of the biggest SOB’s in the business but has the best players breaking down the door to play for him. He let’s everybody know that in the few years you will be at Alabama that I will think for you . You are a number to him, he probably doesn’t even know half the players names . There is no doubt who is in charge but you still have the best players wanting to play at Alabama. THAT’S CALLED TOTAL REPECT . CMR needs to learn something from him and what it takes to get to a championship level AND STAY THERE.
I try to criticizes Saban’s integrity, ethics, morals and other values that there seems to be lacking in Saban’s method’s but after using unbiased reflection I have got to admit that Saban has no less VALUES than CMR. He just know’s how to separate the business side, to ensure WINS, from the personal side. He must be one lonely man but will go down as one of the greatest college football coaches of all times.

Burroughston Broch

January 9th, 2011
5:00 pm

At the end of the day, the AA is about money first and everything else second.
As long as you continue to support the AA, they will ignore you and continue to do as they please.
If you want the AA to listen to you, don’t send them any money and tell them exactly why you didn’t.
Once you and a few thousand others cut the cash flow, the AA will wake up.

big root

January 10th, 2011
5:36 pm

if the food at the steakhouse isn’t fresh stop spending money

Johnathan05

January 11th, 2011
9:53 am

MARK RICHT DOES NOT BELONG IN THE SEC. IF UGA WANTS TO CONTINUE TO LOSE MONEY, KEEP THAT LOSER ON. I DON’T CARE IF HE WINS THE BCS NEXT YEAR, HE’S A LOSER; HE DOESN’T BELONG AT UGA. NOT ONLY IS UGA GOING TO LOSE MONEY, BUT, AS WE’VE SEEN, SERIOUS FOOTBALL PLAYERS NO LONGER WANT TO COME THERE.

Dawgs88

January 13th, 2011
1:43 pm

My family had season tickets since the 1960’s, but we had to drop them after the 2004 season because we simply couldn’t afford them anymore. I still contribute to the school though, I still buy their apparel and attend the few games I can. But hell I wouldn’t buy season tickets ever again anyway. $1,500 for 6-7 and 8-5? Your out of your freaking mind. Even when Richt was winning 10 games he was beating nobody. It’s almost a given that he will lose to Florida and probably Aurburn and South Carolina now. My Dad said it in 2001, and now I have to agree, an ACC coach will never get the job done in the SEC. Richt came in at a down time in the conference and that’s why he succeeded as well as he did. But as the other programs have come back up you get to truly see how Richt coaches. I mean the UF game this year was a joke. He was simply out coached. He was way out coached during the GT game but was able to hang on. Mark Richt is a joke and the fact that Saban, Miles, Chizik, and Meyer have all won championships in less time at their schools than Richt has been at UGA freaking proves it. Go Dawgs!!!!! Go away CMR!!!!!