Can 2011 Dogs pull a ‘Junkyard Dogs’ rebound?

Can the 2011 team emulate Erk Russell's Junkyard Dogs? (University of Georgia)

Can the 2011 team emulate Erk Russell's Junkyard Dogs? (University of Georgia)

We all know Georgia looked pretty bad against Central Florida in last week’s Liberty Bowl, giving the Dogs their first losing season in 14 years. But was it a loss of historic proportions?

My friend Mike thinks so. He e-mailed me the day after the game. Said Mike:

“My worst 4 losses:

Wake Forest ’79

33-0 to Kentucky in ’77

’78 Bluebonnet

This one.”

Admittedly, all those games were stinkers. But I told Mike I thought the 1974 Bulldogs’ 21-10 loss to Miami of Ohio in the Tangerine Bowl was worse than this year’s Liberty Bowl. The Dogs were coming off an absolutely humiliating 34-14 loss to Tech on a miserable cold, rainy day in Sanford Stadium when Georgia seemed helpless against Pepper Rodgers’ wishbone attack. At 6-5 most observers felt UGA really didn’t belong in a bowl game. (This was back in the days when you didn’t have more than half the teams in the country participating in bowls.)

And the Tangerine Bowl in Orlando — long before it morphed into the Citrus Bowl and then the Capitol One Bowl — was about as low as you could get and still be a bowl team. Originally reserved for small colleges like East Texas State and Kent State, it had only the year before started matching the second-tier Mid-American Conference Champion against an SEC also-ran.

But Georgia accepted the bid and before a crowd of about 20,000 proceeded to give the Redskins two easy scoring opportunities with fumbles (including one on the first play from scrimmage). Miami led 21-3 at the half and I couldn’t take any more, so my future wife and I spent the second half drowning our sorrows at T.K. Harty’s Saloon in Athens. The Dogs actually played better in that half, shutting out Miami and scoring a Ray Goff touchdown for a 21-10 final. But losing to Miami of Ohio in the low-rent Tangerine Bowl was a pretty sorry way to cap off a mediocre 6-6 season.

Of course, things got better after that, as Vince Dooley re-emphasized fundamentals, put the Dogs through a punishing spring practice, and Erk Russell recast his defense as the “Junkyard Dogs” and got the Redcoat Band on board, playing the Jim Croce song “Bad Bad Leroy Brown” from which the phrase came.

Georgia turned things around in 1975 with a 9-3 season, as Loran Smith pointed out in a column this week drawing a comparison with the losing season just completed.

“Sometimes it is difficult to ferret out the issues with a team that finds a way to lose,” Smith wrote. “This current Georgia team had that in common with the 1974 Bulldogs. Teams lose their edge, their killer instincts, but they can regain those intangibles.”

Dooley’s Dogs were able to do that by embracing hard-nosed football; it remains to be seen whether Mark Richt can pull off a similar feat.

So, anyway, while we’re wallowing in our misery, feel free to share your own nominees for Georgia’s worst games.

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Snellville Dawg

January 8th, 2011
11:45 am

2008 Tech game certainly wasn’t a high point. Also, the 2006 loss to Vandy was pretty bad.

stendek

January 8th, 2011
11:46 am

Uh, no! STENDEK

sad dawg

January 8th, 2011
11:54 am

he cant do it, mark richt just is not able to motivate the whole season–maybe a game or two at most. our players fell his goodness and dont worry about repercussions from stupid acts and not giving it their all. if richt ran a business , he would go bankrupt. it is obvious to everyone–well almost.

ronald

January 8th, 2011
12:00 pm

WE CAN DO IT

1979

January 8th, 2011
12:02 pm

What about the 1979, 31-0 loss in Sanford to Virginia? Pretty terrible loss. Then, remember what happened in 1980?

DawginOH

January 8th, 2011
12:03 pm

If that bowl game didn’t send a shock to the system, then I don’t know what will. We can only hope that it provides the necessary motivation for a colossal turnaround in 2011.

Chuck Uga

January 8th, 2011
12:06 pm

1942 loss to cheatin’ Auburn, 1992 loss to UT in Athens, 1983 loss to Penn State, 52-17 loss to Florida in Athens, 2009 loss to UK in Athens, 1981 loss at Clemson, 1985 tie at Vandy, 2008 loss to Vandy at home, 1995 loss at UT, 2006 loss to Vandy at home, 1988 loss to Auburn, 1979 loss to Wake Forest, 1978 loss to Stanford. this year’s loss to UCF, and both 1998 and 1999 loss to Tech due to referee errors.

Chuck Uga

January 8th, 2011
12:07 pm

Oops, I missed on that 2008 loss to Vandy. It was 2006, not 2008.

Beast from the East

January 8th, 2011
12:16 pm

Afraid it’s gonna be another tough year for the Dawgs as well as my Gators. I would think 9-3 would be a GREAT season for either team. South Carolina better enjoy it while they can!

LADawg

January 8th, 2011
12:16 pm

This is what our blog is reduced to with no light at the end of the tunnel. Nothing to get excited about from the Richt press conference, recruiting and on and on. Perhaps we should pay Fox 3 mil and become a basketball school. We’re going to beat that KY jelly team!

DirkDawggler

January 8th, 2011
12:18 pm

2008 Alabama blackout game. This game is a benchmark for how unprepared Georgia football has been since the final second ticked off in that contest. We were never in it. Alabama was more physical and punched us in the mouth from the beginning. Until our team becomes more physical, we’re still going to stagger around like a punch drunk boxer against anyone we face, including UCF. It’s not enough to have great athletes. You’ve got to have great athletes who are at least, physically, on-par or better than the guy across the line of scrimmage. Until our Dawgs get meaner and stronger, we’re going to continue to struggle.

Frank Lane

January 8th, 2011
12:19 pm

Stanford has already proven it can be done. Worst to first has happened many times to many teams.

If you think you can, you have a chance to be right. If you think you can’t, you will always be right.

Chin up for champions.

AltamahaDawg

January 8th, 2011
12:21 pm

Motivation, discipline, intangible, are all great for banter and filling out columns, but there are very definable areas on the filed that are a lot easier to qualify and much less subjective.

WILL THEY rebound, especially if you are talking about transforming from this past edition to what we all really want to see, champions, in one season. Yet to seen.

CAN THEY rebound and have a much better record, is not even a legitimate question. Any one of us could find 1 or 2 very obvious areas to have even a marginal improvement in, that would have completely changed a season, even this past one. Nor would it be hard to find a lot more examples of that than the one listed.

stendek

January 8th, 2011
12:26 pm

Hi Bill. I must respond to misguided apologists. Losses are part of sports. They happen. I have been sports enthusiast/reporter for half a century. Please bear with me. Mark Richt can no longer motivate players. This has never been more evident than over the last two seasons. The true downward spiral began prior to Oklahoma State disaster. Opponent disrespected Bulldogs by stating victory by outrageous margin. Any decent head coach would have been able to motivate team out of its head. Unmotivated Bulldogs of MR embarrassed themselves in Oklahoma. That embarrassment has stretched over the last two seasons at least. Know when Bulldogs actually played like Bulldogs all of us know and love? Think about it. Against Hawaii. Seems like centuries ago. If MR wants to be another Billy Graham I wish him nothing but the best. I want a Bear Bryant at Bulldog football helm not an evangelist. Bulldogs now win close against untalented teams but get blown out by upper echelon squads. Okay for a technical school or junior collegew but not for a proud institution like the one in Athens. There is no optimism in Bulldog Nation any more. Fans, whether they admit it or not, do not EXPECT the Bulldogs to win. I certainly do not. Tennessee Tech. Probably. Vandy. Maybe. Any upper tier SEC team. Forget it. This should be unacceptable to those in charge in Athens. It is not. That is what frustrates me more than anything else. Stick with the status quo. For more defeats like ones to Colorado and (insert team here). Truly sad. STENDEK

LADawg

January 8th, 2011
12:29 pm

DirkDawgler is right; the Tide in 08 was the worst! I remember sitting in the theatre at the student center watching the Gators go down to Ole Miss. The Dawgs controlled their destiny in the SEC and National Championsip. The crowd had never been more pumped. Unfortunately, the 12th man was the only player to show up. Two teams passed one another that night going in different directions. Alabama had its coming out party in Sanford Stadium where our team had learned to play and frolic on the sideline like school children DURING FREAKIN GAMES!

Jesup

January 8th, 2011
12:31 pm

Every Florida loss..

Rick

January 8th, 2011
12:37 pm

dawgfan

January 8th, 2011
12:44 pm

Any hope of a dramatic turnaround in 2011 is nothing more than wishful thinking. That’s not to say it won’t happen. There’s just no evidence that it will. The rational thing to do is to expect the same kind of sloppy uninspired football that we’ve been seeing the past couple of years. That’s my expectation. I used to be the most delusional glass is half full homer in the world but I’ve sure as hell been cured of that. The writing was on the wall that something was wrong when we got absolutely blasted by Bama and Florida in ‘08, but what did Richt do? Absolutely nothing. Why start now?

Big Canoe

January 8th, 2011
12:45 pm

I remember all of those stinkers. I also remember they all occurred under Coach Dooley.

Brad

January 8th, 2011
12:45 pm

The ‘79 Wake loss will always stand out to me. I was a budding Dawg fan only 7 years old and growing up in Winston-Salem. I think we were the only Dawg fans in town. We went to the game. I have never seen my dad dread a return home so much. It was warranted, believe me, because upon our return we found black and gold streamers decorating every tree in the yard so thick you could barely see the house and an old discarded toilet in the front yard with the words “Georgia Got Flushed” written on the seat. My mother had a sense of humor about it but my dad being a diehard serious Dawg that he is still to this day has a strained friendship with the folks that paid us a visit.
Wow, I hope this time next year we are talking about all time great VICTORIES and not worst losses. Come on DAWGS!

GATA

January 8th, 2011
12:47 pm

Like Lance Guidry said in his now infamous pregame speech to Miami Ohio the other night, we got to put that chip back on our shoulder and play for aaaalllll four quarters!! Come out the gate and run our race!! Let’s go get our damn trophy!!

Bill

January 8th, 2011
12:48 pm

I saw all of those miserable games…in person. The Tangerine Bowl was so bad the bathrooms consisted of portable toilets located in the endzones. Very appropriate.

XXX

January 8th, 2011
12:48 pm

OUR GUYS CAN SWIM!

DawgByte

January 8th, 2011
12:49 pm

Q:
Can Georgia make a comeback next year?

A: Yes. Look at Miami of Ohio this year for a good example of turnarounds.

We’re going to need a stellar recruiting class that meets ALL of our needs. We’re going to need each and every player on this team to reach deep inside and question their commitment level.

Macclenny_dawg

January 8th, 2011
12:49 pm

@ Jesup I TOTALLY AGREE!!!

The worst losses are in this order
Dec. 31, 2010 UCF L 10-6
Nov. 13, 2010 at Auburn (CBS) L 49-31
Oct. 30, 2010 at Florida (CBS) L 34-31
Oct. 2, 2010 at Colorado (FSN) L 29-27
Sept. 25, 2010 at Miss. State (FSN) L 24-12
Sept. 18, 2010 Arkansas (ESPN) L 31-24
Sept. 11, 2010 at South Carolina (ESPN) L 17-6

Because they are the last games we played!!!! That is what matters!!!!

Although most of us on this blog has no real room to hire and fire a guy, I shore think Fran Tarkenton’s comments should mean something to Adams!!! He should carry at least the third highest voice that matters behind Walker, and Dooley!!! One more season Richt SEC CHAMPIONSHIP OR BYE BYE!!!

7576DAWG

January 8th, 2011
12:51 pm

LADAWG
That’s what has frustrated me the most. For our players to celebrate like they have just seen God when they do something like score a touchdown or intercept a pass. Sometimes we get a penalty or we have to hurry the next play because nobody stays focus on the end results which is to win the game. A great example is the lost to LSU last year. If we don’t have to kick from the 15 or 20 yard line LSU starts their last drive at their 20 and we are able to run out the clock and win the game.
I can’t stand somebody to use a saying like FINISH THE DRILL, and nobody,player or coach, knows what that means or how to accomplish it.

Ted Striker

January 8th, 2011
12:54 pm

Chuck Uga — I ditto your list.

And I add the 1985 loss to Bama (20-16) at Sanford Stadium in Athens, with Mike Shula leading the Bama comeback. UGA perhaps didn’t deserve to win the game but it sure appeared that they had it.

Now that I’m thinking about it the 1984 loss to Florida was a pretty miserable experience. Trip good, game bad.

Borat

January 8th, 2011
12:54 pm

When I first became Georgia fan the players cooked good, made good sexy time and was strong on plow. Over the years my team has grown hair on chest, their voices have gotten deeper and their vajeen now hangs down like sleeve of wizard.

Ron Roberts

January 8th, 2011
1:01 pm

The Florida ***-whooping three years ago, when we were out-playing them in the first half, and let INTs and fumbles doom us to an all-out WAXING; that game stands out, as do the two losses in 2007 that shouldn’t have happened (and would have made us consensus #1 in the BCS).

Imagine it; those two games – the USC letdown and the pasting we took at Tennessee – before the Dawgs and Richt found their way, not only deprived us of a national title (or at least a shot), but it may have set this program off-course, period.

All in all, what this program lacks is big-boy swagger; bear with me.

We’ve spent so much time effort and energy trying to build a “speed” defense to counter the spread an option offense that we just don’t have beef on our lines. Our offense, though a pro-style offense, has lacked a bruising running back since Musa Smith. We get all the “flashy” guys at skill positions, but no workhorses.

I’ll take workhorses and above-average QBs and WRs in the college game any day.

still a dawg fan

January 8th, 2011
1:03 pm

The Vandy game in 94 or 95

JT

January 8th, 2011
1:07 pm

I wasn’t around for those ’70’s losses, but there have been plenty of bad ones since. Let’s start with the ’90’s. I nominate the 1996 season opening loss to Southern Miss at home in Donnan’s first year. Soaking rain and we lost 11-7. And also the ‘94 loss to Vandy at home. The home-and-home ‘94 and ‘95 Florida games (the only thing worse than Saturday night in Jax after a loss is being in Gainesville). The ‘98 Tennessee game at home (I think Gameday was in Athens for that one).

GATA

January 8th, 2011
1:08 pm

I think Richt needs to look at some of the big games UGA has WON over the years and see what was happening then, and what has changed. Obviously losing Van Gorder and the demise of the strength and conditioning program are key. But there are those intangibles that are hard to define that Richt has to get back. Maybe Grantham can channel Erk and bring back a Junkyard Dawg mentality, and get back to freaking fundamental, hard-nosed football. I know it is the age of the prima-donna athlete that seems to be doing a program a favor by selecting them to play for, but hell other programs are getting it done. You think TCU has the recruiting base that we have every year? Yet watching those guys play that have that “it” that goes beyond x’s and o’s. There was a time when UGA had that, even under Richt. I guess we’ll see next year.

still a dawg fan

January 8th, 2011
1:09 pm

Good news DS just committed to the DAWG.

DIT

January 8th, 2011
1:13 pm

Is there really any comparison with Erk to CTG.? I don’t recall CTG having blood on his head. Plus, Dooley was an old fashion, get the team working hard, kind of coach. Don’t think CMR has that edge.
The seniors of this coming year’s team better take the bull by the horns and set the example. Good leadership on the team will go a long way. If anyone gets arrested, not only should CMR be more stricter, but the Seniors should take that individual out to the wood shed, then make an example out of him during practice.
CMR needs to lead the team, but the seniors need to be aggressive and lead the team as well. I don’t know of one Dawg Alumn that can go through another year like we just had.
Congrats to LSU for showing us how to “get it done”!

Dawg 39

January 8th, 2011
1:15 pm

TA&M, Maryland, & Miami of Ohio have shown that it can be done. I still don’t see that happening in 2011 for the Dawgs. Until we can win at the LOS on O & D, the Dawgs will have the same problems that they have had the last 2 years. Hope the new S&C will help with that & with the lack of success in the 4th Quarter.
My 3 worst losses under Richt are GT in 08, & COL. this year, with the worst being UCF in the bowl game. Things have to get better bacause they can’t get any worse.

J Clay

January 8th, 2011
1:16 pm

2007 at UT – which was the true beginning of the UGA decline, although masked as UGA went on to beat Florida that year and won Sugar…I was at that game, was prepared team I’ve ever seen….Followed closely by 2008 at home against Bama (blackout game)…UGA was about as unprepared but Alabama at least went on to bigger and better things (unlike UT year before)…Also agree with JT, game in 96 against Southern Miss bad – my 1st game as a student, pouring rain the whole game

bruce mac

January 8th, 2011
1:16 pm

I was a senior at UGA in 1974 and my buddies and I decided to go to the Tangerine Bowl. Dawgs accepted the invitation before the embarrasing mawling by Pepper Rogers wishbone team in a pooring rain. The Tangerine Bowl stadium didn’t sit more than 20K and we sat in metal bleachers at the 35 yard line, a glorified high school stadium. Tickets were $15. We got killed and in my life nothing is worse than that loss. Miami of Ohio was nothing more than a division 1AA team at that time. There was not one player on the team that could go to any SEC team or so the experts said. No loss to Alabama or Kentucky or even Vandy can compare to it as fas as humiliation. GO DAWGS

J Clay

January 8th, 2011
1:20 pm

I meant “worst prepared team I’ve ever seen” above in reference to 07 game at UT

DIT

January 8th, 2011
1:29 pm

UCF was the most embarrassing loss that I can recall during the CMR era. Most unprepared and undiscipline games would be:
UT in 05. Just spanked NC LSU is a great display of talent and came back flat against UT. No reason to lose that game. I remember UT fans were upset with us because it kept fuller around another 2 years.
UT & SC in 07. Win one of those games and we are in the SEC CG. Win that and we win the NC
Tech 08 and even though we won this year it was a game I felt we lost because of the way we played. I was not bragging over that win.

Ed (The Original)

January 8th, 2011
1:38 pm

Definitely the ‘33 loss to USC in LA. 31-0. We were 8-1, having lost only to Auburn (a recurring theme in Georgia history), and thought we were special and would show them California boys how we played in the Deep South. They whipped us like yard dogs.

Dirty

January 8th, 2011
1:51 pm

6 of the 7 losses were not played in Athens….

Gatormeat

January 8th, 2011
1:54 pm

Can the dogs rebound. Absolutly not. You will be lucky if you can keep enough players out of jail to field a team. You are a disgrace to the SEC

Jan Kemp

January 8th, 2011
1:56 pm

Does the Pope wear a funny hat?

Can a UGA mascot live past it’s 4th birthday? Seriously, hillbillys. The continued inbreeding of that genetic freak of a dog amounts to animal cruelty.

Gatormeat

January 8th, 2011
1:58 pm

Good one Kemp. Your screen name is very apt, she showed the country what a corrupt and classless operation the dogs are. You have to remember inbreeding is the way the dogs roll

BWELL

January 8th, 2011
2:01 pm

Bill we will turn it around in 2011, trust me okay! We are in the hunt for SEC next year, ala and aub are going down, LSU looks to be the team to beat next yr from the West conf. and Fla and SC won’t challenge us, Coach Richt understands he has to win now or never and with the new AD yeah CMR knows it win now, and the storm will be over, he will have the same fire he once had since he will be freed up to ACTUALLY COACH NOW!!! GO DAWGS……….. Beating Boise will set the tone.

bart

January 8th, 2011
2:03 pm

I really, really hope I’m wrong, but I don’t see us improving much in 2011. It would not surprise me if we start off 0 and 2. We could easily end up with 4 or 5 losses, maybe more.

dwdawg

January 8th, 2011
2:09 pm

I think the most important thing of all for any team is a winning attitude. The coaches must have it. The players must have it. The student body must have it. If you have dedicated players who believe in themselves, you don’t need a lot of talent.-Bear Bryant

Cuz

January 8th, 2011
2:13 pm

Worse loss, gotta be Virginia at Homecoming in 1979, 31-0. I had to get my date to carry me home because I drained my licquor in the second half. Good thing I was dating a girl that grew up on a Dairy Farm. She was used to toting two hay bales and I probably weighed less than that at the time.

Destin Dawg

January 8th, 2011
2:14 pm

do we have the same coaches back for 2011 ??? kick a field goal with 4th and 1 foot at the 3 yard line ?????? same old predictable play calling… out of shape linemen ????? please someone wake up coach Richt !!!!!

Boobie Bowden

January 8th, 2011
2:25 pm

Who cares? Dawgs are irrelevant, dumb, delusional, and probably drunk.

DawgVoiceofReason

January 8th, 2011
2:36 pm

And now UGA VIII has lymphoma. Things are not going well. This according to Rivals.com.

DawgVoiceofReason

January 8th, 2011
2:37 pm

Sorry, Uga VIII

Savannah Dawg

January 8th, 2011
2:53 pm

I would love to see a turnaround and will be there to see if it happens. But while I want it badly, I’m reluctant to drink CMR’s koolaide again. Where will the passion come from? Where will the character to get up when your knocked down and kick someones a– come from? While there are a lot of guys here that I would go to church or go fishing with I don’t think I want anyone from this group in a foxhole with me.

I don’t get paid a large salary to be passionate. Nor do I have the promise of a NFL career to motivate me to perform at the limit of my ability. I just love the Dawgs and always will. The 1975 team had coaches and players that cared and demonstrted their care on and off the field. I don’t know that the current edition has those people. I hope I’m wrong but until someone steps up I remain a skeptic.

DawgVoiceofReason

January 8th, 2011
3:13 pm

Just listened to Fran Tarkenton’s comments about Coach Richt. He comes down pretty hard on him. I can’t disagree too much with his opinion on what Coach Richt has said recently, but I sure want Coach Richt to succeed. While it might be irritating to some, I don’t think his religion or his lack of expressed emotion on the sideline has anything to do with winning or losing. I think Fran gets that but something about Coach Richt having expressed his religious views bothers him. I think we all just want him to win as coach of the Georgia Bulldogs. This coming season is very important to his future, no doubt.

music city dawg

January 8th, 2011
3:16 pm

2006 Sugar Bowl, when I realized how totally unprepared, uncoached and clueless our defense was, and, in retrospect, would be for the rest of the decade.

Old Dawg

January 8th, 2011
3:18 pm

The big homecoming loss to Virginia in 1979 is another one. Can’t believe the Dawgs struggled so much against the ACC that year and were a game away from making the Sugar Bowl with their SEC play. Weird year.

1eyedJack

January 8th, 2011
3:30 pm

C’mon Bill, what’s with all the negative waves? Let’s start the new year positive and righteous for a change.

wildbill

January 8th, 2011
3:32 pm

As long as the current “band of coaches” are at UGA, I don’t hold out hope that they can turn things around. It is obvious they are just playing the system and milking that fat cow as long as they can. What CON artists!

Va'jayjay Jackson

January 8th, 2011
3:37 pm

(((42-34)))
(((9-1)))

Tech has a 95 year old DC! LOL!

C from Marietta

January 8th, 2011
3:38 pm

To All the fans that use the term “drinking the Kool Aid”. It makes you sound stupid. Some idiot on sports radio talk show started that term and you parriot it. We know all you guys want Coach Richt fired. We GET IT BILL. If you listen to some, you would think he is the worst thing to happen to UGA. When in fact, he is one of the best things to happen to this school. Please give it a rest. PLEASE SUPPORT THE BULLDOGS AND THEIR COACH OR GO AWAY.

1eyedJack

January 8th, 2011
3:40 pm

One of the beauties of college football is that one team can change a great deal in the space of a year. Influx of new talent, current players a year older, stronger, and more experienced. Next years team will be unlike this years for better hopefully, or for worse.

Dawgs88

January 8th, 2011
3:42 pm

The problem with a turnaround today is that we don’t have good coaches anymore like Vince Dooley and Erk Russell. We have Mr. Endless Excuses himself Mark Richt and an unproven Todd Grantham. I know a lot of UGA fans were split on Vince Dooley’s coaching abilities, but he did win our only official national title and his teams were almost always better disciplined and just plain better coached as whole during his tenure.

if the man in the picture was here, yes.

January 8th, 2011
3:50 pm

erk and dooley does not equal richt and grantham.

dawgs88 said it right….dooley and erk’s teams played with discipline and passion.

mark richt’s teams play with an arrest record.

Jimmy

January 8th, 2011
3:54 pm

Richt’s pretty solid at turning seasons around fast.

Remember 2001 & 2006? Look how Richt rebounded in 2002 & 2007. He knows how to get it done. For some reason, he followed 2009’s 8-5 season with a 6-7 season,. which is the first time in his 25 year career that’s happened.

But, I got faith in Richt to get it going the other way fast.

1- Run the ball 40-50x a game–Richt’s unbeatable when he gets a 100 yard rusher
2- stop the run on defense- Richt’s unbeatable when he holds the other team to less than 100 yards rushing
3- Don’t let a guy start at QB little to no experience like 2009 & 2010

FootballFan

January 8th, 2011
3:58 pm

The only coach that could bring UGA’s football program back from the dead is Vince Lombardi,and, unfortunately he is dead.

Ralph

January 8th, 2011
4:08 pm

Of course we can’t turn it around. We will have basically the same players, no real help from this year’s recruiting class and of course the same coaching crew. History has proven that Richy should have been fired last year. Next year will be a repeat of this year. What else could a reasonable man expect?

Memphis Mike

January 8th, 2011
4:17 pm

Even Mark Richt’s Ford commercials personify dullness, does he ever get excited about anything?

Memphis Mike

January 8th, 2011
4:19 pm

If Russ the fill-in mascot was healthy, why tempt fate? As it is, the UGAs are becoming a sad joke, they have about as much life in them as the football program does….

dawgfan

January 8th, 2011
4:24 pm

2001 and 2006 are poor analogies. 2001 was his first year as a head coach and he had a freshmen QB. 8-4 was not a bad record all things considered. There were signs that he had the program moving in the right direction, such as the dramatic win at Tennessee. 2006 was a similar situation. There were QB issues while Stafford was learning the ropes. We finished with 3 wins over ranked teams and there was reason for optimism. In both of those seasons, the core was in place to have a successful season the following year. The defenses in 2001 and 2006 were very good. There is absolutely no reason for optimism after 2010. The only similarity is that we had a freshmen QB in 2010. The rest of the team is in complete disarray. The foundation for a successful season in 2011 is not there.

cmac

January 8th, 2011
4:27 pm

What are they gonna rebound with? losing best offensive & defensive players to draft. Will have the same coaching staff.

UGA plays 2 cupcakes every year, Vandy, Kentucky & a less talented Ga Tech team. That’s 5 wins you should be able to put in the bank. The 2010 UGH football team only had 6!! wins. they lost to a terrible Colorado team, didn’t show up against Miss St in a must win game, played terribly against Arkansas & then were manhandled by Central Freakin’ Florida!!!

With Kentuky’s loss in their bowl game, UGH did not beat a single team with a winning record in 2010. It’s a fact that this program is in the bottom third of the SEC. But let’s keep building new facilities & keep paying OUTRAGEOUS salaries to undeserving coaches!

You delusional UGH fans are laughable. REBOUND!! you better hope they can beat a team with a winning record next year!

tide roll

January 8th, 2011
4:38 pm

Bill, there was absolutely no reason to delete my post. It’s Georgia homers like you who are doing the most damage to your program. Why is your blog with the ajc anyway. What credentals do you have? you certainly lack objectivity. You make about as much sense as the Joe T. hire. What a program.

Dawg 39

January 8th, 2011
4:53 pm

First they need a RB. Isaiah Crowell to the rescue ? Hre could make a bad OL look good,
I noticed that Tim Worley, Keith Henderson, David McCluskey, & Lars Tate were going to help Andre “Pulpwood” Smith with a charity event (sports related). Those 5 reminded me of Rodney Hampton & Robert Edwards. Were we ever Tailback U.? I still consider Garrison Hearst to be the second best Dawg RB that I ever watched. Now we need another one like him. Isaiah Crowell anyone.

Vain Jangling

January 8th, 2011
5:08 pm

That 1977 33-0 loss to Kentucky still hurts. It came after the Dawgs had beaten Alabama 21-0 in ‘76 and won the SEC. Of all things, Prince Charles was at the game. The only good thing about the day I remember was James Brown singing “Dooley’s Junkyard Dogs” at halftime.

Class of '98

January 8th, 2011
5:08 pm

1994 Vanderbilt… the homecoming blowout loss.

ARdawg

January 8th, 2011
5:14 pm

ALL of the Florida losses and the Florida/OldBawlsack stings even worse

Coach Mark Rick

January 8th, 2011
5:32 pm

I’m excited! I watched a film today about football and feel cutting edge sharp. The coaches did great this year and will be even better next season.I am really fired up. We are tweeking the porgram. You’ll be surprised. One thing we are going to do is have a black out the first game, but I’m going to tweek it a little and have everyone wear a red hat. Also I’m going to run out with the team waving the georgia flag. I am so pumped, Anyway that;s enough for now, but don’t worry I have some more cutting edge ideas in my vast bag of tricks.

clarke county dogs

January 8th, 2011
5:34 pm

Sun came up today.
2010 is a memory.

MikeyD

January 8th, 2011
5:38 pm

As poorly as Erk Russell was treated by UGA in ‘88 (offering him the head coaching position and then lying and denying the offer), no UGA blog should be allowed to mention that great man!

saban

January 8th, 2011
5:57 pm

Keep Richt.

An FSU guy running the Georgia program.

Dumb and Dumber.

So many Georgia recruits so little time.

Man I need a minor league to put them all in.

saban

January 8th, 2011
6:02 pm

by the way Crowell is mine.

He received a pair of red panties and a little choak dawg from the georiga coaches and lost his mind.

Fan of the Game

January 8th, 2011
6:13 pm

Great win over the Wildcats! Go Dawgs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

RomeDawg

January 8th, 2011
6:34 pm

EVERY loss hurts, to me!

Since Vince

January 8th, 2011
6:39 pm

Mark Richts three losses to South Carolina where each team failed to score a TD. Pathetic. !

I still become ill when I ...

January 8th, 2011
6:42 pm

Yes, they still haunt me ………….. the UGA losses to Miami of Ohio, Pitt with Frosh Tony Dorsett twice and UGA w/one loss and one tie, PItt and UGA vs Heisman Dorsett in Sugar Bowl in 77, Vandy( couple of times) Ky with Prince Charles sitting there IN ATHENS bored in 75 or 76, Wake Forest and UVA in Athens and GT in 08, and 69 GT vs biiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiig Rock Perdoni and the 68 Arkansas/UGA Sugar Bowl and also in the 75 Cotton Bowl. I could go on.

UGA will not be any better in 2011 because UGA does not have a talented line ( s ) of scrimmage. Period. We will scrap to around 6-6 or 7-5 if lucky.

This is all on Mark Richt and Rodney Gardner, Tracy Searels ……………… their lines are inferior. UGA does not have a 345 nose tackle and every one else in the world does. The O line is effemminate.

With a new fundamentally sound coach this time next year, UGA will rebound by 2012 and beyond.

GO Dogs.

Skitty Fritty

January 8th, 2011
6:52 pm

Who cares, it’s Basketball season and the Dawgs just beat UK!

edumacated

January 8th, 2011
7:08 pm

It’s time to quit sulking folks and start talking about who we are going to get next year to replace Richt. We all know it’s gonna happen, so let’s not be delusional.

My money is on Kirby Smart. Everybody thought he was turning his back on his school for not coming, but he was intelligent enough to recognize a sinking ship when he saw one.

BG

January 8th, 2011
7:34 pm

Oh yea baby! The DAWGS will be back in 2011 and it started today with Mr. Swann committing to the DAWGS today. This years recruiting class is going to be very special. Come on down Mr. Crowell and Mr. Drew!

BG

January 8th, 2011
7:35 pm

If you don’t love them DAWGS then GET off of the DAWG board!!!!!!!!!!

Dixie Redcoat Band

January 8th, 2011
7:41 pm

Actually, there are several MAC teams in better physical shape then then UGA…sad.

AltamahaDawg

January 8th, 2011
7:56 pm

“dawgs88 said it right….dooley and erk’s teams played with discipline and passion.”

Ok but they lost a LOT of game in the decade of the 70’s, so clearly there are factors other than than coaches ability to inspire his players. He could have also pointing out the 6-6 a couple of years before or the 6-5 a couple of years later, but that’s not the point. It was that a 74-75 type turnaround is not really that difficult to imagine.

Personally, I would say that Dooley’s team were far more frustrating that Richt’s. Richt’s have just slipped over the course of a couple of year, but Dooley would have a pretty good season, then follow it up with a total flop the very next. And did that several times.

ON a related note….If NO discipline and passion is why Richt’s teams have struggled, but VD/ER teams always had plenty of that, wouldn’t that make thier pitiful years even worse?

Dooley 70-79 was exactly the same winning percentage as Richt’s past 3 years.

7576DAWG

January 8th, 2011
8:05 pm

edumacated
I don’t want Smart , there is no indication that he will be any good as a head coach. His only shining star is he is very outwardly emotional which CMR isn’t capable of. But this outward display is great when you are trying to get 18 to 21 year olds fired up. I would rather offer a proven winner like Paterson six or seven million a year to bring in instinct success.
Grantham will have a very good defense next year and could carry the Bobo’s inconsistent offense, so don’t count CMR out just yet . We will know after the South Carolina game . If we are 2-0 and the losses were solid wins then UGA could win a minimum of 10 games.

Big Harry

January 8th, 2011
8:05 pm

If things go back to where they were with Richt ACUTALLY being involved with the team and the players’ develpment then I think he can turn things around. I don’t for a second believe that Richt had been “covered up” in other stuff – what a load of crap!

Should Richt NOT get totally involved then he can find somewhere else to go… I want a coach who not only wants to be here but SHOWS he wants to be here.. nuff said.

59bulldawg

January 8th, 2011
8:34 pm

I was at that “humiliating 34-14 loss to Tech on a miserable cold, rainy day in Sanford Stadium” and I still get a shiver up my spine when I think about it. And as bad as that was and the bowl game that followed I have never been as depressed about my Dawgs as I am today. First of all how dare anyone compare Grantham to Erk. Grantham may yet do something to make me think higher of his abilities, but at the moment I’m not sure he’s even worthy to carry Erk’s clipboard. But time will tell! Second, I don’t see Richt ever putting the team through a “punishing” spring practice. Loran, I love you man but you’re really reaching by comparing the 1975 junkyard dawgs to what may be possible in 2011. I REALLY HOPE I”M WRONG ABOUT THIS! But Richt has lost me. He was spoiled by early success and he put the program on autopilot while he fell asleep at the wheel. Truly passionate coaches who know how to motivate players and coach them to consistently play hard and win big games would never have allowed the Georgia program to nosedive like it has the last few years. It’s always possible for things to get better for us in 2011. After all even a blind hog finds an acorn now and then. But with Richt at the helm I sure wouldn’t bet on it. At this point I’m just going to brace myself for another stinker of a season and hope we can hire someone next December who knows how to run a major college football program the way it should be run.

cynicaldawg

January 8th, 2011
8:43 pm

BG
We love the dawgs, always have and always will. It’s the product they put on the field that’s the problem. We want and deserve better.

Girldawg

January 8th, 2011
8:52 pm

Wouldn’t that be wonderful to be truly considered Junkyard Dawgs AGAIN !!! I can only hope that McGarity was able to get thru to CMR we have to be tough and we have to win and he needs to act like he is enjoying being on the field and if he is not resign nothing wrong with that… but on GREAT NOTE way to GO B-Ball Dawgs you definitely handled the Cats I am so excited and so proud of ya’ll you looked great!! Thanks to Coach Fox and all the team!! Wow!! On to Vandy!!

Ron

January 8th, 2011
9:01 pm

UGA’s worst games are yet to come. Next season is going to be a disaster. Too bad. Such a great university should be able to attract the best talent and DEVELOP IT!

Girldawg

January 8th, 2011
9:07 pm

Okay I am going to throw this out there and see what the BullDawg Nation thinks… McGarity needs to at least be looking around for a replacement just in case we end 6-7 again and that is NOT impossible in 2011 …sooooo what do ya’ll think about Dave Wansted (?) from Pittsburgh? He truly has a passion for the game and I am surprised that Pitt let him go but in the SEC he may have better talent and better opportunities your thoughts?? Am I just crazy??? I like Rich Rod too he just has to get him one heck of a Defensive Guru.. and don’t he has beat UGA….. when he was with West Virginia..sooooooooooooooooooooo what do you think??

Girldawg

January 8th, 2011
9:14 pm

FYI.. I have given up on CMR… you cannot manufacture passion for the game you got it or you don’t
I have more passion for the game in my sleep than CMR displays on game day! He is a good man don’t get me wrong he is a good man!!

Lakedawg

January 8th, 2011
9:37 pm

BG—-Amen Brother, well said. Dawgs will win at least 10 games and play LSU for SEC in 2011. Several incoming recruits will play key roles. Girldawg get real DW or RR for coach???? Mark Richt will get extension next year and be here to play OSU in 2020.

icedawg

January 8th, 2011
9:43 pm

Maybe if they wear more spandex, extra tight, it might pick their game up to the “next level.”

I give up on UGA

January 8th, 2011
9:58 pm

Well let’s see: we already know we’re gonna have the exact same coaching staff. And that coaching staff has already openly and proudly declared that we don’t need to really change anything. All despite that we’ve gotten worse…and worse…and worse…over the last 3 years. Yep – looks like a turnaround is coming to me!

Wise up Dawg Nation – STOP GIVING MONEY to our moribund program until somebody finally realizes that richt is not the answer. Until change IS made, we’re just gonna continue to spiral downwards – along with our hard-earned money.

Snoop Dawg

January 8th, 2011
10:03 pm

It is possible for the UGA to bounce back in 2011, but not with Richt and his incompetent coaching staff. With the possible exception of Grantham, not one of them has a clue.

Mark Richt is no Dooley, and it is downright offensive to mention Erk Russell in the same sentence with the clowns on the sidelines imposing as coaches today.

UGA will never be a serious contender in the SEC again until hard decisions are made and Richt goes away.

GR82BAG8R

January 8th, 2011
10:03 pm

Georgia finishes 11 – 2 in 2011, loses to Florida, loses its bowl game.

Stuart

January 8th, 2011
10:15 pm

One of Bill Murray’s best comments about any issue is “It just doesn’t matter!”. The 6-7 record was bad and players and coaches should be held accountable.
Richt should get them motivated but it just doesn’t matter! Coaches can work with players on blocking/tackling techniques, running, passing and catching but it just doesn’t matter! The players were recruited by the coaches because they were supposed to have the ability to do the aforementioned and like the academic professors, the coaches assume that the players learned how to do the aforementioned.
Think of this as a class and improve the grade because in some cases it does matter.

Summit Dawg

January 8th, 2011
10:22 pm

Hell with Richt and Bobo (the joined at berth twins)…….Go Coach Fox and the “roundball dawgs!”

Big Dawg

January 8th, 2011
10:29 pm

Here’s some thoughts from one of Georgia’s all-time greats and an NFL Hall of Famer. And he is right on the money, as most of us living in reality will all agree with. He’s calling it like it is!

http://www.stationcaster.com/player_skinned.php?s=87&c=671&f=66449

Snoop Dawg

January 8th, 2011
10:45 pm

HOPE IS NOT A METHOD.

Snoop Dawg

January 8th, 2011
10:49 pm

Suzanne Yoculan would make an outstanding football coach. She is a proven world class leader and is genuine in every respect. The contrast with Richt is absolutely damning to da Preacha Man.

Maybe she could convince Richt to resign with a golden parachute.

Snoop Dawg

January 8th, 2011
10:50 pm

Let’s pay Richt off to get rid of him. He is dragging us all down. He is all about money.

AltamahaDawg

January 8th, 2011
11:49 pm

“Mark Richt is no Dooley, and it is downright offensive to mention Erk Russell in the same sentence with the clowns on the sidelines imposing as coaches today.”

I think you must not have read the article or know your history. These guys had losses just as bad, and seasons just as pathetic (more actually) than the guys you say don’t have a clue. That was the point. So they didnt have a clue either, or we just ignore all that and pretend it was somehow ok for them?

Tuna

January 9th, 2011
12:54 am

Bill King,
You are old, you look like a molester, and your stories bore me. Just take a vacation already.

Coach Mark Rick

January 9th, 2011
12:58 am

Coach Rick here, I just woke up from a nap and the first thing I thought about was football. I’m really fired up about next season. I’ve set my mind on thinking about football alot more than I did last year. Man I’m excited, we’re getting close, be encouraged.

7576DAWG

January 9th, 2011
1:20 am

Bill
Accommodate Tuna by giving him a permanent vacation from your blog.

Red Man Reaction

January 9th, 2011
3:36 am

Misery loves company. No better way to divert attention from reality than to look at bowls that happened 20+ years ago!

Your friend, ‘Red Man Reaction’ says rather than delve into the past, you should be looking into the future. That means a new head coach.

doggoneit

January 9th, 2011
4:07 am

I don’t remember the year, but I think it was in the 70’s when we lost to Wofford at home.

tony

January 9th, 2011
5:54 am

The defense will be better next season when Justin Anderson return and Tyson move to end. Todd Grantham will have the defense ready. The things that have plague the dawgs since Mr.Richt been there are his inability to play the right players and call the right plays. He already had the players(DJ, Moreno, Stafford and AJ) to win a nc but he gets out coached year after year.

Doug

January 9th, 2011
7:39 am

DUH. The Dogs in 2011 will have the same dumb, uninspired coach (but at least he is a good Christian man), the same or worse thug players, and a tougher schedule. If you think the team will improve you are as smart as Sarah Palin.

DawgVoiceofReason

January 9th, 2011
8:35 am

AltamahaDawg,

I always appreciate your comments. You have a good sense of perspective and provide relevant information. It is ironic when other people talk about Coach Dooley and Erk as though their teams never struggled. Those of us who are old enough to remember know about the outcry to get rid of Dooley at various times in his career. My point is not to diminish either one of them (they both are worthy of the Hall of Fame), but like you to acknowledge that they were certainly not perfect.

Coach Richt is being given another year to show what he can do. I believe he has earned the opportunity. And, to use an old cliche, the proof will be in the pudding.

Woebegong

January 9th, 2011
9:04 am

I have been as critical of CMR’s lack of emotion and perceived lack of motivational skills as anybody on this blog. I will say though that I think he is capable of turning it around. We are missing a few cogs in the machine but I think overall, we have the athletes to be competitive in the league.
Having said all of the above, CMR will be here for this season so maybe we all just need to get behind our DAWGS and hope CMR, can turn it around. Maybe he will get the emotion he needs and also really examine his team and coaches before spring practice starts and be able to right the ship. I sure hope so, because I bleed black and red, and I am in need of a transfusion.

e.relevant

January 9th, 2011
9:06 am

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e.relevant

January 9th, 2011
9:07 am

Gary patterson to UGA!!! Sounds good to me!!

G-DAWG

January 9th, 2011
9:33 am

DirkDawggler, GREAT name by the way, hit the proverbial nail on the head. The 08 ” Blackout ” Bama game was by far the low point in my life time. So many variables determine this for me. First of all, the black jerseys and the whole ” Blackout ” theme still held an aura of fear and invincibility due to the fact that the only two times we had worn them were blowout wins at Auburn and Hawaii in the Sugar bowl. Second of all, we were ranked #1 for the first time in 20 some odd years and the ESPN Gameday crew was there for the first time in 10 years, a 24 to 3 embarrassment to Tennessee. Third of all, the atmosphere in that stadium was simply ELECTRIC, the field looked absolutely AWESOME and the fans were JACKED!!! We even won the coin toss, everything was going OUR way. Bama’s first offensive series we get a stop and then, our ole nemesis appears, untimely penalty, of the 15 yard variety. And that my friends was the beginning of the end. That was when our true weakness was revealed, offensive and defensive lines. From that point forward, we seem to lose our ” Swagger ” and has only gotten worse since.

Snake Doc

January 9th, 2011
9:44 am

Same CEO, same coaches, same laid back attitude, nothing is changing! All smart betting men say NO WAY!

Big Dawg

January 9th, 2011
9:48 am

If you are constantly working on the wrong things on a daily basis, it really doesn’t matter how much harder you work or try. It’s probably going to be a tough road for you, and you’ll most likely end up somewhere else.

AltamahaDawg

January 9th, 2011
9:48 am

Thanks. The is no bigger fan of Coach Dooley than right here. He was the coach when I was old enough to know what a Georgia Bulldog was, and he was coach when I attended. Multiple signed stuff around the house and have been fortunate enough to have met and talked to him both in Athens and the Golden Isles. Made sure I was at his last few games.

But some of these guys are either, as you say, not old enough or have selective memory about fans wanting him fired for several years leading up to his best seasons. Not to mention thought him past his prime and long overdue for retirement as Athletic Director years before Adam’s PR debacle. (I was not in either of those camps, no surprise).

It’s particularly funny to read that Dooley Always had this, or his teams Never suffered from that, and of course he had Erk. So if those are the keys, how would you then explain all the 5 and 6 loss seasons. And the 0-33 losses, and the offenses that couldn’t move the ball, and the defenses that stunk. In fact the season question….74, that defense was worse than Grantham’s (indexed for the times). And this was TG first year, with misfit players. That staff had years of experience and recruiting classes to get that point. THAT was a passionate, discipline, hard working team(s)? really?

I actually don’t even think that it’s a matter of Richt earning the opportunity. UGA doesn’t owe him anything except what’s written on the contract. If replacing him was or becomes the thing to do, he shouldn’t be afforded any goodwill. I just don’t think that’s part of it anymore, as it was in Dooley’s days. I’m sure he doesn’t expect any. It just seems to me that McGarity took a look at all the factors and made a decision based on what he sees as facts, devoid of the emotion fans can afford since they deal with no consequences. He’ll do that again next year.

What I read is that the AD’s and coaches aren’t doing things the way that some fans say that they would have done it. (putting aside for now, that they have no idea what they would actually do standing in those shoes for real, lets assume they arent just lying to themsleves for the sake of bravado). It’s easy to understand how frustrating it is to make assumptions that based on a false premise from the beginning. It’s based on thinking that they know all the same things, and see everything the same way, and have the same considerations.

I just feel sorry for those fans who have already determined that are going into next year pulling against the team to win ballgames. If it happens, it happens. Chip will fall. I just enjoy the game too much for all that.

Snake Doc

January 9th, 2011
9:52 am

The CEO and his apologizing, excusing making champions can only wish that MR could attain the stature of Dooley. MR is no Vince Dooley and never will be!

And for all you boneheads that say, “Well Dooley had some bad years” – With Dooley there was always hope because we knew he could recruit and coach. Dooley had a mind, a passion and a fire for the game of football. Dooley lived and breathed football, the CEO not so much. Dooley was respected by fans and players alike, the CEO not so much! The CEO couldn’t carry coach Dooley’s jock much less coach his way out of a wet paper bag!

Snake Doc

January 9th, 2011
9:53 am

The CEO works really hard – So do washing machines!

Mike

January 9th, 2011
9:59 am

It is “Dawgs”, not “Dogs”.

harold

January 9th, 2011
10:19 am

IMPOSSIBLE. GEORGIA IS AN AVERAGE TEAM WITH AN AVERAGE COACH. GEORGIA IS NOT A CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM WITH A CHAMPIONSHIP COACH. ALABAMA AND SABAN AND AUBURN AND CHIZK ARE CHAMPIONSHIP TEAMS.

huffsleeper

January 9th, 2011
10:26 am

I cannot believe the delusional posts that think something good can happen next year. We have no recruits, no discipline, no vision and a coach who really does not know where to turn. Wishful thinking is just that. McGarity is going to let Georgia sink further before pulling the plug next year. What a waste. Georgia is an embarassment. If Richt was truly a good man and not selfish he would give it up but he doesn’t want to give up the money and Georgia does not want to pay the settlement.

AltamahaDawg

January 9th, 2011
10:29 am

Great.
please explain to me how such a great coach could have had so many terrible seasons.
please explain to me how such a terrible coach could have had so many great seasons.

As I have said multiple times in the past, the comparisons of those coaches in different eras of football is pointless, but you insist on doing it, so please do.

huffsleeper

January 9th, 2011
10:31 am

Quit comparing Richt to Dooley. We are not playing against Dooley. We are playing against Florida, Alabama, LSU, Auburn and now apparently teams like Central Florida.

chazzo

January 9th, 2011
10:31 am

UCF is actually a good team. A big part of the disappointment was that fans, players and coaches didn’t think so. UGA has a better team than showed up for that game, but it is hardly one of the worse losses in history. Please. I would put last years Tennessee game or the Bama Blackout on that list well before this game.

There are some promising young players. There is potential. There was improvement (Murray, sacks, turnover margin). Yup, there is no need to get delusional about a BCS championship in 2011. Nor is there a reason to think this is the end of the world.

Hey, if you are that self-hating, contact me, I would love to have some tickets next season.

AltamahaDawg

January 9th, 2011
10:34 am

simple huff. We lost several games by a few points. We have a rising star at QB, a deep receiving corp, a running game that can;t possible be any worse, and a defense that will be able to practice at full speed this spring. Very logical to expect the record to improve. What’s not clear about any of that?

And we do have recruits, some good one already and some on the way. I have no idea what list(s) you are seeing. And some pretty good talent that RS last year.

And how do you know what Coach Richt knows?

huffsleeper

January 9th, 2011
10:37 am

AltamahaDawg is a delusional wishful thinking fool. Very dedicated to his team though and I do appreciate his willingness to go down with the ship.

AltamahaDawg

January 9th, 2011
10:40 am

….and you didn’t answer my questions.

Some feller from a flyin' saucer

January 9th, 2011
10:56 am

To Chuck UGA:
I will add the ‘66 7-6 loss to a mediocre Miami. Was Georgia’s only loss that year. May have cost them the MNC.
Also, the ‘69 16-2 Sugar Bowl loss to Arkansas. Georgia was undefeated with 2 ties going in, and were probably the best team in the country at that time, and they were absolutely loaded with great players. Jake Scott, Bill Stanfill, Steve Greer, and on and on. If they had been sober for the game, they would have beat Arknasas by about 3 touchdowns.
Last, but not least, the ‘74 34-14 loss to that smirking ratfink, Pepper Rodgers, and Tech. I was there, and it was pouring down rain, and cold. I was wet and cold and drunk and miserable, like a lot of folks that day. This one tops my list for being the worst Bulldog loss in my lifetime.

10SEConds

January 9th, 2011
11:25 am

AltamahaDawg, we are apparently almost generational peers, and I agree with some of your points. Dooley was a very good, not great, program coach and solid, stolid play caller. I remember defending him in the 70s against numerous gripers: “third and 20, up the middle Dooley,” some would say. After one bowl loss (77 Sugar Bowl), one of the PLAYER’s father said to me “I’d like to cut Vince Dooley’s —s off!”. My view then and now was that he was consistently the 2d best coach in the SEC, and it’d be stupid to replace him. By ‘85, tho, I thought it was time for him to go; always hoped it’d be Erk.

Also agree this is a better team than 74 and 79 Dawgs, so we should stop the “sky is falling” hysteria. Start 3-3 next year, and I will join the tar and feathers crowd.

Also agree the UCF loss doesn’t even make top 10. This year’s loss to Colorado does, along with Goff’s loss to UF in Athens; the ‘07 loss to UT; the awful ‘76 debacle v UK; the embarrassing loss to AU in ‘99; Bama shutout in ‘95; the bowl blowout by Nebraska (forget the year; early 70’s); the horrifying ‘79 loss to UVA (people were sure Dooley had lost it and I thought maybe so myself at that point); and the legendary loss to AU in ‘42. I reserve the 10th spot for any and all losses to GT, with a special circle of Hell for their string of wins in the 50s. Which brings me back to Dooley: he made UGA THE state team and utterly dominated Tech. Just ask any of our 60 something fellow Dawgfans what that meant after the hard years of the 50s!

AltamahaDawg

January 9th, 2011
11:27 am

Tell you what, we’ll keep it to simply “no recruits” and why you say that. Forget the other mindreading stuff. That one is black and white. Come on now, how hard could it be to debate a “fool”? I’ll give you a few minute to actually go look it up and get back to me.

JTDawg

January 9th, 2011
11:32 am

Wonder how Saban “seals the deal” on so many recruits?

He may be headed for a suspension . . .

http://network.yardbarker.com/college_football/article_external/multiple_schools_told_ncaa_of_saban_violation/3927048

GoDawgs

January 9th, 2011
11:45 am

No, the dawgs don’t have the underclassmen that these past teams did to rebound to perform fundamental football that will equate into wins. I think the best this team can do in 2011 is win 8 games. When Richt first got here we were aggresive on offense running no huddle trying to tire the defense and we haven’t been that way since 2005. The problems that were at FSU with all of the arrests while he was there are here now. I am not saying he was responsible for what happened at FSU the point is that we are recruiting similar players with similar personalities that is having similar results and that needs to stop.

JTDawg

January 9th, 2011
11:46 am

Dooley was head coach under Eaves, then Co-AD for a few years, then finally AD (after flirtation with Auburn in ‘80, I think).

Yet I never read where he cut back his administrative duties so he could, “study football and be on the cutting edge.”

I just wonder when he stopped studying football?

I read an interview with Bill Bellichick a couple of years ago, where he said, for several years, he has gone to Tuscaloosa and Gainsville, to visit Nick Saban and Urban Myer during the off season, to “pick their brains” about their offensive and defensive strategies. See what they had cooking.

Needless to say, he doesn’t stop off in Athens . . .

Blue Chipper

January 9th, 2011
12:00 pm

It’s kind of sad to see all the Dawg fans getting so excited this year (just like the year before, the year before that, etc.). How long is it going to take for UGA fans to realize that UGA is simply no longer relevant in the SEC? In the national picture, UGA isn’t even a blip on the radar, and hasn’t been since the preseason #1 ranking two years ago.

Sit back and be grateful for the six or seven wins you’ll get every year. Coaching genius Mark Richt may take you to 8-4 or even 9-3 occasionally, but Florida will still win the SEC, meaning no BCS bowls and no top 10 final ranking. Most years, UGA will be very lucky to finish in the top 25, and only after a big bowl win over a nobody opponent.

It’s a different world now, and Dawg fans need to adjust their expectations downward to reflect reality.

Unfortunately nothing is going to change until UGA changes its mediocre coaching. That’s where the difference is, and that’s why everyone outside Dawgtard Nation just laughs at Dawg fans getting so excited year after year about what a great recruiting class UGA gets. It doesn’t matter how many blue chip high school players go to UGA, they simply don’t get the coaching they would get at Florida or Alabama, to name two schools whose programs are far ahead of UGA. And that’s not going to change as long as Mark Richt is in Athens.

Get your heads out of the sand and face reality. And mediocrity and irrelevance.

SCAM Newton

January 9th, 2011
12:03 pm

If you spend enough money on a good quarterback or running back….. MAYBE!

chazzo

January 9th, 2011
12:04 pm

What’s to study? Run three times: score, punt, or field goal. Let Erk do his job.

AltamahaDawg

January 9th, 2011
12:21 pm

Could it be Dooley was quoted all of about 4 times a year in those days.
AGAIN, I asked the question….for all the things he did right, but Richt does wrong, wouldn’t having just as bad of results multiple times, be even Worse? It’s not really a complicated question.

Not even get into the apples and oranges of what climate his administration duties were dealing with then and now. Basically if he said it, Davidson did it.

Joseph

January 9th, 2011
12:34 pm

Richt to LSU.

Dawg Tired

January 9th, 2011
1:07 pm

Main difference between the turn-around that occurred after that truly miserable 1974 season (yes, I was there for everyone of those games that year) and any hoped for turn around in 2011: In 1975 we had Dooley and Russell; now we have Richt and Grantham. I submit that is where the analogy breaks down fairly quickly.

Brucerugby79

January 9th, 2011
1:20 pm

Cuz you are correct that Va. game my first homecoming as a graduate-my Dad went to Va. and he had all his frat. brothers in tow-they were all uncles to me-it was so bad they felt- sorry for me–that Ky loss in front of the Prince was also bad all losses to florida hurt worse than anything else

AltamahaDawg

January 9th, 2011
1:43 pm

Certainly can’t argue that Dooley and Russell proved that they could turn it around, and yet to be seen if Richt and Grantham can/will. And I understand that is the question posed in the topic.

But that’s really not what folks are upset about now. It’s that it slipped at all. Richt who has had some of the best team in the nation let it slip to the point it is today. We did have Dooley and Russell in 75 to turn it around, but we also had Dooley and Russell in 1974 in the first place, and then 77, and 79, also terrible years when they supposedley had it turned around. Surely that factors into any fair analogy. If they were far better prepared to turn thing around, this is even harder to excuse. (than the speculation, yet to be seen, about this crew)

AltamahaDawg

January 9th, 2011
1:52 pm

Good Luck AJ.

7576DAWG

January 9th, 2011
1:53 pm

harold
Auburn is a one year wonder because they have a freak, once in a life time player, running the offense. If Newton leaves , and he is a fool if he doesn’t , Auburn will lose at least 4 games next year and they would have lost at least six this year if they didn’t have Newton. Auburns defense was way worst than Georgia’s this year but didn’t get the coverage on just how bad they were because Newton was able to dominate ” Time of Possession “

UGA = SEC Joke

January 9th, 2011
1:54 pm

A mediocre program with mediocre coaching and mediocre recruiting. Good luck playing in Shreveport in December.

Coach Mark Rick

January 9th, 2011
2:06 pm

Coach Rick here,
I’ve been studying film, just watched “Remember the Titans.” Think I’ve come up with something to give us an edge. Remember how Denzel had his players hit their thigh pads with their hands and then raise them over their heads as they marched onto the field. It bllew the other teams mind, the Titans won the game and the state championship. We’re starting practicing this A.S.A.P. ! Boy, football is really getting fun again.

Nike vapor jet football gloves

January 9th, 2011
2:07 pm

Hard nosed Erk was a great man.

7576DAWG

January 9th, 2011
2:14 pm

The biggest problem that I see with CMR is: over the years he is treating his team more and more like a high school team. Florida played a lot of true freshmen this year and will be better off for it next year. Auburn let Newton run the entire offense in his first year at Auburn , no learning curve and he did just fine.Tennessee played three offensive lineman as true freshmen which will show huge benefits in 2011. I think CMR Red Shirts way too many freshmen because he doesn’t think they can pick up his system. CMR needs to let these kids play , they will be a lot more benefit to the team on the field than on the bench. CMR needs to stop worrying about them having to learn every blocking assignment and being in the perfect position on every play and let them learn on the field instead of practice. Some freshmen need to be Red Shirted but Georgia needs to have the best players on the field on every play whether they are freshmen or not.

needums

January 9th, 2011
2:18 pm

I hope for the best but I’m not holding my breath

AltamahaDawg

January 9th, 2011
2:21 pm

I think the point of the analogy Smith was making is not that Dooley/Russell did turn it around. It was they there were just as many fans in 1974 that were absolutely convinced they would not.

UGAFan

January 9th, 2011
2:36 pm

AltamahaDawg,

You seem to be thinking that Richt can turn it around. I think he can’t, although I hope he can.

If you are not just being contrary, tell me how you think he can win again against teams, any team with a winning record, because he hasn’t done it in a while.

UGAG is gitting the ncaa death penalty, he he ha ha

January 9th, 2011
3:08 pm

Does doggy poo stink? Then so does uga….

UGAG is gitting the ncaa death penalty, he he ha ha

January 9th, 2011
3:08 pm

Dawg Tired

January 9th, 2011
3:44 pm

AltamahaDawg – I get your point. However, another big difference in analogizing the two situations is the fact that UGA was not able to recruit nearly the talent back in the 70’s that Richt has recruited. Dooley, especially in the 70’s seldom has great recruiting classes. Richt has done less with more. That is why the turnaround seems so unlikely this year. Dooley’s staff was much better at coaching the fundamentals. As I watch these bowl games this year, I never ceased to be amazed when, like in the Cotton Bowl, the announcers point out that when LSU got an illegal procedure penalty with 18 seconds left in the 3rd quarter it was their 1st penalty of the game. Under Richt we have consistently been one of the most penalized teams in the country. That is a failure to coach fundamentals. Plus, we started this past season off with a team that obviously had not done the fundamental preparation of things like tackling. Of course, our inability to block is another fundamental we clearly don’t teach very well. Need I continue?

AceDawg

January 9th, 2011
3:52 pm

This year’s Colorado game was the true low point of the season and in Richt’s era. I’m pretty sure UCF would handle them with no problem.

edumacated

January 9th, 2011
3:54 pm

I still can’t believe there are folks on here supporting Richt. Talk about brain damage.

7576 Dawg, Kirby Smart is an unknown for sure, but he is young, full of energy, and has learned under the best in the business. I think he will be the guy, but at this point, I would take a lot of folks over Richt.

Trippin' Sinkwich

January 9th, 2011
4:31 pm

Boobie Bowden said: “Who cares? Dawgs are irrelevant, dumb, delusional, and probably drunk”….
The above obviously true, but nothing was worse than the Gators winning 52-17 between the hedges, noting even comes close to it, 20,000 Gator fans celebrating in an empty stadium the whole 4th quarter, that game couldn’t end fast enough and ten run Lindsay run victories wouldn’t make up for it! They’ve won 3 NC’s in the last 15 years, we’re still anging on to our only one from 31 years ago….

snoopy

January 9th, 2011
5:17 pm

Look – I love the Dawgs as much as any UGA fan…..

But – Please put the bong down & step away…

The SEC is so loaded with talented head coaches…

Love CMR, but the others (Saban, Miles, SOS, Petrino, Mullen) are not going to go “stupid” anytime soon…

If we go 8 – 4 or 9 – 3 next season that’ll be a HUGE improvement!

Coach Mark Rick

January 9th, 2011
5:38 pm

Coach Rick here
Don’t worry dawg fans,that’s why you pay me the big buckets. I’ve got everything under control. We are going to have a new way of doing the same old thing. I hope everyone is as excited as I am. Boise State better watch out, I’m ready to run our victory formation right now. I think I’ve told you all that’s my favorite play. Sometimes I run it in the second quarter just so the other team knows what’s coming.

jojo

January 9th, 2011
5:42 pm

Nebraska in the Sun Bowl. Should not have even been close to there, nor any bowl game.

AltamahaDawg

January 9th, 2011
5:52 pm

Not sure what you base Dooley not having the same talent to work with. I remember that he did. Certainly the level of talent is better now, but that means he didn’t have compete against the same talent either.

And there has been nothing consistant about the penalty issue. Got out of hand a couple of years there, but not before. And nobody had less penalties in the SEC than Richt’s team this past year. Not LSU. They were actually closer to the most, rather than the least. They are many top ranked team far more consitantly in the most penalized team than UGA in the past 10 years. LSU is one of them I believe. UF damn sure is.

They did have a big RB and a good O-line though. I am with you that what we are doing lately in the regard is not working. I’ve said that for several years. You just couldn’t hear me over the “its all willie’s fault” screaming.

RICHT MUST GO

January 9th, 2011
7:10 pm

All those who think that things will change at UGA while Richt is still head coach need to stop sniffing the glue.

ChainConsq

January 9th, 2011
7:39 pm

Of course Dawgs can turn it around…anyone that says otherwise is either lying or ignorant. Any student of college football knows how strange games/seasons can be. To give Richt full credit/blame for W-L record is a joke. Players actually play the game/perform on the field…same foolish attitude is currently a fad in education…blaming/crediting teachers for student performance…as if kids are robots/thoughtless automatons.

AltamahaDawg

January 9th, 2011
8:43 pm

Fan, to say a guy that for the overwhemliming majority of his career has had teams that have played at a high level, “can” do it again, doesn’t seem to me as being very contary. To say he “can’t” despite the evidence he already did before would much more difficult to defend factually. I would hope that if you know anything about me I am not exactly the type of guy to be unrealistic or delusional about anything.

But really, I think the discussion is WAY too centered on Coach Richt anyway. He ain’t the one on the field. The rightful debate should be if this team has the capability to play better. I just think the reasons they lost can be easily identified. They lost by very small margins, in some cases a matter of a play, so clearly an improved record is not any kind of stretch. I also don’t think beating teams with winning record is any big magic formula. I have about 3 things that I believe were major factors this past year, that I would expect to see improvement. Thats it. It’s that simple. Has nothing to do with trust or faith in Richt perse’ but yes I absolutely believe he can be the HC of an improved UGA football team next year. I am also encouraged that Greg McGarity believes that as well. He studied it in detail with a lot at stake, unlike me.

David

January 9th, 2011
8:56 pm

Ga people never have got it. Here is the secret. You have to hold your coach responsible. When is the last time he earned part of that three million dollar salary? But I don’t think you guys will ever get it.
Good.

Hairy Perry

January 9th, 2011
9:17 pm

No disrespect guys, but I think all this talk about Dooley and Erk and what they did is a waste of time.It is a different game now than it was in the seventies and eighties, it really has nothing at all to do with what it happenning now. I have no idea about what will happen next year, I think things will improve, I just don’t no how much. In my opinion any thing under a 10 win season is going to be crappy. I do know that we have wasted alot of talent that other teams would have won big with.

Hairy Perry

January 9th, 2011
9:21 pm

I don’t know what has happened to coach Richt. He has proven he can be a great coach, but what we have been seeing lately is mind boggling. The call in the 1st drive to kick a field goal on fourth and inches in the 5 yard line made my mouth drop. UCF took it from there.

Hairy Perry

January 9th, 2011
9:25 pm

I don’t know about you guys but I DO CARE about our basketball program and I was exited to see us take a big step foward by beating Kentucky. Get on board with this team because they are playing great basketball. It would mean alot to those players to see us fill the stadium.

doug

January 9th, 2011
10:06 pm

No. The talent pool is dried up at UGA and Richt cant command enough respect to attract a decent coordinator. Oh …and Richt cant coach. Checkmate!!!!!!!!

col fot

January 9th, 2011
11:31 pm

and tomorrow we’ll see scam newton and thug fairley as the auburn hood takes on the Oregon Duckies, as much as i would like the SEC win 5 in row i hope the Dcukies stomp th hood!

It is what it is

January 9th, 2011
11:35 pm

AS Bowden once said CMR is too nice of a guy to be a good head coach.. This ship is too full of water CMR has done nothing or said anything to make me believe that he can right this ship. Everyone has realized the CMR game plan and CMR refuses to believe it. Alabama knew it 3 years ago. They knew they were going to win before stepping into Sanford Stadium. Why didn’t CMR know? He will not fire BooBoo. Take a look at the record since handing the reigns to this guy. It’s over. Start the search for a coach now. Maybe O’Leary wants a pay raise.. If you can’t beat ‘em join ‘em. One more thing..who would want to play for a school that can’t get up enough or out talent a UCF team?

UGA fans are so ....

January 9th, 2011
11:37 pm

October 28, 1995-Daddy Spurrier goes for half a hundred-52-17-tween the hedges
October 2006-After leading UT by 24-7, The Great Pumpkin leads the Vols on a 44-9 run to spank uga 51-33.

NVDawg

January 9th, 2011
11:45 pm

Yes, the players play the game but I feel the way I’ve seen our players play the game over the past 3-5 years now clearly shows some glaring deficiencies in coaching. I’m starting to focus less on the coaches themselves though and more on the whole situation itself. I think we have sort of a “like poles repelling” situation going on. We had some success in the early half of the 2000s which lead to better recruits wanting to come to UGA. Unfortunately I think that also led to getting some high caliber recruits that were coming to UGA with some misplaced sense of entitlement thinking something like “man, I’m going to UGA. They’ve been good recently. They’ll win, they have a good program with talent so I won’t have to work/practice/play as hard” (at least that’s the attitude I feel I see on the field on game day a lot). But then we have this emotionless, calm and cool coach that seems to not have the right kind of approach or attitude to reign entitled kids like that in and get 100% out of them every second of every practice and game.

Something has to give. They either need to change the recruiting approach or if they’re going to keep that status quo they need a coach/coaches that are a little bit more of a hard a** and can deal with those types of kids better. With Richt’s demeanor and attitude I think he’d be a great coach for a team full of “Rudy’s” that have a chip on their shoulder, will work really hard and have something to prove. The current coaching staff seems to be desperately lacking in the disciplinary skills necessary to reign in a bunch of lazy entitled kids.

Coach Mark Rick

January 9th, 2011
11:52 pm

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Dirty Dawg

January 9th, 2011
11:55 pm

Since they didn’t give us a chance to comment on the bit about Auburn fans flocking to Arizona, thought I’d do it here.

What the piece made me think of is that whenever I ‘break down’ and buy a lottery ticket, the one moment of ‘enjoyment’ I get is imagining how I would react if I should actually win. Then, of course, I don’t and I just throw the ticket away and move on.

Now we have Auburn fans…here’s their chance to actually ‘play out’ their dream…go to Glendale…holler War Eagle…celebrate victory (or maybe not)…then come home with all those memories of having ‘won it all’. THEN, when the time comes – perhaps not later this year, but it will come – when they take it all away because you-know-who, took you-know-what, from ‘you know’, AU fans will actually ‘not’ have won the lottery, but they at least got to ‘actually’ experience it…see? Sorry guys, but this thing ain’t goin’ away…ever. There’s not enough ‘hush money’ to keep it buried for much longer. Somebody that knows will decide that they need the money and will write a book or sell their story to National Enquirer, or are willing to ‘fink out’ the AU ‘pay-for-play’ program in order to keep themselves out of jail or something, and the ‘truth will finally out’.

By the way, hope Auburn does win, I’ve got ‘em in my bowl pool – I never said that I thought Auburn didn’t know the value of good football players.

Micheal Adams

January 10th, 2011
12:01 am

Micheal Adams here.
You low life football fans are an embarrassedment to the academic community, here at UGA. I could care less about you losers, I’m an Ohio State fan and look forward to them kicking clueless dog butts.

Not the first

January 10th, 2011
12:03 am

UCF isn’t the first Conference USA team to beat Georgia. In the 1996 season – the first season of CUSA’s football existance – Southern Miss beat UGA in the season opener. That score (11-7 I believe) was almost the same as the UCF-UGA score.

IowaDawg

January 10th, 2011
1:30 am

The doom and gloom has to stop. I am a lifetime UGA fan and I will be until I die. I can remember the disappointment of the 1979 season. Look what happened the next year. Did Vince Dooley suddenly become a better coach in one off season? Since the head coach is responsible for everything that goes on in the program the what happened in 1979 was Vince’s fault. The Dawgs looked horrible… they gave games away. That sounds like slack discipline to me. Erk Russell tolerated that? What old school football minds were tolerating lax discipline?
Coach Richt isn’t as soft as you guys seem to think. Nor is he as dull as you think. How many people remember the Fastbreak offense he ran at FSU with Charlie Ward? How many remember that Dooley brought him here because of the productiveness of his offenses? How many remember that the famed mat drills were instituted to condition our players to run that offense? How many remember that rule changes took the teeth out of it and Richt scrapped it because everyone was saying it would never work in the SEC?
Coach Richt will add some wrinkles to his offense, perhaps allow Aaron Murray to do some Fastbreak like things with our existing playbook.
I think that our players need to play to win and stop worrying about making mistakes. They played tentatively this year. They played tight. They played not to lose. All those things add up to critical mistakes and giving games away. They need to see that their fans BELIEVE in them. These are young men. How can they have any confidence in themselves if their fans are constantly running them down? There is a crap load of talent in Athens. How about some support? How about letting them know that their best is all we ask for? You might be surprised what that can do.

Ol' Wayne

January 10th, 2011
4:19 am

Note to “Jan Kemp”.. Please go to ANY 5th grade English grammar book to find out about CORRECT punction! Your murdering of “its” is more embarrassing than a Georgia football loss. But, then, you dang “teachers” KNOW EVERYTHING! And you cannot – or will not learn jus the basic punctuation. Don’t criticize anything you know nothing about!

legionaire

January 10th, 2011
6:39 am

A rebound is possible if the O line can be improved. It was sure oversold last season and the results prove it. The D should continue to improve as Grantham’s system is out of the learning curve and guys are comfortable in it. Motivation has to come from Richt. UGA fans understand down years they will not tolerate games where the team is unprepared and unmotivated like CF.

tired of losing to UF

January 10th, 2011
6:57 am

How about 1990-2010 Florida games!!!!!

yearofthedawg

January 10th, 2011
8:31 am

The Auburn game where we were down 31-0 at the half during a huge recruiting weekend gets my vote.

The for sheer emotion in a supposedly meaningless game, the bowl game against Virginia where we finally took the lead right before the end and then handed it right back to them ranks up there too.

LifeLongDawg

January 10th, 2011
9:14 am

Worse loss for me is any to Tech. I hate those guys. I think deep down I know they are better than us, even when we win. Any win against Tech is basically luck. I have to call a Tech guy boss everyday, and I hate my life.

AltamahaDawg

January 10th, 2011
9:15 am

GOOD CALL! Had just defeated defending NC Florida, and AU had just lost to MissState. The Auburn fans were joking that night, hope we didn’t beat them too bad. They were terrible. Donnan had finally got us there. Game over before the second quarter. Crushedd any hopes of winning the SEC. FAR worse loss than this past bowl. By a longshot.

My buddies and I still laugh about that game…ok we score right away out of the locker room, hold em, score, hold em, score, hold em……..right back in it…… except, they scored to open the third quarter I think.

npgator

January 10th, 2011
9:23 am

This will be Richt’s last season at UGA.

Theo

January 10th, 2011
10:17 am

Richt’s idea of turning it around: Season long blackout!

PMC

January 10th, 2011
10:38 am

No, the work eithic isn’t there. You can’t just wave a magic wand and make players care about winning.

Either they want to prepare or the don’t. These guys don’t care enough.

Wrong about Miami of Ohio players in 74 Tangerine

January 10th, 2011
10:55 am

Miami of Ohio had a QB that was like a McPherson of Syracuse or a McNabb was. He was tall around 6′2′ and he could throw, he could throw while on the run or he could just flat out run. He had some NFL supporting cast too and their entire team had that David vs Goliath thing, even though UGA was lousy that year. We did not know whether we were a running team in the Veer with QB Ray Goff or a passing squad with Matt Robinson, also of Jets NFL fame. We had some big time talent that did develop in 75 and 76. Always, that particular group od Dogs under played their abilities. Goff was their spiritual and emotional leader in fist fighting and fun and sports. He was a rounder in them days. Ask him.

Their QB??Rod Sherman was his name and he played running back for several years in the NFL in the mid to late 70s and early 80s. He was a above average NFL running back or flanker sort of like a Hines Ward in talent. He was taller.

Attitude is everything and then, like in Memphis, UGA just had lousy attitudes. An old UGA roomate and I were going to fly in his plan up to Memphis and view the game and we had a free pad to stay in …………….. my son and I and my old pal said about the Liberty …………” I pass.” We knew what to expect. See the Tangerine in 74.

Too little and too late with CMR. TIME for a major change. Coaches need to move on after 5 – 7 years anyway, as it just seems to always grow stale …………like at UGA right now.

HanDAWG

January 10th, 2011
11:12 am

Easily the loss to the Gators when we finished 13-1. Pollack had been loose with a few footballs in his hands that day, but we made mistakes: penalties, missed field goals, poor tackling, DJ’s first half interception. And then, Terrence Edwards dropped the game-tying touchdown from Greene. We were quiet in the stands, my buddy Mike and I, for about 15 minutes after. It just hurt so bad to lose that year. And it eventually cost us a national championship. BTW: UCF would have been the best team we beat this season had we beaten them. We beat no good football teams – the Colorado (choke), Arkansas (choke) and Florida (choke) losses were in my many ways worse than the bowl.

HanDAWG

January 10th, 2011
11:12 am

HanDAWG

January 10th, 2011
11:14 am

missing word “opinion” (from above), “my opinion many ways”

Justin

January 10th, 2011
12:06 pm

You guys think Richt ends up in 4 weeks at Stanford or Michigan or LSU? My guess is Stanford.

San Francisco Dawg

January 10th, 2011
12:15 pm

How depressing! I’m thinking about all of the great wins we have had…ten times more than those bad losses…time to put it into high gear and get at it..Richt knows that he is on the hot seat, the players who come back next year have heard the boos and true Dawg fans need to become the “12th Man” next year!!!

Rest of the SEC

January 10th, 2011
12:25 pm

Dawgs are irrelevant. Plain and simple. And they will remain irrelevant through 2011.

DawginLex

January 10th, 2011
1:11 pm

Let’s be realistic. Let’s go game by game and talk about what our chances are.

Boise state-I can see this going either way but if the defense improves, the offense should be able to score points.

South Carolina-The toughest and most important game of the season. Again, defensive imporvement, especially against the run will determine the outcome.

Coastal Carolina-Come on

Ole Miss-Georgia should win this game but it is on the road.

Miss State-a physical team with a lot of confidence. The offense needs to make some big plays. Their DC just left for Texas.

Tennessee-I see this one as being very tough. 50/50 on this one

Vandy-Come on

florida-2nd most important game of the year but could be THE MOST IMPORTANT GAME OF MARK RICHT’S COACHING CAREER

New Mexico state-Come on

Kentucky-UGA should win at home

Auburn-UGA should be back to winning this again and it is at home

Tech-At Tech but UGA should win

With a good football team, this is an 11 win schedule. I’m not convinced that we have a good football team in Athens anymore.

wishful thinking is 10-2 with losses to SC and UT

Good would be 9-3 with losses to SC, Florida and UT

Mediocre would be 8-4 which would mean losing another SEC game to MSU

Sorry would be 7-5 or 6-6 which would mean losing to Boise and/or Tech.

Anything less than 9 wins and I am advocating a coaching change.

My $.02

DawginLex

January 10th, 2011
1:17 pm

I have endured watching the Dawgs lose some tough games.

There have been a lot of wins that I have enjoyed.

None more so than the two 41-14 beatdowns of the rednecks from Knoxville in 2003 and 2010 that I witnessed in person.

The 2003 game was especially delightful watching that many orange clad hicks leave Neyland in their canoes on the river.

7576DAWG

January 10th, 2011
1:46 pm

UGA will beat Mississippi State in 2011. Mullins will find out that how his coordinators run the defense and offense will define him as a coach . Mullins could fall in the category of a few rare coaches like Spurrier or Saban who runs everything but will probably find out like CMR did that he needs to delegate some of his responsibilities. Trying to obtain a balance will negatively affect the team like it has for CMR when he went too far the other way and let unqualified coordinators go unchecked for too long.

crossdawg

January 10th, 2011
2:07 pm

Vince & Erk could and did creat a great turnaround. Don’t think MR can unless he gets less plastic & more human.

BJohnDawg

January 10th, 2011
2:17 pm

ALRIGHT…..ENOUGH DAMN WALLOWING.

I am not wallowing in this anymore.And real dawg fans should move on to reality.

1) Does not matter if you like it our not Richt and team are the coaches for 2011. Whining and wallowing or not supporting the team will not change that in 2011.
2) Recruiting…we have lost a few, and won a few, and there are a few more still to wait on , but we will be in the top 15 and we will get what we need. Hopefully players that really want to be at UGA and as Swann said ” Help turn it around”
3) Green is gone to the NFL…thanks for your past contributions…best of luck in NFL. Remember in 1982 when Wilkins left early for the NBA. The next year, rather than the team standing around and waiting for Wilkins to dunk, they played team ball and ended up in the final four. Lets look forward to the same from the 2011 football team.
4) Better schedule
5) A proven QB
6) One more year playing the new 3-4.

I am moving on from 2010. My advice, folks do the same.

GO DAWGS! To hell with WALLOWING
AND THWGT!

mountainman

January 10th, 2011
2:42 pm

Richt and staff are a joke and a high-priced group as well for ruining UGA football to a new LOW….it ain’t gonna get better, maybe just worst — after all, “it is what it is”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And it don’t pass the stiff test!!!!!

Buck Blew

January 10th, 2011
2:42 pm

this is what UGA has become…..hoping for 9-3 seasons and no trips to Atlanta.

Coach Mark Rick

January 10th, 2011
3:03 pm

Coach Rick Here.
Just wanted to check in with all my buddies out there. I’m glad most of you believe in me. I want you all to do what I have instructed the coaches and players to do. Just keep telling yourself, Everything is going to be O.K., Everything is fine. We are all doing a great job. I hope you all know how powerful visualization can be. Be encouraged dawg fans, next year is going to be one you’ll never forget.

Dawghater

January 10th, 2011
4:11 pm

Oh those wonderful memories.
- Wake Forest in 79
- 33-0 loss to KY in 77
- 78 Bluebonnet Bowl
- Years in inadequacy in Jacksonville
- 12 arrests in 2010 and a losing season

Oh how I love the memories. Keep making those memories UGA. Looks like the cancer of the fball program has made it to UGA the mascot too! Thanks for the memories

Dawghater

January 10th, 2011
4:13 pm

BJohnDawg – enjoy the wallowing in 2011! Just move on to 2012!

Dawghater

January 10th, 2011
4:15 pm

Dawginlex – you were looking in the mirror when you wrote redneck, right! Those in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.

Dawghater

January 10th, 2011
4:18 pm

Dawginlex – I’d like to have seen your game by game analysis for 2010’s season. Your 2011 analysis should be saved under the term “Fantasy Football”. Dream On.

Minnesota Dawg

January 10th, 2011
4:19 pm

Dawgs are only a couple of big plays each game from turning it around. We just need to beat Boise State and get our confidence back. We can do it!

DawginLex

January 10th, 2011
4:25 pm

Kiss my a$$ dawghater.

How’s that for being a redneck?

You happy a$$wipe?

Your only fantasy is seeing a girl who is not your mother naked.

Douglas Ga.

January 10th, 2011
4:43 pm

I’m tired of these Sunday School Teacher Preacher type coaches we need a mean SOB for a coach

TheItalianDawg

January 10th, 2011
4:45 pm

to answer your question, NO we CAN NOT rebound! we are dead meat!!!

Chuck Carswell

January 10th, 2011
4:53 pm

1994 Home Coming to Vandy
2006 Sugar Bowl West ‘By G-d’ Virginia

DogGone

January 10th, 2011
5:13 pm

Dawgs should never ever lose a football game. WE should win the National Championship EVERY year. WE make the most $$$$$ of any university and our players DRINK more than all the other teams players put together. WE pay our coaches well and our players make more than they deserve. I never ever went to uga but thats just how I feel.

braves70

January 10th, 2011
5:30 pm

Just heard speculation on sports talk show that if Les Miles goes to Michigan, Jimbo Fisher of Florida State might be the top choice to take over the Tigers. If that were to happen and Florida State needed a coach would they then turn to an old-time assistant named Mark Richt?

The way it is

January 10th, 2011
6:29 pm

The Dawgs can go 12-0 and of course win the East next year and there is no doubt about it, but they also can go 8-4 and be looking for a new coach. What will it be? I wish CMR all the best always.

John L Smith

January 10th, 2011
7:28 pm

I have to agree with the loss to Tech and the tangerine bowl. I am an alum and was a student at the time and sat through both of the above.

Xenophon

January 10th, 2011
7:37 pm

That 41-31 drubbing at the hands of Alabama, and the 49-7 wipeout administered by Florida put an end to my Bulldog enthrallment. Good teams don’t lose like that, especially when they’re SUPPOSED to be a good team. At least Dooley’s big losses came in years when they weren’t EXPECTED to be very good.

WeallbleedRed

January 10th, 2011
9:52 pm

Its gonna be a LONG season next year.

waytogoRicht

January 10th, 2011
10:36 pm

In Richt ten year tenure:
Three other SEC coaches have been hired:

Nick Saban first at LSU: Result National Championship

Urban Meyer at Florida: Result two National Championships

Nick Saban second at Alabama: Result National Chamionship

Gene Chizik at Auburn: Result National Championship

The Great Richt at Georgia: Result ohfer, hasn’t even been to NC

Moral of story: UGA search committees suck in re football coach
selection.

Buh Bye

January 10th, 2011
10:40 pm

Boise State 69, UGA 13. The start of another long, very grim season under Richt.

Kvac

January 10th, 2011
10:44 pm

“If that were to happen and Florida State needed a coach, would they then turn to an old-time assistant named Mark Richt?”

No, they’re not that stupid.

BobDawg

January 10th, 2011
11:03 pm

I remember that 1974 game against the Wishbone of Pepper Rodgers and Tech… Only game I have ever left at Halftime and thank goodness Hill Hall was close by…that was one cold/rainy nasty game…

George

January 10th, 2011
11:18 pm

I wonder if Richt is at home studying football so that he can become an expert. Clearly, he is not at the BCS game like Urban and Nick.

George

January 10th, 2011
11:20 pm

By the way, how many times has AU and Oregon gone for it on fourth down in the BCS game. Richt didn’t have the balls to do that in the Liberty bowl.

Coach Mark Rick

January 10th, 2011
11:37 pm

Rick here
Just want to respond to what Fran Tarkenton said about me needing to get freed of other responsibilities in order to put more focus on football. Well you all know how important missions are to me but I ‘m going to put that on the back burner until I retire next year,and yes I do love my hobby of bird watching. It helps me keep my peace, but this to will have to take a back seat for the greater good. I’ll admit it, the swimming has been getting to be a bit much although my backstroke has gotten strong, this to I will sacrifice. O.K.from now on it”s football,football,football! How bout that dawg fans, are you happy now.

icedawg

January 11th, 2011
12:39 am

Anything is possible, but returning to “Junkyard Dawg” status is not probable at this juncture. Too much residual lethargy and bad habits to overcome. It assumes that that kind of mentality can be fabricated or manufactured at will. Too many variables involved. You’ve got to have the right coach and the right players for it to happen. Don’t know that we have either or will have even next year.

James K. Polk

January 11th, 2011
12:42 am

George…..BINGO!!!! That is symptomatic of why we (and Richt) do not win big games…and never will. It says a lot about our half-hearted coach. In every game we play,we will have the worst head coach on the field.

icedawg

January 11th, 2011
12:44 am

Dawgs next year? Around 500 again. At this time the 3-4 defensive scheme is not that great for college football and the players that we hope will improve us on that side of the ball will be too green. Offensive line is gutted, not that it was that good this year anyway. Around 500 would not be surprising.

RED DOG 77

January 11th, 2011
1:28 am

Nominees for worst defeats?…………Your buddy, Mikes worst memories ? …….Bill what in heavens name are you thinking ? At least Loran came up with a little positive, recalling the Junkyard Dawgs !………..Bill, you should be ashamed of yourself. This is college football, son , and you, of all people should know, the college athelete often times reflects his fanbase……….You should also be aware college footbal moves in cycles ! Think Bill !!! Texas, Michigan, Notre Dame, Miami, Southern Cal…………must I go on ? I support “MY” GEORGIA BULLDOGS !!!!! Always have, always will……………….GOOOOOOOO DOGS………GATA………SIC’ ‘EM WOOF…WOOF……WOOF!!!!…………….To HELL with Tech, and To Hell with Bill King !!!!

HERSCHELL?

January 11th, 2011
2:05 am

You bunch of buttsniffin retards are hilarious!!! If you watched the national championship game tonight that should remind you how far away you are from being anything close to relevant any time soon!! KEEP ON DREAMING!!!

BoWeevil

January 11th, 2011
5:25 am

With what players ?

With what coaches ?

Auburn won national championship, it’s first since 1957

Mark Richt lost 7 games this season, the most losses since 1957

9-4 has been good for # 32 in nation in won / lost 2010 and 2009, rebound would have to be better than 9-4

DISNEYdawgs.com

Mr. SEC

January 11th, 2011
5:48 am

UGA can certainly have an improved season next year even with the loss of some early entrees into the NFL. BUT, the UGA Nation must be patient, even if we do get the “Dream Team” in place, or at least some of them! It takes on the average 2 years to learn the systems, even though some recuits will starting next year as true freshmen. Do not look for a quick fix for a SEC champioship, it will take time. We (I am a die hard Dawg fan), have to understand that UGA has not done a good job in recruiting in the past couple of years; I do feel that we have done better this year! But recruiting has got to be a top priority every year to enable us to return to an SEC champioship team. I think you will see the coaching intensity step up, but if Richt and company don’t, heads need to roll! We must also take into consideration recuits; many of these kids are looking for a coach that is going to be there for their career. When we start calling for coaches jobs, we could be running major recruits off. I’m not a Bobo fan at all; I can call his plays before he does. He has his moments, then he goes brain dead! I would like to CMR get more envolved in the offense; that is what got him where he is today as a head coach. Bobo, does a pretty good job as a QB coach, coaching mechanics and improving on skills, but I’m not sold on his play calling ability! Let us put this season behind us, and do our part as UGA fans to see that we get back where we want to be. It will take time, but that is part of being a lifetime, die-hard Dawg fan! It was hard to be a positive fan, especially this year! But we must hang in there, we must do what it takes to help rebuild, not kick a dawg when he is down. I wore my UGA shirts and hats proudly the day after the bowl loss; if you are a TRUE fan, you will love them through the hard times as well as the good times day in and day out!
I’m done! Can’t wait until next year! True Dawg fan for 50 years!
Go Dawgs!

BoWeevil

January 11th, 2011
6:04 am

Colorado 5-7 loss this season was as miserable as they get. They fired their coach and lost 7 consecutive games after beating us.

Central Florida Conference USA loss this season certainly a horrible loss. They had never won a bowl game, ever; and, are 2-13 vs SEC teams all-time after beating us.

Vandie loss in 2006 was horrid. A team who won 4 games all season long 2006, after they beat us.

2008, 2009, and 2010 Georgia is 2-11 vs Top 25 Final AP Poll teams.

2-11 Mark Richt vs Top 25 teams Final AP Poll Top 25 last 3 years.

Mark Richt beat a suspect 4-loss Michigan State ranked # 24 final poll team in 2008 worthless bowl game, who beat no Top 25 team themselves that year and had no business being ranked at all. Either team, therefore. Mark Richt lost all 3 games against ranked teams 2008, except for this highly suspect team who played a very soft schedule and beat no Top 25 team all season.

Mark Richt beat a suspect 3-loss Georgia tek in 2009 ranked # 13 final poll 2009. A Georgia tek team who played a weak schedule of all losing teams, who lost to Mark Richt’s worst team at the time, a year when Mark Richt lost 5 games.

2008 Mark Richt lost all the other 3 ranked teams he coached against.

2009 Mark Richt lost all the other 3 ranked teams he coached against.

2010 Mark Richt lost all 5 ranked teams he coached against.

2-11 Mark Richt vs Top 25 Final AP Poll teams he coached vs 2008 2009 & 2010.

What kind of a turn-around are we in here discussing, DISNEYdawgs.com

What I would like to know is what the hell are Mark Richt’s great wins the last 3 years ?

The 6 “wins” he got this 2010 for example went 24-50 and all HAD LOSING RECORDS.

BoWeevil

January 11th, 2011
6:18 am

Indeed, ever in the 10 year Mark Richt Era – what the hell are Mark Richt’s great wins 10 years now ?

2001 he beat # 4 vols but Mark Richt LOST four (4) games 2001

2005 he beat # 6 LSU but Mark Richt LOST three (3) games 2005

2006 – 5 yrs ago – beat # 9 Auburn but Mark Richt LOST four (4) 2006

10 years of 10 horrible losses vs NOT Top 25 final AP Poll teams

10 years of 9 LOSSES vs Top 10 final AP Poll teams with only these 3 wins

I hardly think you can say FLUSH this 2010 season and forget about it

It’s on-going all 10 years

So are the Arrests / Suspensions 1 a month for 10 years

BoWeevil

January 11th, 2011
6:21 am

Mark Richt TOPS it off with 7-Loss 2010, the MOST LOSSES by UGA since 1957

1957 the last time Auburn won a national championship, 53 years ago

Mark Richt lost more games 2010 of any UGA team since 1957 with 7 losses.

Forget 14 years; it’s worst UGA team in 53 years

Forget ?

Hell

tennessee tom

January 11th, 2011
7:00 am

Since the BCS started ,the SEC has won 7 national titles,and Ga has not had a sniff,I think the dogs are whistling past the graveyard,with Fla. and TN, down (way down) Ga goes to the liberty bowl,that should tell you where Ga is as a program.Fla and TN are on there way back up and the dogs are stuck in 3 or 4th in the East,all the SEC teams that have won the BCS,have had great skill guys and NFL quality studs on the defensive line,Ga has a very good up and coming qb,but thats about all,you win Titles with defense,better start the coaching search now. Richt has proved he is not the answer,

BoWeevil

January 11th, 2011
7:20 am

Correct, Mark Richt is not the answer.

Oregon dropped to # 3 in both the Coaches’ Poll and the Final AP Poll.

6 SEC Teams ranked in the Top 25 of both final Polls – in fact in Top 22 of both

Florida’s worst team and we played our worst game against them

Florida is not ranked in either poll.

Tennessee sucks – it will be years and years before vols are relevant

Dawg8589

January 11th, 2011
8:37 am

It is not accident that a new coach comes in and two years later they are playing in a major bowl or the national championship. Take the basketball teams recent success. Mark Richt’s early success. It is a change of culture that turns these programs around. I understand that it is hard to maintain, but that is the key in college sports. Georgia needs a change of culture if we are going to contend for conference titles. The one thing CMR is not doing is making the changes that are going to change the habits and attitude of his team. We will have to suffer through another year before the administration can do the obvious. It is my opion that we cannot afford to fall any furthre behind. We are the only SEC major power that has not played in a BCS Championship game. We have only played in two BCS bowls in 10 yrs.

Frustrated Stockholder!

red hill

January 11th, 2011
8:43 am

This ship is sunk. 2010 Colorado, 2006 UK, 2007 SC. This ship is sunk and Mark Richt has got to go. The bad losses are piling up. $3 million a year for this junk. Too bad McGarity/Adams are just going to postpone the inevitable for a year. 4-8 next year, great.

waytogoRicht

January 11th, 2011
8:59 am

With Richt and his coaching staff and attendant ineptness and inability of both, with Richt well underperforming in his ten years against Miles, Saban, Meyer and now Chizik, and getting hosed this year in recruiting, can one homer out there tell anyone why this joke has any hope of doing better next year? Everyone by now knows the name of that song. This clown only comes back another year to extend the misery until, if ever, a championship competitive coach can be acquired, to further embarass, and make fans that deserve better only hate him more for being a sorry excuse for a coach

BoWeevil

January 11th, 2011
9:36 am

2 BCS Bowls in 10 years

- played 5-Loss Florida State who was # 23 in 2002 # 23 Final AP Poll

- played # 19 Hawaii in 2007 # 19 Final AP Poll

-also played in Sugar Bowl in Atlanta 2005 (6 years ago) losing 28 to nothing before I sat down, almost

Mark Richt has not won a bowl game against any Top 10 Final AP Poll team on the national stage like Auburn did last night, or like TCU did a week and half ago.

-what Mark Richt does instead is to lose to 10 teams these entire 10 years he has been here now who are not even in the Top 25 of the Final AP Poll.

-besides of course, having all of his recruits Arrested / Suspended – he does that better than every other school’s Coach

-Ben Dukes once said to me that it is LAUGHABLE that Gene Chizik is a BETTER COACH at Auburn than Mark Richt here, comparing Mark Richt’s entire 10-year won / lost percentage to Gene Chizik’s entire won / lost percentage at Auburn.

Ben Dukes is an IDIOT of the highest order with Gene Chizik’s NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP and his 7 WINS over Top 22 ranked teams this year alone.

Mark Richt has 2 wins 11 losses the LAST THREE (3) YEAR vs Top 25 even ranked teams in the Final AP Poll Top 25.

Gene Chizik has 7 wins this year alone to Mark Richt’s 2 the entire last three (3) years.

DISNEYdawgs.com to give him another year of this B.S.

BoWeevil

January 11th, 2011
9:46 am

What really makes Ben Dukes so great when he, Buck Belue and Senator Bluto support Mark Richt ?

They are BETTER fans than we, they say, because they support their coach.

I don’t, so I am a WORSE fan than they, they tell me.

Really ?

They are MARK RICHT APOLOGISTS the 3 of them of the HIGHEST ORDER.

I am not.

I am a Georgia Bulldogs’ Football FAN, and remain one.

I could care less who we bring in to replace Mark Richt, for it is Mark Richt who should be worried about what he and his entire staff get as their next job – because it sure as hell will not be as good as this job they have screwed up here.

BoWeevil

January 11th, 2011
9:52 am

AP Rankings
Rankings as of 1/11/2011
*1 Auburn (14-0) 1472 (56) 1
2 TCU (13-0) 1392 (3) 3
3 Oregon (12-1) 1379 2
4 Stanford (12-1) 1300 5
5 Ohio State (12-1) 1220 6
6 Oklahoma (12-2) 1108 9
7 Wisconsin (11-2) 1055 4
*8 LSU (11-2) 1051 11
9 Boise State (12-1) 1031 10
*10 Alabama (10-3) 961 15
11 Nevada (13-1) 866 13
*12 Arkansas (10-3) 863 8
13 Oklahoma State (11-2) 833 16
14 Michigan State (11-2) 696 7
*15 Mississippi State (9-4) 578 21
16 Virginia Tech (11-3) 577 12
17 Florida State (10-4) 502 23
18 Missouri (10-3) 477 14
19 Texas A&M (9-4) 359 18
20 Nebraska (10-4) 334 17
21 UCF (11-3) 225 NR
*22 South Carolina (9-5) 169 19
23 Maryland (9-4) 144 NR
24 Tulsa (10-3) 128 NR
25 North Carolina State (9-4) 119 NR

Others: Utah (98) , Iowa (54) , San Diego State (52) , Northern Illinois (47) , Miami (OH) (21) , Florida (19)

BoWeevil

January 11th, 2011
9:56 am

5 of the Top 15 final AP Poll teams are SEC WEST teams. Including NC again. 1 SEC East team is ranked # 22. That is SIX (6) SEC TEAMS ranked AHEAD of Mark Richt AGAIN this year. And, FLORIDA – unranked – is also ranked HIGHER than Mark Richt. That is 7. Are we # 8 in The SEC ? We sure are not in the Top 7 of The SEC.

BoWeevil

January 11th, 2011
10:05 am

# 16 Top-ranked ACC team, Virginia Tech again (worse than 5 SEC)

2 PAC-10 teams are ranked in the Top 25. Oh that’s great. 1/3 of SEC’s.

3 Big Ten (11) teams are ranked in the Top 25. Pitiful. Half of what SEC has.

Big XII top-ranked team is not even in the Top 5.

Big East doesn’t even have 1 team ranked.

Mark Richt is # 60 over the last 2 years combined.

9-4 both the last 2 years would be # 32.

Mark Richt MUST be better than 9-4 in 2011.

Junkyard Dawg 47

January 11th, 2011
10:41 am

Georgia has to have a coach like Coach Erk Russell (was). I played on the “B Team” at Henry Grady High School in Atlanta in the early ’50’s, when Erk was head coach there, and later worked at UGA when Erk coached there under Coach Dooley. He is a draw for top recruits and no one, in my experience, has ever been a better coach or motivator. I like Coach Richt, but he needs an assistant head coach Like Erk or Georgia is not going to regain Junkyard Dawg standing. If the South had a bunch of Erks Russells during the War (1861-65) Sherman would never have reached Atlanta! GATA!!

savh dawg

January 13th, 2011
4:23 pm

Don’t annoint Carolina champion next year. They lost 5 games this year. Not exactly championship production.