Good coaching hire a vote of confidence in Richt?

Kirk Olivadotti apparently is casting his lot with Mark Richt. (Washington Redskins)

Kirk Olivadotti apparently is casting his lot with Mark Richt. (Washington Redskins)

Assuming all goes as the Washington Post has reported, Georgia luring Washington Redskins assistant Kirk Olivadotti to Athens looks like a good hire.

It gives UGA another veteran coach with NFL ties and plenty of experience working with linebackers in the kind of defense Todd Grantham wants to run.

But to me the most interesting aspect of this impending move by Olivadotti is that he was the longest tenured member of the Redskins coaching staff, having worked under seven head coaches over the past 11 seasons (including Steve Spurrier), and yet he’s leaving to join a college coaching staff that might not still have jobs a year from now if things don’t improve quite a bit this season.

Talk about your leap of faith.

Either Grantham did a heckuva selling job on the turnaround under way with Mark Richt’s program or this guy really wanted out of D.C.

STINKING UP THE STEG

Wednesday night saw another epic collapse by Mark Fox’s basketball Bulldogs in the second half, this time against Vandy, with Georgia getting outshot and outrebounded down the stretch, scoring only three free throws in the final 9:47 while squandering a 13-point lead.

The Dogs’ fourth loss in the past six home games may not have eliminated them from NCAA bracket consideration, but their grasp on the bubble certainly is a lot more tenuous. It looks like UGA has to beat Tennessee or Florida on the road now or make quite a run in the SEC tournament to nail down a spot.

What’s wrong with the Dogs? Travis Leslie, one of Georgia’s two underperforming NBA-bound players, said he thought “we got a little complacent in the second half and let them back into it.”

A little complacent? I’d say “we couldn’t be bothered to play a full 40 minutes and just gave up” would come closer to it.

Coming into the season, everyone expected Leslie and Trey Thompkins to do big things in what’s expected to be their last season at Georgia. Time’s running out for them to live up to those expectations.

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Matthews Dawg

February 17th, 2011
11:00 am

1st!!! Woooo Hooooo

Matthews Dawg

February 17th, 2011
11:02 am

I believe CMR has the program headed back in the right direction! I know time will tell, but he has done a fantastic job this off season. This is another great hire and the defense will be much improved next year! Go Dawgs!!!

Tater Tot

February 17th, 2011
11:04 am

Tater Tot

February 17th, 2011
11:05 am

Now all kidding aside, MatthewsDawg. I feel the same way. Great things come to those who wait as the saying goes, Let The Big Dawg Eat !!!

Michael G.

February 17th, 2011
11:06 am

Richt’s not going anywhere after next season, nor should he under any circumstances.

gomdawg

February 17th, 2011
11:09 am

JUNKYARD DAWGS 2011!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jablonski

February 17th, 2011
11:13 am

That game was an embarassment last night. Fox should be embarassed. There is no fight in this team and they showed how awful it can get. You want respect and an invite to the tournamnet and you played like that in the second half??? Sorry guys, much like the football team in 2010…you don’t deserve the post season.

Get it fixed, Fox

Blah Blah Blah

February 17th, 2011
11:15 am

Results on the field is what matters. All these hires…. whoopty-doo…. If it doesn’t result in a SEC Championship Game appearance in December then he needs to be looking for a job! He’s been saying for the last 3 years that his coaching staff is doing a “great” job and look what that “great” job has produced over the last 3 years. Nada except a steady decline for the program. I have no patience for Richt and I personally think he should have been fired after this past season. The only reason he didn’t get fired is because Evans decided to celebrate his new contract a little too early. Proof is in the pudding and right now the pudding is very runny!!

fss

February 17th, 2011
11:17 am

well, it’s good to see CMR doing _something_ this year as opposed to the way things have gone (keeping Martinez for 2-3 years longer than he should have comes to mind). It at least gives the feel that there’s a sense of urgency that seems to have been lacking in years past. I’ve been really critical of the program the last year or so, but I sincerely hope Richt is turning things around. We’ll see. Lord knows, talent-wise, we should be able to handle Boise and KFC the first 2 weeks. It will be interesting to see if teh coaching staff will have the team ready to play and can get past the mindset of the last 2 years.

Oh – and no more arrests!

shankit

February 17th, 2011
11:17 am

Spurrier has to be a little concerned, his ol’ coach coming
to the Dawgs.
Olivadetti has to be thrilled getting out of Washington DC
coming to Athens, and getting away from Shanahan to
coach for Richt.
Great Hire.

The U

February 17th, 2011
11:24 am

The Skins are sinking like the Titanic with Shanahan and lil Shanahan. Better get off while the resume is still intact. The basketball dawgs gave up 19 offensive boards to Vandy, the fans shouldn’t be infuriated with the refs.

Bulldog Ben

February 17th, 2011
11:28 am

Can somebody explain to me again why Fox is such a great coach? I’m just not seeing it.

Fire Mark Richt

February 17th, 2011
11:28 am

I’m not sure what the source of that confidence would be. Georgia has been a terribly coached team under Richt since ‘06, except for the second half run in ‘07. Even that year Georgia was mediocre until the run that began (ironically) with the Florida game. Richt got right back to form after that, losing the last three in a row to UF including two embarrassing blowouts. Anyone else out there tired of this? Surely there’s someone out there who could be competitive with UF, if nothing else. I’d settle for someone who doesn’t wet his shorts every time he see orange and blue.

Trey

February 17th, 2011
11:32 am

Of course this isn’t a vote of confidence. Richt’s own AD doesn’t have confidence in Richt, he refuses to extend Richt’s contract beyond the paltry 3 years, less than any coach at a major SEC program. If McGarity doesn’t believe in his own head coach, why should fans?

dbc

February 17th, 2011
11:34 am

Georgia proved during an eight minute span why they don’t belong in the NCAA tournament. All year we heard how great UGA Basketball was going to be with two potential NBA stars on board. Actually, this team is maddening to watch — yet another case of an athletically loaded team with high expectations who can’t deliver in the clutch. They are fundamentally weak — too many turnovers at the wrong times, hit and miss rebounding, poor shot selection — and mentally they are worse. All year their M.O. has been to let up during long stretches of games. They’ve almost lost to teams they shouldn’t and they’ve blown big leads too many times now to count. You’d think they’d have learned something after almost blowing that big lead at SC. Nope. Same day different stuff. Credit Vandy for playing big boy basketball and crushing UGA down the stretch. Even when the Dawgs still led by six points I said to myself that they were going to find a way to give yet another game away. Sure enough. Choke city. McGarity needs to hire a Psychiatrist to study why teams from UGA constantly beat themselves.

kydawg

February 17th, 2011
11:34 am

Thompkins and Leslie’s NBA window is getting smaller and smaller. IMO…they need to come back for their senior year…NBA players find ways to win these games like Jenkins did for Vandy.

That said, I still believe Fox is the man for UGA (only 2 quality wins, but better road record and no bad losses…yet)

Trey

February 17th, 2011
11:35 am

Looking at the rapid descent deline trend for Richt since 2007, where Richt’s won less games, every season, last 3 seasons running, 10 to 9 to 7 to 6 wins in 2010, there is no confidence in Richt. Richt himself isn’t confident in Richt, Richt can’t stop the decline, everything he tries fails. Richt can’t figure out what’s the source of the 3 year slide, nor can he fix it. Just not a very practical sort of fellow.

ugabball

February 17th, 2011
11:36 am

Georgia may be the best 35 minute team in the NCAA. I know they are the worst ast 5 minute team in NCAA. You play man to man and press UGA = Win! I hope Fox can change this.

DCA

February 17th, 2011
11:37 am

What worries me more than anything is that we win 9-10 games next year with losses to Boise, Carolina and Florida. That will mean Richt gets another year or two without really accomplishing a thing of significance.

BJohnDawg

February 17th, 2011
11:40 am

Going to be a great year.

Go Dawgs! 14-0
Hey why not?

barrow dog

February 17th, 2011
11:40 am

does having coaches with serious nfl credentials really help in recruiting? just curious.

Byers

February 17th, 2011
11:44 am

In the 1986 Jan Kemp trial, O. Hale Almand Jr., a lawyer for UGA, offered a justification for the favorable treatment accorded the athletes, citing a hypothetical player. “We may not make a university student out of him,” he told the jury, “but if we can teach him to read and write, maybe he can work at the post office rather than as a garbageman when he gets through with his athletic career.”

That trial exposed UGA for the football factory that it was, and exposed Vince Dooley as a fraud and a sleazebag. It also derailed Dooley’s plans for a political career. That’s why we see the decrepit old fraud doing TV commercials even now.

Mark Richt is just the latest in a line of sleazy UGA coaches who coddle athletes and discard them after four years of football. He recruits illiterate morons he knows aren’t smart enough for college, but he doesn’t care, as long as they help him line his pockets with millions of dollars each year.

Suntanned Saint Mark isn’t all he appears to be, is he?

UGA, winner of the Fulmer/Richt Cup and known worldwide as The Cesspool of the South.

DawgByte

February 17th, 2011
11:45 am

This is a great hire for UGA and demonstrates that McGarity is behind Mark Richt and the changes he’s making to improve the program.

Biggdawg33

February 17th, 2011
11:46 am

If Leslie and Thompkins think they should jump for the NBA, last night should be their wake up call. If they are NBA talent, why did they not step up and take over in that last 9 minutes to put the team on their backs and beat those Commodes? Everyone is putting it on Fox, but I think that some of it should go back to the players.

morons

February 17th, 2011
11:47 am

I love the fact that so many of you seem to think you know CMR so well. Nobody wants to hear all the negative crap you guys are spouting out! Good coaches don’t just forget how to coach. CMR is one of the best out there with the exception of 1 losing season in 10 years.If things are so bad and UGA sucks so much then go cheer for someone else. Tech can use some fans. Last time i checked none of you jackhole armchair quarterbacks are head football coaches!

Trey

February 17th, 2011
11:51 am

Here are some of the things Richt has tried over last 3 seasons, that all failed to reverse the trend of losing more games than the yeart before, am I leaving out anything?
1- great recruiting class
2- new QB
3- rotating running backs
4- new defensive staff of coaches
5- reduce turnovers & penalites
6- move to 3-4 defense
7- change jersey color
8- bring back former players for pep talks
9- get a mantra like “finish the drill” which they never do
10- pray

1953Dawg

February 17th, 2011
11:51 am

How can this hire be a vote of confidence? This guy has never coached against the spread offenses that everyone runs in college, so he will be as helpless as Grantham has been. I also doubt he has had to defend the triple option that Tech runs. Grantham hasn’t stopped the dive play yet. He looked like a deer in the headlights when he saw Tech continue to gash his defense last year. To make matters worse, when was the last time this coach had to go head to head with the scum like Trooper Taylor or Kirby Smart in recruiting 18 yr.old kids. Richt has proven once again that he has no clue when it comes to putting together a successful coaching staff. He allowed Grantham to hire one of his old buddies, just like he allowed BOOBOO to hire one of his buddies for the O.L. coach. This buddy system has proven to be a disaster the past 5 years, and it will continue next year. If RIcht has any knowledge of what type of coach it takes to win in the SEC, he would have hired them by now. UGA needs a coach with ties to the Southeast, and a coach with experience of coaching against the best coaches in the SEC.Not a coach that coached at UAB or with the pitiful Redskins. This coach must have really wanted to get out of Washington to come join a losing program that is sinking fast. He will have one year, and then he will be looking for another job. Good luck to him.The only confidence fans have in Richt anymore is that he will continue to put a terrible product on the field, and he will continue to loss against the top SEC teams. That you can depend on.

Shawn

February 17th, 2011
11:52 am

Some of You goobers live to get on here and bash Richt. Like it or not he is our coach next year. Get behind him and our program or jump off the band wagon. No one wants negative nancies involved anyway. If he does not get the job done McGarity will move things in a different direction but for now we need to be supportive of who we have. I for one think we have the right Man for the job. The guy wins 75% of his games and has had us within a lucky break of a NC. Every team that has won a NC got some lucky breaks along the way. Mark Richt will get us back on top! Stop being so knee jerk about one bad season and lets show a little faith!

Shawn

February 17th, 2011
11:55 am

1953 Dawg is either a closet Jacket or should change his name. No one who pounds on our coaches as much as he does should claim to be a true DAWG!

PT

February 17th, 2011
11:58 am

I think we are expecting a little too much from Fox. Remember this is only the second year. Leslie is a good player, but very inconsistent. The talent just is not there yet. Georgia does not have a player that will take it on their shoulders to win such games, Vandy does.

Shawn

February 17th, 2011
11:58 am

If You guys were Bama fans in the Bear’s time, Bama would have never won a championship. They would have fired him after his first losing season! Loser’s don’t persevere through rough times. Therefore they never see the good times!

Dixie Redcoat Band

February 17th, 2011
11:58 am

Time to start looking for a new roundball coach.

Coachdawg 2000

February 17th, 2011
12:04 pm

Byers-
How long are Techies going to cite a trial from 25 years ago. The last time anybody heard from Harvey Middleton ( a Tech football record holder) he was a baggage-handler at Hartsfield-Jackson airport. So obviously a dgree from the north avenue trade school wasn’t in the cards for a guy who played his entire eligibility. Go follow the Hive or some other type of Nerd networking location.

Dirty Dawg

February 17th, 2011
12:06 pm

Bill, while some of what you’re saying about the Bball team is accurate, I gotta say that your comments, to be as critical as they are, seem aa bit hollow given that about the only thing you know about basketball is that it’s round and has air in it.

Having said that the frustration of seeing the opposition ’step-up’ their defense and our not being able to respond with the same intensity is palpable – and don’t get me started on the officials or the damned ESPN announcers, they clearly, refs and anncrs, were showing favoritism toward Vandy. We couldn’t get a call to same our butts.

And Travis Leslie has got to do a better job of creating his shots and realizing when he’s got a good one. Again last night, on that critical possession at the end where he drove across the lane and threw up a prayer – sorry, it was a prayer and not ‘a good look’ as he said – if he had simply stopped in the paint and put up a six or seven foot jump shot (and with his vertical nobody would have been able to block it) the story very well could have been different. He does that a lot…getting a good shot opportunity in the key but seems to want to keep on driving in hopes that he’ll get a foul or a dunk. The boy’s got a lot more to learn.

hop

February 17th, 2011
12:06 pm

great hire and another NFL coach who can prepare and teach players how to be better linebackers and yes, play in the NFL.

WHICH WE ALL KNOW IS WHAT DRIVES COLLEGE PLAYERS TODAY!

Auburn Fan

February 17th, 2011
12:14 pm

“Assuming all goes as the Washington Post has reported, Georgia luring Washington Redskins assistant Kirk Olivadotti to Athens looks like a good hire.’

WaPost also said the Obama would be a fantastic president.

woebegong

February 17th, 2011
12:15 pm

Good hire for the coach and UGA both. I can not imagine what it was like to coach for a team where the head coach, is a tyrant and the owner is Snyder. If I were a coach, I think I would do exactly as he has done. Good hire UGA.

GOOOOOOOOOO DAWGSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

georgedawg

February 17th, 2011
12:15 pm

I support Richt and Fox. I had high hopes for the BB team but unfortunately the results have not lived up to expectations. I’m certain Fox is especially disappointed. Not a BB expert but it looks like they are not deep enough – thus these second half breakdowns. Our key players are tired towards the middle of the 2nd half on and become a step slow. Personally, I feel that Fox’s coaching ability is evidenced by how well they play up til the end. Our depth is a deficiency and thus our team may not make the “Dance”. Hope we do for the kids sake, at least the NIT. Hope Fox stays!!! It may take a few years to build up a better team with enough good players that our team will be fresh down the stretch. Leslie’s comment seemed lame but maybe he’s covering for his teammates that are not good enough to get on the court – Any reasonable opinions would be appreciated.

For you guys with all the hateful, ugly, and sometimes stupid comments your reward for being a JERK for sure and probably a loser is that you’re a jerk and a loser. Get a job or a girlfriend, something .

Who Cares

February 17th, 2011
12:15 pm

Fox has proven once again that he can’t coach when the game is on the line. Wonder if he ever thought of calling timeouts and design a play specifically to get the ball in his playmakers hands at crunch time? His players look confused and out of control at crunch time, and that is bad coaching. For a team to go 10 minutes and not make a basket with a double digit lead, and playing in front of a home crowd is pathetic.Add this terrible coaching with 2 of the most overrated players in college basketball, and you have a team that loses 4 out of 5 games at home against top 50 ranked RPI teams. Thompkins goes 2 for 10 from the field, scores 8 points, while his counterpart from Vandy hits 5 three point shots going down the stretch. And this clown thinks he will succeed in the NBA. Good luck. This guy has completely disappeared in big games, and he got abused in the paint against Vandy’s big men. Go ahead kool-aid drinkers, and brag about Fox and how he is such a great coach, and how he has turned the program around with 17 wins. The 17 wins mean nothing if you can’t beat but 2 out of 8 teams with winning records. That total will be 2 out of11 after Tenn, Fl,&Bama road games. That is very impressive for a coach with 2 preseason all conference players on his team.Hate to tell you kool-aid drinkers, but winning 20% of your big games makes you a terrible coach. Hell Richt at least can win 50% of his games now.

How2fish

February 17th, 2011
12:17 pm

Blah Blah Blah and Trey….there is no one in the Bull Dog Nation that gives a damn what either of you two haters think…that is if your not really the same moron.

JB

February 17th, 2011
12:19 pm

Coach Richt has done a few things to help the Dawgs in 2011. New OL coach and S&C coach WILL help. Having Aaron Murray with a year under his belt will help. Having a year under thier belt with the new D will help with some new talent in the mix. A J gone, call me crazy, might help. Murray might of tried to hard last year to get him the ball and exposed us. Sense of urgency might help. Easy schedule might help. Crowell might be the real deal, which might help. The looked and played bad last year. I’m saying we’ll see an improvement. He needs to win 8 and look good in the losses.

JB

February 17th, 2011
12:21 pm

Yep, I think the guy was miserable on the Redskin staff. The HC is wacko and the owner makes him look normal.

SMOOTH

February 17th, 2011
12:22 pm

I want to see how these DAWGS play. I want to see them play w/o all of the false starts (especially on 3rd & short). I want to see them play 4-qrts EVERY GAME with intensity. I want to see Bobo (or whomever) call plays that make since; No more ‘Trying to fool the opposing defense’ w/ plays such as running the ball on 3rd & 9 at mid-field. I want Richt to challenge the plays that have a chance of getting over-turned, and NOT the ones that have NO chance. I want to be proud of THESE DAWGS!!!

dawg fan

February 17th, 2011
12:24 pm

MIGHT NOT HAVE JOBS IAM TIRED OF THAT UGA WILL REBOUND AND MIGHTS THATS WAT GROWS ON A CHICKENS ASS YOU MIGHT NOT HAVE A JOB NEXT WEEK WHO KNOWS SO LEAVE IT ALONE BILL RIGHT NOW HE IS UGAS CHOACH HE GOT TO DO HIS JOB WHICH WAS TO HIRE A CHOACH AND HE DID AND I THINK A GOOD ONE THAT FITS WHAT WERE DOING!

swimdawg68

February 17th, 2011
12:24 pm

I remember his father Tom when he was with the Dolphins, hope he is better than his Dad.

Our BB team seems to have a pattern of folding in the second half. Right now, I will be surprised if they make the NCAA tourney. Quite frankly they are not an NCAA tourney caliber team. They might make the Madison Square Garden Tourney. Trey Tompkins needs to come back for his senior year, he is a long way from ever making an NBA team. He has serious NBA skill shortfalls.

1953Dawg

February 17th, 2011
12:27 pm

Shawn, true Dawg fans are sick and tired of losing big games in Football&Basketball. The reason UGA’s programs are in the pitiful state they are in now is because of fans like you that prasie mediocrity. I guess you are content with the past 5 years of watching Richt get outcoached and our team not be competitive in big games. Or i guess you are content watching this basketball team totally collapse at crunch time of big games. I am one of the true fans that doesn’t accept mediocrity from coaches that are being paid millions of dollars to consistently get outcoached and consistently not have his teams prepared. If you were a CEO of a major company the results that Richt has produced the past 3 years would be unacceptable. His has brought this program to the bottom of the SEC, while he has sit and watched our major rivals bring in new fresh coaches that have hired competent assistants, and they have beat Richt’s team into submission by the second half. You keep drinking the kool-aid, but why don’t you go be a fan of Ga.Tech or Clemson, because those are the only 2 teams in the Southeast that except mediocrity, and you would fit right in,

JOE

February 17th, 2011
12:27 pm

dawg fan

Hint: Use caps when needed & PUNCUATE!!

Geez…..

KB

February 17th, 2011
12:27 pm

1953 Dawg , 2008 Team finished in top 10 with 10 wins, 18 scholarship players lost to injury, 2010 sucked, get over it , quit whining like a little girl.

Preston

February 17th, 2011
12:35 pm

Couldn’t have asked for a more exciting recruiting situation this season and now we’re getting proven assistant coaches to come to what many call a volatile situation. Leads me to believe that great things are on the horizon in Athens! I really didn’t expect UGA’s defense to be very good last season in year one of Grantham’s shakeup but season two should be very good. Loads of talent coming back and more coming in will resemble the Junkyard D that us dawg fans have been missing for quite a while now. Can’t win big games without a solid defense and I’m feeling really good about what’s coming together here.

Dawg 39

February 17th, 2011
12:37 pm

A very good hire that shows the Administration’s confidence in Richt & in Grantham.
I still believe in the 3 year plan (2010, 11, & 12). 3 years to get back to where the Dawgs want to be.
If a lack of success in 2011 occurs, I am sure that McGarity will tell the coaches thar you have only 1 more year to turn it around or you are gone. No changes for the next 2 years.I still believe that the return to SEC elite will occur in 2011 & 2012. Hope that this confidence is justified.