Fan talk: How about a little Bulldog love for Russ?

Should Russ be named official mascot? (University of Georgia)

Should Russ be named official mascot? (University of Georgia)

Saturday’s game against Kentucky is the last chance to see the Dogs play Between the Hedges this season and a limited number of unclaimed UGA student tickets went on sale to the general public Thursday morning. If you’d like the chance to see Georgia try to clinch the SEC East in person, Georgiadogs.com has the details.

Now, let’s get to some Junkyard Mail. …

Brady Johnson writes: I heard one of the guys on the post-game radio show speculate after the Auburn game that if Georgia wins the SEC Championship that Russ will earn full “mascot” status and be buried inside Sanford Stadium with his forebears when he goes on to that great fireplug in the sky. Since it’s pretty obvious the new Uga isn’t going to be introduced this season, what do you think is the likelihood of that?

I don’t know if Russ will ever be declared on official mascot, but if Georgia wins an SEC championship on his watch I think he certainly deserves to be acknowledged inside Sanford Stadium. I think it would be a great idea for him to be buried with the Ugas, but if that doesn’t come to pass he at least ought to get a plaque or some other permanent honor. Even Mike, the predecessor to the Uga line, is honored with a statue (in front of Memorial Hall). Russ deserves no less.

Brian Stewart writes: I know most of the praise this year is going towards the defense (and rightfully so) for this run the Dawgs are making. My question is why the offensive surprises, like the strong O-line play and phenomenal play of the wide receivers, has gone largely under the radar?

Well, I’m not sure you can say they’re going under the radar any longer, but the answer probably is that the injury-plagued offensive line progressed slowly and the wide receivers are mostly very young. There’s still room for improvement with the OL, but coach Will Friend has done a terrific job with very little depth. As for the receiving corps, the sparkplugs there have been a terrific batch of freshmen who certainly are on the radar now.

Beach Dawg Living Happily Among Gators writes: Bill, It is obvious that the 2011 “Dream Team” recruiting class has made significant contributions to the Dawgs’ success this year. I found it very surprising that UGA was able to have that much success after the dismal 2010 season capped by a very embarrassing bowl loss. The opposite seems to be happening this year — very good season, so far, but Coach Richt does not seem to be attracting the top in-state players. Your thoughts?

As our recruiting expert Michael Carvell notes, Georgia’s recruiting efforts had to weather an 0-2 start and lots of speculation about the head coach’s future but are beginning to gain some momentum and the Dogs are in the running for some highly rated players. Just as it was too early to write off this season after the first two games, don’t dismiss Richt’s 2012 recruiting efforts until we see which players he lands.

Kelly from Buford writes: Junkyard, do you know the status of Kolton Houston? I heard rumors of a NCAA investigation and noticed he hasn’t been dressed out. It would be nice to have him in the mix with the loss of Dallas Lee.

Houston has been unable to play because of an unspecified “NCAA issue,” according to Richt. There’s been no official word, but at this point it looks like Houston won’t be available until next season (hopefully).

Rontavius Smith writes: Hey Bill, seeing how the Dawgs have improved greatly under [Todd] Grantham, I believe he deserves to get a big increase to his pay and to give him a contract extension when they give Richt one. I believe when a team is doing well that it’s not [right] for all the credit to go the head coach because success is achieved by a team and right now the team has the coaches and players to do big things. In your opinion why wouldn’t UGA do everything in their means to keep Grantham?

I’m sure Richt and athletic director Greg McGarity want to keep Grantham and will do whatever is reasonable to keep him. He’s already one of the most highly paid assistants around but a raise after this season would seem likely. And possibly an extension, assuming Richt gets one, too. But if his agent isn’t just blowing smoke and Grantham really does have NFL defensive coordinator or college head coach offers on the table, it’ll ultimately come down to what direction he wants to take his career. A personal choice, in other words, not just money. Frankly, though, it sounds like a negotiating ploy.

Jax Dawg writes: Do you think Drew Butler’s punting struggles have come with the new punting protection formation that UGA is using this year? I’m by no means a special teams expert, but it seems that with the three defenders directly in front of Drew he is not taking his usual steps before he punts it away.

I’d say it’s doubtful the formation is the problem. Butler punted well for most of the season and has only recently had a couple of off games. And let’s not forget that the one blocked punt came when the Dogs weren’t using that maximum protection formation. I think more likely the recent shanked punts are a concentration problem on his part that he can fix.

Matthew Cafaro writes: Bill, the people who said Richt needed this WHOLE season to see if his new decisions and appointments would work out were right. That still does not erase the fact that Richt’s success as a head coach is extremely dependent on having not only a competent defensive coordinator, but one who is the yin to his yang. So, let’s say Georgia wins the SEC next year and contends for a BCS Championship, two possible scenarios, and Todd Grantham leaves to become a DC in the NFL or a CFB head coach. Good for him, of course, as he saved Richt’s job just as sure as [Brian Van Gorder] had a huge hand in Richt’s early success. If that scenario presents itself, will Richt make the same mistakes of the past, coming off a successful season? Will he promote from within, someone who is not qualified to be a DC? Someone who is NOT the fiery, passionate DC this team needs to balance Richt’s cool, even temper? I can’t say I trust a “fat and happy” Richt to make the right decision. An “under fire” Richt made decisions to save his job. … Does a comfortable Richt make those same kind of “out of the box” decisions when he needs to replace the man who saved his job?

If Grantham leaves, I’d be surprised if Richt didn’t look outside the program for a similar replacement. He’s a smart man and I think he recognizes the same factors that you cite. In the past, I think his judgement in promoting Willie Martinez was colored by their close friendship.

Eddie Whitaker writes: Hi Bill, love your work! My question is regarding our QB situation. Currently we have [Aaron] Murray, [Hutson] Mason and [Christian] LeMay. Sounds like (if recruiting holds true) we have Brice Ramsey coming in and then “the next Tim Tebow” [Faton Bauta] who just committed for 2013. Do you see LeMay transferring? We will soon have quite a logjam at the QB spot.

No, I doubt LeMay is going anywhere. If any of Georgia’s quarterbacks transfers, it most likely will be Mason, though that’s by no means a foregone conclusion. Mason also could take a redshirt year in order to create some class separation. But if he stays and plays next season I think it’ll be a terrific battle for the No. 2 spot and his experience will give him the edge over LeMay, who missed his senior year of high school football.

Jon Wilhoit writes: Bill, always enjoy your work. In order for the Dawgs to continue to resurrect to the expected level of competitiveness, Isaiah Crowell has to make a statement, a claim, to the role of “every-down SEC tailback”. He has flashes of promise. He makes rookie mistakes. Those are the edges of the issue. If he cannot carry the ball for an entire drive, if he cannot become more effective as the game wears on … he will be just another back. And, it will be no one’s fault but his own. He has the tool. Does he have the heart?

I think he’s getting there. He’s been playing banged up and has had to get used to that but Crowell said this week that he knows staying in the game is “what I haven’t been doing well” and he’s trying to improve. Richt noted this week that in the Auburn game Crowell didn’t ask to come out, unlike earlier games. Early in the season, the coach said, “he’d run one or two and then he’d come out. Then he’d go back in and then he’d run a couple more and then he’d come out. This last game he wanted to keep getting it.” Richt attributes that to Crowell’s stamina improving. As that happens, I think No. 1 will reach his full potential.

Alex Richards writes: Great to see the fellows put 4 quarters of complete football together against a legitimate opponent. While the Dogs need to keep playing well to clinch and beat the trade school, I hope this quiets all the haters out there calling for a new coach. Not only is Richt first class, he is a solid, solid football coach. Yes, the program dipped but his leadership has held steady throughout. He’s worked through a myriad of issues on field and off, given support, encouragement and rope to his coordinators and it’s paying off. Most importantly, he and his staff have recruited better in the last couple of years and it’s paying dividends. Players matter more than coaches. Look at Auburn from a year ago. What are they now? What are they without Cam and Fairley last year — average at best. Look at invincible Nick Saban and Alabama. When they met LSU who could match up athlete to athlete what happened? Look at Florida this year. All I’ve heard is what a great d-coordinator Will Muschamp is. Not so much this year. His o-coordinator is one of the most gifted offensive minds football has ever seen. Florida’s offense was pitiful this year. PLAYERS MATTER MORE THAN COACHES. Watching our team right now, it’s obvious that our players are more talented than most SEC teams (minus Alabama and LSU). I’m tired of hearing how a guy like Kirby Smart is the “answer” to Georgia’s woes. He may be a fine head coach one day, but I for one think that hiring a guy like that is a lot more risky than letting a guy like Mark Richt do his job. I’m telling you, I could coach for Nick Saban, run Hightower and Upshaw and that secondary out there and get some impressive results too. I’m not slamming Smart. Just asking the Bulldog Nation to let a great man and great coach lead our program for many years to come. Get united behind this guy, what looks to be a pretty good staff and some talented YOUNG players that are about to make it to the SEC Championship Game! Go Dawgs!

You make an excellent point. Even great coaches falter if they don’t have the right mix of talent on the field. Richt’s Dream Team signing class was a big step in the right direction.

Jason Bledsoe writes: Bill, I really enjoy reading your blog and your knowledge of the Georgia football team. This 2011 bunch has accomplished something that has been done since Herschel Walker was running between the hedges. They have beaten Florida, Auburn, and Tennessee for the first time since 1982. If we beat Kentucky how do you like our chances in the SEC championship game? I think it will be a heck of a game whether it is LSU or Alabama, our defense can play with anybody and our offense has more fire power than both LSU and Alabama. Go Dawgs.

Whoever represents the SEC West in the championship game probably will be favored, but if Georgia continues to play like they did against Auburn I think the Dogs could make it a terrific game, especially if the defense has a good outing. That would be the key in my mind, because I believe Georgia could move the ball and score against just about anyone right now.

Toby Carmichael writes: I have just one question. Where is all the negativity that you expressed about the Dawgs at the first of the season? Maybe another one. WHERE ARE ALL WONDERFUL FAIR WEATHER FANS THAT WERE CALLING FOR A GREAT COACH TO BE FIRED?

OK, let’s be straight on this: I wasn’t one of those fans calling for Richt to be fired. And I think you misrepresent me in your reference to “all the negativity.” I certainly pointed out problems throughout the season, but after the opening loss to Boise, when others were ready to write off the season, I wrote: “As I was trudging back to the car Saturday night with my wife and brothers, we found ourselves doing something that ran counter to the general mood of the evening: accentuating the positive. That long touchdown pass to true freshman Malcolm Mitchell was a thing of beauty, as he turned on the afterburners, catching the perfectly thrown ball from Murray in stride. That young man is going to be a Georgia football hero before very much time has passed. We also noted what a fine performance transfer linebacker Jarvis Jones turned in. And while tailback Isaiah Crowell’s debut was nowhere near Marcus Lattimore standards, he showed flashes of what is surely to come. So if you want to throw up your hands and declare this another ‘lost’ season on the basis of one game that Georgia really had very little chance of winning, go right ahead. I prefer to think about the blur that was Mitchell as he literally blew past Boise defenders. The story of the 2011 Georgia Bulldogs still has many chapters yet to be written.”

And after the loss to South Carolina I wrote: “Most of the Georgia fans I’ve encountered actually came away from the South Carolina game feeling encouraged by what they saw — a promising team that fought hard, didn’t give up, and which lost mainly because of mistakes, not lack of effort or talent.”

As the Dogs have cut out the mistakes and the young talent has begun to mature, success has come. There’s a big difference between “negativity” and realistic appraisals, which is what I try to offer here.

Brandon Giddens writes: Hey Bill, what are the odds of Georgia vs. Boise State in a bowl game. I would love to see what Georgia can do against them now that we are on a roll, and have ton’s more confidence and game experience. Great Blawg and GO DAWGS!!!

I don’t think a rematch between Georgia and Boise State in a bowl game is very likely. But if it somehow were to happen, as I wrote last week, I think the Dogs would do much better against the Broncos than they did in the Georgia Dome opener. The defense has improved considerably since then and the offense has gotten on track. It’d be a good game.

When did jorts become a Gator thang? (Jacksonville.com)

When did jorts become a Gator thang? (Jacksonville.com)

Luci writes: Dear Mr. King, LOVE your column. I regularly read it on Facebook.Will you please explain the issue about jean shorts? I am a 2nd generation UGA alum living in Central Florida with my husband (Volunteer fan, not alum) and our two sons who are 3rd generation UGA legacies. It is challenging to raise little Bulldogs here in Florida and I am careful to never, ever dress them in orange and blue together. They listen to the Redcoat CD regularly and are learning all the cheers (ages 2 & 4). The older one went to the Coastal Carolina game this year. I digress. Besides not dressing my boys in orange, I also refuse to put them into jean shorts and am just curious of the real story, as I have no clue. I had no luck with google. If you ever have the time, will you please explain the jean shorts thing? Thank you again for all your stories. They are awesome and I so enjoy getting news on the Dawgs! Sic ‘em!

Well, the main thing with jean shorts, or “jorts,” is that they’re awfully silly looking. I remember first seeing them on some elements of the NASCAR audience and I’m not sure exactly when they started to be associated with Florida Gators fans, but it became the pejorative of choice for Georgia fans traveling to Jacksonville mainly in the past decade. By the way, congratulations on keeping your children out of orange and blue, surely the most obnoxious of all color combinations in sports!

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duronimo

November 17th, 2011
1:46 pm

This string of wins is just that …a string of wins. It doesn’t wipe away the disturbing number of games played between games where they “put it all together”. The win against Auburn simply reveals what the expectations should rightly be for this team. Other coaches and fan bases see this inconsistency; Spurrier being willing to articulate it. It’s a matter of examining facts … not a matter of being against a coach. Richt is paid well to have his teams play at a high level. With that said, there are some encouraging signs that with Richt reapplying himself this year, that we can play at a high level on a perpetual basis. The current staff has shown that they can coach.

Dr. Morpheus

November 17th, 2011
2:03 pm

If Bill never criticized the coaches, players and program, he would not be doing his job. Another bad season with a loss to UF could well have cost CMR his job. Last year was truly pathetic given our talent and tradition. We’re all thrilled with the turnaround since going 0-2 and it looks like we’re heading to a bright future for the next few years. We might even upset the West champion if we don’t experience a total meltdown against KY (and there is no indication the team is looking past the Cats). Everyone’s entitled to their feelings but, come on, man, CMR gets paid well enough to be able to withstand some heat.

AceDawg

November 17th, 2011
2:06 pm

Let’s be real: UGA fans should absolutely have been mad about the 0-2 start and pessimistic about Richt’s ability to get things done. Still, most of us really like the guy, and now that things are going well, we should embrace success under him. I agree with comments that we absolutely must retain Grantham or find a fiery replacement. Richt needs the alter ego on that side of the ball. Next year, we MUST keep Grantham though because UGA should be in its best shape in years to compete for a national championship. They will have veteran talent, depth, momentum, and everything that should make excuses lame. I am optimistic at the moment but hope the rest of this season plays out well.

As for the comment that players matter more than coaching? Hahaha. NO WAY. Even if players did matter more, only good coaches get good players unless bad coaches are willing to be unethical and attract the ones that are looking for an easy route to playing and getting attention. In college, you simply have to have great coaching to have a strong program. Why does Boise State win? They wouldn’t if their coaching was mediocre. There is always one or two exceptions to a rule, but you don’t find awesome teams in college that have poor coaching.

BuzzKiller

November 17th, 2011
2:08 pm

Dave from GT- Get your hand out of your pants. This year will not be a repeat of 08. Willie is gone.

Hmmmmm

November 17th, 2011
2:22 pm

Russ deserves a place in the stadium when all is said and done. He has served the Bulldog Nation with honor. All he needs to do now is bite someones mascot and he will be legend.
Go Russ. GATA!

robodawg

November 17th, 2011
2:25 pm

Russ has been a DGD. If we win the SEC, I say keep him, b/c that is something special.

And speaking of DGDs, how ’bout this bunch of seniors? Let’s send ‘em out in style in their final home game this week.

DAWGMAN

November 17th, 2011
2:40 pm

I agree with Cohutta Dawg.
However, neither have earned their letter this year.
Both are pitiable. They both arouse strong,protective feelings of irrational support. Gene therapy may help one of them. Mark Richt isn’t that one. Mark Richt insists on being driven from halfassity.
Georgia must have fire in the belly, risk taking, discipline demanding, and championship quality offense. It seems that Mark Richt just came to expect, and accept Georgia folks asking about whether the Dawgs would get after Flawduh this year. Long sigh, pause…oh no, not another one of those boringly insistent Bulldawg Nation folks. What do they want anyway? What do they expect?
I, for one, expect Mark Richt to earn his paycheck. That’s just tough love.
And the coach said, ‘What’s tough love?’
insistent people again.

SatillaDawg

November 17th, 2011
2:44 pm

Great Q&A Bill!

Go DAWGS!

Beat Old Kain-tuck!

SSIgator

November 17th, 2011
2:55 pm

“Russ will earn full “mascot” status and be buried inside Sanford Stadium with his forebears when he goes on to that great fireplug in the sky”

As it was last reported, Russ was still firing blanks while trying to procreate an all white replacement. Maybe he should get some pointers from Booboo. He seems to be pretty good at that.

SaltyDawg

November 17th, 2011
3:06 pm

Heck yeah……Give him the Mascot title, Lets make him the next “Uga” he certainly deserves it! Goooooo Dawgs!!!!!

gator hater

November 17th, 2011
3:11 pm

@SSIgator classy comment on Coach Bobo’s ability to use what Charlie Weiss hasn’t seen in a decade..

monty

November 17th, 2011
3:13 pm

Happy for the success, so far. We look really improved since the beginning of the season. Although we have had a cushy schedule. No real threat from Tenn-Fla this year(off years). And we let an avg. SC team beat us(turnovers). Weren’t even in the game against Boise St. That said, if we beat Kentucky and then we can win the SEC-Championship,then we could have a year to remember.

Destin Dawg

November 17th, 2011
3:21 pm

Boise State lost 1 all ready…

Lowcountry Bulldawg

November 17th, 2011
3:23 pm

Little Mathew Ciafaro acknowledges what is alter ego, Thomas Brown could not. Let the season play out before you fire Richt in the blogs. Good job Matty.

Destin Dawg

November 17th, 2011
3:28 pm

Grantham will stay.. pay him $900 K.. let him know he can be H.C. at UGA.. some day not to far off.. when Richt retires.. NFL = Not For Long… he knows that.. Go Dawgs.. win the SEC. THIS year !!

Jeff

November 17th, 2011
3:30 pm

AltamahaDawg ….what a moron you are. I hate the fact that you and I are both UGA supporters. your “i am better than anyone else” attitude on here day after day makes me want to throw up.

Destin Dawg

November 17th, 2011
3:38 pm

Sporting News says ” Charlie Weis #2 over rated & over paid coach in college football “.. Muschamp is crazy…. Spurrier ( 67 ) to retire.. our future is bright !!

Todd Grantham

November 17th, 2011
3:43 pm

GIVE ME AN EXTENSION OF IMA CHOKE SLAM SOMEBODY

wde

November 17th, 2011
3:46 pm

Jeff the author of the blog upsets you and the bloggers make you sick…really you need to think of some other way to pass the time…really it can’t be good for you.

TampaDawg

November 17th, 2011
3:48 pm

Dave from GT ——- shouldn’t you guys be worrying about Duke and making sure Tevin can actually complete more than 4 passes? That’s never a given.

AltamahaDawg

November 17th, 2011
3:49 pm

Jeff, my bad. No need to throw up. I must have misinterpreted your original post. Tell you what? Correct me where I said something that you disgree with.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

November 17th, 2011
3:52 pm

What does he think of the trolls and then our fellow UGA bloggers Flat Tire and Thomas Brown. If Altamaha makes him throw up then I can only imagine what he must do to himself when scanning those posts.

TampaDawg

November 17th, 2011
3:53 pm

SSIgator, is this what it comes down to when your gators are struggling to end with a winning record? You go off talking about tasteless stuff. Well, run with that if you want, if it makes you feel better, but it’s still the dumbest post on this blog by far.

TampaDawg

November 17th, 2011
3:56 pm

No upchucking on the blogs please!

Still better than Tech

November 17th, 2011
4:00 pm

Just a word to the gentleman who was calling out “fair weather fans” for wanting Richt fired: The problems with Richt’s teams have been lack of preparation and lack of focus. The special teams were woefully unprepared and unfocused during the South Carolina game. By all rights, Georgia should have won that one. It seems that not a year goes by that Georgia doesn’t lose at least one game due to lack of preparation or lack of focus. 2007 is a great example of what could have been. A superior Georgia team, laden with NFL talent, lost two games to lesser teams (SC and Tennessee). A win in either of those games would have seen Georgia in the SEC Championship Game. By all accounts, UGA was the hottest team in the country at that time, and would have likely represented the SEC in the Mythical National Championship Game. Unfortunately, due to lack of fire and preparation, a two-loss LSU team got the MNC invite instead of UGA. This is the problem with Richt-coached teams. Pointing this out in no way makes me a fair-weather fan. My family has had season tickets since 1981, and I drove from Charleston SC to Memphis last year to support a 6-6 UGA team in the Liberty Bowl. Were you there?

TampaDawg

November 17th, 2011
4:14 pm

@Still better than Tech

I hear ya, and on some points, I certainly agree, but that happens to a lot of teams. Keep in mind that same LSU team in 2007 lost to then #18 Kentucky and an unranked Arkansas to close their regular season. And I just want to choke someone everytime I hear the “well, they didn’t win their conference” crap from 2007 when anyone mentions the NC. Let me think, did Oklahoma win their conference in 2003 when they faced LSU for the title? Nope, they sure didn’t. Lost their last game of the season, conference championship game and then still played for the NC. Did I care then? Nope. Because the intent of the NC SHOULD BE to field the two best teams in the country against each other. Often, that just doesn’t happen because people are too busy worrying about whether a team win’s their conference or not.

Russ deserves the best!

November 17th, 2011
4:38 pm

Russ has served loyally and I think if his family is ok with it, he should be buried at Sanford. I also hope that the reason the new Uga has not been found is that the Seilers see the need to go back to breeding a healthier dog. Less flat faced may not be up to what some consider breed standards, but they can breathe without major surgery within weeks of birth.

G-Dawg

November 17th, 2011
4:39 pm

SSIGator and Classy should NEVER be used in the same sentence…regardless of interpretation!! LOL

Skokie Dog

November 17th, 2011
4:50 pm

Still Better Than Tech: I agree with your comments. As one of Coach Richt’s critics on this blog, I must ask a question to those of you who seem to think that he hardly ever does anything wrong. Besides the Auburn game, when did you see the Dogs playing their A-game for all four quarters during a game this year? A coach who earns as much money as Mr. Richt should be able to have his players well prepared to play well during the first game as well as those later in the season. I haven’t seen that happening much in recent years. And, yes, I know that he’s about to get an extension of his contract and probably a hefty raise too.

I-DOG

November 17th, 2011
4:51 pm

Flat Tire:

That Sir, is an insult to the fine folks on swamp people. I for one won’t stand here and listen to you bad mouth Trappa Joe, Willy, Troy, and the rest.

girldawg

November 17th, 2011
4:55 pm

YES!!! Russ should be buried with the UGAS…
He is an UGA just not all white but he is our UGA!!!! DGD!!!!!

61-39-5 vs Tech- 48-40-2 vs Florida

November 17th, 2011
5:12 pm

WHERE ARE ALL WONDERFUL FAIR WEATHER FANS THAT WERE CALLING FOR A GREAT COACH TO BE FIRED?

Careful now, We are looking better,especially on defense,
however we are still 1-2 against teams that actually have a winning record.They still some more football to be played. I think what most don’t like about Richt is he is not hard nosed enough.

DocDawg

November 17th, 2011
5:12 pm

To me Russ is a class act and deserves the status of full time mascot. He earned it with the season, not just his looks. As some of us know, beauty`s only skin deep, Russ has the heart, especially when we beat the west division champs in the dome. Go Russ!

AltamahaDawg

November 17th, 2011
5:15 pm

I wondered the same thing, I-Dog.

61-39-5 vs Tech- 48-40-2 vs Florida

November 17th, 2011
5:18 pm

SSIgator
It must be nice to sit around all day on a Georgia Blawg.
I know your never on a Gator blog cause your always on this one,Another Gator obcessed with all things Georgia.

NCDawg

November 17th, 2011
5:19 pm

Looking back at the 2006-2010 era there are a number of things that contributed to the slide. CMR seems to be a “steady as she goes” leader. Coming off the level of success he had through 2005 it is understandable if he took the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it approach”. Humans, individually or in teams, have slumps. I think sometimes that’s because we assume it will happen but they occur nonetheless. The toughest thing to do in a leadership position is to navigate the course between “is it a slump?” and “off with their heads!” Both have their pitfalls. CMR believed Martinez could get the job done. He stayed the course and the negative inertia snowballed.
The coaching staff also recruited guys with talent but they weren’t very coachable. All you need to do to understand this concept is look at Michael Vick. We probably also had the wrong type of coaches to deal with that type of player. CMR is a patient man. Unfortunately, there are times where the extra chances bear no fruit. Then comes the painful “cutting of the bait”. Real maturity is seeing your mistakes and correcting them. CMR has done this. He purged the program of the “energy vampires” and started building the team anew. He found the chemistry. And now it is producing results.
No one doubts that Urban Meyer was a top tier coach, he had top shelf talent, and still the 2010 Gators flopped. Meyer bailed pure and simple. Muschamp is having to terraform the program. Don’t be surprised if a similar thing happens to Saban in the next couple of years. It already happened to Miles the past couple of years… remember the “he better get it done” line on Miles in the off season?
Dawg fans be glad we have Mark Richt. He was willing to reinvent himself. And maybe in a few years he may have to again. That is the nature of the game. Be glad we aren’t Tenn. They jettisoned Fulmer with no real idea what it was going to cost them. Food for thought.

ARdawg

November 17th, 2011
5:28 pm

Still Better than Tech

By all rights we should have beaten Boise. They were better than us on that night. Better, more prepared and better coached all around.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

November 17th, 2011
5:28 pm

NCDawg—-

Excellent, excellent post!

ARdawg

November 17th, 2011
5:30 pm

NCDawg

The Tennessee change could have been much more smoother had they had a good AD and not hired a bum like Kiffin. That’s the waters one swims though when they fire a coach

Delusional

November 17th, 2011
5:43 pm

I don’t know who you are Jeff but you are not a true Georgia person. We honor tradition. All UGAs as well as interim mascots Otto and Russ have been related to UGA I. In fact, there was an unbroken line of father-son mascots becoming UGAs from 1 through 6. UGA 7 was directly related to UGA 1 but was not sired by UGA 6. Having a direct line from UGA

Delusional

November 17th, 2011
5:45 pm

from UGA I is what makes our mascot tradion special. It is the reason why UGA V was voted the best college mascot. Revelie and Smokey have no such tradion. And, Bill, Russ is our official mascot. He is just not an UGA. He is the interim mascot

Skokie Dog

November 17th, 2011
5:46 pm

I’m okay with giving Russ a contract extension and a hefty raise.

Delusional

November 17th, 2011
5:52 pm

SSlgator – you are a really classy guy. Firing blanks? Keep up the good work. You confirm everything everyone thinks about Gator fans. As far as being all white, there is no such requirement for an UGA. Russ was not made an UGA because of his age. I could be wrong but I do not think he is even running out with the team. Most of the UGAs have spots or “ticking”. UGA IV had his head powdered before games so it would not be noticed. Russ should be made an UGA and, even if not, he should be buried in Sanford regardless.

War Dang Dawg

November 17th, 2011
6:04 pm

“People have heard of FL my friend”

How could you have not heard of a team that went 59 seasons without a conference championship? 1932-1990. That kind of futility is usually reserved for the Vanderbilts of college football.

M Booboo

November 17th, 2011
6:12 pm

@ SSIgator

“As it was last reported, Russ was still firing blanks while trying to procreate an all white replacement. Maybe he should get some pointers from Booboo. He seems to be pretty good at that.”

I am pretty good. Better than you, according to your old lady.

Jordan

November 17th, 2011
6:27 pm

BurytheBone

November 17th, 2011
6:29 pm

@ncdawg….. good read.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

November 17th, 2011
6:31 pm

Altamaha Dope

I guess now we are going to defend a gaterd fanbase because I said they were like the people portrayed on the show Swamp People…

I just realize why losing to FL doesnt bother you because those Swamp People are your kin folk

Go pull for them Swamp Man

Good Grief

November 17th, 2011
6:57 pm

Russ should be the next Uga. He’s a DGD, I dont know what else anyone would want.

BiggDawgK

November 17th, 2011
7:05 pm

If Georgia wins the SEC Championship then Russ should be named the official mascot.