Fan talk: Georgia-Clemson, fight song heresy, Erk’s hangout and more!

Georgia and Clemson haven't met in football since 2003. (Associated Press)

Georgia and Clemson haven't met in football since 2003. (Associated Press)

Keep an eye on the mailbox if you’re a Bulldog Club member, because those 2012 football season ticket applications went into the mail Friday. Hartman Fund contributors have until March 31 to return their order to the Athletic Association ticket office. Or you can renew your tickets online.

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

Hal Lincoln writes: I read where the expanded ACC might be going to nine conference games as early as 2013, which could put the 2013-14 Georgia-Clemson home-and-home series in jeopardy. The problem is that Clemson already has four nonconference games scheduled for those years — their in-state rival South Carolina, Georgia and a pair of cupcakes. The thinking is Clem & Son might decide to keep the cupcakes and unload the series with the Dawgs. As someone who thinks Clemson was one of our best rivals and misses them being on our schedule every year, this is really upsetting. What do you think, Bill?

I saw the SicEmDawgs report you’re referring to. As you noted, in 2013 Clemson has nonconference games scheduled with Georgia, Kent State, the Citadel and South Carolina, and in 2014 plays Coastal Carolina, Central Michigan and South Carolina in addition to a scheduled trip to Athens. These would be the first times Georgia and Clemson have met in football since 2003. SicEmDawgs reported buying out the Georgia contract would cost Clemson $500,000 unless it was by mutual consent. But while a lot of folks think Clemson might be inclined to drop Georgia and keep the cupcakes, I’m not so sure. The state of Georgia is prime recruiting territory for the Tigers, and a showcase against Georgia of the SEC, including a game in Athens, might be worth more to Clemson than a guaranteed victory over a program nobody cares about. At least, I hope that’s how it turns out. I’m with you, Hal, in missing Georgia-Clemson on a regular basis.

Jeremiah Johnson writes: Howdy Bill, Since the expansion and the talk of having to do away with the year to year Georgia-Auburn game, wouldn’t it make sense to add two more teams and expand the conference to 16 total teams? The possibility then arises of having not 2 large divisions, but 4 smaller ones. Then there are only 4 divisional games, this would allow for 3 cross divisional games. 2 of them would be set by the beginning of the season and the third would be set by the end of divisional play, because by having 4 divisions there would be a need for 2 semi-final games to set up for the championship. For the teams that aren’t playing in a semi-final, the conference could set up, hopefully, interesting match-ups. Two things I haven’t thought through: 1. When to schedule the semi-final, because I think right before the Championship game would be both a murderous gauntlet and interfere with the Georgia/GA Tech game, but other rivalries I’m not sure of. 2. What schools to go after, Va Tech? FSU? Your thoughts?

Latest word is that Georgia-Auburn probably will be kept as an every-year game. But, anyway, I’m skeptical that Virginia Tech or FSU are ever going to want to join the SEC, and if they’re not available there really aren’t two other teams that I’d like to see in the conference. Besides, contemplating the complications of your four-division set-up makes my head spin!

Erk Russell held court at an Athens hangout that's long gone. (University of Georgia)

Erk Russell held court at an Athens hangout that's long gone. (University of Georgia)

D.S. Kimball writes: Mr. Junk Yard, I am a GSU fan and grateful for UGA’s biggest gift to my college of Erk Russell. Recently Snokies Restaurant closed to be torn down to make way for a box drugstore. This was the breakfast place where every morning Erk would hold court. This jarred my memory as there was a place in Athens where Erk first held court by the name of the Rockwood Inn on Lexington Road. I have been unable to locate the address or the restaurant. Does it still exist and if not where was it and what is it now?

The Rockwood Inn, where Erk was known to share cigars and beers with a group of regulars on Thursday and Friday afternoons, had a reputation for good barbecue sandwiches and as a place where underage drinkers frequently tried to score beer. It was in a rock building located where the old airport road used to branch off Lexington Road, about a mile or so before Gaines School Road, in Athens. That intersection doesn’t exist any more and the Rockwood Inn is long gone, but the memories of Erk linger with those who hung out there.

Mike writes: Bill, I am a UGA alumnus and lifelong fan. To put it simply, I love everything about my Dawgs except the fight song, “Glory, Glory.” Not only is it unoriginal (used by Auburn, Colorado and the Union army), but it is blasphemous and brings us bad karma. Changing the lyrics from “His truth is marching on” to “to hell with [insert rival]” is crass. Any chance we might ever employ “Hail” as our primary fight song infuture? It is beautiful.

I also love “Hail to Georgia,” but I think you’re barking up the wrong tree in wanting “Glory, Glory” dumped. First of all, fight tunes not being exclusive to a school is no big deal. My high school fight song at Athens High was the same tune as Notre Dame’s, but we sang it enthusiastically and I still know all the words! And it doesn’t seem to bother anyone at the University of Oklahoma that “Boomer Sooner” is the same tune as Yale University’s “Boola Boola.” Plus, as the UGA football media guide notes, “Glory, Glory,” sung to the tune of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” is among UGA’s oldest and most lasting traditions. It was sung at games as early as the 1890s, but arranged in its present form by Georgia musician-composer Hugh Hodgson in 1915. There have been many Bulldog songs through the years and at least two collections dating back to 1909 have been published, but none have enjoyed more acceptance than “Glory, Glory.” And since the addition of the slowed-down “Battle Hymn of the Bulldog Nation” version, with the trumpet solo at the start, the song has become an even bigger part of Bulldog tradition. Whether it’s the Dawg Walk performance before the game with everyone pointing at the trumpet soloist on the bridge, or the pre-kickoff version in Sanford Stadium accompanied by the Larry Munson voiceover and video hightlights, it never fails to give me chills down my spine.

On a related note, Hal from Tampa writes: Hello Bill, could you tell me why the Redcoat Band was moved to the end zone? Sure miss the students waving against opposing teams’ field goal tries. Sure looks dull, now on TV. Not to mention having the cheerleaders and the band and the students and UGA making an opposing picture to visiting teams that have to enter the stadium past it all! Why the move?

Athletic director Greg McGarity initiated moving the Redcoats to the end zone to try and make it easier for more areas of the stadium to hear the band clearly. I’ve heard from several folks who don’t like the new location, though from where I sit, the move definitely has made the Redcoats more audible. But I will say there was one problem last season: They didn’t move the visiting band when they relocated the Redcoats, which means the two bands are awfully close to each other and at times clash by playing simultaneously. I think moving the visiting band to the other end zone and moving more students closer to the Redcoats would solve that problem.

And Jim Parry writes: Bill, Just got through reading your March 3rd blog. It’s time for people to quit worrying about backup QB reps. As we all know, the backup QB is many peoples’ favorite player on any team. Usually due to emotional moments after a starter throws an interception or fails to lead an important drive for a touchdown in any given game. Hutson Mason seems to be a very capable and READY quarterback to enter the game on short notice, based on the reps I have seen him get in previous games. I don’t really see the few, real chances of opportunity to put him in a game as making much of a difference as some people tend to make it. Remember, he is usually entering games along with backups. I use Hutson under the assumption of giving up a redshirt due to injury to [Aaron] Murray. I don’t believe another unproven QB such as [Christian] LeMay would be thrown in, especially with a new, revamped offensive line. Speaking of the O-Line, reading the list of linemen competing this year, I feel a little better about the position. Yes, these young men need that game experience to gel as a unit. But there are quite a few highly touted players getting their opportunity. Let’s hope they live up to their talent.

You make a good point about backup quarterbacks in general. When fans get frustrated with a lack of success on offense, the temptation is to think that the insertion of the backup QB will make all the difference. Occasionally that is the case, but most of the time, there’s a reason the backup isn’t the starter — he’s been beaten out by the guy who is!

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dan

March 11th, 2012
7:26 pm

Wookie:

Let’s dissect some those loses shall we.

South Carolina 2010: Murray was playing his first SEC game without AJ Green. South Carolina had a more veteran team, and the defense couldn’t tackle Lattimore, nor could Washuan Ealey hold onto the ball
Arkansas 2010: Arkansas had a more veteran team. Murray led a 4th comeback to tie up the game 24-24, but Mallet to Childs broke our back. If the Dawgs had AJ, they might have won that game.
Florida 2010: Murray struggled in the 1st half, but helped send the game into OT. He did make a bad throw in OT, and the Gators won. But keep in mind, the Gators had a bye prior to that game. If everything was equal in terms of preparation, the Dawgs win that game
Auburn 2010: Murray hung up 31 points, but our defense did nothing vs. Cam & Co. Oh yeah…that Auburn team…didn’t lose to anyone that year

Boise State 2011: Murray played bad in this game, but 1.) the Dawgs completely underestimated a good Boise State team, and 2.) Murray lost his 1# and 2# receivers from the year before, so he hadn’t developed any continuity with his receivers yet.
South Carolina 2011: The Dawgs were reeling a bit in this game, but game a more veteran South Carlina team a tough out. Murray had a bad fumble at the end, and the defense STILL couldn’t stop Lattimore or anything for that matter
LSU 2011: How many times did the WR’s drop Murray’s balls? Also LSU was a dominant team. The Honey Badger broke our back on Special Teams, and the Tigers wore us down in the second half with their depth. Did anyone really think we were going to win that game anyway?

I’m not saying Murray didn’t play well in some of those losses, but to pin all of those losses on him is idiotic.

Wookie

March 11th, 2012
7:29 pm

Murray’s record against unranked teams is 14-2, or a 86% win %.

Murray’s record against ranked teams is 2-9, or a 18% win %.

That’s just terrific folks.

dan

March 11th, 2012
7:31 pm

Also,

If you really think Murray is no better than Joe Cox, than I can no longer have a conversation with you. Cox is nowhere near the same caliber of athlete Murray is or had the same command of the offense. C’mon you can’t seriously believe that can you?…Because that’s just dumb.

Wookie

March 11th, 2012
8:06 pm

These 8 QB’s all completed 55% or better against LSU in 2011:
Oregon, NW State, Miss St, W Vir, UF, Aub, Ala, Ark

Murray completed 39% against LSU.

That’s really unreal.

Mobile Dawg

March 11th, 2012
8:18 pm

Murray isn’t a “money” QB. What kills me is that Richt and Bobo haven’t developed a back up. Murray gets all the meaningful reps. I wouldn’t put money on Murray.

Wookie

March 11th, 2012
9:51 pm

Aaron is Money.

Playing a unranked team? 86% chance he’;ll win the game.

playing a ranked team? 82% chance Murray will lose the game.

Those are great odds.

Thomas Brown

March 12th, 2012
12:45 am

SnakeDog4 March 11th, 2012 9:56 am

“Lemay was ranked the #1 pro style QB when he was in high school. I’d love to see him at the helm of the UGA pro style offense. Aaron is more suited to a dual threat, Georgia Tech style of offense.”
__________________________________________________________
Aaron Murray is quite the dual-threat Quarterback with his 6.4 carries a game for 1 yards per carry with 23 fumbles in 27 games.

Aaron Murray is

# 72 in the nation 2011 in pass completion percentage.

238 completions of 403 passes 59 % completions

23 Fumbles, 22 Interceptions, 56 Sacks, 174 Carries, 27 Games, 0-9 vs End Top 25, 11 losses

11 Games to-date opponent’s QB Far Better than Aaron Murray

21-35 Boise State : 7 carries minus 33 yards, 1 interception, 16 of 29 passing 2 TD, 6 Sacks

42-45 South Carolina : 6 carries 11 yards, 2 Fumbles, 1 interception, 19 of 29 passing 4 TD, 2 Sacks

10-42 LSU : 8 carries minus 5 yards, 1 Fumble, 2 interceptions, 16 of 40 passing 1 TD, 4 Sacks

30-33 Michigan State : 8 carries minus 13 yards, 1 Fumble, 2 interceptions, 20 of 32 passing 2 TD, 4 Sacks

103-155 Totals in 4 Losses : 29 carries minus 40 yards, 4 Fumbles, 6 interceptions, 71 of 130 Passing 9 TD, 16 Sacks, opponent’s QB Far Better all 4 games (and 11 games to-date opponent’s QB Far Better than Aaron Murray)

I have never seen such a litany of excuses for a QB as dan just put up. Hey dan, how about my summary of his losses, rather than your summary son ? Aaron Murray didn’t have AJ Green vs South Carolina ? If he had him, we win that game you say ? Aaron Murray Lost 3 games without AJ Green and Lost 4 games with AJ Green, dan.

How in the world can your QB be # 72 in the nation in pass completion percentage, and it is not his fault ?

RED DOG 77

March 12th, 2012
1:00 am

@Thomas Brown…….Actually, going 6-7 iin 2010, to losing the first two in 2011, to dispatching ten [10] wins in a row was what I would call heading in the right direction. As you said yourself, football on paper in one thing, me? I prefer positive results on the field…………but I’m also a realist. I would say any self respecting college football fan knows [actually by using your mega-statistics] that the game runs in cycles…………Wonder how the folks in Texas have felt the past few years, mabe LSU, what three years ago the fools were calling for Les Miles head [sounded a little like you] Yea, I could point out Southern Cal is just coming out of a funk………..Just a few short years ago Thomas, Alabama was losing to La. Monroe………..and the mighty Hurricanes and Florida St have had some fan worries too……….Should I mention Notre Dame? Michigan? they may be coming out of it, but for the winningest team in college football they sure stunk-it up the last few years. Ah yes Ohio State, Tressell sure did ‘em proud eh?…………All things considered, I’ll keep “my” Georgia Bulldogs, as it seems all colleges [Auburn/Cam] have their worts…………I’m a realist, I also played football and know tearing down your own team is counterproductive……..Did I mention Oklahoma? spose you think Stoops is “da man”…………..Georgia will find an upswing and there will be loses as well, but I will never trash my school, might have some constructive critism………..But you see, that is the difference between you and me………….I’m a BULLDOG………..you are an imposter………..Oh and by the way, when I went away for 11 weeks during the 2011 season, I was savoring the ten [10] wins BULLDOG NATION was enjoying………….enjoy as you rave-on Thomas, enjoy……………..RED

Thomas Brown

March 12th, 2012
1:17 am

Birmingham Jacket March 11th, 2012 10:57 am

“From coaches to the AD, total bafoons.

Time to clean the entire house.”

Thomas Brown

March 12th, 2012
2:04 am

NTL CHAMPS DURING MARK RICHT ERA :

11 Nick Saban AL CMR 10-4 Lost Outback bowl
10 Gene Chizik AU CMR 6-7 Lost UCF Liberty bowl
09 Nick Saban AL CMR 8-5 played in Shreveport
08 Urb an Me yer FL CMR 10-3 CapitalOne bowl
07 Les Miles LSU CMR 11-2 played # 19 Hawai’i bowl
06 Urb an Me yer FL CMR 9-4 played Chick-fil-A bowl
05 Mack Brown TX CMR 10-3 Lost W.Virginia in bowl
04 Pete Carroll USC CMR 10-2 played Outback bowl
03 Pete Carroll USC CMR 11-3 played CapitalOne
02 Jim Tressel OSU CMR 13-1 played 9-5 FSU bowl
01 Larry Coker Miami CMR 8-4 Lost Boston College

Mark Richt Contemporaries :

01. .9241 Chris Petersen currently at Boise State
02. .8500 Chip Kelly currently at Oregon
03. .8462 David Shaw currently at Stanford
04. .8333 Hugh Freeze currently at Ole Miss
05. .8189 NC* NC* Urb an Me yer currently at tOSU
06. .8137 NC* NC* Pete Carroll at USC went 83-19
07. .8103 NC* Jim Tressel at Ohio State went 94-22
08. .8065 NC* Les Miles since at LSU 75-18
09. .8035 NC* Bob Stoops currently at Oklahoma
10. .8000 NC* Larry Coker Miami-Fl – 2012 UTSA 1-A
11. .7857 Dave Doeren currently at Northern Illinois 1-A
12. .7842 Gary Patterson currently at TCU
13. .7833 NC* Mack Brown since at Texas
14. .7778 NC* NC* NC* Nick Saban since LSU & AL
15. .7778 Frank Beamer Virginia Tech since ACC 84-24
16. .7692 Dana Holgorsen currently at West Virginia 1-A
17. .7595 Bret Bielema currently at Wisconsin
18. .7500 NC* Gene Chizik 30-10 since at Auburn
19. .7500 Mark Hudspeth currently at LA Lafayette
20. .7491 NC* NC* Joe Paterno 409-136-3 CMR = ?
21. .7426 Bobby Petrino currently at Arkansas
22. .7413 Mark Richt currently at Georgia

I believe that RICHT-0-PHILES are tearing down our beloved UGA Bulldogs’ Football Program, with their lack of Expectations for this football program, so that they can prop-up Mark Richt.

Like this 10-Win junk for 2011, for example.

27 teams put up 10-Win seasons in 2011. Of the 27, not only did we beat none of them, but we had the Most Losses of all 27 teams with 10-Win Seasons with Four (4.) We beat no team who ended the season in Any Top 25 poll.

There are a ton of us who are fed up with the state of our football program nowadays, including alumni, such as me. Imagine that Mark Richt gave Scholarships to 26 players to play 2012, none of the 26 still on the team because they have all 26 transferred.

DJ Shockley

Since he has been gone, here is what we have done, as a team :

I-A Winning Percentage after 2005

2005 season was 8 yrs ago now this up-coming 2012 season

01. .9240 at 73-06 Boise State
02. .8461 at 66-12 TCU
03. .8000 at 64-16 LSU
04. .7922 at 61-16 Southern Cal
05. .7804 at 64-18 Oklahoma
06. .7777 at 63-18 Auburn
07. .7692 at 50-15 Ohio State
08. .7692 at 60-18 BYU
09. .7682 at 63-19 Virginia Tech
10. .7594 at 60-19 Oregon
11. .7594 at 60-19 Wisconsin
12. .7564 at 59-19 West Virginia
13. .7435 at 58-20 Texas
14. .7435 at 58-20 Utah
15. .7246 at 50-19 Alabama
16. .7179 at 56-22 Penn State
17. .7051 at 55-23 Auburn
18. .7051 at 55-23 Oklahoma State
19. .7051 at 55-23 Cincinnati
20. .7000 at 56-24 Missouri
21. .6835 at 54-25 Georgia

Current 8-year period Mark Richt :

# 49 at scoring Touchdowns

# 57 at going 3 and out on Offense

# 35 coach over last 8 years at his school overall win % comparing Mark Richt to all coaches at their school win % over current 8-year period. Note, not all the coaches coached at that school 8 years; he’s still the 35th best in won/lost percentage at his school over the last 8 years.

# 81 nationally Mike Bobo career as OC scoring TD

Last win over a team finishing AP Poll Top 10 :

37-15 Win Allbarn 2006 # 9* since then,
30-41 Loss Alabama 2008 # 6*
10-49 Loss Crocodiles 2008 # 1*
17-41 Loss Crocodiles 2009 # 3*
31-49 Loss Auburn 2010 # 1*
21-35 Loss Boise State 2011 # 8*
42-45 Loss Sakerlina 2011 # 9*
10-42 Loss LSU 2011 # 2*

Mark Richt was 3-6 vs teams finishing in the AP Poll Top 10 after the win over Auburn in 2006.

0-7 vs teams finishing AP Top 10 since after Auburn win 2006

Mark Richt all 11 years :

3-13 vs teams finishing AP Poll Top 10

Mark Richt all 11 years :
>Lost 16 games to teams who would not have finished in the AP Poll Top 25 without their win over Mark Richt
>10 of those 16 Losses to teams who even with their win over Mark Richt still did not end up AP Poll Top 25 teams

After Georgia tek in 2009 when Mark Richt was 18-19 vs teams finishing in the AP Poll Top 25 after beating Georgia tek 2009,

Mark Richt has Lost Every Game vs teams finishing AP Top 25 since:

1.Sakerlina
2.Arky
3.Missy State
4.Allbarn
5.Central Florida
6.Boise State
7.Sakerlina
8.LSU
9.Michigan State

0-9 vs teams finishing AP Top 25 after Georgia tek win 2009

Mark Richt all 11 years :18-28 vs teams finishing AP Poll Top 25

9 Different SEC teams have gone 0 or 1 Loss on their entire season
since we last did :

FLO 3
ALB 2
AUB 2
LSU 2
_____
9 SEC teams since we last did who have 0 or 1 loss for season

Mark Richt vs teams who ended up top 25 AP Poll all 11 yrs :

09-14 Loss Sakerlina 2001 # 13
26-24 Win vols 2001 # 4*
10-24 Loss Crocodiles 2001 # 3*
17-24 Loss Allbarn 2001 Unranked**
31-17 Win Georgia tek 2001 # 24
16-20 Loss Boston College 2001 # 21**
27-25 Win Alabama 2002 # 11
13-20 Loss Crocodiles 2002 Unranked**
24-21 Win Allbarn 2002 # 14
26-13 Win FSU 2002 # 21
30-00 Win Climpsum Farmers 2003 # 22
13-34 Loss LSU 2003 # 2*
13-16 Loss Crocodiles 8-5 in 2003 # 24**
41-14 Win vols 2003 # 15
10-17 Loss LSU 2003 # 2*
34-27 Win Purdue 2003 # 18
45-16 Win LSU 2004 # 16
14-19 Loss vols 2004 # 13
06-24 Loss Allbarn 2004 # 2*
24-21 Win Wisconsin 2004 # 17
10-14 Loss Crocodiles 2005 # 12
30-31 Loss Allbarn 2005 # 14
34-14 Win LSU 2005 # 6*
35-38 Loss West Virginia mountaineers 2005 # 5*
33-51 Loss vols 2006 # 25**
22-24 Loss Vandie 4-8 in 2006 Unranked**
14-21 Loss Crocodiles 2006 # 1*
20-24 Loss Kentucky 2006 Unranked**
37-15 Win Allbarn 2006 # 9*
31-24 Win Virginia Tech 2006 # 19
12-16 Loss Sakerlina 6-6 in 2007 Unranked**
14-35 Loss vols 2007 # 12
42-30 Win Crocodiles 2007 # 13
45-20 Win Allbarn 2007 # 15
41-10 Win Hawai’i 2007 # 19
30-41 Loss Alabama 2008 # 6*
10-49 Loss Crocodiles 2008 # 1*
42-45 Loss Georgia tek 2008 # 22**
24-12 Win Michigan State 2008 # 24
10-24 Loss Okie State 2009 Unranked**
19-45 Loss vols 7-6 in 2009 Unranked**
13-20 Loss LSU 2009 # 17
17-41 Loss Crocodiles 2009 # 3*
30-24 Win Georgia tek 2009 # 13
27-34 Loss Kentucky 7-6 in 2009 Unranked**
06-17 Loss Sakerlina 2010 # 22**
24-31 Loss Arky 2010 # 12
12-24 Loss Missy State 2010 # 15
31-34 Loss Crocodiles 2010 Unranked**
31-49 Loss Auburn 2010 # 1*
27-29 Loss Colorado 5-7 in 2010 Unranked**
06-10 Loss Central Florida 2010 # 21**
21-35 Loss Boise State 2011 # 8*
42-45 Loss Sakerlina 2011 # 9*
10-42 Loss LSU 2011 # 2*
30-33 Loss Michigan State 2011 # 11

**without the win over Mark Richt, opponent ends up not ranked
* Mark Richt vs teams ending up AP Poll Top 10 all 11 yrs

1. Beat teams end Top 10 – lost 7 in row
2. Beat teams end Top 25 – lost 9 in row
3. Lose to teams not end Top 25, ten so far
4. Murray # 72 nation pass completion %
5. We are # 5 SEC team all polls for 2011
6. NCAA # 52 Total Offense avg all 11 yrs
7. 7-4 in bowl game record
8. 2012 scholarships transferred : 26
9. Current 6-Year Period 17-13 SEC East
10. we don’t play :
(1) 2-10 Ole Miss at Sanford Stadium and
(2) 0-00 Georgia Southern at Sanford Stadium and
(3) 1-11 Florida Atlantic at Sanford Stadium and
(4) 3-09 Buffalo bills at Sanford Stadium and
(5) Vandie with their losing record too and
(6) vols with their losing record as well

Current 4-Years compared to other SEC 2012 :

(1)…48-06 # 02 Alabama
(2)…41-12 # 08 LSU
(3)…41-13 # 10 Florida
(4)…36-17 # 22 Missouri
(5)…35-17 # 24 Auburn
(6)…34-17 # 26 Arkansas
(7)…34-19 # 32 South Carolina
(8)…34-19 # 32 Mark Richt

Current 4-Year Status :

50-03 # 01 Boise State
48-06 # 02 Alabama*
47-05 # 03 TCU
44-09 # 04 Oregon
41-11 # 05 Oklahoma State
41-11 # 06 Utah
42-12 # 07 Oklahoma
41-12 # 08 LSU*
42-13 # 09 Virginia Tech
41-13 # 10 Florida*
39-12 # 11 Southern California
39-14 # 12 Wisconsin
38-14 # 13 Texas
38-14 # 14 Penn State
38-14 # 15 BYU
37-15 # 16 West Virginia
37-15 # 17 Cincinnati
36-15 # 18 Stanford
38-16 # 19 Nebraska
37-16 # 20 Michigan State
27-12 # 21 Ohio State vacated all 12-1 of 2010
36-17 # 22 Missouri*
36-17 # 23 Houston
35-17 # 24 Auburn*
35-17 # 25 Iowa
34-17 # 26 Arkansas*
35-18 # 27 Florida State
35-18 # 28 Nevada
34-18 # 29 Tulsa
35-19 # 30 Northern Illinois
33-18 # 31 Texas Tech
34-19 # 32 Southern Miss
34-19 # 32 South Carolina*
34-19 # 32 Georgia tek
34-19 # 32 Mark Richt*

2 bad years now over ?

Current 11-year period Mark Richt :

3-13 vs teams finishing AP Poll Top 10 all 11 years

17-24 vs teams finishing AP Poll Top 25 all 11 years

# 27 coach Mark Richt vs teams ending up under .500

9 teams Mark Richt not a winning record against

# 19 nationally Top 25 at time of game Mark Richt

# 6 SEC Coach win% vs Top 5 time of game all 11 yrs

# 6 SEC Coach win% vs teams ending Top 25 all 11 yrs

# 37 coach Mark Richt Score Touchdowns all 11 years

# 52 coach on 3rd Down Mark Richt all 11 years

# 88 coach at Home vs Spread Mark Richt all 11 years

26-35-2 vs Spread at Home Mark Richt all 11 years

# 55 nationally bowl record win % at 7-4

# 81 coach Mark Richt grad rates and APR 2001 to now

86% win% over .500 Chris Petersen 32-5
83% win% over .500 Dave Doeren 5-1
76% win% over .500 Pete Carroll 49-15
74% win% over .500 Jim Tressel 52-18
72% win% over .500 Larry Coker 35-13
71% win% over .500 Urb an Mey er 53-21
71% win% over .500 Bob Stoops 63-25
71% win% over .500 Chip Kelly 15-6
71% win% over .500 Dana Holgorsen 5-2
70% win% over .500 Mack Brown 59-25
69% win% over .500 Nick Saban 52-23
68% win% over .500 Gary Patterson 45-21
66% win% over .500 David Shaw 4-2
63% win% over .500 Mark Richt 60-35

AltamahaDawg

March 12th, 2012
9:03 am

I have agrred with Jim’s point all year. As long as the back-up QB is getting reps during the week, gets in during mop-up, he is as ready as he can be (in an emergency). He is never going to be getting real significant playing time during a game while the outcome is in question unless he earns that role in the offseason and during the early week, which he has not. So this whole debate is over a few snaps here and there.

Hudson seems to be a very capable………back-up. We need our starter getting better WAY more than getting our back-up better at being a back-up. We do that behind the scenes every week.

And this idea of pulling the starter when he is struggling in big games to somehow “settle his yips”, and sticking in a back-up at the most critical juncture of a big game, is idiotic. Lose with Murray’s mistakes…maybe. (all the more reason for him to be in there working on that), or maybe he makes the play, as he has also done in critical situations at times. But surrenduring the game, and mucking up up both QBs, in a sure fire disaster is hardly the answer.

Columbus Dawg

March 12th, 2012
9:48 am

Richt’s job just got harder. Branden Smith arrested for pot after traffic stop in Alabama. I do not know who is dragging their feet or why on Richt’s contract, but it sure ain’t getting any easier for the coach.

RICHT WILL BE EXPECTED TO WIN SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE IN 2012, NO MATTER WHAT!!! IF NOT HOTSEAT RETURNS TO STAY AND WILL NEVER LET UP. RICHT HAS HIS WORK CUT OUT FOR HIM, THIS SEASON WILL DETERMINE HIS FATE!!!

Crap

March 12th, 2012
10:39 am

Branden Smith is an idiot. So is ‘Thomas Brown’. Smith is a teenager; ‘Brown’ acts like one.

Jacket99

March 12th, 2012
11:36 am

Isn’t Branden Smith a senior? Spot on for Thomas Brown.

beanster

March 12th, 2012
11:55 am

Way to go Branden Smith. This will really help your NFL chances, dude. Nice job.

beanster

March 12th, 2012
11:59 am

Even more kudos to the guy in the passenger seat. You’re a true friend.

Hey Bama fans, how do we work the Kirkpatrick defense?

no dog

March 12th, 2012
12:07 pm

re: LeMay @ Butler…several guys have directed Butler to champs.

Browncoat

March 12th, 2012
12:08 pm

UGA uses Glory, Glory because that song only requires you to remember 9 words, lol.

Columbus Dawg

March 12th, 2012
12:18 pm

Is there a receiver that can replace Malcolm Mitchell? I think not. Bennett and King are fine when the scheme allows them to be wide open, but they are not going to stretch the field or outrun anyone in a big SEC game. King did well against the slow Big Ten defenders in the bowl game, but would never fare that well against a D like Bama or LSU. Or Florida for that matter. These players will never change or get it through their heads that drug and alcohol charges will ALWAYS be detrimental to their playing status, whether in college or the pros. I sure hope Richt knows “What the hell he’s doing”. I do not know what McGarity told Richt about his expectations, but I do know what McGarity was told about the expectations by some prominent boosters.

RICHT IS EXPECTED TO WIN THE SEC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME IN 2012. NO EXCUSES.

AltamahaDawg

March 12th, 2012
12:45 pm

I think the prominent boosters are counting on a great year, but no SEC writer, Coach, or basically anyone familiar with SEC football is “expecting” UGA to win the SEC in 2012 no matter what.

VC

March 12th, 2012
12:48 pm

richt has a contract through 2016.

No hotseat until 2016.

he could continue to go 0-9 vs teams that finish in top 25 for the next 4 years, and still get $3 mill per year.

no news here

March 12th, 2012
1:16 pm

Another day, another arrest..ho hum.

M richt

March 12th, 2012
1:18 pm

Well, we’ll sit Branden for the 1st quarter of the Buffalo game. I’m gettin tough.

Smart like a fox

March 12th, 2012
1:49 pm

PARTY PARTY….spring break playa’s…..pass the fatty UGA SEC !!

Still@theKool-aidBAR

March 12th, 2012
2:27 pm

AD Greg McGarity confirmed that the arrest would mean a mandatory suspension of up to two games at the discretion of the head coach.

Hahhaha RIGHT. Richt has a job until 2016 so maybe he will make Branden sit the Buffalo game but that is it. Do you really believe Going TO Mizzou without 2 senior starters is going to happen? If you do I would say you are smoking with Crowell and Branden too.

Thomas Brown

March 12th, 2012
3:19 pm

(1) Nick Marshall
(2) Chris Sanders
(3) Sanford Seay
(4) Orson Charles
(5) Sanders Commings, Cornerback
(6) Branden Smith, Cornerback

Next ?

Kyle Shelnutt

March 12th, 2012
4:03 pm

@Buh Bye to St. Mark. Yes, Erk Russell was a great coach. But, your a joke, not every coach we’ve had since. CMR and staff’s accomplishments far exceed anything you’ll ever do for the University of Georgia. If you are a DAWG fan, you should be ashamed to embarrass yourself with such an ignorant comment. If you aren’t, go jump in a lake.

Thomas Brown

March 12th, 2012
4:24 pm

Yeah, Kyle,

Mark Richt has done far better recently than any other coach sir :

Current 4-Years compared to other SEC 2012 :

(1)…48-06 # 02 Alabama
(2)…41-12 # 08 LSU
(3)…41-13 # 10 Florida
(4)…36-17 # 22 Missouri
(5)…35-17 # 24 Auburn
(6)…34-17 # 26 Arkansas
(7)…34-19 # 32 South Carolina
(8)…34-19 # 32 Mark Richt

harold

March 12th, 2012
4:39 pm

GREAT NEWS FOR THE REST OF THE SEC. RICHT IS 24-16 OVER THE LAST THREE YEARS AND HE JUST GOT A 5 YEAR EXTENSION.

RICHT HAS NEVER EVEN BEEN IN THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME.

dan

March 12th, 2012
5:45 pm

Thomas Brown?

Does Aaron Murray tackle? Does he play defense? What the hell do you want from a guy who had to carry the team has a freshman? Blame Richt if you’re going to blame someone. It’s his fault for staying loyal to his assistants beyond a reasonable point and allowing the program to backslide.

The 2010 season was snakebit from the get go when AJ getting suspended for 4 games( which was an outrageous punishment). You had a freshman starting at QB, a new DC breaking in a new scheme, a running game that took a huge step back,and an AD who got fired in the off-season for being an idiot.

In 2011, Murray had to alter his passing since he lost his 1# and 2# receivers in AJ and Durham. So taking that into consideration, going down in completions was not a huge surprise. But he still managed to throw for 35 TD’s. Having Crowell helped, as he was clearly a boost to the RB position when he was healthy. Malcolm Mitchell and Michael Bennett also developed into decent WR’s as the season went on and the defense played better being in the second year of Grantham’s scheme.

I don’t have any illusions that the Dawgs are Bama or LSU, but they had a nice little bounce back season and got the heat off Richt for at least a year. I like Murray. I’ve seen games where he has carried the team. He’s seems like he’s got a good head on his shoulders, has good running ability, and isn’t a knuckle head off the field. I think we can win with Murray, and for now he’s our guy. If 35 TD’s in your second season is a down year, I’ll take it. Would you rather have Stephen Garcia or Jordan Jefferson? Should I show you their stats? Talk about a couple of losers!

dan

March 12th, 2012
5:47 pm

Thomas Brown?

Does Aaron Murray tackle? Does he play defense? What the hell do you want from a guy who had to carry the team as a freshman? Blame Richt if you’re going to blame someone. It’s his fault for staying loyal to his assistants beyond a reasonable point and allowing the program to backslide.

The 2010 season was snakebit from the get go with AJ getting suspended for 4 games( which was an outrageous punishment). You had a freshman starting at QB, a new DC breaking in a new scheme, a running game that took a huge step back,and an AD who got fired in the off-season for being an idiot.

In 2011, Murray had to alter his passing since he lost his 1# and 2# receivers in AJ and Durham. So taking that into consideration, going down in completions was not a huge surprise. But he still managed to throw for 35 TD’s. Having Crowell helped, as he was clearly a boost to the RB position when he was healthy. Malcolm Mitchell and Michael Bennett also developed into decent WR’s as the season went on and the defense played better being in the second year of Grantham’s scheme.

I don’t have any illusions that the Dawgs are Bama or LSU, but they had a nice little bounce back season and got the heat off Richt for at least a year. I like Murray. I’ve seen games where he has carried the team. He’s seems like he’s got a good head on his shoulders, has good running ability, and isn’t a knuckle head off the field. I think we can win with Murray, and for now he’s our guy. If 35 TD’s in your second season is a down year, I’ll take it. Would you rather have Stephen Garcia or Jordan Jefferson? Should I show you their stats? Talk about a couple of losers!

dan

March 12th, 2012
5:54 pm

P.S.

Matt Stafford’s numbers?

2006: 7TD’s 13 INTs
2007: 19 TD’s 10 INTs
2008: 25 TD’s 10INTs

Murray
2010: 24 TD’s 8INTs
2011: 35 TD’s 14 INTs
2011:

Still@theKool-aidBAR

March 12th, 2012
6:31 pm

dan
March 12th, 2012
5:45 pm

Thomas Brown?

Does Aaron Murray tackle? Does he play defense?

They way 35:55minute Murray fumbles and throws INTs he needs to know how to tackle and play defense.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

March 12th, 2012
6:55 pm

Chip Towers
March 12th, 2012
6:34 pm

LeftcoastDawg: Marijuana offenses carry mandatory 1-game suspension, or 10 percent of competition dates, per UGA policy.

UGa plays 12 games last time I checked. 12 X .10 = 1.2 or 72 game clock minutes. 1 game and 12 minutes or almost 1game & 1 quarter of the Mizzou game.

Old Dawg Fan

March 12th, 2012
9:13 pm

Great article including “Erk’s hangouts” (Went to Snooky’s many times back in the day and remember Coach Russell greatly)!
However he would be ashamed of the “talent CMR continues” to bring on. Look at the newest “embarassment” to Bulldog football team by the name of Brandon Smith. Our recruits seem to have no problems with “law breaking” since they are use to it growing up. CMR needs to look for “respectability and character” instead of always looking for the “best athelete”. I would rather have an average, coachable good character athelete than a “Thug-great athelete”. It is beyond embarasshing for the program. Quit frankly extending his tenure at UGA is a shame.

al volk

March 12th, 2012
9:26 pm

clemson is locked in to playing one fcs in state school per year, that makes it more likely to drop uga as that gives them an extra home game.

Joe

March 12th, 2012
10:33 pm

I suppose it would be an interesting debate to determine how many of the 16 games UGA has won the last two years would have been lost if GA had changed their QB and put in Gray, or Mason or, LeMay. Also figure out how many of those 16 teams would have had a winning record or be a winning team if they had not lost to GA? Thank goodness for the wins.

TGT

March 13th, 2012
12:03 am

What the h*ll is wrong with UGA players. I did plenty of foolish things in Athens(and elsewhere) as a student, and I never got caught. Driving drunk on Milledge at 3 am, smoking weed on the way to Panama City, fighting with your girlfriend downtown. It looks like we’ll be without 2 starting defensive backs vs. Missouri. Richt has to have serious patience because I would be livid. The cops were everywhere when I lived in Athens, but it was pretty hard to get locked up. It’s any easy place to walk, so why get in the car if you’re buzzed? Let’s hope it stays quiet for the remainder of the spring and summer.

RED DOG 77

March 13th, 2012
12:29 am

@Altamaha Dawg……..4/12…..9am….12:45p…………You’re smokin’ today my friend. Thanks for the sanity. Bulldogs like you make me proud, along with dan and Joe………….Wow, that was close…….I almost let “Thomas Brown” under my skin…………..RED

RED DOG 77

March 13th, 2012
12:32 am

3/ 1 2 That is

RED DOG 77

March 13th, 2012
12:42 am

@ Jacket 99 Thanks for your post of 3/12 11:36a………..While I hold no hate for the wonderful institution Georgia Tech is [except for one week in November] You have helped to clarify my impression of your friend “Thomas Brown”…………You two Jackets, along with Jacket Nation, go get ‘em………….hope we meet as two undefeated teams next November. Until then, I am sincerily, RED

Still@theKool-aidBAR

March 13th, 2012
1:42 am

Red Dog 77….Thomas Brown is also 13-1, buLLdawg, Headley Lemar, and WnE but he is not a Tech fan or a Dawg fan he just lives to post against both schools on every blog.

Thomas Brown

March 13th, 2012
4:09 am

Don’t confuse him with the facts; he certainly isn’t paying any attention to the facts. True, that I am totally dissatisfied with being # 32 in won/lost record over the Current 4-Year Period, and # 8 worst Won/Lost Record in The SEC over this Current 4-Year Period for SEC Teams this up-coming 2012 season.

Georgia tek ?

Tied with us with the same record. Let me get this straight BAR ? (1) Obviously UGA is NOT DOING WELL IN FOOTBALL (2) Georgia tek is TIED with same Won/Lost Record this Current 4-Year Period, and (3) Georgia tek ALSO is found GUILTY yesterday for your 2nd NCAA PROBATION back-to-back Repeat Offenders in FOOTBALL.

And, you think I am supposed to run in here and pronounce that what ?

Georgia tek IS doing well in FOOTBALL ?

Hardly.

6 Mark Richt recruits arrested or suspended or kicked-off the football team this off-season already. # 6 all-time in Fulmer Cup Standings coming in, Mark Richt and Todd Grantham still really have not either of them signed any Extension Yet – March 13, 2012.

(1) Nick Marshall
(2) Chris Sanders
(3) Sanford Seay
(4) Orson Charles
(5) Sanders Commings, Cornerback
(6) Branden Smith, Cornerback

Next ?

Branden Smith, you recall, does not find this his 1st Offense at UGA. He already took the driver’s license of Vance Cuff who was of legal drinking age at the time, and purchased the alcohol so that 6 Georgia Bulldogs’ football players could climb into a 2-ton truck and drive around Athens for the sole purpose of getting drunk. I said at the time that Mark Richt did not suspend Branden Smith for this incident; yet, kicked off a back-up running back for being duped by these teammates of his into driving the truck for the sole purpose of all 6 of them – except Branden Smith to get drunk. How was there no punishment for that for Branden Smith ? How about now ? Should Branden Smith now be punished for that incident, or allowed to play vs Missouri with their far better QB than Aaron Murray and their # 1 Wide Receiver Recruit in the United States of America ?

This after all these Defensive Backs whom Mark Richt gave Scholarships to for 2012 to play against Missouri are NONE OF THEM AVAILABLE for Missouri now :

1.Jakar Hamilton Safety 4-Star, transfer
2.Derek Owens Cornerback, transfer
3.Jordan Lawrence Love 12/31/90 # 21 CB 4-* transfer
4.Chris Sanders, db, Dream Team kicked off, transfer
5.Nick Marshall CB Dream Team kicked off transfer
6. Sanders Commings CB Suspended Buffalo Missouri
7. Branden Smith CB Suspended Buffalo only McGarity?

I am reminded of a post by the DISNEYdawgs.com contingent to this esteemed blog on this topic when I called for JUST THIS, that if we had injuries or arrests that we were not prepared for a passing team 2012 as a direct result.

“Personally, I would rather give a couple of left over scholarships to a proven, reliable, known commodity walk on upperclassman, than to take every 17 yr old recruit possible and still stay under the max guidelines just to say we signed 25.”

and, this one :

“The 1 defensive back we signed 2012 is only a 3-Star recruit. We don’t need him. He will not play. He will be redshirted.”
________________________________________________________

2011 :
Steven Garcia 6 rushes 11 yards and one touchdown running.
Aaron Murray 6 rushes 9 yards and NO TOUCHDOWNS running
Steven Garcia 11 out of 25 with 2 interceptions 1 TD passing
Aaron Murray 19 of 29 with 1 interception PICK 6 – LOST GAME 4 TD pass
Steven Garcia 1 sack
Aaron Murray 2 sacks thrown around like a RAG DOLL and FUMBLED IT for 6 points too
Steven Garcia NO FUMBLES
Aaron Murray 3 fumbles 2 which directly led to 14 points, lost by 3 pts.

AARON MURRAY LOST THIS GAME ON HIS OWN.
Steven Garcia did NOT LOSE this game on his own, he WON.
Steven Garcia made fewer BAD PLAYS, all at the worst possible moment by Aaron Murray.
Aaron Murray settled for three (3) field goals, lost by 3.
Steven Garcia settled for one (1) field goal, won by 3.

“Aaron Murray did not lose the South Carolina game, by HIMSELF.”
B.S.
“Aaron Murray doesn’t play defense or tackle” More BS.
42-45 Aaron Murray LOST because of ALL OF HIS really SORRY TURNOVERS, he himself made 3 fumbles interception 2 sacks, cost us the game. And, then there is you saying that I have NOT ESTABLISHED that Aaron Murray LOST THE SOUTH CAROLINA GAME THIS YEAR, by HIMSELF.
Right. Keep telling yourself that. You will NOT find anyone who agrees with you on that.
Steven Garcia’s 2 interceptions were not returned 1 inch.
Steven Garcia’s one fumble was not returned 1 inch.
Of Aaron Murray’s 3 fumbles, 2 were returned 62 yards both costing TD.
Of Aaron Murray’s 1 interception, it was returned to the HOUSE him watching, TD. PICK 6.
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LAST YEAR :
Aaron Murray 14 of 21
Steven Garcia 12 of 17
3 of 11 on 3rd Down Conversions Aaron Murray
9 of 14 on 3rd Down Conversions Steven Garcia
6 rushes minus -15 yards Aaron Murray 3 sacks
12 rushes minus -4 yards Steven Garcia 4 sacks
settled for field goal attempts 2 each
Georgia 6 thank you Aaron Murray
South Carolina 17

6 – 17 game, you are going to have a HARD TIME showing Aaron Murray had a great game, son.
_____________________
Choose different games. Surely you can come up with BETTER GAMES than THESE, both LOSSES and both totally attributable to Aaron Murray.

Hey Dennis

March 13th, 2012
7:57 am

Georgia owns Clemson. Clemson has not beaten UGA since 1990. No way we cancel.

Jacket99

March 13th, 2012
7:58 am

RED DOG 77

March 13th, 2012
12:42 am
@ Jacket 99 Thanks for your post of 3/12 11:36a………..While I hold no hate for the wonderful institution Georgia Tech is [except for one week in November] You have helped to clarify my impression of your friend “Thomas Brown”…………You two Jackets, along with Jacket Nation, go get ‘em………….hope we meet as two undefeated teams next November. Until then, I am sincerily, RED
——————————————-
Dog, “Thomas Brown” is no friend of mine. I was agreeing with Crap’s characterization of TB as an idiot teenager. I, too, hope that Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate is where two undeafeted teams meet. Maybe our teams will get to the point that our game is more relevant nationally than the Iron Bowl.

Jacket99

March 13th, 2012
7:59 am

undefeated…damnit

Thomas Brown

March 13th, 2012
8:32 am

Jacket99 December 30th, 2011 10:17 pm

“UVa has a good chance against Auburn. Maybe we can put our conference allegiance aside and agree to hate Auburn.”
_______________________________________________
No. Jacket99, Auburn doubled Virginia’s score, much like we doubled your score against you. You are not relevant, have not been relevant and the only newsworthy item about your program is that it is once again on NCAA PROBATION in FOOTBALL, back-to-back. Cannot imagine why I am not your friend. That is my only goal in life, you know, to come in here and make friends with some Nerd who thinks Virginia would beat Auburn in football.

Columbus Dawg

March 13th, 2012
9:40 am

I love the “all hands on deck” attitude that Richt is bringing on special teams. I am also glad to see that he is keeping the pressure on Crowell. Richt can not afford to heap praise on him like Arty Lynch did. Crowell will be fine. He will be bigger, stronger, and hopefully eligible. I also believe that given the chance that Boo is going to be a tough runner this season. Running game is going to help the passing game and the defense this year. Keep the opponents on their side of the fifty, and run that ball like the Georgia Bulldogs and things will be fine.

One thing is for sure, Murray given a strong run game will MUCH more dangerous than he has been. His numbers are very good, but just not in crunch competition, minus his turnovers, that is. I think this shakes out and improves immensely this time around. Richt knows full well what is expected of his football team in 2012, and he will be on top of the things that need fixing the worst. We all know that there will be some emerging players that will make a difference as well.

Dawgs have regained some of the media love that they lost after the 2008 season, and they need to take advantage of it this time.

Snake Doc

March 13th, 2012
10:04 am

For all you boneheads complaining about Murray being 0-9 versus ranked teams – How about you folks look up your saviors record against ranked teams the last 4 years!

4 more years of the preacher man is 4 more years of mediocrity for UGA Football!

What a joke all you boneheads are!

A recollection

March 13th, 2012
10:12 am

In 1969-70 school year, I lived in old Robert’s Trailer Park, ( yes, trailers) and the Rockwood innn was not too far from that old place. Never saw Irk there but I do recall enjoying some cold ones there, one winter day when it snowed in Jan. 70. We had Led Zeplin music playing in the back ground in the Inn ………….never liked that crap.

I met Dooley at the corner drug store also within walking distance to me trailer about that same time period and he and I stood at the cash register of the pharmacy and he asked about my major and my gpa and told me to work hard and hang in there.

Go Dogs.