UGA’s Richt might face a bigger challenge now that he’s off the hot seat

UGADayLogoMark Richt, along with Mark Fox, will be making the rounds of alumni association gatherings starting April 18 in Rome. The UGA Days tour will hit Albany April 24, Columbus April 25, Macon May 8, Charlotte May 9, the Golden Isles May 15, Valdosta May 16, Birmingham May 22, Tampa May 24 and Atlanta July 23.

This time last year when Richt went out to meet the fans, he was widely considered to be on the “hot seat,” coming off a losing season and a dispiriting bowl performance. The talk was what a challenge Richt faced just to keep his job.

But, actually, I think Richt faces a bigger challenge this season than last.

Consider: Richt had the enormous goodwill generated by the Dream Team in his pocket a year ago and the realization on the part of most fans that Georgia faced tremendous odds in opening the season with Boise State and South Carolina, though the schedule looked pretty manageable after that.

As it played out, the fan optimism surrounding the arrival of Isaiah Crowell and Co. in Athens was enough for Richt to ride out the feared 0-2 start to the season. (It helped considerably that despite looking awful much of the time in the Georgia Dome against Boise, Georgia actually outplayed South Carolina, even in Steve Spurrier’s estimation, in losing a close one a week later.)

The 10-game winning streak that followed put the hot-seat talk on the back burner.

By season’s end, most fans I talked with felt good progress had been made, even if Crowell’s difficulties staying on the field put an end to thoughts of him as the second coming of Herschel.

Still, although most in the Bulldog Nation didn’t really expect the Dawgs to prevail over LSU in the SEC Championship, the return of the all-too-familiar fourth quarter collapse in the bowl against Michigan State left the fan base grumbling a bit.

A year ago when Mark Richt visited with fans, he was on the hot seat. (UGA Alumni Association)

A year ago when Mark Richt visited with fans, he was on the hot seat. (UGA Alumni Association)

Then came signing day, which saw Richt get a solid class of recruits — ranked fifth best in the nation by ESPN — but fall short in a few last-minute courtships, taking a bit of the luster off Georgia’s showing in the minds of some recruitniks.

Actually, the self-dubbed “Ring Team” with Keith Marshall, Todd Gurley and John Theus has just as much potential as the previous year’s signing class, but they arrive in Athens amid a different atmosphere from a year ago.

Much more is expected of the 2012 Georgia Bulldogs, who return a host of starters, including most of last season’s fifth-ranked defense. Early on there was talk that Georgia might start the season as a Top 5 team, though that early optimism might end up being tempered somewhat by the fact that the Dawgs will open SEC play at Missouri with most of the starting secondary suspended.

And then there’s the issue of attrition, which some see as a big deal, though it appears to me to be pretty much business as usual for Georgia and SEC schools in general. Last year also saw some players getting “off the bus” to transfer elsewhere for various reasons and a handful of others shown the door because they couldn’t get in step with what Richt believes is the Georgia Way.

But even when the tailback corps was decimated by transfers last year, there was still that Dream Team fervor to counter it. This year the problems Georgia will face fielding an experienced secondary against Mizzou’s James Franklin seem to loom a bit larger in many people’s minds.

And with Georgia expected by many to win the SEC East, the stakes are just as high, if not higher, for Richt this season than when his job was believed to be on the line. As we’ve already discussed here, winning the SEC East a second year only to lose again to the West team in the Dome and wind up in another non-BCS bowl would be seen by many as underachieving or, at best, standing pat.

The last time a Richt team entered a season with lofty expectations placed on them — remember the preseason No. 1 in in 2008? — the Dawgs came a cropper, starting a slide that didn’t begin to turn around until that 10-game run last year.

Richt definitely doesn’t want to see that happen again. So with all those expectations and this year’s schedule even more favorable, Georgia’s head coach might wind up feeling more pressure now that he’s off the hot seat than when he was on it.

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362 comments Add your comment

Ncdawg

April 3rd, 2012
10:41 am

Ncdawg

April 3rd, 2012
10:44 am

Agree with thoughts about richt. The suspensions only add to the pressure. We have to win without some really good players.

Raleigh

April 3rd, 2012
10:48 am

Stay out of trouble dawgs

Vinning Dawgs

April 3rd, 2012
10:49 am

Well, I believe the Glass is always half full. You can’t live your life looking back. With challenges, the cream always rise. The issue with attrition is better here because they people leaving can’t get playing time, which tells me that they are not good enough to make it with the other players on the team. So if you can’t compete, then you quit and move on. So, they always say competition is good for those who want to be the best. Nothing in life is guarantee or promised. Go Dawgs.

Desert Fox

April 3rd, 2012
10:50 am

IMO, CMR never left the hot seat after an 0-2 start last season and finishing the season 0-2. The 10 game win streak even had its doubts pulling out close games at Vandy and FL was too close for comfort along w/a few others. All the suspensions and departutes and the season hasn’t even started. No, he’s not off the hot seat yet and has a lot to prove if he (and Bobo) want to keep their jobs in many a GA fans mind. Go Dawgs.

wheresmycrackpipe?

April 3rd, 2012
10:54 am

ban dodge charger’s and you ban dope smoking arrests……a fact

harold

April 3rd, 2012
10:57 am

RICHT IS 24-16 HIS LAST THREE YEARS. HE HAS A .674 WINNING PERCENTAGE AND HAS YET TO PLAY IN THE BCS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME.

NICK SABAN HIMSELF HAS MORE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS THAN UGA. TENNESSEE, LSU, FLORIDA, AND AUBURN ALL HAVE BCS TITLES.

IT IS GREAT TO KNOW UGA IS HAPPY JUST BEING COMPETITIVE AND SATISFIED WITH AN ABOVE AVERAGE COACH.

Dawg Haus

April 3rd, 2012
11:01 am

Dead on, Desert Fox. That 0-2 finish left a bad taste in everyone’s mouth. I support CMR, but 2012 is really a “put up or shut up” year for this program. I don’t think anything less than a close loss in the Dome is acceptable. A bowl victory is a must.

AugustaDawg

April 3rd, 2012
11:08 am

Talent is there for a run at the SECCG. It’s there where coaching will have to take over. We will see then where the program is. Let the regular season take it’s toll. Plenty of talent to make it there, the question is will the coaching be there to take the next step. I don’t doubt the D will be ready. Will the weapons on offense be utilized as they should? Will special teams be solid? Hopefully so. Ready for September! GATA!

dawgfan

April 3rd, 2012
11:13 am

The knock is that we cannot win the big games and that is 1,000% accurate. Not only do we not win them, we get blown out by the SEC’s best teams. See Alabama and Florida in 2008. See Florida in 2009. See Auburn in 2010. See LSU in 2011. It would be one thing if those were hard fought games and we just came up short, but we were not competitive with those teams. Not even close. The only thing seperating Richt from Donnan right now is that Richt owns Tech. That’s it.

Thanks.

Brainiac(Dawg for life/Richt fan for life)

April 3rd, 2012
11:30 am

@ Bill:

Is the reference to “Mizzou’s James Franklin” in the latter part of your article what you intended???

Does Vandy and Mizzou both have a James Franklin???

AugustaDawg

April 3rd, 2012
11:32 am

One is a QB (coming off shoulder surgery) The other is a little brat up in Nashville

ben

April 3rd, 2012
11:35 am

dawgfan:
How many sec titles did donnan win? What was his record against Tennessee?
Thanks.

tide roll

April 3rd, 2012
11:35 am

You have no offensive line. You have no offensive line depth. Thank goodness Richt replaced Stacy Searels with Will Friend. All Searels did this year at Texas was sign: KENNEDY ESTELLE, 6′7″ 320 lb. OT, 4-STAR, DONALD HAWKINS,6′5″ 320 lb. OG, 4-STAR, CAMRHON HUGHES, 6′6″ 280 lb. OT, 4-STAR, and CURTIS RISER, 6′3″ 285 lb. OG, 4-STAR. And this year Searels has already received commitments from DARIUS JAMES, 6′5″ 320l lb. OT, 4-STAR, and KENT PERKINS, 6′5″ 300lb. OG 4-STAR. Unbelievable. Why wasn’t he able to do this at UGA? I wonder. ROLL TIDE, TIDE ROLL!

P_The_Ricker

April 3rd, 2012
11:36 am

UGA hasn’t had a convincing win against a highly regarded team since the Blackout Game against Aub in 2008. Would like to count the Sugar Bowl against Hawaii, but just can’t.

With the above said, I agree that Richt is far from off the proverbial “hot seat.” opportunities agains Boise, SC, LSU and MSU were squandered last year. 3 full seasons and no convincing wins against a top 15 team doesn’t exactly assure that all is well at UGA.

Have to compare yourself to other premier teams in this league as a measuring stick.

Convincing wins by others in the SEC against a top 15 team during the same period:

Alabama: UF 2009, ARK 2010, ARK 2011, LSU 2012
LSU: Oregon 2011, ARK 2011, UGA 2011
UF: UGA 2008

Unfortunately, UGA is in position to only be able to take baby steps at this time. Rather than a convincing win, they just need to beat a top 15 team.

Wet Willie...keep on smiling

April 3rd, 2012
11:37 am

Potential…..means you’re not worth a sheet yet! Really you folks have no confidence in Richt and his organization because everyday their is a article trying to make you feel good about where you’re going! Forget for a moment you’re not a dawg fan but a Clemson or VT fan and you read this blog and you know this is just hype and feel good stuff about a program that’s got some talent but not much else going for them. A program that has asked the AJC for help in holding off a coach from another state from taking the best players (real sad). The facts are you know Richt is average and folks in the AD complex understand that or they’re stupid. What you don’t know is what will the AD complex do to resolve the problem. The buyout in Mark’s contract is the key and we don’t know those terms but it must be the sticking point at this point. If I were a UGA fan I would hope the buyout is removed or dropped to 1 million if possible. If the buyout has to remain at one years pay (3 mill) then request the payout be made over a number of years (6) so it will help with hiring of new assistant coaches when Richt is gone. When you have to depend on then assistant coaches to supply team discipline instead of the HC then you’re in big trouble and that has been the case since Calloway and VanGorder left Athens. Every team will dismiss players due to some kids just have no business at college but you would have to agree your side is a bit more than the norm. Those coaches that recruit based on “I am your buddy” will not survive in the long run. If you have to kiss their azz to get them to sign then prepare to continue that process until their gone. Auburn is into the azz kissing contest and 43% of those signed in the past 3 years are already departed. I hope you continue with Richt since that is best for Alabama. Coach Bryant made the statement way back when “If Florida every gets their act together then we’re all in trouble”..they did and we were! If UGA does the same then we’re back into trouble as well. The old Delco guy had it right “you can pay me know or you will pay me later”.

dawgfan

April 3rd, 2012
11:40 am

“How many sec titles did donnan win?”

As many as Richt has won in the past 6 seasons. 2005 was a long time ago man. Time to move on. The rest of the SEC sure has. 6 national titles and counting and we haven’t won a single solitary damn one of them….

UGA Insider

April 3rd, 2012
11:40 am

I’m really worried about what’s going on with the team. 72 scholarship football players???? Did I sleep through a major NCAA investigation? Did we get the same penalties as SC? Those are the numbers they have been playing with since the Reggie Bush fiasco. We simply can’t compete with these numbers on a weekly basis.

As an alumni it is getting depressing reading these stories everyday. It’s almost as bad as going to Drudge and reading about how pathetic our president is.

I am signing off until maybe September. McGarity and Obama make me want to puke.

WDE

April 3rd, 2012
11:47 am

@dawgfan funny how you trolls only pull out the games you need to make whatever half assed point your trying to make…try 45-7 vs Auburn last year and a come from behind win vs the gators.Oh and 5-6 vs Auburn so you could say we own Auburn too..truth is we are SEC East Champs and that is our title to lose…just step right up and take it if you can.

C

April 3rd, 2012
11:53 am

“Players… shown the door because they couldn’t get in step with what Richt believes is the Georgia Way.” Bill, kudos for breaking it to UGA fans that Richt runs players off like any responsible coach would if a kid isn’t buying in to the program. Most Dawg fans are invested in the fairy tale that UGA is above such tawdriness. It’s refreshing to see there’s at least one Georgia guy who isn’t living a lie.

WDE

April 3rd, 2012
11:56 am

@UGA Insider I saw where the obamanation had the gall to cide the Supreme Court on better not think of over turning a law they deem illegal and unconstitutional..like that is there job last I looked..unreal.

DQBlizzard

April 3rd, 2012
11:57 am

1. Richt’s stake are MUCH LOWER this year, he has a BRAND NEW 5 YEAR CONTRACT, so Richt can go 6-7 and keep his job.
2. Attrition–top performers like Thomas continue to transfer, because Richt doesn’t reward perofrmance, but plays favorites. Started when Mettenberger and Gray left, then Ealey, then Thomas. It will be surprising if Hutson Mason is still here in September considering he has outplayed Murray in accuracy, passer efficeincy, and thrown no interceptions, and only been sacked once last season.
3. Team lost 2 games by a field goal in 2011, could have been 12-2 easily. Murray has to stop turning the ball over big games like he always does. Murray has got to get his first career win against a team that finishes top 25. So far, Murray is 0-9, really Lemay or Mason could do better than 0-9, anyone could, can’t be worse than 0-9. Hopefully Richt will make a change at QB. only way to get over the hump.

Milk Bone

April 3rd, 2012
11:59 am

Lots of hating going on today with rival fans…always wondered why they came to a UGA site to post garbage. I’ve never posted on an Auburn, UF or Alabama website to talk trash.

Big Crimson 75

April 3rd, 2012
12:01 pm

Brain — you’re joking about the James Franklin stuff right?
I’m sure you’re aware of who Mizzu’s QB is!
Trust me, Y’all will have more trouble dealing with Mizzu’s James Franklin than you will Vandy’s.

GTBob

April 3rd, 2012
12:01 pm

How many sec titles did donnan win? What was his record against Tennessee?

How many has Richt won since the SEC became the power conference? Isn’t it a little strange that the last time UGA won a conference title was the last time the SEC didn’t have a team in the title game? The better the SEC gets, the more Richt gets left behind. Also, are you really going to compare the Tennessee of Donnan’s days to the Tennessee of Richt’s days? That is pretty uneven to say the least.

Snoop Dawg

April 3rd, 2012
12:02 pm

The Bulldog Nation has voted. The Ostrich Bloggers with their heads in the sand(make that red clay) have prevailed. The incompetent Richt and Bobo now have CONTRACT EXTENSIONS as a reward for a totally mediocre season with the easiest schedule in SEC history where they lost to every rated team that they played.
Obvious, most in the Bulldog Nation care more that the coach is a “Good Chrstian Man” than if he actually knows how to lead and coach. As a result of these decisions, the fan base need not complain when the wheels come off the cart around game two next year and UGA is lucky to wind up with a winning record with an invitation to an unremarkable second rate bowl.

Same goes with all the other sports, which with just a couple of exceptions are all on a rather steady line south…

Until UGA fans and aliumni quit supporting such corrupt and imcompetent programs, they will sleep in the bed of mediocrity or worse that they have made for themselves.

Pass the Koolaid….

dawgfan

April 3rd, 2012
12:02 pm

WDE, Auburn and Florida were a combined 15-11 last year and were the definition of mediocrity. Those aren’t the kind of teams that we will have to beat to win championships. Maybe beating mediocre teams is enough for you but it isn’t for me. It seems that you are the one cherry picking wins to make half azzed arguments. I am only stating facts. We have not beaten a top 10 team since 2006. You can stick your head in sand and think everything is hunky damn dorry if you like. I choose to live in reality.

Thanks.

Snoop Dawg

April 3rd, 2012
12:05 pm

PS. All you idiots using these liberal demogogic terms like “trolls” and “haters” are leading the UGA athletic program right off the cliff. Congratulations for wrecking a storied program at UGA.

Snoop Dawg

April 3rd, 2012
12:06 pm

Trolls and haters are Obama propaganda terms.

Bigdsel5556

April 3rd, 2012
12:21 pm

No he doesn’t Harold. He has three. Fla had bcs in 2006 and 2008. LSU has one in 2007. Auburn had one in 2010.

Have not beat any team winning SEC record - starting with Kentucky in 2007.

April 3rd, 2012
12:24 pm

Lot of hype.

Lost 9 games in a row to teams who made any top 25.
Lost 7 games in a row to teams who made any top 10.
Lost 9 games in a row to SEC teams with winning SEC record.

Not on the hot seat ?

What does he have to do to be on the hot seat ?

I am certainly not pleased, on or off the field.

dawggirl

April 3rd, 2012
12:30 pm

Why are some of you referencing politics here? Please do not assume we are all of the same type. I don’t want to talk about that stuff here.

Good article, Bill. We will definitely have our challenges this year, and it seems scarily similar to the beginning of 2008. I hope that it will not turn out the same way.

Have not beat any team winning SEC record - starting with Kentucky in 2007.

April 3rd, 2012
12:34 pm

What else could Bill King say ? He’s not coming in here and purposely saying a lie. RICHT-0-PHILES might come in here and do that. They don’t have a blog, when Bill King does. One with a huge following.
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C April 3rd, 2012 11:53 am

“Players… shown the door because they couldn’t get in step with what Richt believes is the Georgia Way.” Bill, kudos for breaking it to UGA fans that Richt runs players off like any responsible coach would if a kid isn’t buying in to the program. Most Dawg fans are invested in the fairy tale that UGA is above such tawdriness. It’s refreshing to see there’s at least one Georgia guy who isn’t living a lie.”
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Mark Richt Signed Scholarships for 2012 to :

1.AJ Harmon SR # 10 OT nation 5-Star, academic failure Flunked-Out, transfer
2.Dontavius Jackson SR # 23 TB 4-Star, DUI duped into driving truck with 6 in truck in Athens with alcohol purchased by Branden Smith with a Driver’s License of Vance Cuff who looks just like Branden Smith only Vance Cuff was over 21, transfer
3.Carlton Thomas SR TB suspended 3 times 2011 alone, 1 of the 3 times Isaiah Crowell, Ken Malcome, and Carlton Thomas were all 3 suspended the same game 1 game AFTER the Florida game for failing a drug test on Thursday two days BEFORE the Florida game, now he transfers – is he one of the 5 who failed the drug test, not disclosed ? Isaiah Crowell ? Ken Malcome again ? Aaron Murray who has been given byes for all his transgressions including POSING for a sex photo him wearing glasses on spring break with 3 men in his motel room ?
4.Brent Benedict SO # 10 OT 4-Star, transfer over Strength & Conditioning
5.Nick Williams SR Safety, transfer could’ve redshirt 2011, should’ve been suspended for late hit, dirty hit trying to hurt star player Tim Tebow, also had Todd Grantham grab him up by the scruff of the neck near end Todd’s 1st G-Day Game and drag him off the field for a similar hit then too.
6.Marcus Dowtin R SR # 7 LB nation 4-Star, transfer could’ve redshirt 2011, charged with second-degree assault in his home state of Maryland in 2010, suspended by coach Mark Richt for the Bulldogs’ bowl game before he transferred, now hopes to be drafted by NFL in 5th round.
7.Bryce Ros JR # 22 TE listed med disq like Jeremy Longo
8.Johnathan Owens SR # 39 OT listed med disq like Jeremy Longo
9.DE Jeremy Longo SR medically disqualified but still on scholarship 2012 free ride so he goes out with Sanders Commings 2 weeks ago when he beat up girl. Jeremy Longo and Sanders Commings admit they had 6 drinks then were confronted by Sanders Commings’ live-in girlfriend over it : Good On ‘Ya is all I can say to her. Beat up for it in front of Jeremy Longo him not only doing nothing but actually caused the whole situation when Jeremy Longo doesn’t have to have Spring Practice so he could go out and drink 6 drinks in a hour drunk as a skunk.
10.Xavier Tyrone Avery SR RB, signed 2009 UGA instead baseball. Mark Richt gave him a Scholarship 2009 and he would be a senior RB, had Mark Richt instead signed a REAL RUNNING BACK in 2009 we would not have had all these issues at RB all these years in a row. Xavier was supposed to be RB 2009, 2010 and 2011 when we had NO DEPTH AT RB.
11.Toby Jackson SR # 9 DE 4-Star failed qualify, Flunked-Out before he even got here transfer
12.Makiri Pugh SR Safety CB, transfer Suspended Colorado 11/10/11
13.Montez Robinson SR # 10 DE 4-* beat up girl, kicked off the team after he beat up the girl a student at UGA in good standing. In fact Montez Robinson beat her up or her beat her car up 3 times before Mark Richt kicked him off the team and met with him at the Jail with Mike Bobo, then he transferred but not before after all the other beatings of the poor UGA co-ed Montez Robinson at McWhorter Hall picked the poor little up and slammed to repeatedly to the floor in front of a dozen witnesses.
14.Washaun Ealey SR # 15 RB nation 4-Star, suspended 1 game hit and run driving suspended license car owned by Jakar Hamilton, also suspended again later undisclosed not Georgia way, transfer
15.Lonnie Outlaw JR WR failed qualify, Flunked-Out before he even got here, transfer
16.Jakar Hamilton SR Safety 4-Star, allowed Ealey drive illegally Jakar’s vehicle breaking a Georgia Law allowing your vehicle to be driven by a person using a suspended license, transfer
17.Derek Owens JR CB, Academic Failure, Flunked-Out, suspended bowl transfer
18.Demetre Baker JR # 23 LB 4-Star, kicked off DUI transfer
19.Jalen Fields JR DE 4-Star, failed qualify, Flunked-Out before he even got here, transfer
20.Kent Turene FR LB failed qualify, Flunked-Out before he even got here, Dream Team # 1
21.Chris Mayes SO DT failed qualify, Flunked-Out before he even got here. Dream Team # 2
22.Chris Little SR # 12 OT 4-Star transfer, ruled ineligible – typically when NCAA does this it is some enhancing what ? Steroids ? Human Growth Hormone ?
23.Orson Charles SR DUI TE said he wanted to Jump Ship to NFL NFL doesn’t accept DUI either, but DUI is what he leaves behind for my Scholarship monies for him 2011-2012. DUI
24. Derrick Lott, JR DE, fine looking young man, transfer
25.Marc Deas SO DB transfer – all these Recruits with RICHT-0-PHILES (1) bragging about the Dream Team rankings and Mark Richt’s great recruiting class 2012 now too they brag about (2) but Mark Richt has ALL THIS ATTRITION, 57 on Scholarship today with 16 coming in for 73 NCAA DOUBLE-SECRET PROBATION. 73 to our 85-man limit. And, he SIGNED 109. 26 over-signed and still is 12 a clean dozen UNDER the 85-man limit. There is no NCAA PROBATION that takes away 12 Scholarships from a team, NEVER.
26.Zach Mettenberger JR # 14 QB 4-* sexual battery Guilty, transfer
27.Jordan Lawrence Love JR 12/31/90 # 21 CB 4-* arrested didn’t know middle name or birthday, transfer
28.Sanford Seay RFR SE theft teammate transfer Dream Team # 3
29.Chris Sanders SO DB theft teammate transfer Dream Team # 4
30.Nick Marshall SO CB theft teammate transfer Dream Team # 5
31. Sanders Commings SR CB Suspended, Guilty simple battery girl
32. Branden Smith SR CB Mark Richt is waiting until he can announce the 5 who FAILED THE POST SPRING BREAK DRUG TEST, to announce Branden Smith’s punishment. Found with DRUGS in his automobile hidden under the back-seat in Alabama headed to Panama City Beach for Spring Break. All these guys are out there practicing, including Hutson Mason at # 2 who is OUT-PERFORMING AARON MURRAY ALL SPRING AGAIN ACCORDING TO EVERY REPORT INCLUDING BY MARK RICHT. NONE OF THEM, INCLUDING HUTSON MASON WILL PLAY, HOWEVER IN THE BONE-HEADED METHOD OF PRACTICING WE DO AROUND HERE ANYMORE.
33.Alec Ogletree JR LB Should be Safety failed drug test 1 OF 5 TO FAIL DRUG TEST.
34.Bacarri Rambo SR Safety 2nd of 5 failed drug test, other 3 ? Who are the other 3 who failed the drug test ? When does Branden Smith get his Suspension ? It’s really Branden Smith’s 2nd Offense, you remember ? Used Vance Cuff’s DL to buy 6 guys alcohol all 6 then suspended from the team, except Branden Smith who again bought them all the alcohol with Vance Cuff’s DL because Vance was over 21 and looks EXACTLY LIKE BRANDEN SMITH.

Bama=home of the T-bag special

April 3rd, 2012
12:37 pm

@Snoop Dawg your the definition of troll….you’ve never said one positive thing about the UGA program and try and act like your a “concerned” fan…your a troll for certain and for sure.

Hal

April 3rd, 2012
12:40 pm

ok group, don’t be worried about the 72 players, this was a case this year of Mark and Todd essentially clearing the cupboard of unproductive and inactive players who truthfully aren’t contributing to the bottom line. Why? Because according to everyone that knows, 2013 & 2014 are shaping up to be the biggest and strongest recruiting classes that the state of Georgia has ever produced. No sense hanging on to hangers-on when you’ll need the room to sign a full 28 each year.

Now, about this hot seat. I understand the want and need to win. The desire for national prominence and recognition that comes along with crystal balls. But let’s be honest, that is more for your own vanity than Mark’s. You guys want to stand shoulder to shoulder with them and brag about your own BCS trophy, I get it. But, you’re taking the fun out of college football. Ask an Aubarn fan, or a Florida fan if they would trade their trophy back to get out of the grease fire that their circumspect cheating coaches left behind. Ask Ohio State, USC and others. If “standing pat” is going 10-2, playing in 40% of the league championship games, 3 BCS trips and dominating rivalries (except for one) with the occasional down year once a decade then yes… I’ll take it. Because of all the other crap I feel pretty darn confident we’ll never hear come out of Athens as long as Mark is up there that always end up eventually coming out of these other places when “coach of they year” has burned all his bridges and leaves town amid the house ‘o fire. I’ll take Mark any day over that.

DawginLex

April 3rd, 2012
12:44 pm

I agree 100% bill.

My expectations for this team were sky high going into 2012

Defense loaded with NFL caliber players
Running back depth
OL Depth(although young, extremely talented)
A veteran QB and capable backups

Now my expectations have dropped because of recent events.

I believe this is Richt’s most important year in Athens and it could be his last.

We mess around and let Mizzou, SC, florida and Auburn beat us or any 2 of those 4 and we don’t make it to ATL, I say he should be in big trouble.

Contract extensions are worthless these days as buyouts are the norm, especially at deep pocket rich UGA.

Dawglasville

April 3rd, 2012
12:48 pm

Second verse, same as the first. I’m officially off of this thing at least until football starts. I’m proud of my University. I love our coach. I think we are headed back in the right direction. GT Bob, HAROLD (I DON’T KNOW WHY YOU ARE ALWAYS SCREAMING), SSIGATOR, Wet Willie, roll tide, Snoop, A father, Nothing could be finer, and all the cut and paste guys keep doing what you are doing. Mr. King seems like a nice guy and I hope business stays good for him. Peace.

Dawglasville

April 3rd, 2012
12:52 pm

Hal – great post. Now I’m done. Go Dawgs.

Have not beat any team winning SEC record - starting with Kentucky in 2007.

April 3rd, 2012
12:58 pm

“If standing pat is going 10-2… then yes… I’ll take it.”
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Let’s see now, we played 14 games, including 4 teams who made any top 25 poll, and beat no team again who had a winning SEC record as has been the case around here since Kentucky game of 2007.

Which 2 games are you attempting to ignore ?
(1) The 2 in a row to begin with to start the season 0-2 ?
(2) The 2 in a row to end season with only a 10-Win season, the same number of wins 10 that 27 other teams put up for 2011 ?

Nice try.

Did you also totally ignore the 34 scholarships Mark Richt CULLED from his over-signing group of 109 toward his 85-scholarship limit ?

Weak statement 10-2

Big Crimson 75

April 3rd, 2012
1:03 pm

lex — you didn’t shoot that guy last night did you?
Damn, I thought Bama fans were passionate about Football!!

DawginLex

April 3rd, 2012
1:03 pm

To blame richt for all 34 of these kids leaving is idiotic

At some point, these young men have to be accountable for their actions.

Also, some of them were injured.

To blame Richt for 34 is idiotic

DawginLex

April 3rd, 2012
1:05 pm

big crimson

Nah, no gun play where I was watching

1% idiots spoil the fun for the other 99%

I am going to Rupp today when the team arrives. There is rumor the banner is already ready and will be raised.

24,000 people on a tuesday afternoon.

Crazy

SSIgator

April 3rd, 2012
1:06 pm

“UGA’s Richt might face a bigger challenge now that he’s off the hot seat”

Only if the KoolAid machine breaks down. 1980 – so long ago

Have not beat any team winning SEC record - starting with Kentucky in 2007.

April 3rd, 2012
1:07 pm

“Ask an Aubarn fan, or a Florida fan if they would trade their trophy back to get out of the grease fire that their circumspect cheating coaches left behind.”
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Weak. NCAA has already ruled on Auburn. That is called a

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP.

Florida ?

Let’s see they have racked up 3 National Championships in a dozen years.

Didn’t want to discuss the 2 NC of LSU ?

Skipping over those, eh ?

What about Alabama 2 of the current 3-year period ?

No snide remarks to make Mark Richt look better somehow unexplained than all that ?

Trust me on this now, Florida is happy with 3 NC in a dozen years.
Auburn happy with 1 NC and 1 vacated some poll will give ‘em.
LSU happy with 2 NC
Alabama happy with 2 NC

Mark Richt -0-

Not happy.

Off-field issues either.

Here are the seasons Mark Richt put together while

ALL THESE OTHER SEC TEAMS RACKED UP NC :

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

WDE

April 3rd, 2012
1:08 pm

@Hal good points…me too.

DawginLex

April 3rd, 2012
1:09 pm

Man SSI, that was so original. I have never heard that one before.

You must have stayed up many long nights coming up with that one.

Congrats

Big Crimson 75

April 3rd, 2012
1:11 pm

Lex — Enjoy. Kentucky had a helluva Team this yr. Well Deserved. Coach Cal handled his business. Watch em lose everyone & re-load for next Season.
Terrence Jones is a BEAST!! —- Lamb & Davis aren’t bad either.

AltamahaDawg

April 3rd, 2012
1:11 pm

Very well written, Bill.

DawginLex

April 3rd, 2012
1:11 pm

We only just played in bowl games in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.

I’m pretty sure UGA played and won those bowl games.

I notice you only list the losses, not the wins……….

SSIgator

April 3rd, 2012
1:12 pm

DawginLex -

Hope you still have some furniture left to sit on or sleep on and you did not burn it all up after the game last night. Haverty’s and Rooms-To-Go will probably be doing quite well in KY for the next few weeks.