Fan talk: Adding a ninth SEC game, Hines Ward, freshmen and more!

SEC-Football1Let’s go straight to the Junkyard Mail. …

Brian Stewart writes: I see a lot of gripe/debate going on about the SEC’s 6-1-1 schedule choice. I am all for preserving the Georgia-Auburn rivalry, but I also am a bit torn on whether or not I would be more in favor a 9-game conference schedule. On the one side, it would probably compare a lot better than this year’s home slate of games, replacing a Georgia Southern or Buffalo with another SEC team. On the other side, 9 conference games plus the rivalry with Tech would leave us very little wiggle room to fit in a tune-up during the season, and would pretty much destroy any hope of ever scheduling compelling out-of-conference games, like we tried to do with Ohio State. I’m curious as to what your thoughts are on these subjects?

My view on a nine-game conference schedule has been evolving, as someone once said. Originally, I was supportive of the stance the SEC coaches and athletic directors take: that adding a ninth game in what’s already college football’s toughest conference would be a strain on players and coaches and make it tougher to compete for the national championship. Plus it would mean in alternating years teams would have to play five of their nine conference games on the road. It also would be a problem for the three schools — Georgia, Florida and South Caroline — who have in-state nonconference rivals from BCS conferences. As long as the rivalry with Auburn was protected, I wasn’t too concerned with how often the Dogs saw other SEC West teams in Athens — which will be every 12 years under the eight-game (6-1-1) plan adopted by the conference this week. But I’m coming around to the arguments in favor of a nine-game schedule, namely that it would produce a more attractive overall schedule for the fans (one less cupcake), it would provide a stronger inventory of games for television (which should pay off financially) and it would put the conference in a stronger position if strength-of-schedule winds up figuring into how playoff teams are selected. With the eight-game schedule, the SEC is likely to come up short in that latter category. Of course, in big-time sports, the bottom line is usually the bottom line, and many observers think the SEC eventually will be forced to cave and overrule its coaches on playing a ninth game simply because the conference’s TV partners will demand it.

Walter Davison writes: Do you think Derrick Henry will honor his commitment and remain a Bulldog, or do you think he will sign with Alabama?

Well, Henry’s been a UGA commitment for nearly a year, but it’s not looking good. Alabama has put on a big recruiting push trying to flip him, and Henry’s comments have indicated he’s seriously looking at playing in Tuscaloosa. With Nick Saban’s success there, can you really blame him? I think perhaps the increasingly crowded tailback corps at Georgia, with the addition of Keith Marshall and Todd Gurley in addition to Isaiah Crowell, might be a factor in Henry reconsidering whether he wants to go to UGA.

Gerry Pinkston writes: I was surprised to read this week that Hines Ward had signed with NBC as a sportscaster. I thought the reason he was hanging out in Athens with Mike Bobo this spring was because he was thinking about a coaching career. I was really hoping Hines would wind up on the UGA staff. Our players could really use someone with his work ethic as a role model. What happened?

Hines Ward is getting his own Batman movie action figure. (McFarlane Toys)

Hines Ward is getting his own Batman movie action figure. (McFarlane Toys)

Ward may still be considering a coaching career, but he indicated all along that it was likely to be at least a couple of years down the road and that he’d probably wind up on TV first. Thanks to last year’s “Dancing With the Stars” victory and his upcoming appearance in “The Dark Knight Rises” Batman film (check out his latest action figure, decked out as one of the Gotham Rogues in the movie), Hines is a hot media commodity right now, and you can’t expect him not to explore that fully. If he does eventually decide that coaching is what he wants to do, UGA is likely to have a good shot at getting him.

Jim Weber writes: Hi Bill. As a Bulldog I am extremely upset by the contract offered to Mark [Richt]. Mark is one, if not the best, of the coaches in the SEC, but paid as the 6th highest best coach in the league. I am unhappy that the university decided to save the money knowing Mark and his family wanted to stay and decided they could extend his contract by adding years and incentives, but not real annual dollars. They are lucky that Mark is not a dollar-motivated individual. … Give Mark what he is worth — he should be at least the 4th highest paid coach in the SEC. … If you want a great coach, you better treat him as a great coach. Go Dawgs.

I don’t think anyone questions that Richt is a good man. But as I noted last week, Richt’s 2011 record, coming off a losing season, was good enough to get him off the hot seat and won him the much-needed contract extension, but wasn’t really good enough to win a pay raise. However, should Georgia live up to its advance billing this season, I’m sure the question of Richt’s compensation will be revisited.

David Harvey writes: As a huge Bulldog fan living in Louisville, KY, I just want to thank you for your Blawg. It keeps me up to date on all the happenings down there. Just one question: Our special teams have been horrible over the past few years, it’s cost us a few games. Just want to know are we ever gonna get one coach to coach these guys? The committee thing just seems to be not working. Again, thanks for all you do.

I appreciate it, David. Richt has indicated he’s not likely to add a full-time special teams coach as long as current NCAA limits on coaches remain in place. As the coach said last fall, “I looked at it. But what happens is, if you have a guy that does only special teams, all of the sudden you’re robbing a position from the offense or defense. You’d be shorthanded on one or the other. So I decided to continue on with what we’ve done since I’ve been here, splitting up the roles.” Richt has indicated, however, that much more emphasis is being put on special teams play this season and a lot more starters are going to wind up playing kickoffs and punts. But if special teams play continues to be a disaster this year, you’ve got to wonder whether Richt might not think again about changing how he approaches that aspect of the game.

Complicated new rules on student tickets are aimed at filling those empty seats at Sanford Stadium. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Complicated new rules on student tickets are aimed at filling those empty seats at Sanford Stadium. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

On the subject of student tickets, I heard from a couple of seniors this week who aren’t happy with the decision to give freshmen priority at getting seats in order to try and fill some of those thousands of empty seats in the UGA student section at home games. Micah Shue writes: Hi Bill, I love the Blawg!! As a current senior at UGA I have gotten home season tickets for my first three years and haven’t missed a game yet. I love the Dawgs and cannot imagine skipping a home game. I have read some articles about freshmen now getting priority for tickets. Will this really happen? Is that really fair to seniors like me? I know that the student section is not full at most games, but I would be extremely angered if some freshman got full home tickets and I only got half.

And on the same subject, Shane Ward writes: Hello Mr. King, I’m soon to be a senior at the fine University of Georgia. I recently read over the new provisions the athletic department is proposing for student ticketing and frankly, I find the system to be completely unnecessary and unfair. Coming in in 2009, I’ve seen most of the changes that [UGA President Michael] Adams has implemented come into play and muck up my opportunity to enjoy my football experience to its fullest. Firstly, the suspension of tailgating on North Campus after my first year was effective, but I believe was too much (including the new addendum to the rules from this year). Simple fixes were never considered or voted on by the student body who should have had some sort of say on the decision. This brings me to my next point, the new ticketing policy proposed by the athletic board. It is simply too complicated and unfair to the seniors who have waited years just for a chance to get to go to all the games. This will be the first year where I will (hopefully) be able to get a Florida and SEC championship game. The new rules make it seem as though freshmen, being of new faces and more excited (which I don’t believe if you have met my friends), will show up to every game. This will not be the case as we will see next year. Simple fix, as I’ve seen mentioned on the AJC before, is go back to hard tickets. I understand there is the possibility of students profiting on tickets, but why does that matter so much to the athletic department? I am sorry this turned into a rant, but one last question. Is there anyway to contact the athletic department or [Greg] McGarity to have our voices heard or are we screwed?

As you’ve correctly noted, the thinking is that freshmen, who in recent years haven’t been able to get tickets to all home games, are likely to be more enthusiastic about actually attending the games than upperclassmen. And I agree with you that a return to hard tickets would solve most of the attendance problems. I also can certainly understand seniors being concerned about what this will do to their seniority. The plan, as outlined in The Red and Black, is pretty complicated and includes priority for post-season tickets being based on attendance at previous games and then on seniority. So the best thing seniors can do is make sure they attend every game they get a ticket for. In the meantime, if you want to let the athletic association know what you think, the main phone number is 706-542-9036 and you can email McGarity at ad@sports.uga.edu.

Terry Shirey Sr. writes: Several years ago, before I decided to stop contributing to the economy of Jacksonville each year, I was paired by the starter at a golf course in Jacksonville with the director of the UGA Band. In conversation I questioned him on the rationale for the band playing Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries” as an intro for the team. He responded that is was the selection of Jim Donnan. I asked him if Donnan was aware of the fact that the Valkyries were the handmaidens that escorted the “fallen warriors” to Vahalla in Wagner’s Operas? His response was that he didn’t debate many things with Donnan since the coach also wanted to move the band to that section that was used by the visiting bands because the visiting band could be heard better throughout the stadium. It intrigued me that a coach had the time to concern himself with the acoustics of Sanford Stadium (that may have been Donnan’s problem). It is true that the location of the visiting band (Section 101) is more desirable because it doesn’t have to travel over an open area to circle the stadium. The west end zone allows the music from the UGA band location to leave the stadium as it circles around but it really only affects those sitting in the visitor’s section. I applaud the movement of the band back to the student section if it does become a fact.

“Ride of the Valkyries”? This must be one of those repressed memories from the Donnan era that refuses to resurface for me. They must not have played that very long, because I don’t remember it and I asked half a dozen other veteran fans, including one former Redcoat, and they don’t remember it, either! As to your point about the band’s location, I think the move to the west end one wasn’t the best choice because of the proximity of the visiting band, but a return to the old spot in the student section isn’t great, either, because the band can’t be heard very well in much of the stadium. I think putting the Redcoats in the middle of the student section that’s in the east end zone would be the best solution.

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191 comments Add your comment

Still@theKool-aidBAR

June 3rd, 2012
11:11 pm

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RamboDog

June 3rd, 2012
11:13 pm

Hey,,,, Still@theKool-aidBAR. Don’t be sore just because “Neutral” owned you boy! WEAK answer after you got schooled..haha

Still@theKool-aidBAR

June 3rd, 2012
11:31 pm

Rambo then you are a MORON too. Got do your research. I showed you the best in the EAST is a JOKE to what the WEST has done.

TigerT

June 4th, 2012
12:15 am

It doesn’t matter who wins the east–lsu and alabama will be dominating the SEC for years and blow out whoever they play in the sec title game. Better coaches, better players, better fans! Hold that tiger!

Columbus Dawg

June 4th, 2012
6:08 am

Yeah, keep on believing that Tiger. I can’t make up my mind which pos west team I would rather face in Atlanta, the Toothless Wonders from the third world country of America, or the sex offender that UGA kicked to the curb, but the Dawgs will prevail either way. yeah, I agree that Chavis is a top notch DC, but Les Miles is a D.A.

The REAL sugarHillDawg

June 4th, 2012
7:39 am

You know it’s “fans” like Jim Weber that are a detriment to this program in that they are enamored with Mark Richt’s persona and could care less about his coaching ability.This contract was a stroke of genius by Greg McGarity in that it’s incentive laced and it will FORCE Richt to either bring his game up to snuff or get the HELL out–I prefer the latter myself.

Old Dog

June 4th, 2012
7:56 am

“CMR has a better winning percentage than Saban or Miles!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

Against Cupcakes. Where is his Championship Trophy? When was the lat time CMR won a bowl game? Do you REMEMBER last year’s bowl game? Do you remember some of the Special Team plays over that last two years? But CMR assures us that a Special Team coach is not needed. Alabama has a ST coach. LSU has a ST coach. But we don’t need one (we wouldn’t want to be like those two anyway, you know, WINNERS.)

Scorekeeper

June 4th, 2012
8:00 am

Can you name me 6 SEC coaches who have lost their last 2 bowl games?

1. Mark Richt
2. Mark Richt
3. Mark Richt
4. Mark Richt
5. Mark Richt
6. Mark Richt

Dagny

June 4th, 2012
8:07 am

… it will FORCE Richt to either bring his game up to snuff or get the HELL out – I prefer the latter myself.

Dawg fans are with you on that, my friend. A recent survey showed that about 87% of dawg fans want Richt out of Athens now.

Joey

June 4th, 2012
8:09 am

True, sugarHillDawg, and they get outraged if stats are used to point out that Richt has been extremely unsuccessful vs good SEC teams for years.

I hope Richt earns every penny of those incentives, but I don’t believe he will. The flukey SEC schedule of 2011, and Grantham’s D, saved his job last season, not excellence by himself.

When your special teams play is as pathetic, and giving up TDs as badly in the last 2 games as it did in the first 2, somebody didn’t do a very good coaching job.

maconXD

June 4th, 2012
8:35 am

give richt another raise, long term contract and big bonus! he won 10 games!!!!

GeoffDawg

June 4th, 2012
9:02 am

Easy solution to the nine game schedule issue. Similar to the B1G and Pac 10 alliance, form a partnership with the ACC where every SEC team is matched to an ACC team to play every year alternating home and home. This would shut up big mouths like Jim Delaney spouting off that the SEC doesn’t play enough BCS caliber teams as well as preserving the rivalries of Georgia, Florida and USCe without placing an unfair burden upon them. Unfortunately, we’d likely see the end to some intriguing OOC matchups during the regular season like Clemson or OK St. but that’s what the bowls are for after all.

gbal

June 4th, 2012
10:25 am

Just a matter of fact… any ACC fan (GT Bob) who wants to comment that an SEC 6-1-1 schedule is a cupcake schedule is nuts. Look at the cupcakes that any ACC teams has on their schedules…. in confrence and out of confrence teams all total. Clemson the ACC winner last year is a prime example. Win the confrence; get blown out giving up 70 in a bowl. Just does not hold water.

SEC 6-1-1 schedule plus whoever out of confrence is as competitive or more so that any other confrence schedule in the land.

GTBob

June 4th, 2012
10:50 am

Just a matter of fact… any ACC fan (GT Bob) who wants to comment that an SEC 6-1-1 schedule is a cupcake schedule is nuts.

I think I have made it pretty clear that I am not an ACC fan. It may shock some of you coat tail riders but some people root for a team and not a conference.

evil empire

June 4th, 2012
11:06 am

the post at 6:08 this morning is just more proof that anyone who uses “columbus” or “calhoun” in their blog name is more than likely an idiot…

DawginLex

June 4th, 2012
12:14 pm

anyone who calls himself evil empire and spends all his time bashing UGA is a moron who has no rival in the area of stupidity

SSIgator

June 4th, 2012
12:27 pm

Now, now. Can’t you be nice today Nancy?

mdawg

June 4th, 2012
12:38 pm

maconXD………. winning 10 games is a bad year.

if nick saban went 10-4 last year they would be calling for him to be fired..

yes 10 wins 20 years ago was a great thing. but lets face it. we now play 2 additional games per year. 3 extra games if you include the conf championship.

in my mind, if UGA has anything less than 12 wins per season is a bad year.

you can and will never win a national championship when you are content with a 10 win season

DawginLex

June 4th, 2012
12:59 pm

Seriously Stupid Ignorant Gator

Nuff said

Ed

June 4th, 2012
2:32 pm

9-game conference schedule, 10-game conference schedule, whatever. I’m all for anything that gets these horrendous cupcake games off the schedule. As far as the argument that tougher schedules would make it harder to win the so-called “national championship”, that’s too absurd to take seriously. There is no official national championship in Division 1-A, never has been. What’s more important: worrying about a mythical championship or having an attractive home schedule (under the theory that following colleged fb is supposed to be fun) and determining a true conference champion? Like it or not, the SEC is the only official championship our teams play for. Our champion is LSU, not Alabama.

AltamahaDawg

June 4th, 2012
3:02 pm

This talk of a committed Spercial team coach is so worn out and overblown. Georgia has had just as good of overall special teams as any SEC team during Mark Richts tenue, and even last year, had better number in certain aspects. Oh I know, you can tell me somebody was #4, and we were percentage points lower at #6 on some stats, but the bottom line is that stating we had horrible special teams across the board is incorrect.

Or more to the point, if we would only fire the TE coach and hire a full time guy, all that would go away if just wishfull thinking.You can look back and see years when LSU and Alabama had problem with certain aspects, same as anyone, with or without a coach. There advantage now is purely depth and talent. And obviously the sp team coach does a good job with that, but take that away and what is he looking like? average.

Opponent punt return yards was the only category that was embarrassingly different, and I believe that had a lot more to do with starting the year, and never really recovering from having a lack of player at certain positions, namely LBs than not having a SP only coach. AND had our all american PK not inexplicable missed some long attemptearly on (that very few other team were even attempting BTW) the perception of the 2011 STs wouldnt be nearly what it is right now.

I do think they have made a much needed correction to put some more front line guys on coverage teams, now that we have some depth to do that.

And when I hear them saying they they are putting more emphasis on ST, that tells me that they werent putting all there was to begin with, so that is a needed step.

But I can’t see where a dedicated coach would have been able to change much this past year.

We did have a good guy somewhat heading that up year before last, but this past year when he left, nobody really was qualified to be the “ST coordinator”. SO guys, who did you want to get fired on the position staff during last offfseason to put ina dedicatedST guy? or Now? If we do replace some staff going forward, perhaps somebody with added emphasis would be a consideration.

AltamahaDawg

June 4th, 2012
3:07 pm

Saban DID win 10 games only with a healthy, 5 first round NFL players, NC caliber, team in 2010. Nobody was calling for him to get fired.

10 wins is nowhere close to “bad”. Not being great, which it is not, is not the definition of bad.

Pitbull

June 4th, 2012
3:56 pm

It would be more fun and a better rivalry if we dropped Tech and played Clemson every year.

Nick

June 4th, 2012
4:32 pm

Bill, regarding scheduling (and maybe I’m getting ahead of myself here), what would the odds be of going to a 13 or 14 game schedule, which would allow for the SEC (and others) to add conference games, cupcakes and those nationally televised, highly regarded match-ups with good teams as well?
Not to mention the extra revenue produced for all involved.
Go Dawgs!

mdawg

June 4th, 2012
5:29 pm

Ed,
winning a conf champ means nothing.

green bay did NOT win their conf 2 years ago when they won the super bowl.

st. louis cardinals were a wild card team that won the world series.

the beauty of a playoff is that anything can happen.

this idiotic thing that you must win your conf to be a national champ is just stupid

mdawg

June 4th, 2012
5:31 pm

NEVER NEVER NEVER do i want to play clemson in any sport.

i do not fear them because UGA has proven to be more superior

i do not want to play them because im tired of playing cupcakes

WDE

June 4th, 2012
5:33 pm

I’m in Egypt as I type this and I can’t tell you how sweet it is to know that there is still Mom,apple pie, trolls and College football still in the world…bad news is that it is a long time till kick off.

celebrating a national championship in Athens!

June 4th, 2012
6:42 pm

The nicer Athens…not that dump in Clarke County…Athens, Tennessee, home of Tennessee Wesleyan College, the 2012 NAIA men’s baseball national champions. I can assure you that the city name is all those two cities have in common. Athens, TN is a beautiful community. Athens, GA is a hippy-filled septic tank. While many schools in the SEC are still in the baseball playoffs, UGA sits quietly. UGA isn’t competetive in baseball, basketball, or football games where the competition is their equal or better. Thank god for chick sports or you would have nothing to cheer about, losers.

wde

June 4th, 2012
6:58 pm

celebrating a national championship in Athens! ahhhh I love the smell of troll burning in the morning.

evil empire

June 4th, 2012
7:13 pm

wde, what are you doing in egypt?? i spent 1994-95 off the coast of alexandria drilling for oil for repsol, the spanish national oil company…egypt and alabama are alot alike…some interesting sites to see, but the people are for the most part uneducated and smell funny…

DawgNole

June 4th, 2012
8:17 pm

AltamahaDawg
June 4th, 2012
3:02 pm

“AND had our all american PK not inexplicable missed some long attemptearly on (that very few other team were even attempting BTW) . . . .”
_______________________

AND had our all-american PK not inexplicably MISSED some SHORT attempts ALL YEAR (that many other teams were not only attempting, but making BTW) . . . .

Mobile Dawg

June 4th, 2012
9:18 pm

Bottom line is that Mark Richt has been a day late and a dollar short in all catagories the last several years. This is his make or break year, I hope. I’m tired of what I’ve been seeing on the field and off.

Mobile Dawg

June 4th, 2012
9:20 pm

Is Mark Richt that unlucky? Every year there has been a different problem or set of circumstances that cost us games and seasons. I don’t think so, I think it’s totally his management skills, or lack of.

Brainiac(Dawg for life/Richt fan for life)

June 4th, 2012
9:21 pm

@ Paul in NH:

How would you know what “most people think”??????????????????

Brainiac(Dawg for life/Richt fan for life)

June 4th, 2012
9:32 pm

@ DawgNole:

Tell your sad PK stories to Bammar. They will understand after their loss to LSU last season!!!!!!!!!!!

Brainiac(Dawg for life/Richt fan for life)

June 4th, 2012
9:37 pm

@ Mobile Dawg:

Have you ever thought about maybe finding yourself a new team to pull for?? Your 9:20pm post is an indication that you have some serious head problems. The guy is one point shy of passing the test. In your case your seem to be many points shy!!!!

Brainiac(Dawg for life/Richt fan for life)

June 4th, 2012
9:49 pm

ACC = Always Cup Cakes

Brainiac(Dawg for life/Richt fan for life)

June 4th, 2012
9:54 pm

@ Joey:

@ Sugarhill:

The next time either of you have a thought………………………..just let it go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mobile Dawg

June 4th, 2012
10:01 pm

Braniac, and I say that with reserve. Any human with an iota of ability to think for themselves, apply reason, facts, and reality will agree with me. You are nothing more than an “idiot” who places himself on a pedestal, and you, are truly a legend in your own mind. I read post after post from you where you, from some self appointed heirarchy insult poster after poster. I seldom, if ever attack anyone personally and will refrain from belittling you; this is a blog for communication and an exchange of ideas and maybe ideology. You failed. Your degree from UGA is pathetically wasted. Grow up son, maybe if you listened more, and talked less you would realize maybe your head is the one needing improvement. You disagree with me because I hold people accountable for performance, I can’t be duped with smoke, mirrors, and kool aid. You have to be a Democrat.

win 10

June 4th, 2012
10:19 pm

georgia will win 10 games again—book it. this dog team is loaded!

AltamahaDawg

June 4th, 2012
10:27 pm

Not sure your point Noledawg. he did miss some shorter ones, but his percentages were worse on the over 45 yarders. But even if he was not so great on the short ones….the point made, that who expected him to have such a bad year, and without it we probably are not having this “horrible” special teams discussion, and how was a dedicated coach going to stop a senior AA kicker having the first struggles we have seen at PK in a LONG time? . Without a dedicated ST coach, UGA has had some of the best kicking in the league as long as anybody can remember. So what does that prove? The only real issues we have had in any years, was coverage teams, and I think we all see that was personel related. Or call it philosophical, fine. But we have also been right up there around the top before. Alabama has also had years near the bottom.

A dedicated ST coach is fine, but its ONE way to do it. The way most folks don’t go, fwiw. There are other ways. The 2011 UGA coverage team is NOT the way, but I’m willing to bet that if a person broke it down and came up with the variables, having a dedicated ST coach would not the be THE major factor.

A little message for dawg fans

June 4th, 2012
10:27 pm

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A really, really vile place

June 4th, 2012
10:32 pm

Athens, GA is a hippy-filled septic tank.

Don’t forget the drunks and woman beaters.

Dawg Goneit

June 4th, 2012
10:43 pm

AltamahaDawg

June 4th, 2012
3:07 pm

Saban DID win 10 games only with a healthy, 5 first round NFL players, NC caliber, team in 2010. Nobody was calling for him to get fired.

10 wins is nowhere close to “bad”. Not being great, which it is not, is not the definition of bad.

That’s true, but Saban had just gone 14-0 and won a NC the year before and… he won another NC the very next year. That justifies a contract extension. One oddball 10 win season does not.

AltamahaDawg

June 4th, 2012
10:50 pm

around 80% under 40 yrds, and 40% over 40 yrs .And I recall, the point of diminishing returns was the 45 yrds out. At some point around midseason he still had more made FGs over 45 yd than anyone else had even attempted. 2/5 over 50 yrs. Not many(none) PK in the SEC attempting 5 Fg over 50 yrs last year. I just think we rode that horse too hard and it pulled up lame.

The guy was the leading scorer in the history of the SEC. beating out the last guy, OUR kicker. its not like our kicking games have sucked under this model.

Mobile Dawg

June 4th, 2012
10:55 pm

My point in the 9:20 post is exactly “that”, every year some weakness rears it’s ugly head in Richt’s program. That said I know he’s our coach for another year. I can’t support him, the program is a different animal. How much bad luck can you attribute Richt’s performance to, vs incompetence?

Mobile Dawg

June 4th, 2012
11:05 pm

Altamaha, those numbers aren’t good for an AA. Is it just bad luck for Richt, and Butler, like the dropped passes in the SECCG? The bad luck, i.e. defense (under Martinez), injuries, OL, ST’’s disipline, etc eventually draw a picture of the state of the program and leadership. I just don’t understand the excuses from the kool aid krowd, and the unconditional support.

AltamahaDawg

June 4th, 2012
11:08 pm

That’s great Goneit. I don’t disagree with your point. And you inavertantly are making the same point that I was.

mdawg

June 4th, 2012
11:12 pm

the only reason he became the leading scorer was because we now play 3 extra games per season…. so yes our kicking game has suffer..

lets see we lost by 3 to south carolina and he missed a field goal. i can blame him for that loss. and can blame him for the loss at colorado when he was bragging that he could make a 60 yard fg in their light air…. then in the game he missed a 30 something yarder.

and are you really saying he was a better kicker than kevin butler?

why dont you wake up and get with it altamahadawg

and to the guy who said you can bank on a 10 win season…… let me repeat myself… a 10 win season is a horrible season… one can never win a national championship when one is content with winning 10 wins per season

AltamahaDawg

June 4th, 2012
11:14 pm

And I don’t understand why if somebody is having a narrow discussion of a very specific point, you always counter with the “excuses from the kool aid krowd, and the unconditional support.”. At some point, some of us would like to discuss actual football topics and the banilities and cliches grow a bit tired. And some time we actually like to discuss something beside the name of the coach.