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

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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

AltamahaDawg

June 4th, 2012
11:16 pm

I dont know if he “better” than kevin Butler? is that a serious question? WTH?

And get with what?

AltamahaDawg

June 4th, 2012
11:17 pm

Clearly mdawg, you are choosing to ignore the point I was making about Walsh, if THAT is what you came away with.

Mobile Dawg

June 4th, 2012
11:26 pm

So specifically how does an “AA” kicker and potential “AA” punter go from a strength to a weakness? Couple years back, how does the OL, which everyone knows was rated as the “strength” of the team, become the weakness when we’re breaking in a “Freshman” QB? Come to think of it why are we breaking in a FM QB who’s never taken a snap? To many coincidental failures in the infrastructure of the team to blame the discussion on cliches and banilities. I guess you would rather spend a couple of three years defending a coach who by anyones standards has been anything but average. I think UGA deserves more.

a country boy can survive

June 4th, 2012
11:29 pm

Mobile Dawg is carrying the mail tonite!! Some of the most rational posts ever on the AJC blogs. Appreciate it..

AltamahaDawg

June 4th, 2012
11:32 pm

Weeeeeeeeeeeell. I was making a point that a dedicated ST coach is not really the end all to a PK missing long FGs, in his senior year. Wasn’t really trying to offer up a broad thesis on managerial excellence. Just talking about kicking a ball thru a set of goal post there.

Mobile Dawg

June 4th, 2012
11:33 pm

In my life, and in my experiences, the harder I work, the luckier I get. And vice versa, I just can’t comprehend the debate.

Thank you country boy.

AltamahaDawg

June 4th, 2012
11:36 pm

I don’t ‘defend” Richt. He is a big boy. I disagree with specific comment that I find to be incorrect. And I welcome the debate on the point. I also offered 2 seperate critics of how he has handled ST, but that also seems to go unnoticed, when I don’t use enough inflamatory rhetoric.

Mobile Dawg

June 4th, 2012
11:37 pm

I guess I’m a failure at dotting the I’s and crossing the T’s. I’m a big picture guy who puts people in charge of the everyday operations and I monitor the results. If my guy can’t put it through the goal posts I find out why. A special teams coach is IMO vital to the success of an organization. How many games did we lose because we allowed a fake punt, an onside kick, a missed field goal, a returned kick or punt? It’s a significant part of the game that needs “specific” attention.

AltamahaDawg

June 4th, 2012
11:39 pm

You can’t comprehend the debate, because you made that debate up. No serious fan has ever tried to say that all of Richt’s failure were nothing more than dumb luck.

Mobile Dawg

June 4th, 2012
11:42 pm

Altamaha, I don’t mean to get down on you, you are truly the voice of reason on this blog and you force me to think and rethink my position at times. My hardline stance on “you know who” has been forged over the last five years. I saw the underpins of the foundation erroding years back and the ultimate collapse. Just can’t give him a pass on that.

Fishing on the Gulf was excellent this past weekend.

Mobile Dawg

June 4th, 2012
11:45 pm

I can’t ever recall you saying anything holding Richt accountable for the results. Your point specific debates are always in defense of the particular part of the program in question, discussion. I’ve read where you’ve said you have seen problems, but never really criticized Richt’s policies or decisions, contritely, you’ve supported his position mostly.

AltamahaDawg

June 4th, 2012
11:54 pm

Well its his job . How much more accountable can he be? There is probably not a job in America where a guy is held accountable for result more than a major college football coach.

How is it up to me to hold him accountable. I hate when we lose. Obviously IF we lose, something went wrong. he is the guy in charge. I just don’t understand the point of stating the obvious over and over and over.

But
I critisized the 4 losses a lot more than anthing positive you ever said about the 10 wins, i know that.

AltamahaDawg

June 5th, 2012
12:04 am

No you just choose not to see when I critisize:

-over-reaction of the injuries of 2008 affecting conditioning
-letting the culture of the players go south (despite you and I having a long discussion about that very thing
-not having experienced QBs to plug in
-often mention the real problem I saw with ST roster

I have also go into great detail that UGA is paying a huge price to have hired such an inexpereinced HC< and ALSO how Richt is paying the price for doing the same thing at OC

BUT to me none of that matters a hill of bean compared to what I see going forward, (and I saw enough good points in the past ) so no, i don;t dwell on it.

AltamahaDawg

June 5th, 2012
12:06 am

And the fishing on the coast sucked this past week. Obviously.

mdawg

June 5th, 2012
12:13 am

no AltamahaDawg …. you made the statement that walsh is the leading scorer in the history of the sec… im telling you that its not a fair comparison because we play 3 additional games per year.. and walsh over his career played in 9 more games than kevin butler did….

bottom line is walsh missed fgs that caused UGA games. he is and will always be a bum

mdawg

June 5th, 2012
12:17 am

AltamahaDawg

June 4th, 2012
11:32 pm
Weeeeeeeeeeeell. I was making a point that a dedicated ST coach is not really the end all to a PK missing long FGs, in his senior year. Wasn’t really trying to offer up a broad thesis on managerial excellence. Just talking about kicking a ball thru a set of goal post there.

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so when did missing 30 yard field goals become a long fg?

most of the fgs he missed were under 40 yards and 60% of them were 30 something yarders.

sounds like altamahadawg only sees what he wants to see

Mobile Dawg

June 5th, 2012
12:29 am

Alt, the filter ate my post and I failed to copy it before submitting. That is an abyss, but I’m not going to try and recreate it at this point. Obviously I don’t read all your posts and miss some things. Sorry bout the weather over there, what comes around goes around on the coast.

I’ve read your opinions on Saban and UGA not being a good fit, but, can you honestly say from a fan’s and alumni perspective that you would rather have Richt as your coach than Saban? Have a good night, it’s always a pleasure.

Mobile Dawg

June 5th, 2012
12:30 am

And I do recall some of those conversations you mentioned above…..Later….

Still @ the Fish Taco Bar

June 5th, 2012
1:06 am

Bill…You are always full of great info!

tony

June 5th, 2012
6:52 am

I would like to point out a few things about Mr Richt that makes me want to shoot a cannon @ my tv.

1) Washaun Ealey jumped off the ground screeming at his OL as if he was mad at them for not blocking for him – after that play it appeared to me that Mr Richt was chewing him out on the sideline for his outburst – Ealey never played with a swagger after that game(That 2nd or 3rd game 2010).

2) Mr Richt told Isaiah Crowell that he will ” carry that rock” on open day if he did what he was suppose to do but when I saw Richard Samuel in that game on open day I was LIVID! Where was Ken Malcome? I always felt that he was the best rb on the team but Mr Richt kept him on the sideline – can you imagine the impact he would of had against Boise and SC had he played in those games? The poor young man almost transfered.

3) I still can’t believe Mr Richt elected to kick that ball to the Honey Bagger when LSU offense couldn’t pick up a 1st down against ourt defense in that 1st half. All he had to do is have his kcker to kick the ball out the stadium because the momentum was on our side. Then in the 2nd half Mr Richt elected to kick to the Honey Bagger again. He return the ball for 47 yards. To me that sealed the deal for the Tigers.

4) Against Michigan St I think we were up by a td with 3 min left in the game. It was 3rd and 8. Guess what? Mr Richt sent Richard Samuel up the middle instead of trying to pick up the 1st down in the air. WOW! After that play, I knew they were going to lose that game. Even the players knew they were going to lose that game after that play. I think everybody that watched that game knew that they were going to lose that game after that call.

Those are the kind of decisions that worry the fans about going into this season.

AltamahaDawg

June 5th, 2012
7:36 am

mdawg, YOU made this a debate about how good Walsh was. That was not my point. I assume you skimmed over the part where I was talking about his collapse as a senior. (again, I tend to disguise my critisism in simple straighforward words and not hyperbole). My point was that its pretty silly to think that the staff didnt do everything they could to figure that out and correct it, and I don’t believe a dedicated ST coach would have obviously “fixed” that. And he was 80% on 30 yrd FG. Run that bowl overtime scenerio 9 more times and we win 8 of them.

But if it makes you feel better, since “Kevin Butler” seems to be your only point of reference when it comes to the history and current state of college kicking game…….pro-rate his career. Great. then Walsh only goes into the books as ONE of the best kicker at UGA. Along with Kouto. And Bennett, who previosuly held that tainted scoring title. All coincidence I am sure.

BTW they also used to use a tee, which was a big advantage on long FG before 1988. Along with othere factors that made comparing differnt eras sort of difficult.

Mobile Dawg

June 5th, 2012
9:59 am

Rex Robinson was Mr. Clutch, and I remember Allen Leavitt in addition. UGA has a tradition of good kickers. Walsh was disappointing his Senior year for sure. He won’t be remembered as one of the great ones because of his Senior year regardless what the record books say.

Everyone responds differently to pressure, maybe the tag of AA, the dream of NFL $$, or other unknown factors contributed to his collapse. Fact remains it’s his coaches job to correct the issues. Whether it’s more practice, sports psychologist, etc, whatever they did didn’t work.

mdawg

June 5th, 2012
10:04 am

no. i have never said how great walsh was. you said he missed long fgs.. i then asked you if you consider a 30 yard fg to be long?

but you did not answer

you made the comment that walsh is the leading scorer in the sec. i said that was bogus because he played in 9 extra games than kevin butler did.

but you choose to ignore that also.

you only see what you want to see

mdawg

June 5th, 2012
10:06 am

yes they used to use tees on fgs…

but they also use to kick barefoot also.

GR

June 5th, 2012
11:14 am

UGA has a problem concerning scheduling.I have followed the DAWGS since the 1960’s- this is by far the worse home schedule on record. My uncle is a Hartman contributor for quite awhile and says he may not even go to some home games.

If the short minded politicos are not careful they can further sabotage the Dawg nation. Adams certainly has done his part.Now they are ticking off the students- future season ticket holders. Change needs to happen.

Mobile Dawg

June 5th, 2012
12:05 pm

GR, I believe most of the apathy comes from the Dawgs not being “truly” competitive. The schedule improves next year with Clemson, and I would like to see the ninth conference game.

Pitbull

June 5th, 2012
12:13 pm

Congrats to Mark Richt for graduating 222 players in 11 years which is pretty much an entire recruiting class each year and for winning 106 games during that same period of time.

Mark, you may not have won a NC and that is OK. We have been in the SECCG 5 times since you came to Athens and won it twice. We never went to the SECCG before you got here.

I believe your bowl record is 7-4.

You have run a clean winning program, have never embarrassed us, and we have never been placed on probation during your tenure, unlike the dirty program over on North Avenue which just ended one four year probation and is beginning another four year probation after forfeiting an ACC championship.

I remember your first year as the UGA head coach when you made the statement that you would rather lose a game than cheat. That puts you way ahead of most other football coaches, especially in the South.

Oh and lets never forget that the reason Tech folks hate you is that you are 10-1 against Tech.

Alphare

June 5th, 2012
1:42 pm

Florida 198-59……….MNC
Tenn 179-75………….MNC
Bama 174-77-1…….MNC
UGa 173-75-1
Auburn 169-75-2……MNC
LSU 166-80-1……….MNC
Arkie 138-101-2

That puts UGA at 3rd in the East.

evil empire

June 5th, 2012
1:57 pm

that was a touching post pitbull…emergency rooms should copy that post and give it to poisoning victims to help induce vomiting…

Mobile Dawg

June 5th, 2012
2:06 pm

All great points pitbull, but, let’s not forget, the vast majority of that winning record came the first five or six years of Richt’s tenure. Since then the bar has been raised “significantly” by Saban, Miles, Meyer, and Chisik’s MNC’s. No reason that we shouldn’t have been able to compete for one also.

AltamahaDawg

June 5th, 2012
5:00 pm

I think 45-55 is a long FG. He was 40% on those. I think 30 is shorter than 45. He was 80% on those. So I conclude that his problem was probably the longer FGs.
I didnt realize you were asking me to say if he in fact ever missed a 30 yr FG in his career. YES. is that long. NO.
Hoping that is a clear enough answer considering I am not even sure of your point or what it was you are asking me.

None of which had anything to do with my point.

DawgNole

June 5th, 2012
9:07 pm

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) . . . .”
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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) . . . .

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,

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Tried to respond to your post earlier today, but blog monster ate mine.

I wasn’t disagreeing with you on the totally unanticipated collapse of Walsh, but your post (above) implied that the reason for his failures was that he missed a number of long FGs that other teams wouldn’t even attempt. You also noted that “his percentages were worse on the over 45 yarders,” which seems like kind of a no-brainer to me. Aren’t most kickers less accurate as their attempts get longer?

All I’m saying is that the short ones he missed (inexplicably) likely were more demoralizing to him, the team, and the coaches than the long ones. It is those short misses–far more than the longer ones–that deeply erode not only a PK’s confidence, but also the team’s and coaches’ confidence in him.

DawgNole

June 5th, 2012
9:16 pm

Pitbull
June 5th, 2012
12:13 pm

Mark, you may not have won a NC and that is OK.
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Well, I wouldn’t go that far. It’s certainly not “OK” with me that he hasn’t gotten us to a national championship game in 11 years–given UGA’s impressive support, facilities, and recruits. But he has accomplished quite a bit in Athens, and in light of last year’s improvement, I remain hopeful that he can take the Dawgs a step closer to elite this season, especially with our powderpuff schedule.

DawgNole

June 5th, 2012
9:19 pm

Mobile Dawg
June 5th, 2012
12:05 pm

GR, I believe most of the apathy comes from the Dawgs not being “truly” competitive. The schedule improves next year with Clemson, and I would like to see the ninth conference game.
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An upgrade in the OOC schedule would go a long way toward diminishing the apathy you’ve cited–as would a 9th SEC game.

Across the wide Missouri

June 5th, 2012
9:33 pm

Mizzou 37, Georgia 13

It’s going to be fun playing in the SEC! Bye bye, dawggies.

AltamahaDawg

June 6th, 2012
8:52 am

I think you are very correct on pretty much all that Nole. None of which I find disagreeable to my point.

But I can clarify a bit. Yes its makes sence that any PK would have a lower % on longer FG, (which ismy point why most PK arent expected to go attempt a bunch of 50+ yrders, as was Walsh). And more to the point, what I was talking about was the “perception”, specifically from our side. I don’t believe that we as fan DO take it into consideration that more misses FG is to be expected if our guy attempts a LOT more 45 and 50, and 52 FGs. We tend to see him missing more FG lately and thats a lot of what started the whole kicking game gone to crap meme.(adding to the fuel of the talk of needing a full time ST only guy) Sure missing a short one probably feels worse to an actual kicker, but he was 80% on those. That’s not overly demoralizing, IMO. In short, I think if we had used him as most SEC PK last year, he would have have a pretty decent % overall, and I doubt anyone would have really questioned what the heck went wrong with Walsh.

AltamahaDawg

June 6th, 2012
9:16 am

I also think that the terminology gets confused in here about this so called ST coach. As I recall, Richt HAS had a designated “special team co-ordinator” on his staff in all but just last year. Not sure what the situation was where he didnt designate one, when Belin left. BUT they have always divided up the duties among various statt member. And THATS what Richt has replied that he believes to be the best way to handle it now……..the way he has (when they have also lead the league in some ST categories)..and the way most everybody else does it. Some coaches don’t spread out the responsibility over AS many, but few coaches don’t have some position coaches handling ST coaching.

I don’t think some of these folks who blast Richt over this even know what it is they are talking about. Don’t even really know what it is they are specifically disagreeing with.

The critisism of the coverage assignments is obviously valid. I believe he is one record as agreeing with that.

AltamahaDawg

June 6th, 2012
9:26 am

BTW, I don’t consider TN, SC, UF, MO, AU, GT …as powerderpuffs. They haven’t been in my lifetime at least. Not even really Vandy or Ky (well Ky might be this year). And some, if not all of those, are going to be a heck of a lot better team when the smoke clears than some of our fans seem to think.

DawgNole

June 6th, 2012
8:13 pm

AltamahaDawg
June 6th, 2012
8:52 am

Sure missing a short one probably feels worse to an actual kicker, but he was 80% on those. That’s not overly demoralizing, IMO.
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Depends on the definition of “short.” If it’s less than 30 yards, 80% is unacceptable over an entire season for a major college kicker–particularly one with Walsh’s history. I don’t think fans generally would begrudge him missing 50-plus-yd attempts, despite his past success with those.

DawgNole

June 6th, 2012
8:27 pm

AltamahaDawg
June 6th, 2012
9:26 am

BTW, I don’t consider TN, SC, UF, MO, AU, GT …as powerderpuffs. They haven’t been in my lifetime at least. Not even really Vandy or Ky (well Ky might be this year).
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I don’t consider those 6 teams powderpuffs either, but that’s only half the schedule. Our OOC schedule (aside from Tech) is usually a disgrace. And I can’t agree with you on Vandy and KY at all. They’ve always been the SEC doormats, and UGA gets to play them EVERY year. The games have been more competitive recently, but the Dawgs absolutely own those two weak sisters in their overall series.

We need to upgrade our OOC schedule in the very worst way. One thing I liked about Damon Evans is that he was trying to do that by “spreading the brand” (i.e., playing home-and-homes with DECENT (not powerhouse) OOC opponents–Colorado, Arizona St, Okla St, etc. There was tremendous interest in those games, not only by the fans but by network TV as well. Sad that McGarity couldn’t wait to start replacing them (and Oregon) with the duds we face now.

Hail to Georgia...

June 7th, 2012
4:49 pm

I picked a good year to stay in Redcoats!!! I still don’t even know how to request tickets!