Fan talk: Buyouts for coaches, Derrick Henry, SEC realignment and more!

Greg McGarity, Michael Adams and Mark Richt are all on the same page ... for now. (AJC file)

Greg McGarity, Michael Adams and Mark Richt are all on the same page ... for now. (AJC file)

I’ll be off Saturday, so let’s take an early dip into the Junkyard Mail, starting with a letter dealing with Thursday’s finalizing of Mark Richt’s new contract. …

George Wilson writes: Bill, I’m happy that they FINALLY got Mark Richt’s new contract finalized, but what’s up with getting rid of the previous $2 million buyout if Richt decides to leave? I don’t really understand what Greg McGarity’s thinking is on that one. Why make it easier for another school to come along and poach your coach?

I think it’s just an acknowledgment by Greg McGarity that buyout clauses don’t really prevent a school from losing a coach and sometimes they just wind up making the parting even more unpleasant. If a coach of Mark Richt’s stature and tenure wants to leave, he’s usually not hurting for money and the other school frequently pays much of the buyout anyway. Has any coach ever changed his mind about leaving because of a buyout clause? They’re not really needed. As The Athens Banner-Herald noted, Nick Saban doesn’t have a buyout in his contract with Alabama. Plus, let’s face it, Richt has made it clear he has no desire to go anywhere else and his extended family are all now living in Athens. And there’s also the other side of the coin: Under the new contract, not only does Richt not have a buyout, but UGA owes him less money if they fire him (which, let’s be honest, is more likely to happen than Richt up and leaving on his own). The amount Richt would be owed if he was fired was reduced from $2.4 million per year to $800,000 per year for the three new years on the contract. Along those lines, I thought the most interesting aspect of Thursday’s proceedings was UGA President Michael Adams’ comment on why they went ahead and extended McGarity’s contract after only two years. “I just felt like it was important for the benefit of the athletic association and the university that we get him locked in at a time that was slightly longer than the head football coach. That would well position the university for any changes that might take place in the future,” Adams said. Sounds like that’s some maneuvering just in case Richt returns to the hot seat a couple of years down the road.

Derrick Henry faces a loaded depth chart of running backs whether he goes to UGA or Alabama. (Associated Press)

Derrick Henry faces a loaded depth chart of running backs whether he goes to UGA or Alabama. (Associated Press)

Rodney Brown writes: Hi Bill, thanks for the great Blawg. I hear the rumors about Derrick Henry possibly switching to Alabama and I keep wondering why that is. As quoted from Lisa Horne on Scout.com in her “Running Grades” report, she states, “Alabama: The defending BCS champions have lost Trent Richardson to the NFL but head coach Nick Saban stocked the cupboards with talent. Eddie Lacy, Dee Hart and T.J. Yeldon (early enrollee) should keep the Tide rolling. Hart returns after a knee injury and if everyone is healthy, why not red-shirt Yeldon? That we’re talking about red-shirting Yeldon is all you need to know about the backfield situation at Alabama — it’s loaded.” With this being said, why would a talent like Henry even consider going to a school with a deeper backfield than Georgia’s and see that as a good thing? We all discovered in the SEC Championship that with enough backs you can wear down even one of the top defenses in the country. Wouldn’t his playing opportunities be better here, with our stable of backs, than with Alabama?

Why might Derrick Henry consider going to Alabama, even with their loaded backfield? The same reason so many other players want to go to Alabama, probably: two national championships in the past three years. But you make a good point and hopefully someone will point out to Henry just how deep Bama is in running backs already. Of course, if Henry does choose to flip his commitment from UGA to the Tide, there’s always the possibility that it might prompt another running back recruit to opt for the Dawgs. Or even for one of Alabama’s commitments to flip to Georgia. We’ll probably find out soon since Henry is visiting Bama this weekend. His most recent comment on the subject, though, was: “I am still committed to Georgia, but I am looking around.”

Hal Welch writes: Bill, Not to belabor the scheduling question more than it already has been. But aren’t the two real permanent rivalries we wanted to protect Bama vs Tennessee and UGA vs AU? OK, now stay with me here, that’s two teams from the east and two from the west.  Now, we added two teams correct? Both of which are from West of the Mississippi right? OK, so we move Bama and Auburn into the east, put the freshmen into the west and rock on no? Permanent games survive, intra-divisional games can be done with as we wish and all’s well with the world. Or was that too easy? What am I missing here?

And along the same lines Scott Barman writes: Bill, Hello from your nation’s capital, a place where “compromise” is treated like a four-lettered word. While the SEC might be political in its own right, I am sure that the presidents and coaches would be open to a compromise. Considering that the SEC did not want to expand beyond the eight game football schedule, wouldn’t a better compromise be realignment of the divisions to move the rivalries together and move to a 6-2 format? Think about how good it would be for the SEC to have Georgia, Florida, Auburn, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, and Vanderbilt in one division. Not only would it preserve the rivalries but imagine how the networks would be falling all over themselves to broadcast SEC games. It would take the SEC from the premier conference to the elite conference. What do you think?

I think maybe you guys are trying to insure that LSU wins the SEC West every year! While there’s a certain logic to the notion of moving Alabama and Auburn into the East, I think a realignment like that is a lot more drastic action than is needed. Simply adding a ninth conference game to the schedule would allow everyone to stay in place, ensure the continuation of the permanent rivalries, and have teams playing cross-division opponents more frequently. Plus it would upgrade the offerings the conference has for TV. I believe that’s much more likely to happen a year or two down the road, mostly at the behest of the conference’s TV partners.

Jim Parry writes: It would be a joke to not have top 4 ranked teams in new playoff format. Regardless of being a conference champion or not. If the powers that be rule favoritism of a conference champ over a more worthy team and turn it into a geography tournament, then they should make sure no more than one team from each conference can play in the Final Four in basketball. Where was the outrage when 3 Big (L)east teams played in it years ago? There was none, nor would it have been warranted. There should be no complaints about having top 4 teams in any final four of any sport.

I agree, of course, that the playoff should be the overall four top-ranked teams, not the four top-ranked conference champions. And you’re right that no one has objected when a conference has had more than one Final Four entry in basketball. But in college football right now there’s a surprising amount of anti-SEC feeling, and not just from the Big 10. I engaged in a Facebook discussion recently with some folks from the Pacific Northwest and the gist of their comments was that SEC teams pad their records by only playing eight conference games and filling out the schedule with cupcakes. They’ve got a valid point, though I still can’t believe anyone would rather have a playoff that might feature, say, the No. 1, No. 4, No. 7 and No. 11 teams just because they’re conference champions than one that would include the top four teams. But we shouldn’t underestimate the determination of the rest of the country to end the SEC’s run of national titles.

We’ll get to more letters next week. In the meantime, if you have something you want to discuss concerning UGA athletics or a question for the Junkyard Blawg, send it to junkyardblawg@gmail.com.

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191 comments Add your comment

Still@theKool-aidBAR

June 8th, 2012
10:20 pm

netural…….was he GUILTY or R? probably not.
She was at his home ALL NIGHT with her Girlfriend and didn’t say a WORD until the next day

Still@theKool-aidBAR

June 8th, 2012
10:28 pm

netural………check the STATS of how many R’s are reported. They are WAY lower then the actual acts committed

Date R/ Acquaints R is reported even less.
At the #1 party School UGa is please don’t bring up the R word.
I would lay bets the GIRL is making claims that can’t be proved. She NEVER made a NOISE to tell her friend to HELP her. She waited HOURS later to CLAIM R.
She didn’t get out of the apartment and then call the cops.
All you UGa fans defend your players so now o the same for a man that PARTIED with 2 chicks and now 1 has only her work that S.X took place and she said NO after being Dru..k and doing Dr.gs.

Neutral

June 9th, 2012
6:17 am

@still at the….

GOTCHA dude!!!!!! Man, you are struggling to respond.
Have a great day.
GOTCHA, GOTCHA, GOTCHA!!!!

bubba4dawgs

June 9th, 2012
7:06 am

Gee, UGA can enlist “Drags” to learn to speak German…..vas est los, es ist einen sheiskopf! Learn to go woof, woof, woof in German all with one leg in the air!! What a new twist? Gees, what will happen next??

Smart like a fox

June 9th, 2012
7:35 am

UGA the premier party school, a brothel, TS love for sale! she looks a little rough to me but who am I to judge Ga fans on their partners and wild love making encounters…this is America and Dawg nation can roll any way it wants . Let your freak flag fly !!

Neutral

June 9th, 2012
7:47 am

The worse part of all is that his (?) “johns” are Techie’s!!! No respect all around on this one!!,

Fred from Araby

June 9th, 2012
8:43 am

A few comments about UGA:

1. Four different SEC teams have won the last six BCS championships.

2. UGA was not one of those teams.

3. During that period, UGA did not win the SEC championship.

4. Red panties.

In other words, UGA has sunk into total irrelevancy both regionally and nationally.

So why is UGA paying Mark Richt millions of dollars a year?

Marni

June 9th, 2012
8:47 am

The male UGA professor in drag looked more appealing than most UGA coeds. Of course, most of the UGA coeds are drunk, half-witted bimbos, so that’s not saying much.

Bee Bee Esso

June 9th, 2012
8:49 am

All Dawgs know this, but with their weak minds, they tend to forget, so here’s a reminder:

Georgia Tech is a very highly ranked academic school that has a football team. Its alumni and fans have real lives and careers that don’t depend on the football team for their happiness.

Georgia, on the other hand, is basically a sell-your-soul-to-the-devil football f-a-c-t-o-r-y that also gives diplomas – worthless as they are. They have sleazy coaches like Mark Richt who have no scruples or ethics, who recruit morons who barely got through high school, and collect huge paychecks, but still can’t win big games.

Now, can you remember all that?

Kingdaddy

June 9th, 2012
9:10 am

Bug
If all G.T. cares about is academic’s and diplomas, then why even play football? Maybe you’re just trying to justify the fact that you can’t play a man’s sport! LOL Here’s a question Mr. Academic’s, Why are you posting on a sports blog? Oh yeah, speaking of slimy programs and coaches, which school is on PROBATION? BEE, GO LOOK IN THE MIRROR IF YOU WANT TO KNOW WHAT A DINGLE-BERRY LOOKS LIKE!!!

Wilson Pickett

June 9th, 2012
10:02 am

love it when GT and UGA fans argue over academics! I thought football was our focus but I guess if you don’t play that game very well then fighting over academics can fill he void.

Henry will flip. Kamrara(sp) is on hold due to Bama trying to get a big receiver out of Penn. Saban is recruiting Alvin as a athlete more than a RB and he’s fine with that. Word is Bama will take 24 or 25 this cycle so we’re getting down to the last 8-9 folks. The pressure is own for some of these guys to take the spot now or someone else will. It’s great to be the King….Bama is Elvis no doubt. Thank You..Thank You Very Much

Dawg Bite

June 9th, 2012
10:38 am

Re no buyout for CMR. Just how many programs are beating the doors down for him, or any of his staff? They constitute the biggest under achievement of athletes the conference has seen in the past 10 years. I often wonder what a good coaching staff would have done with the talent that has come through UGA the past decade?

DawgNole

June 9th, 2012
10:50 am

Still@theKool-aidBAR
June 8th, 2012
8:49 pm

DawgNole……..you do the MATH and get back to me.
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I already did the math–as you should’ve done before making your idiotic post. Now YOU go do it, and get back to me and the blog with your apology for being a mathematically challenged blowhard.

Cdpridg

June 9th, 2012
11:31 am

Gt bob…..your evaluation of the Tides season is asinine at best. Your debating points does not pass my eye test. You dont have a platform to stand on in any debates thus far. I do not like Bama but I have sense enough to know they were the best in the nation and proved it on the field. Lastly the 4 team playoff will be made up of the 4 best teams as determined by the BCS model. Look for new topics to discuss…these are tired and old and make you look less credible each time. I guess older does not make you wiser…..you continue to prove thos theory wrong

THE Dixie Redcoat Band

June 9th, 2012
11:50 am

I really hope the team makes this years football pants even tighter so we can all see more jock strap and mancleage during the games.

DawgNole

June 9th, 2012
11:52 am

Dude, When I said get back to me, I really meant you sending me photos of your Mambla YOUNG BOYS IN NAKED PICS.

Kingdaddy

June 9th, 2012
11:53 am

I really love the last few comments here, we should all meat at Swinging Richards downtown tonight, for some drinks and male on male head popping. Go Tech!!

Marni

June 9th, 2012
11:55 am

My comment above about the male prof in drag should have gotten you fellas here alot more excited, then again, Im probably one of the Few here that’s into chicks.

Cdpridg

June 9th, 2012
12:04 pm

Eddie’s Watermelon patch musta not come through., or there’s a price increase at the Colonels Chicken Palace..

AltamahaDawg

June 9th, 2012
12:16 pm

All this playoff stuff is too complicted. We need to scrap it and go to somethng like: some guys sit around and pick thier favorite team and award them a trophy. Can you imagine that kind of absurd system?

GTBob

June 9th, 2012
1:32 pm

I do not like Bama but I have sense enough to know they were the best in the nation and proved it on the field.

They only played two good teams all season and went 2-1 against them. They certainly were a good team but nobody on earth has any idea if they were the best team. Beating a bunch of average teams and finishing 2nd in your division isn’t that impressive. They easily have the weakest resume of any national champion ever.

RealTDog

June 9th, 2012
1:42 pm

my people in athens tell me this dog team may be the best in 20 year. mark this down–Ga will win the SEC this year! Richt & grantham have built a powerhouse. Ga will play in a bcs bowl!

Still@theKool-aidBAR

June 9th, 2012
2:12 pm

Neutral
June 9th, 2012
7:47 am

The worse part of all is that his (?) “johns” are Techie’s!!! No respect all around on this one!!,

How do you figure? Gwinnett IS the DWAG NATION. more kids from attend UGa than any other college. They guy was doing his “WORK or JOHNs” in the Heart of DWAG NATION! Don’t even try to DRAG Tech into this you fool.

NoleDwag………..UGa fans bring up that Richt averages 10 wins per season. He is at 9.63 he has to win 14 games this year to keep making that statement and have it be true again. So YOU DO THE MATH.

Snoop Dawg

June 9th, 2012
2:13 pm

Get real, folks. Nobody wants Richt except the blind zombies at UGA. They are mesmerized by Mark Marjoe Richt. Richt can’t coach and everyone else knows it. Which of his assistants have been picked up by other schools? The only one I know of that has been successful was Van Gorder and Richt passively threw him off the bus. Now he returns at Auburn to torment us.

How long must this bs go on? The Bulldog Nation deserves better…

Wilson Pickett

June 9th, 2012
3:05 pm

Derrick Henry says…how do I look in Crimson….

http://instagr.am/p/Lob0EsumgQ/

DawgNole

June 9th, 2012
4:14 pm

Still@theKool-aidBAR
June 9th, 2012
2:12 pm

NoleDwag………..UGa fans bring up that Richt averages 10 wins per season. He is at 9.63 he has to win 14 games this year to keep making that statement and have it be true again. So YOU DO THE MATH.
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“He is at 9.63 he has to win 14 games this year to keep making that statement and have it be true again.”

Richt hasn’t been making the statement, dumbazz–you have. Regardless, he doesn’t have to win 14 games this year to maintain the same average (9.63), which is obviously less than 10. Once again, you’re a mathematically challenged blowhard–and you’re compounding your own problem by being in denial. By the way, we’re still waiting for your apology.

DawgNole

June 9th, 2012
4:22 pm

DawgNole
June 9th, 2012
11:52 am

Dude, When I said get back to me, I really meant you sending me photos of your Mambla YOUNG BOYS IN NAKED PICS.
____________________

IMPOSTER. (Probably Kool-Aid–the type who would resort to such when he loses yet another argument.)

“. . . your Mambla”? (He’s not the sharpest knife in the drawer, as you can see.)

Still@theKool-aidBAR

June 9th, 2012
4:38 pm

I didn’t lose the argument & I don’t steal people’s blog names like too many Mutt fans.

Pitbull

June 9th, 2012
4:39 pm

I remember the good old days where if you wanted to get a little bit kinky you could just go down to Effies.

Now professors are cross dressing and into prostitution?

That’s just wrong.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

June 9th, 2012
4:45 pm

No dWags crying about the Tech player arrested in Athens? Wow I guess we will have to wait a day.

DawgNole

June 9th, 2012
5:20 pm

Still@theKool-aidBAR
June 9th, 2012
4:38 pm

I didn’t lose the argument & I don’t steal people’s blog names like too many Mutt fans.
______________________

Oh, you absolutely lost the argument. I see you’re still in denial. It’s simple math for those who aren’t mathematically challenged–along with getting your facts straight about who’s making what statements. Now run along and try again–and see if you can’t come back here with something fact-based and half intelligent. I won’t hold my breath.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

June 9th, 2012
5:55 pm

If you are Dwag and a crimiNole i don’t think you are smart enough to know how to hold your breath.

My FACTS are straight that UGa fans have spent YEARS living on but Richt averages 10 wins a years and he is a good coach that can’t get fired. You must be New to the blogs if you haven’t seen that thousands of times.

Rick James

June 9th, 2012
5:59 pm

@GTBob

Some of us think winning a conference championship is more impressive then finishing second in your division. Biased rankings are the worst possible way of deciding who is in the playoff and the results will be worse then what we have now.
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The bottom line is that nobody wants the highest ranked 4 teams in the playoff because the SEC could have 2 or even three teams in the top four.I saw a preseason poll recently that had 3 SEC teams in the top 5.Winning a conference championship is not always impressive if the conference is weak.

Rick James

June 9th, 2012
6:07 pm

@Bee Bee Esso

All Dawgs know this, but with their weak minds, they tend to forget, so here’s a reminder:

Georgia Tech is a very highly ranked academic school that has a football team. Its alumni and fans have real lives and careers that don’t depend on the football team for their happiness.

Georgia, on the other hand, is basically a sell-your-soul-to-the-devil football f-a-c-t-o-r-y that also gives diplomas – worthless as they are. They have sleazy coaches like Mark Richt who have no scruples or ethics, who recruit morons who barely got through high school, and collect huge paychecks, but still can’t win big games.

Now, can you remember all that?
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You obviously have never seen a Tech football related blog on this site..Georgia wins a big game every last weekend of November. In fact they’ve won 10 of of the last 11.And if you’re such a non fan and UGA hater how could you possibly know what Georgis does during football season?

Still@theKool-aidBAR

June 9th, 2012
6:15 pm

Rick James and you just PROVED why Polls are a joke. the Polls based on opinion before the 6th week of the season are based on NOTHING. What a team did last years doesn’t mean crap. The 3 best in the SEC are better because they play 7 weak sisters of the SEC? LSU has a new QB, Arkiesaw has a new coach, and Bama has a mostly new defense and new RB.

Kingdaddy

June 9th, 2012
6:32 pm

Kool-aid
Why you let someone use my handle? (11:53)

Kingdaddy

June 9th, 2012
6:46 pm

I’ve got no problem with others sexual preferences and now, come to think of it, my German teacher was really, really ugly. Whoever bushwhacked me at 11:53 is a POS!!! THAT’S NOT HOW KINGDADDY SWINGS HIS BAT…

Kingdaddy

June 9th, 2012
7:05 pm

Bill (the real) King
I always honor you and your blog and now you let someone copy my name? It seems the ” others KD E-mail. address should be banned from ALL FARTHER AJC/SPORTS BLOGS.”
Question : Is there a way to prevent someone from using someone else’s ORIGINAL NAME???

Still@theKool-aidBAR

June 9th, 2012
7:24 pm

KingDaddy….It happens to me all the time. AJC will not not step-up and make it were only 1 blog name for 1 email address.

AAAAA Athens Bail Bonds R Us

June 9th, 2012
7:57 pm

Any more of Richt’s little darlings arrested this week?

10 wins!

June 9th, 2012
9:01 pm

the dogs should win 10 games again in 2012 and go to a good bowl game again!!

Still@theKool-aidBAR

June 9th, 2012
9:05 pm

been awhile since UGa has won 10 games. Well 10 games against any good teams. been a while since richt was averaging 10 wins/ year. he want be averaging 10 wins after this year either.

kingdaddy

June 9th, 2012
9:35 pm

Kool
Just got back to The SAV, had a good trip to Tifton. Dull,dull,dull…stayin in tonight…

Still@theKool-aidBAR

June 9th, 2012
9:48 pm

Well glad you got back safe.

kingdaddy

June 9th, 2012
10:10 pm

Bill ( the real) King
Any way you can ban the imposter using my name? June 9, 11:53 am…Can you or will you ban his e-mail or g-mail address? Most of the imposters have nothing to add to your post. It seems like your filters should ban multiple names under one e-mail address. I know the guys are just having a good time, but these same people have probably cheated at everything in their lives. The only way they could get by in sports, school, jobs and probably girlfriends( or boyfriends). To make themselves look good, they have to try to make others look bad which is pathetic and sad…

kingdaddy

June 9th, 2012
10:15 pm

Kool
what did you do to Bitter? Did you buy-out all the moonpies???

kingdaddy

June 9th, 2012
10:17 pm

Got to go to recruiting blog…

SSIgator

June 10th, 2012
12:09 am

have another shot of kool-aid and relax.

BarrellBeerBamer

June 10th, 2012
2:51 am

Can’t f another AD before he retires , eh?

Mike

June 10th, 2012
3:53 am

The divisional realignment wont solve all rivalries. Alabama and LSU are long time rivals, although for now Im sure LSU would give that up. Other than that, its a good realignment.