Fan talk: Pressure on Richt, how UGA ranks nationally and more!

What does Mark Richt have to do to shut up the naysayers? (Associated Press)

What does Mark Richt have to do to shut up the naysayers? (Associated Press)

Let’s get straight to some of this week’s Junkyard Mail. …

Matt Barrett writes: It seems that over the past week I’ve started seeing a return of the meme among national sportswriters about Mark Richt still not being completely off the hot seat along with questions being raised about whether Isaiah Crowell’s arrest is an indication that discipline is one of the head coach’s major weaknesses. I don’t get it. He kicked his top tailback off the team the same day the kid was arrested, without even waiting to see what happened to the charges in court. The other disciplinary problems this spring have mainly been attributable to Georgia having one of the strictest drug test policies in the country. How much tougher can you get? As for the hot seat, Richt won 10 in a row last year and took the SEC East. Bill, what does Richt have to do to put this “hot seat” nonsense to rest?

Basically, in order to shift the perception among the sports media, Richt needs to win a championship — at the very least the SEC and preferably a national title. That would pretty much shut everyone up on the subject.

I think the Crowell arrest provided the main impetus for this latest wave of media skepticism about Richt. It started with Travis Haney of ESPN Insider putting Richt on “the precursor to the hot-seat list,” suggesting “there is a recurring discipline breakdown among Richt’s teams … When Richt has to suspend or dismiss a player, especially a highly touted player such as Crowell, it hurts the program in terms of losing talent as well as in terms of perception. Those dings add up over time for a coach trying to win games in the country’s toughest conference.”

ESPN SEC blogger Edward Aschoff then jumped on the bandwagon, noting that after the Bulldogs ended the season being “blown out” by LSU (does a second-half comeback by the Tigers really constitute a blowout?) and suffering a triple-overtime loss to Michigan State in the Outback Bowl that “Richt is still feeling some heat in 2012. The 0-2 finish irked fans, and his new contract isn’t exactly comforting, as he was given an extension, but no raise. It hasn’t helped that numerous discipline issues have plagued Richt’s teams over the years, leaving many to wonder just how much control he’s had with his players.” Aschoff concluded that “Until Richt can bring home another SEC title, he’ll continue to feel the heat.”

Also piling on this week was Pete Fiutak of Collegefootballnews.com, who wrote that “the problem with the 2011 season was that it gave the [Georgia] program a false sense of everything being on the right track. Instead, the Bulldogs appear to be further mired in a sort of SEC purgatory that they haven’t been able to get out of for several years, staying one step behind the biggest of the SEC big boys depending on the season, but being just good enough under Mark Richt to make it seem like they’re just one tweak, one good break, one big everything-goes-right season away from finally winning the national title for the first time in over 30 years.” Fiutak pretty accurately summed up the situation: “The talent has been on par with all the other superpower programs in the SEC — and yes, Georgia is a superpower program. The coaching has been fine and the support from the school and fan base have been terrific. But for whatever reason in a league where the difference between being an elite team and winning a national championship is paper thin, there’s something missing.” Richt, he said, “still hasn’t proven he can take the program that one final step further, and while it might seem totally unfair and completely unreasonable to suggest that a guy who has gone 106-38 in 11 years as a coach of an SEC team hasn’t gotten the job done, yeah, compared to Alabama, LSU, Florida and Auburn over the last seven years he hasn’t done enough. In the SEC you’re either a national championship program or you’re not.”

Which pretty much answers your question, Matt.

Do these mean anything to college football fans in Montana? Are there any college football fans in Montana? (Associated Press)

Do these mean anything to college football fans in Montana? Are there any college football fans in Montana? (Associated Press)

Sam Jackson writes: I see that Sports Illustrated’s Stewart Mandel is once again saying that Georgia is not a “national power” in college football, unlike Alabama, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Penn State, Texas and USC. Besides the fact that his inclusion of Miami and Notre Dame on his national power list pretty much shows this guy is stuck in the 1990s, how would you answer this, Bill?

I’m still trying to figure out Mandel’s rather convoluted thinking on this. He says “the goal here is not to rank programs based on winning percentage, national championships, bowl wins or any other quantitative measure, though those things undoubtedly matter.” Rather, he says, being a national power carries “a certain cachet or aura. It’s the way a program is perceived by the public. Let me put it to you this way. Suppose we went to, say, Montana. And suppose we found 100 ‘average’ college football fans (not necessarily message-board crazies, but not twice-a-year viewers, either) and put them in a room. If I held up a Michigan helmet, my guess is all 100 would know exactly what it was. … But if I held up a Georgia ‘G’ helmet, how many of them do you think would be able to identify it off the top of their heads?”

OK, putting aside the question of whether folks in Montana have even the remotest idea of what big-time college football looks like, I’d say Mandel’s criteria is rather … limited. So what is the case for Georgia being a national power? Well, if you have one of the game’s most recognizable mascots who’s been named the nation’s best and plastered on the cover of Sports Illustrated, you consistently rank in the Top 10 nationally in licensed merchandise sales, Forbes magazine ranks you in the Top 10 of college football’s most valuable programs, you’re ranked as the second most profitable college football program after the Texas Longhorns, and ESPN announcers frequently drop into an imitation of your longtime announcer, there’s little doubt you’re a major player on the national stage.

Jackson from Dublin writes: Dear Bill, I love the Junkyard Blawg and read every post when I am on the internet. I am sick and tired of hearing how easy our schedule is! I believe at worst Georgia goes 10-2, and I really hope we can go 12-0. However, I am going with 11-1, with one minor slip-up, and winning the east. However, let’s say that was Kentucky’s schedule … Kentucky would at best go 5-7! … If it really was a cupcake schedule I think every SEC team could be bowl eligible with it. However, UK, Ole Miss, and UT could not reach 6 wins with this schedule! … We can’t help UT, Florida, Auburn and Tech are down. Heck, LSU plays a down Auburn (along with Bama) and Florida team. Are we hearing anything on their conference schedule? The West is just stronger than the East right now. It cycles … a couple of years ago the East was the best, now its the West. Everything in sports cycles. GO DAWGS!!!

The talk about Georgia’s schedule is based mainly on two factors this year: The nonconference schedule is cupcake-heavy, with only Georgia Tech being a major program; and for the second year in a row the Dawgs don’t have to play any of the three toughest programs from the SEC West: Alabama, LSU and Arkansas. But UGA only has control over the nonconference part of the schedule, and it’s in fact not that different from what other SEC programs are doing. Next year, there’ll be one less cupcake, as Clemson comes on. As for the “easy” SEC schedule, as you correctly note, that is cyclical. In 2009 Georgia played Arkansas and LSU (in addition to having Oklahoma State and Arizona State for nonconference games). In 2008, Georgia had both Alabama and LSU. Georgia plays Auburn, Tennessee and Florida every year. Yes, they’re somewhat down right now, but a few years ago so were Alabama and LSU!

Should Vince Dooley speak his mind about the Georgia program? (Associated Press)

Should Vince Dooley speak his mind about the Georgia program? (Associated Press)

Beach Dawg writes: Bill, Always appreciate your candid perspective on all things Dawg. What do you think about Vince’s comments on Crowell? Is he right? I know he’s free to discuss anything he wants, but is it appropriate for him to be making those kind of comments?

For anyone who might have missed it, Beach is referring to Vince Dooley’s comments to the AJC’s Chip Towers that the 2012 Dogs losing Isaiah Crowell “may have been the best thing to happen to them. … It was a bad-apple type thing, if you ask me.” He added that, “Historically when things like this have happened in the past, they tend to have a unifying effect on teams. They go on to have an even better season than they were predicted to have.” While some fans might think former coaches ought to stay out of these things, I believe Dooley has earned the right to say pretty much anything he wants to about the Georgia program. And while in the short term there might be some dissension on the team over how quickly Crowell was dumped, I think in the long run Dooley’s view might prove correct.

Danny Lyon writes: Bill, did you see Every Day Should Be Saturday’s rundown on Your BCS Team as a Drug? I know this sort of thing isn’t politically correct, but I thought most of it was pretty funny. At first, I didn’t get the Georgia entry — “Zero pattern, pretty good but not great, numbing … Xanax. UGA is Xanax” — but then I looked up the drug and saw it’s used to treat anxiety disorders and panic disorder and works by decreasing abnormal excitement in the brain. So I guess they’re saying we’re dull.

You think maybe they’re not big fans of Mike Bobo? You’re right, though. It’s a fun piece. I particularly liked the entry for South Carolina: “Gas-huffing. Hard to explain the appeal to non-devotees. Headaches, vomiting, delusions. Users are loyal beyond all reason.” And the one for Ohio State was another highlight: “Weed. Wildly popular. Gets smoked by SEC football players in bowls.” You can check out the rest here, but be aware that the language gets a little PG-13.

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154 comments Add your comment

AugustaDawg

July 14th, 2012
12:03 pm

Jefferson Davis Hogg

July 14th, 2012
12:24 pm

Bill, last summer I drove from Mcdonough to Michigan, then accross to Washington St sporting my Georgia gear most every day through all the states in between. From there we went to Alaska. I was amazed at all the people who would give me the thumbs up or holler ” go Dawgs”. People even in the most remote places…..Even Alaska!….Even had a guy offer to buy the sweat shirt off my back because he could’nt find one up there and followed the Dawgs… lol….UGA is most definately a national brand with a huge following. I’m not so sure we’re in the category of national power just yet but we’re close. But the folks up north and out west think of us as one..

dbc

July 14th, 2012
12:38 pm

I agree with Boss Hogg above. I live in Scottsdale, AZ and have a UGA debit card. Every time I use it, people comment on UGA and football specifically. Only once did an old lady ask if the G was for Green Bay.

Dawg Haus

July 14th, 2012
12:41 pm

There are a lot of Dawgs in the DC area.

Cobb Dawg

July 14th, 2012
12:44 pm

You’re right, JD Hogg. How can a program that sells more merchandise than almost any other college team not be considered nationally recognizable? Actually, I think Mandel’s problem with UGA (and it’s a longstanding problem) stems from the fact he used to live and work here. He’s stated in the past that he doesn’t understand the strong local fan support for the team — he thinks they’re a strong regional program, but that the fans have an overstated sense of the program’s national strength. Methinks Mr. Mandel has an overstated sense of his own powers of perception.

Rocky Mtn. Dawg

July 14th, 2012
12:51 pm

Many Dawg fans here in the high country of Colorado! Georgia IS a national brand!

Dawg Haus

July 14th, 2012
12:55 pm

Bill, I think Richt had a great chance to put the hot seat talk to bed last season, but the second half collapse in the Dome and the team’s utter failure to keep the foot on the gas in the bowl game really hurt his case. I’m hoping 2012 is the year the Dawgs make some noise!

THE Dixie Redcoat Band

July 14th, 2012
12:55 pm

A little tired reading about our “cyclical” phase …UGA hasn’t won a bowl in years…so is our “cyclical” phase about to get better.

Cloonan

July 14th, 2012
12:56 pm

Vince’s comments were very appropiate about Crowell. Richt and Garner needs to be called out for recruitng guys with character issues!

@Cloonan

July 14th, 2012
1:27 pm

So, you will also be calling out just about every major program in the South, and many outside the South who recruited Crowell. Name one school that is a football power that does not recruit guys with “character issues.” Crowell could have gone anywhere in the nation basically.

AAAAA Athens Bail Bonds R Us

July 14th, 2012
1:56 pm

Any more arrests today?

Brainiac(Dawg/Richt fan for life)

July 14th, 2012
1:59 pm

Bill: The Kook that said that CMR has done poorly against Alabama, LSU, Florida and Auburn OVER THE LAST 7 YEARS is not doing his homework.

While Bammy and LSU are seeing much sucess in recent years and Florida has a couple of NCs recently UGA has OWNED Auburn for most of those 7 years although Auburn supporters bought a NC in 2010.

CMR has a winning record over Bammy and is about even with LSU over those 7 years but Florida has owned us for most of those 7 years(5 – 2).

According to ESPN, CMR is the 3rd winningest coach in the nation among active coaches although he carries the albatross of much harsher rules and regs at UGA. He is what we need at UGA because many great coaches won very few, if any, NCs during their coaching careers. CMR has won 2 SEC Championships at UGA and that, IMHO, is borderline NC accomplishments.

Woofers and Tweeters

July 14th, 2012
2:00 pm

“How can a program that sells more merchandise than almost any other college team not be considered nationally recognizable?”

Not any more. They just announced a recall on all those ugly stuffed bulldogs. Rabies, you know, not to mention distemper and mange.

Brainiac(Dawg/Richt fan for life)

July 14th, 2012
2:00 pm

@ Cloonan:(12:56pm post)

Damn Good Post!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Brainiac(Dawg/Richt fan for life)

July 14th, 2012
2:03 pm

@ Cloonan:(1:27pm post)

Your best post of all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Joe

July 14th, 2012
2:09 pm

To hell with Georgia.

PerroGrande

July 14th, 2012
2:16 pm

Dawg Haters like Mandel and Aschoff have to dress it up because their jobs depend on some level of objectivity, but realize Aschoff is all Gator, and Mandel don’t like the Perros!

GTDog

July 14th, 2012
2:24 pm

Q: What do the following college football coaches have in common?

Bobby Bowden, Tom Osborne, Joe Paterno, Mac Brown, Vince Dooley?

Fridawg

July 14th, 2012
2:25 pm

I see other Georgia fans all over the country, but in the midwest many of them mistake the G for the Packers.

GTDog

July 14th, 2012
2:25 pm

Q2: What do Steve Spurrier, Nick Saban and Darrel Royal have in common?

GTDog

July 14th, 2012
2:27 pm

A1: Each legendary coach took at least 17 years as a head coach to win his first NC…

GTDog

July 14th, 2012
2:28 pm

Spurrier, Saban and Royal? It took each of them 10 years as a head coach to win that first title…

O-Line Questions

July 14th, 2012
2:45 pm

Once again our offensive line is a question mark.

But wasn’t last year’s O-line also a question mark?

And didn’t three of the five from last year’s O-line get drafted by the NFL?

What’s with a program that produces three NFL draftees at a position yet is considered mediocre at that position?

RPh DAWG

July 14th, 2012
2:58 pm

Why all the complaining about “cup cake” games? The Pro’s do the same thing: they just call them “exibition” game. “Cup Cakes” don’t really “count” in SEC standings, just like the exibition games don’t count. Want to have half your team missing due to injuries? Have them play 14 games against top 20 teams. The pros know it as well as college football coaches. It not like in the days of Bear Bryant, teams cannot have 4 blue chip,scholarshiped players at every position. You are lucky to have 1 or 2. Also, back in Bryant’s day, how many games per year did they play? Ten ??

7576DAWG

July 14th, 2012
3:18 pm

Stewart Mandel is an idiot. Ask any Head Coach that plays Georgia if they don’t think Georgia is a national power. Other big time programs prepare for Georgia like their life depends on it because they know if they beat Georgia it gives them instant credibility. I don’t think any of the other big time coaches would agree with Mandel.

TJ

July 14th, 2012
3:26 pm

Yes, Bill, a second half comeback that leads to a final score of 42-13 is a blowout, I don’t care how you got there. And the answers to the questions of Georgia being an “elite program” and Richt being pseudo on the hot seat again are linked together and directly attributable to what the pundits you quoted said…in summary, UGA is just good enough to catch people’s attention but haven’t been (and won’t be) good enough to take that next step up the ladder with Richt in charge. Why that is, I don’t know…probably a lot of things and that’s why at the end of every campaign there’s the “well if we had just done this or that” etc the year would have been different. The problem is it’s always SOMETHING with this program…fix one area and a whole other area will lead to inexplicable losses or not being able to play with the big boys when it comes down to it.

01HAWK

July 14th, 2012
3:27 pm

National POWER………………………………..DAWGS have not won a National Championship since 1980.

How could you be a National Power ?

Cdpridg

July 14th, 2012
3:35 pm

In Richts first 7 yrs it had the Dawgs amongst the elite…a top 10 program and at times atop 3 program as we seen on 2 different occasions…..lofty expectations as always for the Georgia Bulldog. The last 2 tough seasons and last season was a rebound of sorts back to a top 15 caliber program…this is Georgia…we expect Championships and I see no reason not to be a top 10 power once again this yr!

Joey

July 14th, 2012
3:46 pm

It’s no wonder sportwriters are questioning our head coach. Seriously, it has been a long time since the Bulldogs have beaten a good team. Yes 10-4 last season, but he lost to every team picked to beat us, and beat 10 of 11 in which we were favored. If you are happy with that, Mark Barrett (1st letter), you are part of the problem – you get giddy over beating Vandy and Ole Miss, and close your eyes when Boise St and LSU pound us.

Richt experienced early success at UGA by bringing in a Pro Style offense and had a series of QBs who Bobo trained quite well to read defenses and call audibles. Greene, Shockley, and Stafford all had great success at changing plays at the line of scrimmage. Of course, Van Gorder only allowed about 12+ points a game so it didn’t take a ton of offense to win games.

When SEC teams began hiring star HCs and/or DCs, Richt’s success began to dwindle, and now, I believe, he is no better than the middle of the pack of current SEC coaches, when it comes to gameday, sideline coaching. How many time has anyone seen our offense go stagnant, then come back to life as a result of adjustments? Never. When a DC figures us out, it’s 3-and-out, over and over.

Richt is a great recruiter, and that has kept him his job, in that most seasons, he beats the teams he should, with overwhelming talent alone. But when facing equal or better talent, Richt has failed miserably, even losing a game or two every year to teams with less talent.

I hope we win it all this season – I hope Richt collects on every bonus offered in his contract, but I ain’t banking on it. Does any straight-thinking UGA fan see Richt out-game-planning, out-organizing, or out-coaching Saban if we get to the Dome?

Not me.

7576DAWG

July 14th, 2012
3:48 pm

A head coach can not do it all himself. He has got to surround himself with great Coordinators so when he go’s to them with a problem they will know what to do to fix it. The great head coaches treat there position like a business. He is the CEO. THEY DO NOT LET FRIENDSHIP STAND IN THE WAY OF DOING THEIR JOB. Mark Richt would have been a great head coach at the Division 2 or 3 level or he would have been one of the greatest Offensive Coordinators of all time because he at those positions he could have kept his personal relationships intake with his job, which is very important to him. But, the jury is still out as to whether Mark Richt can be a Head Coach at a top ten program where it is more important to surround himself with coaches that not only know their job along with being great recruiters but are focused on doing that job instead of surrounding himself with coaches that he can have bible study with or socialize with.
Name me one Great Head Coach that is not a loner , it come with the territory. He just has to learn to separate the job from his family life and be a completely different person at home.

Joey

July 14th, 2012
4:05 pm

“CMR has won 2 SEC Championships at UGA and that, IMHO, is borderline NC accomplishments.”
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That is a huge accomplishment, Brainiac, to win 2 SEC Titles.

And Richt has been close, twice to getting in the Big Game. ‘02, ‘07.

But if you don’t win, or even play for, a BCS Title, with the resources and talent at UGA, something is lacking. And what kept Richt out of those 2 title games, was the fact that we lost to underdogs – teams we should have blown through.

This season will be no different, probably 3 losses, and then ‘13 more than that with a much tougher schedule.

Who knows, that may be the straw that breaks the camel’s back, and UGA Insider finally gets his prediction right – “UGA hires Peterson as new coach.”

7576DAWG

July 14th, 2012
4:08 pm

I want Mark Richt to finally get it with McGarity’s guidance, learn what it takes to be a successful top ten program. After what happened at Penn State and Ohio State everybody can see why it is important for the Head Coach to have Values like integrity. Mark Richt brings that to the table and if he can not take that final step we at Georgia have got to decide if what he brings is good enough.
I don’t want Georgia to end up another Tennessee, where they couldn’t have done much better than Fullmer and the Vol fans just had to accept the fact that you are going to have up’s and downs and you can’t be great all the time.

kingdaddy

July 14th, 2012
4:10 pm

Great article Bill, lots of good stuff…

Cali Dawg

July 14th, 2012
4:28 pm

Plenty of Dawgs out here in Southern California. I get a go dawgs and folks know my G tattoo. Mandel can go play in thhe highway.

Joey

July 14th, 2012
4:37 pm

If and when Richt leaves UGA, I hope it’s his decision – he has earned that.

Be that as it may, UGA doesn’t have to “end up another Tennessee.” Why not another UF when they hired Myer? Or another Oklahoma when they hired Stoops? Another LSU when they hired Saban?

For every bad hire, there is a good hire.

kingdaddy

July 14th, 2012
4:37 pm

Hawk
alot of the teams mentioned haven’t won an NC in a long time. Why are you on a UGA BLOG, MORON.? You have nothing to offer any Bulldawg conversation except anti-UGA spew. We see your name and know not to bother reading your post. You contribute nothing but humor and are just wasting space on the blog. Why don’t you talk about some of the other teams that haven’t won an NC in a while??? Cause you’re just a loser troll whose team can’t win on the field, lol…

SEC Fan

July 14th, 2012
4:51 pm

The SEC is going to be up this year after a couple of down years. Auburn, Florida and Tennessee will not be easy tests for anyone this year. Missouri and A&M don’t realize what they’re getting into.

Joey

July 14th, 2012
5:01 pm

SEC Fan, what about Vandy?

I don’t really like Franklin, but give him another year or two to get some depth, and Vandy will be beating lots of good teams. I ain’t looking forward to playing them THIS season – even in Athens.

Joey

July 14th, 2012
5:09 pm

kingdaddy, hawk is yet another fan, so embarrassed of his own team, he won’t reveal it. Rather, he just insults UGA at any opportunity, even if it makes him look uninformed. Basically, a doofus.

He thinks a football program that fniished in the top 10 in 7 of Richt’s first 8 seasons, including a #2 and #3, wasn’t a “national power.”

We haven’t kept up in the last 3 seasons for sure, but by anyone’s ratings, we were one of the best programs of the 2000’s.

Gray

July 14th, 2012
5:19 pm

Before anyone demands Mark Richt’s ouster because some of his grown men (players) are so immature that they cannot obey rules, look at what was expected of the Bible college students, when I attended a small school in Dallas, TX, from 1981 – 1983….
One guy was put on probation for bragging about having gone to a bar, during first semester. This man was a last semester student, with only five or six weeks to go, before graduation, when he was expelled for a curfew violation (any infraction of the rules, by a probated student, results in immediate expulsion from school.
The man was 22, at the time, and nobody condemned the institution, the deans, the teachers of the R.A., who caught him out after curfew.

My thinking is the same, when it comes to blaming Mark Richt, when he is forced to dismiss (or otherwise dicipline a player) for breaking rules. Richt isn’t the person, who got the player dismissed…the player did it, himself, by rebelling.

The GT fans, who demand GT’s players are a better breed, might do well to look and see how many GT players are allowed to stay in school, with no discipline, because the school’s policy doesn’t want to be questioned in the media.
Those players will go on and graduate with lackluster abilities and, ultimately, end up in prison, somewhere!

dawg in va

July 14th, 2012
5:19 pm

There is some here in georgia.

Dagny

July 14th, 2012
5:20 pm

Will the Clowndawgs be wearing their silly effeminate-looking Nike costumes for the opener again this year?

dawg in va

July 14th, 2012
5:20 pm

Gray

July 14th, 2012
5:23 pm

Now…To answer the question about what needs to be done to shut up the naysayers: Richt should ignore them!
I mean, it’s just like backroom gossip. If you ignore it, it will die!
If, however, Richt were to try to fight it, it would only become worse. Nobody would have said a thing, had Chan Gailey thrown a rule breaking student out of GT’s program because Gailey isn’t a Christian (or hides his walk, with Jesus, which is even worse)…People only criticize and denigrate the coaches, businessmen, etc. who don’t hide it.

The Georgia Poetaster

July 14th, 2012
5:33 pm

POEM:

An apple that has just been picked,
Is to be cherished more than Richt.

The apple may be a little rotten,
But not as bad as Richt has gotten.

Old Dog

July 14th, 2012
6:27 pm

“SEC Fan, what about Vandy?

I don’t really like Franklin, but give him another year or two to get some depth, and Vandy will be beating lots of good teams. I ain’t looking forward to playing them THIS season – even in Athens.”

Heck, we nearly lost to them LAST YEAR. One blocked punt and they nearly beat us! Only a desperate tackle by the punter saved our a**. If we had lost that game, we would not have won the SEC East. Richt would probably have been fired. Hmmm. Now was that good that we won over Vandy or bad? Maybe it would have been better if Butler had missed that tackle.

Old Dog

July 14th, 2012
6:29 pm

“Now…To answer the question about what needs to be done to shut up the naysayers: Richt should ignore them!”

What to do about the naysayers – how about playing some GOOD FOOTBALL. I know I will shut up when we start playing some good football.

Red Stick

July 14th, 2012
7:26 pm

I’m curious as what type of season would be considered a success by Dawg fans. Obviously winning the SEC and playing for the BCS title would be considered a successful year.

Let’s assume that Georgia does not win the SEC. A 10-2 regular season and a loss in the SECCG would give UGA the same record as last year going into a bowl game. Thus I believe Richt needs to go 11-1 in the regular season and if he loses the SECCG while winning a bowl game would result in a 12-2 record. I would think most Georgia fans would be happy with that and the heat would be off Richt.

Unfortunately for the Dawgs, 2 of the best teams in the nation, LSU and Alabama are in the SEC. If Georgia was in any other conference I think an argument could be made that the Dawgs, if their o line comes around, could win that conference. Yes even the Pac 12 (So Cal was 54th in total defense last season).

Any thoughts?

Geaux Tigers
Go SEC

1953dawg

July 14th, 2012
7:39 pm

For all of you people that keep saying how great Richt is at recruiting, wake up. Richt got his ass handed to him in state last year by Bama, Auburn, Florida and even S.C. And this year he is getting embarrassed by the same schools. Of the top 5 players in the state for next year, 2 have committed to Auburn, 1 to Clemson, and another one has Auburn and Clemson leading. That is totally unacceptable if you are the head coach at UGA. Dawgnight was a total disappointment, and none of the top players from the state committed or even decided UGA was their leader. Not to mention the top 2 players that have committed to Richt,Wiggins&Mathews, are both visiting Auburn, and they are going to follow Foster there. These 2 players have been actively recruiting other players to UGA for several months, and now they are jumping ship and heading to Auburn as well That will make 4 top 100 players from the state of Ga. that are going to commit to Auburn. If any UGA fan thinks Richt is the right person to turn this stagnant program around, you are crazy. Wakeup and look at what is going on in Athens. Richt is a terrible manager of a major football program. He can’t manage a roster at all, UGA has only 69 scholarship players. And he is the worst coach in the SEC when it comes to evaluating talent as it relates to players and assistant coaches. Ask yourself how many schools have come after Bobo, McClendon, Ball, Friend, Lakatos, or what ever the hell his name is, or the other linebacker coach from the Redskins, whatever the hell his name is. And last but not least, the wonderful recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner, who hasn’t signed a big time recruit in several years. Yet Richt thinks he has a wonderful staff. These guys are terrible recruiters, and they are getting their asses handed to them by Auburn, Bama, Clemson, Florida and S.C. staffs in recruiting. And don’t even mention how pathetic these coaches are at game day adjustments. I feel sorry for UGA fans and what Richt has done or should i say not done for this program He has made this once proud program the laughing stock of not only the SEC but the entire country, and what does the A.D. do to reward this pathetic coach? He gives him another chance to embarrass UGA fans once again. After this season goes in the tank, and after this recruiting class falls apart, what will the UGA fans and the wonderful A.D. do? After 8 years of mediocrity, who really cares anymore.

Snake Doc

July 14th, 2012
7:43 pm

UGA a Power House??????

BWAA HA HA HA HA

Only in a boneheads mind! What a load of bink! Would’ve said bunk but I don’t think a UGA Bonehead could hear bunk, they only hear bink and think its something great. Just like the CEO’s tenor at UGA. Bink!