Fan talk: Fragile Bulldog hamstrings, big-game ‘strategery,’ high school talent and more!

Rantavious Wooten, wearing the green noncontact jersey in practice Friday, is one of the players who've suffered a strained hamstring. (Jason Getz / AJC)

Rantavious Wooten, wearing the green noncontact jersey in practice Friday, is one of the players who've suffered a strained hamstring. (Jason Getz / AJC)

Let’s dip into some of the recent Junkyard Mail to see what’s on UGA fans’ minds …

Several readers have asked about the rash of injuries suffered by quite a few Dawgs this month, and Brett House is pretty typical of them when he writes: I would like to ask your opinion on UGA’s rash of hamstring injuries this summer. Didn’t we hire a new coach/trainer that was to focus solely on stretching and speed? As I read down the injury list (I think it had 14 names on it post Wednesday night’s scrimmage) there were countless players with hamstring strains. I realize summer camps will have a certain amount of attrition, but with the new focus on speed training, this kind of surprises me. Your thoughts?

Injuries are a regular part of preseason camp, particularly strained hamstrings. And there’ve been several Bulldog players with hurt hammies since camp opened, most notably defensive star-in-the-making Tray Matthews. But it’s not just hamstrings; the rather long injury list has had quite a variety of ailments on it, including shoulders, groins, ankles, knees and that rash of hand injuries suffered by the linebacking corps. I think there’s only so much the conditioning staff can do to get players prepared for a new season, and a case could be made that if you weren’t reading about injuries, the practices probably wouldn’t be demanding enough. But back to the hamstrings, while there’s no indication that any of these reported strains aren’t legitimate, I’m reminded of the preseason camp of 2009, when some of the players held out of scrimmages with so-called “sore hamstrings” turned out to be just a case of the coaches resting known talent while they evaluated younger players. I don’t mean to minimize the situation; Mark Richt seems rightfully concerned over the amount of practice time being missed, particularly in the secondary, as the Clemson game grows closer. But bottom line is I don’t think there’s anything, short of not practicing, that could be done to prevent these injuries.

DeKalb Doggie writes: Bill, what do you make of Coach Richt’s refusal to say whether Marshall Morgan is suspended for the Clemson game or not? I can’t imagine any strategic advantage to be gained by Dabo and Co. not knowing who’ll be handling kickoffs, field goal attempts and PATs for the Dawgs. Whassup wit dat?

I’m with you, Doggie. After last year, when Richt played ultra coy over who would be suspended and for how many games, he seemed to have concluded earlier this year that honesty was the best policy. With the Morgan situation, however, he’s lapsed back into playing these mind games, most recently refusing to say who kicked an extra point in the scrimmage because it’s “secret stuff.” Will Clemson adjust anything it’s planning because of not knowing who’ll be kicking? Highly doubtful. I’m almost tempted to think Richt is doing this just to mess with the beat reporters covering UGA, who tend to get all riled up when he refuses to answer such questions. Frankly, I think it’s just silly.

Dean Thames writes: So, something that’s been a routine topic between myself and my friends is the Bulldogs’ (perceived) inability to deploy observable ’strategery’ against opponents based on their known strengths and weaknesses. We’re generally of the opinion that Georgia, far as we can remember, deploys the same basic game plan regardless of the opponent. For example, basic stuff like emphasizing ball control and time of possession vs. airing it out and scoring quick when the other team has a potent offense and marginal defense (er, against Clemson, maybe?). Do you have any sense that this is not the case, or any examples of when you saw us do something tailored to a specific opponent?

Well, there’s something to be said for sticking with what you do best, but I don’t actually think the Georgia coaching staff is guilty of not coming up with strategies suitable for a specific opponent. For example, running it down Tech’s throat in 2009 was a strategic decision based on both Tech’s defensive capabilities and keeping Paul Johnson’s triple option offense off the field. And it worked beautifully. Likewise, heavily pressuring the Gators’ QB at the start of last season’s game in Jacksonville, which paid off with that early fumble. But sometimes even when they do come up with an opponent-specific strategy, it just doesn’t work, or doesn’t last. Georgia opened up the 2011 SEC Championship Game against LSU with an almost perfect defensive game plan and an aggressive game plan on offense and special teams (remember the perfectly executed onside kick?). Unfortunately, critical errors — a dropped pass, a missed kick — kept Georgia from capitalizing on shutting down the Tigers in the first half and then turnovers and other mistakes killed the game plan in the second half. Other times, it’s just a bad game plan. Last season, Mike Bobo said his biggest regret after the South Carolina game was that he’d gotten away from the running game too early and too much. Even after Georgia was down by three touchdowns, he said in hindsight, “there was still a lot of time left in the ballgame and that’s what has made us successful, the balance [between pass and run]. If you become one-dimensional against a team like that you’re asking for trouble.” By abandoning the run, Bobo conceded, it allowed the Gamecocks’ pass rush to focus on going after Aaron Murray in the pocket. But to get back to your question, I don’t think it’s fair to say that the Georgia coaching staff doesn’t deploy ’strategery.’ It’s just that sometimes the execution has been lacking.

The question still hangs over Mark Richt: When will he finally coach a national championship team? (Jason Getz / AJC)

The question still hangs over Mark Richt: When will he finally coach a national championship team? (Jason Getz / AJC)

Jim P. writes: Bill, I believe the vitriolic criticism tossed at Coach Richt for not having won a national championship YET has become very obnoxious. It’s somewhat understandable from “haters,” but less so from many in the media. Let me ask this: How many years did it take the beloved Bobby Bowden to win a national championship? Yet he was not ridiculed relentlessly as Richt is today. All Bowden could do was help keep many (not all) of his teams competitive until he was lucky enough to finally win a championship. And yes, EVERY national champion has needed some luck at some point in their championship season. My point is Mark Richt is doing the same thing, having kept majority of his teams (from 13-1, 2002 team) competitive and in the hunt. A lucky break will eventually get this team over the top. There are plenty of other coaches to use as an example, other than the “great” Bobby Bowden. And Mark Richt is still much younger today than when Bowden won a national championship.

You’re right, Jim. Bowden started coaching Florida State in 1976 and didn’t win the first of his two national championships with the Seminoles until 1993. That’s 17 years and Richt is just entering his 13th season. True, fans nowadays have much less patience about such things than in, say, Vince Dooley’s time. But what’s really put the media spotlight on Richt’s lack of a national title is the fact that Georgia plays in a conference that has won seven straight BCS championships, and that during the time Richt has been at UGA Alabama has won three titles, LSU and Florida two each and Auburn one. I tend to agree with you that, with the exception of a couple of seasons, Richt has kept Georgia performing at a high level. But until he breaks through and gets that national championship trophy, he’s going to have to live with talk about him not winning the “big one.”

Kevin Toole writes: I live in Bainbridge. I remember when South Georgia dominated high school football. In the last 20 years the power has shifted north, and specifically metro Atlanta. Why do you think this has happened? I have my theories, but would love to hear what you think.

My first reaction was that it’s a result of most of the population growth being in the northern half of the state, specifically the metro area. I put the question to Todd Holcomb of Georgia High School Football Daily, who noted that “only one metro Atlanta team won a state title in the highest class from 1973 to 1992. That was 1987 Morrow (Andre Hastings’ old team). In the next 20 years (1993-2012), there have been 12 metro Atlanta champions, 10 from Gwinnett County alone.” Why? “Population growth is a huge factor,” he said. “There are only seven South Georgia teams still playing in the highest class. South Georgia teams are still very strong, student for student, and the tradition and fan support there is outstanding. Per capita, I still think South Georgia is strongest. If you were to pick a school in South Georgia at random, there’s a greater chance that it would be a pretty good team than if you picked a team from random in North Georgia. But there simply are far more teams and players in North Georgia. That’s the biggest difference.” Since we’re mainly concerned here with the Georgia Bulldogs and, in this instance, how the state’s high school talent impacts recruiting, I also put the question to the AJC’s recruiting guru, Michael Carvell. He agreed: “It’s all about the population growth. Metro Atlanta has double or more the college prospects than the rural areas because of sheer population in a condensed area near the world’s largest airport.”

Stacey Bell writes: I really enjoy reading your blog and keeping up with great information about the Dawgs! I was wondering: Why did UGA stop using the power “G” on the field in Sanford Stadium to mark the goal line? I have noticed the last couple of years they have just used a regular G. Was this dictated by rule or did they just decide not to use the power “G”?

Stacey, this question has been raised before by several fans who’ve noted that the red outlining of the field and red shadowing of the yardline numbers also disappeared in recent seasons. There’s no rule regulating this, so basically the folks in charge of Sanford Stadium simply decided to simplify the look of the field. I agree with you, though, that it looked better when the field markings were more customized to the school.

D.C. Dawg Forever writes: Bill, I read recently that this season everyone’s ticket will be scanned at the gate and that one of the pluses of this new system is that it will allow fans to easily transfer or sell tickets online, through StubHub, without needing to meet up with the buyer on game day to hand over the paper tickets. I was curious how this will work and what would stop someone from “selling” the tickets online and then going ahead and using the hard tickets anyway.

All tickets will be bar-coded for scanning, and assuming the system works the same as it does in other markets where StubHub already does this, it will go like this: When you sell a ticket electronically, the bar code on the hard tickets you have will be invalidated and electronic tickets with a new bar code will be issued to the buyer. So if you sell your ticket and then try to enter the stadium using that ticket, it won’t scan. By the way, the UGA athletic folks are urging fans to show up early for the South Carolina game, since that will be the first game using the new ticket scanning system. (Of course, it wouldn’t hurt for fans to start showing up earlier in general, since it makes for a much more imposing atmosphere when the stadium is full at kickoff.)

The rope will remain, allowing fans to still ring the Chapel bell after a Bulldogs victory. (University of Georgia)

The rope will remain, allowing fans to still ring the Chapel bell after a Bulldogs victory. (University of Georgia)

One last thing: I was contacted this week by a UGA grad who had heard somewhere that the Chapel bell will now be run electronically and fans and students won’t be able to ring it after games. I found it hard to believe such a beloved tradition, which dates back to 1892 and even was celebrated in the official UGA promotional film shown on TV and in the stadium over the past couple of seasons, would be relegated to the discarded traditions heap along with rat caps, the Senior Parade and the fans on the tracks. So I put the question to Claude Felton, senior associate athletic director, and he thankfully assured me that the Chapel bell still operates by a manual rope. So the ringing of the bell after a UGA victory (which, according to the G Book, is supposed to last until midnight) can continue!

Go Dawgs!

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452 comments Add your comment

mvdawg

August 24th, 2013
5:25 am

mvdawg

August 24th, 2013
5:30 am

First shall be last and last first. Go Jesus!

mvdawg

August 24th, 2013
5:31 am

I love bulldog football so much, but I love Jesus so much more.

DFW Dawg

August 24th, 2013
7:31 am

I read this article, hoping against hope and crossing my fingers, but it was to no avail. Why oh why did you not mention Johnny Manziel, not even once?! Frankly, I find any article that does not mention Johnny Football to be lacking and not worth a read. A big wag of my finger to you, Bill. Please review the top-notch ESPN field reports to see who it SHOULD be done.

7 days.

ALB-dawg

August 24th, 2013
7:43 am

1) This is the first season Murray’s career that the o-line is intact and experienced.
2) Last year was the first year in Murray’s career that the dawgs had a running game, and this is the first year he will play with the same backs.
3) This is the first year since Chappas left that the dawgs will have dominant players at the fullback position.

Several years back there was a rash of injuries on the O-line and others. Richt started taking it easy on the players (like no tackling to the ground). The easy road was hard on the team. The dawgs are in shape. They seem very team oriented and level headed. I like this team. I feel good about the season.

They must play Clemson tough until the final second of the game. Win or lose, they should be watching SC film on the bus ride home and have a practice on Sunday.

Top Row Dawg

August 24th, 2013
8:12 am

Have won 5 in a row now against Clemson. They are expecting tailgate crowd of over 200,000. MAN this is BIG!

Bulldawg35

August 24th, 2013
8:13 am

The dawgs will lose

Repeat….the dawgs will lose

THE DAWGS WILL LOSE!!!!!

run the damn ball

August 24th, 2013
8:27 am

I agree with Dean Thames 100%. We repeatedly let another teams strengths beat us. Clemson has a good quarterback and a good receiver. I bet Sammy Watkins has 12 catches for 185yds and 2 td’s. Double team him and go after the quarterback. They do not have a proven running game. But alas….our beloved coaches don’t gameplane. Clowney will be in our backfield all night.
If the Dawgs would stop putting so much emphasis on being balanced on offence, and just feed the beast with Gurley and that o-line we will win by double digits. Play keep away. But again…time of possesion means nothing to this staff. There will be several sloppy 3 and outs against this avarage defence.

south ga dog

August 24th, 2013
8:30 am

No Nick Hyders, Joe Wilsons, Jim Hughes, Gene Brodies, that built great programs instad of recruting players.

Skokie Dog

August 24th, 2013
8:42 am

Bill: Thanks for keeping the Blawg on this side of the dratted AJC paywall. I noticed that most of the U.Ga.-related content available today is on the expensive side of the paywall. I’m cheap and offer no apology for the fact.
And I’m agreeing that some more effective game planning on the part of our coaching staff might be helpful in surprising some of the team’s opponents.
Oh, by the way, book it!

dawgfan

August 24th, 2013
8:45 am

Richt is a great coach but his inability to win a national title YET is a legitimate criticism. I recently stumbled across a video on YouTube of Bear Bryant telling his incoming freshmen that they will be expected to win a national title during their 4 years. That’s the mentality that seems to be lacking with our program. It’s always “let’s win the East and let the chips fall where they may.” That’s a recipe for bowl games in central Florida.

Just my two cents.

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

August 24th, 2013
8:52 am

For me the criticism is not the lack of a national championship its the level of talent that has been here.

We have had more players go to the NFL than anyone in the SEC and one of the very few teams in the nation with the most top 10 recruiting classes since the late 90’s

Yet every year we continue to have 2 or more losses every season and having not won an SEC championship in almost a decade or BCS bowl win

In big games we lose cause we are out coached and we lose games we shouldnt its the same every season

Hopefully last years result will change the mindset around here

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

August 24th, 2013
8:54 am

dawgfan

I agree; you are right that is whats lacking

PigIron

August 24th, 2013
9:13 am

I love the rich tradition of college football. That said, comparing Coach Richt’s career to that of Bobby Bowden and bragging about a five game win streak against Clemson, when the last meeting was back in 2003, tempt one to use the dreaded “D” word when describing some football fans.

Anyway, Georgia is in the spotlight with this upcoming game against Clemson. It’s the game of the week on the opening weekend of CFB. That’s why ESPN will be there to cover it.

Best of luck to the Dawgs.

Dean

August 24th, 2013
9:32 am

Bill,
Thks for the response. Duly noted on the 2009 Tech game and the execution issues. I’d like to see us execute a “we run this state” game plan again in seven days. Getting ourselves into a shootout with a ol/qb/wr set like Clemson has, in a huge away game at night is a trap – that’s what Dabo (and ABC) wants. We have the resources to slow things down, control the tempo and keep their fans sedated, so why not do that?
Go Dawgs!
D

indigodawg

August 24th, 2013
9:38 am

Flat Tire, Good analysis. It amazes that some of our fans make excuses for Richt with the amount of talent that has come through Athens over the years. A great head coach would get us over the hump no doubt but Richt will be in good graces as long as he wins about ten games and make it to the SECCG. I don’t think the standards are very high from the AD or the fan base. I can only hope Richt gets it done in the near future.

ALB-dawg

August 24th, 2013
9:48 am

@Dean,

YES! You are correct, Sir!

dawgfan

August 24th, 2013
9:51 am

The “luck” argument is played out. This will be his 13th season on the job. He’s had plenty of time for the breaks to go his way. I also recall Bowden’s lack of a national title being a very big story before ‘93. Not sure what that guy is getting at there.

CHDawg

August 24th, 2013
10:06 am

Good column, Bill. Boneheads, the fact that you get to mention UGA and National Championship in the same sentence is proof Richt is doing a great job! Think about it…very few teams get to have the dream. With the amount of expertise and knowledge displayed here, it is an absolute disgrace you aren’t all worth $50 million, too. Anybody with a brain should have seen that a few thousand dollars in Microsoft in the late 80s, sold and switched to Apple in the 00s would make you worth that much. Losers! Just razzing you, boys! On the kicking mystery: we were among the very worst in all of college football in kicking stats last year–terrible. Maybe, CMR thinks Dabo will be more afraid of us not having a kicker and going for two every time? My thought for this year: offensive lines can win championships. Witness Bama last year. We need to take over the field this year with the big boys! Go Dawgs.

indigodawg

August 24th, 2013
10:16 am

Good point dawg fan. You can not count on luck to win a championship. You have to go out there and get the job done and Richt has not. He has 3-4 championship caliber teams with only 2 SEC championships and 2 BCS wins to show for it. He is not a bad coach but not a great one either. UGA is still a sleeping giant. Hire a top 5 coach and boom.

P-Man

August 24th, 2013
10:35 am

You ARE right Bulldawg 35… the dogs WILL lose. Sometime. And you know what? Alabama WILL lose…sometime. And the Packers WILL lose… sometime.

Now, if you are referring to a specific game, then we will have to just see.

It seems that many people have forgotten what the point of athletics is all about. For the athletes, it’s about building minds, bodies, and character, and about competing against others to better yourself. For the fans, it’s about entertainment. However, it seems that, in the last 10-20 years, it is all about winning championships. If you don’t win a title, then you are a failure. Translate that into your job. Are you a failure if you don’t win employee of the year? Every year? If you don’t sell the most? If you’re not teacher of the year? If you’re not executive of the year? NATIONALLY?

Let’s not forget what we’re about. Let’s enjoy the year, let’s hope our team (whoever you root for) wins every game and wins the national championship, but let’s also enjoy the drama of sports. I know too many people who “give up” on their team over and over. SUPPORT your team and coach! Then, when he’s no longer your coach, support the next one.

(Sorry for the rant… it’s been a long week…)

AltamahaDawg

August 24th, 2013
10:37 am

I think Richt has played the media like a finely tuned Stradivarous on the PK deal. Letting the media make up their own narrative about a competitive advantage to Clemson and how it won’t work…..ever joking about it………… so they would ignore what would be a real distraction, (talking ABOUT and TO the kids involved) is entirely the point. Well played coach.

Flo- Ri - Duh

August 24th, 2013
10:44 am

Bama was “lucky” in 2011 & 2012 to even be in the national champ game – as they had depend on several other teams to lose at the end of the season in their final game.

*** Clempsum is an ACC team – advantage UGA.

ARdawg

August 24th, 2013
10:45 am

P!ss and moan p!ss and moan. Crikey at the p!ss and moan. Not a single game has been played yet and you supposed fans have already thrown the towel in because Richt hasn’t won a NC. I’m thankful none of you clowns were on my teams. It’s true folks don’t get what they deserve. If it were you’d all be Tech fans. What a minute………

AltamahaDawg

August 24th, 2013
10:50 am

Oh, you have to expect a few comments from the “why can’t we just hire Nick Saban” crowd.

Flo- Ri - Duh

August 24th, 2013
10:52 am

Odd how injuries usually hit heavy at one position (this year Safety) often also at a position where a starter has been suspended for the game. The same thing happened in 2012.

Clempsum has also had injuries at the DB position and they have two TRUE freshmen (coming off of injury) starting in the 1st game – if they can go.

Of course, this problem with the DB depth goes all the way back to 2011 when Richt kicked 3 DB’s off the team – and one of them will be the starting QB for Aubarn this year!

Amazing how UGA has provided teams with QB’s – LSU’s Mettenbubba is another example.

ARdawg

August 24th, 2013
10:54 am

Saban already has a job. Wouldn’t it be easier for the trolls, haterz and posers just turncoat into Bama fans?…LOL

AltamahaDawg

August 24th, 2013
10:55 am

I’m sorry, the “Why can’t we hire Gene Chizik” crowd.

Flo- Ri - Duh

August 24th, 2013
11:00 am

It often takes 2+ years – example: Charles Johnson (DE) came in to his own in his Jr. year. I expect the same for Ray Drew(DE) ….. looking for big things from Mr. Drew this year.

Flo- Ri - Duh

August 24th, 2013
11:08 am

I’ll stick with Mark Richt – and he’ll stick with UGA.

Saban is all for Saban & if Texas, his next likely stop, comes through with the cash Saban will be on the next jet leaving out!

Same can be said for Urban (quiter) Meyer. “I quit for more time with my family”. Uh huh – wink wink.

Spurrier also quit Florida for a competitor in the SEC – after he quit Florida for his failed attempt at the NFL. Something he has in common with Saban.

No thanks – I’ll stick with Richt who has NEVER shopped himself around.

indigodawg

August 24th, 2013
11:08 am

USC, OSU, Texas, Miami, LSU and Georgia currently have the most players in the NFL yet UGA has yet to make an appearance in the national championship game while the others have accomplished this multiple times. For someone to think that some fans should not have a beef is strange. The talent is there for sure but the coaching is holding us back.

AltamahaDawg

August 24th, 2013
11:09 am

Nope. They can’t be Alabama fans. They already bought the Georgia tee-shirt.

Flo- Ri - Duh

August 24th, 2013
11:10 am

Spurrier, Meyer & Saban are like prostitutes going to the highest bidder.

Flo- Ri - Duh

August 24th, 2013
11:11 am

BS35 (aka Milk Dud) – HAVE YOU HAD YOUR NERVOUS BREAKDOWN TODAY?

ARdawg

August 24th, 2013
11:11 am

Wal-mart will take those t-shirts back

indigodawg

August 24th, 2013
11:12 am

lol at the Saban to Texas conspiracy theories. I thought he was supposed to leave Alabama after 4-5 years max. He will not leave Alabama until he is considered the greatest ever. Why leave after building a machine? He is trying to achieve legendary status there and he isn’t getting any younger.

indigodawg

August 24th, 2013
11:14 am

Spurrier, Meyer, and Saban are all better coaches than Richt. UGA would be lucky to have any of those three but that obviously would never happen.

Flo- Ri - Duh

August 24th, 2013
11:14 am

Question for BS35 (hypothetical) – If a team beats #7 & #8 in their 1st two games of the season should they be ranked #1 by their 3rd game? Just want to see how BIASED against UGA you are.

Flo- Ri - Duh

August 24th, 2013
11:17 am

There is ONLY two reasons why Saban would leave Bama for Texas:
#1 MONEY (Texas alumni have deeper pockets)
#2 Failure – like he was in the NFL

YES – Saban is a good coach but a better recruiter.

indigodawg

August 24th, 2013
11:26 am

Alabama would match any offer that Texas would throw at Saban. They built statues of the guy after 3-4 years. You don’t let a legend walk away from your program without giving it your all. I think UGA should target Gary Patterson (TCU) and Kirby Smart in the future.

Cuz

August 24th, 2013
11:28 am

Just do not mess with that chapel bell. We rang it all night long after the victory over Florida in 1980. Well except for when we went and met the team as they arrived at McWhorter dorm*. There must have been 5000 people there at 2:00 AM. It was as loud as being in the stadium. Bet the neighbors up the hill loved it. And probably those people in the foreign housing dorm too.

* I think McWhorter was the name of the athletic dorm, but I have been wrong before.

Cuz

August 24th, 2013
11:31 am

I will save my replace Richt comments when he announces his final season. Other than that, I have no problems with our coach. He is a class act and sooner or later that football will bounce our way and we will hoist the crystal football. It took a lot of luck and being at the right place for us to win the MNC in 1980.

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

August 24th, 2013
11:39 am

Yea I guess we have to have comments from the

Im satisfied with 10 wins;
Beating a has been program in GT every year is sooo great!!! Yippi
lose to every top 10 team,
get embarrassed on national tv in big games;
win an SEC championship every 30 yrs or so;

all while recruiting top 10 classes every year and leading the SEC in NFL draftees crowd

Yea that crowd

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

August 24th, 2013
11:44 am

Im sorry Ray Goff and Jim Donnan should have been allowed 15 more years to coach too

ARdawg

August 24th, 2013
11:50 am

I thought Donnan was shown the door too early but, that has nothing to do with the here and now

indigodawg

August 24th, 2013
11:51 am

Don’t you dare post facts Flat Tire if they aren’t pumping sunshine some of these guys don’t want to hear it. I suppose you are not a real UGA fan if you post such things. God help us if people start to think for themselves and form their own opinion. I don’t understand the cult-like following of Mark Richt by some of these guys. I understand why “bammers” worship Saban but its something about Richt. Must be because everyone wants to see the good guy succeed and the hair it has to be the hair.

ALB-dawg

August 24th, 2013
11:59 am

Spurrier and Saban are the two best coaches in America. I give Spurrier the #1 because he had a winning season at Duke. I, too, think spurrier is the better strategist. Saban is a close second, and he is definitely the best motivator and executive. They have one thing in common; they will never coach at UGA. Outside of them whose better than Richt… honestly. Urban Meyer…. maybe, but he will not coach at UGA. Besides, while I think he is a great coach, he has inherited great players and left each program when the gettin’ was good. Don’t even say Stoops. So who? Hairball? Mallzone? Smartypants? Devo? Jumbo Fishtron? Why would any of them come coach at a school that whines about having one of the winningest coaches in America?

Cuz

August 24th, 2013
12:02 pm

Oh it is the hair. I am bald. He has real nice hair.

Some of you just don’t get it that we like having a decent man as head coach. And at the same time, in the modern era of Georgia football, he has the most winning percentage of all, even Vince Dooley, may Larry bless his name.

If you just judge a coach by whether or not he has won a National Championship, you have very little to work with. Do you think Coach Saban would have kept Kolton Houston on scholarship while they were battling the NCAA. I don’t think so.

indigodawg

August 24th, 2013
12:04 pm

Gary Patterson, Chris Petersen, Kirby Smart, Charlie Strong….

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

August 24th, 2013
12:05 pm

The coach at Baylor has done a great job you can add that to the list