Richt’s stimulus package: Say no to UGA and get rich

In uncertain economic times, we must applaud anyone who stimulates financial growth. Today’s ovation is offered up for Mark Richt, who seems determined to leave men wealthier all across the South. To recap:

• Richt pursued Bud Foster of Virginia Tech; Foster got a raise and stayed in Blacksburg.

• Richt pursued John Chavis of LSU; the Chief got a raise and stayed in Baton Rouge.

• Richt pursued Kirby Smart of Alabama; Smart is staying in Tuscaloosa, and it’s whispered Nick Saban matched Richt’s final offer of $750,000 per year.

Some Georgia fans believe Richt is failing them in his protracted — approaching its seventh week! — search for a defensive coordinator. I say, “Look instead at the bigger picture! Look at the increased tax revenue Richt is generating for the states of Virginia, Louisiana and Alabama!”

Anybody can go out and hire a defensive coordinator. (Well … almost anybody.) It takes a special someone to create plenty in this time of want. Some Georgia folks believe Richt has botched a simple task, but I say, “Au contraire.” I believe the man from Athens had macroeconomics on his mind from the get-go. I believe his real mission was audacious in its scope, and I believe he has succeeded beyond all measure.

Some Georgia backers are dismayed that Richt doesn’t seem as good at his job as, say, Urban Meyer. I say bunk. I say  Richt sees his real role in life as being the new Regis Philbin. When he places a call to a coordinating candidate, he doesn’t ask, “Would you like to run my defense?” Instead he says: “Who wants to be a millionaire?”

Perhaps someday someone will even be moved to take Georgia’s money. Perhaps.

751 comments Add your comment

TD

January 12th, 2010
12:18 am

Mark, once a DC is hired and we’re into spring practice, no one will remember who turned UGA down. You’re better than this trolling nonsense.

PennWagers.com

Denver Dawg

January 12th, 2010
12:22 am

ouch – Mark, did some Techie pay you to write this? need more salt?

4tix4dogs4cokes

January 12th, 2010
12:24 am

Why have you and Schultz turned into complete and utter GT hacks? Seriously, you seemed to be going out of your way over the last 2 years to childishly mock, ridicule and act like general douche bags on all things GA. You want to hitch your respective wagons to Paul Johnson, late season meltdown notwithstanding, that is fine, but I am not sure why you feel it necessary to act like children. If you 2 wish to supplant Terrence Moore as the resident AJC idiots, then you are certainly doing your best to one up each other. Carry on.

SIC'EM

January 12th, 2010
12:26 am

Yeah….what they said.

Super Dawg

January 12th, 2010
12:27 am

Unfortunately, this is par for the course in Athens. See Sheridan, Dick (Ray Goff) or Mason, Glen (Jim Donnan), Now we’ve been publicly humiliated by waving money around to three people who clearly never were interested in the job to begin with. Can we put some grown ups in charge, please????

TheReverendDoctor

January 12th, 2010
12:27 am

Do you just sit around and try to think up stuff to inflame the idiots on the DawgVent? What a troll.

PennWagers.com

UGA Alum

January 12th, 2010
12:31 am

What a stupid article! Are you drunk, Mark? Waste of time! And the worst part about it is that you get PAID to write this nonsense!

Gatorhater27

January 12th, 2010
12:31 am

Mr. Bradley,

If you’d really like to troll, we can give you some lessons over at Pennwagers.com. You are good, but you could use a little work, and we are glad to help. Right now you are about 8/10. We could push that to at least 9/10.

wow

January 12th, 2010
12:31 am

Just a lousy smartarss article. Thanks mb. For trying to get people fired up over cmr

This is gonna be good...

January 12th, 2010
12:34 am

Mark, you’ve got cajones. Can’t wait to see the Puppy Nation melt down when they get a look at this one.

wow

January 12th, 2010
12:34 am

Hey mb. How did u like it when travis. Leslie. Took ur sorry cousins. To dunk school the other night

hind tit

January 12th, 2010
12:37 am

the new rumor i started and i don’t know how to tweet . the dems. are going to surtax all the pro sports players and coaches, all the college coaches and players and pay off the national debt.

VinceVanGo

January 12th, 2010
12:41 am

Get serious Mark! Coach Richt has went for three very good DC’s and their employers have coughed up to keep them. It doesn’t mean that the sky is falling on Georgia. It means that Coach Richt has set his sights very high and applaud him for that. Yes he does need to move quickly and get one in place for the recruits sake, but the true Georgia fans need to trust their coach, see whom he brings in, be patient for the results and know that it all rest on Coach Richt’s shoulders. He will either be rewarded or pay the price for the decision he makes. That’s part of the big salary and career risks that a college football coach takes. Give Coach Richt a chance! Give the new DC a chance! And stay loyal all you true Georgia fans.

How Much Longer??

January 12th, 2010
12:42 am

What the HELL is this CMR GARBAGE?? You utilize that appelation–YES!! the right word—for a coach that has ON SOMETHING. By something I mean a NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP. Isn’t it time this Pretty Boy accomplished something. Anyone could have looked good at FSU before the Senile Demented one lost it. Look at the talent the man had!!

NO MORE initials to designate an underachieving PUNK. Unless the initials are “BKDBB”–Butt Kissing Disciple of Bobby Bowden.

chem

January 12th, 2010
12:44 am

You put on a good show Brad.

4tix4dogs4cokes

January 12th, 2010
12:45 am

How Much Longer?? — Excellent post. VERY articulate. You should be proud for pulling together such insights, it is clear you have a towering intellect.

Dawggrl

January 12th, 2010
12:45 am

Do they have any sportswriters left at the AJC? Dawgs – we will get a GREAT DC and hopefully things will be better in Athens next season. At least CMR went after top talent, he heard the Bulldawg Nation wanted Smart and he tried to bring him home. That said, let’s go after Grantham, I like his resume and his works speaks for itself instead of having Saban speak for it….

hind tit

January 12th, 2010
12:46 am

here we go again. ah fart’n whirlwind

How Much Longer??

January 12th, 2010
12:46 am

I like that. “BKDBB” has a ring to it. How about some more. A little help Tech and Bama fans.

BBW–Botoxed Boy Wonder
CWBO–Can’t Win the Big One.
IDNTC–I on’t Need This Crap.

matt r

January 12th, 2010
12:48 am

How does increasing the salary of state employees increase tax revenue??

4tix4dogs4cokes

January 12th, 2010
12:49 am

You are right, winning 8 of 9 against the Maggots doesn’t rank as winning the “big one” — not much of an accomplishment at all actually given how bad Tech has sucked. Nonetheless, winning 90 games in 9 years, 3 SECCGs and 3 BCS games is a start.

Paul in RDU

January 12th, 2010
12:53 am

Dawggrl @12:45 am

I would hope that Richt went after Kirby Smart because he thought he was one of the best people for the DC position not because “he heard the Bulldawg Nation wanted Smart and he tried to bring him home”

Paul in RDU

January 12th, 2010
12:54 am

matt r – Because most of the income for coaches does not come from the school but from the AA

Mark Sadly

January 12th, 2010
12:54 am

Ignore Mark (Bradley). He’s just trying to get a rise out of Georgia fans and more clicks on his blog. Instead, his dimwitted prose demonstrates some juvenile vendetta against UGA and Mark Richt. It may also reflect some jealousy of Chavis, Foster, and Smart. After all, does anyone think the AJC has ever offered Bradley more money in response to a job offer from a competing newspaper? I say bunk. I say it takes the latter to get the former.

hunker down

January 12th, 2010
12:55 am

Afraid the boss is going to call you on this one MB.

hind tit

January 12th, 2010
12:55 am

dallas has alot more money than the sec put together. if he’s that good we can’t compete.

Mark Fox

January 12th, 2010
12:56 am

Bradley-

Remember when you mocked Georgia for hiring me? Please tell me what happened when I went up against your beloved Jackets. Oh, please tell.

Big John

January 12th, 2010
12:56 am

Coach Richt needs a crash course in negotiation. Call Donald Trump.

Technophobia

January 12th, 2010
12:57 am

Yeah, 4 tix, Richt has had a fair amount of success. And the Titanic was a nice boat…. until it sunk. The writing’s on the wall for UGA. Who would want to work for a school that has little chance of winning its division much less its conference and whose spoiled, obnoxious fans walk out en masse because they were down to Ky by 6 points. Think about it!

Just Sayin'

January 12th, 2010
12:57 am

Dawggrl

Is that an acronym for ‘Dawg Grill”, ‘Dawg Girl’ or ‘Dawg Grool’? I mean it couldn’t be Dawg Girl because that would make you a female dog or bitch, right? Just sayin.

Mark Bradley

January 12th, 2010
1:00 am

While the AJC keeps shedding staffers who actually do work, I get paid a mint to scratch my hindquarters and post whatever comes to mind. Ain’t America great?

Technophobia

January 12th, 2010
1:00 am

Hey UGA fans. Lay off Bradley. He just knows a good joke when he sees one.

Mark Sadly

January 12th, 2010
1:01 am

Technophobia, if Mark knows a good joke when he sees one, how do you explain his infatuation with Tech and Paul Johnson?

IslandDawg

January 12th, 2010
1:03 am

MARK…That was not funny! Yet, I still laughed my A** off!

Technophobia

January 12th, 2010
1:04 am

Hey Sadly, that should be easy, even for a UGA fan. Tech and Johnson are on the way up. We don’t have to pin all our hopes on one game.

SEC GUY

January 12th, 2010
1:05 am

Mark,

You speak the Truth. The UGA fans have a difficult time bracing the reality that as of January 2010 UGA is not Defensive player Heavy.
Richt aimed high and all three SCUD Missles fell short.
The facts are the DAWG Nation is in panic mode. Mark Richt knows that he can ill afford another season of taking poundings from FL,Tenn, Kentucky and close calls from the Gamecocks and Vanderbilt.
As Lewis Grizzard would write ” shoot low boy, they are riding shetlin ponies.”

CrimeDog

January 12th, 2010
1:06 am

You guys jumping on Bradley for being a Tech homer do realize he picked Georgia to win the National Championship last year right?

DirtyDawg

January 12th, 2010
1:06 am

Keep it up Bradley…you’re gonna’ get it in the end – then again maybe that’s what you’re hoping for.

Duh George

January 12th, 2010
1:08 am

Tip for Mark Richt:
99% of getting a ‘yes’ is asking the right person.

Just Sayin'

January 12th, 2010
1:08 am

Mark, nice angle on the stimulus package. LMAO

mavrick

January 12th, 2010
1:10 am

like my papy use to say. i’m workin on it i’m workin on it.

Just Sayin'

January 12th, 2010
1:10 am

Mark calls it the way he sees it. Isn’t that the way it’s supposed to be? Just sayin’.

DogGrowl

January 12th, 2010
1:12 am

Yeah… that’s me.

DogGrowl

January 12th, 2010
1:13 am

And I’m nippin’ at “yer” heels…

Big John

January 12th, 2010
1:14 am

Coach Richt needs to get somebody to strongly endorse him to the prospective coach first, the endorser needs to be somebody the prospective Coach REALLY respects, that says, “Hey man, you guys should talk, and if I were you, I’d take this thing, this Mark Richt guy is exceptional and I satrongly recommend him”.

Just Sayin'

January 12th, 2010
1:15 am

DogGrowl,

“And I’m nippin’ at ‘yer’ heels”

If I need a pedicure I’ll call you. Just sayin’.

The Inside Scoop

January 12th, 2010
1:16 am

When Arkansas went coach hunting two years ago, salaries went from a high of $ 1.1-$1.4 million to over $2 million in a week. All coaches got at least 50%. Thats the game. This country could be in a depression (and almost is) and we would pay double last years ticket prices to get to these games and the schools KNOW IT. Soon we will have the priviledge of paying $50 for pay-per-view of any game. Hot dog !

Mark Bradley

January 12th, 2010
1:18 am

“Tech and Johnson are on the way up. ”

Uh, no.

Clint

January 12th, 2010
1:18 am

Nice try Bradley. No wonder the newspaper business is dying. This is the best you could come up with? As for the Techies that continue to talk crap. Try winning a bowl game under your mastermind of a coach.Until you do, keep winning your crappy conference, and keep your delusions that you’re a program on the up. The truth is that you’re a second rate program in a second rate conference. All the juniors on the team that Chan recruited see the pee colored writing on the wall. That’s why they all left for the NFL today. Good luck getting top high schoolers to play in a system that the NFL laughs at. Johnson has done alright with Chan’s recruits. Lets see how he does next year and the years to come.

Hire Jay Leno

January 12th, 2010
1:19 am

Seriously, he could raise a lot of money, with his jokes and all, he’d keep the guys light and be great on the recruiting trail. I hear his show didn’t get picked up, so he’s available.