New worst-case scenario: What if Richt loses to a Dooley?

A while back, I broached what I thought was a worst-case scenario: What would happen if Georgia lost in Starkville?

We now know, and it hasn’t been pretty. The Bulldogs have since lost again, spawning all manner of anti-Richt screeds from folks like me. And now I’m thinking of an even worse worst-case scenario:

What happens if Mark Richt loses to the offspring of the man who hired him?

Understand: I don’t think it will happen. I don’t think Georgia will lose to Tennessee. But I didn’t think the Bulldogs would lose to Mississippi State, and not long ago I suggested UGA wouldn’t lose again until Oct. 30. (Missed by 28 days, I did.) Meaning: You probably shouldn’t listen to me.

I ask again: What if Richt loses to Vince Dooley’s son? What if Tennessee comes to Sanford Stadium and wins again? What if 1-4 UGA becomes 1-5 UGA?

I say again: I don’t think it will happen. But I’ve been covering the SEC since the ’70s, and I’ve never before been able to describe the Bulldogs as “1-4 Georgia,” so we’re operating beyond my frame of reference. And I’m not sure my feeble mind could accommodate a loss to the scion-coached Big Orange. I’m just not.

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Dawgs97

October 5th, 2010
10:41 am

It would be Richt’s final death knell.

Hillbilly Deluxe

October 5th, 2010
10:42 am

Now wouldn’t that be something. Probably make Barbara happy, though.

JUST SAYING

October 5th, 2010
10:42 am

it will be alright, all the 5 stars and Coach Richt can gather by the river and sing Kubayah..good luck with that

Aaron

October 5th, 2010
10:43 am

Does it matter at this point? Gotta beat Auburn or Florida to make a bowl game…

rusty

October 5th, 2010
10:46 am

PMC

October 5th, 2010
10:49 am

what if they win? What then?

elvisaintdead

October 5th, 2010
10:49 am

Michael Adams’ swelled head as well as ego will finally explode.

Russ, the Temporary Mascot

October 5th, 2010
10:50 am

I’ll be mascotting as hard as I can.

Preston

October 5th, 2010
10:50 am

Richt wins either way.

If Georgia goes 1-11:
If it’s about wins & losses, then Richt’s 90 wins in 9 seasons make shim untouchable, since less than 10 men in history have done that in their 1st 9 seasons.

If Georgia goes 9-4:
Richt’s turnaround genuis.

Either way, Richt wins.

SmyrnaMan

October 5th, 2010
10:51 am

It will be AWESOME! Go Vols!

Willy

October 5th, 2010
10:51 am

Maybe UGA(Y) should try another gimmick and wear all black?

Ace

October 5th, 2010
10:51 am

The Georgia Possums – play dead at home, get killed on the road.

Dawglasville

October 5th, 2010
10:51 am

The Falcons look like contenders. The Braves make the playoffs. Tech doesn’t look so hot. The Bulldogs are still the biggest buzz in this town. All of you who say that the Dawgs don’t matter are truly the ones who are delusional.

Eastman Jacket

October 5th, 2010
10:52 am

UT will come out hungry and they seem to be a team that will be more physical than UGA. Look for a 13-10 type ballgame with UT on top.

Russ, the Temporary Mascot

October 5th, 2010
10:52 am

I listen to some of the radio sports shows. I know some people are blaming me.

cantondawg

October 5th, 2010
10:53 am

Mark,

The sad thing is that i don’t think the reaction will get much worse. Losing to Miss. State and Colorado are about as low as you can go. At least Tennessee is a marquee name with a football history.

The sad thing to me is that some of our lunatic negative fanbase are hoping for a loss. They’ve jumped on the negativity bandwagon and want to ride it all year. Their thoughts are that if we don’t win a Championship then the second best thing is for us to lose the rest of our games and get a new coach.

Boozerdawg

October 5th, 2010
10:54 am

Whats the difference, hes losing to everyone else.

Preston

October 5th, 2010
10:54 am

Good chance Richt finally has one of those, Nick Saban like 6 or 7 win seasons. I know, Saban’s had like 6 of those, and Richt’s never had 1, but hey, yes Richt’s great, but he’s human.

If Saban can have 6 or 7, 6 or 7 win seasons, surely Richt is allowed to have 1 per decade?

UGA's Fire Hydrant

October 5th, 2010
10:55 am

If Coach Richt gets fired while Michael Adams is still in charge at the school, the replacement will likely be a token, unproven Affirmative-Action hire like Damon Evans who can’t handle the pressure and responsibility of a big-time SEC like Georgia.

By the way, how’d that Evans hire work out for us, U G A ?

producewiz

October 5th, 2010
10:55 am

it’s college football. things go well and things go terrible.Florida looked as bad as any other team in the SEC East and they were supposed to be great.Wait till Alabama gets to Columbia. Georgia not going 9 & 4. Nor is Florida a lock for the SEC championship game.One of those years.Remember Alabama under Shula and other lousy coaches before Saben and after The Bear.

Newbomb Turk

October 5th, 2010
10:56 am

1st that said “1st”

Jason

October 5th, 2010
10:58 am

Mark,

I believe that you and a bunch of the readers on this blog owe a certain paper in Florida an apology for how much you all disprespected their opinion that the Bulldogs were closer to 60th in the country rather than closer to 15th. Right now, 60th looks like it might be a little generous.

Boise Dawg

October 5th, 2010
10:58 am

What is the spread on this game? Feels like a total toss-up that could go either way. I must admit with each passing loss it stings a little less. Don’t get me wrong, I will be pulling hard for Georgia and want to see them beat Tennessee in a bad way, but this season really can’t get any worse.

knoxdawg

October 5th, 2010
10:58 am

I believe CMR is very intense and wants this win bad, even more so than I thought he would after last year. The team wants it too as they haven’t forgotten last year. It will be aphysical knock down drag out fight till the end. Problem is neither team is gonna go anywhere with the win. Sad that a Dawgs/Vols game has no meaning in regards to the SEC East.

Preston

October 5th, 2010
10:59 am

Let’s say Richt goes 1-11. He still has 3 years left on his contract at $3 mill a year to buyout.

Is McGarity gonna pay Richt $9 million to leave when Richt’s a top 10 winningest coach for coaches with at least 5 years of coaching experience, even going 1-11? Nah, won’t happen. $9 mill is a lot of cashola. Especially for a coach in the top 10 for wins. There are only 5-10 coaches in front of Richt when it comes to winning, and of those, only 1 has proven he can win more games in the SEC than Richt, that’s Meyer, and he ain’t leaving Florida for Georgia.

Mark Bradley

October 5th, 2010
10:59 am

What if Georgia wins, PMC? A nice long contract bump for Richt, perhaps?

Tech Rules

October 5th, 2010
10:59 am

“What if 1-4 UGA becomes 1-5 UGA?”

All would be right with the universe.

cantondawg

October 5th, 2010
10:59 am

Mark,

Last year you wrote an article on CMR that was probrably one of the best that i’ve seen written. You stated that UGA had so much success early on that CMR had put the program on auto-pilot. I believe that’s the problem with UGA. CMR had ceded control to the assistants AND has been more of a CEO than a head coach. CWM was a major failure and CMB has been very inconsistent. I think CTG will do the job in time but CMB needs to be replaced.

Joey

October 5th, 2010
11:00 am

I predict Georgia will finish ahead of Florida this season.

Georgia will finish 9-4, Florida, 9-4, but will lose tiebreaker to Georgia.

Ace

October 5th, 2010
11:00 am

Get your donations ready, 2.8 million for a win.

Bambino

October 5th, 2010
11:01 am

UGA 2010 –

The Year “THE CURSE OF THE RED PANTIES” Begins for UGA.

In case this curse runs for 86 years or more, maybe you Georgia fans should go burn down all the Victoria’s Secret stores in Athens.

Hmmmmm…

Actually, considering Courtney Fuhrmann and the silhouette of the “Typical” female UGA fan, maybe you folks should go burn down all the LANE BRYANT stores in Athens instead.

Dawglasville

October 5th, 2010
11:01 am

Crimson Tide Pride – Really? There is Vandy, then Florida/UGA. There is a huge drop before you get to any other school in the SEC when it comes to academics. Be happy with Saban. Don’t get carried away.

norman

October 5th, 2010
11:04 am

Bradley-What reasons can you base specifically Georgia winning over Tennessee?

Sam

October 5th, 2010
11:04 am

Mark-

One of the knocks on Richt is he never will have a rebuilding year, like Saban does those years Saban goes 7-6. You basically throw the year away to get your young players playing experience. Saban’s done it 6 or 7 times.

I mean Richt’s NEVER had a season with less than 8 wins. No rebuilding years. None.

Most of the guys who win a National Championship throw the season in between, Meyer went 9-4 a couple of times at Florida, and will again this season.

Well, I think Richt’s willing to do that this year, because it’s in the best interest of the long term program, we need continuity at QB, even if it means winning 1 or 2 games. He’s willing to lose em all, to get Murray experience.

I don’t care if Georgia loses the rest of the games, as long as the young guns get lots of experience.

South Georgia

October 5th, 2010
11:05 am

Mark Richt finally woke up and is beginning to address the toughness deficit. Georgia will win on Saturday. By the way, did you notice Texas losing two games in a row with Muschamp still jumping? They will be soundly beaten by Nebraska this year unless they improve. What about Mack Brown and Will Muschamp? What’s wrong with them?

SimpleDawg

October 5th, 2010
11:05 am

If the Dawgs ever win another game, the flood gates will open and the torrent will be released.

Don’t be standing in the ditch when the flood comes.

Somebody just needs to poke a hole in the damn dam.

Mark Bradley

October 5th, 2010
11:05 am

I think UGA is a better team, norman. But I’ve been wrong a time or two.

acdc1996

October 5th, 2010
11:05 am

Tennessee is a very good football team up until the 4th quarter. They do not have the depth. They have played very good football considering the number of players without game experience and, in my opinion, have exceed expectations of the potential their team has.

If UGA plays at the same level that have in 2010, they will lose. In my opinion, with the exception of Ark, UT is the 2nd best team UGA has played this year.

RD

October 5th, 2010
11:06 am

MB, whatever happened to those bold predictions of “The Bulldogs shouldn’t lose again until the day before Halloween, if then”?

acdc1996

October 5th, 2010
11:09 am

Remember, they were playing with Oregon until the 2nd half. Oregon, as we are finding out, is a very good football team.

bugsquacher

October 5th, 2010
11:09 am

If its football….. Its all about Championships……. what else do you play for? Second place? (not hardly)

jojatek

October 5th, 2010
11:09 am

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cantondawg

October 5th, 2010
11:10 am

Preston,

You bring up a very good point about CMR’s contract. We would have to pay about 8.4 million if he were fired after the season. I know the Football money is different than the general college fund but i just don’t think it would sit well to pay a football coach 8.4 million not to coach and yet at the same time make teachers take furlough day because of the budget problems. Plus, if you hire a new coach he would want to bring in his own DC and then you would have to pay 1.5 million to CTG for his contract. That would make 10 million dollars in severance pay.

How would the teachers and faculty react to this..I would be pissed if i were them. UGA can waste money on firing a football coach but makes the faculty take furlough days

YES i do know that the football fund is different from the general fund.

Tater

October 5th, 2010
11:10 am

If you father a child with an obese, lip-haired, chain-smoking, profanity-using Tennessee girl who wears “Volunteer Orange” clothing, your potential for greatness in life has just officially ended.

bugsquacher

October 5th, 2010
11:13 am

You are fooling yourself if you think football is about a good record…. 9-4, 10-3, etc….

Its about winning championships…….. Quit drinking the kool-aid…….

Expect More……Demand More

UGA is better than this…….

dawgface

October 5th, 2010
11:14 am

One of the bigger problems is nobody cares. Not only has Richt lost his team, but he’s lost the fans’ confidence altogether and has managed to make UGA not only irrelevant on the national stage but to their own fans. Sad but true. Richt must go.

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UGA Insider

October 5th, 2010
11:15 am

The only winner of this season has been Dr Mike Adams who has been rewarded his wish of destroying tail-gating and changing the UGA football experience for the worse forever. Fans are selling tickets and rooms in droves not just because of the product on the field, but because there is no fun left to be had on a Saturday afternoon. The noon starts are pathetic and now the schedule will be a complete joke. Also, people are sick of the university ripping them off then making them park and tail-gate 5 miles from the campus. Gameday is horrid right now and will get worse folks.

jojatek

October 5th, 2010
11:15 am

The Vols will take AJ Green out of the equation and, after a tough loss to LSU that offered young Dooley plenty to build on (unlike the Dawgs’ recent losses to MSU and Colorado), will beat UGA 24-17…

glacialspeed

October 5th, 2010
11:15 am

MB, you AJC guys just keep picking Georgia and they keep losing. The answer to the question is, who cares? In 2010 this is a C-list matchup. RTR.