Should Richt be untouchable at UGA? Consider Jim Donnan

A side-by-side comparison for y’all:

Coach A: Went 40-19 and 25-15 in league play over a five-year span at an SEC East school at a time when two division brethren won BCS titles.

Coach B: Has gone 42-19 and 23-16 in league play over a five-year span at the same SEC East school at a time when one division rival has won two BCS titles.

Coach A was Jim Donnan, who was fired by Georgia president Michael Adams in December 2000.

Coach B is Mark Richt, who succeeded Donnan and who’s under contract through 2013.

I know, I know. In Richt’s first five seasons he took Georgia to the SEC title game three times, which Donnan didn’t manage once, and won it twice. In those five seasons Richt bought the kind of good will Donnan never could. But Georgia, which has the same president now as then, has had essentially the same record the past five years as in Donnan’s tenure, and it has had many more off-the-field embarrassments.

(By Donnan’s count, Georgia had five players arrested in his five years as coach. Under Richt, Georgia has had more than twice that many arrests this year alone. And yet, when dismissing Donnan, Adams said vaguely, “This is about more than just W’s and L’s.”)

Donnan lost to Georgia Tech three seasons running; Richt has lost once to the Jackets in nine tries. Donnan could beat Tennessee only once and Auburn twice; Richt is 6-4 against the Vols and 6-3 against the Tigers. But Donnan’s winning percentage against Florida (.200) was the same as Richt’s, and Donnan never got to work against Ron Zook.

Should UGA consider firing Mark Richt?

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And for all those saying, “If not for a tipped interception in overtime, Richt beats Florida on Saturday and we’re not having this conversation” –  let’s recall that Donnan worked at Georgia before college football went to instant replay as an officiating tool. Two Tech losses turned on late fumbles. (Actually, a Joe Hamilton fumble that wasn’t called in 1998 and the Jasper Sanks non-fumble in 1999.) Imagine if, after further review, those L’s had become W’s.

Understand: I’m not suggesting Donnan was as successful at Georgia as Richt has been. The Old Coach, as Donnan liked to call himself, never achieved the needed breakthrough. But if five seasons without an SEC title provided enough of a sampling for Adams to change coaches — a change with which I disagreed, I must add — isn’t it worth noting that the incumbent has gone five barren years with a similar record? And that the incumbent’s players keep getting arrested?

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SECWasteManagement

November 2nd, 2010
9:26 am

I would have fired Donnan’s a$$ too! He recruited Jasper Sanks (probably the biggest bust in UGA running back history) over JAMAAL LEWIS who wanted to come to UGA but Donnan said that Sanks was the guy. Lewis proceeded to trample UGA every time they went up against Tennessee while Sanks got thrown off the team for drug possession!

JB

November 2nd, 2010
9:28 am

If Richt is here 10 more years, florida wins 8, maybe 9…… am I the only one who noticed how tight we were the first half last week? They are living rent free in our minds ( Richt and staff)

BobDawg

November 2nd, 2010
9:29 am

Mark, Richt has already outlasted the average 7 year Head Coaching stay…. I don’t think in this day and time a coach will be lasting past 7 years unless Nat. Chmps abound…. Tuberville beat the Bammers 5 straight times and left…. LSU is trying to run off Miles after every game..Fulmer got run off at Rocky Top and even Fla folks are calling for Mullen to come back “home”…..Ga. fans have been extremely patient and apathy is setting in… I’m looking forward to the BBall Dawgs more than football now!

VA DAWG

November 2nd, 2010
9:29 am

Although Richt made defensive changes one year too late, he does deserve atleast one more year. The poor recruiting and coaching from 2006-2008 has put this program in its current position. Looking back at the classes of 2006-2008, only 60% of those Top 10 classes have contributed to the program. In combination with the poor fundamental coaching on the defensive side of the ball during those years, you have a recipe for disaster (ie. 2009-2010). The future looks much better with talent rich freshmen and sophmore classes (Murray, Charles, Ogletree, Smith, etc.) along with better defensive coaching. However, if next year plays out in a smilar fashion Richt job security will be in jeopardy and McGarity may be making a phone call to Starkville. GO DAWGS!

Jackets2010

November 2nd, 2010
9:29 am

Your teenagers have finally shut up for a few days.
Now if we just could shut the Jackets’ teens up too.
You’ll take care of that in a few weeks I’m sure you’ll say.

Milledge

November 2nd, 2010
9:30 am

Mark Richt’s biggest problem has been not being able to talk kids out of going pro. If Stafford and Moreno returns last year, this would not be a discussion. If Reshad Jones returned this year, the secondary would have been much improved.

RxDawg

November 2nd, 2010
9:30 am

SONNY
November 2nd, 2010
9:25 am

Your so right SONNY. I’m so sick of watching the over the top showboating by our players. Washaun Ealy makes me sick and is one of the worst offenders. I didn’t notice it until I watched the Richt show but Ealy actualy spiked the football after one of his touchdowns during the Florida game. We should of been flagged, but we weren’t. It’s the little crap like that. It tells me these kids just don’t respect the game, program, and coach.

Clovis Tesmonger

November 2nd, 2010
9:30 am

We have to keep CMR. he has done so much for UGA and
is just having a couple of bad years.

I think Florida and Alabama have better players but we
will catch them in 1-2 years.

Go coach Richt!

Russ, the Unemployed Mascot

November 2nd, 2010
9:31 am

I was not “Georgia” enough for them because I don’t have a pure white a$$. They resorted to paint. Coach Richt is not a “Georgia” man . . . he is a Florida State man. Why is he untouchable? They should hire a good, white-a$$ed football coach with a Georgia pedigree. He can bring them back to glory. “Back to glory?” They’ve never really had glory. He can bring them back to a little better than they are now.

Snow Dawg

November 2nd, 2010
9:33 am

When you are paid 3+ million a year to WIN FOOTBALL games no one is “untouchable”. I have a ton of respect for CMR but if you remove the names and just objectively review the results the last three years combined with how that compares to Meyer & Saban you would say the HC needs to go. The key indicator is when your team clearly has more talent and consistantly gets beat…that is coaching. Everyone has a bad game…UGA now has BAD SEASONS WITH MORE TALENT. Love ya CMR but it is time for a change. The bar has been raised in the SEC and you have proven you cannot keep pace.

matt

November 2nd, 2010
9:33 am

Quit trying to stir the pot. Coach Richt is an excellent coach and has really done an excellent job of turning this team around this year. If they did fire Richt, who would you suggest they bring in? Richt is the man for the job. Defense has improved and will be better next year. Offense will be a question mark next year until we see how we respond to not having A.J.

vb dawg

November 2nd, 2010
9:33 am

I think it’s definitely time for a change. I hate to say it, because I’ve been a Richt supporter through all the recent turmoil. However, I have to say I was embarrassed watching the GA-FLA game this weekend. I swear, it seemed like every time the play was over, the announcers would say… “so-and-so, back from a 2-game suspension”… or, “he was disciplined earlier this year for such-and-such”. To be honest, if the team was performing on the field, I’d tolerate the off-field issues. But they’re not. I don’t think it’s a lack of talent. It’s a lack of coaching. I think Richt has lost the burning desire to win and be a leader. As much as I’d like to see him have one more year to turn things around, I fear we’re going to get more of the same in 2011. I’ve lost faith in Richt. It’s time to make a switch now.

SONNY

November 2nd, 2010
9:34 am

rxdawg
its the little things that someone like saban does not tolerate, richt is too nice to see this problem as we see it. i am embarrased by this and cant get over it until i see something change. he needs to read this board.

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bk

November 2nd, 2010
9:38 am

What about graduation rates – how were the kids doing in school under Donan — I don’t know the answer but I think that would be a key factor.

Russ, the Unemployed Mascot

November 2nd, 2010
9:42 am

Announcer Voice: ” . . . and here is the new mascot, UGA VIII. The previous mascot, Russ, was only a temp and he had a brown a$$. Russ, though, was able to avoid any off-field difficulties in his time as Georgia mascot. No arrests. No suspensions. UGA VIII, aka BIG BAD BRUCE (street name), is expected to be a troublemaker.”

JB

November 2nd, 2010
9:42 am

I would like for Bradley to go Athens, get an interview with Richt and Ask these Questions.

1. Coach, as you see your winning percentage dropping the last 4 years and watching teams move on your defense uncharacteristic of Georgia’s history, do you think about any drastic changes you could make that would slow the tide of losing, other than changing coach’s again.

2. What do you say to critics who say, easiest team to prepare for, we know what they do, and it doesn’t change?
3. In today’s world of “must win”, especially in the SEC where National titles are pretty common lately, do you worry about your job as you watch this program getting farther away from that goal?
4.Coach, what could be done to get more of the “cream’ high school talent to stay and play for the State University.
5.Coach, I’ve noticed the 2, maybe last 3 years, your teams seem to get behind early, and have to abandon the game plan to catch up…..Any thoughts on having the team ready from the opening kick off ?

Bradley, Get the idea……Go for it !

Dazed and Confused

November 2nd, 2010
9:45 am

Donnan was fired because he refused to let Adams micromanage his program. He was not a bad coach. Meyer prepared for Georgia by installing a new offense. Richt prepares for big games by “black outs”, black helmets, pool parties, and Soulja Boy dances. Thanks to Adams and his former puppet, Evans, Richt and company are entrenched for three more years. Get used to it.

Sandy S

November 2nd, 2010
9:45 am

Excellent article and right on point. I am not suggesting we get rid of Richt, but the parallels are similar. I would also add that Donnan had to break long losing streaks against Florida and Tennessee when they were still ranked in the top 5 EVERY year and that some of his players at least early were Goff’s. The first 5 years of Richt’s career were successful because of some of the players that Donnan recruited. The team Richt inherited from Donnan was loaded with future NFL players and had we left Donnan alone and let Quincy get out of the program then we would have had even better success. As a high school coach for 14 years I can tell you that Donnan was way ahead of Richt ( even though everyone likes Richt ) in on the field coaching. As you point out, if we had instant replay he wins 2 of those last 3 Tech games and over a 4 year period he is averaging over 9 wins a season and playing Fla and Tenn at their best.

Tom

November 2nd, 2010
9:46 am

Mark,

I, too, didn’t agree with Donnan being let go. Neither did Dooley. I assumed he would get one more year. Obviously, Richt had the benefit of winning some SEC championships and playing for a third. That cannot be ignored. If more than wins and losses come in to play, Richt wins over Donnan hands down.

Lake Burton

November 2nd, 2010
9:49 am

10 years is a long enough time to give someone to prove their worth and level of competence, and CMR’s 2 wins and 8 losses against the Gators should be weighed heavily in this equation as a deciding factor. Coach Richt listed his ability to regularly beat the Gators (while at FSU) as one of his qualifying attributes for deserving the Georgia HC job back in 2001. This has not happened and he has not lived up to those expectations. Coach Richt is a great person and humanitarian, a good offensive coordinator, and a very mediocre game day manager. But it’s his blind loyalty to assistant coaches and his soft spot with his players that are his Achilles heel. He is simply in the wrong seat on the bus, and if left in place will be driving us all to the land of mediocrity.

Chris

November 2nd, 2010
9:49 am

If ga loses to aub and tech, he will get the axe.

Shankit

November 2nd, 2010
9:50 am

Athens is a reincarnated Tallahassee.
including the fans, players, etc.

DAN HAWKINS

November 2nd, 2010
9:51 am

Mark Richt,
I have an Asst Coach position open if you’re interested?

nicktator

November 2nd, 2010
9:53 am

you jawja goofs are fooling yourselves if you think J. Gruden would even consider coaching your miserable football team. You couldn’t get him to athens with a gun…

DawginLex

November 2nd, 2010
9:54 am

Jim Donnan never won an SEc title or a division title.
Jim Donnan hid Quincy Carter’s real issues with the phantom thumb injury.
Jim Donnan was stupid enough to hand the ball off to Sanks at Tech in 1999 instead of having the QB fall on it, call timeout and have “Marietta” come in a nd kick the winning FG.

Plus he was an obnoxious jerk.

He can’t hold Richt’s jockstrap.

JB

November 2nd, 2010
9:56 am

Dawgs, ask yourself this….. would Richt ever have done what Meyer did on the bye week and do something to jump start his offense after scoring 7 points against Miss St. ? ( other than let a thug play who should of been kicked out of school.)…. He jazzed it up and did something………..But, take away the turnovers, we win by 2 TD’s…….

Lake Burton

November 2nd, 2010
9:56 am

Great points Sandy S., and great article Mark. Coach Donnan’s weaknesses were in his PR skills, one of the only things keeping Coach Richt in place right now. Just imagine if most anyone else were HC at Georgia right now, and they didn’t have the persona of Mark Richt. You don’t even have to imagine, simply flashback to Donnan and you’ll have your answer.

Mike

November 2nd, 2010
9:56 am

@nicktator … Money Talks … you should know that intimately considering your coach.

RussDawg

November 2nd, 2010
9:58 am

Donnan was undone by loyalty to Quincy Carter and Jasper Sanks (druggies)
and losing to Tech 3x
Richt will get another free pass but AD needs to lay it down bluntly
Get this turned around and have this team back in the Ga Dome for the SEC title in ‘12

Burma Shave

November 2nd, 2010
9:59 am

A pimple is simple

If you treat your pimple right

It’s time for Richt

To say good night.

Burma Shave

C-Dawg

November 2nd, 2010
10:00 am

8, or something like that, of the 11 arrests have been for traffic related issues (not exactly hardened criminals). The other three are off the team (i.e. Mettenberger, Milner). Come on AJC, have some journalistic integrity. You all just try to attract readers by putting shock headlines up and stir-the-pot journalism. Getting really tiresome. I rarely read Bradley or Schultz, they offer very little insight. I was at UGA for two years of the Donnan era and for two years of the Richt era. Richt runs the cleaner program. Donnan was a good football coach, but would have let Mettenberger and Milner come back (like Meyer let Rainey come back). Richt has dealt swift and stern discipline that is going to help these kids hopefully become productive men…at least give them a chance. There were all kinds of rumors coming out of the Athletic Department when Donnan was there (hard drug use by players, rumors of NCAA investigations). Wasn’t a clean program.

Richt is the best coach Georgia has ever had.

HitaSingle

November 2nd, 2010
10:00 am

A true football fan knows you don’t fire Coach Richt.

RussDawg

November 2nd, 2010
10:01 am

Also I believe there is a Coach at (undefeated) Utah that is somewhat familiar with this spread offense that everyone runs now and he would probably welcome a jump to the SEC to go up against the Urban Legend.

norris

November 2nd, 2010
10:01 am

Someone else mentioned it but Quincy Carter was Donnan’s downfall. I watched three 1999 games (going through old videos) and there was a big shift in Carter as that season went on. You could look at him and tell something wasn’t right. On the flip side of that, we had some killer talent on defense. That defense had Boss Bailey, Marcus Stroud, Richard Seymour, Kendra Bell. Somehow we have got to find that balance again!

James

November 2nd, 2010
10:02 am

Donnan’s record is actually better because he went 5-6 his first year after taking over for Goff when the program was in disastrous shape. Richt got to come in on Donnan’s coattails and recruiting. Moreover, the SEC East was vastly, vastly more tough when Donnan was coach because Florida and Tennessee were both Top 5 programs. Richt has benefited from those teams being down during his tenure.

norman

November 2nd, 2010
10:03 am

Bradley- Reading your last two articles, you are coming so very, very close to saying that Richt should be let go.

SECWasteManagement

November 2nd, 2010
10:03 am

Thank you RussDawg! Quincy and Jasper were BUMS. I loved one Donnan quote when UGA was playing the Vols and the side line reporter at the half was like “Coach Donnan, what’s going on out there?” Donnan proceeded to respond with “what the hell do you mean what’s going on out there!? We’re getting beat like a tom-tom!”

USMC DAWG

November 2nd, 2010
10:05 am

If Richt does not have this team playing in the SEC Championship game next season, he should be let go. This team has too many good players, and they’re not even competetive.

Dawg Observer

November 2nd, 2010
10:05 am

Key thing with Donnan was that he supposedly knew about most of Quincy Carter’s “issues” and he overlooked them (this includes substance abuse). I don’t know if that’s true or not, but it would certainly go a long way to explaining why Donnan has never been offered another head coaching job.

TommyJack

November 2nd, 2010
10:06 am

His personality got Donnan fired. Was a good football man. His disposition, not so much.

Gbal

November 2nd, 2010
10:07 am

MARK – READ THIS – THIS IS JOURNALISM…. YOU AND SHULTZ NEED TO TAKE NOTE OF THIS…ALL YOU TWO CARE TO DO IS STIR UP A CROWD OF BLOGGERS TO GET HITS. ITS PATHETIC

“I’m not suggesting Donnan was as successful at Georgia as Richt has been.” … THEN WHY ARE YOU WRITTING THIS PIECE…. YOU ARE SAYING IT… FOR THE HITS.

College football is a game of emotion. It has to be played with emotion. To be enjoyed to its fullest, college football must be watched by fans with a certain level of healthy emotion. Coaches must be emotionally invested in what they do in order to do it well. Emotion is woven into the fabric of the sport.

But when one EVALUATES the game of football or a football program, which is going right now at the University of Georgia, it must be done without emotion. It must be done with a certain analytical detachment that sees exactly what the situation is and, if necessary, come up with the BEST possible option to fix it.

And when you take emotion out of the equation and focus only on the facts at hand, Mark Richt should remain as the head coach at Georgia for the 2011 season.

I’ve heard from a lot of you both on this blog and on my radio show. Losing to Florida broke your heart because you knew Georgia was good enough to win that game. I picked the Bulldogs because, quite honestly, I thought they had better players. Still do. But better players usually do not overcome four turnovers. And Florida deserved to win because Urban Meyer did a helluva job of getting his team ready to play after three straight losses.

So if Georgia had better players and Urban Meyer did such a great job of getting his team ready, how in the world, Barnhart, can you say that Mark Richt should be back in 2011?

Again, let’s take emotion out of this and look at the body of work and where things really stand in the program.

Richt is now 2-8 against Florida. I don’t have a counter to that. He hasn’t had consistent success against the Gators.

Richt won SEC championships in 2002 and 2005 and played for the title in 2003 against a team (LSU) than won the national championship. So this will be the fifth straight year that Georgia has not appeared in the SEC championship game. No counter argument there.

But let’s look at where the program has been and where we think it is headed.

In 2007 Georgia was as good as any team in the nation. If Tennessee doesn’t win in four overtimes against Kentucky in Lexington, Georgia plays LSU for the SEC championship in Atlanta. In my opinion Georgia wins that game and would have been in the mix for the national championship.

In 2008 Georgia was preseason No. 1. But before the season even began injuries negated the validity of that ranking. Still, Georgia won 10 football games that season. I’ve heard some people call that a bad season based on the preseason ranking. But if the preseason ranking is not accurate by the time the games begin, are you telling me that 10 wins is still a bad season?

In 2009 Georgia was a bad football team that was poorly coached. Too many penalties. Minus 16 in turnovers. Played well at the end of the year when the offensive line finally jelled. Still, not a good team.

In 2010 Georgia played the first four games without the best player on offense and in a brand new defensive scheme where the learning curve was steep. They lost on the road to No. 19 South Carolina, a team that beat Alabama on that same field on Oct. 9 and may play in the SEC championship game. They lost at home to No. 18 Arkansas (6-2), a team that will win nine or 10 games and has one of the best quarterbacks in college football. The Hogs’ only losses are to No. 2 (Auburn) and No. 6 (Alabama). Georgia lost on the road at No. 20 Mississippi State, which is 7-2 and whose only losses are to the No. 2 (Auburn) and No. 10 (LSU) teams in the country.

When A.J. Green did return Georgia won threee straight games against bad teams but by substantial margins. Then Georgia lost an overtime game against one of its biggest rivals in a game where they rallied from a 21-7 halftime deficit to force overtime. Aaron Murray, who is going to be a great quarterback for Georgia, threw a ball in overtime that he shouldn’t have thrown. No argument there. Young, talented quarterbacks make great plays and bad plays. Over time, the bad plays decrease. Murray will be no different.

So instead of its fourth straight win, Georgia absorbs a heartbreaking loss. So I ask you: If Georgia’s Blair Walsh kicks the winning field goal in overtime instead of Florida’s Chas Henry, are we even having this discussion today? If Georgia wins that game is everybody saying that Richt has things back on track and he’s good to go for the future?

If the answer to that question is yes, if the line between keeping a coach and letting him go is that fine, then you have to keep him.

Look, I’ve heard all the arguments. Richt is not (pick one): A) Tough enough; B) Mean enough; C) Savvy enough to compete with the Urban Meyers or the Nick Sabans of the world. On top of that you bring Gene Chizik to Auburn and Dan Mullen to Mississippi State and your argument is that the league is passing Georgia by.

But I would maintain that based on what we’ve seen the past four weeks things are trending upwards in the Georgia program. But I would also say that Richt needs to be prepared to put everything on the table in this offseason. Everybody’s job has to be reassessed. There needs to be more defensive talent across the board. Georgia’s backs are decent, but I don’t see a Marcus Lattimore or a Michael Dyer in the bunch. Richt needs to look at his strength and conditioning program to make sure it is the best it can be. He needs to look at his recruiting organization to make sure it is doing the job. Every coach on that staff needs to be prepared to explain how his area of responsibilty is going to get better. Changes will have to be made but the leadership at the top needs to stay in place.

I could be wrong. I often am. While there is much to be done to get Georgia football back to elite status in the SEC, I’m not convinced a change at the top is necessary. Please feel free to convince me otherwise

Taco Time!

November 2nd, 2010
10:07 am

Man, so sick and tired of this “Who else does Georgia hire?” business.

If you’re the AD of a top-level school and you don’t have at least a short list of candidates for your big-earning sports tucked away in your desk somewhere, you aren’t doing your job. A coach can leave at any time, just ask UF. They might get burned out, they might get sick, they might get hired by someone else…it’s happened and will continue to happen, and no contract is iron-clad.

The names on your short list have to be updated from time to time…and they certainly might turn you down. But if there isn’t at least an idea of who to call, somebody’s asleep at the switch.

A lack of credible replacements is not a reason to tolerate mediocrity, especially since that lack should not realistically exist. Are you telling me there aren’t tons of sharp assistants out there who wouldn’t at least LISTEN to an overture from Georgia? Or even other coaches?

What’s that you say? Can’t hire an assistant? Um, it’s been done. See also Richt, Mark.

P.S., NFL coaches aren’t coming to college. Once you’ve coached at the pro level, the recruiting grind and glad-handing alums doesn’t cut it anymore. The only pro coaches who do that are the ones who washed out, like Wannstedt at Pitt or Pete Carroll. And Carroll was just using the USC gig to rehab his image for another pro gig, as it turns out.

gomdawg

November 2nd, 2010
10:08 am

ARE YOU STUPID , WHAT A STUPID ?. CMR IS OUR COACH GET OVER IT AND FINE SOME FOOTBALL TO WRITE ABOUT. GOD YOU ARE STUPID

Mark

November 2nd, 2010
10:12 am

Hey Mark, How many jobs has donnan been offered since he was fired. Yeah thats what I thought. NONE

Raider

November 2nd, 2010
10:13 am

Richt won with Donnan’s recruits.

Ginger

November 2nd, 2010
10:16 am

Don’t think just because Pres. Adams fired Donnan that he has to fire Richt at this stage. There were issues with Donnan & Carter’s substance abuse and could have been other issues too.

Do think that Richt does a lot of good things for Ga. football. It is also fair to hold evaluations until the end of all games this year. It hurts Ga. football to consider coaching changes while the season is active–It hurts the morale of the players and coaches…It hurts recruiting.

Still believe that Richt is very good coach and don’t want to make a high impact decision prematurely. We could very well have 2 more wins–if not for the fumble at end of Colorado game and if we score the TD at end of Fla. game. We just are not that far away from winning…We are very competitive with a RS freshman and new defense…Just think what we will be when we get it all together…CMR knew this when he hired Grantham and glad that he had the courage to do it…3-4 brings advantages–ask Nick Saban.

StraightJacket

November 2nd, 2010
10:16 am

I like Coach Ricked and have mixed thoughts on the matter.

On the one hand, I believe he can keep the mutts underachieving year-after-year; winning the recruiting rankings, pre-season polls, and Fulmer Cups. This is all good.

In contrast, I think the guy (in a non-leadership / non-coaching role) is genuine in his Faith, and has “bigger fish to fry” outside the world of college football. I could actually “pull for him” in a non-football role, just as much as I HOPE he stays in muttland to protect UGag’s perennial mediocrity.

Maybe Adams will give Ricked a Paul Hewitt “EverGREEN” rollover contract, and we can rest assured in UGag’s under-achievement for years to come.

Insofar as an extended contract would inject a dash of realism into the profound arrogance of the mutt fanbase, that would be a good thing.

Lowcountry Bulldawgs

November 2nd, 2010
10:17 am

Donnan was fired for three reasons

1) Couldn’t beat the main rivals

2) His personality. Remember him scolding Loran?

3) Off field issues

Red Panties

November 2nd, 2010
10:20 am

Let’s put the hay down where the goats can get it. Uga fans are used to losing to Florida, Tennessee, and Bammer. They may not like it, but they’re used to it. Donnan was fired for one reason only: he lost to Tech three years in a row. The perception was that their program had become second rate in their own back yard, and they believed they had to make a change.