5 reasons Mark Richt won’t leave UGA for Miami or anywhere

"Leave all this? And give up showbiz?" (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

"Leave all this? And give up showbiz? Are you crazy?" (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

First it was Colorado. Now it’s Miami that’s believed to be interested in Mark Richt. As noted earlier, it might be best for both Richt and Georgia if he found a new job. But I’m guessing he won’t see it that way. And the reasons for that guess are:

He makes too much money. Neither Colorado, which might not be seriously considering Richt, or Miami, which surely is, can match the $3 million Georgia is paying. His job security might be eroding — he needs to win at least nine games next season to feel safe — but he’s not so near unemployment he needs to take a pay cut.

He works at a big-name school in the biggest-name league. You don’t exit the SEC to take a job anywhere but the NFL. (The weirdo Dennis Franchione is the exception that proves the rule.) The SEC is the place a college coach works all his life to land; it’s not the place you leave, at least not of your own volition.

He’s a Miami alum, but he might not be a Miami fit. The folks in Coral Gables are serious about football — they just canned Randy Shannon on merit — but they’re more serious about image. The Hurricanes have worked mightily to clean up their image as Rogue U, and their president is Donna Shalala, who served in Bill Clinton’s Cabinet and isn’t about to let her school revert to being a rule-flouting football factory. And Richt, as we know too well, presides over a program that has seen 11 player arrests this calendar year.

• He has no powerful enemies in Athens. Nobody who matters wants Richt to fail. Already bearing the scars from Jim Donnan and Vince Dooley, UGA president Michael Adams isn’t anxious to fire another high-profile football man, and Greg McGarity, the new AD, is utterly sincere in his admiration for Richt. Indeed,  Richt was the biggest beneficiary of  Damon Evans’ midnight ride through Buckhead. The former AD’s often-stated goal was to win championships, and 6-6 in a season that coulda/shoulda been 9-3 wouldn’t have been received nearly as well by Richt’s former boss.

He doesn’t see himself as the problem. For all his cordiality, Richt is a massively confident man. He hasn’t yet conceded that his stewardship is in real trouble. (Not many coaches would, it must be said.) Asked after the Auburn game how Georgia had gotten to 5-6, Richt leaned on the  it-was-just-a-play-here-and-play-there crutch

I say again: I don’t think Richt is going anywhere, but I do think he should consider it. Because I’m not sure it’s going to get significantly better for him in Athens, and because the understanding Mr. McGarity mightn’t be so understanding if Georgia continues to be one play away. A coach gets paid $3 million to control his circumstances, not to be the victim thereof.

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Lee

November 30th, 2010
8:29 am

Did you write this with crayon Mark???

MLH

November 30th, 2010
8:29 am

First?? Maybe??

MLH

November 30th, 2010
8:29 am

So close, yet so far.

cbm

November 30th, 2010
8:34 am

MLH you were tied 4 first………….

Buck Commander

November 30th, 2010
8:36 am

Not even close. Should have waited a while on that second cup of coffee.

Wrecks-.-nEffect

November 30th, 2010
8:37 am

Are the HCs that get paid $2.3 Million, are they also paid to control their circumstances?

If so there is a Genius over on N. Ave. that hasn’t done anything to control GT’s Special Teams, Passing Game, or how their Defense plays, not to mention Recruiting.

HCs have 5 main things to control:

Offense
Defense
Special Teams
Recruiting
Game Day coaching

Your Genius that you want me to be giddy about FAILS at 3 or 4 of those areas, yet you want me to be giddy about the guy.

Sorry MB, I’m much younger and much more sane than Taz Anderson, I’m not giddy at all about GT’s FB Future, and for those GT fans that disagree with me, simply make a projected Depth chart for 2011 and you’ll see why I feel the way I do.

Mark Bradley

November 30th, 2010
8:38 am

There can be glory — and kudos — in an honorable effort that doesn’t yield a First. Always remember that, folks.

oasis

November 30th, 2010
8:39 am

UGA and Richt are going down the same road as UT and Phil Fulmer. Same excuses by the coach. Too many fans and admins trying to delay the inevitable. Look back at some of Fulmer’s comments. Same as Richt’s. Once the program gets away from you, it is extremely difficult to get it back.

Vince

November 30th, 2010
8:40 am

Looks guys we need to give Richt another year. Even I had a few difficult years. Honey, can you get me some more cereal?

sogadog

November 30th, 2010
8:40 am

Reason no. 6 If Richt resigns I am sure he gets paid much less than if he is fired and receives a buyout. Richt is a good man and I hope he gets it turned around. A few large talented defensive linemen would make a big difference.

Boogie Man

November 30th, 2010
8:41 am

Hope Richt stays – BUT major changes need to be made – recruiting, S & C, etc.

Is the best available person in EACH and EVERY position? I think not.

sure bet

November 30th, 2010
8:42 am

Mention Mark Richt get 500+ to post on your BLOG.

5150 P.O.A.D.

November 30th, 2010
8:46 am

UGA Head Coaches don’t leave UGA. Georgia is a recruiting talent rich state and UGA has easy majors to get ANY kid in school. Richt will not leave no coach would willing want to leave. What UGA coach has left UGA for a better job? I know UGA is a real good job, but it seems to be a career ender too. No UGA Head Coach get offered a better job because there few better jobs. If a UGA coach gets fired he is not going to get a good job because he couldn’t win at UGA with all the money, talent, and easy classes. Richt better leave for a new challange or UGA will be his last good job and he will be coaching at some Christian high school where his kids go to school.

cptzzggyy

November 30th, 2010
8:48 am

Lame Kitten left the SEC for elsewhere!

fuzzybee

November 30th, 2010
8:49 am

Does anyone else find it ironic that the UGA coach is considered too dirty for Miami, a school once known for its thugishness?

meh

November 30th, 2010
8:49 am

if the offense can continue scoring 30+ points a game and the defense gets a little better next year could be great for Georgia.

eastofA1A

November 30th, 2010
8:49 am

Interesting comment about not being a Miami fit. Having coached at UGA Richt will likely always be considered a football factory coach, but it is sad for UGA to think that he runs too rogue and undisciplined of a program for Da U.

Alphare

November 30th, 2010
8:49 am

One more SEC coach with a NC ring will be added after this season, that coach is not CMR although he has the longest tenure in the SEC.

dean

November 30th, 2010
8:50 am

Sure bet: There is “First” and 499+ responses that pretty much mean nothing. Just like mine. :)

Time to give back to my employer.

georgedawg

November 30th, 2010
8:51 am

Bradley, You are a hack with an agenda. I’m a Dawg fan and I support Coach Richt – he needs to make some tough decisions on his staff right away or drastically improve for that to continue.
But really, we Atlanta sports fans are tired of you and Schults. Not that you’re that bad. Your welcome hear has worn thin. Where could you go? Maybe Miami or Colorado?
PS, I think the Georgia program, because of the scrutiny from the AJC and Athens police (#1 college town and up there for party school) is unfairly targeted. Mostly traffic tickets, missing court, etc. I have 3 great daughters – they all got traffic tickets and several missed court dates. GIVE IT A REST! Look at all Can Newton did at Florida or the armed robbery at Tennessee. Countless other examples. Why not have some journalistic integrity and report on this imbalance of criticism.
Good luck moving on for we are way past you.

Mr. Red

November 30th, 2010
8:52 am

Reason 6 – He has a cush job that no one demands any excellence from him for performing. The stupid fan base and alums are willing to let him coach forever as long as UGA wins at least 6 games every season and beats Tech. Forget being 2 and 8 vs Florida, forget that he has not won anything in 5 years, mediocrity thy name is UGA.

No one demands excellence from MR so he will stay until someone does!

Elvis Dog

November 30th, 2010
8:52 am

Ok, I agree with your assessment Mark, However, all those reasons make me sick. Basically, you are saying: 1. He is being paid more than he is worth. 2. If he went to Miami he would be on the hook to be a better coach. At UGA, he can perform horribly and keep his job. 3. Noboby in Athens has the guts to fire him. These reasons are all pointing towards the best thing for UGA to do is get rid of him. He is being offered and considered for less desirable coaching positions because that is what he is. His successful days at UGA are over. He will continue to under perform and ride the wave of his cushy job for as long as he can. I can’t say I blame him, but it makes me sick!

Done with you

November 30th, 2010
8:53 am

Mark, I have tired of your lazy journalism. Yes, we have had some arrest – mostly minor offenses similar of many undergrads across the country. Yet, you seem to do little effort in pionting out Atlanta PD has little time to worry about things that arrests are made for in Athens (ie: shooting off fire works, scooter violations). Have you ever made any effort to see if Saban and other have relationships with local PD to handle things internally? No, that would actually take journalistic investigation and you have been safe and lazy at the AJC for too many years now. There was a day you were the best around – but that was years ago.

jumbeauxtiger

November 30th, 2010
8:54 am

Les Miles would have been fired at LSU if he had gone 6-6 this season and he’s won a national title.

RxDawg

November 30th, 2010
8:54 am

“The weirdo Dennis Franchione is the exception that proves the rule.”

And Lame Kiffin

Elvis Dog

November 30th, 2010
8:55 am

Right on, Mr. Red

Lowcountry Bulldawg

November 30th, 2010
8:55 am

Reason why to leave-

1 more bad season in Athens and he is history

In Miami he will have a window of 4 years to make a go of it. He might not make 3 mil, say only 2 mil w/ other money coming from radio/tv contracts, Nike endorsements. If the money is close, Miami offers “potentially” better longterm job security than rolling the dice for anotheryear in Athens.

Also CMR may feel that he could be the man to turn the “U” around. Miami is not playing in the Mountain West. Miami is playing in a BCS conference, and has won a NT this decade. Say what you want about lack of funds, poor stadium, but with the right coach in place Miami is lethal.

Wally Butts' Designated Stumbler

November 30th, 2010
8:55 am

JIm Tavegia

November 30th, 2010
8:56 am

Without AJ Green next year, who is Murray going to throw to. The first three games told you what is about to happen. If Richt doesn’t get another Def. Coordin. it will be another long season. The one he has is not getting it done already.

Alphare

November 30th, 2010
8:56 am

georgedawg,

“they all got traffic tickets and several missed court dates”.

Wow, no wonder it’s so costly to run the government in this state. Now we know why our tax rate is so high.

PreyDawg

November 30th, 2010
8:56 am

We will never agree on the arrests thing but lets go over it YET AGAIN!!

First off I concede and Richt concedes that he was too soft in the past. However in the last 18 months, serious offenses have resulted in immediate expulsion from team. Fender benders, riding scooters, and being flat out just immature and stupid, (Caleb King) have resulted in game suspensions. Other than public flogging what exactly is it you would like Rict to do beyond this? Has he been softer during this period than other coaches…NO WAY. Chizik has a national championship team yet he has a criminal at nose tackle that weekly tries to end young men’s careers to the delight of his coach. Is Richt’s charachter not hugely better than that?

The kids are a bit thick. It has taken a while for the new standards to have the needed ripple affect. Lets see how many get in trouble between now and the Boise Game.

But to suggest that Richt’s charachter is somehow beneath freeking MIAMI and a BILL CLINTON appointee??!!!!

Lets see. I want to improve the morality of my University and teach charachter. The only worse place I can think of to look than the Clinton administration would be in the Obama administration. But hey….at least they are not going to hire the vile, horrid, Mark Richt. He only adopts special needs children and gives them a loving home. He only spends his vacations on mission trips or in seeing the troops. He only opens his home to scores of young people every summer. What a scum bag.

on the fence

November 30th, 2010
8:56 am

Kennesaw State is going to need a coach soon…… hey Richt , applications can be picked up @ the school anytime

Richard Dawson

November 30th, 2010
8:56 am

I’m so sick of “a play here and a play there.” Give me a break. Man up, admit you didn’t get the job done, and resolve to do whatever it takes to bring a championship to Athens. Instead, we get platitudes and cliches, we get ‘aw shucks’ and ‘we’re doing our best.’ Well, your best isn’t good enough.

FIRE MARK RICHT.

Jeffro Bodeen

November 30th, 2010
8:57 am

Stick with Richt??????? then Bobo gotta go-go!!!!

BirdDog

November 30th, 2010
8:57 am

It may not be his choice next year if he doesn’t get this thing turned around. Back to back 7-5 and 6-6 seasons are truly disappointing. At least the expectations for next year will not be as high. 8-4 is looking pretty darn good right about now…

Jim

November 30th, 2010
8:58 am

I am hearing rumors that Richt will be taking over the play calling duties in 2011. It will be interesting to see if that is true, and if Bobo sticks around.

What??

November 30th, 2010
8:59 am

P.O.A.D

Tech gets them in too. They just farm them out for classes at local colleges. Now Mark, that would be a story you could investigate further and hardly get off your brain.

65DAWG

November 30th, 2010
8:59 am

Here you go again, stirring up things! As to money, I believe money is the least of Mark Richt’s priorities. And as for his program being loaded with thugs, who are you calling thugs? Trafiic violations qualify as thuggery? Thugs go to UT, and escape punishment. At least our coach punishes the ones who break team rules. In re. to your other points, I can’t disagree. I just hope we win 10 plus, win the SEC East, and the SEC championship next year so all you experts can eat a big plate of crow!

Richard Dawson

November 30th, 2010
8:59 am

Mr. Red — RIGHT ON! Demand EXCELLENCE! Folks like you and I are criticized as “bad fans” who “don’t support the program”, but that’s a bunch of bunk. It’s the fans who accept mediocrity who are truly “bad fans”. Demand excellence in everything you do.

Uga Ocho

November 30th, 2010
9:01 am

Mark,

I know your job is to move the meter, but it is starting to get heavy. Is it your opinion, that CMR can’t win 9 games next year? Do you think that he has forgotten how to coach? Didn’t you approve of his hire? What has changed? Do you have any other suggestions for people who should be fired this year?

Lowcountry Bulldawg

November 30th, 2010
9:03 am

If 9 wins is the barometer lets take at look ahead into 2011

Schedule:

Boise State
South Carolina
Coastal Carolina
@ Ole Miss
Miss St.
@ UT
@ Vandy
UF
New Mexico St.
Auburn
UK
@ Tech

This does not appear to be a overly difficult schedule, but with the potential early defections and the apparent poor recruiting on each side of the line who knows what to think of a season with this schedule. Realistically it looks like an 8-4 type of schedule with the loses coming to South Carolina, UT, UF and Auburn.

Observer

November 30th, 2010
9:03 am

There is no reason to think that uga will be any better next year than they were the last two years. Richt can stay at uga as long as he wants. UGA fans are more interested in recruiting rankings and pre-season ratings than wins and losses.

Elvis Dog

November 30th, 2010
9:03 am

Jim, Everybody including you seem to forget that the only reason CMR reluctantly hired Bobo was because CMR sucked calling the plays. And here we go again, I am sure he will take it over if he feels it will buy him some time, which it probably will. He makes decisions like this to respond to pressure, not because he thinks it is good for the team. We have all known Bobo sucks, but CMR continues to stick with him, Why because CMR does not know what he is doing.

5150 P.O.A.D.

November 30th, 2010
9:07 am

georgedawg
you took the bait, you read Mark and Jeff, and you spend time to comment. Now who exactally is the FOOL in this fight? I don’t like what either Mark or Jeff write all the time but to say they really want UGA to fail is wrong. If I am wrong then sue me. Mark(I think) and Jeff(I know) has children at UGA. If Mark & Jeff or as you want to call them Mutt & Jeff were real haters do you think their kids and money would go to UGA or that their kids could survive at UGA if they were hated that bad? In this NEW world BLOG hits are what drives the Media. If you don’t want these gentelmen writing then don’t post and then the readership numbers will look bad. You are a UGA guy and you can’t figure this out? If you don’t like your State or County Representative, then why would you keep voting for them to keep their job?

Sam

November 30th, 2010
9:07 am

Come on. Richt heard the same song in 2001 & 2006. After those 2 bad seasons, what happened? Still here. Give me a break.

Alphare

November 30th, 2010
9:09 am

8 or 9 wins for UGA next season? are you kidding me? how?

With AJGreen gone, who is your playmaker? is Murray really good without Green?

You cannot tackle, you cannot run, without Green you cannot throw. Tell me how you win 8 games.

Gordon

November 30th, 2010
9:10 am

In that third point I think Bradley politely called UGA a “rule-flouting football factory.” Can anyone argue with that?

takedowndawg

November 30th, 2010
9:11 am

Unfortunately, I see too much of the Tenn.”Fulmer” personality being developed in Coach Richt. Similar excuses, downplaying disappointing mistakes by players and coaches. I don’t think that Coach Richt or Coach Bobo have a creative bone in either of their bodies. “What you and other Head Coaches have seen in the past, is what you are going to see today and in the future.” ( And, one random one special team stat thought: still no blocked punt attempts by the Dawgs this year! And, what is up with that?) Our coaching strategies remind me of having oatmeal in the morning. And, having oatmeal tomorrow and the days after! And, that is with no sugar on top! Our players, by in large, conform to their coaches image. We are very boring to watch. Few dynamics, accept from Murray and his three primary receivers and occasionally Ealey. Coach Richt, take a history lesson from Coach Fulmer, look at his interviews, the coaching decision he made and more importantly look at his HEAD COACHING ATTITUDE! Coach Richt, we don’t want to lose you, but you need to take a serious look at this ex-SEC coach and learn——————-. Or,——–not to your own peril. Go DAWGSSSSSS!!!!!!

Sam

November 30th, 2010
9:11 am

5 more reasons

1- UGA MADE A $45 MILLION PROFIT LAST YEAR, BETTER THAN bAMA, fLORIDA, OR lsu
2- richt’s #5 winningest coach
3- 6 top 10 season in 9 seasons at UGA
4- #1 ON ACADEMIC SCORES (APR) AMONG SEC TEAMS
5- #5 recruiter in nation over last decade

crap sandwich

November 30th, 2010
9:11 am

Hmm, Bradley again with another bash Richt Post. Please right another about the Great Messiah, no not Obama, but your beloved Paul Johnson.

These 11 arrests, were mostly stupid Barney Fife finds a perp, type arrests. Besides Robinson and Mettenberger, and Mettenberger was not in Athens at the time, so really not much to Pin on Richt. Mr. Bradley didn’t you fail to mention the fact that Georgia is number 2 the SEC with Graduation rates of its players (behind Vandy)?

Since when do you assume that McGarity is a Richt Man? From what I can tell McGarity was brought in Athens from Florida, so that the special bond between Evans and Richt is now broken up. Total speculation on your part. Will Richt get an extension? Likely not.

As far as an inference on your part that this is all about money for Richt, I really see that as silly. The other assumption that Adams doesn’t have basically the gumption to fire Richt, is totally illogical based on the history of Adams moves with Dooley and Donnan, as you pointed out.

There is nothing worse in Journalism than a smug journalist, who doesn’t do his homework, using half-baked ideas of his as facts.