Archive for January, 2012

Richt says Georgia will be ‘knocking on the door’ of greatness

"Hot seat, huh? A little cold water will take care of that!" (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

"Hot seat, huh? A little cold water will take care of that!" (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

Tampa – Back in July he was being asked if he could turn it around. On the first day of 2012, Mark Richt was asked if Georgia had turned it around. And he said …

“I think so. I don’t think there’s any doubt we’re in a good place. We won 10 games, and when you win 10 games you’ve done well.”

Here he smiled. “Though 11 is better.”

Richt’s team can win its 11th game of a rebounding season by defeating Michigan State in the Outback Bowl on Monday. It won’t be easy — the Spartans rank fifth nationally in total defense, two spots behind Georgia — but being paired against a ranked opponent here beats the heck out of spending the holidays in Memphis readying to lose to Central Florida, which is where Georgia was 366 days ago.

A year ago we wondered — and by “we,” I mean “me” — if Richt was still the man for Georgia. Calendar 2012 begins with Richt negotiating a contract extension, which tells …

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Once again: Georgia Tech lacks a ’special’ brand of expertise

"My kickers might not be very good, but I do have a cool hat." (AP photo)

"Well, my kickers might not be very good, but at least I've got a cool hat." (AP photo)

Back in October, this correspondent suggested Paul Johnson and Georgia Tech would be wise to hire a full-time special teams coordinator. Being Paul Johnson, he wadded up the advice and hurled it toward yonder trashcan.

This was PJ, speaking the day after the outrageous suggestion saw print:

The whole thing is ridiculous. Guys calling for special teams coordinators don’t have any idea. You know how many teams in the ACC, SEC, Big 12 and Big Ten have special teams coordinators that don’t coach another position?

Six. You know who it is in our league? Boston College – which is helping them a lot – and N.C. State. And the Big Ten, it’s Purdue. In the Big 12, it’s Kansas State. I think it’s coach [Bill] Snyder’s son. Most staffs are set up the same as ours.

Coach Charles Kelly is quote-unquote the special teams coordinator, which means he collects and puts things together for the book. …

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