Mid-Week Thoughts & Did Richt Say That?!?!

Tech at the Half Way Point

I thought Doug’s mid season report was pretty much spot on.

  • The Jackets have been able to run the ball with the a-backs taking up the slack from the b-back position.
  • Scott Blair has been money on field goals.
  • Tech is playing young guys at a variety of impact positions.
  • The offense has stalled mostly because of fumbles and dropped passes.

I do think he missed one thing that’s important…the lack of a consistent pass rush and an ability to stop the run early in the season.

If the Jackets are going to survive the upcoming gauntlet of Clemson, Virginia Tech, and Miami the defense must continue to improve and sort out the issues that continue at both the inside and outside linebacker positions.  Nose tackle is pretty much what it is.  We have some good players there, but they’re a little under sized.  The inside linebackers have to take up the slack and the outside linebackers have to deliver more pressure.

ACC Coastal Standings down the Back Stretch

The Jackets currently have the most wins on the ACC Coastal side of the conference at 3-1 but Virginia Tech “leads” by virtue of a 2-0 undefeated conference record.  Miami and North Carolina are in the rear view mirror at 1-1 in conference play.

While the Jackets face Middle Tennessee State this weekend the Hokies, Canes, and Heels will all face conference opponents:

  • Virginia Tech will host Wake Forest and Duke in their next two games, likely resulting in a 4-0 ACC record when the Jackets visit them on November 4th.
  • Miami hosts Duke and then travels to North Carolina in their next two games, likely resulting in a 3-1 conference record at the end of the same period.  The wild card here in UNC, which is a bit of an enigma…especially after beating Clemson this past weekend.
  • North Carolina goes to Virginia and then to Miami in their next two games, likely resulting in a 2-2 conference record two weeks out.

For some reason, I like our chances against Clemson next weekend.  Maybe its the fact that I’ll be attending that game.

A win over Clemson would put the Jackets at 4-1 when we travel to Blacksburg to face the likely 4-0 Hokies.

I expect the top of the ACC Coastal standings will look as follows:

  1. Virginia Tech @ 4-0
  2. Georgia Tech @ 4-1
  3. Miami @ 3-1
  4. North Carolina @ 2-2

Yes…the GT vs VT tilt will once again have a huge impact on the ACC Coastal representative in the conference title game.

Florida State looks like they are going to run off and hide on the ACC Atlantic side of the equation.  Jackets vs Noles in Charlotte NC would be fun!

Did Mark Richt Really Say That?!?!

I swore to myself that I wouldn’t focus too much on UGA until the big game at the end of the season, but a recent Richt quote warrants comment.

In Tim Tucker’s recent blog entry, detailing Caleb King’s arrest, we get the following nugget of insight into the UGA program and the man in control.

“Getting a speeding ticket, not paying it and not showing up for a court date is certainly not a very responsible thing, but I can’t say it’s some kind of awful act that we all should just be ashamed of,” Richt said.

Ummm…excuse me Coach…breaking the law, failing to pay your fine, and then further failing to show up in court most certainly is something to be ashamed of!  Its a combination of the following…1) a willful act of breaking the law, 2) an apparent lack of remorse or responsibility in not paying the fine, and 3) the mistaken assumption that the rules don’t apply and that you won’t be held accountable.

A recent redandblack.com article results in even more uncertainty about King’s laissez-faire attitude towards personal responsibility.

Maybe UGA ultimately dodged a bullet with Zack Witchett being kicked off his high school team.  Of course that assumes Richt pulls the scholarship offer.  If Witchett enrolls at UGA they’ll effectively be accepting a pair of high school recruits (remember Christian Lemay?) that were in trouble before they even put on their silver britches for the first time.

When you throw bad apples into a barrel, sometimes they all get a little rotten taint in the end…know what I mean?

GO JACKETS!

Beat the Blue Raiders!

124 comments Add your comment

YJ Fan

October 13th, 2010
10:33 pm

2BT

October 13th, 2010
10:41 pm

For the record, PITTSBURGH ends with ‘h’. BLACKSBURG doesn’t!

Good article, aside from the mention of the CESSPOOL. Couldn’t care less about what is going up there at thUGA. No need to mention them.

Sylvester and Burnett’s play of late has given me ‘hope’ for continued success on that side of the ball, but it’s about to get ‘real interesting’ two weekends from now. Here’s hoping the others can step up as well.

ugahydro

October 13th, 2010
10:49 pm

Little brother’s obsession with big brother continues. Mind your own damn business.

4th down, snap to Reggie Ball..... Huh?!?!?!

October 13th, 2010
10:56 pm

Caleb King just scored AGAIN on “the Flatts”. That is more disrespectful than a ticket incident!!!

And Robert Hall just beat up another chick.

(((((30-24)))))

Marc Richt

October 13th, 2010
10:57 pm

Go dawgs!!

Follow me at @notmarcricht. Go dawgs sic em!

Mark Richt

October 13th, 2010
11:00 pm

“Yeah, we are going through a patch of bad PR here in Athens, but it doesn’t change the fact that I am 8-1 against those bees from Atlanta.”

Did Richt say that?!?!

writerkinda

October 13th, 2010
11:02 pm

The techie beat writer even wants to talk about Uga. Good marketing though, put a name in thread title that will draw attention and show the powers that be at the AJC that you CAN get some traffic/comments. Or is it just an odd obsession? Have you followed Johnsons request to hit ‘em in the mouth yet?hahahaha

Thirty Points is greater than Twenty-Four points

October 13th, 2010
11:03 pm

If you don’t want to rile up Dawg-Nation, don’t include them in your headline, then have it on tge Twitter feed on tge ajc sports homepage. You asked for this. Don’t get your feelings hurt.

30-24
8-1
60-39-5
We Run This State

Mark Richt

October 13th, 2010
11:10 pm

I touch guys, uga guys in fact. I lay the holy hand on them.

Wayshun Ealey

October 13th, 2010
11:11 pm

WE HIT AND RUN DIZ STATE FULS! MARK AINT GONNA DO NUTIN TO ME… ME AND GREEN OUT OF DIZ BEAOCH THE FIRST CHANCE WE GETZ…

Thirty Points is greater than Twenty-Four points

October 13th, 2010
11:11 pm

I also read recently that the neighborhood IMMEDIATELY surrounding the Georgia Tech campus is ranked the 7th most dangerous neighborhood in the United States. 7th!!! If you live there, you have a 1 in 9 chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime.

Here it is….. http://www.walletpop.com/blog/2010/10/04/25-most-dangerous-neighborhoods-2010/

All of a sudden, making fun of Athens for being a partying college town doesn’t seem like such an insult does it.

Keep obsessing over us, and try and wonder why nobody respects you when you have a glimmer of success.

Geno

October 13th, 2010
11:13 pm

Have you ever noticed that on the UGA page they don’t mention GT at all? Unless of course it’s to mention that they are 8-1 against the NATS. Just go back to drinking Zima and popping zits over there and worry about YOUR team (Kansas?)

Wayshun Ealey

October 13th, 2010
11:15 pm

WE LOSE TO DEM BUFFALOES FOOLS, WORST TEAM IN DA BIG 12 OR 10 FOOLS

G

October 13th, 2010
11:16 pm

See that the saying that “two thing that gt and uga fans have in common is GT football.” keep it classy!

Bug Zapper

October 13th, 2010
11:16 pm

South Dakota State > Kansas > Georgia Tech

James Madison > Virginia Tech > NC State > Georgia Tech

How’s the Nesbit for Heisman campaign panning out for you guys??

Cheech

October 13th, 2010
11:19 pm

What do Georgia Tech Football and Marijuana have in common??

Both are commonly smoked in bowls.

Mapquest

October 13th, 2010
11:20 pm

What’s the GREATEST thing in Atlanta??

The sign that says “Athens- 80 miles”

Right

October 13th, 2010
11:24 pm

Oh noes! A speeding ticket! What a deviant!!!!1!!one!

You’re a douchebag.

GT VET

October 13th, 2010
11:36 pm

Ive been to uga blogs five times (5) and thats ALL they talk about is GT(or firing their coach).LOL,and anyone that thinks because Kansas beat GT that makes S.Dakota St.better than GT is an idiot and dosent have a clue about ANY sport.( bug zapper)..Thats just stupid,but then again you probably never played sports did ya peanut…Seems Ive seen you on every GT blog Ive ever been on…kinda obsessed there aint ya BUG?uga played SC better than Bama did..does that make uga better than Bama? LOL ..btw I dont play on computers much but seems you do BUG…kinda makes YOU a nerd dont it???LOL..I spend most of my time in the woods(yea alot of us GT country MEN)Get over your obsession BUG and take a kid fishing or something..Hmmm maybe your a kid that needs to GO fishing…yea Ill go with that..GO JACKETS!!!

Prime Ti

October 13th, 2010
11:39 pm

Enter your comments here

Playing in front of HUNDREDS!!!!

October 13th, 2010
11:41 pm

What channel is the Georgia Tech / Mid Tenn St game on this weekend???

Oh, it’s not televised??

Bwahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!

Playing in front of HUNDREDS!!!!

October 13th, 2010
11:43 pm

2 of Tech’s first 4 homegames will go UNTELEVISED.

Worm

October 13th, 2010
11:44 pm

Robert hall-Pound your woman-Pound your woman-You’re certainly not pounding the QB!

Playing in front of HUNDREDS!!!!

October 14th, 2010
12:02 am

Why is it the only time GT can. Sell out their stadium is when the Dawgs come a callin’??

just saying

October 14th, 2010
12:13 am

I have a different take, Clemson will be even hungrier than VT to beat us..tougher game..but still believe we can take all 3, do wish we had Joseph Gilbert on offense with all these injuries, why don’t you do some checking and find out what exactly happened since to this day, noone has really explained why he did not get in to graduate school at GT and why it was so casually mentioned in the AJC blog over the summer that he’s gone to Ga St.

GT4Life

October 14th, 2010
12:32 am

@just saying

Is that you posting, J. Gilbert? If you are missing that dude you haven’t watched a game of GT football in 2 years. He was horrible. Every false start that killed a drive or crushed our chances of converting on 4th down can be laid squarely on J. Gilbert’s shoulders. I really think that CPJ told him that he appreciated his services, but they were no longer needed…kind of like what Jaybo was told.

dagnabit

October 14th, 2010
6:14 am

UGAHYDRO, 4THDOWN, MARC RICHT, WRITERKINDA, 30 POINTS, WASH-ON, GENO, BUGZAPPER, CHEECH, MAPQUEST, PLAYING, AND WORM. Are you tired of bloging about the criminals on the bulldawg football team? Is the shame hurting your feelings? Is 2 and 4 not enough to hide from? Now Mark Richt says it’s alright to break the law? Belongs to a church does he? Christine O’Donnell’s.

Calhoundawg

October 14th, 2010
7:24 am

Wow, another Jeff Schultz! Where does the AJC get these guys? Who the hell is Chris Boggs, anyway?

Clemson, as I stated last week...

October 14th, 2010
8:03 am

…NEVER beats a team who is favored to beat them, so GT, being favored to win next week, will win in a walk against them.

Regarding the UGA player, Chris, me thinks thou dost (sp) protest too much…speeding is against the traffic laws, yet it is really way down there among major “crime”, as is failing to show for said hearing involving the speeding; + I hear that it was all a miscommunication between the player and his atty re: the missed court date, and the player has to pay the piper. And, unless someone (the atty) tells him about the bench warrant issued for him, it is unlikely that he would have known he would be arrested (he is, afterall, a dumb 21 year old). The Athens police got lucky when he showed up to help his brother, or none of this would have ever been found out – I am sure Tim and Chip scour the “arrest warrant blotters” daily looking for UGA names, and even they did not find it…

Bulldogmaniac

October 14th, 2010
8:23 am

Is it as shamefull as the GT fan who beat his girlfriend???????????????????????

Bulldogmaniac

October 14th, 2010
8:24 am

The funniest thing ever!!!!!!! A tech blog ALWAYS has to talk about UGA!
You are all just undercover UGA LOVERS!
WE OWN YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Really GT Vet?

October 14th, 2010
8:38 am

Yeah, uga guys don’t hunt and fish. Quit embarrasing the jackets. And I still can’t figure out what it is about Richt’s comment that warrants Boggs’ “shocked reaction.” Talk about bringing up uga just for the heck of it…
I guess he gets “totally ashamed” pretty easily.
WANTED: NON DOUCHEBAG TECH BEAT WRITER.

TDone

October 14th, 2010
8:39 am

The double standard shown by the Muttlanders is simply amazing. Bill King say anything he wants about anyone he wants, but when Chris Boggs says one thing about Muttland, you folks lose it.

Honest and Frank Discussion

October 14th, 2010
9:44 am

One, Hall didn’t beat his girlfriend. You think the Police would dismiss the charges if he did?

Two, stay classy mutts. We may beat you only 1 out of 9 times, but only 1 out of every 9 of you are decent human beings.

Three, there is a big difference between saying the area around GT is a bad neighborhood (which, I might add, is around where an incredibly large number of uga alumnus work). It doesn’t speak bad about GT that there is crime in midtown Atlanta. Instead, it speaks poorly about the city itself. Since Atlanta is the #1 destination for uga grads, you’d think the high crime would be a sore subject to you guys too.

On the latter, I can’t see how its not embarrassing to have eleven football players arrested in less than a year’s time. That’s over 1/8 of the scholarship football players (ironically, the same odds by which we’ve beaten you in football the last 9 years and the same probability that uga fans are decent human beings). My wife has a uga grad degree, and she is incredibly embarrassed by what has occurred over there.

Richt’s comments echo my wife’s sentiment. You’ve got the coach of your team saying that failing to show up for a mandatory court date is not an “awful act that we all should just be ashamed of.” To the contrary, Mr. Richt, if a court orders you to show up, you show up. If it wasn’t an “awful act” they wouldn’t issue a bench warrant for someone;s arrest when they fail to show up.

If anything, it shows a failure by Mr. King to be a man and accept the consequences of his own actions.

Bruce the Dawg

October 14th, 2010
9:52 am

I shat on myself and Daddy Richt wiped me clean! It’s great to be a DAWG!

WOOF!

Luke

October 14th, 2010
10:03 am

Whats the difference between UGA and Tech? We can sleep in and still make the game. Have fun with your noon kick-off losers.

sogadog

October 14th, 2010
11:08 am

Why are you Jacket fans so obsessed with what goes on in Athens? Dont you have any ACC rivals? Also, look at Richt’s comment in context. The issue CMR faced was whether to kick the kid off the team for his failure to pay a speeding ticket. Most folks will agree a kid’s college football and academic career should not end over what King did. Granted it was a dumb thing to do on his part, and he should be disciplined, but Richt was saying lets not end King’s career over this transgression.

Cant you find something else to write about like all the other games Tech will play before facing Georgia? Does Tech competing for another ACC title mean anything to you or do you just want to bad mouth the Dawgs?

Tech Dude, get a life already.

Truth Hurts

October 14th, 2010
11:19 am

You Dawg fans who keep repeating “30-24″ like a mantra enjoy yourselves all you want. The thing is… Tech alumni and fans have lives that don’t depend entirely on what a bunch of kids does on Saturday afternoons. College sports are fun to follow, but the biggest reason for going to college is to get an education.

UGA fans don’t seem to care about anything but football, and they don’t care if their players are enrolled in silly majors that no parents who are paying the bills would send their kids to UGA for. The very few football and basketball players who graduate have no job opportunities and end up unemployed or working in menial jobs that hardly require a college degree.

Georgia Tech is a real school with serious academic standards, and that includes scholarshipped athletes. UGA has a long history of being a party school, where parents send their kids for an easy degree, even if the degree itself is practically worthless.

Jan Kemp exposed the crap going on at UGA with athletes being enrolled in courses a ten-year-old kid could pass. That was almost three decades ago, and nothing has changed. If anything, the abuses are more blatant today. Way too many illiterate morons are being recruited, and the very high arrest rate shows clearly that Richt does not care if his players have any morals or self-discipline.

The bottom line is that most Tech fans have very good jobs and productive lives that don’t depend on Tech’s football record for their happiness in life. It would be great to beat UGA more often, but when you put scholar-athletes up against dummy-athletes, it’s usually no contest.

It’s pretty pathetic to see UGA fans who typically have never been within miles of a college classroom and who live or die with UGA’s weekly results on the football field.

So keep on posting your “30-24″ all you want, especially since you’re home with plenty of time on your hands. I wish you well, maybe you’ll get lucky and get your old job back at the Waffle House before your unemployment checks stop coming.  

Truth Hurts

October 14th, 2010
11:21 am

I wonder if any of the books about UGA football include the perspective of someone speaking for the late Jan Kemp? The perspective that “student” athletes like Lindsay Scott were playing years without taking college level courses? That the proudest moment of the football program was earned by players who never earned a single college credit?

Dawgtards love to return to 1980, but their memories are really short when it comes to remembering an earthshaking event that happened a few years later that showed the world what a joke UGA athletes were and what a scam artist their beloved Vince Dooley was (and is). So for all those dawgtards with short memories or who think their athletes are actually taking real courses and trying to graduate, here’s the quote that broke the trial wide open and showed what a slimeball Dooley is:

O. Hale Almand Jr., a lawyer for the defense, offered a justification for the favorable treatment accorded the athletes, citing a hypothetical player. “We may not make a university student out of him,” he told the jury, “but if we can teach him to read and write, maybe he can work at the post office rather than as a garbageman when he gets through with his athletic career.”

Nothing has changed at UGA, they just do a slightly better job of keeping things quiet, but that’s hard to do when 44 of your player-thugs have been arrested, isn’t it?

UGA: WINNER OF THE FULMER CUP AND THE CESSPOOL OF THE SOUTH.

wesleywhatwhat

October 14th, 2010
11:31 am

uga in 2010: losers to BOTH national champions from 1990

11-0-1 1990 National Champs

October 14th, 2010
12:07 pm

Dawgtards continue to ruin this fine state with all their thUGAry!

Jacket Backer

October 14th, 2010
12:10 pm

Nice to see so many UGA fans read our blogs. Thanks for the support.

Go Jackets!

Truth Hurts: Loser of the Year

October 14th, 2010
12:47 pm

thugs, dawgtards, etc. Nothing original? Oh let;s talk about Jan Kemp! That proves that UGA is a bad school! blah blah blah. I love how this turd claims that GT people have “a life” and therefore don’t have the time to spend on a blog.. WHILE HE POSTS A NOVEL ON THE BLOG!!! haha. Ladies and gents, I present you with Loser of the Year: Truth Hurts!

Bottom line is UGA beats tech consistantly, they are totally different types of schools, both schools do well in their own arena, and both fan bases are going to react when the other mentions their head coach in the headline of their blog.

The PoPo

October 14th, 2010
12:52 pm

To all the mongrels on here —

“Go Dawgs” before the cops get here
We “hit and” run this state

KB

October 14th, 2010
1:27 pm

Truth hurts that Tech was the most recent Institute in the State to face NCAA probation from Academic fraud. Please explain the coincidence between Morris Brown losing accreditation and Flunkgate.

SatchelBuzz

October 14th, 2010
1:29 pm

@bugzapper,…..get out from behind your computer, come to Jasper, and I’ll be more than happy to discuss JN with you,…..but you want,..because your’re a little coward.

THWG!!!

nickj0321

October 14th, 2010
2:02 pm

lol @ the 2 – 4 thuga nation

Hey, Truth Hurts...

October 14th, 2010
2:21 pm

…obviously you have great difficulty understanding anything not Tech – especially when it comes to academic standards for both Tech and UGA athletes, but do not facts get in the way of a good rant!

The “truth” of the matter is that UGA degrees are far from worthless, but, again, don’t let the facts get in the way of a good rant.

Additionally, the “bottom line” is that most UGA fans have good jobs, too 9see the contributions to the UGA Hartmann Fund – for football only), but, again, don’t let the facts get in the way of a good rant.

If you really want to talk about financial equitey, just compare the Tech endowment, minus the Coca-Cola contribution to this, and see where Tech stands. Heck, even Emory University, a much smaller university, has an endowment approx. 3X as large as Tech’s; as with Tech, however, all that is Coca-Cola money.

Finally, as you make fun of UGA and their pursuits of educational functionality, I would strongly suggest that you refrain from quoting a lawyer’s quote from over 25 years ago when trying to make a point about today’s university. True, Tech is still the better instituiton when it comes to educational attributes when compared to UGA; at the same time, however, it remains a fact that every year more and more UGA rejects ARE ADMITTED to, and end up attending Tech – but hey, don’t let the facts get in the way of your rant…

ooops...

October 14th, 2010
2:23 pm

“equitey” = equity; and “instituiton” = institution – my bad…

Lindsey Scott vs Reuben Houston...

October 14th, 2010
2:24 pm

…I’ll take Lindsey every day…