Evans: Dogs will stay with traditional uniforms

Athens — If there was any doubt after the black-helmeted debacle against Florida, it seems official now that there’ll be no more uniform gimmickry from the Georgia Bulldogs anytime soon.

Georgia athletics director Damon Evans, appearing on UGA’s weekly radio call-in show Monday night, gave a pretty strong thumbs-down to future variations on the Bulldogs’ traditional uniforms.

“I don’t believe playing the game is about uniforms,” Evans said. “I just want our team to go out on the field and play the best of their ability. We have had some uniform changes in the past, but I would tell you not to look for that anytime soon. I’m not going to ever say never, but that’s not something that we’re going to be focused on.”

The Bulldogs veered from tradition by wearing black jerseys in a big 2007 home win over Auburn and a big 2008 home loss to Alabama and by wearing black pants and black helmets in this year’s big loss to Florida in Jacksonville.

“I know there are times when you try to use uniforms to maybe change the mood of the team and so forth, and that’s been done . . . [with] the blackouts we’ve had in the past,” Evans said. “But . . . I like our traditional uniforms –- the silver britches, the red jerseys, the white jerseys and the red helmets -– and that’s what we need to stick with at the University of Georgia. . . .

“I want people to be able to recognize us. . . .  And I had a lot of comments after the Florida game that people didn’t recognize who we were.  . . .  I want people to know we’re Georgia.”

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Evans again expressed confidence that coach Mark Richt will guide the Georgia football program through the storm that currently engulfs it.

Appearing on the second hour of the weekly call-in show –- Richt fills the first hour –- Evans  expressed the same sentiments about Richt as he did in an interview with the AJC earlier this month.

“Mark Richt is our football coach, and I’m glad that Mark Richt is our football coach,” Evans said Monday night. “I have confidence in Mark Richt to get the job done and do the things he’s done over the past years to keep us competing for championships. And I know that what Mark will do are the things he thinks are appropriate for the program.”

Later, Evans added: “I’m glad that our fans . . . know we have a good football coach, a coach that has been through the thick and thin, and somebody who has led us to great heights with SEC championships, BCS bowl appearances. Any program faces adversity, and when you face adversity, it’s what you learn from it and how you come out of it. And I have confidence that Coach Richt will come through this.”

A caller asked Evans if he gets involved in head coaches’ decisions about their assistants. Evans said that across all sports he evaluates the head coaches and trusts them to evaluate their assistants.

“I think head coaches need to have the responsibility to deal with their coaching staff,” Evans said. “If there are times in which I need to get involved, I will do so and voice my opinion.”

167 comments Add your comment

Go Jackets

November 24th, 2009
12:44 am

Good Luck on Saturday UGA, and I hope Rambo and Green are back for yall. I want Tech to play the best UGA has to offer.
GO JACKETS!!!

boots

November 24th, 2009
12:54 am

I expect that changes will be made which is why Evans can be so confident about Richt’s leadership. Let’s hope so. Regarding the uniforms, I could not agree more. The black jerseys are cool – once every three years. It was just overplayed. Scoring more points than our opponents should be our focus, not fashion.

Matthew Stafford

November 24th, 2009
1:03 am

Go Jackets,

Your hope that Rambo and Green are healthy enough to play against your beloved Jackets is the dumbest thing I’ve heard in awhile. Georgia will beat the crap out of Tech with or without Rambo and Green.

Frank Lane

November 24th, 2009
1:18 am

Actually, I think the black helmets are a mistake for a team that is used to seeing their own players in red helmets. You only get a moment to evaluate a pass pattern, and all of a sudden looking for different colored helmets has to be confusing to any quarterback.

Wearing black pants on the hottest day of the year was stupid in Jacksonville.

Saint Simons

November 24th, 2009
2:22 am

((((( 34 27 ))))) hahahahahahahahahahahahaha

Haley Hutchinson

November 24th, 2009
2:23 am

I don’t get how a guy says he won’t micro-manage decisions about assistant coaches but he will micro-manage uniforms. It’s inconsistent.

Stephen Harrison

November 24th, 2009
2:39 am

The ONLY way we beat tech is to outscore them & for that to happen we have to RUN the ball & when we pass our recievers need to be 10 yards wide open or cox will throw it to the defense! cox can not face adversity if he is pressured he throws a pick if theres no one wide open he thorws a pick I’m sorry he has made some good plays this year but its the absolutely horrible ones I dont understand He is a 5th YEAR senior been in the system over 5 years now NO excuses for most of his mistakes this year! A lot of people complained about Matthew Stafford but its obvious why he started bet all those people wish he was still here!(best qb UGA ever had) Even with suspect play calling on offense that needs to change the problem is COX, poor execution(including penalties), turnovers, consistancy, & DEFENSE For the head coach to have success his DC & OC need to have success! So if CMR wants to be a successful head coach again(which he is a fine head coach) & wants to keep his job he HAS to find a OC & DC that can coach the players up scheme better & make better ajustments & get the best out of all the talent we put on the field! Plan & Simple

Valdosta Dawg

November 24th, 2009
3:20 am

Damon Evans thank you for saying that we are Red and White jerseys, Silver Britches and Red helmets! That is UGA, I think we have earned respect by being one of the top 11 winningest football teams of all time! I have to say this though, I know you are the AD Damon but Mark Richt was coaching major college football when you were playing at Georgia, and the year you interned with the SEC he coached Charlie Ward to a National Title and a Heisman Trophy! Go Dawgs! Just saying people Mark Richt is one hell of a person and a damn fine coach! The University of Georgia would be crazy as hell to let him go.

Valdosta Dawg

November 24th, 2009
3:25 am

Haley, Damon is not micro managing, he is stating a fact about our uniforms. He was just saying UGA wears this color and thats that! You trying to compare his comments on our colors and his influence, or lack of influence, on Mark Richts decisions is crazy. Thats apples to oranges man.

Jim

November 24th, 2009
4:06 am

Brian Stewart for UGA defensive coordinator position. (Former Dallas Cowboys DC, current Philadelphia Eagles defensive assistant coach)

PASS IT ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

hop

November 24th, 2009
4:34 am

THE answer from damon evans is the dawgs will keep the status quo.

which means in layman’s terms no change will be made.

DR.ADAMS has made the decision not to interfere with the football program.thus- georgia will not get rid of willie or anyone else on the coaching staff.

reality

November 24th, 2009
6:10 am

We will never beat UF again as long as Richt is our coach. Urban M. has more football smarts in his pinky than richt has in his tiny brain. He was a mistake for a hire and has shown it with his 2-7 record against our biggest rival. I am ashamed to be a dawg when I hear our fans defending a man who is 2-7 Vs. UF. Did I mention he is 2-7 vs. UF?

NCMTNDawg

November 24th, 2009
6:16 am

Can we PLEASE stop talking about uniforms and address the more important matters at hand! As I told my wife Sunday morning, things just appear to have gotten stale at UGA. Seems to me, it is just indicative of the times. We are a need-now/instant gratification type of society. We used to allow our coaches 20-30 years (Dooley) with the occasional bad seasons, but no longer. CMR has done a nice job, but I believe he has plateaud? My issue is this, if Martinez or Fabris are retained next year I will not step foot back on my beloved campus in support and spend money. It pains me to say that, but they MUST be dismissed Mr. Evans!

Go Dawgs, beat Tech!

Alabama Jack

November 24th, 2009
6:24 am

Thank goodness that is settled. I was so afraid they would wear the black helmets next Saturday – with pearls, and the good black pumps……

stale piece of toast

November 24th, 2009
6:40 am

The problem at UGA is coaches and players not being afraid of losing their jobs. The program is stale. The penalties, turnovers and discipline have now caught up to the program and they can’t just rely on talent to win anymore. The level of competition in the SEC is to good. The early teams under Richt were hungrier than what has been on the field the last two years. That goes for coaches and players. Hopefully Richt knows how to fix it?

Hey, NCMTNDawg...

November 24th, 2009
6:47 am

You will not be missed, nor will your monetary contributions – there are numerous fans who will gladly take your tickets, and many others will contribute money to make up the lost revenue you will withhold. So, take your “holier than thou” attitude and keep it in the NC Mountains.

Georgia Football is Lifeless

November 24th, 2009
6:56 am

Georgia Football has lost something. Lost something valuable and precious. Georgia football has become lifeless, passionless, common. CMR has allowed mediocrity to slip in and the football program has taken a plunge downward. Sure the coordinators and assistants are very weak (but they are great friends of CMR), sure the luster has been lost. One of the joys of my life has been UGA football. I feel robbed by CMR’s decision not to replace unperforming personnel. I believe he must take immediate and decisive actions after the season is over. Four staff members need to be replaced … Martinez, Bobo, Fabris and Janeck. I look for only one to go (Willie) and that under duress from Evans.
Willie may just be demoted to DB coach so he can stay with CMR and continue the friendship. Georgia did not get my $5,000 this season cause I’m tired of poor performance and meaningless victories over poor teams. Georgia football isn’t dead but it’s sure in a poor state of health. I love CMR and want him to stay at Georgia but his leadership, passion, emotions and coaching ability is now coming under question. He has led Georgia well but can he lead Georgia in the future? If he don’t make major changes the damages next year will show up in tv exposure, recruiting, and image. He MUST MAKE MAJOR CHANGES AND DO IT IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE SEASON IS OVER. Bye Willie, glad you’re gone. You’ve done tremendous damage to UGA football.

mark

November 24th, 2009
6:57 am

To coach for UGA you have got to be able to beat FLA every other year. 2-7 just is not acceptable. Gorder. The expectation should be to beat FLA if you can’t do that we don’t need you.

dawgfan13

November 24th, 2009
7:09 am

If Marc Richt does not fire Willie Matenez and Fabris, expect him to be fired within the next two years. I just cant see the defense improving with Willie Martenez and aside from the punter and field goal kicker, the special teams suck and really the stregnth and conditioning coach should be questioned as well. Our players are in the worse condition in the SEC. Most of that is on the players to condition better but they need a better program.

JB

November 24th, 2009
7:20 am

it will be a HUGE mistake if Mark doesn’t make some changes after the season…………He’s rolling the dice that all this will go away next year…..if you study this roster and follow Georgia football, next year will not be a cake walk, new coach’s or not. Trust me, a new DC would do wonders for the mental state of this program, real or imagined. coach Richt has a bunker mentality about his coach’s and their families. That’s fine. But he needs to understand the part those 90,000 “customers” play in the big picture. I hope he doesn’t think like a Democrat that that money comes from the state and there’s plenty of it and that’s not a problem. There is something wrong in Athens, and it starts at the top. It does in a business, a church, a family etc. i hope andpray the guy can fix it……..or has the stomach to.

EverGator

November 24th, 2009
7:31 am

Go Dawgs…just…go!

Let's Be Adults

November 24th, 2009
7:31 am

SAINT SIMONS

You are a Clown!!! Sir. Please add something with substance. You silly Mo-Fo.

Pandering AD

November 24th, 2009
7:54 am

Evans is now pandering to blowhards complaining because the uniforms caused us to lose. Absolutely stupid. Get into the 21st century and enjoy our color combinations. I guess he thinks that will make everyone shut up but it won’t. Now he shows that he is weak and blaming something for our losses besides the players. What a wus.

71 Dawg

November 24th, 2009
7:55 am

Those Dawg fans who have actually watched the games this year should realize that Cox can make the big throws as well as anyone. His particular problem is throwing the “touch” type passes such as screens and dumps, and he has a problem when he’s pressured in that he can’t make the right decision on eating the ball or throwing it away. He has thrown some deep routes where our guy is the only one who has a shot at catching the ball which is the way it should be. He should not be held up as the reason we have under-performed this season – there are many things that play into that and not enough room to write my opinion here.

ChipperDoodle

November 24th, 2009
7:58 am

Dems rule, JB. The people have spoken.

RAMBLE ON!!!

November 24th, 2009
8:11 am

Grambling has a better chance Saturday. Bring the black helmets.

martin

November 24th, 2009
8:15 am

Evans on the talk show last night stated we don’t have a special teams coordinator. I wonder how many people missed that. There’s enough money in UGA’s athletic program to hire a special teams coordinator. I would hope there’s no way that Martinez stays after this season and even though that is my expectation, I’m not so sure it’ll happen. It seems like everytime we’ve turned over the ball it has led to touchdowns by the opposition. How about our defense hold them to a field goal every once in a while.

getthepicturenow

November 24th, 2009
8:17 am

i agree with Damon that we should wear Silver Britches, so can we dump the grey ones we currently wear? anybody else bothered by that? the explanation on CMR show was that they are easier to clean. gimme a break!! if thats the case at least let Bryan Evans wear Silver britches, he never gets dirty.

Bride of Chucky Knapp

November 24th, 2009
8:22 am

It’s not that Georgia gets beat, it’s that the games are so sloppy whether we win or lose. Even the wins are painful to watch. I don’t remember Dooley, Goff and Donnan teams being this undisciplined. Okay, Goff maybe.

Evans has not been helping them with the scheduling. He clearly is playing to the polls instead of helping the team learn and win.

Cox is not the problem, just like Stafford was not the problem. Sure, they make some bad decisions–guess what, it’s college football! That happens. Instead there has been across the board breakdown throughout the team. Either we don’t have the right players for the scheme or we don’t have coaches that can teach the scheme or we have a bad scheme–or all the above.

George P

November 24th, 2009
8:23 am

So if Georgia isn’t going to change uniforms for this game (I was hoping for black helmets, red jerseys, black pants, red socks, and black shoes), does that mean they will be dancing in the end zone if they score? Uniforms and dancing seem to be the only ways Richt has of motivating his team.

Mike

November 24th, 2009
8:27 am

I guess the traditional uniforms can’t be blamed when losing to Kentucky. only alternate uniforms are to blame when we lose in them. Pathetic. Nothing wrong with a quick change every now and then for the fans. We are red and black. Maybe not the black helmets too often, but the black jerseys should be here to stay. The jerseys didn’t get spanked by Alabama. Willie Martinez defense did.

Mike Lum

November 24th, 2009
8:34 am

Wish they’d add the stripes back to the jerseys, like they had in the 70s and 80s. Remove the black number trim. Grey facemasks. That’s UGA in the glory days.

dap01

November 24th, 2009
8:34 am

Mid level teams like Tech resort to gimmicks to someway persuade fans to help fill up the small stadium. UGA needs to realize that gimmicks are not neccessary for a major college team.

Go Dawgs.

Mike Lum

November 24th, 2009
8:35 am

dap, UGA had the blackout before Tech had the whiteout.

JoeFann

November 24th, 2009
8:38 am

What DE said is right on! His job is to steer the athletics programs at UGA on a macro scale, not a micro scale. That includes (but is not limited to) evaluating each of the head coaches of the various teams. Management 101 students know that both responsibility AND authority must be delegated in order for efficient and effective management to function. Richt is responsible for his assistant coaches performance and for evaluating them. How effectively he manages that aspect of his job is one of the criteria on which his evaluation is based. Whatever you think of the team’s performance this year, it would be a mistake to assume that Richt is stupid. He knows the numbers betters than we do. I’m sure he’s also looking at some numbers that we’re not, particularly on the offensive side of the ball. Nobody needs to tell him that the defensive play has been unacceptable, or that the offensive inconsistency must be corrected. I believe that he will make some difficult choices this offseason. To not do so would obviously greatly impact DE’s evaluation of Richt.

I agree with DE. I’m happy that Richt is UGA’s head coach and I hope he is for a long time. That said, from a management perspective, you give people enough room to do their job and enough rope to hang themselves.

Go Dawgs!

poopdawg

November 24th, 2009
8:41 am

Stick it in your ear hole GeorgeP, enjoy the pregame!

GaGator

November 24th, 2009
8:41 am

The reason nobody recognized Georgia after the Florida game was not the uniforms, it was the total lack of discipline, the penalties, lack of typical Georgia charter and just plan terrible coaching. Other than that, it was a fun game.

Nate

November 24th, 2009
8:42 am

Baby out with the bath water.

The black helmets and pants are horrible. But the black jerseys with silver britches are an awesome uniform. And Tim, did you already forget we wore those in the Sugar Bowl Victory over Hawaii?

And I know I know, we should have beaten Hawaii…right? But nobody was saying that before the game. I heard analyst after analyst say we needed to watch out for Hawaii and then we spanked them in the black jerseys. Oh yeah, and for what it’s worth they were undefeated from that same WAC conference Utah came out of last year and spanked Bama.

Keep the black jerseys…dump the rest.

GaGator

November 24th, 2009
8:43 am

Georgia character —-sorry for the miss spelling

Sid

November 24th, 2009
8:44 am

Let’s put some bright red Georgia Bulldog numbers on those dull white road jerseys !!!! The Dawgs wore red numbers on their jerseys in the early 70’s under Coach Vince Dooley and they looked great. So put RED back in the Red and Black !!

kentucky dawg

November 24th, 2009
8:45 am

I will always be a DAWG but I will not support them with any more $$$$$$ until somebody loses their jobs and the people at the top get serious again about football.

stendec

November 24th, 2009
8:49 am

Team calls you out. Say they are going to slaughter you by 300 plus points! Not enough motivational fodder. Team fails to materliaze against blowhards! Prediction of spanking comes true. Star player unfairly cited for celebration after touchdown. Coaches rally behind him! Other coaches that is. Not his own! Team murders team mascot with heartless play. Brings on heart attack! Mourning fans look for something uplifting. What do they get? A home loss on Senior Night to a team which had not prevailed in Athens since the end of the War Between The States! How is that for uplifting? At least the coordinators are consistent. Consistently awful! Both believe in running the same schemes until they are successful. They never are! Mark Bicht and his heartless Dawgs gave up this season. Plain and simple. Have made this a truly nightmarish season for all of Bulldog Nation! Hope jerkoff enjoys Tallahassee, Florida. Happy Thanksgiving Tim! ++STENDEC++ Who gives a damn about uniforms? Let the bestards play naked for all I care!

Saint Simons

November 24th, 2009
8:49 am

My apologies to Dawg fans everywhere. I only make fun using last years score because in my lifetime I have had so few times to be happy about pulling for a team named after an insect that is just a pest an people usually have exterminated. I promise to behave better and go back into the wood work when UGA spoils our best season in years.

NCDAWG

November 24th, 2009
8:50 am

The Black-Out should be held for one game a year at the most………..I would like to see the White Jersey with Red Pants…from time to time………As far as Evans’ statement about Assistant Coaches..Well at some point he will have to make a choice. Because CMR is not getting rid of any one…….The only way I see it panning out is Evans give CMR a choice: “Get rid of..Assistant Coach (es)…insert name……..or we get rid of you. I appreciate your loyalty to your friends…..but you need to be loyal to the University”

Bulldawg

November 24th, 2009
8:51 am

“Good Luck on Saturday UGA, and I hope Rambo and Green are back for yall. I want Tech to play the best UGA has to offer.
GO JACKETS!!!”

Go Jackets, Thank you for being a classy person and showing real sportsmanship! I hope the Junk Yard Dawgs do show up and it turns out to be the best game of the year! Go DAWGS!!!!

C.W.Moss

November 24th, 2009
8:54 am

GaGator…..Just because you know how to spell the word doesn’t mean you know the meaning….. We may of lost the game but I didn’t see anyone on Georgias team purposely sticking their fingers through any Florida players facemask to try and poke his eyes out. The only reason Spikes apologized after the game is because he got caught. The film doesn’t lie.He’ll be remembered for that incident for the rest of his life…Georgia fans will make sure of that.You Florida fans need to watch how you use that word in the future…you know what they say about glass houses don’t you!

cseay

November 24th, 2009
8:57 am

Dilusional, dilusional, dilusional. Anyone notice how many times Dawg fans reference Richt going 2 & 7 against the Gators and not a single reference to 17 of 20 loses over the past 20 years. You’ve had some success but your a wannabe program on the national stage. Richt is the worst kind of coach, he’s a “good” coach, not a great one. Urban Meyer has “it” and Dawg fans know it. Either find a coach that can get you to the next level or pipe down and enjoy being the third or fourth best team in the SEC East. Hey recruits, are you listening?

Gainesville Dawg

November 24th, 2009
8:57 am

We agree! Quit the gimmicks! What Dawg fans want to see is some coaches who know and understand football and actually COACH football like men!

If not, why don’t Richt and his staff wear dresses on the sidelines? Heck, put Martinez in a Catholic school girl outfit because that best fits his football style!

Attn: cseay

November 24th, 2009
9:00 am

All SEC fans understand that there is nothing too underhanded and immoral Florida will not do to win. Just follow the cash! The Spirit of Charley Pell did not die at UF.

Flowery Branch Dawg

November 24th, 2009
9:04 am

In the future the players should have to earn the right to wear black by having an outstanding season. Black should be a reward for making a BCS Bowl or a BCS Championship appearance, nothing less!!!!
Don’t ever cheapen it again by using it as a gimmick to try and improve a bad team. That does not work! No more silly gimmicks! If the coaching staff does their job right gimmicks are very unnecessary anyhow!