Richt on changes, Tech rivalry, Powerade bath

There was no answer to the big question –- call it The Willie Martinez Question -– but there were some interesting comments on Mark Richt’s weekly radio call-in show Monday night.

If you missed it:

The first question, not surprisingly, was about any plans for changing coordinators or other assistant coaches.

Richt’s reply:  “I’m not going to make any comment about anything like that. I think people think that just because we need to get better or make some kind of change — they think it always involves changing of people, too.  And that’s not always necessarily true. But, you know, we’re going to get things back on track, I can promise you that.”

–  Richt was asked about his angry reaction to a slightly premature attempt to drench him in Powerade near the end of Saturday’s victory at Georgia Tech.

He said he had told the players at halftime that he didn’t want to see anyone smile until there was no time left on the clock.  “Sure enough, it’s a minute and 20 [seconds] or whatever left and we get the ball back and they decide they’re going to dump me, figuring the game is over,” Richt said. “But I had my jaw set still and I wasn’t smiling or celebrating until that [clock] went to zero zero and we got the victory. And that’s why I got upset, and Bryan Evans basically got the brunt of it, and I love the kid dearly. I love all those guys. He was a little taken aback at my attitude, but afterwards I got a chance to hug his neck and tell him I love him and all that good stuff.”

–  A caller said Tech coach Paul Johnson downplayed the importance of the Georgia game early last week and asked Richt, who is 8-1 vs. Tech, his thoughts on the  magnitude of the rivalry.

“All I can tell you is our boys and our coaches don’t need a whole lot of motivation, I guess, to get fired up about this game,” Richt said.  “And I’m not going to sit here and deny that what happened a year ago [helped] fuel it. It did; there is no question that it did. Them tearing up our hedges and doing some of the things that they were doing after the game at our expense didn’t sit too well with us. And we wanted to do something about it, and we want to continue to do something about it in years to come. And I’ll say this: I’ve always had a respect, a very healthy respect, for Georgia Tech and their football program, and we will continue to have that respect because they are an outstanding team and they do a great job over there. But it’s very, very big to us.”

–  Richt had much praise for safety Reshad Jones’  performance on Saturday – his interception, his tackling, his pass breakups on Tech’s last series and the way he never gave up in chasing Tech receiver Demaryius Thomas on Thomas’ 76-yard touchdown.

“There were a lot of guys that made great plays, but I want to pay a special tribute to Reshad Jones,” Richt said.  “I thought Reshad did such a great job of tackling, such a great job of making that interception. And also at crunch time he had to cover a couple of those deep balls and did a beautiful job of that too. I thought it was great for Reshad, considering all the grief he caught a year ago for that same ballgame.”   (Jones, as you know, got much grief for botching a tackle on Tech’s game-clinching touchdown against Georgia last year.)

– And finally, the show’s last caller cited statistics on how many more times the Bulldogs have allowed 30-plus points under Martinez than under predecessor Brian VanGorder.

Richt’s reply:  “You’re definitely going to win a whole lot more games if you can keep people under 30, there is no doubt about that.”

316 comments Add your comment

Cedrick

December 1st, 2009
12:23 am

Richt is not gonna change anything. We will have the same problems next year that we are having now. Not until the AD steps in and strongly suggests the change will Richt consider it. I think they should also look at Bobo’s offensive scheme. Cause If I see one more draw on 3rd and long there is going to be a problem.

DawgEDawg

December 1st, 2009
12:28 am

Taking these comments and combining them with “recruit retainment assurances” doesn’t bode well for common sense.

Second??

SOUTHGADAWG88

December 1st, 2009
12:41 am

Give me the King and Ealy tandem I saw Sat night with the WR talent we have coming back and I think Bobo will be just fine.Give me the Mark Richt I saw Sat and I could care less if the staff returns intact.(I wouldn’t mind a ST coach though)

superDawg

December 1st, 2009
12:41 am

Coach just play tech 12 times and we win the NC.

J Clay

December 1st, 2009
12:44 am

Heard a rumor earlier today (that I don’t believe) that said 4 coaches were fired Friday but be allowed to coach the Tech game. If that were true believe there would be some confirmation by now. Also even if some know it is coming, I think that would be about the worst timing in the world to do it day before last game.

Any more word on bowl game? Hoping for Atlanta and a matchup vs VaTech.

thwg

December 1st, 2009
12:48 am

Congrats dawgs. I understand how important that GT game was for you. It really was your bowl game as you have nothing else to look forward to. The only consolation if GT looses to Clemson is we then get the pleasure of personally bumping you puppies from the only real bowl game (Chick) you even have a shot at and relegating you to Shreveport where you can play ANOTHER unranked and irrelevent team. So let me see if I understand what you’re so proud of: two record setting performances by King an Ealey against our pathetic defense, 2 GT turnovers, a missed GT FG, a game ending injury to a starting OL and a starting WR, hobbled our starting QB who missed 2 serious and was less than 100% the rest of the way, plus a set of those world famous SEC refs who would only know a hold if it looked like excessive celebration, and we STILL had a chance to win with 1:53 left. Oh yeah, that’s one world class coaching staff ya got there. Oh I forgot, but AJ didn’t play, that’s one in your favor – unfortunately that’s not much of an excuse since your offense has been 10 times better without him. So your best game of the year destroyed our worst game of the year – by 6 points:-) . Really? Seriously? all that and just 6 points and we still had a chance to win with 1:53 left. Wow. Maybe you can double us up on the hardcourt with that middle school team Fox has put together. Only one name you need to remember – FAVORS. Your welcome for giving you the opening for the Chick bowl after we roll on Clemson.

thwg

December 1st, 2009
12:51 am

Hey stupiddawg, I mean superdawg – would love a rematch in the chickfila bowl – see if you can work on that.

thwg

December 1st, 2009
12:53 am

you puppies are too chicken and quiet – no fun. I’m off this pathetic blog.

DAWGINGERMANY

December 1st, 2009
1:02 am

thwg,

Seriously? Your post makes you sound like a sore little loser. ALL of my Tech friends have taken this in stride and been nothing but classy. You just want to point out all of your mistakes and say “look, we played out worst game and still only LOST by 6.” Point is, you LOST! A top 10 team playing its last regular season game shouldn’t have to make excuses. I think it is kinda funny that you are so butt hurt about this. Good luck against Clemson.

PrattvilleDawg

December 1st, 2009
1:07 am

hey thwg, I read your little rant there but all I could really grasp from it was: “blah, blah, blah, i’m a whiney baby, blah, blah, blah.”

G-E-O-R-G-I-A

December 1st, 2009
1:10 am

thwg – a week to prepare and you still lost??? 30-24 hahahahahahahaha

G-E-O-R-G-I-A

December 1st, 2009
1:13 am

Pretty sure thwg was referring to GT as an irrelevent team…this is always a given. 30-24 hahahahahahahaha

flagboy?

December 1st, 2009
1:24 am

not that this is even relevant. . .

But did you see USC and Pete Carroll throw deep on UCLA over the weekend?

i had a little respect for Carroll, even after he cried about Stanford going for 2 on him, but i hate the Hollywood mentality of USC. . .

and then this. . . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVpyI6eWvwQ

I will take Southern college football any day of the week over that kind of crap. I really hope this comes back to bite him. That was pathetic.

Grandad

December 1st, 2009
1:27 am

thwg:
Really; you’re going to come with excuses. Veiled as they were, they were still excuses from someone trying to rationalize defeat. We missed a field goal as well. You did mention Green. Okay, how about B.Rambo. Are you seriously excited about the “Peach Bowl” just to knock us out. Who’s to say the Peach even wants you? Also, you cannot say that two years ago you would not have wet on yourself at the possibility of CMR and his staff coming to your school. Whining about your two T.O.’s…perhaps we go undefeated w/o turnovers. But you know what they say “If if’s and buts were…” you know the rest. Plus SEC refs/seriously, lets see – Rogers Redding – need I say more [Jasper].
Then to top it off, you bring up Coach Fox, way to create a diversion again. I’ll take Coach Fox…by the way…he will be in Athens longer than Favors will be at Tech. Your sad, real sad. Oh yeah – Yawl lawst.
Wait a min. there goes Ealey again > right up the middle > and not a
piss ant/’scuse me/ yella jacket in sight. Have a good evening, sir.

Frank Lane

December 1st, 2009
1:35 am

Simple. Two SEC 6-5 teams beat the two highly ranked ACC teams playing for the championship of that league. And for the record other SEC team Florida kind of whipped FSU too. SEC is a physical conference. ACC is a finesse conference.

Our two teams playing for conference championship are #1 vs. #2. ACC finalists both lost their last games to SEC also-(didn’t-even)-ran’s. Fact.

Topp Dogg

December 1st, 2009
1:36 am

Well its early morning and GT still sux.

Johnny DangerDawg

December 1st, 2009
2:04 am

Does anyone know where Prince Miller was on Saturday? It seemed that Vance Cuff and B. Boykin were always on the field. Did Prince get demoted? Or did UGA coaches just think Cuff’s skills are better suited against Tech’s triple-option? Or was Prince injured?

SteelerDawg

December 1st, 2009
2:06 am

LOL at THWG…. What a sad little bee. Just like a bee to be proud of “and we STILL had a chance to win with 1:53 left.” You know how much this game killed GT. Their best team in a decade at least, maybe since that mythical NC they shared with 2 other schools…. Yes, the best GT team can’t beat the worst UGA team in the last 13 years.

At home….
With two weeks to prepare….
With AJ out….
And Knowshawn and Stafford playin on Sundays….
With your Savior PJ….
With a chance to put a dagger to the one you hate so much…..

We beat u at your own game, in your own home, you got smacked down back to your rightful place at our feet.

Buzz

December 1st, 2009
2:31 am

Hope Ga gets to play Va. Tech and then come back on line and make excuses for the dogs! But Ga played probably their best game and wanted the win a little more than Tech. Be interesting next year!

50 year Tech Fan

December 1st, 2009
2:53 am

If I were you dawg fans, I wouldn’t get too high on this game. You should realize that things are different at the North Ave Trade School aka GA TECH. You know already things run in cycles and things are changing in this state. You are no longer the media champ or sweetheart. All have left is Chuck Doodle at WSB, the station in bed with UGA anyway. I remember when you guys couldn’t buy a game. So come down from your hihg horse before he has to be put down. Your guys would be better off if they were taking some classes other than basket weaving and gym.

bulldawghuff

December 1st, 2009
3:49 am

50 year tech fan&thwg,are you for real 9-1,and if not for a missed tackle by R JONES last year CMR,would be 10-0 against tech.you did nothing speacial last year he missed a tackle.and the kid came back this year and played maybe the best game of his bulldog life,he was set on makin up for that game ,and did.AND JUST HOW GOOD IS CPJ TO HAVE A WEEK TO GET THE NUMBER 7th ranked team ready for their biggest rival and they got beat.tech fans say wait till he get his players in.well those guys are chan gailey players,how do you know if he can get big time players to come,sure you can just plug in a running back,but can you get a big time lineman to come,they have had one recruiting class and couldnt get a left tackle to come,(your tackle was a 255 lbs)the kids all want to go pro,lineman to and they know that in the pros they need to know how to pass block.so why would a good lineman go there?

bulldawghuff

December 1st, 2009
3:58 am

oh and saint simon please tell me the score of the game,i may have forgot. wait for it. 30-24 ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.

Richt must fire Willie

December 1st, 2009
4:46 am

Willie will have to go!!!! CMR has no choice. The majority of the Bulldog Nation is calling for his head. If Richt don’t pull the trigger on Fabris and Willie he’ll be in deep trouble. He will be in a no win situation. Neither of them can handle the SEC level. I know CMR is trying to play everything down but I’m disappointed he won’t admit the serious coaching problems. To laugh off the problems, down play the situation and spin the facts don’t sit real well with me. CMR needs to show some gut and pull the trigger now. After next week he’ll know who’s available and he can get them on staff and get them prepared for next year. It wouldn’t surprise me if CMR don’t cry “one more year and Willie will be fine”. If Willie stays, I’m gone. I can’t take another year like this year. I gave up my season tickets and my $5,000 donation. I won’t be back in the stands until some major changes are made at Georgia. I say again as I have said the past two years …. WILLIE MUST GO … and he needs to go now.

zino

December 1st, 2009
5:59 am

Hey 50 year Tech fan – surely you can do some simple math.

8 out of the last 9?

Jackets are irrelevant chumps in an irrelevant league. The only reason the Dawg fans are hitting the AJC blogs so hard is because we had to put up with the jerk Saint Simons for a whole year.

You can’t even fill up your tiny little stadium without resorting to gimmicks. 4 tickets, 4 hot dogs, 4 cokes, what a JOKE.

We would rather be middle of the pack in the SEC than ACC Chumps/Champs.

T-MAN

December 1st, 2009
6:16 am

Hey fleabags,is Shreveport close enough to ride your mopeds?if not I’ll call ahead to alert the police so the law abiding citizens can lock thier cars up.Too Hell with Georgia

GT4ME

December 1st, 2009
6:25 am

All I can say is good game UGA! If you had played like that all season long, you might have shaken up the SEC! It’s funny how you saved your best performance for last. Too bad it was us. It does sting a little, but at least we are 10-2 and headed towards a BCS bowl game…how sweet it is. See ya next year!

T-MAN

December 1st, 2009
6:25 am

Rev.Richt. as many games as ya’ll lost this year,you’re lucky to have any hedges left at all,and I see even with a vet school on campus you couldn’t keep Ugalea alive,of course it’s family tree is a stick.Too Hell with Georgia

hugedawgfan

December 1st, 2009
6:28 am

50 yr old and thwg: Is that how bitter eating crow makes you? Just keep piling on the excuses. We were and are the better team. Beat you at your own game. Was Roddy even playing? Dwyer? Allen? What is your excuse for your so called D. I thought ours was bad. This really did help ease a difficult year. Bobo really does need to hone in the play calling duties a bit. A RB screen on 3rd and 4 and you rushed for over 330yds? Really? CMR, do the right thing and bring in a fiery DC with a pair and make UGa feared once more.

BuLLdawg

December 1st, 2009
6:31 am

GTPhenom

“UGAg fans need to get a life. Get over the fact that GT is going to completely destroy you guys tomorrow”
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Cuttysark
“With a week off to prepare, and a well rested Yellow Jacket squad, this should be a very good game as the triple option gets going in this one. Tech covers in this game against UGA. Paul Johnson rules in rivalry games! “
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Ramble On:
“THWG! GT romps! 50+ on the pups.”
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DCJacket
BuLLdawg –Forget stats that you worship to make your arguments. Ignore you and your ilk. Win and let things take care of themselves. Go Jackets! POUND THE HOUNDS!! THWG!!”

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Jackets21
“bulldawg, Paul Johnson is making the lunatic fringe of UGA fandom literally go insane.”

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Josh
“I work in athens I wear my Georgia Tech hats and shirts proudly and the lil bulldawgs never say a word but I love the way they look at me with hatred when I could careless about them. They are just another win on the season to me.”
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Ramble On:
“My guess is that your punter, Butler will break all the UGA punting records tonight. I say he punts about 20 times for a total of 1000 yards. Now, that my UGAG friends is an accomplishment. THWG!”

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Perrine
“TO HELL WITH GEORGIA!”
“Tech will cruise to a huge victory today over UGA”

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Perfect Option
“Ga Tech will win the game as well as the knock down drag out fight afterwards”

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DCJacket
“Hey buLLdawg!! As you can see, we are all sooo upset and rattled by your fiction. Come back tomorrow and tell us all the other ways UGAy is superior to Tech, except in what this whole thread is about. UGA 17 GT 38”

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. William Casey
“I hope that the Jackets beat the hell out of the Bulldogs. However, I’ll be happy if we win by 1.”

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CPJ
“I just can’t stand the Bulldogs. I wish we would break the old scoring record that we put up against Cumberland.”

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Tony Barnhart

“Georgia at Georgia Tech: Georgia Tech is brimming with confidence as it goes for its second straight win over the Bulldogs. Georgia, meanwhile, there is no evidence that the Bulldogs can handle a tough, physical football game for four quarters. That is exactly what Georgia Tech will give them. Georgia Tech 38, Georgia 21.”

WHERE ARE ANY OF YOU NOW ?

Citizen Dawg

December 1st, 2009
6:32 am

Georgia Tech = Losers + Nerds

hugedawgfan

December 1st, 2009
6:33 am

aw, T-man. Does someone need to call his mommy? does it hurt that bad. I’m sorry, come over here and let your Daddy fix it. You poor baby. Oh well, there’s always next year or at least next week and Clemson. Please don’t embarrass the state of GA and it’s called tackling and you have to actually touch the ball carrier to do it. On the other hand, Spiller, watch the UGA-Tech (I mean the UGA) game film and see how to run past the Techie douchbags

Win P.

December 1st, 2009
6:36 am

thwg, UGA’s victory over Tech this year reminds me of Tech’s victory over UGA last year. Wasn’t suppose to happen, but it did, so live with it.

Radly Dawg

December 1st, 2009
6:37 am

Hey T-man…….I know a really good shrink you can talk to…….here’s a quarter…call some one who cares! There are Georgia Tech fans with class…..and then there’s the likes of you. When Georgia fans say, “To Hell With Tech”….it’s directed at classless bugs just like you. Go Dawgs!

Radly Dawg

WoDawg

December 1st, 2009
6:37 am

I have 5 in laws that are Tech Grads and they have no interest in football. That’s a good thing and they are never disappointed.

Bride of Chucky Knapp

December 1st, 2009
6:43 am

Techies can feel proud that their loss saved Willie, thereby prolonging the Dogs suffering.

BuLLdawg

December 1st, 2009
6:45 am

thwg,

“The only consolation if GT looses to Clemson is we then get the pleasure of personally bumping you puppies from the only real bowl game (Chick) you even have a shot at”

Dumbbutt thwg,

If the unranked in the Coaches’ Poll Top 25 and unranked in the BCS Top 25, Climpsum Farmers who lost to an also ran South Carolina in a blow-out and beat only 1 Top 25 team who by the way only beat Tech,

beat Georgia Tech

Then, sir the the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl will NOT BUMP SEC 4th best team UGA for the ACC 2nd best team Georgia Tech.

It is a bowl game pitting number 2 ACC vs. Number 5 SEC.

ACC teams cannot BUMP SEC teams out of the damn bowl game.

God Almighty, you know NOTHING about football thwg.

Big time?? Not

December 1st, 2009
6:46 am

Four tickets, four hot dogs, four cokes

Win P.

December 1st, 2009
6:46 am

50 Year Tech Fan, Our basket weavers beat your basket weavers.

Seriously?

December 1st, 2009
6:50 am

Hey, Richt Must Fire Willie: Good riddance to you! You are just another typical supposed Dawg fan who never set foot in the hallowed halls of the university. Give up those tickets! I will love seeing you on the bridge begging for a seat when we return to the top next year. Whiney loser! You should be a tek fan.

"ERK" WE NEED YOU

December 1st, 2009
6:53 am

Free Willie & Please get more involved in the play calling CMR.

It’s funny how the Techsters always play the we are superiorly educated when they lose vs UGA. Just for your info Techies plenty of UGA Alumni have jobs and own their own business without setting foot on the North Avenue Campus(Other than the every other year win). I also know plenty of Tech engineers looking for jobs. SOOOOO! please come up with something that actually involves thinking before posting on a BLOG.

UGA football is loaded with talent with more due this February and Tech will never own GA as a recruiting ground. UGA’s comp for the top talent in this state comes from other SEC-East schools. ACC is a basketball conference playing football. UGA would be playing in Tampa this weekend if it played in your weak division. Tech would be 6&6 if they had played UGA’s schedule.

GO DAWGS wait I almost forgot 30-24!

Spike

December 1st, 2009
6:54 am

You Tech losers need a group hug. Don’t forget to engrave the score on your rings this year. 30-24, and order me one while you are at it.

T-MAN

December 1st, 2009
7:00 am

I understand that Cox has a bonus year of eligebility left,with that extra year maybe that I’ll get the fleabags out of the SEC east cellar.Maybe not Kentucky’s,Tennesee,Florida,are still in the east.

Haywood Jablomey

December 1st, 2009
7:16 am

my guess is WILLIE will still be on the staff.
reading everything RICHT has said over the past
few weeks. the writing is on the wall. sux.
BUT WE HAVE TO TRUST AND SUPPORT RICHT!!

GO DAWGS.

if a bullfrog had wings

December 1st, 2009
7:17 am

Richt has a problem, he can not change coordinators because the race card will be played if he does not hand the job over to Garner.

Why does everyone not see the real problem!
I see it now ” we love Willie” !

CATERDAWG

December 1st, 2009
7:21 am

Bottom line GT is still a second rate, second class (no class) suppose to be football program!! Go to Tampa all 10 of you to see Clemosn kick your butts!! All I have to say is 14 out of 17 8 out of 9, tha’ts not much of a rivarly!! Go play GA State maybe you can beat them!!! GT STILL STINKS!!!

Alabama Jack

December 1st, 2009
7:22 am

Hey dawgs, lets talk about something important. The Tech Beesball team collected $1,600 Saturday for your injured baseball player. if each of you would give up one can of beer, look how much could be added to that total to help a fine young man from Georgia?

FalconUGAFan

December 1st, 2009
7:40 am

@Alabama Jack Don’t taint the good work of your baseball team with your insults. Learn from them…

hop

December 1st, 2009
7:46 am

the game is over and i am so proud that the dawgs did not fade away and played a very complete game.

i wished that we had played that way all year,but we don’t.

i am also a fan of all teams in the state of georgia and it is great to see the rivalry return between tech and georgia,with that said i hope the tech beats clemson and wins the acc. if they do, the state of georgia is the big winner and more of our steller athletes will stay in the state.
i would rather tech/georgia get them than tennesse,alabama and other out of state schools because our state is the big winner.

NCDAWG

December 1st, 2009
7:48 am

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

Hilarious

December 1st, 2009
7:51 am

Hey CATERDAWG. You UGA fans are still obsessed with us. UGA was up and GT was flat Sat night. You outplayed us. You are not the bettwer team. GT is 10 in the BCS…where is UGA?

Enjoy your fun. We will see you in Athens next year.