Richt not on the hot seat, Adams and Evans say (UPDATED)

DESTIN, Fla. — Is Georgia football coach Mark Richt on the hot seat?

Yes, according to several media-conceived lists of coaches whose jobs could be in jeopardy after the 2010 season.

No, according to Richt’s bosses.

In separate interviews at the SEC spring meetings here Wednesday, UGA President Michael Adams and athletics director Damon Evans rejected speculation that Richt will enter the season with the heat turned up on his job security.

“I don’t pay that stuff any attention,” Evans said. “Mark is a good football coach. I’m glad he’s our football coach. He’s had a great track record here.

“I think when they see a little adversity, people want to jump on it and attack it,” Evans said. “There is no need for that because he’s not on a hot seat. Mark is in a good place with us.”

Said Adams: “I don’t know whose hot seat he is on. He’s got a pretty nice long-term contract, seems to have the AD’s support, and I don’t have any reason to know where a hot seat would be.”

Adams acknowledged, though, that Georgia’s 2009 football season (8-5) was substandard and noted that all UGA coaches face high expectations.

“Did anybody think last year was a great year in football? No,” Adams said. “But most people would say I’ve had a year or two that weren’t too hot, too.”

Among the publications and Web sites that have put Richt on off-season lists of coaches who are believed — at least by those making the lists — to be on the proverbial hot seat are the Orlando Sentinel and the Mobile Press-Register. CBSSports.com gave Richt a “hot seat rating” of 3.0, meaning “on the bubble — you never know.” ESPN has weighed in about the topic on various platforms.

On Tuesday, Richt professed not to be aware of any of this, saying he didn’t know his name had appeared on such lists. “Is that true?” he asked. On Wednesday, he declined to delve into the issue, saying cheerfully: “I’m just doing my job.”

Georgia has averaged 10 wins per season in nine years under Richt, going 90-27 and winning two SEC championships. On the other hand, the Bulldogs’ most recent SEC title was in 2005, and they are 2-7 vs. Florida under Richt.

Although rejecting the hot-seat tag, Adams referred to comments Evans made at last week’s UGA Athletic Association board of directors meeting in which he expressed disappointment with the school’s all-around sports year.

“There are very high expectations at the University of Georgia,” Adams said. “We feel like we have the fan base, we have the financial resources, we have the facilities, we have the capacity to recruit. … Here we finished second in the SEC [all-sports standings], and nobody was satisfied because we did feel like it was a year where several teams underperformed. And I think if you asked any of those coaches they would say the same thing.

“I think people need not lose sight of the pressures that are on all of these folks to compete, just by nature of the expectations. And that’s fairly characteristic now of the whole university. We expect business professors and physics professors to publish and to teach well. … I don’t know of anybody who thinks we’ve not made adjustments as were needed [in football], and we’ve made adjustments through the years in other sports and we will again if they don’t perform at a high level. But I don’t think characterizing Mark as being on the hot seat from my standpoint is fair.”

Asked if that would change with another football season like last fall’s, Adams passed.

“You know me well enough [to know] I don’t deal in … hypotheticals,” he said. “I think we’re going to have a good year. I think we have a good, solid team. I think the defense is going to be improved. We’ll just have to wait and see, but let’s also not forget that this is by any measure the most competitive football league in America. … We want and expect to win, but you’re just not always going to win.”

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364 comments Add your comment

bill_in_atl

June 2nd, 2010
10:51 am

Of course he’s NOT on the hot seat. Why do you guys keep trying to make this a story?

DawgGirl32

June 2nd, 2010
10:55 am

allan in texas

June 2nd, 2010
10:59 am

I agree. Why do people keep trying to make this a story. Winning National Titles can be as much about luck as about anything else.Look to LSU who won in 07 with 2 losses and the 04 Auburn that won all of their games and did not get a sniff of the title. Be careful about what you wish for in terms of firing good coaches, you just might get it!!

GT

June 2nd, 2010
10:59 am

Damon Evans will be on the hot seat after this season. If every team in Athens wins the national championship but Georgia can’t beat Florida, Auburn and Tech which it can’t next year, Evans won’t have the right ot decide.

Al

June 2nd, 2010
11:03 am

Goff, DuBose, Kiffen, and Zook. The type of coach you get when your ace coach goes. Richt is here for the long haul. Evans and Adams will support him til the day they die.

Bryan G.

June 2nd, 2010
11:07 am

knoxdawg

June 2nd, 2010
11:09 am

CMR is exactly what UGA needs as a head coach. When we have an outstanding season this year people will finally stop bringing this up. Go DAWGS!

Tom

June 2nd, 2010
11:11 am

Life is good when you make the money Evans and Richt do.

Richt should be on the hot seat!!!! We have got to beat Florida, not lose to Kentucky, Tennessee, and CRUSH the yellow jackets!

bruce mac

June 2nd, 2010
11:11 am

GT, please give it a break. UGA always beats Yech. Florida owns us recently and we accept that but you own noone except maybe Duke and that is not a given.

LeftcoastDawg

June 2nd, 2010
11:12 am

GT, remind me again how many times Richt has lost to Tech? Or Auburn for that matter.

DTC

June 2nd, 2010
11:13 am

Well, when Damon is the one that comes out and says there has to be improvement, that is adding fuel to the fire. He should not be surprised about this. He iw the one that threw the log on the fire. Richt is a good coach, and, at this point, he should not be on the hot seat.

H.S. Coach

June 2nd, 2010
11:14 am

I’m glad Damon finally came out and supported his coach.

Russ

June 2nd, 2010
11:15 am

You know who’s seat is hot? Mine. That white spray paint burns.

GT WOOOOO

June 2nd, 2010
11:19 am

Richt is on the hot seat. And it’s just a matter of time until you rednecks run him out of town!

Dr. Cajun

June 2nd, 2010
11:20 am

If you want to know which SEC coach is on the hot seat, look no further than Baton Rouge. The only reason there are questions about Richt is Finebaum in Alabama. He seems to bring it up monthly on his radio show or a column, except his only sources are “deep pockets” in Georgia. In other words, much ado about nothing.

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

June 2nd, 2010
11:22 am

GT, how much money would you like to wager on the Ga vs GT football game? Me, I’ve got deep pockets but I could always use some of yours.

joe

June 2nd, 2010
11:24 am

Adams and Evans will change their tune if Richt’s team loses to either S. Car and/or UT…book it.

Super Soph

June 2nd, 2010
11:25 am

Andy Staples, from si.com, asked the question to Richt about the hotseat.

Of all the questions Staples could have asked, Mark Richt, how does he feel to be on the hotseat?

What hotseat? The Pres & AD are fully behind Richt. If they even hesitated in unflinching support for Richt, Richt would have 25 offers in 24 hours.

That’s like asking if Petersen or Meyer, the only other 2 guys in the active winningest coach list, are on hotseats. No, when you’ve won more than 117 coaches, you’re good.

Nice of Adams to refute Andy Staple’s BASELESS assertion.

Hotseat, by definition, means you’ve fallen out of favor with fans, AD, and Pres. Richt has not.

Keep in mind, Staple’s is not a Mark Richt fan. Staples, unlike the 2 most accurate pre-season rankers Steele & Athlon, doesn’t have Richt in his pre-season top 25.

Ted M

June 2nd, 2010
11:28 am

Who said he was on the hot seat?

He won’t be next year either no matter what he does this season.

Dawg Days

June 2nd, 2010
11:28 am

Adams last quote…”We want and expect not to win, but you’re just not always going to win.”

Expect not to win?, is that another AJC typo or did he just misspeak…

RxDawg

June 2nd, 2010
11:30 am

No hot seat with this dawg.

SickandTired

June 2nd, 2010
11:31 am

Most people get the stamp of approval right before they’re fired. Mark Richt is no different. He has to show marked improvement or it won’t be Damon and Michael Adams, it will be the fan base that rides him out of town. And, let’s face it, it’s not the most rational fan base on the planet. Expectations are always high and right now the home folks seem to be just elated that Marky has beaten Florida only twice in nine years and one of those was against a lame duck Ron Zook who had been fired the week before…that’s a great solid win right there. So, realistically he’s beaten a Florida team with a head coach ONCE in 9 years. But I guess that’s acceptable because he’s backed that up with a stellar 10-10 record against SEC East opponents in the last 4 years…think about that for a second, Georgia is playing .500 ball against the SEC East for the last four years in a division that has Vanderbilt and Kentucky and South Carolina in it. If he could just have managed to beat those lowly programs for four years that would be 12 wins right there….but he can’t even do that…..You can’t put all that on Willie. Mark Richt is NOT a National Championship caliber coach and the Dawg Nation will realize that sooner or later….it’s just that they’ve been so bad under Goff and then they ran off Donnan who was a much better recruiter than Richt will ever hope to be…..Georgia doesn’t have the courage to go out and spend the big bucks to get a Pete Carrol or an Urban Meyer or a Nick Saban….if Damon wants to win the big prize, he’s gonna have to go out and hire someone like the guy at Boise State or a Jim Harbaugh who has actually played some football. It’s sad really, because so much money and time is invested by the Dawg Nation in supporting the Dawgs and all they get is slapped in the face year after year and can’t enjoy a championship season like LSU or Florida or Alabama. It’s been 30 years since Hershel, he’s bumping 50 years old by now….hopefully he can see his Dawgs win a championship before he’s 80 but it doesn’t look like it.
Georgai: The Wisconsin of the SEC
Georgia deserves better.

Ted M

June 2nd, 2010
11:31 am

ah Andy Staples…never heard of him

Boca Baby

June 2nd, 2010
11:32 am

GT: You idiot. UGA is ranked #2 in the all-sports competition. And this was a down year. Damon Evans is not going anywhere. Get a life.

Glenn

June 2nd, 2010
11:33 am

Who keeps bringing this junk up, is he from Tech or something. We have a lot of good programs at UGA and it will just keep getting better.

CUNK ROGERS

June 2nd, 2010
11:34 am

END OF STORY!

Pi$$onaDawg

June 2nd, 2010
11:35 am

When neither of the QB’s are good, UGA loses 3 games on the EASIEST SCHEDULE in 30 years; Yes Richt will feel heat. Richt will have to look at dumping BOBO. Right and Bobo are the reasom no QB has any experience. Cox should have played, but Logan or Mett should have been playing a lot in games too. That was BAD COACHING.

Boca Baby

June 2nd, 2010
11:37 am

All these comparisons of UGA to schools in the Big Ten. There is no comparison. If UGA was in the Big Ten they would be the perennial conference champions since they have not lost to a Big Ten team in over 50 years. So, there is no school to compare to UGA in the Big Ten. Please, give it a rest.

Evansdawg

June 2nd, 2010
11:40 am

Wishful thinking from the Techmites that Richt is on the hot seat. They derive self pleasure from the very thought.

82Dawg

June 2nd, 2010
11:41 am

Pi$$onaDawg …and you care why?? Go back to Tech blog and see if you can help the poor guys that got burnt figure out basic chemistry.

RDR

June 2nd, 2010
11:41 am

While many opposing teams might like to think CMR is on the “hot seat”, the UGA fans (and University Admin.) are very happy we have his leadership on our side. Go Dawgs!!!

That Guy

June 2nd, 2010
11:48 am

Boca Baby: Can you provide a site that backs that stat up? Honest question.

Rodney Holloway

June 2nd, 2010
11:48 am

He should be on the hot seat! I said after the Kentucky game last year, he is too nice a guy to compete with Saban and Meyer. I am the only one who will tell is like it is when it comes to CMR.

GIVE ME A BREAK

June 2nd, 2010
11:49 am

“Seems to have the AD’s support.” There sure is a lot of talk about a “HOT SEAT” that doesn’t exist.

HugoStiglitz

June 2nd, 2010
11:49 am

What do you expect them to say? That Richt is indeed on the hot seat and we are already looking for his replacement? They cant say that. Radakovich at GT wont even say that Paul Hewitt is on the hot seat even though every one knows that he is. You dont call out your coaches when they are still on the job. This season will be one of the most important of Mark Richts career. He has to turn things around now.

That Guy

June 2nd, 2010
11:53 am

Now I know you’re lying Boca Baby. Georgia lost in 1983 in the Sugar Bowl against Penn State. I do believe they’re in the Big Ten. And 1983 was only 27 years ago, in case you were confused about the math.

Ed

June 2nd, 2010
11:54 am

I agree with Tom’s comment. With all the money Richt makes, he SHOULD be on the hot seat. Millions of dollars in salary and endorsements should buy more than 2 wins in 9 years against Florida and getting pushed around the field by average Tennessee teams 2 out of the last 3 years. A combined 3 losses in 4 years to UK and Vandy doesn’t bode well. We should have at least shown up against Bama in ‘08 and WVU in the ‘06 Sugar Bowl. Nothing against Richt – good coach, even better man – but if he got fired today he’d be financially set for life. I wouldn’t cry for him. My guess is that if UF pushes us all over the field again this fall, there will be more than a little pressure on the AD to find a coach who can stand up to them. Hopefully it doesn’t get to that point.

82Dawg

June 2nd, 2010
11:54 am

Rodney Holloway …Did he drop the ball on Kentucky’s 15 yd line or their 35, or get burnt on the long pass? He cannot play the game for them.

Bill W.

June 2nd, 2010
11:56 am

Like any other coach, if UGA has another down season he will be on the on the seat. It happened to Phil Fulmer who won a NC 10 years prior. Now, with that said I have faith in CMR and staff. Grantham is a great addition and it may take more than one season to figure everything out. Go Dawgs!

That Guy

June 2nd, 2010
11:59 am

I don’t believe Richt is on the hot seat. But I could see why people would think that. Preseason number 1 is a hard expectation to live up to, but the reason why some say he is on the hot seat, is not because of losses to Florida, or LSU or Alabama. It’s those losses to inferior teams that scream inconsistency. Losing the games you’re supposed to win. Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, etc. He stops losing those games, he’ll be fine. But let’s just be realistic. Georgia is second fiddle in the East right now, and for the forseeable future. Florida has better players, a better coach, and overall, a better team. In my opinion, that’s just the way it’s going right now and there’s not a whole lot anyone in Athens can do about it. It’s not a knock on Georgia, Florida is just better. And trust me, there’s not a whole lot of coaches out there with job security than Mark Richt, and if you fire him, you WILL NOT be able to do better, especially if you keep being so stubborn about this Kirby Smart deal.

BAMA1

June 2nd, 2010
12:01 pm

The problem remains……………Florida. And if Bama beat them in Sept. to help the Dawgs out. Do you really think y’all are going to beat them? Track record, not good

JMac 01203

June 2nd, 2010
12:02 pm

The puppies will lose MORE THAN 3 games this season. The minimun amount of losses will be 4. SC or Ark is 1; the annual Jax beatdown is 2; The trap game at Kentucky (the week before the beatdown and they will be looking ahead to Florida and get clawed by the wildcats) or Auburn is 3; and GT finishes deflating another overrated season with loss #4. It is as easy to see as the nose of my face, which is VERY easy to see. CMR is a good coach. Good coaches are not top drawer coaches. He is about even with Donnan and much better than Goff or Mason who was their top choice at one time.

Rodney Holloway

June 2nd, 2010
12:02 pm

82 Dawg, his head is just not in the game. He spends too much time praying and stuff and his players make too many mistakes and get too many flagrant foul penalties.

Bob

June 2nd, 2010
12:02 pm

I don’t ever hear about CMR being on a hot seat except in the damn ajc. What’s y’all’s problem? He’s one of the best coaches in the country, and an even better man as a mentor to these young men.

Go Dawgs!

Bean Counter

June 2nd, 2010
12:04 pm

To think that CMR is on the hot seat is crazy! He is the best football coach that I can remember at Georgia – and I go back to Wally Butts.

The reporters at the “fish wraper” feel the need to keep things stirred up so they can get more comments which serve to pad their readership numbers.

The only discouraging thing about the article is that interview with Michael Adams. I don’t trust him as far as his comments are concerned. He has a history of patting you on the back while he sticks the knife in you.

I enjoy reading these blogs when they have something constructive to say. Most of these bloggers are on here for the “thrill of ownership” and they have nothing to contribute. If you can’t say something nice about the program you love then SHUT-UP and take your comments elsewhere!

REALIST

June 2nd, 2010
12:06 pm

Won’t beat Tek? Ha ha..good one. Please tell me another bedtime story…I’m not sleepy yet.

Pi$$onaDawg

June 2nd, 2010
12:06 pm

Just GOOD isn’t good enough. GREAT POINT BILL.W. UGA fans were all over the blogs crying, whining, and screaming for Richt’s head last year. If UGA loses to Florida, Tech, and another team what will dogs say then? 3 OCC teams had 10 wins total last year. I don’t care what the “EXPERTS” say about UGA’s schedule because it is easy easy easy. Thank GOD for that since UGA screwed-up last year by not getting a QB ready for this year.

Bulldog59

June 2nd, 2010
12:06 pm

Adams comments pretty much tell the story. The key comment was that the needed adjustments were made….. had CMR stood by Martinez and Co., it’s probably a whole different ball game.

82Dawg

June 2nd, 2010
12:06 pm

Rodney Holloway …what is wrong with praying??? Need to leave his personal life out of this.If you were a UGA fan you would see where the mistakes were made a top priority for this off season.

jesse james

June 2nd, 2010
12:08 pm

If you don’t think this world is in a mess. Even the topic of Coach Richt being on the hot seat is a joke. Today’s society is so spoiled and they want everything given to them and they have know idea as to how to work for it or get it. Coach Richt has done a hell of a job and don’t give me that hasn’t beat Florida crap and players being arrested. The bottom line is the program has stability and Coach Richt deserves credit for that. I don’t know of a year that when we teed it up that we didn’t think we could win. That is what you ask for. Oh yea I hear about Saban and Meyer, but do they really care about Ala. and Fla. If there was more money somewhere else they would jump ship. Well Coach Richt could have left for more also but he didn’t. He has said UGA is where he wants to be and thanks the University for giving him a chance to be a Head Coach. Like I said I’m not sure there are not to many of them like him now. It is kind of like the Alanta Braves, everybody blast Bobby Cox but every year we have a chance. I would lot rather be a Braves fan with stability than like the Marlins, Diamondbacks and other teams that put every thing into one year. So like I say this topic is a sign of a spoiled society and that is why we can’t pay our bills and we can’t stop or do we really want to stop an oil leak. God Bless our veterans. Is this really what they died and faught for?