Richt’s deal with Dogs: Win turnover battle, grow beards

ATHENS – Georgia’s football team is looking scruffier these days. And that’s a good thing, coach Mark Richt explained Tuesday.

Richt, who normally forbids beards on the team, made a deal with his players: When the Bulldogs win the turnover battle in a game, shaving is optional the following week.

And after winning the turnover battle the past two weeks, 3-0 against Tennessee and 2-0 against Vanderbilt, beards are sprouting all around the locker room.

“I hope they are the nastiest looking bunch in America by the end of the year,” Richt said.

Richt actually made the same offer to his team last year, but no one noticed because the Bulldogs lost the turnover battle for the season by a whopping 28-12 margin, ranking 118th out of 120 major-college teams.

“Unfortunately, we were clean-shaven all year,” Richt said. “This year, they’re getting a little furrier.”

All that fur will have to be shaved after any game in which the Bulldogs are on the losing end of the turnover margin, Richt said.  And what if the team breaks even in turnovers in a given game? In that case, Richt said, the beards can stay if the team is ahead for the year in turnover margin. Georgia has an 11-7 advantage in turnovers so far this season, thanks to the 5-0 edge the past two weeks.

“It’s just something we’re doing for a little motivation,” said scruffy-chinned linebacker Akeem Dent.

Fullback Fred Munzenmaier and tight end Artie Lynch appear to have the fastest-growing beards on the team, according to several players.

Turns out, though, Richt’s rule isn’t always the final word on the subject.

“I got a little fuzzy last week,” quarterback Aaron Murray said, “but my mom got mad at me so I had to clean it up before the game. She likes it clean-cut. I’ve got to make Mommy happy because my birthday is coming up and I want some good gifts.”

Besides, Murray admitted, he can grow a beard only in patches.  “I’m still a teenager,” said the redshirt freshman quarterback, who will turn 20 on Nov. 10.

Senior wide receiver Kris Durham is among the players growing a beard, which he calls “icing on the cake” compared to the larger benefit of winning the turnover battle: “It is going to help us win games.”

Turnovers have been a serious problem for Georgia in the past couple of seasons. Critical fumbles figured largely in losses to South Carolina, Mississippi State and Colorado this season. And the problem was at its worst in the second half of last season’s loss to Kentucky, when the Bulldogs committed four turnovers to blow a 20-6 halftime lead and lose 34-27. Georgia plays at Kentucky on Saturday, hoping to win the turnover battle this time and keep the beards growing.

230 comments Add your comment

Bryan G.

October 19th, 2010
2:28 pm

I hope they look like ZZ top after the Tech game.

NRBQ

October 19th, 2010
2:30 pm

Go you “Hairy” dawgs, indeed.

Hankie Aron

October 19th, 2010
2:32 pm

Right with you Bryan G, Great comment

AltamahaDawg

October 19th, 2010
2:33 pm

As long as they aren’t singing Arrested while Driving Blind.

Hankie Aron

October 19th, 2010
2:33 pm

Defense is playing better and more together. Aaron Murray is a star already. This week we got to punch Kentucky in the mouth first thing and box their ears and nose the rest of the game.

James

October 19th, 2010
2:34 pm

This is reminiscent of the “let’s change uniforms for motivation” gimmick. Typical Richt…

destin dawg

October 19th, 2010
2:37 pm

Go you Hairy Dawgs !!!! winners win the turnover stats… we’re getting back on track.. play the Ogletrees… run Malcome and Samuel… get Hutson Mason playing time… use the TEs… Beat Kentucky !!!!

hmmmm.......

October 19th, 2010
2:40 pm

i agree it’s a gimmick but if works i’m fine with it

Hankie Aron

October 19th, 2010
2:40 pm

James- Typical cynic, Bug Fan or Gator Hater

Durka Dawg

October 19th, 2010
2:40 pm

A beard is what motivates the morons over there? Not the posibility of a title or winning a game, or furthering your career or playing time or fill in the blank, but a week’s worth of hair on the face?

There are WAY more problems than dawgnation thought. Richt should tell his players that they will have to shave if they get arrested. Maybe that will motivate them to not break the law. You would think that jail would be enough motivation, but apparently not. HAIR

hmmmm.......

October 19th, 2010
2:40 pm

Samuel is a linebacker now and he’s hurt

Hankie Aron

October 19th, 2010
2:42 pm

Durka, I think it’s light hearted fun for the guys. Lord knows they have had enough problems this year

AltamahaDawg

October 19th, 2010
2:43 pm

Fans are a gimmick. Marching bands are a gimmick. Stadium and Cheerleaders and Barking Dawgs are a gimmick. The whole damn GAME of football is a gimmick to begin with. What was your point?

Bob Sacamano

October 19th, 2010
2:43 pm

Great. Now we’ll LOOK like bums too!

RxDawg

October 19th, 2010
2:44 pm

LOL Bryan G. Best inital post I’ve seen in a while.

funny....

October 19th, 2010
2:44 pm

Awesome. May not have an 8-4 season like Mark Bradley insists but a lot of good can come from the ugly start to this season. And hopefully it’s a bunch of ugly players. LOL.

Go Dawgs, y’all still want to fire Richt? Idiots.

Hankie Aron

October 19th, 2010
2:44 pm

For all the losing and uninspired play in the four losses, they dump trucked Tenn and Vandy. They were obviously motivated by more than growing a beard. Come on man put down the lemon.

RxDawg

October 19th, 2010
2:46 pm

Oh boy, I see the trolls are jumping on this one huh. It’s just some fun. Fortunetly, were still allowed to have a little fun with things.

Hankie Aron

October 19th, 2010
2:46 pm

I’m with you funny….. you get tired of what have you done for me lately fans. Look at the body of work people. Imagine if the world really ran like a lot of fan’s noodle between their ears.

funny....

October 19th, 2010
2:47 pm

Oh and Mark Richt’s “gimmicks” have won over 90 games in 10 years. I think anyone but Florida would switch places over that same time right now. Hate on haters, you’re just confirming Georgia’s relevance.

Deliverance hillbilly

October 19th, 2010
2:47 pm

you shore do have a purty mouth.

Hankie Aron

October 19th, 2010
2:47 pm

Exactly RxDawg

Flint River Dawg

October 19th, 2010
2:48 pm

Go James …..You Glass empty techie…

Deliverance hillbilly

October 19th, 2010
2:48 pm

“If that one there does that agin shoot him”

Deliverance hillbilly

October 19th, 2010
2:48 pm

“I’ll blow his GD bawls off”

@DanWeiner

October 19th, 2010
2:49 pm

10 arrests in the past year – OK.
Growing facial hair – not OK.

Got it.

Evansdawg

October 19th, 2010
2:49 pm

It will make for interesting mug shots.

Dawg_Mike

October 19th, 2010
2:49 pm

Try the gilette fusion…it has 5 blades!

Hankie Aron

October 19th, 2010
2:49 pm

Thanks Deliverance, not sure how that relates to UGA football, but thanks anyway.

Hankie Aron

October 19th, 2010
2:51 pm

Dan- Richt is NOT ok with the 10x arrests. You really think that? It happened on his watch, you are right, but he is definately not ok with it. Wow

SadDawg

October 19th, 2010
2:53 pm

Jeez. How about, win the turnover ratio or some other guys play, and you sit on the bench?

gomdawg

October 19th, 2010
2:53 pm

GO YOU HAIRY DAWGS. I’M ALL FOR IT, REMEMBER ONE GAME AT A TIME. THE BEARD GROWS ONE PLAY, ONE DAY AND ONE GAME AT A TIME.LET’S GET KENTUCKY

funny....

October 19th, 2010
2:56 pm

Schultz makes a great point in his article about the guy that started the “fireurbanmyer” website.

“Push away from the keyboard”…..

Some of you should heed that advice. The arrests are being addressed. The coaching is adapting. We get it, Georgia is pretty bad this year. And to be honest, those of you calling Georgia fans rednecks or inbreds or leghumpers, have you ever been to a football game in the Southeast? Serious question. The coeds are gorgeous, the men wear Polo shirts, and it’s generally a high class atmosphere. We’re all Southern (Tech, UF, Auburn, etc), calling Georgia fans rednecks, is the pot calling the kettle black. Get some new material. It’s tired.

Wait for it, “did another Georgia player just get arrested”……what a tired post.

CBB1

October 19th, 2010
2:57 pm

Hey Durka Dawg,
Lighten up. It is STILL a game and these are 18-22 year old kids. Let them have fun and remove the stick from your a@#.

funny....

October 19th, 2010
2:57 pm

Here, I’ll get this one out of the way too.

“Georgia’s going to the Toilet Bowl” ha ha ha

snooze….

funny....

October 19th, 2010
2:58 pm

Hey CBB1, last time I checked all US Citizens aged 18-22 are adults. DOLT.

The Exterminator

October 19th, 2010
2:59 pm

SadDawg – agreed – in the real world it is do your job or be fired. That’s why we have a true freshman at right guard, cause the other 2 guys couldn’t cut.

And I wish Richt would let Grantham rip the boys new a–holes when deserved.

On a positive note, we will beat Tech.

Go Dawgs.

Stick With Richt, Bobo Gotta Go!!!

October 19th, 2010
3:01 pm

Kentucky comes ready to play. I hope our boys are hitting hard on the practice field this week.

Howard

October 19th, 2010
3:01 pm

No arrests this week. What’s going on – are the Athens police all on vacation or what?

CBB1

October 19th, 2010
3:01 pm

Great post funny….
I agree. UGA is not the only fan base with so called rednecks. All football teams in the south have their fair share of rednecks, even the beloved GA Tech. These bloggers have nothing better to do than sit in their parent’s basement and bash UGA. Either because they couldn’t get in UGA or a UGA co-ed laughed at them or both.

DawginLex

October 19th, 2010
3:02 pm

ZZ top? How about Moses?

UK is sky high after beating SC and the evil genius.

They honestly believe they can win the East. Anyone who believes this game will be anything but a war is delusional.

funny....

October 19th, 2010
3:03 pm

CBB1, cheers!

The idiot above you posted with the standard “Guess what, I’m super awesome and hysterical so I’m going to post about Georgia players getting arrested”….

Idiots, the lot of you.

Gen Neyland

October 19th, 2010
3:03 pm

I’m glad for the players of today. Back in the days of yore, HC’s demanded a certain appearance from their teams. No individuality. Football was akin to Basic Trng. Water on the practice field was for wussies, a concussion was just a little headache, salt tablets came in jars of thousands, sex before a game drained the man ( Vince Lombardi ) and hair of any noticeable length was unheard of. While the rest may still hold true to many coaches ( the sex thing is controlled by putting the team in lockdown on the night before a game ), I’m glad to see most of them let up on the hair issues. If you can play, play…

CBB1

October 19th, 2010
3:04 pm

Wow funny…
Didn’t know that 18 years old was considered an adult. Let someone bash your son at that age and we will see how you feel. Nice post, douche.

Grant in Ocala

October 19th, 2010
3:05 pm

It will make for interesting mug shots.

:-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)

Kevin's Butler

October 19th, 2010
3:07 pm

Good coaches know how to build a team and motivate. He may not yell and scream but he’s got a pretty good clue how to promote team chemistry. Oh, and I’ll pay half for a plane ticket for Boss Bailey to Lexington and/or Jax!

James

October 19th, 2010
3:13 pm

Every coach in America plays with gimmicks. High School on up

DawginLex

October 19th, 2010
3:15 pm

Hey howard,

Why don’t you and the other nerds just number your over used, not funny lines? Kinda like they do at the old folks home where they number the jokes to save their breath. You might live longer.

Fair and Balanced

October 19th, 2010
3:17 pm

Amazing what it takes to make a football player play his best!

superDawg

October 19th, 2010
3:17 pm

DawginLex I expect a war it will be.The DAWGS will come off the porch and steal some cat food.