Richt: ‘We are going to end up turning this thing around’

A few notes from Mark Richt’s weekly radio call-in show Monday night. . . .

  • Richt said he was “very proud” of  the Georgia team’s effort against Florida, “but the bottom line is we turned it over four times to [Florida's] one and you’re not going to win many games that way. . . . There was a lot more than that to that ballgame, but as we know the turnover stat is the one that is the most devastating in those types of ballgames.”
  • The team was “crushed” by the loss, Richt said. “We all were.”
  • A caller scolded Richt for his 2-8 record vs. Florida and asked how he’s going to turn it around.

“I think that the game this Saturday was a game that could have gone either way, but it didn’t go our way,” Richt said. “People are tired of hearing that, and I’m kind of tired of it myself. I don’t like the record myself. But we are going to keep banging, and we are going to end up turning this thing around. I thought it was going to happen on Saturday, but it didn’t.

“So what are we going to do? We are going to go back and make sure everything we’re doing is the very best it can be. I am very encouraged with our new athletics director Mr. McGarity, Greg McGarity. I think he is very intent and excited about looking at every facet of our program and helping me and us make any type of changes that can help us. Of course, him being at Florida for some time certainly gives him the credibility of knowing what the national championship team looks like . . . I am excited about some of the things Mr. McGarity and I have talked about.”

  • Later, Richt added: “The bottom line is, we are going to go there again next year and we are going to get after them and we are going to turn this thing around. . . . I really do think the future is very bright. Right now, the immediate future is what I’m most worried about, which is beating Idaho State and working on down the line to the three games after that [Auburn, Georgia Tech and a bowl].”
  • Richt rejected the idea that his team has a mental barrier about the Gators, saying it had “every confidence” it would win going into the game and even when trailing 21-7 at halftime.
  • But he acknowledged that to win “a game of this magnitude” the team has to make more plays in the clutch and has to play smarter. He particularly bemoaned two Florida fumbles that Georgia failed to recover, including one inside the Gators’ 10-yard line with the game still scoreless. “Twice [Florida] had fumbles in a crowd of bodies, and twice we tried to scoop it and score. And both those times, we should have got on the ball in that crowd. Not only do we teach it by verbalizing it, but we drill it, too. And we just did not get on the ball like we should have.” He noted Florida drove 91 yards to the game’s first score after Georgia failed to recover the fumble inside the 10. “Who knows? Just one play can make the difference,” he said.
  • Although Aaron Murray “made some critical errors and knows that,” Richt said the redshirt freshman quarterback never lost his poise against the Gators. “He’s got a lot of the tools it takes to be great, and he has the intangibles to get it done, so for him to get this much experience early in his career just bodes very well for the future of Georgia football.”

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brightdawg

November 2nd, 2010
5:15 am

sprouse27

November 2nd, 2010
5:17 am

We hear the same things over and over. Next year. It’s like free beer tomorrow. I just don’t see it. Murray had his worst game all year, bot overall he’s a bright spot. But there is too much talent on the team for the results they produce. And that is coaching. You don’t hear that much in CMR’s comments. I really think we need a new head coach and a new direction for this football team.

17 of 20

November 2nd, 2010
5:34 am

I am so glad that Aaron Murray is at Georgia, that kid is a turnover machine.

Oak Island

November 2nd, 2010
5:41 am

Agree with sprouse27, always the same BS from Richt. They are going back and work harder. Maybe what they keep working harder on isn’t what it takes to win. I am just sick every year of stupid play calling and excuses. If there is such a thing as a coach being on probation for his job, then Richt should be on it.

Got 13?

November 2nd, 2010
5:43 am

I’m glad Urbie is at Florida. He will never again beat the tide. LOL!

17 of 20

November 2nd, 2010
5:56 am

Got 13?
Urban is a good coach and if they get a chance to play again this year he just might beat Alabama this year.

Raiderbeater

November 2nd, 2010
6:05 am

Ummm….hey 17 of 20….they did beat them already….31-6. Did you see anything different in your amazing yet usual (yawn) win over GA to make that big a difference?

Inlet Dawg

November 2nd, 2010
6:08 am

same old same old,kind of poetic on Election day.

Jim

November 2nd, 2010
6:17 am

Give me a break. So when UF beats the doors off of UGA in 2011, will CMR say then “we are going to turn this thing around”?

Danny

November 2nd, 2010
6:18 am

More BS from a mid range coach. Fire his ass and move on!

Spike

November 2nd, 2010
6:19 am

Yawn. Same old, same old.

GaDawg

November 2nd, 2010
6:26 am

This team did not get beat on the field like those in years past. The score was close at the end an we had a chance to win this one. I for one am incouraged with what I saw and am proud of this team. Besides this hic-up tnis team will only get better. Good job CMR and GO DAWGS!!!!

theriddler

November 2nd, 2010
6:27 am

To much “Bowden” going on here. I like Bowden and Richt but not as head football coaches. They require an exceptional staff around them to be successful.

Top Dawg

November 2nd, 2010
6:29 am

If you verbalize and practice the fumble drill and the players still won’t execute it, recruit smarter players.

Also, why do I get the sick feeling that the ajc could copy and paste this article for the week following NEXT YEAR’S UGA/UF game?

Willie MARTINEZ

November 2nd, 2010
6:30 am

HA HA HA… See I know what I’m doing and the problem was not me. I will rise again and beat you dawgs.

Sloan

November 2nd, 2010
6:32 am

Did anyone ask him about the stupidity of calling 2 pass plays out of three in the overtime when you have the best place kicker in the SEC on your team? Yes, the turnovers hurt us, but the fact of the matter is we could have run three straight dive plays and then kicked a 40 yard field goal and put the pressure squarely on Florida. Instead we go for the homerun on first down which is almost picked off and then we throw it over the middle in the thick of the defense on third down. STUPID!!!! You have to understand the situation that you are in and what your strengths and advantages are as a coaching staff!!!

luVsMyDaWgS

November 2nd, 2010
6:32 am

That sounds like Ray Goff.

Douglas

November 2nd, 2010
6:32 am

I like Ray Goff..great player for UGA but average coach…but Richt’s comments are starting to sound a lot like Ray’s did…”we are going to work harder.” Working harder may not be the problem…why doesn’t Richt address the intelligence issue concerning play-calling — is he or Bobo suddenly going to get smarter…that is where the problem is.

ALDawg

November 2nd, 2010
6:33 am

Face it Dawg fans, we are the Red Sox of this rivalry. UGA has never been committed to anything more than mediocrity. Other coaches around the country lose their jobs because they cannot beat their rivals. It’s not enough to beat Yech every year like we do. We need to bring in someone who can put it altogether, and I am confident in saying CMR is not that person, especially with CMB calling plays. We have wasted the talents of the best football player in the country as we failed to utilize others. Go get someone that can beat Meyer and bring fresh air to the stale rhetoric that we hear year after year. If McGarity knew what was good for UGA, he would go to Starkville and get someone who can beat these guys with subpar talent. Think of what he could do with the talent that we waste. We are never going to win another SEC title let alone have the potential for playing for a national championship with CMR at the helm. “Kill the head or the body will die.” – Dr. Johnson

VADAWG

November 2nd, 2010
6:35 am

CMR has been trying to turn this program around for years and it just keeps getting worse. It is like “Grounghog Day”, the same nightmare every season. CMR is a good man and a nice guy, but as some people say nice guys finish last, and unfortunately that is were UGA is headed…last place. CMR is no longer up to coaching in the SEC. Sorry to say we are not going to turn anything around until we have a new coach at the helm.

pragmatic

November 2nd, 2010
6:36 am

Well if UGA can get the big win this weekend we will know who to schedule next year. Charleston southern will be our big must win game in the future if we can drop the Gators from the schedule. More than 1 way to a winning record.

lance

November 2nd, 2010
6:37 am

Glad to see Richt has these “Losing” speaches down pat.

Lewis

November 2nd, 2010
6:37 am

I think that Coach Richt needs to decide if he realy enjoys what he is doing. He owe’s it, not only to his players and the fans of UGA, but his family and himself as well.

Dawg-Ed

November 2nd, 2010
6:39 am

It would be a big mistake to count Richt out. He is a quality individual showing resolve under pressure, while Meyer seems to be cracking up.

I’m sure that won’t stop all of the piling on from the overweight, mediocre regional vice presidents of sales who think they know how to run a college team because they have been watching football on television. Have at it, haters.

Buckeye

November 2nd, 2010
6:48 am

Hey ‘Birmingham” Bruce,

Still here…….made your reservations yet

gator lover

November 2nd, 2010
6:48 am

I like the way you think Dawg-ed. We need you to keep your coach who does so well under pressure cause Meyers just can’t beat him. Don’t fire Richt, Don’t fire Richt, don’t fire Richt

Nauti-dawg

November 2nd, 2010
6:48 am

Before you jump on MR yet again….
What did you want him to say?
Who do you want to replace him with?
His record is in the top 10 in the nation. Winning & loosing is cyclical. He deserves a couple of down years. I’m not a huge fan of his assistants, O or D right now, but I think if we stick with MR – he’ll bring us back.

gator lover

November 2nd, 2010
6:52 am

Funny how Mark Richt rymes with Florida Bit**

joe cox' Shadow

November 2nd, 2010
6:52 am

well all of you think you know football better than the next guy, its a matter of fact that Bobo is the problem, but who would we get that would not want to run the spread? We had our chances Sat and the Stupid failure to dive on fumbles cost us……if you are 6 ft 8 you cannot lean over to scoop up a football laying on the ground…..embarrassing is what it is….I think the team should have to walk through the crowd and get Gator chomped after every loss in Florida.

hop

November 2nd, 2010
6:54 am

georgia was clearly out-coached once again. the best team saturday was beaten by three qb’s that were not good enough to equal our one,but that was myer using his head that made it work once again.

thre is simply no creative play-calling,but the same old stuff that teams know what uga is going to do offensively.

richt says to teach that players fall on the ball instead of trying to pick it up and ran as they did saturday,but it appears that the players do not listen to the coaches or they are plain stupid.
georgia is not an elite program,but finds itself with the kentucky’s ,miss state,ole miss,and arkansas types of the SEC.

we are not with the big boys of the conference,i.e. alabama,florida, and now auburn.

i would not be surprised of we lose to auburn and tech.maybe then, someone will wake up in athens and realize that this is a sinking ship.

BAMA FAN #2

November 2nd, 2010
6:55 am

Gator lover how does it feel to be Bama’s Bit$$

bigDAWG

November 2nd, 2010
6:56 am

so we won’t win our 7th National Championship this year – I think we’re in good shape to bring it home next year. With our tradeation of winning and great talent, we’ll be back. We’ll all look back and say this was a good motivator to LUCK NUMBER 7!

bigDAWG

November 2nd, 2010
6:58 am

One more thing – all those sports writters and “fans” that think we should fire coaches don’t know anything about football. I do, I would have been a Dawg but I blew out my knee my softmore season in high school. So, if you have never played the game, just don’t bother saying anything.

Palm City Dawg

November 2nd, 2010
6:59 am

I live here in South Florida and live in the midst of the gator nation and I cannot descrive the pain and it just will not go away until we do take care of business and take control of this game. I will continue to support CMR and I do believe we have what it takes to turn this program around. I do think we need to get a powerful OC that will mesh well with Richt’s pro-style offense and send Bo Bo back to coach the quarterbacks. I realize the turnovers costs us the game and not recovering at least the one inside of the 10 yard line really could have won the game for us, but we need an OC with big time game experience.

gator lover

November 2nd, 2010
7:04 am

Bama fan 2 Don’t know how it feels haven’t been that way 18 of last 21 years. Can’t find out in the SEC cahmpionship cause Auburn is gonna bit** slap Bama

Kenny Powers

November 2nd, 2010
7:05 am

Anyone know who the leader is on the team? On the O side? On the D side? Who has it been in the past? It wasn’t Stafford & it wasn’t Mareno a few years back? AJ? Nope he wasn’t around for 4 weeks, Murray? nope he’s a freshman still trying to find his own way and gets way too amped (his words). On all of these teams there are great individual talent, but they never put it together as a team. How else can you explain why you continue to get great recruiting classes year in and year out and they never seem to put it together.
Brian Van Gorder, remember him, he was exactly what CMR needed. CMR needs someone who could inspire a team with his presence. “The Junkyard Dawgs,” just says it all. These teams had an identity, even if it was from the D side of the ball. Do away withe dawg bone on the helmets and all the individual crap and start playing as a team.

Nub

November 2nd, 2010
7:05 am

$7,500 a day every day for 4 and 5 record….. 2 of 10 againest your biggest rival…. Come on man!!!!!!! How long do you think that would last at Alabama, Auburn, Florida, or any other school in the Nation that had any pride in it’s program …… Simple fact is there is a $63,000,000 surplus within the athletic association and everybody within that organization is fat and happy ….. So all of you that buy tix’s, contribute to the university by either the hartman fund or simply buy uga merchandise ….. Screw You …… You have never played a down of football so what right do you have to say anything …..

Fulltime dawgfan

November 2nd, 2010
7:08 am

Im done expressing my concern for the football, im about to ride you so called fans who loved richt 2 yrs ago now u act like he is a bad coach. Fans in the state of ga suck the hawks can only get a packed house when superstars come to town ex. Kobe, shaq etc, the so called die hard falcons fans left when mike vick left, tech well who gives a damn abt tech, and u so called dawg fans only stand behind the team

Fulltime dawgfan

November 2nd, 2010
7:09 am

When things r going good

dawghuff

November 2nd, 2010
7:10 am

Yea Bigdawg, you know all about football because you “blew your knee out in HS”… LOL Who are you really, Al Bundy?

The dawgs suck because their head coach is a preacher and not a coach, we need a change if the trend of losing to Fla is going to go away.

derek

November 2nd, 2010
7:12 am

Richt is right. And you probably picked up his talk about Florida next year and his talks with AD. All that means that Richt will be back next year. UGA should be very thankful to have CMR. I hope he is here for the rest of his life. Great proven winner.

Fair and Balanced

November 2nd, 2010
7:13 am

Richt is use to losing to FL. He can’t turn that around. The past performance is proof that he can’t do it. GA will win once in a blue moon and thats it. Richt is not the man to turn it around. I mean – if he thinks he has the ability to “turn this thing around” why didn’t he do it already? Bah!

Dawgboy

November 2nd, 2010
7:14 am

Don’t think we beat USCe, UF or Auburn for quite a while. Trouble in river city.

bigDAWG

November 2nd, 2010
7:15 am

Dawghuff,
You never had the guts to play did you? That’s OK, maybe play some soccer or voleyball. Just stop talking about things you don’t know anything about.

Kenny, you make a good point about having a BVG type. CMR is a good coach, but having that “fire” on the sidelines is good. I think Grantham can play that role to.

old time dog

November 2nd, 2010
7:15 am

I hurt my hiney playing pee wee ball or I would have been an All American at UGA and I say it is time to fire CMR because i know a lot about football.

JB

November 2nd, 2010
7:19 am

” I’m Excited about some of the things Mr. McGarity and I have talked about” Hum, here’s hoping that instead of spending 6-8 mil to buy the coach out, they talked about spending 3-4 mil over the next 3 years bringing in a top notch coaching staff who could make a difference.
I thought our D backs would show Big improvement this year. Not so…..Other than AJ, Durham and maybe King, Our other WR’s have not developed.

bigDAWG

November 2nd, 2010
7:21 am

Old time dog – you one of those soccer players too? or maybe a cheerleader?

I was a softmore in high school when i got hurt – my knee wouldn’t rehab or I would have played for the Dawgs – that’s a fact. I still went to school at UGA – can you even say that?

Hire Jim Harbaugh

November 2nd, 2010
7:21 am

Same thing every week from Richt. Maybe he simply doesn’t have the answers.

WinderDawg

November 2nd, 2010
7:21 am

2-8 versus Florida since CMR came to Athens. What is Florida’s record versus every SEC school over the last 15 years? I think you would find about the same percentage. Before CMR arrived no SEC Title since 82. Since his arrival 2 SEC Titles and played for another losing to LSU (National Champion that year). Florida has owned most every school the past decade and firing CMR will not fix anything. The UGA program has the talent to win a SEC Title in the coming years. This year we are learning a new defensive scheme and have watched a freshman QB grow with his most talented receiver suspended for 1/3 of the season. Vince Dooley, Bear Bryant, Joe Paterno, Bobby Bowden have all had seasons like this year. UGA will overcome and finish this season on a positive note.
GO Dawgs!

JB

November 2nd, 2010
7:25 am

Derek @7:12 say’s ” I hope he’s there for the rest of his life”……. If next year is like this one, he won’t be….The MONEY or lack of it will hit a wall next year if we only win 6-7 games. He’s on a short rope, like him or not. You’ll see a tick down from this year of ticket renewals and Hartman Fund contributions. Beating the usual suspects next year and losing the ones that matter won’t help him….McGarity/Adams will get an earful, as they are now, and when folks start voting with their checkbook, Things will get interesting.