Mark Richt to Macon Bulldog Club: ‘I know what the hell I’m doing, OK?’

I was in Augusta Wednesday night for the Georgia Bulldog Club tour stop there and found coach Mark Richt to be calm and typically laid back. Other than his pointed comments on Washaun Ealey, the meeting was generally warm and fuzzy and it came and went without much controversy.

That wasn’t the case in Macon last night. According to my old friend Michael Lough, who covered the meeting for the Macon Telegraph, Richt got a little feisty with one particularly whiny fan. In the question-and-answer session, one man apparently droned on and on about Georgia’s poor running game last season and his apparent dissatisfaction with offensive coordinator Mike Bobo and running backs coach Bryan McClendon.

That apparently lit a fire under Richt.

“I see your frustration, I understand your frustration,” Lough quoted Richt as saying.“I wasn’t born yesterday, I’ve coached football for 25 years, so I know what the hell I’m doing, OK? . . . I appreciate your passion, I appreciate your support for this football team. Everybody can just calm down and know that we’re in good hands. . . . And Bryan McClendon is a hell of a coach, he’s a hell of a recruiter. And I’m glad we got Bryan McClendon.”

Richt’s remarks, Lough reported, elicited a strong ovation from the crowd gathered at the Walnut Creek Shooting Preserve.

Not surprisingly, the normally-chaste Richt apologized a short time later for using the word “hell.” But he also reiterated his disappointment in the tailback situation and the fact that none of the lettermen have stepped up and seized the position in anticipation of Isaiah Crowell’s arrival later this summer.

So what do you think? Glad to hear such passion come out Georgia’s sometimes staid head coach? Disappointed with his word choice?

595 comments Add your comment

Dentaldawg

April 29th, 2011
10:31 am

BRAVO MARK RICHT!

SavDawg86

April 29th, 2011
10:31 am

TheXman

April 29th, 2011
10:31 am

good for coach. and right in doing so.

SavDawg86

April 29th, 2011
10:32 am

david

April 29th, 2011
10:33 am

Finally. Love you coach, you don’t owe some drunkard from macon any explanations. Just show him the rings.

258DAWG

April 29th, 2011
10:33 am

Just run someone over!

schmeckdawg

April 29th, 2011
10:33 am

Hell yeah I am glad to hear it! I wish he would show that type of emotion more often; however, we don’t know what goes on behind closed doors. I like CMR and want him to be around for a long, long time and I know that he know’s that he’s got to win and win big this year or is over!

Honky Talkin'

April 29th, 2011
10:34 am

Preacher Man is feeling the pressure of becoming insignificant in the SEC. He even cursed! (well sort of)

S-Dawg

April 29th, 2011
10:34 am

HELL yeah!!!

Harvey Updyke

April 29th, 2011
10:34 am

Roll damn tide

Truthmoses

April 29th, 2011
10:34 am

I wished mark Richt cursed much more than he does. he can still be a christian-albeit a potty-mouthed Christian.

jarvis

April 29th, 2011
10:34 am

Sorry this fan thought it was the RB coach’s fault that our two backs are knuckleheads that can’t stay on the field or generally keep their crap together long enough to contribute?

collegeballfan

April 29th, 2011
10:36 am

Good for him. Gor a streak of Bobby Ross in him. And it never hurts.

It always amazes me that guys and gals who do not know anything about football always know more than the professionals.

Fire in the Belly

April 29th, 2011
10:36 am

This is what I have been praying for from CMR since he came to UGA. The non-plussed attitude and blank look on his face (we call it fish face around here) when things are going south on the field just get under my skin. I’m not asking him to go all Woody Hayes on players but come on, show some passion, some emotion, some anger. ANYTHING.

NYCDAWGFAN

April 29th, 2011
10:37 am

As they say in the McD’s commercials… Bada bop bop ba, I’m Lovin’ it! :O) Do your thing Coach Richt, I love ya like a play cousin

BG

April 29th, 2011
10:37 am

Oh my! Richt daid hell! LOL! Some fans are act like idiots when they ask dumb questions.

JD

April 29th, 2011
10:37 am

It is very frustrating for anyone who knows how to do their job to have to listen over and over again how someone who has no idea what you are doing that they know better than you, what to do. Way to go Mark. By the way, I’m a Tech alum and it makes no difference whether you’re talking about Richt or Johnson, it’s their job (for years) and they’ve probably thought of just about every possibility before you came up with the “brilliant idea”.

kydawg

April 29th, 2011
10:38 am

Love the fire in the belly!!! (Hate to hear the “H-E-double Hecks”)

Disbott 3000

April 29th, 2011
10:38 am

Go get ‘em, Mark. Now let some of your players know that they have to fight to get, and keep, their starting jobs. Maybe they’ll play a little more like it matters.

SquillDog

April 29th, 2011
10:38 am

Hell yeah I like the emotion. It means he has an edge to him this year and that will hopefully translate to the team. We need to go out there and start knocking some people on their a$$ this season. The East is there for the taking, but you have to TAKE it. No one is going to give you anything. This isn’t the Big Ten!

Tech guy

April 29th, 2011
10:38 am

Mark Richt is a “hell” of a coach. Even though I am a Tech Man, I have a tremendous amount of respect for him. I am glad he stood up to that moron in Macon. I have always wondered how a small group of Dawg fans can be so critical to a Coach like him. Be glad you didn’t get stuck with Chan Gailey for seven horrible years!

sc5

April 29th, 2011
10:38 am

TopDog

April 29th, 2011
10:38 am

Coach Richt DOES know more about it that every “fan” out there … the guy probably never attended a class at UGA. Give’em hell, Coach!

Martin the Calvinist

April 29th, 2011
10:38 am

As a Christian, I’m disappointed the coach cussed but I do admire him, I think Richt is a great Georgia coach and I know he wants to do well. I don’t think any coach is really satisfied with 6-7or 8-5 unless you are not that competitive. I think there is a fire in CMR’s belly and he wants to win.

luckydog

April 29th, 2011
10:38 am

Sounds like the recruits ain’t as good as they expected. You can’t coach a potato.

Mike "BIG DAWG" Woods

April 29th, 2011
10:39 am

I have tried to tell people for years that CMR has fire in his gut and what you see formally is not what you see informally. GATA Coach! I believe you will see more of the tough side of CMR this year! Go DAWGS!

Arthur Redding, Jr.

April 29th, 2011
10:39 am

Yeah, good for Richt–I wish he’d shut more whiny fans up.

I’m sure a lot of those people are pretty whiny in other parts of their lives also.

BG

April 29th, 2011
10:39 am

Congrats to AJ Green for being the 4th player taken and the first WR taken in this years draft. The Bengals are getting one hell of a football player.

mgdawg

April 29th, 2011
10:40 am

I think this shows that richt is a passionate man and a passionate coach, I have heard and believe on the field at practice he is different then in press conferences and on the field on gameday. I want a head coach, especially and offensive head coach, to stay calm on game day first because I feel it gives a team more confidence when things aren’t going their way and second because when he does get on fire everyone stops and listens.

Mike

April 29th, 2011
10:40 am

Where the HELL has that been for the last 3 years?

Born2Bark

April 29th, 2011
10:41 am

Atta boy CMR!! I like the fire and I’d like to see more of it!

DoddSquad

April 29th, 2011
10:41 am

I’d rather be a hell of an engineer. To hell with Georgia!

Robbie

April 29th, 2011
10:42 am

Good to see he has a pulse…., started to get a little concerned over the last couple of years..

blazer

April 29th, 2011
10:43 am

never attended a class like most of the fans

Jim

April 29th, 2011
10:44 am

Now, if CMR can focus that same passion towards his own program, we might actually have something. He has only been a head coach for 10 years. Being a head coach is a lot different than being a position coach. As a head coach, he has to make tough staff decisions. As a head coach, his loyalties have to include the fan base, not just his staff. CMR has proven to be a great assistant/position coach, but he has not proven to be a great head coach. He seems slow to make changes to the staff when all the evidence is pointing to issues.
UGA has had more NFL prospects over the last 10 years than 200+ other D-1 teams, but not a lot to show for it.

john mceachern

April 29th, 2011
10:44 am

Give’em Hell, Mark. Glad to see this side of him in public!

godogs1

April 29th, 2011
10:46 am

99% of the Fans with all the answers have never touched a football or managed anything other than themselves

It's Time For A Change

April 29th, 2011
10:47 am

Hell Yeah!! Bout time!!!

SW

April 29th, 2011
10:47 am

It’s been said already, but FINALLY! Good to publicly see that fire.

ThePriceIsWrongBitch

April 29th, 2011
10:47 am

Good for MR!

As an Atheist, I like hearing that he cursed… lol

sogadog

April 29th, 2011
10:48 am

Even though I whine and complain about the team’s performance from time to time, I must say bravo to CMR. He is a great coach and he will get things going again in Athens. He doesnt have to sit around and listen to whiny fans (like me) who dont know what the heck they are talking about.

Randall "Pink" Floyd

April 29th, 2011
10:48 am

Apologized for using the word Hell. LMAO. Classic CMR.

irish dog

April 29th, 2011
10:48 am

If he knew what he was doing, he wouldn’t be 14-12 the last two years.

dmr

April 29th, 2011
10:48 am

Good for Coach Richt. If Richt will focus on discipline and fundamentals, this team will be fine. Richt should make it clear that no job is safe and competition is the only way to see the field. If you don’t compete, work hard, and do the right things on and off the field, you shouldn’t play.

Stick with that Coach and I’m behind you win or lose.

JROLL1

April 29th, 2011
10:49 am

BOUT TIME COACHED SHOWD A LIL’ SPUNK AND PASSION!

dawgforlife

April 29th, 2011
10:51 am

Yeah Coach Richt. You know what the hell you’re doing that’s why we 5 other teams in the SEC who’ve won NATIONAL titles since your squad won a conference championship. That’s why we have coaches such as Saban who build a NATIONAL championship team from ground up since you last won an SEC title. Use that frustration on your players, not fans.

emory grad

April 29th, 2011
10:52 am

Everyone,get back to work,my kids in private school,yes I know who you are. DIG THOSE DITCHES!

Ron Burgundy

April 29th, 2011
10:52 am

Justin and Mark, pass the bong so I can see the great coaching. Stay classy, UGA

Mark (another one)

April 29th, 2011
10:53 am

Richt has passion and you can bet last year was worse than just a disappointment. I’m a fan but I don’t live and die with the Dawgs. I have my own worries and responsibilities. This is Richt’s focus and I trust him to right the ship. I like the changes on defense and I think the passing game was great last year. The running game let the team down, and Richt is aware of the situation. I bet he even has a good idea where the issue are, and how to fix them. That’s his profession and he is one of the best.

Last year in Cobb I noticed he was a little testy with some of the questions because they were more than disrespectful. People try to back him into a corner and then act surprised when he verbally fights his way out. I also noticed that crowd was similar to Macon this year; both audiences appreciated him taking control of the situation. Just because he’s a christian, don’t believe he’s a wimp. Attack him or his team at your own peril.

swimdawg68

April 29th, 2011
10:54 am

I think the problem has been with the OL. Hard for a back to gain any yardage with poor blocking up front. Two years ago, we were supposed to have one of the top OL’s in the country what happened? Glad U of Texas helped us resolve some of the problem. Hope this new young coach CMR hired will get the job done.