South Carolina sure feels like a must-win game for Bulldogs

Dozens of Georgia recruits crowd the sideline before Saturday's game against South Carolina. (Photo by Chip Towers)

Dozens of Georgia recruits crowd the sideline before Saturday's game against South Carolina. (Photo by Chip Towers)

ATHENS — I’m here at Sanford Stadium on an absolutely gorgeous day in Athens. Right now it’s 81 degrees and there literally is not a cloud in the sky. Campus was already packed with tail-gaters four hours before today’s 4:30 p.m. kickoff between Georgia and No. 12 South Carolina.

My game advance previewing today’s game was not posted in the blog, so HERE’S A LINK TO IT in case you missed it.

Obviously the theme of the week has been whether or not this is a “must-win game” for Georgia coach Mark Richt. I don’t think anybody in the world believes he’d be fired next week if the Bulldogs lose today. At the very least there will be 10 more games in which they could turn things around. But statements such as the one UGA Athletic Association board member Tommy Lawhorne offered unsolicited at yesterday’s quarterly meeting underscore that this season quite clearly is a referendum for Richt.

Said Lawhorne: “There are many of us who are really concerned about the status of the football program,” said Tommy Lawhorne, a football letterman (1965-67) and defensive captain. “Yet we have confidence in [athletic director] Greg McGarity to get us to where we want to be.”

“I’ll echo that,” added Bob Bishop, a longtime executive board member from Athens.

In case you missed Tim Tucker’s coverage of yesterday’s board meeting, here’s what McGarity and Pres. Michael Adams had to say regarding the feedback they’re getting from fans on the football program:

  • Adams: “You know what my life is like. I get multiple opinions on every side of every issue.”
  • McGarity: “You get a lot of comments both ways. It runs the gamut on good, bad, we’re-with-you, we’re-pulling-out. I think it’s the normal emotions that people have.”

So that’s the backdrop for today’s game. Regardless of the ramifications, it should be a perfect day for football. Let’s enjoy it.

127 comments Add your comment

Fred

September 10th, 2011
1:49 pm

It’s not close to a must win game. We play 8 unranked teams, we’ll win 7 or 8 of those. Win the Bowl game, we finish 8-5, 33% more wins than 2010. Beat either MSU/UF/SC and we finish 9-4, 50% more wins than 2010.

The Dogs might take this one, I’d say 86% chance based on Phil Steele’s 86% accuracy in 2010.

Steele’s picking UGA. Steele’s 67-11 in 2011.

http://www.philsteele.com/Blogs/2011/Sep11/DBSep10.html

doodoobailey

September 10th, 2011
1:49 pm

First, and go DAWGS

doodoobailey

September 10th, 2011
1:50 pm

Fred

September 10th, 2011
1:50 pm

McGarity messed up by replacing a W against unranked Louisville with an L aginast 4th ranked Boise State. So that loss is 100% on Greg McGarity.

Fred

September 10th, 2011
1:53 pm

Lawhorne & Bishop need to wise up, Richt ain’t the issue here, Richt’s won 96 games in 10 years. Richt’s only had 1 losing season in 25 years.

Yet Richt goes 6-7, just happens to have his worst season in 25 years, under McGarity’s leadership? I think AD is the problem, just poor leadership. If Richt has a 6-7 year, my bet is McGarity might have 2 on the board that want to keep him, and they’ll flip when the others say AD must go.

Richt’s won more games % than Nick Saban.

doodoobailey

September 10th, 2011
1:55 pm

The question of if this is a “must win” should be followed by a resounding “he!! yes”. 8-4 is not the accepted outcome of a season. Hopefully, we will not run 78% of our plays out of the shotgun with very quick, ineffective passes/runs.

Or since Bobo said earlier he was going to stay with the no huddle, nah, we are going to gas our defense again. And continue to not hear the word “special” in our special teams by not hiring a coach or taking it seriously. Which is really bad cause that is the deepest talent pool we have.

Shotgun draw, here I come!!!

doodoobailey

September 10th, 2011
1:57 pm

Sabans National title percentage compared to Richt’s: Well, HE WON ONE FOR BOTH BAMA AND LSU…..win, Saban.

doodoobailey

September 10th, 2011
1:59 pm

I forgot Mcgarity called a FG on 4th and 2 inches against Central Florida. Yeah, it’s his fault.

Hairy Dawg

September 10th, 2011
2:06 pm

What do ya’ll think that the over/under is on the half back draw on 3rd and long?

Firemarkricht.net

September 10th, 2011
2:07 pm

Fred

September 10th, 2011
2:08 pm

McGarity had our boys working out of trailers last year. They were out of shape and lost all 7 game sin the 4th quarter. This year, McGarity scheduled Boise instead of LVille, and Ogletree gets injured which might cost us the SC game. McGarity also lost his negotiation to move UF/UGA games to state of Georgia or at least rotate them.

BozoDawg

September 10th, 2011
2:13 pm

mikebobohas2gogo.com

T-shirts will be available if Bobo shows us same ol same ol.

Website will be up and running tomorrow

Vance Duly

September 10th, 2011
2:13 pm

I think it’s more about HOW we play than the final score. I’m tired of seeing the Dawgs look weak against the better teams on our schedule. The Boise game looked like a repeat of the frustrating games of the past 2 years — inconsistent offense, a tired defense that can not make big plays, and dull, predictable play-calling from Coach Bobo (with a lack of in-game adjustments).

If we play hard but come up a bit short, that’s OK. We obviously have some weaknesses that one week might not correct. If we falter, stumble and barf AGAIN on the gloriously green lawn of Sanford Stadium, that is unacceptable. GO DAWGS!!!

DawgDawgDawg

September 10th, 2011
2:18 pm

Hey Fred,

Rocky trained in the snow and beat Dolph Lundgren in Rocky IV.

I’m just saying…

Best,
DawgDawgDawg

firemarkricht.net

September 10th, 2011
2:27 pm

McGarity is Richt’s newest scapegoat???

Wow.

Sounds like your line of excuses is wearing a bit thin there, Fred.

Let’s do this…

http://www.firemarkricht.net

TeeJayy

September 10th, 2011
2:28 pm

Hey Chip, do you know who will be starting today at ILB, Sulek or Herrara?

firemarkricht.net

September 10th, 2011
2:32 pm

Did you ever think that maybe McGarity replaced L’ville with Boise State to raise the bar to what he expects from his head coach–and that Richt just couldn’t get his team over that bar?

Sounds like it was a test from McGarity and Richt couldn’t pass it.

CHDawg

September 10th, 2011
2:44 pm

Here is a modest proposal: enjoy your friends and family and the game and cheer for the Dawgs, regardless of the circumstances and outcome. Support the coaching staff and let them do their best, both on the field and in recruiting tomorrow’s Dawgs. Be thankful your happiness in life isn’t dependent on the outcome of a football game, but having shredded chicken for supper would be delightful! Take stock at the end of this year and assess whether changes need to be made, then voice your opinion in an appropriate manner. Show some class, and be a supportive fan, and a good sport to the opposing team. Be thankful for the awful things that didn’t happen to you or your loved ones this week! Go Dawgs!

Palm City Dawg

September 10th, 2011
2:47 pm

Not many posts here. Where have all the imposters gone?

doug dawg

September 10th, 2011
2:59 pm

no need to complain or offer suggesions; no one in athens will listen to them they don’t listen to anyone. when we lose tonight, and only 30k show up next week, then things will begin to matter. you have to hit ‘em in the pocket book, and, yes, at least one of our former ad’s probably carried one. folks, time will take care of this mess. just have patience.

reebok

September 10th, 2011
3:00 pm

That Phil Steele pick really surprises me…I don’t see Georgia winning this one…but that’s why you play the games, right?

Coach Mark Richt

September 10th, 2011
3:02 pm

This is my team and I know what the hell I am doing!!!!!

Boise State vs. Georgia 35-21 FINAL Boise State Wins:)

Coach Mike Bobo

September 10th, 2011
3:02 pm

I don’t know what the hell I am doing!!! Should I run a draw on 3rd and 15?

reebok

September 10th, 2011
3:03 pm

…on the other hand, he does have my Jackets winning in Murfreesboro tonite, so I sure hope he’s right on that one!

Coach Todd Grantham

September 10th, 2011
3:03 pm

I should have never left the NFL for this crap. You both should go to hell…ROFL

Innocent Bystander

September 10th, 2011
3:04 pm

To CHDawg: Good word man

just a fan

September 10th, 2011
3:05 pm

Has anyone been watching the Auburn vs Miss St game. High scoring game hard hitting on defense when they are making stops.

Old Dawg

September 10th, 2011
3:19 pm

CHDawg: Amen to that. Amen.

Even if CMR is fired at the end of the season, we need to show recruits that we are a class place to play for!

SOUTHGADAWG88

September 10th, 2011
3:24 pm

It’s the 2nd game of a 12 game season so it’s not a “must” win but this. Is a big game.Time for the play makers to stand up and start getting it done.You can’t blame everything on “coaching” players win ballgames.

Athens Dawg

September 10th, 2011
3:27 pm

Nobody saw Boise State beating Oklahoma a few years back either. No one saw Mississippi State beating Florida last season either. We’re going to win today.

PerimeterCenterJacket

September 10th, 2011
3:29 pm

Greetings, dawg fans. Fun Fact for you:

There will be an Air Force flyover of a Mississippi-based T-6 fighter jet at Sanford Stadium today. That flyover will be piloted by one of the most highly decorated Georgia Tech Air Force ROTC graduates ever. He’s a fighter pilot trainer and an officer in the USAF now, but still a Helluva Engineer!

Not even the...

September 10th, 2011
4:15 pm

Steve Spurrier has more intelligence, coaching ability, and integrity in his little finger than Mark Richt has in his whole body.

Fortunately, Spurrier wins again today, and the Mark Richt era in Athens is over, thank goodness.

Not even the fabled red panties can save Richt now. His sins and shortcomings have come back to haunt him with a vengeance.

Ace

September 10th, 2011
4:18 pm

There will be an Air Force flyover of a Mississippi-based T-6 fighter jet at Sanford Stadium today.

I’m not sure that UGA even warrants an unmanned drone. :-)

Vesaversa

September 10th, 2011
5:58 pm

Dawgs fans shouldn’t settle for a d@m bowl game year after year .The players and fans deserves better . Winning the SEC championship should be goal and anything less should be viewed as a losing season .The only way the UGA will get there is to fire the ‘cheerleader coach ” Ricth .

Hairy Dawg

September 10th, 2011
6:16 pm

Must win? No!

Dawgs will win! And chickens Visor Boy must lose!

Chickens had to rely on tricks to stay in game. That proofs Dawgs is the real TEAM with the talents!

Now we blows them outs in second halfs.

Go Dawgs!

UGA '79

September 10th, 2011
6:30 pm

Richt’s rotten got suckered an a FAKE punt and let a fat DL run a million yds for a TD. 1 half closer to the Richtus demise. Oh, happy, happy day!

GODAWGS

September 10th, 2011
6:39 pm

UGA FANS – THE WORST IN THE SEC!!!

UGA '79

September 10th, 2011
7:12 pm

Pick Six. Turnover. Game over. Baron von Richt-over.

Destin Dawg

September 10th, 2011
7:17 pm

Murray is OFF !! Murray is OFF !! we’ve got Q.B.’s.. Hutson Mason.. Christian LeMay… Nick Marshall.. change ‘em up !!

UGA '79

September 10th, 2011
8:02 pm

If Richtus had any real feeling for UGA, he would resign rather than force the AD to fire him. But, he’s just a mercenary phony with no real connection to UGA (other than filthy lucre).

GAMEOCKS

September 10th, 2011
8:03 pm

wooooooooohoooooooooooo

GAMEOCKS

September 10th, 2011
8:03 pm

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SportsFan31313

September 10th, 2011
8:16 pm

Say Bye Bye to Mark Richt and perhaps Mike Bo Bo too. The Dawgs season is over and so are those two.
Gosh the two are so stupid as Coaches. They allow time to run off the clock nullifying chances to have a decent chance to get the ball back and try to score. Crowell definitely did well. but My goodness. the turn overs, kill their chances of winning. The last 28 games the Dawgs are 14 and 14. Time for you to leave Richt and Bo Bo…

dap01

September 10th, 2011
8:16 pm

Coach Mark Ritch was out coached for the 20th game in a row. Jeff Schultz and the AJC can continue to celebrate.

GAMEOCKS

September 10th, 2011
8:17 pm

HAHAHAHAHA

ALL THAT SMACK YALL TALKED ALL SUMMER NOW WHAT?????????

Bulldawg has had enough

September 10th, 2011
8:21 pm

See ya Richt, get the hell off of the hallowed sidelines between the Hedges.

Bulldawg has had enough

September 10th, 2011
8:22 pm

And Todd Grantham, please lay your lips on my posterior and help yourself to a big ol brown kiss! get lost with Richt

BigDave

September 10th, 2011
8:23 pm

I think Georgia loses to Tennessee,Mississippi State and Florida finishing 7-5. I think this will be Richt’s last season at UGA

UGA unranked.....

September 10th, 2011
8:26 pm

Must Win? Really?

Mark adios……..

Buzz2011

September 10th, 2011
8:29 pm

Hey ” Hairy Dawg”? Where is it??