UGA President Michael Adams calls for support of football team, Richt

UGA President Dr. Michael Adams on Thursday called for Georgia football fans to unite in support of the team. His comments came during the fall semester meeting of the UGA Cabinet when asked to assess the job being done by 11th-year head coach Mark Richt.

Said Adams:

“I don’t believe I have ever commented on any coach mid season. You know the answer. What we do weith every head coach — every head coach, not just the high-profile head coaches – but at the end of the season the AD sits down and makes a judgment. Then he makes a judgment whether or not he needs to talk to the president about that.

“The issue for me right now is I think this is the time for all of us to come together and get behind this group of guys who played a heck of a game last Saturday and deserve our support. I’ve never folded on anything 15 or 20 percent into it, and that’s what we would be doing.

I’d love to see the stadium full Saturday for probably what will not be the most high-profile opponent we’ll play this year. I go to the locker room. I know these young men. I know a number of our student-athletes. We had a heck of an effort last Saturday. There’s nobody here who likes to win more than I do. But it’s time for us as a community to get behind this team, support them from now ’til the end of the season. And once the whole body of work is in, we’ll do what we do every year. We’ll see where we are.”

ALSO:

It seems there are a lot of folks coming out in support of Richt today . . .

335 comments Add your comment

Worm

September 15th, 2011
4:12 pm

Stadium looked pretty united last week..Continued improvement will receive continued support.

Worm

September 15th, 2011
4:14 pm

I don’t usually do this, but I’ve had two firsts today..Where the heck are the usual trolls?

NHS DAWG

September 15th, 2011
4:16 pm

What happened to the comments made by your staff…..” The first two games will make or break our season” ? Hard to be optimistic. But I am.

B Ray

September 15th, 2011
4:20 pm

GO DAWGS! Come on Bulldog Nation! Get behind our team and support them for the rest of the season. Heck of an effort on Saturday against the #12 team in the country. Once a bulldog, always a bulldog. Finish The Drill Fans!

NiquePhotog

September 15th, 2011
4:21 pm

United? Really? As 1/3 of the “fans” gave up on the team headed for the exit when they still had a chance….

I guess dawgs have a different definition of “united” than most people.

Big Albany Dawg

September 15th, 2011
4:22 pm

Energy Vampire in Need of a Life

September 15th, 2011
4:24 pm

What I don’t understand is the outcry for support. Give the fans a reason to support the team and they will. This team, and this program, should be beyond moral victories. Richt has had plenty of time to turn the ship around. Georgia is ahead of only Vandy in the SEC for the last two years. Does that kind of performance demand positive reinforcement? Time for Richt, Grantham, and Bobo to show all the vampires as they call them that they truly know what they are doing.

secbama

September 15th, 2011
4:25 pm

Them moral victories taste good Dawgs. Keep it up.

Douglas Dawg

September 15th, 2011
4:26 pm

I totally agree…. Heck no one wants to start off 0-2; but if we can get rolling SC didn’t look great, they will loose 2 maybe 3 SEC contest.

BTW…. Thomas Brown is a complete idiot.

NiquePhotog

September 15th, 2011
4:28 pm

As a Tech fan, I still do agree with Adams. Even most of the legendary coaches had a few bumps in the road. Some advice…

Mutt fans (non-alums): stop embarrassing and giving a bad name to a school that you have no ties to! Real fans support a team even when they’re not winning. Seriously!

Dawg fans (alums): keep doin what you’re doing and support the team. In regards to the mutt fans, if you see one heading for the exits….as our own CPJ would say, “Punch em in the FACE!”

I'm just saying

September 15th, 2011
4:31 pm

Mayday! Mayday! we’ve been hit…we’ve been hit…our ship is going down…Mayday! Mayday!

Worm

September 15th, 2011
4:33 pm

Nique, I’ll admit I headed for the exit after that Murray fumble..As My seats are in the opposite Club level from my parking, I lurked around the Club level all the while watching the game and pulling like hell as I made progress in the exit process.

Worm

September 15th, 2011
4:36 pm

another thing Nique-did you see all those Awbarn folks trying to return to their seats after they recovered the onside kick-I did!

Bob

September 15th, 2011
4:37 pm

I cheer for the Dawgs every game! Don’t forget that Adams put that joke, Damon Evans, as AD because he wanted to show VD who was in charge. Richt should have been fired last year. Time to clean house and bring in a new culture, attitude, and thinking.

What's the next step below mediocrity?

September 15th, 2011
4:37 pm

You know things have hit rock bottom when Adams feels compelled to make a speech like that.

It’s really tragic when you can see the iceberg ahead, but won’t do anything to change course.

Once and always

September 15th, 2011
4:38 pm

Go dawgs! That’s all I want to hear. Support the players, support the coaches, support the university. Go dawgs. Blind faith? Absolutely.

I only need one reason to supoprt this team. It’s the 2011 Georgia Bulldogs and it’s my team and I’ll support them through thick and thin. I don’t care if we don’t win another game. I’ll still be in my seats yelling for these kids. And I’ll be there next year too.

And if your team has to win a championship to earn your support, please stop worrying about Georgia and college football in general and go cheer for the Yankees.

I’m tired of hearing the whining from the fans. Just shut up and go support your team. That’s what your supposed to do.

And if Georgia’s administration decides to fire CMR, I’ll be there supporting whoever the next coach is. I was there for Goff and Donnan, and I’ll still be there in the years to come.

Go cheer for whoever’s winning and leave the rest of us alone.

yogi1

September 15th, 2011
4:38 pm

14 and 14 0ver the last 28 games rumors have it

GeoffDawg

September 15th, 2011
4:39 pm

Ruh-ro – just gave Coastal Carolina bulletin board material. Thanks Doc!

Roaddawg80

September 15th, 2011
4:40 pm

I WITH YOU!!

LETS GET BEHIND THEM> I wait to long for football season for this 0-2 start to just throw away! Let’s support them and just see what happens. If we are 6-7 or 7-6 or even 8-5 make a change. But we all knew how tuff the first two games would be. It didn’t go our way but we can fight one game at a time and see where we are at the END.

COME ON DAWG FANS! I WILL BE THERE SATURDAY!

Roaddawg80

September 15th, 2011
4:43 pm

Larry

September 15th, 2011
4:46 pm

There are dozens of coaches who could have coached Georgia to a 15-15 record their last 30 games (their record since the end of 08). I think the best single word to describe them is “underachievers”. Todd McShay of ESPN was right when he wrote “Georgia has no discipline, a vanilla offense, and their staff doesn’t make any mid-game adjustments on offense or defense. It’s time for a change.

blazerdawg

September 15th, 2011
4:47 pm

Nique – nobody left the game early last week. I’ll be 100% behind the Dawgs this weekend, but will be supporting them from the woods in White County. Chattahoochee and Anna Ruby Falls too much of a draw this time of year!

Roaddawg80

September 15th, 2011
4:49 pm

Larry

Why don’t you change! Go pull for someone else.

[...] Michael Adams says he’s not one for making mid-course corrections with Georgia’s coaches. “I don’t believe I have ever commented on any coach mid season. You know the answer. What we do with every head coach — every head coach, not just the high-profile head coaches – but at the end of the season the AD sits down and makes a judgment. Then he makes a judgment whether or not he needs to talk to the president about that.” [...]

CDAWG

September 15th, 2011
4:50 pm

Adams is right, You know if we could get lucky and win out those two losses won’t look so big then. I am predicting a win this weekend. It might be tight but we win. I heard Coach Paul Johnson on his talk show yesterday and I will have to say that I like his fire. He said that he does not change his Offense for a player, the player has to rise up to his Offense or they don’t play. I like that!

Easily Amused

September 15th, 2011
4:52 pm

Fire Adams and the Richt problem will take care of itself.

Real Dawg Fan

September 15th, 2011
4:52 pm

Either support the team or find another one…NUFF SAID!!! Next article!

tc

September 15th, 2011
4:53 pm

I don’t buy it HE NEEDS TO GO!!!

ATL

September 15th, 2011
4:54 pm

Bulldogs fans will always keep supporting the Dawgs, it’s Richt they don’t want to support. If you want support for both the team and coaching, get a new coaching staff. I was at Bama during the Shula years, we never stop supporting the tide; but every store you went in had a cardboard cut-out of Shula with a bag over his head. Sometimes coaches just need to be fired. I realize Shula and Richt are on the same level, but just go ahead and get the firing over with so the team can move on.

NiquePhotog

September 15th, 2011
4:56 pm

Worm, your case was understandable. I still urge people to let those mutt fans have it if they give up on the team. 92,000 fans doesn’t mean as much if more than half are only half-hearted fans. Honestly, that’s why Sanford is a much quieter stadium when compared to most other SEC stadiums (plus all the drunks that are stumbling around trying to find their seats the whole game). Heck, even Miss St. is louder even without the cowbells.

And yeah, I saw the Auburn game. Everyone stopped in their tracks on the way out on the walkways and tried to watch from there. It was pretty humorous.

I will admit compared to UGA, Auburn required a miracle to win. Where as UGA had a legitimate chance at tying the game. They were down 10 points with all three timeouts and people still left. You represent the school you are cheering for, so stay in your seat, especially if it’s on National Television!

That’s what happens when you cheer for an SEC team, you gotta deal with a whole bunch of drunk bandwagon-ing dumbasses.

My girlfriend goes to UGA, and that’s the one thing she hates about the school. All the people that pretend to have some connection to UGA….I’m looking at you Gainesville State an Piedmont students that say “I go to school in Athens”!

Washon

September 15th, 2011
4:56 pm

Getting behind a bad coach will only delay the day he is fired. Most fans have been behind him while he has been slipping for the past three seasons. Where has that gotton us? It is not as simple as getting behind the team. Major chnges need to be made and Richt won’t make them. Plain and simple

FLA DAWG

September 15th, 2011
4:57 pm

God how low have we sunk when we must all get excited about our first possible win this Saturday against an unknown team.

I love my Dawgs. I have no use for Richt, his coaches or Adams.

I hope Adams leaves the same time they do – this year.

GT Joe

September 15th, 2011
4:58 pm

Hey Nique, hate to break it to you, but those bandwagon fans don’t go to gainesville stae or piedmont.

Those bandwagon fans probably didn’t finish high school.

GT Joe

September 15th, 2011
4:59 pm

Mark Richt wearing a hobnail boot? more like a pair of manolo blahniks…

slydog

September 15th, 2011
5:01 pm

No matter how you feel. Vince Dooley and Michael Adams have just issued the dreaded “vote of confidence”, BKA, the “Kiss of Death.” As much as I believe CMR has made some huge mistakes and his tenure has grown stale, I think it’s shameful for some of us fans to not support him. He is a man of character and conviction, two ingredients needed to turn around struggling programs. The AD and those in the “know”, will make the best decision when the time is right. The season has already started and Georgia football is at a crossroads. It has no choice but to transform. Let’s all get on board for the good of UGA football now and in the future.

dawgster

September 15th, 2011
5:03 pm

@ATL…take your crap somewhere else….we don’t need your kind of support…You can have that opinion of Coach Richt, but most really true dawg fans will support this staff, players, and university during the good and bad….And just for your info most fans do support Coach Richt…not the ones coming on this blog that pretend to be supporters such as yourself…You know, Sometimes certain bloggers just need to be fired from making comments….My advice would be just wait and see how the season plays out…If it ends badly then I’m sure you will get your wish…I prefer to have confidence in the team and our coaching staff, its still a long season…but hey give up and keep calling for our Coach to be fired…thats the classy thing to do, right?

Sven Ottke

September 15th, 2011
5:03 pm

This little pep rally for Richt is borderline pathetic. Embarrassing to the school and the athletic department.

Easily Amused

September 15th, 2011
5:04 pm

Is this PR campaign a response to Paul Finebaum’s SI article?

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/paul_finebaum/09/15/mark-richt/index.html

Excerpt: Back in January, Tarkenton told Atlanta station 680/The Fan that Richt “is a wonderful guy. He is a good Christian guy. He wants to be a missionary. He goes on missions. That is a wonderful thing. But do you know the religion of Nick Saban? Or Gus Malzahn? Or Chip Kelly playing for the national championship? I don’t think we care. We hire them to be football coaches. … Right now our program has had three years of regression, and I don’t see any way this thing is going to get out of the ditch.”

By the way, Tarkenton is the son of a Pentecostal minister. And when it comes to the sermon on Richt, he is preaching the gospel.

Bob

September 15th, 2011
5:04 pm

@ATL…you are correct and thanks for making this point. Our football team is a source of pride, and our Dawgs haven’t been that for a while. I’m thinking that 99% of the bloggers here want the team to win more than Coach Richt wants them to win. I want our next coach to match our desire for winning, perhaps Richt can serve as Chaplin.

Lake Sinclair Dawg

September 15th, 2011
5:05 pm

While I am not as optimistic as some, I agree that UGA fans need to stop ranting about dumping the current coaching staff. That cannot possibly do any good; UGA wouldn’t hire a permanent coach unitl after the season was over and removing the current head coacj would just create disarray for the rest of the season. UGA just needs to wait until the end of the season and then decide whether a change is needed.

SEC Fan

September 15th, 2011
5:05 pm

I doubt that many UGA fans give a damn about anything Adams says. If Richt loses at Ole Miss I think that’s it for him. Houston Nutt is fighting for his job too, and I think Ole Miss will be ready to play. It will be an interesting game and the loser coach is really going to have his back against the wall, as he should.

Washon

September 15th, 2011
5:09 pm

Adams Says

“support them from now ’til the end of the season. And once the whole body of work is in, we’ll do what we do every year. We’ll see where we are.”

That is exactly what happen last year and we saw where they were.. 6-7! Nothing was done except getting a good recuiting class. In spite of the fact that CMR constantly blames his players for anything negative about the football program. This is not I repeat NOT a player problem. It is coaching. We could have gotton a few other top players in the country and nothing would be different. The AD and school failed to properly evaluate the program after last year. Not falling for that again

slydog

September 15th, 2011
5:15 pm

@SEC Fan It’s a damn shame that a coach from UGA finds himself on the same level concerning his job as a coach from Ole Miss.

slydog

September 15th, 2011
5:18 pm

BTW, Shula was fired toward the end of the season, not after game 2

MarNel

September 15th, 2011
5:19 pm

I hope you Bulldog fans realize that your program is starting to look a lot like we did in 2008. We ALL know how that turned out. As an Orange-Blooded Tennessee fan who always thought of Georgia as my 2nd favorite team, I hope it gets turned around before it is too late, if it is not already too late!

G

September 15th, 2011
5:19 pm

If I hear “Finish the drill again I will puke”!

Easily Amused

September 15th, 2011
5:21 pm

@slydog

Shula was fired after he lost to his (supposedly lesser) cross border rival MSU.

Sound familiar?

JR

September 15th, 2011
5:22 pm

We should be aiming high for a proven head coach or NFL assistant that is being seriously considered for a head coaching gig like Brian Schottenheimer or Perry Fewell. Believe me, there are enough out there who want a head coaching opportunity and worthy of it. UGA just has to be ready to write a check like Alabama did. And they are more than capable of it.

trouble

September 15th, 2011
5:22 pm

This applies to every college president, not just Dr. Adams.

What he is saying is ‘ Lets get behind the team…so we can keep making millions of dollars to support all of our other programs that are funded by the sale of tickets, merchandise, drinks, hot dogs and memorablia. I need you to keep coming and buying those products to keep us afloat which allows me to keep all my pet projects and ideas moving forward”.

What he is not saying is that if Mark Richt is not retained and does not turn this around somebody is going to have to spend 8 million dollars to pay off his contract and to attract a decent coach to come in here and coach these young men. Either way he loses, but his best option is hoping and praying and begging for the fans to keep attending and CMR winning some important games against teams that make a difference and not the directional schools we play to fill the schedule.

gomdawg

September 15th, 2011
5:23 pm

What coach would want to come to Georgia with some of the fan base we have So get behind the team and good things will happen.The best is coming GO DAWGS