Notebook: Richt laughs at label of ‘Hot Seat Bowl’ vs. Ole Miss

ATHENS – Georgia coach Mark Richt laughed Tuesday when he heard some media members were referring to Saturday’s game against Ole Miss as the “Hot Seat Bowl.”

“I knew that would happen,” Richt said, chuckling as he shook his head. “That was pretty easy to predict. You’d think they could have thought of something better than that. I think a couple of kindergartners could have figured out that one.”

But Richt wasn’t laughing when the subject turned to his colleague, Houston Nutt. What Richt has endured is nothing compared to the slings and arrows being aimed at the Rebels’ head coach this week.

In the wake of last Saturday’s 30-7 loss to Vanderbilt, Nutt was subjected to a Sunday morning meeting with Athletic Director Pete Boone. Boone followed that up by appearing before Nutt at his weekly press conference to discuss the state of the football program. Advertisements calling for his ouster were placed in five Mississippi newspapers as well as the Memphis Commercial Appeal. And nearly every question Nutt has fielded since Saturday has to do with his job security.

“I hate that for anybody,” Richt said. “. . . I don’t think anybody enjoys another guy going through something like that. We all know that we are pretty darn good coaches, and there’s 12 of us in the league and somebody is going to have a good year and somebody is going to have a bad year.”

Nutt, 53, left Arkansas to take over at Ole Miss four years ago. He won nine games each of his first two seasons but is 5-10 since. But it was the meek manner in which the Rebels went down at Vanderbilt that so incensed the Ole Miss masses.

“Anyone who was disappointed on Saturday, you can multiply it 99 times for me,” Nutt said. “It all starts with me. I appreciate Pete Boone meeting with the staff and myself and I appreciate what he did the last 24 hours. But now the bottom line is it’s up to us as coaches and players to do our job.”

Aron White gets national award

Tight end Aron White knew he was coming to Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall to have lunch with a bunch of children who were being rewarded for doing the right things. But he didn’t know the kids were there to honor him for his good deeds.

“I was really shocked,” said White, who was named one of 11 FBS players nationwide named to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team on Tuesday. “They tricked me into coming over here to eat lunch with some kids who were doing really well and being kind. They had made a banner for me and knew the whole time. Then Coach Richt came in and announced it. Nobody told me. I was definitely caught off-guard.”

The fifth-year senior from Columbia, Mo., already received on undergraduate degree and has a lengthy resume of community service contributions, including volunteering at Camp Sunshine, Kudzu, the Boys and Girls Club and Habit for Humanity; visiting patients at Egleston Children’s and St. Mary’s hospitals and classes at local elementary schools; and leading an MLK Day Service.

“It’s something I’m very, very proud of,” he said of the Good Works award. “It’s probably the most prestigious award I’ve ever received.”

More opps for  Mason?

Richt stopped short of saying it had reached a point of critical mass where the Bulldogs had to find a way to play both Hutson Mason and Aaron Murray a la David Greene-D.J. Shockley. But the coaches clearly like what the sophomore quarterback is doing and have no reservations about putting him in games.

“Right this second that’s not something I would want to comment on,” Richt said. “We haven’t really gone further with that discussion, . . . talking about Mike Bobo and myself. But Hutson is practicing well and he’s playing well and he really runs the system well and he’s earned playing time in my mind. How we’ll manage that, I’m not ready to make any promises I can’t keep.”

Mason, a sophomore from Marietta, had created a buzz well before making his first appearance of the season against Coastal Carolina last week. Coaches and players raved about his play in preseason camp. Mason was 6-of-9 for 68 yards and a touchdown in less than a quarter of play.

But Aaron Murray is the unquestioned leader of the team. He has completed 63 percent of his passes for 672 yards and 9 TDs and 2 interceptions in three games.

Tyson back from ‘non-injury’

Why DeAngelo Tyson missed last Saturday’s game is unclear but, whatever it was, it wasn’t for an injury. At least that’s what Tyson said on Tuesday.

“I didn’t have an injury,” said Tyson, who Richt said missed the game with a back injury. “I was just told I wasn’t able to play because of what was going. Buit I’m doing whatever I need to get back on the field.”

Asked if it was a disciplinary situation, Tyson said: “Unh-uh, ” as in the negative.

Asked if he’d be good to go this week, he said: “Um-hmm,” as in the affirmative.

In any case, Tyson said he will play Saturday versus Ole Miss. The senior from Statesboro started the first two games of the season at the defensive end opposite Abry Jones and is second among defensive linemen with 7 tackles.

Injury report: Rambo hurt

Starting free safety Bacarri Rambo had to leave practice with an injury Tuesday and came back wearing a green, non-contact jersey. Rambo, who knocked himself unconscious with a game-saving hit against Auburn in 2009, was having his head area examined by a trainer. Defensive backs coach Scott Lakatos didn’t know what the nature or extent of the injury was but expects Rambo to play Saturday. Also, three-way threat Brandon Boykin left the practice briefly to have his right ankle wrapped but returned.

Meanwhile, junior split end Marlon Brown is “questionable to doubtful” to play Saturday due to a sprained right ankle that sidelined his last weekend. As a result, true freshman Malcolm Mitchell is slated to get his third start of the season. Richt was hopeful that offensive lineman Kenarious Gates (ankle) will be back to face the Rebels. He was able to practice with the second-string line on Tuesday.

They said it

“They’re going to be wounded and mad. But we’re wounded and mad, too.”

– Richt

Etc. . . .

Center David Andrews played the best of the three true freshmen offensive linemen on Saturday, Richt said. Tackle Watts Dantzler and guard Hunter Long were the others. . . . Coaching great Jack Harbaugh attended Georgia’s practices and spoke to the Touchdown Club of Athens on Tuesday night.

345 comments Add your comment

Jake

September 20th, 2011
7:12 pm

I think it’s time to sit Murray, Murray has still not beat a winning team, 0-8? The three turnovers against South Carolina were thingsa Mason wouldn’t have done.

You’re not going to sack Mason, he makes quick decisions like Kellen Moore. I don’t think Mason’s going to throw int’s either with the No. 1 offense.

Mason went right to Charles for a long td, somethign Murray’s been unabe to do for the last 2 games.

Mason had poise.

Jake

September 20th, 2011
7:13 pm

i like about Hutson Mason: Poise, accuracy, quick in pocket. He can also throw the long ball well, which will get teams out of the box. Murray lacks poise, the bigger the game, the worse he plays.

Go Dawgs!

September 20th, 2011
7:14 pm

Jake

September 20th, 2011
7:14 pm

I think Mason will transfer if he doesn’t get snaps, because Murray, 0-8 against winning teams, hasn’t earned the right to keep his job.

Jake

September 20th, 2011
7:20 pm

Jake

September 20th, 2011
7:22 pm

If you look at coaches with at least 10 years head coaching experience, Richt & Nutt are both in top 25, Richt’s in top 10.

http://www.coacheshotseat.com/WinningestActiveCoachesIA.htm

Mountain Dawg

September 20th, 2011
7:22 pm

Mason should have been starting a long time ago.

Japanese Dawg

September 20th, 2011
7:22 pm

The AJC will be slinging arrows at Richt when he loses at Old Miss this weekend.

RomeDawg

September 20th, 2011
7:23 pm

A logjam of talent at QB is a great problem!

Not sure the answer, but I am sure bashing Murray isn’t the answer Dawg “fans”. Fact is, he’s Preseason All SEC and 9-2 touchdown to interception ratio is pretty darn good.

The new guy is always the answer…till he ain’t! Jake, how could we know about poise when he’s never taken a snap in the heat of the battle in a close game?

Mitch Cumstein

September 20th, 2011
7:23 pm

Damn Jake, say it if you mean it!

go dawgs

September 20th, 2011
7:24 pm

jake. hutson mason was a 3 star for a reason he was recruited to be murray’s backup not the starter
relax its a long season

Delbert D.

September 20th, 2011
7:24 pm

There are a couple of folks on the staff who should have their heads examined.

Jake

September 20th, 2011
7:25 pm

Murray seems to get worse with starts, when you lose 8 for 8 against winning teams, you start feeling like you’ll find a way to lose, you get a losing mentality.

Murray really had to mess up to lose that SC game, but he did. Just like the UF game.

Need a new QB without the losing mentality. Need to get new QB lots of experience before MSU, Tenn, UF, Aub.

The Murray experiment is over.

Jake

September 20th, 2011
7:26 pm

Kellen Moore was a 3 star too.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

September 20th, 2011
7:28 pm

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Thats funny the hotseat

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

If I win 10 I will get another 5 yr extension

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

RomeDawg

September 20th, 2011
7:29 pm

Jake, another thing, blaming Murray for the the issues with UGA winning is a little….small minded. One player is usually not the answer to the problem. One coach, maybe. Not sure what games you’ve watched but Murray isn’t the problem. Check the line, both offensive and defensive for the issues!

Jake

September 20th, 2011
7:29 pm

The defense is solid, the special teams are good, the rushing unit is rolling, just need to find a QB who can score, keep the chains moving, and not give it away with turnovers.

Murray is NOT the guy.

Mason set all the records for the state of Georgia for td’s, yards, etc. He was over 70% accurate and threw over 40 td’s with only 5 int’s in the season his senior year. Threw 7 td’s in a playoff game. Took Lassiter further than they’d ever gone. Murray’s team won the state championship the year before Murray did, and the year after Murray left.

Tom Brady was overlooked. Mason is awesome.

Jake

September 20th, 2011
7:30 pm

I think Cam Newton was the diff for Aub, Tebow was for UF, Moore was for Boise, 1 player IS the difference.

Jake

September 20th, 2011
7:32 pm

UGA only gave up a few sacks with Stafford and Cox. Under Murray, 25 last year, and 10 already in 2011 in 3 games, on track to give up 36 sacks in 2011. Yes, Murray IS the problem.

Worm

September 20th, 2011
7:36 pm

I’m inclined to believe that LeMay and not Mason eventually beats Murray out if he doesn’t keep improving..The staff is trying to light a fire under Murray, but Le May has more talent than both.

The numbers don't lie

September 20th, 2011
7:36 pm

7-9 under Murray.

DAWG with two bags over his head

September 20th, 2011
7:42 pm

Mason deserves to play. Murray obviously can’t handle the big games and he certainly wasn’t sharp against CC. Maso’sn pass to Charles on the seam route was a thing of beauty from the upper deck. Murray couldn’t thrown that one in his dreams.

Dawg Squeeze

September 20th, 2011
7:48 pm

Could be a blessing in disguise for Richt to get away from the uga morons.

BigDawg

September 20th, 2011
7:55 pm

Murray is a great QB. Better than Stafford at this point in his career. OL needs to give him more time. We have the chuck and duck offense on passing downs :-(

Ron Roberts

September 20th, 2011
7:59 pm

“The Numbers Don’t Lie….” the amount of points scored by Georgia in that 7-9 stretch please? It’s not all ON the QB and when the team wins it’s not all BECAUSE of the QB; last I checked, this was a team sport and the defense (while improving) has been the culprit more often than not. A key stop late in a game would be nice.

laugh

September 20th, 2011
8:00 pm

worse coaching staff in the sec. we lose to MSU and GT for sure and one other

Timmy Dog

September 20th, 2011
8:01 pm

Laugh all you like, Coach Richt. But the fact of the matter is that you are both on the “Hot Seat” and it doesn’t take a kindergartner to figure that out. Baffoon!

JDAWG

September 20th, 2011
8:01 pm

“go dawgs” . . . David Pollack was a 3 star… Seems like Mark Ingram was a 3 star as well… Anyway, not saying that Mason should start, but stars don’t always mean better.

Murray is having a prob with winning against tougher teams, and I wonder if he’s able to lead the Dawgs like we all envisioned. We’ll see… I just hope we win.

FLA DAWG

September 20th, 2011
8:11 pm

Now Richt is resorting to name calling of those fans who dislike his coaching ability.

We may beat Ole Miss but a week later Miss State will beat us. I wonder what Richt will have to say then.

WinderDawg

September 20th, 2011
8:12 pm

Murray plays the QB position and always has, but that does not mean he is an SEC caliber QB. I don’t like his size, arm strength, and lately his decision making. To watch Stafford play and compare to Murray is not fair….Murray is a QB, but after Stafford we can now see the difference.

Let Mason have snaps…

Truth

September 20th, 2011
8:12 pm

I am concerned with Murray, too. He is beginning to remind me a bit of Eric Zeir- a great QB with a lead. Zeir’s legacy is nothing like Green’s in that with 2 minutes left in a game and the dawgs behind, Green brought us to victory many times. Murray has yet to do that, if fact, he makes more mistakes than I had hoped.

UGAKev

September 20th, 2011
8:15 pm

I like Murray, he is a good kid. But with that said, If murray does not get the job done in the next few games I think Mason atleast deserves a shot.

Reality

September 20th, 2011
8:21 pm

@go dawgs

You are the exact reason UGA is the laughing stock of the SEC. You care way too much about stars than the actual talent or potential. UGA has gotten more stars than any team could have ever asked for and still finishes subpar every season. It’s hilarious. UGA has an average recruiting class of like 5 ever since Richt has gotten there, Boise hovers around 67th in the country every year, and yet you get annihilated in your own back yard. Pathetic. Keep counting those stars, we’d love you to stay where you’ve been.

Skeet

September 20th, 2011
8:24 pm

Wish fans would lay off both coaches. Good grief, don’t fans KNOW these 2 know what is at stake?? Dawgs win this in a squeaker imo

JB

September 20th, 2011
8:37 pm

All you can go on is Murray’s body of work and his record. I’m not ready to blame him for our demise….And it is one, but The QB get lot’s of credit….and blame…So he is the spotlight.

Also, My favorite question on here I ask which nobody answers, I’ll try again’….. If Saban& Bama were coming off a 8-5 year, then followed by 6-7 and then opened 0-2. What would the headline in the Birmingham News saw that following Sunday morning following being 0-2?

Return to Glory

September 20th, 2011
8:39 pm

Jake, you don not know football, anyone who saw Murray play as a frshman was very impresed, the reason were losing is the offensive line play and the lack of defense especially in critical times.
Murray is moblie, Stafford would get killed behind the offensive lines Murray played behind.

Colonel Rebel

September 20th, 2011
8:42 pm

The ads taken out in the papers across Mississippi were to ouster our sorry a$$ AD, and mention that this isn’t all the coaches fault! Get your facts straight Towers. That said, you lose to Vandy 3 of 4 years on top of losing to State twice in a row on top of losing to Jacksonville State last year, and you should be fired. The record speaks for itself. Ole Miss isn’t one of the top 6 teams in our conference, but what has happened to my alma mater is simply unacceptable, and it starts with the administration. Pete Boone is a retard and must go! Hotty Toddy!

dogbone

September 20th, 2011
8:42 pm

The HOT SEAT BOWL is well said!!!! And both coaches know as well deep inside….. CMR & Bobo better coach up………

Tater Tot

September 20th, 2011
8:43 pm

Yes Mason looked pretty sweet the other day out on the field there Jim Bob. Let’s throw him in and let him lead us to victory . He is a hot mess once he gets on the field and has it going on.

UGA grad 90

September 20th, 2011
8:44 pm

Richt keeps laughing. What’s funny? I’m getting sick of it. He’s acts like some kind of entitled, arrogant jerk. Oh, I know what’s funny to him. He’s smirking, laughing and snickering at all of us while he makes $3M/year and the University keeps paying him to lose. And we have so-called fans who keep supporting him. He’s laughing in your face you idiots.

JB

September 20th, 2011
8:49 pm

THE biggest question in Athens is will Richt be retained at 8-4. The Bowl game will be insignificant as the decision will already be made. We have lost two already and Miss St, Vandy,Fla,AU and Tech all pose problems. I don’t see us winning all those, especially Florida and Miss St. WE could, but it’s iffy.

Colonel Rebel

September 20th, 2011
8:57 pm

Is there anyway that I could get some of you Dawgs fans to set up our AD with a girl in his car this weekend while holding a pair of red panties in his lap? I would appreciate it! It may be the only way we can get rid of this moron who is hiring our inept football and basketball coaches at Ole Miss.

drive by dawg

September 20th, 2011
8:57 pm

All of the Aaron Murray bashing is absurd. While I’m not thrilled with some of his decisions from time to time, he’s not the problem. Mike Bobo is not the problem. Hutson Mason is not the answer (as much as I like him). Mark Richt is the problem. A change in leadership is the answer. Period.

UGA grad 90

September 20th, 2011
9:01 pm

@ drive by dawg

Thank you. Someone of reason. Murray is a great QB. The problem is fans trying to find someone to blame other than Richt. Now they’re Murray bashing. Next it will be someone else. Murray hasn;t been the problem since 2006.

Paul in NH (formerly RDU)

September 20th, 2011
9:07 pm

Congrats to Aron White for being voted to the AFCA Good Works Team for 2011.
In between complaining about the HC, OC and starting QB, why not go vote for White as captain of the team.

http://promo.espn.go.com/espn/contests/allstate/2011/goodworks/

just a fan

September 20th, 2011
9:09 pm

@JB

I say there is no way CMR is retained with an 8-4 record. He can’t keep losing to florduh, losing to any of the west teams is unacceptable since 2 of 3 are at home and the black bears are reeling. I think IMO he can only afford 1 more loss as long as it is not to florduh

Strange Murphy

September 20th, 2011
9:10 pm

As is the norm most Georgia fans are showing the world how stupid they are with the comments they leave.

GO DAWGS!!!!!

just a fan

September 20th, 2011
9:11 pm

Mason is not the answer but we need a win VS a team with a winning record in the worst way

Rotten in Denmark

September 20th, 2011
9:17 pm

Every single time I start to think maybe I’m too rash about CMR he opens his mouth and convinces me that my disgust is well founded. Laugh, laugh, with the “why should I worry, I’m telfon” attitude. He’s got his grip firmly on the $3M teat and not letting go until it’s cut away from him. This guy cares zero about UGA except whether or not the checks will clear the bank.

I’ve got a better game name for ya, Richt. How about Loser-rama? Battle of the bumbling coaches? Race to the basement? the We Suck derby? Like any of those. Show one ounce of morality and clear out Athens permanently.

SSIgator

September 20th, 2011
9:21 pm

“But Aaron Murray is the unquestioned leader of the team”

Good for him. Shows every other prospect that you do not even have to beat a team with a winning record to achieve that status. All you need to do is be buddies with Richt and all is right with your world. Of course, the rest of the UGA football program suffers as a result, but hey, UGA fans should be used to that by now.