Richt coaches fans on crowd noise; McClendon weighs in on ‘Boo’

Here’s a link to Tuesday’s football notebook and another to my profile of free safety Bacarri Rambo, who played this past Saturday’s game with a heavy heart. It was a busy, newsy day around the Butts-Mehre Building, however, and I couldn’t fit everything in. So following is some stuff that didn’t make the cut for print. Call it “bonus material.” . . .

Georgia coach Mark Richt, playing Mississippi State quarterback Chris Relf, demonstrates exactly when Bulldogs fans should "go berserk." (Photo by Chip Towers)

Georgia coach Mark Richt, playing Mississippi State quarterback Chris Relf, demonstrates exactly when Bulldogs fans should "go berserk." (Photo by Chip Towers)

Richt coaches fans on crowd noise

Georgia coach Mark Richt is counting on the Bulldogs’ fans to be a 12th man against Mississippi State on Saturday. He’s so adamant that they produce crowd noise that he stood up during his opening remarks at his weekly press conference on Tuesday and demonstrated exactly when and how he wanted them to be noisy.

“I want to talk to our fans and educate them a little bit,” Richt said. “We need a lot of crowd noise and I know fans know that. But when teams no huddle [like Mississippi State] and you’re cheering, you might not be cheering at the right time. So I want to try to tell you what we hope happens in the game.”

Standing up, Richt demonstrated how State’s quarterback Chris Relf looks to the sideline for a play call after lining up in the shotgun and starting the cadence.

“When he looks to the sideline,” Richt said, turning to face the side of the room, “that’s the time when we need the fans to go berserk. That’s when they’re going to try to communicate to their line what they’re going to do. We don’t want them to communicate well. We want them to have trouble hearing each other and we want offensive linemen to jump offsides. So, UGA fan base, that’s the time when we want you to go crazy, when he looks to the sideline after he starts his cadence.”

What’s up with Malcome?

There was a lot of rumor and innuendo bouncing around Tuesday about tailback Ken “Boo” Malcome, who didn’t make the trip to Ole Miss and was absent for Tuesday’s practice. Even running backs coach Bryan McClendon heard the scuttlebutt that Malcome was itching to transfer.

“It sort of took me by surprise to be honest with you,” McClendon said. “Every time I’ve talked to him, he’s been happy here and this is definitely the place that he wanted to come to and this is the place where he wants to be.  . . . The bottom line is the guys that have been able to come out and perform out there at practice, those are the guys that have been able to play.”

As it turns out, Malcome missed practice because of “some sort of stomach problem,”  according to McClendon. But therein lies the problem with Malcome getting playing time.

The 6-foot, 221-pound redshirt freshman from Decatur was expected to step to the forefront this season with Georgia’s attrition at tailback. But since preseason camp opened in August he has fallen behind true freshman Isaiah Crowell, linebacker convert Richard Samuel, junior Carlton Thomas and former walkon Brandon Harton on the depth chart.

“The biggest thing for Ken is he just has to come out there and be able to practice so he can keep progressing,” McClendon said. “Obviously, that’s something that’s sort of held him back last season, this season, this past spring, this past summer. I think he has a bunch of talent. Once he is out there and once he does get better, you’ll see the player that he can become. But he just has to be out there.”

Robinson spotting

All indications are that inside linebacker Christian Robinson will be available to play on Saturday.

To be clear, that’s “available,” not “will play.” But the 6-foot-2, 226-pound “Mike” linebacker was practicing without any obvious limitations on Tuesday, the second day in a row Robinson has been on the field. Robinson has been out since the fourth quarter of the South Carolina game with foot injury. He was a starter and the Bulldogs’ leading tackler in the first two games and is considered the unofficial defensive captain.

474 comments Add your comment

TampaDawg

September 28th, 2011
1:27 pm

Hey Nub, the numbers go a lot deeper than 2 years and 4 games:

96-34 overall
6 years with 10 wins or more
3 appearances in BCS bowls
2 BCS bowl wins
2 SEC Titles

1 coach did that in the last 40 years. Not Dooley, not Goff, not Donnan. Dooley had some great years scattered about his 25 years, but still only won 1 Sugar Bowl and had 4 .500 or less seasons. Point is, UGA has truly only had two down years and we have now forgotten about the 8 years prior to 2009 when the Dawgs were a contender in EVERY game.

IC Wild

September 28th, 2011
1:28 pm

Can richt wave his arms around in circles each time he wants noise from the crowd? That would be a signal to yell loud when I see him with his arms going in circles.

Phil

September 28th, 2011
1:28 pm

What would Jesus do, that’s actually funny GT Joe.

I think if Jesus was the Georgia AD, he would fire Richt. Even Jesus couldn’t put up with this horrible excuse for a program.

ARdawg

September 28th, 2011
1:29 pm

C’mon azdawg. If Malcome isn’t hitting it in practice, he hasn’t earned the right to hit it in a game

Jiggy Smaha

September 28th, 2011
1:30 pm

Snoop is a moron…ALL THE BEST players are playing….the ones who are leaving are doing so because they can’t cut it. Logan Gray can’t even fair catch punts at mighty Colorado. What player has left and had an impact elsewhere>??????? That’s what I thought. The reason there is more attrition this year is that Richt has gotten tougher—which is what haters like Snoop kept clamoring for him to do.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

September 28th, 2011
1:33 pm

TampaDawg

UGA has been down since 2006

13-13 in the SEC eash

Since 2006

2-3 vs Tenn with Tenn having 2 coaches and being some of the worse TENN football ever
1-4 vs FL
2 losses to KY
3-3 vs SC

GT Joe

September 28th, 2011
1:33 pm

DJ Dawg: Mickey Mouse is best friends with Bobo.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

September 28th, 2011
1:34 pm

Why is anyone following Boo on twitter in the first place?

Whiskey Breath

September 28th, 2011
1:36 pm

Does Richt have any orginal thoughts except for the next gimmick? Nick Saban before the Arkansas game ask the fans to bring the noise and help them. He is just copying Saban.
Stupid dawgs, I can’t be the only one that knows Richt. By the way, it won’t work, you can’t just copy N.S’a next move. Deep down you fans don’t respect Richt and will not do what he tells you to do.

John Smith

September 28th, 2011
1:37 pm

No Snoop Dog it is people like you who keep bad mouthing Coach Richat that makes recruits that a change in coaching is at hand. Keep running your mouth and every Georgia recruit will transfer. Get a life!

Toccoa Dawg

September 28th, 2011
1:40 pm

Thanks Chip for your article on Bacarri and his son, very touching.

GT Joe

September 28th, 2011
1:40 pm

Richt career win%: .731
Paul Johnson’s career win%: .721

If Richt loses the next 2 games, CPJ will have a higher win %.

GT Joe

September 28th, 2011
1:42 pm

Mickey Mouse has the #1 offense in the country.

DJ Dawg

September 28th, 2011
1:44 pm

GT-

You still havent played anybody yet!

slydog

September 28th, 2011
1:45 pm

@GT Joe

And the point of that statistic?…….

Toccoa Dawg

September 28th, 2011
1:46 pm

I wish Georgia had Techs schedule. Then they would be undefeated also. But hey, Georgia isnt afraid to play good teams like the joke by the coke.

slydog

September 28th, 2011
1:47 pm

How many cupcakes has CMR coached/ played in comparison to CPJ’s entire career? Well, this is a stupid debate, but since you brought it up, what’s your reasoning for that?

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

September 28th, 2011
1:47 pm

GT Joe

Paul Johnson

dude please tell me you dont think he is some great coach

I remember what that joke offense looked like against a real coached team in LSU a few years ago

Its the ACC the sorriest conference in football
He cant even beat lousy UGA teams
He has to cheat to win the conference
He barely wins last Sat against UNC who has no coach
Tech’s 1st 5 games are against joke opponents

You may beat UGA this year but you’ll never sniff a win over real competition like the AL LSU’s of the world with that scheme you run

slydog

September 28th, 2011
1:48 pm

CPJ is an excellent football coach and I wish some of his toughness could be found at UGA, but let’s keep it real.

slydog

September 28th, 2011
1:50 pm

@Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

Allow me to “slightly” disagree. IF CPJ can recruit the likes of “Nebraska” type players, he could beat anybody consistently. But at GT, that’s just not possible.

Dawg_Mike

September 28th, 2011
1:59 pm

Not following him, Lowcountry. AJC retweeted it.

To my 4 neighbors in the dome.

September 28th, 2011
1:59 pm

During the Boise State game at the dome, I had a conversation with a group of the worst UGA fans I have ever been around. This one clown screamed non-stop…which eventually really annoyed the people I was with. I politely had a conversation with the guy where I asked him to cheer the same way Richt does in the first 4 paragraphs of this article almost word for word! When I asked this imbecile to wait until the BSU line up to scream when it would make a difference, I was told that I was not a fan and didn’t know what I was talking about. I was told I didn’t know how to cheer because I had never been to LSU too. Eventually I crossed the line and called him a retard–I apologize now to all retarded people for lumping them in with this guy.

So to the annoying full time screamer, his mouthy girlfriend, the chubby girl they were with, and her boyfriend that undressed me with his eyes the rest of the game…I will ask once more: Why don’t you wait to cheer or scream when it will matter?

DJ Dawg

September 28th, 2011
2:00 pm

Me either Lowcountry- look over to the right of the page.

DJ Dawg

September 28th, 2011
2:04 pm

@To my 4 neighbors in the dome.

Hey what were you wearing?? Maybe thats why he was undressing you. LOL just kidding that was funny though!

DJ Dawg

September 28th, 2011
2:15 pm

@GT Joe

In the worst conference in the country!

GT Joe

September 28th, 2011
2:16 pm

Slydog: point of the stat: CPJ basically wins the same amount as Richt, with inferior talent. CMR has played MORE cupcakes than CPJ. What cupcakes did CPJ play while at Navy? Navy WAS the cupcake. Don’t worry, your UGA schedule is chock full of cupcakes, just in the middle of the season. Vandy. Ole Miss. New Mexico State. Coastal Carolina. At least you have your first win for bowl eligibility.

slydog

September 28th, 2011
2:17 pm

I never addressed the CMR “instructing the fans” how to cheer comment.

This is what a caller said on the radio: “He has a point, cause Georgia has the fans so confused about what they are doing, we don’t know what to cheer for. But I do know this, if he loses another home game in Athens, I am going to cheer his but out of his job.”

Very cruel, but very funny, and contains a kernel of truth…lol. If CMR would have left out , ..”so Georgia fans, let me show you when to cheer..” and left everything else, then this would be a non issue. He was half-joking and mostly serious. Is it bad advice to yell and scream when the call from the sideline is in play? No not at all.

GT Joe

September 28th, 2011
2:18 pm

Flat Tire: please don’t think LSU would beat tech this year like they did in 2008. That was a first year coach, first year offense for the players, all Chan Gailey recruits, and GT played horribly. It was poor execution on our part, not LSU manhandling us.

Jeez, mutts sure love ancient history. I guess it helps them forget the present.

slydog

September 28th, 2011
2:21 pm

GT Joe

Do you really want to get into the cupcake debate? First, there is not one UGA fan who disagrees that CMR has done less with more. No argument there. It’s obvious. But CPJ has coached at GA Southern and Navy and somehow, since CMR was a back up QB at Miami, you see to think that CMR has played more cupcakes? Your entire conference is a cupcake, heck, an entire birthday cake with one hundred trick candles….lol. CMR has coached/played more cupcakes than CPJ? Child Please!!!

GT Joe

September 28th, 2011
2:22 pm

Flat Tire: don’t worry. GT will prove themselves this year against LSU. BCS Title Game. Book it.

slydog

September 28th, 2011
2:23 pm

GT Joe

please don’t think LSU would beat tech this year like they did in 2008.

You are very right. Cause this year’s LSU team would beat them even more sensless cause guess what? Les Miles is a better coach now than he was then. LSU is a for sure national title contender unlike then. Please come with something better.

GT Joe

September 28th, 2011
2:24 pm

slydog, i just listed the cupcakes on THIS year’s schedule. Don’t make me pull out past schedules with Louisiana Monroe, Louisiana Lafayette, and Lousiana Gumbo.

Our conference is a cupcake? 4 top 25 teams, SEC has 5. Big deal.

slydog

September 28th, 2011
2:24 pm

Vandy can beat any team in the ACC right now, even on paper. Say it ain’t so?

slydog

September 28th, 2011
2:25 pm

GT Joe

You can go back 30 years. That’s why I stressed both playing and coaching careers. Apple and oranges.

slydog

September 28th, 2011
2:26 pm

How many cupcakes are on our scheduleTHIS YEAR compared to yours THIS YEAR?

GT Joe

September 28th, 2011
2:26 pm

slydog, unfortunately for UGA, 4 cupcakes is not enough for you chumps to get bowl eligible this year. Ole Missy, Candy Vandy, New Mexico state, need 3 more wins somewhere…

GT Joe

September 28th, 2011
2:28 pm

We have 2 cupcakes, you guys have 4 cupcakes. Any questions?

GT Joe

September 28th, 2011
2:29 pm

So many cupcakes, Richt is getting a jelly belly. Nothing a spray tan can’t hide though!

beanster

September 28th, 2011
2:29 pm

The entire ACC is one big cupcake.

slydog

September 28th, 2011
2:29 pm

Not one of the ACC’s 4 ranked teams will scratch the surface of any national title this year. Book that!!! Even if GT went undefeated, you WILL NOT SURPASS Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Nebraska, LSU, Alabama, Florida, Oklahoma St., and the list goes on and on. If Alabam, LSU, or Florida finish undefeated or with one loss, they go to the title game, not so for you, unless everybody loses twice.

GT Joe

September 28th, 2011
2:30 pm

Vandy can beat any team in the ACC?

Put down the crack pipe.

GT Joe

September 28th, 2011
2:30 pm

Actually guys, my bad. Tech has 3 cupcakes. Forgot the UGA game at the end of the season.

JayD

September 28th, 2011
2:38 pm

No evaluating problem, no recruiting problem, no coaching problem! Some guys cut it… Others don’t. Simple – Survival of the fittest. The big fish that were in smaller ponds have to adapt. It takes some longer than others – Some never adapt. As a guy who has been there and done that, I can tell you that Players play! They have to want to be great – Some guys lose that desire once they get punched in the mouth!

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September 28th, 2011
2:39 pm

[...] Richt is calling for reinforcements Saturday.  He wants Georgia fans to be loud… especially when Mississippi State quarterback is trying to pick up signals from his coaches:“I want to talk to our fans and educate them a little bit.  We need a lot [...]

slydog

September 28th, 2011
2:41 pm

I need to put down the crack pipe? GT Joe, what are you sniffing then on North Ave.? Red Angel Dust!!!lol Your own athletic department refuses to schedule a quality opponent to open the season. It’s a matter of record. Why oh Why am I arguing with you about scheduling? It’s quite funny. So I guess the only reason CMR is 9-1 against GT is because of the soft conference schedule in the SEC? And GT is all beat up from a tough ACC schedule? Child Please!!!! I won’t respond anymore to this “little” debate. Talk about something else. You lost this one.

slydog

September 28th, 2011
2:43 pm

If the SEC is a cupcake, then the ACC is a birthday cake with trick candles… HAAH!!!!

4th Neighbor

September 28th, 2011
2:49 pm

@To my 4 neighbors in the dome.

That was me undressing you at the Boise game. I’d just like to say, nice rack.

TampaDawg

September 28th, 2011
2:50 pm

sly, might as well just lay low. GT Joe thinks the ACC has some good teams or something. GT has played 4 cupcakes so far and the year in only 4 games old. Got challenged by cupcake number 4, UNC, so now he will try to tell us that UNC is top 25 material.

To my 4 neighbors in the dome.

September 28th, 2011
2:51 pm

GT Joe

September 28th, 2011
2:58 pm

4 NFL defensive linemen, yeah, UNC is a cupcake.

SEC is clearly tougher than the ACC, but don’t act like UGA doesn’t have cupcakes. Richt has icing on his nose…