Two hot topics from UGA Athletic Board meeting

If you missed it -– and if you did here’s the story -– there was a pretty interesting meeting of the UGA Athletic Association board of directors yesterday at Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall.

The board got another upbeat financial report and voted to spend almost $4 million on several facilities projects (details in story), but the two topics that might interest you the most pertained to Mark Richt’s contract extension and a college football playoff.

UGA President Michael Adams pronounced the parties “in 98 percent agreement” on Richt’s contract extension and said the remaining 2 percent “is just minor details.” Adams said the executive committee of the athletic board could reconvene by teleconference to approve the deal when it is done.

As for a playoff, Adams added to the recent indications that momentum is finally building toward one, telling the executive committee: “My best guess is we’re going to end up with either a four- or eight-team playoff by the time we get to ‘14.” That assessment came a couple of days after a report that the Big Ten, long a playoff opponent, is warming to the possibility — a shift that Adams called “a very significant development.”

So what are your thoughts about a playoff for college football? An idea long overdue? Or one that should be left to other sports? And if one really is on the horizon for college football, how do you think it should work?

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Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

February 9th, 2012
12:19 pm

either a playoff or go back to the bowls the way they were

uga student

February 9th, 2012
12:22 pm

Go Dawgs!! I fully support a playoff

1eyedJack

February 9th, 2012
12:28 pm

Playoff!!! The four highest-ranked conference champions. Screw Notre Dame.

kappellmeister

February 9th, 2012
12:30 pm

Too many bowls!!!

bitter dawgs fan

February 9th, 2012
12:32 pm

do we still have the 5′11″ QB who has a problem performing to high standards, in big games?

—————–just saying, money well spent!!!

JB

February 9th, 2012
12:33 pm

I’m on record here the last two years as bashing Richt, defending Richt and supporting him. That’s from the fact it’s just hard not to like the guy. I would say 80-90% of tickets holders, Alumni and fans feel the same way………….But……………you knew there would be one…………After 11 years on the job, we’ve seen the best we are going to have. Bad years, fair years and good years………And we have 2-3 teams in our conference who are totally dedicated to being the best…and they are….. And where they ….and where we are, just doesn’t add up for us winning the SEC title and playing for the National title. I hate I feel that way, and I’m not calling for a change, but that’s just were we are in Athens as of now.

TossSweep

February 9th, 2012
12:37 pm

Finally! But you know, the biggest obstacle is who gets the most $$$. Unfortunately, when the big wigs talk about $$$, they are not talking about compensating the Student-Athletes.

DDPO

February 9th, 2012
12:38 pm

Great news on CMR’s contract extension!

UGA Golfer

February 9th, 2012
12:39 pm

Quit spending millions on facilities and UPGRADE THE COACHING STAFFS AND RECRUITING BUDGETS. Men’s Basletball is a disaster because they do not have the right mix of assistants and budget necessary to attract top tier talent! Prospects don’t come to Georgia because the concession area of the Coliseum is nice! Get Mark Fox what he needs you slackers!

CRO-MAGNON MAN

February 9th, 2012
12:39 pm

Need to give another QB a chance in the event Murray starts another game like the bowl game. He will cause a bunch of coaches to lose their jobs if that kind of play continues.

UGA Golfer

February 9th, 2012
12:39 pm

I’m a man! I’m 50!!!!

DogSTYLE

February 9th, 2012
12:41 pm

Glad Richt is staying on board. Now if the Clarke county Sheriffs dept can just cut us a little slack.

7576DAWG

February 9th, 2012
12:41 pm

We need an 8 team playoff or everything will be arrange so a conference will only have one representative . The SEC is so strong you have to leave open the possibility for the SEC to make up 2 of the 4 team in a 4 team playoff or at least 3 team’s in an 8 team playoff.
In the past the Big Eight has been that strong . Like everything else these thing’s go in cycles. The SEC dominance will not last for ever so even though an eight team playoff may help the SEC the most right now if set up fairly it will be the best thing for everybody because eventually another conference will have 2 or 3 representative.

CRO-MAGNON MAN

February 9th, 2012
12:42 pm

4 team playoff is a plenty. Georgia Southern and 1-AA teams have now got too many playoff teams….

CRO-MAGNON MAN

February 9th, 2012
12:44 pm

4 team playoff is a plenty. Georgia Southern and 1-AA teams have now got too many playoff teams….THE SEASON IN 1-AA GOES ON FOREVER….

TossSweep

February 9th, 2012
12:48 pm

Yes, and the players should get $2,000 – $5,000 incrementally as their team advance through the playoffs. That’s small change compared to what the sponsors and schools get.

JB

February 9th, 2012
12:54 pm

Not the right place, but it’s interesting that NBC has quickly through investigative reporting has found out that the Israeli Secret Service was behind the bombing that killed the Iranian Scientist…….But in 3 years can’t tell us nothing about Obama…………

Big Crimson 75

February 9th, 2012
12:57 pm

Bring on the playoff system.
As long as its the best 4 or 8 teams in the Country.
Conference affiliation should not matter in a playoff system.
If the best teams are in the SEC or the Pac 12 or wherever.
What these fools from out-side the SEC don’t realize, a playoff system is only gonna prove once and for all the domination of the SEC in college football!

JaxDawg

February 9th, 2012
12:58 pm

I’m totally opposed to a playoff. It will make the regular season virtually irrelevent just like it is in the NFL and college basketball. Does anyone really think the 9-7 Giants or UConn (a team that lost 9 conference games in the regular season) are the best teams? The BCS does need some adjustements, howver. I’m against rematches like this year, I think only conference champions should have the right to play for a National Championship, and I’m against AQ for BCS bowl games.

DawginLex

February 9th, 2012
12:59 pm

Totally support a playoff of conference champions. Alabama would have had no part in it this past year by the way.

Totally support an extension for Richt.

JB, you are a DGD and a quality poster but I disagree with your assessment of Richt.

1.)Richt’s 1st coaching job as head coach was UGA
2.)He has made a ton of mistakes
3.)He was too loyal to Martinez
4.)He was too quick to become CEO and get too hands off
5.)He was too soft on discipline
6.)He now realizes that he needs a DC(like the one he has) in order to win the SEC
7.)He now realizes he has to boot kids who don’t follow the rules or his credibility is shot
8.)His AD after Dooley, was an idiot
9.)He now has an AD who supports him but more importantly, holds him and the staff accountable.
10.)This AD is going to demand a championship

You can argue all of these points and say he should have done this all along but, I go back to point # 1 to argue that.

The proof will be in the results but I’m betting he gets it done

Big Crimson 75

February 9th, 2012
1:03 pm

So Dawg fans, if Richt gets the extension — are y’all cool with that?
Gotta remember, it’s easy to get rid of a Coach — not so easy to find a good replacement.
If Richt got clipped, then you’d be looking @ the following
Kirby Smart, Gus Mahlzan, James Franklin, maybe Steve Sarkisian……….or maybe even the “sweater vest”!!!!

Big Crimson 75

February 9th, 2012
1:06 pm

Lex — your system of Conference Champs only would have left the 07 Ga team out of a play-off system. That team may very well have been the best team in the nation @ season’s end!

DawginLex

February 9th, 2012
1:08 pm

Yep, afraid so. you lost at home to LSU. You did not win your division. You did not win your conference.

You got to have a mulligan versus LSU

In my system, you aren’t in the playoff

Sorry, not everyone thinks you should have been there

DawginLex

February 9th, 2012
1:09 pm

I didn’t think we belonged in 2007 either

Big Crimson 75

February 9th, 2012
1:13 pm

Understand…..but the fairest system should put the best teams on the Field at seasons end, otherwise why even have a playoff.
The Big East & the ACC have not had teams of recent worthy of playing for a national title.

Stinger2

February 9th, 2012
1:13 pm

I am for a playoff system. I defer to the “experts” to determine what format is best. Along with that change, eliminate as many bowl games as possible.

Tech Troll 13

February 9th, 2012
1:20 pm

Basketball has a playoff and Butler & VCU made the final four. That’s a good reason not to have a playoff.

TDF

February 9th, 2012
1:21 pm

Big Crimson 75

February 9th, 2012
1:13 pm

Crazily enough I do agree here. Best teams should be in the playoff, not only conf champs.

I say that bc I feel like most of you do that SEC is hands down the best conf and no one is even close. that being said 4 teams isnt enough either, needs to be 8 and the top 8 teams go to a playoff. That way 2-3 SEC schools would be in the mix (seems like every year some SEC team gets left out of the BCS bc of the max of 2 rule, and this would fix that)

I just couldnt see 4 teams with conf champs only, bc there are 6 BCS conf and 2 would have to be left out (Even though we all know it would be the ACC and Big East left out like they should be)

TDF

February 9th, 2012
1:23 pm

Tech Troll 13

February 9th, 2012
1:20 pm

thats actually a great arguement to have a playoff, so the non AQ schools can quit crying about not getting a shot.

Ron

February 9th, 2012
1:27 pm

Get the contract extension done and give the recuits confidence that their coach will be there for them. Stalling is not helping.

TDF

February 9th, 2012
1:30 pm

Ron

February 9th, 2012
1:27 pm

This is by no means affecting recruiting. Not even a little. They went ahead and announced the extension so that Richt could assure the recruits that he will be here for their entire 4 years. they wanted to focus on recruiting not finalizing the extension. So the fact that it isnt done yet doesnt hurt us one bit.

truedawg

February 9th, 2012
1:31 pm

PLAYOFF!!!! 4 team or 8 team sounds good. SEC, ACC, BIG 10, PAC, ETC conf champs, and coaches poll top 5 or 3 maybe. GO DAWGS!!!

ole dawg

February 9th, 2012
1:32 pm

I agree with Lex in that I have no desire to see a 2 loss team play for the National Championship. Please do not make the regular season irrelevant. I also agree that only conference champions should play for the NC. That regualr season LSU-Bama game should have meant something this year (and it did not.) Guess what (any team that is ever in Bama’s shoes), that was your playoff game! Also Stinger.. I do not agree with reducing Bowls. These are college kids that do not get paid and that is their reward. Just don’t watch them if you don’t like them.

JB

February 9th, 2012
1:42 pm

Lex, thanks for the kind words. This blog is full of different opinions….and unfortunately hate and immaturity. I’m simply coming from an opinion that the SEC has had 6 titles in a row from FOUR different SEC schools, and we are not one of them. Second best D1 talent in the SE as a state and more profit than any fellow member, and in 11 years, Mark has come up short. I agree that things appear to be improving, but I’m concerned we haven’t beat a really good team in 2, maybe 3 years.

doggoneit

February 9th, 2012
1:42 pm

8 team playoff is exactly what we need! Everyone knows it! we should still have the conference championships also to give teams without a shot a chance to play for something.

doggoneit

February 9th, 2012
1:42 pm

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WDE

February 9th, 2012
1:43 pm

First get CMR’s contract done and then bring on the playoff….the only thing better than having two SEC teams playing for the NC would be after we crushed the OK St’s of the world and then play each other. for the title..

TDF

February 9th, 2012
1:46 pm

ole dawg

February 9th, 2012
1:32 pm

I agree that this years NC didnt mean jack sh1t. But if you go to a playoff I see no problem with non conf champs getting a shot. Id rather have 3 -4 SEC teams in a 8 team playoff , than have to deal with only conf champs. Granted WVU destroyed clemson, they had no business in a BCS game being ranked in the 20s. This would eliminate that and give the non AQ cry babies their shot.

Coach Johnson

February 9th, 2012
1:48 pm

I know a 80 team playoff would help Tech…………………..Sorry, did you say 8?

Bulldog59

February 9th, 2012
1:50 pm

An 8 team playoff seems the fairest and best chance of finding the true champion for a given year. I’m all for it. The top 8 in the final BCS ranking would seem the most logical.

But, how does that work logistically? 8 teams play one game (as they do in the bowls now), 4 teams play a second game, and the final 2 play a third game. Somewhere, right or wrong, the argument will be made by some opposing school presidents and ADs, that the players “need the long break between the end of season and bowl games to complete their finals, etc.” I personally don’t buy this argument, but it will be presented.

The compromise will probably be, the top 4 in BCS rankings after the final game of the regular season? I’m not saying this is my preference, but it’s more likely to happen. With this scenario, we still could have a repeat of this year, a repeat of a regular season match-up.

Dawg07

February 9th, 2012
1:55 pm

Pattern after the NFL or MLB where teams earn spot based on their standing not based on being selected by votes. Start with 10 or 12 teams and decide true championship. Current BCS concept has little merit.

bigcrimson75

February 9th, 2012
1:56 pm

Ole dog….the only 2 loss team to play for the title was lsu in 07. They creamed ohio st in the bcs title game. They were hands down the best team in the country that year and still lost twice in the sec!
Speaking of muligans…..they lost twice! To ky & arky…but still proved they were deserving to get into the big game.

TDF

February 9th, 2012
2:00 pm

bigcrimson75

February 9th, 2012
1:56 pm

I have to disagree with them being the best. I think at seasons end USCw and UGA were the hottest 2 teams and should have meet up in a BCS game or the NCG if it werent for the lousy buckeyes.

UGA got hosed that year watching LSU jump from 7 to 2 while UGA dropped from 3 to 5. Its all about what ESPN wants though as we saw this year. They said UGA didnt deserve it but Bama deserved a second chance???

UCF Board of Trustees

February 9th, 2012
2:00 pm

We hope CMR gets a lifetime contract and are trying to schedule UGA for Homecoming.

Joey

February 9th, 2012
2:01 pm

A four-team playoff will be fine, unless your team ends up being ranked 5th, 6th etc. Then there will be mortal hell raised – still. I know if UGA was ranked 6th, won its bowl game and had the same record as #3 or #4, and didn’t get invited, I’d be sick.

On the other hand, I agree with JB, so that scenario is not bound to happen. Too many average teams giving us fits, and no wins over quality teams in years.

Our D will win 9 or 10 games a year as long as we keep Grantham happy. I’m resigned that that’s as good as it will get.

TDF

February 9th, 2012
2:02 pm

UCF Board of Trustees

February 9th, 2012
2:00 pm

funny guy huh??? hope you arent dumb enough to think that would ever happen again

bigcrimson75

February 9th, 2012
2:04 pm

8 team playoff. The best 8 teams. The first 4 games are played @ the rose, sugar, fiesta & orange bowls. The semi’s are played @ the highest seeded teams home stadium. The bcs title game is played at one of the big four bowl game sites on the same rotating basis, same as its done now.

JB

February 9th, 2012
2:04 pm

Would like the see the 2 teams get there by playing rather than pedigree and politics and TV power arranged games.

ga gator

February 9th, 2012
2:05 pm

DawginLex

February 9th, 2012
12:59 pm

Totally agree with most of your post Lex except for Conference Championship concept. I would rather see an 8 team playoff with them picked by a committee of former AD’s with all the BCS conferences represented and with the votes public. If 2 teams happen to have already played, so be it.

TDF

February 9th, 2012
2:06 pm

Joey

February 9th, 2012
2:01 pm

Stop your non stop crying about thinking we will never get over this hump. Its just pathetic. Have some faith that Richt will get it done now that he has a great DC to help him. (BVG left one year 2 early and cost us a few years of rebuilding and gave us CWM that set us back even farther)

Searles also isnt head recruiter or OL coach anymore and both areas are improving. Searles might have gotten some top classes but never really addressed needs and didnt know what he was doing with the OL (See his current problems at tenn, 0 OL recruits)