Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Now, Who Do You Hire?

Suppose you have a head football coach.  That coach has done well for you.  Very well.  Leading your football program to a couple of conference championship games.  He is 70-19 during this time.  He backed into a BCS game as an at large, otherwise, he has coached teams to good games, New Year's Day games, but has a middling 4-3 record in those games, including an embarrassing blowout loss to a former traditional rival that was unranked coming into the game.  Oh, yeah, he is 2-5 against his biggest rival. 

His University has a long history of collegiate football excellence.  Multiple national champions, though none in over 30 years.  All of this despite a very profitable athletic program, one that has the very best resources in the nation and enough money to make them better.  All of this despite the most fertile recruiting ground for college football in the world.  In fact, his knickname was Coach February for his notable recruiting classes and wins in the recruiting wars.

Fire him, right?  Not getting it done.  Can't lose to your biggest rival that much and survive.  He's gotta go. Somebody can do better.

You just fired Mack Brown after 2004.  Now, who do you hire?


  1. I've often thought of Richt as in that Mack Brown place as a coach. Thanks for pulling it all together!

  2. This reminded me of something I heard in HS:

    It is time to elect the world leader, and your vote counts.

    Here are the facts about the three leading candidates:

    * Candidate A - The Philanderer
    Associates with crooked politicians, and consults with
    astrologists. He's had two mistresses. He also chain smokes and
    drinks 8 to 10 martinis a day.

    * Candidate B - The Ousted One
    He was kicked out of office twice, sleeps until noon, used opium
    in college and drinks a quart of whiskey every evening.

    * Candidate C - The War Hero
    He is a decorated war hero. He's a vegetarian, doesn't smoke,
    drinks an occasional beer and hasn't had any extramarital

    Which of these candidates would be your choice?

  3. AWESOME POST!!! You are totally right. I have thought that before, but never put it into words that way. Great job.

  4. I've been making that comparison to anyone who will listen over the last few years, especially those who want Richt to be some Saban/Meyer clone. Different strokes for different folks. As long as you've got a bad cop on staff to light a fire under the guys when appropriate, I would quite frankly rather the HC be calm, cool, and collected, as Richt has always been. Sure, there are times when anyone gets fired up and more animated than is their custom, but on the whole I prefer the Richt/Brown approach, and I firmly believe he will silence the doubters staring this season.

  5. I have been a fan of Mack Brown and followed his career for years. Mark Richt you are no Mack Brown.

    I would hire Will Muschamp or Kirby Smart, both Georgia grads, not like Mark Richt.