Monday, August 16, 2010

An Open Invitation

Anyone that reads the comments on Georgia football blogs has taken notice that there is an annon poster (or likely multiple annon posters) fomenting and strifing the Bulldog Nation. 

(font=sarcasm)It just occurred to me that these folks might not feel they have an adequate forum for their obviously well thought out arguments to be known (/font=sarcasm).  Oh, I know, they could take the three minutes to set up their own blog site and spew their nonsense about the reasons Mark Richt isn't getting it done.  However, they prefer to go on our sites and stir the pot.

Here are those well thought out arguments, as best I can tell (emphasis mine):

Letting Van Gorder go was Mark Richt first huge mistake.  I guess Richt should have just tied Van Gorder up and MADE him stay in Athens. 
Hiring Willie Martinez was his second huge mistake. Perhaps he should have shot him instead.
Tod (sic) Grantham and his 3-4 scheme may be his last mistake. Time will tell. Gosh, that 3-4 thing is just so...passe and useless, except for in the NFL.
Mark Richt caused the problem to begin with.  Yeah, I pine for the good old days when Georgia was winning 8 games a season under Coach Dooley.
He ain't getting it done. Yeah, he's easily in the bottom 96th percentile of all active coaches in wins.
It has been five years since we won an SEC Championship.  Gosh, got me there.  I guess we should probably just give up football altogether.
The team is out of control.  This one gets me the most mad.  I don't recall the team being arrested any more or less than they have since the drinking age was raised.  I work directly with a group of college age kids that has a much greater external motivation to stay out of trouble than running stairs, getting suspended or having your name in the paper.  While my observation is unscientific, the group I work with has just as many legal/moral/drinking/academic issues as any college football team, without any threat of underage drinking entering into the equation.

By the way, if Georgia's administration had been following this ridiculous line of reasoning, Coach Dooley would have been fired in 1973 or 74, years 5 and 6 of the SEC Championship drought Dooley endured.  By the way, he was 7-4-1 and 6-6 in those seasons respectively and his close friend/defensive coordinator just wasn't getting it done, with a precipitous rise in ppgs over that time and an embarrassing loss to Georgia Tech in Athens and a loss to Miami of Ohio in the Tangerine Bowl to close out that 6-6 season.  Instead, they were measured in their response due to his two SEC championships and 66 wins in 11 seasons (yes, 6 wins per season).  They were rewarded with the very good ten years that Coach Dooley's entire career is remembered by.

As someone who's opinion I often times enjoy said recently: "Put that in your pipe and smoke it."  Mark Richt is the right man to lead our football team.  I invite annon to tell me who would be better (and make it realistic, no 'we aught to get Saban' or 'Bill Cowher is available' crap). 

Who is hireable and available and would be better than Mark Richt?  What is/are your objective criteria for making that argument?

4 comments:

  1. +1.
    Good post. One only has to look at the merry-go-round circus that has become Tennessee football to realize we got it pretty good right here in the Classic City!

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  2. • No – because our President fired our last coach when it was apparent that our program had plateaued, we had lost to all of our biggest rivals, and the AD could not guarantee that the overall and record against are rivals would improve the next year.
    Richt is just 9-7 to our four biggest annual rivals (UT, UF, AU, Ga Tech) over the last four years. Our overall record the last four years is strong but we certainly have had a share of frustration too.
    While I have been on record that I do not think that Richt is on the hot seat, I also believe that given Adams proclivities for meddling in athletics that it is not beyond him to step in to make a change if he thinks CMR has peaked and we struggle against our traditional rivals. I think we UGA fans would be deluded to think that Adams believes that he is that powerful.
    The problem, as I have stated before (here and other places) is not that we UGA fans believe it. The problem is that coverage and commentary are rapidly moving beyond “is he or is he not” to he is on the hot seat. It's now a “fact” because so many people are writing about it.

    3-4 not the problem/solution.......
    Van Gorder put the Dawgs in 3 SEC playoffs and won two without changing the defense! Remember?Dweeeeeee!

    The Dawg Nation is not looking for a "figurehead" like Paterno or Bowden. The Dawg Nation is looking for "Championships Plural"! The last 5 years have been a disappointment and a failure for the fans. If Richt were at Alabama, LSU or Florida, he would be gone! Why should the Dawg Nation expect less from a head coach paid $2.8 million plus endorsements. Could Kirby Smart or Will Muschamp do any worse?



    Jim Dornan's SEC record, last 4 years:
    6-2
    6-2
    5-3
    5-3
    22-10
    Mark Richt’s SEC record, last 4 years:
    4-4
    6-2
    6-2
    4-4
    20-12
    Jim Donnan lost 13 games his last 4 years here
    and we fired him for it.
    Coach Richt has lost 14 games his last 4 years here
    Jim Donnan lost 13 games his last 4 years here
    and we fired him for it.
    Coach Richt has lost 14 games his last 4 years here

    Mark Bradley,ajc,said about Richt:"But his is a business predicated on results, not good will."

    Vince Dooley said about Richt: "With great success comes great expectations."

    Oh and Dooley played a 10 game season not a 12.

    No one is having to apologize for Meyer,Saban or Mack Brown like you do for Richt.

    Let's please continue this lively debate. I enjoy your site.

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  3. Anonymous,
    Maybe it you didn't sound like such a douchebag so often. Just saying . . . .

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  4. Yet, you didn't answer the question....

    *Can* Will Muschamp or Kirby Smart do better? I guess they *could*. Would you have hired Kirby Smart before last year? So a two year DCordinator, who is more figure head than Bowden (who by the way wasn't a mere figurehead during the run I referenced), due to who he works for, is better than any head coach with 10 plus wins per season? Just so I understand your logic, by what criteria are you proposing we sell that to anyone outside of you Richt haters? You mention the media as an important part of the hot seat discussion. Do you honestly think firing Mark Richt will help Georgia's football program in the eyes of the media? Recruits?

    Ask Mike Hamilton how that line of thinking is working out for him.

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