Oh yeah, he actually attended the University of Florida.
An example of his obvious intelligence is the Fulmer Cup. For those of you that don't know, the Fulmer Cup is an arbitrary points system Spencer runs at his blog EDSBS designed to track the off-season shenanigans of football players.
I am not proud.
I bring this up to point out to those that say Mark Richt should be fired for winning the Fulmer Cup that this is an arbitrary system developed by someone who was looking for a constant source of funny material to write about. If you look at the list of people 'earning' points for Georgia, you notice that Damon Evans is on there for 1/5 of those points. I am not condoning Damon's behavior, saying Spencer Hall doesn't have the right to include Damon in his poll, or that this negates all of the stupidity in Athens this year. I point that out to show that the Fulmer Cup is as good an argument for firing Mark Richt (or getting rid of the football program or shutting the university or getting rid of those thugs, whatev) as saying he should go because of the free fall in preseason polls or that someone in Kalispel has never heard of him. Shear assinity. It is a construct, one based on a blog writer's whims.
If you want to talk about the how the coach handles the players that do get into trouble, then fine. Let's have that debate. For quick reference, here is the list (with notes about their offenses and resultant penalties from Coach Richt):
5 - Zach Mettenberger - underage possession, disorderly, fake IDs - Kicked off team
2 - Montez Robinson - hitting girls, Kicked off team
2 - Josh Parrish - underage possession, fake ID - Indefinite suspension, probable one game suspension
4 - Damon Evans, DUI w/ red panties - Whatever, not a football player
1 - Jordan Love, obstruction - No known punishment (as a lawyer, I say this is a pretty weak charge, at best)
3 - Dontavious Jackson, DUI - Six game suspension (decided to transfer)
1 - Tavarres King, underage possession - At least one game suspension
3 - Washaun Ealey, hit and run, suspended license - At least one game suspension
In the interest of fairness, Spenser missed Trent Dittmer. Dittmer was arrested for public intoxication and kicked off the team.
Outside of installing SCRAM anklets on players (and presumably Damon Evans), I don't see but two things that reasonably could have been fixed by the coaches. Jordan Love could have known his middle name, although again, I think that case will be dismissed, as the evidence points to him having good reasons for not knowing his middle name, thus negating the intent needed to bring a charge of obstruction. Washaun Ealey could have been hand toted to the State Patrol and the ACC court house to take care of his business. Of course, there is nothing I have seen that a coach could have done to keep Washaun from hitting a parked truck, but if it helps your Fire Richt narrative, then ok.
So, where does that leave us? First, I believe there is no more stupid behavior out of Georgia's football players than there is anywhere else. Second, I don't believe Mark Richt is joking when he says the players are warned about conduct and the coaches spend a lot of time working with them on issues such as Washaun's and Josh Parrish's and Jackson's and Mettenberger's and King's. Third, I believe there is a party culture in Athens that contributes to said behavior and the police's response to that behavior. Forth, anyone that thinks Mark Richt doesn't lose sleep over this stuff is crazy. Fifth, if you think he condones hitting girls or any of this other stuff, you are an idiot. Sixth, although the activities that gets you points are real, the Fulmer Cup isn't; therefore I believe we should stick to the real stuff in this debate.
So, what say you Mr. Fulmer Cup as reason Richt needs to go? Is there something about the Fulmer Cup that I am missing or do you want to discuss the merits of the behavior of the players and their coaches' responses to and attempts to monitor/prevent it?