Daily Archives: April 21, 2009

I have come not to praise Richt, but to bury Georgia.

Tony Barnhart spends most of his effort in this post telling anyone who will listen that Mark Richt is a stellar coach (which echoes something Michael Elkon posted recently), but then ends with this punch line:

… Now, should Georgia fans be concerned that Florida has won two of the last three national championships and will be just about everybody’s preseason No. 1 in 2009?

You bet. Based on what I saw in my two days last week in Gainesville, everybody in this league is going to have to step it up to keep pace with the Gators. And there is the challenge for Richt and every other coach in this league…

Oh, well. At least he didn’t mention Troy.

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He’s so big, I had to name a poll after him.

Smart Football’s Chris Brown has a tribute to Hal Mumme posted that’s a great read, although I don’t know that I agree with his assessment that Mumme may prove to be the most influential coach of the past two decades.  Take a look and decide for yourself.

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Kiffin watch: “I don’t think I have to say as many things as I did initially.”

Junior’s back to insisting everything he’s done is all part of a master plan.

And he did it for the children.

“Players aren’t going to be any good unless they have a lot of confidence, and that goes back to a lot of the things that I said that maybe some of you guys didn’t like very much,” Kiffin told the crowd. “But understand that when you go back to your players and you’ve put yourself out there like that, your players feel confidence in you.

“They know the staff has their back and they know they have to work to get our back, so it was really neat to see how confident our players were in that spring game.”

Another goal was, obviously, bringing in the nation’s top recruits. Done. Despite very little time to work, Tennessee landed a top-10 class and Bryce Brown, the nation’s No. 1 running back.

“Unfortunately, you have to do some things that may not be what everybody likes, but it gets you out there,” Kiffin said. “It gets Tennessee in the media. It gets Tennessee in Sports Illustrated and on SportsCenter and in the newspapers. It may sound weird to you guys, but understand, that’s what kids nowadays look at. They need to see Tennessee over and over and over again.”

So after all of that — accusing Meyer of breaking rules, boasting about stealing Lance Thompson from Nick Saban, blaming grandmothers for recruiting failures — you have to say his tactics worked. So far. The fans are intrigued. The recruits are interested. Sure, Kiffin is still awaiting his first college coaching win.

But, at this moment, I’ll admit the joke could be on everyone else, even if Kiffin occasionally sets himself up for ridicule.

“Well,” Kiffin said with a smile, “we did get the No. 1 player in the country. So that’s my excuse.”

Gosh, he makes you wonder why a lot more coaches don’t behave like horses’ asses.

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Tuesday morning buffet, Dawg-flavored

A few Georgia-related samples for you to snack on this morning:

  • Cory McCartney’s piece about Georgia at SI.com doesn’t really break any new ground, but Mark Richt’s quote there about media expectations is much more nuanced than his previous statement, for what it’s worth.
  • If this really is an accurate description of the Tech football program’s current state of mind – “… the Yellow Jackets genuinely and sincerely believe they can make a run at a national championship next season. Sure, it’s the focus of any college football team at this point in the year, but Georgia Tech has been talking about setting its sights on Pasadena in the moments after their New Year’s Eve bowl loss, and the team really seems to believe it…” – I would love it if there were something truly big to take away from the Jackets on November 28th.
  • Paul Finebaum notes that Auburn’s two previous head coaches won in their first tries in Athens.  He doesn’t believe that streak will continue this season.
  • Sure, you’ll probably feel a little churlish for it, but don’t tell me this article about Dwayne Allen’s rocky road at Clemmins doesn’t bring at least a teeny smile to your face when you read it. (h/t Dawg Sports)

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