Zen and the art of overstating your case

If a coach you say was on the hot seat – sorry, “Hot Seat” – posted his first losing season in ten years and still retained his job, was he really on the hot seat after all?

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UPDATE:  MikeInValdosta thinks somebody has an agenda.

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13 responses to “Zen and the art of overstating your case

  1. OnTap

    Thank you for realizing this. It seems so simple to me.

  2. JasonC

    I guess anyone can be a “journalist” in Florida.
    What he probably meant is that last year, Richt was on the lukewarm seat, but this year he is on the hot seat… for real!
    The fact that he labels Tressel as a “dark horse” really points to his cluelessness. “Dark horse” hot seat? Really? He makes it sound like it would be a shocker if the mountain of accusations actually led to Tressel losing his job.
    Neuheisel is a gimme.
    I mean Wazzu sucked before, I give Wulff one more year before he gets on the real hot seat.
    Finally, if Locksley was going to be fired, it would have happened, but apparently he’s got the goods on someone or the AD is waiting for him to go on a naked, cocaine-induced rampage, where he murders innocent babies, eats live kittens and rapes grandmothers… while going 0-12.

  3. TennesseeDawg

    Richt would have to have a complete dumpster fire of a season to get fired this year. (2-3 wins)

    • W Cobb Dawg

      The SEC schedule is as easy as it’s ever going to get. BSU and gtu give the illusion of playing respectable programs out-of-conference – but we should roll over both teams. How any respectable coach manages to win fewer than 9 is beyond me. We’ll all know if CMR is back in form if he wins 10+.

  4. Scott W.

    The Orlando Sentinel makes the AJC look like the New York Times.

  5. simpl_matter

    We need a great season in the worst way but, I am happy the administration at Georgia does not spend its time listening to all the chicken littles on the internets. Richt has faced a Night of the Long Knives and survived in the press how many times now? It’s a credit to those in charge at UGA, IMO. Call me a Kool-Aid drinker, this Heaven’s Gate cult of fire Richt has been without a cord for so long now they can only hate the rest of us who can still pee standing up. A single comet won’t bring heaven and a head coach change (just because the football team didn’t live up to some expectations) won’t guarantee sudden success.

    As exhibit A, I present the University of Michigan and Lloyd Carr. UM listen’s to the calls for Carr’s head at the end of a 9-4 season (where they were a preseason top-5), despite a 122-40 (.753) W/L record and a national title under his belt. What follows is the worst years for a UM coach in the history of the program (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michigan_Wolverines_football).

    I hear Rich Rod is available and the Hale-Bopp comet just passed the orbit of Uranus….

  6. Go Dawgs!

    The media created the Richt hot seat meme, and now they’re reporting on it like it’s a real thing. It’s formulaic. It’s the offseason, and these folks need to write something or else be forced to go cover real news. Now, they have the option of going out and doing some hard work and reporting, maybe meet a third-string walk-on with a good story and tell that. But, they’ve got this really comfortable chair at their desk, and it’s air conditioned, and it’s like, 90 degrees outside and humid. So, instead of getting out and reporting, they look at the list of schools that have underperformed lately and they formulate the “hot seat list”. Every year. Without talking to anybody at the school or doing much research beyond going to look at what the crazy people on the Dawg Vent are posting, they decide that Richt’s in trouble. He wasn’t. Now, certainly he’s in a bit more trouble now, but if you look at the way things are working with him and the administration, how donations are still flowing into Athens, he’s STILL not in as much trouble as the media would have you believe. If Georgia performs better this year, he’ll still have a job. It’s that simple. Two weeks ago I was in South Carolina for a family funeral and last weekend I was in Nashville. Both places, I was peppered with questions about how angry I was with Richt and do I think he’s gone in the middle of the season or will they wait for the end of the year? That’s what people in other places are hearing about our program. That’s what makes our recruiting run that much more remarkable, really, because there’s a lot of misinformation out there. If Georgia can put together a functional offensive line this year and get the secondary working, it won’t surprise people. It’s going to downright shock them.

  7. Reptillicide

    Is it really that difficult to just man up and say “I was wrong about last year, clearly Richt’s seat wasn’t hot enough to warrant a dismissal after a disappointing 6-7 year, HOWEVER, the mercury level on his seat THIS year is going North for sure this time!”

    At least that would be an admittance of error last go-round.

  8. ClassicCityDawg

    Just y’all watch. Richt is going to be fired mid-season, Caleb King is going to be ruled academically ineligible, and Crowell and Jenkins are going to fail to qualify. I know these things are true, because I read them in the comments section on the AJC.

  9. If Richt has another sub par season this year, he will be put on notice to make it all right in 2012 or he will be gone. It is called the McGarity / Grantham 3 year plan to get the Dawgs back on top. It will work, They will be back.

  10. vincent

    Aren’t we merely quibbling over semantics at this point? this is a do or die year for richt and our program. have a crappy year (a six or five win season would be a continuation of a trend not an outlier) and our options are A) stick with Richt and settle for mediocrity or B) fire Richt and hope we find the right guy to pick up the pieces. I really hope Richt gets it turned around because we are the beginning stages of being the next tennessee or michigan

    • Mayor of Dawgtown

      Actually, a very good argument could be made that Michigan and UT were the authors of their own demise. Michigan ran off Lloyd Carr, a coach who won them a National Championship and who had a career winning percentage of about 75% (higher than Vince Dooley’s). Look what they got next. Likewise, UT had a coach (asswipe that he was) who won that august institution a National Championship and had a career winning percentage of about 75%. Look what has happened to UT and where that program is and is headed (can you spell c-r-a-p-p-e-r?). People need to be careful what they wish for ’cause they just might get it.