But apart from the sanitation, the aqueduct and the roads… what has Mark Richt ever done for us?

Yes, times have been lean as of late and there have been plenty of reasons to express frustration, but sometimes in doing so it’s easy to lose some perspective of the man’s overall track record.  Like this, for example:

… But even for some of the best teams over the past 20 years, stringing together 10 wins every year has been rare.

Under Steve Spurrier, Florida won 10 or more games for six straight seasons from 1993-98. That’s the longest such streak since the league expanded in 1992 and split into divisions.

Georgia did it for four straight seasons from 2002-05, and Tennessee also won 10 or more games from 1995-98.   [Emphasis added.]

Even LSU, with all of its success the past decade or so, has never had more than three straight seasons of 10 wins or more since the 1992 expansion. During Saban’s five seasons at LSU, the Tigers never won 10 or more games in back-to-back seasons. They won 11 or more in 2005, 2006 and 2007 under Les Miles and remain the only SEC team to win 11 or more games for three straight seasons since the 1992 expansion.

Florida won 48 games in four seasons under Urban Meyer from 2006-09, but the Gators never went more than two straight seasons under Meyer with 10-plus wins.

Spurrier’s win streak is off the charts, especially when you consider it was compiled during the era of eleven-game regular seasons.  But that aside, Richt is in some pretty exalted company there.

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23 responses to “But apart from the sanitation, the aqueduct and the roads… what has Mark Richt ever done for us?

  1. Castleberry

    He’d be the only one of those coaches without a national championship. With all of the hot seat talk last year, I never felt like we had a realistic shot at anyone with a better resume.

  2. HahiraDawg

    I hate British humor generally but MP was awesome, and LofB specifically was as brilliant as heresy could be. In retrospect, that movie should get more credit critically speaking, all the hoopla associated with it tainted a true interpretation.

    • fetch

      I agree +1 trillion for the MP reference. <3 me some John Cleese.

    • Doug

      I’d put “Life of Brian” as one of the three best comedy films ever made. My mom bought me the tape when I was a teenager, not knowing what it was about — all she saw was “Monty Python,” which she knew I liked — and was horrified at how “blasphemous” it was. Twenty years later, though, she’s mellowed out to the point where we’ll watch it and she’ll laugh hysterically right along with us.

  3. hedonism

    Side note: since they added a game a few years ago, the 10 win season ain’t what it used to be. It’s still thrown around like some kind of mystical benchmark, but for most teams in the SEC that extra game has meant an extra cupcake.

    It’s just amusing to hear about teams breaking records for 10 win seasons lately. “First 10 win season in 30 years,” or whatever.

    • James Stephenson

      Except still, which SEC team had that many 10 win seasons in a row in the 2000’s?

      Is it as impressive as UT or UFs no, but still no other SEC team did it.

  4. Russ

    Don’t cloud the issue with facts, Senator. Every year we don’t win the MNC is a year that we absolutely suck and should fire allthe coaches.

    • Every year Alabama, LSU, UF Tenn, Spurrier, Texas, OKlahoma, OSU, Ark., USCw, ETC. don’t win the MNC, THEY SUCK, & all of their coaches should be fired,.Glad The Dawgs are not in that crowd.

  5. charlottedawg

    It’s a noteworthy accomplishment but a coach can only go on past accomplishments so long. Georgia still has a ways to go to get back to where they were from 01-05. If consecutive 10 win seasons was the only metric that mattered you could argue that Phil Fulmer would make a better HC than Les Miles in today’s SEC. Richt earned a lot of goodwill during his first 5 years but going 8-5 then 6-7 including losses to a team like Colorado will make any fanbase justifiably anxious. Hopefully the ship has been permanently righted.

  6. Comin' Down The Track

    Excuse me. Are you the Judean People’s Front?

  7. Zdawg

    2 for 2 on the movie reference headlines Senator. Nice work.

  8. I think a lot of Dawg fans don’t realize that Georgia football started before 2000. Mark Richt put this program back on the map. Let’s not forget this.

  9. Dog in Fla

    CMR walks on gilded splitters

  10. The other other Doug

    Bring out ya dead!

  11. Dawg19

    Next he’ll say, “Blessed are the big noses.”