Bill King has a post up at his AJ-C blog in respose to the USA Today article on the golden eras of all the D-1 football programs.
USA Today points to Georgia’s stretch from 1980-3 as its golden era. As Bill notes, it’s hard to argue with this legacy:
… when Vince Dooley’s Bulldogs were 43-4-1, Herschel Walker won the Heisman and the undefeated 1980 Dogs took the national championship.
But there was something else in play back then, more intangible in nature. You didn’t want to leave a Dooley team hanging around, because those squads possessed an uncanny ability to pounce on a key error and convert it into a win. The post-Herschel, post-Erk 10-9 Cotton Bowl win over Texas is the best known example of that Dawg resilience.
It’s something that we’ve seen crop up under Richt on occasion, but never to the level that we grew accustomed to in the first half of the 80’s. That’s what I most fondly remember from that period.
And that’s why, after all this time has passed, one game from that time continues to register the greatest shock to me as a Georgia fan.
I still remember how stunned I felt sitting in the stands after that game. My best friend looked at me and said, “that’s the end of the Dooley era.” He didn’t mean it in the sense that Dooley was going to be ousted as head coach. He simply meant that the old magic was gone. And he was right.