An alert reader sent me this photo from somewhere not too far from Athens.
What, no phone number?
As they continue to punch holes in the WLOCP, does it occur to anyone that we may need a drink or two in Jax to numb the pain?
Just kidding. I think.
Respected members of the blogosphere chime in on Georgia’s health.
Matt Hinton melds the who-does-Mark-Richt-remind-you-of-most meme making the rounds, finds it a little overwrought, but acknowledges the bigger point:
… On the heels of Fulmer and Tuberville, the fact that this discussion even exists for a coach as wildly successful as Richt is as good an indicator as any that we’ll be having it at some point about every coach at one of the league’s heavier hitters for many, many years into the future, without exception. With the kind of money departments are throwing at them and thus expecting in return via BCS bids, ticket sales and ever-richer TV contracts, they can’t afford not to have it when things start looking a little stale. If it’s a cutthroat, mercenary environment the SEC wanted, brother, they’ve got it.
Elsewhere, cocknfire sees symptoms indicating a program hitting the rough seas.
Meanwhile, the tell-tale signs of a program in trouble are beginning to emerge.
Players-only meeting? Check.
“We told them we have to turn around this season,” [Jeff] Owens said. “We all know what we’re looking at right now. We’re 3-3, but we can just go up and progress. The main purpose was to get everybody on one accord and get this thing turned around.”
Inconsistent punishment? Check.
When you’re a starting linebacker at Georgia …
A bench warrant was issued for linebacker Rennie Curran Oct. 7 after the junior failed to appear in court in Franklin County for a speeding ticket issued on July 4, according to a clerk in Franklin County Probate Court.
Coach Mark Richt said Wednesday night that he won’t suspend Curran.
“He’s supposed to pay a fine tomorrow and be done with it,” Richt said. “It should be done before practice.”
When you’re a backup cornerback at Georgia …
Richt suspended backup cornerback Vance Cuff for Saturday’s game at Vanderbilt after University of Georgia police arrested Cuff Tuesday on charges he was driving a motorized scooter on a sidewalk with a suspended license. …
“He used poor judgment first in the route he took and also for being on the scooter at all with a suspended license,” Richt said.
Hunt for uncomfortable historic parallels? Check, as illustrated by a Dr. Saturday piece that warns that the same problems could be coming soon to a high-profile SEC program near you.
Of course it won’t cost Richt his job this season; that would be ridiculous. The coordinators come first, beginning with much-maligned defensive coordinator Willie Martinez, and possibly continuing with offensive coordinator (and former UGA quarterback) Mike Bobo if necessary. …
But make no mistake: On the heels of Fulmer and Tuberville, the fact that this discussion even exists for a coach as wildly successful as Richt is as good an indicator as any that we’ll be having it at some point about every coach at one of the league’s heavier hitters for many, many years into the future, without exception.
Except your wildly successful coach, of course. You and your program love him forever and would never even dream of getting rid of him. As long as he’s winning 10 games a season.
You hope this isn’t going to turn into one of those perception becomes reality things. But that’s up to the players and the coaches. Kicking a little ass this weekend, even if it’s Vanderbilt’s, certainly wouldn’t hurt.
Since registration’s been finalized, and given my ‘bias’ post of yesterday, I thought you might be interested in seeing the breakdown of voters by school affiliation and by conference affiliation.
Out of a total of 875 registrants, here’s how we shape up:
Team Voters Georgia 339 Florida 77 Penn State 68 Ohio State 60 Alabama 50 Tennessee 33 Auburn 18 Texas 18 Michigan 17 Georgia Tech 16 LSU 10 Notre Dame 9 Nebraska 9 Oklahoma 8 Miami 8 Boise State 7 Virginia Tech 6 Kentucky 5 Southern Cal 5 Iowa 5 South Carolina 5 Florida State 4 Minnesota 4 BYU 4 Texas Tech 4 California 4 Oklahoma State 4 Missouri 4 Air Force 4 UCF 3 Utah 3 Clemson 3 Purdue 2 Illinois 2 Syracuse 2 Arkansas 2 Oregon 2 Cincinnati 2 North Carolina 2 West Virginia 2 South Florida 2 MTSU 2 Buffalo 2 TCU 2 Northwestern 2 Navy 2 Mississippi State 2 Wisconsin 2 Iowa State 2 Pittsburgh 2 Washington 1 Tulane 1 Memphis 1 Michigan State 1 Kansas State 1 Ball State 1 ECU 1 Arizona State 1 Rutgers 1 Virginia 1 UCLA 1 Marshall 1 Mississippi 1 Colorado 1 Texas A&M 1 Louisiana – Lafayette 1
Conference Voters SEC 542 Big Ten 163 Big Twelve 52 ACC 40 Pac Ten 14 Mountain West 13 Independent 11 Big East 11 WAC 7 Conference USA 7 MAC 3 Sun Belt 3
You may think that’s a little lopsided, but compared to last year, it’s much more balanced. Last year, the voter pool was in excess of 90% Georgia folks.
And, yeah, that means the first week participation level was just slightly over 50%. That’s acceptable for a presidential primary, but I’m hoping we’ll do better (not that I’m complaining about having 400+ actually casting votes).