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.