Congrats to Andy Staples, who’s managed to pack every single “here’s why Mark Richt is in trouble” angle known to man into this black hole of a story. I’m not exaggerating:
- “You probably know it’s entirely possible that Richt’s Bulldogs and Miles’ Tigers have the talent to finish this season in the top 10. You probably also know that either one could get fired if things go sideways this season.”
- “Two Augusts ago, could you have imagined any scenario in which Tommy Tuberville would be fired at Auburn and Phillip Fulmer would be fired at Tennessee?”
- “It may not be fair. It certainly isn’t sensible. But that’s the SEC.”
- “In any other conference, Richt’s name wouldn’t appear anywhere near the phrase “hot seat.” … He’s never notched single-digit wins in back-to-back seasons. Yet here he is.”
- “Evans is gone now, thanks to a late-night traffic stop and a pair of red panties in his lap.”
- ” … McGarity was the de facto consigliere for Gators athletic director Jeremy Foley.”
- “After last season, the fiercely loyal Richt had to sacrifice defensive coordinator Willie Martinez and all but one defensive assistant to keep the natives happy.”
I mean, seriously, did he miss anything there? It’s the conference; it’s the new athletic director (bonus points for the red panties mention and the Mafia analogy); it’s us. Crazy is just how we roll here.
All of which is summed up in the most hyperbolic statement of all.
… Here’s the problem with those national title expectations. In every other region besides SEC country and Austin, Texas, people understand that only one team can win the BCS title in a given season. But the people in Athens, Baton Rouge, Gainesville and Tuscaloosa legitimately believe their team should win every year.
If that’s true, I guess Urban Meyer is on the hot seat.
In response, I thought we might try a scientific experiment. A childish one, too. That’s right, it’s time for a poll.