A depressing chart, via Doc Saturday:
If you need it spelled out, here’s what Matt observes:
… But that still doesn’t change the bigger picture: Those 13 schools alone have consistently produced a majority of the top five in the final polls, half of the top 10, at least half of the teams in the BCS and all of the national champions in the BCS era. (With Auburn’s triumph – thanks mainly to über recruit Cam Newton, the five-star headliner of a top five class last year – only two of the top dozen recruiting powers have failed to win a BCS championship: Georgia and Michigan. [Emphasis added.] Last year, Oregon was only the third team form outside of the group to even play for a BCS title, joining Virginia Tech in 1999 and Nebraska in 2001, and we might find the ’01 Cornhuskers were a pretty highly regarded bunch themselves if those numbers were available.)
I’m excited about the recent news on Georgia’s recruiting front, as much for what it indicates about a motivated coaching staff as for the potential talent infusion itself. But if recent history is relevant, that’s only part of what needs to be addressed for Mark Richt to get things turned around this year. If he can’t get the longstanding flaws suggested by Hinton’s data fixed, all he will have accomplished by signing a stellar 2011 class would be to leave a nicely stocked roster for his successor. That’s not exactly the epitaph for his career at Georgia that Richt wants.