Two things about this hard-hitting blog series which amuse me: first, the sense of vindication (“Last season, I put Richt on the Hot Seat and Georgia fans let me hear it. However, the Bulldogs struggled…”) and second, the company Mark Richt finds himself there (“So far we’ve highlighted Washington State’s Paul Wulff, New Mexico’s Mike Locksley and UCLA’s Rick Neuheisel.”)
On the first point, good on him to anticipate last season’s decline, although I’d be more impressed if the Sentinel had managed to call the Green suspension in advance.
As for Murschel’s Gang of Four, well, let’s look at them with some perspective, shall we? Here are the records of the four men at their current schools:
- Mark Richt, 96-34
- Paul Wolff, 5-32
- Mike Locksley, 2-22
- Rich Neuheisel, 15-22
One of those records is not like the others. Neuheisel is the only coach on the list besides Richt who’s led his current program to a winning season. Put it this way – Richt had more wins in his worst season than Wolff and Locksley have in their careers as D-1 head coaches. Or put another way, if either Washington State or New Mexico matched Georgia’s disastrous 2010 win total this season, that would probably be sufficient cause to pull Wolff or Locksley off the hot seat.
None of which is to deny that Richt isn’t facing some significant pressure this season. It’s just good to keep in mind sometimes that expectations can be a bitch.