This critique of Richt is so fact free it makes Mark Bradley look like the Encyclopedia Britannica. Consider all of these assertions (from a relatively short piece), made without any supporting data:
- “But Mark Richt has created an atmosphere in Athens to where there have been a number of players, past and present, that do not respect the discipline methods of their head coach.”
- “In some of his player’s eyes, he is a pushover.”
- “And since Richt has been in Athens, he has traditionally been known to be the most relaxed in the SEC on handling discipline to his players (Spurrier and Stephen Garcia aside).”
- “Suspension of players for a quarter of one game, a half of another, or maybe a suspension during a non-conference opponent such as New Mexico, Georgia Southern, or Wyoming.” (Yes, I know that’s not a complete sentence.)
- “Then there are coaches like Gene Chizik, Nick Saban, and Les Miles that have mixed a tough discipline policy with newer ideals than those from a generation or two ago and have had national championship success.”
I could spend a lot of time picking this crap apart bit by bit – his suspension data is a total departure from reality, for example – but I think I’ll just settle for a quote from Janoris Jenkins about another coach well known for mixing discipline policy with newer ideals:
“No doubt, if Coach Meyer were still coaching, I’d still be playing for the Gators,” says Jenkins, a star cornerback and a potential first-round draft pick whom Muschamp booted from UF’s team after being arrested twice for possession of marijuana during the offseason. “Coach Meyer knows what it takes to win.”
Funny, those newer ideals sure sound a lot like the older ones.
Look, I’m not going to sit here and proclaim that Mark Richt does a perfect job with discipline. No coach does. Nor do I have any particularly direct insight into how Georgia players feel about their head coach’s approach to handling behavior problems. Neither does Taylor King, though.
But here’s what I do know: Isaiah Crowell’s path to being the number one running back was cleared in part by one predecessor being dismissed from the team by Mark Richt and another being dismissed for academic problems. Both strike me as sending pretty clear messages about accountability. If those did not sink into Crowell’s conscious thinking, what exactly does Taylor King suggest would do the trick? Public stoning?
(As a side note, if Richt’s “lack of discipline is the major reason that Mark Richt has failed to bring home a national championship to Bulldog nation”, how can one explain Richt winning ten out of the eleven games he’s coached in the Tech series? Is Paul Johnson that bad a head coach?)