It’s so easy, hiring a new head coach edition.

For those of you who believe that hiring a replacement for Mark Richt one day would be a breeze because Georgia!, I give you the University of Texas coaching search.


UPDATE:  Thanks, Bleacher Report!



They’re following the manual on how to screw up a coaching search to the letter.


Filed under Georgia Football, It's Just Bidness

95 responses to “It’s so easy, hiring a new head coach edition.

  1. Debby Balcer

    Well said.

  2. Gravidy

    This is going to sound like trolling, but it is a serious question. I’m not a big fan of the NFL, so I may have missed something, but why does Gruden’s name come up every time there’s an opening? As a casual observer of his work as a head coach, I guess I don’t see what others see.

    • As far as I can tell, it boils down to (1) he’s got a Super Bowl ring and (2) he’s on TV a lot.

      • Mayor of Dawgtown

        I think Gruden also is very gifted at self-promotion.

      • That’s it, and his age. It’s not like the man has coached in college and acts like he’d want to deal with those headaches (read Chip Kelly’s recent comments about no longer having to recruit) on a daily basis. The idea Gruden would take a college job is laughable/delusional.

    • @gatriguy

      I’m not a big fan of NFL coaches in college as their systems seem to be too complex (*cough* Todd Grantham *cough*). But I think part of the Gruden appeal is that people think he would be fantastic in the living room telling mama he’ll get her son to the league.

      • SSB Charley

        I’d be skeptical of Gruden’s success for the same reason you mention about Grantham. To my recollection, Gruden was a West Coast Offense guy in the pros. I cannot think of any school whose coach ran a WCO that had any sustained success over the last 10-15 years. You might get a year or two, but it seems to complex for it to be effective year in and year our. Which isn’t to say he would not change for college, but that would certainly make me think twice about hiring him.

    • Dog in Fla

      “why does Gruden’s name come up every time there’s an opening?”

      Because Chuckie has the same super-agent man that Charlie Weis has?

          • Dog in Fla

            Excellent! I smell a Peabody for Grudemonium! Plus we can use it as our very own starter kabuki theatre script if and when Mark ever announces his departure (available for use only if in the highly unlikely event Gruden is not gainfully employed elsewhere) with such hit lines as:

            “The 10 Day Run Off Rule…
            To the Athletic Department for which it stands…
            So you’re saying there’s still a chance…
            Bullshit, who said that? They’re just getting news from the Hills…
            Charlie Strong? That ain’t no Gruden…
            My Grudometer’s stuck on a 100…
            With punishment and ass-whippings for all…
            You know, I think I’ll buy me a Fiver. Gruden wears a Fiver. I think I’ll look good in a Fiver…”

  3. Scorpio Jones, III

    Charlie Strong…hmmm Texas…hmmm

      • @gatriguy

        And we all know that coaching denials are ironclad and no one has ever left for a job they previously said they weren’t interested in.

        • Why would you need to deny interest in what we’re constantly told is the best job in college football?

          • Irwin R Fletcher

            Isn’t in crazy to think about ‘what if’ Boom hadn’t left? Strong could possibly be at Florida with Boom taking over at Texas…instead they are both probably (?) going to be going through a hiring search this year and next.

            Which brings me to a thought…better job? Texas or Florida?

            • Governor Milledge

              Are we measuring pre-1992?

              It has to be TX. TX has an embarassment of college prospects, and TX is head and shoulders above as ‘the team’ in the state. Depending on the year, FSU or Miami can be so much more of “the team” in Florida than UF.

              There was an article linked here talking about the recruits a few weeks ago, and it was something like 375 kids each year sign a D-1 scholarship. Mack had just whiffed on the big TX recruits (RG3, Luck, JF) for too long

              • Governor Milledge

                *375 kids each year from the State of Texas

              • HVL Dawg

                Whiffed on Matt Satfford.

                • Normaltown Mike

                  It’s worse than that: Drew Brees, Ryan Tannehill, Andrew Luck, RJ3, Christian Ponder and Andy Dalton are all Texas HS grads.

                  None played at Texas.

                  BTW, back ups Ryan Mallett & John Skelton are also Texas boys.

                  • Dog in Fla

                    Wow. Mack should have been fired a long time ago. At least CMR can recruit and develop QBs. Just goes to show what having Joe Jamail in your corner can do for you.

                  • W Cobb Dawg

                    Colt McCoy was a terrific QB for texas. Couldn’t believe his completion percentage of something like 85% one of those years.

                    But Mack either misjudged some of the talent available to him, couldn’t land some top recruits, or squandered the talent he had – a situation we’re vaguely familiar with. One mnc wasn’t enough to save his butt once a&m started to get headlines. Same thing would happen here in GA if gtu were to start winning some bigger games, getting more $ headed their way, and hogging headlines.

            • Dog in Fla

              Irwin, Mr. Football got rid of his coordinators quicker than a cat could lick its ass to save his own


              No way Boom as a direct and immediate HCIW threat to Mack’s pocketbook would ever have survived long enough to become HC at Texas despite all the gooey stuff at the beginning when “Muschamp said all the right things Tuesday. He praised Brown, DeLoss Dodds and UT president Bill Powers. He said he hopes Texas is his last job. He said, “I was waiting on the right job, and this is the best job.” Except for Florida based on what was probably an awesome recommendation from Mack to Jeremy that helped Mack get shet of Boom


              • stoopnagle

                Muschamp left for UF because it’s a really good job and it was open. Texas is a better job, it’s just it was filled. It was a no-brainer decision to go to G’ville.

                Personally, I think it was a great move and that Will should be given Alumnus of the Year for his work down there.

            • stoopnagle

              Duh. Texas.

      • Scorpio Jones, III

        Oh ah don’t doubt Ole Charlie is smart. I spec Charlie has been to Taikses,

  4. Irishdawg

    Almost any coach would be crazy not to want the Texas job. I know it’s high pressure, but the resources and in state talent are off the charts.

    • Dog in Fla

      Plus an opportunity to work with a now ex-coach (“Mr. Football”) who has just been fired to spend more time in the front office.

      In the meantime, any and all LeanAndTender™ Longhorn denials are “just all made up and flagellant” and must be taken with a salt block.

  5. Bright Idea

    If a coach wants money, he goes to Texas. If he wants to be left alone, he stays put. If he wants neither, he would come to Georgia.

  6. NoAxeToGrind

    Nobody said it would be a breeze, but it damn sure might be worth a try. Especially if you get that useless dildo McGarity to get up ,off his ass and make a decent attempt. You don’t have to hire stupid like Tennessee. Otherwise don’t expect any thing better over the next 25 years. Good thing I was at the Superdome the last time they(Herschel) won a NC. It won’t be anytime soon. You can bet the farm on that.

    • “Nobody said it would be a breeze”?

      You must be new here.😉

    • Normaltown Mike

      What we should do is promote an unqualified assistant and then fire him when he gets frisky with the office staff, then hire an outsider from a mid-major power in Texas and then be such lunatic fans that he leaves after two years for a lesser job and then we hire a west coast hot shot but fire him before his first season when he takes the Butts-Mehre charge card on a spending spree at the Pink Pony then we hire a former QB and loyal son since he won’t say no and after a few years of middling success we fire him and then try to hire a hot shot glitzy name and fail and then luck into hiring an NFL coach that is desperate to get out of the league and back into college.

      It worked for Bama.

      • I mentioned that the other day. I was told that constitutes “vision”.

      • Dog in Fla

        Geez, Normaltown, at least get your facts straight, it’s Arety’s Angels (which had the vision to cleverly name itself to trick customers into thinking its strippers were the girlfriends of the Blue Angels crew) not the Pink Pony (which had the vision to cleverly name itself because some of its bar maidens had horse faces) which is in Gulf Shores, east of the FloraBama

        “After a pro-am party that night, Price went to Arety’s Angels, a Pensacola strip club, where he spent more than $100.

        Reports also said later that night, he brought a woman to his room at the Crowne Plaza Grand Hotel, where she ordered $1,000 worth of room service.”

  7. Charles

    *Rabble rabble* “Accepting mediocrity” *Rabble rabble* “Vague allusion to talent.” *Rabble rabble* “Too passive” *Rabble rabble* “But I want Richt to succeed” *Ass covering blog comment caveat*

    No one wants to be needlessly risk averse, but canning the second most successful coach in the history of your entire storied football program CAUSE SABAN/AUBURN/FESTIVUS is just plain rash. But, hey, the discussion keeps the keystrokes coming.

  8. Skeptic Dawg

    At this point, Richt will become Georgia’s version of Bobby Bowden in terms of length of tenure and fan endearment. As Dawgs fans, expectations should be held to a mere minimum. 8 to 10 wins a season, a solid New Year’s Day bowl and little else. Yes, there will be the occasional SEC East championship with nothing tangible to show for it. Georgia will continue to bring in scores of talent, yet it will sadly be wasted just as it has since 2006. We will continue to a ask why this program can not produce a complete team year in and year out. I do get excited thinking about what phase of the game will regress from one season to the next. The possibility of making the new 4 team playoff only depresses me. If I am not mistaken, only once in Richt’s tenure have the Dawgs been in positing to make the playoffs (2002…Man that was a long time ago). So, we sit and hope for that one magical season. GATA

    • Irwin R Fletcher

      We can only hope…Bowden didn’t win his first national championship until his 18th season with the Noles…between seasons 14 at FSU and 26, he finished in the top 10 every year and won two national championships.

      That is depressing! GATA.

      Shorter most commenters—->Waaaaghnnnnghhh…by season 13 in my dynasty on PS3 I had 6 national championships!

      • Skeptic Dawg

        “…in terms of length of tenure and fan endearment”. Notice how I left out results, or championships, or anything of the sort. Richt simply is not “the guy”. He will remain until he decides otherwise, or until the money ceases to flow into B-M. Until then, what we have is what we will continue to get. Here’s to lowering expectations! That has to be good for a program. Also, according the the BCS numbers (which is all that we have to go on), 2002 is the ONLY year we would have made the playoffs. Once every 13 years? Why not? That’s better than once every-33-and -counting years.

    • Irwin R Fletcher

      One other point…they would have made the playoff in 2007. The b.s. vote manipulation that happened after the last weekend of the year wouldn’t have been necessary with a four game playoff. (UGA was sitting at #4 in the nation even receiving a first place vote prior to the ‘don’t let UGA into the championship game campaign). They would have been in the discussion last year, too. Everyone assumes a selection committee would take Florida because they were #4 in the BCS polls…I’m not so sure Georgia would get penalized for playing an extra game and losing by 4 against Bama by a committee like they did with pollsters. Bama and ND were locks. Ohio State wasn’t eligible. I think it would have come down to UGA, Florida, Stanford, Oregon, and maybe KSU.

  9. 69Dawg

    The University of Georgia will hire from within in order to maintain the “Georgia Way”. Butts Mere is so full of UGA ex-coaches they had to expand it. Dooley created the positions and nobody has cleaned house yet. Dooley was hired by Joel Eves because he was an Auburn man and so was Dooley. Ray was hired because Erk and everyone else turned us down and it was getting embarrassing. Jim Donnan was well not the first choice Coach Mason reconsidered. Mark was a good hire but I really think Dooley was just looking for a cheap hire and Mark was the best available but even his defacto father Bobby wasn’t sure Mark could cut it. When it comes time for us to search it will not be that easy. UGA fans and Alumni have a bad reputation, something about being a bunch of whiny bitches.

    • Normaltown Mike

      So we “hired from within” once in the past 50 years but you’re sure that we’ll do so again?

    • Dog in Fla

      I can already see the Downfall Hitler video, “Georgia Tries to Hire Glen Mason Again,” between the two ladies, one crying and the other consoling her saying, “Don’t worry. I know Rodney. I served with Rodney and there’s no chance that a Glen Mason is a Rodney Gardner…”

  10. HVL Dawg

    Rodney Garner…….. Damn, I just puked in my office trash can.

  11. Timphd

    I am shocked and appalled that you post a link to Bleacher Report. Seriously, Rodney Garner as the “best choice” for Richt???? God have we sunk to the depths of Rodney as coach or is it just that Blech Report is the worst blog on earth?

  12. Dog in Fla

    “UPDATE: Thanks, Bleacher Report!”

    Are we not Grudenworthy?

  13. uglydawg

    Off the UGA subject here but I keep wondering when a Texas type program will take a stab at getting O’Leary.(He’s got a good resume? Yah?). The guy can coach some….who cares about his stretching the truth to ND…

  14. DawgPhan

    Charlie Strong to UGA has me rethinking things…Rodney Garner to UGA also has me rethinking things, but for entirely different reasons.

    The NDSU guy is interesting and Kirby Smart looks awful in that picture.

  15. Joe Schmoe

    God, could those bleacher report selections be more ridiculous?
    > Garner – no way UGA hires a position coach much less Garner.
    > Smart – I am not sure he will be the first call after him turning down the DC job.
    > NDSU – no way we hire a FCS head coach
    > Smart – only reasonable one on the list and I am not sure we would do what it takes to get him to come.

    No mention of Bobo? He seems like the logical choice if Richt leaves in the next couple of years.

  16. Dog in Fla

    “UPDATE #2: … BREAKING: UT announces that Steve Patterson has appointed an 8-person advisory search committee to replace Mack Brown”

    I hope that Condi Rice is on it

    • Mayor of Dawgtown

      Isn’t this how UGA decided on McGarity as the new AD? Advisory search committee? Texas is in deep doo-doo.

      • Does Michael Adams strike you as the kind of guy who leaves a hiring decision like that to an advisory committee?

        • stoopnagle

          No, see, this is how it works: you choose your guy (total insider), then you hire a search firm to do a nation-wide search, then they send you a recommendation, then you hire your guy. C’mon, man. They already know who the coach is.

  17. Ed Kilgore

    It really does seem that being a “top-tier program” with a coaching position open means you have the opportunity to help a lot of people make a lot of money to stay where they are. The Texas opening has created a veritable gold rush. Which reminds me: If Mark Richt was the unscrupulous looking-after-number-one type a lot of fans seem to want, he’d have gotten himself “mentioned” in Austin and cashed in like everybody else.

  18. Rebar

    After what we have seen happen at Tennessee with Fulmer, Auburn with Chizik, and Florida with Meyer/Boom, I hope Coach Richt decides to stick around a long time, and retire as our head coach. All those wishing for change, be careful what you wish for.

    • Carolinadawg

      How about LSU with DiNardo/Saban, Alabama with Shula/Saban, Vanderbilt with Johnson/Franklin, Auburn with Chizik/Malzahn…hell, that’s just a few examples from our own conference! You guys that act like a coaching change is guaranteed to fail are ridiculous.

      • Rebar

        Dinardo, Shula, Johnson & Chizik were fired for cause; what are you going to fire Mark Richt for? Going 8-4 with half your starters out? You guys who keep advocating coaching change are the ones being ridiculous!

        • stoopnagle

          I don’t know. How would you describe Goff to Donnan to Richt? I’d say it’s an upgrade each time.

        • Carolinadawg

          Rebar – If by “cause” you mean that they didn’t win enough, then you are correct. Otherwise, your comment is nonsensical.

  19. stoopnagle

    It’s been said, but I thought it’d be fun to pile on: that’s almost the dumbest list I’ve ever seen. Not just for who is on it or who is it, but the premise itself is asinine.

    But, some people just want to keep banging on the program. That’s cool. As for me, I’ll keep rootin’ for Georgia.