This has to be my favorite Emerson mailbag question evah:
Seth, do you think that Mark Richt’s loyalty to his coaching staff is greater than his loyalty to the Bulldog nation?
Bobby Petrino ain’t got nothing on Mark Richt in terms of being a selfish bastich.
All of which leads me to a question that came to mind yesterday when I was looking over the results of the most recent reader poll. It gets back to the five-year meme. Basically, when it comes to the Georgia program, what are reasonable expectations for how it should perform over time?
It’s not as easy to answer that as you might expect, at least not for me. On the one hand, we’re looking at a program that enjoys favorable demographics (helped even more by Georgia Tech’s mediocre recruiting efforts), solid fan support and plenty of financial resources. On the other, Georgia hasn’t played for a national title in more than thirty years, has a habit of spitting the bit at the most inopportune times (’92, ’97, ’02 and ’07 all come to mind) and never seems willing to deploy its financial advantages aggressively.
I’d say what I’m looking for is a program that regularly competes for a shot in Atlanta. By that standard, the last five years have definitely been a mixed bag, and again, how dire you think that period’s been depends on how you view the just concluded season.
But Richt is right when he notes that you can’t really control anything other than winning the conference. However, I’d say with the advent of a four-team playoff, your chances for postseason glory increase noticeably with an appearance in the SECCG.
I’m guessing that’s probably not enough for some of you. So I’d like to hear what you think. Pretend you’re Greg McGarity interviewing candidates for Richt’s successor. What do you tell them you expect?