For those of you who have been chomping at the bit to get into a discussion about whether Mark Richt deserves to remain head coach at Georgia, this Seth Emerson piece strikes me as an excellent jumping off point.
“That’s what people misunderstand sometimes: I’m highly motivated to win the national championship,” Richt said. “But just because I care about them beyond football they think, ‘Oh he’s more worried about that than he is winning.’
“No, that’s not true at all. Not true at all. I want to win, and we’re gonna do the best we can to try to win. But I feel like we truly are educators and we truly have a responsibility to help these guys.”
When Richt says things like that, and acts out on it tangibly with the Paul Oliver Network, Georgia fans say they’re proud he’s their coach.
But when his team gets thumped the way it did last Saturday by Florida, probably closing the door yet again on a national championship, many of the same fans bring the invective.
There is a divide between the Georgia fan base and the people who run the program, from Richt to his bosses.
The fans live in a world of championship or bust.
The program does not.
In the interest of debate, we’ll skip past that last point, which relates back to my post from yesterday about where some of you need to start pointing fingers, and focus on the coach. Seth sets up the parameters as follows:
… There’s a lot to be said for being good enough to at least be in contention on a consistent basis.
There’s also plenty to be said for winning a championship, no matter what else.