Ugh, I see I’m the subject of a few choice comments in the usual quarters about supposedly having a Mark Richt mancrush. Sorry to disappoint, but I’m emotionally detached from his fate and have been that way for several years. He’s a good man deserving of credit for reinventing himself and the program after the crash and burn of 2009 – and may be on the verge of doing it again – but pulling that off is something to admire and respect, not blindly worship. If he goes, so be it. I’ve been a Georgia fan long before Richt got here, and would expect to stay one after his departure. Nor am I stupid enough to deny that there aren’t some coaching candidates who couldn’t improve on the foundation Richt has laid in his 14-year term.
That being said, I will admit to having reservations about canning the man. Which leads me to run a little exercise with all you FIRE RICHT NOW! proponents.
Let’s say you got your wish and Mark Richt is shown the door after the bowl game. In your mind, what are the top three priorities McGarity, Morehead and those they answer to will have in searching for a successor? Mind you, I’m not asking what your priorities would be for the new hire – unless you’re one of the aforementioned decision makers, your priorities don’t mean shit – I want to know what you think will guide B-M to a choice who could lead Dawgnation out of the wilderness. (Hint: if you don’t include being a relative Boy Scout and not negatively affecting the financial bottom line on your list, you’re not being honest.)
So let’s hear your answers. I’m genuinely curious. After that, you can get back to insulting me.