I know we’ve heard it all before, to the extent that we roll our eyes when we hear it again. But here’s a New Year’s Day exercise for you – what if instead of taking this Damian Swann quote as routine happy talk…
“This program is different from where it was a year ago, and it’s going to continue to change to where it needs to be,” senior cornerback Damian Swann said. “It may take two years, it may take five. But eventually this program is going to get to where it needs to be to compete for national championships, to compete every year for an SEC championship. This program is on the rise and it’s only going to continue to get better.”
… we take it as a benchmark and require everyone associated with the program, coaches and Butts-Mehre administrators alike, to accept this as an accountable goal? In other words, Championship or Bust, literally.
There’s a lot of talent on the field and coming in with the next class to mold. The next step up comes from what surrounds that.
Georgia will begin offseason work this month under new director of strength and conditioning Mark Hocke, hired from Alabama. It has brought on a new director of football operations, Josh Lee, who held a similar position at UAB. He’s a former Georgia graduate assistant.
All part of competing in the high-pressure, rugged SEC.
“It’s not just on the field, it’s in recruiting, it’s in facilities, it’s in coaching staffs,” Richt said.
Richt’s got a defensive coordinator who looks like he’s improved the program. Strength and conditioning will be revamped. We’ve seen Richt reinvent himself and the team successfully after the debacle of the 2009 season, so we know he’s got that ability. B-M should call his bet, with the understanding that everyone’s head will be on the chopping block if Richt can’t get it done in the allotted time. Or make the hard call, if not convinced he’s capable of getting the program there.
Either way, it’s time for everyone to read from the same page. Well past time, actually.