Mark Richt, looking snappy in repose:
Have at it in the comments.
Whether you’re someone like me who thinks the infrastructure upgrades for the fans’ benefit are long past due, or you’re someone who’s frustrated about an apparent lack of demand for accountability on the football program side, this is why we can’t have nice things.
Bill King calls us a “not-so-secret weapon”. I’d say one man’s weapon is another’s source for complacency.
Face it, folks. We get the athletic administration we deserve.
And, no, this isn’t a call to arms. I’m not asking the peasants to storm the castle. Just realize we aren’t exactly agents for change. And hope that those who are agents for change occasionally share our agendas.
Nice turn of phrase: “College football’s free-agent market is open…” Hey, it’s just like the pros do it! Except for that player payment part, of course.
Meanwhile, Richard Sherman’s got something to say to the “student-athletes are, too, being fairly compensated” crowd:
Sherman also talked about the resentment “people” harbor toward college athletes asking for money.
“They are upset when a student-athlete says they need a little cash,” he said. “Well, I can tell you from experience, I had negative-40 bucks in my account. Usually my account was in the negative more time than it was in the positive. You’ve got to make decisions on whether you get gas for your car or whether you get a meal for the day. You’ve got one of the two choices. People think, ‘Oh, you’re on scholarship.’ They pay for your room and board, they pay for your education, but to their knowledge, you’re there to play football. You’re not on scholarship for school and it sounds crazy when a student-athlete says that, but that’s those are the things coaches tell them every day: ‘You’re not on scholarship for school.’”
Sherman, in case you can’t recall, attended Stanford, a place with a pretty prestigious academic reputation. If coaches will say ‘You’re not on scholarship for school.’ there, at what P5 school won’t they say it? (At least after the kid’s no longer being recruited, that is.)
Alabama state Rep. Jack Williams, time will tell whether you’re brave or foolish.
Overall: B. Considering they were without one of the nation’s best players for seven games, it’s impressive that the Bulldogs didn’t fold when Gurley left the lineup. In fact, things looked great when the Bulldogs routed Missouri and Arkansas on the road immediately after Gurley’s suspension. But Georgia was unable to keep it together down the stretch, and its overtime loss to Georgia Tech only added insult to injury when the Bulldogs were unable to win the East. It was a solid overall season at Georgia, but it still ended in disappointment.
That seems a fair assessment. 10-3 is about what most expected going into the season, but a team that not only survived a period of Gurley’s absence, but started out thriving in it, should have done more.
Ching gave the lowest individual grade to coaching (read: Richt), with a C. That, too, feels about right. Richt did a lot of good things last season, but the coaching mistakes that cost Georgia in each of its losses undid a lot of that work.