And while I’m on the subject of challenging the mindset of the “it’s so easy” folks about the future of the head coaching position, here’s a little mental exercise for those of you who think the Georgia job is one of the five or so best in the country and, as such, will have little trouble attracting top tier candidates.
For the sake of argument, let’s say that Mark Richt does enough to hang on to his job for another year. (Hey, if Ray Goff got another year…) Let’s also assume that the general perception in response to that decision is Georgia football wallows in mediocrity next season, which is hardly a stretch.
Here’s my question: If you’re [insert HOT NAME here], do you wait to see how things play out?
I mean, this offseason is going to feature an insane bidding war. As I type this, there are already ten open positions in D-1, including several P5 schools. If you’re HOT NAME, do you take the money that’s going to be offered by other programs like South Carolina and run, or do you tell Jimmy Sexton you want the Georgia job so much you’re willing to roll the dice and see what comes of 2016? After all, it’s Georgia, right?
I’ll hang up and listen to your responses now.