I recommend reading this debate at SBNation on Richt’s future, which does a pretty good job of cataloguing the pros and cons of firing Richt at season’s end.
A couple of examples:
Bud: Does a new coach fix that? Is Georgia really committed to winning at all costs like the SEC schools that actually win titles? Can the next coach get the weed policy loosened up to match Florida’s? Can he get the Athens police to chill with some of the nonsense arrests? Can he get recruiting staff and film analysts out the wazoo like Alabama has? Those are things behind the scenes that people might not see, but that lead to wins.
Godfrey: The short answer is yes, because they have to. Richt’s adherence to by-the-book discipline on all things minor (read: marijuana possession) is detrimental to both a program’s success and a player’s development. Georgia’s policy is so far out of step with some competitors it’s jarring. I think the right coach can change the perception of Georgia much in the same way Saban did to LSU.
If there’s a coach out there who believes he can do that, I’d love to be a fly on the wall when he interviews with McGarity and Morehead.
No matter what we think the UGA job should be, Richt has gotten the Bulldogs six top-10 finishes in 13 years, and they’d had six in the 32 years before he arrived.
You should only fire a coach if you know for a fact that the guy in charge can’t meet your goals. When you’ve come this close this recently, and when you’re recruiting like Richt is recruiting (and to be sure, the current mess with defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt could wreck that), you just can’t say it’s impossible for him to reach whatever goals Georgia has set. He’s completely botched just about everything in 2015, but that doesn’t mean he always has or always will.
Maybe. But it doesn’t mean that he won’t, either. After all, it’s not like he doesn’t have plenty of experience.
I think I’m about at the point when I should just expect the worst, no matter how things go. I suspect we’re going to be spending a few years in the wilderness, peeps.