Where we’re at, in Richt’s eyes

Pretty much sums it up:

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37 responses to “Where we’re at, in Richt’s eyes

  1. Normaltown Mike

    then it’s been a miserable 10 years since his last.

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    • Ben

      Quick, how many championships has ANY team at UGA won since McGarity got there? How many did they win in the years before he got there?

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    • Athens Townie

      Ha, right. There’s also a wee bit of hyperbole here.

      How miserable was it really, Mark? Collecting $4 million per year while performing below expectations for years on end at one of the best jobs in the country … 😦

      Also, if you don’t win a championship? Last I checked it was more than that. Try routine humiliations against quality opponents, a few bad coordinator hires, consistently a step or two behind competitor programs, and lack of championships.

      Mark deserves dignity for what he did for UGA during the first half of his tenure. But let’s not revise history to make him a victim.

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      • If Richt had played for a national title in 2012, do you think he’d be out of a job today?

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        • Normaltown Mike

          I do. I think beating Bama and winning the SEC would’ve been really invigorating for our fanbase.

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          • I agree. Which means Richt wasn’t totally off when he said that.

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            • dudemankind

              He wasn’t totally off, but his remark is a little unfair to the fans. Expectations are always about winning championships. If the coaching job at UGA had a job description posted on the web for us to view, I am sure that “win championships” would be among the responsibilities and duties. Richt’s comment makes it out like he has been doing his job in that aspect up until recently and now everyone is all of a sudden miserable and unreasonable about it. Untrue.

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              • The Dawg abides

                It’ll be posted. Has to by state law. Don’t know if it is already and I don’t feel like looking for it, but it will be there.

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            • Athens Townie

              Totally off? Nah. But let’s be careful with our logic here.

              Beating Bama in 2012 would have bought Richt a ton of goodwill (and probably more time). Yes, indeed. But that just means championships matter.

              Richt was saying something entirely different. He was suggesting that a lack of championships it miserable around here. That’s hyperbole.

              What made it “miserable” around here: Getting blown out every year, hopeless whack-a-mole mismanagement, Willie Martinez, Grantham, Schottenheimer, roster mismanagement, a humiliation in Atlanta by Boise St, the Bama Blackout, coming up short — always, getting crushed by bad Florida teams, screwing up against Tennessee year after year, three offensive touchdowns in November, etc.

              That list got too long. That’s why it was “miserable” around here at times. Not simply because he didn’t bring home hardware.

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              • Richt was saying something entirely different. He was suggesting that a lack of championships it miserable around here. That’s hyperbole.

                It’s also what a large chunk of the fan base was saying.

                I understand your criticism. Like I said, I didn’t lose my attachment to Richt because he hadn’t won the conference in a while, but over some of the issues you cite. But I don’t see what he says as hyperbolic, either.

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                • Athens Townie

                  I hear you there. Reasonable minds can certainly differ on that.

                  Maybe just a wee bit of hyperbole. Maybe no hyperbole at all.

                  But the bottom line, as you say, was that the laundry list got too long.

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            • Athens Townie

              *October (excuse me)

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              • Otto

                I think we’re all on the same page. I do think he could have gone 9-3 and not been fired, if he hadn’t blown a big lead, blown out twice, the team didn’t taunt or get flagged for 15 yarders against Bama. Yes on the flip side if he won it all in ’12, he likely wouldn’t have even been on the hot seat. It is easy for many especially the media to spin it that it was ALL about championships when it is part of the story.

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    • It was a miserable 22 years before Dooley hired Richt.
      There are a number of quality teams & coaches in the same mind set as
      Richt & the Dawgs. Only 1 team wins it all. I don’t see it being the Dawgs.

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    • Thetruth

      It was a miserable 18 years before he arrived

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  2. WH

    He’s his own worst enemy in that way.

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  3. David K

    Boo Hoo. How about not getting your ass kicked by a terrible Florida team and maybe you’d be in position to win a few more.

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  4. Russ

    Nailed it. It’s championship or bust.

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  5. @gatriguy

    I’m sorry, but this is a mountain of bullshit. Not winning a championship isn’t what turned people against Richt. Getting blasted seemingly every time he ran up against teams that he couldn’t out-talent is what turned the tide.

    I was as proud as I’ve ever been after the 2012 SECCG and we didn’t win a title then. But we fought and competed with a team that had more talent than we did.

    That didn’t happen enough since the Blackout game.

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    • 3rdandGrantham

      The wheels started coming off a bit in ’07, then progressed in ’09 and later. Roster management was a disaster, so was the hiring of certain assistants or keeping buddies on too long. Fianlly, a Donnan like record over the past TEN years also didn’t help matters.

      None to these had anything to do with not winning a mnc.

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    • ApalachDawg

      Boom.Nailed it.

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  6. Columbus Dawg

    If Richt had a defense in 2012, or 2007 for that matter, he would more than likely have a national title. He had NO defense for at least 75% of his tenure.

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  7. SAtownDawg

    thought the most interesting revelation was Richt stating that if he coaches again he wants to call plays and develop quarterbacks again…maybe an admission of the epic failure Schottenheimer created

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  8. Will Trane

    Money. Championships. Dawgs never look like a very competitive team. They do not run. They do not hit people. They are passive.
    There was a downward trend in the football program. The needle was not reversing, and the rpm’s were gone.
    Some how the blogs and news media always throw out Smart (Saban student and former Dawg) and then there is Mullen [OC under Meyer while McGarity was second in charge in UF AD department]…and all of that is what people want to go on for a hire.
    And no doubt the men’s program at UGA has been in decline for awhile. The team to watch re McGarity’s hire is the Diamond Dawgs. If those coaches and players make a move this season, then McGarity will have some validation. They could because they should not have the arm issues, plus if they could free up Godwin to play.
    Do not see Fox moving his program because no basketball coach has been able to recruit a solid class
    That was CMR’s issue. The attrition among signees plus not changing his scheme. This year’s championship playoff is going to tell where the schemes are going…say a Bama style or OU style.
    Eason plays in a spread. The next UGA coach has to be more offensive minded than Richt and a Shotty.
    Those coaches are there, just recruit, pay’em, and get one who is totally devoted to football!
    And we wait. Just be patient.

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  9. W Cobb Dawg

    There were two farmers… The farmer who won his division put his team in position to challenge for a championship.

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  10. Timphd

    Have only heard snippets of the presser but Richt could not be a classier guy. I so wish it had worked out for him here. Wanted it for him because he’s a Damn fine man.

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  11. Just Chuck (The Other One)

    All I know is that I can think of two coaches, one with a 9 – 3 record and one with a 3 – 9 record. One of them is out of a job. Does that tell you anything about expectations at either school?

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  12. rchris

    We’re the only team that’s won only one AP NC that’s in the top 15 in wins since 1936 (the AP’s first year). Clemson’s at 16 with a shot to get their second this year.

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  13. Bazooka Joe

    Part of the problem is there is a part of Georgia fans that think the program is actually bigger than it really is.
    I mean come on, put your heart aside and look at the facts – 2 NC’s in program history and 12 ?? conference championships ? That hardly puts us up there with Bama, ND, Michigan, USC (the real one), Oklahoma, I could keep going.
    I am not trying to be an ass or anything but if you really look at it based on results and facts (potential doesn’t count for squat) at best I would say we are near the top of the second tier.

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