“You can always go home again.”

Here’s a really nice story about Willie and Bryan McClendon.

For a family that’s pretty much bled red and black for ages, they’re pretty philosophical about Bryan’s future after the bowl game.  But you have to think it’ll hurt if he’s not with the Dawgs next season.

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49 responses to ““You can always go home again.”

  1. Timphd

    Hoping that either Bmac gets retained by Smart or gets an opportunity elsewhere to be a OC. He seems to have it in him to be a natural leader and he is certainly a DGD.

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  2. I really thought it would be a given at the beginning that both Brown and BMac would be retained, given their recruiting chops and UGA bloodlines. But I can also see giving Chaney the opportunity to bring in his own guys.

    I do wonder what the story is tho. I mean, if Chaney and Smart want to retain him, you’d think that offer would have already been made by now. So either they don’t plan to retain him, or he’s decided to wait and see what other opportunities might arise before accepting. I just hope it’s not a situation where he’s truly in the dark about whether they want to keep him or not.

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    • Chickamona

      I have a feeling he has already been told that he is not being kept, but to make it less awkward for coaching the bowl game, all parties agreed to hold on announcing that until after the bowl game, since it could be even more awkward to have Miami’s next WR coach (or wherever) as interim head coach of UGA. And as a DGD, a final farewell to his alma mater (and for career building) getting to be head coach of UGA for a game is pretty nice. I imagine we are also giving him a bonus to coach since we barely have a staff left to coach this game.

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  3. B-Mac needs to be in Athens. If Smart doesn’t retain him, it’s a mistake. If I’m Smart, I don’t care what Chaney wants in this case.

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  4. THE DOG MAN

    From what I’m hearing B-Mac wont be on this coaching staff.
    CKS and B-Mac had some run-ins on the recruiting trail, this may not become public, as it will be down played, but that’s the word behind closed doors. He is a good coach and can pull the kids to UGA. I would like us to
    keep Rocker, Brown and B-mac.

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  5. Dawgpa

    I read on one of the message boards that BMac is headed to Columbia. Hopefully that’s not true.

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    • Macallanlover

      It isn’t that I fear facing him but I hate him getting close to the toxic HC over there. But him getting out of the UGA shadow will ultimately make a better candidate down the road…..as long as he doesn’t catch anything from Boom. Bmac has been a DGD throughout his time in Athens, I wish him well wherever he goes should be leave.

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      • WF Dawg

        Aside from recruiting some of the best talent that’s ever come through Athens, BMac will always be beloved for catching that GW TD against GT. DGD all the way.

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  6. PTC DAWG

    BMac seems like a fine Coach and all, but what exactly have we won with him on Staff? I for one would be interested in seeing what some new blood can do.

    BMac will be fine.

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    • Puffdawg

      I mean, what did that Dan Marino fella ever win in the NFL. Right?

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    • mp

      Wow. That is a new one. Kick him to the curb, because despite being a national recruiter of the year (and an alum) he failed to “win” as a WR coach. With that logic, we have failed with both Chamey and Pittman, neither of whom has won a national championship (have either even won a conference championship?) anywhere.

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      • PTC DAWG

        Just ready for new blood at UGA…don’t hold it against me.

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        • SEBDawg

          I’m pretty sure that B Mac was the sole reason we got Michel out of Miami, and was the lead recruiter for Marshall and Gurley.He has bled red and black his whole life. You seem pretty forgiving of the slander Kirby has been throwing our way for years but want to see a DGD kicked to the curb for staying true?

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        • 81Dog

          maybe we need some new blood in the thankless fan base.

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          • PTC DAWG

            I appreciate what CMR and staff did..will support CKS and his decisions..I assume he knows more about this than we do. Time will tell.

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        • DawgPhan

          classic UGA logic. I want something arbitrary like “new blood” so lets dump everything so I can get what i want. new blood doesnt make you better. It doesnt win titles, it doesnt even beat tech. New blood is just a weak way of saying I want to win more, but I dont want to put in the effort to figure out what needs to be done to win more.

          Exactly the UGA style of thinking. congrats, you have assimilated into the borg.

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          • PTC DAWG

            I take you were not in favor of a Coaching change? I get that…respect that, but it is done and time marches on. BMac may need a change of scenery to advance in his profession. I hope he gets that advancement. He deserves it.

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            • DawgPhan

              I am indifferent to firing CMR. I probably wouldnt have done it but I get it.

              What I am definitely not in favor of is making decisions because of things like “we need new blood” or “change of scenery”

              We didnt do a search to find the right person to move us towards that goal. We hired the guy that would make someone feel good, “He’s coming home”. nonsense. That’s what gets you beat.

              Think about that we fired experienced veteran CMR to hire inexperienced CMR redux. We caught lightening in a bottle with CMR and we went right back to the well hoping to catch it again. it is the type of decision making that destroys companies and value.

              First time head coaches at power 5 schools dont win national titles. They dont because learning the job and performing the job are both full time jobs. ADGM screwed this up because he is a petty little man and those people always screw it up in the end.

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              • PTC DAWG

                Being that you were indifferent to firing CMR, I get your points. Me the last 10 years was enough to see what was going on. Like I said earlier, time will tell.

                Rest assured, I hope they don’t give Kirby 10 years with zero championships.

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                • DawgPhan

                  I am not framing my opinion of the Kirby hire around what CMR did or didnt do. The decisions made after they fired CMR dont work if CMR had lost 12 games in 2015 and it was clear to everyone that he needed to be fired.

                  Smart is a bad hire because his hire was the product of a bad process carried out by poor leaders.

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                • PTC DAWG

                  I just disagree with your premise that you think Factually that Smart is a bad hire. We have no idea. Unless you think the proper process in your mind outweighs possible results. Sounds like you do. Good discussion though…

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                • DawgPhan

                  He is a bad hire because he is not the optimal hire. He isnt the optimal hire because his hire was the product of a really bad process.

                  We also have lots and lots of evidence that coordinators dont win national titles when their first head coaching job is at a power 5 school. (we have about 15 years worth of that data here at UGA. )

                  He might work out, but it will be because of sheer luck.

                  But sometimes it is better to be lucky than good.

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                • DawgPhan

                  also considering that we just went all in on “the process” your comment looks really funny.

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                • 81Dog

                  I’m fascinated by the excellence demanders like you. Given that CMR regularly won 9-10 games a year, how many games do you demand that KS win next year? Full cupboard, unlimited resources, right? Is that number more or less than you would have insisted CMR win, had he returned, or face the firing he got for winning 9 (possibly 10) this year? If so, why? What is the minimum number of wins you insist on next year to proclaim the change a success? How many years will you give KS, should he come short of your number, to produce “acceptable” results (I assume an SEC title at minimum, If less, why?)? How many years will you give him to produce a national title before firing him? 3? 5? 10? Surely not 10, right? I’m just curious as to how people such as you, who admittedly have seen the unacceptable results of the last 10 years as early as 10 years ago, feel about what will be acceptable next year, over the next 3 years, over the next 5 years. Go ahead. Put it on the record now. If you’re right, I will salute you for calling the shot.

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                • PTC DAWG

                  SEC within 4 years. Not the East, the whole shooting match. It has been 10…how’s that for demanding better? That said, two East Titles in that time probably buys him more time from the big wigs.

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                • PTC DAWG

                  And yeah, I thought CMR was a very good Coach…

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      • Debby Balcer

        Yes and AJ Green did awful under sarcasism meters on what BS logic!

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        • Debby Balcer

          Ok BMac wasn’t coaching wide receivers when AJ was here. He coached Moreno, Gurley, Chubb, Crowell. He was an awesome recruiter and coach why would we kick him to the curb?

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  7. collegepark1878

    It would be foolish not to try and retain B-Mac especially if the only reason is that he is a tough recruiter.

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    • PTC DAWG

      Unless he wants to be involved with the D, I don’t see much room on the Staff, especially with the rumors of Thomas Brown staying on board.

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  8. Jim

    I trust our new head coach to make the right decisions on staff. If he retains him great. If he doesn’t, well that’s one more culture carrier from the prior regime that doesn’t need to be re-programmed that mediocrity isn’t acceptable.

    Because when Tuberville hired Franklin but made him keep the rest of the offensive staff that was a resounding success.

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    • 81Dog

      so, the demand excellence crowd has now become the “trust the coaches” crowd? Interesting. I’m not sure how your Tuberville analogy works, because HE’s the one who made Franklin keep the old staff and run things the old way. Nobody’s making the new HC keep anyone, some of us just wonder why he’d be so quick to run off a young guy with energy who has produced well on the recruiting trail.

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      • Jim

        You don’t seem to get it. I am demanding excellence from Smart. I also believe he is a better judge of whether individuals on the current staff should be retained or not than me or any other internet Coach of the year

        Yes, tuberville made Franklin retain the old staff. I hope smart doesn’t do the same to Chaney.

        Comprende? If not I can type it slower

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  9. W Cobb Dawg

    Over the past 5 years there has been nobody in cfb better at recruiting RBs than BMac. No other coach/recruiter comes close. People forget how up and down our RB situation was before BMac took control. We had Ealey, King, Crowell, etc., not standup guys like Gurley, Marshall, Chubb, Michel, Douglas, etc.

    I also believe MBac was his best as an RB coach, although he didn’t have much time to establish himself coaching WRs. He always had his backup RBs ready. And we didn’t have the “WTF is the deal with playing time for Marshall or Turman”, that we’ve had this season. If I could only keep BMac OR Brown as RB coach, I would definitely pick BMac.

    I’d like to give CKS the benefit of the doubt, but I’ve been around long enough to know that hiring good assistants isn’t easy. Letting BMac walk away is the second really dumb coaching staff move Kirby would be making.

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  10. JCDAWG83

    I want to let Kirby hire whoever he wants. Time will tell if he makes good choices. Hopefully, a decent percentage of the fan base won’t fall in love with Kirby because he’s so “good” as a man and if he hasn’t won the SEC within 4 years, he can be fired. I wish BMac the best, wherever he ends up, same with all of our coaching staff.

    It is silly to think a program is going to fire the head coach and expect the new coach to hang on to the assts that were part of the regime that did not perform well enough to keep the head coach’s job. Kirby is the man who will have to answer for the team’s performance, let him pick whoever he wants.

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    • Kirby will pick whomever he wants on his staff. I think it would be a big mistake from a recruiting standpoint to let one of the nation’s best recruiters walk away unless he doesn’t want to stay. Even then, I would make it difficult for him to say no.

      It’s real easy to sit back and make the comment about firing a coach when you don’t have to explain to the people you work for why writing someone a multi-million dollar check to go away is a good idea … Especially when you’re the one responsible for hiring said individual.

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      • JCDAWG83

        You must be a young, new Georgia fan. In spite of everyone’s hatred of McGarity and belief that he is the root of all problems in Georgia athletics, he is not the one who hired Richt, you can thank Dooley and Adams for that.

        Again, Kirby knows about BMac, it’s his decision to keep him or not. If it turns out to be a big mistake to not keep him, Kirby will have to deal with the consequences of that.

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        • No, I’m not a new (or young) Georgia fan. I’ve been a Georgia fan for 40+ years. Dooley took a chance on Richt in 2001, and it worked out despite your complaints to the contrary. I hope we all look back to 2015 as a good move to make a change. By the way, I thought the original hiring of McGarity by Adams was a good move, but his handling of the job for the last 5 years has been pretty abysmal other than reserve fund management.

          If Kirby doesn’t keep B-Mac, it’s his prerogative as the head football coach. I frankly could care less, but my opinion is that it would be a mistake.

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