The least surprising thing you’ll read today.

Jim Donnan told Kirby Smart the biggest mistake Donnan made in his first year as Georgia’s head coach was spending too much time with alumni.

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  1. Go Dawgs!

    And the fact that he thinks that’s the biggest mistake that he made explains why he got canned.

  2. Coach, owuh playuhs looked dehydrated in the second half…..

  3. Walt

    Biggest mistake was not pulling enough alumni into his Ponzi scheme.

  4. W Cobb Dawg

    So it WAS Fran Tarkenton’s fault!

  5. indemnitor

    I believe Damon Evans would say the same thing…too much time w Alums

  6. BulldogJay

    For both the meetings in Columbus and Macon he cancelled the autograph times because of “recruiting” needs. He wasn’t planning on going to either meeting. I imagine someone reminded him he is required by contract to do 12 meetings like this and so he decided to go.

  7. aladawg

    Jim Dumb-one smoked too much of Qunicy’s weed. It’s still affecting him!

  8. PTC DAWG

    Unlike many, I liked JD….glad he hangs around Athens.

    • HVL Dawg

      Count me in, too. I stopped watching the program during Gump.

    • 3rdandGrantham

      Totally agree — not the highest EQ guy in the world, but he was more than nice to me the several times I met him (including once as a college student at the gas station in front of Butts Mehre.)

      After his first season, my friend (who was a starter in ’96) said that Donnan was a huge upgrade over Goff, and that he was quite a good X’s and O’s coach, but he felt he also was too lax as a so-called ‘players coach’ and thus probably wouldn’t be the guy to lift the program to UF’s or UT’s level. Looking back, that always struck me how prophetic he was.

      • I for one, would like to take a moment to appreciate where UT is now vs back then. Sucked SO bad when they were strong. You think the orange fan base is insufferable now? I think to back then and appreciate every win Richt brought us against the hillbillies.

        • 3rdandGrantham

          Yep, they beat us 9 straight years or something. The absolute worst for me personally was the ’98 game. We were slight favorites going in, gameday was in town for their first appearance, and everyone I knew thought we were going to win. Oh, Sanford was rocking. And then…the game happened.

          They beat us something like 22-3, but frankly it could have been far worse if not for a couple great plays by Champ. Heck, it just felt more like 41-0. UT fans afterwards were just brutal.

          • You must of been walking out of the stadium next to me because I had the exact same experience.

          • Siskey

            I passed out in the back of an F-150 in the old Tate Center parking lot and missed the first half.

          • Will (The Other One)

            It was either 9 or 10 in a row (whatever the record for consecutive losses to on team is, that was it, which was part of the reason people rushed the field in 2000.)

          • Cojones

            That’s the same score and feeling from the FU game last year.

          • Kdawg

            Unfortunately I was at that game also. I was tailgating with friends and thought we would win. I ate some crow that damn day.

  9. Bright Idea

    Donnan despised any interaction with those interested in the program including callers to his radio show. Fortunately with media like it is today we can get to know Kirby without touching him. He can limit his appearances to the General Assembly and big donors while peons like me will be satisfied with just winning the big games.

    • 3rdandGrantham

      I disagree. He was great to me and friends/fellow students on those rare occasions we bumped into him. As for his radio show, most only remember that last year when things went off the rails a bit, including him getting into it with several well known trolls on various UGA message boards at time who said they were going to call in and hive him hell. But for most callers who were diplomatic, I always thought he handled himself well.

      Again, not the highest EQ guy in the world, and he certainly would make for a bad politician, but that can be both a good and bad thing. Unfortunately he wasn’t tough or mean enough with the players, even though ironically enough some felt he was too mean to the fans and not engaging enough with them.

      • Dr. Pepper

        I agree with 3rdandGrantham. I met him a few times as a student and he was always gracious. Still have his autograph on a Mansour’s receipt (it’s all I had in my pocket at the time). I also found Tubby Smith to be pretty cool too when I met him.

  10. Dylan Dreyer's Booty

    Nothing much wrong with Jim in my view, either. He stepped on some alum toes and pissed Loran off. Half of that was good. He was great later as a commentator. He could’ve easily been worse.

    • Agree with most of this. He is/was no worse than Saban. Of course the difference is those trophies. A few of those and no one would give a damn how he acted.

  11. I Wanna Red Cup

    Donnan sure knew how to use the TE. Fun O to watch.

  12. Normaltown Mike

    Anybody remember the “tunnel screen” caller after Flarduh in 2K?

    Shorter JD: “why don’t you come down to the Butts-Mehre building and show me how to coach”

    • Derek

      Pretty sure that was after the third loss to tech in a row and it got him fired right after that.

      Donnan’s biggest mistake was putting all his eggs in Quincy’s basket. When hybl and Cobb (wasn’t there a 3rd guy???) transferred Jim was done.

      Great offensive coach. Not a great head coach for us.

      • Normaltown Mike

        Usry!

        To be fair, Cobb transferring gave the world one of the greatest Pulpwood quotes ever.

    • 3rdandGrantham

      Yep, that was RoloDawg, who was an infamous message board troll at the time. Unfortunately many UGA fans remember just those select few calls with characters who clearly were trying to get under his skin, and not the other 95% of calls in which he was quite nice and patient with them.

    • Don in Mar-a-Lago

      Shorter JD: “why don’t you come down to the Butts-Mehre building and show me how to coach”

      Fired like an anime dog.

  13. 69Dawg

    Jim Donnan was a case study of an inferiority complex. He was pissed off to begin with because he was Dooley’s second choice pick in a panic after Glen Mason had accepted but then backed out. This hiring screw up made him have the biggest chip on his shoulder I’ve seen in my 69 years. He was pissed off and never passed up an opportunity to show it. He would never accept a compliment without some smart ass remark about “it’s not too bad for a Divi IAA coach”. I like everyone else wanted him to succeed having suffered under Ray’s era but the man was hard to like. He’s biggest fault was his unequal treatment of players as has been said in the past. Kick Michael Greer to the curb for MJ but let Sanks and Carter show up all coked up. Donnan was his own worst enemy.

    • Normaltown Mike

      there’s some truth to all that. When his O was humming it was so fun to watch it dismantle opponents. But QC was just such an epic coach killer…all that talent and so little judgment. Donnan also built the D into an epic juggernaut of talent but then squandered it with clown face Kevin Ramsey. Gibbs was a good coach but barely unpacked before it was all over.

      If Q never came to Georgia we might’ve lost to LSU & UVA in 98 but the long term trajectory of the program would have been much better in 99 and 00 with a true pro style QB.

      • 3rdandGrantham

        The hiring of Ramsey was one of the worst coaching decisions one could make — I have no freaking clue what he saw in that guy other than the fact that he was wearing UT orange at the time as a DB coach or something of the effect. Donnan basically said to himself, “well, he’s a coach at UT, so he must be good…I’ll give him the reigns to our D.” Donnan also lost some quality assistants that really hurt him as well — Chris Scelfo is one that immediately comes to mind, and there were others.

  14. Uglydawg

    3rd….I just hope you haven’t inadvertently resurrected Rolo. I haven’t thought of him in years. But after giving it some thought, he just could be posting under a different moniker. There are a few candidates I could mention.

    • Siskey

      I always read his comments in a Buck Belue doing the sports in Savannah the day after St. Patrick’S Day voice in an effort to see where he was coming from.

  15. Sanford222view

    I thought his biggest mistake was putting the black stripe on the Georgia football helmet?