Reliving Ray Goff

The OBC is gearing up to get his digs in at the Dawgs this season.

“Georgia will be the trendy pick, but I like the Gators getting back to Atlanta,” Spurrier recently told the SEC Network.

If that comes to pass, you can already hear him recycling one of his greatest hits (“Why is it that during recruiting season they sign all the great players, but when it comes time to play the game, we have all the great players? I don’t understand that. What happens to them?”), can’t you?

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34 responses to “Reliving Ray Goff

  1. Greg

    Ole Ray Goff underappreciated and underrated…..5 points away from being undefeated in ’92. A DGD………

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    • Mayor

      Ray Goff is the poster child about why you shouldn’t be the HC at your alma mater. His record overall wasn’t that bad–he had one 9-3 season and one 10-2 season–and the latter could have been undefeated as you say with a little luck. But he got hung up on 6 win seasons near the end and was out. Then he became a man without a country–vilified by Dawg fans and Georgia leaning sportscasters. His W-L percentage was about the same as Wally Butts but he suffered by comparison to VD and because he and SOS (one of the greatest college HCs of all time, like him or not) showed up at their respective jobs at about the same time and he just couldn’t get past FU while SOS was there. He also couldn’t get past Fulmer and UT which consigned the Dawgs to #3 in the East which the Dawg-faithful couldn’t take (I agree) so he had to go. So here is Goff, former football hero who was one of the best option QBs in Georgia history, now a running joke at his alma mater. Sad. Be careful what you wish for. Football can be so cruel.

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      • Greg

        Will never forget the end of the Georgia Tech game when he was breaking the two teams up from fighting. He grabbed his players and tossed them around like they were rag dolls to prevent it…I thought it was awesome, I believe it was his last season or next to the last. Agree, it was time for him to go, but still, a DGD imo…hoping & praying that Smart has a better career (alma mater).

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      • Gaskilldawg

        Nice post. I do think that Butts was a significantly better coach than Goff despite the similar won loss records. While Goff had to face SOS, Butts had to face Hall of Famers Frank Thomas at Alabama, William Alexander and Bobbt Dodd at Tech and Shug Jordan at Auburn almost every year, and won 3 SEC championships during the Thomas and Alexander/Dodd years. It is a little known fact that Butts actually coached more Georgia games away from Sanford Stadium than in Sanford Stadium, increasing his degree of difficulty.
        Butts was a true innovator. His passing offense was a foundation for the Sid Gillman/Bill Walsh offenses. Butts is under appreciated by UGA fans. He deserves to be in teh Hall of fame.

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        • Mayor

          I haven’t counted but I would bet that Mark Richt also coached more games away from Sanford Stadium than ‘Tween the Hedges” too, playing in a bowl game every season (15 games) and in JAX for the WLOCP every year (another 15 games) for a total of 30. The Dawgs rarely played more than 6 home games a year–sometimes 7–but I have never in the CMR era seen 8 home games like Auburn routinely plays. So there is a very high likelihood that CMR also coached more games away, too.

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          • Gaskilldawg

            I did count the ratio of home games to away games for all our coaches beginning with Mehre a couple of years ago. Sitti g here at home I do not recall the numbers but Butts was the only one with more away than home.

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      • PTC DAWG

        SOS did OK for his school.

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    • I appreciate Ray Goff the QB … DGD. I don’t appreciate Ray Goff the head coach. He should have never been given the job and was in over his head from day 1. He was less qualified than Donnan, Richt, and Smart. He was Dabo without a Brent Venables as a defensive coordinator. He was truly a product of the Georgia Way even before that was a thing.

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        • Greg

          no there is not….and last I looked, he is a top 5 in all-time winningest coaches (active).

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        • I didn’t mean my comment as a shot at CMR. As you are probably aware, I’ve been a staunch defender of CMR (he was my choice to succeed Donnan at the time) to the point of being called all sorts of names by other commenters here. My point is that Ray had never even been a coordinator before becoming a head coach. Goff was barely qualified to be an offensive coordinator when he became head coach. Honestly, he was set up to fail with close to an empty cupboard and a program completely by out of the effects of Jan Kemp.

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          • *coming out of the effects … damn AutoCorrect

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          • AthensHomerDawg

            Maybe I should have toned that down mint no snark towards you. On another note I don’t think Vince Dooley gets enough credit for that Fiasco that involved Jan Kemp.

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            • No harm, no foul. You’re right there’s no sin in being less qualified than Richt. Goff was a good assistant and recruiter. He wasn’t going to be a master strategist & tactician. He was truly a CEO type of head coach at a time when the program needed an injection of new thinking. His hiring was the Georgia Way at its worst.

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              • Gaskilldawg

                The search committee recommended Goff in large part because of his success as a hands on recruiter. He had tbd potential to be a 1980s Pat Dye; a head coach successful because of his talent in tbe prospect’s livi g room rather than in the film room or coaches’ meeting room. He amassed talent a d tried on assista re go coach them up. The NCAA changed the rules drastically in 1990 or so reducing the head coach’s face to face e contacts with recruiter. I thought at the time that tbd change would hurt guys like Dye and Goff the most, and neither won a cha?pionship after the change.

                Goff was a head coach whose best asset was suited to 1960s and 1970s college football.

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                • Good points all, Gaskill. Goff’s fundamental problem was he never got the right guy as a defensive coordinator. He had the right guy as offensive coordinator in 1991 in Wayne McDuffie (God rest his soul).

                  I worry now we have the reverse … a head coach who was a defensive assistant who didn’t make the right offensive coordinator hire.

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        • TXBaller

          Harbaugh & Gundy at their alma maters….doomed for failure! Ice Cream please palatero man….

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      • 3rdandGrantham

        Agreed. I’m friends to this day with two former players of his, and lets just say neither of them have anything positive to say about him as a HC, and leave it at that. And when Donnan was hired, the team imediately knew they were getting a far better coach, even though he came from little known Marshall.

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        • Donnan had a national championship from Marshall on his resume when he came to Athens. He was multiple steps up from Goff and Glen Mason.

          It’s too bad for him that his public personality and junior Quincy Carter (not to mention 3 losses to tech) sunk him. I remember having him sign a ceramic mini-helmet at the Northpoint Rich’s before the 2000 season. I said thank you, good luck and beat Tennessee after he signed the item. He didn’t say thanks, Go Dawgs, or go to hell. That always rubbed me the wrong way.

          I do like since he left, he always refers to Georgia as “we” or “us” when he’s interviewed.

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  2. PTC DAWG

    SOS gone SOS…Bill Stanfill haunts him.

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  3. He can say whatever he wants so long as he’s not calling the plays.

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  4. St. Johns Dawg

    What else should we expect from OBC? He’s back on the FU payroll. He doesn’t work for any Worldwide Leader sports network and therefore has no need for objectivity (not that he would be objective completely). He’s gonna support his gators every year and until UGA gets out of its own way in Jacksonville, he’ll have plenty of material to keep his schtick going. Personally I admire the guy and am sad he’s no longer coaching in the league.

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  5. reality check here

    I agree with Spurrier’s pick but hope he is wrong.

    Florida’s coach produced SECE championships in both his first two years and had an excellent track record at Colorado state before that.

    Florida and Georgia both have quality athletes coming back but until Kirby produces my head says you have to go with Florida as the pick.

    Hope I am wrong

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  6. Bright Idea

    I appreciated Spurrier when he was doing what he was supposed to do for his school, winning games, but now he’s just a quitter with a big mouth trying to stay relevant while under no scrutiny. The media gave him a total pass on quitting on USCe. Ray Goff is twice the man Spurrier is.

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  7. Mark

    Why is it that during the 90s and half the twenty-oughts, the Florida coach was the biggest asshole in the world, but just a couple of years later, the South Carolina coach was biggest asshole in the world? I don’t understand that. What happened to them?

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  8. TimberRidgeDawg

    Good news on Florida is that even though McElwain won the last two East titles… that was more because somebody else had to rather than some great coaching effort. They got dismantled by Bama both times and now this is his third year and this should be the year his program shows what they are going to be but the jury is out. He’s not in the zip code with Urban as a coach and recruiter and actually a mediocre recruiter by Florida standards. He’s a competent football coach but not lightning in a bottle. Spurrier will run his mouth like he always has and McElwain will end up having to answer for it in the media. That could get interesting.

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  9. Hogbody Spradlin

    I’m kinda glad Spurrier is still around stirring the pot.

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    • Greg

      Same here, he is good for college football. I rather see him not coaching though…..unless it is at UGA (the earlier version). He was one of the best…

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  10. S

    Fuck Spurrier. He was a great coach, but he was also a smarmy cheap-shot son of a bitch. He’s also a completely whiny fucker when he doesn’t get his way. I’m glad he’s gone. I’m glad that he left South Carolina in the most shameful way possible. Things got rough and he got pouty and quit midseason. What kind of man bails on a contract when an entire program is counting on you? Someone who’s not much of a man at all. But since it was South Carolina, and those mouthy chickens deserve what life hands to them on a regular basis, I still laughed about it. But what I’m really glad about is that he quit midseason because Marty Schottenheimer hung 52 points on his team. That’s how you end a career on a low point. Fuck Spurrier.

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    • JCDAWG83

      I’ve never liked Spurrier at all, he was a terrible sport, especially when he won. He pouted when he lost and didn’t want to talk to anyone and when he won he always wanted to get in a dig at the losing team. He is the height of low class and his going out a quitter on his team was a fitting end to his career. Even the mouthy chicken fans can’t crow about his time there because they know everyone will point out that chicken football is such a loser program they made Steve Spurrier quit mid season.

      Sadly, Georgia has done very little to shut him up. He can run his mouth about us because we don’t do what it takes to shut him up.

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  11. The Truth

    Truer words have never been spoken than Spurrier’s truth bomb he dropped on us all those years ago. Sadly, still applies.

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