Commit to the G

I can’t help but compare and contrast two minor recruiting tidbits, Kirby Smart taking a helicopter to drop in on Justin Fields’ game last night and this:

That’s not to make light of Smart’s efforts to upgrade the program this season, but let’s not try to pretend that, in terms of administrative support, Richt and Smart occupied a level playing field.

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  1. FarmerDawg

    The administration probably looks at the savings Coach Richt was will to accept because of his affable nature as a win for the reserve fund. The Georgia Way.

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  2. How much does an in-state helicopter ride cost compared to a cross country charter jet?

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    • Less than another recruiting support staffer.

      Give me a fucking break. Since when did this athletic department become strapped for cash?

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      • Give me a fucking break. You can’t stand that your narrative for the last year about the shitty hire was dead fucking wrong, and that has you out here comparing apples and oranges. How many other times did Richt take a commercial flight? How many times did he ASK to charter a helicopter? You don’t know and neither do I, but you continue to beat this dead horse to convince yourself you were right. Like I said, apples and oranges.

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        • Jared S.

          To be fair, I think the Senator has made clear over and over again that his beef was with the process (or lack thereof) which ADGM used to hire Smart. Not that Smart was necessarily a bad hire.

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          • 3rdandGrantham

            This is 100% correct.

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            • What is it today? Cornflakes?

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              • 3rdandGrantham

                I assume you missed me getting into it with SB the other day regarding the GA/UF game. Hell…just look below…I said he was totally wrong here and is misinformed. To think CMR was not allowed of their private jet to Seattle because he was on thin ice is utterly absurd.

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                • 3rdandGrantham

                  Fwiw, I’m an equal opportunit debater and don’t give a rip who you are if I think you’re wrong on an issue.

                  Youre conflating SB mostly being right and you mostly wrong with me somehow kowtowing to SB at every turn.

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                  • Perhaps, for whatever reason, you felt a need to make up for your recent insolence. Who knows? No I didn’t see what you’re referring to. I tend to notice your obsequiousness and your fashion tips.

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                    • 3rdandGrantham

                      Dude, I’ve gotten into so many debates with SB over the years that its comical that you’re pathetically holding on to this notion of me kowtowing to him. Hell, SB himself would probably tell you I’m a huge PITA as I’m often calling him out or exposing posts of his (like this one) as being dead wrong. Again, just because you’re wrong far more often than he is doesn’t automatically mean I’m so-called on his side or whatever. I’m not sure why you continually fail to grasp this.

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                    • Puffdawg

                      Can you please explain to me what in the world does this comment has to do with Georgia football?

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                    • Gaskilldawg

                      Derek and 3rdandG;

                      Help the rest of us out. Both of you have strong personalities. Both of you often make excellent arguments, and both of you sometime make arguments that I disagree with. I do look forward on almost every thread to read what you have to say, but I don’t care one iota for slogging through this kind of back and forth. I hope I speak for the rest of the folks on this board that getting the last word in a personal squabble doen’t help either of you. Accept that fact that you are both strong willed and outspoken people. Disagree all you want but keep the personal back and forth private.

                      Thanks and best wishes to both.

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          • Whatever. He didnt want Richt fired and after he was, he wanted Herman.

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            • This whole post is a knock at Kirby by saying “yeah he is doing good, but the last guy would have too had he gotten the help Kirby gets.” Bullshit.

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              • Yurdle

                Totally. I mean quoting somebody else’s tweet is obvious proof of the senator’s agenda.

                I like Smart. And there is no inconsistency between liking him and recognizing a tangible shift in program support from Richt’s tenure.

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                • Normaltown Mike

                  The tangible shift is in how much interest our HC has in competing, winning and dominating.

                  If you think CMR put in the hours and gave as many shits as Kirby does, then puff, puff, give cuz I want some of what you’re smoking.

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              • Sanford222view

                I disagree. All he is saying is Richt did not get the same support from the administration that we are seeing now. It has been written here repeatedly that the criticism was over the hiring process or lack thereof and not the actual hire. The Senator also said at the time that he could see a case for firing Richt and for keeping him. He has also been fair in his criticism that Richt failed with roster management.

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                • He wants to put an asterisk next to Kirby’s wins. Got more help…. Bullshit

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                  • Gaskilldawg

                    I have never read a thing from the Senator discounting anything Smart has done as coach or how Georgia has performed this season.

                    I have read a lot of posts from the Senator bent critical of The J. Reid Parker Director of Athletics. It is perfectly consistent to say Smart has done a great job and McGairity has done a lousy job.

                    There are people who still wish to criticize how Richt did his job from July 10, 2010 through November 30, 2015, and it is reasonable for those folks to do so. No criticism of those people from me. Why is it unreasonable to evaluate how the AD did his job from July 10, 2010 through November 30, 2015?

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              • gastr1

                Been reading the same blog, dudemankind, and I can’t say you’re right about this. How many articles did we read about poor roster management? I think it’s been pretty clear that Bluto was ready for a change too, not that it matters, and that at the same time the AD was cheap, is cheap, and acts inconsistently. It’s possible to think Richt was less than perfect in his job while acknowledging the AD is/was an unsupportive arse.

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              • This whole post is a knock at Kirby by saying “yeah he is doing good, but the last guy would have too had he gotten the help Kirby gets.”

                It’s a knock, alright. But it’s not a knock against Kirby.

                Whatever floats your boat, though.

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              • Otto

                Part of head coaches job is to generate funding for the program. Spurrier did this at S. Carolina to get their facilities up to date. Richt wasn’t succeeding in this part of the job. Further, just like everything else Richt did he would plug one leak in the ship just to turn his head and another open up. Pruitt did more to upgrade facilities than Richt did.

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                • Napoleon BonerFart

                  There is a difference between raising funds and spending funds. Richt did a fine job with the former. But his bosses did a poor job of the latter.

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                  • Athens Townie

                    I think part of what Otto is saying is that part of the HC job is effectively lobbying and securing resources you need to succeed. Richt didn’t do that.

                    If your AD isn’t supportive enough, what do you do? Just “aw, shucks” and carry on? Or do you lobby for a change?

                    Also, maybe Morehead deserves some credit here too.

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              • PTC DAWG

                Agree, it has been a bit of a pisser for many…

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          • Greg

            That is true…..

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          • Heyberto

            Exactly!

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        • FisheriesDawg

          It amazes me that people seem to think that if you disagreed with the Richt firing and/or hire of Kirby at the time, you must want Kirby to fail.

          I’m actually enjoying this season immensely despite my lack of confidence in Kirby right up until some time around halftime at Tennessee this year. That’s the moment where I really started buying in. I get the feeling that there are Kirby true believers out there who don’t want my kind to get any joy out of a great year simply out of spite for decisions that are long since made. Maybe that’s not you, but I’m getting that sentiment from your posts in this thread.

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          • You pretty much summed up where I am. I absolutely hated the process (lack thereof?) that resulted in Kirby landing in Athens and I was 100% convinced at the end of last year we’d hired Will Muschamp 2.0. This season has certainly played out differently than I expected and I’m enjoying it and it appears that despite a shitty process, Kirby may indeed be a good hire.

            I also think you’re exactly spot on about the folks that wanted Richt gone with a burning passion. They can’t just be happy that they got what they wanted nor do they think anybody that disagreed with them should be happy with the way things are going. They want to hold a “told you so” over the heads of anybody that disagreed with them at the time for purely spiteful reasons that I don’t fully get.

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            • Charlottedawg

              To your point on Will muschamp, his team was ranked #2 and entered the cocktail party undefeated on its way to an 11 win regular season in year 2. So not saying I haven’t been encouraged by the season so far and hope like hell Kirby is successful long term but there is definitely still time for him to turn into will muschamp 2.0.

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            • The only “told you so” I see floated around here is Bluto’s constant bitch that Richt did not get support.

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              • DoubleDawg1318

                Richt didn’t get much support. Quit arguing with facts. Saban is a brilliant coach. He also has a blank check to run the program as he sees fit. If you want an elite program, you need both a great coach (jury is still out on Kirby but trending up) and support from the Department. Kirby has more support. This is a fact. You can acknowledge both points.

                The only reason you wouldn’t is because you have an agenda to push.

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            • Biggus Rickus

              It’s the same “told you so” that Richtophiles are holding in reserve should things not go so swimmingly moving forward. Maybe you didn’t read comments and assessments after the disappointing 2016 season. In ten years, none of this will matter, but to suggest that one side is more or less petty than the other at the moment is to ignore reality.

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              • …but to suggest that one side is more or less petty than the other at the moment is to ignore reality.

                I’ll say upfront that I was in the same boat as the Senator. I was incredibly agnostic towards Richt specifically during the latter part of his tenure. I just didn’t trust the decision makers at B-M to be able to make a quality decision.

                I also hate that it means having an opinion about the process, or lack thereof, meant one was taking sides. I also vividly remember the anti-Richters beating that drum everyday for years regardless of the topic at hand. Every damn topic devolved into an effing Richt-ferendum and it was always the anti-Richters that were the loudest about it and quickest to bring it up. Frankly, I always felt the pettiness from the “Richtophiles”, as you call them, was more a defensiveness of being beaten at for years by the anti-Richters.

                In all honesty – I too was holding back an “I told you so” if the next hire didn’t work out (Kirby or whomever it ended up being). However, it wasn’t because I hoped that the next hire failed (of course I want Georgia to do well). I just didn’t (and kinda still don’t) think the people that were incredible dicks for the better part of five years to other people in the fanbase, just because they didn’t see the world the same way, deserved nice things.

                There was certainly a fair discussion to be had about the future of the program and the coach, but I felt the anti-Richters made that discussion impossible to have by being so incredibly polarizing and toxic.

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                • DoubleDawg1318

                  +1

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                • Biggus Rickus

                  As someone who wanted Richt gone (usually not being a dick about it, but it happened), I think you’re ignoring how insulting the people on the opposite side of the argument could be. It’s a lot like a political debate nowadays. We ignore behavior by those with whom we agree that we would find contemptible by those with whom we disagree.

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                  • Got Cowdog

                    For real. Chili called me a grovelling boot-licker yesterday for not thinking we are good enough to beat Bama right now. 🙂
                    “Can’t we all just get along?”

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                  • I didn’t agree with anybody during the winter of Richt discontent other than the argument that letting McGarity and the B-M cronies make a decision was effectively gambling on the future of the football program.

                    I felt the anti-Richters were intensely more vitriolic and much more personal in their insults than the pro-Richters were. While I found the pro-Richters to be quite annoying, they weren’t nearly the dicks about it that the anti-Richters were year after year. Go back and read comments sections in this blog circa 2013/2014. There were very few conversations regardless of topic where an anti-Richter didn’t jump in to make it a Richt-ferendum.

                    To your original point, nobody’s gonna care about this in 10 years. However, I’m not going to sit there and pretend that it makes me happy that people that were legitimate assholes for a good 5 years might get rewarded despite their assholishness. I know, I know – life ain’t fair and whatnot, but I certainly don’t like bad behavior being rewarded is all.

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                    • Biggus Rickus

                      To me, the anti-McGarity/BM position was always sympathetic to Richt, ultimately. So to claim disinterest in the argument strikes me as a bit disingenuous. And I still think you’re ignoring how shitty pro-Richt people were. But whatever, it’s done. I got more or less what I wanted, even if I wouldn’t have hired Smart.

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                    • Gaskilldawg

                      I am enjoying every game we have played and will continue to enjoy every win, regardless of whether assholes are happy or not. Why should I allow some asshole to diminish my pleasure in how my team plays? If someone is an asshole it is on them. If I enjoy life less because some asshole is happy, that is on me.

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                    • Auditdawg, you are the stereotypical millennial: spends half their day online worked up about a bunch of stuff they can’t control… likes to talk about their feeling and doesn’t realize no one cares… has an education but still doesn’t know jack shit.

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                    • Auditdawg, you are the stereotypical millennial: spends half their day online worked up about a bunch of stuff they can’t control… likes to talk about their feeling and doesn’t realize no one cares… has an education but still doesn’t know jack shit.

                      Thanks for pointing out this important information. It will surely have a significant impact on how I live my life. Or – maybe you could stop pretending like you know a damn thing about me and go shove your internet psychoanalysis up your ass. Calling somebody a stereotypical anything based on some internet conversations tells me you don’t know jack shit about them.

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            • It’s not just the disagreeing it’s that many pissed, moaned, whined, day after day for months on end about fairly minor shit.

              I was embarrassed for some of my Dawg brothers acting so hysterical.

              Good for you for deciding to be happy.

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          • That’s not me. You got it dead wrong. We should all enjoy this season no matter what our opinions were on Richt and Smart’s hire. That said, I do not appreciate the constant promotion to the fans the idea that Kirby has it easy compared to the previous guy. He does not. I don’t want the conversation in 20 years about who was the best coach in the history of UGA to begin with “yeah but…” whenever Richt is mentioned. That is what this kind of bullshit discussion, which is based on asssumptions, leads to.

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            • As far as Richt’s legacy goes, I doubt that anything you or I post will have the slightest effect on that.

              As far as Smart’s burden goes, you have it bass-akwards. I’ve posted before that Smart’s got it harder than any other head coach Georgia’s had, because he’s the only one in the athletic department who’s got a clear idea on what has to happen to take this program to the next level. If he succeeds, it’ll be in spite of his bosses at B-M, not because of them.

              If there’s a bullshit discussion going on here, it ain’t coming from my end, bubba.

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              • Yeah right…”let’s not try to pretend that, in terms of administrative support, Richt and Smart occupied a level playing field.” That does not say that Smart has more support because he is working harder, it says he has more support compared to Richt. Nice try backing out though.

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                • I notice you left out the “That’s not to make light of Smart’s efforts to upgrade the program this season” preceding what you quoted. I’m sure that was a mere accidental oversight on your part.

                  Of course he has more support than Richt. That’s the point of the post.

                  The post doesn’t say anything about who worked harder or smarter or anything else regarding the coaches.

                  But again, whatever blows your skirt up, man.

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                  • So which is it? Does he have more support, or does he have it harder than any other UGA coach, because you just made both statements. As usual, when you flat out fucking lose the argument, you waffle, make a passing insult and move on.

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                    • Why is it either/or? He can’t have more support and a tougher job because of higher expectations from administrators who don’t have a clue about what it takes to get there and are basically dumping the entire effort in Smart’s lap?

                      You act like this is some new point I’m trying to sneak past everyone here. It’s the argument I’ve been making since Smart stepped foot in Athens as the new head coach.

                      If I’m losing the argument in your mind, it’s because you don’t understand what the argument is.

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                    • I have been vocally against your argument over the support, i.e…The Georgia Way….for years now, and have given you considerable hell about it. You know that.

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                    • So?

                      That’s not what has your knickers in a wad here. What you’re going on about is the notion that I’m dogging Smart. And you’re completely wrong about that.

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                    • I give. You maintain that he gets more support than his predecessor. How about you mention that to him next time you see him? See how that goes.

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                    • Why would he GAS what I think?

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        • Mark

          Yea… CMR had so much support from the admin that UGA was the last school in the SEC to get an indoor practice facility. He had to pony up from his own pocket to pay money to coaches and so on.

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          • Normaltown Mike

            This is the same CMR that used to say in the mid 2k’s that Florida didn’t have one and it wasn’t effecting their ability to win?

            The fact that an IPF was funded and built the moment an ASSISTANT COACH made the case is proof of the lack of interest CMR had in it.

            There’s a reason coaches called the Georgia football program a country club.

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            • Mike – I feel like you’re using Coach Richt and the athletic administration interchangeably. I can show you where Richt asked for an IPF from shortly after the time he came to Athens. Our higher-ups refused to give it him. Him saying that UF not having one didn’t affect their ability to win was absolutely true; last I checked, Urban won quite a few games there without one.

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              • Normaltown Mike

                “I can show you where Richt asked for an IPF from shortly after the time he came to Athens”. More than that, I know people that were being solicited for an IPF as far back as 1999 so it’s not mystery that it was talked about.

                My point is that Richt was in a position to demand it and didn’t. That’s on him.

                I liked CMR and didn’t want to see him fired but the effort we (most of us loyal UGA fans) went through to make him the victim is misplaced.

                If Saban had been hired in December 2K instead of Richt, we would’ve had an IPF in 2 years. For no other reason than Saban demanded it.

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                • Bourbon Dawgwalker

                  Mike Adams vs Nick Saban would have been an epic disaster for all involved. Saban would have lasted 2 years before saying “fuck this bullshit” and bolting for the NFL.

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                  • Normaltown Mike

                    maybe, but I get the impression Adams would’ve suffered significant shrinkage in a pissing contest w/ Saban.

                    Kinda like Billy Bob Thornton’s character in Tombstone when he’s confronted by Wyatt Earp.

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                    • Gaskilldawg

                      Mike, we know what would have happened in apissing match in 2001-2003 time frame between Adams and a football coach. Remember the power battle between Adams and Dooley, who, st that time had as many national championship rings as Saban and more Conference championship rings (including Saban’s days in the MAC, Big Ten, AFC and SEC) than Saban.

                      Adams prevailed at the Board of Regents level and the Hall of Fame coach and, in terms of overall athletic program success the best AD we ever had, got sent packing without even a statute or a plaque by the stadium.

                      The Regents hired Adams. The Regents approved of the academic state of the University. Adams was skilled at politicking the Board of Regents. Don’t assume Saban, who had zero personal ties to any Regent, would have bullied Adams in the early 2000s.

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                • Napoleon BonerFart

                  The difference between Richt and Pruitt wasn’t that Pruitt wanted/demanded an IPF and Richt didn’t. It was that Richt was a company man, respected the chain of command, and kept things in house (The Georgia Way), and Pruitt wasn’t/didn’t.

                  The IPF happened when it did because Pruitt went public. Once boosters started calling B-M asking questions about Pruitt quotes in the papers, the IPF immediately got the green light.

                  Personally, I hesitate to excuse the intransigence of B-M because Richt isn’t enough of an asshole to embarass his bosses in public.

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        • Butler T. Reynolds

          Hey Greg. What’s up?

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  3. Dolly Llama

    Call me uncommitted to the program, but at a time when we’re bitching and moaning about government officials jet-setting all around on the public dime, Richt flying commercial doesn’t bother me (and Kirby in a God damn helicopter kinda does, especially a yellow one.) I know the UGA AA doesn’t operate on “the public dime” like true government entities, but those dimes came from SOMEBODY.

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    • gastr1

      Somebody whose money is spent knowing it will go to this, so who cares? Jeez. Concern about public money, fine, but private expenses are for private, typically, unless the spending is unlawful or for things not outlined in the mission.

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    • Jared S.

      He arrived somewhere last year in this yellow helicopter. I wonder if it belongs to/is operated by a booster.

      And I’m with you – why on earth is it yellow.

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    • artful codger

      If there is a recruiting desire/need for an extremely busy CEO (head coach) to traverse metro Atlanta (from Athens to Kennesaw) at afternoon rush hour for a business meeting (HS football game), then a helicoptor seems to me very efficient, expedient, and practical use of time/resources.

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  4. ASEF

    Copters cost around $5000 an hour to operate. Is that bidding for a player’s services?

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  5. Just Chuck (The Other One)

    Perhaps “Commit to the G” should go both ways.

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  6. TXBaller

    Saw Richt twice in the DFW area at speaking engagements – once for UGA alumni – once for FCA – both times, he arrived via private plane/jet. #FAKENEWS

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  7. Charlottedawg

    Mcgarity will commit whatever resources necessary to Kirby because his job literally hinges on smart’ s success or failure. If Kirby turns out to be a homerun hire nobody will remember all of mcgarity’s fuck ups and complete ineptitude. If Kirby fails, mcgarity gets canned.

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  8. Biggen

    This comment thread…

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  9. Mark

    If you fire a guy who won, and his replacement doesn’t do so well, then you are the guy on the chopping block. Management has a far keener self interest in seeing Kirby succeed beyond Richt than they did seeing Richt win championships. If Kirby fails, it will be the Athletic Department that gets cleaned out.

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  10. HiAltDawg

    Every new coach gets better toys. Remember all the stuff Tubby got when he replaced Hugh (I know different sport). Richt had it “going on” compared to Donnan (minus the steamroller rentals) salary-and-staff-wise.

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  11. Bright Idea

    Athens to Cobb by road after practice would be a difficult task. I think Richt may have been sneaking out to Washington and may have bought that flight out of his pocket. The level of support is obviously different no matter the reasons.

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  12. 92 grad

    Kirby had 100% leverage against Mcgoofy when he was offered the position so Kirby could have cut and pasted everything from the Alabama coaching resource manual and made Uga match it. And this is where the hiring process was so mind blowing.

    Fortunately, every demand that Kirby made ultimately needed to happen anyway, so call it even.

    Otherwise, the juxtaposition of the current and former coach feels unfair to me other than the obvious fact that Uga wanted changes in the football coaching staff. People that had the power wanted change during the last 2 or 3 years of Richt’s time here. The way they went about trying to get that change to happen doesn’t give me the “feel good” vibe, but I don’t know anything other than what I read here.

    My final reaction to this post is this; the economics of football in this country are seriously mind blowing. People are completely fine with justifying any expense to keep the participants in the sport in celebrity image. Nothing is too good and anything is justifiable. It’s all about keeping up appearances and power.

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  13. 3rdandGrantham

    Love Schlabach and SB, but you guys are wrong on this one. The private jet available for CMR isn’t conducive for long, cross-country flights to Seattle. The private jet available to CMR from KAHN to TN or FL? Sure. All the way to Seattle? You’re far better off flying commercial for myriad reasons.

    I strongly doubt CMR was told no because he was on thin ice.

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    • 92 grad

      I agree wholeheartedly. What is the Georgia jet? I think the only private jets I rode was a 12 seat leer and a G6 which I don’t remember how big it was. I could be wrong about the leer too, in any case, that is a long way for a small plane that’s not likely set up for long distance.

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      • 3rdandGrantham

        Correct. As a private pilot myself, I know many corporate jet pilots and am familiar with the aircraft UGA utilizes. That is a jet best served for regional jaunts only and not for long distance, as you’re flying at slower speeds and would require multiple stops for fuel. There are other reasons as well that, in sum, would make zero logical sense compared to the heavy equipment operators at Delta.

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      • dawgfan

        I assume the aircraft that CMR would have flown is the one owned by the UGA athletic department. It is a 1986 turboprop that was purchased in 2006 from a company partly owned by Ray Goff. If that’s the plane, CMR was MUCH better off flying commercial, especially cross country.

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    • Snoop Dawgy Dawg

      We know this narrative to be false, because immediately after he was hired, Kirby and Chaney hopped in a private jet to go see Eason in Washington, that was made available to them by a booster.

      Said booster was a booster when Richt made his red eye, coach, flight to see Eason.

      Richt never, at any point, had the same financial, emotional, community investment in overall success as Kirby has seen in the last 18 months. Community for me includes the big money donors, not all of us. It’s astonishing to me, really. Richt is a great coach. His time in Athens had come and gone, and was time for new blood apparently.

      BUT, we’ll simply never know what Richt could have accomplished had he been given what nearly every other coach in the SEC had at their disposal. I think it a shame to think what could have been in his 15 years.

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      • 3rdandGrantham

        “The private jet available for CMR isn’t conducive for long, cross-country flights to Seattle”

        We are not talking about boosters here – the post in question related to ADGM and the UGA AD not supporting CMR. Now you’re bringing boosters in the mix. Now, you’re right with Smart using a NC based, wealthy booster’s jet to see Eason in Seattle. His jet is larger than the one UGA uses and, if I recall, only required one stop in KS before continuing. The day of Smart’s hiring, he was slated to fly commercial before said booster (name escapes me at the moment) jumped in and offered his jet services to him, which naturally they jumped on. If I recall, the booster himself flew into Athens for Smart’s PC, hence his jet was already at KAHN.

        If you want to talk boosters not supporting CMR towards the end of his tenure, go right ahead and I’ll be in agreement with you. But again we were talking AD support here, not booster support, so I’m not sure why you are conflating the two. BTW, one of the reasons why CMR didn’t have financial support is because he never asked for it. Instead, it took strong personality types like Pruitt to publicly lobby for more support while CMR remained silent in the background.

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        • 3rdandGrantham

          “BUT, we’ll simply never know what Richt could have accomplished had he been given what nearly every other coach in the SEC had at their disposal. I think it a shame to think what could have been in his 15 years.”

          I’ve talked about this many times here, and feel free to take this with a huge grain of salt or dismiss me altogether. But I can absolutely, 100% assure you that most of CMR’s problems were self-inflicted, and NOT due to lack of AD support. From horrid roster management issues, a lack of emphasis in recruiting OL/DL (but instead focusing mainly on skill position players), internal mismanagement/discipline issues, poor assistants, and embarrassing weak S&C program, lackadaisical/unfocused practices, and so on…these were all on CMR and had nothing to do with so-called lack of admin support.

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          • Normaltown Mike

            exactly.

            When it was called a “country club” the knock was directed at CMR.

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          • Snoop Dawgy Dawg

            People have said we had terrible Strength and Conditioning, but every year, our players went to the draft and greatly exceeded expectations and the averages, even from programs like Alabama. It’s simply not true to say that our team was small and weak.

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      • PTC DAWG

        CMR wasn’t even interested in keeping the roster full of scholarship athletes…..which tells me was wasn’t interested, period.

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  14. MDDawg

    I’d really like to know when the financial support for Richt started drying up. I remember the story about him giving bonuses to assistants out of his own pocket. And we’ve all heard that he wanted an IPF and was stonewalled for a while. Was the support he was being given a reflection of the win-loss record, or vice versa? Probably somewhere in the middle I suppose.

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    • Jason

      The financial support drying up or not drying up doesn’t really matter in Richt’s case.

      You don’t make one head coach fight tooth and nail for monetary support and then open the flood gates for the other one and say hey see what happened here???

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  15. ChiliDawg

    On an unrelated note, did anyone else watching that Harrison game last night see the massive hold on the Dalton DE during that Hail Mary right before the half? Lol, Fields threw a TD pass on the play only because somehow the ref didn’t see the worst mugging I’ve ever seen.

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  16. Sportsdawg

    Fly commercial, fly via private jet, fly in a yellow, purple or pink helicopter, I could care less. Just Win Baby! Go Dawgs!

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  17. I've Stopped Caring

    Richt never used the leverage he had, until he didn’t have it.

    Smart uses it.

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  18. Brandon M

    Welp, in case things ever get stale around here, at least you know what to post to get everybody’s juices going!

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  19. Dallman

    I thought it was good to see Kirby at the game. I don’t care how he got there.
    It seems that by being there, Kirby probably helped UGA’s overall recruiting.
    By the many references to Kirby and UGA by the announcers and the sideline shots of him watching the game, I thought he got some excellent exposure for the Dawgs that will only help recruiting.

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  20. Scorpio Jones, III

    I am very concerned Kirby is eating popcorn on the sidelines.

    None of our previous coaches were seen eating popcorn on the sidelines at a high school game. Everything Kirby does at Georgia should have this noted.

    Now, can we get the fuck ready for Florida?

    Thank you very much.

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  21. AusDawg85

    Justin Fields was wearing a UGA “G” towel. #CommittedtotheG

    McGarity will impose a 4 game suspension and report a violation of benefits to the NCAA as soon as Fields officially enrolls.

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    • W Cobb Dawg

      I have it on good authority Greg Mediocrity was vehemently against paying for the copter using any portion of the surplus. Kirby responded, “No problem, we just hocked your cell phone, company car, desk, and computer to pay for the ride. Problem solved!”

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  22. Most of this comment section is the Georgia Way in a nice package. Fucking embarrassing Georgia fans.

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  23. These Richt vs Smart posts always bring out the best in us. Just a reminder: while we’re rushing to throw one under the bus and anoint the other The Savoir, the former is one of the greatest coaches this program has had while the latter would do well to match that. Doesn’t matter how much you ignorantly deny that or the lack of support. Smart looks to be doing an amazing job but we’re getting way ahead of ourselves…the Georgia Way.

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  24. And the beat goes on and on and on and on. Will admit some of the folks on here could take a comment about the recent double super Nova and turn it into a Right Smart thing and then bitch and bitch. And manage to miss the entire point of Senators points. Will that change? Hell no, it is the blog way.

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  25. Any time the comment thread hits this high figure someone got their undies in a wad. I suggest the Senator open a separate blog for the truly incensed.

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  26. Well, I missed all the fun earlier. After skimming through most of these my observation is that we must have a bye tomorrow. 😉

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  27. Gaskilldawg

    Certainly the issue of whether McGarity is a good or a lousy AD is a relevant issue tonGeorgia Athletics. However, why does anyone still give a shit about who wanted Richt fired or who wanted Richt’s contract extended?
    I had a strongly held opinion and some accused me of being more interested in a person rather than my alma mater. So what? Richt is gone from UGA for all time, and Smart’s results this season give rise to the hope he will be successful here for as many decades as he chooses to coach.The “should he stay or should he go” war is over.

    Why let arguments settled almost two years ago still create ill will during the best season, to date, since 1982?

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    • Scorpio Jones, III

      I agree Gaskill, now, do you think it would be a kharmic etiquette breach to enjoy watching Alabama render asunder Butch Jones?

      This especially the time of year when the unseen becomes even more important.

      Blutarsky fills the air with numbers, I worry about the direction of the wind and the Amen Corner of our football lives.

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      • Gaskilldawg

        Thanks for the morning good humor! On one level I agree that it would be fun to watch Butch on the sidelines mentally struggling for the best cliche, but on the other hand it is really an unfair fight, isn’t it? I guess I still remember how Vols acted towards us 1992-2000. You know what I mean.

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        • Scorpio Jones, III

          Like many of the most important aspects of life, there is no playbook for this kind of thing…but… I would not mind beginning to feel sorry for Tennessee about the middle of the second quarter. Its Tennessee, who cares if the fight is fair.

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