Using a formula that weighs four factors…
- Championships Won Over Last Decade: 1 point (A division title), 2 points (A conference title), 3 points (Multiple conference titles and/or multiple major bowl appearances), 4 points (A playoff or national title game appearance), 5 points (A national title)
- Recruiting Over Last Decade: 1 point (No top 10 classes or five-star recruits), 2 points (One top 10 class or five-star recruit), 3 points (Multiple top 10 classes and/or five-star recruits), 4 points (A top 5 class), 5 points (Multiple top 5 classes)
- Revenue*: 1 point (No top 25 finishes within last 3 years), 2 points (Top 25 revenue finish), 3 points (Multiple Top 25 finishes), 4 (A top 10 finish), 5 (Multiple top 10 finishes)
- Pressure: 1 point (Extreme job volatility), 2 points (High volatility), 3 points (Moderate volatility), 4 points (Some volatility), 5 (Low volatility)
… this post at 247Sports ranks college football’s top twenty jobs.
Checking in at number three, behind Alabama and Ohio State (now there’s a real surprise), is Georgia.
This isn’t recency bias. It’s a reflection of what Georgia can be when directed by the right coach and money is spent to keep up with the Joneses. The Bulldogs are in an ideal position in terms of on-field opportunity. They’re in the weaker SEC division (the East), providing a yearly path to compete for championships. Georgia also operates in a state with recruiting riches. In fact, Georgia produces more high-end talent than any state in the country per capita. Kirby Smart is mining that properly, producing back-to-back top 3 recruiting classes, including a No. 1 effort during the 2018 cycle. That combination led to Georgia reaching the national title game in Year 2 of Smart’s tenure.
From a monetary perspective, the Bulldogs are finally spending to keep up with the top dogs in the country. Georgia opened a new indoor facility last February, and a $63 million stadium project is on the way. The Bulldogs are investing in recruiting. According to data from the US Department of Education, Georgia spent more money on recruiting in men’s athletics than Alabama did in 2016. [Emphasis added.]
That’s nice, but I’m afraid a little correction is due. It’s not so much a question of whether Georgia’s spent money so much as whether Georgia has used its obvious resources wisely. As a wise blogger who shall remain nameless once posted,
If you manage an SEC football program, there’s a difference between being committed to winning and being financially committed to winning. Everybody wants to win. The hard part is figuring out how to allocate resources to make sure that happens.
I say it’s only a little correction because it’s obvious that Kirby has a clue. And that’s what Georgia needed.