“Can’t figure out how they haven’t won more.”

Another day, another Adam Rittenberg column about Georgia being a disappointment.

Georgia is one of the great mysteries in college football: a top-5 job without enough top-5 results. Smart might be the coach to elevate the program but needs a championship this fall or in the near future to truly validate the progress. What Georgia could be is a tired refrain if the program never actually reaches that level.

Swinney has fully tapped into the potential that Clemson didn’t fully realize under his predecessors. The Tigers have everything they need to continue dominating the ACC and making CFP appearances. As long as Swinney is at the helm, Clemson should be a force both on the field and in recruiting. But what about when he leaves? A dropoff is possible if not likely, and it could be a significant step backward.

“[The better job] should be Georgia, but right now it’s Clemson,” an industry source said. “But if Dabo retires tomorrow, what’s the better job? It’s going to be hard to follow Dabo.”

The next year or two ultimately will shape Smart’s tenure at Georgia, but he’s already spearheaded important changes and investments to put Georgia on par with similar programs, especially in the Southeast.

“What Georgia could be is a tired refrain”.  He’s certainly doing what he can to make that a reality.  Does Kirby owe him money or something?

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49 responses to ““Can’t figure out how they haven’t won more.”

  1. ZeroPOINTzero

    What a dick.

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  2. Gaskilldawg

    Yawn.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Teacher Martin

    Their is nobody I think that UGA could hire that is any better than Kirby, but not winning championships is getting old.

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  4. 81Dog

    If he thinks UGA football is one of life’s great mysteries, wait until he discovers UGA basketball. Now THAT’s a disappointment. 🙂

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  5. akascuba

    None of this or the1980 crap ends till another Natty is brought back to Athens.

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  6. 79dawg

    I think it is incorrect, but you can say we “underachieved” because we don’t have MNCs – that is at least statistically correct. But to say we’re a disappointment because we don’t have enough top-5 finishes is not even really statistically accurate – F-OFF!!!

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  7. Ran A

    Not going to bite. Regarding Dabo – that’s real easy. He has had the two of the three best QB’S to come out of the state of Georgia leading those Natty teams. That’s why Clemson has those two Natty’s – period.

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  8. At this point, I am starting to wonder if the joy of winning a National Championship will be more about the actual achievement or the relief from the critics being shut up for me…lol.

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    • Down Island Way

      Those that are lazy, choose low hanging fruit to exploit…not much effort required for creating a narrative…when the clicks follow, they think they are on to something…

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  9. Godawg

    When are these peckerheads going to acknowledge that any road in the SEC to the CFP goes through Alabama. The real narrative is: When is Georgia going to beat Saban? (Something the majority of other teams haven’t been able to accomplish either)

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  10. Hogbody Spradlin

    The Curse of Herschel lives. We’re gonna have to do some kind of ritual* with a witch, some livestock, or a canine at the 50 yard line to banish it.

    *Not THAT kind of ritual. Get your mind out of the gutter.

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  11. Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

    I mean, he’s not wrong. We don’t like to hear it, we don’t like to admit it, but there is absolutely no excuse for Clemson to have won THREE national titles since our last one. Clemson should not have won three national titles and us none in the last forty years. The lack of Top-5 finishes, or not having as many Top-5 finishes with teams that were good enough to finish the season in the Top-5, is something I said the other day is a more nuanced argument, but is also true.

    Georgia, given all our resources, should have more national titles and more Top-5 finishes. I think that is a fair and honest statement. Not on par with Bama, but definitely on par with Tosu.

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    • I truly, honestly do believe that we too would have won many more national titles if we were able to start our season in December like Clemson does.

      I know that having any sort of answer to this seems like making excuses and I really don’t mean to. I want a natty as much as the next guy. But you gotta be at the table to eat and Richt got us a reservation and Kirby took a seat. We’re there and we’re hungry and one of these days we’re gonna get served.

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    • originaluglydawg

      Not an “excuse” but the reason, Corch.
      Swap Georgia and Clemson’s conferences and Dawgs are in the playoffs every year. Clemson is in the years they can beat Auburn, Florida and ‘Bama.
      That’s just the truth. Georgia is in a more difficult situation by a zillion times and I really wouldn’t have it any other way.
      I will give you that if Georgia had signed those two QB’s things would likely be much different. Georgia may very well have won it all, and Dabo wouldn’t have won Jack Shit.

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    • Jack Klompus

      Agreed. (I feel dirty)

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  12. W Cobb Dawg

    No shortage of bulletin board material. Kirby has a great chance to make these people stfu, at least til Jax or the secc.

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  13. Do people realize just how hard it is to win national championships? It’s like they think you’re baking a cake, and as long as you simply put in all the right ingredients and have the proper temperature setting you’re assured of success.

    Sports doesn’t work like that.

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    • 79dawg

      Bruh, I am undefeated beating everyone 77-0 on my way to winning 12 national championships in a row for my dynasty on my Xbox NCAA Football ’02, don’t give me that crap….

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  14. A top five job without top five results….. well sure, yeah, if you forget about the four Top 5 results in the past five years of course. What a friggin baffooon. It took Dabo how long before he reached the promised land, again? In the weak ACC nonetheless. No shit Clemson can keep “dominating the ACC.” Their biggest competitor in that conference is a basketball school coached by a septuagenarian.

    This dude’s a hack, he found a way to get clicks and is milking it, and I’d gladly punch him in the nether regions should he show his face in Athens. Can’t wait until after Kirby wins one and the narrative shifts to “Kirby can’t truly be great until he wins another.” It’s a never ending cycle.

    Go rag on Texas or Michigan or USC or literally any other blue blood that can ACTUALLY be classified as an underachiever. Guess that don’t get clicks tho…

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  15. originaluglydawg

    “What you going to write about today, Adam?”
    “Polly want a cracker, Polly want a cracker”.

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  16. stoopnagle

    Jesus Christ games can’t get here soon enough.

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  17. PTC DAWG

    Y’all watch, a 12-1 Clempson gets a free pass to the CFP.

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  18. godawgs1701

    Why don’t these idiots understand the concept of a “good job” or a “better job” in college football? It isn’t about which team is better. If it was, then just tell me who won the national championship that year and I’ll tell you what the best job in the country is. No, it’s about if you take the same coach, Coach John Doe, and put him into a seat how is he going to do? Georgia has a set of resources. Clemson has a set of resources. Dabo Swinney has done nothing short of an amazing job at Clemson, and he certainly has taken advantage of the weakest decade that the ACC has seen in its history. But Georgia is the better “job” because of the resources. That’s all.

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  19. Tony BarnFart

    I hate how so many people classify a “top” job. You’ve got to have a proverbial control in this experiment and, frankly, eliminating the current coach and most immediate fortunes (for any team) seems like the most honest way to go about doing it. In other words, the decline of Nebraska as a job probably trailed their actual decline by quite a few years. Now, both are second rate.

    As a neutral controlled experiment, I don’t think there’s anyone above Georgia and Ohio State in quality of job. LSU may be close, but Baton Rouge and Louisiana outside of NOLA is kind of a shithole IMO. Maybe that’s not as important as their local monopoly on good talent, but it is a drag that the others don’t have.

    I THINK (but don’t know) that Alabama has become so invested in its program that it will stay up after Saban. But even Alabama doesn’t have the natural advantages of a Georgia or Ohio State……it BUILT OUT its advantages. Hell, before Kirby we were crying over the waste of our NATURAL advantages because we refused to do relatively little BUILDING OUT. I know Kirby put in 11th hr work to get Jacob Eason during the transition from Richt to Kirby, but the entities that are the University of Georgia and Athens ultimately landed that #1 quarterback, full stop.

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  20. californiadawg

    Funny how these beat writers who live to fellate Dabo rarely mention first 5-6 seasons at Clemson.

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  21. miltondawg

    “The Tigers have everything they need to continue dominating the ACC and making CFP appearances.”

    Is that code for not taking a dump of the rest of the conference from a football standpoint since you are employed by the conference’s media rights partner?

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  22. uga97

    Sadly, Adam refuses to drink Bill Connelly’s Kool aid on UGA & Kirby.

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