Category Archives: Georgia Football

Game day thoughts, old-fashioned hate edition

I’m not gonna lie to you.  It’s been a tough week to summon up the usual emotion I feel for this game.  But I’m there.  And I’ll be there to cheer Georgia on today.

There’s a certain whiff of 2009 that I catch, going in.  No, Tech isn’t highly ranked, or even favored, but there are rumors swirling about careers being at stake, Georgia’s game plan should again involving minimizing the role of the passing attack and there’s nothing more to play for today than pride.  Sounds familiar.

In the end, pride should be enough.  Georgia is the more talented team and, barring turnovers, should be able to grind its way to another win.  The Dawgs have worked that formula successfully for several weeks now and there’s little reason to think it shouldn’t work again today, as Roof’s defense isn’t any better than the ones Georgia’s seen during the recent winning streak.

The game is likely to be pretty ugly along the way, but one blessing is that with both teams emphasizing the run, it should run its course mercifully quickly.

Today, it’s all about We Run This State.  Tomorrow, we can turn to Who Runs This Program.

Add your game day thoughts in the comments.  Meanwhile, I’m off to beautiful BDS, aka Mark Richt Field.


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If misery loves company…

… then one thing that won’t be lacking at Bobby Dodd Stadium today is a sense of companionship.


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One way or the other, it shouldn’t be that hard.

Mark Bradley, of all people, gets McGarity’s choice right.

Once very nearly a great coach, Richt has descended to the ranks of the pretty good. Cold numbers tell us so. If you’re a decision-maker at Georgia, you have to ask: Is pretty good good enough for our proud and prosperous program? If it’s not, are you confident in Richt’s ability to lead the Bulldogs back to prominence? And if you aren’t, isn’t your choice clear?

Notice it’s got nothing to do with the Georgia Tech game.  If somebody like Bradley can frame the decision properly, why is it so hard for the people in Butts-Mehre to do the same?


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“I like the preparation, but I don’t like the cut blocking at all.”

Interesting perspective on how much playing Georgia Southern and Georgia Tech back-to-back might help Georgia’s defense prepare here:

“Somewhat it will help them just because of the assignment,” said Georgia Southern coach Willie Fritz, whose team lost to Georgia Tech last season 42-38. “Someone on the dive, quarterback, pitch. Really, I don’t know all the background in scheduling. I’ve only been here a couple of years. I think originally it was intended for an under-center, triple-option like Georgia Tech runs and what we used to run before I got here. In that regard, there’s quite a bit of difference between the two teams.”

And Paul Johnson adds something to that.

“They really played three option teams in a row if you want to count,” he said. “That’s what Auburn is really. …You know, they’ve played against us. We’ve played against them. I don’t think there will be a whole lot of change. They played three fronts against us last year, that’s what they play against everybody. Nobody is going to reinvent the wheel in three days.”

Tactically, I think Johnson has the better argument.  Sure there are differences resulting from how the quarterback takes the ball, but in the end, Pruitt’s gonna do what Pruitt’s gonna do playing a run-oriented offense.  And Tech is likely to probe Georgia’s defense the same way Southern did.

“They stretch you from sideline to sideline and guys got to play off blocks on the perimeter and make some plays, so it’s got to help hopefully,” Georgia defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt said. “There are some things we can take away from it. We have to do a better job on the perimeter, we let some balls out on us. We were fortunate on a couple of others that were close to getting out on us.”

But I do think Fritz’ point about getting the repetitions from playing assignment football is the more important.  So maybe when Leonard Floyd says,

“It definitely gets us used to it,” said outside linebacker Leonard Floyd, who had a career-high 12 tackles and 3 1/2 for loss last Saturday. “As a defense, everybody has to do their job. You can’t do somebody else’s job. That’s how a lane opens up when you play those Wing-T type teams.”

… he and his teammates will be able to draw on their experience from their last two games to play like they talk.


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“I don’t think any rivalry I’ve been a part of is bigger than this.”

Jake Ganus has the best summary/reaction from last year’s loss to Tech you’ll ever see.

“I feel sick from that game, and I wasn’t even here.”

I was.

GATA, boys.


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“His special ingredient is love.”

You gotta love a football player who’s also an accomplished grill master.

That top-secret recipe helped Barnes, a 3-star offensive lineman from Lee County High School (Leesburg, Ga.), win $500 in the second annual Modern Gas Ribs Showdown, which was held in Leesburg, last year. Barnes’ “Big Daddy’s” ribs won first place in a 2014 competition that had approximately 30 other grill masters. He purchased a deer rifle with the prize money.

That’s right. Barnes, a 6-foot-5, 270-pounder who will play for the Bulldogs next year, is an award-winning chef.

Hope that’s not considered an NCAA violation.


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“It looks like it’s about a 50-50 split.”

Now is not a happy time for Dawgnation.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and reached out to people this week who are in positions of knowledge and influence when it comes to the inner workings of the University of Georgia and its athletics association. Some declined comment and some spoke only in broad generalities. But others spoke candidly on the condition of anonymity.

This much is clear: There is a lot of dissatisfaction about the leadership and direction of Georgia football.

“There are five or six members of the board of regents that are extremely disenchanted with the state and condition of the football program at the University of Georgia,” one person with direct knowledge said about the situation.

It’s been a season of disappointments, no question.  But I can’t help but chuckle over one of the complaints.

But there are more specific complaints about the way things have gone this season. Some individuals contacted complained about the pregame “skirmish” that ensued against Alabama in the season’s fifth game. They were further embarrassed when the Crimson Tide later took advantage of some major fundamental breakdowns — a blocked punt for a touchdown started the onslaught — in what ended up a lopsided 38-10 defeat.

We might have excused you for behaving like dicks before the game, boys, if only you’d have gone on to play well.

This is pretty unsurprising, too.

Even last week’s win over Georgia Southern drew criticism. The Bulldogs won 23-17 in overtime, but they obviously struggled to do so. And to have expressed such joy and exhilaration against an inferior in-state program that only recent moved up to the Sun Belt Conference did not sit well with longtime supporters.

“I love to see them win but, Saturday night, beating Georgia Southern in overtime, and we’re excited about it? Please,” said one major donor. “This is the University of Georgia. Who did we beat this year? Vanderbilt? Kentucky? And we’re excited about beating Georgia Southern in overtime?”

“This is the University of Georgia”, eh?  A legend in our own minds… the reality is Georgia, historically speaking, is an above-average program with occasional peaks of greatness.  (Some of which Mark Richt has supplied, by the way.)  But don’t stop those regents.  They’re on a roll.

Said Dr. Thomas Hopkins of Griffin, a member of the board of regents: “I don’t have a position on it. Around the table, we (regents) just say we’re glad we don’t have anything to do with hiring and firing coaches. That’s just not what the board of regents does. We entrust those duties to the president of the university and the athletic director.”

But that doesn’t mean they don’t have an opinion about it and that they wouldn’t share it. Several have.

Not on the record, though.  Real profiles in courage there.

Where were you guys when Goff was hired, or Donnan?  Or Richt himself, for that matter?  Why were you apparently content with emphasizing the reserve fund over spending money on the football program over most of Richt’s tenure?  Why was Michael Adams’ interference with the program tolerated?  If you’ve known what you wanted, you’ve sure had a funny way of showing it over the years.

None of this is about keeping Richt.  But to the 50% who want him gone, who think it’s time for Georgia to be what you think Georgia is, here’s what I have to say.  You have checkbooks, and now is the time to put your money where your anonymous mouths are.  Tell McGarity that money is no object.  Tell him you’ll pay for the buyouts.  Tell him that you’ll back his play with the most expensive replacement hire he can land, if that’s what it takes.  And tell him that you’ll be there to pay for everything the new guy wants, because it’ll take that, too.

Otherwise, save your grumbling.  Because it doesn’t mean any more than what I see in the comment threads here at the blog.


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