Tag Archives: Mark Richt

“I didn’t choose to leave Georgia.”

Over at The Athletic (you know, you really should subscribe), you’ll find a lengthy piece on Mark Richt ($$), where he says —  surprise! — he never wanted to leave Athens.

Now, some of you may choose not to believe that, but you know who did?  The people at Miami who interviewed Richt for that job after he was fired.

“His interview was very boring, just to be quite honest,” Vilma says. “There was really not a lot of energy, and in the middle of the interview he kind of apologized because he was still kind of getting over being fired by Georgia. He didn’t expect that to happen.

“I took that as something really positive, because everything that he was saying, No. 1, was genuine, and No. 2, it showed he is committed to the long term. Like, he wanted to stay at Georgia until he retired…”

Not that I expect that to change many minds, but, what the hell, thought I’d share.

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Richt remembers VanGorder

There is an interesting interview in the Louisville Courier-Journal in which Georgia’s former head coach reflects on what caused him to hire Brian VanGorder as his first defensive coordinator.

Now, I just wish somebody would ask Richt what he was thinking when he kept Willie Martinez in that role.  Assuming he even wants to discuss it, of course.

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The eternal flame

Mark Bradley has scientific proof that Paul Johnson is a better coach than the man he’s never beaten in Bobby Dodd Stadium:  “Because overachieving is always a function of coaching.”

So is recruiting.

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Turnover margin

Considering the number of D-1 football programs in the state of Florida, this is an amazing little factoid:

Miami’s Mark Richt is already the dean of FBS head coaches in the Sunshine State…

As was the case in Georgia, too.  I wonder how many other coaches over the past two decades can make a similar claim.

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The evolution of Mark Richt’s roster management

In light of some of the comments I read in response to yesterday’s post about Richt’s offensive philosophy, I thought this was interesting enough to share.

Whereas in his Athens days, Richt’s propensity for leaving his roster numbers well short of the 85-man limit was the result of a deliberate reluctance on his part to overpromise when it came to making offers, this seems way more driven by the calculus of how to fill out a roster with what works best in the here and now.  I’m not saying whether that’s the best approach, but I sense that it’s driven by a realization that he’ll never have the resources to match what the likes of Alabama and Georgia do in assembling (and reconstructing) their rosters.

All of which leads me to wonder how much longer the transfer rules are going to allow Saban to get away with stuff like this.

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History repeating

Dawg fans will hear a familiar echo, echo, echo in this piece.

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From Richt to Smart to Chubb

I’m not sure if this makes me a Richtophobe or a Richtophile, but Nick Chubb’s comparison of his two head football coaches leaves as many questions for me as answers.

From Richt, he learned how to set priorities, and that “being a great man is more important” than being a great football player.

“He definitely was a strong man of faith,” Chubb said. “That rubbed off on us, how he approached every day and lived his life. Definitely a great man to look up to.”

But the culture under Richt — at least near the end of his tenure — was apparently not conducive to strong leadership among players. Chubb said the biggest difference with Smart was that he lets the team leaders call the shots.

“It was just more of a player-led team,” Chubb said. “Guys were finally fed up with losing so we kinda just took it over ourselves. Coach Smart was there and supported us and kind of led us in the right direction with doing that.”

Those leadership moments included calling players-only meetings and taking control at practices, per Chubb.

“Coaches didn’t have to get on anybody,” he said. “We’d get on them ourselves and hold everybody accountable.”

So Richt was a figure of admiration, but didn’t inspire the players to lead themselves, while Smart, who’s a notorious control freak (and in this context, I mean that as a compliment), let team leaders call the shots.  Um, sure.  There’s no doubt Smart got better results out of this team than late vintage Richt did, but I’m having a hard time seeing the grounds for it in Chubb’s explanation.  What am I missing here?

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