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Mark Richt: The University of Georgia Has a Tough Decision to Make

Heart breaking losses in Athens are becoming a regular thing of late for the Georgia Bulldogs, Following a 38-31 loss to Tennessee on Saturday, which followed a 38-10 debacle at the hands of the Alabama Crimson Tide only a week ago, head coach Mark Richt might be feeling a bit uneasy as he sits in his office on Monday morning.

[adinserter block=”1″]Does the man who once restored faith in the Red and Black in the world created by Vince Dooley have enough in him to resurrect a program that was thought to be the best in the SEC less than a month ago and in the process prove he is still the right man to lead the Georgia program?

The jury is going to think long and hard on this one.

Georgia was in command of the Volunteers – commanding the team at every turn, scoring touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams. Then, with a flip of a switch, it crumbled, The Volunteers led an improbable comeback, helping to restore faith in Butch Jones with the orange and white, after a week that he himself was in turmoil and controversy.

Chad Scott of gridironnow.com presents a challenging expose of Richt and why his tenure on top should be questioned.

In recent years Richt has changed his defensive coordinator, offensive coordinator, position coaches and support staff, all without marked improvement. The two constants: Richt and a lack of championships. That’s not a coincidence.

No mystery remains for what the Bulldogs can, and can’t, accomplish with Richt in charge.

Georgia has played seven football seasons since 2008. That’s a healthy abstract from which definitive conclusions can be drawn. Looking at those seasons, it’s clear they fit into a tight and predictable pattern: win eight or 10 games, lose a game to an inferior team, get blown out once, probably lose to Florida, almost certainly beat Georgia Tech, fail to win any type of championship and end the season in a second-tier bowl.

Richt lives on as slippery a slope as there is in college football and leads a life of happy-go-lucky versus the need to win and satisfy the masses. His strong religious conviction, mixed with a desire to teach as well as coach makes him the dream of every mother who wants to see her son get a good education while playing football between the hedges.

The other side is a man that may be considered a bit moderate, unfazed by problems on offense and a team that should be better than its play and record indicate. This is nothing new. It’s becoming a problem that grows like moss in the Georgia fall.

To put it mildly, the loss to Alabama is one thing. The falter to Tennessee is another. And with Auburn, Florida and Georgia Tech still on the schedule, the buck obviously stops at Richt some names like Jim Donnan and Ray Goff aren’t brought up again.

Incidentally, it’s hard to imagine a coach with 140 wins and 49 losses in his career as a head coach after being Bobby Bowden’s right hand man being on the hot seat is hard to understand.

[adinserter block=”2″]But trying to convince big pockets that he is the right guy right now is about as easy as convincing a monk to speak out load. The natives aren’t too happy, with good reason.

He is a paradox for sure with the ability to turn solid college football players into tomorrow’s NFL stars. Under Richt, Matthew Stafford, Knowshon Moreno, AJ Green, Orson Charles, Jarvis Jones, Justin Houston, Alec Ogletree, Bacarri Rambo, Todd Gurley and now Nick Chubb are all stars in the making or have made their bones on the next level.

His recruiting is top-notched, his demeanor never wavers. And in the end, Georgia fans and the college football media continually ask, what has Richt done for the Bulldogs, and better yet, what is he doignt o program now?



  1. Devil’s advocate position. Bama’s defense is designed to stop pro-style offenses like Georgia’s. A bad match-up against the best team in the conference is a recipe for disaster.

    As for Tennessee, I wouldn’t say we were in command of UT at every turn. Our D was on the field a lot in the first half and a few big plays masked the fact that it’s hard playing two big games in a row. As Colin Cowherd says, the biggest decider in college football is who you play the week before. Even Nick Saban says its hard getting his teams up for the game after a rivalry. Practice is more lethargic. Loosing at home to Arkansas until late in the 3rd quarter?? As a former player in the SEC, I have always argued for the “week after” affect.

    As for Mark Richt, who are we going to find that’s better. Unless we get Nick Saban, Georgia fans won’t be happy. Just ask every other school in the conference not named Bama how their coaching transistions are going? Richt has turned around the Georgia program against our rivals: Tech, Auburn, Tennessee (5 in a row until Saturday) and even Florida. And he had done so without getting the school on probation. I think we have enjoyed more success in the last 15 years than the 15 years before he got here. And probably more than the 15 years after he leaves. Richt has had the unfortunate timing of coaching in the SEC when Spurrier & Meyer were at Florida and Saban was at Bama. History will look on those two coaches as some of the greatest that ever lived.


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