Blog…Claims Against Richt Unjustified
Why do you think the “Dawgs” keep head coach (Mark) Richt? Do you think Richt's days are numbered?
By: BE Coleman
It is that time again, you know, the time when I begin getting asked those questions about my thoughts upon the SEC. Most ironic, is one question that I was asked about by an Atlanta news reporter last week, that pops up over and over was:
Why do you think the “Dawgs” (a millennium twist on Junkyard Dogs*) keep head coach (Mark) Richt? Do you think Richt's days are numbered?
I answered this question in 2006, it was phrased different, but I am back answering this same question from a news hound in the same city.
I was also sent a story from the same producer, of a story coined off of a story, by an AJC blogger named Bill King, who is now calling Richt a “whiner,” over being forced to face three non conference BCS teams in 2009.
My initial thoughts are this, Mark Richt is the winningest coach in UGA history during in his first 8 seasons. Period. I have heard that same rhetoric from some Atlanta writers from time to time about his days being numbered. …Puzzling and truly mind blowing.
Who can they get that is better than he is I replied? Georgia was a 7-4, 6-5 and 8-3 at best for 13 years. Then Richt came, and now they are in the mix each year for the eastern division race. To be exact, I’ll give you the exact numbers.
Ray Goff guided Georgia to a 46-34-1 record – good for a .574% winning percentage. Then came Jim Donnan who posted a 40-19 record that was good for a .677% mark. In eight seasons, Richt has posted an 82-22 record, good for .788%. That’s almost .800% folks!
Georgia had never played for an SEC Championship Title Game before Richt landed in Athens, and have now earned two SEC Titles and have three division crowns housed.
Florida has eight division crowns and Tennessee has earned six crowns since 1992, in 16 seasons of play.
Richt did not begin until 2001, that’s eight full years later than the Gators and Volunteers. The Bulldogs are winning eight out of ten times they set foot onto a playing field under Richt.
About Richt being called a “whiner,” that’s appalling. Richt should be unhappy with some of the situations that are occurring while he is trying to build a consistent program – which he has. The first tort reflects back to the Georgia-Florida Game quote that is not fair for the Bulldogs.
This is true, and here is why, of 86 total games played in the series, find only 6 games have ever been played on Georgia soil. You can calculate that percentage yourself.
Richt is right, if a team travels that distance and is out of state, it “aint” a home game folks.
Actually, I need that guy on the Billy and John Boy Show in Charlotte, that Mad Max personality to say that for you, with his inference, “it aint a home game folks!” Regionalism helps…
The second tort on Richt reflects to his genuine sentiment that Georgia is facing three BCS non conference teams in ‘09. It is the SEC’s toughest schedule for the second straight season. The Bulldogs face a Top 10 Oklahoma State team on the road, and two Top 25 teams in Arizona State, Georgia Tech.
If anyone in the state of Georgia wishes to reflect disharmonious sentiment against anyone, it should be AD Damon Evans, not Mark Richt. It is not the head coach that is permitted to make the schedule; it is the program athletic directors that do this – in case you were unaware.
Georgia got a little too advantageous mimicking Tennessee and their past scheduling, that saw them playing a Notre Dame and PAC 10 school in the same campaign. The Vols have lightened the load that now mimics Florida’s taste of non conference opponents.
Don’t worry Bulldog fans, the Vols will step right back into it next season, that’s heavy the next decade with top BCS opponents on their schedule.
Any coach worth his salt, that is allegiant to his trade, would not be happy seeing such a work schedule handed to them.
Ask any factory worker (are there any left) what its like to work 180 - 12 to 16 hour days without a single day off. Then top it off with three extra weeks of compounded work that’s built into it.
Mark Richt has given Georgia its very best run since Vince Dooley left Athens. And if I am not mistaken, and I am pretty sure I am not, it was the “Ole Dooley Dog” that hired Richt.
Florida and Tennessee have owned the eastern division year in and year out, until Richt was hired. The Gators have had the best run since the ‘90’s, while the Volunteers have the best overall run since the 1890’s as the SEC’s second all time winning program.
That kind of success is not over thrown in a few seasons folks. It takes time. Disrespecting the best thing to happen in Athens since 1980, that’s 29 years for you, is not only puzzling, it’s both bizarre and disconnected thinking. Absurd is another good choice of thought.
*Junkyard Dogs was a coined phrase that featured Dooley’s defense’s taking opponents to the scrap yard and feeding them junk. Perhaps my nostalgic nature prevents me from trying to change adages that are well documented.
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