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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

It has happened before...

now, I'm not comparing Mark Richt to the following man, but I've seen comments of late asking if anyone has ever been able to put together a run of championship seasons, have the wheels fall off, then rebuild and get back to winning at the highest level. There's no doubt that from 2002-2007 Georgia was one of the best, if not the best, program in the SEC, and on par with the elite nationally. But that was then, and now we've lost 4 straight, including to South Carolina and two other major conference bottom feeders. So, is there a precedent for turning it around?

5-4-1
7-2-2
8-1-2
11-0
10-1
9-2
10-1
9-1-1
11-0
8-2-1
8-3
6-5
6-5-1
11-1
10-2
11-1
11-1
11-1
9-3
11-1
11-1
12-0
10-2
9-2-1
8-4

See that big, bolded batch in the middle of all those SEC and national championship caliber seasons? Pretty bad huh, and would make you think the coach had lost it. But he reassessed his program, made massive changes (including a new system offensively), and got things back on track. Now, Bear Bryant was a pretty special coach, and Mark Richt certainly goes about his business a bit differently. But just saying is all, there is a history of a coach who won big, lost it, but was somehow able to get it back. Can Mark Richt?

Who's got one thumb and is ready to turn this ship around?

3 comments:

  1. Mark Richt is not Bear Bryant.

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  2. An interesting sentiment, though Richt hasn't had a stretch like Bryant had for the six years before heading into that "down period". If he comes out of it starting next year and rattles off eleven seasons at nine wins or better, then you may be on to something.

    Personally, I view him much more like Dooley, as their histories are a little more similar.

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  3. All I can say is that down years are what makes sports special. The ability to face controversy, failure and loss, yet find a way to fight back....sounds like a great story to me. Hopefully the athletic department staff will allow him the chance to fight back. I personally would like to see how he does.

    Then, if/when he is able to pull it together and win it all....don't you want to be able to say He was my guy, I've been with him through the ups, downs and strange places in between...like this past Saturday.

    Personally, I find the current position of the program refreshing. It feels somehow less hyped and cheap, like the SEC Championships and 11 win seasons were special, rather than ho hum.

    I like the comparison to both Dooley and Bear but in order to see if it holds....you go to give the guy a few years to sort it out.

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