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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

McGarity Biggest Decision Is On The Horizon

We have a lot of fun on this site at CMR's expense. The best part is the militant pro-Richt people who only want to hear positive, positive, positive in a 6-6 season. I must admit we do enjoy having the Richt-O-Philes getting all up in arms over any criticism of their beloved.



In all honesty CMR is not a terrible coach in fact I think he is a pretty good coach. The problem with CMR in my opinion lies more with his staff than with Richt. However, it is Richt that picks his staff and Richt that refuses to fire those staffers.



You see a Head Coach is not just a coach. When it comes down to pure coaching Richt is very good. A Head Coach is much more than just a coach, he is an executive. An executive has to make hard decisions especially an executive in a balls to wall, cut-throat, take no prisoners business like college football. An executive should be kind and helpful to those beneath him in the pecking order but he also has to have some distance between himself and his employees. I know the Richt-O-Philes will jump on this and say things like "I am glad our HC isn't a dick like Spurrier, Saban, or Meyer." Maybe you don't have to be as big a hardcore jerk as those guys but you can't be as squishy soft as Richt is either. We kept Willie Martinez for far too long (actually Martinez never should have gotten the job) because he and Richt are such good friends.



Right now if you talk to any Dawg fan you will hear three names Bobo, Grantham, and Van Halanger. As far as Bobo goes I understand Richt's thinking, I really do. Bobo is young and Richt sees a lot of himself in Bobo. Just the other day Richt reminisced about the heat he took while at FSU. The difference between Bobo at UGA in 2010 and Mark Richt at FSU in the 90's is two fold:
1. FSU was not playing the level of competition week in and week out in the ACC in the 90's that UGA faces now in the SEC. An OC that struggled at FSU in the 90's had a much greater margin of error than an OC in the current SEC has, and
2. In the 90's the FSU defense wasn't so much a defense as it was a collection of genetically altered cyborgs from the future who played football as if their very existence depended on the level of pain they inflicted on the adversary. Bobo doesn't have that same luxury of the defensive side of the ball at Georgia.
That being said if Richt wants to stick with Bobo you just have to say "Well he is the HC and he is in a better position to see potential and track the improvement of an assistant" I know that doesn't sound very much like me but I am actually willing to give Richt the benefit of the doubt on Bobo.

Now as for Grantham. He makes a lot of money and while we anticipated a transition we did not anticipate his Martinez level of failure to stop the opposition. I am not saying I expected him to field the top D in the conference but I did expect better than what we had. Now I could point out that the 3-4 is a poor match against spread offenses like South Carolina, Auburn, Florida, and Missy St. because it forces you into the nickel for most of the game and limits what you can do in your blitz packages; but I am not as sophisticated a football spectator as some other Dawg bloggers so I won't. I could point out that the 3-4 is probably the worst possible D to play against PJ's triple option flex-boner attack; but Bob Davie (yeah pretty sad-Bob Davie pointed it out) spent the better part of ESPN's telecast on Saturday hammering that point home. UGA is paying Grantham a lot of money and it is true that he doesn't have all the personnel necessary to run this D. I will (probably to the surprise of the regular reader of this blog) give Richt the benefit of the doubt on Grantham as well.

The point where I can't give CMR the benefit of the doubt, and the place where McGarity has to step in and force a change is with Van Halanger. In the stretch where UGA lost 4 games the first 3 were to SEC teams- South Carolina, Missy St, and Arkansas. The bottom line is we were undersized and weaker than those teams. We have been undersized and weaker than a lot of teams in the past few years. Van Halanger has to go and if Richt can't pull the trigger on his friend then the AD has to override him.

29 comments:

  1. There has to be some kind of virulent organism infecting you guys. Augusta must be under attack and you have been among the first victims. Reasonable opinions and concessions are not your stock in trade. Something is amiss.
    If you keep this up you'll sound like the milquetoasts at those other blogs.

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  2. I posted yesterday about your rants about Richt. Today it seems you have decided that Richt is a good coach, but he's a bad executive by not firing Bobo, Grantham or VanH.

    First, as you have already acknowledged above, Richt has confidence in Bobo. 7 straight games of 30+ points can tend to do that. The offense was not the problem (except for some ill timed turnovers - S.C., Colorado, UF - as prime examples). Second, Grantham has to be given time. We have not had what the 3-4 needs - a massive DT who controls two linemen. Get that in recruiting this year (or Geathers or a Smith, Thornton) and maybe that problem is solved.

    As for VanH, I would agree that we probably need to look at making a change here. I think our guys are just as big and strong and fast as anyones, but it seems the motivation to workout and continue to grow is lacking with VanH. Maybe a change there is required, but what tells you that Richt won't let him go or bring in some fresh blood there. He fired one of his best friends last year with Martinez, which could not have been easy to do. But he did it. I think it's time for people to reflect on who Richt has faith in with his assistants - when Van Gorder came in with him every one was saying "who?" cause no one knew about him and how he would be in the SEC.

    As to my posts yesterday, you never answered the other two questions: (1) were you equally displeased with Richt in 2002, 2005 and 2007. Did you call for him to be fired or quit after those seasons? I'm sure you were just as happy as I was to be a bulldog fan. (2) If no to the first question, what will make you happy? 12-0 and winning a MNC obviously, but what if we go 11-1 and win SEC and lose MNC game? 10-2 and win SEC? 9-3, but beat Florida and Tech every year? I want to know where you draw the line between successful and "fire the man" seasons. If you haven't figured out college football and the SEC by now, you should know that it's a cyclical thing, teams will rise and fall. Alabama lost to Louisiana-Monroe in 2007. Playing for SEC championship in 2008 and winning MNC in 2009. Florida wins MNC in 2006 and 2008 and goes 7-5 this year. UGA wins SEC in 2002, 2005 and finishes 2007 #2 in nation. Disappointing years to follow. Was Richt great until 07 and has sucked since? Did Saban suck in 07? Does Meyer suck now? Chizik has never had such a successful season and now he's a genius? It doesn't work like that. You get great players and you put them in position to make great plays. Sometimes they make mistakes, turnovers, penalites, drop balls, etc. It happens. But Richt is just as good now as he was then. Dawgs will be back in 2011 - will you be happy then?

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  3. I posted yesterday about your rants about Richt. Today it seems you have decided that Richt is a good coach, but he's a bad executive by not firing Bobo, Grantham or VanH.

    First, as you have already acknowledged above, Richt has confidence in Bobo. 7 straight games of 30+ points can tend to do that. The offense was not the problem (except for some ill timed turnovers - S.C., Colorado, UF - as prime examples). Second, Grantham has to be given time. We have not had what the 3-4 needs - a massive DT who controls two linemen. Get that in recruiting this year (or Geathers or a Smith, Thornton) and maybe that problem is solved.

    As for VanH, I would agree that we probably need to look at making a change here. I think our guys are just as big and strong and fast as anyones, but it seems the motivation to workout and continue to grow is lacking with VanH. Maybe a change there is required, but what tells you that Richt won't let him go or bring in some fresh blood there. He fired one of his best friends last year with Martinez, which could not have been easy to do. But he did it. I think it's time for people to reflect on who Richt has faith in with his assistants - when Van Gorder came in with him every one was saying "who?" cause no one knew about him and how he would be in the SEC.

    As to my posts yesterday, you never answered the other two questions: (1) were you equally displeased with Richt in 2002, 2005 and 2007. Did you call for him to be fired or quit after those seasons? I'm sure you were just as happy as I was to be a bulldog fan. (2) If no to the first question, what will make you happy? 12-0 and winning a MNC obviously, but what if we go 11-1 and win SEC and lose MNC game? 10-2 and win SEC? 9-3, but beat Florida and Tech every year? I want to know where you draw the line between successful and "fire the man" seasons. If you haven't figured out college football and the SEC by now, you should know that it's a cyclical thing, teams will rise and fall. Alabama lost to Louisiana-Monroe in 2007. Playing for SEC championship in 2008 and winning MNC in 2009. Florida wins MNC in 2006 and 2008 and goes 7-5 this year. UGA wins SEC in 2002, 2005 and finishes 2007 #2 in nation. Disappointing years to follow. Dawgs will be back in 2011 - will you be happy then?

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  4. First, as you have already acknowledged above, Richt has confidence in Bobo. 7 straight games of 30+ points can tend to do that. The offense was not the problem (except for some ill timed turnovers - S.C., Colorado, UF - as prime examples). Second, Grantham has to be given time. We have not had what the 3-4 needs - a massive DT who controls two linemen. Get that in recruiting this year (or Geathers or a Smith, Thornton) and maybe that problem is solved.

    As for VanH, I would agree that we probably need to look at making a change here. I think our guys are just as big and strong and fast as anyones, but it seems the motivation to workout and continue to grow is lacking with VanH. Maybe a change there is required, but what tells you that Richt won't let him go or bring in some fresh blood there. He fired one of his best friends last year with Martinez, which could not have been easy to do. But he did it. I think it's time for people to reflect on who Richt has faith in with his assistants - when Van Gorder came in with him every one was saying "who?" cause no one knew about him and how he would be in the SEC.

    As to my posts yesterday, you never answered the other two questions: (1) were you equally displeased with Richt in 2002, 2005 and 2007. Did you call for him to be fired or quit after those seasons? I'm sure you were just as happy as I was to be a bulldog fan. (2) If no to the first question, what will make you happy? 12-0 and winning a MNC obviously, but what if we go 11-1 and win SEC and lose MNC game? 10-2 and win SEC? 9-3, but beat Florida and Tech every year? Alabama lost to Louisiana-Monroe in 2007. Playing for SEC championship in 2008 and winning MNC in 2009. Florida wins MNC in 2006 and 2008 and goes 7-5 this year. UGA wins SEC in 2002, 2005 and finishes 2007 #2 in nation. Disappointing years to follow. Dawgs will be back in 2011 - will you be happy then?

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  5. Sorry for the triple post in advance, it kept saying it didn't post.

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  6. Take that Elvis! Nice points Jonathan.

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  7. I think you are right on the money!! We have to get stronger!! If not, we may see much of the same!

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  8. Jonathan

    Well of course I was happy in 02,05,and 07. After 07 is when the decline started. You can't compare the struggles of a coach (Saban) when he is rebuilding a program to the struggles of a coach that has been on the job for 10 years. You come back here and compare Saban to Richt after Saban has been at Bama for a decade and has had three straight years of decline then when can talk. Until then you are comparing apples to oranges.
    Meyer gets a pass becuse he has.....stay with me here Jonathan.....2 National Titles. When Mark Richt puts a National Title in that Trophy case then you can talk about him deserving something.

    Saban had one year of struggle, then won the west, then a National Title. Richt's resume does not rise to the level of Saban even if you compare Richt's first four seasons to Saban's, hell you can compare any four year stretch of Richt's to Saban's in the SEC and Richt falls way short.

    Bama will be in the National Title hunt next year and I am sorry but I will believe Florida stays down when I see it (although it would be a glorious sight to behold).

    Sorry about the confusion on posting sometimes this thing just acts up, but thanks for your input.

    -Anon

    Will you also be singing the praises of my retort?

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  9. -Jonathan

    Yeah of course a National Title but I could accept the SEC or even the East and a close loss in the SEC title game.

    Here is what I can't accept:
    -getting dominated physically by the Shamecocks
    -getting beaten by Florida again
    - ever getting beaten by Vanderbilt ever again

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  10. Either way you slice it, we were 6-6. 13-11 over the past two regular seasons. That is terrible and not acceptable. We are the University of Georgia; we should be in a class that is above all others, on the field and off. The assistant that I strongly feel needs to go is Rodney Gardner. Look at what he recruits. We supposidely have a recruiting class that is in the top ten and sometimes top five in the nation every year. However, we are in the back of the pack in the SEC. If we can't dominate our conference, then how are we supposed to get to the promise land (national championship)? We can hate on Bobo and Grantham all you want, but when you go to college as a football player, you should know how to tackle and you should know how to block. These are the basic fundamentals of football and we have a bunch of kids, not all, but a bunch that do not possess these characteristics. Instead of Gardner going after a 4 or 5 star recruit that can run fast and jump high, give me a 2 star that will bust his ass every down, give you 110% and not have all of the off-the-field instances that we have now; a player that takes pride in putting on the red and black. It should be an honor to run out on the field at Sanford Stadium. Some of the best players in college and even the NFL were players that were 3 stars and under coming out of high school. Gardner needs to go! Write it down, unless we go 9-3 or better in the regular season next year with must wins against Tech and two out of three against FL, Auburn, and Tenn, Richt will be dismissed.

    It's time that the Bulldawg Nation realized that 10-2 is not a great year, we are not a Big East school. The Bulldawg Nation should demand and want to win it all, not just settle for 2nd place. And that starts with winning consistently in Jacksonville.

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  11. -ecdawg

    Well if you are requesting a little unreasonableness you know we always come through in the end.

    Although this post was a little on the weak and forgiving side.

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  12. Tommy

    Careful there boss you are gonna end up like us on the Militant Richt-O-Phile's "People of Interest" list.

    Quick Goose-step across your office and yell out "Heil Richt" ten times that should throw em' off your scent for a day or two.

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  13. People may say I am a Richt hater, and I don't care. We have no discipline at UGA.

    We don't recruit players with discipline, nor do our coaches strike fear in the players when they get to UGA. (See our arrest record over the past two years and then look at the discipline they received. Caleb King has had about 15 2nd chances!)

    Like I said, 2 star recruit will out perform any 5 star any day, because they want it more. We have only one 5 star that has lived up to his recruiting hype over the past 5-10 years, AJ. And even he can't keep his ass out of trouble. So what good is a 4 or 5 star if they can't play due to disciplinary actions??

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  14. This was posted on another comment section. This is about how good our offense really is.


    "All I can say, if I’m not mistaken, we broke some kind of school record of consecutive games of over 30 points and a lot of really good things happened offensively," Richt said.

    Okay, but let's look at who you played.

    In those 7 games of 30+ points scored, this is where the opponents defense ranks in total defense.

    TN - #70 - Won
    Van - #95 - Won
    KY - #50 - Won
    FL - #10 - Lost
    IDST - #103 (FCS) - Won
    Aub - #58 - Lost
    GT - #66 - Won

    (In comparison, UGA's total defense ranking is # 30.)

    Six out of the seven schools' total defense was ranked #50 or higher. UGA should have scored 30+ points in these games.

    Let's look at the first 5 teams' total defense that UGA played (when UGA did not score 30+ points except for L-L)

    LL - #82 - Won
    SC - #33 - Lost
    Ark - #36 - Lost
    MS - #53 - Lost
    Col - #83 - Lost (*Defense ranked one lower than L-L)

    UGA has not played teams with tough defenses this year. Six were ranked in the top #58 and UGA went 1-5 in those games. That speaks volumes!!

    My point is when UGA goes against tough defenses (and in this case mediocre defenses), they do not do well. The OC has a history of not calling good games vs teams with good defenses!

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  15. You seem to have very little knowledge of football...coaching, personnel, sets, plays, technique. But if you could coach at the level you think you know about football...well...you'd have some blogger all over you ass like you are about Richt. You need to step back a little, cool down, and look at the game a little closer.

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  16. Anon

    Now now anon the "I know more about the nuances of football than you do" is the Ben Dukes argument (that he has the right to make because he actually played at Georgia).

    Oh how that one hurt, maybe I should re-evaluate my life perhaps I don't know about this game you people call football.....perhaps I am not a Georgia fan at all.....my God who is that man in the mirror????? Hahaha I love you Richt-O-Philes. The 6-6 record the 2-8 against Florida this is all just a master plan that only the most savvy of football insiders can understand right?

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  17. CCRider

    I have to agree.

    So as our record goes down from 7-5 in 2009 to 6-6 in 2010, the better we are. Awesome! People with this logic need to be in government, oh wait, most are already there.

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  18. Neither I nor any other UGA fan wants to lose any game, especially the Gators. That said, you have to recognize several things: (1) Florida has been awfully good for a good portion of that stretch and (2) several of the L's could have been W's (2002 - DJ's costly interception; 2003 - Pollack's bs lateral and a costly penalty/missed fg; 2005 - DJ injured, Joe T's close loss). You win those three and that changes the perspective of the series, probably also gives us MNC in 2002, by the way.

    You can't always look at the end result and conclude one thing or another. You have to remember the games and the way the wins and losses cam about. You can always armchair coach a game from the couch, but it's different on the field and in the box calling the games. They see things differently from an x and o perspective and not just a w and l perspective. They are trying to win every game too, they just have a different vision on how to win those games.

    I really wonder though if we lose to Boise St., and Miss St., but win the rest of the games (10-2) and win the East will that be good for you? What record is sufficient, which losses are okay? Can we lose to Tech next year?

    I prefer to look at 2011 with a positive outlook. I see Boise as a tough game, no doubt, followed by tough S.Car. game (I think we at worst split those games) but the rest of the schedule is easily winnable until Florida. Auburn (without Newton) should be winnable. I see 10-2 or 9-3 with potential SEC championship game in sight. Does that satisfy you?

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  19. Jonathan -

    That's the problem, you try to sympathize with losing. I want to win every game. Don't tell me that it can't be done. Look at the National Champion since the BCS came about (1998).

    In 12 years, 8 of the teams that have won it all and finished the season undefeated.
    1998 - Tennessee 13-0
    1999 - Florida St 12-0
    2000 - Oklahoma 13-0
    2001 - Miami 12-0
    2002 - Ohio St 14-0
    2004 - USC 11-0
    2005 - Texas 13-0
    2009 - Alabama 14-0

    We can't expect to play for the National Championship with one or two loses. Those years of the NC having one loss are far and few in between.

    I do look forward to next season in hopes that we improve from where we have been the past two years. Richt has done some great things at UGA, no doubt. But sometimes the chapter must end for a new one to begin. Thing is, in my opinion, 2011 will be the end of that chapter. I hope I am wrong.

    And if we lose to Boise St and/or Miss St for a second straight year, then we are a disgrace. We are already bottom of the barrel when it comes to the SEC. We are being compared with the likes of Vandy, Kentucky, Ole Miss, Miss St.

    And this wonderful 6-6 record that you and others are ok with; let's look at the records of the teams we beat.

    2010 Record
    LA Laf 3-9
    Tennessee 6-6
    Vandy 2-10
    Kentucky 6-6
    Idaho St 1-10 (one game left against Iowa, so that is another loss)
    Ga Tech 6-6

    Combined 24-47(48 ISU will lose to Iowa)

    We have not beat a team with a winning record and the teams that we beat just happen to suck more than we do.

    And you are right when you say that in certain games if things would have not happened, we might have won. Thing is we didn't and "if" is a really big word. At the end of the day it's about W's and L's. We just have too many L's for my taste.

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  20. Jonathan,

    Boise State is a game that shouldn't happen. What good can it do UGA? If they win..well they are an SEC team playing a defacto home game against an upstart program from out west they should win that game. However, if they get beat...well that is a different story all together. I almost pause to wonder if McGarity didn't think he had the approval to fire Richt but by sending Richt against Boise (which will be close even if the Dawgs pull it out) he could gain that support (a little King David and Uriah the Hittite action from the Bible.

    Boise is a possible L
    Carolina is a possible L
    Missy St. is a possible L
    Florida is obviously always a possible L

    That is 8-4 and that is not good enough (3 defeats in conference will mean no ticket to ATL in December) and that is assuming that Auburn will be ruined by then and Tennessee will continue to be awful.

    A loss to Tech is unacceptable because
    a) UGA should always have more talent top to bottom
    b) at this point how many times do we have to see the flex-boner option, and
    c) if the 3-4 gets gouged by them again you have to wonder if that is the worst D to bring into a program that plays so many teams with a variation of the spread as well as the triple option attack at the end of the year every year.

    One or two losses is ok if they at least get to the SEC title game and keep that game competetive.

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  21. "I’m glad we can go back and now play against a normal offense, just because you don’t ever see that offense," Grantham said. "It really kind of stunts your development in the 3-4 because you really have to change how you play everything. By going to a bowl game, it’s going to give us extra practice to get back to doing the things that we’re going to see for the next 11, 12, 13 games next year. I’m excited about that."

    Wow....not exactly inspring stuff coming from Grantham. Doesn't a good DC change his tactics to fight his enemies?

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  22. Every year its the same thing. Next year UGA will do this, do that. 10-2,9-3, win the East, blah, blah, blah. Next year will end up no better then this year and the same fools will be mouthing the same old crap next year. Wait and see. Just keep on paying that over-paid, over-rated clown $3 million a year and continue throwing away good money after bad.

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  23. One more thing, you are right about the pressure of being in the box or on the sideline. That is why coaches make absurd amounts to do what they do.

    However, if I can predict which plays we are running on offense, don't you think that the DC of the opposing team can see this too??!!

    Change my statement about 8 of the last 12 past Champions have went undefeated to 9 of the last 13. Oregon or Auburn will finish the season undefeated. Thing is, if Auburn wins it all, in 5 years they will have to forfeit these wins, return the Coaches' Trophy and return Scam Newton's heisman ---> See USC and Reggie Bush!

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  24. Tommy- Jonathan

    If ifs and buts were candy and nuts we'd all have a merry Christmas.

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  25. I agree with everyone that feels we need to fire Van Halanger. It's obvious the game has passed him by. Richt can keep him on staff as the guy in charge of checking each player's DL status--seriously.

    Does anybody know how a coach goes about picking a new S&C coach other than looking at a program like AL that looks FAST, HUGE and in shape and cherry picking one of their guys?

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  26. Anon

    You treat a S&G coach like any other assistant. Hire a good one away form a smaller school or go after an assistant from a school with a good program.

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  27. yeah that's what I figured....all I know is we need some new blood in S&C. Plus it's healthy to make staff changes as it keeps the players on their toes.

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  28. CC you are right.

    The Boise St game does nothing for UGA. You win, oh you were supposed to. You lose, you're the punchline of the conference... wait, are we already there??!!

    I just wish others in the Bulldawg Nation would not be so accepting of losing.

    Mediocrity gets you now where. I want excellence, I demand it. (And yes I support the program. Been a season ticket holder for 10 years, so yes I can DEMAND IT!!)

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  29. Can I say again and for the last time - NO ONE IS HAPPY WITH LOSING!!!. Is that yelling it loud enough for you guys in the cheap seats. Of course one season being undefeated can get you a MNC. My point was you can't go 12-0 every year - Paterno hasn't done it, Bowden didn't do it, USC (the real one) didn't even win every game, year in and year out. So, my point was, how many losses in a given year is acceptable, since you can't go 12-0 every season.

    Clearly, the last two years are unacceptable. And no one knows that more than Coach Richt himself. But I think his record over the last 10 seasons (96 wins I think) clearly buys him the opportunity to right the ship. He wants excellence more than you or I ever will. Tell me one way in which he doesn't demand it?

    As for 2011, Boise St and Carolina are two possible L's. They are also two possible W's. Start the year 2-0 after those games and I think the nation is talking UGA football again pretty loudly. So you can't say that the Boise game doesn't get UGA anywhere. They will likely be a top 10 team so that will be a nice feather in a cap. Miss. St. is a more likely W than a L (game is at home) and I like our chances against UF next year (frankly, we were 4 costly turnovers from a W this year and they looked just as bad as we did this year). Auburn, they are taking a big step back w/o Newton next year, so I think that's a W also. I agree that we should consistently beat Tech, so I think that's a W also. I like the way the season shapes up next year (of course, everyone does this time of year). I'm just choosing to be optimistic about next year, but that does not mean I'm celebrating the last two years.

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