therefore banned from all Ole Miss sporting events!
The boys over at Hedges to Hardwood are snooping around a dirty little secret that we, along with Mark Twain have known for years. There are lies, damn lies, and statistics !
An issue we have covered at great length:
Look we really like the H2H blog. We respect what they are trying to do....give a non-partisan analysis of the Richt era and the record that so many Richt-O-Philes clutch in their arms as they sleep at night.
96 wins is a whole lot of wins.......but 0 ain't a lot of National Championships. In fact since the beginning of Richt's tenure the following teams from the SEC have won the SEC championship:
Now juxtapose that list with this list....here are the SEC schools that have won a National Title since the beginning of the Richt tenure:
Do you notice who is conspicuous by their absence in the second list?
Georgia has lost two non-conference--non-Georgia Tech games under Richt. Elite teams do not lose these games (of course elite SEC schools also have no business scheduling at Colorado, at Oklahoma St, and Boise State games). Richt has lost to Vanderbilt......case closed he lost to Vandy. Vandy doesn't even have an athletic department and they play their home games on a middle school field and Georgia has lost to them. Richt has lost more than once to Kentucky. Richt has lost to Mississippi State. Richt has lost to Arkansas. RICHT HAS LOST A BOWL GAME TO A CONFERENCE USA TEAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Be very careful over there H2H because you may unearth the dirtiest little secret Athens has to offer......The record is all smoke and mirrors. Richt's success came during a period of transition....Saban was leaving LSU, Bama was at it's lowest point ever, Auburn was fighting against Tuberville, Florida was transitioning out of the Spurrier era, Fulmer was slipping in Tennessee, and South Carolina was lost in the wilderness that is Lou Holtz's mind.
A Saban fueled Bama team, a well stocked LSU team in-spite of it's insane HC, a well paid Auburn team, and an Arkansas and Missy St. with excellent HC's in the West-----A South Carolina with a non-retard at HC, a Florida team that is (well all Florida has to do is wake up in the morning to beat us), and a stabilizing Tennessee team. The SEC is as strong as it has ever been. There is no more low hanging fruit. There are no more teams (other than Ole Miss) that will get in their own way.
Richt is nearing the end of his grace period. His Fabian strategy of delay can't possibly be accepted anymore. No more transitioning to a 3-4 defense despite not having the personnel to do so in an attempt to create an excuse for poor performance "Well you know it will take time to get the 3-4 down." This is the SEC and the only thing you don't have the luxury of is time. No more recalling past glories because with every day that passes the memory of such past deeds fades a little more. Richt has this year and this year only to do something special. Let's be honest his record was great and it bought him a pass on a 6 win season with an ugly bowl loss to Central Florida.
Have we seen changes? yes. Can he salvage this thing? yes.
However, a new S&C program after 5 years of an obsolete one puts us behind the eight-ball when facing other SEC teams that did not have HC's and AD's that let S&C and Nutrition go for so many years. S&C is a process of building a little more every day on the work from the day before. Other SEC schools have a huge lead on us here. Finally pulling in that elusive dream-team from Georgia is great....but that should be the norm at Georgia not a gimmick for a lame duck coach. Freshmen can help but Freshmen will not win against the experienced gladiators of the SEC.
As for H2H keep up the good work...don't wear the rose colored glasses...demand that Georgia be all that it can be....and don't be fooled by the record.