Florida in Jax: Big for UGA, it’s even bigger for Mark Richt

October 23, 2012

Florida in Jax: Big for UGA, it’s even bigger for Mark Richt

Richt has been in place since January 2001. He has — here we cite numbers for him — taken Georgia to two conference championships and four SEC title games. He has presided over seven 10-or-more-win seasons and seen his team finish in the Associated Press top 10 five times. Twice the Bulldogs under Richt have come close (in 2002 and 2007) to playing for the BCS title.

That said, his greatest successes came early, and not since 2007 — Richt’s seventh season — have the Bulldogs given their fans reason to believe the long-sought national championship is within reach.


2 Responses to Florida in Jax: Big for UGA, it’s even bigger for Mark Richt

  1. Kevin Griffin
    October 24, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Richt has been hearing this same song for several years. There is always pressure on him and he usually finds a way to squirm his way out of the angst of the fans. Last year he lost the first two games of the season and everyone wanted him fired- He won 10 games in a row and shut them up. This year the fans aren’t happy losing to South Carolina for the third time in a row and playing very sloppy against just about everyone else they have played including Buffalo, Florida Atlantic, and Kentucky! It’s pretty sad as a Georgia fan that the Vanderbilt game was tabbed as a grudge match! Come on, it’s Vandy- who cares! UGA should have dominated the game just as they did regardless of grudges.

    It wouldn’t surprise me at all if Georgia found a way to beat Florida on Saturday. It’s at a neutral site (even though it’s in Jacksonville and basically a Florida home game since it’s so close to campus), but the game usually finds a way to be intriguing. The bottom line is that if Richt can pull this one out, there is no guarantee that their inconsistency won’t allow them not to lose to Ole Miss the next weekend. As a longtime Georgia fan, I am here to tell you that the phrase “expect the unexpected” is usually not in the favor of the Dawgs because the unexpected is usually Georgia floundering around losing games they aren’t “expected” to win. Mark Richt is a great guy and I believe he is a good coach; however, his loyalty is his downfall. His coaching staff is not an SEC level staff and keeping them will ultimately see him wearing colors other than the Red and Black.

    • Kevin Griffin
      October 24, 2012 at 4:16 pm

      I meant to say “floundering around losing games they ARE expected to win”.

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