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Georgia AD worried about right now, not future

Posted on: October 8, 2010 11:25 am
Edited on: October 8, 2010 11:26 am
Posted by Tom Fornelli

As the weather gets cooler down in Athens, Georgia, the seat beneath Mark Richt only grows warmer.  Georgia is 1-4 on the season, and 0-3 in the SEC.  With each loss the questions about Richt's future at the school only grow louder, but listening to his boss, athletic director Greg McGarity, it doesn't sound like Richt needs to worry about being fired before the season is over.

McGarity, who didn't take over the job officially until September 1, met with the school's Board of Directors for the first time on Thursday.  Though they weren't there to discuss Mark Richt as much as the budget, the inevitable questions were asked about Richt's future following the meeting.  McGarity made it clear he's doing everything he can to support his head coach right now.

"Oh, we talk every day, every other day," McGarity told reporters. "But our whole focus has been on this year. What we do is focus on: ‘Mark, what can we do to help? Is there anything we can do to help?'

"We basically have those conversations, but really we don't deal with the future. We're dealing with right now, the present, what can we do right now, because if we get too far ahead of ourselves we're going to lose our focus on ‘right now.'  We'll deal with all that stuff at the appropriate time."

Not exactly a vote of confidence, but at least Richt knows that he still has time to put a few wins on the board before his bosses sit down and figure out what they want to do.


Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: October 9, 2010 2:09 am

Georgia AD worried about right now, not future

Mark Richt has been a good coach for the Georgia Dawg for awhile but lately his team seen to be unfocused, not paying attention to the Coach and making bad decision. I think what AJ Green did was selfish he could have waited and at the end of the year he would has been a no. 1 draft pick and make million of dollars. I think Mark Richt should be evaluated and resign.

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: October 8, 2010 10:52 pm

Georgia AD worried about right now, not future

Georgia AD doesn't care that the football team averages 10 football players arrested by the police every year.  Most conferences don't average that in a 5 year period for all sports, not just football.  Where is the SEC Chairman...?  But, Georgia AD will over-look the crime? Richt doesn't seem to mind; this is what he learned from Florida State as an assistant; and, he's recruiting "student" law breaking athletes (these kids that get arrested, do you think they attend classes? ...regularly?).   When he can't win with that, the University wants to can him.  But, shouldn't Character and Academics be a bigger priority at Georgia. Is UGA a thug football (wanna be) factory or an academic institution? 

Since: Dec 17, 2006
Posted on: October 8, 2010 9:49 pm

Georgia AD worried about right now, not future

I would agree that the choices out there in the college world of coaching are slim compared to other times.  Mark Richt probably has a little more time to right the ship, so to speak, as his boss is new.   That being said, Greg McGarity spent years and years working with Jeremy Foley here at Florida,,,,,,and Jeremy has never had qualms about making a move in any of his sports programs.

Interesting scenario at Texas is taking place.  Muschamp is the designated " coach in waiting ", as appointed by Coach Mack.  It's well known that Mack has wanted to move into the AD position in the Longhorns organization.   Well.........the incumbent AD was given a contract extension recently. long will Muschamp hang around making 1 million per year vs. becoming a head coach at a major program making several million per year ?

Since: Apr 16, 2007
Posted on: October 8, 2010 6:43 pm

Georgia AD worried about right now, not future

If not Mark, who else then? There are no guarantee's in hiring a new coach. Recruiting would take a big hit because they have committed to Richt.

I don't say get rid of Richt. Let him fix the problems. First by getting rid of Bobo and the playcalling. He can't get the full use out of the weapons he has and he can't call the right plays at the right times.

Since: Sep 14, 2010
Posted on: October 8, 2010 6:22 pm


      I am a VERY big UGA fan. I think Mark is one of the best coaches in the nation. Some may scream he isn't winning. He might not be winning right now but he is running a clean program and teaching his kids the right way. I think the loses now are because of 3 reasons, 1- Stafford & Moreno taking the money and running. It puzzles me how a school like Clemson that cant even win the ACC but can keep a running back like Spiller but UGA recuits these 2 to carry their program and they take the money and run. 2) I think that if a player doesn't get stupid and sell his jersey UGA could have went 3-1 in the first 4 games. You take away one of if not the best wide out in the nation. It hurts. You have a freshman qb that had a big time wide out that could have bailed him out at times. But instead he is sitting for being stupid. 3) The turnovers. You fumble inside USC 5 , then last week with the best kicker in the SEC waiting to kick a game winning fg you fumble again. These two plays did not lose 2 games. But it sure helped. Mark has had good years. But you look at these 3 things this year. Stafford & Moreno set the program back a couple yesrs, then STUPID players, and then the TWO very big fumbles. Stick with Mark he will bring UGA back if he has players to do it with.

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