Posted by Tom Fornelli
Georgia head coach Mark Richt came into the season on one of the hottest seats in the country, and following two losses in the team's first two games, that chair hasn't cooled off any. It doesn't matter that the two losses came against Boise State and South Carolina, two teams ranked in the top ten of the AP poll, they weren't wins and right now what Georgia fans want are wins.
The truth is, with every loss in Athens, regardless of the opponent, the odds of Mark Richt returning in 2012 shrink. Though that doesn't mean he has no support, as Georgia president Dr. Michael Adams called for fans to support the football program and Richt no matter how the year has started.
“I don’t believe I have ever commented on any coach mid season," Adams said on Thursday during a UGA Cabinet meeting. "You know the answer. What we do with every head coach — every head coach, not just the high-profile head coaches – but at the end of the season the AD sits down and makes a judgment. Then he makes a judgment whether or not he needs to talk to the president about that.
“The issue for me right now is I think this is the time for all of us to come together and get behind this group of guys who played a heck of a game last Saturday and deserve our support. I’ve never folded on anything 15 or 20 percent into it, and that’s what we would be doing.
"I’d love to see the stadium full Saturday for probably what will not be the most high-profile opponent we’ll play this year. I go to the locker room. I know these young men. I know a number of our student-athletes. We had a heck of an effort last Saturday. There’s nobody here who likes to win more than I do. But it’s time for us as a community to get behind this team, support them from now ’til the end of the season. And once the whole body of work is in, we’ll do what we do every year. We’ll see where we are.”
It's not exactly a vote of confidence for Richt, but if I'm a head coach I'd much rather have the school president telling people to support me than just saying "no comment." That being said, Adams isn't really coming out in support of Richt either. He's just trying to make sure the fans still support the team, and by extension, the head coach.
If Georgia keeps losing, whether the fans support the team or not, Richt won't be back in 2012.