Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Richt Report Part Three: The Bad

It's time for Part 3...
I'm ready for heavy amounts of comment flak...

For about the past month, I've been taking a MOSTLY OBJECTIVE look at our beloved and sometimes beleaguered head coach, Mark Richt. In order to keep folks both sides of the issue happy - the "Disneys" and the naysayers - I've previously presented an objective record assessment over the past five years, as well as "The Good" side of the argument.

If you haven't had a chance to read those two posts, PLEASE DO SO BEFORE taking the time to roast me in the comments. I'm sure you'll find a way to pose these thoughts as my own opinion and paint me as one in the "Fire Richt" crowd, but please, I'm just trying to present THE FACTS with some interspersed generalizations about said facts.

Again, this is not meant to say that I don't think CMR has the capability to right this ship nor is any other part meant to try to convince you that I feel he can turn the tide. I'm a logical, rational person and have my own view. This isn't meant to sway yours.

And now that we have that part out of the way, let's dive into the real substance of this post. And just for the record, for those of you that are also rational people, I'd like to apologize for the previous three-paragraph disclaimer.

Sometimes people just don't understand that you're not an uninformed lunatic Florida fan disguised as a Georgia blogger who spends 15 hours a week writing about something that they actually care nothing about.

Really, I'm serious. Surprising I know.

Now I'm going to highlight some of the not-so-nice aspects of Mark Richt's recent accolades... well, I really don't know if accolades would be the right word here, but you get the picture.

Here goes...

  • Richt has lost 17 games in the SEC since 2006. Compare that to 10 by Florida (4 last season alone) and 14 by LSU and Alabama (Bama had 10 of those losses in '06 and '07)
  • Despite having had an average recruiting class ranking of 7.67 over the past 6 years, the Dawgs average poll position at the end of the season is 23.6. (I assumed at ranking of 30 and 50 for the 2009 and 2010 seasons, as we weren't ranked.)
  • Discipline and grade issues. I won't further comment on this issue. Think about how much you've been frustrated over knuckleheads in the past three years.
  • 14-12 in the past two years, including a titanic total of 7-9 in the SEC over that span.
  • I don't know about you, but I've been embarrassed leaving far too many games lately. Cocktail Party, Neyland Stadium, Liberty Bowl, and Sanford a couple of times. I understand that you're gonna get socked in the teeth sometimes, but sheesh.
  • In Richt's 10 years at the helm, Urban Meyer (2), Nick Saban (2), and Les Miles have won National Championships and are(were) a combined 8-1 in BCS games. Richt hasn't sniffed a BCS game since 2008's throttling of a severely overmatched Hawaii team.
  • In the past five years our record against other SEC teams:
    • Florida - 1-4
    • Tennessee - 2-3
    • Carolina - 3-2
    • Vandy - 4-1
    • Kentucky - 3-2
    • Bama - 1-1
    • LSU - 1-1
    • MSU - 1-1
    • Ole Miss - 2-0
    • Arkansas - 1-1
    • Auburn - 4-1
And finally, for the real doosie...
  • Intra-divisional record in the past five years of 13-12. Compare that with 12-13 of South Carolina. Do you really like being in the same class as the Cocks? Must I remind you of "This is South Carolina Gamecock Football"?
I could throw down a few more arbitrary figures, but I think that's enough for you to understand "The Bad" side of the argument. You can spin either side of this issue, but you can't argue with the facts presented above. If you feel that "The Good" outwieghs "The Bad" and vice versa, then at least you're now informed about both sides of the issue, despite your bias either way.

If you've taken the time to read this post (and the others) please let us know how you feel, considering the aforementioned evidence, either way. 

And if you think I'm a negative nancy or a "plant" (whatever that means), I'll be happy to disagree with you.



  1. I didnt take that as bashing at all. Merely a pointing out of the record and a statement that you believe he CAN turn it around, but cautiously hope that you are right. You have been given room to doubt, but your heart tells you the man can do it. I feel the same way, and have no problem believing. I just want evidence of it this year.

  2. Excellent post. Your perspective in the three-part series has been spot on. I'm in neither the Disney nor the basher camp. I believe that 2 and 8 are the only numbers that find Coach Richt in the situation he's in. If he were 5-5 against UF, he would not be in any hot water. Our problem in Jax especially when we have had better teams ('02, '03, '10, and to a degree '05) is the only blemish on the record. The other issue is no appearances in Atlanta since '05. Win vs. UF or an SEC championship game appearance is key for our season this year.

  3. tDSH,

    Just for the record, that really isn't the conclusion that I've drawn or what I feel. Time will tell if he can right the ship.

    Thanks to the both of you for reading and considering all of what I've written - it's refreshing that people don't jump to conclusions.

    Really appreciate your comments folks. All are welcome.


  4. I totally agree 100% ; your wit is astounding **sigh**