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Recruiting Helping To Save Richt

Mark Richt is a good guy.  He’s viewed by most — including the folks at this site — as the best ambassador the Southeastern Conference has.  And he also happens to be a good recruiter.  Following his first losing season at Georgia, he inked the “Dream Team” in February and he just grabbed another handful of new commitments on Friday night.

According to Seth Emerson of The Macon Telegraph and The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, Richt’s recruiting chops and his charm might help him save his job:


“If Georgia starts 0-2 — a very real possibility — the obituaries on Richt’s tenure at Georgia will be written like no one has ever seen.  But it will in all probability still be way too premature.

This Georgia administration is going to give Richt all the rope he needs.  And his success on the recruiting trail, adding to his goodwill within the Bulldogs fan base, is providing Richt with a lot of rope.  He’ll be able to withstand a couple of early losses.  At least that’s the smart bet.

Now if the Bulldogs are sitting later at something like 2-6, with losses to say, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Tennessee and the like, yes, a change will in all likelihood come.

But athletics director Greg McGarity and president Michael Adams will weigh everything, including recruiting.”


While we’re pro-Richt at MrSEC.com, it must be pointed out that recruiting really doesn’t mean much if a coach can’t convert four- and five-star signees into victories.

 


6 comments
B Roberts
B Roberts

Richt has been bringing in top classes for a decade. here are the cold hard facts the folks in Athens have to accept. Since richt won any sort of title, 4 coaches at 4 schools have combined to win 5 of the last BCS titles. All of the coaches were hired after Mark Richt. Meyer and Miles were hired in '05, Saban in '07, and chizik in '09. As a program, you are either getting better or getting worse. '07 was Richts high water mark. That program hasn't been the same since Alabama whipped them in '08. Florida then followed that whipping up with a demoralizing 49-10 beat down in Jax. Richt is done. It is just a matter of time.

benzadawgfan
benzadawgfan

I love the way they lump State in with two teams that were terrible last year. This isn't the Croom era. Georgia may be a contender in the east, but they lose to State again.

Mike
Mike

Mr SEC says;

"While we’re pro-Richt at MrSEC.com, it must be pointed out that recruiting really doesn’t mean much if a coach can’t convert four- and five-star signees into victories."

Indeed. Just ask Ron Zook.

M Mullis
M Mullis

The high water mark for Richt was 2002 and 2005. Sorry, but the 07 team did not have the defense to make it in to SEC or BCS championship. We had some great players on offense that year but an "ok" defense. I think Grantham is going to make a big difference this year with the 3-4 defense. Also, Miles has already received the hammer from the NCAA and Saban/Chizik will soon follow. Richt has always done things the right way and NCAA has been very unfair to him and UGA. (A.J. Green suspensions vs. Ohio State players still getting to play in their bowl game) Also, if Richt did get fired - Who could we possibly get to replace him that would be a sure fit to do better than he did? People just get really angry when a team loses and thinks that any coach would be better than the one they have when that is not always the case. Richt is far from done......

Cal
Cal

I love the way that Pennington lumps Tennessee in with the Mississippi schools. I guess John doesn't have faith in his alma mater, which is natioanally top 10 in all time wins, bowl appearances, bowl wins, 2nd in SEC titles, etc. I guess that Tennessee is now bad enough to lump together with the Mississippi schools? Pennington's statement above is kind of like saying....If Penn State loses to say, Northwestern, Indiana, Michigan and the like this season than they better find a new coach.

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

Cal...

And I guess you never learned to read. Seth Emerson lumped Tennessee in with Mississippi State and Ole Miss.

That said, from the perspective that Georgia fans view all of those schools as currently being beneath them... Seth's right.

Tip: Learn to read, then start posting comments.

John



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