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UGA Prez Backs Richt, Sort Of

Georgia president Michael Adams was asked yesterday to assess Mark Richt’s job performance.  His response has been taken a couple of different ways.

Some headline writers have said “UGA Prez Backs Richt.”  But that’s not completely true.

Others have taken to messageboards and blogs to point out that Adams didn’t lend Richt his full support.  They see that is a sign that Richt’s a goner.

In reality, Adams called on fans to support Georgia’s team while tossing out a boilerplate answer about waiting until the end of the season to make a judgment on Richt.

Was it a vote of confidence?  No.  Do we believe it to be a sign that Adams has lost faith in Richt?  No, we don’t see it that way, either. 

Most likely, if Richt can manage to make progress over last season’s 6-7 mark — say 8 wins? — Adams and AD Greg McGarity will find a way to bring him back.  But if Richt’s team stumbles to another unexpected losing record, there’s not much chance for survival.

So if you’re Adams, what can you say?  Knowing, of course, that you can’t break it down in detail and hang a win-target over your coach and team.

Here’s what Adams did say to UGA’s Cabinet from yesterday:

“I don’t believe I have ever commented on any coach mid-season.  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’ve 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.”


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