What do the following things all have in common: milk, aspirin, batteries, and college football coaches?
Answer: They all have a shelf life.
The age of college football coaches lasting 15 years, 20 years or Paterno-like years at one school is over. That age is as dead as the dinosaurs (which, by the way, were actually still roaming the earth when Paterno put on his first whistle).
In today’s world, each loss by a coach is magnified. Up-and-down seasons are no longer tolerated. Legendary coach Vince Dooley would never last 25 years at a school like Georgia today, for example.
Mark Richt should know that. He should accept that. And he should leave because of that. Richt should get while the gettin’s good.
Over the weekend, word leaked from Colorado that the Buffaloes are interested in Richt and former Oregon coach Mike Bellotti as possible replacements for Dan Hawkins.
A source told The Denver Post that Richt might even be interested in leaving the high-pressure world of the SEC. But that’s not what Richt said Saturday night.
“Georgia’s my home,” Richt said after his Dawgs fell to 5-6 with a 49-31 loss at Auburn. In fact — according to Seth Emerson of The Macon Telegraph — the coach laughed when asked about the CU job.
Richt’s new boss Greg McGarity also suggested before Saturday’s game that his coach will be back next year. “I’d say, based on the first 10 games, (there’s) no question about that. I know we’re 5-5, but you go back and you look at all the dynamics involved — how close the games were. It’s not like we’re dealing with situations here or lopsided losses, of being non-competitive.”
Unfortunately, fans do not care about being competitive. Fans want to win. And columnists like Mark Bradley of The AJC will remind them just how much they’re team is not winning. Columns like that will only make them angrier at their coach.
Wins are like haircuts… you always have to get another win. It doesn’t matter how great your last win (or haircut) was, sooner or later, you’re going to need another one.
Losses, however, are like plaque on your teeth. Brush all you like, you can’t completely get rid of it. It builds up. Just as a coach’s losses build up on the collective psyche of a fanbase.
A lot of plaque can build up over 10 years and that’s what’s happened with Richt at Georgia. He should get while the gettin’s good.
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