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SEC Coaching Carousel Yields Underwhelming Hires

Four SEC teams have hired new head football coaches in recent weeks. Mark Richt makes Bulldogs fans glad that Georgia isn't one of them.

SEC Power Poll: World's Largest Outdoor Afterparty


The Georgia Bulldogs' win over the Florida Gators in Jacksonville set up a matchup of the SEC's top two college football teams between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the LSU Tigers. Find out where...

Random Ruminations Regarding the Georgia Bulldogs on a Monday Evening


What does Isaiah Crowell have in common with Herschel Walker? How is Mike Bobo like Mike Leach? What career path would have been disastrous had Larry Munson chosen it? Dawg Sports has random...

Mark Richt's First Eleven Years with the Georgia Bulldogs: An Assessment (Part Three)


After eleven years as the head football coach of the Georgia Bulldogs, how does Mark Richt compare to his predecessors, Wally Butts and Vince Dooley, and his contemporaries, Urban Meyer and Nick...

Georgia Bulldogs 2011 Season Preview: The Tennessee Game


Mark Richt's Georgia Bulldogs will travel to Neyland Stadium on October 8 for a critical college football game in the SEC East against Derek Dooley's Tennessee Volunteers. Dawg Sports previews the...

Grading Mark Richt's First Ten Years With the Georgia Bulldogs (Part II)


As the 2011 college football season approaches, many fans of the Georgia Bulldogs are asking whether Mark Richt is getting the job done. Dawg Sports provides historical perspective by comparing the...

Why Winning the 2010 Liberty Bowl is Critical to the Future of Mark Richt and the Georgia Bulldogs


Dawg Sports previews Friday's Liberty Bowl meeting between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Central Florida Knights, explaining why the minor college football bowl game has major implications for Mark...

Tuesday Night Dawg Bites: David Hale/Akeem Dent/Chick-fil-A Edition


Dawg Sports runs down the day's news for the benefit of Georgia Bulldogs fans, bringing you the latest on the NCAA agent investigation, Akeem Dent's injury, and the next disaster to befall Bulldog...

Monday Night Dawg Bites: Don't Drink and Drive . . . Seriously! Cut It Out, Already!


T. Kyle King is back from vacation and ready to pick up where he left off with a Monday night review of recent events at Dawg Sports.

Mark Richt is almost certainly not on any kind of real hot seat at Georgia, and doesn't deserve to...


Mark Richt is almost certainly not on any kind of real hot seat at Georgia, and doesn't deserve to be: Since 2000, he's ended the Bulldogs' 20-year SEC championship drought in 2002, added another conference title in 2005, led a struggling team out of a midseason slump to a No. 2 finish in the final polls in 2007 and won at least 10 games six times. The Bulldogs finished in the top 10 four years in a row from 2002-2005, the longest streak of the decade in the SEC and matching the Herschel Walker years from 1980-83 as the best run in school history. He's well on his way to becoming the most successful coach Georgia's ever had, and is already the longest-tenured boss in a trigger-happy league. . . . The rational, skeptical half of my brain (the half I tend to trust) dismisses the Fulmer/Tuberville template as a timely but outlying coincidence, and negative recruiting as simply "in the game" – lord knows what the same coaches allegedly undercutting Richt were telling recruits about Urban Meyer's uncertain future at Florida. (And lord knows it didn't work.) At the same time, the credulous, pattern-seeking, "where there's smoke there's fire" half of my brain is thinking the perpetual hot seat is just "in the game" now, too, in a conference whose financial and emotional stockholders demand consistent returns from multimillion-dollar CEO coaches on their increasing investments in tickets, lavish facilities and outsized television contracts. With great salaries come great expectations, etc. Richt is widely perceived as the most decent guy in the business, like Fulmer, a far cry from the burgeoning mercenary model that's paid such dividends for Florida and Alabama. If the defensive overhaul under new DC Todd Grantham doesn't take, or if new quarterback Aaron Murray struggles as a redshirt freshman, this could be the year we find out if nice guys can still afford back-to-back five-loss seasons at places with a bottom line like Georgia's.

Dr. Saturday on Mark Richt. Go 'Dawgs!
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