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He's a great coach, he's the best thing that's happened to this program since Vince Dooley. We've...

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He's a great coach, he's the best thing that's happened to this program since Vince Dooley. We've just gotta go out there and play ball this year. We've still got goals we want to achieve. We want to go to the SEC, I mean we went last year but we want to win. We want to go to Miami, for the national championship.

Bacarri Rambo has the right attitude. Go 'Dawgs!

It kind of reminds me of a former Georgia player who I think it was during the [Vince] Dooley era,...

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It kind of reminds me of a former Georgia player who I think it was during the [Vince] Dooley era, I was told, he went home six times and Coach Dooley sent an assistant coach to get him six different times [and] bring him back. He ended up being an All-American and played in a Super Bowl. I'm not gonna name names, but there's a lot of that. That kind of stuff's been going on for years, but nowadays that kind of thing gets more scrutinized than in the past.

Mark Richt on the return of Dexter Morant. Coach Richt could have used a much more recent example: Mark Richt wavered over whether to take the Georgia job, and he called Vince Dooley in the wee hours of the morning to give his final acceptance, out of fear that the offer might evaporate if he waited until sunrise. How'd that work out for us? Welcome back, Dexter. Go 'Dawgs!

Going into his 10th season, some folks are wondering how much time is left for him in Athens. I...

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Going into his 10th season, some folks are wondering how much time is left for him in Athens. I personally am wondering if that is more a reflection of his record (unlikely) or just the fact that we're not used to SEC coaches sticking around for that long.

The above passage is the only part of Year2's examination of Mark Richt's longevity as the head coach of the Bulldogs with which I take issue. I disagree with that sentiment, for two reasons. First of all, the reason "some folks" are "wondering" about such things is that the "folks" in question know little to nothing about the University of Georgia, its history, its administration, or its fan base. The more you know about the culture in the Classic City, the more certain you are that there's nothing to all this "hot seat" nonsense. If Paul Finebaum says otherwise, it's only because Paul Finebaum doesn't know whereof he speaks, Paul Finebaum is more interested in stirring the pot than in making sense, or both. My second quarrel is separate, yet it also underscores the correctness of my initial objection. In Athens, we are, in fact, "used to SEC coaches sticking around for that long." Counting the head coach whose tenure overlapped with the founding of the Southeastern Conference, the Bulldogs have had eight head coaches as an SEC member institution. Only two of those served fewer than five seasons in that role. Since the SEC came into being, the Red and Black have been led by coaches who served ten years (Harry Mehre), 22 years (Wally Butts), and 25 years (Vince Dooley). As long as Mark Richt is not fired before the end of the 2010 season, half of the head football coaches to have served in Sanford Stadium in the SEC era will have lasted a decade or more between the hedges. I can't speak for the rest of the league, but, at Georgia, we're perfectly accustomed to seeing head coaches last for the long haul. I was in my first quarter as a student at the University of Georgia when my father and I attended the Bulldogs' season opener in Coach Dooley's final fall as the Red and Black coach. I will not be surprised in the slightest if my two-year-old daughter, Elizabeth, is in her first semester as a student at the University of Georgia when she and I attend the Bulldogs' season opener in Coach Richt's final fall as the Red and Black coach. Go 'Dawgs!

The assumption in both cases is that there's actually something to the "Richt on the hot seat" meme...

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The assumption in both cases is that there's actually something to the "Richt on the hot seat" meme – that he was feeling some kind of pressure from Evans himself or his bosses, who Evans was somehow able to keep at bay – which still defies public statements from UGA power brokers and common sense. What was Evans supposed to be protecting Richt from? Criticism of his pace to become the winningest coach in Georgia history? Antsy boosters looking to grill him over four straight top-10 finishes, or two SEC championships in four years after a 20-year drought since Herschel Walker's final season? The unlikely late-season run to No. 2 in the final polls in 2007? Despite Bradley's optimistic take, the conventional wisdom is that new athletic directors are a threat to coaches: Personalities may clash, and if the record suffers at all, the new boss has no incentive to remain loyal when he can bring in "his guy." But as Bradley also notes, Richt wasn't Evans' guy; he was hired by Evans' predecessor, Vince Dooley. Whatever the internal impatience with Richt, Evans was certainly aware of them; for all we know, he originated them. But unless someone high up the chain is specifically looking for a hatchet man who'll have Richt's head at the first opportunity, whoever inherits the AD's chair won't have any more reason to put Richt in his crosshairs than Evans did. An utter disaster of a season could change that equation. If there are high-placed Richt skeptics, the end of the Bulldogs' 12-year bowl streak could conceivable force a heavy hand or two to try to sweep him out. Short of that kind of wholesale collapse, though, Richt shouldn't need any buffers or friends in the short term beyond his own resumé.

As MaconDawg said it would, the removal of Damon Evans as Georgia's athletic director has added fuel to the silly "Mark Richt is on the hot seat" fire. Fortunately, Dr. Saturday is on the job to debunk such nonsense. (Hat tip: Senator Blutarsky, who wisely notes that, in the wake of a scandal involving a series of personal misjudgments by a deposed athletic director, the school has even less incentive than before to jettison a head coach whose personal behavior is beyond reproach.) Go 'Dawgs!

Beginning with Oklahoma's out-of-nowhere BCS championship run in 2000, three teams in the last...

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Beginning with Oklahoma's out-of-nowhere BCS championship run in 2000, three teams in the last decade – the 2000 Sooners, Ohio State in 2002 and LSU in 2003 – have rebounded from unranked, five-loss seasons to win the BCS championship, all with expectations of far more modest improvement. Two others, Washington in 2000 and Auburn in 2004, came off five-loss seasons to finish within very plausible striking distance of a BCS title shot, and Alabama surged from 7-6 in 2007 to within half a quarter of a BCS championship bid following a 12-0 regular season in 2008.

Dr. Saturday points out how a perennial power fallen on hard times can rebound from a five-loss season to win a national championship the following year. Kind of like that team Vince Dooley coached to a 6-5 record in 1979. I'm just saying, is all. Go 'Dawgs!

Coach (Vince) Dooley here at UT-UGA final four tennis match. No worries, he's decked out in red and...

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Coach (Vince) Dooley here at UT-UGA final four tennis match. No worries, he's decked out in red and black.

Evidently, Vince Dooley's divided loyalties apply only to football. Go 'Dawgs!

However, the group never cheered louder than when Dooley introduced his mother, Barbara, in...

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However, the group never cheered louder than when Dooley introduced his mother, Barbara, in orange. "There is no way I can come into this state without my mother finding me," Dooley said. "I never knew how good she looked in orange. All these years she's been wearing the wrong color."

Pardon me while I puke. Go 'Dawgs!

Former Georgia football coach Vince Dooley said he does not want to be a distraction. That’s why he ...

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Former Georgia football coach Vince Dooley said he does not want to be a distraction. That’s why he declared Friday morning while participating in the 24th annual Quail Unlimited Celebrity Quail Hunt in Albany that he’s not attending the Bulldogs’ Oct. 9 home game against Tennessee, which now is coached by his son, Derek. Vince, who coached the Bulldogs to six Southeastern Conference titles and the 1980 national championship, told The Herald that instead, he plans to watch the game from inside his house. "I’ve really decided now that I will sit home and watch the game," said the legendary Bulldogs coach who coached Georgia to a record of 201-77-10 in 25 seasons. "I think that I’ll be a little bit of a distraction going to the game, so I’ll watch it at home on TV. (My wife Barbara) will go, there ain’t no question about it." After being asked if she would wear orange to the Tennessee-Georgia game, Vince replied, "I don’t know what she’ll do, but I will stay at home." Pressed further on whether he would wear orange when he visits other Tennessee games his son coaches, Dooley replied, "I’m sure (Barbara) will. I may wear something a little more subtle — if orange can be subtle. I certainly won’t wear any in Georgia. But on the proper occasion, I might wear a little spot of orange."

Vince Dooley will not attend the Georgia-Tennessee game. Good call.

Never let it be said that Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton isn't a man of principle. If he...

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Never let it be said that Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton isn't a man of principle. If he wants a radically underqualified coach whose main asset is his daddy's reputation, by God, Tennessee will have a radically underqualified coach whose main asset is his daddy's reputation. Derek's father happens to be Vince Dooley.

Brian Cook on Derek Dooley. It's a bit harsh, and I like Derek Dooley, so I'm not entirely comfortable ripping on the guy, even second-hand, but the Tennessee folks have been big enough jerks over the last fourteen months that I'll indulge myself in a little more Kiffinfreude at their expense.

I had my family before I came to Georgia. It will be a quiet pulling for my son. But I’m glad we h...

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I had my family before I came to Georgia. It will be a quiet pulling for my son. But I’m glad we have we do have the private box; my wife will be more vocal. . . . I wish it was not at a school so close and competitive, but Derek would remind me that I left Auburn and came across the Chattahoochee to Georgia.

Vince Dooley confesses that he will be rooting for Tennessee against Georgia. I'm sorry, but he's just wrong. Vince was hired as the head coach at Georgia at the end of 1963. His son, Derek, was born in June 1968. No, he didn't have his family---at least, not this member of it---before he came to Georgia. If that's his attitude, maybe Urban Meyer is right and Vince needs to buy a ticket in the visiting section. I now allow for the possibility that we all owe Michael Adams an apology. Going over to orange is a line a Georgia man does not cross.
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