Sometimes it's easy. Other times it's not. In 2013 it's seemingly been more difficult at every turn than it ought to be. Nevertheless a win is a win, and a win against the Yellow Jackets in a game which the Bulldogs didn't lead until the second round of overtime is one which I will take any day.
And thus it falls to me to take up the task initially undertaken by Dawg Sports founder T. Kyle King, roustabout, gadfly, and maker of the Kessel Run in under 12 parsecs. That's right. I'm updating the Mark Richt Victory Watch.
On Saturday Mark Richt salted away his 126th triumph on the Bulldog sideline in his 170th game at the helm of the Red and Black. He draws within 75 wins of Vince Dooley's school record of 201. Coach Richt's 126-44 record equates to a .741 winning percentage. At the same point in his Bulldog tenure Coach Wally Butts boasted a 109-54-7 ledger and .681 winning percentage following a 7-0 victory over the Tulane Green Wave in New Orleans. Coach Dooley was 112-52-6 after an upsetting 22-21 home upset loss to Wake Forest to begin the star-crossed 1979 campaign. Nevertheless his winning percentage at that time was a round .700. Therefore, Coach Richt remains, by percentages, the winningest long-serving football coach in University of Georgia history. It is worth noting, however, that Coach Richt still has some distance to travel before equalling Coach Dooley's 19 career victories over the boys from North Avenue. But he's getting there. Until later . . .