This morning, I was talking to Kensington over the phone and we addressed many of the same points that Senator Blutarsky addressed here. As a matter of fact, it was right about the same time that he posted this blog post, so how freaky is that?
Great minds think a like, I suppose.
Blutarsky is right that there is a double standard-both among the fans AND administration- between the approach in baseball and David Perno and football and Mark Richt. Now, I know there is some difference. Football drives everything, is a traditional power, and most fans (including yours truly) really cares more about the Braves than UGA baseball. Well, outside the years when the Dawgs make the CWS, when then everyone is an expert on UGA baseball.
I am a big picture guy and not a “what have you done for me lately” kind of person. David Perno has done some great things while in Athens. 3 trips to the CWS and making it to the finals in 2008 was great. Outstanding. But an overall .500 winning percentage is not too great. It is the definition of mediocre.
Mark Richt has career winning percentage of over 75% and has had tremendous success in his career-and all of it was in the SEC. Why would the administration hedge on Richt but adamantly defend Perno?
Another comment about Richt and the soap opera that is his contract extension. Richt makes $2.9 million dollars per year. Richt is the 10th highest paid coach in the country but sixth in the SEC. I get Miles, Saban, even Chizik making more. They all have the crystal footballs. And I know UGA has been down lately. But Richt should have made more than Petrino and certainly more than Muschamp. When Muschamp signed on for $3.2 million a year, Richt should have right then demanded to make more. Georgia prints money. Why can’t they just throw Richt another $500,000 to make him paid more than Ron Zook 2.0 down in Gainseville?