This night is fast becoming one of my least favorite of the year.
Tonight a year ago, I was still in a state of shock, kicking in the gut from one of the worst tipped passes I’d ever care to think about…wondering what Georgia would have to do to win a MNC.
After this past Saturday, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that Georgia will never get to that point…at least with Mark Richt at the head of the program.
Look, I’m a huge Mark Richt guy. As long as he is here, Georgia should have a pretty good program, winning 9-11 games and contending for a national title. But winning one? Personally, I’m not so sure. As Ohio State wet the bed Saturday night, gift-wrapping Auburn a trip to Pasadena, it was just a reminder that other rivals continue to rise to heights that Georgia cannot get to.
Think about it. Auburn has a QB who was not on campus until August that has accomplished something that both Murray and Stafford never could.
Going forward, the task of keeping Georgia on the same plane as its rivals will be tougher than ever before. Auburn has quickly awoken from its slumber. Tennessee is on the way back. Mizzou is proving it’s SEC caliber.
When it comes to in-state talent, two of Georgia’s toughest foes are Auburn and FSU. Well, if there’s any recruits on the fence right now, both of these programs just became VERY attractive. I mean who could blame a kid for wanting to be at a program playing for a MNC rather than one cannot get to that level?
I hate to mention the hot seat topic. But the bottom line is this. Auburn will be paying a combined amount of over $500,000 next month for Gene Chizik’s buyout and Gus Malzahn’s current salary. I’m pretty sure no Auburn folks are complaining one bit about making a change.
In other words, ‘continuity’ wasn’t as important to Auburn as it is in Athens.
I’m convinced that Georgia will have a good program as long as Richt is here. Other than that, I’m honestly not sure.