Saturday may have been pivotal for UGA, and that’s a bad thing

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.

Go Dawgs!

Lugnut Dawg


14 Responses to “Saturday may have been pivotal for UGA, and that’s a bad thing”

  1. 1 jim December 8, 2013 at 7:19 am

    UGA fans , like u, are just smarting from a year of disappointment on the heels of much higher expectations. It seems that AU can do no wrong and looks to b a team of destiny. Remember, last year at this time AU looked helpless, hopeless, and many thought it would b forever
    B4 they could field a decent team again. Missou was thought to b out of their league in the SEC.
    Chill out, things will start looking a lot better soon. I believe wee can and will win a NC soon. It just hurts too much now. Have faith!

    • 2 GDawg December 8, 2013 at 9:02 am

      Wait til next year is always the answer right? Well some of us have been waiting til next year for all the 13 years he has been here. There is always some type of reason they can’t compete every year. It’s not the players it’s the coaches, most years we get 4 and 5 * recruits and for some reason they don’t play to their potential then they get in the NFL and blow up. Sounds like coaching to me but who am I just a fan who is tired of mediocrity.

    • 3 itsdone December 8, 2013 at 11:11 am

      The AU turnaround was because they were willing to fire a NC winning coach and make a change. They were hopeless last year because their coach couldn’t win without his star coordinator. Sound familiar?

      I agree. I am a fan of Richt as a person, but he will never take this team to the next level. We are always too conservative, put faith in people who do not perform, and are scared to make any necessary changes. We have too much talent to do so poorly on a consistent basis. You can argue the defense was young, but what was their excuse the last two years? If Saban had the talent we had last year, they wouldn’t have given up a TD all season!

      My problem is that they always seem surprised, outcoached, and have TERRIBLE fundamentals. Face it, UGA does not look like a championship team because they are not a championship team.

  2. 4 GDawg December 8, 2013 at 8:44 am

    I completely agree Richt does not have what it takes. Auburn was 3-9 last year and this year they are in the NCG. It’s a joke and until the AD figures this out we will just sit back and watch the rest of the SEC pass us by.

  3. 5 Jason December 8, 2013 at 8:45 am

    I agree with Jim. Plus, I don’t want UGA to ever do things like they do over on the Plains. I’d never feel good about winning the 2010 like they did that year. As for this year, if Richt’s team would have one those two games in those manners, we’d here the lunatic fringe say it wasn’t because of Richt’s coaching but it was players bailing him out. Our recruiting seems to be on an upward trend. Let it play out.

  4. 6 C W Camp December 8, 2013 at 8:46 am

    Richt’s record, like any coach, is what it is…Mark has unfortunately been in the league as Saban and Meyer were in their ascendancy. Meyer left but Saban will remain a tough out for the rest of the conference. Now Malzahn is in the spotlight and we will have to stay tuned to see how the next few years play out for Auburn.

    Will Greg McGarity have enough patience to watch the successes of the other peer SEC programs and not take action? Who knows when the unachieved championships will trigger a change? I sure don’t.

    later, old dawg

  5. 7 Class A December 8, 2013 at 8:53 am

    And to add an example of what we could be, I am sure Ohio State fans are THRILLED they finally made the change to Urban Myer, so that they could get over the hump as well!! Oh, wait…..

  6. 8 Sportsdawg December 8, 2013 at 9:06 am

    As long as we have kids suspended for key early season games and continue to lose recruited players to rival programs, we won’t win a MNC. I too like Mark Richt, but I’m not sure you can save America’s youth and win a National title at the same time. Not arguing right or wrong, just saying it is difficult to do both in today’s competitive landscape.

  7. 9 Bill Johnson December 8, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Just can’t see it. Continuity is more important Championships. Our D stats and no changes.


  8. 10 MountainDawg December 8, 2013 at 10:01 am

    Pretty serious dive into the “pity pool”. Let’s not over react to an Auburn team that basically hit the lottery with lucky breaks that isn’t limited to just the two plays every one talks about. That offense is definitely something everyone will have to deal with for years to come but I don’t see us taking a back seat to either Auburn or Tennessee, and don’t understand your consternation. UGA fans should strive to win the SEC, which we have done recently, and come very close very recently. Mentally throwing in the towel seems over the top to me. We are fine, could use a little good fortune every now and then, but who couldn’t? It seems to be the difference between jubilation and mutilation. Just look what that tipped pass you refer changed last December, and what the tipped pass on the Plains 3 weeks ago meant? This isn’t about Richt, unless you feel he is cursed.

  9. 11 wilk December 8, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Continuity IS in place at Auburn. The break in continuity came last year when Malzahn left Chizik alone. The players were still there. Why did Malzahn go to Arkansas State after Auburn when he could have gone anywhere? Because he knew he’d be back to his team once Chizik was exposed. Arkansas State is a perpetual weigh station for coaches getting ready for their next big job.

    This was a down year partially due to injuries; mostly due to due unrealistic expectations on defense. But let’s be honest. Grantham’s defense did about as well against Mizzou and Auburn as Mizzuo and Auburn did against Auburn and Mizzou. Mason is a wild card (Shockley or Cox?), but if we don’t lose Bobo during the off-season, we should again be looking for an 11 win season. Add in play-offs, and being a top 4-5 team from the SEC may be enough to get us into the dance. I’m feeling pretty good about our future.

  10. 12 Rick Lackey December 8, 2013 at 10:23 am

    I have been a season ticket holder and graduate for 30 years – I would rather be proud of my college and athletics program for graduating students while and winning! than producing an MNC in football or any other sport – wakeup and smell the coffee fans.

  11. 13 Erk Russell December 8, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    Oh my word. This is the dumbest, most incoherent thing I’ve ever read from you. “Can’t get it done with Mark Richt….” Please. What an old tired pathetic song that is.

  12. 14 Olddawg 55 December 9, 2013 at 2:05 am

    I think for all of your ingratiating remarks about Richt you’re just another whiner…if you really can’t understand the difference in programs that ascend or descend each year you should retire from blogging about Georgia. Yes, we lose recruits from in-state to Auburn, Alabama, Clemson, USCe, Tenn and the like and we get recruits from other states. Have you ever heard of Johnny Manziel, Tre Mason, AJ McCarron, and a multitude of others before their stardom..doubtful if you’re only recruiting Ga/Fla and SEC teams attract recruits for a multitude of reasons…why did Tunsil, et al go to MIss? Teams target needs wherever they are. Missouri’s coach has been there 13 years and had a tough year last year and turned it can we. Get off the Dawg bandwagon if the rides too tough..we can spare you and the like! Go Dawgs!! We own 2014!!!

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