Support From The Top Necessary

If you are like me, you are going to spend this long holiday weekend with friends.  A group of us always takes of MLK weekend spends the weekends in the mountains.  Much fun had by all and it something we all look forward to each year.

And, if you are anything like me, Georgia football discussions just don’t take place August-December.  It is a year round obsession.  Even in uneventful times, thoughts on the schedule, depth chart and prognostications for the upcoming year are discussed ad nauseam.  So with the big news happening the last week, I am sure we will have plenty to talk about.

So, here are some points you can discuss that have popped in my mind the last few days.

-Why isn’t Mike Bobo the highest paid offensive coordinator in the SEC?

-Why isn’t Bryan McClendon paid more?  Both of these guys are the best recruiters on the staff, and in Bobo’s case, probably the best position coach and certainly has been the best coordinator for several years.

-Why does Georgia continually handicap itself with strict policies that clearly don’t work, while other teams in the SEC don’t restrict themselves like we do?

-Are Alabama fans, at this moment, discussing why their administration won’t pony up and pay their assistants market prices?  Are they worried about winning games on Saturdays and beating Texas A&M and LSU?


The news of Josh Harvey-Clemons’ suspension yesterday brought these issues to light.

I think now the general consensus among the Georgia people is our drug policies, while admirable, are too stringent.  Mike Slive needs to man up and make a uniform drug policy across the SEC.   I’m not saying we are right or wrong, but I am saying that if JHC was at LSU, then this second offense would only have caused him to miss one game, the bowl game, and then he would still be able to play against Clemson and South Carolina.  Because at LSU, a first offense requires no suspension.  The same holds true for Alabama-no mandatory suspension until the second offense.  Florida athletes are suspend 20% for the third offense.

I remember something Mike Adams used to say a lot.  He always said that academically, he wanted to UGA to be as good as our peer institutions-UNC, Florida, Michigan, etc.  These included having a medical school and an engineering school.

Athletically, I think we all want UGA to be listed among our “peer institutions.”  LSU, Florida, Auburn, Alabama, Ohio State.

We are close to being there.  UGA has the talent, money, facilities, fan base, name brand, stadium, and I still like to think the coaching to be on par with these peer institutions.

But life in the SEC is difficult enough to win on Saturdays.  Being handicapped by self-righteous policies is not going to help in anyway.

I don’t want to be dirty like Auburn to win.  I think one day the chickens are going to come home and roost for the Tigers.  I like and appreciate the way our programs are run, and I am confident that we are safe and not going to be found guily of any major transgressions or even be associate with anything dirty like Auburn is.  But there are big picture things that go on, and we can’t have it both ways.  We can’t complain about Clemson shredding our defense when the best safety on the team is sitting on the sidelines because strict policies our competitors don’t have.

Two final questions for your and your friends to discuss this long, holiday weekend:

If Georgia and Mark Richt have to part ways, and for the sake of argument we hire Gary Patterson or Kirby Smart, with the Athletic Association policies that are currently in place with regards to spending money and player punishment, will they be any more successful than the current regime?

Does it matter who the head coach in Athens is if the administration doesn’t offer the top-down level of support it takes to win?



6 Responses to “Support From The Top Necessary”

  1. 1 Dukes January 17, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    The mission of the University of Georgia is not to produce championship football teams. It’s to prepare young men/women for life beyond college. The stricter discipline supports THAT mission. Sadly, the fan base often couldn’t give two shits, as long as our point total is higher on Saturday.

  2. 2 Trbodawg January 17, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    I’d like to believe our discipline policy is supporting THAT mission, but is it? Is there any data to show athletes from UGA (during or after their stay in Athens) stay out of trouble more than any other SEC school? Don’t mistake my question for a desire to become LSU East. I’m curious to know if anyone has actual data which shows ANY policy is more effective than any other.

  3. 3 Hogbody Spradlin January 19, 2014 at 9:53 am

    Pardon me if I sound flip or cynical, but everybody wants their college to be top this or top that. But universities are such big institutions, and there are so many ways to measure which school is better, that the proposition: “Georgia is as good as . . . . .” cannot be empirically proven or disproven.

    I have a sore spot for those who go through life thinking they can run faster or jump higher because they got an honors degree from Ole Top U. I got a Lewis Grizzard degree from Georgia (I had to stop the car).

    It’s nice to have sincere pride in one’s educational background, but time and experience are better teachers for those willing to learn from them. The older you get, the more you realize you don’t know.

    China is the oldest country in the world, and its leaders are always squinting old codgers in their 70’s or 80’s. Is there a relationship there?

  4. 4 AthensHomerDawg January 19, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    I sincerely don’t get the spending money meme. DIdn’t we make CTG a wealthy DC with that salary? How’d that play out? Did Bobo just get a quarter of a million dollar raise in 2012 making him the 4th highest paid OC in the SEC? Does everyone secretly wanna play football coach agent somehow? Did Pruitt come here to be DC cause he became the highest paid DC in college sports? Are coaches going to start leaving every 2 to 3 years for a quarter to half million dollar bump? Geeze. These are grown men with grown men lawyers and agents. They don’t need any help folks! If a half million ain’t enough money for Bobo to manage we can do a can a thon grocery drive. And apparently he ain’t nearly as worried over it as we are.

  5. 5 AthensHomerDawg January 19, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    Do you know the difference between education and experience? Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don’t.

    A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way.
    Mark Twain

  6. 6 C.C. LESTERS January 20, 2014 at 8:03 am


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