The rift is easy to find. Just mention among a group of Georgia fans, even amongst family, and the opinions will land on both sides of the aisle when the question…that question…is raised: “Should Mark Richt be fired?”

I’m not what you’d call a “Disney Dawg,” but I didn’t want to set a torch to everything, either. I’m a proud alumnus of UGA, but I also believe that you can support something even if you don’t back those in charge.

For me, and probably for others, the time of crossover came Saturday afternoon.

I’m not naive. Firing a coach and/or his coaching staff isn’t exactly cut and dry. And its much, much more touchy because of the fact that due to Richt’s persona, a lot of people in this state think highly of Mark Richt due to his faith and off-field approach – it’s not too different from why so many fall over themselves to insist Tim Tebow deserves to play in the NFL.

Richt likely won’t be fired at the end of this year or before that. And that call will come be determined by how much more Georgia’s Athletic Board wants to live with 9-3-type seasons.

But Georgia didn’t just lose a game..or an incredible player to injury on Saturday. It lost a significant part of its fan base.

The crowd that defended Richt? There’s one less leg to stand on now. Yes, coaches don’t control players fumbling or dropping passes…but Saturday’s loss happened due to a lack of focus, and that falls squarely on the shoulders of the head coach. Is it fair? No. But that’s the nature of sports. The head coach gets the good and bad.

You can only hold out hope for so long that ‘next year’s recruits’ will get things to another level. Since when did a single player become larger than the program?

And as for ‘but who will you get?’ to replace Richt? Yes, there’s a risk. But it’s worked out ok for Clemson and Florida so far.

Richt may not load up the moving trucks at the end of this year. But when that time comes, Oct. 10 2015 will be marked as the beginning of the end.

Go Dawgs!

Lugnut Dawg

2 Responses to “Waterloo”

  1. 1 Jazzy October 11, 2015 at 10:35 am

    I think the Florida game is the final factor. If they lose, I think he’s gone after 2016. Following this season, UGA loses most of the O-line, Malcolm Mitchell, the better parts of the defense, and still have serious question marks at QB. Eason is not some magical entity, he’ll end up learning the hard way with a young O-Line next season. 2016 is 8 win team at best, and quite possibly a 5-7 team. If he beats Florida, he may get a reprieve and the cycle continues indefinitely. I’ve seen this movie before, unfortunately. If Florida loses to LSU, and UGA wins out, they could reach Atlanta after this debacle. Or, they turn it around, only to lose a tiebreaker scenario for the East title.

  2. 2 eggindawg October 13, 2015 at 11:30 am

    I am 100% with you regarding Waterloo. I’ve tried my best to put the best shine on things but I just can’t do it anymore. Like a lot of folks out there I have given my all to this program for 30-40 years after graduation and see nothing more than wash-rinse-repeat with CMR. Back-dooring ourselves into the SECCG is not what this program should be about. Jazzy has nailed it. There is no magic tonic that will fix not only what will happen the rest of this year nor what our coaching staff faces in 2016.

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