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It's a combination of the president, athletic director, and alumni doing their part to make sure that the program has what is necessary to compete in an ever changing market.
To be clear, I have no qualms with removing Richt at this point in his career, my only assertion is that you're not going to have much luck finding a more successful replacement with the current policies in place. Expect more of the same until the culture in and around the administration changes. They won't pay market for assistant coaches, why would they pay market for a head coach? Why would a head coach of Saban's caliber come to Athens, when he knows he would be at a distinct disadvantage?
Richt has had 3 national championship caliber teams, and I believe that a few players could have been the difference. That could have been generated by a stronger recruiting staff or S&C staff. In each of those seasons, Richt had players in position to make plays to win the game, and they didn't. A stronger talent base to pull from, and a more committed offseason program can make a big difference in those significant plays. We're not maximizing our potential in this area of the program, and until we do, we'll see more of the same.
Agree with ^^^DostaDog^^^.
I'm only 26, but as a bit of a historian, here is a frame of reference for the first 12 years under other UGA coaches:
Wally Butts: .712 win pct, 3 SEC titles, 1 MNC
Vince Dooley: .682 win pct, 2 SEC titles, 0 MNC
Ray Goff/Jim Donnan: collective .619 win pct, 0 SEC titles, 0 MNC
Mark Richt: .747 win pct, 2 SEC titles, 0 MNC
*Keep in mind that Richt is the only coach that had to deal with an additional SEC championship game against a top ranked opponent, and this also occurred during what is considered to be the "golden age" of the SEC.
*None of these coaches had an undefeated MNC season in his first 12 years. Sometimes it helps to put the history of the program in perspective.
This post was edited by KSLD on 2/13/2013 at 10:19 AM
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