Les Miles has heard the rumors and the footsteps, but a fellow SEC coach is the one who got the ax first – Mark Richt mutually agreeing to leave Georgia after 15 years to me is a bit much. Oh hell, let’s be honest, the only thing “mutual” about this is the money bags at Georgia who demanded Richt be fired.
When I first think about this, I say “It’s about time”, but then I realized that Richt was 145-51 with two SEC Championships. Think about this for a second – in an era where the SEC was dominant, Richt was amazingly good in terms of performance.
Nearly 75% winning percentage overall and usually nine wins per season and the big money people at Georgia want to let the man go? Apparently the “powerful money people” had a problem with 9-3, with one loss to Alabama, and another to Florida, the two playing in the SEC Championship Game. Now, if you want to say that it’s unacceptable to lose to Florida, I can buy that, Georgia shouldn’t be allowing that to go down year after year. Right now, the way to beat Florida and Alabama is with a stout defense and maybe a running, ball-control game.
Look, I get it, Alabama is “dominating”, but do the money people have any common sense? You’ve got to do a cost benefit analysis – and you really want to give up nine wins a season and a very good Florida bowl game (read payoff) in January to satisfy other money people? Good Lord, this is stupid.
Hey Georgia money-bags, who are you going to get that can not only continue to win at that pace, but then beat Alabama? No seriously, who out there is going to beat Nick Saban? Whose going to recruit better? Are you going to go out and sell a five-star recruit Georgia over Alabama or LSU?
As silly as it seems to fire a guy with that performance, the timing may be perfect because from what I’m reading, Kirby Smart, the Alabama DC. is the leading candidate to take over Georgia? I like that for many reasons, one of which is because it would weaken Alabama at a spot where they are traditionally strong, but also I think it would increase Georgia’s recruiting.
Be careful what you wish for Georgia because for every action there is always unintended consequences.