Coaches Hot Seat Prediction and Analysis of 2012 Season: Georgia Bulldogs and Mark Richt
Head Coach: Mark Richt
Years at Georgia: 11
Hot Seat Position: #79
Overall Coaching Record: 106 – 38 (.736)
Overall Won/Loss Record at Georgia: 106 – 38 (.736)
Overall Conference Record at Georgia: 60 – 28 (.682)
2011 Georgia Record: Overall: 10 – 4 – SEC: 7 – 1
2012 Georgia Schedule & Coaches Hot Seat Predictions
Sept 1 – Buffalo – W
Sept 8 – at Missouri – L
Sept 15 – Florida Atlantic – W
Sept 22 – Vanderbilt – W
Sept 29– Tennessee – W
Oct 6 – at South Carolina – L
Oct 20 – at Kentucky – W
Oct 27 – Florida – W
Nov 3 – Ole Miss – W
Nov 10 – at Auburn – L
Nov 17 – Georgia Southern – W
Nov 24 – Georgia Tech – W
Number of Cupcake Teams Played by Georgia in 2012: 3 (Buffalo, Florida Atlantic, Georgia Southern)
Coaches Hot Seat 2012 Georgia Predicted Record: 9 – 3
Coaches Hot Seat Analysis: How do you end up on the Hot Seat as the head football coach at the University of Georgia?
Well, the answer to that is obvious….
You DON’T WIN enough football games which is exactly what happened to Mark Richt in Athens, but at a place like Georgia where any random attorney wearing a seersucker suit picked-up off Peachtree Street in Atlanta in the dog days of August could win 7 games a year it doesn’t take much to go from HERO to finding your ass on fire and that is what happened to Mark Richt and Richt’s rear-end began to heat-up on November 1, 2008 when the following happened in the Gator Bowl (that’s what we still call it!) in Jacksonville, Florida:
“Tim Tebow walked out of the locker room wearing a gray, protective boot on his left foot.
The Florida quarterback said he sprained his ankle on a 4-yard run in the third quarter. He just as easily could have told everyone he hurt it kicking around Georgia.
After all, this was a Gator Stomp.
Tebow accounted for five touchdowns, Percy Harvin scored twice and the fifth-ranked, revenge-minded Gators thumped the Bulldogs 49-10 Saturday in one of the most anticipated matchups in the history of this storied rivalry.
“It doesn’t get any sweeter than this,” Tebow said. “We didn’t have to talk about it. We just had to go out there and show that we’re a different team and prove that we worked extremely hard. We didn’t want that to happen again to us.”
The Gators (7-1, 5-1 Southeastern Conference) shut down Knowshon Moreno, took advantage of Georgia’s numerous mistakes and avenged last year’s 42-30 loss in which the brazen Bulldogs used a full-team, end-zone celebration to energize them.
How about the worst loss in Georgia coach Mark Richt’s career, which left the preseason No. 1 staring at being No. 2 in the SEC East for the second straight season.”
Of course, the above Florida beatdown of Mark Richt’s Georgia team which was the preseason No. 1 team heading into the 2008 season cannot be properly understood without remembering that also in late September of the same year the Alabama Crimson Tide put a BIG-TIME beatdown on the Georgia Bulldogs as well in Athens:
“The Alabama Crimson Tide turned the blackout into a knockout.
Just don’t tell Nick Saban that he’s got a national championship contender, not even after a decisive victory over third-ranked Georgia.
“After five games?” Saban said with a tone of disbelief late Saturday night. “Let’s see when we get a full body of work at the end of the season.”
But No. 8 Alabama sure looked as impressive as anyone in this young season by whipping Georgia 41-30, the score not really as close as the final. The Tide raced to a stunning 31-0 lead over the first two quarters, and the Bulldogs managed a couple of cosmetic touchdowns in the waning minutes.”
Oh, but Mark Richt’s Georgia team finished the 2008 season with a…
10 – 3
…overall record so Richt shouldn’t be on the Hot Seat….right?
Well, if you were coaching Podunk U maybe, but we are talking about Georgia football….right? Yes, we are talking about Georgia football and once Mark Richt’s rear-end started to heat-up in late 2008 that opening season loss to Oklahoma State in 2009 didn’t help matters nor did an…
8 – 5
…overall record in 2009 which was followed by….GASP….a…
6 – 7
…overall record in 2010 which put Mark Richt below the “Any Random Attorney Wearing A Seersucker Suit Picked-Up Off Of Peachtree Street In Atlanta in August” Line and that meant that 2011 was for Richt either get off that Very Hot Ass and start winning football games OR there are lots of folks in Central and South America that need help with housing and no doubt Mark Richt would if he had been fired taken his millions and went down to Central and South America and built some houses which means that the….
10 – 4
…record that Mark Rich and the Bulldogs put up in 2011 may have very well led to less housing being built in Central and South America for people that needed a place to live…..but there is time for that in the future Mark, plenty of time in fact and there are plenty of good folks that you can give money to go down to Central and South America to build housing for people that need to place to live because right now the Georgia Bulldog fans want something else from Mark Richt entirely which is….
…and not both of the above are PLURAL on purpose!
Of course, we would be remiss if we don’t look back and realize that the 2011 season for Richt and the Bulldogs started with losses to Boise State and South Carolina and after those two losses to start the 2011 season it must have felt like for Mark Richt that someone was holding a large magnifying glass over his ass that was in a direct line to the SUN because back-to-back losses to Boise State and South Carolina in the state of Georgia even was almost more than the Bulldog fans could stand!
Luckily for Mark Richt the Georgia Bulldogs reeled off 10 straight wins over pretty much…
NO ONE (OK, Vandy was pretty good last year under first year coach Franklin)
…for the rest of the 2011 season until the Georgia Bulldogs flat-out QUIT in the second-half against LSU in the SEC Championship Game which was followed by a 3-OT loss to Michigan State in the Outback Bowl that meant next to nothing to anyone and when one adds up the Wins and Losses for Georgia in 2011 – 2012 it came out to…
10 – 4
Not bad, not bad at all for a head coach that entered the season with scorching rear-end and that 10 – 4 record did get Mark Richt off of the Hot Seat, but we are talking about Georgia football so the expectations are HIGH and that means 2012 better be a season that Richt and the Bulldogs bring home the bacon with….
Bacon = SEC Championship
….or Richt might again find himself on the Hot Seat and that is never much fun or as a college head football coach who was on the Hot Seat a couple of seasons back and is now out of coaching was overheard saying in a coaches meeting as a Coaches Hot Seat member “just happened” to be walking by:
“What the Hell do I have to do to get off of that GD Hot Seat?”
Answer: WIN….just WIN baby!
Luckily for Mark Richt and the Bulldogs they match Texas Tech and Alabama in having….
….on the 2012 Georgia football schedule (Buffalo, Florida Atlantic and Georgia Southern) and that means that UGA’s season probably comes down to 4 games…
At South Carolina
We have Georgia losing at Missouri, at South Carolina and at Auburn to end up with an overall record of…
9 – 3
…and an SEC record of…
5 – 3
…in 2012 which will make NO ONE happy in the state of Georgia and if somehow the Bulldogs lost 4 total games then we have only two words for Mark Richt….yep, you guessed it….
Oh, the 2012 college football season promises to be GREAT FUN and with SEC Media Days starting on Tuesday….is that even possible?….with Steve Spurrier at 1 PM at the Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, Alabama….
Tuesday, July 17
1:00 p.m. – Steve Spurrier, South Carolina
1:10 p.m. – Ace Sanders, South Carolina
1:20 p.m. – Sean Porter, Texas A&M
1:40 p.m. – D.J. Swearinger, South Carolina
2:10 p.m. – Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M
2:20 p.m. – Ryan Swope, Texas A&M
2:30 p.m. – Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M
3:00 p.m. – Commissioner Mike Slive
3:20 p.m. – James Franklin, Vanderbilt
3:30 p.m. – Connor Shaw, South Carolina
4:00 p.m. – Trey Wilson, Vanderbilt
4:20 p.m. – Jordan Rodgers, Vanderbilt
4:30 p.m. – Elvis Fisher, Missouri
4:40 p.m. – T.J. Moe, Missouri
4:50 p.m. – Gary Pinkel, Missouri
5:40 p.m. – E.J. Gaines, Missouri
5:50 p.m. – Zac Stacey, Vanderbilt
….we are indeed ready for SEC and other conference media days and in particular for the Georgia Bulldogs that Saturday, September 8 game in Columbia, Missouri:
Georgia vs. Missouri
Oh, that promises to a Helluva interesting football game that in many ways is a MUST WIN for Mark Richt because we don’t see Coach Spurrier’s South Carolina team losing many games in 2012 and that means if Richt and the Bulldogs want to return to Atlanta in early December they better come out of the gates like a Bulldog goes after a T-bone!