Will UGA Ever Win a BCS National Title With Mark Richt?

NC NighthawkAnalyst IOctober 10, 2009

ATHENS, GA - SEPTEMBER 26: Head Coach Mark Richt of the Georgia Bulldogs watches the action against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Sanford Stadium on September 26, 2009 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

UGA was dominated by Tennessee, 45-19, Saturday in college football. The Bulldogs' defense surrendered 45 points to a one-dimensional offense.

The Volunteers have a good RB this season. Somehow GA made Vols QB Crompton look like Peyton Manning.

The Bulldogs have clearly have mostly underachieved since the strong finish of the 2007 season with the Sugar Bowl win over Hawaii. The Bulldogs look more like FSU with each game.

Did Mark Richt peak at Georgia around 2005-2006?  Has recruiting, especially on defense, gone downhill in recent years? Remember when GA's defense used to go after the ball to create turnovers?

Georgia's defensive coaches seem like they do not have the unit prepared well for a game and have the defenders out of position for significant plays.

Will UGA win a BCS title under Mark Richt? Is he too nice to finish No. 1? Steve Spurrier needed six seasons at Florida to win a national championship and it didn’t happen until he hired Bob Stoops from Kansas State to coordinate the Gator defense.

Richt is a great human being and role model, but in terms of competing for a BCS national title, he has blown a few opportunities in the past. Under his leadership the UGA football program has certainly improved. However, many are starting to believe he has taken the program as far as he is capable.

In my opinion, Richt hasn’t failed so much as he has been unlucky. LSU won the 2003 BCS crown with one loss a year after one loss cost Georgia a berth in the championship game. LSU won the 2007 title with two losses after emerging from a league that also housed Georgia, which likewise had two losses.

Sometimes you have the right team at the wrong time.

Georgia should not fire Mark Richt unless they have another coach who is significantly better waiting. There are not a whole lot of coaches out there that are better than Mark Richt.

Coaches like Pete Carroll, Nick Saban, Les Miles, Urban Meyer, Butch Davis, Bob Stoops, Mack Brown, etc., are not beating a path to Georgia’s door.

When Bobby Bowden retires at FSU, will Richt be offered the Seminoles' head coaching job? And if this is offered, will he accept?


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