Remember the Speech Mark Richt Gave the Basketball Team?

Mike In ValdostaCorrespondent IOctober 15, 2009

KNOXVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 10: Joe Cox #14 of the Georgia Bulldogs throws a pass during the SEC game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium on October 10, 2009 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
With the Georgia Bulldogs opening basketball practice on Friday at 5:00 p.m., I was reminded of the inspirational speech Mark Richt gave the hardcourt Dawgs. Coach Pete Herrman had just taken over the squad following the dismissal of Dennis Felton. The Dawgs were winless in conference play and going nowhere fast.
Enter Mark Richt.

Following the speech from the football coach, the basketball Dawgs proceeded to whip the Florida Gators in Athens. It was a singular bright spot in a truly dismal season.

In relative terms, the football team is where the basketball team was then. In need of a spark, an emotional lift. A players only meeting was called (and quickly reported to the press.) Will that prove to be the spark?

Given our history of playing down to Vanderbilt and our apparent lack of killer instinct when playing lesser talented teams, we could use any emotional advantage we can get.  Simply having more talent has not gotten the job done.

Perhaps Coach Richt should give the football team the same pep talk he gave the basketballers. He may even want to give Coach Mark Fox a shot.