Mark Richt's Problem: The Rest of College Football

Jukabiea BarlowContributor ISeptember 16, 2010

COLUMBIA, SC - SEPTEMBER 11:  Georgia Bulldogs head coach Mark Richt watches the action on the field during the game against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Williams-Brice Stadium on September 11, 2010 in Columbia, South Carolina.  (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)
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Why are people calling for the firing of Mark Richt? The same reason they called for Phil Fulmer’s seat at Tennessee, Tommy Tuberville’s seat at Auburn and Tommy Bowden’s at Clemson, just to name a few. College football programs across the nation have forfeited stability in a program for quick victories and a pay boost. In this 2010 football season twenty-two new football coaches roam the sidelines of their respective schools for Division I FBS. 


The Tennessee Volunteers freed themselves of a coach who annually brought in a top ten recruiting class and challenged for the SEC East and SEC division almost every year for Lane Kiffin. The Auburn Tigers faithful gave so much grief to a coach that had their team in position to win a national title (They should have played in the BCS game) for a coach who just the year before accumulated a 2-9 record. Now impatient fans at Georgia and so called experts are again predicting the heating of the “Hot Seat” for Mark Richt as the Bulldogs prepare for their meeting against Arkansas. Mark Richt has won at UGA and continues to win. Still some fans aren’t satisfied with the growth and stability of the program. In the past decade Richt had the bulldogs in the top ten in the nation with wins from its football program. Take Richt out of the equation and you don’t get a better result. (Jim Donnan)


So with all the good things Richt has done with the Georgia football team, why are fans calling for his head? Well they look over at Alabama and Florida and see two of the best college football coaches of All-time and get impatient. Nick Saban is a football mastermind and Urban Myer has been a winner at every program He has been at. Alabama and Florida have both won quickly when these coaches took the helm and wonder began to hover over Georgia. Remember this fans and critics, it took Joe Paterno sixteen years before He won his first title with Penn St. and Bobby Bowden seventeen years. Unfortunately that was another time and place. Urban Myer had Florida in the BCS within a year, which set the standard for coaches to come in and win immediately. Saban turned Alabama around in three years. This has been detrimental for the continuity of college football programs across the nation and the major reason why Coach Mark Richt is on the so- called hot seat.

Is it wrong to turn a program around quickly? No, but you can’t expect every program to follow the same trend and be as successful. Will Richt be at Georgia when they get their next title? Only time and the new AD at Georgia will tell, but one should cringe at the thought of having to fire a coach who has done nothing but win consistently for the dawgs.