The seat was warm heading into the 2010 season for Georgia Bulldog head coach, Mark Richt. Now after a loss to Arkansas and sitting 1-2 and 0-2 in SEC play for the first time since 1993, the seat will get very hot. And now, it's not looking like Richt will be coaching next season.
Expectations for the Bulldogs are always very high, especially since SEC rivals Florida, Alabama, and LSU have won national titles of late. Richt is 91-29 in nine seasons at the helm of the Bulldogs, but he has not won the SEC since 2005 nor played in a national title game during his tenure.
Expectations were especially high for the Bulldogs going into 2008. Coming off a demolition of the Hawaii Warriors in the Sugar Bowl and loaded with offensive talent— quarterback Matthew Stafford, running back Knowshon Moreno, and receivers A.J. Green and Mohammed Massaquoi—they ranked number one in both the coaches and AP polls for the first time ever. The season, however, ended in the Capital One Bowl.
This season, even with freshman quarterback Aaron Murray, expectations were high again. Especially with the Florida Gators losing Tim Tebow to graduation. The new defensive coordinator, Todd Grantham, installed the 3-4 defense to strengthen the Georgia defense. It has not been successful this season.
Against South Carolina, they were gashed by star freshman Marcus Lattimore for 183 yards on 38 carries with two touchdowns. Against Arkansas, Ryan Mallett threw at will for 380 yards and three touchdowns.
The offense has sputtered this season, especially with star receiver Green out due to NCAA suspension for selling jerseys. The defense has been torn apart in the air and ground.
It is not looking too good for Richt. It seems more and more likely that he will get the axe at the end of the season.