Many Georgia Bulldog fans were perplexed when head coach Mark Richt was retained for the 2011 season. Since arriving from Florida State in 2001, where he was the Quarterbacks coach and Offensive Coordinator, Richt has compiled a 96-34 record with a 53-27 mark in SEC play, two conference championships, a 7-3 bowl record, and six 10+ win seasons.
But in the past four years, Georgia has declined from 11-2 to 10-3, 8-5, and last year, 6-7. Dissent among boosters and impatience among fans has placed Mark Richt squarely on the hot seat heading into the 2011 season.
With a top defense and stud redshirt sophomore Aaron Murray at Quarterback (209/342, 61.1%, 3,049 Yds, 24 TD, 8 INT in 2010), Georgia could be a serious contender for the next couple of seasons.
Time will tell if Richt can turn things around and save his job at Georgia. He has gotten off to a fast start this offseason, however, hauling in what looks like a Top 10 recruiting class (Scout:8, Rivals: 7, ESPN:9) led by 5-star defensive-end Ray Drew out of Thomasville, Georgia.
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