Much of the offseason talk in Athens, GA has focused on the stability of Mark Richt’s position as head coach at the University of Georgia. Complaints about a decline in performance and disciplinary issues are prevalent and the term “hot seat” has become increasingly commonplace over the past few seasons. While I am frustrated with the performance of the past few years I’m not quite ready to call for heads to roll. Is Mark Richt on the hot seat? Of course he is. However, isn’t everyone earning $3.5 million annually held to a pretty high standard of accountability and excellence? I think it’s worthwhile to spend some time looking at what factors are heating Richt’s seating and what he can do to return to a more comfortable post.
There has obviously been a general decline of the program (a 6-7 season is not acceptable), but what got the Bulldogs to this point and can they rebound? Let's take a closer look.