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In May 2008, Mark Richt and Tommy Tuberville were among five college football coaches who visited U.S. troops in Kuwait. They shared in that experience as well as eight seasons together in the Southeastern Conference. Richt’s career at Georgia in many ways has mirrored what Tuberville did at Auburn before he stepped down after the 2008 season...
In May 2008, Mark Richt and Tommy Tuberville were among five college football coaches who visited U.S. troops in Kuwait. They shared in that experience as well as eight seasons together in the Southeastern Conference.
Defeat doesn't finish a man - quit does. A man is not finished when he's defeated. He's finished when he quits. - Richard Nixon
That is what happens when you put it in cruise control.
I think a couple of years ago or so, Richt felt like he was losing his players and made that desperate act of the intentional penalty after their first score. Things haven't been right between the hedges ever since. His guys, effectively, have been running wild and playing poorly ever since (except against AU it seems).
"Alabama fans love Alabama football, Auburn fans love Auburn" -- Patrick Fain Dye
Remember: If The Jury Box Is Stacked With Foxes...The Chickin Is Always Guilty
In some respects maybe. But, Tuberville never let the bar down on behavior and I respect him for that. Acturally, there are few that look on Tuberville as having the characteristics of Richt. Richt may find himself in the same uncomfortable position as Tuberville did in early 2009, but won't it be for different mix of reasons?
The writer drew out some comparisons, but to me, there are quite a few differences. Georgia has done well in recruiting. They had a few disappointments last year, but this year is going well. Also, he's made changes to his staff when and where necessary.
I asked a life-long Georgia fan about this the other day, and he told me the same thing that has been echoed to others....he thinks Richt is fine for this year. Part of the reason was.....who would be better? Right now the problem isn't the talent, and Richt has proven that he can win.
My friend feels that the players on the field simply don't want it bad enough. Not sure exactly how to fix that, but it's a huge problem. It doesn't matter how talented you are, if you don't want it, someone less talented will take it (like Mississippi State). That's another difference from Tuberville's last season. Eventually some of the guys wore out, but for the most part, they continued to give Auburn-type effort, regardless of how things were going.
Richt better figure out how to motivate and get that team to play hard or he's gone eventually.
"Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing." Teddy Roosevelt
Loyalty went out the door when these coaches started demanding 3 plus million dollars a year to coach football.. if you don't win you gotta go... that is the way it should be... I know in my job if i did not perform they would boot me.. should be no different in this situation...
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