National media roundup on Mark Richt, UGA: “It’s time for a mutual separation”
If UGA coach Mark Richt‘s seat was warm entering Saturday’s rivalry game against No. 11 Florida, it is much hotter now.
The Bulldogs failed to mount any consistent challenge for the Gators in a 27-3 loss, the second straight in a series that has been lopsided against UGA while under Richt. Worse than the loss, however, is the direction the program seems to be heading.
Entering a much-anticipated matchup against Alabama on Oct. 3, UGA was ranked No. 7 in the country. Since that game, a 38-10 loss between the hedges, the Bulldogs have blown a 21-point lead to Tennessee and failed to score a touchdown in back-to-back games for the first time since 1969.
Given these circumstances, many pundits have begun to question whether it is time for UGA and Richt to part ways. Here is a roundup of some of that discussion among members of the national media.
Dennis Dodd, CBS Sports
“It’s time for a mutual separation, hopefully on a tasteful note,” Dodd wrote early Sunday morning. “Georgia lost again to Florida and the first word that came to mind was ‘dysfunctional.’ Not necessarily the game or the coach or the players — just the whole atmosphere surrounding Georgia football.
“It’s toxic, confounding, not good. Richt started his third-string quarterback (who threw four interceptions yet was never replaced) and punted with his second-string quarterback. That was only because his starting quarterback — a transfer by way of Virginia — hadn’t measured up.”
Paul Finebaum, ESPN
“I’ll spare you and everyone the usual preamble how much we like Mark Richt, because we do, but I think this program clearly is at a crossroads,” Finebaum said, according to 247sports.com. “It has no direction. I think there are major issues on this coaching staff. I think Georgia will watch and wait and see how the season ends. I think if Georgia loses to Auburn and Georgia Tech, there will be howling for Mark Richt’s head at the end.”
Barrett Sallee, Bleacher Report
“Richt clearly misses former coordinator Mike Bobo, and instead of adjusting to the new world of college football, which demands a more flexible offensive style—one of Bobo‘s specialties—he tried to go ‘Back to the Future’ with an NFL also-ran who hasn’t been successful at any stop,” Sallee wrote on Sunday.
“That’s not going to fly. But if he fixes the glitch and minimizes the damage [offensive coordinator Brian] Schottenheimer can do down the stretch, he can preserve the recruiting class and should be given one more opportunity to turn things around.”
Brian Jones, CBS Sports
“This is horrible,” Jones said on-air following the game. “This is terrible. I don’t know why Mark Richt’s name is being considered for any job. At least at his alma mater at the University of Miami. This was a terrible showing today. Yes, you should give a lot of credit to Florida. But Georgia should be worried. This was putrid. This was disappointing. They are a terrible football team.”
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