The AJC's Jeff Schultz raises the question today regarding the warmth under the seat of the head coach at the University of Georgia.
The fact that the question is being asked is a far cry from where Mark Richt sat this time two years ago.
Coming off an 11-2 season where the finished #2 in the AP Poll, the Bulldogs were ranked number one in the preseason rankings heading into 2008. But after two seasons of not meeting expectations, some are questioning whether the longest tenured coach in the SEC can get UGA back to the top of the SEC.
I'll attempt to break down the case on both sides.
Why Mark Richt Should Be On The Hot Seat:
- 8-5 record in 2009
- 2-7 against Florida in nine seasons including losses of 49-10 and 41-17 the last two seasons
- Losing 2 of the last 3 to a down Tennessee program including a 45-19 loss last year
- Three other SEC schools were less tenured coaches have won BCS titles in the Richt era.
- UGA has not played in the SEC Championship Game since 2005
- 90 wins in 9 seasons, average of 10 wins per season
- Two SEC titles in nine seasons when UGA had not won a title in 20 seasons previously
- 8-1 vs Georgia Tech
- Georgia has never finished below 3rd in the SEC East
- He made necessary changes on the defensive staff after last season
So if Richt is on the hot seat what does he need to do to get off it? And if he's safe what could turn the heat up in Athens?
Jeff Schultz's Article
Dr. Saturday of Rivals chimes in on the subject
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