I read an article this week which says that the author was presenting his Biggest Under-Achievers of college football head coaches recently. Always the 1st Wednesday in February, next year 2016 will be on February 3. That class promises greatness already. Some folks act like all the hullaballoo about recruiting is all smoke and mirrors. They argue that the recruiting services have no clue about the recruits. But, they do. They are paid millions for their analysis. Millions upon millions. The recruiting rankings can be correlated to the NFL Draft Picks. Surely, the same pundits think the NFL knows what it is doing in the NFL Draft ? Super Sunday ! And, I am looking forward to Katy Perry I kissed a girl. The NFL always decides which songs will be played. I kissed a girl and I liked it. I wrote a blog about this with her video when it was announced for Super Sunday. My preacher hates that term, which is why I use it. Always get a sermon about every Sunday is Super Sunday. No. No, it’s not.
While our recruiting rankings do correlate with our NFL Draft Picks, the problem is that one cannot author a blog about Under-Achieving Head College Football Coaches and preface that with this is nothing to do with the definition of coaching. The definition, for him and you, is that coaching is defined as getting more with less. Here, we do the opposite. Don’t we ? Therefore, any analysis of under-achiever status for head college football coaches recently must then by definition be based upon achieved what, with what recruiting.
It’s fine to cop-out on everything, all the time, to muddy the waters that Mark Richt has done well the 2nd half of his career here by saying that recruiting rankings are worthless and oh by the way Mark Richt is great.
Of course, when you have these discussions, that is all they can do. The Mark Richt Apologists must submit that it’s just a stat – this won/loss record after 2007 for Mark Richt. 7 years of futility.
7 years of under-achieving.
I fully expect this class to come in # 8 for 2015 rankings. Mark Richt averages # 9 rankings in recruiting. That is the 2nd best average in the Mark Richt era. 2001-2015 only 1 school in America has recruited a higher average annual recruiting ranking. Mark Richt also has 82 NFL Draft Picks. Again, as in recruiting rankings by the services paid millions for their rankings, this 82 NFL Draft Picks is the 2nd best in the nation in the Mark Richt era from 2001-2015.
Once 81 % win percentage, though, Mark Richt has dropped-off from that to only 68 % win percentage his entire 2nd half of his career here – after 2007.
I was asked what to do to fix this ?
I suggested it is pervasive.
That what you see is what you get.
Annually, we give all the credit to Mark Richt for the recruits signing here. And, then it’s blasphemy to even begin to suggest that Heaven Forbid Mark Richt is responsible for teaching the recruits to obey the rules. Obviously, they who say such folly did not come from our home. Dad had us obey the rules. He taught us to obey the rules. We all know all 7 of us that which is right and that which isn’t.
Annually here after 2007, our recruits are never taught here to obey the rules.
Instead Mark Richt tells them the exact opposite.
“I love you,” Mark Richt exclaims from on high as one-by-one he kicks them off the team. They tell him in the press that he is turning his back on them just when they needed him most.
What is it exactly ?
Is it punishment ?
Is that what you think ?
Punishment is not discipline. Punishment is that which, the authority the one responsible the one who it all goes back to, has to resort to for that authority’s utter lack of discipline.
Discipline, Dad teaches, is teaching to obey the rules.
How does telling them that you love them when you finally kick them off the team for your failures to teach them to obey (discipline), do anything other than send the WRONG MESSAGE to the signed scholarship recruits ? Well, it doesn’t. That is all it does send as its message : That, I still love you when you so screwed-up that I had to smite you out of this program.
He goes on.
Mark Richt tells us that there is something we do here at Georgia which is MORE IMPORTANT THAN WINNING.
There is nothing that is more important than winning. Not for a college football coach. Now, if your calling is preacher man, then Hell Yes, you have other higher ideals and objectives and goals than winning. We’re # 11 all-time in college football wins for major colleges in football. It is very clear who these colleges are, and Yale is not one of them.
Todd Gurley II said it best. He said last season that he was tired of us being mediocre. That he was tired of us losing.
We hear this from many of our signed scholarship recruits.
We, a few years ago, bragged of the dream team. They have under-achieved.
How do you define under-achiever ?
Well, it is plain. It is simple.
You look at what is expected of you, and you compare that with what you actually did do.
The 2 posts by me before this one both nail this on the head.
We do not win.
We average over more than 4 losses a season after 2007.
We lose to less-talented teams whose coaches those days out-coached our coach, despite having inferior talent.
The time for censorship of this discussion has come and passed now. We are beyond that in this discussion by now.
It is patently clear that we lose too many football games. Games we are supposed to win, instead regularly, we lose.
Don’t we ?
So, as you get all hyped-up about our recruiting rankings 2015, try if you can to consider these 4 areas of your giddiness of our rankings in recruiting 2015 :
(a) You said the recruiting rankings are all bogus, bullshit if you will. But, he is at the top in these rankings and this the week you brag on him for his recruit signings and his rankings by these very services.
(b) You brag on Mark Richt for signing them here and assign to him none of the responsibility to actually teach these recruits of his to obey the rules here.
(c) Talent is not the problem around here, and make no mistake of it : We do have problems around here in our football program telling folks because we lose to less-talented teams all too frequently the entire 2nd half of the Mark Richt era after 2007, that we have something ELSE around here at Georgia that we do which is MORE IMPORTANT THAN WINNING. That was our head football coach who blurted this out to us just a scant few weeks ago here on this blog. We’ve had excellent talent according to the recruiting services and their rankings annually, and that is verified by the 82 NFL Draft Picks Mark Richt has had.
(d) You argue out of both sides of your same 1 mouth. You are two-faced. You make a point and take it away. You are inconsistent. You hold other programs to a higher standard than you hold our own to. We lose too many football games to less talented teams and to teams with our talent we should beat :
(1) This is caused by having only 72 signed scholarship recruits remaining of the previous 118 signed scholarship recruits you gave great credit to Mark Richt for having signed here.
(2) We have only a 54 % win percentage after 2007 against teams who even played in damn bowl games these most recent 7 years making up the entire 2nd half of the Mark Richt era after 2007.
(3) We have 29 losses, an average of more than 4 a season, the entire 2nd half of the Mark Richt era after 2007, seven seasons and counting.
(4) We have 10 losses to unranked teams after 2007 the entire 2nd half of the Mark Richt era of these most current 7 seasons, including two (2) more for 2014.
(5) We’ve lost 23 of 34 games against top 25 teams for the 7 seasons after 2007 – the 2nd half of the Mark Richt era. One would think that with the 2nd best talent nationally, that we could do better than lose to 23 of the 34 teams who are just top 25 teams. Wouldn’t one ? Or, do you have some other measure than winning that you use in judging this $ 4 million a year head coach Mark Richt ? Well, do you punk ? Or, you just do not wish to discuss it, and so you say the person making such point is the problem and not your expectations of him as our coach with this 2nd best talent nationally ?
(6) We’ve played 15 teams after 2007 who made either the AP Poll or Coaches’ Polls Top 10, and we’ve lost 13 of the 15.
(7) In bowl games too, we are only 57 % win percentage after 2007 – the entire 2nd half of the Mark Richt era. I shudder to consider the furor had we lost the bowl game again this last season after all those 3 horribly disappointing losses all 2014 season long to less-talented teams we were supposed to beat. You see ? Under-achiever cannot be defined any other manner. Can it ? He was supposed to beat them with his talent and he failed miserably. Didn’t he ?
(8) We have played 25 teams ranked higher than us in the AP or Coaches’ Polls for the seasons after 2007, the seven years making up the 2nd half of the Mark Richt era here. We have lost 21 of the 25.