Sunday, October 11, 2009

Quoth Mark Richt

Per David Hale, Columbus Ledger-Enquirer:

“If you’re a leader or a player and you are brave enough to be in the arena, there’s going to be people outside the arena that want to throw things at you and say things about you,” Richt said. “But there’s honor in being in the arena, and a lot of people don’t understand it because they’ve never been in there.”

I'd like for any readers that stumble upon this blog to stew upon the above comment for the next couple of days. I plan to expand on Richt's thoughts later in the coming week, because I believe they speak volumes about the state of the University of Georgia football program at the present time, and perhaps about where things are headed in the near future.

Let me just end by paraphrasing what I believe he's saying:
YOU, THE AVERAGE UGA FOOTBALL SUPPORTER, DON'T HAVE A CLUE OF WHAT IT MIGHT TAKE TO IMPROVE THE STATE OF THE UGA FOOTBALL PROGRAM. NO AMOUNT OF MONEY, TIME, AND YOUR LIVELIHOOD THAT YOU CONTRIBUTE TO THE PROGRAM THAT PAYS MY SALARY CAN CHANGE THAT.

More to follow. Need a night or two to sleep on this one.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

I don't think he is saying what you think he is saying.
I believe he is letting you know that these kids have pride and will try their best. Even if you throw stones at them they have pride and want to do their best.

Now on the otherhand, their best may not be up to what we expect from a UGA team. That is an issue which the coaches must address either through coaching or recruiting.

JJ said...

That's a good point I didn't consider, mostly because a lot of his postgame comments yesterday were directed at defending himself from the media rather than placing the blame where it firmly lies - his coaching staff.

We all know these players are trying hard. I know they want to win. What.I don't see is evidence that the coaching staff is trying very hard, and I definitely don't see that Richt is too concerned with the ultimate outcomes of these games. The way he blew off how UGA lost the LSU game, and the complete nonchalant attitude on the sidelines yesterday told me a lot.

Matthew said...

I don't think he's saying what you think he's saying either.

This team is going to fight to the end. I'll be one of the few who won't throw stones at my own team.

Orlandodawg said...

That is exactly what he is saying...and it's not the first time he has said it...in the past he has said that fans don't understand the game well enough to understand what it is he and his coaches are attempting to do...fair enough...but I do understand W's and L's...and more importantly I do understand measurable results, like where we rank compared to the rest of the teams in the SEC and the country with regards to offense, defense, penalties, etc....and I do understand that these numbers continue to slip, season by season

JJ said...

That's correct Orlando, it certainly is in line with comments he has made throughout this season. Regardless of his intent with this particular statement, he has spent way too much time this year passing around blame rather than focusing on what the obvious problems are.

Matthew: you won't see me throwing stones at players either. As a matter of fact, I don't see too many people laying blame on players from the blogs and message boards I've read. I want to hear a coach step up and take accountability for what is wrong with this team. Bobo did it once this year, but Richt hasn't come close to laying the blame on himself or any other coach. In fact, you could say he's laid the blame on the individual players more than anybody.

Scott said...

My thoughts on very similar issues...http://im-thinking19.blogspot.com/2009/10/what-are-our-goals.html

Anonymous said...

Well Coach Richt, I've been in the arena as a player and a coach and I understand the blood, sweat, and tears you expend to be calld a football player. I understand the frustration of planning, practicing, and watching it all go to Hell in a handbasket on Friday nights and Saturdays. But I also understand the conceit of thinking your way (apply to any coach) is the only way and change isn't to be considered, that it will all come together somehow. I understand, too, the heartbreak of having to tell a player or a coach that he isn't getting the job done and that he's being relieved of his job. Change is hard but when it's all going to poo-poo in front of you, what's the alternative. Again, the Einstein quote,"..to keep doing the same thing, over and over, and expecting a different outcome is insanity. Man up, coach..we have me the enemy and he is us..Coach Pogo.

Anonymous said...

Well Coach Richt, I've been in the arena as a player and a coach and I understand the blood, sweat, and tears you expend to be calld a football player. I understand the frustration of planning, practicing, and watching it all go to Hell in a handbasket on Friday nights and Saturdays. But I also understand the conceit of thinking your way (apply to any coach) is the only way and change isn't to be considered, that it will all come together somehow. I understand, too, the heartbreak of having to tell a player or a coach that he isn't getting the job done and that he's being relieved of his job. Change is hard but when it's all going to poo-poo in front of you, what's the alternative. Again, the Einstein quote,"..to keep doing the same thing, over and over, and expecting a different outcome is insanity. Man up, coach..we have me the enemy and he is us..Coach Pogo.

Schlitz said...

Thought I'd share a prety good post from someone on the Yahoo message board:

The Arena? So the Bulldog Nation is in the Arena, Mark, when you want us to be, but apparently not the Arena you're talking about, which is in between the lines...or in your case, just outside the lines. I was on your side CMR until these remarks. These arena comments reek of arrogance. Most of us who pay on average 500 per seat for one season ticket have our own arenas that we go to each day. A lot of those arenas share the type of pressures you may be feeling, it just doesn't fall under public scrutiny, usually corporate scrutiny. There are also hundreds of thousands of fans that follow this program by whatever means possible, tv, the radio, the internet. They too have their own arenas. Some of your fan base is unemployed, you think thats not a tough arena with a lot of pressure....do you think you understand that arena and the pressures that come with those conditions? At the end of the day, Richt, you and your coaches live in a pretty nice arena. You make a lot of money doing what you love.

Never thought I'd see or hear you hide behind this BS. I guess we shouldn't be critical of Congress, or the President, because we haven't been in that Arena either. We shouldn't have an opinion if we haven't been in the job, right? Bull.

I now see your cool calm demeanor as something other than just that, I see it as fearful arrogance. Your leadership has been called into question. Yes Mark, your Bulldog Nation, who has been around this program longer than you, and supported it longer than you, is the enemy.

Most of us are leaders and players in our own arenas. There is honor and bravery in each of our lives. But you wouldn't understand our difficulties because you haven't been inside our arena. You're in an insulated Arena, one that looks pretty comfortable from where I sit. There's honor and bravery in our arenas too.

Your teams supporters, all of us that support UGA both with our hearts and dollars, are seeing a lack of "something" in your program. If you can't respect that, if you want to dismiss the fan base and those that are critical of a program that is lacking something, something so evident that it raises questions to the magnitude you feel you need to respond to it, even with arrogance comments, then you have a huge blind spot, in professinal speak. And that blind spot will lead you to do.......nothing.

Your Arena comments are devisive. Which is it Mark, you want the Nation in your corner, both good and bad? Or you want good liitle fans who will sit on their hands and drool over your very presence?

Get a clue Mark. This was a terrible choice of commentary. Don't look now but your teflon is chipping.

BayouDawg said...

I definetly don't think there is a lack of heart on the team. What I saw on Saturday was a group of very talented young men running around about as hard as they could, however were very confused on what they should be doing, thus pointing back to the coaches.

BenandCoopersDad said...

Okay, someone gets that he's trying (poorly) to channel Teddy Roosevelt, circa 1910, right?

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

Schlitz said...

Ben and Coop:

One of the greatest and most inspirational speeches of all time.

Unfortunately for Richt, there are three words that seperate his attempt at prideful wisdom and that of Roosevelt.

That is, "who strives valiantly".

Richt and the coaches for UGA seem to be missing this key element in properly utilizing such a heroic attitude and proclamation.