According to coach Richt, it was more about Alabama's personnel on the field. Clocking the ball would have allowed Alabama to make substitutions that UGA did not want. They liked the match-ups they had with Bama's personnel. I probably would have clocked the ball. But then again, who could ever have imagined a batted ball completion at the 5. Wow. The two point conversion in the 3rd quarter proved to be the biggest play out of many in the game. So many highs and lows in that game. An unbiased observer probably would say one of the best games ever. My heart was broken too badly to say that.
"An unbiased observer probably would say one of the best games ever."
My son is not unbiased (he REALLY wanted KState to go undefeated and play ND), and he said it was one of the best games he's ever watched - period. I was on the road between Hinesville and Savannah during almost all of the game. I listened to all but the last 3 minutes on radio. I only got to watch the sorry ending. UGH.
Yes, Sebe there are a couple of what ifs on this one. The Third and one was the turning point in my mind. We make that play in the fourth Qtr and who knows what might have happened.
Any way...so long BCS title game, Hello Cotton Bowl.
I believe the DAWGS should have passed the ball a little more than they did. I also think it's time for a new Coach and Coaching Staff.
This was a very exciting game. This was in my opinion the BEST SEC Championship game in my life time. If Georgia had more time on the clock, they would have beaten Alabama. But that is an if and I believe that a lot of players, especially Aaron Murray, along with Coach Ricth will always have on their minds for months and years to come of "WHAT IF".... The problem clock control. Both Alabama and Georgia defense got tired in the 2nd half leaving it an Offensive Showdown between the two teams. Georgia had control of this game until the later part of the 4th quarter. Gotta to give to Nick Saban on a well coached game.Georgia gave him fits as I was observing him on the sideline.
At the press conference, Coach Mark Richt Rip the Reporters a new one. Here is the link for you to view it. Hope you can download it.
I must say that the SEC Championship looked like it was the BCS National Championship Game between Georgia, and Alabama. It was definitely worth the price of admission.
The Sports line as of Saturday after the SEC Game, Notre Dame was already a 7.5 point underdog. I don't believe that Notre Dame can beat ANY of the top ten SEC Teams in the BCS Rankings.
As of yesterday, Georgia is still ranked in the top ten at number seven. In addition, there are STILL six SEC Teams in the top Ten.
01. Notre Dame Independent
02. Alabama SEC
03. Florida SEC
04. Oregon PAC 12
05. Kansas State BIG 12
06. Stanford PAC 12
07. Georgia SEC
08. LSU SEC
09. Texas A&M SEC
10. South Carolina SEC
"I see that there's a Dooley looking for a job"
Why don't Bradwell Institute hire him. Think he can earn some wins there? I don't think he could do no worse than Jim Walsh Jr.
Hey Jimmy D,
"Any way...so long BCS title game, Hello Cotton Bowl."
Georgia will play January 1, 2012 in the Capital One Bowl against Former BIG 12 and new Big 10 the Nebraska Corn Huskers.
Georgia is going to crush them...
UGA had wonderful success running the ball and mixed it up pretty well I thought. As far as coaches, I honestly think that Grantham is the only one who is probably not up to par. Richt runs a clean (comparatively speaking) program and UGA can score on anyone. Being bludgeoned to death on the ground with a team full of NFL players has got to be scheme. Ole Todd is overrated IMO.
Personally, I am proud of UGA but I sure would like for them to be able to take that next step.
Thanks to the Georgia Bulldogs performance in the SEC Championship game, they have reloaded with some valuable talent. They have an official commitment of ESPN 150 Shawn Wiggins (Corner back) from Sandy Creek High School. (Tyrone Georgia)
ESPN 150 Tramel Terry of goose neck South Carolina decommitted from Clemson and have enrolled at the University Of Georgia.
• OL Josh Cardiello (Buford) - "I thought UGA played their hearts out and had a lot of opportunities to win the game. They just fell a couple of seconds short, but it was very promising to see them play like that."
• OL Aulden Bynum (Valwood) - "A couple of things. I thought the Dawgs played their hearts out. I liked how Coach (Mark) Richt stood up for Aaron Murray and the players in the post game press conference."
• TE Jordan Davis (Thomson) - "My high school football days ended in a close one on Friday, and Saturday was a close loss so this weekend was a tough on for me."
• RB A.J. Turman (Boone; Orlando, Fla.) - "UGA and Bama played amazingly. Time just ran out on Georgia."
• DB Reggie Wilkerson (North Marion; Citron, Fla.) - It was a really great game even though the outcome wasn't what we wanted. Our guys played harder than I have seen them play. We will be back next year."
• DB Brendan Langley (Kell) - "Hard fought. The winner definitely earned it."
DB Kennar Johnson (Gulf Coast Community College; Wiggins, Miss.) - "Well it was a very good game, no doubt! Someone had to lose but there is nothing to do now but pick up where we left off starting in the off-season."
• DB Shaquille Fluker (East Mississippi Community College; Scooba, Miss.) - "Man, Georgia is supposed to be in the National Championship game! I was with them the whole way."
• ATH J.J. Green (Camden County) - "Georgia played great and they proved to people they are no joke!"
• 2014 WR Krenwick Sanders (Wayne County) - "It was actually a game unlike everybody thought it was going to be. Didn't come out with the win but, at the same time, you have to respect UGA."
2014 OL Alex Bars (Montgomery Bell Academy; Nashville, Tenn.) - "Great game. Tough loss for Georgia. Felt it could have gone either way."
• 2014 DE Andrew Williams (Eagles Landing) - "I feel like the time killed Georgia. They both played an equally good game."
• 2014 DE Bryson Allen-Williams (Cedar Grove) - "Georgia put up a good fight and it was a good game. I think it shows that the SEC Champion is always the best team in the country."
"UGA had wonderful success running the ball and mixed it up pretty well I thought. As far as coaches, I honestly think that Grantham is the only one who is probably not up to par. Richt runs a clean (comparatively speaking) program and UGA can score on anyone. Being bludgeoned to death on the ground with a team full of NFL players has got to be scheme. Ole Todd is overrated IMO."
I never questioned Georgia's Offense. I knew they can get the job done. I did earlier in the season question the Dawgs Defense. But they have evolved, and were playing lights out football. In my opinion the Defense really took it to Alabama for the first half, and the third quarter. Both Alabama, and Georgia's Defense were tired in the 2nd half. Georgia still ran the ball very well on Alabama's Defense, and threw as well. It was Georgia's Defense that grew intensively tired and Alabama took advantage of it. They had Lacy and Yeldon that started hitting the holes very hard. Then that long pass that was caught in the fourth. But the difference was the two point conversion, and the last touchdown that was the difference. In addition, if Georgia had more time on the clock, they would have scored and won the game. No doubt about it. But as we all know none of that occurred. Georgia got to the 4 yard line with 1st and Goal with about 5 seconds left on the clock and time expired. I am very proud of the Georgia Bulldogs. Georgia has earned a lot of respect as a Perennial Power in the SEC and around the Nation.
The Offense will be back. I am just wondering how it they will look on Defense. It's time to really beef up the Defense as Alabama has.
"Personally, I am proud of UGA but I sure would like for them to be able to take that next step."
I believe Georgia will be ranked very high next season in the top ten if they win the Outback Bowl, and I am sure they will.
If Murray comes back, the offense is practically intact. Losing a ton on D will not help but there is unrecognized (because they were not needed) talent waiting to step up.
"I liked how Coach (Mark) Richt stood up for Aaron Murray and the players in the post game press conference."
That goes a long way with recruits. If I had a child being recruited, I would pray he goes to UGA because of Richt. Everything about that game was GOOD for recruiting.
Coach Richt in my opinion made some bad play calling throughout the game.
Why would you not down the ball with 12 seconds left where you could have had 2 more tries to make a touchdown?
I understand your frustration. We all want UGA to have a national championship so that we can shed the feeling of being the little brother of the SEC elite. Most of us would have spiked the football. I will grant you that. I was as guilty as anyone in my critique. He had two choices; allow his team and Alabama time to recover and settle down or catch Alabama unprepared and with the personnel on the field that UGA wanted Bama to have. Had the pass not been tipped and had a TD been scored, we would all be talking about what a great and gutsy call, indicative of great leadership in the clutch. Overall I thought it was one of Richt’s and Bobo’s finest jobs in quite some time in a big game. UGA never folded under any circumstances.
Saban talks of how you handle pending and inevitable adversity in big games. According to him, that is what makes champions. So many times UGA could have folded, and lesser prepared teams would have. The same can certainly be said of Alabama.
I wonder how IRRATE Bama fans were when they got the ball back with less than three minutes and could not get one 1st down to end the game when they had been averaging almost 7 yards per carry. I’m telling you Bama nation was one tipped ball away from crucifying the best coach ever.
I guess my point is this. I said the same thing about the staff as recently as during this year’s USC game. I know the recent trend in big games. There probably is someone out there better. But the truth is, other than a NC title (based largely on opinion and a game UGA has been shut out of twice because of opinion) what else could Richt possibly put on his resume?
"Coach Richt in my opinion made some bad play calling throughout the game.
Why would you not down the ball with 12 seconds left where you could have had 2 more tries to make a touchdown?"
I agre with Tiger 5 when he stated this:
"Clocking the ball would have allowed Alabama to make substitutions that UGA did not want. "
....but I suppose since the Dawgs lost, those substitutions might have been better than what we got. I watch a lot of NFL, and the thing that struck me was that they DIDN'T stop the clock. I know the college game is "different " but if that had been an NFL game, the head coach of the losing team would be getting roasted in the press STILL for not clocking ghe ball.
In my opinion, two tries are better than one.
I just made our reservations to go watch Arkansas State and kent State play in the GoDaddy.com Bowl in Mobile AL.
If Arkansas State can hire a National Championship Coach why can't GA?
I guess it's because they're going to be head coach at Auburn. Malzahn didn't stay at AR State for long. I suppose he's going back "home."
As I have said, I would have clocked the ball. However, the decision not to do so didn't necessarily cause a tipped pass. The end result was not a direct consequence. Plus, there were 15 seconds on the clock when the ball was put back in play. Had the ball fallen incomplete, UGA would have had at LEAST one more play. We all want someone or something to blame when things do not go our way (I am guilty.) Days later, the clouding of the mind by emotions being lifted, I can reasonably assess UGA's biggest problem was the relentless gashing Bama's run game put on us. If we need someone to blame, I nominate Mr. Grantham. Any seconds to that motion?
OK. Auburn's position has been filled; Arkansas, and Kentucky. What about Tennessee? Is that job still a primo, elite job? Will an elite head coach or cordinator take it?
I suppose it depends on how you define "elite." Perhaps an elite one from a lower level of coaching might take it on. I recall when Paul Johnson was winning at GSU. He went to Navy and the Midshipmen won a bunch of games compared to previous years. Now at GA Tech he seems somewhat overmatched - especially with that offense he runs.
I still think they ought to go back and "recruit" Phil Fulmer. He's doing TV now for CBS, and is only 62 years old. While at TN, Fulmer coached the team to a BCS national championship; several SEC championships; and several other SEC championship appearances. On May 15, 2012, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
That sounds pretty "elite" to me.
Hi Jimmy: Yes - it looks like this has been in the works. Louisville is trying to hold on to him:
The Coach Coming Into The SEC As A Head Football Coach Will Be Considered An Elite. The Pressure To Win At A SEC College Will Be So Great, He Would At Least Think That He Is An Elite.
But when Arkansas, Auburn, Kentucky and Tennessee all fire their coaches during a short period, the new "elites" have to be thinking that they better PERFORM like an elite or they will soon be history. Even in the SEC, it's the (top 3 in each division) SEC and everybody else. You have AL, GA, LSU, FL, SC and the SEC newbie - TX A&M. After the top three in each SEC division, there's a BIG dropoff in talent and production.
Any new coach for a "2nd tier" SEC team will know that there's a long way to the top - especially where recruiting is concerned.
You have that right sebekm. No recruit would want to go to a team that is considered a non contender. Especially a Blue chip Recruit. A new recruit will attend a college on scholarship to position himself high for the NFL Draft, or to at least market himself to be draft material.
Here is the Eastern Division where most of the talent will attend:
The remainder in this Division
In the Western Division You Have:
Others remaining are:
The bottom four in each Division will have problems recruiting, or will get the least of the talent pool.
Charlie Strong turned down TENNESSEE to stay at Louisville. Maybe they can still get a quality guy. I would think a proven winner at a mid-major conference would be interested. But then again, the Big East isn't much more than a mid-major. Things look pretty bleak on ole Rocky Top.
It goes to show you what can happen to a great program like Tennessee when the fanbase becomes unreasonable in their "what have you done for me lately?" way of thinking.
When people start thinking about running Richt off, they need to think about UT and Fulmer. Scary what a program can become when you get what you wish for.
Sporty: That's what I meant. In each division you have the top three teams...and then everybody else. But compared with the rest of the college football world, those six are mighty good. That's why they recruit so well.
Tiger: Bringing back Fulmer seems logical to me, but I don't know all the background. Is there something (besides bruised egos) that makes it a non-starter?
Yeah I don't know sebekm but you have to think that egos would play a part. I also wonder why he never ended up anywhere else. The college football landscape is a better place with UT being formidable.
There is a lot of comments circulating around about seeking Phil Fulmer, fans etc. Comments such as "ALL IS FORGIVEN"!!
The question is if offered to come back to Tennessee, would he come back? or would he allow his ego to stand in they way, and he get his satisfaction and revenge by turning it down? This is a very interesting topic to discuss.
We will never know. Butch Jones (Cincinatti Bearcats) has just been named the new Vols coach. They claim to have the man they wanted, but we all know he was their 5th or 6th choice. I hope it works out for them and UGA beats them every year he is there! Although, I do hope he can make them relevant again to strengthen to SEC East.
Unfortunately, we'll never now (or not for awhile). I just saw an announcement that the Cincinnati Bearcats' coach - Butch Jones - has accepted the job at TN. The online story is here:
Hi Tiger. I was posting my comment while you were posting yours. I watched a couple of Cincinnati games this year, and the team seemed well-prepared, I also thought Jones had a good sidelines coaching "style." We'll see how he does in recruiting against the likes of Richt, Miles, Saban and the rest.
Oh okay then. Tennessee hired Butch Jones huh?
Yes Tiger 5, I hope the Dawgs continue the run year after year beating them...
I guest Region 3-AAAAA is not weak after all. Ware County be the all powerful Nothside Warner Robins 24-17 in overtime.
And now Region 1-AAAAAA is no loner invincible either. Norcross beat Colquitt County 41 - 27
I listened to that Ware game on the radio. Northside scored with 20 seconds remaining in the game to make the score 17-14. They then recovered an onside kick and in two plays kicked a FG. Those Ware commentators were sick. To Ware's credit, they didn't fold and won the game in OT. I knew that Ware would be BI's new "Camden" for this region. Those folks over there care and it shows.
Cinci seems to put out alot of good coaches who make that next step to a bigger program. I saw where they themselves got Tubberville from Texas Tech. I must say ole Tommy is my least favorite coach in the BCS ranks. Always has been. Anyway, good luck to ole Rocky Top I guess.
Hi Tiger: Yes - I saw that Tubby went to Cinci. I am aware of the sentiment about him (anti, that is) - my son is a Big 12 fan and he thinks just what you said. I guess we'll see how he recruits up there. As it is, the scramble between the conferences looks like it hasn't settled down yet. I wonder how many of those (now) weak-sister conferences will out-and-out fold when the get too many defections? Probably none - since programs from the lower levels seem like they want to move up.
Ware County could very well be the new Camden County. For Now!!! But I believe with the right choice of a new Head Coach, Offensive Coordinator and Defensive Coordinator, Bradwell Institute could re-emerge as a perinnial power. I know that this is a new day and time, but I remember when we played Ware County, we beat them every year. Heck, there was not a team that we simply could not beat. Those teams that are now winning State Titles, and winning their Regions, Bradwell Institute use to play and beat them. Example: Washington County, Peach County, and Ware County. We even have beaten Perrinial Power Thompson, Swainsboro, etc. Waycross was the team to beat in Ware County.
Tuberville as far as I could remember, could not get the job done while at Auburn. The SEC is a very tough Conference to be a Head Coach in. The expectations are very very high. Those Coaches that were hired from schools outside the SEC Conference for Tennessee, Arkansas, Auburn, and Kentucky will really have their work cut out for them. Especially Tennessee, and Kentucky. I feel for them. Those Coaches will really have to do their homework. The recruitment alone will be very very tough, if they don't take shortcuts.
Yes - those shortcuts. Oh, well - several of the current SEC coaching "stars" - i.e., Saban & Miles - had almost exclusively non-SEC pedigrees (except for Saban's prior stint at LSU), but they inherited strong recruiting programs and teams which already had national prominence. The way things are now, I think there will always be several tiers in each conference (Ohio State and Michigan have dominated the Big 10 forever; and the same with the top Big 12, PAC 12 and SEC teams). Under the current system, the also-rans might ALWAYS remain also-rans.
Hey - look where Bobby Petrino wound up:
Western Kentucky has always been famous (or infamous) for bringing in athletes of questionable character from FBS schools dating back to their FCS days prior to 2007. I was not surprised in the least that they were the program willing to give Mr. Petrino a job.
Well Petrino did wrong for lying about his relationship with an employee in his Department. But do you really think it warranted him being fired? He was having sex with a young lady. I don't know if Petrino is or was married during the time of the affair but lets see, he had a motorcycle accident with him and this lady that was in this incident. He lied to his AD about the affair. Well I don't know, but that was his private time and this was his personal business. I don't know. What are your thoughts on the matter? Nevertheless; he is now at Western Kentucky, and he will do well there. Remember he coached in the NFL as a Head Coach. He has a good resume.
He's a great coach and yes he is married. At the collegiate level, you can not (1) lie to your bosses. You are very much so right about that; (2) be a bad example for the University and the students in your charge.
When you add to it the way he left Atlanta, it makes him even worse in my opinion; in the middle of the season, in the middle of the night, and leaving notes to your players. Obviously he is a man with character issues. Or at least he was. I fault him more for that than his episode at Arkansas. Not that I condone anything he did at Arkansas mind you, but as far as being hirable as a football coach, the Atlanta incident throws up a huge red flag to me.
According to the news reports, Petrino screwed himself by lying to his bosses on multiple occasions - deny, deny, deny, - until he was boxed into a corner and was forced to admit it. When I read the accounts, it reminded me of some teeneagers when they're caught in a lie. It gets to be a chess game until your "evidence" gives them no choice but to admit their guilt. That was the way it was with Petrino. Afterwards, he was all apologetic about the "pain and suffering" he had caused his family, but the pain came not from him going contrite to his wife and kids on his own before the stuff hit the fan; but from him being outed publicly and having to face the music on both the home and the work fronts.
I don't see how ANYBODY can trust an adult who has such little integrity that he continually denies wrongdoing until he has no other choice but to admit it. You'd expect it from somebody who is 13 years old or who has a rap sheet as long as your arm, but not somebody who is entrusted with "molding young minds" and teaching honor and sportsmanship - which is what coaches are supposedly doing when they perform their jobs.
The Penn State fiasco demonstrated what MIGHT be going on behind the scenes at your local neighborhood educational facility - if you're unlucky. The Petrino scandal - IMHO - is more of the same, just not on as large a scale.
Also - isn't this the guy who signed a 10-year contract at Louisville; then bolted for the NFL six months later; then quit the NFL for Arkansas after less than a season and after going on national television and proclaiming he would not leave the Falcons?
He may be a "great coach," but from the above - as a human being - some would call him a bum. It will be interesting to see what happens at Western KY.
What a difference Mike Smith and Matt Ryan made. Although I believe Ryan is not an elite QB, he is a very, very good game manager with character and a will to win, which was just what the Birds needed at the time. The same can be said of Mike Smith.
And yes, I am hoping they can manage some playoff wins this year and prove that the two of them together can win a championship.