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December 11, 2015


Winnings NOT Good Enough Anymore!

by Larry Leek
Mark Richt

Recently some very good NCAA College Football head coach’s were either fired or nearly fired and for what you might ask? Well from the best anyone can tell it was from “winning” the ultimate answer, however as far as their respective university boosters & college administrators were concerned, that wasn’t quite GOOD enough.

The University of Georgia recently fired Head Coach, Mark Richt after 15 seasons as head coach.

During Coach Richt’s tenure at Georgia out of 196 games he compiled a 145-51-0 record with a .750 winning percentage. Over the 15 season’s Richt had ONLY 1-losing season (2010) when the Bulldogs were 6-7 and that was just one game away from a.500 season.

Besides the 2010 season, every other year that Richt was head coach the Bulldogs had a winning record (minimum eight wins) and also out of those 15-seasons Coach Richt had nine seasons where his teams won ten games or more. This season they were 9-3-0.

He was SEC coach of the year 5-times, won the SEC East 5-times & the SEC championship twice. If you can find fault in a record like that worth firing a guy over then you are quite spoiled, You can be CERTAIN that the list of Richt’s faults are NOT a long one.

Arkansas v LSU

The other coach nearly fired, but in the end was allowed to retain his position as head coach of the LSU Tigers was Head Coach, Les Miles.

Miles has been the head coach of LSU for 11 seasons and during those 11 seasons he has a record of 111-32-0, he has yet to have a losing season there and has won ten games or more 7 times, won the SEC twice with one national championship in 2007.

Rumors sprang up that Miles would be let go at the end of the season when LSU suffered two losses in a row after being raked #1 in some polls or near the top in others, prior to the losses and had it not been for the overwhelming support of LSU fans once the rumor had spread, Mile’s would no longer be the Bengal Tigers head coach.

This is What’s On My Sports Mind about this subject.

Back when I was growing up, ALL i ever heard was learning to be a good loser was just as important as learning how to be a good winner and also that the bottom line was winning for a coach to keep his job….

Now it would seem that even WINNING is NOT good enough anymore for some of these what My Sports Mind  considers SPOILED universities.

They have gotten SO used to winning under these particular head coach’s that they expect even more, which of course would be a national championship. I’m guessing every now and then or is it every year?

When you look at the Georgia Bulldogs history, they have only won the title one time over the last 35 years. which was in 1980 under then head coaching legend Vince Dooley. Now under Dooley, who coached the Dawgs for 25 seasons, Georgia’s record was 201-77-10 with a .715 winning percentage.

Dooley’s teams had 21 winning season’s with only one losing season and three .500 seasons, so Not that much difference between the two coach’s with the exception of the one national title won by Dooley. Keep in mind that was 35 years ago. Richt’s winning percentage was better than Dooley’s by .06%

There were two coach’s between Dooley and Richt, Ray Goff, & Jim Donnan.

Goff’s coached the Bulldogs from 1989-1985, he was 46-34-1 with NO SEC titles which means no national championships and not a very good won/loss record the same goes for Donnan who succeeded Goff and coached the Dawgs from 1996-2000, his record was 40-19 and was SEC coach of the year in 1997 and thats IT.

From what My Sports Mind can tell, there was ABSOLUTELY no reason what so ever for the Bulldogs to let Richt go other than they have become spoiled with winning during Richt’s tenure there, to the point that Winnings Not Good Enough Anymore and with only one national title over the last 35 years, go figure that one out IF you can.

The same fate nearly happened to LSU Head Coach, Les Miles and had it not been for their fans support for Miles, LSU’s winningest coach in the HISTORY of their team would no longer hold the position.

It was obvious when LSU Athletic Director, Joe Alleva (going by the unhappy smug on his face) that he was NOT happy when he announced that Miles would be retained for the 2016 season.

Many are predicting that it will be Mile’s last year there UNLESS he wins the national championship, My Sports Mind would guess.

The BEST thing that could happen to these two schools in My Sports Mind would be for them to hire coach’s that would bring them back DOWN a few notches so that maybe in the end they would realize that JUST winning isn’t all that bad after all.

Mark Richt has now become the new head coach for the Miami Hurricanes and I would personally like to wish him the BEST of luck there but I really don’t think he will need it and My Sports Mind can’t help but believe he has an even better chance for winning a title with the Hurricanes if he can turn the program around, after all the school is in one of the richest recruiting territories in the country and My Sports Mind believes he will do JUST that.

So Whats On Your Sports Mind about this subject?





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