Questions for the folks that read and participate on this board.
Why does Alabama have (8) National Championships and UGA has (2)? Championships under the guidance of Coach Bear Bryant and Coach Nick Saban. Saban has two at Alabama and one at LSU, not counting the LSU championship in the overall even though Saban has won 3.
Thought about that and tried to come to some kind of reasoning.
In between Bear Bryant and Nick Saban, the mighty Tide had good football teams, no national championships.
Along that line, UGA was national champion in 1942 and then again in 1980. Bulldogs had some very good teams through the years, however no national champions. If we are going to have a national champion every 38 years, guess we have to wait until 2018.
There have been serious coaching failures at both schools, and some coaches that I guess can be called mediocre at both universities.
I do understand that a lot of things have to go right for a team to win the national championship. Fumbles, lucky bounces, few injuries and on and on. All teams face these issues.
Somehow Alabama has figured a way to overcome these common problems, 8 times. Don’t think that it is because the State of Alabama has better football talent than say, State of Georgia, believe most would agree that Georgia is producing more and higher rated talent that Alabama.
Things that make me wonder on occasion. . . . .Solutions or suggestions anyone . . . .
Almost time for Mark Richt to take the podium at SEC meetings, headed that way.
EDit: Alabama has 13 National Championships. Just looking at two coaches and their results.
Buc, that's a good point. Looking back at it . . .
Richt, like Dooley, has had NUMEROUS chances to win it all. Dooley - '68 (? I think), '80, '81, '82. Only succeeded once. Richt in 2002, blew that chance. 2007, let's face it, one blown game, skipped over at the end of the season, we can call that one a "blown chance" if we want to (we could also call that "screwed" if we want to). Bear Bryant? Coached at a completely different time, but that's no excuse. If you look back at his tenure, he didn't blow many of his opportunities, regardless of which way the leather bounced.
My take is this - Alabama's reputation as one of the all time football power houses did not make Bear Bryant, it was the other way around. His legacy is the reason 'Bama draws the top players, even out of our state - add Saban and his success to the equation, and that just gets amplified.
In my worthless opinion, the only way to "fix" it is to first identify the next Bear Bryant and MAKE him come to UGA by making him an offer that only a crazy fool would turn down. We are the second most profitable school in D1 football, so budget is not the issue. Willingness is. I think it's that simple. Don't tell me UGA doesn't have the money to play with. Go out and get a Saban or Meyer or Miles (not that I think we can get any of them specifically) or Peterson or Patterson or whoever. Ball bouncing . . . forget that . . . money talks, other stuff walks.
Yep coaching...............but playing for a legend such as The Bear helps in recruiting. Saban has 3 NC's and will soon if not already be a legend. Why could UGA have not have lured him away from Miami instead if Bama. We have just as much money and tradition as anyone else. Just imagine if Saban came to UGA instead of Bama..........oh my.....
Richt, Ole Miss coach respond to Spurrier’s schedule shot
5:16 pm July 19, 2012, by Tim Tucker
HOOVER, Ala. – In a jab at Georgia’s schedule earlier this week, South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier offended Mississippi’s football program. Said Spurrier: “If I made the schedule, Georgia would be playing LSU, and we’d be playing Ole Miss.”
Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze fired back on Thursday as SEC Media Days concluded: “2013, I think they’re on our schedule. We will circle that date and look forward to maybe changing his perspective on Ole Miss football.”
Georgia coach Mark Richt also was asked about Spurrier’s comment that he’d prefer to play UGA’s cross-division schedule rather than South Carolina’s.
“I’m sure there will be a year he’ll be thankful for the schedule he has,” Richt said.
Spurrier is really enjoying keeping his name out there for all to see. Apparently he is succeeding, folks like me continue to carry his crap in the honey buckets he provides.
Admiration for Hugh Freeze, head coach at Ole Miss, reminds me of our defensive coordinator. We know that Todd Grantham has a set, and now we know that the newest head coach in the SEC also has a set. Good on you for laying it out there Hugh Freeze. With fire in your belly like this, Ole Miss players and the Ole Miss faithful will respect you for your stance. Some have it, some don't.