Going back to my days with The Dalton Daily Citizen, I've said time and again Mark Richt is not a top-tier coach. More than two years later, Bulldog Nation is finally coming around to see I was, and am, right. Before, when they didn't want to hear the truth, they berated me.
This season, Richt guided the Bulldogs to a 6-7 record for their first losing season since 1996. That doesn't make for a good first impression to newly-hired athletic director Greg McGarity, who comes from a Florida program that exceeded high expectations.
Despite the Dawgs losing to Central Florida in the Mediocrity Bowl, McGarity may feel it too bold of a move to fire Richt just yet. But Richt's last day as a Bulldog will come after next season, and in the meantime, he can explore the following possible career options once his Georgia coaching career comes to an end:
1) Actor: Over the years, Richt has shown a liking to various projects in front of the camera. First, there are his series of Carpets of Dalton commercials. In each of these gems, Richt mindlessly roams the warehouse showroom with an expressionless look on his face, much in the way he roams the sidelines when coaching. Then there are his GMC Truck commercials where he claims to believe in qualities his teams no longer possess.
But no commercial exploits Richt's acting talents as much as his appearance in the UGA freshman orientation video. The song starts at the 1:00 mark, but you won't make it all the way through, so just skip to Richt's legendary cameos at the 2:24 and 3:19 marks.
2) Prison Warden: As promising as Richt's acting career is, he's more qualified to run a prison. Under Richt's watch, the football program accumulated a dozen arrests in 2010 alone -- that's a one-per-month average -- and many others during his tenure. His football team generally consists of more than 100 inmates, oops, athletes, so Richt has proven he's ready to take his skills of overseeing convicts to the next level.
3) Preacher: Richt could build a church the size of Sanford Stadium, and people would fly, drive, walk and crawl to to fill it up and watch him give a sermon. Or at least that's the impression I get. In my years of criticizing Richt's coaching abilities, the overwhelming, No. 1 defense given by readers: He's a good, Christian man.
It's too bad religious beliefs don't equate to wins on a football field.
4) High diver: Maybe, but it would DEFINITELY be more amusing to watch him belly-flop in a pool, as opposed to in a big game -- that's getting old.
Adam Krohn is a sports writer for The Times. Follow him at twitter.com/gtimesakrohn.
AMEN!!! I've been for getting rid of him since day one. I've always said he should be a youth minister at some church. Thanks Krohn for speaking out.