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Fox Sports South writer Steve Eubanks decided to knock the scab off a few almost healed wounds this week with an article about Mark Richt's recent pay raise.
Living in Dawg Disneyland here at LHB, I was taken aback by the following comments:
Jim Cunningham, a pharmacist in Warner Robbins, Ga., and one of Richt's more vocal critics, summed up the feelings of the "Fire Richt" crowd when he said, "Richt is, indeed, a good coach. My knock on him is that he will never be a great one."
Maybe, although there are plenty of schools that would love to have Georgia's record over the last dozen years.
With another solid recruiting class under his belt and two consecutive SEC East titles to build on, Richt seems rightfully optimistic heading into the spring.
That is in stark contrast to the critics, like Cunningham, who point out that Georgia only played three ranked teams in 2012 and lost to two of them.
"This year's going to be a lot tougher," Cunningham said.
I'm sure Mr. Cunningham is a great guy and a purveyor of the highest quality pharmaceuticals. While I do not share his pessimistic view, I would challenge Mr. Cunningham and the other critics to provide a blueprint for improvement. In other words, if you got a chuck away a coach that just took you to two SEC championship games and has shown marked improvement in his teams over the past three years, exactly who are you going to pick to replace. Who turns a 12-2 season into a 14-0 season - and what makes you so sure?
Convince me and I'll join your group.