Richt’s cynical move

I like Mark Richt. I’ve always thought he was a good coach, good recruiter, and most of all a decent guy. However, there is little doubt Richt’s move to close practice is a cynical move to blame outside factors for the loss to South Carolina and a ready-made excuse if the Bulldogs lose to Alabama.

Furthermore, the timing capitalizes on the New England spying fiasco.

This story from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution explains the situation. It mentions New England, Bill Belichick, and of course Saban’s ties to the coach. How convenient for Richt to already have a scapegoat picked out.

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There can be little doubt the move is cynical. If, as Richt suggested, Georgia is always worried about people watching practice, then he would’ve already shuttered practice. Unless the Bulldogs are coming out in the Wishbone, what information could be gathered from watching practice that could not already be gathered from watching game film?

Most people know Georgia’s problems (see offensive line film from South Carolina game). I’m sure a good football coach could deduce a few additional things from watching practice; however, is that the best use of time at this stage of the season?

Regardless, Richt’s closure of practice is a cynical attempt to silence the howls of another disappointing season in Athens.

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    Kenny

    Not only is it an attempt to silence disappointment regarding UGA, but it is a direct shot at Saban. There has been a lot of talk (ESPN) that because Saban coached under Belichick 13 years ago he may be cheating. The reasoning being “birds of a feather.” It all seems like a thinly veiled shot at Saban and UA in my opinion.

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    capstonereport

    That’s one reason I’m disappointed in Richt. I’ve always considered him a very ethical coach, but this is such a cynical move to capitalize on the anti-Saban mania amongst a segment of the national media.

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    Diallo

    “Regardless, Richt’s closure of practice is a cynical attempt to silence the howls of another disappointing season in Athens.”

    What, you mean like the seasons that ended at the Sugar Bowl? Or one of the seasons that ended with 10 wins?

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