Georgia Coaching Legacies
Waiting for the start of the Red River Rivalry at noon, a diversion to waste part of the long day that ends with Rocky Top. All Tennessee games end with the singing of that old song. I hope to hear it very few times this evening, although the game does look like it could be a close one. Former Georgia player Will Muschamp coached at the Texas State Fairgrounds for the only 50-50 matchup, near-equivalent to the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party in Jacksonville – where we desperately need him to be 0-1 at month’s end. As Texas head coach-in-waiting, Muschamp was regarded as the top college football assistant coach in the country before becoming Florida’s head coach. Former Georgia player Kirby Smart holds the top national assistant regard now as BAMA’s defensive coordinator; I enjoyed watching his nasty unit dismantle the Gators in The Swamp last week. The mighty Gators travel to number #1 LSU today and should go down on the bayou. Regardless of the lack of national hype for tonight’s Georgia at Tennessee matchup, the game is for first place in the SEC East in the loss column. UT’s head man, Lil’ Dooley, grew up barking and wearing the red and black in Athens where his dad was Georgia’s legendary national championship winning coach and the athletic director that shepherded UGA into the modern era of success. Though he may have attended undergrad in Virginia in part to avoid the weight of this legacy, Lil’ Dooley is a lifelong Georgia fan and a graduate of the UGA Law School. Here’s the law of the land in the SEC: When you do the math the University of Georgia has clearly had the most impact on the current batch of top SEC coaches. Halfway into season 11, Georgia Coach Mark Richt has the most tenure in the SEC. He goes for win number 100 tonight.