Look Inside The Georgia Playbook
Han Vance of Big Hairy Blawg was recently named senior writer at The Georgia Playbook magazine – check out the hot new December issue now at: www.thegeorgiaplaybook.com – this new monthly all-UGA sports magazine is incredibly sharp. Vance provided the football rundown (below), the basketball rundown and an Ode to Larry Munson. For the previous issue in November, Vance had rundowns on football and previewed the basketball season.
UGA FOOTBALL RUNDOWN:
Our vote for National Coach of the Year would certainly go to Mark Richt. UGA had a far from perfect five-loss campaign after two national Top 10 finishes, and then last year happened. The perfect storm of our best player suspended for multiple games as we started a freshman at quarterback, a new defensive coordinator implementing a 3-4 defense our players struggled to grasp, and questionable team chemistry. UGA dropped below .500 for the first time since Jim Donnan’s first as head coach. When UGA faced top-ranked teams to start this season, the unnecessarily aggressive scheduling backfired. At 0-2, many called for Coach Richt’s job. Did he panic or surrender? The Bulldogs own the 3rd-longest active winning streak in college football, trailing only our SEC Championship game opponent LSU and the undefeated Conference USA Houston Cougars. Tech and Auburn fell as our other two biggest rivals (Tennessee, Florida) had earlier in this suddenly remarkable season, only one of those four big wins Between the Hedges. Georgia is the outright SEC East Champion for the fourth time in Richt’s eleven seasons as head coach – longest tenure in the SEC. Grantham’s defense finished year two near the top of the national rankings as UGA led the nation in limiting opponents to plays of twenty yards or more. UGA was first in the SEC in sacks and second in turnover differential. As we at The Georgia Playbook Magazine went to press for the December issue, UGA was set to face #1 LSU as underdogs in the Georgia Dome for a third time. Last time around, DJ Shockley shocked them for Richt’s second SEC ring. Regardless of outcome this year, the Georgia Bulldogs and Mark Richt always place number one in our hearts.