A year ago, Mark Richt was the star attraction at SEC Media Days. His Georgia Bulldogs were the preseason No. 1 pick in the land. His backfield rivaled any in the nation. Life was good for the (then) 48-year-old coach with two SEC titles and five top-10 finishes in seven seasons.
However, his eighth year at Georgia was a house of horrors. It started with “The Blackout” against Alabama, which saw the Tide jump out to a 31-0 halftime lead. Five weeks later, Florida eviscerated the Bulldogs 49-10. They ended the regular season with a pungent loss to Georgia Tech. Even though Georgia won the Capital One Bowl to finish with a solid 10-3 record, it was too little, too late. The damage was done and fans have been grumbling ever since.