Dear Coach Richt,
By the grace of God, I was born and raised a Georgia Bulldog.
For all of my 49 years on this earth I have been blessed to be a Bulldog fan.
In my younger years my parents took us to games, my brothers and I would watch Erk Russell get bloody on the sidelines motivating his guys, we watched Herschel and Buck and Lindsey and we were proud.
My best friend and I were fortunate enough to be part of the crowd that rushed the field in the SuperDome as Georgia won our only National Championship.
I cheered the Dawgs through the good and bad times and never, ever was embarrassed to wear my red and black.
Coach Richt, tonight I am embarrassed.
This isn’t about the play calls or hanging on by our finger nails for another, way too close, win in what should have been a blow-out. Coach Richt, you will have your detractors calling for you head for those reasons…. this letter isn’t about that.
Coach Richt, tonight I am embarrassed to be a Georgia Bulldog because we acted like thugs today.
The Georgia Bulldogs are NOT thugs, but today our best and brightest acted that way and for that behaviour I do blame you.
For years I have complained that your teams were too penalized and lacked discipline. Today you proved me right on national television.
Coach Richt, I have no doubt that you are a good man, but sir, you set the tone for the team, you set the moral compass and that moral compass embarrassed the Bulldog Nation today.
I moved to Florida almost 20 years ago and have continued to wear my Red and Black with pride. I have celebrated and held my head up with dignity in defeat, what happened in Jacksonville today was worse than a loss by score, it was a loss by character. We won the game, but at what cost?
Sir you set the tone, you must instill discipline in these players. We are a class program and cannot afford to let you drag our team to the depths of thuggery that was witnessed today.
I have not researched this, however I would bet that in today’s game there were as many Unsportsmanlike Conduct calls against the Dawgs as in any SEASON of a Vince Dooley coached team.
Coach Richt, you are better than what we saw today, our players are better than what we saw today and the Dawg Nation is DEFINITELY better than what we saw today.
A win is a win, but today it certainly doesn’t feel like anything worth celebrating.
Coach Richt, you must do better, the legacy of the Georgia Bulldogs is class, it is up to you to restore our reputation immediately or move on.