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Dawgsports' Response To TomahawkNation's LeMay/ Richt Article

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T. Kyle King is an excellent writer and played a big part in pairing me with TomahawkNation in the Summer of 2008. I consider him a friend in the business and I'll forgive him for somewhat taking the easy route and going after FSU instead of focusing on my article, although I do think he makes some good points. Unfortunately, the facts he follows to his preferred conclusions largely are speculative, misconstrued, or false. They are indeed quite speculative, but it's difficult to say that speculation of something that may happen in the future is "False". Why on earth would fans of a program recently taken over by Jimbo Fisher, after believing for years that Mark Richt was Bobby Bowden’s heir apparent, be so insistent that a former Nick Saban disciple would be better prepared to become a head coach after previously serving only as a coordinator than Mark Richt would be? Football hath no fury like a fan base scorned. This would be a fair point if many FSU fans had authored the article. But I (and the many educated readers of this site) cannot be grouped with that apathetic section of the fanbase who care not for keeping with the times and instead prefer ESPN Classic. As reader D.K. put it, "Honestly, I think a lot of us feel that Richt is tainted by association with Bobby Bowden in terms of structuring and running a program. It was made painfully clear to us that this approach does not work in the modern era. Now, Richt has yet to begin hiring terrible assistants and defending them to no end well maybe he has (Martinez), but the ideological similarities that exist are striking. There is a reason that the landscape of college football has seen a shift from the Mack Brown/Bobby Bowden coaching network to the Saban coaching tree. I would be willing to take some of these criticisms from certain fan bases; if an Alabama fan or a Florida fan argued that Mark Richt lacked the killer instinct of a Nick Saban or an Urban Meyer, I would be hard pressed to argue otherwise. However, I don’t quite see where an ACC fan has any business questioning Coach Richt’s killer instinct.. The problem here, of course, is that I never compared or claimed that Florida State has (under Bowden) displayed more attention to detail or killer instinct than the Dawgs under Richt. In fact it is just the opposite. Richt's team's display the same lack of attention to detail and killer instinct that many of Bowden's teams exhibited in frustrating losses during the Dynasty Era and certainly in the "Lost Decade." Richt is a Bowden disciple and FSU fans are in a prime position to note that he displays many of Bobby's positive and negative characteristics. Further, I don't root for the ACC. I root for a team and do not hide behind my conference. If my team fails, my rooting interest has failed. Those facts are indicative of contentment in the same sense that "Charlie’s Angels" was a show about law enforcement. T. Kyle is right. I can't simultaneously claim that UGA fans are content losing three or more games per season (as UGA has done in 4 of the last 5) and also suggest that Richt is on the hot seat. I think there are some Dawg fans who fit with the former description and some with the latter. As to his Kirby Smart thoughts, college football teams have short memories. As for the rest, I think D.K. sums it up pretty nicely. There's a fundamental difference of opinion here. One side is saying "Hey, our guy patterned himself after your guy!" While the other side is saying "that's not a good thing if you're playing in 2010, buddy." I still don't think there's anything wrong with suggesting that FSU would prefer to keep Georgia's Flagship University from installing an excellent recruiter patterned after Nick Saban in FSU's Georgia backyard (which also happens to be that local's hometown).

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