The problem is, this is not a clear cut decision. If the Dawgs had not been competitive against Carolina, the case would have been sealed.
So what was billed as a pivotal game for the future of Mark Richt really provided no solid answers. UGA is obviously talent rich with upper middle class coaching, so what to do?
Should we be patient since Richt recruited the young talent which will eventually develop into a good team, or should we recognize that South Carolina, Florida, Auburn et al... also have young talent. In fact that young bunch from Columbia just came to Athens and won.
The excuse of youth is just that...
Should we be even more patient and wait out the down cycle with loyalty, or pull the trigger like the trained killers at Alabama, Notre Dame and Florida.
It is a hard call made even harder when you consider the other programs that will likely be in the market for new coaches in the next five months. Notre Dame is 0-2 and Brian Kelly may get one more year if he can manage a 9-3 finish (Which he won't.). Ohio State is also on the verge and Penn State is long past the point of needing an overhaul.
Soft on Crime (Urban Meyer) will likely get his choice of the aforementioned posts, but that still leaves a lot of spots to fill. The best coaches will get the best jobs, and that brings me full circle in my argument.
The fact that Richt has a stable full of talent is a good reason for him to stay, but it is also a nice incentive to attract a new coach. Walk into the job at Athens and you can win...right now! All this group needs is some fine tuning, but that appears to be the hardest part for the current staff. Protecting the football is a coach-able skill. Forty times are not.
Take the job at Ohio State or Penn State and you have to restock the shelves.
Imagine John Gruden licking his chops at how to handle Jarvis Jones, Isaiah Crowell, and Aaron Murray. Imagine someone taking this good raw material and building one bad ass unit. Let's hope the future holds just that with, or without, Mark Richt.