Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Bulldog Hotline Redux - Kentucky

Last night's callers/questions were similar to the previous week in that they had direct concerns but were polite in tone. Which made the first exchange a little interesting.
Jordan in Cumming (child) asks about the place kicking concerns. Wonders who is going to coach him this week after his struggles hitting the goalposts. Has heard this is a shared responsibility and there is not a special teams coach. Richt thanks Jordan and says his dad must have put him up to that, he read it verbatim it sounds like. Tells him to tell his dad to call next time. (pauses) Says Marshall Morgan is a good kicker. Has missed a few. But if anyone watched him on a regular basis and knew what they were talking about they would know that he is doing a good job. Obviously he pulled it left some and then over corrected and pushed it right. He’s our kicker, they’ve got faith in him and he’ll be fine.
Now, if you are able to listen in you know that a kid calls in about once a week. And it's not that Richt was at all rude to Jordan. But there was something more direct about his voice, tone in answering the young man's question. Or as the case might have been, his father's question. Listening over the air leaves a lot up to interpretation, but it definitely sounded to me like Richt took offense to the question. Just the words if they "knew what they were talking about" had a touch of venom behind it.

Richt is clearly frustrated. How could he not be. His recruitment of Marshall was pretty personal; the two of them connected and he is definitely Richt's guy. And to see the struggles play out so comically dramatically has to be eating at him as a coach and as a father figure.

All I can say is...we feel ya.