Richt says 'preseason doesn’t mean jack'

DESTIN, Fla. — Georgia football coach Mark Richt is aware that his team is predicted to be a favorite to win this year’s national championship.

He also knows from past experience, when he was offensive coordinator at Florida State, that lofty preseason expectations mean nothing.

“The 1988 Florida State was a preseason No. 1 for the first time ever in school history, and Miami beat us 31-0 opening day,” Richt said here at the SEC spring business meetings. “All that preseason hype was gone on 60 minutes. The coaches didn’t help the players handle the expectations well.

“Preseason doesn’t mean jack, because if you lose your first SEC game, preseason doesn’t mean nothing anymore. We talk about having to earn the right to be a good team let alone a champion.”

Back to the coast: Arkansas men’s basketball coach John Pelphrey isn’t forgetting how his previous job at South Alabama gave him a springboard to Fayetteville.

The Hogs and the Jaguars have agreed to a four-game contract split between Arkansas; Bud Walton Arena and South Alabama’s Mitchell Center. The first game will be this year on Nov. 29, the day before Thanksgiving, in Mobile with an 8 p.m. tipoff.

Part of the reason for the series is that Pelphey’s South Alabama contract stipulated if he left South Alabama for another job he would schedule games with the Jags. Pelphrey also believes he owes South Alabama after the school gave him his first head coaching job.

“I understand at that level how hard it is to get home games,” said Pelphrey, whose first season at Arkansas ended with a 23-12 record. “If it weren’t for them, we probably wouldn’t consider it. I don’t know how many (SEC) teams would play a Sun Belt team on their home floor. I just feel it’s the right thing to do, to be honest with you.”

In the minority: Florida football coach Urban Meyer was one of the three SEC coaches opposed to the early signing period that his fellow coaches approved by a 9-3 vote on Wednesday.

SEC presidents vote on the proposal on Friday, and it’s expected to pass, meaning the league will sponsor it as NCAA legislation.

“I think guys will make decisions to go to school without meeting coaches and coaches meeting families,” Meyer said. “Those kind of decisions end in breakups or issues. That’s why recruiting should be done after the end of the regular season in December and January.

“I think a kid should take an unofficial visit in the spring, visit a camp, go visit a game in the fall and take an official visit and then make a decision. My daughter (Nicole) is getting recruited right now (for volleyball), and she’s going to take her time, see a lot of teams of play and look around.”

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Comments » 14

gohawks1 writes:

If Urban Meyer voted against it, then it must be a good idea.

jgvol8 writes:

It means he can't cheat like normal!

ncvol writes:

Beat those Bulldogs ...
Go Vols

ncvol writes:

Beat those Bulldogs ...
Go Vols

VOLINSC writes:

Preseason doesn't mean anything - I am looking at my Athlon mag from 2005 preseason - Vols number 2. UT's 2005 record 5-6.

Timed_vol (Inactive) writes:

Well, Mark, it DOES mean something. It's damned hard to rise from say, No. 12 to No. 1 when you have to figure Michigan and Ohio Static will be unbeaten until the last game most years.

AS you well know, we do NOT have a playoff becausethe big 10 does NOT want it, and the big 10 RUNS the SEC.

Got it?? Does that cause some pain?? it should. those friggin' yankess are still lording it over us.

TommyJack writes:

2 outta 3 ain't bad....re 3 Florida posters here.
2 are logical. 1 is childish. Won't mention any names, McBrim.

utvolz#637682 writes:

I think ANY conference that doesn't have a conference championship game shouldn't be eligible for a BCS Bowl game, PERIOD! Hear that Pac 10, Big 10 and others?

Frank in Miami

redstickvol writes:

Couldn't agree with you more utvolz. I am fine with either setup (everyone has a championship game or nobody has one), but for some leagues to have it and some not, is a crock. I also don't think it's quite right that Notre Dame is allowed when they aren't even in a conference for football.

vol88 writes:

you are right mparker. Just ask Auburn a couple of years ago.

Vols1998 writes:

NCAA has a playoff system.....its held every Saturday. The piece that is hurting the current system is Pre-Season polls. Wait Until the End of October to release the first polls and there are no advantages to weak schedules like Ohio State, PAC 10 and ACC. It is what it is on 1 November.

Go Vols!

keithswafford#269308 writes:

pre-season polls are a terrible idea that hinders todays game. most of the time they are unrealistic and put a heavy burden on the team in question months before the seasons first snap EX: Alabama 2000 Preseason rank #3
The reigning SEC champs returned a good number of Defensive starters and 2 inconsistent QB's with the "superstar" Freddie Millons. They ended up 3-8 and were the laughing stock of the south.
A team of this caliber normally would have had an 8-5 year but because of its early plummet from the top to the bottom, the team fell apart.

pdhuff#552644 writes:

They have polls because we read and study and devour them.

And think about what might be.

When toe meets leather......

pdhuff#552644 writes:

Free General Fritter.

Buy Dupree a gerbil!

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