UGA’s Richt is a finalist for the Dodd Trophy; Tech’s Johnson is not

"Congrats on being a finalist, Mark." (Brant Sanderlin, AJC)

“Congrats on being a finalist, Mark.” (Brant Sanderlin, AJC)

"Congrats on being a finalist, Mark." (Brant Sanderlin, AJC)

“Hearty congrats on being a finalist, Mark.” (Brant Sanderlin, AJC)

Esteemed and eagle-eyed colleague Michael Carvell — the man reads everything — passes along this nugget: Georgia’s Mark Richt is among 12 finalists for the Dodd Trophy, which the modest folks who oversee its presentation claim “is the preeminent coach of the year award.”

Here’s who’s not a finalist for the Dodd Trophy: Paul Johnson of Georgia Tech.

Here’s where Bobby Dodd became a coaching legend: Georgia Tech.

Here’s the sponsoring body of the Dodd Trophy: The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.

Here’s where the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl is based: Atlanta, Ga.

Here’s where Georgia Tech is based: Atlanta, Ga.

Here’s how many ACC coach of the year awards Johnson has won this season: Two.

Here’s how many SEC coach of the year awards Richt has won this season: Zero.

Here’s how many division titles Johnson’s Jackets won this season: One (of a possible one).

Here’s how many division titles Richt’s Bulldogs won this season: Zero (of a possible one).

Here’s how many of the finalists’ teams Johnson’s Jackets beat this season: Two. (Clemson’s Dabo Swinney is also among the dozen. Holy mackerel.)

I have nothing to add — nothing you’re not already saying to yourselves —  except that balloting must have been conducted with 18 seconds remaining in the Tech-Georgia tilt.

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KKA
KKA

You don't have a whole lot to write about, do you Mark Bradley?

Or are you just trying to stir up controversy where there is none?

twhdvm
twhdvm

You people need to read the mission statement of the Dodd trophy. It has nothing to do with W-L record, winning a conference or national championship, or especially beating your in-state rival. If the latter were the case, Richt would have 12 of these on his shelf.  The statement on the award reads:  "In recognition of a high and more noble aspect of college coaching…a style that emphasizes something more than winning the game…a belief that the game of football should be kept in perspective with college life in general."


So, maybe next time Mark Bradley writes such a grade-school level article, he should at least know what he is talking about.  


By the way, I am an alumnus of both Georgia Tech and UGA.

rallo
rallo

@twhdvm  so your BI?  figures.  it's just stuff.  cash the money spent on this crap and give the money to feed people.

GoldenHand
GoldenHand

@twhdvm So, the coach who has radically improved academic performance by his football program doesn't qualify, while the one whose team is a perennial contender for the Fulmer Cup does. OK.

forexbomb
forexbomb

@twhdvm Precisely why Coach Johnson should be at the top of the list.. Graduating players and finding ways to win football games.. Coach is the epitome of what a college coach should be...  Richt, recruits anybody that can spell football, and some that can't.... and Richt still can't win the big one..  Richt should in NO way be in the running for this award.  and who cares where you graduated!  At least you made ONE good decision... Go Jackets!

ldw99
ldw99

Goes without saying that most of these award nominations are political and have nothing to do with actual results. 

forexbomb
forexbomb

Why would Mark Richt be nominated for this award?  I mean really....  He would most notably be affiliated with the UNDER achiever award.. Doing the least with the most...

Rick_James
Rick_James

After his coaching decisions cost Georgia wins against South Carolina and Tech Richt really shouldn't be up for any award. Paul Johnson got just what he deserved. ACC coach of the year. Unless you win the national title what's the big deal with winning in the ACC? 

HBJacket
HBJacket

Wow. I had to check the byline to make sure it wasn't April 1st... 

GTRay
GTRay

I have a feeling that Paul Johnson, as a previous winner of the Bobby Dodd award, would be honored to be considered again.  And I'm just as sure that he would say that there are a number of other deserving coaches.

I wonder if Johnson's not being included is somehow related to Tech's current NCAA probation?

I went to the foundation's website (which appears not to have been updated in 2 years) and found the following contact info, for anyone that may want to express their opinions:

- Call or fax:

Kent Keasler

Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation

Tel: (423) 875-5868

Fax: (423) 875-6573

- Email:  info@bobbydoddfoundation.com

- Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation

P.O. Box 15908

Chattanooga, TN 37415


MaxMose
MaxMose

how did the dogs lose to that terrible fla team that fired their coach??

jquick5342
jquick5342

Our coach is secure in his manhood and doesn't need any stinkin' awards.

CardiganBoy
CardiganBoy

I wonder if this nomination is a dig at CMR and the Dawgs?  His coaching gaffe kinda facilitated Tech's stirring comeback.  


Tech nerds might be getting quite a kick out of the subtle irony - and the fact they believe the joke's on CMR/UGA but they're too obtuse to know it.

wreckbone
wreckbone

@CardiganBoy Its funny to me.  Coach Richt states a play that shoulda coulda woulda.  When Johnson loses he states we didn't make enough plays to win the game.  Even when in the press conference they say what about that play...and Johnson always says, there were plenty of plays we could have made to win the game. 

Ken S.  did an excellent write up on the 2 turnovers by Tech in the second half.  According to the NCAA rulebook, neither should have been a turnover and what would that mean?  Means the game would not have come down to the spectacular ending we all saw.  Now Thomas' pump fake would be ruled a fumble in the pros but by the book not in college.  But UGA and Florida did away with visiting conference officals while other teams still honor that system. 

CardiganBoy
CardiganBoy

"I have nothing to add — nothing you’re not already saying to yourselves —  except that balloting must have been conducted with 18 seconds remaining in the Tech-Georgia tilt."


Good stuff, Bradley.  




dawgfacedboy
dawgfacedboy

THe Dodd trophy??? Is that awarded to the coach he does the least with more??? Makes sense why Richt would be there then.

HonestInformed
HonestInformed

You have got to be kidding!!


The Dodd Trophy is quickly losing credibility (based soley on these two finalists)............is it a popularity contest where only the teams with millions of fans have a chance to win??

creative
creative

You guys are fired up about nothing. 

KKA
KKA

In recognition of a higher and more noble aspect of college coaching...a style that emphasizes something more than winning the game...a belief that the game of football should be kept in perspective with college life in general."

GT-Steve
GT-Steve

@KKA thanks for posting that....one more reason that CPJ is more deserving of the honor than Richt

Peachs
Peachs

Making Georgia a factor is systemic in this all hat no cattle reality we are force fed in college football. Ohio State takes it a notch higher and finds themselves in the final four over at least two better teams because they have a television market and pull. What Georgia doesn’t get is this make believe world they create with their influence in the media catches up with them as it does with Ohio State. People eyeball Tech and Georgia and they see a better team at Tech with less advertisement. They will watch Alabama drown Ohio State on national television and the public is cheated from watching a real football game. The press knows deep in its heart this will happen but they get paid good bucks to turn their head and give the masses the meat they want, which is dictated by the media. Somewhere this blows up in their faces, I keep thinking.

juvenal
juvenal

Dabo? really? that's the real non sequiter here.......drad on that panel too?

mellieb52
mellieb52

I think they are putting his name in the hat just to make him feel good. UGA could lose every single game and they still get rave reviews on how great the dog nation is. Please! Maybe it's time to clean up the dog nation. So let him be a finalists and maybe eve win....who cares.

Dawggie
Dawggie

Did those voters watch a UGA game in '14? .  It's funny as hell that this HC is up for ANY award when every single season, including this one, HE is the one responsible for pathetic clock management, Special Teams which are an embarrassment, idiotic calls (1st and Dumb, Squib kick, etc) which are ridiculed all over the country, and annual losses to inferior teams, some 2-TD underdogs.

Yeah, that guy should get a coaching award.

I bet he even gets a bonus for it . . . 

PJ25
PJ25

This is all the more proof Richt wins popularity contests but not football.  Year after year UGA is ranked 5-15 positions higher in the pre-season than the way they will finish the season.  In part it's because they recruit well.  The other component is CMR is likable guy who get bonus points in the pre-season polls. 

JOJO40
JOJO40

@Andy123 IF,IF ,IF  there is alot of ifs in your statement

jsteph67
jsteph67

Maybe because Richt did not lose to Duke and North Carolina, two football powers there, or almost lose to Georgia Southern.  He also does not run a gimmick offense that can catch some people off guard.  Also, he needed two fumbles inside his own 5 and a blocked field goal to beat UGA.  Honestly if Chubb scores to make 14-0 that game is a rout.

GT-Steve
GT-Steve

@jsteph67 Yes you are correct, if UGA doesnt fumble twice inside the 2 yard line, they prolly win in a rout. However, on Chubbs fumble, he had just ran 65 yards and was clearly "gassed" when somebody on the UGA coaching staff thought it was a good idea to give him the ball 2 more times. Did you notice on the fumble that Chubb never made an attempt to go after the ball. Fumbles are part of the game, don't blame anybody except the guy that dropped the ball.

Bellazug
Bellazug

@jsteph67  Agreed. No coach that runs a high school offense should be considered, period.

TOJacket
TOJacket

@jsteph67 You got beat junior...........period as the late great DawginCO would say........woulda shoulda coulda.........you sound like a "True" dawg fan.

jsteph67
jsteph67

@TOJacket @jsteph67 I love these Jackets, backing into their Championship game.  Its ok guys, maybe you can win again in 5 years haha.

Peachs
Peachs

@jsteph67 Duke or UNC could beat Fla.  The most important thing in Richt's life is not football, it shows, and the Georgia people are happy with it, but don't tell us he can coach as a hobby and be better than the guy playing with used parts and beating him because Johnson is a real football coach from the Irk Russell cut.  It really doesn't matter because we got our trophy in Athens this year, call your coach anything you want Tech's is better.

Peachs
Peachs

@jsteph67 @TOJacket and down in Ark. they are playing Ray Charles, which reminds me of how Georgia didn't back in to the championship. 

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

@Bellazug @jsteph67 

Since more HS teams run the Georgia offense than run the Tech offense, I would say you mutts are the one with the HS offense.  Unfortunately you also have a HS defense that can't stop anybody.

GTBob
GTBob

@jsteph67 Duke and UNC would beat South Carolina and Florida.

DerekCook
DerekCook

@jsteph67 If, if, maybe, maybe. Games are played the full 100 yards of a field. Hustle and never giving up on a play all the way down to the goal line often results in - and has several times for us this year - good things happened. Gimmick offense? Still peddling that completely discredited point huh? And Duke isn't ranked too far behind Missouri and Carolina is on par with Florida. So in other words...you don't really have a valid point here we all see.

JOJO40
JOJO40

@jsteph67 Looks like you have alot of what ifs, in your statement and by the way Chubb didn't score and you lost.


GoalieLax
GoalieLax

@jsteph67 as if UGA didn't benefit from the 14 point swing that was a "fumble" which happened 5-6 seconds after forward progress was stopped.  your butthurt is delicious.  and I'll put a loss to duke and unc up against losses to pathetic florida and skerlina teams any day of the week

russellbl
russellbl

The kicker was the leading rusher in the second half. Chubb had 4 yards.

Mr. Negative
Mr. Negative

@jsteph67 You're a complete idiot. Take a look at the Tech offensive line bulldozing Ga's defense from the 2nd quarter on. Seriously, just review that film. They were physically abusing Ga's defense. It looked like the Nazi's invading Poland. And make no mention of the BS 99 yard fumble return. That's far too inconvienient to mention.

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

@jsteph67 

And yet it's ok for Richt to lose to Florida and SC, the two worst teams, by far, in the SEC Least.  What's so gimmicky about running an option offense that Georgia has not been able to defend since Johnson arrived at Tech, having put up more than 300 yards every season.  Maybe Georgia should learn how to play defense before WHINING about another team's offense.  Also, Johnson won in Athens this year in spite of the two worst officiating calls ever made, depriving Tech of 14 points.  Georgia's fumbles were forced by GOOD Tech defenders.  Tech's fumbles were forced by lousy SEC refs.  Tech should have won 35-10 at least.

ShovelPlease
ShovelPlease

This again shows that these type awards are meaningless and just get passed around the coaching fraternity.

DiamondJimGT80
DiamondJimGT80

Thanks Bark Madly, this is funny.

Bill Snyder and Joe Paterno are winners twice.

Is it true that GT has the highest graduation rate of all the top 25 teams?