Richt’s wrong motivating ploy

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Mark Richt apologized, in a way, for his Georgia team storming the
field after the first score of the Florida-Georgia game last year. But
don’t expect it to take anything away from the newly intensified
rivalry.


Richt said Thursday morning, after a long explanation about how it
went down, that “in hindsight I asked the team to do an unsportsmanlike
thing. I shouldn’t have done it. It easily could have turned into a
big, ugly brawl.”

Richt also said he called Urban Meyer on the Sunday following the game to explain what happened.

Meyer
said in his autobiography, “That wasn’t right. It was a bad deal. And
it will forever be in the mind of Urban Meyer and in the mind of our
football team. … So we’ll handle it. And it’s going to be a big deal.”

This caused the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Mark Bradley to write, “Urban Meyer is a good coach but something of a baby.”

Bring back the Urban Crier cliches.

Two points on this whole messy situation that is not going to clear up until the two teams play again:

1.
Richt had to do something to fire up his team. He was desperate. He
thought just the players on the field would celebrate and was surprised
when the whole team went out there. He has apologized. The commentators
who called it brilliant are lazy thinkers because there could have been
a brawl. I wonder what the reaction would have been if Steve Spurrier
had done the same thing. Oh, wait, he would never have lost that many
in a row to Georgia.

2. What’s Meyer supposed to do? Say all is
well? Of course it’s a big deal to the Florida coach. If it wasn’t,
Gator fans wouldn’t want him to be the coach. Meyer is a master
motivator and will use it the week of the game to fire up his Gators.
He’s not crying. He’s saying that he is not going to forget it. Neither
will anyone who saw the game. And it wasn’t right. Richt admitted that
Thursday.