The trouble with the bar being set too high is that even though you may achieve great things, it doesn’t seem to be enough when the bar is set beyond reasonable expectations.
For a better and clearer explanation of that, let’s take a look at what Mark Richt did in 15 seasons as the head coach at the University of Georgia.
Under Richt’s guidance, the Bulldogs won two Southeastern Conference championships, they won six SEC East titles, they finished in the Top 10 of the final AP poll 7 times.
At most places, that would merit a plethora of extensions and raises, many of which Richt received.
In Richt’s last season at Georgia in 2015, finished the regular season with a 9-3 record. In 15 seasons in Athens, Richt’s team won 145 games, which is an average of 9.6 wins per season. In 15 seasons, Richt’s teams compiled an 83-37.
What Richt’s team didn’t do was win a national championship, while Alabama, LSU and Auburn all were winning national championships in the SEC West. Georgia’s last SEC title came in 2005, which in the football rabid Georgia fan base territory is a life time ago. And Georgia was losing too often to Bulldog rivals Florida and Tennessee.
So Richt was fired following the 2015 season. He could have sat out a season–he seriously considered doing that–to spend more time with his family. But when Richt’s alma mater the University of Miami called, Richt decided it was time to go home.
Miami hasn’t been the U in more than a decade, dating back to an era when Richt, who was a QB at Miami, was winning 5 national championships in a 20 year period.
The Canes–who have never even won a conference title in their 13 years in the Atlantic Coast Conference–posted a 9-4 record last season, but it hardly caused a ripple nationally.
When the Canes won their first 7 games this season, there was some chatter about Miami, but the victories were against second tier teams and the Canes had to struggle to win. Then came a solid win over Virginia Tech, which brought the Canes back into the Top 10.
And on Saturday it was a case of deja vu all over again as once beaten and third ranked Notre Dame came to Miami for a meeting with the unbeaten Canes.
“This is why I came back to my alma mater,” said Richt before the Notre Dame game, “these type of moments.”
The moments became even better after Saturday night as the Canes’ posted a 41-8 pounding of the Irish, a victory which elevated Miami to No. 3 in the College Football rankings this week and made Mark Richt TMG’s Newsmaker of the Week.