ONE MAN’S OPINION

What in the world is wrong with the Georgia Bulldogs’
football team?

These days, just name it.

First and foremost, they may be facing the worse year in
modern-day history – now winless with a record of 0-3 in conference
play this season.

Their latest setback came last Saturday in Starkville, Miss.
where they suffered a humiliating 24-12 loss at the hands of the
Mississippi State Bulldogs. It marked the first time since 1951
that a Georgia
football team has lost to a
Mississippi State team.

The Bulldogs are off to their worse start since 1993.

The Georgia team’s only touchdown of the game wasn’t even scored
until nearly the end of the game.

Those of us who have been longtime supporters of the Georgia
Bulldogs need some answers. And we need them now from those
overseeing the
football program.

And no, I’m not thinking like some of the rumblings I’ve heard
within the Bulldog Nation that maybe it’s time to look for a new
head coach.

I’m certainly not to that point.

I think Mark Richt is an exceptional
college
football coach. I feel he knows the
ends and outs of the game as well as anyone coaching the game today
in
college circles.

I don’t think he should be replaced.

I do think he needs to assess his
football team and find out what is
going on with them, because something is definitely wrong.

It’s his job, as well as that of his coaching staff to find out
exactly what the problems are and fix them.

Things like that simply come with the territory of being
leaders.

Coach Richt also needs to tell each of his players that he will
not tolerate the kinds of things that have been going on off the
field either.

There has been way too much of that kind of stuff this year.

Demetre Baker is the latest casualty – not that I feel one ounce
of sympathy for him.

He deserved exactly what coach Richt did to him in booting him
off the team this past weekend.

The 19-year-old freshman linebacker, who was dismissed from the
football team following his arrest
over the weekend by Athens-Clarke County police on charges of
driving under the influence, improper driving and underage
possession of alcohol.

Baker became the 10th Georgia player this year to be arrested on
various offenses.

The charges were so serious that it led to three other players
being kicked off the team, too.

That kind of mess is a big embarrassment to the school and our
football program.

It can’t be tolerated and Mark deserves applause for the way
he’s handled such problems.

Let it be said once and for all that
football players caught doing
things that put the
football team or the
University of Georgia in bad light
need to be dealt with severely and quickly.

Bad players don’t deserve to wear the Georgia uniform.
Period!