ATHENS - Vince Dooley was the man who hired Mark Richt back in 2000, and now as Richt tries to get his 100th career victory, the opposing head coach will be Derek Dooley. So I gave Vince Dooley a call on Wednesday to get his thoughts.
The legendary former Georgia coach and athletics director recalled in this story that Richt was the hot young assistant and "a good fit" for Georgia. And Dooley also reiterated that he expects Richt to climb out of what he called Richt's "first crisis" as Georgia coach:
“I think he’s righted the ship, and they’re going in the right direction, and they’ve got a great chance to win the (SEC) East,” Dooley said.
I also thought it would be interesting to look at the other coaching hires for that 2001 season. When you look back it was a pretty extraordinary list: Jim Tressel, Urban Meyer, Pete Carroll, Rich Rodriguez, Les Miles, Gary Patterson, Ralph Friedgen ... it's a long list.
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Blog note: We'll have a lot going on in this space over the next 48 hours, so be sure to keep checking in. Gentry Estes and I filmed our long-awaited third installment of our video show, and I hope to post that today. I also have my Q&A exchange with Tennessee beat writer Andrew Gribble of the Knoxville News-Sentinel.
Friday, we will have our online chat at 1 p.m., so stop by for that. And I will make my next week of picks, after a solid first week. (Solid, but not spectacular.)
Story from elsewhere in the SEC: The Missouri-to-the-SEC story is getting, at the risk of sounding hyperbolic, a bit messy. On one side, an AP story came out Wednesday saying that while Missouri is pursuing SEC membership, its first choice was the Big Ten. Which has to make Mike Slive and the school presidents feel great. Then my friend Jon Solomon of the Birmingham News has this story today, saying that most SEC presidents favor taking Missouri but there is opposition - notably from Alabama.
I opined in this very space yesterday that Missouri's preference had probably been for the Big Ten, but I certainly didn't expect someone from the school, even anonymously, to voice that and possibly put its SEC candidacy in jeopardy.
Meanwhile, SEC athletics directors met in Birmingham to start going over scheduling models, and other logistics, for a 13-team league. As Greg McGarity said last week, they have until December to realistically put something together, so it's not surprising that nothing firm came out of this first meeting.
YouTube flashback of the day: As I wrote in today's notes, the Bulldogs were blasting "Rocky Top" onto their practice field, much to the chagrin of some players. And head coaches. And now the song is my head, much to my chagrin. If you don't want it in yours, don't click on this link: The Osborne brothers, who originally recorded it in 1966, playing it live. (And yes, when they piped this version in during Wednesday's practice, it sounded like a woman was singing it. But no, they're brothers.)
Song of the day: Okay, no bluegrass. "Under the Milky Way" by The Church, another example of some good 80's new wave music.
Tweet I wish I'd written: "You know you've left your mark when most people learn of your passing via your invention. RIP Steve Jobs." - Hunter Stiebel, @FreshHubby.
Inspirational quote of the day: "The most compelling reason for most people to buy a computer for the home will be to link it to a nationwide communications network. We're just in the beginning stages of what will be a truly remarkable breakthrough for most people – as remarkable as the telephone."
- Steve Jobs, speaking to Playboy magazine ... in 1985.