Mark Bradley made the obvious point yesterday: Coach Richt is on the hot seat in this and any year, if he tanks.
That's like saying a chef's probably going to be fired if he poisons all the customers. Reminding a major-program football coach that he needs to win is akin to suggesting that he breath.
Even the columnists have started to turn on this ridiculous meme. Some don't even call it the hot seat anymore. It's the "imaginary hot seat," a phrase now popping up in Orlando Sentinel columnist Mike Bianchi's work. It was also used at Coach Richt's press conference at SEC Media Days.
When you're typing that, shouldn't there be a moment when you think "Maybe I should write about things I don't think are imaginary?"
And who's doing this imagining? I don't hear fans or boosters or UGA officials talking about the hot seat. I hear columnists and talk show hosts talking about it.
I'll issue a challenge now, to any sports writer or talk show host or blogger who's written about Coach Richt and the hot seat: Produce for me one Georgia official or significant booster who questions whether Mark Richt is the right man to lead this program.
Produce for me the numerous Georgia fans you've interviewed before writing about the mood of the Georgia fan base. I think it'd be better for you if they weren't a bunch of mouth breathing fools, but, for starters, just give me the name of one actual human being you've talked to.
Otherwise, you're writing in the echo chamber, equating repetition with the truth.
Update: Dean Legge did an excellent job yesterday of drawing distinctions between what Georgia beat reporters think about Coach Richt's job security and what those further removed say:
Perception: Mark Richt is on the hot seat according to some outside observers
Reality: Mark Richt is not on the hot seat according to anyone who covers the Dawgs on a day-to-day basis
Perception: Damon Evans’ departure hurts Mark Richt
Reality: The opposite