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Coulrophobia Has Me in a Tizzy

I doubt I will ever play this fool again, Tizzy, my alter ego.  Even before the recent insane outbreak of scary clowns that have terrorized children across the country, coulrophobia has been on the rise, mainly because of the use of clowns in a deranged way in movies, like Stephen Kings, “It.”   Even McDonald’s has officially put their icon, Ronald McDonald, in hiding.   What’s Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus supposed to do? This is a sad day for me.  I have entertained thousands of children over the last 30 years as Tizzy the Clown. I was trained in makeup and costume by Daisy Rademaker in Louisville, Kentucky. At graduation, our class marched in the Pegasus Parade which is held before the Kentucky Derby.  Daisy was famous for walking behind the horses and taking a daisy from her hat and planting it in a freshly deposited pile of horse manure.  As for Tizzy, he debuted by riding his unicycle in the parade. Tizzy once had his picture on the front page of the Northeast Georgian riding his unicycle in the Mountain Laurel Festival.   That didn’t seem novel enough.  By the next year’s parade, he was on a six-foot unicycle. That day Tizzy was riding high, waving to the crowd, soaking in the applause, but he drew the most laughter when he lost his balance and fell.  Instead of just dropping to his feet, he fell sideways and the bracing of his fall dislocated his shoulder.   He pushed the unicycle the rest of the parade with a dislocated shoulder as people shouted, “Hey, clown, why don’t you ride that... read more

Life Lessons from Jose Fernandez’ Death

This week the Florida Marlins and major league baseball lost two-time All-Star and 2013 Rookie Pitcher of the Year, Jose Fernandez, who was killed along with two friends in a night-time boating accident in Miami. Sportswriter Tom Verducci said that Fernandez is the most accomplished young player to lose his life in the majors. His death sent shock waves through the baseball world as players sought to continue playing baseball as they also grieved.   Because their jobs are on display for all of us to see, so were expressions of grief.  Here are some of the things we learned from this tragedy. It’s okay for men to cry. Many boys are taught that crying is for babies, girls, and sissies.   However, when tears are associated with loss and grief, they can help us heal.   When tears come as a part of grief, we should let them come, not stifle them, nor be ashamed of them.  It is part of what makes us human. In the first game after Fernandez’ death, Dee Gordon was chosen to bat leadoff.   He went to the plate wearing number 16, with the name “Fernandez” on the back of his uniform.  In fact, every player wore the same kind of jersey in memory of his friend. Gordon took the first pitch from the right side of the batter’s box in honor of his teammate who batted right-handed.   Then he walked around the catcher to the other side to bat left-handed.  He took a second pitch for ball two. Then with a 2-0 count, Gordon hit a fastball off the Mets pitcher into the second tier... read more

Tractor and Implements Donated to Ricks Institute

After a decade of faithful giving, enough money was saved to buy a Mahindra Max 24 4WD HST tractor and three implements for Ricks Institute, a 700-student Baptist school 16 miles outside Monrovia, Liberia.  The purchase was made through The Bricks for Ricks Foundation, Inc., which was established in 2008 to help in global relief efforts to aid people in Third World countries with life-sustaining efforts. This gift will help Ricks Institute grow food in their garden plot, cut the grass on their large campus, and repair their roads that eroded out each year during the rainy season. Dr. Olu Menjay, principal of Ricks Institute was in Atlanta recently to receive the tractor, the bush hog, box blade, and tiller, where it was loaded in a container for shipment to Liberia. Sunday, September 4, Rev. James Blay, a recent graduate of McAfee School of Theology, spoke at First Baptist Church Jefferson and received a symbolic key to the tractor on behalf of Ricks Institute. After completing his Masters of Divinity degree, Rev. Blay is returning to Liberia where he will work at Ricks Institute, the Liberian Baptist Theological Seminary, and with pastors around the country.  James is one of the bright leaders of Liberia.   We pray for God to bless and use him to bring people to Christ and to strengthen churches throughout Liberia. We also pray that God will use this equipment to help feed students, make life on the campus easier, more productive, and efficient. Thanks to everyone that have given to the Bricks for Ricks Foundation through the years, making this gift possible. Donations to the Bricks for Ricks Foundation can be... read more

Our Work is About the Stewardship of Our Gifts

According to one recent report, one in twenty Americans lost their job in the last five years.  Imagine what the percentages are over a lifetime. Yet most think this will never happen to us.  We don’t think our company will close, downsize, or move jobs overseas.  We don’t think we will fall out of favor with the boss or underperform to the point that we are fired; that we will ever commit a moral transgression or that our company will ever be caught in an ethical scandal; that a robot will ever take our job or that new technologies not yet invented will make our job obsolete; that we will be the target of someone’s jealousy, revenge, or false accusations. However, every day something like this is happening. The day has long been gone when a person retires from the same company he or she started with.  In addition, if we never develop relationships in the office or in the workplace or with colleagues throughout our industry, this does not bode well for people in times of transition. Back in 2009 in his fourth year of teaching, a cousin of mine was informed that he would not have a teaching job at his school in South Georgia because of major cutbacks.  He eventually entered into that deep valley of the long-term unemployed. For six years he filled out applications and interviewed for teaching jobs.  While he worked at Walmart, he continued to substitute teach in two different school systems. He and his wife have prayed for years that he would get another teaching job.   He considered giving up many... read more

Boudia and Johnson Find an Identity Outside of Diving

During the Olympic opening ceremonies 205 countries and two independent teams participated in the parade of nations. Teams were identified by their national flags, colors, and distinctive uniforms. Rio is awash in jerseys, uniforms, flags, t-shirts, hats, and pins that identify fans and athletes by their home country. One reason we love the Olympics is because these athletes remind us of our identity as a country and the spirit we have as Americans. The America dream is embodied in many of these athletes. Americans are driven. We believe in sacrifice.   We believe in hope. We believe in second chances and many of these athletes have failed or come up short of their dreams more than once, but now they are Olympians. Two of our Olympians, David Boudia and Steele Johnson, were silver medalists in the 10-meter platform synchro competition. While they came in second to the Chinese, who synchro divers dive together for years, amazingly, David and Steele’s first competition together took place recently during the Olympic Trials. During an interview following their second place finish, David Boudia, the 10-meter platform gold medalist in the London Olympics spoke about an identity crisis he’s had in the sport. “When my mind is on this (pointing out to the diving well) and I think that I’m defined by this, my mind goes crazy, but we just know that our identity is in Christ. We’re thankful for the opportunity to be able to dive in front of Brazil and the United States and it’s been an absolutely thrilling moment.” His comments took me back to the days that Tina and I followed... read more

Pedaling Through Life Alone Leads to More Burnout

August 8, 2016 Here’s a life lesson from the Cycling Road Race at the Olympics in Rio De Janeiro–“Trust Others, Work Together, Reap Results.” Rafal Majka of Poland (men’s event) and Mara Abbott of the United States (women’s event) were both overtaken in the final stage of the race by cyclists that were working together, feeding off each other’s draft, something NASCAR fans understand well.  Apparently, it’s important with cyclists, too. Both had built up substantial leads until the very end of the race. At one point in the women’s race, Mara Abbott was riding in tandem with Annemiek van Vleuten of the Netherlands. Both of the riders are excellent climbers and both added to their lead as they climbed the summit of Vista Chinesa, a 635-meter climb. From the summit the riders had only 14.8 kilometers (9.2 miles) to go but the 5.3 (3.3 mile) kilometer descent was a twisting breathtaking road where the bikers’ speeds exceeded 50 miles per hour before it flattened out beside Copacabana Beach for the final 9.5 kilometers (5.9 miles). Vieuten accelerated her descent down the mountain leaving Abbott behind, or perhaps Abbott was more cautious with her descent.  As a light drizzle began to fall, the more cautious approach proved wiser.  With a chase motorcycle behind her, the live camera caught Annemiek van Vieuten’s crash for the world to see, knocking her unconscious and out of the race. Her misfortune likely cost her a medal, but it may have cost Mara Abbott a medal as well.   With Vieuten out of the race, Abbott was now in the lead all by herself.  The... read more

Meet Dr. Dolittle’s Cousin – The Tomato Man

What if you could talk to the animals like Dr. Dolittle? Which language would you learn: elephant, eagle, buffalo, beagle?  How about alligator, guinea pig, or flea? Recently, I spent some time with Dr. Dolittle’s cousin who knows how to speak to both the animals and the plants.  His name is Fred Woodruff.  Many people know him as the Tomato Man. Fred talks to the animals and the plants at his home where he raises tomatoes, plums, apples and peaches.  There’s plenty of evidence that Fred knows their language and that they understand his. Of his 315 tomato plants he has four varieties: 602’s, Better Boys, Early Girls, and Celebrities. His nephew gave him two Celebrity plants, which Fred broke up and made into four.  He planted them deep into a 25-gallon bucket, deep enough that the plant was level with the top of the bucket. At first he was disappointed with their level of growth, so one day he looked down on the plants from his porch and began talking to them: “Look, I’m giving y’all two weeks to grow six inches.  If you don’t grow six inches in two weeks I’m going to pull you up.  To tell you how serious I am I’m going to write it down in my book.”  Which he did. Fred said he later apologized to the plants because he realized he was a bit impatient with them.  They must have accepted his apology because in two weeks they had grown about ten inches above the bucket. He planted the Celebrities on March 15.  By the end of July he had harvested... read more

Chandler Lanier Told His Story Forrest Gump Style

On the short list of many people’s favorite movies is “Forrest Gump.” Savannah, Georgia already had a storied history before the filming of this movie. The movie added to tourists’ favorite places for pictures, like Chippewa Square and the Independent Presbyterian Church area where people arrive daily to sit on a park bench for photos, much like the one Forrest sat on in the movie to tell his story to anyone who would listen. Long before there was a Forrest Gump, there was a Chandler Lanier. I’m not about to tell you stories about Chandler that you cannot believe. He never interrupted an Alabama Football practice while running, prompting The Bear to give him a scholarship. Nor did he meet President John F. Kennedy at the White House. Neither was he a Vietnam War hero, although he was a United States Army Veteran. What Chandler has in common with Forrest Gump was his love for sitting on a park bench and telling his story. For over two decades, Rev. Chandler Lanier and his wife Sallie served as Southern Baptist missionaries to Israel. Their work there demanded a command of the Hebrew language and an understanding of Jewish and Arabic cultures. This couple assimilated into these cultures and felt as much at home in Israel as in America. However, during a career that spanned nearly three decades, Chandler and Sallie did not have the same religious freedoms in Israel that we experience here in America. They were not free to openly preach the gospel or teach the Bible. They had to be creative. Guided by a deep prayer life, Chandler... read more

Georgia Baptist Pastors Tempted With Reach for Power

A huge billboard in South Georgia in Senator Josh McKoon’s district bears witness of Georgia Baptist Convention money being spent for his support of “religious liberty” legislation. Governor Nathan Deal, a Baptist, wisely vetoed the legislation. Much more will be spent by the state convention covering the costs for pastors to attend an October lobbying training session at Georgia Baptist headquarters in Duluth. These pastors want legislation that is beneficial to Christians. That is at the heart and soul of their lobbying efforts. Shouldn’t we all want this? Don’t we need Christian lawmakers on our side pushing our agenda through? We need to remember the phrase “liberty and justice for all.” We need to remember the Golden Rule. Efforts by Baptists to do the same don’t pass the Golden Rule test. It is tempting though, because many Christians have been feeling the swing of American pluralism pecking away at our majority status and it feels threatening. For some, the answer is to create laws protecting our status and power; thus, the need to lobby legislators. Yet, the job of legislators is to propose legislation that seeks the greater good, not only the concerns of a large group; otherwise, minorities are discriminated against. However, Baptists should remember our minority roots. If we do, we will always be an advocate for those who are in a minority status and those who seek justice. Where we see injustice around us, we should become involved and work for change. This falls in line with Jesus’ purpose of “proclaiming freedom for the prisoners, recovering sight for the blind, and setting the oppressed free” (Luke... read more

Haley Exposed My Roots Too

Alex Haley’s miniseries “Roots” in 1977 was my first understanding of family systems on a macro level. I certainly would not have used the term “family systems” in the ninth grade, but I knew that Roots was about my family system as much as it was about the roots of my African American classmates. “Roots” helped me to understand the genesis that separated whites and blacks in the Deep South in a way that our history books never had. It opened up the pain and the emotions of the slaves and allowed me to empathize with their plight in ways I’d never done. While there was a subplot in “Roots” that showed whites with abolitionist views, they were mostly Northerners. It caused me to wonder, “If I’d been born in a different era, would I have been a racist? In a different day would I have fought for the Confederacy and defended the South’s rights to own slaves, believing that was the Bible’s teaching on the subject?” As a ninth grader I attended a public school in rural South Alabama, population of about 600 people, and yet we had a private school created just after integration, which drew students from most parts of our county. While I had black friends, our friendships stopped at the school door and sports facilities. We didn’t socialize outside school. We didn’t even attend prom together. I vaguely remember George C. Wallace coming to our town campaigning when I was a boy. My grandfather said I used to imitate him—scary thought. Wallace was born in Clio, just six miles from my hometown in one... read more

  God is Great at Connecting the Dots

Jesse and Jessica Phillips have not even reached their mid twenties. They have been married less than three years. Yet they have set out on an adventure that has taken them far away from their New Sharon, Iowa home.  They are now missionaries in Africa. Many people feel a passion for Jesus at a young age, a burning in their hearts and they say, “Jesus, I’ll do anything for you; just don’t call me to be a missionary in Africa.” Jessica was just the opposite. She had Africa placed on her heart at a very young age and when she met Jesse, his desire to serve God meshed with hers and this passion grew into reality. Jesse gave up a full college scholarship in electrical engineering and his career in residential electrical work to step into ministry. After a couple of trips to Liberia to test the waters, Jessica and Jesse set up a non-profit, “For the Lamb,” ( and they are now ministering in Liberia full-time. Jesse and Jessica believe in sustainable ministry.  They seek to teach Liberians how to be self-sufficient.  They see collaboration as a positive thing, reaching out across denominational lines and races, seeking a diversity of partners who share a common vision for the people of Liberia. They have teamed up with Apostle David Snylder, a minister in the Charismatic Episcopal Church, and founder of Christian Alliance for Missions and Church Planting (CAFMACP). CAFMACP was given a 50-acre plot of land in Bomi County, Liberia where they plan to build a K-12 school for 1000 unschooled children in the area, a child rescue village,... read more

What Seemed Impossible Began With a First Step

Not long after I arrived at Trinity Baptist Church in 1996, I had a big decision to make. Henry Peabody, a Liberian, had asked me in a letter to help him get out of the Buduburam Refugee Camp in Ghana and come to the United States to get an education. I’d met Henry at the Liberian Baptist Theological Seminary while in Liberia with Olu Menjay during a lull in the civil war in December of 1995. When Monrovia fell to the Rebels in April of 1996, Henry found his way back to the refugee camp. It was the one place he knew he could survive.  There he found Hugo Menjay, Olu’s brother, and they lived together in a meager dwelling. Imagine my surprise the first time I received correspondence from Henry with a return address from the Buduburam Refugee Camp asking for a few basic items to sustain him.  While it cost more to send the items than they were worth, we gathered toiletries, underwear, shoes, socks, and some food and sent them across the ocean with a prayer, hoping they would get to Henry. A few other letters came until one day he boldly asked for help to get out of the camp and come to the States for an education.  Henry might never have thought that was possible had he not seen it happen for Hugo.  However, when Hugo left Ghana for Liberia and got his passport to the United States, where Olu’s contacts had arranged for him to begin school at Truett McConnell College, Henry began to dream. If it could happen for Hugo, why not... read more

Legislation Won’t Make Us Christian

The prophet Hosea boldly told the people of his day that God was tired of being placated by their symbolic measures of worship.  Instead he told them:  “I want you to show love, not offer sacrifices. I want you to know me more than I want burnt offerings” (Hosea 6:6 NLT). Hosea’s words are needed today, especially around state capitals where legislatures have been spurred on by religious groups, mostly Baptists it seems, who draw up legislation they believe is needed to keep our nation “Christian.” For example, the Tennessee legislature is passing a measure on to the governor for his signature that will make the Bible the official book of the state, placing it next to the tomato as the state fruit, the mockingbird as the state bird, and the raccoon as the state wild animal.  Legislators in other states have submitted similar bills to their legislature for consideration. All of these have been recognized by past bodies of government as being symbolic of what it means to be uniquely Tennessean, but the truth is, most people couldn’t tell you the name of their state fruit or their state bird.  Most would have to Google it. The irony of Christian lawmakers pushing to elevate the Bible as the state book is that this effort actually demotes it to the status of a symbol.   When the Bible is nothing more than a symbol, that  contributes to a moral decline. Tennessee will never be a Christian state because a group of lawmakers set the Bible aside as the state book any more than the sacrifices of the people in... read more

What Mohammed Ali, Rocky, and Jesus Have in Common this Easter

Recently I’ve been letting go of some things.  I sold a Harley motorcycle, my 65 Ford Comet, my 4-wheeler, and my Mohammed Ali and Rocky posters.  O.K, so those last two items didn’t bring as much money as the first three.  In fact, I was a little insulted that the lady at the consignment store wouldn’t even accept them as giveaway items. I didn’t want these iconic posters to end up in the trash.  Surely someone could be inspired by Rocky standing at the top of the seventy-second step of the Philadelphia Museum with his arms raised in victory or Muhammad Ali standing over Sonny Liston after a first round knockout in 1965, confident of his dominance over his opponent. As I was leaving the store I saw a mother with a young son and I took advantage of the opportunity.  I began to explain to her that I had these gifts I’d like to give to her son.  I told her the posters were a bit worn but they still had lots of good years of use left.   If she’d allow it, he could have one or both.  Her answer caught me off guard. “He doesn’t know who Rocky or Muhammad Ali are.” I looked at the lad for signs of conformation and I could tell he didn’t have a clue.  As if to try and justify that I wasn’t old or out of touch with this young generation, I tried to explain that Sylvester Stallone was starring in a new move called “Creed,” where the former World Heavyweight Champion Rocky Balboa serves as a trainer and mentor... read more

And A Little Child Shall Lead

Each month our church staff leads chapel for nearly 70 children at our church day preschool.   We typically divide up responsibilities, but honestly, my role is usually minimal.  I might do a prayer or a welcome.   However, I’m always there because I love seeing the children.  I love hearing their answers to Sarah’s Bible story.   I love watching them follow Justin’s motions to the songs as Richard plays his guitar.  I love seeing their artwork.  I love their smiles and their awe when they walk into the sanctuary. This week is Holy Week and it is a very busy week in the life of the church.  There’s more to do and less time to do it, so I decided to skip chapel Monday morning.  It was easy to rationalize.  It doesn’t take four staff members to conduct a 20-minute chapel service for children.  I needed to spend my time in my study preparing for services later in the week.   So the staff went ahead without me.  I didn’t regret my decision until… Wednesday night after we celebrated a traditional Jewish meal called a Seder Meal, three-year-old Georgie Howell looked up at me with those big brown eyes and said, “I missed you at chapel.”   Chapel was two days before.  Yet when she saw me she remembered that I wasn’t at chapel. And a little child shall lead them. The ministry of presence is powerful.  We shouldn’t underestimate the importance of the love we communicate to others just by our presence and the little acknowledgments of love we send when we recognize others by name. I discounted that my presence... read more

Sewing Garments Together With Love

Seventy-five-year old Vivian Davis is constantly looking for ways to help people who are in need. People who know this drop items off at her home because they know she will get them into the right hands. Despite knee replacement surgery, she has traveled to Togo and Honduras in the last few years. Her heart breaks when she sees the needs of the poor, especially the needs of children, and she has done what she can to help them, shipping t-shirts to Africa and having clothes made to go to Honduras. She takes Jesus’ words to heart, “When I needed clothes you clothed me” (Matthew 25:36). Vivian met a Honduran missionary who prepared her for the poverty she would see if she made the trip to her missionary post. She was told that most children owned a single dress or pair of shorts. She brought the need before the Women’s Missionary Union of her church at First Baptist Church in Jefferson, GA and the women decided to form a sewing group. A house on the campus of the church was used for space and the women began to meet regularly to make dresses for the girls and shorts for the boys. A dress made from a pillowcase was designed with a pull ribbon at the top. The ribbon was designed so that it could not be pulled through. The bottom of the dress was fancied up a bit and for the cost of a pillowcase a really nice dress was made. Shorts for the boys were designed with a drawstring, which also cannot be pulled through. After some experimenting,... read more

Our Response to Winning and Losing Reveals Character

February 20, 2016 I don’t like to lose. I don’t know anyone who does. I especially don’t like to lose to braggarts.   There’s one sure way to shut up a braggart and that’s to beat one. Maybe that’s why I’ve always liked the story of David and Goliath. It’s hard to brag when you lose your head. While I don’t like to lose, I also don’t like being around sore losers. Yet sooner or later we all lose.  We have to learn to deal with defeat and move on. Winning can be intoxicating. The more one wins, the more that person feels invincible, powerful, unbeatable, proud, entitled, and untouchable, which is another way people lose their heads. The scripture says it very clearly: “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall” Proverbs 16:18 (NIV). It seems fitting that Cam Newton, quarterback for the Carolina Panthers, adopted the Superman “S” to identify his persona. In case you lived outside the NFL world, in just five years Newton has rushed for more touchdowns than any other quarterback in history.  This year he threw for 35touchdowns, 3837 yards, ran for 10 touchdowns, and led his team to an impressive 15 wins against one loss during the regular season. Newton is huge. At 6’5, 245 pounds, he runs over linebackers and defensive backs. He launches his body into the end zone like a missile. His play was electrifying, reflected in his being chosen as this year’s MVP. Not only does his MVP status grant him the ability to market himself and make millions away from the field, but it gives... read more

Sabbatical Reflections

My father-in-law, as a master gardener, has a close connection to the earth. He has enriched his garden through the years with hundreds of loads of pecan hulls from the local pecan company. Because the earth gives back so freely and because he believes it’s a biblical principle, every seventh year he gives the land a rest. He treats his garden much better than many churches treat their pastors. I am in my seventh year as pastor of First Baptist Church of Jefferson, Georgia, and I just completed a month’s sabbatical. I am thankful to my church for giving me a season of rest to reflect and refocus my work. During this time, my wife, Tina, and I visited with Tim and Sammie Callaway, who discipled us as teenagers. Tim was my pastor and was very influential in my decision to enter ministry. Tim shared that one time when he and Sammie were preparing to go on vacation my father came to him and said, “Tim, I’d like to go on vacation with you.” Tim was puzzled by that and asked him why would he wanted to do that. My father replied, “Because every time you go away on vacation someone dies and I want to go so I can make sure it won’t be me.” This funny story contains some of the expectations placed on pastors. Sometimes vacations are cut short by deaths in the church. When other families are leaving for three-day weekends, Sunday still rolls around for the pastor and other staff. Christmas Eve services usually dictate what a pastor can do regarding travelling on Christmas Day... read more

A Liberating Thought for All Saints Day (November 1)

All religions attempt to make sense of death. Death is an enemy, the ultimate enemy. It represents an exit from what we know into what we don’t know. While our religion has some effect on how we grieve, grief is a universal response to loss. Everyone grieves. It’s our rituals and customs that vary and these are subject to change over generations. Early Christians took note of those who died as martyrs. Noting their ultimate sacrifice, the anniversary of the martyr’s death was remembered, a feast was held, and the goodness of the martyred one sank deeper into the memory banks of Jesus’ followers. However, as the number of martyrs increased, this practice became impractical. Instead of multiple acknowledgments, the church chose a single day, the first Sunday after Pentecost, to venerate the heroes of the faith. While few Americans are dying as martyrs, we are still dying. Death is still our enemy. We will not overcome it. We still struggle with our mortality and grief is still our response to loss. All Saints Day has become an occasion for the church to recall those who have died and remember those who continue to grieve their loss. Properly observed, the day can be one where we celebrate their lives, process our grief, and claim it as a day of hope! While tears may be shed, like the days of old when feasts were spread in honor of the martyrs, it is a day to affirm the lessons taught by our loved ones and the lessons they continue to teach even though we are without their physical presence. It is... read more

Mark Richt—Winning With Integrity At UGA

The University of Georgia’s football coach Mark Richt was praised recently for his ethics and integrity. The USA Today article written by Dan Wolken cited Richt as being among the best in college football in these areas, but pointed out that seven colleges within a 350-mile radius of Athens have won a combined 14 national titles since Georgia won its last title in 1980. Wolken suggested that this could be in part because other schools have been more lax and liberal with policies that allowed players in trouble to continue to play, while Richt has been quicker to suspend and even sever ties with players for not following the rules. The article implied that these kinds of decisions could eventually translate into a loss. As the UGA faithful know too well, just one more win in many of Richt’s seasons would have made him a national title contender. So, is that how you win national championships? Do you have to play loose with ethics and integrity? Richt has amassed a record of 140-49 to date as the UGA head coach. He has won two SEC championships, but he’s never won a national title like one of his predecessors, the “immortal” Vince Dooly. That one thing “dogs” him. Even though he averages nine wins a season, it seems that there is always talk at the end of each one of finding his replacement. Perhaps the “Dawg Nation” needs only to look back at the Phillip Fulmer era at the University of Tennessee for some reality. Fulmer coached for 17 seasons and accumulated an impressive record of 152 wins against 52... read more