People always want to say that Richt benefited from facing a weak slate of coaches early in his career compared to now. (i.e. Shula, Fulmer, Zook, Gailey, Holtz).
Looking back, the real winner was probably BVG. Since that '01-'04 run at UGA, he has been rather pedestrian.
Still, though, I think it's fair to say the AU debacle last year really cost him. He hopped on a sinking ship without even knowing. Hell, I thought AU had some decent DL and LB talent this year and that he could have some success.
I really think his moderate initial success in ATL, then subsequent downfall hurt his confidence, which was then destroyed at AU.
Maybe he just needs a year off?