ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia coach Mark Richt insists his friendship with Willie Martinez has not clouded his ability to assess the job performance of the Bulldogs' embattled defensive coordinator.
Last week's 45-19 loss at Tennessee marked the eighth time in 15 games that Georgia has allowed 37 or more points, but Richt has no plans to demote Martinez.
"If you coach, you're going to get criticized," Richt told The Associated Press on Tuesday. "You're going to get criticized when you win. You're going to get criticized when you lose.
"So whether a guy is your friend or not, they have taken on a certain responsibility where they know that they're going to be in a situation where they know they can be criticized and they know they've got to do their job regardless of who the boss is."
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Entering this weekend's game at Vanderbilt, the Bulldogs rank last in the SEC and 100th nationally in allowing an average of 30.7 points.
Georgia is second-worst in SEC total defense and 75th nationally with 377.2 average yards allowed.