Ray Goff

Ray Goff (born July 10, 1955) is a former American football player and coach. He served as the head coach at the University of Georgia from 1989 to 1995, compiling a record of 46–34–1.

Ray Goff
Biographical details
BornJuly 10, 1955 (age 63)
Moultrie, Georgia
Playing career
1974–1976Georgia
Position(s)Quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1979–1980South Carolina (assistant)
1981–1988Georgia (assistant)
1989–1995Georgia
Head coaching record
Overall46–34–1
Bowls2–2
Accomplishments and honors
Awards
Florida–Georgia Hall of Fame

Playing career

Goff attended the University of Georgia, where he played quarterback from 1974–1976, leading the team to 19 wins over his final two seasons under coach Vince Dooley. As a player, he was named Southeastern Conference player of the year in 1976 when the team he captained won the SEC title. He was a three-year letterman at Georgia.

Coaching career

Goff served as an assistant coach for the South Carolina Gamecocks before returning to Georgia as an assistant in 1981. While an assistant at Georgia from 1981 to 1988, he held the positions of recruiting coordinator, tight ends coach, and running backs coach, and earned a reputation as an excellent recruiter. When Dooley, the winningest coach in Georgia history, retired after the 1988 season, Goff — then a 33-year-old running backs coach — was the surprise choice to succeed him.

Head coaching career

Goff's tenure got off to a slow start, with just ten wins in his first two seasons, before reeling off nine wins in 1991 and ten in 1992; the latter campaign finished with Georgia ranked eighth by the Coaches Poll. Over the next three years, Goff's teams never again posted as many as seven wins, and he was fired in 1995. His teams only made brief appearances in the Coaches Poll in 1993, 1994 and 1995, reaching #13 in the 1993 preseason polls. Goff's 1995 team was on the receiving end of Steve Spurrier's "Half a Hundred Between the Hedges" game in which his Florida Gators team put up 52 points on the beleaguered Bulldogs. They were the first team to do so inside Sanford Stadium. Spurrier, known for his colorful comments about other coaches, subsequently referred to Goff as "Ray Goof." This would prove to be one of the final straws in Goff's tenure at Georgia. He was fired at the end of the year having acquired a 6–6 record.

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Georgia Bulldogs (Southeastern Conference) (1989–1995)
1989 Georgia 6–6 4–3 4th L Peach
1990 Georgia 4–7 2–5 7th
1991 Georgia 9–3 4–3 4th W Independence 19 17
1992 Georgia 10–2 6–2 T–1st (Eastern) W Florida Citrus 8 8
1993 Georgia 5–6 2–6 4th (Eastern)
1994 Georgia 6–4–1 3–4–1 4th (Eastern)
1995 Georgia 6–6 3–5 3rd (Eastern) L Peach
Georgia: 46–34–1 24–28–1
Total: 46–34–1
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth

Coaching tree

Assistant coaches under Ray Goff who became NCAA head coaches:

Quotes

They've gone out on a limb, there's no doubt about it.

— Goff, after his hiring in 1989[1]

We never had a more effective option runner than Ray Goff. He appeared slow because of his size, but he was really pretty fast. He was a swivel-hipped runner with great leg strength.

— Vince Dooley, Georgia Bulldogs football head coach during Ray Goff's collegiate career.[2]

References

  1. ^ "Georgia Names Goff To Replace Dooley". The New York Times. January 3, 1989. Retrieved January 5, 2007.
  2. ^ Sharpe, Wilton (2005). "Chapter 3". Bulldog Madness: Great Eras in Georgia Football. Nashville, Tennessee: Cumberland House. p. 52. ISBN 1-58182-447-5.
1974 Tangerine Bowl

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1976 Cotton Bowl Classic

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1976 Georgia Bulldogs football team

The 1976 Georgia Bulldogs football team represented the Georgia Bulldogs of the University of Georgia during the 1976 NCAA Division I football season.

1989 Gator Bowl (January)

The 1989 Gator Bowl (January) was a college football postseason bowl game between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Michigan State Spartans

1989 Peach Bowl

The 1989 Peach Bowl took place on December 30, 1989. The competing teams were Syracuse and Georgia.

1991 Georgia Bulldogs football team

The 1991 Georgia Bulldogs football team represented the University of Georgia during the 1991 NCAA Division I-A football season. The Bulldogs completed the season with a 9–3 record.

1991 Independence Bowl

The 1991 Independence Bowl was a post-season college football bowl game between the Arkansas Razorbacks and the Georgia Bulldogs. Georgia defeated Arkansas, 24–15.

1992 Georgia Bulldogs football team

The 1992 Georgia Bulldogs football team represented the University of Georgia during the 1992 NCAA Division I-A football season. The Bulldogs completed the season with a 10–2 record.

1993 Florida Citrus Bowl

The 1993 Florida Citrus Bowl was a college football bowl game played between the Big Ten Conference's Ohio State Buckeyes and the Southeastern Conference's Georgia Bulldogs. The game was dominated by the running back. Georgia's Garrison Hearst ad two touchdowns and was named the game's MVP. Ohio State's Robert Smith had a touchdown and ran for over 100 yards. Georgia won 21–14.

1993 Georgia Bulldogs football team

The 1993 Georgia Bulldogs football team represented the University of Georgia during the 1993 NCAA Division I-A football season. Georgia completed the season with a 5–6 record.

1994 Georgia Bulldogs football team

The 1994 Georgia Bulldogs football team represented the University of Georgia during the 1994 NCAA Division I-A football season. The Bulldogs completed the season with a 6–4–1 record.

1995 Georgia Bulldogs football team

The 1995 Georgia Bulldogs football team represented the University of Georgia during the 1995 NCAA Division I-A football season. The Bulldogs completed the season with a 6–6 record.

1995 Peach Bowl (December)

The 1995 Peach Bowl featured the Virginia Cavaliers and Georgia Bulldogs.Georgia fell behind to the Cavaliers, 24-6, before rallying to tie the game at 27 late in the fourth quarter. Virginia clinched the victory when Demetrius "Pete" Allen returned a kickoff 83 yards for a touchdown to secure the 34-27 win with under a minute remaining. The Bulldogs lost despite a total offense edge of 525 to 256 yards.

1999 Georgia Bulldogs football team

The 1999 Georgia Bulldogs football team represented the University of Georgia during the 1999 NCAA Division I-A football season. The Bulldogs completed the season with an 8–4 record. During the 1990s, the Bulldogs compiled a record of 72–43–1 under Coaches Donnan and Ray Goff for a .625 winning percentage. Georgia's cumulative record through 1999 was 633–358–54, a .632 winning percentage.

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Georgia Bulldogs football

The Georgia Bulldogs football program represents the University of Georgia in the sport of American football. The Bulldogs compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). They play their home games at historic Sanford Stadium on the university's Athens, Georgia, campus. Georgia's inaugural season was in 1892. UGA claims two consensus national championships (1942 and 1980); the AP and Coaches Polls have each voted the Bulldogs the national champion once (1980); Georgia has also been named the National Champion by at least one polling authority in three other seasons (1927, 1946 and 1968). The Bulldogs have won 15 conference championships, including 13 SEC championships (tied for second-most all-time), and have appeared in 55 bowl games, tied for second-most all-time. The program has also produced two Heisman Trophy winners, four number-one National Football League (NFL) draft picks, and many winners of other national awards. The team is known for its storied history, unique traditions, and rabid fan base, known as the "Bulldog Nation". Georgia has won over 800 games in their history, placing them 11th all-time in wins.

History of Georgia Bulldogs football

The Georgia Bulldogs football team represents the University of Georgia in American football.

List of Georgia Bulldogs head football coaches

The Georgia Bulldogs college football team represents the University of Georgia in the East Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The Bulldogs compete as part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Bowl Subdivision. The school has had 26 head coaches since it began play during the 1892 season. Kirby Smart is the current head coach of the bulldogs.

The team has played more than 1,200 games over 118 seasons of Georgia football. Six coaches have led the Bulldogs to postseason bowl games: Wally Butts, Vince Dooley, Ray Goff, Jim Donnan, Mark Richt, and Kirby Smart. Five coaches also won conference championships: Herman Stegeman won one as a member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association; Butts, Dooley, Richt, and Smart won a combined thirteen as a member of the SEC. During their tenures, Butts and Dooley each won a national championship with the Bulldogs.Dooley is the leader in seasons coached and games won, with 201 victories during his 25 years with the Bulldogs. Robert Winston has the highest winning percentage with a record of 5–1 (.833), and Charles A. Barnard has the lowest winning percentage at 1–5 (.167). Four of the team's coaches—Pop Warner, Butts, Dooley and Donnan—have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

List of Georgia Bulldogs starting quarterbacks

This is a list of every Georgia Bulldogs football team quarterback and the years they participated on the Georgia Bulldogs football team.

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