“He’s a great man.”

As compliments go, this post at MrSEC.com about Mark Richt’s character is about as good as it gets.  Just a sample:

… Fans want undefeated seasons.  The media want headlines.  Richt may or may not supply enough of either to please those two camps, but he does provide something else in bunches — class.

While Nick Saban and his disciples build moats around their programs and while Urban Meyer makes threats and shoots dirty looks, it’s good to know that there’s someone like Richt in the SEC coaching fraternity.

It’s one thing for a man to say, “I want my son to play for that man.”  Many folks used to say that about Bobby Knight for gosh sakes.

But it’s far more important in the grand scheme of things for a man to say, “I want my son to BE like that man.”

Read the whole thing.  As a fan of the program, you’ll be glad you did.

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11 responses to ““He’s a great man.”

  1. Derek

    Coach Richt can be the coach at Georgia for life as far as I’m concerned. If we win some championships along the way, great. If not, we can always be proud of how our football team, our university and our state are represented by him. If it takes a jerk to win hardware (which I don’t think it does) then keep it. We’ll be just fine.

    I have heard the complaint that CMR is too nice or not tough enough to compete at the highest level. Experience has taught me that the toughest thing in life is to ALWAYS do the right thing. The easiest thing in the world is to be impulsive, reactive, and to not be circumspect. One may think that being abusive to other human beings is showing toughness, but I would say that the harder thing is to humble yourself and show everybody respect, whether they deserve it or not. That is true character and real toughness.

    • heyberto

      Derek, I couldn’t agree more with everything you’ve said. W’s and L’s become the focus for us fans, but this isn’t the pros, and there is more to his job than just what happens on the field.

  2. Vious

    Jesus Christ, are we really falling for this crap?

    If Richt doesn’t win titles, he should be gone…good man or not

    I don’t care if Richt is Saint Richt or Evil Richt….I want him to win games

    If we go 4-8 next season, all of this “good guy” crap will dry up quickly

    It’s fake talk b/c his supporters will turn on him in a second if UF blows us out AGAIN

    • bort

      Give me a shout if you want to make some wagers on us going 4-8 next season…

      Coach Richt DOES win games. Not sure if you’ve been paying attention the past near-decade.

      ANd out of curiosity, who do you think should coach UGA should your prophesy come true??

    • Russell

      I got news for you .It ain’t “fake talk”…Of course he needs to win. He knows that. It doesn’t take a genius to figure that one out. That doesn’t make it false because people admire him. They don’t have to be mutually exclusive.
      I’ll tell you one thing, I know neither one of you personally, and I can tell you now which one of you I admire most…

    • Will Q

      And if he was discovered to be a sleeper agent for Al Qaeda, all of this “good guy” crap would dry up quickly too.

      Hey, it’s about as likely as a 4-8 season.

  3. JaxDawg

    I’m often on here blasting something related to Florida or, in today’s case, Smith College, reading this article reminds me of just how strong Mark Richt is. It takes much more strength and self-control to continuously live and act the way he does.

    Admittedly, I am not that strong. Few people (very few in fact) in today’s world are that strong. For goodness sakes, look at our President’s chief advisor Rahm Emanuel – that man has absolutely zero of Mark Richt in him. His career is built on antagonistic hate strategies and a win-at-all-costs demeanor. But, he is a winner. I hate him, but he wins.

    And this is the important distinction to make. Plenty of men win, and win big, by being an asshole piece of shit like Urban Meyer. Is it necessary to emulate Meyer and Emanuel in order to be successful at the highest level? Of course not. Look at John Wooden. Look at Tom Landry. Look at Jack Welch, Roberto Goizuetta, Warren Buffett, David Partraeus, and my main man Ronald Reagan.

    Men of dignity, honor, and respect for others.

    Seems like everyone believes that big-time winning and big-time honor and dignity are mutually exclusive. They are not. Richt will not lose 8 games and I believe we’ve seen the last of being blown out by Florida. I also believe Richt’s best days are ahead of him and that Bulldog football’s best days are ahead of us.

    Just my .02

  4. GumpDawg

    Derek, heyberto, bort,…I with you.

  5. CMR is a great recruiter, a great QB coach, a great OC, & a great HC. The type of man he is does not change the stated facts. However, It does make me proud to be a DAWG FAN. Remember: Stats don’t lie. The most sucessful 10 year run in Dawg History.

  6. BadMarinara

    I would sooner get rid of all fans who think like Vious than even think of getting rid of THE Coach. Of course he has to still do a good job but he can’t control when other teams have lucky years the same time he does well. Ridiculous fans need to support the team instead of tearing it apart on blogs when there is no reason.

    • Macallanlover

      +1 It is embarrassing to see the number of articles about CMR being on the hot seat due to a minority of big-mouthed, whiney fans with Yankee scruples. Richt is a blessing for UGA, and anyone not proud of how he has represented the school, and what he has accomplished, should look in the mirror and reevaluate their values. Hot or warm seat my ass, supporters should overwhelm these sorry excuse for fans in response to these imposters.

      No one wants to see us take a downturn from what Richt has done so far, but what he stands for would always make me proud to have him as our coach, even if we went 7-5, 8-4 a few years in a row. As to the 4-8 issue, are you kidding me? Even Goff beat that level of play. Mark Richt is a winner in life, winners begat winners. No 4-8, 5-7 records in our future.