So last night I’m perusing the blogs and read David Hale’s piece about Reshad Jones’ decision to stay in Athens for his senior year (kudos to him for being on track to graduate early, BTW) when I come across this little tidbit buried within:
Some quotes from Mark Richt, who seemed a bit defiant with reporters today on a number of levels, even interjecting to point out the team’s academic accomplishments as well as the fact that they finished No. 10 in the country. He later said he felt like “the local paper” was playing up negative things about the program by hyping the No. 13 AP ranking rather than the No. 10 Coaches’ Poll.
Getting a bit testy with the media, are we? Good. Not because it’s a good idea to get into a running battle that you have no chance of winning, but because Richt needs to shake himself out of this sense of complacency about last season – that whatever tough times the program suffered through can be laid at the feet of the schedule and the injury situation – and find an edge to get the coaches and the players focused again. If it takes getting a little pissed off to get there, so be it.