Definitely the weirdest vibe from SEC Media Days is this – is it possible for the media pick to win the SEC East to be flying under the radar? Richt certainly did his part to contribute to that by staying in typical low-key character.
Mark Richt waits to enter a network interview room in the bowels of the Wynfrey Hotel. Les Miles emerges from an interview table.
“Hey there!” Richt says loudly.
“Professor Richt!” Miles says.
The Hatter and the Professor exchange pleasantries. Richt asks how former Georgia quarterback Zach Mettenberger, now Miles’ starter, is doing. Miles said he’s doing great, then tells Richt how imposing Georgia defensive end Garrison Smith looks at this week’s SEC Media Days.
“Isn’t it nice to coach good people?” Miles asks. Richt nods.
Richt was in his most professorial state Thursday, relaxing against a wall, ready to dispense his faith-based wisdom, seemingly allergic to stress.
There’s this quiet statement, too, though.
But for a few minutes in a dim hotel hallway, Richt briefly ponders his legacy on the SEC and Georgia.
“I’d like to have a national championship and a couple more SEC titles,” said Richt, who has two conference and six division titles.
We all believe Georgia does better when nobody’s looking its way, but let’s face it, if the Dawgs emerge after the first two weeks as the state champions of South Carolina, they won’t stay hidden. How Richt manages expectations from there will be interesting to watch.