Another Mark Richt story

I’m just wondering how this fits in to the narrative some of y’all insist is the real Mark Richt, the money stealer.

Miami fans may be mad at Richt because of the way last season went and because of the state of the roster he left behind, but they should understand that few coaches in America would have done for a school what Richt did for his alma mater on the way out the door. He’d already donated his own money to spearhead a project to give the Hurricanes the indoor facility they sorely needed, and by retiring instead of insisting to coach or be fired, he removed several financial impediments to future success. He could have chosen to try to coach his way through a no-win situation, which would have forced Miami to pay him this year and pay him a buyout when he ultimately got fired. Miami is a private school, so Richt’s contract isn’t a matter of public record, but since he received an extension that lasted until 2023 and made about $4 million a year, it’s safe to assume his buyout would have been far more than the $4 million Miami had to pay Temple to buy back Diaz. And remember, had Miami fired Richt after the 2019 season, the school would have had to buy him out and probably would have had to pay a buyout for the coach it hired to replace Richt. The total price tag would have easily pushed into the double-digit millions for a small private school that doesn’t exactly have an overflowing war chest of booster donations.

I’m not posting this to start a debate about Richt’s coaching chops.  His offensive guru reputation took a serious hit last season and hiring his son as the quarterbacks coach went about as well as those moves usually do.  No need to go there at this time.

But maybe some of you who insist Richt was nothing more than a greedy SOB can explain how that works in light of the above.  Just wonderin’.

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76 responses to “Another Mark Richt story

  1. Well said… He really should have taken a year or two off after the 15 year grind at Georgia. I think he would have come back refreshed and with a ton of energy just in time for the FSU job to open up.

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    • Russ

      I think a year off would have been optimal but Miami was a perfect situation for him. And he started out hot, but faded. A year off may have avoided that.

      Oh, and I figure this post will get a few replies.

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  2. Greg

    “But maybe some of you who insist Richt was nothing more than a greedy SOB”

    Concur, nothing but a class guy in my book and a DGD. If I had a son that could play, there is no other coach that I would rather him play for other than Richt (given the choice)…..

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  3. Jeff Sanchez

    The PREACHERMAN LONG CON !11!!
    Something something Faton Bauta!!!!

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  4. Greg

    ” But maybe some of you who insist Richt was nothing more than a greedy SOB”

    Concur, a DGD and a hell of a coach imo. If I had a son and had a choice to which coach he would play for, it would be Richt first. We were lucky to have him.

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  5. Reverend Whitewall

    A bit off topic, but I still think Richt’s biggest mistake was not taking some time off. As much as he insisted he wasn’t burnt out, all signs pointed to the complete opposite by the end of his UGA tenure. I know the chance to coach your alma mater is a big deal, and if he didn’t take it then the timing might not ever work out again. But not taking the time to recharge his batteries was a bad move – and yes, so was hiring his inexperienced son. But the amount of energy needed to rejuvenate and sustain that program just wasn’t something he could give.

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    • Greg

      I think firing not firing Willie in a timely fashion was.

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      • Reverend Whitewall

        I was just referring to his Miami/post UGA decisions, not mistakes made at UGA.

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      • UnderDog68

        Agree. His roster management and loyalty to assistants that weren’t getting the job done were his undoing at UGA. I’m like many others here. Specifically, I thought MR the Man was awesome. CMR the coach, however, used to frustrate the hell out of me….mostly because of the two things mentioned above. Martinez should have never been promoted to DC….The Schottenheimer hire was a disaster. Just a couple of examples.

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    • Well said … he mentioned that he wanted to get back into coaching in his press conference but wanted to take the right opportunity. That opportunity probably came on too quickly.

      Great guy and really good football coach … I hope he and the Water Girl find time to be a part of the Athens community.

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    • Dunno, do you think more time off would of helped with his shortcomings (roster management and staff management)?

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  6. Al

    I don’t say this to be snarky. I’m really curious…why do people say Richt was greedy? I’ve never heard that before.

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  7. Reverend Whitewall

    Oops, you must have posted yours while I was typing mine. Didn’t mean to repeat your thoughts below – but obviously, I agree. 🙂

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    • Reverend Whitewall

      Geez, this was supposed to be a response to Randy Adams. Site acting a little goofy on my phone this morning.

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  8. Bob

    I have never heard even his most vocal critics say that Mark Richt was greedy. In fact, normally it was just the opposite. Am I missing something or is it just my old age? 🙂

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    • My favorite theory I’ve seen expressed here was that Richt tanked the 2015 season in order to get fired, collect his $4 million buyout and take the Miami job which he had accepted mid-season.

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      • Russ

        Yep, that one was right up there with the Earth being flat.

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      • Otto

        When I hear that being discussed it wasn’t for the money, those that float that theory tie it to the Miami job opening up. Further it was more a passive aggressive throw your hands up in the air, and whatever happens happens.
        The contract was negotiated prior to the season.

        Going into the season I have little doubt, Richt thought he had the staff to have a successful year. As Schott was shown ineffective, and Pruitt became frustrated, the stress of the season set in. He was burned out in Athens, people do strange things when burned out. He could have taken play calling back from Schott. I don’t see the $4 million having any impact on how Richt reacted to the season.

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  9. Bigshot

    Just shows me how he was willing to screw UGA even more. I would have loved the guy had he retired at UGA instead of trying to coach through.

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  10. lakedawg

    Not sure what all happened to him at Miami, but from the mentioned above hot start and an excellent recruiting class appears he made some dumb decisions this last year. Also that seems to be one of the most delusional fan bases in college football. They have not won anything in 18 years until he won division and they think should be winning national title.

    Been fortunate to meet CMR couple times and he will always be a class act to me.

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    • Got Cowdog

      Ditto. I was a second tier contractor for UGAA . He personally walked over, signed a couple of hard hats that had the G on them, and threw us off the practice field. He was very nice about it.
      I will admit to “expressing my opinion” here after some frustrating moments, but CMR is a class act.

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    • Lakedawg: it truly is one of the most delusional fan bases in any sport.

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  11. barneydawg

    Ah, perspective. Lots of fans made fun of Richt’s concern over his staff having time away from football..date night for coaches, kids coming to practice,etc and the swimming pool for the team. We, rightfully, hammered him over roster management. They wanted him to be more like Saban, all business and no smiling allowed. Now that Dabo has won 2 out of 3, we are hearing how great the same family atmosphere stuff being done for the Clemson staff is and how their players seemed to be having fun (in contrast to Bama). His roster management seems to be more Richt than Saban,from what I have read. I still think he can get away with signing fewer top notch players due to a lesser grind in the ACC vs SEC. It seems to be working for Dabo, too bad it didn’t work out for Coach Richt.

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    • Mayor

      Everybody seems to forget that if UK’s QB runs the ball into the end zone against UT in ‘07 and Murray’s pass doesn’t get batted in the 2012 SECCG Georgia likely wins natties in both those years.

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      • JCDawg83

        “IF ONLY!!” the battle cry of the bulldog nation under Richt.

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        • The Dawg abides

          Let me qualify this by saying I was staunchly behind the change and am greatly pleased with Kirby and the results, but so far, that battle cry hasn’t changed. As a matter of fact, a dozen or so “if only” plays from the NC game and SECC game run on a constant loop in my mind.

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        • FtMyersDawg

          And under Kirby Smart and under every coach that didnt have a player named Herschel Walker.

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  12. Texas Dawg

    I had a lot of issues with Mark Richt the coach
    I had/have no issues with Mark Richt the man

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  13. Doug

    I wonder if a lot of this gratuitous retrospective venom aimed at Richt is simply a deeply unfortunate by-product of Kirby’s success. If Smart has spent the last couple years going 8–5 and landing in Liberty Bowls, even the most die-hard Richt haters would probably be getting misty-eyed over him.

    That said, these conspiracy theories about Richt having only been in check-cashing mode his last few years in Athens are on some chemtrails shit. I’ll admit, even at the time, the decision to hire Schottenheimer seemed like a giant shrug to me, but on the whole I still believe that Richt was committed to the success of this program. Considering how badly that personnel decision blew up in his face, how did we still manage to pull 10 wins out of that season? Don’t get me wrong, they were butt-ugly wins for the most part, but if Richt had truly packed it in we probably would’ve crash-landed at 7–5 or worse.

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    • Bigshot

      You ever heard of Faton Bauta?

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      • Butler Reynolds

        Yes, we have. Was his grandfather on the grassy knoll?

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      • Doug

        Ah, yes, every Richt hater’s favorite code word. Bauta was a panic move, to be sure. But that doesn’t make it a don’t-give-a-fuck move, any more than Saban’s decision to run a fake FG with the kicker as the lead blocker was.

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    • The Dawg abides

      For such a shit stain of a season, I’ll credit Richt and the staff for this; the team didn’t quit on him. It could have been easy for them to do after Jax.

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  14. Bright Idea

    I wonder how much QB coaching the younger Richt was really doing at Miami. When their QB play turned miserable he sure made any easy scapegoat for the fans. The Miami AD wanted Richt so bad when he hired him that he allowed that arrangement but wouldn’t hang in when it got tough. Richt indeed let him off easy.

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  15. JoshG

    Even without a national title, my favorite Dawg. I doubt I’ll ever root harder for another coach.

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    • Derek

      I’d give anything to have won that 2012 seccg game and then beaten ND. Seeing CMR get it done doing things the right way rather than the expedient way would have been reaffirming.

      Unfortunately, there is an acceptance that winning is a product of lying, cheating and stealing and if you aren’t, then you don’t care. It’s sad really.

      That’s not to say that I think we’ve reached the depths of depravity that Bama has gone, but far too few of us would GAS if we did.

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  16. Otto

    As someone that wanted him gone, Richt was many things greedy was not one of them.

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  17. Butler Reynolds

    As much as I’m enjoying UGA football these days and while Kirby seems like a decent man who represents us well, I sure do miss Mark Richt. He had a lot of success in Athens and he was loyal to UGA, more so than UGA and many fans were to him. Sadly, nothing lasts forever.

    I’m not at all religious, so I didn’t get caught up in all that, but the world would be a better place if more people were like Mark Richt. DGD.

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  18. Austin

    Can we get CMR to become ADMR?

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    • Bigshot

      Don’t think you would want that

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      • CB

        I’m torn on that, on one hand I’d love for him to be leading the charge to give Kirby what he needs to succeed, on the other I’m not sure that he would be much tougher against the NCAA than ADGM. Wouldn’t want to set him up to get put through the ringer in the event of another Todd Gurley situation.

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        • Otto

          I don’t see him as being strong against the NCAA and I also don’t see him standing up to the academic Board Of Regents or the President.

          I am thankful for reversing the course of the football program, the positive influence he had in people’s lives but I don’t see a place for him employed by UGA.

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  19. Debby Balcer

    coaching is a grind. I have heard his daughter is not well and I would imagine dealing with those issues caused him to walk away from coaching. He already had his wife fight breast cancer and lived through coaching during that battle.

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  20. HVL Dawg

    I’ll bet Jon Richt is pissed.

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  21. PTC DAWG

    Nice of him to help Miami out.

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  22. That’s weird. People really believe he was stealing money? Like REALLY believe that?

    I know I’ve said, “Mark Richt was straight stealin’ money his last few years at UGA,” in an obvious, sarcastic way to illustrate the fact that he was kinda checked-out those last few years as his team underachieved even more than normal.

    But someone or someones actually believe he tanked the 2015 season to get his buyout? That’s crazy.

    I also think it’s a bit crazy that people think Richt was altruistic in “retiring” at Miami. I call b.s. on that. Altruism had nothing to do with it. He quit on the commitment he made to Miami and his players for one reason only: He refused to fire his kid, who he should have never hired anyway.

    The AD wanted him to hire an actual QB coach and fire Jon Richt, and Mark Richt refused to do it and quit instead. I don’t see that as altruistic, I see it as cowardly. Then again, he should have never put himself in that position to begin with, hiring his son who had zero experience to his first real job as QB coach at Miami. There is no way in hell Jon Richt should have ever been hired as the QB coach at Miami. No way. He should have had to prove himself by moving up through the ranks. Instead, he got a golden ticket from daddy and ran one of the worst QB rooms in all of major college football. Surprise, surprise.

    Nepotism is a bane on football and I for one am happy that UGA no longer allows it. It’s the best thing that came out of the Harrick debacle.

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    • CB

      If that was the case then he would have told Miami to kiss his ass, not fired his son, and made them fire him and take the buyout.

      But he didn’t…

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  23. 3rdandGrantham

    I’ll bite. Though I’m not a huge CMR fan, I never, ever thought he was greedy. However, I do feel he is incompetent at times and tends to be far more reactive than proactive.

    Case in point regarding the article below, CMR was contemplating retiring midway though the season, yet he sat on his hands in indecision, then watched Diaz be hired away by Temple (even though he knew Diaz wanted the Miami job and Miami brass wanted him), only to turn around just a few days later and retire after the ink dried on Diaz’ Temple contract.

    Those mere 2-3 days of indecision cost Miami 4 mil as highlighted, though I’m sure Temple applauded CMRs indecision. IMO, that pretty much exemplifies CMR to a T dating back to ’09 or so.

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  24. Jack Klompus

    The mastery of the left-handed compliment on this blog is nothing short of incredible.

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  25. FlyingPeakDawg

    Mark Richt sure deserved a better fate at Georgia, but he had the misfortune of going up against both the corruption of Meyer, cheating of Auburn and Saban’s ascendency into his prime. (Toss in a dose of his own administration’s lack of support in so many areas and it was a toxic mix.) I’m confident that CMR feels bad for his players, fans and the university that we didn’t capture more SEC titles and at least one MNC, and I’m even more certain he does not feel sorry for himself in any way. He’s said as much. One can learn just as much from him about how to conduct oneself in life as from Saban. Different lessons, but both important.

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    • 3rdandGrantham

      Deserved a better fate? He had a 15 year run with an absolutely woeful record against ranked trams in the last 9 years of those 15. He should be thankful he held on to the job as long as he did.

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  26. DawgPhan

    Miami was obviously not something he was going to turn down, but if you look at Miami financially it was everything he hated about coaching at Georgia.

    The extra fundraising, not having the facilities, etc.

    Seemed like he wanted to get back to more coaching, but landed at a spot that wanted him to lean in on raising money. And he did just that. And by all accounts did a fantastic job at it and helped steady the program.

    Maybe one day someone will give him the resources and room to just coach.

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  27. DawgByte

    I can’t imagine anyone thinking Mark Richt is a greedy so-and-so. If they do then they’re a moron.

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  28. CMR’s “greed” wasn’t for money, but for feeling like the good guy.

    He is like that “nice” driver who stops in the middle of a major road to let someone come out of a shooping center. Sure, he is being “nice” to that person pulling out. But the 100+ people behind him who are part of the major road’s normal traffic flow all got screwed.

    CMR thought he was being nice by keeping around people like Willie Martinez and that ancient dinosaur trainer Van Hallanger. The entire program, players, fans, school, etc. suffered as a result.

    So sure, he was “nice” to a couple people, but millions suffered as a result.

    That looks bad on the final ledger.

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