Interesting quote from now-ACC Network analyst Mark Richt ($$):
Although he did not mention his health as a reason for stepping down when he met with reporters at Miami’s spring game in Orlando back in April, Richt on Wednesday did cite a heavy workload as part of the reason he quit.
“Long story short, I really didn’t do a great job taking care of myself physically,” he said. “You can get into a grind of the job. I’ve coached, I guess, over 30 years. When I left Georgia after 15 years as head coach, I probably could have used a little decompression break at that time or at least considered it. I just kind of wore myself down to the point where I got a little concerned about the pace I was going at.
“And I also cared about Miami. I felt like maybe someone else at this point in time would do a better job than I was. Going into the final game, the bowl game, it was running through my mind pretty heavily.”
Two thoughts on that: one, I keep saying this, but there’s a fascinating book to be written on the inside story of the last two years of the Richt regime at Georgia. I only hope somebody’s gonna write it.
And two, every time I see a coach talk about the grind of the job, I cannot help but marvel at people like Saban and Bill Snyder who seem immune to it. Of course, it helps immensely when you’re not fighting your administration to get your job done.