Tag Archives: Mark Richt

TFW you’re finally free

Yeah, this happened on national television.

Hey, there were times he made decisions that made me feel like that, too.

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Friday morning buffet

One day ’til college football, and counting.

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It’s better to burn out than to fade away.

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.

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Those that can, coach.

Those that no longer can, work for Mickey.

Best of luck with it, sir.

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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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Live, with in the arena expertise!

Think I’m just gonna let this one hang out there with no comment.

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Closer than you think

Once more, if you don’t have a subscription to The Athletic it’s a shame, because Seth Emerson’s piece on Mark Richt and Kirby Smart ($$) is definitely worth reading.

“I’ve always had a greater purpose in coaching than trying to get a raise or trying to win a championship or coach a Heisman Trophy winner,” Richt said. “I mean I’ve been blessed to win championships, coach Heisman winners, All-Americans, national championships, ACC championships. I know we didn’t do that at Georgia as a national champion. But you know, I experienced all that. And if that’s all there is at the end, it’s empty unless you help these guys.

“And that’s what people misunderstand sometimes: I’m highly motivated to win the national championship. But just because I care about them beyond football they think, ‘Oh he’s more worried about that than he is winning.’ No, that’s not true at all. Not true at all. I want to win, and we’re gonna do the best we can to try to win. But I feel like we truly are educators and we truly have a responsibility to help these guys.”

I get the people who are angry about Richt’s legacy because they feel personally cheated by the program’s lack of ultimate accomplishments.  What I don’t get is the bitter armchair psychoanalysis of Richt’s character from people who have never met the man.

By the way, there’s some very good stuff in there about Smart, too.  All in all, a great read.

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