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.