Tag Archives: Mark Richt

Malcolm Mitchell’s obituary for the Richt era

Leave it to him to have the final word:

Mitchell spoke with reporters at the NFL scouting combine Friday. He was focused on a potential switch to defensive back, but he also had time to reflect on the end of the Richt era, saying he was “surprised” by the move but understood why it happened.

“From the business aspect of it — which is all I can answer, ’cause I don’t know their personal decisions — they wanted a championship,” Mitchell said. “And we as a team did not deliver that last season.”

“What’s fair and what’s not fair for a college football program?” Mitchell said. “I’m not sure. I know I loved (Richt) as a coach and as a person, and I was sad to see him leave that university.”


Filed under Georgia Football

Coach Richt, I don’t even know you anymore.

Miami just offered “a skilled and refined middle schooler” from Georgia.

He’s come a long way from the days of “A lot of the out of state teams will just come in and just offer like mad. They’ll come in and just offer like candy”, that’s for sure.


Filed under Recruiting

“A lot of it is the price of transition.”

Holy smokes.  “A lot” really means a lot.

… According to invoices provided to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution through an open records request, Georgia’s expenses for chartered air services from this past December through Jan. 31 increased 576 percent over the same time period the previous year under Richt.

Smart’s staff produced 25 invoices totaling $1.183 million during that two-month span. Seven of those invoices reflected charges of $82,000 or more for private jets, with a high of $182,869.14 on Jan. 20…  [Emphasis added.]

An almost six-fold increase, year-over-year?  Jeebus.  Ah, but there’s a reason, you see.

McGarity, who along with a board of directors is charged with overseeing the athletic association’s budget, acknowledged that Smart has utilized private charters more often than his predecessor. But he also took issue with comparing the two totals.

“That’s apples to oranges; there’s no way to compare that,” McGarity said. “A lot of that was  interviewing candidates. It wasn’t all recruiting. We were in a transition year. … ”

Maybe the Skype machine was broken.  In any event, McGarity’s math doesn’t exactly hold up.

However, it’s after the open period for recruiting resumed in mid-January that Smart and his staff logged most of their chartered miles. Seventeen of the 25 invoices totaling more than $750,000 were filed after Jan. 13 when the recruiting calendar again permitted in-home visits.

Again, McGarity insisted UGA didn’t do anything more for Smart than Richt.

“We never told him no; there’s never been an instance we said, ‘Mark, you can’t charter,’” McGarity said. “If there is the perception that the new guy gets everything, that’s just not true. (The head coach) gets whatever he needs, whatever he requests.”

To be fair, Richt doesn’t dispute that.  And it’s not like I have a problem with the athletic department lavishing spending on recruiting, especially when Smart was going all out to hold a class together on short time.

But it’s funny that there’s a sense of denial about what’s going on.  If this is an apples and oranges comparison, it’s only because Smart comes in from a very different environment than the one Richt operated in.  When it comes to spending money, the process appears to be kicking the Georgia Way’s ass these days.  I welcome that, but it’s worth remembering what we all thought when Butts-Mehre ponied up for Richt after the Belk Bowl: with greater investment comes greater accountability.  It’s hard to argue that Smart shouldn’t be judged by the same standard, and, by extension, McGarity as well.


Filed under Georgia Football, It's Just Bidness

“And Coach Richt, he’s been like a game out of that.”

Dial the clip here up to the 1:10 mark and listen to Finebaum ask Spurrier if he was surprised that Mark Richt was fired.


Filed under Georgia Football, PAWWWLLL!!!, The Evil Genius

Mark Richt’s advice for some of you

Basically, get over it.

“You guys can keep rehashing it, but that’s over. It’s history. It’s Coach Smart’s time. I’m excited for him and excited for the program. I’m excited for Miami as well, and that’s what I’m focusing on. You guys can debate all you want, but I’m not going to get into that discussion. It’s old news.”

Amen, Coach.  Best of luck at your new gig.


Filed under Georgia Football

“I’m a big Plan B guy.”

I tend to brace myself when Greg McGarity is in explanation mode, but this is downright weird.

Change was clearly on the mind of Athletic Director Greg McGarity back in mid-October when he began looking into search firms. McGarity revealed Monday that it was then that he made up his mind he was going to utilize Bill Carr of CarrSports Consulting — if needed.

McGarity was a panelist at the College Athletics Leadership Symposium at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Atlanta on Oct. 19 when approached by Carr and “three or four” other search firms after the meeting.

“Bill was one presenting that day,” McGarity said after introducing Kirby Smart as Georgia’s new head coach Monday at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education. “They all anticipate (coaching changes). That’s the job of these firms. When you finally make a decision to contact one — and I’m sure they’ve done some homework themselves — those guys want work, too. … They’re doing their due diligence, too.”

So McGarity didn’t seek out search firms, they sought him out?  Color me a wee bit skeptical on that happening out of the blue.

It’s a pretty good indication the decision to can Richt wasn’t totally based on this season’s record, though.  That “on the way home from the Tech game” story of McGarity’s is just that.


UPDATE:  According to Chip Towers, the players didn’t see it coming.

Georgia’s players have had the air knocked out of them the past week. They went from not really believing that Richt was in trouble with the administration to dealing with him being fired, to rationalizing him bolting for Miami, to accepting a new coach.


Filed under Georgia Football

Guess who’s coming to dinner.

This has some massive potential for awkwardness.

Mark Richt and his now former Georgia players still may get together one more time next week.

“I might go to the senior awards banquet,” the former Bulldog and newly hired Miami head coach told WQAM radio in South Florida  on Friday. “The seniors asked me if I would come back. If it doesn’t disrupt the business of getting ready here at Miami, I’ll be there. Other than that, I’ll be here working.”

Um… what about the business of getting ready in Athens?

Look, I get why the seniors would ask him to do that.  But he’s no longer a part of the program.  If it’s about keeping up with the players he once coached, that’s what the Paul Oliver Network is for, something I hope he doesn’t let lapse now that he’s at Miami.

I’d like to think it doesn’t come to someone telling him it would be best not to attend, but that quote makes it sound like he’s not considering a graceful way out.


Filed under Georgia Football