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Richt Makes It Clear He’s Staying At Georgia

According to Tim Tucker of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Mark Richt made it clear — again — on his radio show last night that he’s not interested in leaving Athens.

Prompted by a caller who asked Richt to “hang in with us, don’t leave us now,” the coach said: “I’m definitely going to do more than hang with Georgia.  Georgia is going to thrive, and Georgia is going to have a tremendous future ahead of us.  And I’m excited to be here.”

Perhaps UGA will “thrive” next year and beyond.  As we’ve written on a blue-million occasions, we here at MrSEC believe Richt is the right guy for Georgia and Dawg fans would be wise to hang on to him.

But if Richt goes 8-4 next year (or worse), will that same caller from last night’s program beg Richt to stay?  Or will he join the inevitable chorus of UGA fans who’ll be calling for Richt’s head?

Here at MrSEC Headquarters, we’ll file this story away and come back to it next season… just to see how things are working out on the “please stay” front.

Meanwhile, if Richt is to survive long-term in Athens, he’ll need to recruit hard in the state of Georgia.

“When you talk about in-state kids, that’s why I’ve been talking about this Georgia ‘Dream Team,’ this team of guys that I think are the best players int he state of Georgia,” Richt said.  “And I believe if they will stay in state and come together, we can prove to the United States of America that we have the best football in the country (in) the state of Georgia.  We need those Georgia kids to stay at home and do that thing for the Bulldogs, and I think everybody is going to get excited about that.”



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