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Richt Displays Class. Yet Again.

Mark Richt will be on the hot seat when the 2011 season begins.  He’s been in place for a decade — which is just too much time at one place in the modern sports world — and he’s coming off a 6-7 season.

We think that’s too bad. 

And while we can no longer defend Richt’s record by pointing to “a one-year slump” (as we did last year), we can tell you that Georgia’s coach remains the one coach in the SEC we’d most like to see a relative play for.  The man is first class.

Three weeks ago, a 17-year-old from Valdosta named James Eunice drowned while duck hunting.  Eunice had been accepted at the University of Georgia and he had planned to walk-on for the football team. 

During the run-up to signing day, Richt took the time to write the boy’s family.  He told them that Eunice had made the team and he sent along a jersey to the family with the boy’s name and number on the back.

When Richt’s letter was read at Eunice’s funeral — and the jersey was shown — those in attendance applauded.  Two of Eunice’s Valdosta teammates who have signed to play at Georgia were on hand for the presentation.

“I’m going to play for an incredible man,” Jay Rome said of Richt.  Malcolm Mitchell said the gesture made him “proud to be a Bulldog.”

Kudos to Bill King of The AJC’s “Junkyard Blawg” for bringing the original story to light.  You can read his take and link to earlier versions here.

As for our feelings here at MrSEC.com… if there’s a better man heading up an SEC program today, we don’t know who he is.

 


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