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Richt Takes Blame For 2010 And Makes No Excuses

Ya gotta like Mark Richt.  Long viewed as the one of the nicer guys in sports, Georgia’s coach doesn’t seem to be changing his demeanor as the seat beneath him warms.  Take, for example, some comments he made last night.

Speaking to 200 Bulldog fans in Jacksonville last night, Richt accepted blame for the 2010 season and made few excuses.  If he’s feeling pressure — and he says he’s not — he’s not acting like it.  Guys facing make-or-break years usually don’t say the things he said last night.

* While explaining that he believes UGA lost some games late because their opponents played harder — a helluvan admission — he said: “That’s embarrassing.  It’s our shame and it’s my fault.  We’re not going to let that happen again.”

* He also admitted that the Dawgs haven’t exactly been dominant on the national scene the last two years.  He thinks their season opener could help on that front.  “Boise State is not a conference game, but it’s a big game for the University of Georgia.  To have a season like we just did that was so far below what we are used to and what’s expected, we needed this game.  Boise State is the winningest team over the past 10 years.  If we can battle with them, we can make Georgia very relevant again nationally.”

So in the span of one Q&A session, Richt shouldered full blame for Georgia’s 6-7 record last year, suggested his team didn’t play hard at times, admitted that his program needs to become “relevant again,” and further ramped up the importance of his team’s season opener.

That’s gutsy.  And his willingness to not make excuses is typically classy.  Whether you’re high on Richt as a coach or not — he’s only 62 games over .500 at UGA after all — it’s hard not to like Richt the person.



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