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Report/Rumor: Richt Stepping Down? We’re Not Buying That

Today on a site called GamingToday.com – “News You Can Bet On” — it’s reported that Mark Richt will leave the Georgia program “at the end of the season according to inside sources.”

The site also writes: “Sources in the South Carolina/Georgia area say that Richt will pursue outside interests and decide on his own not to return to Georgia.”

Frankly, we’re not buying that one.  At all.  Why?  Well, for one it’s unlikely Richt would put up with an offseason of guff and questions and fan complaints only to climb back to the top… and then step away.

Second, GamingToday.com claims that Derek Dooley and Mike Bobo are “reportedly” top candidates to replace the UGA coach.

Mike Bobo is unpopular among the Bulldog fanbase as an offensive coordinator.  It’s highly doubtful UGA AD Greg McGarity would promote an unpopular coach from within… when many fans want new blood (even it means whacking Richt).

And Dooley, well, Dooley has a losing record during his five-year career and he’s actually got some Tennessee fans calling for his head in just his second year.

Also, anyone with true connections to the Georgia program would know that UGA president Michael Adams is the man who booted former coach and AD Vince Dooley from the Dawg program.  It’s highly unlikely that a Dooley would want to work with an Adams or vice versa.

Anything’s possible and if it turns out the folks at this gambling site have scooped the world, we’ll be the first to send up a mea culpa.  But we’re not buying this one.

 


20 comments
ballparkga
ballparkga

Richt just said he wants UGA to be his last job and he wants to coach till he is at least 60 (he is 51 now.) So there you go, what is the next rumor? Lets have a realistic one this time (i.e. one that does not offer Bobo as a head coaching candidate. He is a good QB coach, but the man cannot call plays to save his life!)

Adawgg
Adawgg

My inside sources say Richt will be signing a four year extension in the very near future!! 14mill/yr.

himmycat
himmycat

* oops! That was supposed to say that I do not believe this and that Mark Richt cares about this team.

himmycat
himmycat

I am just going to say that I do not believe that Mark Richt cares about this team! He loves the boys. There is just no way he would let a rumor like that fly knowing the implications it could have on the players. I could see him leaving, maybe? But, to leak something like this DURING the season? No way!

JBT
JBT

Bobo? Now that is funny!

Go Dawgs! Squash the Bugs!

Otto
Otto

Any new UGA coach should have HC experience and experience at some point in the SEC would be nice.

At this point Mullen is still high on my list despite his troubles this year and I think the defensive staff should and would be left in place under this option. Mullen comes with that catch that I'd like to hear more about his involvement with Cam, I trust McGarity can research this.

The other coach that is raising interest is Rhodes at Iowa State.

Yes I'm still not sold on Bobo as OC. I understand CMR is loyal to him and no changes will be made assuming the rumor is false no matter what happens after this winning streak.

ballparkga
ballparkga

I have heard this from the grape vine! I'm not connected and I will not say anymore than that I heard the part about Richt resigning from someone who knows people high up at UGA (though not related to sports)back in mid October. I do not think it substantiates the website's article at all, but this rumor has certainly been going around for over a month. But the part about Bobo/Dooley being the replacements makes this completely unbelievable even as somebody who has already heard this rumor. We would shoot BIG. Maybe the coach of a team we already lost to this year??? Not saying we would get him, but UGA certainly has deep pockets with one of the most profitable athletic departments in the country.

Nutting
Nutting

I believe Mark Ritch will step down and Houston D. Nutt will replace him. Jimmy Sexton is working hard on it.

GeoffDawg
GeoffDawg

A complete load of horse plop. Also, the thought of Bobo or Derek Dooley as the new HC gives me the shivers.

This is actually an old rumor started, I assume, when Kathryn Richt began nursing school. The theory being that they enjoy their annual pilgrimmages to help the less fortunate in the third world so much, once she received some medical training, they would do it permanently. It's almost an urban legend at this point.

Henry
Henry

Dooley isn't going anywhere.
1. He hasn't even gotten a full roster of his recruits in yet to see what he can do at UT.
2. Just like above, he doesn't have a good record so I can't imagine anyone is pursuing him right now.
3. I seriously doubt he wants to try to follow his dad's foosteps at UGA. He probably wants to forge his own career.

It's worth noting that he's liked at UT. The people calling for his head are morons who have little to no concept of the terrible situation he walked into, and what it would do to the program to have a 4th coach in 5 years.

BRUCE
BRUCE

Richt will be staying........ He has done WELL this year......11

HoustonVol
HoustonVol

I could see Richt stepping out at the end of the season. He appears to be the type of person that is comfortable enough in his skin to walk away with the program on the upswing (SEC East Championship and good talent coming back). In other words, I have my charity and family to devote my attention. If you are not happy with the job that I have done for the past 12 years, then I am stepping out and you can see what a replacement can do. I know the program is better off now than 12 years ago, and I have done a great job. Let us hope that my replacement does as well as I did. Good Bye.

However I don't see Bobo or Dooley even being in the conversation as a replacement for the reasons you listed above.

Adawgg
Adawgg

oopps 4yrs/14mill

GeoffDawg
GeoffDawg

You can't respond to every single rumor floating around out there. Especially the ones that obviously have serious flaws in logic. Taking the time to personally respond to it gives it more credibility than it deserves. Same reason you see western allies get up and walk out when Mahmoud Ahmadinejad addresses the UN.

GeoffDawg
GeoffDawg

Nothing really against Mullen other than the style of offense he runs. I think the spread fad is starting to taper off.

GeoffDawg
GeoffDawg

I assume you're referring to Chris Peterson?

Annison
Annison

Dooley stepped into a bad situation at UT, but he's done nothing with it. His signature win is against Vandy

AllTideUp
AllTideUp

I'd imagine if UGA is going to go after a coordinator that has not been a HC before then I would think Kirby Smart would be that guy.

Rob
Rob

I wouldn't know about Bobo or Dooley, but I agree with everything else. I wouldn't exactly say that Georgia has climbed back to the top, but it's always better to leave on a positive note. Richt may know of reasons why Georgia has fallen that he's not sharing, and if he doesn't think there's anything he can do about them, what better time then now to leave?

GeoffDawg
GeoffDawg

Kirby Smart is definitely on the radar but there are concerns about how much he's really responsible for and how much is the work of Saban. Gary Patterson would also get a look.



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