November 16th, 2010 12:05 PM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Georgia
Tags: Advantage Boulder, CU, Georgia, UGA
Seth Emerson of The Macon Telegraph caught up with The Denver Post’s Tom Kensler and asked him about reports that Colorado is interested in hiring Mark Richt. Kensler’s answer when asked about the seriousness of CU’s interest?
“Richt will be contacted if he hasn’t been already, either directly or through an intermediary. I’d think if Richt wanted out of Georgia he could get another job in, say, 15 minutes. His record speaks for itself.”
Yes, it does. But UGA fans aren’t thrilled with said record. Which is why we wrote yesterday that Richt should skedaddle if the Colorado job is offered. It all boils down to simple math: Georgia can guarantee Richt one more year (because a bad year next year will likely force his ouster) while Colorado can guarantee three, probably four more seasons.
Emerson also asked Kensler about Colorado’s financial situation. Richt makes nearly $3 million per year and he has a buyout of over $5 million. Would that push CU away?
“Richt to Colorado is a longshot. He is a Nebraska native and lived for five or six years in the Denver area during grade school years. But as he said, ‘Georgia is my home.’ I don’t see him leaving UGA unless he is forced out. And the school would be crazy to do that. Perhaps he is getting tired of the pressure to compete in the SEC, but there is pressure everywhere. There will be pressure for the new Colorado coach to build the program quickly and show it belongs in the Pac-12.”
True. But Richt would at least be able to re-set his coaching clock. No one can deny that he will be on the hot seat next year in Athens. That would not be the case in Boulder. Advantage: Boulder.
That said, Richt won’t leave Athens. Such a move doesn’t fit his M.O. But he should certainly consider it.
If his Dawgs lose four or more games next season, you can bet UGA fans, alums, donors and the administration won’t show Richt as much loyalty as he seems willing to show them.
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