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Richt: “I Know What The Hell I’m Doing, OK?”

Mark Richt has been the picture of cool this offseason.  Hot seat talk hasn’t appeared to get under his skin at all.

But last night, when a fan on UGA’s Bulldog Club tour shared a lengthy complaint about the Dawgs’ rushing attack, play selection, and coaching staff, Richt fired back.

“I’ll tell you this, and you’re certainly close to an expert in football, I’m sure you are,” Richt said before explaining what makes a good running game.  He then added: “I’ve seen teams throw the ball and win the national championship; I’ve seen teams run the ball and win the national championship.  Believe me, you can win the SEC doing it more than one way.  Steve Spurrier, when he was at Florida, he chucked the ball, and he won how many SECs?”

And then — according to The Macon Telegraph — “the temperature rose a little bit more.”

“I see your frustration, I understand your frustration,” Richt said.  “I wasn’t born yesterday, I’ve coached football for 25 years, so I know what the hell I’m doing, OK?”

That response drew a strong ovation according to The Telegraph’s Michael Lough.  (How would you have liked to been the fan getting dressed down publicly?)

Richt continued his remarks: “I appreciate your passion, I appreciate your support for this football team.  Everybody can just calm down and know that we’re in good hands.  And (running backs coach) Bryan McClendon is a hell of a coach, he’s a hell of a recruiter.  And I’m glad we got Bryan McClendon.”

Eventually, Richt’s fire flickered out and the boy scout emerged once more.  Minutes later when answering another question, the Bill Bixby side of UGA’s coach said: “Excuse me for saying ‘h-e-double heck.’  I know there’s a media member here.  Can you just say that I know what the heck I’m going?  Just so my Sunday school class doesn’t give me grief?”

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