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UGA’s Richt Can Empathize With AU’s Chizik; Also Announces He’ll Need Hip Surgery

On Saturday, Georgia coach Mark Richt will shake hands and chat a bit with Auburn’s Gene Chizik.  It’s likely the Bulldog coach will have some words of encouragement for the embattled Tiger coach… seeing that it was only a year ago that he himself was on a scorching hot seat in Athens:


“It is kind of a roller coaster, and sometimes you do go up and down, and you just don’t know how close you might be to having a really good football team if you’re just patient for one more year.  I think a lot of teams go backwards because they make changes when maybe they are on the verge of something good happening, and then if you make change and you start over again, it’s hard for all the cumulative reps that you’ve had to all of sudden blossom.  I would imagine it’s hard to try to figure out as a decision maker if that team is close or if they are not…

There is truly a very, very fine line between winning and losing.  There are a lot of good teams in our league in my opinion that still might have a losing record in league play.  You lose some close games and sometimes you win the close games.  Sometimes you get a break here or there and you grab momentum, and it serves you well for the rest of the year, and sometimes you don’t ever find it.

Obviously I’ve been coaching going into 12 years now, and it is a very fine line.  Even the year we went 6-7, how much of a different team did we have than some of the teams that might have gone 10-2?   Probably not a whole lot different.  Not making a play here or making a bad decision there as a coach or the other team just making a play that day.  It’s not all that mind-boggling to me because it’s just a really tough league.”


While the future is uncertain for Chizik, Richt knows exactly what he’ll be doing this offseason.  He’ll be having hip-replacement surgery.

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