Richt puts future in Lord's hands

Georgia head football coach Mark Richt at SEC Media Days 2010 (WBRC photo)
Georgia head football coach Mark Richt at SEC Media Days 2010 (WBRC photo)

By Dennis Washington

HOOVER, AL (WBRC) - Georgia head football coach Mark Richt doesn't put much stock in reports that his job is in jeopardy.

"I understand just how things go," Richt told reporters Thursday at SEC Media Days. "So I don't worry about it. My goal is to focus on the important things and the things I can control."

Richt is beginning his tenth season as head coach of the Georgia Bulldogs, making him the longest-serving current head coach in the Southeastern Conference with a 90-27 record.  However, several losses in recent seasons and the resignation this summer of Athletic Director Damon Evans has left Richt's critics wondering how much longer he will be able to keep his job.

Richt says he's not worried.

"I can control my attitude. I can control my effort. I can control, you know, certain things. That's what I focus on. Then the things I can't control, I just trust the Lord with that. That's kind of how I've been operating since 1986," Richt said.

Richt said Thursday he was saddened by the events surrounding the departure of Damon Evans a few weeks ago.  He said he believes he was not included on the search committee for a new athletic director because of how close it is until the football season begins.

"I really do trust Dr. Adams to make a wise decision," Richt said. "You know, Georgia is the kind of place that if you get in there, kind of like Aaron Murray, if you get in there and manage it well, I think it's a plum athletic director's job, a chance to run one of the finest college sports organizations in the country and one of the most fiscally sound programs in the country. I'm sure we'll find the right man or woman for that job."

The Georgia Bulldogs begin the football season with a new defensive coordinator and a new game plan on defense. Richt said the changes caused some early confusion but has also created a lot of excitement among the coaches and players.

"I know defensively there's a lot of our young men wondering how it's going to go," Richt said. "We have coaches and fans wondering how it's going to go. That's an exciting thing for us, too. I think it's a good thing. It's provided a lot of energy and excitement."

Georgia begins football practice on August 2. Its first game is September 4 against Louisiana-Lafayette.
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