Georgia has a bye this weekend as it prepares for it’s rivalry game with Georgia Tech on Thanksgiving weekend. The Dawgs need a win against Tech in order to become bowl eligible. It has been a disappointing season so far for the Dawgs with a below .500 record, A.J. Green suspension, a new 3-4 defensive scheme that cannot stop big plays, and off the field arrests. For obvious reasons, this has been a frustrated season so far for head coach Mark Richt. For the first time, the Bulldog Nation is wondering if Richt is the right coach for the Bulldogs.
The Denver Post reported last week that the University of Colorado is interested in having Mark Richt becoming their new head coach. The Buffaloes fired head coach Dan Hawkins on November 8th after a debacle loss against Kansas. So would Richt make the jump?
It’s hardly unlikely. Richt has young children and has established roots in Athens. In addition, the Buffaloes’ athletic director Mike Bohn said the school’s financial constraints means he won’t be able to pursue just anyone to be the next coach at Colorado because the higher profile names earn about $4 million annually, way out of their price range. Richt is currently making $2.9 million annually and would likely command a higher salary to make the move. He would also be leaving $1.86 million on the table as part of his longevity bonus. Not much financial gain for Richt to take the Colorado job.
The talk of Richt possibly leaving Georgia has Texas Longhorn fans very concerned. Defensive coordinator Will Muschamp is to inherit Mack Brown’s job once he retires — but there has been no timetable set on when Brown would step down. Obviously, if Richt leaves Georgia, Muschamp would be high on the Bulldogs’ list to become head coach since that is his alma mater.
Richt has made no indication he is looking for another job. Georgia’s athletic director Greg McGarity has no plans of letting Richt go. That should not change anytime soon unless Georgia Tech blows out Georgia next Saturday at Sanford Stadium. It’s hard to imagine Richt not being the head coach when Georgia opens up next season against Boise St in the Chik Fil A Bowl. According to media sources, that game should be officially announced sometime next week.
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Written by Bob Ballard