UGA coach Mark Richt prays for the right recruits

 

Georgia coach Mark Richt revealed his secret on handling the rigors and stresses of recruiting: He prays.

“I put a lot of things to prayer, and this is one thing I put to prayer. I ask the Lord to ‘Give us the guys that belong at Georgia. The ones that don’t belong, work it out.’ I don’t get too bent out of shape with [recruiting], one way or the other. We’re going to get what we need. We’re going to get the right guys here.”

More than a month after signing day, UGA is still trying to put the finishing touches on its 2009 recruiting class. On Friday, tight end Orson Charles of Tampa will decide between the Bulldogs, Tennessee and Southern Cal. On signing day, Richt displayed a calm and cool demeanor in front of Georgia supporters eager for some last-minute drama. The Bulldogs missed on several high-profile prospects, including Carver-Columbus linebacker Jarvis Jones (signed with Southern Cal) and safety Jawanza Starling (Southern Cal) of Tallahassee, Fla., before watching wide receiver Marlon Brown of Memphis select Georgia in the late afternoon. 

When Brown made his on national TV, there were screams heard outside of Georgia’s football offices. Richt was doing a radio interview at the time, and said some of his assistants were very excited about Brown near the end of the pressure-packed day.

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LESD

March 4th, 2009
9:58 am

Sure, Tech nerd,

Except that according to Scout.com, Georgia’s 2009 recruiting class is ranked higher than USC’s or Oklahoma’s…and waaaaaaayyy higher than Tech’s. Richt’s excellent recruiting has been a key ingredient in winning 82 games in eight years while coaching in the toughest division within the toughest conference in America.

BTW, belated congrats on Tech’s three-point win over UGA this year, the Jackets’ first victory over Georgia (without using ineligible players) since 1990. Enjoy the win as long as you can. It might be many years before you get another one.

Reason

March 4th, 2009
9:58 am

Do you honestly believe god cares about Georgia football? Or any football for that matter? Nothing fails like prayer.

Sam Clemmons

March 4th, 2009
10:03 am

What if his recruit is a Muslim??? Does he think his god (Yaweh) is the only god?? Pray for something that matters, not 18 year old recruits. Tell Richt to flip a coin next time, it works just as well. Go Dawgs!!
The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one. — George Bernard Shaw

dap01

March 4th, 2009
10:15 am

Tech Nerd: What an insightful comment. Thanks.

Perhaps you should spend as much time comparing what players committed to UGA. UGA is fine without your contributions.

UGA has CMR that is great. Tech has CPJ, that too is good. I am more comfortable with CMR. You and the other 45,000 other fans should worry about your program and your coach. You should worry about whether ESPN is going to pick Tech or South Boise State for the Thursday night game. You should worry about if you will have to buy 2 tanks of gas or 1 tank of gas in order to get your free Tech tickets. Worry about Tech. Blog on a Tech blog. Besides, your break time is very limited at the factory, use it wisely.

Fred

March 4th, 2009
10:16 am

To start with, you spell God with a capital. Don’t ever believe prayer is a waste. If you live your life trying to do God’s will God will answer your prayers. It happens to people over and over. God may not care about football but he sure cares about Mark Richt. Maybe he wants a certain boy to be in a situation like Georgia. It will happen. Remember, God is unchangable and unstopable.

bank walker

March 4th, 2009
10:18 am

I personally like GMR’s approach. I think prayer is a great thing and should be done more often. He prays about everything he needs help with and that’s what the big man is for. God might not care about “Georgia Fooball”, but he cares about the players and coaches. To answer your question, reason! GO DAWGS!!!!!!!

zdawg8

March 4th, 2009
10:21 am

CMR prays that the right people come to UGA. Not that he prays for the 5-star guy to come to UGA. Ya”ll are missing the point. Also, drunken men are rarely happy.

DOGZILLA

March 4th, 2009
10:24 am

Anybody wonder why it bothers atheists/agnostics so much when religious people pray? Is it somehow an infringement on non-believers’ rights? Or are they just that wrapped up in themselves? Whether Richt’s prayers help or not, it definitely doesn’t hurt.

Lance Sumner

March 4th, 2009
10:25 am

Do you honestly believe God cares about Georgia football? Without a doubt because he cares about us. I believe Mark Richt to be an honorable Faithful Christian. I believe in the power of prayer and what Coach Richt is doing. I am sure their are other Christian coaches out there that pray over their recruits but you will never hear them make that statement because of how far our society has left their roots.

What if his recruit is a Muslim??? Does he think his god (Yaweh) is the only god?? Maybe God wants to see that Muslim recuit told the truth. And by the way just so you know, There is only one God!

So, Coach Richt you will always have my complete support as you continue to step out in Faith and spread God’s word. I personally thank God for you and the man he has developed within you. As a Youth Pastor, I appreciate men like you who continue to lead boys into Men and give them the opportunity to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Thank you again, and may God continue to Bless you and keep you safe! Amen.

RAMBLE ON!!!

March 4th, 2009
10:25 am

Hey coach, pray for the stock market instead, and we won’t run the score up on you in Atlanta this year.

Mary

March 4th, 2009
10:26 am

Absolutely Coach !!! People sometimes don’t realize PRAYER is the answer to everything , no matter how large or small. The Lord always answer prayers and I am so glad to know this !!

Hey “Reason” a message to you…. You WILL call upon his name, make no mistake about it. You need to ask for forgiveness for that statement you made “nothing fails like prayer”.

God bless and keep us all!

Wally

March 4th, 2009
10:27 am

Uhhh…Sam Clemmons, “Yaweh” is actually from Judiasm. “Allah” is the Islamic term for God.

The Truth

March 4th, 2009
10:30 am

This is cracking me up….the key to this whole article is that they put one letter in the word ‘prays’ too many. They should have said that he ‘pays’ not prays. After all, he learned from the master himself, Bobby Bowden. I mean please…..recruiting is so overrated anyway. And by the way, I am not a Tech fan and I have no dog in this fight.

Wally

March 4th, 2009
10:33 am

i guess you could argue that Yaweh could also be a Christian term, but whatever…i like coach richt, but i think God couldn’t care less about football.

DawginLex

March 4th, 2009
10:34 am

Hey Rambler,

Pray that your coach can lose with class this year. He sure doesn’t win with class(turns and points to the fans).

GetOverIt

March 4th, 2009
10:36 am

Where was God when 45-42 happened? Oh yeah, he just scored again.

Wally

March 4th, 2009
10:40 am

Hey Ramble On: 51-7…yeah i know: 45-42 i don’t think prayer is required for the whole tech “running the score” on GA. that ain’t gonna happen and i think you know it.

Lance Sumner

March 4th, 2009
10:40 am

Wally – like coach richt, but i think God couldn’t care less about football. I disagree. I think God does care about football because we care about football and God cares about us.

Prayer does work when we set our sights on things above and not things of this earth.

spotts

March 4th, 2009
10:41 am

Richt’s not praying for the top 50 players to suddenly decide to drop everything and play for Georgia. Richt is praying for the “right recruits” to come. The people who physically, emotionally, and spiritually belong in Athens. Richt knows there’s a lot more to life than football, and that’s what he’s praying for.

Najeh Davenpoop

March 4th, 2009
10:41 am

I just prayed for a Mountain Dew. I am really thirsty.

Nothing so far, but I will keep you all posted.

Brandon

March 4th, 2009
10:42 am

Tech fans enjoy your 15 minutes of fan. You may not win again for another 7 or 8 years.

Bill W.

March 4th, 2009
10:44 am

Fred, Lance Sumner, and Mary- Great posts and I agree with you on prayer. When I hear the comment “All we can do is pray” as a last resort, I have learned that that’s the best thing we can do. To the Bernard Shaw quote on a drunken man vs. a sober man, I used to be drunk for many years and now I have been sober for several years. From my experience being sober is infinitely better. To “Wally”, Yahweh is Jesus in Hebrew.

I think CMR using prayer in his life keeps a connection with God regardless of what he is praying about. UGA is fortunate to have a man of strong faith leading the football program and setting an example to others.

Go Dawgs!! GATA!

JenniferGO Dawgs

March 4th, 2009
10:44 am

“I put a lot of things to prayer, and this is one thing I put to prayer. I ask the Lord to ‘Give us the guys that belong at Georgia. The ones that don’t belong, work it out.’ I don’t get too bent out of shape with [recruiting], one way or the other. We’re going to get what we need. We’re going to get the right guys here.” God Bless you Coach Richt for your Faith and Christianity. NOW to the unbeliever who wrote:
“Do you honestly believe god cares about Georgia football? Or any football for that matter? Nothing fails like prayer.” – REASON
You must not have experienced the love of God in your life, because Prayer can be stronger than medicine, I know for a fact, it has happened to me in my life on something personal. I am just shocked at your response! Coach Richtis a believer and so am I, nobody knows the entire prayer he said, only what he commented on. He was praying not for football, but for the Right players that belong there and BTW how do know God does not care about football?

Lance Sumner

March 4th, 2009
10:48 am

BTW Just so everyone knows. I do believe that all will go to Heaven and realize HOW PRAYER HAS ALWAYS WORKED but only few get to stay!

jacketbacker

March 4th, 2009
10:50 am

these prayers must not be going too far if he is praying for the “right” recruits…..how many arrests was it last year?? 9-10…..i lost count…..he can pray all he wants but we have the better coach who just outcoached saint richt…..

45-42!!!!!!!!!!!!

THWG

Cameron

March 4th, 2009
10:51 am

Y’all are missing the point on this altogether. Richt isn’t praying that God send him the best football players possible. He isn’t asking for UGA to have the best team. He is asking God to put the right players, out of the ones we are recruiting, into his life. That way, God can use Richt, and the coaching staff (who are all good Christians to my knowledge) to help mold these kids into young men. Richt isn’t praying, “Please let this kid commit here.” He is praying, “Let the right ones choose us, the ones that I can reach and teach, and develop. Sure, we want them to be great players and we want the best team possible. But, ultimately we want the right kids according to your will.”

Crewsin

March 4th, 2009
10:51 am

Najeh Davenpoop, Mountain Dew will not cure you being thirsty. Water will! God is not going to give you a Mountain Dew. Go look for some water.

GeoffDawg

March 4th, 2009
10:53 am

GOI – your last post made less than no sense.

DawginLex

March 4th, 2009
10:53 am

Jacketbacker,

We have a coach that prays about everything. You are part of a fan base obsessed with everything to do with UGA and close your comments with THWG.

Pretty obvious which group I would rather belong to……………..

Cameron

March 4th, 2009
10:54 am

Just because a kid gets lead to UGA, through prayer or not, does not mean he is going to be perfect. This is a common misconception. Just because someone asks God to come in their life doesn’t mean their life is going to be perfect. Far from it, actually. Just about every significant person in the Bible storied is told THROUGH suffering. Get educated before you reply.

JenniferGO Dawgs

March 4th, 2009
10:54 am

CAMERON THAT WAS AWESOME!

Lance Sumner

March 4th, 2009
10:54 am

Nobody has said the right recruits are going to be perfect. The fact of the matter is Coach Richt is praying for the right recruits. Sometimes the right recruit is going to make mistakes. And jacketbacker – I would guarantee you have made your fair share of mistakes as well. But the measure of a man is how you get up when you fall.

David Fraser

March 4th, 2009
10:56 am

Prayer does matter in all thing,as for 45-42 I guess you Techies have to have something to brag about with your once a decade win against the mighty DOGS.

Herschworld

March 4th, 2009
10:58 am

Who cares about 45-42 when you got such a great tan…Coach what oils do you use?

scappy doo

March 4th, 2009
10:59 am

CMR is an outstanding man of character. He is a man of integrity and a man of faith. I strongly support coach Richt and I am thankful he is humble enough to admit he needs the Lord’s help, guidance and wisdom. He cares about each member of the team as much as he does winning.
We have had Muslims (Musa Smith for one) on the team and he is just as concerned for them and treats them the same. He is an outstanding coach. As far as the wise cracks of praying in loses, the loses teach you many lessons and your try to fail forward. Learn from wins and loses. By the way, I am unashamed to say that Jesus Christ is my Savior and Lord. He paid the price for our foolishness (much on this blog) on the cross and Jesus took our place that we have the opportunity for forgiveness. His unmerited favor on our behalf. God Bless and Go DAWGS!

LSU fan

March 4th, 2009
11:02 am

Jacketbacker, beating UGA by 3 points is not much to brag about. Losing on national TV 38-3 should stop any thoughts you have of bragging. Your team disgraced the ACC and your state. You should keep a very low profile about the luck you had with UGA. If GT makes it to the Chicken Bowl again next year, you better hope you don’t play another SEC team. P.S. being critical of prayer doesn’t make you look any smarter

PN

March 4th, 2009
11:02 am

He prays for football? What a joke. Mark Richt is a joke. The south is a joke.

PN

March 4th, 2009
11:03 am

For some reason, I don’t think any higher powers gives a crap about football, and most certainly not UGA football.

jacketbacker

March 4th, 2009
11:04 am

I’m sure retard nation doesn’t understand that most of those 7 wins were against gailey and ball…..don’t know if you idiots have noticed, but they are GONE!!!!…CPJ has coached one game as Tech coach against ugag and guess what his record is, 1-0!!!!!!…and that was with our lowly recruits who were not even recruited for his system…..it will get worse for the fleabags….keep prayin’…..you’re going to need it!!

45-42!!!!!!

THWG!!!!!!!!

Doc54

March 4th, 2009
11:05 am

I am a Tech fan, but this is one of the things I admire about Mark Richt. I have a Ph.D. in theology, and I too am so amused when agnostics and atheists get in a wad over someone praying. I am sure Mark prays about many other things in addition to football recruiting. If you do not like prayers, do not listen or participate. However, Mark is exercising his freedom of religion, so deal with it and worship a tree or your bank account.

Herschworld

March 4th, 2009
11:05 am

Is this what they mean by the dumbing down of america?

Brad

March 4th, 2009
11:08 am

Most of you people are missing the point. The first half of the article is about the STRESSES and RIGOR of recruiting… Richt responds that he prays about it and then doesn’t worry. His point is that he trusts that it will all work out and that he doesn’t freak out about it.

His point was not that he prays and God gives him recruits.

Bill

March 4th, 2009
11:11 am

All I can say about him is he played at Miami on of the biggest thug schools in the country.He was the OC at one of the biggest cheater schools (FSU) in the country.He said nothing during Dillardgate,Free shoes at Foot Locker,and his All-American placekicker (Janikowski)suddenly forgetting how to speak English when the cops pulled him over.When that didn’t work Jano tried to bribe the cop.

Like it or not these are documented facts.Now Richt may have changed and if he did that fine.Just pointing out what his history.

After all his mentor St. Bobby Bowden is famous for his quote after star reciever Peter Warrick was arrested for theft at Dillards.”I’m praying for a misdemeanor”.

OZZFEST

March 4th, 2009
11:13 am

He should have prayed more with Stafford and Knowshon.

murfdawg

March 4th, 2009
11:14 am

Not much has changed in 2000 years. Christians are still being ridiculed and criticized for their faith. I can understand why Tech fans do not have much faith. When a prayer is answered once in eight years, it is hard to keep the faith.

BR

March 4th, 2009
11:16 am

We’ll take Coach Richt over Dork Johnson any day. And yes, our recruiting class is always better than the Nerds’. Ours was ranked 9th; theirs 49th. I think that says it all. Still talking about your measley three point win over a very average GA team? Poor nerds, you really have nothing else to hold onto, do you? LOVE IT!

BR

March 4th, 2009
11:18 am

Another funny thing is how Tech “fans” are ALWAYS on our blog. You are so obsessed with UGA!
I also loved the article about Tech’s football attendance being DOWN this year. How in the world can you not fill up a 50,000 seat stadium!?!?! Especially when you had such a “GREAT” year!!! Poor geeks. They talk a big game, but don’t show up for it.

Bamafan

March 4th, 2009
11:19 am

Want is more importment beating tech or leading young people in that right direction of life???

Lance Sumner

March 4th, 2009
11:19 am

I know that he prayed for Stafford and Knowshon OZZFEST but not in the way that you are thinking. CMR prayed that God would direct them where he wanted them to go not where Coach Richt wanted them to go but where God wanted them and needed them. Thanks for playing!

Hart co.

March 4th, 2009
11:22 am

Ramble on, rest assured coach does pray for things like the stock market [economy] and lots of other problems of the world. He also prays for you, me, and everyone else.

Bamafan

March 4th, 2009
11:23 am

Sorry for the misspelling, is it better to beat tech or lead young people in the right direction of life!!

ExecutiveStinger

March 4th, 2009
11:26 am

As a Tech fan, I think it’s fine that Richt prays during recruiting. He can pray as much as he wants. All I know is, everyone, and I mean EVERYONE in dawgie nation was saying that last year would be the biggest blowout in GT-UGA series history because of the beloved “Stafford the Leg Humper” and “Knows*** Moron-o”. 45-42 ladies. And now those beloved hounds have let for greener pastures. But the dawgies will win next year anyway right??? So keep praying coach, and all you dawgies keeping praying too……maybe God will hear you after He listens to Paul Johnson.

And as for you Dap01……get back in the kitchen because Louise is about to call out an order at the Waffle House. She’ll fire your butt again if you ain’t in there. C’mon. You know how it works. Techies own companies, dawgies clean the company’s floors. Don’t kid yourself.

foxdog

March 4th, 2009
11:31 am

It is sad that lots of folks on here don’t realize that what Coach Richt is praying for is that these kids will be in God’s will. That they will go to the place that the Lord wants them, some to Georgia, but others to other places. It also goes way beyond football. It is about their life and their future.

jwh

March 4th, 2009
11:31 am

I love Tech and wouldn’t trade my education or heritage with anyone. I am also a Follower of Jesus who prays about everything. Therefore the one thing I dislike the most about CMR is that he is such a class act that it makes it more difficult for me to dislike UGA to the extent I would desire. By the way, we also have a class act in Paul Johnson and had one in Chan Gailey.

POS Mutts

March 4th, 2009
11:32 am

Thank you Jacket Backer! Well said. They will never get it or stop looking for leverage to argue. They are already pointing to the overall record to thump their chest at. It will never end. The state university has tremendous advantages over other schools in the state, especially a school specializing in engineering and a very limited curriculum. The fact we’ve won 40% over the 100 year history of this rival is pretty darn good.

Lets look at just a few of the challenges CPJ overcame to upset the great pre-season #1 mutts this year:
New QB
New blocking scheme with recruits not selected for said blocking scheme
New Offense
New Defensive Coordinator
Youth – 16 of 22 starters frosh or So

Wow, georgie is in trouble!! Good luck, mutts. Maybe prayer will work for you.

GT Wrecker

March 4th, 2009
11:37 am

Maybe CMR should pray his players stay out of jail this off season…

DawginLex

March 4th, 2009
11:38 am

Tech nerds,

Checklist:

1.) Continued obsession with all things UGA
2.) Must call UGA fans “leghumpers”
3.) Must pretend that they have a better job than all UGA grads just because they went to Tech
4.) Wish they could get a date with something other than a blow up doll
5.) Wish the Tech baseball team could actually win a meaningful game

dap01

March 4th, 2009
11:41 am

PN: You are right God probably does not care about UGA football but He does care about the lives of young people.

He cares about smart people and He also cares for narrow minded people who thinks that CMR is only praying for UGA, he prays that recruits go to the right place.

Think before you type.

RenaeL

March 4th, 2009
11:42 am

Hey Coach;
Thanks for sharing your faith and belief in Prayer.

LSU fan

March 4th, 2009
11:43 am

Jacketbacker, you need to quit knocking prayer. In the Chicken Bowl, I suspect your coach was praying that we put the 4th string players in. We did. I also suspect he prayed the game would end. It did.

FLDAWG

March 4th, 2009
11:44 am

It is a shame when such bitterness is exuded over the act of one man raying for young men as they make a huge decision in their lives. There are two people in the SEC that have taken their position that God has granted them and been loud voices in wilderness (SEC) over the last few years. Coach Richt and Tim Tebow. Thanks guys keep up the good work.

MinnesotaJacket

March 4th, 2009
11:47 am

No offense but this is a dumb story because it just provokes tech fans to make the obvious statements and then other people to sit here and say how christians are being persecuted when that is not AT ALL what anyone is trying to do. I don’t know I feel like this shouldn’t have been a blog its a touching story…but anyone who thinks God sais you should go to Georgia because you can grow a lot by being completely retarded is high

DawginLex

March 4th, 2009
11:48 am

Agreed FLDAWG, it is hard to hate Tebow because of what he stands for.

Tech people are still jealous, that’s why they blog on UGA blogs. As Mr. Nicholson said, “Deep down in places that they don’t talk about at parties” They know that Richt will always have UGA at a high level and they can’t stand it.

DawginLex

March 4th, 2009
11:49 am

minnesotajacket,

Guess it is still pretty easy to provoke Tech fans?

ben barton

March 4th, 2009
11:49 am

Hey wise men JESUS IS THE ONLY WAY!!!!!!! OH! by the way Jesus loves Coach Mark Richt and has promised to give him the desires of his heart!Psalm 37 v3-5! Dont get mad because CMR gets his prayers answered just fall in LOVE with JESUS and he will do the same for you! I invite you today to make JESUS the LORD of your life! i will be glad to pray for you!!!! OH 1 more thing GOD cares about everything that concerns you! GOD cares about an axe head!!!!!!!!read your BIBLE in 2 kings v5-7!! talk to you guys real soon until GO DAWGS!!! Biggest dog fan around DESTIN FLA!!!!!

LSU fan

March 4th, 2009
11:53 am

If we bragged in the SEC about kicking your tails in the Chicken Bowl by 35 points we would get laughed at. We were embarrassed you got 3 points. Your goal in life was to beat UGA. They let ya get lucky. The GT the country knows about showed up against LSU.

1eyedJack

March 4th, 2009
11:53 am

It sure is going to be fun next year when Tech reverts to form and crashes and burns. Then maybe we can have a blog without their asinine comments.

[...] put a lot of things to prayer, and this is one thing I put to prayer,” Richt told the AJC. “I ask the Lord to ‘Give us the guys that belong at Georgia. The ones that don’t belong, [...]

ben barton

March 4th, 2009
11:56 am

my bad its 2 kings chapter 6 v5-7! sorry have a blessed day

renegade

March 4th, 2009
12:02 pm

PN pray I don’t find you and beat the crap out of you. Go hide under the bed and shut up.

GATORZONE

March 4th, 2009
12:04 pm

Good for Mark Richt. He is a class act. People finding fault in this have their own issues. Live and let live!

GO GATORS!!!!

soapbox

March 4th, 2009
12:05 pm

ahhh, so i get it… lets criticize the coach for praying…lets see..i bet all you critics out there would call for the coach in a heartbeat ,if say, you were on your deathbed riddled with cancer…ha. you would search for ANY and ALL possibilities for a cure…wouldnt you. and you would pray to GOD (yes Yahweh) that he would heal your disease stricken body…so leave coach alone…PRAYER CHANGES THINGS!!!!

Right On Time

March 4th, 2009
12:05 pm

Doc54 and jwh:

Nice to see the objective fan post on one of these blogs. It would be nice to see more like your posts from all fan bases.

ExecutiveStinger:

When you use words like: always, never and EVERYONE, you paint yourself into a corner and appear ignorant. MOST of the UGA fans I know were prepared for a tough game and with the possibility of losing.

jacketbacker and the like:

Following your logic that CPJ is a better coach because of the win over UGA would mean that Dabo Sweeny is a better coach than CPJ. Do you concur?

rambles on and on:

Have you ever gone a day without reading about UGA?

Tech Fan

March 4th, 2009
12:14 pm

Wow! You only have to read this blog to see what is wrong with our society. CMR is a wonderful man and a great leader. His faith has changed his life and helped him to become one of the most respected coaches in college football. I can assure you that CMR does not pray to get a certain recruit. He probably prays that God will calm his mind in order to make clear and worry free decisions. Maybe if more people prayed and stopped depending on temporary “things”, we would all life better lives.

He seems to live his life with the 5 f’s (In order) FAITH, FAMILY, FRIENDS, FITNESS, and FINANCES!

CMR…I am you biggest fan, EXCEPT for one day per year! GO Jackets!

Old Dawg

March 4th, 2009
12:17 pm

Prayer is simply the discipline of being a Christian, or whatever faith a person might practice. While CMR includes prayers about football among his many interests, he obviously includes other aspects of his life and faith. I know many folks ridicule him for his faith, and introduction of faith to his players, but I truly admire that aspect of his coaching. Many of the players come from broken or single parent families. By instilling a sense of values, ethics and community service, he is performing one of the duties of a coach … not just for the game, but for life.

When I played high school athletics our coaches mentored to us, and many of the more successful programs in high school and college do the same thing. Many years after I graduated I asked my high school football coach why they worked on those skills? His answer was perfect: “we wanted to build a brotherhood of players from all points of life and family structure, so that when things broke down in a game you would respond like it was the most important thing in your family.”

And our “family” always posted winning seasons!

Iceman

March 4th, 2009
12:20 pm

Q: What do Georgia fans and Tech fans have in common?

A: They’re both obsessed with the Georgia Bulldogs.

Mark Richt is a great coach, and a solid man of God, wouldn’t want anyone else!

ew

March 4th, 2009
12:24 pm

Cameron- Thank you for writing my thoughts exactly. CMR never said he prayed for the BEST recruits or the most talented, just the RIGHT people to be a part of the Georgia program. Let’s face it, there are a lot of kids that have a chance to go to college because of football. Many of these young men would not get a chance to be a part of a university otherwise. To that end, their true education happens with the football team. It’s where they become men and learn life lessons, something these guys can not get out of a classroom. CMR is praying for the kids that can be a part of that program and that he and his staff can reach. If they make it to the NFL like Stafford and Moreno, GREAT, but most won’t and will have only their experiences with the team to guide them after football. And yes, sometimes we do have kids that get in trouble, even arrested. They are KIDS. I am just glad that the troubled kids are lucky enough to have CMR and staff to mentor them and try to help them grow up.

Cuz

March 4th, 2009
12:31 pm

One of CMR’s past comments, and I paraphrase, is that he considers his mission at UGA to make better men. He said if he accomplishes that goal, the wins will take care of themselves. Hard not to admire a man with that faith. Okay sure he spends time on schemes and plays. But he has been consistent in his trying to look out for the best interests of his players.

stew

March 4th, 2009
12:32 pm

To Reasoner: God loves you! Make no mistake about it! I will pray that he helps you come to know him! Have a great day!

DBCOOP

March 4th, 2009
12:32 pm

Proverbs 3:6 ” In all ways acknowledge him and he shall direct your paths” and yes football is important function in these young men’s lives.
Keep it up CMR.

WestPalmDawg

March 4th, 2009
12:35 pm

Tech fans are pathetic. Who are you to bash a man’s spiritual belief? And compare that to Stephen Hill (who UGA didn’t even want until a scholarship opened up for him) and a 3 point win that happened 1 time in 8 years, then to get stomped 38-3 on national TV? and THEN to have a recruiting class that’s nowhere near the top 10 much less the top 25?

Tech fans need to quit wasting their time trying to talk about their football program.

WestPalmDawg

March 4th, 2009
12:38 pm

Not only that lets name teams who had better recruiting classes than Ga Tech:

Stanford, South Florida, Miss. St., AND UNC? Are you kidding? Have fun trying to get the ball to Stephen Hill

CMR

March 4th, 2009
12:50 pm

“Richt, and the coaching staff (who are all good Christians to my knowledge) to help mold these kids into young men.”

Yup he’s done a real good job of this having 11 players arrested in the off-season. Yup he is molding these guys into criminals. BTW God doesn’t care about football.

footballking

March 4th, 2009
12:51 pm

Did you nuts even read the article? The dude is basically saying that he prays that he can get the players that he can have the most impact on. Why is there something wrong with that?

Einstein

March 4th, 2009
12:52 pm

Probably also rubs a rabbits foot while chanting witchcraftery slogans. Hocus Pocus give me the TE from Tampa!

Get a life AJC and Richt and quit swaying the youth of tomorrow with superstition based on Medieval traditions.

JenniferGO Dawgs

March 4th, 2009
1:01 pm

PN “He prays for football? What a joke. Mark Richt is a joke. The south is a joke.”
I feel sorry for you. I am with SCAPPY DO on this. One day you will find yourself in need of him if not right now. I am a Christian also and in reply to your comments. The south is not a joke nor is Mark Richt. You need a life lesson.

Big EC

March 4th, 2009
1:02 pm

BR I agree that Coach Richt is our coach and I want him to stay at Georgia for a very long time, but be careful about your appraisal of Coach Paul Johnson. He is a good man. He wants the same thing for Georgia Tech that Coach Richt wants for Georgia. Having been around Coach Johnson when he was the Offensive Coordinator at Georgia Southern back in the ’80s, I can tell you that he is Godly man and takes his position as head coach at Georgia Tech as a purposeful position that God has placed him. I love the Dawgs and to heck with Georgia Tech, but Coach Johnson is not a dork. Don’t bring our comments down to the level of the fans of other teams.

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Greg Pruitt

March 4th, 2009
1:15 pm

God must surely be black since all the recruits he sends to Athens these days are African Americans

Jeremy

March 4th, 2009
1:17 pm

Maybe it’s just me but I personally took this article as a sort of follow-up to all the reports of late that detail the differences between Coach Richt’s views on recruiting and Coach Johnson’s. Mainly how they differ in “commitment.” Johnson is widely known now as the coach who yanked a commitment from a player who was having last minute second thoughts. Richt, on the other hand, has said since that he is very careful to offer young men and that once he extends an offer, he couldn’t envision pulling that commitment later. Now, we see that it’s a litle deeper than that in that he places the ultimate outcomes of his recruiting offers in God’s hands. This is just a simple difference of opinion and belief from Johnson. It’s not a knock against Johnson or Richt. One of them offers carefully and then prays and trusts God, the other offers a bit more quickly and takes control of the situation himself if problems come up in the recruiting process after a young man verbally “commits.”

Calm down folks. Last I checked, the article nor Coach Richt have said anything against people who aren’t Christians or people who don’t pray. That’s the common misconception perpetuated by non-Christians…that people like Richt place themselves on a pedestal or think they are better than those who disagree with their beliefs. Anyone who is a Christian and is truly following the faith as it is laid out by God and Jesus (believed to be one in the same) in the Bible will glady tell you they are called to love all people, not just the ones who share their religious beliefs.

Mark Richt

March 4th, 2009
1:31 pm

Maybe I we should pray that someone can tackle Dwyer and Jones this year (expletive deleted).

Baba O'Riley

March 4th, 2009
1:32 pm

I wanted to read about college recruiting and a revival broke out.

Damon Evans

March 4th, 2009
1:36 pm

Michael,
Thanks for reprinting our daily press release. Between you and me, these bozo fans just eat this up. You don’t have to do any work, and those knuckle draggers keep sending money.

CPJ for Pres

March 4th, 2009
1:46 pm

I pray that CPJ does not get snatched up by the NFL, who will be hot on his trail after what he will do in year 2 of what is shaping up to be a magical run on The Flats….MNC in ‘09!!

Smyrna Man

March 4th, 2009
1:47 pm

Second coming of Phil Fulmer blossoming right in front of our eyes

Too Easy

March 4th, 2009
1:53 pm

45-42 just means your defense was a little less crappy than ours. Nobody outcoached anybody. Merely an anomaly – one legit win in 18 years.

YankeeJacket

March 4th, 2009
2:03 pm

See one of the things that GT students & alum acquire on the road to receiving a degree is the ability to think, reason and apply logic. I trust that I speak for CPJ and the Jacket Nation in recognizing that silly superstitions will not generate Ws on Saturday. So, enjoy your one on one time with Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy or any other fanciful figures and we will focus on our studies, careers and gridiron success. 45-42 & THWG!!!

THWG

March 4th, 2009
2:08 pm

TooEasy, what constitutes a “legit” win?

Sanity

March 4th, 2009
2:10 pm

Remember, if the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. -Jesus

DawginLex

March 4th, 2009
2:14 pm

YankeeJacket=Another typical obnoxious Techie telling me how great he is. Kinda’ like bragging about your sexual escapades and we all know about people that do that.

Blow up dolls don’t count……………………….

Gutrake

March 4th, 2009
2:20 pm

Remember…All Dawgs Go To Heaven…

Tech sucks

March 4th, 2009
2:20 pm

It’s so funny seeing the nerds constantly gloat about their 3 point victory against UGA after losing 7 straight. Such a sad state of affairs for that joke of a program. Can’t sell out a game unless UGA is playing there, ugly women, bunch of total dorks comprise the few fans they have.

And after UGA kills Tech next year, they will have nothing to talk about for the entire offseason except their awful basketball team and their terrible recruiting class.

Cameron

March 4th, 2009
2:21 pm

CMR

March 4th, 2009
12:50 pm
“Richt, and the coaching staff (who are all good Christians to my knowledge) to help mold these kids into young men.”

Yup he’s done a real good job of this having 11 players arrested in the off-season. Yup he is molding these guys into criminals. BTW God doesn’t care about football.

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How do you know God does not care about football? He cares about these kids doing right. He cares about his will. He cares about these kids succeeding. I think football has a large part in all of those.

As my post said after that one, just because someone has God in there life does not mean they will not ever suffer or make mistakes. God will let them suffer or let them make their mistakes, so he can mold their character and prepare to use them for his will. You should really think before you write, you sound very ignorant and dumb.

THWG

March 4th, 2009
2:23 pm

45-42

45-42

45-42

45-42

1990 was our last, when was yours??

HAHAHAHA!!!

Forrest Gump

March 4th, 2009
2:30 pm

His Holiness should pray that his thugs don’t kill someone with their off-field hooliganism. Maybe God will do something about it because Richt’s one game suspensions aren’t working.

Tom

March 4th, 2009
2:33 pm

I guess school’s out today; a lot of immature pontificating about faith. I like Mark; I think he’s a good fellow; not a wise or really smart one, but a good guy. Good luck to him.

Cameron

March 4th, 2009
2:36 pm

I am pretty sure the player that got in the most trouble went to Georgia Tech. I player named Rueben Houston, who got charged with trafficking. See these UGA players make mistakes. I bet you do to. I know I did. These kids are getting arrested for fighting and drinking. Not killing people, robbing places, or stealing cars. Every time you all try to put down UGA, you end up making yourself look worse with your ridiculous comments and ignorant ramblings.

Crimedog

March 4th, 2009
2:38 pm

God answered Richt’s prayers and sent him Odell Thurman and Danell Ellerbee.

dawgstephen

March 4th, 2009
2:39 pm

**To the AJC sports staff**

Please start registration and accountability of screen names so this can be a decent thread of conversation.

The article just stated that he prays for the “right fit” at georgia. While God does not care about football He DOES care about everyone, and answers prayer. *Psalm 34:15- “The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry”*

GO dawgs.

Pago Flyer

March 4th, 2009
2:57 pm

Well I think we all “hope” and “pray” that we can beat Florida and maybe win the SEC someday!

THWG

March 4th, 2009
3:02 pm

Pago, good luck with that. Maybe 3 out of every 19 or so…

Too Easy

March 4th, 2009
3:22 pm

thwg: legit win = game played with legit players. Not that they were illegit like you – just not eligible.

NewJacketFan

March 4th, 2009
3:23 pm

One or two of you are making the sloppy assumption that CPJ is not a man of faith himself. What if he holds a surprisingly similar faith to CMR’s?

UGA student

March 4th, 2009
3:26 pm

Is it safe to say that Richt isn’t Jesus Christ? I think not.

1057.93

March 4th, 2009
3:30 pm

I’m not religious, but I like Mark Richt as a person. Adopting those kids really shows me what kind of man he is. He walks the walk.

As long as he’s not trying to his views on anyone, he’s a-OK in my book.

I wish him the best, except when playing the Jackets.

1057.93

March 4th, 2009
3:31 pm

second paragraph should read,

As long as he’s not trying to force his views on anyone, he’s a-OK in my book.

Phillip Exley

March 4th, 2009
3:32 pm

There is no doubt in my mind that God is using Mark Richt to carry out His plans. Prayer is the single most powerful tool we possess. The sad thing is most people walk around lost in life because they do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Being a great father figure, great example, and great coach to these young men will help them for the rest of their lives. Thanks Coach!

Big Fan

March 4th, 2009
3:36 pm

If there is a God, I serioulsy doubt he gives a sh*t about football and which recruits go where. One of the gayest articles I have ever read.

CMR

March 4th, 2009
3:38 pm

To Cameron

Maybe richt should pray for a DC that knows how to stop someone and I will say it again God doesn’t care about football. He cares for humanity has a whole but has no concern over whos playing or the outcome. only delusional uga fans and your coach think God actually cares who comes to play for uga. I am pretty sure he has better things to do.

Also I will say this again Richt does a great job a molding thugs and criminals than molding them into men.

Eric

March 4th, 2009
3:54 pm

Holy Crap! God’s a Bulldog? I guess the rest of the SEC is going to Hell.

Dave In Tampa

March 4th, 2009
3:58 pm

To Reason and all the other people that want to make fun of CMR’s beliefs. Try it, you might like it. Reason; God cares about everything and everyone. Who do you think truly invented football? The fact that he is not afraid to talk about his belief and trust in the Lord proves that CMR is a class act. Those that knock him for it just keep hiding in darkness. I am 100% sure that Georgia Football is not CMR’s #1 Priority. He talks freely about who is #1 in his life. For that he will be rewarded with many treasures in Heaven. God Bless you Coach Richt!

Eric

March 4th, 2009
4:00 pm

Dear Lord, please help Quincy Carter beat that DWI rap. Amen.

LSU fan

March 4th, 2009
4:02 pm

GT people need to remember one thing: 38-3 and it could have been much worse if the Rajin Cajuns had not let up. You disgraced your school and your conference. You win a game by 3 points and put it on your Chicken Bowl losers ring. What a bush league bunch.

Stewie

March 4th, 2009
4:04 pm

Yeah, he prays that Rodney Gardner doesn’t leave.

Eddie

March 4th, 2009
4:07 pm

First of all, I am very proud of Coach Richt and what he stands for. Because of him, hundreds of young men and now hundreds of readers have heard the gospel of Jesus Christ. At this point it is up to you what to do with it. For the rival fans who have been supportive of Coach Richt and can see the difference between football rivalries and life, thank you. Best of all, for those who have made negative remarks about prayer and about Jesus, He still loves you and wants you to come to know Him as your Lord and Saviour. Football is great guys, but there is so much more–I pray that all will see that. God bless and go Dawgs!

Ken

March 4th, 2009
4:10 pm

I am extremly concerned by this article. I believe Richt to be an upstanding individual, but why would he have the AJC right this article? Does he have any motives behind it? A kid is about to announce in 2 days where he wants to sign and now this article comes out. And Richt, being a man of God, should know you don’t need to publicize prayer. People don’t need to know he is doing this. Jesus himself went off in private to pray. Remember His command from Matthew.

Matthew 6:5-6: “And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men….when thou prayest, enter into thy closet and when thou has shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret….”

I wish Coach Richt would take this to heart. When he goes on a mission trip, or prays for his players, we don’t need to know about it. That is between him and God. I wish he would just decline the interview and keep it to himself. I believe that’s what God would want. Coach is spending to much time with the press in my opinion. God knows what you’re doing and if you’re doing it for His glory, you don’t need to tell millions of people. I would hope coach would never do this to benefit himself.

The General Feeling

March 4th, 2009
4:12 pm

I bet Coach Richt also prayed that David Cutcliffe would take the job at Duke.

mullet13

March 4th, 2009
4:15 pm

Typical religious zealot thinking: if it works out well it’s because of prayer, but if it doesn’t then god didn’t intend for it to happen. GEEZZZ, I’m a dawg fan to the core, but this is so ridiculous it’s almost comical. Richt makes millions each year, and this is what makes him tick? The mental-midget, grade-school approach of the bible-thumpers knows no bounds.

spotts

March 4th, 2009
4:23 pm

Most of you are missing the point COMPLETELY. This isn’t about football and landing 5-star recruits and winning national championships. Richt’s praying that the “right recruits” will come to Athens. The people who are physically, emotionally, and spiritually meant to come to UGA. Richt knows there’s a lot more to life than football, and that’s what he’s praying for.

PTC DAWG

March 4th, 2009
4:24 pm

Just so everyone knows, GT actually BEAT UGA in football this past fall. 45-42. Word is they might get rings, but that might be seen as silly…but that’s the word…

jd

March 4th, 2009
4:25 pm

You’re acting like CMR is on the sidelines going “God please help us score one more touchdown!”

Now I don’t personally know Coach Richt beyond a couple of handshakes, but I’m pretty sure his prayers are more that the prospects God can use will come to Athens. And during games that the players are kept safe and that they play to the best of their ability. And that whatever happens, God is glorified.

PTC DAWG

March 4th, 2009
4:32 pm

PS I think it would make the UGA blogs easier for everyone involved if they could include the verbage in my above post about GT beating UGA in 2008.

Just a thought.

PTC DAWG

March 4th, 2009
4:34 pm

3rd thought..

After careful thought, it needs to go into every blog in the AJC dealing with College Athletics. The part about GT beating UGA in 2008 in football…just so everyone knows.

kevin

March 4th, 2009
4:52 pm

georgia is always overrated and has a long history of never leaving the south to play. (except ASU last year)

Engineer

March 4th, 2009
4:53 pm

I’m praying that someday my kids will make it to UGA.

Bill

March 4th, 2009
4:56 pm

Gee, you’d think a Dawg coach would have to pray to Gwad….

What is it with Georgia and religious nut-jobs, anyway?

Sven Ottke

March 4th, 2009
4:58 pm

Ah yes, I see the AJC’s selective post deletion is in full effect when truthful commentary is made that is deemed critical. 1st Amendment be darned! Sad, sad, sad.

James

March 4th, 2009
5:01 pm

Ridiculous – how about PRAYING that he does his job and beats Florida. 39 point defeat, with more talent than the Gators, is disgusting. Walking out of Alltel listening to him brag on how proud he was of his team made me want to puke. He now has a losing record against SOS at UF, Zook ( who was fired!) and Meyer (2-6 total ). Is there a more underachieving team in America year in and year out? All this in a state with a huge talent pool & and an athletic association that perpetually ranks in top the 5 in profitability…Not to mention $250.00 donation requirements for the worst seats in the house, not to mention taking away all tailgating parking spaces so that we have to park in the decks, at 25.00 a pop, which were already built and paid for by the tax payers of the state of Ga. BLAH~!

dawgstephen

March 4th, 2009
5:28 pm

All he said is he prays for the right guys at Georgia. Thats all. I am not attacking that, how can I? He isnt forcing that on anyone, he isnt even asking you to agree.

How about some REGISTRATION OF SCREEN NAMES and accountability on these blogs??????

Thomas

March 4th, 2009
5:45 pm

I drank the kool-aid, too. WHEN I WAS 13. Why don’t you holy-rollers go back under your rock?

fieldofdreams

March 4th, 2009
5:46 pm

Religion is a curse laid on the rest of the world by lunatics from the Mid East. New world coming, hopefully, soon, free from lunatics who speak for “God.” Not that it matters, but a guy making $4 million a year is a lot more Jew than Christian.

UGA student

March 4th, 2009
5:55 pm

I previously wrote an article that was deleted for an unknown reason. There was no profanity or anything offensive. To be a professional writer, it seems like one would be able to muster a response instead of just deleting criticism. Do you think Rivals.com would print this joke of a piece? I would actually like some insight to Orson Charles instead of what people do during their personal time. The LA Times has better coverage of UGA recruiting right now. This is one of the worst written attempts to draw attention to what the ajc now calls “sporting coverage.”

In regard to Mark Richt, he is content with the unity of Football and the Church. He will never be fired for that fact that the his religious stances, specifically what the Atlanta Journal is trying to endorse here, outweighs his real performance. UGA – 4th in the SEC recruiting race

Stafford #1 at his position
Moreneo #1 at his position
Wonder what would happen if Saban had these kids?

Sissy Dawg

March 4th, 2009
6:06 pm

Prayer is powerful. God cares about every aspect of our lives. Mark Richt is a godly man and I appreciate the fact that he is not ashamed of his faith. Way to go Mark. But, watch out the rabid ungodly Georgia fans will eat you alive if you ever have an eight win season. I hope you can be a positive witness for them and the competition. By some of the comments Tech has more than a few agnostics and unbelievers that could use a touch form God.

Maddog

March 4th, 2009
6:09 pm

Bill, I’m quite surprised when posters such as yourself engage in a public forum and the only thing you accomplish is draw attention to your ignorance.

So a coach and their assistants should be held accountable for every action of their 85 players? You trash a coach because of the mishaps of teenage athletes?

My mom and dad were, and continue to be, great parents. They instilled a great work ethic and moral barometer in me and my siblings. All was forged from a strong faith in God, Jesus, and prayer. From their guidance, I knew wrong from right. However, even with such a solid upbringing, I made many mistakes during my youth. I, nor anyone, should hold my parents responsible for the irresponsible decisions I made. The circumstances with coaches are the same. They can offer great guidance, and extend a forgiving nature, but they are NOT responsible for every action of their players.

Food for thought since you like to criticize the misdeeds of athletes. What percentage of non-athlete college students also get arrested for similar mistakes? Probably equal to, or greater, than that of athletes.

Perhaps you shouldn’t be so pious and condescending. Instead, get your own house in order.

Baba O'Riley

March 4th, 2009
6:10 pm

LOL at a UGA fan pretending to be LSU Fan. I don’t think LSU fans would call it the Chicken Bowl, and I know they wouldn’t get their panties in a wad over a GT-UGA discussion.
Why don’t you pretend to be a Mississippi State fan?

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Maddog

March 4th, 2009
6:19 pm

VolNation, how in the world could you get “God cares about Georgia football more than any other school” from this article?

Perhaps you would prefer CMR and his coaches rip their shirts off (ala Chippendale Dancers) at a “pep rally” with football recruits.

JustCallMeChamp

March 4th, 2009
6:53 pm

I think for the most part Richt is a classy coach who really cares about his program. Which is why I was so shocked 2 years ago in Jax when he encouraged his players to pull that stupid stunt against The Champs. Now say what you want Dawg fans, that he didn’t mean the whole team and yada yada yada…it was STILL an unsportsman act he encouraged. From a punk like Lane Kiffin I would expect such antics but that is not Richts M.O. Remember, that season he had just admonished his team about dancing on Vanderbilts logo…Vanderbilt??? Anyway, since his little meeting with Pope Urban, It looks like he’s back on the straight and narrow.

Saint Richt

March 4th, 2009
7:15 pm

Rolling my eyes at the phony…………..Saint Richt will save us ALL!

john

March 4th, 2009
7:46 pm

Here’s what many of you apparently don’t understand: A person who has great faith isn’s afraid of sharing that faith. It’s not about football or recruiting. It’s about having faith in a higher power and being able to turn things over to that higher power. CMR has great faith and is willing to share that with anyone and everyone. This isn’t about anything other than that.

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Dave In Tampa

March 4th, 2009
8:50 pm

With the exception of one or two, Tech People are morons. Why do you take cracks at CMR’s faith. I thank the true college fans that are and those that are not UGA fans, but still find the class to make respectable comments about CMR.

I just don’t get the lack of class from 95% of the tech nerds. Florida fans can come on here and say possitive things about this article shows me that that do have the class to put football aside and acknowledge a good person. The Nerds are so envious of anything that has to do with Georgia it’s pathetic. Losers, most of you.

God Bless Coach Mark Richt and any coach or person that is not afraid to show their faith in God.

PTC DAWG

March 4th, 2009
9:43 pm

Saban has proven he can lose to Hawaii…I’ll say that. Two years in @ Bama and NO SEC Titles, or BCS Bowl Titles….bring it on…

Tide fan

March 4th, 2009
10:24 pm

PTC DAWG,

What’s with the digs on Saban? Its only been 2 years you blithering idiot! So he hasn’t won an sec title in only 2 years of rebuilding Bama. So what? Richt hasn’t won the sec in 4 years. At least Saban has won a division and at least Saban had a far lesser talented Bama team beating Florida in the 4th qtr of the seccg before losing by 11 rather than getting blown out 49-10 by the gators. Saban has 2 sec titles and one nc in fewer years in the sec than Richt does in 8 years at UGA. Also, I don’t know that Saban ever lost to Hawaii either at Bama or Lsu but I do know that everyone has their share of embarrassing losses. Just ask Richt. He lost to both Vandy and Kentucky in the same freaking year. How do you do that? Man are you just freaking stupid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Snoop

March 4th, 2009
10:41 pm

Richt uses religion as a recruiting tool for mamas and grandmamas. If he believed what he professes in public, he would do something about the disgraceful behavior of his players both on and off the field. Richt is Barry Switzer in lambs’ clothing. This behavior will get him some talented recruits and eight wins a year, but no championship rings.

Buddy El

March 4th, 2009
11:24 pm

Bamafan:

It is much better to lead young men in the way they should go because that is quite often a huge challenge while beating GT really isn’t that big of a deal after 7 wins in a row. That 45-42 probably prevented many Bunglebee suicides. Anyone who prays that God will help them win a game has no concept of what prayer is about. One should respect the rights of others to believe in whatever god they like or have been brought up to believe in, Muslim or other.

UGA student

March 5th, 2009
12:16 am

A Pakistani Cricket Coach would be a better offensive coordinator than ‘I have never accomplished anything Mike Bobo former UGA quarterback’

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Gadawg

March 5th, 2009
6:25 am

Notice how the first comment is from a Tech graduate at 9:30 am in the morning. Must have just got out of bed or is busy working.

doug

March 5th, 2009
7:57 am

I have been a critical of CMR but I don’t knock his faith and its role in the program. HEY DUMBASSES. This country was built on the very Christian foundation Richt proclaims. It built this country, not you half witted Socialistic Obama lovers that have absolutely no faith rooted conscience. Wake up pinheads. We went from God,Democracy and great economic prowess to Socialism and depression overnight because
you never picked up a bible. Prove these idiots wrong CMR.

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Dawg fan

March 5th, 2009
8:48 am

Hey Doug, this is a sports blog. It is not a ‘Bush didn’t screw up this country’ blog. You can find political blogs somewhere else.

Dwg85

March 5th, 2009
9:07 am

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:6-7

Kudos to Coach Richt for not being afraid to talk about his faith in Jesus. The responses on here make me wonder if some people even read the article or are just posted based on the headline. Does God care about football? I don’t know but I do know he cares about Mark Richt because Mark Richt is one of His children. I wish I was surprised about some of the comments but I’m not. We always hear how Christians are intolerant but the truth is that the real intolerance comes from the unbelievers toward Christians. But that’s okay- Jesus told us that people hated him and they would hate us too.

BTW — prayer by a believer does work. I can recount tons of answered prayer in my life.

“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6

Nothing offends an unbeliever more than those who dare to believe.

wreckmaniac

March 5th, 2009
9:28 am

After the health of his family this will always be known as “The Richt
Prayer”. Recruits at UGA is always the topic of the prayer meeting.
Pastor Richt knows that with 4 and 5 A’s UGA 3rdWorld Nation will always accept losses. They will never accept recruiting losses. The team should be remonikered as the UGA “Recruiters”.

wreckmaniac

March 5th, 2009
9:31 am

Whats funny is that for some reason all of UGA 3rdWorld Nation believes that 4 and 5 A’s deliver championships. In fact I think they believe they are champions. Where can I get this drug ?

wreckmaniac

March 5th, 2009
9:47 am

I’m more impressed with the new basketball coach than Richt. Some one should devote some of this limitless UGA blog space to Pete. He took a pack of scrubs to Ky and won. The only bball team worse than UGA is Tech. Both of them should be kicked out of their conferences. I listened to WSB last night to a UGA bball event for the first time in
my life and was delighted that this coach got a very noticeable win. His
enthusiam and devotion is remarkable. How you can find anyone to take on a team in midseason is hard to believe and I’m glad he finally got some spotlight. I hope UGA bball wins the nat champ. This is what college sports is all about. A team that wins all the time is one thing for sure- boring.

wreckmaniac

March 5th, 2009
9:49 am

Lets have a recriting prayer meeting at Dogbite Stadium every Friday !

JBDAWG

March 5th, 2009
11:31 am

Look Techies. You know good and well if this same article was written about CPJ you would be bragging about what a great man of integrity he was. Just becasue you hate the team CMR coaches doesnt meen he is a terrible or stupid person. I dont hate paul Johnson. I hate GT. But i dont hate people affiliated with the school, i just hat the school. Im fine with CPJ and think he did a great job of turning you program around in his first season but there is no reason to bash CMR simply because of the school he coaches for. If CMR were techs HC and PJ was the dawgs HC i guarentee the yo would hate CPJ just like you do Coach Richt.

JBDAWG

March 5th, 2009
11:39 am

Just wait till the baseball diamond GnaTS! We’re gonna knock you out just like last year!

JenniferGO Dawgs

March 5th, 2009
11:54 am

FOR THE LOVE OF HEAVEN…… I am SO SICK AND TIRED of CMR critics and their remarks, last time I checked he is the coach not you, so if you can do better by all means fill his shoes. Until then you have no right to judge him or others. As far as the praying, we should all be doing that in these times, especially with the economy. Prayer does work but ultimately it is God’s will that makes things happen. If it is meant to happen God will make it so. I am praying that the true UGA fans get behind their coach and team and support them, also pray for them, with these critics and “So Called” fans UGA needs both prayer and support. Do Not make a mockery out of prayer. GOOOOOO DAWGS! God bless you this season with no injuries and the right players!

PTC DAWG

March 5th, 2009
11:55 am

I’m sorry I mentioned Saban losing to Hawaii…I could have listed LA Monroe…but I thought that wouldn’t be fair (it’s certainly not funny to most Bama fans). I was simply comparing their first two years at their respective schools. Saban at Bama and Richt at UGA. If I said something that was not correct..let me know. :)

Seriously, a strong Bama is good for UGA as a strong UGA is good for Bama. Rarely are Bama and AU strong at the same time, and we play AU every year…same with UT and UGA…

Pitbull

March 5th, 2009
12:03 pm

I find people who denegrate others for their faith to be sad. A life lived without faith and hope is an empty and wasted life. Many of this vent’s posters are arrogant and immature individuals, who may only learn that truth too late in life.

The key to prayer is to pay for God’s will and to have the faith that it will be accomplished if you are true to his values.

Hope those of you who demonstrate no respect for God or for another man’s faith will one day find your own strength and values through a faith in God

Gamecocknation

March 5th, 2009
12:17 pm

Whether you agree or disagree, “Every knee shall bow and Every tongue shall confess that Jesus is Lord.” Philippians 2:10,11. It’s not about Football. I’m praying for all of you!

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James

March 6th, 2009
9:48 am

You really decided to make fun of a honest and caring Christian man?

Have you heard the story about his adopted children?

I’d rather have a class act as my coach than some pre-Maradona, because that’s the way things are done down here in Georgia.

GO DAWGS

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SMGoldenEagle

March 6th, 2009
2:25 pm

Christians always have their critics. Anytime someone speaks out in faith, it doesn’t matter whether its controversial or whether it is genuinely good-hearted in nature like CMR’s comments, there will be someone that says “what a joke…” So, Christians always have their critics, but we have our faith in God. Keep looking up y’all. Forget the naysayers and just keep looking up.

null

March 7th, 2009
11:20 am

Man. Mr. Richt must have HATED Musa Smith and Mohommed Massaquoi

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Hambone

March 10th, 2009
5:58 pm

Tech nerd,
Is that all you can say?? 3 recruits that went somewhere else…what would Tech do if you had a top 5 recruiting class…you would have to guess because you will never know!!

[...] unknown posted a noteworthy aricle today onHere’s a small snippetI believe Mark Richt to be an honorable Faithful Christian. I believe in the power of prayer and what Coach Richt is doing. I am sure their are other Christian coaches out there that pray over their recruits but you will never hear them … [...]

bill

November 1st, 2009
2:17 pm

the surest sign of a weak person is the one who will not do the right thing when its so very candidly obvious …..reverend Richt knows the changes he needs to make …..no changes >>>>equals>>> now >>>>>reverend CMR is now “The Problem “

bill

November 1st, 2009
2:31 pm

tired of hearing about how much reverend CMR prays ……we need a coach…..you wanna dose of religion >>>>>>tune in to jimmy swaggart >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>its about WINNING….some thing that is way down the list with sweet nice religious praying mark :(

bill

November 2nd, 2009
12:24 pm

PRAY PRAY PRAY>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>enough already ….maybe reverend richt needs to devote some of his “pray time ” …to actually growing a backbone and make the unpleasant /hard decisions he KNOWS he needs to do >>>>>>to IMPROVING this team …..he has become very negligent…especially with respect to the young men playing the game !