(UPDATE: ESPN had Richt on this morning. The interview, with more shots of the fully-clothed dive, is below.)
Somehow, I just can’t see Nick Saban doing this on ESPN’s “Alabama: All-Access.”
When rain canceled Georgia’s practice the other day, coach Mark Richt took his team to the Ramsey Center for a little swimming and diving. The trip to the pool has become an annual tradition, as has Richt’s back dive off the 10-meter platform.
The difference on Monday was Richt didn’t have his bathing suit with him since the event was unplanned, and presumably he didn’t want to borrow an official Bulldogs Speedo. So he jumped in with his clothes on. Check the video below.
It turns out this made the “top plays” segment on Sportscenter. (Thanks to @UGABugKiller via Twitter for the tip.)
“This is the first year he did the dive with his clothes on,” said associate athletic director Claude Felton. “He has said he learned to do the dive when he was growing up in Boca Raton. He would jump off a bridge.”
Postscript: Richt, Felton said, was impressed that his clothes “held up” and didn’t have to be trashed after the dive.
Not sure who to credit for this video but found it on the internet.
Richt speaks on ESPN’s “First Take.”