Mark Richt makes a splash on Sportscenter (fully clothed) (UPDATED)

Here's Richt doing his dive in a bathing suit in 2008. This year, he wore khakis.

Richt did his dive wearing a swimsuit in 2008. This year he wore khakis.

(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.”

193 comments Add your comment

Newbomb Turk

August 19th, 2010
10:38 am

first for Newbomb!

toph

August 19th, 2010
10:48 am

Way to go Richt! Let’s go Dawgs!

GeoffDawg

August 19th, 2010
10:49 am

Hope he makes a similar splash in the SEC race this Fall.

Pascuel Perez's Tour Guide

August 19th, 2010
10:49 am

wxwax

August 19th, 2010
10:52 am

I wouldn’t have the b**ls.

Go Gators!

August 19th, 2010
10:53 am

He may make a splash in the SEC this year…only problem…there are Gators in the pool!!

Nickz

August 19th, 2010
10:53 am

I can imagine there are many other coaches that would attempt a back flip from that high…Richt’s a bas a$$!

Nickz

August 19th, 2010
10:53 am

make that bad a$$

ed

August 19th, 2010
10:54 am

CPJ, I know you are reading this, lets see you do this. are you man enough?

Dirty Dawg

August 19th, 2010
10:55 am

Good thing this is on TV, otherwise he’da probably had a hard time ’spainin’ what he was doing coming home in his underwear and his wet clothes in his hand to Katharyn. One thing though, I think I would have at least taken off my shoes – the clothes may be ok but leather doesn’t fare well in water.

LizDawg

August 19th, 2010
10:58 am

CMR and the Dawgs Run This State!

CPJ isn’t man enough, he’s still trying to figure out how to win a bowl game.

Greenville Dawg

August 19th, 2010
11:00 am

CPJ, Just Grab your man-boobies on the way down, It’ll be Okay. I do like watching Tech’s offense though. Hybrid.

Andy

August 19th, 2010
11:00 am

Leather fares just fine in water when you are making close to 3 million dollars a year…

Ryan

August 19th, 2010
11:00 am

You don’t see Saban or Meyer doing this crap. UGA is 10-10 in their division in the last 4 years. Florida is 19-1. UGA isn’t a relevent program outside of the state.

Bryan G.

August 19th, 2010
11:00 am

Stockton makes great clothes…

Ogre

August 19th, 2010
11:02 am

Paul Johnson would have emptied the pool if he tried that.

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DaltonDAWG706

August 19th, 2010
11:04 am

I ve never done that but I would like to do this it looks like an adrenaline rush a little bit. I like to do back flips and front flips and dive so i know i would prolly enjoy this if i didnt hit my head on the way down on something lol.

Soulja Boy

August 19th, 2010
11:06 am

Richt is too hung up on gimmicks–swan dives, black outs, end-zone dances. Great coaches don’t need them. Richt wants to be the kindly father figure to his boys. Kind is not working. UGA leads the country in player arrests and unsportsmanlike conduct penalties.

Bubbadawg

August 19th, 2010
11:06 am

Coach Richt is cool. ;-) :roll:

Russ, the Temporary Mascot

August 19th, 2010
11:07 am

Well, there he goes again . . . taking a dive instead of taking up for a little dog that got his a$$ painted. Where does Coach Richt stand on a$$ painting a little dog?

Are those big red panties he’s wearing?

Warped perception

August 19th, 2010
11:07 am

Paul Johnson is not svelte by any means, but he’s nowhere close to obese either. Geez.

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Miley Cyrus

August 19th, 2010
11:09 am

It’s a party in the U-G-A!!!

Top Dawg

August 19th, 2010
11:10 am

And “Ryan” (11:00 a.m.) can’t spell.

Timmy Dog

August 19th, 2010
11:11 am

So sad that this has become “cool” amongst UGa fans. Coach, how about practicing indoors to try and improve our team from last year. Stop with the gimmics and back to basic football!!

Miley Cyrus

August 19th, 2010
11:12 am

He should of worn the ray bans!!

Ugay

August 19th, 2010
11:12 am

Looks like Richt should stick to diving cause UGA football sure isn’t getting it done. Wake me up when Georgia finds a relevant bowl again.

UGA is an embarrassment to this state. Laughing stock of the nation…

Dawghater

August 19th, 2010
11:13 am

The Puppy Dawg fans are excited UGA just got a preseason diving ranking in the top 10. ENJOY!

CDAWG

August 19th, 2010
11:14 am

Some of you don’t get it; he is bonding with his players. That is a great thing as long as he sets boundaries. He is showing the guys that he can be an ordinary guy. Now, where he would mess up is if he bonds but does not command respect and discipline on the field. Now I know we have lacked a little in the discipline department but CTG will take care of that.

Miley Cyrus

August 19th, 2010
11:15 am

This dude is such a dork. Sad day for the big bad Dawgs

Honky Talkin'

August 19th, 2010
11:15 am

Another mediocre season awaits the Bulldog Nation.

dawg lover

August 19th, 2010
11:15 am

http://twitter.com/UGAAthletics/status/21347033068 here’s where the actual credit goes to…. thanks UGA New Media

GT Armchair

August 19th, 2010
11:16 am

Whan an idiot…

Miley Cyrus

August 19th, 2010
11:19 am

U can’t make this stuff up. Good news UGA you only got about 6 more months of this. Lucky to win 4 games this year

Techsters Rule

August 19th, 2010
11:20 am

CMR is a cool guy and, hate to say it, a pretty darn good coach. I would not want CPJ to take such a dive, but I would like to have a beer with him, and I am glad that he is on the sidelines at GT. Looking forward to the season. I think both Tech and U(sic)GA will have very good seasons. I am especially looking forward to Thanksgiving weekend. Strap it on!

reservoirDAWG

August 19th, 2010
11:21 am

You haters are losers. Worry about your own team.

UGA VIII

August 19th, 2010
11:23 am

We like red panties Russ. The red panties comments don’t bother anyone. The hotties at our games have been wearing them for years, but the nerds never knew it since they don’t get to see girls underwear in person until they they figure out what ‘escort’ means.

And no, those are not red panties CMR is wearing (obviously you’ve never seen the real thing). When they were painting your a$$, didn’t they tell you to look up when you were near one of our hot coeds? If you’ll try that, at least you’ll get a visual to go along with your late-night giggling.

SimpleDawg

August 19th, 2010
11:23 am

It’s hard to find an opportunity to comment on most of the UGA articles and blogs for all of the Techmites on there spewing their hatred, jealousy, and envy, so I’ll post mine here.

Too bad about the Wilder kid, but he probably sees a better chance of immediate playing time at FSU than at UGA.

I still think the Dawgs will end up in the top 15 in college football by mid season. There are too many teams ranked that will fall out by the middle of the season, although there are some unworthy ranked teams who may survive only because they have weak schedules. Most of the ranked Big 10 + 1 teams have only 3-4 tough opponents on their schedule.

The Big XII may be a real scrum for the title…..Oklahoma appears to be the favorite. Wouldn’t it be a hoot if Nebraska won the Big XII title and then left for The Big 10 + 1, soon to be the NEW Big 12. The Big XII could go back to being the Southwest Conference.

The Pac-10 will be a free-for-all this year……looks like the conference power base has moved to the Great Northwest…..OSU, UO, & UW may all beat USC west this year.

Speaking of USC, east that is, the Gamecocks have a lot of skill players. Their ultimate success will depend on their offensive line and on their defensive line. Spurrier has RBs, TEs, WRs, & DBs out the wahzoo, and he has a decent QB in Garcia, but without the big boys up front….they’re just window dressing. Ditto for Arkansas on offense…..defense, who knows. Booby Putrid don’t need no stinkin’ defense….. Well maybe it was that way at Louisville, but in the SEC, you had better be able to play defense. Mallet will wilt under continuously poor field position, facing 80 yard drives every series.

TCU, Boise, and Utah may all have pretty good teams, and end up in major bowls, but with only 2-3 tough games for each to play before bowl season, how genuine will there pedigree be?

The talent continues to be spread out further and further across the country as talented freshmen choose to go where they will find playing time quicker……

Yep, it’s going to be a very interesting season.

Paddy

August 19th, 2010
11:24 am

Ryan that was quite a long trip you took there. Making a swipe at CMR for swimming with his team when they are rained out. Saben and Meyers would never do that you say? Why not? I guess they would just hide out in the film room. God forbid, don’t have any fun. My guess you never played sports!

Glory Glory

August 19th, 2010
11:24 am

ENOUGH about the “Party in the UGA” video!!!!

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE watch this Georgia Tech orientation video, and you tell me which is worse!!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEdkLVzHUO4

This is bringing the term “Nerd” to a WHOLE. NEW. LEVEL.

30-24 Dawgs - We Run This State!

August 19th, 2010
11:25 am

I too am looking forward to Thanksgiving weekend as CMR improves his record to 9 wins out of 10 games against the maggots, including last year’s 30-24 victory.

Caleb King is still running untouched on the Flats of the Joke by Coke.

tech sux

August 19th, 2010
11:26 am

paul johnson does a mean cannon-ball….

CDAWG

August 19th, 2010
11:28 am

UGA is NOT an embarrassment to this state nor are they a laughing stock. Where do you come up with this crap? Compare CMR’s record to other colleges across the nation. We are competing in the elite SEC league of College football.
I should know better than try to debate with ignorance. UGA is 3rd in the SEC with all-time wins and losses behind UT and Alabama and yes ahead of UF. UGA is 12th in the Nation with all time wins and losses with 732 wins, 389 losses and 54 ties with a combined .646 winning percentage. Finally they have played less years than some of the 11 teams ahead of them.

Glory Glory

August 19th, 2010
11:30 am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEdkLVzHUO4

“snort. you can protect yourself by throwing sucks, marshmellows, or shooting marshmellows out of a marshmellow gun. snort”

Schultzie…. PLEASE expose this Georgia Tech video the same way you guys exposed the “Party in the UGA” video.

CDAWG

August 19th, 2010
11:30 am

Oh and there are 7 teams above UGA that have played more years.

St. Richt

August 19th, 2010
11:31 am

Wow, thats great. Did they play Sharks and Minnows? And did Richt’s spray tan wash off?

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

August 19th, 2010
11:33 am

good stuff, always good to take break. did anybody perform the triple lindy??

dawgdawgdawg

August 19th, 2010
11:33 am

ugay:

the laughing stock of the state is the fact that Tech can’t win crap in basketball even though their roster is loaded with NBA “one n’ dones” year in and year out….now that’s funny!

Go Gators!

August 19th, 2010
11:33 am

Without Tebow we going to be like TICKS.
We really going to suck.