In uncertain economic times, we must applaud anyone who stimulates financial growth. Today’s ovation is offered up for Mark Richt, who seems determined to leave men wealthier all across the South. To recap:
• Richt pursued Bud Foster of Virginia Tech; Foster got a raise and stayed in Blacksburg.
• Richt pursued John Chavis of LSU; the Chief got a raise and stayed in Baton Rouge.
• Richt pursued Kirby Smart of Alabama; Smart is staying in Tuscaloosa, and it’s whispered Nick Saban matched Richt’s final offer of $750,000 per year.
Some Georgia fans believe Richt is failing them in his protracted — approaching its seventh week! — search for a defensive coordinator. I say, “Look instead at the bigger picture! Look at the increased tax revenue Richt is generating for the states of Virginia, Louisiana and Alabama!”
Anybody can go out and hire a defensive coordinator. (Well … almost anybody.) It takes a special someone to create plenty in this time of want. Some Georgia folks believe Richt has botched a simple task, but I say, “Au contraire.” I believe the man from Athens had macroeconomics on his mind from the get-go. I believe his real mission was audacious in its scope, and I believe he has succeeded beyond all measure.
Some Georgia backers are dismayed that Richt doesn’t seem as good at his job as, say, Urban Meyer. I say bunk. I say Richt sees his real role in life as being the new Regis Philbin. When he places a call to a coordinating candidate, he doesn’t ask, “Would you like to run my defense?” Instead he says: “Who wants to be a millionaire?”
Perhaps someday someone will even be moved to take Georgia’s money. Perhaps.