Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity said Saturday he expects Mark Richt to be the Bulldogs’ head football coach next season.
“Sure I do,” he told the AJC’s Tim Tucker. “Absolutely.”
Some of UGA’s commitments needed to hear that.
“That was encouraging for sure,” said Stacy LeMay, the father of quarterback commitment Christian LeMay. “He’s a great coach and a better man. I look forward to my son playing for him.”
Dalton’s Watts Dantzler, a 6-foot-7, 315-pound offensive tackle, who has been committed to Georgia since June, had not heard McGarity’s comments. But he said he didn’t need to.
Dantzler was at the Auburn game this past Saturday as a Tigers’ visitor. But he says he wasn’t overly concerned about the Bulldogs’ 5-6 season has gone.
“When we were 1-4 or whatever it was, I think a lot of us were a little worried and kind of looking around,” said Dantzler, who is now playing basketball. “But they’ve gotten it turned around since then and it would take something completely crazy for me not to go there.”
“Something completely crazy,” he said, generally means Richt or some of his assistants getting fired.
“I mean, that’s why I still talk to the Auburn coaches, in case something were to happen,” Dantzler said. “It’s been a bad year for Georgia. But it’s been a bad year at Florida and some other places, too. It’s been a weird year. That’s going to happen sometimes. But most of the commits I talk to are still solid with the Dogs.”
Dantzler said he talks to a half dozen or more of his fellow UGA commitments on a weekly basis. The Bulldogs have 16 commitments so far for the Class of 2011.
Meanwhile, Dantzler’s visit to the Plains did nothing to dissuade him from Georgia despite Auburn’s 49-31 win. The Tigers were Dantzler’s No. 2 team when he committed to the Bulldogs last summer.
“I left with about 10 minutes left in the game,” he said. “I had enough of Auburn by then. I got treated very poorly while I was there. A lot of the fans were getting on me, saying they didn’t want me there. I even wore blue and everything. It wasn’t a very good day for me over there.”