Guess where Mark Richt was the day after the SEC Championship?

Believe it or not, the morning after the gut-wrenching loss in the SEC Championship, Mark Richt and two assistants hit the road to recruit. They made an in-home visit with OL Josh Cardiello (second from left). Note: Photo was owned and submitted by the Cardiello family. It was not arranged, publicized or distributed by UGA.

Believe it or not, the morning after the gut-wrenching loss in the SEC Championship, Mark Richt and two assistants hit the road to recruit. They made an in-home visit with OL Josh Cardiello (second from left) of Buford HS. (Note: Photo was owned and submitted by the Cardiello family. It was not arranged, publicized or distributed by UGA)

Where was Mark Richt the day after the SEC Championship game?

The UGA coach was busy recruiting.

Last Sunday, one day after the heartbreaking last-second loss to Alabama, Richt and two assistant coaches made an in-home visit with Josh Cardiello, an offensive lineman who is committed to the Bulldogs.

“That was crazy, that he was here the next day after a huge game like that,” said Cardiello, a 6-foot-3, 280-pound senior from Buford High School.

“For Coach Richt to come to my house after that, it really meant a lot.”

Richt, accompanied by offensive line coach Will Friend and running backs coach Bryan McClendon (who recruits Gwinnett County), showed up at 2 p.m. Sunday and stayed for more than two hours.

“It went really good; we talked about the game on Saturday and had a good time,” Cardiello said.

What did Richt say about the game? “He was just talking about how good they played, and that it was a great game. He wishes they could’ve had a couple of more seconds. But he thought they played great and everything. You could tell he was still a little disappointed about losing that game but he had great things to say.

“You know Coach Richt – he’s kind of calm in every situation. He didn’t really show it much, but you could tell he was still a little bit disappointed. I think he was happy about how they played. They had a lot of opportunities to win.”

What was Richt’s evaluation of his offensive line’s performance versus Alabama? “He said they played good. He said everybody played their hearts out. He said Alabama was a great team, and that, you know, you can’t win them all. But he was proud of the team’s effort.”

OL Josh Cardiello (AJC)

OL Josh Cardiello (AJC)

When Richt first arrived, the coaches and Cardiello’s family watched a little bit of the NFL  game between the New England Patriots and Miami Dolphins. “We were talking about how the Dolphins are surprising a lot of people,” Cardiello said. “They’re playing a lot better than a lot of people thought they would – you know, since they were on the ‘Hard Knocks’ TV show. Coach Friend was saying ‘They’ve come a long ways from that show.’”

For the rest of the in-home visit, the group ate some BBQ together and exchanged stories. Richt had everybody laughing with a story about his Christmas tree from a few years ago.

“He said one time he got his tree, brought it in the house, put it down and a snake fell out,” Cardiello said. “It was a baby snake and it scared him. I thought that was pretty funny.”

Cardiello will play offensive guard or center at UGA. He is one of at least 17 UGA commitments that plans to enroll in college in January. The Bulldogs have 30 commitments overall, and could sign as many as 36.

“Coach Richt said he’s really excited about everybody coming in,” Cardiello said. “He thinks this class is going to make a big difference. He wants to get us there and for us to hit the ground running.”

On Wednesday, Richt is scheduled to make an in-home visit with another early enrollee, RB-WR Tramel Terry of Goose Creek (S.C.) High School. Terry had twice committed to UGA and nearly announced for a third time. He was heavily considering Clemson after taking a recent official visit with the Tigers, according to Dawg Nation’s Kipp Adams. “I was trying to do the smart thing and look at Clemson because of how I could fit in. If I would have gone there I probably could have started right away. I would have been a fool not to check them out.”  However, Terry finally ended the drama on late Sunday night by declaring he was sticking with the Bulldogs. Terry said that a major reason was UGA assistant John Lilly showing up at his school last Friday – the day before the SEC Championship. “They had a big game the next day and still showed that I was a big priority.”

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202 comments Add your comment

Mountain Dawg

December 5th, 2012
1:46 am

That is well and good, but I would have preferred for Richt to call on some OL’s that are not committed, but that we desperately need.

BAMA WON

December 5th, 2012
1:47 am

DID THE TAN MAN TELL THE STORY ABOTU THE THE TIME HE BLEW GEORGIA’S CHANCES OF WINNING A NATIONAL TITLE BY NOT SPIKING THE BALL? IDIOTIC COACHING DECISION. UGA FOOTBALL!! 30 YEARS AND COUNTING.

Dawg Fan Serving Overseas

December 5th, 2012
1:48 am

Anyone not wishing Richt to stay around – perfect example of how foolish you are. We need a man like this to recruit…. we will not find a more dedicated coach. Hats off to the entire staff doing their best Saturday…. but moving on and looking to the future is what we have control of at this point. Kudos for being a classy opponent. Alabama will have their day where one day they will not be on top. Only a matter of time. People forget the years between Bryant/Stallings/Saban. Enjoy it now Bama.

Left Coast Dawg

December 5th, 2012
2:04 am

BAMA WON, last time I checked Richt has payed QB in quite some time. There’s no way he could have spiked the ball on Saturday night. Dumb A$$!

Left Coast Dawg

December 5th, 2012
2:04 am

*has not played*

Eric C.

December 5th, 2012
2:16 am

This shows how special Mark Richt really is…great story. Go Dawgs!!!

7576DAWG

December 5th, 2012
4:11 am

If I was Mark Richt I would also visit every recruit coming in early. They will be starting school the first of January, one month from now and Richt needs to have his numbers right so he will know how many slots he still has left to count for the 2013 class. He can also give these 17 year old kids a heads up on what they can expect the first week or two as a student and a member of the football team. A lot of Strength and Conditioning in January.

Stinger 2

December 5th, 2012
4:30 am

Bama Won: Any comments on a blog typed in caps indicates that the person who wrote has serious doubts about the readers understanding them. Worse yet, in your case, you wrote a classless comment about a very good HC and a fine man.
Yes, this comes from a GT fan who also likes UGA.

Poopdawg

December 5th, 2012
5:15 am

Stinger 2, your a good man. Good comment.

dap01

December 5th, 2012
5:26 am

Bama man is a serious loser who has not has a date in 2012. Seriously, all caps? On a UGA blog, seriously? Probably a Techy who could not affort the $3.50 tickets to the ACC game.

Blind Willie

December 5th, 2012
6:02 am

You Richt critics (including the bama and tech trolls) are full of crap. This is a great man, great coach. The last 2 recruiting classes and this year will prove it.

Dewnsav

December 5th, 2012
6:05 am

great to see a future dog…good looking kid wouldn’t you say Tide Roll ??…now lets go get Tunsil, Crowder, and Adams…Stinger 2, nice…go dogs

Destin Dawg

December 5th, 2012
6:17 am

Go Dawgs !! beat Nebraska and finish 2nd or 3rd in the nation at 12 and 2… welcome aboard Josh.. next year we have LSU and S.C. in Athens.. so we’ll have a great chance to repeat SEC East champs again and play in the Dome !!

Losing My Religion

December 5th, 2012
6:18 am

I have to admit that my respect for Mark Richt was greatly improved by Georgia’s performance in the SECCG. I figured he would blow the preparation by trying to get gimmicky on offense. I full well expected the Dawgs to quit as soon as they got behind — just like they had against South Carolina.

Instead, they came ready to play, with a sound game plan, and they fought to the bitter end to win it. They damned nearly did win it.

RESPECT!

tenn.DAWG

December 5th, 2012
6:28 am

If the difference in winning a MNC and runner up is having a coach that cares about the personal well being (while also sending players to the NFL) or a coach who could care less,like running players off,gray shirting,stepping over them when having a seizure…I’ll take Coach Richt,he’s a proven winner in all aspects of life and will win a NC soon.

Losing My Religion

December 5th, 2012
6:37 am

@tenn.DAWG

It’s not. But if that attitude helps you sleep at night…

Whatever…

Corny

December 5th, 2012
7:12 am

I am a cornhusker, so I’m checking up on you guys through the AJC. Hard to believe the criticism of coach Richt. Georgia is simply an outstanding program with a great coach. In my opinion they outplayed Alabama the other day, the breaks just went against them. That happens. Saban is just on one of those rolls right now where everything seems to be going his way. Won’t last forever. Mark Richt will not be at Georgia forever. Maybe when he’s gone some of you will realize how lucky you were to have him as a coach. Believe me, we would pay him the moon and the stars to coach up here. Look forward to the Cap One Bowl, and hope we can keep it respectable.

JB

December 5th, 2012
7:47 am

I will be the first to admit I have been hard on Richt about recruiting. He seems to have stepped it up. I can think of two or three reasons why. First being they struggled to get 17 kids on campus signed last year. In this state, no excuse. This year is better, But still looks like 6 or 7 of the top 10 in state are not coming to Athens. All in all have some really good players committed. Side note. Auburn message boards not fired up about their hire.

Farcus

December 5th, 2012
7:58 am

Bama Won has to be a tech fan posing as a fan from a winning program.

GrayDawgsFan

December 5th, 2012
8:09 am

Definitely proud of the way the Dawgs played last Saturday But I’ve been a fan through wins and losses for a long time. This article is just one of many reasons why Richt is a great coach and man. I feel sure that he hurt more for his players last Saturday than himself or his record. Hope this is the catalyst needed to keep them hungry for being the best . . . and soon!

flagboy?

December 5th, 2012
8:11 am

I was still pissed off/disgusted the next day after that game, and I’m just a fan.

Had to be tough rolling out of bed that next day and hitting the recruiting trail, but that what has to be done. finish strong by getting 2 more O Line commits (Tunsil) and this class is a good one.

LOL....

December 5th, 2012
8:20 am

I think ALOT of coaches were recruiting this past Sunday morning! Whats the point? Things happen in business everyday, gut wrenching events… guess what.. you go to work the next day!

Lance

December 5th, 2012
8:27 am

Spiking the ball or not was a gametime judgement call and DID NOT lose the game. If the pass was not tipped and incomplete there still would have be 2 or 3 seconds left on the clock. Just watch the last few seconds it you will see. Now stpike it and possibly get 3 plays but that is a real long shot. Game was lost because we could not stop the run. Let’s get over it — we lost. Bama won. I will take 11 wins and a shot at the NC every year. Go Dawgs!

Cry me a river

December 5th, 2012
8:28 am

Another feel good story by Michael Homer Carver; in the mean while UGA once again misses out on a chance for greatness. He is the worst kind of coach; nice guy, clean program, 10+ wins every year, but will NEVER win it all. If that is ok with the rest of you Dawgs fine, but not me.

Sam

December 5th, 2012
8:32 am

He should have been out visiting with a defensive player who could help our run defense!

georgianabulltiger

December 5th, 2012
8:44 am

BAMA WON

I’ll bet he did talk about Alabama’s classy fans.

Don’t you have some teabagging or tree-killing to do?

RedandBlackDAWG

December 5th, 2012
8:44 am

BAMA WON

December 5th, 2012
1:47 am

Alabama won, but tech. lost. Had to hurt your little feelings is my guess.

Corny

December 5th, 2012
7:12 am

Trust me. It is mostly fans of another school, and a few fans of UGA, that bad mouth the coaching staff. The coaches do sometimes make mistakes, but over all, CMR is one heck of a coach. It is funny, because they most likely never played football, much less tried to coach it.

Cry me a river

December 5th, 2012
8:28 am

I would rather see you drown in one, personally

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DONNAN OF A NEW ERA

December 5th, 2012
8:46 am

“Guess where Mark Richt was the day after the SEC Championship?”

Crying to the refs?

DONNAN OF A NEW ERA

December 5th, 2012
8:47 am

“Anyone not wishing Richt to stay around – perfect example of how foolish you are. We need a man like this to recruit”

I’d love for him to stay around because UGA will still be irrelevant.

What bowl is UGA going to?

Old school

December 5th, 2012
8:53 am

How about recruiting a time management coach?

Whiskey Breath

December 5th, 2012
8:53 am

Can you media types suck up more to Richt? Where the hell is he supposed to be? Sitting by the breakfast table talking to Catherine? This guy is no workaholic, he might even be considered lazy.
He tells you about the hard work he has done. He is even phony at that. Laid Back? No, just lazy.
Do you think he could teach Nick about a work ethic?
Have you media types lost all sence of honesty? I guess the fans are sheep. You’re right.

DogFace Blues

December 5th, 2012
9:01 am

Everybody talking how BAMA rolled up an impressive 350 yrds rushing. What impressive is that we still had them beat with that many yards. The dynamics of the game are changing. Time of possession doesn’t mean what it used to. UGA crushed teams this year with the other team clearly having way more t.o.p./ UGA will be the frontrunner of how the game is played. With a more experienced and beefed up oline, the offense will be most explosive in country. Go ahead and plan to pre purchase your tickets for next years SECCG. Dawgs will be there!

1970 Dawg

December 5th, 2012
9:02 am

@BamaWon, Can we please put the “spike the ball” idea to bed for good ? We shouldn’t have spiked the ball for the following reasons:
It would have taken off 3-4 seconds to line up and spike the ball, which would have probably given us only one more play.
We had Bama on the ropes and disorganized. Why let them reorganize and possibly substitute?
We ran the perfect play call–if the wasn’t batted, Mitchell had single coverage and had position on the defender
Had the pass been incomplete, we would have had one more chance.
We didn’t lose because we didn’t spike the ball but because Bama’s LB made a great defensive play by batting the pass.

chilidawg

December 5th, 2012
9:05 am

Whiskey, it’s senSe. Have another drink.

Coach

December 5th, 2012
9:08 am

Good get CMR, considering Tunsil to BAMA!

Trouser Chili

December 5th, 2012
9:11 am

Mark Richt is certainly not the only coach out recruiting on Subday.

Greg Brady "Johnny Bravo"

December 5th, 2012
9:12 am

OK……..so what’s the big news???? He is doing his job…….hello?

Do you not think that Saban, Miles, Muschamp, Meyer, Spurrier, Kiffen, etc were doing the same thing…….OF COURSE THEY WERE……ITS THEIR JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

AJC & Georgia fans thinks that when Richt craps, it’s some type of gold.

Stop it!! Just stop it!!

RICHT is overrated and will NEVER win a championship. EVER.

bill

December 5th, 2012
9:22 am

All Nebraska Fans: Do not read blogs on the AJC to learn about UGA team. Go toSeth Emerson at macon.com. Most of the people on these blogs are wannabees from other schools or UGA people that hate everyone. This is not a Nebraska type fan base.

Hurricane94

December 5th, 2012
9:25 am

As a former recruit, I know, this is not uncommon. All of the major coaches have been out making in home visits for several weeks now.

This is just the AJC looking for a “hot” news story about Richt since he is trending on AJC right now.

Move on.

Cry me a river

December 5th, 2012
9:27 am

DogFace Blues the ony thing that made it close was Ogletrees TD. Ask Jenkins, Gathers and Jones how close they felt after the game. UGA blew their best chance in decades. Unless Murray comes back they will come in 4th behind SC, FL and Vandy in the East next year. And this whining about Murrays cheap shot is making me ashamed to be a Dawg fan. Grow a pair boys!!

Josh Rodgers

December 5th, 2012
9:28 am

If Mark Richt is such a Christian……………why wasn’t he in church?????

THe man is a fake……..wake up and see the light.

Athens Tider

December 5th, 2012
9:30 am

I like Georgia and thought they played great on Saturday. However, why is it necessary to attack Coach Saban, who had nothing but great things to say about Georgia both before and after the game. If some idiot Bama fan somes something stupid, attack that person, not the school or the coach. It would make these blogs much more civil. Also, the comments about the officials cheating are so lame. So a call was missed. Calls get missed in every game. It didn’t change the outcome of the game. Let it go.

dawg fan in Conyers

December 5th, 2012
9:31 am

@ Greg Brady…………….

I agree 100%.

I have had enough of the Richt love affair…………….sick of it.

Time for Richt to go…………………just go, please.

Mobile Dawg

December 5th, 2012
9:32 am

Hope they work on athleticism as far as the Oline. Beef is good, but if you can’t move it around effectively it becomes a liability.

Strat Cat Dawg

December 5th, 2012
9:33 am

@1970 Dawg That’s exactly right but don’t expect any fools to agree.

Remarkable

December 5th, 2012
9:33 am

1970 Dawg Thanks. That was the clearest explanation I’ve read yet for those last few seconds.

just sayin'

December 5th, 2012
9:34 am

Who really cares where he was? I thought maybe he was in the tanning booth at the day spa.

Cry me a river

December 5th, 2012
9:35 am

They cannot let it go Athens Tider; Everyone hates poor Ol Georgia. Holtz does, Jesse does, the BCS does, Herbstreit does, Pollack betrays them, Reece Davis does, the SEC officials do, Mark May does (well maybe he does), Spurrier does. Poor UGA, no one gives them any respect. Nick Fairley beat them up. Poor UGA. Their suntanned coach defends them as men though. The Bailbondsmen sure do like them though. Get OVER it Humpers, you LOST!

observer

December 5th, 2012
9:38 am

To all dawg fans: if “ifs” and “buts” were candy and nuts, it would be Christmas every day! Get over it already. I am sure Bama fans can call out just as many plays and they would have beaten you by 3 touchdowns. Give it a rest….you lost, you’re going to the Capital One bowl, and another delusional, although well played season, is in the books.

At least most GT fans know that they are no good. Except Tuesday night, 62-54!!!!!!!!!!!!

48RaiderNation

December 5th, 2012
9:38 am

Mark Richt is a decent coach, but not a championship caliber coach.

Georgia would be better served by a hard-hitting, perfection driven coach that pushes his players to be the best of the best. Face it, for most of these guys, football is their education. The head coach is no different from the classroom teacher.

Richt is a “we’re ok with B report card” type of guy……………………Saban is a “A+ only report card” type of guy.