McGarity expects Richt back next season (updated with Richt reaction to Colorado interest)

AUBURN, Ala. – Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity said Saturday that he expects Mark Richt to remain the Bulldogs’ coach next season.

“Sure I do,” he said before the game against Auburn. “Absolutely.”

Asked if he’s ready to say unequivocally that he wants to retain Richt — often rumored to be on the occupational “hot seat” –  as Georgia’s coach next season, McGarity elaborated:

“I’d say, based on the first 10 games, [there's] no question about that. I know we’re 5-5 [before Saturday's loss], but you go back and you look at all the dynamics involved — how close the games were. It’s not like we’re dealing with situations here of lop-sided losses, of being non-competitive. There are some games we wish we could have won by taking care of the ball a little better or making certain tackles or interceptions. You go back and play that through your mind, and if you dwell on it too long, it’ll just eat you up. You’ve just got to focus on getting better every day and do what you can do to be the best you can be.”

McGarity made his comments on the same day the Denver Post reported that Colorado is interested in talking with Richt about its vacant coaching job. The Post cited an unnamed source “close to the Colorado search.”

When informed of that report, McGarity said: “Really? I did not know that. That’s the first I’ve heard of that.”

UPDATE: Richt chuckled when told after the game about the report. “Georgia is my home,” he said. He left it at that.

McGarity said he has not been contacted by Colorado and has gotten no indication that Richt wants to be anywhere other than Georgia. Richt, in his 10th season as the Bulldogs’ coach, has said repeatedly over the years that he wants to complete his career at UGA. McGarity said his sense “absolutely” is that Richt wants to be at Georgia.

“He and I have had great discussions all season long,” McGarity said. “We have been very frank with each other. . . . I have seen nothing but all things pointing to him wanting to stay at the University of Georgia.”

Asked if he, reciprocally, has signaled to Richt that Georgia wants to keep him, McGarity said: “I think so. I tell you what: One thing we’re going to do is spend all the time necessary with our coaches to give them all the resources they need. We’re in the hole with them. When we lose, we’re right there with them: ‘What can we do to help?’ I think you actually work harder when you have some adversity. It’s easy when things are going right to pat yourself on the back.”

McGarity said he and Richt have not talked specifically about the future because they are focused on this season.

“If we get going about the future and things of that nature, then we’re getting off track,” McGarity said.  “We’ll talk about that later. I am working with Mark Richt — I think our whole staff is — to help make this thing happen. I fully expect Mark to be with us for a while.”

391 comments Add your comment

dawg from a distance

November 13th, 2010
2:07 pm

Keep coach Richt

dawgsfan1990

November 13th, 2010
2:08 pm

NO GO Mark. Stay in athens another 20 years please!

Sanford Drive

November 13th, 2010
2:10 pm

Great to hear!!!!

Sorry HATERS!!!! Richt is here to stay.

merbertmoover

November 13th, 2010
2:10 pm

cmon mark, you know those colorado boys can’t make gravy like we do in da dirty dirty! mmmm hmmmm

Go

November 13th, 2010
2:15 pm

Dogs rule! We run this state!

Luv ya dogs

November 13th, 2010
2:16 pm

Keep Mark Richt!

Fed Up

November 13th, 2010
2:20 pm

I hope he goes and takes Booboo with him.

sav dawg 21

November 13th, 2010
2:21 pm

Good news. He’s great for uga. He will turn this thing around.

John

November 13th, 2010
2:27 pm

Mark Richt is our man and McGarity is a classy guy. I’m glad we have both in our program!!!! Go Dawgs!!!!

Dawg_Mike

November 13th, 2010
2:31 pm

Just say no to Colorado.

Wyodawg

November 13th, 2010
2:32 pm

Colorado can’t afford Richt anyhow.

dawgonit

November 13th, 2010
2:33 pm

The graduation rate for UGA football players is reason enough to keep Richt. But he’s a good coach and a great role model as well. Three or four plays get made or turnovers don’t get made this year and this is an 8-2 team. Some people just need to get a life.

IlliniDawg

November 13th, 2010
2:33 pm

Okay, so we have one third of the equation solved – the head coach (CMR) stays.

Now we have to take care of the other two thirds.

As for OC, well… Bobo needs to gogo.

Verdict is still out on our new DC, but I would not put money on the Grantham experiment working out. Need to go after Kirby Smart once Satan leaves Bama.

chris o bomb

November 13th, 2010
2:35 pm

hey bipolar fans,
You wonder why the Colorado fans mocked and degraded you during the final minutes up in Boulder, because you trashed their eco-friendly town like your own.

Joe Cox

November 13th, 2010
2:38 pm

Mcgarity is an idiot just like Richt, and these blind homers who accept mediocrity. You all should be ashamed…losers

destin dawg

November 13th, 2010
2:40 pm

we’ll be fine concentrate on Awlbarn…. put Ogletree on Newton.. rollout Murry… pass to TE’s and run the ball…

just a fan

November 13th, 2010
2:41 pm

Enter your comments here

No Insider

November 13th, 2010
2:45 pm

Look for Richt to be talking to Miami and Penn State (maybe) after the Tech game.

Jeffrey

November 13th, 2010
2:51 pm

Look for Richt to move outside of the SEC, easier schedule, maybe a Michigan, Penn State, USC, UCLA, Notre Dame, in ACC you have Clemson, Miami, FSU, NC who’d all snap Richt up in a minute. If Richt wants to stay in SEC, looking at Ole Miss, Arkansas, or South Carolina.

Jeffrey

November 13th, 2010
2:52 pm

Tenn big possibility for Richt.

Ole Yeller Dawg

November 13th, 2010
2:53 pm

Let’em have Little Richtie jr….Bobo!

Jeffrey

November 13th, 2010
2:54 pm

Tenn is intriguing. Recruits like Lemay would go with Richt. Coaching staff would go with Richt.

Jeffrey

November 13th, 2010
2:56 pm

Enter your comments here

Jeffrey

November 13th, 2010
2:57 pm

Could also see Richt going to coach for Hurricanes or Seminoles, Florida is a great recruiting state, might be interesting.

Jeffrey

November 13th, 2010
2:58 pm

The Richt move will happen fast. Expect some news soon.

Joe Cox

November 13th, 2010
3:00 pm

Georgia is just as good recruiting state but with less competition…..how is that working out for Richt?

Rickt is not going anywhere

November 13th, 2010
3:02 pm

rickt is not going anywhere he has over and over again he WANTS to stay at UGA

Rob

November 13th, 2010
3:03 pm

F*** the CMR haters!

Jupiter

November 13th, 2010
3:12 pm

Coaches receive calls every year. This report was just leaked and blown up. CMR will speak with the Buffs and MANY other teams this off-season. I guarantee you if he doesn’t leave this year that he will by 2012.

Macclenny_dawg

November 13th, 2010
3:17 pm

1 more season anything less than a sec championship next year and c ya Richt!!! NO MORE EXCUSES NEXT YEAR!!! BOBO MUST GO NOW!!! BYE BYE BOBO!!!

Sun Devil Dave

November 13th, 2010
3:18 pm

With fans like UGA’s why wouldn’t Richt want to leave. You people were looking for an oak tree after the Mississippi State loss!! You guys have a class act with Richt and better keep your mouths shut, support Richt and be happy you have a top notch coach or someone is going to grab him out of your hands!!

Sun Devil Dave

November 13th, 2010
3:18 pm

Oh by the way – Go Devils

Popo

November 13th, 2010
3:19 pm

Police officers hope Richt stays too. We get big bonuses off his thug players!

Mr. Georgia Football Returns

November 13th, 2010
3:21 pm

Again, Greg McGarity has become quite the Mark Richt Apologist!

Otis My Man

November 13th, 2010
3:28 pm

CMR needs to stay! we competed and could have one every game this season. Next year we win it all!

Otis My Man

November 13th, 2010
3:28 pm

Otis My Man

November 13th, 2010
3:29 pm

Otis My Man

November 13th, 2010
3:31 pm

these 3:30 starts are ruff

Kirk

November 13th, 2010
3:35 pm

Key phrase:
“I’d say, based on the first 10 games”

Each “fake endorsement” always has a condition attached, that leaves it ambiguous.

McGarity’s problem is this is NOT an endorsement of Richt.

McGarity is lost in the land of indecision, trying to play both sides.

Either Richt in the coach for the future, or he is not. Which is it?

McGarity’s biggesat weakness, his indecisiveness, has cost him one of the greatestest coaches in America, how foolish can you be?

how2fish

November 13th, 2010
3:36 pm

Great news !

Burgess

November 13th, 2010
3:37 pm

I wonder if Colorada is interested in Paul Johnson

Tater Tot

November 13th, 2010
3:39 pm

Mark Richt is a damn good coach., I wish the haters would stay off his ass and let him do his job. I am proud of our team win or lose

LLUGA

November 13th, 2010
3:40 pm

CMR should be fired….have you noticed how many times we lose the coin toss at the beginning of the game…clearly a lack of discipline from the coaching staff…

Otis My Man

November 13th, 2010
3:41 pm

I am with you Tater!

Floundering Fox Hounds Batman!

November 13th, 2010
3:42 pm

Ha ha……. basketball program being proven as a joke as well . Hope McGarritty sends Richt out the door after todays beatdown by Auburn.

Scott

November 13th, 2010
3:44 pm

Keep coach Richt!

Richt fan

November 13th, 2010
4:10 pm

Love Coach Richt but hate the BS UGA fans give him. He is to good for UGA. Alot of schools would love to have him.
Thanks McGarity for speaking up for Richt.

dawgfan38

November 13th, 2010
5:45 pm

Mcgarity will give Richt one more season. If next year is has bad has this year Richt will be gone.

JRW7

November 13th, 2010
5:47 pm

CMR please GO and take BOO BOO with you!

Gator Fan

November 13th, 2010
5:51 pm

Keep coach Richt 10 more years. What would the record be 27 out of 30 wins. Sounds good to me…….