Postcard from Honduras: No ticket for Boise State fan

POSTCARD FROM HONDURAS

Mark Richt was nearly 1,400 miles away from the Georgia Bulldogs’ practice fields this week, touring impoverished areas of Honduras served by the Christian charity organization World Vision International. It was his third visit to Honduras , but the first time any media has accompanied him. This is the last of daily postcards provided by AJC reporter Steve Hummer, who followed Richt and his wife Katharyn to chronicle their trip. Look for an in-depth report on Richt’s journey in Sunday’s AJC.


TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — The return to what in Mark Richt’s world passes for normalcy began Friday before he and his wife, Katharyn, boarded the plane for home.

In the Honduran countryside, no one knew Richt or really understood what he did for a living. You try explaining his job to someone with no knowledge of The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party.

“Coach Mark,” he often was referred to, without any real concept of the title.

But in the airport in the Honduran capital, fellow Americans, many of them returning from mission trips, lined up to have their picture taken with the Bulldogs coach. Here, he was Coach Richt again.

The story of this trip was about caring and sharing. As a way of transitioning to the more cutthroat world of college football, let’s consider one story Richt told on himself this week.

Yes, there are limits to his Christian charity.

While the Richts were in Honduras, three of their four children were at a religious camp in Missouri. One of the counselors there, a close family friend, had asked the Richts for a ticket to the season opener against Boise State. Katharyn initially said no problem. But when her husband learned that the ticket actually was for a friend of their friend — a Boise State fan — he turned down the request flat.

“He’s a good kid, but I’m not going to help Boise State. We’re going to do battle, and the last thing I want to do is help some of them,” the coach said.

The process of getting back his game face has begun.

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big john 360 lbs

June 24th, 2011
8:41 pm

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June 24th, 2011
8:44 pm

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CMR still hunkerin’ down in Honduras.

gata_uga

June 24th, 2011
8:49 pm

Glad to hear he if focused on the Boise game even though he is out doing a very noble thing. Good luck coach.

bozo

June 24th, 2011
8:51 pm

I enjoy missionary as well.

DawgFan34

June 24th, 2011
8:51 pm

We’re going to war boys in this new season boys! Hunker Down Bulldawg Nation!

ViningsMike

June 24th, 2011
8:54 pm

Dawgs all the way to a National Championship! No ticket for you.

big john 360 lbs

June 24th, 2011
9:00 pm

I’m with Coach, I refuse to sell a ticket to an opposing fan. Why get more of them in the stadium? I hope it’s 80% Dawgs in the Dome Sept 3.

lawdawg

June 24th, 2011
9:14 pm

JAWJeRDAWG

June 24th, 2011
9:16 pm

Hope you had a safe trip home, Richt’s.

Now go get the Bulldogs ready to open up against Boise State. .. Go Dawgs!

RabidDawgFan

June 24th, 2011
9:22 pm

Is it just me or does Richt seemed meaner? Not mean, but more of a mean streak in him. I like that. A lot. Let it drip down on our boys and let them go out there and knock fire from Boise State and South Carolina and everyone else. Go Dawgs!!!!

Dazed

June 24th, 2011
9:31 pm

I’m with Bozo

UGA Alumnus

June 24th, 2011
9:48 pm

How lame it is that their “friend” would even ask for a ticket to give to a Boise State fan.

Hoopster

June 24th, 2011
9:56 pm

I see we are going to beat this horse to death twice. We get it. He’s a good guy. He’s a Christian. Stop ramming it down our throats for crying out loud.

Eddie

June 24th, 2011
9:58 pm

God bless you Coach Richt and your wife. Have a safe trip home and let’s get the guys ready for what lies ahead. I’m ready now. GO DAWGS!!

haws1178

June 24th, 2011
10:06 pm

Doesnt sound like the christian thing to do but really sounds like the dawg coming out in him finally. Now let’s try to talk him into buying all the boise state tickets so they will have minimum fans there

funny...

June 24th, 2011
10:24 pm

Richt takes the criticism of being “soft” in a strange manner.

Give the kid a ticket.

I’m sure that will be bulletin board material for Boise. As if Georgia’s dismantling of Boise in 2005 won’t already be on their minds.

funny...

June 24th, 2011
10:25 pm

Willing to bet the Dome will be 85% Red and Black anyway.

Kacie

June 24th, 2011
11:16 pm

Hoopster – why do you resent people talking about someone of good character? We’re quick to keep talking about negative qualities, and it’s refreshing that we have people we can KEEP talking about in a positive way. Our Bulldawgs need role models, not just football coaches. I am grateful the boys have someone who lives a Godly life to lead them. Just think of the coaches we COULD have!

j

June 24th, 2011
11:20 pm

Hoopster. It’s a great off season story. We need more of this. Do not open to read it. Get a life.

Hoopster

June 24th, 2011
11:27 pm

I’m not resentful of the article, but how many times do we need to read about it over and over. This belongs in the Lifestyle section, not the Sports. But you are right, you could have a coach that curses at Florida’s Kicker and gives him the “choke” sign. Oh, wait………..

Snoop

June 24th, 2011
11:37 pm

I actually prefer Dawgystyle

Remarkable

June 24th, 2011
11:45 pm

It is quite obvious that you can’t please sports fans. If Georgia players, on their own time, get into trouble, he’s a terrible coach. If he goes to a foreign country on his own time, to do charitable work, he’s a bad coach. Just wait until the first game has been played before you rip him anymore. Give it a break.

Hey Hoopster

June 24th, 2011
11:49 pm

I suppose you would rather read about Satan running off players.

What’s wrong with a few feel good stories? Especially this time a year.

dawggirl

June 25th, 2011
12:05 am

Hoopster, no one is forcing you to read anything. Simply don’t read it, that doesn’t mean there aren’t people out there that don’t appreciate a feel-good story for a change.

Tech Guy

June 25th, 2011
12:06 am

Mark Richt is a great leader, UGA people should be proud that he is their coach.

RED DOG 77

June 25th, 2011
12:28 am

So Bozo and Dazed like missionary…………..Don’t think it would work boys, but then again, I’m not into your type of “football”………..wrong site guys………might check out New York, think they just passed some kind of legislation for you two…………!

The Mark Richt farewell tour

June 25th, 2011
12:33 am

6-6 at it’s best.

RED DOG 77

June 25th, 2011
12:37 am

@Tech Guy……….If you are indeed a Tech guy, you are a classy dude!…….I’ve always tried my best to respect Georgia Tech……….that is except for that one week in late November………I wish you guys all the best, and hope you win the ACC………It sure would be nice to meet you guys with both teams doing well………I remember back in the old days when both teams were top 5 in the Nation……….boy that sure would be fun!……….Regards, RED

UGA FOR LIFE

June 25th, 2011
12:50 am

Good call coach!!! No ticket for Boise Fans….absolutely not. Support for the Dawgs only….we run this state……..awroooooooooooooo!!!!!

Mike

June 25th, 2011
1:23 am

What’s a dawg?

gem dawg

June 25th, 2011
2:01 am

A dawg is a canine with a bad attitude.

DAWGMAN

June 25th, 2011
2:31 am

It is indicative about where our football program is now, that to find a feelgood story 70 days before kickoff 2011, we have to read about Coach going to tour church mission camps in South America. If the campers do not know him, he is just another North American who warrants camp funds to make a welcome sign. He can do that on any day in January 2012. I am a dawg, a canine with a bad attitude, since 1967. My attitude when I think about someone like the late Erk Russell, then Coach Richt, goes from bad to worse. It is not his mission to turn his JOB at UGA into a religious quest. His mission is to coach up those young UGA Men into a cohesive winning SEC football team.

Notso Fast

June 25th, 2011
2:39 am

There never has been any doubt that coach R is a very good man. The question is that he is being paid a lot of money to be a very good coach. Is he?

bsu will win!!!

June 25th, 2011
3:17 am

BSU is going to dominate those little dogs! Go big blue!

matt

June 25th, 2011
3:30 am

haha plz you guys are way over rated ! i bet even georgia tech can even whip your @,,,
haha bottom of the SEC what a joke ! boise is gunna stomp all over your so called dawgs haha
Good luck getting by Coastal Carolina, new mexico state haha

CaliGirl

June 25th, 2011
4:06 am

All this useless diatribe over a BSU fan getting..not getting a ticket because one more BSU fan is going to make you lose?..I’m a home grown Boise Girl..and I would never speak trash…but are you all really that scared of us?

Bobby Cox

June 25th, 2011
4:15 am

Did his balls just drop?

ClinchPanther

June 25th, 2011
5:47 am

It is amazing to me to see that so many of you (like bozo) have so little to look forward to in life. There is much more than football as you will see as you grow up. This trip is one of the most important parts of CMS’s life and many of us do enjoy hearing about it. Who know’s it may even touch us in a way that we give part of what the good Lord has blessed us with to those in need.
Thanks Steve Hummer for covering this story for those of us who care about others and enjoy seeing the “good side” of sports for a change.

6 for 6 with 3 home runs

June 25th, 2011
5:53 am

Coach Mark said to Kathyrn say “GO DAWGS”.

Rogeriter

June 25th, 2011
6:05 am

For those ignoramuses that say Georgia is now a second class school because they have not won a National Championship since 1980, let me show you a few facts.
Since 1980, only 18 teams have won a national championship. Some, like Fla., Nebraska, Florida St., LSU, Alabama, Miami, Oklahoma and Penn State have won several.
So, if only winning only one National Championship in thirty years, makes you a second class school, let me name you some other schools who, like Georgia, have only one once (hence they too are second class). How about losers such as, Ohio State, Southern Cal, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Texas, Auburn, Clemson, BYU, Ga. Tech and Colorado.
Then look at the poor losers that haven’t won any. Are Michigan, Texas A&M, UCLA, Washington, Arkansas, NC State, Iowa, W. Va., Va. Tech, Boston College, Old Miss, Arizona State, Boise State and Oklahoma State, plus hundreds of other schools, losers?
Next to Florida, Georgia has the best record, during the BCS era, of any SEC school. I’ll take a loser like that any day! I’ll take Mark Richt’s record during this era too.

CaliGirl

June 25th, 2011
6:23 am

Hmm..I don’t trash talk….But GO BSU..I’ll be at the game sporting my Bronco Nation Gear..Enjoy Peeps!! http://vimeo.com/24666493

CaliGirl

June 25th, 2011
6:54 am

Well Rog..That was long winded..almost like a bed time story..tell you what..Let’s chat again after the game. ..OH..and since I really am such a nice girl….http://vimeo.com/24666493

Dawg1

June 25th, 2011
7:21 am

If your entire life is built around wins and losses of ‘any’ school in football, then I really do feel sorry for you. What CMR does in Honduras will mean more to those people then anything ‘any coach’ ever accomplishes as UGA. If you do not understand this, then you really do have a problem. I love this game as much as anyone, I’m sick when they lose and thrilled when they win – but come on folks, this guy lives life the right way and isn’t just a role model for a football team, but for UGA alumni and fans and yes for other fans too. My son has attended CMR camps. He lives this life ‘everyday’. I’m glad he is Georgia’s coach and very proud that he has been in Athens for over 10 years now. I hope it’s another 10 regardless of record. Realize it’s a business and if he doesn’t win, he will not be there – but sincerely hope that we can have our cake and eat it too…

As far as the upcoming game against BSU. While I do not think it will be a repeat (UGA beat down of BSU), I also do not think BSU is going to come in to the Dome and walk away with it either. Real difficult game to gauge. A WAC team doesn’t match up well with any SEC team very well; but these guys have found a way to beat some very good teams with consistent ’smart’ QB play and coaching. The take ‘very good’ players and turn out ‘very good’ to ‘great’ teams. We’ll see.

santoka

June 25th, 2011
7:22 am

Give us an idea about how much money Coach has contributed as well – he is in a unique position with his income to do a great deal more than provide labor to impoverished areas – not a slam on the Coach as I am sure he is generous with donations – just would like some more depth out of any AJC article.

Nub

June 25th, 2011
7:34 am

I CAN ONLY HOPE All OF THE FOLKS THAT SELL THEIR GA/FL tix’s To gaytors read this article…. In addition, shame on any dawg that either dates or is married to one….. Once a Dawg always a Dawg….. Don’t believe muschamp was ever really a Dawg …. He could have waited and either taken over at Texas or gone to another school…. Sic Um CMR…..

Nate

June 25th, 2011
7:38 am

Even as a Georgia Tech season ticket holder, I have to respect this action from Coach Richt. For far too many years, Georgia Tech had coaches that was tolerable of UGA. I am please to have Coach Johnson because he has “CLEAN OL’ FASHIONED HATE” for UGA (as do I). With all this said, I hope everyone appreciates this rival. Hearing Coach Richt turn down the request for a Boise St fan to receive a ticket is awesome….just my opinion. GO BOISE! haha….THWG

Producer

June 25th, 2011
7:40 am

He won’t give the kid a ticket? Wow, not very “Christian” of Richt is it? He’s been spending five whole days in Honduras giving little Pacolito some clean drinking water while posing for the cameras and he’s worried about “helping” Boise State by comping a ticket to a kid? Good strategy, Mark. Keeping that kid out of the stands is the key to victory!! God, what a coaching genius!

hmmmmmmmm

June 25th, 2011
8:02 am

Tech Guy has NO idea what he/she is talking about…. Leader, Mark Richt is in NO way shape or form a leader… A good man, yes, but a leader instills respect, and teaches personal responsisbility.. His players year after year prove that Mark Richt has NO ability when it comes to teaching respect or personal responsibility… Tech Guy needs to look up the word Leader. Unfortunately there are very few leaders in our day and time….

TechMate

June 25th, 2011
8:03 am

Really, AJC?? Really?? Headlines about a coach returning from another country?

Please, Georgia fans, tell me this is embarrassing. Please.

A new low for both the AJC and Georgia sports. Geez.

hmmmmmmmm

June 25th, 2011
8:03 am

and turning down a family relation because of not wanting to help out Boise State is LAME! Period…