Richt in Honduras: A trip that changes lives

In case you missed it, here’s Steve Hummer’s Sunday AJC story from his trip to Honduras with Georgia coach Mark Richt and his wife, Katharyn.

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — Mark Richt doesn’t squander tears on a football game.

What is there in a game to make a man cry? Lose to Central Florida on the last day of 2010, come back and try to make it right next September. That’s a challenge, not a tragedy.

Wednesday, far away from the fields of the SEC, Richt cried.

The Georgia football coach stood holding hands with his wife, Katharyn, in a small, crumbling schoolroom off a cratered dirt road that ran up the face of an unnamed Honduran hillside. A man whose language they did not understand was shouting a prayer as if trying to rattle the floorboards of heaven.

So this is what it takes to break down one of college football’s most stoic coaches.

Carlos Cantarero, the rare Baptist preacher in a Catholic land, was very much on his game that day. Dressed in white from neck to pants cuffs, one hand cradling a frayed Bible open to the book of Matthew, the other punching a fist toward the tin roof, Cantarero filled the space with his spirit.

There was so much for which to pray. Life is hard in San Antonio, Honduras. Farmers scratch a living from whatever plot of land they can find that’s not too tilted to plow. They drink untreated water that is the color of chalk, fetched from a half-mile away. Sometimes, in drought, the water barely trickles out, and those who don’t get there early go home empty.

Cantarero had the Richts at amen. Neither sat before first rubbing the mist from their eyes.

He may have little grasp of Spanish, but this much Mark Richt said he understood: “Here was a man crying out to God.”

And the Richts cried along with him. It wouldn’t be the only time they were so moved on a five-day visit last week to this poor Central American nation, a trip undertaken at the invitation of mega international charity World Vision.

How could he have known that day in 1986 as he prayed in Bobby Bowden’s office and gave himself to Christ that he would be led to this distant land? As a grad assistant at Florida State, Richt was in the back of the room as Bowden spoke to his team after the shooting death of Seminoles lineman Pablo Lopez.

“If that had been you, do you know where you’d spend eternity?” Bowden asked.

Those words drilled into Richt’s soul. The next day, he met with the head coach and the direction of his life was forever changed.

Richt has been continually upping the ante on his beliefs ever since — maturing as a Christian, he says — to reach this stage, his most ambitious trek yet into the frontiers of righteousness.

Beyond this tiring fact-finding trip, Richt put a lake vacation home up for sale in order to help finance a whole new level of giving. And it’s not like he doesn’t have other concerns on his mind.

This may be a swing season for Richt at Georgia. Much, including his very foothold on a job he has had since 2001, may depend upon improving on a 14-12 record over the past two seasons.

Some have seized on the argument that Richt has let his Christianity and his desire to apply it outside the locker room distract him from a single-minded pursuit of another SEC championship.

Earlier this year, former Georgia quarterback Fran Tarkenton, an NFL Hall of Famer, laid into Richt on several fronts in a radio interview. Not all his complaints were temporal.

“[Richt] is a wonderful guy,” Tarkenton told Atlanta’s 680 The Fan. “He is a good Christian guy. He wants to be a missionary. He goes on missions. That is a wonderful thing. But do you know the religion of [Alabama’s] Nick Saban? Or [Auburn assistant] Gus Malzahn? Or [Oregon’s] Chip Kelly? I don’t think we care what their religion [is]. We hire them to be football coaches. If we are hiring religious instructors, let’s go to the Candler School of Theology over here in Decatur and get some of their people to come and coach our football team.”

With so much riding on this season, would Richt burrow into his Athens office this summer, if only to give the appearance of a man fully giving himself over to this season?

Quite the contrary. He went to Honduras, for the third time in his life. He left the comforts of aBulldogs athletic facility just renovated for $33 million and went to places where a small fraction of that money would save lives by the score. That kind of thing tends to broaden a man’s perspective beyond a 120-yard-by-53 1/3-yard field.

This trip was not about a football coach, nor about his wife, Richt constantly reminded the newspaperman and the Fox Sports South tandem that accompanied him. The story was out there, he said, among the poor of Honduras and the World Vision workers who are trying to give them a boost to simple self-sufficiency.

But, of course, it must inevitably get back to him. World Vision can use his notoriety as much as his money: “The coach is basically giving us his Good Housekeeping seal of approval,” said World Vision’s national director of philanthropy, Zack Aspegren.

And, while they decide whether or not to answer Richt’s call to sponsor a child through World Vision, Georgia fans can debate how this all may affect the SEC opener against South Carolina.

Richt rejects any notion that his heightened interest in serving a humanity outside the school’s athletic association mailing list conflicts with the demands of college football’s toughest conference. Success does not require its servants to wear blinders, he argues.

“Ask Tony Dungy if he was that way,” said Richt, beginning to list former big-time professional or college coaches who shared an active spiritual side. “Ask Bobby Bowden. Ask Tom Landry. Ask Tom Osborne. Those guys had success. We’ve had success, tremendous success. Lately, though, it hasn’t been much to write about.

“I think [the idea that winning requires complete tunnel vision] has been proven untrue and it’s still untrue.”

There is a long list of reasons to stay motivated in his profession, Richt points out. Your family, your players, your staff, the fans.

“Being on this trip has certainly added to that list of reasons why we want to succeed,” he added.

It’s a straight-line equation: More winning = longer job life = more money to donate to World Vision.

Higher calling

“The Hole in Our Gospel” is the story of Richard Stearns, a former CEO of the china maker, Lenox, who left that lofty corporate position to lead World Vision.

The bulk of the book is a challenge to the reader to recognize all the blessings he has and the higher calling to share them with the sick and starving world around him.

Some of it Stearns wrote as his personal account of a high-powered executive who came to realize that making fancy dishware and being a good country club Christian was not enough. Scripture demands more. That part spoke loudly to Richt.

Soon after finishing the book, Richt put a call in to the author. They spoke for a while, and shortly thereafter World Vision dispatched Aspegren, the man in charge of courting the charity’s largest donors, to visit the Richts in Athens.

Another transformational chapter in the story of the concerned Christian coach was being written.

When it came out in May that the Richts intended to sell their nearly $2 million second home on Lake Hartwell, bloggers kicked into high gear. Many surmised that Richt was selling in anticipation of losing his job. No, no, Richt was compelled to explain. He was simplifying his life, reordering his priorities in order to give back more.

He and Katharyn decided that sacrificing their cherished getaway place was necessary in order to put their beliefs into action.

The entire family will be affected by the decision to support World Vision. As the Richts
went through U.S. Customs on their return from Honduras on Friday, they discussed a future sit-down with their four children to weigh the difference between wants and needs in order to budget more money for the poor.

The Richts are going to give a significant amount to World Vision — Aspegren’s visit and his presence on the Honduras trip signifies that. Asked if it could be as much as the final sale price of the lake home, Richt replied, “I’m not saying that.”

“[Selling] is to put us in a better position to be more generous,” said Richt, who is paid around $3 million per year.

“You got the upkeep; you got taxes, all those expenses that go along with the house. No matter what kind of income you have, if all your money is going toward paying off a mortgage and upkeep, that becomes more your focus.”

Before the full extent of Richt’s giving will be determined, before he will launch any effort to rally support from Georgia fans and his team, World Vision suggested the coach take a four-hour plane ride to witness its work.

The scope of the charity is vast. Last year, worldwide, it raised nearly $3 billion in contributions. “We’re the No. 1 distributor of food around the world — including McDonald’s,” Aspegren said.

Its primary mission is to establish a basic foundation — clean water, nutrition, health, education — from which the people in poor areas around the world can build decent lives. All in the name of doing Christ’s work. (For more information, go to worldvision.org).

Unlike his other visits to Honduras — once with his entire family on a work mission, once with a few Bulldogs players — this trip was not about picking up a hammer and helping to build a house. This was about learning ways to change the prospects of entire communities.

Emotion pours out

In his life as a major college coach, Richt is famously guarded with his words and his emotions. Nothing seems to shake him from a state of outward calm. His faith insulates him from the chaos of the game or the carping of his critics.

Those who find peace in the material world can have it taken away in the blink of an eye. Hadn’t the economic downturn proven that, Richt asked as he sat in the Tegucigalpa airport, ready to board for home.

“The peace I have is eternal. No matter what happens [on Earth], it is not the same as compared to eternal life,” he said.

Far away from football, Richt showed just a little more of himself.

At a carnival-like event in Gracias, where the children were being taught about the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases through games and contests, Richt smiled uncomfortably as he participated. Asked to name three methods of birth control, he fidgeted and stammered and finally just checked out from answering the question. After mentioning abstinence, he wanted no part of that one.

On a dirt soccer field near Yamaranguila, he couldn’t help himself as he watched kids play with a new soccer ball. He put himself in goal, challenged them to get a shot by him, and was a kid again for a few minutes.

In a quiet moment that same day, outside a school, with no interpreter near, he tousled the hair of an 11-year-old boy who had given a rousing talk and demonstration of World Vision’s impact on his town. “You are going to be a special young man, with God’s help,” he told young Selvin Garcia. Despite the language barrier, they still both noticeably brightened during the exchange.

It was in the village of San Antonio, a particularly deprived pocket in the western part of the country, where the Richts’ hearts were practically plucked from their chests.

A half-mile uphill hike from the schoolhouse where Cantarero offered his impassioned prayer, the Richts came upon the most stunning example of need they would find on this trip.

There, a little girl stuck her hand in a concrete basin filled with murky water, absentmindedly splashing it about. An American would scarcely allow his or her dog to drink from such a dirty pool. Delivered in a stream from somewhere higher on the hill, that was the community’s drinking water. Two women washed clothes in a second basin below that.

Overwhelmed for a moment, off to one side, out of view, Katharyn buried her head on her husband’s shoulder and wept.

Later she explained, “We are so abundantly blessed, and then to see children who have nothing, not even clean water, it’s wrenching.”

“We see a lot of that emotion from people who come here and see it firsthand,” Aspegren said.

There was an overwhelming supply of images to pack for the trip home.

On the final stop of their tour of World Vision projects, before the five-hour drive back to the Honduran capital Thursday, the Richts were taken to one last little church with one more gathering of people, these from the village of Portillo.

Speaking for them was Jose Quintanilla Miranda, who sought a reliable water source for the village so the crops may grow better and the children stay healthier. He told this stranger from America, “This is a beautiful place with still so many challenges. Do not forget about Honduras.”

That would now be impossible for Richt, regardless of how this or any football season tries to consume him.

– Steve Hummer

45 comments Add your comment

coloradobulldog

June 27th, 2011
12:14 pm

So proud to have Mark Richt as our coach.

Paul H

June 27th, 2011
12:19 pm

This is awesome. One of a kind coach, for sure.

JB

June 27th, 2011
12:29 pm

Good guy. Really a class act. Just wanted to get that out before the haters and the Christians bashers chimed in.

Bulldog in Virginia

June 27th, 2011
12:31 pm

This man has his priorities in order! God first, Others second & Himself last. It’s great to be a Georgia Bulldog…

dog nutt

June 27th, 2011
12:55 pm

I really believe that this is the year for the bulldogs and their coaching staff to quiten their critics.they are loaded with talent and cmr is primed for a breakout year.I predict they win the sec east and then beat miss state in sec title game in atlanta.

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June 27th, 2011
12:56 pm

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Matthews Dawg

June 27th, 2011
2:20 pm

Go Dawgs! God Bless CMR and his family! Proud to be a Georgia Bulldog!!

PHIL

June 27th, 2011
3:24 pm

Thanks for reminding me what an absolute moron Fran Tarkenton is. I am embarrassed that he is an alumnus of my University.

rabundawg

June 27th, 2011
5:01 pm

steve thanks for the understanding article about what really counts and i think you know…..got a feeling the Lord may give us a good season this year…it is HE who give success anyway…

CG

June 27th, 2011
5:04 pm

Very nice story, Steve. I think you captured the essence of the man. Fran Tarkenton is not worthy of being in the same room with Coach Mark Richt.

Old Dawg

June 27th, 2011
5:47 pm

Great story, Steve. If the people who follow college athletics had half the balance in their lives that CMR does, the world would be a much better place.

Maybe I missed the point...

June 27th, 2011
9:36 pm

Though I will likely incur the wrath of many, I would like to point out that Richt’s lack of focus on football is a bit disheartening. I know the guy says he wants to win, but I can’t shake the feeling that Coach Richt is still in the game for money and money alone. If he is as committed to Christ as he would have us believe, then there is no way that he truly cares about the outcome of meaningless football games.

Unfortunately, many other UGA alumni and I most certainly do care.

Though his desire for money is rooted in charity and not greed, I can’t get behind a coach who has lost the desire (and fire) to win. Richt is indeed a wonderful man, but UGA desperately needs a coach who is completely vested in the particulars of victory and defeat.

As an aside, we’ve lost 3 scholarship offensive linemen since the spring. It matters not how many stud skill players we have. UGA will certainly play in Atlanta on more than one occasion this year. Unfortunately, none of those games will be against the SEC West champion unless the defense can hold SEC offenses to a meager amount of points.

Maybe I missed the point...

June 27th, 2011
9:38 pm

It’s worth mentioning that I would be delighted if Coach Richt and the Dawgs were to prove me wrong. I’ve simply been drinking the kool-aid for too long. 18 of 21 can break a man.

GO DAWGS.

Dan

June 27th, 2011
10:35 pm

Some of you bloggers can’t be for real. Criticizing Richt for trying to make a difference in the world beyond a 100 yard football field? I have to think you’re just trying to argue. If not, we have some really shallow bloggers who need to get a life. Bill Gates is spending most of his time and money focusing on global issues, Gates is the world’s riches man so Gates’ humanitarian focus hasn’t hurt his business goals. Gates makes people like Fran Tarkenton look like clowns.

I bleed red (and black)

June 27th, 2011
10:44 pm

GOOD GRIEF! I love it that individuals think they know what is best for UGA, UGA Football, etc. If you do, why aren’t you coaching, being the AD, etc….????? I have been blessed to know this man, have a son play for him, have him and his football team rally behind me, support me and my family through a life threatening illness. Coach Richt and his football team gladly support our charity as we give back to the community of Athens. Coach Richt is a strong believer and faithful servant; what the heck is wrong with that?
Back to football – Yes, I want to win, I don’t like losing but I AM SO PROUD to be able to call Mark Richt, UGA HEAD FOOTBALL COACH!
Goooooo DAWGS! Sic em!

HMMMMM

June 27th, 2011
10:52 pm

Hmmmmm Just wondering! Which will matter in 100 years. Football or Helping the poor in the name of Jesus Christ. I think in your quite time with no one around you will find the answer. IT’S REAL Easy

Pitbull

June 27th, 2011
11:48 pm

Fran, you said it all my man. That is the truth. A job is a job. You make millions for doing you job. Saban works his ass off. Meyer did also. Richt didn’t. Not like Saban and Meyer. Fran Tark. knows football people. You should listen to what he says. Richt should be coaching Vandy or Kentucky. Not a class 1 Ga football program. Nothing is going to change I’m afraid. Richt just doesn’t have football foremost on his mind. Religion is and it’s not going to change. While Saban is thinking football. Richt is thinking religion. That is NOT going to change!

Steve

June 28th, 2011
4:07 am

I’m thankful now more than ever to be a Georgia Bulldog! Coach Mark Richt has shown himself to be a man of integrity and honesty. He has the ability and the means to impact young men for the rest of their lives. He’s also an incredible football coach. Agree with his football philosophy or not, he has shown a consistency both on and off the field during the 10 seasons at UGA. For those who do not have the same relationship with Christ as Coach Richt does, it is impossible to understand his commitments and priorities. His is not a religion to wear on Sunday. His is a relationship with Jesus Christ that defines Coach Mark Richt, the man.

look at me

June 28th, 2011
5:11 am

We need a coach not a preacher what richt is doing is great but this is a business not a church!!!!! Please shut others and myself up by winning it all….

look at me

June 28th, 2011
5:13 am

What about the poor here lets take the plank out of our eye first before we fix everyone else’s problem!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I bleed red (and black)

June 28th, 2011
5:55 am

Judgemental – boy, there are a number of judgemental folks out there, but, you know, I only care about one Judgement Day. I believe the same to be true for Coach Richt. You can take your judgement for a hike!

1. How about I tell you where you should spend your money; what charity you should sponsor, etc. I have a few I could suggest.

2. Humanitarian – do you know the definition? Look it up!
Maybe you should help out your fellow man, women, child; It will make you feel better! Maybe it would be right here in Georgia or your local community; maybe it would be in another community, such as tornado relief; maybe it would be in another country. You know, it’s your choice.

3. How do you know Coach Richt doesn’t help right here in Athens, in Georgia, in United States? Get your facts straight so you don’t look foolish.

Proud to know Coach Richt, proud to call him a friend, and, proud he is our coach.

Captain Allen Waters

June 28th, 2011
9:27 am

Does any other coach in any conference do this on their vacation? The SEC is the most demanding but we do not hear of any other head coach doing this kind of work. How about it Saban, other SEC coaches and especially Spurrier? U go on pleasant vacations to satisfy you and your family. Give the CMR and his family due pats for the vision. As a Christian, I am sure Coach Bobby Bowden is proud! Now GATA as Coach Erk Russell used to say! My night games are early am Sunday in India so tell me about an 8pm KO. With a 10.5 hour time difference and for all UGA fans around the world, it requires total dedication to attend!
UGA fan in India.
Captain Allen Waters

Captain Allen Waters

June 28th, 2011
9:38 am

Addionally, get Coach Vince to help with the attitude against UF! Remember 1985 when they were ranked 1 and we took them to the house? How about LSU in Athens when #14 David Greene threw 5 td passes against them or the SEC 2005 when we beat the heavily favored #3LSU for the Championship. Way to go defense and Shockley! Take us back to the glory days because I was there in 1980 and my Brother was part of the last Trekies!
UGA fan in India.
Captain Allen Waters

Captain Allen Waters

June 28th, 2011
9:42 am

I typed : Additionally

Lake Dawg

June 28th, 2011
10:25 am

Can we somehow blot Fran Tarkenton from Georgia football history. He couldn’t hold Richt’s clipboard, as coach or as a person.

Maybe I missed the point...

June 28th, 2011
11:19 am

No one is criticizing Richt for his faith or charity. That argument is a red herring.

Richt’s job is to win football games. Period.

If he wants to start a ministry then he should do so. There a lot of fantastic people committed to making the world a better place. That does not qualify them to be the head football coach at the University of Georgia.

A little Perspective

June 28th, 2011
3:16 pm

DELIGHT YOURSELF IN THE LORD, AND HE WILL GIVE YOU THE DESIRES OF YOUR HEART–PSALM 37:4

To those who may have “Missed the Point”,

Nobody said that Mark Richt has lost his desire to win football games. Christ gives us passion for family, friends, hobbys, charities, and even jobs. I can guarantee you that Mark Richt is not coaching football for the money. He has a passion for the game just as he has a passion for helping others. I assure you that Mark Richt is not absent of the desire to win. He has decided to prioritize his life and answer the convictions of his heart. Why is this so hard for people to understand? CMR uses his personal vacation time and the resources that God has blessed him with, to help other less fortunate people. God calls us to be good stewards of the blessings that he gives us. That is all Richt is doing. I would have to say that I believe in this coach and I also believe that he is living the verse listed above. Will that result in more wins? I have no idea….but there is nobody that wants those wins worse than Mark Richt.

Thanks, Coach Richt, for bringing some perspective to life.

italian_29

June 28th, 2011
3:22 pm

So because he is a Christian he cannot do his job as the Coach of the Bulldawgs? I think you are MISSING the point. Coach Richt used his PERSONAL time to do something that is important to him. HIS VACATION, he can do whatever he wants with it. You think just because he isn’t living breathing, and dying, football that he should quit and become a missionary? Do you LIVE, BREATH, and DIE whatever your profession is? I think that you have some personal time too.

italian_29

June 28th, 2011
3:49 pm

I really have to wonder about people who put the lives of 18 to 21 year old young men winning or losing a GAME above ALL else and I have to agree with A Little Prespective’s comment. What Coach Richt does in his personal time, has NOTHING to do with his will to win and being successful at UGA. I am proud that he is the HEAD FOOTBALL COACH at UGA. I wish more people would live their lives like Coach Richt trys to live his, this would be a MUCH nicer place to live.

Dawg_Central

June 28th, 2011
4:14 pm

I have no problem in the world with Mark Richt helping his fellow man…….but I don’t think you have to travel all the way to Honduras to find people in dire need. We have people right here in the USA that need help, serious help…..but all the movie stars, sports figures, etc. travel to foreign countries to offer their support….hmmmmmm…not trying to question someones agenda, but do you see where I’m coming from?? I bet Richt could go to the slums of Atlanta and find a kid wearing a UGA shirt that is hungry tonight….really.

Maybe I missed the point...

June 28th, 2011
4:55 pm

I originally stated that on-the-field results mean little to devout Christians. Some of you are confirming that. However, college football is a business whether we like it or not. Too much money exchanges hands for it to be about anything other than results.

I should have known that rational thought would not prevail on this blog.

Mark Richt’s faith will not win football games. You are absolutely delusional if you think that it will.

God bless.

fpice

June 28th, 2011
6:40 pm

It would change my life if we fired Richt and got a good coach.

Ole Yeller Dawg

June 28th, 2011
9:20 pm

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Mobile Dawg

June 28th, 2011
9:29 pm

Like I said on an earlier post, we’re not paying CMR to be a Christian. He’s a good Christian man, no question, God Bless Him. We’re paying him to be a good football coach, very well I might add, he’s not done so good a job there.

Ole Yeller Dawg

June 28th, 2011
10:07 pm

That’s exactly why, they will not let me fly an airplane…….I always hit the wrong button!

Winning championships in a boy’s game (SEC, BCS) is rather pale compared to winning championships at the game of life……me personally – I would choose the game of life!!!!

For whoever brought up Fran Tarkenton to support their theory as to how to coach a football team, might want to do a little better character background check next time…….my wife worked for Fran in his business…..you would not believe what he has in his closet…..come judgment day, I am afraid Fran will be sacked for a safety!

“If the blind continue to lead the blind, they will all end up in the ditch”

Everybody is entitled to their own opion…….me, I choose to follow Coach Mark Richt with his vision in the game of life!

Mobile Dawg

June 28th, 2011
10:25 pm

Ole Yeller, what I don’t understand is why people can’t separate the two. We can win at both games, UGA can have a great football team, and I can be a good Christian and win at the “game of eternal life”. That’s not opinion, in my opinion.

Ole Yeller Dawg

June 28th, 2011
11:18 pm

These are trying times in todays world, corruption is running rampant in the business and political world, earthquakes, floods, tornadoes, forest fires, oil spills are becoming increasingly more frequent! It’s time to get our priorities straight before this total chaos brings us down.

I have faith in Mark Richts vision and passion for our football team…..there is nobody who wants to win more than he……..the game of life could be over for any of us at any moment, some of us will not see tomorrow come…..are your priorities straight, so that you will be on that championship team of life? Mark Richt is more than qualified to lead this team in that direction…..for those who only have tunnel vision to win SEC championships or BCS championships….hang on teammates for you might just learn something more important about the game of life too!

I bleed red (and black)

June 29th, 2011
12:50 am

No, Dawg_Central – I don’t know where you are coming from…..I say again, how do you know that Coach Richt doesn’t help his fellow man locally in Athens, in the State of Georgia, etc. Last time I checked, those were in the USA! I guess you haven’t heard: Coach Richt, the staff, the football players all do community service every year. Maybe you should check it out and participate!!!!!

Win P.

June 29th, 2011
11:46 am

The Bible teaches that a man cannot serve two masters.

Mobile bulldog

June 29th, 2011
2:47 pm

He definately has his priorities in order. Who would not like to have an individual such as Mark Richt influencing his kid about life and other eternal things. I know he was hired to be a football coach and he is and so much more . He is a definate asset to my alma mater.

prpl dawg

June 29th, 2011
5:04 pm

To those who are detractors of CMR because of his faith,

1. There is more to any person than football.
2. If not, you have no meaningful life. Ask Saban after the tornado.
3. Let me drop some names- maybe you have heard of them: Tony Dungy, Tom Landry, Vince Dooley, and even though it is a different sport, the greatest of all:John Wooden. Dean Smith, too, actually.
Eight wins with someone who helps people and cares about what is right is better than 11 with crooks and liars who disrespect their players.

What profit a man if he gains the world but loses his soul.

Be critical, but drop the faith angle. And try to find some yourself.

DAWGMAN

June 30th, 2011
9:19 am

I think UGA should go out and recruit the Archbishop of Canterbury as our new offensive line coach. And while we’re at it, we should offer the Pope a private suite to all home games…
Don’t you folks know that the Lord God Almighty doesn’t favor one side or the other in a football game.
Or do we anticipate the Athletic Department having each UGA team carry in a golden reproduction of the Ark of the Covenant to intimidate the opposition.
What we need is a first rate NCAA Compliance program. The Head Coach should check it daily.
Let’s be done with all this irrelevant.business. I’m sure that Coach Erk Russell was a man of faith but, he did not have to climb up in a tree to proclaim it.

God's Dawg

June 30th, 2011
11:00 am

Hey Mr Tarkenton and all you critics! Coach Mark Richt had been working under Damon Evans for 6 seasons! Urban had Foley and Saban has Moore! Coach Richt is absolutely the best coach to represent the University of Georgia at this time! Blessings!

roughrider

June 30th, 2011
5:20 pm

I wish Coach Richt was on the job getting UGA some junior college offensive linemen to fill in the gaps on our offensive line.

Long Time Dawg

July 2nd, 2011
3:42 pm

I have been with the Ga. bulldogs for many, many years and I can without a doubt say that Coach Mark Richt is one of the best things that ever happened to the University of Georgia. In past years I pulled my heart out for Francis Tarkington in college and in the pros but today I am really disappointed in him. i would like for one person to tell me what is wrong with being a Christian football coach. I know that being a Christian coach cannot in any way prevent Coach Richt from wanting with all of his heart to win every game he plays. I know what I’m talking about. I’ve been there. As a graduate of the University of Georgia I am thankful that Mark Richt is the head coach of the Georgia Bulldogs.