Rare off weekend allows Georgia’s Mark Richt to see his sons perform

ATHENS — Georgia coach Mark Richt is looking forward to a rare opportunity to spend some time with his oldest sons this week.

Jon Richt

Jon Richt

As the Bulldogs enjoy their first off weekend since preseason camp opened on August 2, Richt plans on attending his son Jon’s game for Mars Hill College on Saturday afternoon. Jon Richt, 21, is a junior quarterback for the Lions (6-1, 4-0 South Atlantic), who are playing Lenoir-Rhyne (3-3, 2-1) in an important conference game. Mars Hill is ranked No. 24 in Division II.

“It’s a big deal,” Richt said. “Right now Mars Hill is undefeated in league play, which is big. And Jon is doing well.”

Jon, who began his career at Clemson, has passed for 1,514 yards with 16 touchdowns as the Lions’ starting quarterback.

Richt’s second-oldest son, David, also will be performing this weekend. David sings and plays keyboards and piano in several Christian rock bands. On Sunday evening at 6 p.m., he will be one of the musicians performing in the “Jan Smith Student Showcase” at the famous music venue Eddie’s Attic in Decatur. General admission is $13 or $25 with a meal combo and proceeds will benefit the Melissa Carter Transplant Fund.

David Richt on the cover of his CD debut.

David Richt on the cover of his CD debut.

“He’s in a couple of praise bands,” Richt said of David, 16, a junior at Prince Avenue Christian School. “In this one in particular, he’ll be playing the piano and keyboards and be singing. He does some of that. So I’m looking forward to that.”

Mark and Katharyn Richt have two other younger children, Zach, who is 15, and Anya, 14.

Meanwhile, most of the Bulldogs’ players are getting out of town and heading to their respective homes for the weekend.

Richt said he felt like Georgia’s open date was coming at just the right time. The Bulldogs (5-2, 4-1 SEC) play Florida on Oct. 29 in Jacksonville.

“We all needed it,” Richt said. “You’ve got camp, then you have seven straight games. I think everybody was tired. I think everybody was maybe a little cranky. I don’t know, it may have added to what happened at the end of the [Vanderbilt] game, quite frankly. If you’re a little sleep deprived or worn out and beat up and tired and all that kind of stuff, sometimes that can affect you. So I do think it was a very good time for a break, physically and mentally.”

– Chip Towers

148 comments Add your comment

JB

October 21st, 2011
6:12 pm

Have fun Mark

zulucanibal

October 21st, 2011
6:12 pm

zulucanibal

October 21st, 2011
6:12 pm

piermontdawgny

October 21st, 2011
6:14 pm

first
as in winning sec east

James K Polk

October 21st, 2011
6:17 pm

I’m not a big Mark Richt fan as a coach, but I’m a big fan of his as a person. I’m glad he gets to spend some time with his family this weekend. Your kids are only young for a little while.

Basstringerfish

October 21st, 2011
6:23 pm

Wow. Talk about great timing! We forget sometimes that win or lose there are families always involved. Going into the weekend with the Division title still in sight should make this a great weekend for our coach. Enjoy!

KOOL

October 21st, 2011
6:25 pm

7th… gimme some kudos MB!!

dawg in the west

October 21st, 2011
6:45 pm

Always good when the schedule lets us take a week off before Florida.

adawgfan

October 21st, 2011
6:47 pm

No matter the record for 2011 I hope Richt remains the coach at UGA. I believe he is a good coach as well as a good perosn, hopefully he will make the cnanges necessary to put these close ballgames away early. GO DAWGS!

Hmmmmm

October 21st, 2011
6:49 pm

Sometimes the fans forget that the coaches don’t get to do the regular dad things. Have fun Dad.

sammiamm

October 21st, 2011
7:01 pm

Enjoy every minute.

Then come back in a mood and frame of mind begetting a D1 coach intent on schooling an impatient understudy.

Roland_THTG

October 21st, 2011
7:11 pm

I must say that the news about Coach Richt this week has been a pleasant departure from all of the negative reporting lately. It is refreshing to read good news. It gives me a sense that all is right with the world.

Hope that everyone has a very nice weekend!

Cornelius W.

October 21st, 2011
7:18 pm

Y’all fokes bee keerful dis weakinn. I’m gunna be dribin aroun rilly fast whilst I put aweigh a few 6-pax.

Same 'ol thing

October 21st, 2011
7:19 pm

PULL FOR AUBURN SATURDAY DOG FANS

Brucerugby79

October 21st, 2011
7:25 pm

Good to see some love for CMR–folks there are about 25 schools praying we fire him

south ga dawg

October 21st, 2011
7:27 pm

@hmmmmm……you know, Richt is getting 3million per year. I think he is well compensated for not being able to do the ‘regular dad’ things.

Just a Fan

October 21st, 2011
7:39 pm

Hey South Ga Dawg. I’m glad you don’t make 3 mil a year, cause I’m sure that you would easily be able to tell your kids that’s why you aren’t able to do “regular dad” things. Such a moran. You people don’t realize that these coaches work 100 hour work weeks and get blasted for everything they say and do. Complete morans….

Kramer

October 21st, 2011
7:40 pm

I just hope Geathers and Williams come out after half hungry…and we are in it. The return of Tree, Washington and company should give us some added GATA!

Cdpridg

October 21st, 2011
7:40 pm

Money does not replace being able to be with your kids…what a mronic post….Richt is a great coach and man…101 wins 4 sec east…2 sec championships

Cmon man

October 21st, 2011
7:44 pm

I wonder how long before some clown gets on here and starts to complain about cmr spending time with his family on his off week instead of worrying about uf. Somebody is going to say nick saban doesnt spend time with his family he eats, sleeps, and drinks football!

Kramer

October 21st, 2011
7:49 pm

Cmon man…it’s ok. Some peeps are just clueless about what is important.

Roland_THTG

October 21st, 2011
7:57 pm

Saban takes time off whenever he wants to. Who’s gonna question it?

Know this much however… Saban never sleeps – he waits.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

October 21st, 2011
7:58 pm

let’s just pray the players do nothing stupid during their off-weak, already suffering w/ kwame & williams sitting out 1st half. glad to have tree & washington back.

Idiot Dawg

October 21st, 2011
8:08 pm

Even an Idiot likes to be with his family when he can. Go coach.

Name witheld to protect the guilty

October 21st, 2011
8:10 pm

Praise band?

yikes…

My wife attended Mars Hill. Someone did an intervention after two years and took her to see Hendrix in Durham.

She’s fine now. Graduate of what was the Women’s College in Milledgeville, in art, and actually works to this day as an illustrator. We can still see that which is divine that underlies this all, we just aren’t in any way cultish or outward about it. Anonymity here provides the exception.

Mobile Dawg

October 21st, 2011
8:13 pm

I would seriously doubt many, if any, spend more time at work than Saban.

Blind Homer's Odyssey

October 21st, 2011
8:16 pm

Hey us blind homers want him on football. 24 x 7. He gets 3 million a year to coach football and it doesn’t matter if he is a good person. Besides all that Grantham is the Man now. Unlike Richt he has his players back. Us blind homers don’t care about images and Richt singing praises. Grantham spits fire and brimstone and that says Red and Black like nothing else.

Roland_THTG

October 21st, 2011
8:26 pm

They say that Saban goes into the forest sometimes.

Know this much however… Saban never hunts – he kills.

DILLIGAF

October 21st, 2011
8:27 pm

Jan Smith was my vocal coach back in the late 80’s, early 90’s as my band Masada tore up the ATL and the eastern half of the US as one of the best rising hair bands of the time. We almost signed a record deal with Atlantic Records (A&R guy for Skid Row) but it didn’t materialize because the Gulf War and the uncertain economy stifled allotment of funds for signing new acts and we were second runner up.
Hi Jan, nice to see that you are still going strong and following your passion, in case you happen to read this.
It’s good to see Coach Richt getting to spend quality time with his family. It puts the priorities in perspective.
Lets get ready for Jax, Dawgs are due to put together a complete game and I feel like this could be the game. Much needed bye week, defense is going to GATA! Offense has got to keep pace and get 6’s instead of 3’s.

Go Dawgs!
UGA/85′

million dollar man

October 21st, 2011
8:42 pm

@just a fan……You sir are a Richt butt kissing MORON. I’m like everyone else, Richt is a heckuva guy. Glad he’s around. I was just making a point about the money. But i guess there are fans like you who are willing to settle for mediocrity and kiss Richts butt. The rest of us see the potential our team could have with the talent that comes in and leaves every year. I also think that this team is really on the verge of doing something great this year, but our staff keeps hamstringing them. And I dont like the way the family man through Grantham and Williams under the bus after the game the other night. He should have taken up for everybody. And he is missing an opportunity to unite the team and fanbase by not publicly denouncing those suspensions. He could do it in a way that would not get him in trouble with the SEC. I cant believe Richt didnt call Franklin out on his guys sportsmanship. Maybe during this family time, Richt will do some soul searching and comeback ready to whip some gator tails.

Jimmy

October 21st, 2011
8:45 pm

Maybe he needs to spend the weekend learning how to coach. With “chop gate” that everyone’s talking about this week, I have one simple coaching question that everyone has seemed to ignore.

UGA has the ball on 4th down at their own 45 w/ the clock ticking down under 20 seconds. At this point you know youre going to have to punt, but WHY call at time out at 15 seconds? I know it’s done so a ‘delay of game’ penalty won’t be called, causing you 5 yards, but at that point what’s more important; 5 yards or trying to drain EVERY second off the clock?

When they called that time out I was besides myself. Why give Vandy an extra second?? Turns out that after their first incompletion they had HOW much time remaining?? ONE second. If they had not called that time out Vandy wouldn’t have had time for their last play, which turned up being short anyway, but still.

Just bad coaching I think. I’ve never coached and only played in HS so can someone tell me if I’m way offbase here?

Roland_THTG

October 21st, 2011
8:57 pm

It seems that you fellows have taken this column the wrong way. This is a warm and friendly human interest story. It’s not meant to invoke a critique of the football program, but to help you empathize with Coach Richt as a regular guy – just like you or I. This is just the sort of positive, feel-good reporting that many on the blog have been calling for recently. You should all just take it in and enjoy it.

Name witheld to protect the guilty

October 21st, 2011
8:59 pm

Three million a year, Roland.

Kramer

October 21st, 2011
8:59 pm

Bitter taste…bitter is about right. Cheese with that whine?

Mark (another one)

October 21st, 2011
9:24 pm

While people complain about Richt’s plans, the fact is he is a great coach and this is an off week(end). I hope he enjoys himself and come back fresh for the second half of the season.

As for his pay, if you want it go compete for it. He did, and he got it. Your sitting on your couch complaining isn’t doing anyone any good unless it make you feel better about your miserable life.

There are 12 teams (soon to be 1 or 2 more) in the SEC and most expect to compete for the SEC title. In ten years Richt has two and is disappointed he doesn’t have more. Thank god we don’t have a belly acher like Franklin. The story on Richt has a lot more games to be played, and I am looking forward to supporting him and the dawgs.

Half Time Show

October 21st, 2011
9:27 pm

Enter your comments here

ARdawg

October 21st, 2011
10:07 pm

Hopefully and rest will do the coach some good and improve on his clarity which, has been lacking. Enjoy your weekend coach

Just a Fan

October 21st, 2011
10:28 pm

Hey Million Dollar Man…you sound like a great supporter of the Georgia Program which includes the coaches…all of them. BTW, I don’t kiss anybody’s butt, but I just think it is crazy that some of you fans think that you know what is best for this program. You think that you know everything that is going on behind the scenes just because you read a few articles and listen to the radio. It is just crazy, and the sad thing is you have no idea how ignorant that you sound…that my friend is the definition of a morAn. Around here, a moran is a more pitiful moron.

PLEASE KEEP RICHT UGA LOSERS

October 21st, 2011
10:51 pm

PLEASE FLORIDA BEAT UGA

Fire CMR?......

October 21st, 2011
11:29 pm

@ south ga dawg

So…if you get paid 3mil that means you cant spend time with your kids….think before you type

esaun

October 21st, 2011
11:50 pm

To see richt’s reaction to the vandy fiasco one can only wonder the length of the chain garrity has him on. A coach can’t back his players when the AD doesn’t have his back. It seems any lil slip and hello family guy.

jb

October 21st, 2011
11:55 pm

i hope he had a chance to recruit at some games tonight….

Thomas Brown

October 21st, 2011
11:55 pm

Just a Fan October 21st, 2011 7:39 pm

” You people don’t realize that these coaches get blasted for everything they say and do. ”
_______________________________________________________
No. Not every coach.

Thomas Brown

October 22nd, 2011
12:02 am

” I am looking forward to supporting him and the dawgs. ”

Just as soon as he does something, right ?

KKong

October 22nd, 2011
12:06 am

Hey, “Just A Fan”….What the heck’s a moran?

Thomas Brown

October 22nd, 2011
12:17 am

DILLIGAF October 21st, 2011 8:27 pm

” Offense has got to keep pace and get 6’s instead of 3’s. ”
_______________________________________________________
You think ?

06 Field Goals Settled for South Carolina
11 Field Goals Settled for LSU
05 Field Goals Settled for Vandie
08 Field Goals Settled for Arky
03 Field Goals Settled for Ole Miss
06 Field Goals Settled for Kentucky
09 Field Goals Settled for vols
11 Field Goals Settled for Auburn
13 Field Goals Settled for Alabama
13 Field Goals Settled for Missy State
16 Field Goals Settled for Florida
20 Field Goals Settled for Georgia # 12 SEC

Thomas Brown

October 22nd, 2011
12:28 am

Cmon man October 21st, 2011 7:44 pm

” I wonder how long before some clown gets on here and starts to complain about cmr spending time with his family on his off week instead of worrying about uf. Somebody is going to say nick saban doesnt spend time with his family he eats, sleeps, and drinks football! ”
____________________________________________________
Did you not get enough hugs when you were a kid ? Virginia is not ranked in the BCS Top 25. Virginia had an off-week. Virginia beat “the # 12 team in America.” That is the only ranked team Virginia has beat in years. What do we do when we have an off-week ?

rally

October 22nd, 2011
12:56 am

Have a great weekend with the family Coach!!! I will be rooting for Jon and David both. They are a class family with great values and will have words with anyone else who doesn’t think so. He has his priorities in order unlike most people in our society.

This is a great story about just a regular guy who I am proud to have as a coach at UGA. Even Saban doesn’t win them all…give Richt an extension and I would put money he will win a NC in the next three to four years. I think he wants it. We definitely need about 26 commits though this next class. We got to be the Gators for that leg up in Jax next Saturday.

Thomas Brown

October 22nd, 2011
1:48 am

MarineDog October 21st, 2011 12:05 pm

(1) “argue with someone with a predetermined agenda.”
(2) “Some of us on thes blogs will however speak for the overwhelming majority that’s not on these blogs.”
(3) “And no, you do not have to be a graduate of a particualr school in order to be a fan.”
(4) “Some complaints are warranted”
(5) “If you support the current team, you’re a kool-aide drinker.”
(6) “It has nothing to do with WHO the current coach is. It has to do with the fact that we are loyal to the team.”
(7) “If I was Richt, I would do my best to get this team back to its former successes”
(8) “Maybe the next staff will come in and beat every ranked team that they play”
(9) “Some of you complain that the team attrition rate is extremely high”
(10) “I agree, there’s a lot to be concerned about or maybe upset”
(11) “Ultimately, it comes back to THE COACHING STAFF. If the coaching staff is respoinsible for losses, then they are responsible for wins as well. You can’t have it both ways. What was our record after 7 games last year? It was 3-4. We ended up losing 4 SEC games last year. In order for that to happen this year, we would have to lose our last 3 SEC games this year.”
(12) I can tell you this: if you complain at your job about management the way you do on these blogs and upper management is not in agreement with your complaints; I guarantee you that you will be the first to go.
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(12) Well, I’ve worked here 19 years. (1) DISNEYdawgs.com do not post here with a pre-determined agenda ? Get real. That is all they do, sir. (2) Some small vocal minority come on here and disregard all the posts about how mad the fanbase is at Mark Richt. If you read a few more of your own comments coming up in this post, you will find you are 1. They each are too. Don’t let their lies and front they put up fool you. None of the rest of us do. We haven’t done anything here at UGA in years. 2005 was Seven seasons ago and even then we ended up # 3 best team in The SEC in all the polls. DISNEYdawgs.com don’t speak for the overwhelming majority of the fans who are not on these blogs; they come in here to pick on anyone who is bold enough to recognize, as you yourself too sir, that this program is moribund. Instead of facing any – not cut and paste – but updated won/lost record compared to the rest of the programs and players run off from our program, they attack the person. Why is that ? Because they, like yourself, feel you are a better fan than I. A fan is a great fan if the fan wants what is best. If there is a predetermined agenda that a front must be put up, then the retorts will be along those lines, instead of soul-searching the areas and there are many where this program obviously is suffering, and why our won/lost is not where it should be. You mention beating the top 10 teams – well, yeah, that’s one area. You mention the players – JUST GONE. (3) No it is not a requirement to be a fan that you went to school with me at my school. Heck, I went to UGA because I wanted to, and because I could. Kennesaw State is a fine school. Fortunate if the fan did go there, right ? Let’s face it there is a privileged class that got to go to college when I was young. Fans are fans. You do not have to have gone to UGA to be a fan; where do you get this point from anyway ? I have many UGA fans who go to the games with me, sit beside me, drive me to the games, or I drive them who do not attend UGA. I have fans who did who do too. It’s fun and we share the common bond. We are all UGA fans no matter our background. Oh, I forget. Except for me. Keep telling yourself that. Keep ignoring all your own points sir. They are the same points I make. I do make points, don’t I ? (5) I did not ever say that if you support the team, you are a Kool-Aid drinker – what I have said, say and do say is that if you run on these blogs and say we are GREAT WILL WIN THE NC next season, that our QB is the best QB in The Entire SEC, that our head coach is the # 4 best coach in all of America, then yes, those statements are Kool-Aid drinking, DISNEYdawgs.com statements that make the poster feel bravado about his posts. So, too, sir are posts that you are a better fan than I because you say the same exact points as I do, only you believe only you are allowed to point out to the world that – well, just maybe we have fundamental issues that year after year remain the exact same with more platitudes about not having any DISCIPLINE. (6) I you trying to tell little ole me that in my 25 years posting on the Internet at this very site sir that there are not a load of posters who just simply are Mark Richt fans ? He is a great guy. He has all the values of this entire South. He makes 3 million 500 thousand dollars annually in total compensation. Hang all that. I want to win. I want to beat good teams. I want to not lose to 17 teams in his 11 years who would not be ranked without their win over us that season. Don’t even try to tell me that there are not just simply Mark Richt fans. What he did this previous weekend is a perfect example. If you cannot bring yourself to say that Mark Richt obviously admitted that he cursed when he called Shawn Williams ” He’s a DUMB*** ” then what are you ? You are going to try to tell me that he said instead Dumb Answer ? Well, then why did he apologize for cursing ? Dumb Answer is not curse words. Further, there is no precedent for Dumb Answer. No story saying that. This site, however, put up their conversation and put it up there as DUMB***. Libel from the AJ-C on this ? Well, where is Mark Richt’s indignation ? His correction ? Look, we have fans who are Mark Richt fans. They run on here with their LOAD of EXCUSES. They say whatever he says. He lies. He is not the # 4 best coach in all of America; and I would believe a man as yourself would stand up and say, uh, no he is not. He knocked the lid off this # 11 all-time 1-A win program beating # 4 vols in 2001 ? Or, he LOST 4 games 2001 and beat the # 4 vols ? Which is it ? (7) Pardon me if you were Mark Richt you would GET US BACK TO OUR FORMER SUCCESSES ? What, just what pray tell, do you think I have been trying to tell you for all these years on here MarineDog ? We are NOT doing well. You say that yourself. Now, don’t you ? So, that leaves us with the only issue you have is that I went to UGA; I did very well at UGA; I graduated UGA; I am a season ticket holder at UGA; I go to away games, bowl games, JAX as UGA fan; I follow all our sports at UGA; I lettered in 4 myself which is why I walked on here; and oh, by the way, I happen to DREAM more than being # 6 ranked recruiting class in football this season. You think in the 34 years since I graduated, and my Dad had season tickets before I ever started at UGA, that I have seen good UGA football games ? Do you think ? Is it possible I might have studied first hand a well-coached team or 2 ? First Georgia Dome SEC Championship I was there with Dad. Alabama, not us. I have seen many huge big games. We are not in this big huge games, us a great team who has beat great teams that season and they our opponent another great team who has beat great teams that season, and us squaring off on the national stage. We don’t do that, now. You said it, not I. Only now I come and I say it too. The problem ? I said it. Would you prefer I just take your words and put your words up when you say the exact same point I make ? I am sorry if I have a way with words. It is my profession. (8) Beat EVERY ranked team they play ? Pardon me sir, we have played 13 games vs teams who finished top 10 and won 3. The 3 years we did, we lost 4 games, 3 games and 4 games. If it is allright with you and if it is not allright with you, I would hope that just 1 year when we are considered good to have beat 1 team that ends up in the top 10. EVERY. Hyperbole. Called out for it, aren’t you ? You don’t make your point and I do make mine. Get over it. (9) That’s my point sir. Of the 3 who went to the NFL, 1 flunked out and is on the Taxi squad and the other 2 are NFL. My list has 31. Sorry if it offends you that it is 31. It varies from week to week. Pardon me if I update it. The point remains the same. We have 31 missing from kick-off that this coaching staff was heralded for bringing here, Scholarship Recruits, who will not line-up at kick-off, who could have – couldn’t they ? I could leave off the 3 that went to NFL. Why would I do that, when Caleb Darnell King is 1 of the 3 ? Get over it. (10) “I agree, there’s a lot to be concerned about or maybe upset” (11) Now, we compare having a season such as you and I actually are communicating about MarineDog here with this year compared to last year when last year you have to go all the way back to 1953 to find a season where we lost more games. You see ? These are my points sir.

Here are the areas where we agree :
(3) All fans are great, even those whom we disagree with. Some have the interest of the school maybe more in our hearts and some more Mark Richt.
(4) “Some complaints are warranted”
(7) “If I was Richt, I would do my best to get this team back to its former successes”
(9) “Some of you complain that the team attrition rate is extremely high”
(10) “I agree, there’s a lot to be concerned about or maybe upset”
(11) “Ultimately, it comes back to THE COACHING STAFF. If the coaching staff is respoinsible for losses” Thanks a lot, sir, MarineDog

RED DOG 77

October 22nd, 2011
1:55 am

@ James K Polk………..Unfortunately you know very little of the game you love, you are not alone!……….Coach Mark Richt is without question one of the top five [5] coaches in America. James for beginners like you, may I suggest you read, read, read as much as you can get your hands on regarding the history of college football………..then and only then, will you see what the game is really all about……….at least I hope you’ll see…………..Sincerily, RED