More on family helping Mark Richt navigate tough start to win 9 in row

I wrote a story for the print section on how Katharyn Richt helps her husband Mark Richt get through the trials and tribulations of being a college football coach. As usual, there was a lot of good stuff that I couldn’t fit in. I’ve included some of the leftovers below and the blog will give you a forum to talk about the story itself. Also, scroll to bottom or links to more stories we’ve done for Georgia-Georgia Tech week.

Katharyn Richt:

  • On 0-2 start: “It was a struggle, especially when you know you’ve got a good team but one that may be young and needs to grow up. He believed this team had great senior leadership and he went into the season with high hopes. But even after South Carolina, I was surprised that he had as positive an outlook as he did. I think in that game, although South Carolina came out and won, Mark saw in our team and in Aaron [Murray] and in the leadership and everything, he saw what the future was and he was encouraged by it. He said he’d seen it in practice. When you get out there on the playing field on Saturday, you never know what’s going to happen, you never know how it’s going to roll. But I think he was very impressed with what he saw in that game. The fact that he was able to see that encouraged him to keep putting one foot in front of the other and keep trusting himself.”
  • You said players getting in trouble bothers him more than anything. Why? “Because he just knows how hard it is to make it these days. It’s a lot different than it was even 20 years ago, because of Twitter and the Internet. You can hardly do anything out there without somebody knowing it. He just knows how rough it is for these guys when they get in trouble.”
  • On team winning nine in a row: “They’ve been through their bumps and bruises, but the boys have pulled together. The team, the coaches, the staff, the players, there’s a chemistry to this team that I don’t that I’ve ever seen in all my years. We’ve had a lot of great teams over the years, even at Florida State, but this is a special group.”
  • On Richt’s competitiveness: “He competes at everything, even a backyard basketball game, even a family volleyball game. He kicked me out of our family volleyball games this summer. It was because I always cut up and I’m all about having fun and making sure everybody’s having a good time and getting along. He’s all about the winning. So he said I couldn’t play. So, yes, it does affect him when he loses games.”

Kevin “Chappy” Hynes

  • On Richt’s leadership style: “He’s a leader and he keeps his ship from going down. The water’s coming up, the ship is taking on water, he doesn’t panic. He just continues to stay the course. He continues to do what he knows is right in his heart. He’s not tossed by the waves. The storms keep coming and he stays steady.”
  • On Richt’s outlook: “He’s a realist. He’s not just this positive guy, this power positive thinker. He’s just a steady man of faith. He was steady when his wife got cancer, he’s steady when he’s winning and he’s steady when he’s 6-7. He’s unlike anybody I’ve ever met.”
  • On Richt’s actions after 0-2 start: “His job was just to continue to give direction and not let a bunch of backbiting and finger-pointing distract him. He’s a man of character. He’s steady. He doesn’t go up and down. He’s amazingly calm in the storm.”
  • On Richt as disciplinarian: “He’s a stern guy. He’s not a pushover. He’s a stern man. His ability to keep it together is one of his greatest qualities. He just keeps pointing people in the right direction. He has a genuine belief to keep doing the right things.”
  • On fear of losing: “A guy asked him one time if he was scared to lose. He said he’s absolutely not scared to lose. If you’re scared to lose you begin to do things you might not have done. When you’re holding onto something so tight you might make choices you might not make when everything is going good.
  • On hating to lose: “Does he hate to lose? I think that South Carolina loss was the greatest thing that happened to us because that put a fire in his belly like I haven’t seen in a long time. And that wasn’t fear. It was a fire that burned in him.
  • On Richt as decision-maker: “You’ve got a man there that is praying about every decision. You’ve got a man there that doesn’t toss to and fro by the winds of popularity or the winds of change or whatever. He’s praying through everything he does. He’s quick to listen, slow to speak. But when he speaks you know he’s come out of his quiet time and made a decision he’s sure about.”

Senior center Ben Jones

  • On Richt’s demeanor this season: “He’s the same old Coach Richt. He’s a calm guy that always focuses on the next game. He’s not looking for 10 in a row. He’s like, ‘let’s just win this game’ and then we’ll focus on next week. He just took it one game at a time and that’s what we’ve been doing for nine weeks. Now we’re just going to try to get that 10th one.”
  • Did players ever feel they were playing for his job? “We try not to focus on that. We knew if we took care of business that would take care of itself. I think we’ve done a great job of doing that and he’s done a heckuva job of getting us in this situation and having us focus in practice. So we give him all the credit in the world for this season. He’s a great man, a great coach and a great father figure.”

Mark Richt

  • On pressure of coaching college football: “In the coaching profession, if you do it as long as I’ve been doing it, over 25 years, there’s always going to be some good times and there’s going to be some really tough times. If I had some of the tough times I’ve been through professionally and there were any issues at the house on top of that, I don’t know how I would have done.”
  • On family: “I’ve never, ever once left the office and started driving toward the house and was not excited to get home. I love going home because of my wife first and foremost. It is a safe Haven. It’s awesome.”
  • On whole family being there for Kentucky game: “It was a big deal. Jon’s team [Mars Hill College] made the playoffs for the first time in more than 20 years and they were ranked high enough where they had a first-round bye. So I knew he had a bye. But I wasn’t sure if he was going to make it. When the game was over, that was the first time I saw him and his wife Anna. Of course David and his girlfriend Candace were there and Zach was there with his buddy Tanner. Of course, Katharyn being there was big. Anya was at a horse show. She was riding and competing. So it was almost everybody. It was great, though. It kind of brought back some m,emories odf that picture of everybody 11 years ago when we first showed up to Athens. How young I looked. Katharyn still looks young. But the kids were so teeny, so little. Now they’re grown up. So it was nice to have them there.”

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59 comments Add your comment

LP21

November 23rd, 2011
11:53 am

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

November 23rd, 2011
11:56 am

Great coach, better man.

DILLIGAF

November 23rd, 2011
12:01 pm

Mark Richt is a true man of character and a great coach. I think that I speak for the real Dawg Nation when I say that we are truly proud to have him as our coach.

Go Dawgs!

UGA/85″
GATA!

11-3

November 23rd, 2011
12:03 pm

Bark Bark Arf arf

sammiamm

November 23rd, 2011
12:03 pm

Better to see Richt kissing wife than tho see CPJ kissing… ..?

Now, how about some sensitivity training for CPJ. Like most, I get concerned about being overly PC, but as a person with special needs, I have to take issue with his use of the R word.

WDE

November 23rd, 2011
12:08 pm

Great article, I’m so glad we have had the season we have to this point to shut up the anti-Richt bunch he is a great coach and a better person.

11-3

November 23rd, 2011
12:10 pm

Wes Durham on AM790 just said that Paul Johnson NEVER SAID that we are Walmart fans who are retards for Barking.

Wes Durham said that just because it is in the AJ-C doesn’t make it true. That Wes Durham does NOT BELIEVE that Paul Johnson said that.

Wes Durham, sir :

“Hello? Hello?” and then began barking before either hanging up or being cut off. Johnson responded, “Hello? Hello? He just got off from Walmart.”

Johnson, who earlier in the day had commented how most Georgia fans he encounters are cordial, said, “Anybody who calls into a radio show and barks is either retarded or doesn’t have a life.”

Mad Dog One

November 23rd, 2011
12:14 pm

This is the man some fans wanted to run off from UGA. I have never been one to depend on faith I have always said don’t bother God with the little stuff handle it your self. But I can appreciate a man of faith that lives it 24/7. I have two preachers in family when you see it away from the croud it is real. I am glad CMR is the UGA coach even when I get mad at some of the things he does. As always GO DOGS & GATA

11-3

November 23rd, 2011
12:23 pm

Who has He beat ?

david

November 23rd, 2011
12:42 pm

plenty in 11 years to get to 105-106 wins if im not mistaken

Georgia | MrSEC.com

November 23rd, 2011
12:42 pm

[...] fans as a sign that their coach didn’t mind losing as much as they minded losing.  Well Richt’s wife, Katharyn, says that’s not even close to being true:“He competes at everything, even a backyard basketball game, even a family volleyball game.  [...]

TampaDawg

November 23rd, 2011
12:48 pm

I am proud to be able to say that I for one was NEVER on the “Fire CMR” bandwagon. I think people put too much stock in some of the recent numbers rather than the entire body of work. I am more proud that he is our coach.

OkieDawg

November 23rd, 2011
12:51 pm

Mark Richt defines class. Paul Johnson defines classless. Let’s hope class trumps classless on Saturday. Gotta go, can’t be late for my job at the Walmarts with the rest of the r_ _ _ _ _ s. CPJ keeping it classy.

DIT

November 23rd, 2011
12:57 pm

Mark Richt is the type of coach that makes the UGA fan base stick out their chests a little bit more. Proud to say that he is the football coach of the University of Ga.!
Go Dawgs & Beat tek

TampaDawg

November 23rd, 2011
1:08 pm

The guy carries himself in an uncommon way. I have learned MANY success prinicples in the last few years. One of my favorites is “observe the masses, and do the opposite” .. CMR has definitely marched to that one. He isn’t swayed by public opinion and doesn’t compromise his Faith for anyone. Carry on CMR. Do your thing.

Lakedawg

November 23rd, 2011
1:08 pm

106-36 Best win % in SEC. Miles ,Saban, Petrino, Spurrier got a ways to go to get to that record.

G-Dawg

November 23rd, 2011
1:22 pm

11-3…who have you beat? besides your own meat!! Tool!!

G-Dawg

November 23rd, 2011
1:22 pm

Ditto TampaDawg. Either be a fan..or transfer like the other quitters!!!

AltamahaDawg

November 23rd, 2011
1:48 pm

It’s a good story. I am sure that ESPN is going to be doing a few feel good segments on Richt next week as part of the build-up to the SECCG. We’ll have plenty more fans on the bus as soon as they see what ESPN tells them what to think.

Fair and Balanced

November 23rd, 2011
2:07 pm

CMR is a good man, good husband, good father. I think he is a good coach too and a good example for his players. He does more to help players become good men first and good players second. It’s not his fault if they don’t listen as it is so obvious they sometimes don’t. But you have to think that maybe even the guys who end up leaving on account of their own stupidity will someday remember what CMR tried to instill in them.

Newman

November 23rd, 2011
2:15 pm

You know that “Chappy” is Richt’s brother-in-law…

chipperdawg

November 23rd, 2011
2:16 pm

Well said “AltamahaDawg”… a shame, but oh so true!

Drewski

November 23rd, 2011
2:20 pm

TWO DAYS TILL THE ENEMY!!!! GO DAWGS! WIN OUT FOR MUNSON.

RxDawg

November 23rd, 2011
2:22 pm

Fantastic article Chip. Thanks for sharing with us.

crackbaby

November 23rd, 2011
2:23 pm

If 790 the Zone broadcasts something, but hardly anyone can pick up their signal, is it a real radio station?

crackbaby

November 23rd, 2011
2:31 pm

Kevin “Chappy” Hynes:

“You’ve got a man there that is praying about every decision….
He’s praying through everything he does.”

Does God think football matters?

Dawg_Mike

November 23rd, 2011
2:32 pm

I wouldnt trade CMR for anyone in the Coaching ranks and I mean anyone.

AltamahaDawg

November 23rd, 2011
2:36 pm

I’m not sure it’s a matter of being a fan or not. Obviously everybody wants Georgia to succeed. Fan pretty much covers a wide range. Folks can be fanatic about Georgia in a lot of ways, and not all agree.

The real line is drawn between being a supporter and being a consumer.

Eddie

November 23rd, 2011
2:46 pm

Outstanding article. I am and have always been proud to have CMR as our head coach. He truly is a man of character and great faith and he is a tremendous coach as well. Crackbaby—I doubt God cares about the game of football, but I know He cares about the people involved in it and I believe that is what is being referred to. I am very proud of Coach Richt and the team for the way they have bounced back this year and look forward to these final 3 games. GO DAWGS!!!

JB

November 23rd, 2011
3:01 pm

Will we beat Tech. Everyone but them thinks we will, so I like our chances, but beating them is rich, because it just kills them. They scurry back to the academic argument real quick like it doesn’t matter, but we all know better. Go Dawgs and get ready to enjoy….Happy Thanksgiving everyone, even my Tech friends.

Cuz

November 23rd, 2011
3:03 pm

Altamaha, you know I am a big athletic supporter. Just not a jock.

Cuz

November 23rd, 2011
3:04 pm

Praying for decisions that affect others is not a bad thing to do crackbaby.

AP51

November 23rd, 2011
3:04 pm

So proud of Coach Richt. Through highs and lows, I am thankful that he is our coach. He is a class act and the program is better with him at the helm.

Cuz

November 23rd, 2011
3:05 pm

Tech fans at the end of a game in the early 80’s:
We’ll get jobs, we’ll get jobs.

Lewis Grizzard:
Not playing football.

AltamahaDawg

November 23rd, 2011
3:06 pm

say you are a stupporter?

AltamahaDawg

November 23rd, 2011
3:08 pm

but not a jeanshorter?

DILLIGAF

November 23rd, 2011
3:15 pm

Hey Cuz, how is Baylie doing?

Dawg12

November 23rd, 2011
3:16 pm

Question to everyone: (an exercise for ranking). #1, 2 and 3 are good but?

What good solid team has Arkansas (# 3) beat? I say none

What good solid team has Bama beat (# 2)? I say none. Ark had a lacking D

What good solid team has LSU beat (# 1 )? Is bama the only example with their questionable offense and lack of a signature win this year?

Could UGA beat anyone of these 3?

AltamahaDawg

November 23rd, 2011
3:35 pm

Lipstick on a pig?

All Saints

November 23rd, 2011
3:36 pm

This is a reminder that we’ll be having our regular tribute and moment of silence on Saturday for Saint Jan Kemp, the courageous martyr who exposed UGA and Vince Dooley’s “remedial studies” fraud, a shameful scam that Mark Richt carries on today, almost thirty years later.

Please approach this special moment with awe and reverence as we honor her sacred name.

AltamahaDawg

November 23rd, 2011
3:43 pm

Will that be before or after the ceremonial stripping of that ACC title for academic fraud?

Texas Dawg

November 23rd, 2011
3:46 pm

Coach Richt has his priorities in the right place, and he cares deeply for his players. I expect there are more good years to come.

Victory Dawg

November 23rd, 2011
4:25 pm

Real Classy All Saints- You are a pathetic tool. Just remember your coach is a dumb, turkey neck, idiot that should be fired for his comments ( if only the administration @ Tech had any balls).

DawgInaTruck

November 23rd, 2011
4:38 pm

Like some others I have NEVER wanted to get rid of CMR. As I’ve also posted a few times here, the seat was never as hot as some bloggers/pundits/self-appointed experts would have you believe and I can assure you that came/comes from a very reliable source. I’m glad the powers that be are more disciplined than the masses.

More importantly: Cuz, how is Baylie?

pcola-dog

November 23rd, 2011
4:49 pm

“Turkey Neck” hilarious… Who is Jan Kemp? Did he/she play ball? Must be irrelevant…. sort of like all things tech. man I’m hungry, let’s eat

Mr. Dawg

November 23rd, 2011
4:49 pm

Ditto DawginaTruck

Bob

November 23rd, 2011
5:01 pm

I like mark Richt, but I still think at $3M a year, we can do a lot better.

TampaDawg

November 23rd, 2011
5:12 pm

Yes Cuz, how is Baylie doing? As a parent, I’ve been there man so I am pulling for you and your family.

TampaDawg

November 23rd, 2011
5:16 pm

The all saints poster should have been banned long time ago for repetitive crap. Spewing it is one thing then accusing (falsely in an attempt to lower CMR down to GT standards) CMR of committing this kind of crap is just comical.

I love mac and cheese

November 23rd, 2011
5:45 pm

I be black too