Richt: ‘I have not talked to any other school about a job’

Georgia football coach Mark Richt expressed Saturday his gratification over UGA’s desire to extend his contract and intimated that, contrary to reports in Texas, he did not speak with Texas A&M about its coaching job.

“I’ve said many times Georgia is the place I want to be as long as Georgia will have me. That has never changed,” Richt said in a statement. “And it’s gratifying to know Georgia wants me.

“I have not talked to any other school about a job, nor do I have any interest in doing so. My interest is having a great recruiting year and start building toward next season.”

A report Friday in the San Antonio Express-News and Houston Chronicle, citing an unnamed source, said Richt was “in the mix” for the Texas A&M job. The papers reported Saturday that Richt declined A&M’s job offer.

UGA athletic director Greg McGarity met with Richt on Friday to open discussions about extending the coach’s contract, which has two years remaining. McGarity said the meeting was planned before the A&M reports, which McGarity dismissed.

McGarity said he had not been contacted by A&M athletic director Bill Byrne and would have been if the Aggies were pursuing Richt.

Late Saturday afternoon, Texas A&M announced the hiring of Houston coach Kevin Sumlin.

McGarity said he and Richt will continue to talk about a contract extension. “He wants to be our coach,” McGarity said. “We want him to be our coach.”

Richt has a 106-37 record at Georgia, but his job appeared in jeopardy when the Bulldogs followed a 6-7 record in 2010 with back-to-back losses to start this season. The Dogs then won 10 consecutive games and the SEC East title.

– Tim Tucker

462 comments Add your comment

mike

December 10th, 2011
12:59 pm

mike

December 10th, 2011
12:59 pm

mike

December 10th, 2011
1:00 pm

KOOL

December 10th, 2011
1:03 pm

Nom Nom Nom Chucks Taylor, or Norris if he is avaliable

December 10th, 2011
1:04 pm

Sweet, new articles!!!

dawggirl

December 10th, 2011
1:05 pm

Mark Richt has no reason to lie. After seeing what Penn State has gone through, I hope CMR is here for a long time to come.

monte

December 10th, 2011
1:06 pm

mike, kudos on second and third!!

Nom Nom Nom Chucks Taylor, or Norris if he is avaliable

December 10th, 2011
1:07 pm

Of all the things Dawgs disagree on when it comes to coach Mark Richt…I think we could all agree this was a non-story.

I would put truth to the part of Richt turning down the job. No need for AD’s to talk before their is some interest.

This had as much legs as the Richt to Miami last year…..and again, the question becomes, “Why would he leave for those schools?”

Connie Lingous

December 10th, 2011
1:10 pm

Somewhere a message board troll is laughing his ass off at this rumor catching on ….

Joe

December 10th, 2011
1:11 pm

We all knew that beat writers from the Houston Chronicle, as well as managers of Texas A&M’s Scout and Rivals sites, were fabricating the entire story, and A&M was too glad to let them lie, if for no other reason than to make their fans believe they were going after big targets, when all they were really going after was Sumlin.

Jim

December 10th, 2011
1:15 pm

When CMR came here, and several times since, he and his wife have stated that they want to make Athens and UGA their last stop in coaching. People can say all they want about CMR and his coaching but they would be hard put to say anything about his giving his word or playing games about his job. He is not going anywhere else unless UGA lets him go. He is a man of his word, end of story.

Yogi

December 10th, 2011
1:16 pm

Glad to hear that CMR will likely be at UGA for a while. The story never made sense. Why leave for A&M? The Georgia job is a better gig.

junkyarddawg

December 10th, 2011
1:16 pm

AD McGarity,

1. Along with locking down CMR long term do what is need to keep CTG there long term as well.
2. Get rid of CRG now, recruiting the “right” people is critical, his judgement is questionable at best
3. Have CTG call Joe D in Dallas and get him here ASAP in Garner’s slot as Special Teams Coordinator. He is a ST guru!
4. MAke CMB Recruiting Coordinator and QB coach
5. Find a “desk” job for Lilly and use that slot to hire an aggressive, innovative OC.
Make those moves and we’ll regularly be playing on the first Sat in Dec in the GA Dome and will soon be playing for a NC!

Proud-Dawg

December 10th, 2011
1:16 pm

This was a non-story to begin with. With the advent of technology, rumors spread fast across different platforms. Richt is focused on beefing up the 8th rated, according to ESPN, recruiting class. We have a great shot at sneaking in the top 5 again. Let’s hope the youth on this team grows so UGA can take that next step.

Old Dawg

December 10th, 2011
1:17 pm

Rumors are just that, rumors. CMR has said since Day 1 that the only place he wants to be is Georgia. He has reiterated that time and again. We can argue all we want to about various aspects of his coaching, but he has never wavered on his wanting to be the HC at Georgia and it’s doubtful he ever will.

7576DAWG

December 10th, 2011
1:18 pm

With that cleared up , it’s time to see if Georgia can tweak their coaching staff to take care of our problem’s, mainly SPECIAL TEAM’S. Playing first team player’s and not walk on’s will take care of most of the problem. The fall off was so dramatic from 2010 when Belin was in charge of special team’s more than just playing first team player’s are needed.
This will be a huge challenge for CMR , who hates to fire coaches and affect families and McGarity who has a repetition as not settling for second best. It will be interesting to see how McGarity and CMR handles how to make Georgia a top ten team.

SSIgator

December 10th, 2011
1:18 pm

D A DoubleU G

December 10th, 2011
1:19 pm

This is the last year for a LOOOOONG time that other organizations can use the “hot seat” or “unstable future” of Mark Richt with Georgia as a negative recruiting tool…..

You can bet your tail that is what this was, and there will be at least one or two more cheap shots before signing day.

The best thing McGarity and UGA can do is get the new deal inked asap. Hopefully with Grantham as well….

Nothing barks at a car that’s not moving. GO DAWGS!!!

dawgs66

December 10th, 2011
1:21 pm

Richt, Saban, Mile and other especially Charlie Weiss have made more than they can spend in a lifetime. It would be nice if they would expand their “student horizon” and help payoff student loans , , ,

Yogi

December 10th, 2011
1:22 pm

I am so glad that the lunatic fringe has been silenced. We have to trust that McGarity knows what he is doing. We have some momentum. It’s time to get behind this coach and this program and ride this wave. I do agree that we need to extend CTG. We could be in for a nice run over the next few years

Coach Ray Goff

December 10th, 2011
1:23 pm

“I’ve said many times Georgia is the place I want to be as long as Georgia will have me. That has never changed. And it’s gratifying to know Georgia wants me. I have not talked to any other school about a job nor do I have any interest in doing so. My interest is having a great recruiting year and start building toward next season.”

– Mark Richt, Dec. 10, 2011

Translation: I have not talked personally to any other school about a job, but it is contract renegotiation time and my agent has expressed interest to a few schools with HC openings. I feel comfortable at Georgia, but show me the money Adams or I’m as good as gone.

Sensei John Kreese

December 10th, 2011
1:26 pm

This story is nothing more than a fabrication to try and negatively influence recruiting. UGA had a great season, and other teams do not want to see CMR get the ball rolling once again. I’ve got a feeling (hopefully) that we’re only seeing the beginning of a another great recruiting class, and that it will translate into great success on the field (fingers crossed). Now, let’s get Grantham locked up and GATA! GO DAWGS!

gt4ever

December 10th, 2011
1:27 pm

This is as silly as our coaching predicament…. Your coach still has almost 3 years left on his contract… Richt has done NOTHING to prove any more money or an extension…. Good Grief! At least we are NOT talking about extending CPJ’s contract…. What a JOKE college football has become in Georgia, that’s both GT and UGA!

bdawg

December 10th, 2011
1:27 pm

well i am glad they are looking at signing him long term. now if they will just demote or fire bobo and get a OC in that can match what CTG is doing with the defense UGA will finally be complete and truly contending for NC.

SSIgator

December 10th, 2011
1:27 pm

“I have not talked to any other school about a job”

But did your agent at your direction? Semantics, semantics.

gt4ever

December 10th, 2011
1:31 pm

and one final thing…. CTG is a DISGRACE to UGA football…. He is an embarrassment to your institution and the state of Georgia… Period!

Roaddawg80

December 10th, 2011
1:33 pm

SSIgator

considering that article nor the first report had no credible sources and it specifically says it in that article, I think I will believe Richt since he has always been a man of honor.

I am not sure I laughed that hard in a long time when I first read the report of him going to Texas A&M. What is so funny is their fans acts like it would have been a step up for Richt. LMFAO

7576DAWG

December 10th, 2011
1:35 pm

junkyarddawg
That would be one way of getting rid of Bobo without firing him and would allow him to keep his present salary. Bobo may not be a very good coordinator but he is a very good recruiter , especially in south Georgia and he is a DGD so keeping him is essential. Garner got real lazy over the year’s and can be replaced.
What I would like to see is all the coaches petition the NCAA to let each school hire 10 coaches instead of the present 9 . Offense’s and defense’s have gotten so sophisticated these day’s that the NCAA need’s to catch up. It would make team’s a lot better and open up a lot more job’s.

Roaddawg80

December 10th, 2011
1:36 pm

gt4ever

No. The embarrassment to our state is that high school offense you try to run. I watch a state championship game last night run the same offense and ran it better than GT.

Durrty Dogg

December 10th, 2011
1:37 pm

This is one of the many reasons why the internet needs laws and sanctions. People lie for no reason at all. Why in the world would he be interested in Texas A&M over what he has and what he has built here in GA? Didn’t make any sense but of course due to the ramblings of people who have no life and too much time on their hands, he had to address it. His statement was meant to calm recruits down who may read the story and think, uh oh! Don’t think recruits. Mark Richt is not going anywhere. Of course, just last year at this time, many of you on here would have loved for this fake story to be true! Funny how things change in only 365 days!!

Go Dawgs!!! GATA!!

layinlow

December 10th, 2011
1:38 pm

gt4ever, didn’t your school just recently have their conference championship taken away for violations? Talk about embarrassment to the state of Gerogia. You need to worry about your own turkey necked a$$hole coach who screams at his players every time they come off the field.

7576DAWG

December 10th, 2011
1:39 pm

Richt does not have an agent, he handles his own contract negotiation’s.

gt4ever

December 10th, 2011
1:40 pm

Roaddawg,

Your right about our offense, but your delusional about that loose cannon you call a DC. He is a JOKE, your program deserves class coaches like Richt….. Not a grown man acting like an adolescent… I mean really….

Nom Nom Nom Chucks Taylor, or Norris if he is avaliable

December 10th, 2011
1:42 pm

@gt4ever and all the other idiots who “can’t understand why you sign an extension with 3 years left”…

You see, unlike your flap of a football program, recruiting means something. Your coach can look the kid in the eye and say I will be there for 4 years (according to my contract)….

What Div I kid would go somewhere that has a coach in his “literal” last year of his contract? ahhhhh, GT of course with manoobies mcgee and his spread triple option DERP offense.

Get it?

Nom Nom Nom Chucks Taylor, or Norris if he is avaliable

December 10th, 2011
1:43 pm

BTW, if the coach gets fired or quits for another job….That’s called life and is part of the college experience.

Like rapes and muggings on North Avenue.

gt4ever

December 10th, 2011
1:44 pm

Layinlow,

You can’t be serious… A football coach screaming at his players, and your defensive coordinator trying to start a fight with the oppositions head coach… Yeah, that makes sense…. Wow…. What color is the sky in your world layinlow…. Pretty pathetic….

Roaddawg80

December 10th, 2011
1:44 pm

So I am assuming you are talking about the Florida choke hold. Which nobody was proud of and it was a mistake. He learned his lesson and was punished internally for. However, if you are talking about the Vanderbuilt situation I will disagree for everyone and the cameras only focused on CTG. It showed two weeks later when Franklin did the same thing against Tennessee. Franklin is a instigator and went after one of our players. I have no problem with what CTG did @ Vanderbuilt.

Larry Ware

December 10th, 2011
1:44 pm

gt4ever wears his mom’s underpants

Nom Nom Nom Chucks Taylor, or Norris if he is avaliable

December 10th, 2011
1:44 pm

I think gt4ever is mad at CTG cause he crashed the mirrors and blew away the smoke of manoobies simple offense.

WinderDawg

December 10th, 2011
1:46 pm

CMR is in Athens for a long time to come. Sorry gt4ever but CTG is also staying until he gets a head coaching gig. CPJ at Tech well you can keep him. CMR will have another top five recruiting class and will be at tthe top of the SEC East again this time next year.

Roaddawg80

December 10th, 2011
1:46 pm

They try to keep contract extended for 5 years for recruiting. That means it will cover red shirt years. Richt has 2 years left on his contract and will most likely receive a 3 or 4 year extension. Probably no raise but just a extension.

gt4ever

December 10th, 2011
1:48 pm

nom nom nom, or whatever your name……

No sir, your the idiot…. just because it’s done, doesn’t make it WISE! Most of these kids, unlike you, GET it…. They are perfectly aware that the coach may not be there for the full years of eligibility… Your like many other delusional UGA fans who are CLUELESS…

JB

December 10th, 2011
1:49 pm

Here is all you need to know. Saban, yes, look out for moving vans. Johnson at Tech, only AA level college would hire him away, and i don’t see any of those schools paying 2 mil plus, so he’s at Tech forever, thank goodness. Richt ain’t leaving. period. and with Florida a train wreck with Tenn, look for SC as the only road bump to the Dome every year, and they ( SC) normally destruct themselves. Great to be a Dawg. The worm has turned.

tony

December 10th, 2011
1:51 pm

PLZ hire Mr.Richt Texas A&M.

7576DAWG

December 10th, 2011
1:53 pm

gt4ever
I would be surprised to find out if you ever played real football. The way Grantham acted is normal on a football team if the coach want’s to win. To a man, I guarantee everybody on the defense placed Grantham a notch higher on their admiration list after that incident. Players respond well to a coach they know will have their back.

Time

December 10th, 2011
1:54 pm

@Gt4ever…Just go away troll. How stupid do you look as a insect Tech fan ranting about whatever Grantham screamed at another player or coach. First it ain’t the powder puff football you guys play down at the trade school. It’s big boy football, emotions run high. Second, just shows the complete hypocrisy of you and most of your ilk who still pray at the alter of Johnson who, like most of the techies here, look down and make fun of people who actually work for a living and or have mental retardation issues. You all make me sick. Trust this, Rich would never open his mouth in the way your beloved god of HS football does. And if he did, we’d run him out. End of story.

Stay as long as you want Mark Richt. Given what we’ve seen at PSU and even closer to home with the idiot on North Avenue, I’m very very happy to have a man like Richt at the helm. The NC will come with patience.

Coach Ray Goff

December 10th, 2011
1:54 pm

7576DAWG

December 10th, 2011
1:39 pm
Richt does not have an agent, he handles his own contract negotiation’s.

No wonder he’s grossly underpaid compared to other SEC coaches.

JB

December 10th, 2011
1:54 pm

tony………with the SEC banning over signing, Bama and LSU will be back to normal in a year or two. The days of bringing in 40 and culling through them is over. With McGarity on the scene, Dawgs are heading up.

CTG Punches Himself in the Face

December 10th, 2011
1:56 pm

It was right there on national television. Bloody lip and all. Unbalanced individual I’d say.

Durrty Dogg

December 10th, 2011
1:56 pm

@ junkyarddawg

I agree with a few of your ideas. Locking up CTG is a no brainer for anyone with any amount of sense. Unfortunately, I dont get the long term feel when I look at him. I also think if Richt wouldnt have had his job status questioned in the last few years, CTG wouldnt be here. I think Virginia Tech coach would have been our Defensive Coordinator. At the time though, Richt wasn’t the most liked Dawg in the house. I hope CTG can relax for a a few more years to see these recruits grow and develop. Kirby Smart is hanging in there and we know anybody associated with that staff gets offers every single day almost.

Garner is a great recruiter. I have been on the ropes with him not for who he brings in but for what he has done with our defensive line. I think it has been a little down for the last four or five years. It always amazes me to see former UGA players who were adequate at best go to the NFL and get major cudos and money. Its all about getting the proper coaching. Think about this before you ridicule some of the recruits actions. We live in an age where, just like the Richt story above, things can get fabricated and blown way out of proportion. Imagine if all the media outlets existed during the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s. Im sure many of our favorite athletes would have had a lot issues uncovered and reported. These are kids. And thinking everyone is a saint or a sinner is not for us to decide. If they go to a school and make wrong choices, who is to blame? Its their lives and they have to choose just like we all had to.

Bobo is only doing what CMR wants him to do. I mean, its quite obvious. The thing is, Richt has to learn that sometimes you have to make changes. Special teams is an area that needs to be addressed. It is costing us momentum in games and most importantly victories. Bobo is not Chip Kelly. We are commited to a pro style offense here and doing things the pro way. Thats why its called the GA “I”. What we need is execution. You could have Donald Duck doing the play calling if there is precise focus and execution. With that being said, yeah Bobo needs to go!

Sorry this is long. At home with the kids so I got time on my hands today.