Mark Richt, Bo Pelini discuss Georgia-Nebraska matchup in Capital One Bowl

Georgia coach Mark Richt and Nebraska coach Bo Pelini were each flown to Orlando on Thursday by the Capital One Bowl for a news conference to preview their teams’ matchup in the Jan. 1 Bowl. Following are some of their comments from that session:

NEBRASKA COACH BO PELINI

On being selected for the Capital One Bowl:

“We’re excited. I know I can speak for everyone and say that we’re excited to be coming back to Orlando. We’re coming to a first-class bowl game, great hospitality, great city of Orlando, and the opportunity to play a tremendous football team, one of the top five, top couple football teams in the United States. So we’re looking forward to the challenge, a great football game and a great trip for our team and our fans.”

On a return trip to the Capital One Bowl:

“Having some familiarity with the surroundings, the hotel, everything. One thing I can say from my appearance last year is that the folks at the Capital One Bowl do such a great job. They’re so organized. They made it easy on us. It’s first class all the way. We’re looking forward to it.”

On the possible distractions of playing in Orlando:

“I don’t think it’s a distraction. There’s time for work and then there’s time for play. Going to a bowl game is a reward, a reward for a lot of hard work that’s gone into it, a lot of sacrifice. I think we do a good job of balancing that.”

On playing Georgia:

“I know Coach Richt from my time in the SEC, watched him on film a lot. I have a lot of respect for their program. I know they’re a tremendous football team, very talented football team and they’ll be a great challenge for us.”

On rebounding from the Big Ten Championship Game loss:

“It’s not the first time we’ve gotten hit in the mouth. Everybody who plays the sport of football, or plays athletics, goes through a tough time. The way you’re defined isn’t by what happens to you, but the way you react to it. Our guys are looking forward to the next opportunity to go out there and play. The opportunity to play against Georgia is great.”

On stopping Georgia’s running game:

“There not the first team we’ve played and they’re not going to be the last that has a good running football team. We’ve played enough of them this year, physical running backs, physical groups up front. We’ll be ready for it. We won 10 games for a reason. It’s not easy winning ten. We’ve got a tremendous challenge ahead of us to try to get 11.”

GEORGIA COACH MARK RICHT

Opening statement:

“It’s good to be here in Orlando. We’re very thankful to have the opportunity to play in the Capital One Bowl. I think going into the SEC Championship game I know I wasn’t thinking about plan B, but if your plan B lands you in Orlando and lands you at the Capital One Bowl then it’s a great thing for your program. We’ve been here before. It’s as good, if not the very best, bowl experience we’ve had as a team. Our fans love the opportunity to come to Orlando. I think our players will enjoy everything. I know our players enjoyed it back in 2008 after that season. I know the coaches’ wives and children enjoy it as well. We’re glad to be here. We know we have a tremendous challenge in playing the University of Nebraska headed up by coach Bo Pelini and his staff. They have some very dynamic players. Martinez is a great quarterback and they have a couple I-backs that are rushing for more than 200 yards a game and we’ve had some trouble with the rushing game lately so we need to make sure we can handle that.”

On the Bulldogs’ season goals:

“I don’t look at the bowl as a plan B, but plan A was to win (the SEC Championship) and play in the national championship. I think our guys like football. I think they like to play the game. I think they enjoy winning and I think they enjoy practicing. We have a lot of veterans on this team that came back for a special and to some degree it is a special year. We didn’t quite get to the mountain top like we wanted to, but these guys still have a lot of pride and they want to go out here and leave our program on a high note and in a first-class manner.”

On Nebraska coach Bo Pelini:

“He always has great defensive football teams. He was a defensive coordinator obviously. Just tough, hard-nosed football. That’s what it’s all about.”

On his Nebraska ties:

“I grew up a Nebraska fan. My mom and dad were born in Omaha, born in the same neighborhood, and grew up together as kids. They started dating and got married in their teens. Most all of their family still lives in Nebraska. Even when we moved to Colorado we were still big-time Nebraska fans. It’s very meaningful to play the University of Nebraska to me on a personal note. Because I’m at Georgia a lot of my cousins are Georgia fans as well and they call themselves ‘Corn-Dawgs.’”

On recruiting in Florida:

“Hopefully there are some young players in the area that watch the game and maybe get to come to the game in person to see us play and like what they see and get excited about Georgia.”

On the bowl time activities:

“I like for our players to enjoy the bowl experience. I want to win and we’re going to have our meetings and our practices set up to where we’re going to get the work done that we need to get done. We try to get it done early enough in the day that they have the majority of the day to go enjoy the events. I don’t mind them going out and having fun; I don’t even look at it as a distraction. I look at it as a reward.”

249 comments Add your comment

James in Amelia Island , Florida

December 7th, 2012
10:40 am

Very proud of The Dawgs in 2012! Coach Richt and the Team played their hearts out in the SEC Game. Best SEC Game ever rated by SI. We will be there to support our Dawgs in Orlando. Looks like another really good class of prospects coming in 2013.
Go Dawgs!

rd

December 7th, 2012
10:44 am

Chip. Why no word yet from SEC on Dial? Whats the hold up?

Chris Eagle

December 7th, 2012
10:48 am

I’ll still proud of my Dawgs, but the Bama loss really stings. I really hope that this game helps soothe it some. I’ve always wanted to see UGA play Nebraska. It should be fun.

GTBob

December 7th, 2012
10:55 am

Playing an average team in an average bowl game. UGA fans must be excited. If you win then you beat a team that Wisconsin beat by 39 points.

LBS

December 7th, 2012
11:00 am

Its going to be a great game. This group of DAWGS has a lot to be proud about.

Football fan

December 7th, 2012
11:03 am

GTBob, I have never seen a GT fan so filled with hatred as you. You never have a positive thought. How sad your life must be. Because your Georgia Tech team has struggled you must try to pull down others to your level. How sad it must be to be you! Go Dawgs! Go Jackets!

LBS

December 7th, 2012
11:04 am

Thanks for the reminder GTBob, but what really helps me sleep good at night is remembering that 42-10 beat down that we delivered to Tech.

azdawg

December 7th, 2012
11:04 am

Both teams coming off a loss but GA’s was much bigger in terms of what was lost, shot at the NC. I think it’ll be harder for the dawgs to get up for NB game coming so close only to fall short in the dome. NB will be fired up trying to erase the pounding loss they took from WI. Only hope the GA coaching staff can fire up their players otherwise it’ll be another bowl performance like the CFU game several years ago. That loss to AL will linger on for quite a while.

GTBob

December 7th, 2012
11:10 am

GTBob, I have never seen a GT fan so filled with hatred as you. You never have a positive thought.

I had plenty of positive thoughts after the SEC championship game.

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

December 7th, 2012
11:10 am

GTBob, these two “average” teams have combined for 21 wins. In Tech speak that is 4 years worth of wins.

Don'tsufferfools

December 7th, 2012
11:10 am

Nothing to gain but lots of respect to lose for UGA. Mobile QB Martinez will be trouble.

GTBob

December 7th, 2012
11:11 am

Thanks for the reminder GTBob, but what really helps me sleep good at night is remembering that 42-10 beat down that we delivered to Tech.

Congrats on beating a 6-6 ACC team who lost to Middle Tennessee St. With 5 star players at every position, and a coach making millions that is quite an accomplishment.

JB

December 7th, 2012
11:13 am

Really a slap in the face for this talented successful Georgia team. This team SHOULD be in a BCS bowl

CHDawg

December 7th, 2012
11:15 am

Let’s not forget that Nebraska beat that same Wisconsin team in the regular season. They played twice. I don’t know what happened, but they have a lot of great talent.

GTBob

December 7th, 2012
11:18 am

Actually, Bo Pelini and Mark Richt are pretty similar. Both do good enough every season to keep their jobs but they never accomplish anything significant. Nebraska fans seem to want Pelini gone though so I give them props for at least recognizing what is going on.

NCDawg

December 7th, 2012
11:21 am

OOOO…I can’t wait for all the Richt haters to turn this blog into yet another septic tank of pessimism and brain dead bashing! Idiots like GTBoob that hang out on these blogs and make nothing but negative comments because his team is so miserably bad that no one pays attention to anything written about them. Morons who have no life so they have to whine and complain about a football team to have something semi-meaningful to do.
Flood of brain dead dolts in 5…4..3…2…

ARdawg

December 7th, 2012
11:28 am

“Actually, Bo Pelini and Mark Richt are pretty similar. Both do good enough every season to keep their jobs but they never accomplish anything significant.”

GTBobby
I can understand you don’t think much about 10 win seasons and actually winning your division afterall, you are only a Tech fan Bobby

ARdawg

December 7th, 2012
11:29 am

By the Way GTBobby, your team is 6-7. Not bowl eligible without your waiver

NC Dawg

December 7th, 2012
11:30 am

The best response to GTBob is NO response.

JB

December 7th, 2012
11:31 am

GTBob…….If Mark Richt was available for hire and Paul Johnson was, Mark would have to go in hiding to get some relief……Johnson would have to put up a billboard to get noticed.

Steve

December 7th, 2012
11:32 am

Have you people not learned yet to just ignore GTBob? He gets off every time you say something because he gets to comment about it. The little kid has no life, ignore him.

JB

December 7th, 2012
11:33 am

The Johnson era at Tech is OVA……Just the announcement hasn’t been made publicly .

JB

December 7th, 2012
11:34 am

agree on bob….thanks for reminding me. He’s such a little shi$

GTBob

December 7th, 2012
11:38 am

GTBob…….If Mark Richt was available for hire and Paul Johnson was, Mark would have to go in hiding to get some relief……Johnson would have to put up a billboard to get noticed.

Mark Richt would never get a major coaching job again after the work he has done at UGA.

GTBob

December 7th, 2012
11:39 am

The Johnson era at Tech is OVA……Just the announcement hasn’t been made publicly .

So you predict that he won’t be coaching next year? Yeah, good luck with that.

Honey Badger Has the Munchies

December 7th, 2012
11:39 am

NC Dawg…the trolls are coming, the trolls are coming. This should be a good, physical game in the trenches! GO DAWGS!

ARdawg

December 7th, 2012
11:40 am

GTBob has nothing left but his hate fueled digs at UGA. It is sad and pathetic but, Bobby does add something to the flow of conversation even if it is total negativity. He reminds me of a man born under a bad sign with a rain cloud over his head every where he goes

GTBob

December 7th, 2012
11:40 am

I can understand you don’t think much about 10 win seasons and actually winning your division afterall, you are only a Tech fan Bobby

Constant 10 win seasons without anything else at UGA or Nebraska is not something to brag about. Getting 10 wins at those schools isn’t even much of a challenge.

BayouDAWG

December 7th, 2012
11:41 am

GTBob is a metaphore for ignorance, stupidity, and hatred all rolled into a big ball that is then rolled in dung before it is dipped in slime. There is nothing of value inside and stench on the outside – a slimy stinking ball not worthy of hatred; only pity!

Steve

December 7th, 2012
11:42 am

Again, just ignore GTBob, you are giving him what he wants.

ARdawg

December 7th, 2012
11:42 am

“Mark Richt would never get a major coaching job again after the work he has done at UGA.”

No Bobby, that Paul “fish fry” Johnson that would struggle to get a HS coaching job not “if” but when his GT gig goes belly up

ARdawg

December 7th, 2012
11:44 am

“Constant 10 win seasons without anything else at UGA or Nebraska is not something to brag about. Getting 10 wins at those schools isn’t even much of a challenge.”

This from a fan of a school that can barely manage one 10 win season in a decade

JB

December 7th, 2012
11:46 am

ARdawg….exactly. That’s what I meant by my earlier post. Tech’s talent is getting less and less every year, and will beat the Duke’s of the world, but big boy football, no way. Tech has seen as good as it’s going to get. 6-6, 7-5 in the new norm at Grants Tomb.

GTBob

December 7th, 2012
11:47 am

No Bobby, that Paul “fish fry” Johnson that would struggle to get a HS coaching job not “if” but when his GT gig goes belly up

I will concede that CPJ will probably never get a major coaching job again after this one. That doesn’t make him a worse coach than Richt though. Richt would be worse at GT than CPJ is.

GTBob

December 7th, 2012
11:49 am

This from a fan of a school that can barely manage one 10 win season in a decade

10 win seasons are pretty rare for GT. We aren’t UGA or Nebraska.

NCDawg

December 7th, 2012
11:52 am

My general dislike of how many trolls hang out on these blogs aside… I think the Dawgs will be ready to play. These seniors and juniors that are going to be playing their last game in a UGA uniform want to leave winners. The pain of the loss should actually motivate them more. The Nebraska fans are not happy with having to face the Dawgs. That is fact BTW. My wife read me some Facebook comments from Cornhusker fans… she went to school in Omaha and lived there for a good while. After the a$$ kicking they got from Wisconsin they are more than a little worried about playing a team that took Bama to the wire. And yes… that DOES matter to some people despite what SOME people on here may say.

JK

December 7th, 2012
11:55 am

GTBob, your comments became invalid as soon as you called the Cap One bowl “average”. The Cap One has second pick in the SEC behind the Sugar Bowl. What a dum#@$$.

Crap

December 7th, 2012
11:55 am

When USC beats the maggots, they will have only beat a team that UGA beat by 32.

GTBob

December 7th, 2012
11:55 am

After the a$$ kicking they got from Wisconsin they are more than a little worried about playing a team that took Bama to the wire.

A little worried? Most Nebraska fans think UGA will beat the ever loving crap out of them. Go read their boards. They are way past apathy after the Big 10 championship debacle.

ARdawg

December 7th, 2012
11:55 am

“10 win seasons are pretty rare for GT. We aren’t UGA or Nebraska”

Demn right you’re not Bobby and remember that. Probably the saddest part of GT’s existence Bobby is, they don’t even aspire for excellence or greatness in athletics. They had much rather hate and envy those that do. For that warped Nerd mind there is some shallow victory in that

Crap

December 7th, 2012
11:56 am

Coach Richt would only want to coach at a real football school.

ole dawg

December 7th, 2012
11:56 am

@GTBob… your above comment that Mark Richt would never get another head coaching job is the single most ignorant comment I have ever read on these AJC blogs! After that one, I seriously doubt that you are indeed a Tech student/alumni/fan. Tech people are way smarter than that. Don’t even bother responding to this comment because I will be automatically skipping over any and all of your comments that you post in the future. Have a good day!

GTBob

December 7th, 2012
11:57 am

GTBob, your comments became invalid as soon as you called the Cap One bowl “average”.

Sorry, but no one cares about any non BCS bowls. They are meaningless side shows.

ARdawg

December 7th, 2012
11:58 am

NC Dawg

I read some of the Nebraska boards. Two boards and I did see one post that gave the Huskers a snowballs chance in hades

NCDawg

December 7th, 2012
11:58 am

GTBob – what drugs are you on? Moobs is a good offensive coach but his focus on that aspect of the program is why you can’t recruit. He is literally killing your program with his recruiting non-strategy. He probably won’t ever get a head coaching gig on the FCS level again but some FBS school might hire him.
Coach Richt would win the ACC within 3 years… he’d need that much time to overcome the talent deficit Moobs left behind.
You can bash Richt all you want but you know that what I just said is true.

GTBob

December 7th, 2012
11:59 am

Probably the saddest part of GT’s existence Bobby is, they don’t even aspire for excellence or greatness in athletics. They had much rather hate and envy those that do.

Our school, alumni, and administration don’t really care that much about football. Its a little sad but its the tradeoff for going to an academic institution.

ARdawg

December 7th, 2012
12:00 pm

did not see one single post that gave them a chance. Glad those are not my fans

Hank Hill

December 7th, 2012
12:02 pm

The Dawgs need to make a statement in the Cap One — something similar to that Sugar Bowl win over Hawaii five years ago.

ARdawg

December 7th, 2012
12:02 pm

Bobby, then why even attempt to?`Your guys can just sit around on Saturdays afternoons and beat off over your diplomas?

uncle-chris

December 7th, 2012
12:03 pm

I am proud of the huskers. 10 wins, and playing a well respected team like UGA. I’m looking forward to it. Pelini has his moments, and the Huskers has had theirs this season, but 10 wins is still a very good season for both programs. My hats off for UGA for getting sooo close to a NC this year. It’s admirable. We are looking forward to a competitive game Dec 1.