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Georgia Head Coach Mark Richt Fired after 15 seasons

MarkRichtDespite posting a career record of 145 wins to only 51 losses the Georgia Bulldogs decide to move on from Mark Richt.

What really plagued Richt’s career was his inability to win the big games and get Georgia over the hump. What stood out the most and really put Mark Richt on the hot seat was the ugly 38-10 loss against Alabama. Then to even make the hot seat warmer they lost there following game to Tennessee 38-31.

Since 2007 Mark Richt’s record against ranked teams is only 10-27.  Georgia and there fan base has been begging to compete for a National Championship and Georgia has not been close to achieving that under Mark Richt. Mark Richt’s last BCS Bowl win was against Hawaii back in 2008. Georgia has not announced yet when they will start there search for a new Head coach.

Richt was born in Omaha, Nebraska. He graduated in 1978 from Boca Raton High School in Boca Raton Florida where he was a star quarterback. He played at the University of Miami in the early 1980s, graduating in 1982. He served as backup quarterback to future Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelley.

Mark Richt started his coaching career in 1985 as a volunteer quarterbacks coach for the Florida State Seminoles (FSU) serving under Bobby Bowden. Richt left the Seminoles to join East Carolina University as their offensive coordinator in 1989. After one year at East Carolina, Richt returned to Florida State to serve as the Seminoles’ quarterbacks coach. He was promoted to offensive coordinator in 1994 upon the departure of Brad Scott. Under Richt’s direction, Florida State had some of college football’s most explosive offenses. In his seven years as offensive coordinator the Seminoles ranked in the nation’s top five scoring offenses on five occasions, were top twelve in total offense five times and top twelve in passing offense five times. The 2000 Seminoles offense finished the regular season ranked first nationally in total offense (549.0 yards per game), first in passing offense (384.0 ypg) and third in scoring offense (42.4 points per game).Georgia v Auburn

During his tenure as an assistant coach at Florida State, Richt coached two Heisman Trophy winning quarterbacks Charlie Ward and Chris Weinke respectively and was part of two National Championships (1993 and 1999).

Richt was hired as head coach of the Georgia Bulldogs before the 2001 season, replacing Jim Donnan. Richt recounted the moments leading up to being named UGA’s head coach in an interview, saying:

In December 2000, [the University of Georgia’s] President Michael Adams and then Athletic Director Coach Vince Dooley came to Tallahassee and interviewed me for the position of Head Coach of the UGA Bulldogs. After many hours of prayer, Coach Dooley called me and I accepted the position. We moved to Athens in January 2001 and have truly been blessed. We have a great church, an outstanding school for the children and a wonderful staff. Throughout all of life I try to live according to COLOSSIANS 3:23 – “And whatever you do, do heartily, as to the LORD and not to men.


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