Following a 9-3 season, Georgia has fired Mark Richt. Mark Schlabach of ESPN was the first to report the news, and we have confirmed it. In this release Georgia notes that after the bowl game, if he chooses, Richt will have the opportunity to take on a different role within the University.
Georgia confirms Richt is out as coach. Says he “mutually agreed” to step down.
— Marc Weiszer (@marcweiszer) November 29, 2015
Richt took over the program in 2001, and won at least eight games in every season except for 2010 when the Bulldogs went 6-7. In every single season, Richt led the team to a bowl game. Richt was 145-51 overall with the program. Per sources in the profession, Kirby Smart, Dan Mullen, and Jimbo Fisher are the three most likely targets for UGA. For Smart, this would be coming home. For Mullen, Georgia is his dream job. For Jimbo, a place he could live happily forever. Wouldn’t have to golf, could fish and hunt and coach ball. Probably sounds pretty appealing to Jimbo.
Greg McGarity statement says Richt has opportunity to remain on staff at UGA to work on outreach programs for our former football lettermen. — Marc Weiszer (@marcweiszer) November 29, 2015
Georgia says Mark Richt has “opportunity to accept other duties & responsibilities at UGA following the bowl game”
— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) November 29, 2015
Mark Richt was the most gracious coach I dealt with over the past 15 years, bar none. Hate to see it end this way, but it was time. — Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) November 29, 2015
Georgia is basically telling its fans they should expect 11 wins a year. Have fun with that. — The Solid Verbal (@SolidVerbal) November 29, 2015
Dabo Swinney: “When they’re firing a coach like Mark Richt, that gives every coach out there perspective.”
— The Football Four (@TheFootballFour) November 29, 2015
Nick Saban on Mark Richt out at Georgia: "I don't know what the world's coming to in our profession."
— Jon Solomon (@JonSolomonCBS) November 29, 2015
Florida's Jim McElwain says Richt had a great career at Georgia, adding this is a "miserable time of year" for the coaching profession.
— David Paschall (@DavidSPaschall) November 29, 2015
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