Morning Coffee: 'A heck of a place'

Wednesday, May 18

GAINESVILLE, Ga. – Perhaps the most insightful answer given by Georgia coach Mark Richt during Tuesday night’s Bulldog Club stop was off a question by a young fan, probably no more than 6 or 7 years old.

When his arm went up, Richt spotted it immediately.

“This little guy right here,” Richt said with a smile and a point from the stage.

The youngster wasn't nervous as he grabbed the microphone: “What’s your favorite thing about coaching Georgia?”

“Guys like you. That’s my favorite thing,” Richt said to a round of applause while the youngster in the red A.J. Green jersey sprinted off in excitement.

But Richt continued, “Georgia is a heck of place, the University of Georgia, the city of Athens. I was at a great place at Florida State, working for the greatest coach in college football. I was not in a hurry to go anywhere unless it was a special place that I wanted to finish my career in.

“Here’s the thing about me: I know a lot of coaches take jobs and maybe know in their mind that if a different job showed up, I would take that one instead. I had a few opportunities to take head jobs along the way at Florida State. But the question always came back to me and to my wife: Is there where you want to live the rest of your life?

“She’s like ‘Why do you ask that?’ I said, ‘Because I’m not going to go to a school thinking in my mind that there may be a better place to go.’ … These young men, they’ve had enough disappointment in their lives, and they’ve had enough people in their lives leave them, enough people that haven’t followed through with what they’ve promised. I just don’t want to be one of those guys.

“So that’s why I’m at Georgia. That’s why I love Georgia and want to spend another 10 years at least.”



For this year, the NCAA tennis championships are in Palo Alto, Calif., and both Bulldog teams are on the way. The No. 6 seed UGA men face Duke in the Round of 16 at 12 p.m. Eastern time Thursday afternoon, and the No. 8 seed UGA women draw Cal at 9 p.m. Eastern on Thursday evening.



If Georgia's weather were a woman, it'd be a cold-hearted/bipolar divorcée. Or an overweight substitute teacher

UGA linebacker Brandon Burrows

(FYI: Burrows is hands-down the top tweeter on UGA’s team. I could use his work every day in this space)

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