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.”

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ON THE AGENDA

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.

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TWEET(S) OF THE DAY

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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