When Georgia Bulldogs head coach Mark Richt informed his players on Sunday morning that his final game as head coach would be the team’s bowl game, it caught many fans and media members by surprise.
There had been talks of Georgia firing Richt from his position earlier in the year when the Bulldogs lost three games in four weeks, but the winning streak to end the season should have been enough for Richt to save his job in the eyes of many.
That ultimately wasn’t the case, as he and the university held a meeting before mutually agreeing to part ways.
One of the people who was baffled by the decision to let Richt walk was rival head coach Nick Saban. The Alabama Crimson Tide leading man spoke to the media to express his respect for Richt, while saying that he does not understand what the coaching world has come to.
Saban on Richt: "I don't know what the world is coming to in our profession. Mark Richt has been a really good coach."
— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) November 29, 2015
People have said that Richt was incapable of winning the “big games,” but he consistently had Georgia in contention in college football’s toughest conference and he was loved and admireed by his players.
It is going to be interesting to see what the next step is for Georgia football as they begin their first head coaching search since 2001.
Whoever takes the job is going to have some very big shoes to fill and lofty expectations.
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