Rumor: Mark Richt to remain at Georgia as assistant AD

Earlier today, Mark Richt informed his players that he would be stepping down as Georgia Bulldogs head coach following the team’s bowl game. It was news that caught plenty of people off guard, but there may be a much bigger plan in place.

According to rumors circulating around the internet, Richt agreed to step down in order to serve in a much bigger role.

The rumor indicates Richt stepped down to get money flowing once again by donors who were calling for a change. However, in order to preserve the team’s recruiting class, Richt will retain duties at the university.

That was implied in Georgia’s statement today which said Richt “would have the opportunity to accept other duties and responsibilities at UGA following the bowl game.”

What could those duties be?

Well, if the rumors are to be believed, Richt will serve as Georgia’s assistant athletic director. He will also run the student outreach program and the Paul Oliver network for the university. This would allow Richt to continue being involved with his current and former players, while opening the door for a new head coach and allowing the donor money to flow through the university.

This is all very interesting and has to be music to Georgia fans’ ears if it proves to be true.

Of course, these are strictly rumors at this time, but it could end up being something great for all who are involved. As for who will be the Bulldogs’ next head coach, all signs point to Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart.

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