Earlier today, we shared a compilation of social media posts from former Georgia Bulldogs players showing their support for head coach Mark Richt, who informed the team earlier today that the bowl game would be his final game as head coach.
One of the players who thanked Richt for his time at the university was current St. Louis Rams running back Todd Gurley, one of the best players to come out of the program in recent memory.
Gurley wrote, “Greatest coach of all time and even a better person. Thank you for everything you’ve done for me. Words can’t explain how this feels but I know God has a plan. #Dawg4life#loveyoucoach”
Following the Rams loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, Gurley was again asked by the media for his thoughts on Richt’s departure from Athens.
Gurley was clearly upset by the news — which he learned prior to taking the field in Cincinnati — and did not hold back when explaining how much Richt meant to him not only as a player, but as a man.
“That hurt. That definitely hurts,” the former Georgia back said. “I heard that before the game. I’m kind of pissed off. He’s just a great dude, great coach. Man, and I just hate to see that happen.”
It is definitely a tough day for fans of the Bulldogs and Richt’s current players.
Richt is leaving the program with a record of 145–51, six division titles and two SEC championships. That success is going to be difficult to replicate and the next head coach will have some giant shoes to fill.
As for what is next for Richt, we will have to see whether he takes some time away from coaching or ultimately decides to get right back in the game with another high-profile job. Perhaps his alma mater Miami could come calling? Only time will tell.
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