UPDATE: Georgia will be coached by Bryan McClendon, who currently serves as the team’s assistant head coach, wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator, for the bowl game.
Earlier this week, Mark Richt informed his players that he would be stepping down as the Georgia Bulldogs head coach following the bowl game. Since then, it is being reported that Richt is set to accept the head coaching position with the Miami Hurricanes.
How could that change his current plans in Athens?
A source close to the football team informed Campus Sports that Richt called a team meeting with his current players on Thursday afternoon.
During the meeting, Richt informed the Bulldogs that he would no longer be on the sidelines for the team’s bowl game.
The news comes just hours after the University of Miami announced that they would be announcing the football program’s new head coach during a press conference on Friday morning at 10 a.m. ET. With Richt all but officially the head coach and set to hit the recruiting trail in South Florida, it makes perfect sense for him to immediately step aside at UGA and pave the way for the new regime.
Richt is beloved in Athens and the Georgia fan base is sad to see him go, but now it is time to take the next step in his career as he looks to restore his alma mater back to glory.
As for Georgia, we will have to see what is next, but all signs point to Alabama Crimson Tide defensive coordinator Kirby Smart replacing Richt. With Alabama firmly in the College Football Playoff picture, it is unlikely that he would leave Nick Saban’s staff until their national championship run is over.
How that decision could delay an announcement at Georgia or impact recruiting remains to be seen.
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