Mark Richt Agrees to Part Ways – Kristin Tannehill

After 15 seasons, 145 wins and two SEC championships, Mark Richt and Georgia has unfortunately decided to parted ways.

The official release said the two sides “mutually agreed” that Richt would step down following a meeting with athletics director Greg McGarity on Sunday. But make no mistake, Richt had spent the last month fighting to keep his job and coach in 2016. He flew to the West Coast to post social media pictures with Jacob Eason, the top-ranked quarterback recruit who is committed to Georgia. He won close games against Auburn, Georgia Southern and Georgia Tech to finish 9-3 this season, following a 10-3 record last year.

It simply wasn’t enough, as Richt’s record in the last three seasons lacked any outstanding accomplishments or, more important, SEC East division titles.

USA TODAY Sports reported earlier this year that Georgia administrators considered firing Richt after last season when the Bulldogs slipped from national relevance after a loss to Florida and a home loss to Georgia Tech but school President Jere Morehead was not on board with a change. Instead, he was given a contract extension and a raise.

Coaches consider the Georgia job among the best in the country because it is the pre-eminent program in a state that put more players in the NFL draft this year than any other except Florida. The population of the Metro Atlanta area is 25% bigger now than when Richt took the job in 2001. Georgia has the facilities and support to win national championships and plays on the easier side of the SEC.

Much speculation initially will focus on Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart, a Georgia alum who is also firmly in the mix at South Carolina. But Georgia is a big enough job to attract sitting successful head coaches if McGarity wants to aim high.

There is still no definite say on who will take the place of the infamous Mark Richt to coach the Bulldawgs next season, however it has been announced that Richt will not be coaching the Spring Bowl game.

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