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Georgia Football: 'Angry Mark Richt' Is Someone That Bulldog Fans Should Embrace

Georgia head coach Mark Richt
Georgia head coach Mark RichtKevin C. Cox/Getty Images
Barrett SalleeSEC Football Lead WriterAugust 16, 2012

Georgia head coach Mark Richt has a reputation as one of the most easy-going coaches in college football.

Not much seems to phase the 12th-year head coach of the Bulldogs.

Well, except fumbles. Lots and lots of fumbles.

Shortly after Georgia's Wednesday night scrimmage, Richt voiced his displeasure with his team to the media. According to the Athens (Ga.) Banner-Herald, an angry Richt told reporters that quarterbacks Aaron Murray and Hutson Mason and running back Brandon Harton fumbled in the scrimmage.

After watching film an hour after meeting with the media, Richt relayed through the Sports Information Department that quarterbacks Christian LeMay and Parker Welsh also fumbled.

So why did Richt make it a point to disclose so much information about a scrimmage that was supposedly closed?

Clearly, he's angry.

That's something that Georgia fans should embrace.

The Georgia program became stagnant toward the end of the previous decade, but they came back with a vengeance last season. The Bulldogs posted a 10-game winning streak to close out the season and won the SEC East. 

I don't care who you play—winning 10 straight games, seven of which were against SEC opponents, is impressive.

Richt hopes that the momentum generated last season carries over to 2012, when the schedule is essentially the same as last season minus the tough out-of-conference test against Boise State.

That's why seeing an angry version of Mark Richt should make Georgia fans smile.

The fire is back, and he knows that this season is the best shot his team has had at winning the SEC Championship since the 2007 team featuring Matt Stafford and Knowshon Moreno just missed out on playing for the crown.

It isn't just Richt, though.

ESPN.com reported on Thursday that a coach's insult forced defensive end Ray Drew to go too hard in drills, resulting in a concussion.

Insults are common, but fire from the Georgia staff outside of defensive coordinator Todd Grantham is not.

Embrace it, Georgia fans (don't embrace the concussion, obviously). If the Bulldogs are going to go from good to great, they're going to need that edge.

 

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