Georgia Bulldogs Football

Mark Richt Takes Jab at Steve Spurrier over Georgia's Schedule

Apr 6, 2013; Athens, GA, USA;  Georgia Bulldogs head coach Mark Richt shown on the field during the Georgia Spring Day Game at Sanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
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Randy ChambersAnalyst IJune 13, 2013

Usually, South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier is the one doing the talking in the SEC. Georgia's Mark Richt has finally had enough and decided to send a few shots right back.

According to David Ching of ESPN, Richt made mention of the Bulldogs' tougher schedule this year, even going as far as to mention the rival coach.

“We’ve got a tremendous schedule this year, we know,” Richt said. “I don’t hear Coach Spurrier complaining about it this year.”

Let the games begin.

It's no secret Spurrier is one of the more talkative coaches in college football. He rarely bites his tongue when asked a question and has had Georgia on his mind a lot lately.

At last year's SEC media day, Spurrier admitted that he would have flipped-flopped a few conference opponents if he made the schedule, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“You think I make the schedule? If I made the schedule, Georgia would be playing LSU and we’d be playing Ole Miss,” he said.

Per the ESPN report, Georgia did have the 27th-most difficult schedule in the country last season, but it was ranked 12th among 14 SEC teams. The Bulldogs cruised to a 12-2 record and won seven of the eight conference games, reaching the SEC Championship Game for the second straight season.

This season there is not much to criticize about Georgia's schedule. The Bulldogs play Clemson, South Carolina and LSU in three of the first four games. And that doesn't even include playing Florida near the end of the season in the annual rivalry.

If you are wondering what Spurrier has had to say, he told Go Gamecocks back in April that he likes the higher degree of difficulty of the Bulldogs' schedule.

“I don’t think ours is all that much easier. The good part is, Georgia’s is harder,” he said with a laugh. “Theirs is tougher. It’s a lot tougher.”

However, you just know another slick comment is going to be made once Richt's words reach South Carolina.

Georgia and South Carolina will play the second week of the season in Sanford Stadium. The Gamecocks won last year's meeting 35-7 and have won the last three in a row.

 

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