Georgia Coach Mark Richt Says It Best: "We're All Disappointed"
After Friday evening's Liberty Bowl loss to the University of Central Florida, University of Georgia head coach Mark Richt summed up his feelings and those of the team's rabid fan base when he said, with no sense of understatement: "We're all disappointed."
Yes, the Georgia Nation is disappointed.
And sad. And angry. It's even bordering on resentful. It'll make the next nine months difficult to take.
A team that many predicted to reach the SEC championship game left Memphis with its Bulldog tail between its legs carrying a 6-7 record back to Athens.
For those concerned about how Mark Richt will rebound from this feeling of disappointment, don't worry yourselves about that. Richt seemed to begin the process of healing almost immediately.
"It is what it is," he said, zen-like.
But then, instead of letting it lie, Richt did a curious thing: He tried to explain "what it is."
"There's reason for why we ended up the way we did," Richt said.
Now, that's profound. Yes, there's a reason a team such as Georgia, with a truck load of NFL caliber talent and perhaps the best freshman quarterback seen in some years, floundered for much of the season.
The media types listening to Mark Richt leaned forward in interest. Maybe he'd reveal what happened at South Carolina, at Arkansas, at Mississippi, at Colorado, something we didn't know before and it had been kept silent for some secret reason.
Perhaps, now that the season was over, he'd tell us how such a high powered sports car of a team that he'd been given the keys to had turned so dramatically into a clunker that was subject to a lemon law.
"We have to make some changes," he continued.
Well, yes. Right. Sure. Changes. Good, good. What changes, coach?
"We have to make sure that doesn't happen in the future," he added.
There was a pause.
The media types in the room started looking at each other. Wasn't Richt only saying the same thing over and over, like a friend trying desperately not to tell us how homely our blind date was when we asked him, point blank, how she looked?
Richt hurriedly tried to fill the gap. "Now when I say change I don't necessarily mean personnel or anything like that. I don't want to light a fire."
Well, that's a relief. For a second there, we thought you were talking about making actual changes that would improve the program, changes that would, in your own words, help "make sure [a 6-7 record] doesn't happen in the future."
No, Richt wasn't talking about real change. He was merely talking about the hope it didn't happen again as if by wishing he'd make it so.
"But we need to improve," Richt reminded one and all, as if we had forgotten what all this was about in the first place, "and we're going to improve."
Is that a promise, coach, or are your fingers crossed for luck?
"We're going to get Georgia where it belongs," he concluded.
Maybe that's the problem, Mark Richt.
Maybe you don't know where Georgia belongs.
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