Emotions were clearly running high when No. 2 Alabama claimed a 32-28 victory over No. 3 Georgia in the SEC football championship game Saturday night, and they did not die down for Bulldogs coach Mark Richt when he took the podium for his post-game press conference.
According to Clay Travis of OutkickTheCoverage.com, a journalist took a roundabout route to insinuate that Richt and quarterback Aaron Murray fail to come through in important games. This did not sit well with the coach, and here is an excerpt from the conversation.
Questioner: "There are some people whether it's fans, media, or whomever else that will maybe want to make further conclusions about you or your quarterback, specifically, in big games. Would you have any response to those people?"
Richt stared straight ahead, squinted his eyes. "I don't know what you're saying," Richt said, "Why don't you just say it straight up what you're trying to say."
After a brief back-and-forth, the conversation concluded with this, per Travis’ article:
Questioner: "No, I'm saying I hear that every day ---"
Richt cuts off the questioner "Well, that's for you to worry about then. If that's what you say, then I'll answer the question. If you think other people are saying that, I'm not worried about that."
Travis notes that Richt stormed off after this but returned shortly after his abrupt exit and said, “I want to say something else—if anybody thinks our guys didn't play their tail off and Aaron Murray didn't play his tail off, they're crazy. That's unbelievable somebody would even bring that up."
Alabama won the game 32-28 after an incredibly competitive contest. Both teams traded shots throughout the game, and Murray completed 18 of 33 passes for 265 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
Georgia ran out of time on its final drive, and the clock expired while the Bulldogs had the ball in the red zone.
This is the second consecutive season in which Georgia has lost in the SEC championship game.