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Georgia talks contract with Richt as rumors swirl

Posted on: December 9, 2011 1:47 pm
Edited on: January 24, 2012 1:58 pm
 
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

It sounds completely preposterous. But after watching Charlie Weis land at Kansas, we suppose even the most preposterous coaching rumor has to be taken at face value. And sure enough, Thursday night (and again Friday morning) CBSSports.com Texas A&M RapidReporter Brent Zwenerman confirmed the scuttlebutt that the Aggies' coaching search is making an effort to target none other than Georgia head coach Mark Richt. 

Houston's Kevin Sumlin
remains A&M's top candidate and the most likely choice to lead the Aggies going forward. But it hardly seems a coincidence that just as the Richt-to-College Station talk gets its most serious legs, Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity has confirmed that he and Richt have begun talks to extend Richt's contract, which expires in 2013.

"We are moving that discussion forward. He and I had a great discussion this morning," McGarity told Dawgs247 Friday. "I know Mark wants to be here, and we want him here. There's just some things we need to work on moving forward."

McGarity said there was no foundation to the Richt-to-A&M chatter, replying with a simple "No" if he was at all concerned that Richt might take another job.

That makes all the sense in the world, of course. Richt has said time and again that he'll be in Athens as long as the school would have him -- he said it again just before the SEC championship game -- and both he and his extended family have forged deep ties to the Athens community. He's coming off a calendar year that saw him revitalize the Bulldog program with its best recruiting class in years, a 10-win season and clean sweep of Georgia's biggest rivals, and the program's first SEC East title since 2005. If Richt was ever going to make a lateral head coaching move -- and with all due respect to A&M, that's being generous -- now certainly isn't the time.

So, like we said: preposterous. But not so out there that McGarity isn't moving to make certain it's as preposterous as it seems.
Comments

Since: Mar 4, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2011 7:05 pm
 

Georgia talks contract with Richt as rumors swirl

Is not.




Since: Mar 4, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2011 7:05 pm
 

Georgia talks contract with Richt as rumors swirl

Sumlin to coach Texas A & M!?! Ha! He'll find out really quick that the SEC in not Conference USA.



Since: Sep 25, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2011 2:48 pm
 

Georgia talks contract with Richt as rumors swirl

Isnt this the same bunch who was looking to hang Coach Richt after week 2?  Boosters and fans sure have short memories.  I would get my agent involved in some of these rumors and jack my price up as well.  He has done a great job at Georgia and deserves the bump in pay and years that comes with the territory.  A+M will get a good coach.  Bill Byrne is a superstar at his job and will make a good choice for them as they enter the SEC.


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