Posted by Tom Fornelli
As the weather gets cooler down in Athens, Georgia, the seat beneath Mark Richt only grows warmer. Georgia is 1-4 on the season, and 0-3 in the SEC. With each loss the questions about Richt's future at the school only grow louder, but listening to his boss, athletic director Greg McGarity, it doesn't sound like Richt needs to worry about being fired before the season is over.
McGarity, who didn't take over the job officially until September 1, met with the school's Board of Directors for the first time on Thursday. Though they weren't there to discuss Mark Richt as much as the budget, the inevitable questions were asked about Richt's future following the meeting. McGarity made it clear he's doing everything he can to support his head coach right now.
"Oh, we talk every day, every other day," McGarity told reporters. "But our whole focus has been on this year. What we do is focus on: ‘Mark, what can we do to help? Is there anything we can do to help?'
"We basically have those conversations, but really we don't deal with the future. We're dealing with right now, the present, what can we do right now, because if we get too far ahead of ourselves we're going to lose our focus on ‘right now.' We'll deal with all that stuff at the appropriate time."
Not exactly a vote of confidence, but at least Richt knows that he still has time to put a few wins on the board before his bosses sit down and figure out what they want to do.