Mark Richt has only positive things to say about the Georgia football program, which he coached from 2001-15, as the No. 4 Bulldogs are off to a 6-0 start in Kirby Smart’s second year at the helm.
“It’s exciting to see that,” Richt said, per Saturday Down South. “I’m happy for Georgia. I’m happy for all the kids I recruited and I’m happy for all the guys I didn’t recruit. Georgia is a great place. It has a special place in the hearts of myself and my wife and I’m all for them having a lot of success.”
This is Richt’s second year at Miami, and with the Hurricanes sitting at 4-0 ahead of their ACC showdown against Georgia Tech on Saturday, he’s probably in pretty good spirits these days. But, as Saturday Down South writes, “a lot of people in Richt’s position might say one thing and really mean another. When Richt talked about Georgia’s rise on Wednesday, he seemed about as genuine as he could’ve been. … Everyone knows that Richt doesn’t have a bitter or jealous bone in his body. He understood why Georgia made the decision it did (when it fired him after the 2015 season), and he’s perfectly happy to be back at his alma mater.”
While Richt acknowledges he hasn’t watched much of Georgia this season, he sees the Bulldogs’ margin of victories as an indication they’re poised for a run at the College Football Playoffs. The Dawgs are scoring 35.0 points per game and allowing 10.0, second-best in FBS behind Penn State’s 9.0 ppg allowed.
“When you see the scores and the point differential and what looks like really lights-out defensive play,” Richt said, “that’s what champions are built of.”
Georgia’s streak is unlikely to end this week — it’s a 30-point home favorite against Missouri.