Former Georgia head coach Mark Richt took on his first ACC Media Days as head coach of the Miami Hurricanes. Naturally his time at Georgia came up a few times while he was at the podium. Richt spent 15 seasons as the head coach of the Bulldogs before stepping down as in November and eventually heading south to coach the Hurricanes.
Although Richt seemed to be on the hot seat for many of the final years of his tenure in Athens, he said he doesn’t necessarily feel any more or less stress now that he’s got a fresh start in Coral Gables, where he said he has intentions of finishing his career.
“To me, there’s pressure and there’s stress. There’s pressure in this job of head coach. There’s certain deadlines you’ve got to meet; there’s certain things you’re responsible for,” Richt said. “There’s a lot of things that have to happen. There’s pressure to get the job done, so to speak, but I think whether you stress out about it or not is up to you. I really try not to stress out about much of anything. I’ve got a real solid faith. … All I can do is control what I can control, and that is how hard we work, how do we prepare, how do we treat our players, how do we go about our business in recruiting, are we doing things the right way. I focus much more on the process of doing things right, and I feel like the results will come.”
A lot of unkowns
The results will have to come in unfamiliar territory for Richt, who will now be coaching in the Coastal Division of the ACC. The one slice of normalcy, however, is Georgia Tech. Richt is familiar with Georgia’s rival and found success against the Yellow Jackets in many of the most recent battles. He acknowledged that it’ll be fun going back to Bobby Dodd stadium, where he has a lot of fond Georgia memories.
“I don’t think I’ll not be able to not have memories from the last 15 years, every other year going in and out of there. A lot of ballgames played in that place. It’s a great venue. But we’ll be wearing orange and green this time. That will be exciting, too.,” Richt said. “It’s going to be the first time around for me in this league, playing the coastal division, of course crossing over with Florida State and NC State. I’m looking forward to it. There’s a lot of unknowns for me. I really don’t know what to expect. I have a little bit of an idea of what to expect from Georgia Tech… playing against them for the last 15 years. It will be fun. It’s a great place to play a game.”