4 things Georgia fans need to know Thursday
According to sources, it’s Thursday.
The craziness around Athens and the Georgia football program the past five days has been amazing, and it’s not done yet. Here are four things for Georgia fans to know today:
1. Neither Mark Richt or Miami had made a formal announcement as of Thursday morning, but numerous sources have now confirmed that Richt accepted the job. That sets in motion a number of things to watch in the near term: Which recruits and assistant coaches could follow Richt to Miami?
2. What does this mean for Georgia’s bowl? Yes, it’s hard to remember now, but the Bulldogs have one more game, which is an opportunity to win 10 games for a second straight season. Who will coach the Bulldogs in the bowl? And how will this affect which bowl it is? The Gator Bowl had appeared interested in the Bulldogs but was gauging fan interest if Richt wasn’t coaching – even before the news on Wednesday night.
3. Incoming coach Kirby Smart has a game to coach on Saturday, and then a formal announcement will likely be made a day or two later. If you didn’t read Steve Hummer’s piece on Smart, do so here. How soon Smart takes over at Georgia probably depends on if Alabama is in the national playoff.
4. The major question for Georgia right now going forward may be Jacob Eason, who has been on a recruiting visit to Florida. Now Miami may be a possibility too, considering how close Eason and Richt have become. But if Florida is the biggest competition for Georgia, the Bulldogs have to hope that Gator commitment Feleipe Franks does not back out and re-commit to LSU, where he was committed until a few weeks ago. (Follow all that?) If Franks does de-commit, then Georgia fans have all the more reason to be worried.