Sources have now confirmed that it is indeed Friday, putting an end to … oh who are we kidding, plenty will continue to happen.
Here are four things for Georgia fans to know as the day begins:
1. Mark Richt has been officially announced as Miami’s new coach. He will hold his press conference at 10 a.m., and AJC/DawgNation writers Steve Hummer and Jeff Sentell are there.
2. Bryan McClendon will serve as interim coach until Kirby Smart is able to take over full-time, but that may be awhile. Richt will not coach the bowl after all, but that apparently comes with the blessing of his players, who gave him a warm send-off on Thursday.
3. Will Muschamp could be one of the main candidates for the South Carolina job, which is important to Georgia in the short term because if Muschamp does not get the job he could end up as Smart’s defensive coordinator at Georgia. They’re both former Bulldog players. There are widespread reports that Muschamp will not be back at Auburn anyway. But if Muschamp gets the South Carolina job, where does Smart go at defensive coordinator? That could open the door for Jeremy Pruitt to be retained after all, but it would take some convincing on Georgia’s end given the ill feelings. And if Pruitt and Brian Schottenheimer don’t return, that sets up an interesting dynamic on when they leave for financial reasons.
4. Meanwhile, the Georgia basketball team has a fairly important game tonight, at home against Kansas State. The Wildcats (5-1) suffered their only loss at North Carolina, and owns a win over another SEC team: They beat Missouri by 24. But the Wildcats are coming off a two-point home win over South Carolina. Georgia is also well-acquainted with close wins over non-power conference teams. Georgia (3-2) has been battered already, but to an end: Its very, very early RPI rank is 55, sixth-best in the SEC. The two teams it has lost to (Chattanooga at home and at Seton Hall) are both 5-2.