ATHENS — Mark Richt will definitely attend the UGA Senior Gala Saturday night at the Classic Center. In fact, he had already arrived in town in the Classic City on Friday. And as previously reported, he won’t be seeing any of the Bulldogs’ recruits during his visit.
While Richt is attending the annual end-of-season, black-tie affair as the guest of honor downtown at 7 p.m., quarterback Jacob Eason and Georgia’s other recruits who are in town for an official visit will be hobnobbing with new Georgia coach Kirby Smart and other coaches at a separate event at Sanford Stadium.
Richt was fired as the Bulldogs’ head coach on Nov. 29. He accepted the head coaching job at Miami, his alma mater, on Wednesday. Smart, Alabama’s defensive coordinator for the last nine years, was introduced as Georgia’s new coach this past Monday.
Richt was invited by Georgia’s senior class to attend the yearly banquet. The main purpose to name team captains and most valuable players, etc., while also honoring the seniors and reflecting on the regular season. Normally, recruits also attend the event , which has become one of the most important for Georgia recruiting over the years. But because Richt was going to be attending and now represents another school, UGA officials decided to exclude the prospective student-athletes from this year’s festivities.
Meanwhile, Richt tweeted on Thursday about the Hurricanes hosting several top-level recruits for official visits this weekend.