ATLANTA — As Mark Richt jogged off the field on Saturday, entering a tunnel towards the Georgia locker room, his boss spotted him. Greg McGarity took a step towards his football coach and stuck out his hand, and said something inaudible from a distance, but it appeared to be something along the lines of “good game.”
Richt briefly accepted shook his athletic director’s hand and kept jogging into the end zone. And after a few moments McGarity walked towards the other side of the stadium, where he said he would be driving home to Athens.
Prior to leaving, McGarity again declined to say anything about his coach’s status going forward. Richt, for his part, made clear that his intention was to return in 2016. He said there had been “no conversation whatsoever” with McGarity or UGA president Jere Morehead about his future, and that “there is nothing schedule right now” as far as a post-regular season meeting.
“The plan for me is to get on the recruiting trail and keep nailing down a great class, and getting prepared for this bowl game, and getting prepared for the future at Georgia,” Richt said.
Would he prefer to have some clarity?
“Oh I don’t need any clarity right now. I’m ready to recruit,” Richt said.
Georgia’s signing class is currently ranked fourth nationally in the 247Sports Composite, headed by five-star quarterback Jacob Eason.
Richt was asked if he had any angst about his job.
“No, I think the Lord is in charge of everything and I’m fine with everything he has in store for me,” Richt said.
Richt’s postgame press conference had a number of questions related to his job security. He’s now 145-51 in 15 years at Georgia, making him the second-winningest coach in school history, and the first in winning percentage. But it’s been 10 years since he won an SEC championship, and he has yet to appear in the national title game.
“It’s just part of the territory. It’s big-time college football, it’s SEC big-time college football. Everybody has expectations,” Richt said when asked if he was incredulous to be asked these questions after winning nine games in the regular season. “And that’s exciting, you want a fan base with high expectations. I mean I just think that’s part of it.”