Tuesday, June 1, 2010
How hot is Mark Richt's seat?
By ESPN.com staff
DESTIN, Fla. -- If Georgia coach Mark Richt really is on the hot seat, he's not feeling it.
"I didn't know I was (on the hot seat)," Richt said in his vintage easy-going manner. "Is that true?"
Always one of the more graceful coaches in the league, Richt made light Tuesday of the growing speculation around the league that his job may not be safe going into the 2010 season.
Entering his 10th season at Georgia, Richt has the longest tenure of any current SEC coach at one school. South Carolina's Steve Spurrier has said in the past, and reiterated Tuesday, that 10 to 12 years is probably about as long as anybody (presidents or head coaches) should stay at one school.
Richt countered that he came from Florida State, where Bobby Bowden coached for more than three decades with great success before being forced to retire following last season.
What's more, Richt said he doesn't get caught up in outside pressure.
"My mindset has always been, 'Let’s do what I think we need to do to succeed and try not to be influenced by anything other than the people who are closest to the program,'" Richt said. "My goal has always been to try and conduct myself in a way that the university would be proud of and my Lord and Savior would be proud, too.
"So I’m trying to do things with a lot of integrity and a lot of character, and hopefully, we’re winning games and we’re still educating young men. You want to win, absolutely. But we also want these guys to get their degrees. We want these guys to be preparing for life after football.
"We think you can have it all."