Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Richt SEC's most underappreciated coach
By Chris Low
It was a two-coach race, but Georgia's Mark Richt won handily in the voting by fans on who was the SEC's most underappreciated coach.
Richt, who's guided the Bulldogs to the SEC championship game each of the past two seasons, received 43 percent of the vote. LSU's Les Miles garnered 27 percent. More than 13,200 votes were cast in our SportsNation poll.
Coming in third place was Mississippi State's Dan Mullen with 12 percent of the vote. Florida's Will Muschamp received 11 percent of the vote and Missouri's Gary Pinkel 7 percent.
Richt and Miles have each won two SEC championships, and Miles won a national title in 2007. Between them, they've won 10 or more games 14 times as SEC head coaches (20 seasons).
Richt, who's entering his 13th season at Georgia, was reputed to be on the hot seat after suffering through his only losing season in 2010. The Bulldogs lost two of their final three games in 2010 to finish 6-7 and then lost their first two games of the 2011 season to Boise State and South Carolina. But since that rocky start to the 2011 season, they've won 22 of their last 26 games, and two of those losses came in the SEC championship game to teams ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the country.