SEC Media Days 2013: Mark Richt Will Never Lose Control of the Press Conference


The Georgia head coach is one of the dullest SEC Media guests imaginable. Put him on the hot seat again

Every year, when I try to do a recap of Mark Richt at SEC Media Days, I am hit in the face with the same fact: The man is boring.

Richt is a good football coach. From all reports, he's a great man. But when it comes to say anything of interest during his press conferences in Hoover, he's constitutionally incapable of it. If Les Miles and Steve Spurrier are the must-see TV of SEC Media Days, Richt is C-SPAN. Which is important, but doesn't make for the best headlines.


I don't know about those guys in particular, but I would think some guys are scared of him. I'd be scared of him if I was in the game, this guy was coming after me. ...

I think he's having fun. I'm sure he said it, you know, while he was smiling and grinning. I think we need to let guys have fun once in a while and not make a big deal about it.

MARK RICHT CALLS FOR A CONFERENCE-WIDE DRUG TESTING POLICY. In the most milquetoast fashion you could imagine.

Would I like that? I would like that. I think that would be a good thing for the league to be in sync in that regard. I would think it's going to be very difficult to do certainly at the presidential level, they would all have to agree that it should be done, this is what it's going to look like.

But I've got no problem with how we do things at Georgia. I like it, quite frankly, because I care very much about our players and I want them to be safe.

MARK RICHT DEFENDS UP-TEMPO OFFENSES. Just as long as everybody stays safe out there.

I think the one thing we need to be careful of is when we are going fast. I'm saying offenses in general, when they're going fast, the officials are trying to spot the ball, I think that official spotting the ball needs to get out of the way far enough so when the ball is snapped, he's in position, for his safety and anybody else's safety who could run into him if the ball is snapped too quickly.

And with this being only the second SEC Media Days where Richt was totally, definitively, not in any conceivable way off the hot seat even in the minds of beat writers, Richt and Georgia fans are probably happy to have yet another uneventful day in Hoover. But, man, it's hard to write about.

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