Sunday, August 7, 2011

Mark Richt says he was only joking about the Kellen Moore story.

Georgia head football coach Mark Richt's comment that he and UGA athletic director Greg McGarity had thought that Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore had left school when the Dawgs agreed to play the Broncos in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game went viral on the internet almost as soon as he said it on Atlanta radio station 680 the Fan. Now he's attempting some damage control, saying it was a joke.

"A story that Richt has been telling for months on the speaking circuit relating to the Boise State game suddenly spread across the Internet on Friday, including at, after Richt told the story again in a recent radio interview.

Richt has been saying that when athletic director Greg McGarity approached him about the game initially, he told him that the Broncos’ Heisman Trophy finalist quarterback Kellen Moore was a senior last season and would be gone when the game was played.

In reality, Moore is a senior this year and should start the teams’ opener.

Most who have heard the story suspected that Richt was joking.

Richt elaborated Saturday: “I think Greg mentioned, ‘That quarterback’s a senior anyway.’ I was like, ‘That’s good. Let’s set it up.’ No, by the time we made the final decision, we knew.”

Yes, Richt said, “I embellished a little bit.”

Sadly, the internet seems to be a tad bit tone deaf when it comes to other people's humor. Or are willing to take a story and use it for their own agendas. Or whatever. Richt may want to go Foghorn Leghorn once in a while and say "That's a joke, son!" once in a while when telling that story. Or just leave the funny to Derek Dooley.

(via Athens Banner-Herald)

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