Tuesday, September 4, 2012

UGA's Mark Richt could have been Missouri head football coach in 2000.



Georgia faces Missouri on Saturday as they face each other for the first time as SEC East rival programs. The irony surrounding the game involves Georgia head football coach Mark Richt, whom while serving as Bobby Bowden's offensive coordinator at FSU in 2000, interviewed for the Missouri HC job.

"Mark Richt, then the offensive coordinator for Bobby Bowden at Florida State, remembers meeting with athletic director Mike Alden in the Tallahassee, Fla., airport in November 2000 as the Seminoles were making their third straight run to play for the BCS national title.

No offer came, but Richt said he didn’t view that as a crushing blow.

“I had a lot of things going at the time,” said Richt, who said he believes he probably spoke to Alden by phone before the interview in Florida. “You never know how long people are interviewing other people, so it wasn’t like when the interview was over they said we’re not taking you. What happened, the interview ended and then time went on.”

Richt eventually was hired to replace Jim Donnan at UGA, and has served as the Dawgs most successful HC since Vince Dooley. Missouri has had it's share of success as well in the past 12 years. Still, the idea of what could have been will hang over the game on Saturday.

(via The Athens Banner-Herald)