|Mark Richt. Image via dawgnation.com.|
Mark Richt is an ex-Georgia head coach. Georgia made the announcement of Richt's imminent departure on Sunday. The move is being referred to as a "mutual decision," though in all likelihood it's probably more of UGA's idea than Richt's. And Yes, the obvious joke has been made.
According to a statement released by UGA, athletic director Greg McGarity and Richt "met on Sunday morning "to discuss the status of our football program." McGarity says in the statement that "we mutually agreed that he would step down as head coach and would have the opportunity to accept other duties and responsibilities at UGA following the bowl game."
Richt said in the statement that "I appreciate the opportunity of serving the University as well as considering any other options that may present themselves in the future."
Richt became head coach of Georgia before the start of the 2001 season. 144-51 record as UGA head coach with a 9-5 bowl record. . The Dawgs won the SEC Championship twice under Richt in 2002 and 2005, and won the SEC East six times.