You all know where I come down on this question.
After shaving my beard in 1995 (and spending the next twelve years arguing with Susan, who was then my girlfriend and is now my wife, over whether I should grow it back), I grew the beard back in late 2007, shrewdly timing it so that I would be bearded when my daughter was born and, therefore, would have to keep it for a while, lest my daughter not recognize me if I shaved it.
Anyone who has seen the "Star Trek" episode "Mirror, Mirror" (the one with the goatee-wearing evil Spock) knows that in facial hair there is power. Also, Robert Bly makes much the same point in Iron John.
Mark Richt should let the players have facial hair and he should grow a goatee of his own. If someone wants to change Coach Richt's mind on this one, they should show him a copy of Leonardo Da Vinci's "The Last Supper." If it was good enough for those guys, shouldn't it be good enough for Georgia?