Obviously this is the space in which I traditionally update the Mark Richt Victory Watch, the step-by-step countdown to Mark Richt's eventual ascendence to the title of winningest football coach in University of Georgia history.
I'll do just that anon. But for the moment I feel compelled to take note of the major story from last night's victory. As has been widely reported this morning, senior Bulldog quarterback Aaron Murray has gone down with a torn ACL and will miss the remainder of this, his final season in the red and black.
It is heart-breaking news. There's no positive to be gleaned from it other than the fact that Hutson Mason will now get a chance to lead the 2013 Classic City Canines onto the field against both their biggest instate ACC rival and a bowl opponent before taking the field as expected to lead the 2014 iteration against a full slate of opponents. Murray, in this man's opinion, will eventually bounce back from this, albeit not before the end of his Bulldog career, and not before April's NFL Draft. But eventually Murray will move past this, and be successful as a quarterback, a citizen and, heck, maybe even a coach in his own right one day.
I'm confident of all these things thanks to the efforts of Murray's parents, his high school coaches, and young Aaron himself. All have put in the effort to make him the most statistically dominant quarterback in SEC history.
But among the folks who helped Aaron Murray become the player and person Bulldog Nation is so proud of is one Mark Aloysius Richt.** One of the benefits of Mark Richt's tenure in Athens, besides a series of SEC championship game appearances, the continuation of the longest streak of bowl appearances of any team in the conference, and 125 wins, is the fact that Richt has developed a whole lot of football players of whom Georgia fans can be proud. That's not an insignificant thing. As I get older, it's something that I appreciate a little more each year. It's a victory in and of itself.