In a statement released this afternoon Athletic Director Greg McGarity disclosed that Mark Richt will be "stepping down" as head football coach at the University of Georgia. The statement also noted that Richt has been offered the chance to accept "other duties" within the athletic department. Personally I find it a little hard to believe that Richt will do so and I find the offer a bit disingenuous. No one seriously believes that any serious candidate for this job is going to take it so he can sit down with Mark Richt in the cafeteria and talk Grey's Anatomy. One expects that he will move on to other opportunities, either within coaching or outside the field.
Richt will coach the Bulldogs' bowl game, with the chance to notch his tenth 10 win season in fifteen years at the helm in Athens (Vince Dooley had seven). Greg McGarity has hopefully already begun the coaching search that will define his tenure at the head of his alma mater's athletic department.
We'll be back with more news as it develops. Until then . . .Thanks, Coach.