Georgia’s Mark Richt Becomes The SEC ‘Professor’

HOOVER, Ala. — Mark Richt waits to enter a network interview room in the bowels of the Wynfrey Hotel. Les Miles emerges from an interview table.

“Hey there!” Richt says loudly.

“Professor Richt!” Miles says.

The Hatter and the Professor exchange pleasantries. Richt asks how former Georgia quarterback Zach Mettenberger, now Miles’ starter, is doing. Miles said he’s doing great, then tells Richt how imposing a specimen Georgia defensive end Garrison Smith looks at this week’s SEC Media Days.

“Isn’t it nice to coach good people?” Miles asks. Richt nods.

Richt was in his most professorial state Thursday, relaxing against a wall, ready to dispense his faith-based wisdom, seemingly allergic to stress.

He’s earned his dean status. He’s watched five SEC coaches win national titles while his hands remain empty. A barrage of player arrests and a 6-7 season three years ago created serious job security concerns. His almost-there tenure at Georgia — now going on 13 years — was encapsulated by not spiking the ball from the red zone in the final seconds of the SEC championship game loss to Alabama.

Source: Jeremy Fowler, CBS Sports