Richt Answers at SEC Media Days
The SEC held it's Media Days this week in Hoover, Alabama. Georgia's Head Football Coach, Mark Richt, was at the podium Thursday. Richt addressed a number of concerns, most prevalent, player suspensions and Georgia football's off the field issues.
"The bottom line is, you know, I love every guy on our team. Part of love is to be able to help teach them right from wrong. And when they make mistakes you need to discipline them in such a way that hopefully they will become better men down the road. So, that's what we do at Georgia and to say that issues aren't happening around the country is not really realistic," says Mark Richt, at the SEC Media Days.
Richt was asked about another off the field issue, the BCS's new four-team playoff system.
"I think the four-team playoff is going to be outstanding. I'm not sure who's going to decide who the top four teams are but hopefully we'll get a chance to have one and maybe two teams play out of our league," says Richt, at the SEC Media Days.
Georgia could benefit greatly from the four-team playoff. If the new playoff system had been in effect Richt's entire tenure at UGA, his 2002 and 2007 Bulldogs teams would likely have played in the BCS Semi-final. Nonetheless, Richt hopes the expansion stops at four.
"I just hate to see a day where we might play Florida and whether you win or lose you still go to the playoffs. And nobody thinks it's that big of a deal. It is a big deal every game that we play and I don't want college football to lose that," says Mark Richt, at the SEC Media Days.
The media has chosen Georgia as preseason favorites in the SEC East, unfortunately, the media has been consistently wrong in their predictions over the years. The Bulldogs have a vicious SEC schedule that kicks off September 8, at Missouri.
"It will be an exciting ball game for sure. The first Southeastern Conference game in the history of their school. Certainly it's generating a lot of excitement for them and it's going to be a battle. It's going to be a battle and it's going to be on their turf. And it's going to mean a whole lot to their season but it's going to mean a whole lot to our season as well," says Mark Richt, at the SEC Media Days.