A Show of Cont-Richt-ion

HOOVER, Ala. -- Given the way Georgia football succeeded in 2007 with motivational gimmicks galore, reporters at SEC Media Days might have expected Mark Richt to enter the press room with a WWE theme playing and smoke billowing behind the podium.

Instead it was a thoroughly relaxed Richt who faced the press and, among other things, gave his version of last season's Georgia celebration fiasco against Florida.

Richt claims it was never his intention for the celebration to turn into his entire team running onto the field. Rather, he says he wanted his eleven guys on the field to celebrate together rather have one player dancing or throwing the ball in the stands.

"I was in shock as much as anybody else" said Richt. "My initial reaction is 'Oh heck, you know, what's going on?'"

The Bulldogs coach also acknowledged he hadn't considered the possibility of a fight breaking out or a scoring play being reviewed, meaning Georgia would have been looking at a third-and-goal from the UF-31 had the touchdown been overturned.

For now, Richt claims the Georgia theatrics are in the past.

"In hindsight, I shouldn't have done it," he said. "I won't do anything like that again. It could have easily turned into a big stupid brawl."

Many believe the Bulldogs will be selected as the number one team when the first AP and coaches polls are issued soon. That doesn't mean Richt has no concerns heading into the season. Among his concerns are a young group of offensive linemen, featuring just one upperclassman, and experienced running back depth. Georgia has only redshirt freshman Caleb King and three true freshmen behind Knowshown Moreno.

How will Georgia deal with the unprecedented level of hype heading into this season? The coach is confident they're dealing with it well.

"As I watch them, I don't see any complacency" said Richt. "I see guys working extremely hard and getting excited about it. That's kind of how we're trying to handle it."

If Richt is right, this year's showdown with the Gators in Jacksonville could be one for the ages.

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