Records: Richt Never Visited A&M

ATHENS – Mark Richt was so interested in the job at Texas A&M that he never left Athens to pursue it.

Phone records obtained by Dawg Post through a Freedom of Information Act request indicate that Richt only left the state of Georgia twice the week after the SEC Championship Game: a recruiting trip to Raleigh, NC the night of December 4th; and to participate in an Outback Bowl press conference on December 8th.

Richt's phone records, which indicate where he is when making a call and what location he is calling, show that the Georgia head coach was never in New York City or visiting Texas A&M as had been rumored on Internet websites and printed in major Texas newspapers.

According to those outlets Richt was supposedly visiting with Texas A&M AD Bill Byrne in New York City about the opening at A&M on Tuesday and was touring the facilities in College Station later that week. Richt's phone records say otherwise.

Richt made his first phone call on December 5th at 7:06 a.m. – a Monday. His final phone call that day happened just after midnight. All of his phone calls were made from Athens or Watkinsville – his residence. Richt never went more than 2 hours without using his phone that day.

Tuesday Richt's callings started at 8:47 a.m. Almost the same exact pattern occurs – Richt making and receiving all of his calls in Athens or Watkinsville with no amount of time in-between calls possible for a flight to either New York City or Texas.

It was reported that Richt was in College Station Wednesday night, but records show that he was in Athens all day and night. Records show that he made a 32-minute phone call from Athens as late as at 10:10 p.m.

On Thursday records show that Richt went to Tampa, FL – to participate in the Outback Bowl's press conference – just after lunch. He returned to Athens no later than 8:56 p.m. and took his final call of the night at 11:37 p.m.

Richt's pattern continued on Friday the 9th as he waited to start a huge weekend of recruiting. Records indicate that he did not leave the Athens area that day, either.

Richt and Georgia AD Greg McGarity were steadfast that they didn't understand where the speculation about A&M were coming from during the week and afterwards.

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