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Richt: It Makes Zero Sense

ATHENS - Words being used to describe Georgia’s football coaching staff this week prior to Saturday's 27-3 win against Kentucky included dissension and dysfunction.

The Bulldogs performance on the field was being criticized after a third loss in four games and jobs were on the line including coach Mark Richt.

Just inside 48 hours before Saturday’s game,  Richt took to Twitter to quiet at least one rumor gaining steam, that defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt had cleaned out his Butts-Mehre office.

His message was that Pruitt remained coordinator and was working in his office to prep for Kentucky.

“I was like, `Where is this coming from? It makes zero sense,’” Richt said of the Pruitt speculation. “When you have players in class, going `What’s going on?’ Something happened that morning. I don’t know who got this misinformation. It’s really a shame that that kind of stuff is flying around. I felt like, yeah, I need to do something.”

Richt was asked if the internal dynamics in Georgia’s football offices have been portrayed accurately.

“Oh, I don’t think so. All I know is every man who’s got a responsibility, he’s handling his job and he is encouraging everybody else’s responsibility. That’s the way it needs to be and that’s the way it’s been. I just really feel like it’s just a great picture — at least for a week, at least for a week — handling things the way they should be. I’m talking about everybody, not just staff, just talking about what it takes to put together a game plan, practice it and hold everybody together and not allow young people who are so tied into social media to just kind of go off in the wrong direction mentally.”

Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer was the only assistant coach available after the game.

“We all have a job to do,” he said. “When you’re struggling a little bit, you don’t always agree with everybody’s opinion. We’re working and this win will help.”

He said speculation was being fueled because the team hasn't played well recently.

"We just kind of closed our door," he said. "That's the good thing about going to work. You go to work, you close the door and you say let's look at what we can change and what we can do and we did that."

Schottenheimer was asked if he felt a sense of relief.

“No,” he said. “We’ve got another game coming next week obviously.”


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