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Richt: Pinkel is Doing the Right Thing

AUBURN - The SEC East will have at least two new head coaches in 2016 after the news Friday that Missouri’s Gary Pinkel is retiring at the end of the season for health reasons. He has lymphoma, the non-Hodgkin type.

Richt posted a message on Twitter Friday afternoon saying he was praying for Pinkel, who he considers a good friend.

“I know he’s doing the right thing for him and his family,” Richt said after Saturday’s game. “I know that those types of things, especially cancer related, a lot of it feeds off of stress of the body. We’re in a stressful job. In some ways, I’m thankful that he got it diagnosed early and he made a wise decision. … I think he did the right thing for his family and his program.”

Richt is the dean of SEC coaches. Pinkel and South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier make two SEC coaches to retire this year. That means Kentucky’s Mark Stoops and Tennessee’s Buch Jones, now finishing up their third seasons, are the next longest tenured SEC East coach after Richt.

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Tailback Keith Marshall made the trip, but didn’t play after being bothered this week by ankle and knee injuries sustained against Kentucky, Richt said. The ankle was still an issue Saturday. “In pregame warmup he still struggled,” Richt said. “So we didn’t think it was wise to put him in.” … A   moment of silence was held at Jordan-Hare for the victims of the terrorists attack in Paris. … Auburn Heisman Trophy winner Bo Jackson was on hand on the sideline Saturday. … Auburn safety Tray Matthews, who was dismissed from Georgia in the spring of 2014, did not play. He missed last week’s game with a knee injury. ... Georgia took its first lead in the series since 1986. The Bulldogs lead 56-55-8.

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