Richt: "Digging our heels" at UGA

ATHENS - Some may have viewed Mark Richt’s cross country trip over the weekend to Washington state to visit 2016 quarterback commitment Jacob Eason as a signal that went well beyond a mere recruiting visit.

The Georgia football coach said that wasn’t the case even after he tweeted out a photo Sunday morning at breakfast with the prized five-star recruit.

“We just had a good visit, period, just kind of hung out together,” Richt said. “The message was just enjoy each other’s company.”

Georgia administrators haven’t put to rest questions surrounding Richt’s job security.

Two days before his team beat Auburn and Richt boarded a plane to fly to Seattle to spend time with Eason, he reiterated that he wants to continue to coach at Georgia for the long haul.

“This is it for Katharyn and me,” he said in an interview with SiriusXM. “We’re not looking at any other opportunities at all. We’re digging our heels in right here in Athens, Georgia.”

Richt said the house and he his wife already live in--they are empty nesters--will be his retirement home whenever that happens.

Georgia is 7-3 heading into Saturday’s final home game against Georgia Southern, but the Bulldogs were eliminated from the SEC East race on Oct. 31 after a 27-3 loss to Florida. The Bulldogs last won the SEC in 2005 and haven’t reached the league title game since 2012.

Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity has said the school would honor the buyout terms in a contract extension that was agreed to in January even though it has yet to be signed. If Richt were to be dismissed after the regular season, the school would owe him $4.1 million.

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