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Richt Shifts Focus to 2016

ATHENS - Between spotlighting his visits to see three committed 2016 recruits in the last two weeks and talking about how much-hyped quarterback Jacob Eason will be in the mix for playing time after he arrives on campus, Mark Richt has shifted some focus to next season at Georgia.

Whether he will be back for a 16th season still isn’t certain.

Georgia is 8-3 heading into Saturday’s game against Georgia Tech, having won three straight after a dismal month of October that included blowout losses to Alabama and Florida.

Asked if he’s made a decision about Richt’s future with the program beyond this season, Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity said this Tuesday: “All we’re doing is we’re worrying about Georgia Tech this week. That’s it. End of story.”

Richt was asked at his regular Tuesday news conference if he feels like he’s coaching for his professional life in this game:

“Who me?” he said laughing. “Who made you ask that question? I know you didn’t think of that one. My focus is beating Georgia Tech right now. That’s my answer to you.”

The next question from a different reporter: “Do you expect to be coaching at Georgia next year?”

Richt’s response: “My focus right now is Georgia Tech. Who made you ask that one?”

Before the next question came, Richt said: “You going to ask the same one? We can end this thing as fast as you want. I’m here to talk about the game this week.”

On his radio show Monday night, Richt was asked about questions pertaining to the team next year.

He talked about Eason, the five-star quarterback from Washington state that Richt flew cross country to see after the Auburn win. Richt tweeted out photos of his visit to three recruits that have signed financial aid papers, including Eason.

“He’s a guy that’s going to certainly compete to play,” said Richt. “We’re going to continue to get better at the quarterback position through the veterans that we have and he may provide a spark. I don’t know. We’ll see. He’s certainly going to get a chance to compete with the rest of the guys in that regard.”

Richt is 144-51 at Georgia, but hasn’t won the SEC since 2005.

The Bulldogs have missed out on reaching the SEC championship game the last three seasons after trips there in 2011 and 2012. Georgia lost in 2011 to LSU, which reached the national title game that season under Les Miles, who faced similar questions about his future at that school on Monday after reports last week that said his job was in jeopardy.

Asked about Richt’s future, senior offensive tackle Kolton Houston: “We block out all that noise. We can’t focus on that kind of stuff. This building (the Butts-Mehre) is all we got. It’s because of us in this building. That’s what we fight for. I think Coach Richt is the man for the job if that says anything.”


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