Report: UGA Fires Richt

ATHENS - After 15 seasons, Mark Richt will no longer be the head coach at Georgia.

"Coach Richt and I met Sunday morning to discuss the status of our

football program," said UGA J. Reid Parker Director of Athletics Greg

McGarity,  "and we mutually agreed that he would step down as head coach and

would have the opportunity to accept other duties and responsibilities at

UGA following the bowl game."

      "I appreciate the opportunity of serving the University as well as

considering any other options that may present themselves in the future,"

said Richt.

      "On behalf of the University of Georgia Athletic Association and

Bulldogs everywhere, I want to thank Mark and Katharyn for 15 years of

remarkable service to the UGA community, hundreds of our students and staff,

and to college football," McGarity continued.

     "Mark's record on the field was outstanding; however, his impact on

college football goes well beyond the gridiron. His fingerprints are evident

on shaping the lives of children, many of whom attend a Bulldog summer camp

or a retreat; they are evident on the prospective student-athletes as they

determine what college to attend --- whether it be UGA or a competitor; they

are evident on his current players, and probably even more so, on those who

have lettered and are in the workplace, as fathers and husbands. For those

contributions, we are sincerely appreciative.

     "Mark has touched thousands of lives over the past 15 years --- he has

a huge heart and his positive influence has affected many people, young and

old. We will never actually know how many people were positively impacted by

a comforting phone call, a sympathetic or uplifting note, an autographed

football or photo --- he had the unique ability to shine a bright light on

others when they needed it most.

      "Mark has the opportunity to remain on our staff at the University of

Georgia, and would be heavily involved with outreach programs for our former

football lettermen via the PO Network as well as other University and

Athletic Association initiatives. We wish Mark, Katharyn and his family the

best as he enters a new chapter of his life."

      "Mark Richt has been an outstanding coach and mentor to our

student-athletes during his fifteen-year tenure, and we have developed a

strong and enduring friendship during that time,² said UGA President Jere W.

Morehead.   "I am deeply grateful for his many years of dedicated service to

the University of Georgia, and I particularly appreciate the positive way he

has represented UGA. I have asked Mark to remain engaged with the

institution in a new leadership role, and I look forward to hopefully

working closely with him as we advance our capital campaign at the

University of Georgia. I know all UGA alumni and supporters will look

forward to celebrating the successful conclusion of his coaching career at

UGA in a bowl game later this year. I want to wish Katharyn and the Richt

family all the best.

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