News and Notes - Richt says "No thanks" to NFL

ORLANDO – Capital One Bowl officials say that the bowl game is very close to selling out. Less than 3,000 tickets remain and the officials expect for them to be sold by the end of the business day tomorrow.

"We think that a lot of the Georgia fans that are traveling down here in the next few days will probably buy up the remaining tickets," said one official. But Purdue fans seemed to be in the buying mood more than Georgia fans. Boilermaker fans have been in majority at the Citrus Bowl ticket booth line.

Traffic continues to be a nightmare in the Orlando area, particularly on Interstate-4. Locals say that this time of year is the worst for traffic in the area.

Today's parade through downtown Orlando featured Vince Dooley. The parade also had the Georgia cheerleaders and the Georgia Redcoat Band participating.

Offensive linemen Josh Brock and Bartley Miller are still banged up but are both planning to play. Mark Richt reported that the two linemen will start against Purdue. Martrez Milner is no longer using a crutch for his sprained ankle. He will play against Purdue as will fullback Jemario Smith.

Richt has repeated over and over that the Capital One Bowl is the start to the 2004 season. He admitted that the result of this Thursday's contest could have a say in how high Georgia will be ranked when the season starts. "It probably will effect where people put us in the preseason but I don't think that it will have a dramatic effect on it," said Richt.

Richt was also asked is he would entertain job offers from the NFL and he responded: "I am not interested in any job anywhere other than the one I've got. I don't care where it is NFL or college; I am not interested in any other than the one that I've got. This is where we want to be as long as they want us."

When asked about Steve Spurrier's resignation from the Redskins today Richt responded: "Did he really? I didn't know that. It's a tough business that's all I've got to say."

Damien Gary, Billy Bennett, and Ken Veal have been added to the Villages Gridiron Classic roster of players which takes place on January 31, 2004. Richt is coaching in the game. The game will be carried live on ESPN.

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