"I haven't given it a great deal of thought," Mark Richt said. "We'll make any adjustments we need to make. I'm not stubborn."
Richt is a devout Christian and has been outspoken about his faith in
the past. He takes his team on an annual trip to a different area church
each fall and pre- and postgame prayers are common. Richt's
brother-in-law, Kevin Hynes, is the team chaplain. Although he is
employeed by FCA, he is very involved with the football program. Rule
No. 7 in the team weight room is "Ask God for help."
In November of last season, Braswell was placed on 12 months probation
based at least partly on a report from the school's legal affairs office
stating that she discriminated based on religion. She was told be a
lawyer for the school to avoid doing anything that might make a team
member uncomfortable. Braswell plans to appeal her firing today.
Although Georgia's athletic association has received letters from
civic groups protesting Richt's outspoken beliefs, a football player has
never lodged a complaint. Musa Smith, who started at running back in
2002, was a Muslim but said he never faced any discrimination on the
The Bulldogs have a 20-minute chapel service before each game, but
quarterbacks David Greene and D.J. Shockley said that and all of the
team's spiritual activities are completely voluntary.
"Nobody looks at you funny if you don't go," Greene said.
"Richt is by
no means throwing his faith on anybody. Coach Richt has never forced
that upon anybody."
Richt sends a letter to each of his incoming player's parents
detailing the church trips and asking if it's OK for their child to
"If it's not OK, there are no repercussions."
BAD REVIEW: Richt wasn't pleased with what he saw in Wednesday's
"They hit the wall today," he said. "I think the majority
of the guys
were feeling sorry for themselves today. It just wasn't a good day."
There was some good injury news as tackle Max Jean-Gilles (ankle) and
wide recievers T.J. Gartrell and Mario Raley (groin) returned to
"We're pretty close to having everybody back who will be back for
first game," Richt said.
Running back Tyson Browning (knee) is still sitting out but could be
back Monday, Richt said.
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