Head athletic trainer Ron Courson "doesn't think it will be long," Richt said. "It could even be tomorrow."
A BIG SPLASH: Richt tricked his players Thursday afternoon, telling them they were going to the Ramsey Center to practice. Instead, he took them to the diving pool at the Gabrielsen Natatorium, where he was waiting on the 33-foot high dive.
The 47-year-old coach impressed his players by starting the festivities with a back flip off the high dive. It's a dive he perfected as a teenager, he said, trying to impress girls in his hometown of Boca Raton, Fla. Until Thursday, though, he hadn't tried the dive in three years.
He thought about practicing Wednesday but didn't have time, he said.
"I did a lot of praying and positive visualization," he said.
Richt has made the trip to the pool an annual event in recent years, but this year's trip was the earliest.
"We've been working extremely hard," he said. "We haven't missed a day. It's been extremely hot. You could tell they had a good time."
About two dozen Bulldogs eventually jumped off the high dive but only walk-on tight end Casey Nickels was brave enough to duplicate Richt's back flip.
PRACTICE REPORT: In the first day of full contact, Georgia's No. 1 defense came out ahead of the rest of the units. The defense won the team's 3-on-3 drills by a score of 7-6. The defensive starters then "dominated" the No. 2 offense in the inside drill and won the goal line drill 3-0, Richt said.
"It doesn't surprise me," Richt said. "I think the defense has caught way too much flak. I'm not saying they're ready to whip everybody's tail yet, but they're a good bunch."
The Bulldogs were scheduled to begin two-a-days Thursday, but Richt cancelled the evening practice after his team's trip to the pool.