Andrews, who has been at Florida State for 19 seasons, was named assistant head coach this year. He has been defensive coordinator there since 1984. Florida State's media guide describes Andrews' defenses as having an "attacking style up front that puts pressure on the opposing offense."
No doubt, Richt does not need a media guide to fill him in on Andrews. Simply put, Richt said that, "Coach Andrews is. ... He's coach Andrews." Bobby Bowden, Florida State's head coach, said that Richt and Andrews' "have been going at each other for 14 years down here."
The rivalry between the two coaches lasted until Richt left Florida State to become the head coach at Georgia. Now, after guiding Georgia to its first SEC title since 1982, Richt faces Andrews once more in the 2003 Sugar Bowl. But this time, the meeting will not be a scrimmage.
Bowden said that Richt and Andrews would have some classic confrontations on the practice field. "Mark was trying to beat Andrews. Andrews was trying to stop Mark. Scrimmaging, scrimmaging," said Bowden indicating that the two liked it when squads mixed it up in practice. "They know each other pretty doggone good," added Bowden.
Richt said that Andrews taught him some valuable lessons before he left for Athens. "He's really taught me more about how to compete than anybody I have ever been around," said Richt, who was named SEC Coach of the Year earlier this week.
Richt, who handles much of the offensive game plan for Georgia is looking forward to playing Andrews' Florida State defense in the Sugar Bowl.
"I know he's going to have those guys ready to go. It's going to be quite a battle," said Richt.
Bowden said that Florida State would have to change some of their tendencies to offset Richt's knowledge of the Seminoles. "We'd better come up with a few different angles to offset that. I think we will both be looking for some changeups."
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