Off Week: Wednesday News and Notes

ATHENS - David Hale's news and notes from Georgia's fall practices.

THE WAITING GAME

Former Georgia player and current Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp became the latest coach-in-waiting Tuesday when the Longhorns announced he would succeed current head coach Mack Brown when Brown decides to retire.

The trend of offering an assistant a promise and a hefty raise has been prevalent in college football in recent years, with Florida State and Kentucky among the other schools to tab a coordinator for a future head-coaching job.

"I could see where it makes sense to people to do that," Richt said. "Because it's relatively new, only time will tell if it will turn out to be a successful decision or not."

Richt said he doesn't expect the changes to come soon for Texas or Kentucky. Even Bobby Bowden, Florida State's 79-year-old head coach and Richt's former boss, might not move too quickly, Richt said.

"I would be surprised to see Coach Bowden go three, four, five more," he said. "That's just Coach Bowden."

But how about Richt? Would he be interested in naming a successor any time soon?

"Maybe when I'm 55 or 60," Richt joked. "If I make it that long."

IT'S ALL ABOUT STYLE

Richt has heard a few complaints over the years that he's just too nice to be a great football coach. On the other side of the field next Saturday will be Georgia Tech's Paul Johnson, who has gained a reputation for employing an in-your-face style of coaching.

Richt thinks both style can work, as long as they're authentic, he said.

"I'm not saying one style is any better than another, but you need to be who you are," Richt said. "If you try to invent some kind of alter ego, the player is going to know you're full of baloney, and you're going to lose them."

NEW LOOK, NO PROBLEM

Corvey Irvin can list more than a half-dozen teams he has played that ran an offense similar to Georgia Tech's triple option. The problem, however, is that all those teams were from his high school career.

Tech is one of a small number of Division I college teams running the triple option, but Irvin said he thinks his defense will be ready to stop the run-heavy attack when the two teams face off Nov. 29.

"Football is football no matter what formation you come out in," Irvin said. "If you practice hard enough in your game plan, it can be stopped. I'm pretty sure they can be stopped because they're not undefeated. I don't mean that to be cocky or anything, but they can be stopped."


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