"I am going to tell you what I have been saying all along - I am not going to comment until I get my guy," Richt said.
When pressed by the same reporter if a decision was imminent Richt was no closer to giving specifics.
"I will let you know when I have my guy," he said to a chorus of background laughter.
Richt fired Willie Martinez on December 2, 2009 and has been searching for his replacement ever since. Martinez and the other fired coaches were offered the chance to coach in Georgia's bowl game, but declined - paving the way for Rodney Garner and two graduate assistants to lead Georgia during the Dawgs' 44-21 drubbing of Texas A&M.
John Chavis and Bud Foster have been linked to the job, too, but neither left their posts to come to Athens.
Reports in the last 48 hours have Richt offering Smart a deal worth in excess of $750,000 a year for a term of three or four years. Smart has not been quoted in the media regarding what has been reported as a "written offer", but Alabama has, according to another media report, decided to counteroffer Georgia.