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Blog: A year later, a different vibe

Days after an important win at Missouri, Georgia coach Mark Richt this week harkened back to the rough start for his team last year.

Yes, it’s a quite different vibe being 2-0 instead of 0-2.

“A lot of stuff was stirring up, even more loudly than the offseason before the season began,” he said of the aftermath of the 6-7 record in 2010. “The guys all stuck together. We all believed in each other. Now we’re trying to continue to keep that type of unity and that kind of focus because 0-2 last year, we’re fighting for our lives. We’re 2-0 now and we’ve got to keep fighting for our lives because it’s such a fine line between winning and losing.”

Richt, after facing the heat, got Georgia to the SEC title game after winning 10 straight regular season games.

Now the Bulldogs are ranked No. 7 in the nation.

“We can forgive the fans for being wrong in their opinion of the great Mark Richt,” said Howard Schnellenberger, Richt’s coach at Miami who set up Saturday’s Florida Atlantic game at Georgia before retiring as Owls coach. “He’s a great coach. He’s proved them wrong. He’s now one of the dominant coaches, if not the dominant coach in the conference. Fans often rush to judgment.”

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