HOOVER, Ala. | At age 54, Mark Richt became a grandfather last week.
While he didn‚Äôt promise to remain Georgia‚Äôs football coach until he was a great grandfather, Richt on Thursday at SEC Media Days made it sound like he‚Äôs not planning on going anywhere anytime soon.
‚ÄúSome people come to me and say, ‚ÄòCoach, whenever you retire, we think you‚Äôre going to go off and do mission work and stuff like that,‚Äù Richt said. ‚ÄúI say, ‚ÄòThere‚Äôs not a greater mission than college athletics than being the head coach of the University of Georgia. There‚Äôs so many young men that we get to touch their lives and the people they influence. It‚Äôs a mission in itself, really. Katharyn and I were talking the other day. There is no greater mission than what we‚Äôre doing right now.‚Äù
Mark and Katharyn Richt became grandparents on July 9 when Jadyn Elise Richt was born to Jon Richt and his wife, Anna.
Since Jon moved from Nashville, Tenn., and is a volunteer quality control assistant on his father‚Äôs staff, the newborn is living in the home of his grandparents.
‚ÄúSince he‚Äôs not making a whole lot of money, we‚Äôve got him in the house right now, got them all there,‚Äù Richt said. ‚ÄúI knew if they were in Nashville I wouldn‚Äôt see the grandbaby much and I wasn‚Äôt going to see my wife much because I knew she‚Äôd be there a lot.‚Äù
Richt would like his granddaughter to call him ‚ÄúPoo-Pa.‚Äù
Why? ‚ÄúI don‚Äôt know I just like that,‚Äù he said. ‚ÄúAnd everybody hated it. So I think that‚Äôs probably why I said that.‚Äù
Of course, that‚Äôs not set in stone.
‚ÄúMy name‚Äôs going to be whatever Jadyn calls me,‚Äù Richt said.