Georgia coach Mark Richt’s interesting choice for what his granddaughter will call him

HOOVER, Ala. | At age 54, Mark Richt became a grandfather last week.

While he didn’t promise to remain Georgia’s football coach until he was a great grandfather, Richt on Thursday at SEC Media Days made it sound like he’s not planning on going anywhere anytime soon.

“Some people come to me and say, ‘Coach, whenever you retire, we think you’re going to go off and do mission work and stuff like that,” Richt said. “I say, ‘There’s not a greater mission than college athletics than being the head coach of the University of Georgia. There’s so many young men that we get to touch their lives and the people they influence. It’s a mission in itself, really. Katharyn and I were talking the other day. There is no greater mission than what we’re doing right now.”

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’s staff, the newborn is living in the home of his grandparents.

“Since he’s not making a whole lot of money, we’ve got him in the house right now, got them all there,” Richt said. “I knew if they were in Nashville I wouldn’t see the grandbaby much and I wasn’t going to see my wife much because I knew she’d be there a lot.”

Richt would like his granddaughter to call him “Poo-Pa.”

Why? “I don’t know I just like that,” he said. “And everybody hated it. So I think that’s probably why I said that.”

Of course, that’s not set in stone.

“My name’s going to be whatever Jadyn calls me,” Richt said.

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