Mark Richt took it in stride a couple of weeks ago when South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier took a shot at Georgia for always seeming to have key players suspended early in the season.
The Bulldogs football coach had a similar reaction—a good laugh–on Monday night when asked about Spurrier wanting SEC division champions to be determined by division record instead of all conference games.
Spurrier told SI.com’s Andy Staples that he didn’t expect the idea would have much support at the SEC spring meetings in Destin, Fla., in May.
“No, I don’t think it would,” Richt said after speaking to the Lake Country Bulldog Club. “All I know is tell me what the rules are at the beginning of the season and we’ll play by them.”
Response has been?
UPDATE: Spurrier was asked on the SEC spring teleconferece what the reaction has been to his idea:
“I think the athletic directors and even the presidents are going to discuss it a little bit. What it does is it just takes out the scheduling as who determines the winner of the divisions. Sometimes like for example last year Tennessee and Florida both played Alabama and LSU, obviously two of the best teams in the country, maybe the two best teams. Us and Georgia did not play them. So obviously, us and Georgia are going to probably win the division. We had the same schedule as Georgia except for one game—they got to play Ole Miss and we played Arkansas, but that’s just the way it has always been. You just eliminate scheduling as maybe who the champion of the division is. I think it’s a good idea. We’ll see how it works out.”
On the drive to Eatonton Monday, Richt heard about the big recruiting news of the day.
This time it wasn’t football, but basketball when prized center recruit Tony Parker from Miller Grove picked UCLA over Georgia and others.
Richt and basketball coach Mark Fox “are good friends,” Richt said.
And, Richt said, “you couldn’t help but follow this one. Everybody was talking about it. From what I hear, it was very, very close. …I think Georgia definitely threw their hat in the ring pretty strong. You’ve just got to keep banging away, you’ve just got to keep banging away. You can’t always get the best in your state. You want to, but you can only do everything you can do. I know coach Fox and his staff did that.”
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