‘Surprised’ if Richt doesn’t stay, says UGA’s Adams

UGA President Michael Adams wouldn’t make any firm commitment, but sounded like a college president who wants to keep his football coach in a Thursday press conference, two days before UGA takes a 10-game winning streak into the Southeastern Confernce football championship game with top-ranked, undefeated LSU.

“I would be surprised if Mark Richt weren’t the football coach here next year,” he said.

But the UGA Athletic Association won’t make any formal decisions about renewing Richt’s contract until two or three weeks after the football season is over, Adams said. As UGA president, Adams is chairman of the board of the UGA Athletic Association, the non-profit corporation that runs UGA’s NCAA sports program.

Some of the same people that at the beginning of the year told Adams to get rid of Richt, after the team started the season 0-2, are now urging him to keep the football coach.

Now in his 11th year at UGA, Richt’s teams are 106–36 with a 60–28 confernce mark. He has won two SEC championshions, in 2002 and 2005.

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