Mark Richt Underappreciated as Head Coach of Georgia Bulldogs

Daniel Shirey, USA TODAY SPORTS

Many times in college football, the fan base of a particular team doesn’t appreciate the coach they have because they see that another school, usually within the same conference, has someone better.

That seems to be the case in Athens, where Mark Richt has had a strong run of success as the head coach of the Georgia Bulldogs. However, it seems that the UGA fan base would prefer to have someone other than Richt, who seems to be on the hot seat nearly every year.

For example, last season, Richt’s Bulldogs were within five yards of playing for the national championship before time ran out on them in their SEC Championship Game loss to the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Richt will enter his 13th season at the helm of the Georgia program this fall, and his 118-40 record gives him a winning percentage of .747 during that time. He has posted at least 10 wins in eight of his 12 seasons in Athens, and he has only had a losing record once, going 6-7 in 2010.

Richt has won two SEC championships and won the Eastern Division six times in his 12 seasons.

This fall, Richt will field another Georgia team that should be in contention for the SEC East title, with many offensive weapons returning for the 2013 campaign. Players like quarterback Aaron Murray and running backs Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall will allow the Bulldogs to have one of the nation’s best offensive attacks.

While Georgia fans may be jealous of Alabama’s Nick Saban or Les Miles, head coach of the LSU Tigers, they should instead focus on the man they have at the helm of their own program. But it could take a national championship before Bulldog fans accept Mark Richt as one of the nation’s elite coaches.

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