A 15th consecutive Media Days for the sleeker Richt

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Mark Richt, shorn but not forlorn. (Photo by M.B.)

Hoover, Ala. — Just by being here, Mark Richt drew into a second-place tie with Philip Fulmer for appearances at SEC Media Days. Richt and Fulmer have done this 15 times. (Steve Spurrier is the leader with 23.) Before we go any further, we must note the asterisks.

There were no Media Days in the days of Bryant and Dooley. Back then, the conference rented a rickety propjet and flew media types to various campuses. (I speak as an alum/survivor of the 1977 SEC Skywriters.)

As for Fullmer: He missed the 2004 convocation because he was afraid of being served with a subpoena if he entered the state of Alabama. (The Albert Means investigation was raging.) So his 15 weren’t consecutive. Spurrier, you’ll recall, didn’t work in the SEC from 2002 through 2004, having taken a flyer on the NFL.) That makes Mark Richt of Georgia …

The all-time leader in consecutive Media Days. Surely he deserves a plaque for that.

Not to say that Richt ever looks frumpy, but he seemed sleeker than usual Thursday. His hair, which has gone through a few hair changes over time (and I know a bit about hair changes), was spectacularly short. “It’s a summer cut that got a little carried away,” said Richt, briefing local and national writers upstairs before meeting the main assemblage.

The Richts, it seems, had gone to the beach. Katharyn Richt suggested to he husband: “Why don’t you just shave that thing? I want to see what your head looks like.”

“This,” Richt said, “is close to three weeks’ growth.”

But enough about hair. This correspondent, having noted the 15 Media Days, asked Richt, who’s 55, how much longer he wanted to keep doing this difficult job (meaning coaching college football). “I’m going to do this as long as the Lord says to do it,” Richt said.

From later Thursday: UGA should win the SEC East. But will it?

From Wednesday: Mizzou’s Pinkel — a coach in the truest sense.

From earlier Wednesday: Bama’s Saban has been reduced to making excuses.

From Tuesday: Could Tennessee’s “defining moment” come against UGA?

From earlier Tuesday: The great Spurrier is surely nearing an end.

From Monday: Auburn-Louisville — the all-time Atlanta hate game.

From earlier Monday: Auburn banks on a big QB with a big arm.

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38 comments
Peachs
Peachs

If Kentucky passes him this year this will be his last.  I feel certain Tennessee is in the right lane ready to pass but Richt actually surprised me last year by having a team ready to play a bowl game not his specialty, and none of these teams are beating him physically they are out coaching him, a correctable situation.  You never see Muschamp or Smart looking at being a defensive coach here, you really never see any real coaches fall off this tree, I don't think Colorado State is a football factory. Georgia has got as many pro players as anyone but nothing in the coaching ranks.  Muschamp and Smart are Dooley boys if I remember right, or more correctly Irk boys, but Dooley was a great coach had no problem getting and keeping good coaches. .  

MaybeMaybeNot
MaybeMaybeNot

The last time I checked the scoreboard, it was still reading 30-24.  

OH:IO
OH:IO

I wonder if the AJC actually pays Carvel for his stalking of Savior Skinny?

TOJacket
TOJacket

Since it's Eason's year anniversary committing to the dawgs will there be a cake involved?

TOJacket
TOJacket

Does everybody know what Jacob Eason is doing after dawgnight?

TOJacket
TOJacket

@96JB @TOJacket He hasn't won anything in the State of Washington?........We run this State ScoreCheck..........oh yea, 30-24

CHDawg
CHDawg

...in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.   I prefer that direction to lesser entities, but to each his own.  I think Mark B. has inadvertently found the key to why UGA is going to have a great season. 

cshudson24
cshudson24

Reading these posts. It seems to me, class went out the window at the North Ave Trade School. Coach Richt is a fine man and very good football coach. Hurl your insults my way!! I am not a coward like a lot of people posting on blogs.   

TOJacket
TOJacket

@cshudson24 No insults.......he looks tired and that haircut ain't working for him......looks like he got drafted?

charlestonian77
charlestonian77

being one of them evangelicals .... i am sure he donated the missing hair to donald trump.


TU
TU

He must be doing extra laps at the pool.


TOJacket
TOJacket

@TU Looks like he couldn't pull a greasy string out of a cats a$$?

Delbert_D
Delbert_D

Got the Erk look going. Maybe that will help.

TampGator1
TampGator1

McElwain beats him in the odd look category with his recent sunburn photo.  Richt said he shaved his head on vacation and his current look reflects three weeks of hair growth.

goblue86
goblue86

@TampGator1 Yeah, we read that in the article.  Thanks for the incredible color commentary.


TOJacket
TOJacket

@TampGator1 Did he go Kojak everywhere........you humps would probably love to know?

AlwaysReady
AlwaysReady

Silver hair is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness.

TOJacket
TOJacket

Is Sleeker a nice way to say he's getting old?

OH:IO
OH:IO

No more hair products??????

KingHusseinObama
KingHusseinObama

I thought GT scalped his hair since they RUN THIS STATE!!!.....Oh yeah, first!

TOJacket
TOJacket

@WDE I am sure there is a lot of satisfaction in taking a team of 4's and 5's and beating a team full of 2's and 3's.............and he is almost batting a 1000.............great job.

WDE
WDE

If that's so CMR has enough Bug hair for a comforter..,

Grant1296
Grant1296

You trying to say Mr Greenjeans can't recruit caryd ???

TOJacket
TOJacket

@WDE Grant.......we coach them up!!.....you know that.

WDE
WDE

@TOJacket @WDE there is in fact no reason your bunch has to be so pathetic, no rule says you can't recruit better its just a Bug thing.