I have a headache... after today, listening to the UGA faithful bang on Coach Richt.
It was the fall of 1994, and around lunchtime every Tue and Thur.... Katharyn Richt would bring her , then, two little boys, and a picnic basket throught the FSU Atrium, to the elevator, and up to the 3rd floor to have lunch with her husband, Mark.
Mark Richt was the Offensive Coordinator at FSU , and that's when I met both Mark and Katharyn.
Two words: CLASS ACT
I remembering looking at that little family, and thinking , "that's what it's supposed to look like".
Mark gazed at his wife.
He was and is well respected, treated the media like kings and queens.
I watched through the years at the interaction between Coach Bowden and Coach Richt. Wow.
These two really loved each other.
It was something special.
It was a mutual respect that I don't see in College Football.
Fast forward to Nov 1, 2015.
I'll spare you the personal stories, of Katharyn looking after my dad at the Orange Bowl.
How Coach Richt, to this day, will ask about my 79 year old mom, and my 81 year old father.... and he'll ask by name.
I'll spare you .
I'll spare you the personal stories because that's what you told me today. You UGA fans who see this College Football GAME, as a business.
As just winning or losing.
" Sandra, you're unprofessional , it's not personal"
It is for me,it's more than winning and losing. It's not just a business.
I am standing firm for Coach Mark Richt at UGA. If the Athletic Dept decides to move on, shame on them.
When someone with Coach Richt's character
walks into a living room, and tells momma and daddy that he'll take care of their son, he means it.
You can trust him. That's an absolute.
He's makes UGA better as the face of football.
Two weeks ago, when he took his headset off, and grabbed kicker Marshall Morgan and said " I'm gonna love you the same whether you make the kick of not".
That's the kind of man I want coaching kids. It's a shame that most of the UGA nation doesn't feel the same.
Keep the hateful emails, and tweets coming.
I have a headache because more of you don't see what I do.
Let's agree to disagree.
The game of College Football is more than winnning and losing to me.
Mark Richt is a winner.