Georgia players and fans were excused from feeling like children of divorced parents Saturday night. As the new dad, Kirby Smart, moved his stuff in the house, the Bulldogs’ former dad, Mark Richt, moved his stuff out and said his final goodbyes.
While Georgia’s new staff hosted a recruiting function at nearby Sanford Stadium — with prized quarterback recruit Jacob Eason in attendance — Richt hosted a gala celebrating his 15th and final season leading the program.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution‘s description of the event, a teary-eyed Richt addressed the crowd for around two minutes, accepted the Governor’s Cup for Georgia’s win over Georgia Tech last month — promising to display it in his new office at Miami — and then braced for more than an hour of hand-shaking with current players and video tributes from former players – among them Aaron Murray, A.J. Green, and D.J. Shockley.
Among his final words in red and black — wide receivers coach Bryan McClendon will lead the Bulldogs in the TaxSlayer Bowl against Penn State — was a prediction that would lead to one of the most narrative-filled national title games in college football history.
“I’m 100 percent convinced that the University of Georgia and the University of Miami are on a collision course for a national championship,” Richt said.