In my seven-plus years at CFT, I’ve never been shy in expressing my absolute and utter respect for Mark Richt, whether it was for an honorable against-the-grain stance on transfers or honoring a high school football player who tragically drowned before he could become a walk-on at Georgia or myriad other things. Sunday, Richt solidified that respect.
As you may know, Richt and UGA parted ways this offseason, with the head coach ultimately moving on to Miami to take over his alma mater’s football program. As expected, his departure from Athens was classy.
Just as expected, one of Richt’s returns to his old stomping grounds further showed his class.
In Athens for my wife’s graduation from nursing school. Able to reflect. Thanks DawgNation for the love through the years. My best to Kirby!
— Mark Richt (@MarkRicht) May 1, 2016
Not to be outdone, Richt’s replacement showed his class as well.
Thanks @MarkRicht and congrats to Katharyn!
— Coach Kirby Smart (@KirbySmartUGA) May 1, 2016
Bravo to both head coaches. Sometimes, most times, being classy is the absolute right move — even as Richt’s successor could take some lessons from his predecessor when it comes to transfers.