Today, the University of Georgia and Mark Richt mutually agreed to end his tenure as the school’s head football coach. This move is representative of all that is wrong in college sports specifically and our nation as a whole. His removal shows a complete lack of understanding of what it means to be a successful leader.
In addition to the infographic shown above, the following are just some of Coach Richt’s additional accomplishments:
- Two-time SEC champion
- Five-time SEC East Division champion
- 144-51 record while at Georgia
- Two-time SEC Coach of the Year
- 2013 Stallings Award for commitment to humanitarian and community service.
- 9-5 bowl game record
- 1 year removed from being the 2014 season-ending 9th ranked team in the country.
- Six Top 10 finishes in 15 years
I must say it – are you kidding me? Coach Richt is only one year removed from a Top 10 finish and has nine wins this year with a chance to make it 10 at the bowl game. Unbelievable!!!
But what I and many others will remember about the Mark Richt era is the lasting impact of his Christian leadership. Other than the man who led him to Christ in 1986, former Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden, I have never witnessed a coach who represented Christ in such an honorable fashion. In fact, listen to the interview below with Paul Finebaum where at the 4-minute mark he begins discussing his faith in Christ. Notice the impact his life has on those in the media.
Finally, I want to conclude this post with the following comments from Ray Belton, Southern University’s President and Chancellor.
During Georgia’s September 26th 48-6 victory, Southern’s Devon Gales suffered a severe spinal chord injury. The following is a letter from President Belton regarding the compassion shown by Coach Richt:
I want to personally thank Mark Richt for 15 years of Christian character, dignity, integrity and showing how to develop quality young men who are not just football players, but great citizens. I loved it when he would come to Woodstock (my city) and speak at First Baptist. He is the greatest coach in UGA’s history and will not be forgotten.
I appreciate what my friend Keith Boggs said, “And I thought losing a game was nauseating. No, the truth is–losing that kind of man’s influence in building young men is what’s really nauseating. As a UGA fan, losing a coach feels much worse than losing a game.”
May his next Godly assignment be as equally successful. Coach Richt’s testimony is shown below.
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