For the second consecutive season, the Georgia Bulldogs have fallen in the SEC Championship game. While Saturday afternoon’s loss to the Alabama Crimson Tide came in one of the most epic SEC title games we have seen, it ended on a mental mistake by the Bulldogs that prevented them from getting to take a shot into the endzone.
Following the game, it wasn’t the Bulldogs error that left head coach Mark Richt upset and emotional, it was a question from a reporter at the post game press conference.
According to Clay Travis of OutkickTheCoverage.com, a reporter was implying that Richt and his quarterback Aaron Murray have shown the inability to come through in big games and the question did not sit well with the Georgia head coach.
Here is the beginning of the exchange, per Travis:
Questioner: “There are some people whether it’s fans, media, or whomever else that will maybe want to make further conclusions about you or your quarterback, specifically, in big games. Would you have any response to those people?”
Richt stared straight ahead, squinted his eyes. “I don’t know what you’re saying,” Richt said, “Why don’t you just say it straight up what you’re trying to say.”
Questioner: “People will say that you and Aaron Murray specifically come up short on the biggest stage against the biggest opponents.”
Things got a little testy following the question:
Richt eventually walked out of the press conference and was visibly irritated by the question. He reportedly slammed his drink on the floor as he was leaving, but returned to the podium less than a half a minute later to give one final thought.
“I want to say something else, if anybody thinks our guys didn’t play their tail off and Aaron Murray didn’t play his tail off, they’re crazy. That’s unbelievable somebody would even bring that up.”
Anyone who watched the game was able to see Murray and Richt gave this game their all. For a person to question that was outrageous and it is very easy to understand why the question irked the Georgia head coach.