Mark Richt has enjoyed plenty of success as the head coach of the Georgia Bulldogs, but there was a time more than two decades ago when he served as an assistant at Florida State that he was told never to take the job in Athens by current South Carolina Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier.
Richt recalled the conversation during a speech in front of the Touchdown Club of Athens on Monday.
“[Spurrier] told me, ‘Do not under any circumstances take the Georgia job,’” Richt said, via the Athens Banner-Herald. “That was the one bit of coaching advice he gave me.”
Of course, Richt ignored those suggestions and eventually went on to accept the Bulldogs head coaching gig and has led the team to a 119-41 record since taking over. Richt has also been a two-time SEC Coach of the Year and is showing Spurrier that he made the right decision to join the team.
Interestingly enough, Richt and his Bulldogs faced off against Spurrier’s Gamecocks last weekend and Georgia came away with the 41-30 win.
After the head-to-head match up, Richt’s team jumped up to No. 9 in the AP Top 25, while South Carolina dipped to No. 13.