November 28, 2010

Will Richt make any staff changes?

Georgia coach Mark Richt made two things very clear during Sunday's weekly teleconference with reporters.

No. 1, he has not been contacted by alma mater Miami regarding its vacant head coaching job and "absolutely" plans to stay at Georgia. No. 2, he doesn't foresee any staff changes once his end-of-the-season evaluations are complete.

That includes offensive coordinator Mike Bobo.

When asked directly if he wants Bobo going forward as Georgia's offensive coordinator, Richt gave an emphatic one word answer. "Yes," Richt said.

When asked if he thought the criticism levied at Bobo this year was unfair.

"All I can say is, if I'm not mistaken, we set some kind of school record for consecutively scoring over 30 points (seven). The bottom line is whomever calls plays is going to get critiqued, they're going to get criticized, it's just the nature of the beast," Richt said. "At Florida State, there were years we were Top 5, and even the top team in America in scoring, yards and all that and there were people complaining about how I was calling the game."

Richt said he doesn't blame fans for having their say.

"Everybody has an opinion, but if you're in a leadership position, especially if you're calling plays offensively or defensively, that guy's is going to be open for criticism," Richt said. "It just comes with the territory. You look at the NFL, you look at high school, you look at Pee Wee football - you're going to have somebody who doesn't like the way you call the game, so that's to be expected."

But although Richt does not expect to make any staff changes, the entire program will be evaluated and recommendations made once the season is complete after the bowl.

Richt explained what the process entails.

"When we get to that point (evaluations) everything gets looked at. We have our offensive and defensive systems, our schemes, we want to review that, we want to review how they held up and we want to see if we have problems, where do they derive from?" Richt said. "Do they derive from doing things our guys can't do or was it because we had issues with personnel somewhere across the board that we need to strengthen in some way. You've also got recruiting, you've got strength and conditioning, you've got how you eat and your nutrition, you've got everything that you can look at throughout..We kind of do that as we go but there will also be a time where we reflect on mainly the football part of it and that's when the season is over."

Also, Richt brushed aside earlier reports from a Florida paper suggesting that Miami wants to consider him for its vacant head coaching job following the firing of Randy Shannon.

"I have not been (contacted)," Richt said.

Would he speak to the Hurricanes if they called?

"It's just like I've been saying, man, Georgia is my home and this is where I want to be," he said. "I don't believe I need to take it any further than that."

The Miami story marked the second time in three weeks that Richt's name has been speculated about concerning another job after the Denver Post speculated that Richt would be a candidate to replace the fired Dan Hawkins at Colorado.

"I have the same answer for that that (the Miami search) that I did for the other one (Colorado) and that's Georgia is my home and this is where I want to finish my career," Richt said.

NOTES: Richt said he still has no idea regarding what bowl invite the Bulldogs will receive, although the Liberty Bowl remains a strong possibility. … NCAA rules prohibit Richt from speaking about specific recruits, but when asked how seriously Georgia was recruiting the junior college ranks, he made it clear the Bulldogs are. "There are definitely some JUCO guys we're looking at," Richt said. "But we're also aware, that if we bring them in, we expect them to come in and make an immediate impact for us. You don't bring a JUCO guy in to sit around if you can help it." … Richt did not have an update on defensive end Demarcus Dobbs who injured his elbow in the second quarter and did not return to play against Georgia Tech.

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