Nick Saban and Mark Richt faced each other six times in SEC competition, three times while Saban was at LSU and three times when he's been at Alabama. While Saban won four of those meetings, including two SEC championship games, he clearly had tremendous respect for Richt based off his comments on tonight's SEC coaches' teleconference.
Speaking with the media, Saban offered some support for Richt, who was fired by Georgia earlier today.
“I don’t know what the world is coming to in our profession. Mark Richt has been a really good coach and a really positive person in our profession for a long, long time. I think when you win nine games that’s a pretty good season, especially with the body of work he has been able to put together there.”
Ironically, it is Saban who has set the almost-impossible standards for many SEC coaches by what he's done at Alabama. Right here, he raises a strong point. Richt's work in Athens was much better than that of his recent predecessors.
It will be interesting to see if the next head coach at UGA can duplicate or top what Richt accomplished.
[ AJC.com ]