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Report: Mark Richt Is Being Recruited To Run For Governor Of Georgia In 2018

So what will former Georgia football head coach Mark Richt's next job be? New head coach at Miami? Virginia? South Carolina maybe?

How about governor of the Peach State?

According to a report from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, some Georgia Republicans are already trying to entice Richt to run for the party's nomination in the 2018 Georgia gubernatorial race. 

The outgoing University of Georgia football coach is being recruited to run for Georgia governor in 2018, according to two people with direct knowledge of the efforts.

Both also hasten to add it’s a long-shot. Richt, who was fired on Sunday after 15 years as Georgia’s head coach, has already been contacted by several schools now that he’s a free agent. And his friends say he has expressed little interest in politics.

But Republicans seeking to shape the field to succeed Gov. Nathan Deal in 2018 say it’s worth a shot. Several GOP office-holders, including Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp, are exploring a run, but the race for the state’s top job remains wide open.

The most prominent example of a former football coach running for office is Tom Osborne, who was a Republic congressman in Nebraska from 2001-07 and embarked on a failed run for governor. 

The list of former players who have held office is much longer, and includes Lynn Swann, Jack Kemp, Jon Runyan, J.C. Watts and others.