Georgia head coach Mark Richt told his players to “ignore the noise” in the midst of a reeling stretch and rumors concerning his job security.
The Bulldogs, who have failed to score a touchdown in each of their last two games, are 5–3 this season and 3–3 in the SEC after losing three of four. They saw their SEC title hopes disappear last week in a 27–3 loss to the Florida Gators.
“What we’re going to do now is we’re going to focus on our jobs, we’re going to fight like mad, and we’re going to do it together,” Richt, 55, said Tuesday.
Richt’s players have spoken on his behalf and defended the job their coach has done in the face of criticism this season.
“He just said to block it out and ignore it because it doesn’t really matter at this point,” tight end Jeb Blazevich said. “He’s still his calm, cool, collected self. He’s been doing it way too long and I guess in the hot seat or whatever too many years to be worried about it. He knows where we stand with him. We love coach Richt and we’re all behind him 100 percent. We’re not too worried about it and it doesn’t seem like he is, either.”
Richt, who is in his 15th season with the Bulldogs, has led Georgia to two SEC titles in his tenure, with the last coming in 2005.
The Bulldogs have two SEC games remaining in the regular season, Saturday against Kentucky (4–4, 2–4 SEC) and Nov. 14 against Auburn (4–4, 1–4 SEC). The Wildcats and Tigers have given up the most points in the conference this season.
Georgia will host Kentucky at Sanford Stadium on Saturday at noon ET.
- Kayla Lombardo