ATHENS, Ga. - The University of Georgia held a news conference Monday morning to discuss Mark Richt's departure as head football coach. The school released a statement Sunday, saying that Richt met Sunday morning with Athletic Director Greg McGarity. The two mutually agreed that Richt would step down after coaching the Bulldogs through this year's bowl game.
McGarity and Richt both spoke at the news conference on the UGA campus.
"My plan right now is to get prepared for this bowl game," Richt said. "I'm really looking forward to coaching these boys one more time."
At the news conference, McGarity revealed he didn't know until the Georgia Tech game that Richt would go and said at this time it's "not appropriate" to discuss the next coach. However, he did say the job is wide open.
"Decisions at this nature are very difficult," McGarity said. "I'm accountable for everything here and accept that responsibility."
"I think expectations have been built to where if you don't win a championship, it's miserable around here," said Richt, who isn't sure what his next step is. He said he might stay in Athens, but whatever happens he has faith in God.
"Lord, whatever your will is... that's what I want to do." Richt said. "I'm really at peace that it was part of His plan."
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