In his own words: UGA's Mark Richt on firing, future

In his own words: UGA's Mark Richt on firing, future
Georgia Athletic Director Greg McGarity (Source: WSB/CNN)
Georgia Athletic Director Greg McGarity (Source: WSB/CNN)

ATHENS, GA (WALB) - Head Coach Mark Richt reflected on his career as the leader of the University of Georgia Bulldogs in a news conference Monday morning after announcing that he would resign from his position.

In a statement released by the UGA Athletic Department on Sunday, Athletic Director Greg McGarity said the school and Richt decided to part ways following their scheduled bowl game.

(Photos via CNN/WSB-TV)

The announcement comes after the Bulldogs 13-7 defeat of in-state rival Georgia Tech in Atlanta on Saturday.

In Monday's news conference, Richt and McGarity talked about his tenure and the future.

Richt thanked the Bulldog Nation for "letting him stick around for a while" during the more than 30-minute news conference.

"Days like yesterday are difficult are the most difficult days in our profession, especially when you're dealing with someone with the character of Mark Richt," McGarity said.

He talked about the life of a coach.

Mark Richt said not winning a championship made things tough.

But he noted that he and his wife were at peace with the decision.

Richt said he and his wife were "going to be fine" in the news conference.

He also said he wanted fans to be supportive of whoever comes after him.

But Richt also took time to reflect on what he said was his proudest moments as coach.

McGarity wrapped up the news conference by letting everyone know that he takes ultimate responsibility for Georgia's football program.

READ: Full release on Mark Richt's resignation

Richt is 145-51 during his 15 years as the Georgia head coach.

It was another disappointing season for Dawgs fans; another season with the Bulldogs projected to win the SEC East during a season where the team lost to Tennessee, Alabama and Florida as they fell from no. 9 in the county to unranked.

It was the third season to see UGA not live up to expectations of winning the east, with Missouri and Florida taking the divisional titles in that timespan.

Georgia hasn't won an SEC title since 2005, and last won the SEC East in 2012. They were four yards shy of winning the conference in 2012 during a loss to Alabama on the Crimson Tide's way to a national title.

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