Mark Richt still defending last play call against Alabama
Mark Richt had his bowl press conference Wednesday, but most media members didn’t talk about the bowl game against Nebraska all that much. Instead, Richt spent most of his time answering and defending questions about the last play against Alabama.
The infamous Spikegate is still on the forefront of the media’s mind, and it’s most definitely on Richt’s mind, too.
Richt was asked whether he would have done anything different looking back on it now.
“No,” Richt said. “When you no-huddle, you go with tempo. You want to go with pace. That’s what we’ve been doing all year long. Part of going no-huddle is when you have the defense on the run you snap the ball again. You don’t need to stop play.”
Richt then proceeded to give a 679-word explanation in defense of his decision that you can read at GeorgiaDogs.com.
“The problem wasn’t the play,” Richt said. “The problem was that the ball was tipped.”
The only reason you spike the ball in that situation is to make sure your players understand the scope and magnitude of the precious seconds on the clock. Had Aaron Murray expressed to Chris Conley and the other receivers – relayed from the coaching staff to Murray – that catching anything less than a ball in the end zone must not happen, and passes short of the end zone must be batted down, it may have ended differently.
It’s easy to look back now, but had Conley not caught the ball, Georgia could have run one more play and could be fielding questions about Notre Dame instead.
But I think it’s time the media got over the play call as a whole and moved on. We know the outcome; we know Richt’s thoughts on the play call. It’s time to move on.
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