Mark Richt on coaching staff reports: “That makes zero sense”
Georgia head coach Mark Richt said reports he was going to fire defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt this week were completely false.
On Thursday, reports circulated in the media that Pruitt had caused a lot of dysfunction on the Georgia coaching staff, and that Richt was about to fire him.
“I’m like, ‘Where is this coming from?’” Richt said after Georgia’s 27-3 win over Kentucky on Saturday, recalling his reaction. “That makes zero sense.”
The coach called the reports “misinformation.”
“When you have players in class going, ‘What’s going on?’ I mean something happened that morning. I don’t know who got this misinformation. And it’s really a shame that that kind of stuff is flying around.”
Georgia offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer agreed that the reports of dysfunction among members of the coaching staff were overblown.
“It really is,” Schottenheimer said. “We all have a job to do. Certainly when you’re struggling a little bit, you don’t always agree with everybody’s opinion. But absolutely. We’re working. And this win will help. We’re excited about that.”
Richt did not make any changes to his staff during the past week. His coaching staff’s responsibilities last week were the same as they had previously been.
“All I know is that every man has got a responsibility,” Richt said. “He’s handling his job. And he is encouraging everybody else’s responsibility. And that’s the way it needs to be. That’s the way it’s been.”
Pruitt was still Georgia’s defensive coordinator on Saturday. Georgia’s defense held Kentucky to just 180 yards of total offense and three points in the win.
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