Mark Richt’s retirement announcement on Sunday brought out plenty of reaction about his future, and even his departure from Georgia to Miami three years ago.
Paul Finebaum of ESPN and the SEC Network, on his weekly appearance on Birmingham-based WJOX 94.5 FM program “The Roundtable,” explained that Richt realized that he was likely to get fired in a year and thought, “Why do I need this? He took this job as a rebound, he proved a point for about eight games last year.”
As soon as Richt was fired at Georgia, and even into the 2016, there were questions about whether Georgia Athletics Director Greg McGarity made the right move.
“I think in the end, this justified what Greg McGarity did three years ago in firing him,” Finebaum said. “He’s a good coach, he’s not a great coach, it’s a sad ending. I don’t know what he’s going to do next year, whether it’s follow his heart, or follow his pocketbook and replace Mack Brown at ESPN.”
Many have speculated that Richt could focus more on causes that support Christian ministry, or areas that he started at Georgia, such as fostering support for former players in the form of the Paul Oliver Network, something Richt began to help players transition to life after football. Or, as Finebaum suggests, he could become an analyst on ESPN or another TV network.