Georgia’s 32–28 loss to Alabama in Saturday night’s SEC Championship Game was a back-and-forth and emotional one. Afterward, Bulldogs coach Mark Richt was in no mood to be reminded that he had come up short of a conference title for the second straight year.
During the postgame press conference, Atlanta radio host Chuck Oliver asked Richt how he would respond to “fans, media or whomever else that will maybe want to make further conclusions about you or your quarterback, specifically in big games.” Richt’s response was understandably testy.
“If that’s what you say, then I’ll answer the question,” he said. “If you think other people are saying that, I’m not worried about that.” After which he stormed off from the podium.
Richt returned shortly thereafter with a follow-up: “I want to say something else. If anybody thinks our guys didn’t play their tail off and Aaron Murray, didn’t play his tail off, they’re crazy. That’s unbelievable somebody would even bring that up.”
In our opinion, Richt was completely within his rights to respond the way he did. To say that QB Murray or the rest of Richt’s team choked against the Tide in arguably the best game of the 2012 season is both unfair and wildly inaccurate. Bulldog players should be proud this morning to have Richt as their head coach.