Source: Major Georgia boosters have lost faith in Mark Richt
After another blowout loss -- this one a 27-3 thumping at the hands of Florida and its first-year head coach Jim McElwain -- the support for longtime Georgia head coach Mark Richt has eroded significantly among UGA power brokers, a source told FOX Sports on Monday.
There had been some chatter and media speculation about Richt’s future with the Bulldogs last winter, but the source said this is now at a different level. Some of Georgia’s big-dog boosters are asking questions and talking about potentially moving on from Richt unlike ever before in his tenure.
Hearing that #UGA power brokers & big dogs now asking questions/talking about potentially moving on--unlike ever before in Mark Richt era.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) November 2, 2015
The Bulldogs are 5-3, but have dropped three of their past four. Two of those losses, against the Gators in Jacksonville and against Alabama in Athens, came by a combined score of 65-13. Their remaining two SEC games are against Kentucky and Auburn -- teams with a combined 3-8 league record. After that UGA faces Ga. Southern and 3-6 Georgia Tech. Even if Richt finishes the regular season at 9-3, he still probably won’t be able to get back some of the support that he’s lost there. At this point, the Bulldogs’ best victory this season is a 9-6 win in Athens over a Missouri team that is 1-3 in SEC play.
Richt is 141-51 in his career at Georgia.
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Bruce Feldman is a senior college football reporter and columnist for FOXSports.com and FS1. He is also a New York Times best-selling author. His new book, “The QB: The Making of Modern Quarterbacks,” came out in October 2014. Follow him on Twitter @BruceFeldmanCFB and Facebook.