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UGA fan posts touching Mark Richt tribute video

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UGA fan KP Smith has posted a touching Mark Richt tribute video. The video features clips of Richt’s tenure as head coach of the Georgia Bulldogs.

No matter what your opinion is on his coaching or his dismissal, there is no doubt that Mark Richt was a great leader and mentor. He represented the University of Georgia with honor and integrity on and off the field, won a few championships along the way, and did it “The Georgia Way.”

We thank Mark Richt for his service to the Bulldog Nation, and we look forward to a new chapter under Kirby Smart. Go Dawgs!



  1. Danny & Mary Stephenson

    Dec 8, 2015 at 11:38 am

    Mark Richt, you are the man, the man of GOD. Thank you for all you did for Georgia and may God’s blessing continue to be upon you and your family in WHATEVER you do!

  2. Dawn King

    Dec 8, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    Never thought this day would come. Thought surely Coach would be here at UGA and retire. Brings tears to my eyes and I’m sure thousand of others feel the same. YOU WILL BE MISSED!!!

    • Donald

      Dec 13, 2015 at 3:52 pm


  3. mary sweeney

    Dec 8, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    Still cant believe this, We will truly miss you Coach Richt you will always be a Dawg to us and in life. God bless you Coach love you

  4. Gene-O

    Dec 8, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    You can call me a CMR fan and you know, you are right. I will take that all day, but at the same time, I am a diehard Ga. Bulldog fan. First and foremost, he was a great man of God who stood for who and what he believed. And then taught his foundations on God. I would not want any better of a Godly man to coach my son as I would CMR. We all have our imperfections, but in CMR, I could not find very many. He lives his life the way God wants us to. He instills Godly values into his family, his team as God wants us to. People want to call him a minister and not a coach. Guess what they are right. He does minister to people first. God says to go into all the world and preach the gospel. CMRs world was his football team and colleagues he surrounded himself with. Me personally, he will be missed in the dawg nation, seeing him wearing red & black, the big G on his cap, but most of all, the inspiration he has and the positive outlook he always has. God bless you Coach Mark Richt and your family, and may God continue to use you in greater and mightier ways than you have been used before. If I don’t see you anymore on earth, we will see each other in Heaven.

  5. Donna Hastings

    Dec 8, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    Thank you Coach Richt for the honorable Godly example you showed the players, fans and everyone you came in contact.with.You will be missed. Miami just struck gold. God bless you and your family. Jeremiah 28:11.

  6. Carolyn Master

    Dec 8, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    Thank you, Coach Richt, for the example that you were while at UGA. Being a Christian and a graduate of UGA you made me proud. I pray that God will bless you in your new undertaking but you will definitely be missed by those of us who love you and the dawgs!

  7. Wylene Hayes

    Dec 8, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    I, too, feel that Coach Richt was the right man for UGA to create an environment that as he said produced not just good players but even better men and fathers. I have always been proud to say that UGA was my school and CMR was our coach. He always took the high road which in many cases was not the easy way but his players knew he loved them and believed in them. That’s my expectations from any coach not just win at any cost. Bless him and his family in their new journey. They will always be a special part of Georgia . I will always be a Dawg fan and support our team. Championships come and go but the friendships and brotherhoods that develop last a lifetime!

  8. Frank and Mary Warren Scoggins

    Dec 8, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    This has just broken my heart, for MAYBE a few more wins they fired someone who instilled more important values to all of us! What a wonderful man of God he is. He will receive many crowns and his family will also.

  9. Jan Kimbro

    Dec 8, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    Awesome video tribute! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Jean Dowd

    Dec 8, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    This was beautiful tribute that you put on.. My God be with him in his new journey for I know many of my family in Georgia will miss him..Good luck to the new coach for he has big shoes to fill..

  11. Robert & Lillian Wilkie

    Dec 8, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    We just lost the best Coach we ever had! Such a caring man to his players, a Christian, who was an inspiration to everyone! It just makes me so sad and never should have happened! God bless you and your family and we will be pulling for you to take Miami to a National Championship!

  12. Dr. Danny V. Ray, Associate Pastor to Senior Adults, First Baptist Church Nashville, Georgia

    Dec 8, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    I will always be a fan of the G. You brought Integrity and goodness to the team. I now have another team I will be cheering for the U, Miami. May God’s goodness follow you as you make a difference in the U.

  13. Mark Burgess

    Dec 8, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    Thank you, Coach Richt. The old, “P44 Haynes” moment has come to mind quite a bit lately. That great day in Georgia Football lore gave us a glimpse of what was to come (in fact, it was Larry Munson’s favorite of all of his incredible calls). And I will never forget the man who broke a 20 year drought in SEC Championships for UGA; restoring the program to a position of competitiveness and prominence after those woeful 1990s. Your era produced the second most wins in UGA history, and the highest winning percentage of all Bulldog coaches. Yet, you were more than a mere coach. Countless young men were made better because of your example and testimony.
    I’m glad our program crossed paths with you. We are much richer for it. Best to you in the future, and God Bless.

    Mark Burgess

  14. Terry Barker

    Dec 8, 2015 at 6:59 pm

    All I can say is thank you for your service to Uga . We will miss u much! May the lord bless you.

  15. Tommy McElroy

    Dec 8, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    Coach Richt,
    You will be missed! I wish I had the honor to meet you. You are a true leader and I wish you the best. I will now have another favorite team to follow since you will be at the U. Best of luck to you!!

  16. lemondrop89 Alice W.

    Dec 8, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    You will be truly missed in Bulldawg Nation CMR and may you find great success in Hurricane Nation.. You were a great Coach as well as as a great Christian man.. May God richly bless you and your family in Miami and in all your future endeveours …

  17. David Elliott

    Dec 8, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    Coach Richt…husband…father…coach…mentor…thank you for your leadership! Leadership that will have eternal significance for many young men who have had the privilege to wear the red and black. For the young men, like my three sons who witnesses you win with humility, lose with class and living a life of integrity. The DawgNation’s loss, is Miami’s gain. Continue to lead young men in a way that is pleasing to the Lord. God Bless, David Elliott

  18. Debbie Seagraves

    Dec 8, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    You are going to be so missed Coach…..I guess I never imagined Saturday afternoons between the hedges and you not there…So thankful God sent you to Ga. and I know He is going to bless you and your family immensely at the U….our hearts have been broken but we all must move on..God Speed Coach Richt…You made a difference in the lives of all the folks in Athens,Ga. This Dawg fan will never forget….will be cheering you on next season..Go Dawgs, Go Hurricanes….May the Lord bless and keep you and Katherine…

  19. Tom warren

    Dec 8, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    Best coach UGA will ever have had, no matter what the title total is. There is no substitute for integrity. Hopefully Coach Smart has even half as much, even at that rate he would still be above average. Thank you Coach Richt, I will miss you, and wish you well.

  20. Kevin Kelley

    Dec 8, 2015 at 8:49 pm

    I’m glad UGA made a change, but Coach Richt will always be a DGD. Best of luck CMR!

  21. Allan Goodrich

    Dec 8, 2015 at 9:23 pm

    This COACH cannot be replaced. He is responsible for so many wonderful UGA memories, carried himself and the Dawg Nation with such a presence that will never be forgotten. I have serial pics of him and my grandson at Bulldog club meeting do in Augusta from age 1-5 which sit proudly on our mantle. God bless Mark Richt and his family. You will be missed!

  22. Robert Beightol

    Dec 8, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    Thank you Coach Richt! My wife and I are proud UGA grads and I have been so distressed over this decision to fire you, a coach who did things the right way, so rare in today’s environment of big money. I hope you have continued success and hopefully one day my love for UGA will be restored.

  23. Lance Elizabeth DeLoach

    Dec 8, 2015 at 10:25 pm

    Coach Richt: you are a devoted Christian man, man of great character, and have that solid foundation that so many of the youth of today need. You’re a great positive role model for the players as well as fans. I pray God’s blessings on you, your family, and on your new job at Miami. You’ll be missed at UGA. Best wishes. I still wouldn’t mind meeting you one day with our pastor for a photo op. Again best wishes. Lance DeLoach

  24. Steve Hardeman

    Dec 8, 2015 at 11:47 pm

    Thank you so much Mark Richt you and your family for being so loyal to Georgia. I appreciate you not only for what you did for the Football team but also for the young men that you touched their lives for God. You leaving I feel like a part of the family has left. We love you and your family and I hope you have amazing success at the U. God bless you and make the impact at the U that you made at Georgia. I will always be a Bulldawg but I will also root for the U because you and your family is there.

  25. Mike Willis

    Dec 9, 2015 at 1:30 am

    Thank you so much coach Richt I’ve admired way you put UGA on map they was so glad they fired best coach ga had I’m die hard ga fan but die hard Richt fan be cheering u on u Miami you are one DGD god bless you and ur family

  26. Norma

    Dec 9, 2015 at 3:02 am

    This was the biggest mistake that UGA could have made. It is always amazing how when the weather is good, CMR was wonderful. When the wind blew the opposite direction, he was cause of it all. Fair Weather Fans. Well I always felt, even when we didn’t win the game, that we had class. We were different from other teams and that was because of CMR. I have been a Dawg fan but no more. The powers that be just ruined the integrity of Georgia’s team. I pray that God uses CMR in a mighty way. Thank you Coach, may God bless you!

  27. Vicki warner

    Dec 9, 2015 at 6:43 am

    My heart is broken, not only for losing the best coach that Georgia will ever have but for the school that I have loved my entire life. I have lost so much respect for the administration of Georgia….and not sure that I will ever be called a diehard fan again. Good luck Mark. You will be missed and always loved among Georgia players and fans!

  28. Michele Hall

    Dec 9, 2015 at 7:54 am

    I became a Georgia fan thru my late husband who had to have been the biggest UGA fan there was. He took me to several games we attended tailgates and Dawg walks . His enthusiasm was contagious I became a huge fan also, but he was a real fan of CMR he had principals and morals . My sweet husband lost his fight with cancer on March 22nd I had the Dawgs to watch on Sat. It kept me close to him. Now CMR is being replaced WHAT??? Makes no sense to me . I am lost once again the Dawgs will not be the same.:-(

  29. Max

    Dec 9, 2015 at 8:52 am

    Good Luck Coach Richt you will be missed Thank you for the memories Go Dogs !

  30. Margie

    Dec 9, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    My family is so sad that you will no longer be our coach at UGA. We wish your fans had a chance to reverse the decision to let you go. Thanks for a job well done. We wish you well and will always pray for you.

  31. Lu

    Dec 9, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    I was broken-hearted when they announced you were leaving. My family is a big Mark fan. Thank you for all that you have done at Georgia.

  32. Jack Bartlett

    Dec 9, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    We are saddened. Best deal Georgia ever had!

  33. Paula (Kelly) Black

    Dec 9, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    Georgia’s loss and Miami’s gain… Welcome home Mark you are one of Boca’s pride and joy. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  34. Janet Ousley

    Dec 9, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    We will never know the true impact that CMR had on our young people at Georgia and even on other teams as they watched him on and off the field. But GOD knows and is pleased with his service. It was a sad day to realize that winning a football game is more important than how you take care of your Georgia family. Miami is getting a treasure and I pray they value it and take care of it. May God continue to bless the Richt family as they continue to make a difference

  35. Bob Ficquette

    Dec 10, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    What a great honor to meet Coach Richt and his wife on a coaches cruise several years ago. It was a great time had by all that were on the cruise to really get to know Coach Richt as a Christian man and as a human being. Georgia’s lost Miami’s gain to a great man and a coach. Best of luck and success in Miami, Coach Richt.

  36. Liz Higgins

    Dec 10, 2015 at 11:04 pm

    Can’t think about UGA football and not think about the Richt family and the positive Christian influence they have proudly made in Georgia! CMR and UGA are synonymous! Miami is getting the best and UGA is losing a great man. God bless you and the seeds you have sewn in the lives of so many young men!

  37. Becky Benton

    Aug 30, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    I would trade every future championship, if any, to have you back Coach! You and your integrity made me prouder to be a Bulldog than any trophy or ring ever will! Godspeed–will be cheering for you as well as for my Dawgs!

    • Robert Fischer

      Aug 30, 2016 at 8:17 pm

      Class personified, a great coach but a much greater human being, best of luck to Mark and his family

  38. Sally

    Aug 31, 2016 at 1:27 am

    Much love from all your Dawg fans Coach Richt! I am hoping our dawgs show up this year as we start a new journey with Coach Smart, but when we are not playing I will be wishing you all the luck and pulling for you and your new team! Miss you in Athens! ❤️❤️ Go Dawgs and Go Coach Richt! ❤️❤️

  39. Ursula Johnson

    Aug 31, 2016 at 7:18 am

    Besides Vince Dooley, Mark Richt will FOREVER be a Georgia Football Coach icon! He was the best….and he still is!

  40. Harold Miller

    Sep 1, 2016 at 9:01 am

    Well done. A fitting tribute to CMR. Now Dawg fans, it is time to move on. A new chapter in Dawg history is set to begin. Let forget our differences and get behind the team we all love. Saturday is coming.

  41. Jackie

    Dec 8, 2016 at 10:11 am

    This video had me in tears. Mark Richt was a wonderful coach and a true dawg. I sure do miss him and wish him all the best. I will ALWAYS be a fan of this man, no matter where he ends up at. CMR brought Georgia to the forefront of college football. But most of all he led by example of what a good man should be. He made me so proud to be a dawg fan. The day they fired him was a dark day for me as a Georgia fan, I was for the first time embarrassed to be a Georgia fan. He was done horribly wrong and this fan will not forget that (McGarrity should’ve been fired not CMR). I support Kirby now but I will always be a Mark Richt fan. Love the dawgs and CMR.

  42. James McCall

    Mar 24, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    To good of a coach to be at UGA.

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