December 27, 2009

Richt will be glad when saga is over

Georgia coach Mark Richt sounded like a man ready for the saga regarding who will be his new defensive coordinator to come to an end.

Although vague in his response, Richt told UGASports following Sunday's Independence Bowl press conference that everyone - media and fans alike - just need to be patient.

"It will all come out sooner or later, and we can all relax, including me," Richt said.

But before that happens, Richt said his primary focus will be Monday's Independence Bowl contest against Texas A&M.

The Bulldogs went through their final workout Sunday morning in preparation for the 5 p.m. (ET) kickoff in Shreveport.

"It's about time to play. They've done about everything they could do in preparation. We had our final walkthrough this morning. We will have dinner and some meetings tonight. Actually, we'll have a few more meetings tomorrow but the physical part is done," Richt said. "We're just finishing up on the mental part. I think we've had good preparation. I'm really proud of the guys' attitudes towards getting ready for this game, and of course these two guys (seniors Joe Cox and Jeff Owens) have been tremendous for us. It's been a blessing for me to hang around them for the five years they've been here."

Richt tried to call Meyer

Richt said he attempted to call Florida coach Urban Meyer, who Sunday decided to take a leave of absence instead of abdicating his job with the Gators.

The Bulldog coach made his statement before Meyer's decision Sunday was announced.

"I tried to call him (Saturday) night but his voicemail was just loaded up, so I didn't get an opportunity to get through to him," Richt said. "I hope that whatever he is going through is not too serious, but it's certainly serious enough to make this kind of change which is huge."

Richt was just returning the favor.

When Richt's wife Katharyn was undergoing treatment for cervical cancer, Meyer was one of the first people to call.

"All I can say is my wife and I prayed last night for him and his family," Richt said. "Some people may not know this, but my wife had cervical cancer a couple years back and Coach Meyer was one of the first guys to call me to let me know that he and his wife were thinking about us."

Injury Update

Richt said Sunday that right tackle Josh Davis' sprained ankle is "not as far along" as he had hoped, and is listed as doubtful for Monday's game.

The news was somewhat better on defensive end Demarcus Dobbs (ankle) has been slowed, but Richt said he will be able to play.

Wide receiver A.J. Green (shoulder) and safety Bacarri Rambo (concussion) are expected to play.

Coaching from the field

Richt announced that defensive line coach Rodney Garner and grad assistant Mitch Doolittle will coach on the field.

Fellow grad assistant Todd Hartley, who has been coaching the Bulldog secondary, will assist Tony Ball in the press box.

Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo will stay on the field, while Richt's headset will be in constant contact with both his offensive and defensive coaches.

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