November 24, 2009

Could friendships affect Richt's decisions?

Georgia coach Mark Richt was asked point-blank during an interview with television and internet reporters Tuesday outside Stegeman Coliseum - would friendships with coaches on his current staff preclude him from doing whatever necessary to turn the Bulldog program around?

"I'm friends with all or coaches, I like them all," Richt said. "My job is to do what's best for this program, that's without question, but I'm friends with every player and coach on this staff."

When asked to expound on the question, Richt cut the interview short.

"Let me end this conversation by saying this … my focus is on Georgia Tech," he said.

Before the interview was complete, Richt was asked whether or not could ever see hiring a coach specifically to lead the special teams.

Currently, the Bulldogs have three coaches - Jon Fabris, John Lilly and Tony Ball - handle the four phases of the kicking game.

"I think there are a lot of ways to get staffs together. There's more than one way to skin a cat," Richt said. "But I like the way we've got it right now."

Will Green, Rambo play?

The question remains - will wide receiver A.J. Green be ready for Saturday night's game against Georgia Tech.

Richt didn't sound very optimistic when asked about the availability of Green, along with safety Bacarri Rambo, during Tuesday's weekly press conference at Stegeman Coliseum.

"A.J. is less likely I'd say now than Bacarri. We're pretty confident that Bacarri will. We're a little less confident that A.J. will," Richt said. "We're not counting him out yet."

Both Rambo and Green sat out last week's loss to Kentucky, Both players were injured two weeks ago against Auburn, Rambo when he suffered a concussion and Green when he suffered an AC joint sprain in his left shoulder.

"Ron's (head trainer Ron Courson) just got to feel like he (Green) can go," Richt said. "Right now we're still working on the strength, getting the soreness out. He doesn't have full range of motion right now. But sometimes those things change, sometimes they don't."

Richt said if Green is unable to practice by Thursday, he likely would not play.

Cox hopes he's remembered well

No, this hasn't been the type of year that quarterback Joe Cox envisioned before the season-opener against Oklahoma State.

The fifth-year senior ranks fourth in the SEC in terms of passing efficiency (138.7 percent) among full-time starters with 21 touchdown passes. However, his 14 interceptions have played a huge role in some of the turnover issues that have plagued the Bulldogs throughout the year.

With Saturday's game against Georgia Tech now just four days away, Cox was asked he hoped fans remember him.

"Just as a guy whose never quit, really, with the season that we've had. If you had asked me before the season I would have had a different way I would have wanted to be remembered," he said. "I can't change what's happened; all I can do is keep playing. Hopefully, people will see - not only me - but our team as one that will never quit."

Cox will graduate Dec. 18 with a degree in Psychology. He still hopes to coach, preferably on the collegiate level.

Help against the option?

A few weeks ago, Richt said he and his assistants during the summer would routinely visit other schools throughout the country to exchange different viewpoints ranging on a wide variety of football-related topics.

Tuesday, Richt was asked whether he received any tips for how to slow down Georgia Tech's option attack.

"Oh yeah, I think every defensive coach that has Georgia Tech on their schedule, they probably, they're all talking. They're not probably talking, they are talking," Richt said. "They probably ought to have a little convention in the off-season, just get everybody together and see what they can figure out. But that's a tribute to what they've (Georgia Tech coaches) done."

This and that

Saturday's 8:12 start against Georgia Tech makes the game the latest start for Georgia since the Sugar Bowl against Hawaii that began at 8:20. …Bulldog coaches and players are scheduled to meet patients at both the Shepherd Center and Children's Hospital of Atlanta on Friday afternoon. Georgia freshman baseball player Chance Veazey is a patient at Shepherd.

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