Richt carves out new image after giving up play-calling

Amazingly, it was Mark Richt.
The Georgia coach is going through some sort of mid-life
metamorphosis, revealing all the emotions that he used to conceal
behind a stoic demeanor and monotone style. It's sure working for
the Bulldogs, who climbed two more spots to Number Eight in the
latest Associated Press rankings today.
After yesterday's 45-20 victory over Auburn, receiver Sean
Bailey said, ``It starts from the top and trickles down. Coach
Richt has started doing some things he normally doesn't do.''
Actually, this all started back in the summer, when Richt was
still coming to terms with his decision to give up the play calling
to offensive coordinator Mike Bobo.
For the first time, the head coach made it a point to meet
privately with each player -- something he never had time to do
before. Richt was able to spell out his expectations and listen to
their concerns and suggestions.
One of the things he heard from the seniors was their desire to
wear black jerseys instead of the school's traditional home red. He
agreed to order up the shirts and circled yesterday's game against
Auburn as the time to break them out.
No one else knew about the plan except the coach and his most
experienced players.

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