Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Richt: 2010 Season Was 'My Fault'; Coach Says Bulldogs Won't Have Repeat of 'Embarrassing' Finish

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Richt: 2010 Season Was 'My Fault'; Coach Says Bulldogs Won't Have Repeat of 'Embarrassing' Finish

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Byline: Hays Carlyon

Georgia head football coach Mark Richt couldn't have been clearer.

Last season was not acceptable for the Bulldogs.

Richt spoke to roughly 200 Georgia fans at the Jacksonville Marriott on Thursday night.

Richt and his Bulldogs come limping into the 2011 campaign after a 6-7 mark last season. Georgia suffered a losing record for the first time in 14 years, wrapping up the season with a 10-6 loss to Central Florida in the Liberty Bowl.

Richt admitted to the crowd that he felt the Bulldogs lost some close games last year because the other team played harder.

"That's embarrassing," Richt told the audience. "It's our shame and it's my fault. We're not going to let that happen again."

Last season's disappointing result has some in the national media wondering if Richt is in danger of losing his job should Georgia stumble again. Georgia is 20-15 in its last 35 games, a span which includes a 12-11 mark in the Southeastern Conference.

Richt met with the media prior to the start of the program.

"I don't worry about that [speculation]," said Richt, 51, who is entering his 11th season at Georgia.

"I just coach. I try to make decisions that are in the best interest of Georgia. There's always going to be pressure in this type of job. There's pressure every year."

The criticism could be viewed as unfair. Richt is 62 games over .500 at Georgia with a 96-34 record and has led the Bulldogs to two SEC titles. That's impressive production, but his lack of success in this city is cause for concern among the Georgia faithful. Richt is 2-8 against rival Florida and has lost the last three meetings with the Gators.

Now, with UF undergoing a coaching transition from Urban Meyer to Will Muschamp, the meeting on Oct. 29 might be Richt's last hope to flip the rivalry's momentum back to the Bulldogs. …

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