After 15 seasons, Georgia and head football coach Mark Richt have agreed to part ways just one day after Georgia beat Georgia Tech to finish 9-3 on the season.
Athletics Director Greg McGarity said the decision was “mutual”, but ESPN’s Mark Schlabach reported that Richt had been fired.
Richt’s career at Georgia ends with a 145-51 record, including 83-37 in SEC play.
Georgia won the SEC in two of Richt’s first five years, but hasn’t one it since.
According to Schlabach, Richt will coach the bowl game, giving him the opportunity to win his 10th game, which would give him 10 seasons with double-digit wins.
Richt accomplished many things at Georgia. The Bulldogs reached a bowl game every year, and Richt trails just Urban Meyer, Bob Stoops, Nick Saban and Gary Patterson in terms of active winning percentage.
“I appreciate the opportunity of serving the University as well as considering any other options that may present themselves in the future,” Richt said in a statement.
According to McGarity, Richt has the option to stay with Georgia in some capacity.
“Mark has the opportunity to remain on our staff at the University of Georgia, and would be heavily involved with outreach programs for our former football lettermen via the PO Network as well as other University and Athletic Association initiatives,” McGarity said. “We wish Mark, Katharyn and his family the best as he enters a new chapter of his life.”
Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart is a candidate to replace Richt.
Read the full statement on Richt’s firing here.