Mark Richt on Georgia’s success under Kirby Smart: ‘It’s exciting to see’

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Mark Richt on Georgia’s success under Kirby Smart: ‘It’s exciting to see’

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Georgia head football coach Mark Richt speaks during a news conference to discuss his departure from Georgia Monday, Nov. 30, 2015, in Athens, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Classy as always, former University of Georgia coach Mark Richt had a great answer when asked about his former team’s success in year two under new coach Kirby Smart.

Richt was asked on this week’s ACC teleconference for his thoughts on Georgia’s rise to No. 4 in the AP Poll rankings and the success the program’s achieved this season.

“It’s exciting to see that,” Richt said. “I’m happy for Georgia. I’m happy for all the kids I recruited and I’m happy for all the guys I didn’t recruit. Georgia is a great place. It has a special place in the hearts of myself and my wife, and I’m all for them having a lot of success.”

Richt coached at Georgia for 15 seasons and recorded a 145-51 record as head coach before being dismissed at the conclusion of the 2015 season.

The University of Miami coach said he hasn’t watched Georgia play this season because of his job with the Hurricanes, who are 4-0, but the big points the Bulldogs have put up under freshman quarterback Jake Fromm have caught his eye.

The Bulldogs are averaging 35 points per game, third in the SEC behind Alabama and Auburn.

“When you see the scores and the point differential and what looks like really lights-out defensive play, that’s what champions are built of,” Richt said.

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