Informed that Georgia had been predicted to finish second in the SEC’s Eastern Division this season, coach Mark Richt quickly offered a dissenting opinion.
“No,” he said tersely. “I’d have us first.”
Expounding, Richt added: “Well, that’s our expectation, to win the East. We don’t want to say we’re happy about being second. No, that’s not even closer.”
The Bulldogs were picked to win the East this past season and finished third. Georgia won the East previous two seasons and were predicted to once. Overall the Bulldogs have six Eastern Division championships and two overall titles under Richt.
Obviously he knows what a winner looks like.
“We’ve got a good team,” he said of the 2014 Bulldogs. “We’ll see how good we are once get going. We’ve got a lot of things to put together between now and then. But I think we’ve created a very good culture this summer. I think, just listening to our guys on the plane ride here, just asking how’s it going, they’re very optimistic, they’re very proud of their teammates and the work that’s been put in this summer. … They really like what they’re seeing in their teammates.”