The SEC is going to have as many as three new head coaches next season after the Georgia Bulldogs became the latest school to part with their head man.
According to ESPN's Mark Schlabach, Mark Richt is done at Georgia after another disappointing season that began with a lot of promise.
Georgia has fired Mark Richt, a source told https://t.co/IUb98wmtlA— Mark Schlabach (@Mark_Schlabach) November 29, 2015
Sources tell https://t.co/IUb98wmtlA that Richt has agreed to coach the Bulldogs in a bowl game— Mark Schlabach (@Mark_Schlabach) November 29, 2015
Now 14 openings: Georgia, Maryland, Memphis, Miami, Mizzou, North Texas, South Carolina, Syracuse, Toledo, Tulane, UCF, ULM, USC, Virginia— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) November 29, 2015
SUDDENLY: All 7 SEC East schools have now changed football coaches in past 3 years. Mark Stoops & UT's Butch Jones are in year 3.— Oscar Combs (@wildcatnews) November 29, 2015
Richt had just finished his 14th season in charge in Athens with a career record of 145-51 after beating Georgia Tech 13-7 Saturday. The relationship between Richt and the people around the university, which were rumored to be strained, probably helped lead to his firing. This, despite Richt compiling a 145–51 overall record (83–37 in SEC play) over his 14 years in Athens. That included three BCS bowl games and six top-10 finishes.
The Missouri Tigers are losing Gary Pinkel to retirement, as are the South Carolina Gamecocks with Steve Spurrier. That means three teams in the SEC East alone will have new coaches in place when the 2016 college football season kicks off. With Pinkel, Spurrier and Richt gone, that's 491 combined wins leaving the SEC.
There's also been rampant speculation of Les Miles being out at LSU, but after the Tigers' win over Texas A&M this week, it looks like Miles will hang on to his job for at least one more season.