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Mark Richt out as coach at Georgia

Georgia head coach Mark Richt celebrates a 13-7 victory against Georgia Tech on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta.
Georgia head coach Mark Richt celebrates a 13-7 victory against Georgia Tech on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta. Atlanta Journal-Constitution/TNS

Just when everyone thought that Les Miles was out at LSU, turns out Mark Richt was the SEC coach who needed to fear for his job.

ESPN’s Mark Schlabach was the first to report on Sunday that Georgia head fired Richt after 15 years as the Bulldogs’ coach. He was 145-51 overall and 83-37 in the SEC. His teams have been to 14 straight bowl games, a streak that will be extended this year. There are reports that Richt has agreed to coach Georgia in a bowl game.

There was growing frustration with Richt’s inability to win big games, however. His teams won SEC titles in 2002 and 2005 but none since. The Bulldogs’ last East Division title came in 2012 when Georgia lost to Alabama in the league championship game. Georgia has gone 8-5, 10-3 and 9-3 since.

This year’s team suffered the loss of star running back Nick Chubb, who was injured early in Georgia’s 38-31 loss to Tennessee. The Bulldogs also lost to Alabama 38-10 and Florida 27-3.

Georgia beat Kentucky 27-3 on November 7 in Athens. Richt was 13-2 against Knetucky as the Georgia coach.

And if you haven’t heard, Miles will be back next season as LSU’s coach.

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