Mark Richt out as Georgia head football coach

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Georgia head coach walks out of a huddle during a timeout in the second half of an NCAA college football game against Georgia Tech on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, in Atlanta, Ga. Georgia won 13-7. (AP Photo/Brett Davis)

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia coach Mark Richt is stepping down after 15 seasons in what is being called a “mutual” decision.

Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity says he met with Richt on Sunday morning “to discuss the status of our football program” and “mutually agreed that he would step down as head coach and would have the opportunity to accept other duties and responsibilities at UGA following the bowl game.”

The decision was announced in a statement released by Georgia.

Georgia (9-3) concluded its regular season with Saturday’s 13-7 win over Georgia Tech.

There has been speculation about Richt’s future since losses to Tennessee, Alabama and Florida ended the Bulldogs’ hopes for a Southeastern Conference championship.

Richt was 145-51 with two SEC championships.

Georgia has tentatively planned a Monday news conference.