Georgia’s Mark Richt says he’ll listen “to anybody who has an interest in me”


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ATHENS, Ga. (AP) – Mark Richt says he remains interested in another coaching job and will listen “to anybody who has interest in me” as he prepares for his final game as Georgia’s coach.

Georgia announced Sunday that Richt will not return as coach in 2016.  He has stepped down in what Richt calls a mutual decision.

The Bulldogs are 9-3 and bowl bound, but the losses to Tennessee, Alabama and Florida ruined any chances of winning an SEC title. Georgia was picked to win the SEC East.

Richt was 145-51 in 15 seasons in Athens.  He coached the Bulldogs to two SEC titles in 2002 and 2005 and three other SEC title game appearances.

The coaching change was announced one day after the Bulldogs’ 13-7 win over rival Georgia Tech.

Richt, 55, says he wants to continue coaching — even though it will not be at the University of Georgia.

“There may be other opportunities that come in the next few hours… 24 or 48 hours that type of thing. I mean I’m going to listen to anybody that has interest in me,” he said.

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