Richt will not Coach Georgia Bowl Game

| December 4, 2015

Georgia Football

ATHENS — Former Georgia coach Mark Richt will not coach the Bulldogs in their bowl game as originally planned.

Georgia announced Thursday that assistant coach Bryan McClendon will serve as interim head coach in the bowl game. McClendon is the team’s wide receivers coach.

Georgia officials say they were informed by Richt on Thursday he will not stay with the team for its bowl game. Miami will introduce its new coach on Friday; Richt has reached an agreement to coach the Hurricanes.

With McClendon taking the interim head coach role, Georgia said offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt and other assistants will retain their current responsibilities.

“I’ve asked Bryan to assume all administrative duties of the head coach,” Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity said. “This will be the least disruptive option for our players and staff as they begin preparations for our bowl game.”

McClendon, a former wide receiver at Georgia, was the Bulldogs’ running backs coach for six years before taking control of the wide receivers this year.

An Atlanta native, McClendon is the son of former Georgia and Chicago Bears running back Willie McClendon, the 1978 SEC Player of the Year.

Georgia has not confirmed reports that Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart is the school’s choice to replace Richt. Georgia was not expected to have its first formal contact with Smart until after No. 2 Alabama plays No. 18 Florida in Saturday’s SEC championship game in Atlanta.

If Alabama beats Florida, Smart likely would remain with the Crimson Tide through the College Football Playoff.

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