It’s no secret that, outside of a certain sweater-vested gent in central Ohio, the highest profile college football coach in danger of immediately losing his job is Georgia’s Mark Richt.
Normally I don’t subscribe to a coach putting a home up for sale as a sign of anything, but in this case, it might be applicable.
On May 17 Richt put his lake house up for sale. Though this is no ordinary second home.
Richt is asking $1,990,000 for a Lake Hartwell compound which features eight bedrooms and was reportedly purchased by the Bulldogs coach only two years ago.
On June 10, 2009, David Ching of the ATHENS BANNER-HERALD noted of Richt’s abode:
So this summer, he placed an emphasis on using some of his downtime to do what college football coaches are supposed to do in the summertime - get away from their jobs.
His family is spending much of the summer at their new place on Lake Hartwell. In fact, his wife, Katharyn, was there while he was visiting with the state’s football writers in Macon on Tuesday. He can leave his office at Butts-Mehre in the early evening and be there within an hour, before the sun even goes down.
“It is only a 50- or 60-minute ride to the office, which isn’t too bad,” Richt said. “If you have that long of a ride, you’ve got a chance to get football out of your mind on the way home and be able to relax a little bit. I could go home at 7 or 7:30 in the evening and it’s still light, the lake is crystal clear, there’s hardly anybody on it.”
Richt doesn’t strike me as a guy out to flip houses, so I think it’s reasonable to surmise that last year’s 6-7 record - and the subsequent outcry emanating from Athens - may have something to do with the coach making over his real estate portfolio.
Thanks to Southern Fried for reaching out.