ATHENS, GA - Mark Richt dusted off an old speech on the eve of Georgia's first practice. He hopes it has the same impact.
The Bulldogs began preseason workouts in sweltering conditions Thursday, only appropriate since their coach is definitely on the hot seat. Georgia is coming off its first losing season since 1996, putting the pressure on Richt to turn things around - quickly.
Speaking with his team the night before, Richt brought up many of the same things he said before the 2002 season. The Bulldogs went on to capture their first Southeastern Conference championship in 20 years.
It's been six years since Georgia won its last SEC title. As Richt says, "That's too long in my mind."