As a Georgia Tech graduate I will admit a great personal bias against the University of Georgia and their sports teams. Every good Tech man’s favorite teams are Georgia Tech and whoever plays Georgia on any given week. With that being said, for the last 10 years Mark Richt has been a man I would have loved to hate, but just couldn’t. Not only did I have to deal with the Christian idea of hate being a bad thing, Richt was such a nice guy. An outstanding Christian, open and sharing with his faith, telling everyone he tries to live by his life verse of Col 3:23. He has his kids in Christian school, is active in his church, overall Richt is just a great guy. But I have seen a change in Richt over the last few years that is disturbing. While as a Tech man I welcome the fall of Georgia football this is still sad to see. It goes back to the 2006 loss to Tennessee. (here’s to you Tom) After losing to Tennessee, Vanderbuilt, and Kentucky in 2006 Richt made a noticeable change in his recruiting. Starting with his 2007 class it looked clear to me that Richt had adjusted his recruiting goals based on athletic ability alone sacrificing the personal character of his prospects. Since that time I think we have seen a steady decline in the character and discipline at Georgia. In 2007 we had the unsportsmanlike rushing the field in Florida. Since then Richt’s team has always been among the most penalized in NCAA. Now we have NCAA investigations and arrests (23 of them documented by the Atlanta Journal/Constitution since 2008) http://www.ajc.com/sports/uga/uga-football-arrests-2008-601205.html You might ask, “What’s the big deal? Don’t a lot of SEC and other conference teams have arrest and discipline problems?” Well yea, they do, but Richt didn’t used to. His teams used to be different. Loosing 4 straight for the first time since Richt took over as coach should be a wake up call. Like I said earlier, as a Georgia Tech man I love to see Georgia loose, but I know Richt is a Christian and as my brother in Christ I hope he gets the chance to turn it around. Knowing the lack of patience Georgia fans are liable to have, he may have to start over somewhere else. That would be fine with me actually, I would like to be able to root for him.