Richt's rankings

Posted Oct 10, 2005

ATHENS — It may look like Mark Richt is ready for a nap on the sideline, but that’s far from the case, he said. In fact, No. 5 Georgia’s fifth-year head coach rarely falls asleep until the early hours of the morning after games.

“I get more charged up than it looks on the outside,” Richt said. “It takes me a while to cool down.”

He takes advantage of the restless hours by working on his Top 25 ballot for the weekly coaches poll.

“I’ll look at all the highlights,” he said. “I’ll go look and see who played who and which victory seemed to be more impressive than the other. I’ll spend half the night doing that. Most of the time when I call in my vote, it’s 2 or 3 in the morning.”

While some coaches are said to give the poll little effort or even hand it off to an assistant, Richt feels an obligation to always fill his out on his own, he said.

“I enjoy it and I do feel a responsibility as a voter to try to do the best job I can do,” he said. “I want to have a rhyme or reason to do what I’m doing. I just want to do a good job.”

Richt wouldn’t say this week where he voted his own team, which is No. 4 in the coaches poll.

“We’re in the top five for sure, and I think we deserve to be there,” he said.

Rankings will be a big topic of discussion next week, after the BCS standings are released Monday.

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