ATHENS, Ga. — The 40-year old assistant calling the shots for the nation’s top-rated offense was a hot commodity when schools with openings for a head coach came calling.
Missouri was one of them.
Mark Richt, then the offensive coordinator for Bobby Bowden at Florida State, remembers meeting with athletic director Mike Alden in the Tallahassee, Fla., airport in November 2000 as the Seminoles were making their third consecutive run to play for the BCS national title.
No offer came, but Richt said he didn’t view that as a crushing blow.
“I had a lot of things going at the time,” Richt said.
Richt interviewed for the Virginia opening and he was hearing from people that “things were happening at the old alma mater.” That would be Miami, where Butch Davis would leave a couple of months later for the NFL’s Cleveland Browns.
That never got to an interview, but Georgia fired Jim Donnan, pursued and landed Richt.
Now in his 12th season with the Bulldogs, Richt will experience his first game at Missouri on Saturday night.
• Tailback Ken Malcolme’s sprained left wrist was in a cast on Monday, but he practiced without limitations and said he expects to play on Saturday.
Cornerback Malcolm Mitchell, who missed the Buffalo game, is listed as limited with a left ankle sprain. (strained hamstring) and running back Richard Samuel (hip contusion) are listed as limited.
Richt said Brown practiced on Monday.