Great article here from Yahoo’s Dan Wetzel regarding Mark Richt and Georgia’s chances at a national championship. Below are some quotes from Mark Richt regarding his faith:
“Do I want to win a national championship?” Richt said. “Sure I do. I want to win. Everybody who has ever won a national championship wanted to win the national championship. Everybody wants to win it.
“But it is about a process. Doing things right, fundamentally, schematically and football-wise. But hopefully [it’s also about doing it] morally, within the rules of the game, educating young men, educating them academically, educating them about life, helping them understand right and wrong, how to be a good husband, how to be a good father, how to function in this society properly.
“I’m in the business of doing that. And you do that well for long enough maybe you have a chance to win a national championship.
“I want to win,” he reiterated, “but it’s all important to me.”
Does that balance help him when Georgia has fallen short?
“Fallen short of what?” Richt asked. “If we’re doing the best we can every day and we’re doing it in a first-class manner so that when I go home at night I can lay my head on the pillow and God would be pleased with the decisions I made, how I treated players and the coaches, the media, my wife and kids, I’m OK with that.”
“You’ve got to be careful,” Richt said. “You can’t become what you do. What I do is not who I am. If I become what I do and I become just a football coach, then you’re asking for disaster.
“My identity is in Christ. I am a born-again believer in Jesus Christ. I know that he died for my sin and I am going to heaven when this is all said and done, forever. That gives me peace, no matter what happens here.
“So what am I willing to do? Do my work heartily, unto the Lord. There is no higher accountability in life than to do something for God. So that’s kind of how I operate.”