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Antonya English

Georgia's Mark Richt said Will Muschamp still has some Georgia Bulldogs in him

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Will Muschamp grew up a Florida fan, but he played football at Georgia. And that, UGA head coach Mark Richt said, means he's always going to be a Bulldog on some level.

"I'm sure he's going to tell everybody he's Florida through and through and all that,'' Richt said during Thursday's SEC Media Days. "But I'm sure there's some red and black in his veins.''

Richt has experienced what Muschamp will go through when Florida plays Georgia on Oct. 29.

As a Miami alum, when Richt began coaching at Florida State as a graduate assistant, the Seminoles played the Hurricanes and Richt still had friends and coaches he knew well on that team. And then as the head coach at Georgia, he faced his mentor Bobby Bowden in his second season.

"I spent a little bit of time in that game thinking about, you know if I lost to coach Bowden it wouldn't be all that bad,'' Richt said. "I love him. He's my mentor. The first time they had something big happen, I saw Mickey Andrews (former FSU defensive coordinator) over there snake spitting and cussing. Felt like spring game again. We had to go win it.''

Richt said he expects Muschamp will have mixed emotions when the Gators and Bulldogs meet, but it won't affect him once the game begins.

"It won't take him long to know where his allegiance is,'' Richt said.

[Last modified: Thursday, July 21, 2011 1:37pm]

    

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