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Richt helps Dawgs get a little payback against Gators



His Georgia football team wasn't able to get it done back in November, but the Bulldogs are giving head coach Mark Richt some credit in their stunning 88-86 upset win over the Gator basketball team on Saturday.

Richt gave the team a pregame speech on Friday, encouraging them to up the G.A.T.A. quotient: that's an abbreviation for Get After Their . . you can figure the rest.

"What really inspired us was Mark Richt came in and talked to us before practice (Friday)," Georgia senior guard Corey Butler told the Athens Banner Herald. "He came in and said G.A.T.A. I don't want to have to say what that means. We all know what that means."

Interim coach Pete Herrmann, looking for anything to inspire the Bulldogs, who before beating Florida hadn't won a conference game all season, called on Richt to give a little inspirational talk to his team.

"He (Richt) is as respected a person as we've got on this campus," Herrmann said. "I wanted him to say a few words about what he loves. He loves Georgia. He loves the coaches. He loves the athletes here at Georgia and he talked about that and playing it all the way through."

Not only did the Georgia loss knock the Gators out of a 3-way tie for first in the East, it seriously put its NCAA tournament hopes in jeopardy because of the tough remaining games Florida has to play - and the dismal way their playing right now.

Maybe Billy Donovan should give Urban Meyer a call and see if he can stop by the practice facility before the Gators play Alabama Wednesday night.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:48pm]


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