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Georgia Institute of Technology

Georgia's Richt stepping down following 'mutual' decision

Mark Richt stepped down as Georgia's coach on Sunday in what was called a "mutual" decision but looked like a firing.

Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity said in a statement that he met with Richt on Sunday morning "to discuss the status of our football program." McGarity said the two "mutually agreed that he would step down as head coach and would have the opportunity to accept other duties and responsibilities at UGA following the bowl game."

Georgia (9-3) ended its regular season with Saturday's 13-7 win over Georgia Tech. It was clear following the game Richt had no plans to step down. He said he planned to begin recruiting "and...