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Georgia ending Richt's 15 years as coach with compliments

Georgia is presenting Mark Richt's exit as coach as a mutual decision, and Sunday's announcement came padded with tributes usually reserved for retiring legends.

Glowing compliments for Richt came from University of Georgia president Jere Morehead and athletic director Greg McGarity. Richt has been allowed to remain as coach through the team's bowl game. New home pages for the athletic department's Web site were constructed to pay tribute to Richt.

All of Sunday's warm and fuzzy tributes couldn't overshadow the fact Richt insisted one day earlier he had plans to be on the job for the immediate and long-term future.

McGarity met with Richt on Sunday morning. Soon...