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SEC Media Days 2012: Mark Richt Dismisses The Congregation (And Troublemakers)

Hoover, Ala. -- The question you'd most like to ask Mark Richt probably has to do with departed players. After losing Isaiah Crowell and suspending at least a handful for the early going, the dean of SEC coaches always finds roster management questions at the ready. But there will be no answers to those questions today. Only cornerback Sanders Commings' two-gamer is official.

Richt has no qualms about his school's especially tough drug policy, which has cost him players and somehow created a reputation for the Dawgs that doesn't square with their actual standards. He says he hasn't lobbied the SEC for a uniform drug policy and calls it "what's right for Georgia."

Georgia is the media's pick to win the SEC East. "We hope the media is right," Richt said, "We hope we get back to Atlanta and hopefully play better this time around. Georgia's got a tremendous opportunity to win the Eastern Division."

Beyond conference title games, Richt has a four-game playoff as something like the ideal format, as he worries about a Florida-Georgia loser still going on to make the championship, thereby stealing some of the meaning from the Cocktail Party. (That's a game that was the CBS main event even during the general bleakness of 2010, so it might take more than a playoff there.)

Double duty man Malcolm Mitchell could play as many as 80 snaps a game later in the year, with Richt noting Champ Bailey played something like 100 during his time in Athens. Aaron Murray isn't with us this weekend, as he's helping out fellow young quarterbacks at an Elite 11 camp

If UGA does make it to the SEC Championship Game, it very well could face hot-armed quarterback Zach Mettenberger, whom Richt kicked out of Athens after a Valdosta bar run-in. "He's a fine young man, and LSU should be excited to have him."

Your updated Recruitedness Power Rankings, in which we rank how recruited we feel to each program after each coach has taken the podium:

  1. John L. Smith
  2. Steve Spurrier
  3. James Franklin
  4. Les Miles
  5. Derek Dooley
  6. Mark Richt
  7. Kevin Sumlin
  8. Nick Saban
  9. Will Muschamp
  10. Dan Mullen
  11. Hugh Freeze
  12. Joker Phillips
  13. Gary Pinkel
  14. Gene Chizik

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