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Mark Richt wants to coach until he’s 80 (maybe)

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An energetic Mark Richt meets his constituency. (Jason Getz/AP)

An energetic Mark Richt meets his constituency. (Jason Getz/AP)

ATHENS — Mark Richt, who coaches Georgia, will turn 54 in two weeks. He’s not yet at the age where recruits are asking if he’ll be around for all four (or five) of their collegiate seasons. He believes there’s a reason.

“I look so young,” Richt said Wednesday, speaking on Signing Day. “If it weren’t for these extra 40 pounds I’m carrying, I could pass for 40.”

Then this, smiling: “Coach (Bobby) Bowden went until he was 80. So I’ve got another 27 years.”

Then this, still smiling: “I’m young compared to a lot of head coaches. Some guys coach deep into their 60’s and 70’s.”

Then this: “I’ve got a long way to go.”

Earlier in the day, Richt told a group of Georgia fans he feels more sprightly than ever. Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo, who has worked alongside Richt since 2001, said: “I agree with what he said. He’s more energized than he’s ever been. It hadn’t crossed my mind that he might ever step down.”

From myajc.com, our premium site: Class of 2014 could help Richt win the one thing he hasn’t.

Further reading: UGA’s Dream Team has mostly lived up to its hype.

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