Two days after a heartbreaking loss in the SEC Championship game, University of Georgia football fans continued to talk about an exchange between Bulldogs coach Mark Richt and an Atlanta radio show host.
The incident began after 680 the Fan host Chuck Oliver began questioning Richt and UGA quarterback Aaron Murray about their performance in big games.
OLIVER: "There are some people, whether it's fan, media or whomever else, that will want to make further conclusions on you and your quarterback, specifically, in big games. Would you have any response to those people?"
RICHT: "I don't know what you're saying. Why don't you just say straight up what you're trying to say?"
OLIVER: "There are people who say you and Aaron Murray specifically come up short on the biggest stage against the biggest opponents. Do you have any response to that?"
RICHT: "Is that what you're saying or are you trying to say 'everybody else?'
RICHT: "Are you saying that?"
OLIVER: "No, I'm saying I hear that every day when I do my job." RICHT: "Well that's for you to worry about then. If that's what you say, then I'll answer the question. If you think other people are saying that, I'm not worried about that."
Except Richt did seem to worry about it. He came back after his news conference was over to say one more thing.
"If anybody thinks our guys didn't play their tail off and Aaron Murray didn't play his tail off, they're crazy. That's unbelievable that somebody would even bring that up," said Richt.
The exchange aired all weekend on ESPN every hour Saturday night.
680 the Fan, which is the official sports talk station of the Georgia Bulldogs, declined a request from FOX 5 to speak with Oliver. On his show Monday afternoon, Oliver admitted to making a mistake.
"It was just horrible timing on my part. Awful, terrible, horrible, wretched, horrid judgment of timing," Oliver said.
Some UGA fans said they liked the spark they saw from Richt.
"I think he handled it well, and unfortunately, while it was a fair question, I don't think the timing was all that great," said Enrique Escolano.
Oliver said on his radio show that his question meant no criticism of Richt or Murray. He said, personally, he thought they did a good job in the game. He also said he spoke to Richt on Monday and the coach told him all was forgiven and forgotten.
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