Embattled Richt tells Georgia players to ignore ‘noise’

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) – Embattled Georgia coach Mark Richt has told his players to ignore speculation about his job security, calling the criticism “noise.”

Georgia (5-3, 3-3 Southeastern Conference) has lost three of four games, including lopsided conference losses to Alabama and Florida. Last week’s 27-3 loss to the Gators ended the Bulldogs’ SEC championship hopes and increased the heat on Richt to its highest level since a poor start to the 2011 season.

Richt says this season will be defined by how the Bulldogs, who play Kentucky on Saturday, handle the adversity.

He said at his weekly news conference on Tuesday “I don’t blame people for getting mad” because he likes coaching at a school “where people care.” He asked fans to continue supporting the players.

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