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Penn State Coaching Search: Mark Richt Expresses Desire To Stay At Georgia

Georgia coach Mark Richt is in discussions with the university about extending his contract after leading the Bulldogs to an SEC East championship in 2011, Gentry Estes of Dawgs247 reports. He also quotes Richt as wanting to stay in Athens for a while.

"I love Georgia. It's a great place. It's our home. I want it to remain our home for a long time," Richt said. "I'm thankful that Georgia wants me to be here, and I certainly want to be at Georgia and now we’ve just got to talk about terms and all that kind of thing. All the talks we've had have been very positive and upbeat. It is about the head coach sometimes because if the coach's contract is long enough everybody has a little bit of peace and has a sense that there is stability within the program. All that is going to happen."

Chatter and more likely wishful thinking has tied Richt to the Penn State job deep inside Penn State forums on the Internet since Joe Paterno's firing on Nov. 9. These comments from Richt would suggest, however, that chatty Nittany Lions fans might not want to get their hopes up that the Bulldogs' head man will be moving north any time soon.

There has been no formal reporting on Richt as a possibility to replace Paterno and barring a dramatic turn, there likely won't be anytime soon. Probably time to cross Richt off the list he probably was never meant to be on in the first place.

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