Tim Tucker interviewed Mark Richt in Columbus about a number of topics, but most seem to be latching on to this one quote about the WLOCP:
“I don’t know what’s going to happen. But when people ask me the question, ‘Do you really think [Jacksonville] is a neutral site?’, I say, ‘No, it’s not neutral.’ When you play in the state of Florida every year – we fly, they drive; it’s hotter for us, it’s cooler for them. It’s played in a stadium that [used to be called] the Gator Bowl. But what the heck? If nothing else, we’ll make Jacksonville pay more to keep it there. . . . I wouldn’t feel bad having a ‘neutral site’ game in Georgia – in the Georgia Dome.”
"It’s hotter for us, it’s cooler for them." Come again? Richt’s distaste for the Jacksonville venue (current temperature: 85 degrees) isn’t anything new, but I can only hope this was tongue-in-cheek.
The thing is that Georgia is so close to leveling off this series. If they can pull off the win this year, they’ll be 3-3 over a six year period. That’s not bad against a program with Florida’s recent success. With the exception of last season, Georgia’s been right there in those games even in a year like 2006. To think that a mental block like this might be the edge in one of the most important games of the year is becoming disconcerting.