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Source: FSU Assistant To Coach Ga.

December 26, 2000

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) _ Georgia, which fired Jim Donnan despite four straight bowl appearances, picked Florida State offensive coordinator Mark Richt as its new coach Tuesday.

A source familiar with the search, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Richt would be introduced at an afternoon news conference.

Richt, a 1982 graduate of Miami, has been on Bobby Bowden’s staff at Florida State for 15 seasons, with a one-year break in 1989 when he served as East Carolina’s offensive coordinator.

Richt has been the Seminoles’ offensive coordinator for seven years, directing some of the nation’s highest-scoring teams. He also has spent 14 years as quarterback coach, sending five players to the NFL and working with Heisman Trophy winners Charlie Ward and Chris Weinke.

Georgia athletic director Vince Dooley and university president Michael Adams conducted the search. They chose Richt after also interviewing two NFL assistant coaches: Green Bay Packers receivers coach Ray Sherman and Miami Dolphins offensive coordinator Chan Gailey.

Dooley also talked with Southern Mississippi coach Jeff Bower.

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