I've heard from several of you concerning Georgia coach Mark Richt's touching gesture following the tragic death of a Valdosta, Ga., high school athlete who was planning to walk on and play football at Georgia.
James Eunice, who had already been accepted at Georgia, fell from a boat and drowned while duck hunting last month. His body wasn't found until several weeks later. Eunice had written Richt a letter telling him about his love for Georgia and how he planned to walk on and play for the Bulldogs.
Upon hearing about Eunice's death, Richt sent the family a letter along with a Georgia jersey with Eunice's name on the back. In the letter, Richt told the family that Eunice had indeed made the team and his name would be added to the roster.
Georgia signees Jay Rome and Malcolm Mitchell, both of whom played with Eunice in Valdosta, spoke at Eunice's funeral. Rome read Richt's letter to the family for those in attendance, and that's when Rome and Mitchell unveiled Eunice's No. 23 Georgia jersey. It's the same number he wore in high school.
Richt is well aware that it all gets back to winning in his profession in terms of job security. He's also aware that he needs a big season in 2011 if he's going to be around much longer at Georgia.
It's a pressure-cooker, for sure, but none of it has changed Richt as a man, and that's refreshing.