CHARLOTTE - Georgia is looking for a new offensive coordinator. It's not looking for a new offensive system.
Mark Richt made that clear on Monday, the day before the season-ending Belk Bowl against Louisville. Schematically, Richt said, not much will change, no matter who replaces Mike Bobo, now the head coach at Colorado State.
"We're gonna continue to do what we do offensively," Richt said. "As far as we're gonna be very serious about running the football, we're gonna be very serious about play-action pass, we're gonna be very serious about being able to drop back and throw the ball as good as anybody. We'll still have the ability to use fast tempo. All those things will be in place.
"The skill sets that we've recruited for, they have nothing to worry about, because we're gonna use them to their fullest."
Georgia entered the bowl season with the highest-scoring team in the SEC, and has set school records the past few years in various offensive categories. So it would seem a no-brainer to hold on to the pro-style offensive philosophy the program has had since Richt's arrival in 2001.
Of course, Georgia's offense has evolved plenty over the past few years, incorporating the spread in 2012 and 2013. Bobo said Georgia was in a three-receiver set 72 percent of the time in 2013.
This year it returned more to the pro-style principles because of the emphasis on the running game. It's all about adapting to personnel, which Richt said is a core philosophy.
"We're always going to try to find the best five players that we have as far as our skill-set and try to play that group of guys," Richt said. "And of course we're recruiting to that as well. And of course it changes as you go."
Richt hasn't said much specifically about the search because from all accounts he's been focused on the bowl game.
"My mind's not down the road yet," Richt said. "When this game's over we'll start thinking down the road."