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College football coach’s high-dive tradition will leave give you vertigo

This looks terrifying.


Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on Aug 11, 2015   Updated on May 28, 2021, 4:34 am CDT

In what has become an annual tradition during preseason camp, University of Georgia football coach Mark Richt cancels practice, heads over to the school’s natatorium, climbs to the top of the 10-meter platform, and plunges into the pool far below.

The 2015 version of Richt’s high dive occurred Monday, and Richt did not disappoint. Watch the potentially vertigo-inducing video.

Here’s the slow-mo version of the falling 55-year-old coach.

Obviously, this isn’t the first time Richt has taken the plunge.

Here he is in 2010.

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In 2012.

And in 2014.

His 2015 dive might have been his most aesthetically-pleasing, but for Richt, the yearly tradition is fun—and imperative. The pool, after all, is refreshing physically and mentally.

“There’s a certain time during camp when just you need one of those days, and a lot of times it has to do with the weather,” Richt said on WSB TV. “We had a little bit of a warning that there might be some weather coming in, and instead of sitting around waiting all day to practice, we decided to come on and do it. Also, it was a perfect time; it was practice eight or nine in a string of practices without a day off.”

Once again, like he does every year, Richt has proven that he has more guts than the author of this piece.

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*First Published: Aug 11, 2015, 10:11 pm CDT