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Mark Richt talks faith and football

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Georgia Football Coach Mark Richt has never hidden his faith in God. His personal story of spiritual salvation is uplifting.

Richt has always used his faith in coaching but he said he never forces players when it comes to matters of the spirit.

Richt said he's entrusted to develop a player's body, mind and spirit. There's no negotiating mind and body, but when it comes to spiritual things that’s voluntary

Richt’s practices are hardly considered offensive, but could trouble be on the horizon?

Clemson University received a letter of complaint last week from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The First Amendment watchdog group accused Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney of promoting Christianity at a public university.

According to Coach Richt promoting is one thing, but forcing is another.

“I just don't think you can mandate anything when it comes to someone's faith,” said Richt.

These days, Coach Richt is happy to know his former college teammate, Jim Kelly is saved spiritually. The hall of fame quarterback is in the middle of a long battle with cancer, but has been supported and strengthened by prayers from around the country.

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