Mark Richt made his point loud and clear that discipline isn't necessarily a bad thing.
"The root word of discipline is love," said Richt, during an interview with media members. "If you love your child, you’re going to discipline them. If you love your team, you’re going to discipline your team. Discipline, to me, has three facets to it. No. 1, if someone does something they shouldn’t do, there has to be a penalty, something punitive to make them not want to do it again or anyone watching doesn’t want it to happen to them. There’s got to be some of that."
While some people think that Richt has already lost control of his team, he hasn't, and won't.
"If a child makes a huge mistake and you discipline that child, you may spank their bottom," he said. "Some people don’t think you should spank a kid’s bottom, but I think you do. Then you tell them, ‘If you run across that street, you might get run over by a car.’ So I educate him on why it was wrong. Then I’m going to hug him and say, ‘I love you, and I’m doing this because I care about you.’
If you don’t care about your kid, let him do anything he wants. If you don’t care about your team, let them do whatever they want. If you want your team to stay united, then you discipline everybody with the same set of rules. Not so-and-so gets special treatment because he can run or jump better than the next guy."