It appears that longtime University of Georgia coach Mark Richt will return to his alma mater to become the coach of the University of Miami Hurricanes football team. Richt played quarterback for the 'Canes from 1979-1982.
Miami Interviews Several Before Making Their Decision
Richt left Georgia less than a week ago after the two sides mutually agreed to part ways. That opened the door for Richt to return to the Hurricanes, who fired head coach Al Golden mid-season. Other reports indicate that Richt was chosen over Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen and former Rutgers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano for the job. Both were reportedly interviewed for the Miami vacancy. Richt takes over a struggling Miami program that hasn't won more than nine games in a season since 2003, and hasn't won a bowl game since 2006. The team has been mostly irrelevant in the ACC for much of the 2000s.
Richt's Georgia Legacy
Richt leaves a Bulldogs team that he coached for 15 seasons. He finished with a 145–51 record, which included two SEC titles. However, it has been a while since the Bulldogs were in the National Title conversation. Their most recent conference title came back in 2005, and Georgia hasn’t reached the SEC Championship game since 2012. Richt was unable to capitalize on several recent down years in the SEC East as the team finished third, second and tied for second in the division over the last three years.
Miami Hopes Richt Is The Right Fit
Richt will be Miami’s fifth coach since 2000, taking over the historic football program after it finished the season under interim head coach Larry Scott, who replaced Al Golden. Golden was fired in late October following Miami’s 58-0 loss to the now top ranked Clemson Tigers. Scott took over for the remainder of the year and has led the team to a berth in a bowl game. Miami finished the regular season at 8-4, winning four of their last five after starting 4-3.
Now Richt will have the tough task of trying to bring Miami back to its glory days. It won't be easy, but Richt has the capability to do it. If Richt is able to work his magic just like he did at Georgia, he should have the 'Canes contending for ACC championships for years to come.