Mark Richt Hired as University of Miami Head Coach

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Miami hires Mark RichtThe University of Miami will introduce its new head coach on Friday. Former Georgia coach Mark Richt has reached an agreement to coach the Hurricanes.

The decision to hire the 55-year-old Richt came after Miami interviewed several candidates, including former Hurricanes coach Butch Davis, former Rutgers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano, who was also a defensive coordinator for the Hurricanes, and Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen.

Richt will become the program’s fourth permanent coach since 2000.

More About Mark Richt:

  • Mark Richt played college football as a quarterback at University of Miami.
  • Mark Richt was hired as head coach of the Georgia Bulldogs before the 2001 season, replacing Jim Donnan.
  • Mark Richt started his coaching career in 1985 as a volunteer quarterbacks coach for the Florida State Seminoles (FSU) serving under Bobby Bowden.
  • In his first seven seasons at Georgia, Richt’s teams won two Southeastern Conference Championships (2002 and 2005), and as of 2014, he has won six SEC Eastern Division titles (2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2011 and 2012).
  • His team represented the SEC in three BCS bowl appearances with a record of 2–1, and finished in the top ten of the final AP Poll seven times (2002–2005, 2007, 2012, 2014).
  • He also finished in top ten of coaches poll in 2008, so that is 8 top ten finishes.
  • In 2011 during his 11th season at Georgia he collected his 100th career victory by leading the Bulldogs to a win over the Tennessee Volunteers in Knoxville on October 8th.
  • In early 2015, Richt received a two-year extension and an $800,000 raise, resulting in a $4 million annual salary.
  • He was fired one day after defeating Georgia Tech 13–7 at the end of the regular season, and retains the opportunity to coach Georgia through the bowl season.

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The former Georgia coach Mark Richt will not coach the Bulldogs in their bowl game as originally planned.

Georgia announced Thursday that assistant coach Bryan McClendon will serve as interim head coach in the bowl game. McClendon is the team’s wide receivers coach.

Georgia officials say they were informed by Richt on Thursday he will not stay with the team for its bowl game.

Mark Allan Richt is an American football coach and former player. Most recently, he was the head football coach at the University of Georgia. Richt played college football as a quarterback at University of Miami.

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