Mark Richt Discusses Miami Hurricanes Job Opening

    Georgia coach Mark Richt discusses the Miami Hurricanes job opening following Al Golden's hiring, and if he's received contact from his alma mater.

    October 27, 2015

    Mark Richt can run, but he can’t hide … from the rumor mill.

    The head coach of the Georgia Bulldogs has a lot on his plate right now. He’s tasked with finding a way to replace his injured star running back, Nick Chubb. He’s scheming to take on a Florida Gators team that has catapulted to the top of the Southeastern Conference’s East division with Jim McElwain in his first season as head coach.

    And now his alma mater, the University of Miami, is without a head coach. With the firing of Al Golden, the Hurricanes are in the market for someone who can install a winning mentality, and Richt’s name has been tossed around being that he played quarterback at Miami from 1978-82.

    This isn’t the first time Richt has been mentioned as a possible candidate for the Miami job.

    Back in 2010, the last time Miami was searching for a head coach, his name surfaced. But he declined the possibility of leaving Georgia then.

    “Just like I’ve been saying, men, Georgia’s my home and that’s where I want to be. I don’t think you’ve got to go any farther than that,” Richt said.

    And five years later, he dismissed the rumor again — but with a twist.

    “I don’t think much of it really,” Richt said. “I love my alma mater, The U. No doubt about it, but there’s been nobody calling or writing or texting or anything like that. So I’m sure they’ll find a great coach.”

    If there is no one calling, writing, or texting, does that mean he’d consider the job if someone were to contact him?

    Maybe he should.

    Richt is 141-50 since he took over at Georgia back in 2001, but he’s been on the proverbial “hot seat” for a while now. A stellar 9-5 bowl record doesn’t overlook the fact that he hasn’t taken the Bulldogs to a national championship game during his tenure. He also hasn’t won a conference title in the past nine seasons.

    A loss to the rising Gators on Saturday would not only kill any hope the Bulldogs had of an SEC Championship, but it would also shift the power in the East toward Florida’s direction in McElwain’s inaugural campaign.

    Despite a handful of heartbreaking losses this season, Tennessee is also on the rise, meaning the road ahead won’t be getting any easier for the Bulldogs. The Vols handed Georgia a 38-31 loss two weeks ago, stopping a five-game winning streak for the Dawgs. 

    If someone starts calling or texting, maybe it would be best for Richt to strongly consider a return to his alma mater. 


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