Miami’s new head coach is Mark Richt, largely because AD Blake James felt the need to “act quickly” in hiring the longtime Georgia coach. Jeff Sentell of Dawg Nation reported more on James’ approach to hiring Richt.
“We knew we had to act quickly,” Miami athletic director Blake James said. “Mark Richt wasn’t going to stay on the shelf for long. There are not many great jobs out there and he’s a great coach.”
“He told me that he wanted to come home and be a part of our Hurricane family and meet our young men on our football program. I couldn’t have been happier.”
Though he may not have been at the top of fans’ list initially, especially because there were no signs that he would step down at Georgia, Richt is the perfect hire for the program. He was raised in nearby Boca Raton and played quarterback at Miami under the legendary Howard Schnellenberger.
During his 15 years at Georgia, Richt racked up a 145-51 (83-37 SEC) record with two SEC titles and six trips to the SEC Championship Game.
Needless to say, Richt is going to be a far cry from previous Miami coach Al Golden who, despite having a reputation as a strong recruiter, just couldn’t right the ship in Coral Gables nor beat ranked opponents, going 32-25 (17-18 ACC) in four-and-a-half seasons.
That said, once Richt is cleared by NCAA compliance and allowed to start recruiting, there’s no doubt that James’ “acting quickly” on him will prove to be a fine decision.
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