New Miami Hurricanes coach Mark Richt has already turned some heads in Coral Gables in being such a big hire, but now has done something that won’t necessarily endear him to fans, players or alumni.
According to Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports, Miami AD Blake James told longtime strength coach Andreu Swasey yesterday morning that Richt would not be retaining him. Swasey has been at Miami for the past 15 years and has trained some of the NFL’s best players to come out of The U, and has had such a positive effect on them that some STILL come to Miami to train with him.
Thus ends an era of Miami football. Just why Swasey isn’t be retained has not been revealed, but it’s likely because Richt wants to start his tenure with the ‘Canes with a fully clean slate and have his own team there with him, with zero holdovers from previous regimes. Richt is a Miami alum himself and played under Howard Schnellenberger, the man who helped Miami football rise from the ashes over 30 years ago, so perhaps he feels that the best option to make the program a contender again is a full-on hitting of the reset button.
Just the same, given how much Miami players past and present enjoyed working with Swasey, this is a move that is going to pose a lot of questions about Richt’s hiring before he even has coached a game for the team.
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