The Miami football program failed to show up for their meeting with the Wisconsin Badgers in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl on Thursday, December 27. The Hurricanes failed to show up on the national stage and were blown out by the Badgers, 35-3.
Immediately following the game, which was Miami’s second consecutive bowl loss to Wisconsin, Hurricanes fans began calling for Richt to lose his job.
You couldn’t avoid the chatter of whether Richt would be fired, which led to a statement from university athletic director Blake James. The good news for Richt is that it appears is job is safe… for now.
“Our football team’s performance tonight – and at other times this season – is simply unacceptable to all of us who love The U. I am committed to getting UM Football back to national prominence and that process is underway,” James’ statement read.
“We will compete for ACC and national championships and I know Coach Richt is alongside me in that commitment to excellence.”
— Blake James (@CanesAllAccess) December 28, 2018
In Richt’s first season leading Miami, he led the program to a 9-4 record and win in the Russell Athletic Bowl. In 2017, the Richt-led Hurricanes continued to improve and claimed the ACC Coastal Division championship with a 10-3 overall record and 7-1 mark in ACC play.
This season, however, it was a big step back for the program.
Miami struggled in conference play and recorded a lackluster 4-4 record. The team’s overall record was 7-6 on the season, ending with two straight losses.