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Miami coach Mark Richt, who was also head coach at Georgia for 15 seasons, announced his retirement on Sunday
From ESPN: Richt announced his retirement Sunday after compiling a 26-13 record the past three seasons at his alma mater.
Richt’s announcement came only three days after the Hurricanes lost to Wisconsin 35-3 in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, which dropped their record to 7-6.
In a statement, Richt, 58, said he informed Miami athletic director Blake James of his decision on Sunday morning.
“The decision came after a great deal of thought, discussions with my family, and prayer,” Richt said in the statement. “This was my decision.
“The University of Miami has been a part of my life for more than three decades. It shaped me as a young man and provided me with the coaching opportunity of a lifetime. My love for The U is simply great. My true desire is for our football program to return to greatness, and while terribly difficult, I feel that stepping down is in the best interests of the program.”
Richt, a former Hurricanes quarterback, was hired to revive the program shortly after he was fired after 15 seasons as Georgia’s coach in November 2015. Richt had a 145-51 record with the Bulldogs, leading them to two SEC championships in 2002 and 2005. Richt’s first two seasons at Miami were promising, as the Hurricanes went 9-4 in 2016 and then started 10-0 in 2017. But after climbing to No. 2 in the CFP rankings and introducing the college football world to the “Turnover Chain,” Miami lost its last three games in 2017, including a 38-3 defeat to Clemson in the ACC championship game. Read more