Mark Richt took time to reflect on the past.
On Wednesday, the former Georgia coach spoke on The Paul Finebaum Show and touched on his frame of mind after he parted ways with Georgia in November 2015. Finebaum asked Richt if the coach had time to look back much before being named the next leader at Miami, where Richt posted an 8-4 record this season. The Hurricanes will play West Virginia in the Russell Athletic Bowl on Dec. 28 in Orlando, Fla.
“I was really seriously considering taking a year off and just decide where the landscape was at that time,” Richt said on the show. “Thirty-three years in a row coaching can wear you down. So I was thinking, ‘Hey, maybe I’ll just sit this one out and rejuvenate my body and my spirit and all that.’ But within hours of the thing happening, I had so many former players just call and text and just kind of thank me for all the things that they felt like I did to help them. … I was like, ‘Well, maybe I’m not done doing this.’ And before you know it, I had about six schools wanting me to be their head coach, and one of them was Miami, and I knew Miami wasn’t going to be open a year later.”
Richt went on to mention that he still has many friends and family in Athens. But when asked if he kept up with Georgia’s 7-5 regular season, he said he had other things to keep him occupied.
“I can’t sit there and say I was watching every game and all that kind of thing,” Richt said. “When you vote in the Coaches Poll, you keep an eye on everybody, so you kind of get a rough idea of what’s going on. But you’re so busy trying just trying to get your own team ready to go you don’t have much time to do anything else.”
Richt went 145-51 with two SEC titles in 15 seasons with the Bulldogs.