Mark Richt announced his retirement from coaching the Miami Hurricanes on Sunday.
The former UGA coach led the ACC program for the past three seasons.
Richt’s announcement was not a surprise as Miami’s athletic director tweeted after Thursday’s bowl loss that the performance was “simply unacceptable.” The Hurricanes lost to Wisconsin 35-3 in the Pinstripe Bowl to finish the season with a 7-6 record.
Richt was fired as UGA’s coach after the 2015 season, and replaced by Kirby Smart. But Richt found new work at his alma mater of Miami, where he was a backup quarterback. In three seasons as Miami’s coach, the Hurricanes posted a 26-13 record.
Richt posted a 145-51 record in 15 years as UGA’s coach.
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From the University of Miami press release:
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Following is a statement from Mark Richt:
Dear Hurricane Family:
A few hours ago, I informed UM Director of Athletics Blake James that it is time for me to retire from coaching so I am stepping down as the Head Coach of UM Football. The decision came after a great deal of thought, discussions with my family, and prayer. 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.
I want to express my sincere appreciation to the entire Hurricane Family for welcoming me back home and for supporting the outstanding young men in our program. I only wish that we could have achieved greater things in return. I also want to thank President Frenk and Blake for their incredible support, as well as the outstanding men and women in UM Athletics. Most importantly, I want to thank the incredible coaches, staff, and their families who gave their all to The U each and every day, and our student-athletes, who wore The U jersey with pride and who worked hard towards their degree.
Katharyn and I will be cheering on the Canes in the years to come and The U will never leave our hearts.