ATHENS — Former Georgia and Miami football coach Mark Richt is joining the ACC Network as an analyst.
ESPN made the announcement on Saturday.
— ESPN PR (@ESPNPR) April 20, 2019
Richt, who announced his retirement from Miami after a 7-6 season in 2018, was the ACC Coach of the Year and national Walter Camp Coach of the Year just one season earlier in 2017.
The 58-year-old Richt was 145-51 over his 15 seasons (2001-15) at Georgia, finishing with a .740 winning percentage in Athens.
Richt took over the Bulldogs program at a time (2001) when College Football Hall of Famers Phillip Fulmer and Steve Spurrier were dominating the SEC.
Fulmer, Spurrier and Alabama coach Nick Saban all praised Richt after his retirment.
“I know they had their struggles this (2018) year, but sometimes in one year, you can lose players at a certain positions,” Saban told DawgNation. “I don’t know all the issues, but I have a tremendous amount of respect for him as a person, professionally as a coach, and his contributions to our profession over a pretty significant amount of time.”
The ACC Network is a new 24/7 national network that is opened by ESPN in partnership with the conference.
The ACC network is set to launch on Aug. 22, 2019, according to ESPN.