Breaking up is a hard thing to do, but sometimes it truly is best for both parties.
That theory seems to apply in the case of both the Georgia football program and former coach Mark Richt.
The longtime Georgia coach received some good news on Thursday morning, as it was announced that the Miami Hurricanes have extended his contract through the 2023 football season. Financial terms were not disclosed in the release.
“Mark has done a phenomenal job of building this program – and generating enthusiasm for this program – since the day he arrived back on campus,” Miami athletic director Blake James said via official release. “We look forward to continued success under his watch, both on and off the field, for many years to come.”
Richt has posted a 19-7 record through two seasons in Coral Gables, Fla., after being let go by the Bulldogs after the 2015 season.
In some cases, the relative success of a former coach at his next stop would make a fan base either jealous or spiteful, but Georgia can sincerely be happy for their former leader thanks to the improved leadership from Kirby Smart.
By the end of his second season, Smart had claimed an SEC championship and led the Bulldogs to the national title game appearance that always seemed to elude Richt during his time in Athens.
“We’re excited about where this program is headed,” Richt said via the release. “I want to thank Blake James, Jennifer Strawley and our entire athletics administration for supporting our coaches, staff and student-athletes, ensuring that we’re committed to building on the great legacy of Hurricanes football.
“Miami is not only my alma mater, it is home to me and my family. It’s a blessing to live and work in paradise.”
Richt compiled a 145-51 record as the Georgia coach from 2001-15. He won 10 bowl games, six SEC East titles and two SEC championships while in Athens.