CORAL GABLES, FLA. — Greetings from the home of the Miami Hurricanes. Also the home of a guy named Mark Richt and a few other folks you may have heard of.
I flew down here last night — thankfully before Delta’s computers crashed — and planned on providing readers with a glorious picture from some exotic locale on South Beach. But it was pouring rain upon my arrival and for pretty much the rest of the night, so that went out the window.
However, while I do hope to take in some of the sights on my first visit to this area, this is a business trip. And there’s a lot of UGA connections around here.
If you’ve followed the Georgia Bulldogs much over the last few years, you’ll recognize several of the names of the men on Richt’s staff: Thomas Brown, Gus Felder, Todd Hartley, Kelin Johnson, Stacey Searels and John Thomas, to name a few. That’s one of the reasons I’m down here, not only to get you up to date with Richt and his wife Katharyn, but also hopefully to catch up with some of these former Bulldogs.
Today is media day at UM, so Richt will hold a news conference later this afternoon. That will follow the Canes’ usual morning practice. As you can imagine, with the heat and weather they encounter here daily in South Florida, morning practices are pretty much a necessity. As you may have heard, Richt is on his way to resolving that. He reportedly intends to donate $1 million of his own money toward the construction of an indoor athletic facility for the Hurricanes. Georgia’s, by the way, is due to be completed in December. We’ll ask him about that.
I’m also looking forward to catching up with Brown. The Bulldogs’ beloved former tailback is getting his first crack at being an offensive coordinator here. Pretty good achievement at age 30. And his quarterbacks coach is somebody else you’ve probably heard of — Jon Richt, Mark’s oldest son.
There are a few Hurricanes I want to hear from as well. I plan to talk to Brad Kaaya, the terrific junior quarterback who actually started all 13 games for Miami as a true freshman. I’ll ask him to weigh in on Jacob Eason‘s situation. I’ll also talk to him about Georgia wide receivers coach James Coley. Coley was offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach here, recruited Kaaya to Miami from Los Angeles and the two remain very close.
Hopefully I’ll also get an audience with cornerbacks coach Mike Rumph. Georgia fans might recognize his name as the former head coach at American Heritage High, which has produced current Bulldogs Sony Michel and Isaiah McKenzie and former kicker Marshall Morgan.
Those are just a few of the storylines I’ll be chasing for you down here. Check back throughout the day because I’ll be posting these in rapid-fire fashion as soon as I get them completed.
After all, I have only one more day down here after today. Sooner or later, I have to get over to South Beach. Right?