The above headline is something many Georgia fans wanted to see through the years, but it took Mark Richt actually leaving Georgia for it to happen.
And in doing so, Richt pulled away someone from his former school.
Todd Hartley, who had been Georgia’s recruiting coordinator, was officially hired by Miami on Wednesday as its special teams coordinator. Hartley is still with the Bulldogs as they prepare for the Gator Bowl, and in fact is acting as the special teams coach.
It’s not clear yet whether new Georgia head coach Kirby Smart will hire a special teams coordinator. He has said that philosophically he would like to, but it will depend on how the entire staff shakes out. The NCAA has a limit of nine full-time assistant coaches.
Miami and Richt also officially announced the hiring of Thomas Brown as co-offensive coordinator and running backs coach. Brown has been Georgia’s running backs coach, and is continuing in that role through Saturday’s game.
Both of those moves were first reported last week, just announced on Wednesday. But another Richt hiring was revealed on Wednesday, and it involves, well, another Richt.
Jon Richt, the coach’s son, was hired as an “offensive assistant,” according to the Miami release. Jon Richt has been working with the Buffalo Bills, but he was an unpaid Georgia staffer last year, working with the quarterbacks during the bowl after Mike Bobo departed. And Jon Richt was a quarterback in college, at Clemson and Mars Hill.
There are nepotism rules at Georgia that prevented Richt from hiring his son for a salaried position. Those rules evidently do not exist at Miami.
Mark Richt has also made another important hire for his new staff: Craig Kuligowski, who had been Missouri’s defensive line coach, joined the Hurricanes in the same role. Missouri has had an elite defensive line for several years, touting the likes of Shane Ray and Michael Sam in recent years.