Richt accepts job as Miami's coach

Credit: John Bazemore

Credit: John Bazemore

Mark Richt has accepted the head coaching job at Miami, a source close to the former Georgia coach confirmed to on Wednesday night.

It’s a stunning turn of events for Richt, who spent 15 years as Georgia’s head coach and who said often that he and his wife Katharyn planned to retire in Athens.

Richt now takes over at his alma mater, which fired Al Golden midway through this past season. Richt was a backup quarterback at Miami from 1979-82.

“There may be more opportunities that come in the next few hours, the next 24, 48 hours, that type of thing,” Richt said Monday. “I’m going to listen to anyone that has interest in me coaching or not, in any area or any arena that’s a possibility. Since 1986 I’ve always really tried to walk daily with the Lord and try to figure out what He really wants me to do, and I try to be really obedient to that.”

It is unclear whether Richt still plans to coach Georgia in its bowl game.

Miami went 8-4 this year, and is also bowl eligible. So it's conceivable Richt could still coach this month, just for another school. In fact, at least one projection has Miami playing in the Music City Bowl against … Georgia.

Either way, it appears last Saturday’s 13-7 win over Georgia Tech was the final game of Richt’s tenure at Georgia. But he will continue to play the Yellow Jackets: They’re in the same ACC division as the Hurricanes.

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