Head coach Mark Richt of the Miami Hurricanes looks on against the Pittsburgh Panthers at Hard Rock Stadium on November 24, 2018 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Photo: Michael Reaves/Getty Images
Photo: Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Richt abruptly retires from Miami

Miami head coach Mark Richt abruptly announced his retirement as the school’s head football coach on Sunday.

Richt  took over Miami  three years ago after a long career as the head coach at Georgia. He was fired at UGA and replaced by Kirby Smart. 

Richt played quarterback at Miami.

In a statement, Richt wrote: 

Dear Hurricane Family:

A few hours ago, I informed UM Director of Athletics Blake James that it is time for me to retire from coaching so I am stepping down as the Head Coach of UM Football. The decision came after a great deal of thought, discussion with my family and prayer. This was my decision.

The University of Miami has been a part of my life for more than three decades. It shaped me as a young man and provided me with the coaching opportunity of a lifetime. My love for The U is simply great. My true desire is for our football program to return to greatness, and while terribly difficult, I feel that stepping down is in the best interests of the program.

I want to express my sincere appreciation to the entire Hurricane Family for welcoming me back home and for supporting the outstanding young men in our program. I only wish that we could have achieved greater things in return. I also want to thank President Frenk and Blake for their incredible support, as well as the outstanding men and women in UM Athletics. Most importantly, I want to thank the incredible coaches, staff, and their families who gave their all to The U each and every day, and our student-athletes, who wore The U jersey with pride and who worked hard towards their degree.

Katharyn and I will be cheering on the Canes in the years to come and The U will never leave our hearts.

 Sincerely,

 Mark Richt

Miami is coming off a 35-3 loss to Wisconsin in the Pinstripe Bowl, a loss school officials called “unacceptable.”

Richt went 26-13 in three years at his alma mater, including 7-6 this season. He led Miami  to a 10-3 mark and Orange Bowl berth in 2017 after debuting with a 9-4 record in 2016.

At Georgia, Richt went 145-51 in 15 years, including two SEC championships and five East division titles.

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