Mark Richt opened his Tuesday press conference in unique fashion.
Before fielding any questions, Richt said he would like to begin by recognizing all the Miami players named to the first-team all-ACC.
“Michael Badgley,” Richt said. He paused and appeared to give his paper a questioning look. “And that’s it.”
The all-conference teams had been announced Monday, and while Miami had the second-most players of any ACC team included on the first through third teams all-ACC, Badgley, the team’s kicker, was the Hurricanes’ lone representative on the first team.
Richt wouldn’t go so far as to say his team had been shortchanged by the voters — saying he didn’t want to take anything away from the players who were named to the all-ACC first team — but his insinuation was clear: How could a team that just finished 10-1 and won the ACC Coastal Division with a 7-1 conference record have no offensive or defensive players on the all-conference first team?
One reporter at the press conference noted that this year’s Miami team seems to play better with a chip on its shoulder and asked Richt if he would use the snubs to motivate his players entering next week’s ACC Championship game against Clemson.
Richt said he wouldn’t bring it up. But, with a smile, he added, “they may catch it through the grapevine somehow.”
While it is somewhat ironic that Richt was announced as the ACC Coach of the Year less than an hour after the press conference — an honor that was voted on by the same media members who voted for the all-conference teams — Clemson better watch out Saturday. This Miami team has proven that, given any extra motivation, it’s a force to be reckoned with.
Without saying much about Miami getting one All-ACC nod, Mark Richt said a lot. pic.twitter.com/uY8jyNHN25
— Matt Porter (@mattyports) November 28, 2017
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