Richt says he hasn’t been approached by Miami, ‘absolutely’ plans to stay at UGA

(Updated 6 p.m.)

Georgia coach Mark Richt said late this afternoon that he has not been approached about the coaching job at Miami, his alma mater, and that he “absolutely” expects to remain the Bulldogs’ coach next season.

South Florida newspapers today mentioned Richt among possible candidates for the Miami opening that was created with Saturday night’s firing of coach Randy Shannon. Earlier this month, the Denver Post reported that Colorado would like to speak with Richt about its coaching vacancy.

“I’ve got the same answer for [the Miami speculation] as I had for the other one: Georgia is my home, and it’s where I want to finish my career,” Richt said.

Pressed on whether he would entertain the possibility of the Miami job if approached, Richt replied: “Just like I’ve been saying, man, Georgia’s my home, and that’s where I want to be. I don’t think you’ve got to go any farther than that.”

The Miami Herald today listed Richt among “potential candidates” to replace Shannon. The Palm Beach Post listed Richt among “possible replacements.”

The speculation was not surprising. Richt is a graduate of Miami, where he played quarterback under coach Howard Schnellenberger. Richt is 96-33 in 10 seasons as Georgia’s coach.

When the Miami job last was open after the 2006 season, Richt was mentioned as a possible candidate before immediately saying he was not interested.

Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity has said Richt will return as the Bulldogs’ coach next season.

Richt, who fired three assistant coaches in the week following last year’s victory over Georgia Tech, was asked today if he is considering staff changes now. He said he is not.

He expressed support for offensive coordinator and play caller Mike Bobo.

“If I’m not mistaken, we broke some kind of school record with [seven] consecutive games of over 30 points, and a lot of really good things happened offensively,” Richt said. “The bottom line is whoever calls plays is going to get critiqued, going to get criticized. It’s just the nature of the beast.”

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667 comments Add your comment

RabidDawgFan

November 28th, 2010
12:03 pm

Please don’t go Richt! We love you! Bring us another 6-6 season! I don’t care…as long as we have you!!!! GO DAWGS!

Randy

November 28th, 2010
12:03 pm

Good…Let him go that game last night should not have even been close…Take Bozo with you…

ZDawg

November 28th, 2010
12:04 pm

First. Tim Tucker for Heisman.

Air Force's #1 UGA Fan

November 28th, 2010
12:05 pm

Lets all hope he stays where he is! He has been a great coach and WILL turn us back into a championship team. He got us the Quarterback we needed, the new defense we needed (although it still needs work), and he WILL get us the running back we need. Hopefully we can keep AJ and Houston one more year and if so……..WATCH OUT!

ZDawg

November 28th, 2010
12:05 pm

*COUGH* Second….

Please

November 28th, 2010
12:06 pm

Miami hire corch Richt and we’ll throw in the rest of the staff FREE!!! From Van Halanger to our grad assistants. Think about it!

Seriously

November 28th, 2010
12:08 pm

I will step up and say that I want Richt here for another season. I know this year was bad but things could be worse and honestly the year got off to a bad start with AJ. I seriousy think AJ will be back considering the lock out pending in NFL and the fact his parents want him to graduate.

McDawg

November 28th, 2010
12:08 pm

McGarity needs to look Richt in th eye and find out if he wants to be the head coach of UGA–perhaps you can’t teach greatness but you can certainly inspire it

stendek

November 28th, 2010
12:10 pm

If I may step in as Devil Advocate for a moment. Bulldogs score when Tech was unable to prevent home team from bleeding all time off clock. Instead of certain triumph point difference is eight points (one possession) with decent time remaining. UGA defense unable to slow down Yellow Jackets all night. Suppose Atlanta guys drove for TD then converted conversion for two points? Suppose Bulldogs lost in OT? Final 5-7 record. No bowl appearance. How kind would comments be about Mark Wretch today? I say if Miami wants Wretch then let him go! With my blessings. Just make sure he packs his Bible plus all his assistants except the defensive coordinator. Even though he, too, is on my short list. STENDEK

collegeballfan

November 28th, 2010
12:11 pm

I thought Richt would be one of the first names out there.

Butch Davis, with his welcome at NC shaky, may put himself on the Miami list.

How about Lou Holtz?

ryan

November 28th, 2010
12:11 pm

Tommy Tubberville will the next coach a former assistant under Jimmy Johnson .

Cliff Levingston

November 28th, 2010
12:11 pm

Wish that Richt would’ve taken the Miami job in 2006. Then we wouldn’t have lost to Kentucky and Vanderbilt that season.

Joe Cox

November 28th, 2010
12:12 pm

yay good riddance

Sebastian the Ibis

November 28th, 2010
12:12 pm

Come on HOME Mark … and Bring Murray and Charles with you :)

Lowcountry Bulldawg

November 28th, 2010
12:13 pm

Not a surprise, the next 72 hours are going to be the key. If it happens it will be swift. McGarity needs to be ready and have MSU Athletic Director’s number on speed dial for permission to speak with Dan Mullen. The familiarity that the two have and the success Mullen has had in 2 seasons at MSU along with his apparent key to the Florida offense make him a logical replacement if it comes to that.

Dawg

November 28th, 2010
12:14 pm

You better hope Mark stays,the old saying is that the grass looks greener on the other side.

Vance Duly

November 28th, 2010
12:19 pm

Please, let them hire Mike Bobo instead, and take our strength coach with him. 2 different trainers in Athens who are not associated with the football team this year stated that Van Hallenger is a key problem for UGA. He has not kept up with advancements that other teams are using for their players. Maybe this is part of why OUR top recruits for offensive line and our entire defense seem to underperform in their careers compared to our rivals’ top players………

As far as Bobo goes, he just needs to go! Even Coach Richt said last night on the radio that we “probably should have thrown the ball more in the 2nd half”. Murray was 15-19, while our running game was struggling as usual. WHY wait until AFTER the game to realize we needed to STICK with what was WORKING!?! It’s not the first time that one of our coaches has made post-game remarks like that. Our playcalling is too inconsistent. We need a Top 10 offensive coordinator to be a Top 10 team again. Nobody can truthfully say that Bobo is one of the 10 best coordinators…. GO DAWGS!!

SoCal Dawg

November 28th, 2010
12:21 pm

If Miami takes CMR in a month or so and not right away it will make it very hard for UGA to find a quality coach so late in the year. All the good coaches will be gone.

chickenman

November 28th, 2010
12:22 pm

lol well allowing 400yds rushing with a backup qb who throws 4passes a game is just terrible

C'mon

November 28th, 2010
12:22 pm

After last night who in their right mind would hire Richt? Name one CEO of a company that would still have their job despite a 5 year slide? UGA fans don’t have the same desire to win as Alabama, Florida, LSU etc. Just listen too how loud their stadiums get and notice how coaches who don’t perform don’t last at those universities.

OkefenokeeDawg

November 28th, 2010
12:22 pm

My fingers are crossed that Richt leaves like this – with no bad feelings – just that he’s got to go back to his alma mater. He’s to good a guy to fire.

THEN, absolutely right, Lowcountry, pay whatever it takes to get Mullen here. Whatever it takes.

DAWG POOP NATION

November 28th, 2010
12:22 pm

HA… you better hope Richt stays…Mullen will not go to Georgia….maybe Kirby Smart but Mullen will not go…

Ed (The Original)

November 28th, 2010
12:23 pm

As a Georgia fan, I hope the newspapers are right. Why would Richt stick around? He has to know that he’s probably toast in 12 months. A fresh start would be good for all concerned.

TheDawgNooze

November 28th, 2010
12:24 pm

Well, Richt might want to consider: Miami has thieves, scofflaws, thugs, partiers, arrestees on its roster too but not quite as many as Georgia. He’s swap 13+ for less than 6 anyday. It’s easier to make excuses for siz than it is for 13+ (with the number sure to rise).

lawzoo

November 28th, 2010
12:25 pm

Tommy West/Bowden are available. How about Brad Scott? He was on their list after the ‘94 season. He hasn’t changed.

OkefenokeeDawg

November 28th, 2010
12:25 pm

Top ten OC? You must mean in the category of ruining the rhythm of an offense, or handing momentum over to the opposing team. Yeah, Bobo’s in the TopTen in those stats.

Vance Duly, as you know, there is a good reason why Bobo hasn’t gotten any, ANY coaching offers . . .

OkefenokeeDawg

November 28th, 2010
12:27 pm

So,

DAWG POOP ON MY BREATH, Mullen would not come to Athens? And why?

Peecee

November 28th, 2010
12:28 pm

Do any of you bloggers on this site have an snswer to the fact that – as USAToday aid last week – Georgia is among the 6 top states that produce NFL players and cannot recruit even the best in the state of Georgia? Look around and see other GA boys that have gone on to greater heights in other schools (Cam Newton comes to mind) while we continue to recruit (as one othe the bloggers noted) criminals, law-breakers, etc? Mark Richt has already called for the moving van, trust me.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

November 28th, 2010
12:30 pm

Okefenokee,

I am with you, if the marriage is going to end, this seems like the easiest way to do it. Richt surely cannot be happy with the recent addition of Boise to a season that is going to already require him to win at least 9 games. Not saying he is not capable, but at this point he will have to look strongly at Miami. It is going to come down also to money and the “U” is historically cheap when it comes to coaching hires. It will be very interesting indeed.

stendek

November 28th, 2010
12:33 pm

Dear Mark Richt:

Hello. You are presented with a once in a lifetime window of opportunity. The chance to coach at the university where you competed as a player. Such openings are sent from above. Now is not the time to drag your feet. You have worn out your welcome in Athens. You are aware of that. Sideline apathy has infected team for last several seasons. Your body is in Athens but not your heart. If you are sticking around because of finances that is wrong. Bulldog Nation deserves winner. Not breakeven or worse finishes. Please do the right thing. End UGA career with bowl victory then go help Hurricanes. Change of scenery will be best for all concerned. Thank you for listening. Sincerely. STENDEK

Ole Yeller Dawg

November 28th, 2010
12:33 pm

I think CMR needs to put in a call to Randy Shannon about our DC position, he was the Broyles Award winner for the nation’s top assistant coach in 2001, while serving as Miami’s DC under head coach Larry Coker!

The Todd Grantham route is taking too long to develop, he doesn’t seem to have a clue! Even recruiting the right players for the 3-4 will take 2-3 years at best.

bulldawg hope

November 28th, 2010
12:34 pm

if Richt were to go i would bring in Gary Patterson.Defense wins Championships and with an up to date OC recruiting would b awesome.

AlliedVanLines

November 28th, 2010
12:34 pm

Hi Mark
Thanks for calling. We’re off today but we will be at your house first thing in the morning, for sure. Understand you’re moving back to the greater Miami area. We has a hookup with several real estate complanies in that area that can get you settled in quickly so you can begin recruiting as soon as you arrive and sign your contract. Welcome to Florida!

SeasonTicketHolder

November 28th, 2010
12:36 pm

If Miami hires him, I may renew my season tickets. If Richt hangs around, no more money from me and no more ticket orders. I’ll start giving again when they get someone who can compete. UGA football is a disgrace.

CrackDaddy

November 28th, 2010
12:36 pm

You’d better hope he would take the D-Coordinator w/him.

Andy in Blairsville

November 28th, 2010
12:37 pm

Let Richt stay one more season so he can finish 5-7.

jonkdawg

November 28th, 2010
12:39 pm

Here is what i see, if UGA gives him more multi-year contracts that means Richt stays if not, just say Goodbye!!! i do want him to stay if Adams is smart enough then he’ll keep Richt around for more years to come. over and out.

Student

November 28th, 2010
12:39 pm

Richt, you should seriously consider this offer. Your place here is no longer guaranteed like it was back in 06. If you stick around and have another crummy year next year, you will get fired and won’t get a job offer from a school like Miami. You’ll get a job at a crummy Big XII/Big 10 team.

This is the perfect "out" for all parties

November 28th, 2010
12:40 pm

If new AD McGarity were to attend 10 Bulldog functions, he would come away with a keen observation right now at this juncture: 45-55% of the Bulldog Nation desire a head coach change. Period. AD Greg McGarity does not want that % at all. Why? It reveals a badly, badly divided nation. It also suggests that $$$ contribtions could be adversely impaced and he does not want that. Dr. Adams does not desire that situation either.

UGA and Richt are at the fabled croass roads ………………..Richt can move on with no hard feelings and we can get get MSU’s Mullins ( florida might too ) and move forward. Mullins just might bring a kid or two along with him. He coachesI like AU’s Chizk) hard nosed SEC stuyle ball, whereas, Richt is still in the old FSU ACC model of the 90s. There with exciting O, he could survive with athletic but weak D lines. Now, even his O is predictable.

Colorado might grab CPJ ………………..as they won the 1990 NC with a triple option O. He wants to leave the ACC in the worst way, I have heard.

Go Dogs.

I-DOG

November 28th, 2010
12:41 pm

Don’t think that Richt will be offered the Miami job. I think most Miami fans and boosters will want to get someone with more recent success (doesn’t he have a buyout clause in UGA’s favor if he leaves UGA for another school?) That being said, it wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world if he were to go to Miami. Miami has some $, but don’t they have to pay the old coach for three more years, UGA’s buyout penalty and then $2.5 to $3.0 per year to get Richt to jump? Seems like a lofty price. If it actually does happen, seems like a big favor to UGA which then doesn’t have to buy HIM out which it would with a messy firing.

UGA won’t fire him this season, but this appears to be a “dead man walking” situation to me. How many coaches who are given ONE MORE YEAR to turn things around, actually do. Almost all are fired the following year after another bad season. I can’t think of a single college coach who was given one more year and then went on to have a very successful season and kept his job.

Seems to me this time next year, pretty much everyone will be calling for his head and UGA will fire him after another 4-6 loss season. Miami could help prevent this if they actually make him an offer.

FRED

November 28th, 2010
12:41 pm

FROM THERE PRINT TO GOD’S EYES.

Dawg,too

November 28th, 2010
12:44 pm

Uh, FRED, what are you smoking?

SEC fan

November 28th, 2010
12:44 pm

Please get Richt to stay forever. We need him in the SEC to become the new skinnier Fulmer with the losses and excuses…the whole thing.

stendek

November 28th, 2010
12:45 pm

GOOD LUCK IN MIAMI MARK! GOOD LUCK FINDING ANOTHER JOB MIKE! STENDEK

llf

November 28th, 2010
12:45 pm

you people are stupid

Miami game with South Florida

November 28th, 2010
12:47 pm

In the Miami gam were two running backs on the competing squads and both were not recruited by UGA. One is that Storm Johnson kid from Loganiville, Ga. Both scored TDs but both are frosh.

UGA is tick with ealey, unless he decides to drive a car around town again.

I have had enough of the Richt era. Let him go.

UGA has the core nucleus of a very good team and with suplemental recruiting in key spots in THIS 2011 CLASS, we can be fine and still looking for Murray to have a fabulous Junior and Senior year.

This opp is sent from heaven which ought to please CMR .

FRED

November 28th, 2010
12:47 pm

77 PLAYERS WERE FROM GEORGIA REPRESENTING BOTH TEAMS IN LAST NIGHT GAME. THESE PLAYERS ARE WHAT IS LEFT AFTER AUBURN ALABAMA LSU ND STAMFORD FLORIDA FLORIDA STATE AND OTHERS PICK OUT THE BEST IN GEORGIA. DOES THIS TELL YOU SOMETHING? THE UGA PROGRAM IS DEAD PLEASE SOMEONT TELL CMR AMD MR ADAMS.

DIT

November 28th, 2010
12:49 pm

There is No Way CMR goes to Miami!

0ld timer

November 28th, 2010
12:51 pm

I don’t give a rat’s a$$ either way. We just get worse and worse.

Hummon

November 28th, 2010
12:51 pm

I hope he goes, but I can’t believe the lack of appreciation here for his accomplishments. You’d think we were talking about Marion Campbell.