Talking about Richt was such an attractive topic, we were lucky enough to have two writers from DS work with us on this piece.
Some of the responses about not only about the coach, but also the man, will explain why.
Check out the full Q&A below:
SOTU: For Miami fans who don't know Richt very well, can you give is his strengths and weaknesses as a Coach from your perspective?
SOTU: What will Mark Richt's Georgia legacy ultimately be?
SOTU: What type of person is Richt off the field and in the community?
SOTU: Tell us about his downfall this season? What cost Richt his job in Athens more than anything else?
Vineyyarddawg: At the risk of sounding glib, more than anything else, the SEC as a whole cost Mark Richt his job. In spite of the fact that Richt consistently put a very-high-level product on the field, fans saw a one-hit wonder like Gene Chizik come through and win a national championship, and they saw Urban Meyer barnstorm through Gainesville and burn himself out in 6 years, but with 2 national titles to show for it. But most of all, Nick Saban. In Saban's Bama dynasty, UGA fans had a coach they could point do (even if subconsciously) and wonder, "why can't Richt win like that guy?" So, the thing that has building against Mark Richt for the past 10 years is, essentially, envy of all the other SEC teams winning national championships, but not Georgia.
SOTU: Last but not least, and this is a tough one. Let's make 'Canes fans either very happy or extremely sad. What type of success would you predict for Richt at the University of Miami?
Vineyyarddawg: There's no reason to think that Mark Richt can't be just as successful at Miami as he was at Georgia. Miami's in just as fertile a recruiting ground as Georgia is, if not moreso. And Richt knows how to coach up some quarterbacks. To be honest (but not derogatory), I think it helps that he's in the ACC Coastal, too, where you just have to worry about FSU, maybe Clemson if the schedule rotation hits you wrong, and (insert hot team in your division this year here), instead of the SEC, where you typically have exceptional teams knocking on your doorstep virtually every week. (Ignore this argument for 2015's level of competition, please.)