Many were stunned by Richt’s decision to retire — coming just 3 days after Miami’s loss to Wisconsin in the Pinstripe Bowl. Reportedly, Mark Richt informed Athletic Director Blake James of his decision on Sunday morning, with an official public statement being released in the afternoon.
“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, discussions 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,” Richt stated in the release.
The statement also included, “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...”
Richt’s retirement adds to the turmoil the ‘Canes have experienced this season, recently losing Defensive Coordinator Manny Diaz. Miami enters the ‘coaching carousel’ late in the game, hoping to find an ample replacement for Mark Richt.
Athletic Director Blake James is scheduled to meet with reporters later this afternoon.