“When you coach, you want to go to a place where you’ve got a chance to do big things. By virtue of the fact that its been done here before, that’s a good indicator,” Mark Richt stated on why he took the Miami job. Miami is a sleeping giant in college football and many feel as if Mark Richt will be the man who wakes it up. He is already on the recruiting trail traveling all over the south to get the U back on top.
Others would say that he fit the Miami mold of finding cheap, up-and-comers and turning them into household names.
The loss to Clemson is viewed by many in Miami as a blessing in disguise. The loss forced the firing of a mediocre coach and his staff. The loss also forced Miami to realize that the landscape of college football has changed, and to win you have to open the checkbook. While Miami was looking for their program’s savior, on Nov. 30 the University of Georgia fired Mark Richt. This allowed coach Richt to fall in the lap of his alma mater on Dec. 4. Richt brings with him to Miami, 15 years of SEC coaching experience, big time recruiting and a resume that only a few can match.