When Georgia forced former coach Mark Richt out the door in Nov. 2015, a job opening at Miami seemed like the comfortable choice after nine 10-win seasons in 15 years at Georgia.
Richt backed up Jim Kelly at Miami in the early-80s and a chance to return to his alma mater after such a disappointing end at the only home he’s ever known as a head coach had to feel like a palate cleanser. However, if you think that’s the only reason that Richt is at Miami, you’d be sorely mistaken.
“I keep telling people that I didn’t come here just because it was my alma mater,” Richt told ESPN.com’s Chris Low. “I came here because you can win. If you do things right and get the support you need, you can win. It’s been proven. The players have always been here.
“You just have to make sure you get the right ones, and a lot of the other things they used to ding us on, our facilities and things like that, they’re not going to be able to do that anymore with this brand-new building and the improvements to Hard Rock Stadium.”
History tells us that you can be dominant at Miami under the right circumstances. But for over a decade now those circumstances haven’t presented themselves for a number of reasons.
As Miami tapered off, the SEC and just about every other league in America swarmed South Florida, the nation’s most sweltering hotbed for prep football talent. Fundraising issues put Miami well behind in the facilities arms race of the past decade and that’s put them at a slight disadvantage despite their incredible track record with placing players in the NFL.
However, Richt is righting those wrongs. A $34 million indoor practice facility and football operations building will be completed in August, and Richt was key in both securing the $14 million donation lead gift to make it all possible and by putting in $1 million of his own money.
Now, as Miami comes off a 10-win season having added the No. 8 recruiting class in the nation, Richt feels like the Hurricanes are positioning themselves to reclaim their glory. So any idea that this is a comfy gig at the alma mater is dissipating quickly if that was ever even close to a reality in the first place.
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