Miami coach Mark Richt has an unique perspective on the Miami-Florida State rivalry, as he stood on both sidelines in the annual intrastate game.
Richt’s first experience in the rivalry was as the Hurricanes quarterback, then he became an assistant coach under Bobby Bowden at Florida State. Now, Richt is in his second year as head coach of his alma mater, he knows better than anyone that rivalry games are important for all involved.
“There’s a reason we play them every year, and they’re better rivalries when there’s some winning and losing on both sides and that hasn’t happened lately,’ said Richt in his Tuesday’s morning briefing reported by Sun Sentinel reporter Christy Cabrera Chirinos.
He added there hasn’t been any mention of the seven game losing streak in practice this week.
“It’s not unimaginable. Florida State’s a really good program. It happened. It’s in the past,” Richt said, “And I don’t worry too much about it. I haven’t mentioned it and I don’t think the kids are thinking about it. We don’t have a kid that’s been here seven years. So, they’re definitely worried about that streak right now.”
The Canes’ main objective is to win the Coastal division, which would automatically put them into the ACC Championship game in Charlotte. Richt understands that having lofty goals means you better have one of the best records in the conference. The Florida State matchup has become much more than annual intrastate rivalry game because the outcome of the contest will have a drastic affect on the ACC standings afterwards.
Richt expects the atmosphere in Tallahassee to be great this weekend.
“It’ll be loud, there’s no doubt. But once it gets to a certain amount of loudness, it doesn’t really matter,” he said, “Once you have to go to non-verbal communication, it doesn’t matter if there’s 20,000 or 80,000 doing it. The thing the noise does or the crowd does, it usually encourages when they do something great and it accentuates if we don’t do something well. That’s the thing young players have to let it roll of their back.”
Richt is confident that this week’s scheme is good, now it’s up to his team to execute it on the field.
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