Mark Richt spent 15 years coaching at Georgia – an eternity by today’s college football standards. He won at least 10 games in nine of those 15 seasons and won nine games in two others.
In short, he was pretty darn good.
Last year, however, he was fired after failing to reach the SEC title game. He is now at Miami, where he is 2-0 with a 70-3 win over Florida A&M and a 38-10 win over Florida Atlantic. Georgia, meanwhile, has been shaky in each of its first two games, beating North Carolina 33-24 and hanging on against Nicholls, 26-24, this past Saturday.
Richt is aware of how his former program has fared, but he isn’t putting much thought into it.
“Well, I’m not sitting there reading daily what’s going on, but I see what’s happening across the nation,” Richt said on CBS Sports Radio’s Gio and Jones. “I check out scores, so I know all of that. But other than that, I’m up to my ears in game-planning and calling plays again (and) coaching QBs. (I’m a) head coach starting up a new program, so to speak. I’m so busy I don’t have time to mess with it. But my mom, my dad, my brother, my two sisters, they all live in Athens, Georgia, still. So I keep up with those guys.”
As successful as he was at Georgia, Richt, 56, seems to have a renewed sense of vigor at Miami. He seems refreshed physically and mentally.
“You nailed it,” Richt said. “The biggest change is I went back to coaching QBs. I went back to spending more time game-planning and calling the plays. When you start the program new, you get to hire, you get to hand-pick everybody across the board – not just your field coaches, but your nutritionists, your strength staff, your recruiting staff, all your support, and I got a bunch of men that I know and love and trust. Everybody has bought in 100 percent, and we have a great energy right now.”
Miami plays at Appalachian State (1-1) this Saturday at 12 p.m. ET.