As first reported by Peter Ariz, the University of Miami has hired former University of Georgia head coach Mark Richt to be the new coach of the Hurricanes. While the deal is also being reported as not being officially completed, the assumption is that it will go through shortly.
With no bowl wins since 2006, plus two sub-.500 seasons in the meantime, in the last decade the University of Miami has fallen off from their lofty perch as one of the nation’s premiere football programs. The tenures of the just-fired Al Golden (32-25 from 2011-2015) and predecessor Randy Shannon (28-22 from 2007-2010) pale in comparison to the long stretches of dominance from Larry Coke (60-15 from 2001-2006), Butch Davis (51-20 from 1995-2000), Dennis Erickson (63-9 from (1989-1994), and Jimmy Johnson (52-9 from 1984-1988).
If nothing else, Richt has shown that he has a skill for establishing continuity and longevity within a program: he was the coach at Georgia since 2001, compiling a 145-51 and making a bowl game in every season but this one, when he was fired as the Bulldogs posted a 9-3 record. Richt played quarterback at Miami in the pre-Johnson era (1978-1982), but Hurricanes fans are hoping for a much better improvement in his second go-round at the school. In his collegiate career, Richt had a completion percentage of 45%, and threw nine touchdowns up against 17 interceptions.