Mark Richt gave serious thought to taking year off after leaving UGA
Former Georgia coach Mark Richt joined “The Paul Finebaum Show” on Wednesday. The pair discussed a few topics, including what life was like for Richt a year ago when he was let go of his coaching duties at Georgia after 15 seasons.
Richt was tempted to take time off, but hearing from former players drove him toward coaching again:
“I was really seriously considering taking a year off and just decide where the landscape was at that time,” Richt said. “Thirty-three years in a row coaching can wear you down. So I was thinking, ‘Hey, maybe I’ll just sit this one out and rejuvenate my body and my spirit and all that.’ But within hours of the thing happening, I had so many former players just call and text and just kind of thank me for all the things that they felt like I did to help them. … I was like, ‘Well, maybe I’m not done doing this.’”
Richt was dismissed following the Georgia Tech game on Nov. 28, 2015. He immediately had multiple offers and became the coach at his alma mater, Miami, on Dec. 4:
“And before you know it, I had about six schools wanting me to be their head coach, and one of them was Miami, and I knew Miami wasn’t going to be open a year later.”
The Hurricanes went 8-4 this season under Richt.