Miami is set to announce Mark Richt as the school’s new head coach tomorrow morning.

As such, Richt will not be able to coach 9-3 Georgia in its bowl game as planned. He met with the Bulldogs players Thursday to relay the news and, according to reports, it was an emotional time for Richt.

He has spent the last 15 years coaching at Georgia, so it makes sense that he’d feel nostalgic. His loyalty to players also has been well-documented.

Also in these reports is confirmation that Richt gave strong consideration to sitting out the 2015 season altogether.


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Bryan McClendon, named interim coach at Georgia, has been the passing game coordinator overseeing receivers in 2015. McClendon played receiver at UGA (2002-05). He also served as a graduate assistant (2007-08), running backs coach (2009-14) and recruiting coordinator (’14) before becoming the assistant head coach and receivers coach in 2015.

Some bowl projections are pitting Miami and Georgia in the same game, which would make for compelling television. Both schools would feature an interim head coach and a staff that will be headed elsewhere after the game.