Mark Richt is back in the headlines this weekend.
Saturday, ESPN announced that Richt had been hired as a studio analyst for the ACC Network, launching in August. He also made an unannounced appearance at Miami’s spring game in Orlando, dropping by the press box at Camping World Stadium to discuss his departure from UM, his new gig and plans for the future. Talking about stepping down at Miami also led Richt to revisit his exit from Georgia after the 2015 season.
“If you’re not the head coach and you make a decision to not coach anymore, it’s not quite as big of a deal as when you’re the head coach and there’s a lot of people that are counting on you,” Richt told reporters at Miami’s spring game in Orlando. “That’s the hardest part — how it affected other people.
“Actually, when I left Georgia — and they kind of helped me out the door — everybody kind of gets it. We’ve got to let it go and we’ll all go find a job. If the head coach decides to retire from coaching, it affects people the same way. … It was just. … I felt it was the right time for me, as a person. And, I felt like Miami would be in better hands. So, I did it because I thought it was the right time for me and I also felt like it was going to be good for the university, which is my alma mater, obviously.”
Richt, 59, told reporters that a return to coaching is “not in his plans,” but he would listen to other college football-related opportunities.
“That would be an interesting thing,” Richt said when asked how he would respond if the College Football Playoff selection committee reached out.