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COLLEGE NOTES: Miami’s Mark Richt Announces Retirement

JACKSONVILLE — Mark Richt announced Sunday that he is retiring as head coach of Miami.

The Hurricanes wrapped up a 7-6 season with a 35-3 blowout loss to Wisconsin in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl on Thursday.

“The decision came after a great deal of thought, discussions with my family, and prayer,” Richt said. “This was my decision.

“The University of Miami has been a part of my life for more than three decades. It shaped me as a young man and provided me with the coaching opportunity of a lifetime. My love for The U is simply great. My true desire is for our football program to return to greatness, and while terribly difficult, I feel that stepping down is in the best interests of the program.”

Richt was a former QB at Miami and returned to his alma mater after the Hurricanes fired Al Golden in 2016. He posted a 9-4 mark in his first season at the helm and won his first 10 games in the following year before dropping a 44-28 decision to Pittsburgh, a 38-3 setback to Clemson and a 34-24 result to Wisconsin.

The 58-year-old Richt owned a 145-51 mark with two SEC championships and a share of six SEC East crowns in 15 seasons at Georgia and 26-13 with one ACC Coastal title in three seasons at Miami.

Ole Miss Names Rich Rodriguez Offensive Coordinator

Rich Rodriguez, considered one of the top offensive minds in college football, has been named Ole Miss’ offensive coordinator, head coach Matt Luke announced Monday.

A 32-year coaching veteran, Rodriguez brings 24 years of head coaching experience, including stints at West Virginia, Michigan and Arizona, and has been named conference coach of the year five times in three different leagues. Rodriguez’s zone read concepts he invented more than two decades ago have since become a component of most modern-day college offenses.

With Rodriguez and new defensive coordinator Mike MacIntyre, the Rebel staff includes two of the last five Pac-12 Coach of the Year honorees. There are now three Ole Miss coaches with Power Five head coaching experience, including Luke, and four with time as FBS head coaches, including offensive line coach Jack Bicknell.

“Part of building a successful program means surrounding our players with the most talented coaches, and I feel like we have done that with hiring of Mike Macintyre to lead our defense and now Rich Rodriguez to lead our offense,” Luke said. “Rich has coached at the highest levels of college football and is one of the most innovative offensive minds in our sport. I couldn’t be more excited to get to work with his experience, creativity and toughness as part of our team.”

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