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Richter Scale Alert – Mark Richt Retires

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A Big Number On The Richter Scale — Mark Richt Abruptly Retires From Coaching

If you thought 2018 was finally going to quietly leave the stage of history, you were wishing and hoping for something which wasn’t likely. This supremely crazy year, in sports and everywhere else — the year which began with Miami figuring out how to build on an Orange Bowl season — has ended with Mark Richt choosing to retire from coaching.

That’s the word out of Miami, where the Associated Press’s Tim Reynolds got straight to the point:

Other sources also reported the news as well:

The reasons for the decision are personal. This was not a firing. Many will speculate if it was a forced resignation. Some will say that Richt simply didn’t want to build something anew, which is essentially what he would have needed to do in 2019 after his program collapsed this year.

Without getting more immediate comments and reactions from the principals involved, one can reasonably say this with a considerable degree of confidence: The truth likely involves portions of the above statements. Forced resignation is one interpretation; lacking the stomach to rebuild is another.

The middle ground most people should be able to agree on: Richt probably would have needed to overhaul his staff and/or make changes he didn’t want to make. Richt envisioned a specific way in which he wanted to do things, and 2018 clearly eroded his leverage in the attempt to retain his preferred methodology.

Rather than fight internal battles, Richt walked away. That’s the fairest way to characterize this situation without additional details.

Richt leaves Miami having failed to finish what he started, and as horrible as this 2018 season was, it remains that Richt did deliver a 2017 campaign in which the Hurricanes finally made the ACC Championship Game for the first time in program history, removing a deficit which caused ample frustration among fans and alumni.

Richt did show in 2017 what Miami was capable of becoming again. That season — the Canes hope — will lure an elite coach to Coral Gables and begin a new era for The U.

Richt’s retirement marks the end of a very successful career. Richt might not have become a giant in college football coaching circles, but his career can’t be viewed in fundamentally negative terms.

Richt was a winner.

He might not have been an elite coach, but he was a very good coach, well above average. His biggest achievement in coaching was his 2002 SEC championship at Georgia. That title broke a 20-year SEC championship drought at the school, and Richt won another SEC crown at UGA in 2005.

Richt never made the BCS national championship bowl game as a head coach. He did coach in that game as Bobby Bowden’s offensive coordinator at Florida State. He did so in each of the first three bowl games to crown the BCS champion: the 1999 Fiesta Bowl against Tennessee, the 2000 Sugar Bowl against Virginia Tech, and the 2001 Orange Bowl against Oklahoma.

Richt, at 58, is yet another high-profile coach who has retired from coaching before turning 60 years old. Bob Stoops of Oklahoma and, more recently, Urban Meyer of Ohio State, have also stepped away from the sport as head coaches.

Regardless of whether Meyer returns to coaching, it can’t be denied that this sport takes a toll on the men who coach it. Richt obviously had enough.

Now Miami must turn the page and find a worthy successor.

Matt Zemek is the co-editor of Tennis With An Accent with Saqib Ali. Matt is the lead writer for the site and helps Saqib with the TWAA podcast, produced by Radio Influence at radioinfluence.com. Matt has written professionally about men's and women's tennis since 2014 for multiple outlets: Comeback Media, FanRagSports, and independently at Patreon, where he maintains a tennis site. You can reach Matt by e-mail: mzemek@hotmail.com. You can find him on Twitter at @mzemek.

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Former Canes coach Golden apparently ready for trial against school

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Former Miami Hurricanes head coach Al Golden is apparently about to have his day in court, while trying to recoup what he says is multi-millions of dollars that the University still owes him from firing him 5 years ago.

Miami Herald writer and columnist Barry Jackson had more on Monday evening that there apparently will not be a settlement by the school with the man that coached them for parts of five seasons in the 2010s.

Golden is seeking in excess of $3 million for what he says is compensation per his contract that he was owed when Miami terminated him in October of 2015 after a humiliating 58 – 0 lost to Clemson. The University says that Golden has been paid what the contract required.

As Jackson reported, there have already been depositions on both sides, including with Miami athletic director Blake James. And both James and Golden will be testifying in the civil suit about what went wrong and how it has not been rectified for almost three years, since the dispute started.

Golden came to Miami after having turned around the Temple football program, but only went 32 – 25 in his four plus seasons. He contends in a chain of emails that were obtained by the media recently, that the University mislead him about the Nevin Shapiro payment scandal and the punishments that Miami was going to receive for scholarship losses and a bowl ban.

He further contends that he asked for tough opponents like Wisconsin and Michigan State to be pushed back on the Canes schedule early in his tenure, while they were in the middle of the sanctions. However, that  James would not relent, thereby, making it much tougher for Miami to compete and win.

The University has had no comment on the possible suit going to trial. Golden’s lawyer told the media recently that they are anxious to have their day in front of a judge and jury.

Golden has been a position coach in the NFL with the Detroit Lions the last two years. Meanwhile, Miami is still trying to find their footing with coach Manny Diaz coming off a dismal 6-7 season where they lost their last three games. That included a humiliating 14-0 shutout loss to Louisiana Tech in the Independence Bowl.

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Hurricanes name College Hall of Famer Ed Reed Chief of Staff

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The Miami Hurricanes are hoping to reestablish their winning ways, and coach Manny Diaz is starting 2020 by reaching back to a prominent member of their recent past to help them.

Diaz and the school announced Thursday afternoon that former All-American, National Champion and College and NFL Hall of Fame safety, Ed Reed, will be coming aboard as a newly-created “Chief of Staff” position for Hurricanes football:

As the school’s release said, Reed “will be responsible in advisory role of all aspects of the football program including strategic planning, quality control, operations, player evaluation and player Development among other duties.

Diaz said in the statement,

“We are thrilled to welcome Ed back to Coral Gables,” Diaz said. “He is not only one of the most decorated players in Miami football history but also a devoted Cane who cares deeply about this program. All of our players, coaches and staff will be fortunate to tap into his experience, knowledge and passion on a regular basis.”  

This hire comes on the heels of Miami apparently botching the hiring in a similar role of former star RB  from the 80’s Alonzo Highsmith earlier this month. Highsmith negotiated with Diaz and AD Blake James about looking to come back to Coral Gables after having been in a similar role with the Cleveland Browns in the NFL this past year. Alas, they could not agree. Highsmith has since been fired after the Browns fired GM John Dorsey and shook up their front office.

As for the “Chief of Staff” position, numerous college programs, including Clemson Alabama and Georgia have a similar positions to aid and assist the head coach with the day-to-day administration of program.

You cannot find a more decorated Cane willing to help, as Reed was arguably the best safety in college football in the 2000s. Miami posted a 23 – 1 record over his final two seasons (’00-’01) and he was part of the 2001 BCS Championship team that finished 11-1 and destroyed Nebraska in the Rose Bowl.

Reed with a consensus First-team All-American in 2000 and 2001 and set the Hurricanes record for interceptions with 21 before leaving Coral Gables.

Reed was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2018 for his accomplishments.

Reed was later a first-round pick of the Baltimore Ravens in 2002, playing at 11 sasons with them before playing his final year with the Texans and the Jets. He is a former NFL Defensive Player of the Year and was an All-Pro six times. Reed was just inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame year ago.

Read was not quoted in the release by the Hurricanes on Thursday afternoon.

However, he did participate earlier during Super Bowl week in Miami with former Hurricanes legendary coach Jimmy Johnson in a special program from Fox Sports with other famous Hurricane alumni like Michael Irvin.

The program called “The ReUnion” dealt with Miami trying to regain the winning ways and dominance of the 80s and 90s.

Miami stumbled to a 6-6 finish and then was embarrassed to end Diaz’s first season with a 14-0 shutout loss to Louisiana Tech in the Independence Bowl.

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