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How Miami's AD Reacted To Mark Richt's Decision To Retire

Mark Richt throws up the U at his intro press conference.

CORAL GABLES, FL - DECEMBER 04: New University of Miami Hurricanes head coach Mark Richt makes the 'U' sign after he was introduced at a press conference at the school on December 4, 2015 in Coral Gables, Florida. (Photo by Joe Skipper/Getty Images)

The college football coaching carousel got a little crazier on Sunday when Miami head coach Mark Richt announced he would be stepping down.

Though as surprised as many fans were, it would appear that Miami athletic director Blake James was equally shocked.

According to Yahoo! Sports writer Pete Thamel, James said he is "in shock" by Richt's decision to leave the school.

Richt's Hurricanes went 7-5 in the regular season before getting blown out by Wisconsin in the Pinstripe Bowl. Miami lost the game 35-3, one of their worst bowl defeats ever.

In three years at Miami, Richt went 26-13, making three bowl games and winning the ACC Coastal division title in 2017. The Hurricanes ultimately lost the ACC Championship game to Clemson that year.

The 2018 season proved to be a trying year for Miami, and their seven wins were the second-fewest of Richt's head coaching career.

Prior to his three-year stint with Miami, Richt served 15 seasons as head coach of Georgia, winning two SEC titles during his time there.

Miami will be holding a press conference this afternoon to address the news.