Former Georgia Bulldogs and Miami Hurricanes head coach Mark Richt is the latest former college football coach to join ESPN’s ranks as an analyst.
After stepping down from the Hurricanes in surprise fashion late in 2018, Richt becomes the newest analyst for ESPN’s ACC Network. Richt made the surprise decision to leave Miami – a move that shocked the college football world.
Miami athletic director Blake James said he was “in shock” when Richt made his decision to walk away from the program.
The former college football coach released a statement about the move.
“I was able to coach for 12 seasons in the ACC, and so, I’m very excited about the opportunity to join ACC Network as a football analyst. I’m not only looking forward to helping tell the story of one of the greatest football conferences in America, but also staying close to the game that I love so much.”
— ESPN PR (@ESPNPR) April 20, 2019
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.
Richt compiled a 26-13 record at his alma mater before walking away after just three seasons. His former defensive coordinator, Manny Diaz, is the new head coach.