In a move that shocked the entire college football world, Mark Richt has announced his retirement as head coach of the Miami Hurricanes, effective immediately. The 58-year-old Richt was 26-13 in three years in South Beach but the team floundered to a 7-6 mark this year and was spanked 35-3 on Thursday at the Pinstripe Bowl by Syracuse. Richt offered no explanation for the move other than to say that the University would be better moving on without him. Richt was a legacy QB for the Canes in the 80’s and this was thought to be his dream job.
The Canes wasted no time in signing Richt DC Manny Diaz to a five-year deal to coach “The U”. Diaz had accepted the job at Temple on December 12th and was recruiting and putting a staff together when called to return. Diaz is the son of former Miami mayor, Manny Diaz Sr. and was allowed to return. Diaz was the the DC in all three years of Richt’s tenure. This year the Cane defense was ranked No.2 nationally allowing opponents just 268 ypg. and just 4.16 yards-per-play. third best in the country.
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