Mark Richt Steps Down as Miami Head Coach, Retires From Coaching

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Within a span of 12 hours, the Miami Hurricanes went from announcing that their head football coach was retiring to naming a familiar face as his replacement. Most importantly, I want to thank the incredible coaches, staff, and their families who gave their all to The U each and every day, and our student-athletes, who wore The U jersey with pride and who worked hard towards their degree.

Georgia coach Kirby Smart was among the first to send his well wishes to Mark Richt via Twitter after the former Bulldogs coach announced his retirement on Sunday.

Katharyn and I will be cheering on the Canes in the years to come and The U will never leave our hearts.

Richt says he told Miami athletic director Blake James of his decision Sunday. My love for The U is simply great.

Manny Diaz, Richt's defensive coordinator all three years at Miami who had accepted the head coaching job at Temple earlier this month on December 12.

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Miami just finished a disappointing 7-6 season that ended in an embarrassing 35-3 loss to Wisconsin in the Pinstripe Bowl. "Last night, I thought he was our coach". A quarterback carousel between Malik Rosier and N'Kosi Perry plagued the offense for the entire 2018 season, and mounting criticism of Richt's son, quarterbacks coach Jon Richt, became impossible to ignore.

Diaz is going to make the changes needed and not be afraid to clear house of Richt's staff members on the offensive side of the ball - which stinks for FSU football and others because it seemed like that stubbornness from Richt was about to catch up to them.

Richt said he was not forced out. James said he was surprised when Richt told him of his decision to retire Sunday morning. "This was my decision". Turns out, he didn't need to look anywhere else.

"Manny is one of the nation's elite coaches and the Canes' family has already embraced him and his incredible work ethic over the past three years", James said in a statement. "He is absolutely the passionate and innovative leader that our program needs".

Diaz also apologized to Temple for the freakish circumstances. "I was given a tremendous opportunity to lead the Temple program and I was actively engaged in doing just that when I woke up this morning. I do hope that the Temple players, administration and fans appreciate the uniqueness of this situation and the overwhelming pull to stay home".

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