CORAL GABLES, Fla.— Mark Richt stepped down as Miami coach on Sunday, an announcement that caught the school off-guard and comes just days after the end of an underachieving season.
Richt, 58, said he was not forced out, and that the decision to retire was his.
“My love for The U is simply great,” Richt said. “My true desire is for our football program to return to greatness, and while terribly difficult, I feel that stepping down is in the best interests of the program.”
Richt said he informed Miami athletic director Blake James of his decision “a few hours” before the school sent out a news release shortly before 1 p.m.