CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Miami has announced Mark Richt's hiring as the Hurricanes' new football coach.
Richt was meeting with his new team for the first time Friday morning, not long before the former Georgia coach was to be introduced by Miami officials in an on-campus news conference.
He and the Hurricanes agreed in principle on a deal Wednesday.
For Richt, it is a homecoming. He was a teammate of fellow quarterbacks Jim Kelly and Vinny Testaverde with the Hurricanes in the early 1980s, just before Miami would win the first of what became five national championships in a 19-season span.
He's also a native of nearby Boca Raton, and now 33 years after leaving Miami as a student he takes over a program desperately looking for a return to national prominence.