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Football flashback: Mark Richt is a better coach than a player

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Sometime in Saturday’s game against FSU, Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya is going to need a bit of advice.

At which point, coach Mark Richt is going to grin, shrug his shoulders and say “What are you asking me for? You know how I did against FSU.”

It was 1982, 34 years ago. when the 14th ranked Seminoles played the 16th ranked Hurricanes in their annual rivalry. This was before the national titles and Heismans of either school.

And at quarterback for the Hurricanes… a senior named Mark Richt. He was playing in place of Jim Kelly, who was out with the injured shoulder.

It was a forgettable day for Richt, who threw four interceptions against the Hurricanes. Still, Miami hung in for a while, trailing only 10-7 going into the fourth quarter before FSU scored twice to seal the game.

The next year, Richt had graduated, but the Canes won their first national title.

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