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Miami prepared to offer open coaching job to Mark Richt

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Mark Richt is coming home. But does he still fit with the Miami Hurricanes?

Richt, 55, was just fired at the University of Georgia, and it took only three days for him to find work after at Miami, according to several internet sources. He returns to the Hurricanes, where he was a backup quarterback behind Jim Kelly with the team.

He gives the Hurricanes its most proven winner since Jimmy Johnson was hired by the school. Richt is a two-time SEC champion who was 145-51 with the Bulldogs.

Richt’s former team, Georgia, also worked quickly. The team has announced plans to hire Alabama assistant Kirby Smart.

Still, Richt hasn’t won a league title since 2005, and his team never played for a national title while with the Bulldogs. Will that keep the fans of Miami, who want it to be like it once was, with the team?

Richt was a good recruiter while with Georgia, and if he can get UM into the ACC mix – the Hurricanes have never won an ACC title – then fans might give him enough time to build a program.

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