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Miami’s Mark Richt goes to the wallet to help fund his new program

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University of Miami head coach Mark Richt is on his way to gaining his team’s loyalty. And all it cost him was $1 million.

Richt donated the money out of his pocket to go toward a new indoor facility for the Hurrines.

Quarterback Brad Kaaya told the Miami Herald the story of thinking Richt, and Richt’s response was “No one is supposed to know about that.”

No one can be sure how a new indoor facility will translate into wins. But it’s clear that Richt, who has only been at Miami since December, is off to a good start to making his team believe they are on a shared journey.

“That fact right there alone – he doesn’t really care who gets the credit… He just wants it to happen and just has our best interest at heart,” Kaaya said. “I appreciate it and the team certainly does, too.

“An indoor facility is something that we’ve needed for years and I think it’s going to help us and impact how we play.’’

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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