Mark Richt, Miami, Agree on Contract Extension Through 2023 Season

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistMay 3, 2018

Miami head coach Mark Richt speaks at an NCAA college football news conference in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Friday, Dec. 29, 2017. Miami plays Wisconsin in the Orange Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 30. (AP Photo/Joe Skipper)
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Head coach Mark Richt has been rewarded with a contract extension at the University of Miami.  

According to Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press, the revised deal will run through 2023.

After being fired by Georgia following the 2015 season, Richt was hired to take over as head coach at Miami. The 58-year-old was a quarterback for the Hurricanes from 1979-82, primarily serving as a backup to Jim Kelly. 

Speaking to ESPN.com's Chris Low in March about taking the job at Miami, Richt noted he wanted to coach the program because it's a place to compete for a national championship every year:

“I keep telling people that I didn’t come here just because it was my alma mater. I came here because you can win. If you do things right and get the support you need, you can win. It’s been proven. The players have always been here. You just have to make sure you get the right ones, and a lot of the other things they used to ding us on, our facilities and things like that, they’re not going to be able to do that anymore with this brand-new building and the improvements to Hard Rock Stadium.”

Richt led an immediate turnaround at Miami with nine wins and a victory over West Virginia in the Russell Athletic Bowl in his first season. It was the school's first postseason win since 2006. 

The Hurricanes continued to take steps forward in 2017. They climbed as high as No. 2 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll after a 10-0 start. It was the program's highest ranking in the AP poll since the 2003 season. 

Richt was named the ACC Coach of the Year and Walter Camp Coach of the Year for his efforts in 2017.

In addition to his success on the field, Richt's recruiting skills have also been strong for the Hurricanes. Their 2018 freshman class was ranked No. 8 overall by 247Sports. It was their first time in the top 10 since 2012. 

With Richt locked in as Miami's head coach for several years to come, the program is set up to challenge Clemson atop the ACC and compete for a spot in the College Football Playoff after just missing out last season. 

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