Former Georgia coach Mark Richt is the new head coach at Miami.
Richt, a former Miami quarterback, agreed to return to his alma mater only three days after he was fired at Georgia, where he guided the Bulldogs to a 145-51 record.
The Hurricanes chose Richt over a handful of other candidates, including Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen, former Miami and North Carolina coach Butch Davis and former Rutgers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano.
Richt has the fifth-highest winning percentage among active FBS coaches with at least 130 victories.
Richt inherits a Miami program that has spent much of the past two decades chasing the magic that helped it become one of the sport’s dominant programs during the 1980s and ’90s. After winning five national championships from 1983 to 2001, the Hurricanes have lost four games or more in each of the past 10 seasons, including an 8-4 record this year. Miami hasn’t won a conference title since winning the Big East in 2003.