College Miami Hurricanes

Mark Richt Signs Contract Extension Through 2023 Season

When something tastes good, it’s natural to want more.

The University of Miami wants more Mark Richt.

UM Director of Athletics Blake James announced Thursday that the school has extended Richt’s contract through the 2023 season.

James said Richt’s impact on the program has been such a positive that the school wanted to secure the head coach for the foreseeable future.

“Mark has done a phenomenal job of building this program – and generating enthusiasm for this program – since the day he arrived back on campus,” James said in the school’s release.

“We look forward to continued success under his watch, both on and off the field, for many years to come.”

Richt just completed his second season leading the Hurricanes.

In his first season, he guided Miami to a 9-4 record while also snapping a 10-year bowl game losing streak with a victory in the Russell Athletics Bowl. Richt wildly surpassed expectations this past season, leading UM to a 10-0 record, its first ACC Coastal Division title, and a No. 2 national ranking before suffering three straight losses to end the season – the regular season finale at Pittsburgh, the ACC Championship game against Clemson, and the Capital One Orange Bowl against Wisconsin.

Even though the 2017 season didn’t end how fans hoped it would, Richt was named the 2017 ACC Coach of the Year and received the Walter Camp National Coach of the Year award for leading Miami to its first 10-win season since 2003.

Richt, a University of Miami alum, continued his mantra of calling Miami “paradise” Thursday.

“Miami is not only my alma mater, it is home to me and my family. It’s a blessing to live and work in paradise,” Richt said.

“We’re excited about where this program is headed,” the 17-year head coach said. “I want to thank Blake James, Jennifer Strawley and our entire athletics administration for supporting our coaches, staff and student-athletes, ensuring that we’re committed to building on the great legacy of Hurricanes football.

J.T. Wilcox
J.T. Wilcox is an award-winning sports journalist who has worked in South Florida for more than a decade. He authors "The Bald Predictions" blog and "The Baldcast" podcast.

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