Mark Richt is retiring from Miami after just three years. Who are the five top replacement options to take over?
Forgetting how this season ended – with a thud of a Pinstripe Bowl loss to Wisconsin – the three-year Mark Richt era at Miami actually was a success.
He turned the program back around, he got it to an ACC Championship game for the first time ever, and he won 26 games – the most successful three-year run since Miami joined the ACC.
It might not have been the season everyone wanted, and the offense was a disaster, but it was a stunner that he chose to leave.
So with all that in mind – beyond Greg Schiano (no, Miami, don’t), Mark Stoops (you need offense, Miami), and some of the other interesting names, here are five names that athletic director Blake James should probably take a look at.
5. Urban Meyer, co-part-semi-ceremonial potential Ohio State athletic director
Let’s just say it’s okay to be a wee bit skeptical at the idea of one of the all-time greatest head coaches with still at least 15-20 years of high-end coaching left in him is going to stay retired.
If there wasn’t the scandal from this offseason, and if he wasn’t suspended, would Urban Meyer still be the Ohio State head coach? What do you think?
Of course the health issues are a concern and he absolutely needs to take a break and get his mind right – literally.
But he’s Urban Meyer. Miami is Miami. It’s the big city and big atmosphere that would be right, it’s the ACC – the Coastal is there for the taking on an annual basis – and it’s one of the places that might just be a legendary coach away from being back to Miami again.
It’s at least worth a few dozen phone calls just to see if there’s any possible interest.