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Mark Richt apologizes ‘to anybody who can read lips’ after Orange Bowl outburst

By Matt Baker | Times Staff
Published: December 31, 2017
MATT BAKER | TIMES

Miami coach Mark Richt apologized "to anybody who can read lips" for his outburst in Saturday's 34-24 Orange Bowl loss to No. 6 Wisconsin.

Richt – widely regarded as one of the nicest coaches in the game – erupted at an official in the second quarter. He grabbed one but avoided an ejection, although he was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct.

"I know I lost my cool – I thought rightfully so as far as being mad, but not rightfully so using some of the language I used," Richt said. "Not particularly proud of myself there. I apologize to anybody who can read lips."

Miami HC Mark Richt apologizes to anyone who could read lips for his outburst pic.twitter.com/mB09AexNMT

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The Hurricanes' second-year head coach didn't specify what exactly set him off but didn't dispute a question about holding no-calls.

"What do you think?" Richt asked. "Can you guess?"

He did say that he was more upset about non-calls than calls made by the officials, and he said his frustration lasted all game.

"It really was a shame," Richt said, "but I'm probably not supposed to say that."