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Mark Richt talks Miami Hurricanes' lack of ACC title and more

First-year Miami Hurricanes coach Mark Richt addresses reporters Thursday during the ACC Kickoff.

Matt Baker | Tampa Bay Times

First-year Miami Hurricanes coach Mark Richt addresses reporters Thursday during the ACC Kickoff.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A few quick notes from the Miami Hurricanes' appearances today at the ACC Kickoff at The Westin Charlotte:

It's not exactly a surprise, but first-year ‘Canes coach Mark Richt said he intends to finish his coaching career at UM.

"Being back at my alma mater is huge for me," Richt said. "It's a good spot for me to finish my career. I have no intention of doing anything other than finish my coaching career at Miami."

It's one thing to say it, but Richt also appears to be backing it up. His staff has been spending a lot of time in South Florida's youth leagues; he plans to spend an hour or so each Thursday during the season checking out youth parks, seeing (and being seen by) kids who are 8, 9 or 10 years old.

"I want those guys to love Miami," Richt said. "I want them to get excited about Miami. Why would I be seeing 8-year-olds if I didn't plan on sticking around for a while? I'm looking for the future by doing that."

Richt said he didn't get to follow his alma mater too closely when he was at Georgia. Being a head coach in the SEC is obviously time-consuming, so his focus was on his program and his league. That means he isn't sure why the ‘Canes haven't won a division championship - let alone a conference title. 

"Ten years in the league and not even winning the Coastal (title) is a little surprising," Richt said. "Hopefully we can change that."

Standout quarterback Brad Kaaya agreed: "You can say all the things you want about Miami and all the championships we've won getting back to years past. One thing we've never done is won an ACC championship and a Coastal championship. That's our goal for the season."

Richt said standout Kaaya will be orchestrating calls at the line of scrimmage during the game.

[Last modified: Thursday, July 21, 2016 2:10pm]

    

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