Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

College Football Notebook: Miami Closes in on Richt

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

College Football Notebook: Miami Closes in on Richt

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Mark Richt is going back to where his college career began.

The former Miami quarterback has reached a tentative agreement to be the Hurricanes' next head coach, pending the completion of contract talks, a source told The Associated Press.

Richt spent the last 15 seasons as the head coach at Georgia, averaging nearly 10 wins a season and leading the Bulldogs to a pair of Southeastern Conference championships.

He is a Florida native and played for Howard Schnellenberger at Miami, when the Hurricanes were just becoming the program that would win five national championships in 19 seasons.

Montana State targets Mizzou assistant * While Missouri athletics director Mack Rhoades continues his search for a football coach, MU's assistants remain in limbo. The NCAA contact period began Sunday, but Mizzou coaches have been instructed to stay in Columbia and keep in contact with recruits over the phone, a source said.

On Sunday, Rhoades appointed quarterbacks coach Andy Hill as interim head coach until Gary Pinkel's successor is hired, but the team's longest tenured assistant is expected to interview for the head-coaching job at Montana State, multiple sources confirmed. Montana State, a Football Championship Subdivision program in Bozeman, fired coach Rob Ash after a 5-6 season.

The Bobcats' athletics director is Peter Fields, who worked at Mizzou as associate AD from 1996-2002. Fields declined to comment on possible candidates when reached this week. (Dave Matter)

Georgia mum on search * Georgia's coaching search could be headed for a swift end, but the school was tight-lipped Wednesday about its progress and scheduled no announcement about who would succeed Richt.

ESPN and the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported that Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart was Georgia's selection late Tuesday night. Georgia athletics director Greg McGarity did not reply to an interview request from The Associated Press on the status of the search. Smart's agent, Jimmy Sexton, could not be reached to comment. …

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