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Mark Richt, Former Georgia and Miami Football HC, Announces He Has Parkinson’s

by Joe Rutland
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Former Georgia and Miami college football coach Mark Richt announced on Thursday that he has Parkinson’s disease on Twitter.

Richt, who now serves as an analyst for the ACC Network and ESPN, said the following on Thursday.

“I have been waddling around lately and people have asked me what’s wrong,” Richt writes. “I’ve decided to tell everyone at the same time. I have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s. Truthfully I look at it as a momentary light affliction compared to the future glory in heaven. Thank you Jesus for promising us a future blessing of a glorified body that has no sin and no disease. In the meantime I am going to enjoy the blessings that I do have. See you on the ACCNETWORK!”

Mark Richt News Brings Flurry of Best Wishes, Prayers For Him

Todd Hartley, tight ends coach at the University of Georgia, tweeted, “I Love you Coach. @MarkRicht”.

Chris Vannini, a national college football reporter for The Athletic, tweeted, “This is incredibly sad. Prayers up for Mark Richt and his family.”

Rusty Mansell, recruiting analyst for 24/7 Sports, tweeted, “Prayers to you coach!”.

Jameson Brown, executive vice president of Outsider, tweeted, “Phenomenal eternal perspective. Praying for you and family.”

Talk about being a college football lifer. Richt meets all the qualifications. He was head coach at the University of Georgia for 15 seasons and the University of Miami for three.

Former Georgia, Miami Coach Posted 171-64 Career Record

What did Mark Richt win? Well, how about two Southeastern Conference championships and one Atlantic Coast Conference championship for starters. In 2017, he was named the ACC Coach of the Year. Richt also won two SEC Coach of the Year awards.

Before getting to a head coaching position, though, Richt was an assistant coach at Florida State University and East Carolina University.

He played four years of college football at the University of Miami under legendary coach Howard Schnellenberger. Mark Richt was a backup quarterback to Jim Kelly, Vinny Testaverde, and Bernie Kosar.

Richt compiled a 171-64 coaching record while at both Georgia and Miami.

Head Coach Leaves College Football Sidelines In 2018

In 2018, Mark Richt announced his retirement from college football as a head coach.

“The decision came after a great deal of thought, discussions with my family, and prayer,” Richt said in the statement, according to an article from ESPN. “This was my decision.

“The University of Miami has been a part of my life for more than three decades,” Mark Richt said at the time. “It shaped me as a young man and provided me with the coaching opportunity of a lifetime. My love for The U is simply great. My true desire is for our football program to return to greatness, and while terribly difficult, I feel that stepping down is in the best interests of the program.”

His decision was on the heels of the Hurricanes’ 35-3 loss to Wisconsin in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl.

Outsider sends its best wishes to Mark Richt and his family at this time.