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Former Georgia, Miami Coach Mark Richt Suffers Heart Attack


Former Miami (Fla.) and Georgia coach Mark Richt suffered a heart attack on Monday morning, he said on social media.

Richt, 59, tweeted on Monday that he wanted to share the news himself.

"I am assuming word travels fast. So I wanted to be able to inform everyone that I did have a heart attack this morning. I am doing fine," he said. "As I went through the experience I had peace knowing I was going to heaven but I was going to miss my wife. I plan to be at work this week."

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Richt, 59, currently works as a college football analyst for the ACC Network and ESPN. He retired from coaching in December 2018 after leading Miami's program for three seasons, where the Hurricanes went 26–13. Richt also played as a quarterback at Miami from 1978-82.

Prior to his Miami tenure, Richt coached Georgia for 15 seasons. He finished his time in Athens with a 171–64 record and nine bowl victories and stepped down from the program in November 2015.

Richt opened up to 560 WQAM's The Joe Rose Show this summer and said he does not plan to return to coaching. He also addressed how the role had taken a toll on his health.

"Well, I think the biggest thing for me was, I didn't do a great job of taking care of myself from the day I took the job," Richt said. "I went 15 years at Georgia, and probably needed a break then but just the Miami opportunity was there and is too good to turn down."