Mark Richt won’t be in El Paso after all

CORAL GABLES — This particular bit of history won’t repeat itself.

Incoming Hurricanes coach Mark Richt does not plan to attend the Sun Bowl, the Post has learned. The reason is unclear as of now, but we are likely to find out soon.

After he was introduced on Dec. 4, Richt said he planned to attend the game, which is 2 p.m. Dec. 26 against Washington State.

In the last two weeks, Richt has been recruiting and assessing his new team but has not addressed the media. Interim coach Larry Scott will coach the Hurricanes in El Paso and continues to speak on behalf of the team.

The last time the Hurricanes hired a coach, Al Golden watched his new team from a suite at Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso. The Hurricanes lost that game to Notre Dame 33-17.

New University of Miami Hurricanes head coach Mark Richt makes the 'U' sign after he was introduced at a press conference at the school on December 4, 2015 in Coral Gables, Florida. (Photo by Joe Skipper/Getty Images)
New University of Miami Hurricanes head coach Mark Richt makes the ‘U’ sign after he was introduced at a press conference at the school on December 4, 2015 in Coral Gables, Florida. (Photo by Joe Skipper/Getty Images)

Injury updates: Right tackle Sunny Odogwu (knee) did not attend the media viewing portion of practice (first 15 minutes) … Fellow lineman Danny Isidora (undisclosed) was in a red (no-contact) jersey … safety Jamal Carter (hamstring) was in yellow (limited).

New day for DVD: Former Hurricanes cornerback (and all-around good dude) Demarcus Van Dyke was at practice. Van Dyke, who last played in 2013, said he may explore coaching at UM.

“If football doesn’t go the way I want it to go, I’m probably going to be a [graduate assistant] and start my coaching career,” he said.

Van Dyke, 26, signed a reserve/futures contract with the Minnesota Vikings in January and is now a free agent. He was drafted in the third round by the Oakland Raiders in 2011 and last played in 2013 for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

To be a graduate assistant, Van Dyke would have to re-enroll at UM. He earned his degree in liberal arts in 2010. His last game as a Hurricane was the 2010 Sun Bowl.

His thoughts on Richt?

“He’s a good coach, man,” Van Dyke said. “I talked to some guys at Georgia. [Running back] Sony Michel, I trained with him when he was in high school. He said [Richt] is a great coach. Real laid back. Wants the best for all his players. I think him coming to Miami [is] a good thing for us. I’m excited about next year.”

 

 

 

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