Mark Richt: decision to cancel Arkansas State game about ‘respect’

LAKE BUENA VISTA — Mark Richt, like several UM staff members, expressed disappointment in the regional and national media members who criticized Miami’s decision to cancel a Sept. 9 game at Arkansas State over fears of Hurricane Irma.

Richt was all about moving on Sunday, but in his first comments to reporters since last Tuesday, he explained the decision to cancel the game.

“Our No. 1 goal was safety,” Richt said before his team practiced at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex.

Richt said the Hurricanes could have “logistically” made a trip to Jonesboro, Ark. happen, “but if you’re a coach, and you’re putting in 12-hour days and give the time that it takes to prepare for a game like that, show the respect that you need to show to that game, then who’s helping your wife get things done?

“The last thing I wanted, the thing that kind of was the deciding factor for me, is I didn’t want to have a team in Memphis or Arkansas while all heck’s breaking loose with everybody’s family. I didn’t want my players looking at me like, ‘Coach, why are we here? What are we doing?’ Or my staff going, ‘What are we doing?'”

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