CORAL GABLES — Mark Richt is set to address the media at 12:20 p.m. Tuesday, in advance of Saturday’s game against Notre Dame (8 p.m., ABC). We’ll have live updates.
* Richt on the crowd: “It’s amazing what happens when everybody gets together and starts yelling at the same time.” He said it was a good sign when Miami’s buses “had to fight the traffic” to get into the parking lot. He also said he was told “everything’s sold out,” except for some suites. “Who knows, by now they might be sold out.”
Is college football better when Miami and Notre Dame are elite?
“It is for us,” Richt said. “It’s what you hope for. It’s what you work toward. It so happens this Saturday night is going to be very meaningful for both teams.”
As a player, he said he “got my heart broken” in South Bend, and “got knocked out” one time as well.
* He called Notre Dame’s offensive line “the very best in America,” adding that few would argue. Josh Adams and Brandon Wimbush don’t participate in triple option football, Richt said — the Irish “line up and kick your tails.” It’s a “very balanced, dynamic, explosive offense.” He said the edge rushers are “outstanding” and he seemed impressed by the experience of the defense as a whole. “Very, very veteran group,” Richt said. “They play very physical, they’re sure tacklers, they don’t give up big plays. We’re going to have to earn it.” He said Miami must put together long drives to win: “We haven’t been very good at that.”
* Richt said he’ll be on ESPN’s College Football Playoff ranking show. “It’s like last week: if you win, you move up. If you lose, you move down. … There’s so many games to be played yet.”
* Richt on the Turnover Chain: “It is a cool chain. It is Miami, for sure. Even if it was a local bit of fun, that would have been nice.” He said “we do like to have fun here. I think our guys are doing a good job of enjoying it. I don’t see them taunting anybody. … I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. I think that’s great.” He wondered how many kids will get a Turnover Chain for Christmas.
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