Mark Richt didn’t like what he saw on the replay, missed calls aside.
Richt took to Twitter on Monday to apologize for his behavior during UM’s 34-24 loss to Wisconsin in the Orange Bowl, during which he vented his frustration over an apparent lack of holding calls going Miami’s way (more on that here).
“I want to apologize for my language and the putting of my hands on the official and my staff,” Richt wrote. “I did not show the proper respect for the authorities of our game.”
In a wildly uncharacteristic move, the normally serene Richt grabbed an official Saturday night as he protested a non-call late in the first half — a no-no that could have got him ejected. He was given a 5-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Wisconsin scored to go up 24-14 with 28 seconds left in the half. The Badgers won the Orange Bowl 34-24.
The play that sent Richt over the edge, apparently, was a no-call after defensive end Trent Harris was held back from sacking Badgers quarterback Alex Hornibrook. Harris, UM’s sack leader (8.5), was interfered with as Hornibrook, later named Orange Bowl MVP, as he completed a key throw on third-and-11 from the UM 31.
Richt, incensed, was shown on replay grabbing head linesman Gus Morris of the SEC-based officiating crew, screaming at Morris and referee Matt Loeffler, as UM strength coach Gus Felder grabbed him around the torso. Richt was also shown pushing Ed Hudak, the Coral Gables Chief of Police who has long served as security for UM’s coach during games.
After Richt’s tweet Monday, his son, UM quarterbacks coach Jon Richt, added some levity: