'About five' schools have contacted former Georgia coach Mark Richt

Mark Richt, who was fired by Georgia on Sunday, said on his weekly radio show Monday evening that "about five" schools had contacted him about coaching vacancies.

Richt declined to name the schools, but he has been linked to the current opening at Maryland by The Washington Post, 247sports and other outlets.


"It's kinda crazy," Richt said, via DawgNation.com. "But I'm not sure, again, what I'm gonna do yet. But it's nice to have opportunities and options."

Richt has connections to two other open jobs: Miami is his alma mater and Missouri interviewed Richt 15 years ago before it hired the recently retired Gary Pinkel.

Richt said he's listening to the schools contacting him about the openings, and he's weighing his options moving forward. Whenever he gets his next job, Richt expects to be very involved with the offense and playcalling, something he had delegated during his time at Georgia.

"If and when I do coach again, I'm looking forward to coaching again in terms of being more hands-on," Richt said Sunday at the press conference after his firing. "I miss coaching quarterbacks, I miss calling plays, I miss that part of it. Whether it's in the role of head coach, coordinator, quarterbacks coach, whatever it is. If in fact I choose to do that I'd be really excited about coaching QBs again and getting in the middle of coaching offensive strategy. Not that I wasn't in it, but I wasn't calling it. And I think I'd be more apt to do that again."

Richt is 55 years old and went 145-51 overall and 83-37 in the Southeastern Conference during his tenure at Georgia. He won two SEC championships and six SEC East division titles. 247sports ranked Georgia's 2016 recruiting class as the fourth-best in the country.

In other coaching carousel news, UCF hired Oregon offensive coordinator Scott Frost as its coach. Frost, who coached 2014 Heisman Trophy Marcus Mariota in the Ducks' high-powered offense, was considered to be a possible candidate when the Maryland job opened in mid-October.

Over the weekend, Bowling Green coach Dino Babers was reported to have taken the UCF job, but Babers debunked that report on Twitter on Sunday night. Babers led Bowling Green to a win over Maryland in College Park in September.

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