The college football season will reach its halfway point on Wednesday, and with that in mind, analysts have been picking midseason awards all week. For CBS Sports college football analyst Rick Neuheisel, selecting Miami coach Mark Richt as his Coach of the Year was an easy choice.
During a segment on Inside College Football , Neuheisel explained why Richt deserves to be named Coach of the Year for the first half of the season:
“With a tip of my cap to Rocky Long at San Diego State, I’m going with Mark Richt,” Neuheisel said. “I think Mark Richt, remember this was a guy that was cast off at Georgia. He goes down to his alma mater, a program that was in disarray, look where they are now. They break the streak against Florida State, they are undefeated, he had to handle all the weather related things going on down there. I think it’s a remarkable job, and he’s back to calling plays. He’s back being a ball coach. It’s fun to watch.”
Richt coached Georgia to a 145-51 record from 2001-15. He won SEC Coach of the Year twice in 2002 and 2005, but he has never won National Coach of the Year.
He’s off to a fine start at Miami, though, leading the Hurricanes to 9-4 record last year and 4-0 mark to begin this season.
Here’s the full segment from Inside College Football with three other analysts making picks for National Coach of the Year as well:
— CBS Sports Network (@CBSSportsNet) October 11, 2017
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