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Fans would love it. The coaches would hate it.

A few of the many college football bowl game projections have the Georgia Bulldogs (7-5) playing the Miami Hurricanes (8-4). If that were to come to fruition, it would be the first time Hurricanes head coach Mark Richt would face his old program. He was fired from Georgia after the 2015 season following 15 seasons.

It would also be interesting since Richt recruited most of the current players on Georgia’s team, including freshman quarterback Jacob Eason. They used to be breakfast buddies:

On his weekly Monday appearance on the Joe Rose Show on 560 WQAM in Miami, Richt addressed the possibility of facing the ‘Dawgs.

“I wouldn’t doubt that somebody would try and get that match-up. I don’t know. It’s hard to say,” Richt said. “I don’t know where we’re going to go for this bowl game, but I think we’ve got ourselves set up for a really good one. I think there’s a chance that we play a ranked opponent, or at least a very quality opponent. I think people across America will be very interested in the match-up we play in, and hopefully we can finish with a victory and get ourselves ranked.”

Richt didn’t mention facing the Bulldogs again in the rest of the interview. Instead, he talked about how great it would be to play in the Russell Athletic Bowl, located in Orlando, against a Big12 team. But more than anything, Richt said he wants to finish the season with a victory, get ranked and show that the future of Miami football looks bright.

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He didn’t touch the ball much — just five carries for 35 yards in the opener against an FCS team, symptoms and two carries for nine yards last week against Duke — but Mark Richt feels Travis Homer had a strong debut.

“Kickoff return, order we had five or six true freshmen on that team as starters, and a bunch of freshmen covering kicks,” Richt said. “Homer was one of the best ones on the team, period, regardless of whether he’s a freshman or not. Just very fast and athletic and cares enough to get somebody on the ground. It’s fun to see a kid do that and get some value out of that first season.”

Homer, a true freshman from West Palm Beach’s Oxbridge Academy, made several outstanding tackles, but his future is at running back. Especially if Joe Yearby follows through with his plans to enter the NFL draft, Homer will be counted on next season.

Like all returning players, Homer will try to impress coaches during bowl practices. But Richt, who said he’ll begin bowl practices after final exams are over (Dec. 8-14), won’t give them as many opportunities. He feels that’s a good thing.

Al Golden, in the last few years, often referred to bowl practices as a much-needed opportunity for his team to get better. Richt, in this season where he’s played so many freshmen, will give them a break.

“Usually you play a bunch of freshmen at that time, you practice [with] a bunch of freshmen and develop those guys,” Richt said, chuckling, on his weekly coach’s show. “Our guys have been practicing and playing. We don’t have a bunch of extra guys. They’ve all been playing, they’ve all been practicing, almost every one of them.”

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In a period of just a couple days, ask the Miami Hurricanes made the biggest splash of any school looking for a new football coach. Just four days after being let go by the Georgia Bulldogs, Mark Richt was officially introduced as the 24th head coach in the history of the ‘Canes football program.

The school announced the hire online early Friday morning, along with a video highlighting his resume in the coaching world:

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One program’s trash is apparently another program’s treasure.

Just days after being let go at the University of Georgia, Mark Richt has reportedly been tabbed as the 24th Head Coach in the history of the University of Miami’s football program

Georgia was 145-51 (9-5 in bowls)  in Richt’s 15 seasons at the school.

The UM alum and one time back-up QB to Jim Kelly will now be charged with returning his Alma Mater to glory after a 12 year slumber in Coral Gables, including 0 ACC Conference Titles.

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CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 30: Head coach Mark Richt of the Georgia Bulldogs watches his team play against the Louisville Cardinals during the Belk Bowl at Bank of America Stadium on December 30, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

CHARLOTTE, NC – DECEMBER 30: Head coach Mark Richt of the Georgia Bulldogs watches his team play against the Louisville Cardinals during the Belk Bowl at Bank of America Stadium on December 30, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Miami is expected to hire former Georgia head coach Mark Richt as its head coach, a source told SI’s Thayer Evans.

Peter Ariz of CanesInSight.com first reported the news.

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