Mark Richt is back at his alma mater, coaching Miami football and the Hurricanes. But it’s not all about the present and the future for Richt. He also has his sights set on the past.
With that in mind, Richt set up the “U Network,” which NCAA.com reported is aimed at helping former Miami players, with a focus on those searching for jobs.
“The U Network is a 365-days-a-year adventure, so to speak,” Richt said to Tim Reynolds of The Associated Press. “We just want to help our guys connect with each other in a reunion-type thing, help friendships that already exist and make new friends within the football alumni.
“But also, if anybody feels forgotten or anybody feels like nobody cares, we do care. And we want everybody to know that we’re here to find work if they need work, or a good connection, or just know that you’ve got friends.”
Richt recently set up a job fair focused on helping former Miami players, with one player reportedly landing a job on the spot. NCAA.com reported that there were representatives from across the business world on hand, ranging from the plumbers union to builders to hospitality businesses to roofers.
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Richt also used the event to attempt to get in touch with more former players.
“We want our current players to know that when it’s all over, whether it’s after a pro career or whatever it is, that when they need help they’ll have a place to go,” Richt said. “If they know that coach will care about them then, I think that helps them play even harder for each other now.”