Mark Richt arrived as the head coach of the Miami Hurricanes back in December, and in the months that followed, he kept hearing players say that they either didn’t have Bibles, or had some older versions that were hard to read and understand.
As someone who has never been shy about professing his faith, Richt decided to do something about that. According to The Sun Sentinel, Richt and team chaplain Steve DeBardelaben worked together to make sure that every member of the team got their own Bible.
Richt didn’t stop there. He and DeBardelaben got every one of the Bibles personalized specific to each player and member of the staff. During a team meeting last Sunday, the Bibles were handed out.
Hearing a college head coach mix faith and football always has a tendency to ruffle some feathers in some people, but listen to how Richt handed out the Bibles before coming to your own conclusion.
“I told the guys, ‘It’s a choice. If you want to just leave it at the chair, you can. If you want to take it with you, you can. If you want to give it to somebody, you can. But I just heard enough guys say they didn’t have one and some guys said they had older versions that were harder to understand.”
“We have chapel before the games and its 100 percent voluntary. Some guys go, and some guys don’t. There will be times I’ll give them those wise sayings from Proverbs, the book of wisdom. If anyone would take the challenge of reading a proverb a day, you’re going to get wiser. It’s good stuff. I just wanted to make it available to them.”
Head over to The Sun Sentinel to read the full piece, including the positive reaction that it’s getting from players.