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It would be weird for Mark Richt to announce a return to coaching less than four months after walking away from the head job at his alma mater.

So, no, a return to the sidelines is “not in the plans” for the former Georgia and Miami head coach, as he told ESPN over the weekend.

“It wasn’t like I planned it,” Richt said. “It wasn’t like midseason or even a year in advance or whatever, but it came really when the season was over. I was thinking about the possibility of it and then, by the time the bowl game was finished, between myself and God and my wife, it was the right thing to do.”

Richt is just 59 years old though, so he’s not leaving the game completely. He said he’d be open to considering a role on the College Football Playoff selection committee if the opportunity were to arise, but in the meantime Richt will serve as an analyst on the ACC Network, which launches in August.

“I’m really excited about this ACC Network opportunity,” Richt said. “And I think I can help the fans enjoy the game more and understand the game more, and it allows me to keep staying involved with this game of football. And it also gives me time to see our grandchildren more and our own children. So right now, I’m mostly focused on that.”

Richt went 171-64 with 13 AP top-25 finishes in 18 seasons as the head coach at Georgia and Miami.

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