Former UM coach Mark Richt announces he has Parkinson’s disease

Former Miami Hurricanes football coach Mark Richt has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, he revealed on Thursday night in a social media post.

“I have been waddling around lately and people have asked me what’s wrong,” Richt, 61, wrote in his announcement posted on Twitter. “I’ve decided to tell everyone at the same time. I have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s.

“Truthfully I look at it as a momentary light affliction compared to the future glory in heaven. Thank you Jesus for promising us a future blessing of a glorified body that has no sin and no disease. In the meantime I am going to enjoy the blessings that I do have. See you on the ACCNETWORK!”

Richt coached UM, his alma mater, from 2016 to 2018. He retired following the Pinstripe Bowl loss to Wisconsin in late December 2018 and has worked as an analyst for ESPN’s ACC Network since.

Richt had a health scare in October 2019, when he announced he suffered a heart attack.

Before leading the Hurricanes, Richt was Georgia coach from 2001 to 2015. Prior to that, he was under Bobby Bowden at Florida State from 1990 to 2000 — first, as quarterbacks coach until 1993, and then adding offensive coordinator duties.

Richt was a backup quarterback for Miami from 1979 to 1982 and also had other coaching roles as offensive coordinator at East Carolina and a graduate assistant at FSU.