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Here's some news on Miami Hurricanes football coach Mark Richt's future at UM

Miami Hurricanes coach Mark Richt celebrates after defeating the FSU Seminoles 24-20 at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017.
Miami Hurricanes coach Mark Richt celebrates after defeating the FSU Seminoles 24-20 at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. adiaz@miamiherald.com

On the day he was introduced as the University of Miami's new football coach nearly 2 1/2 years ago, Mark Richt said: "My goal is to finish my coaching career at The U."

UM is trying to ensure that happens.

According to a source, the Hurricanes are working on an extension for Richt that would keep him at UM for years to come.

Richt, 58, originally joined UM on what was believed to be a six-year contract paying him more than $4 million annually.

He's two years into that original deal.

The length and financial terms of the extension are not known.

The Hurricanes are eager to extend Richt's deal after watching him guide UM to its first ACC Championship game appearance and a BCS bowl appearance last season.

UM went 9-4 in Richt's first season and 10-3 last season, with the three losses coming consecutively to close the season amid injuries to key players Ahmmon Richards and Christopher Herndon, on top of an earlier injury to running back Mark Walton.

But in spite of the finish to 2017, which cost UM a chance to qualify for the college football playoff, Hurricanes officials have made clear they're very happy with the direction of the program.

Richt was named Walter Camp coach of the year this past season.

UM's 2017 recruiting class — including five-star prospects Lorenzo Lingard and Mark Pope — was rated 11th nationally by Rivals.

UM's list of 2018 oral commitments is rated sixth nationally by Rivals.

Richt, who was a backup quarterback at UM from 1979 through 1982, went 145-51 with 10 bowl victories in 15 seasons at Georgia before being dismissed after the 2015 season. UM hired him soon after.

UM has given Richt several things he wanted, including a larger budget to hire assistant coaches and an indoor practice facility, which opens in August.

Richt contributed $1 million toward that $34 million facility, which the coach has deemed essential because of Miami's rainy weather in the summer.

Richt is the second prominent head coach that UM is extending this year.

Basketball coach Jim Larrañaga, 68, recently was given a two-year extension through 2023-24.

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