Mark Richt issues apology for grabbing official during Orange Bowl

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1:34 p.m Monday, Jan. 1, 2018 Sports

Miami coach Mark Richt apologized Monday for arguing with officials and grabbing the arm of the head linesman in Saturday’s, 34-24, Orange Bowl loss to Wisconsin.

“After seeing TV copy of our game I want to apologize for my language and the putting of my hands on the official and my staff. I did not show the proper respect to the authorities of our game,” Richt wrote in a Tweet.

Richt was visibly upset after he believed a Badgers linemen continually got away with holding on the Hurricanes’ defensive line.

Richt received an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty that put Wisconsin at Miami’s 5 late in the first half. The Badgers scored on the next play to take a 24-14 lead, after trailing 14-3.

Richt, the former head coach at Georgia, has been Miami’s head coach the last two seasons.

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Miami head coach Mark Richt enters the field during the second half of the Orange Bowl against Wisconsin, Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017, in Miami Gardens, Fla.