Richt is fourth in wins among active coaches. Miami, entering the regular-season finale undefeated and No. 2 in the polls, was stung by the Pitt Panthers, casting a shadow over the Hurricanes playoff hopes.
The game will feature Clemson (Atlantic Division Champion) and Miami (Coastal Division Champion) in an 8 p.m. contest that will be nationally televised on ABC.
Mark Richt is having a historic year, and now he is getting the recognition. The Hurricanes are likely headed to their first elite Bowl game since the 2004 Orange Bowl.
The game against Clemson will be Miami second this season against one of the other coaches who received votes in the ACC COY this season.
While some Clemson fans may dispute Swinney's assertion that he is not God as the team prepares to play for its third consecutive ACC title and appearance in the College Football Playoff, his approach has mostly kept the media circus that often accompanies coaching searches out of Clemson the past few seasons. Miami will not play Boston College or Wake Forest this season.
Richt, 57, is the first Hurricanes coach to receive such an honor in the same season that he has led Miami (10-1, 7-1 ACC) to its first ACC Championship Game on Saturday against No. 1 Clemson (11-1, 7-1) at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Hurricanes defeated Virginia 44-28 on November 18.
Senior tight end Christopher Herndon IV, sophomore running back Travis Homer, junior defensive lineman RJ McIntosh, sophomore linebacker Shaq Quarterman, junior cornerback Michael Jackson and junior safety Jaquan Johnson were all named to the All-ACC Second Team.