Miami head coach Al Golden announced a series of staff changes on Friday, beginning with the news that longtime assistant coach Micheal Barrow is taking a sabbatical from coaching to "devote his time to a family matter."
Barrow has been an assistant at Miami, where he was a two-time national champion and All-American linebacker, since 2007. Born in nearby Homestead, Fla., Barrow has been a staple of the south Florida football community for nearly 30 years.
"As a proud University of Miami graduate, former football player and coach, it is with a heavy heart that I announce I'm taking a sabbatical from coaching this season,” Barrow said. “This was an extremely tough decision to leave my dream job. However, I have a very important family obligation that requires my full attention, and I would not have had enough time to effectively fulfill my coaching duties.
"With the 2014 football season starting soon, please know that I am truly sorry if my decision brings the organization any inconveniences. I would like to thank President Shalala, Blake James, Al Golden, the coaching staff, UM football players and the entire UM family for seven great years. During this time, my professional career has grown and afforded me wonderful opportunities on and off the field. I have enjoyed working alongside some excellent colleagues and privilege to coach some great kids. I will never forget my tenure at the U and I'm looking forward to watching them this year. Go Canes!"
Barrow's departure has resulted in promotions along the Miami staff. Running backs Hurlie Brown, a safety on the Canes 1991 national title team, will move to linebackers coach. Tim "Ice" Harris, former Booker T. Washington High (Miami) head coach, will move from assistant director of football operations to running backs coach.
Harris' spot on the staff will be filled by former Miami receiver Kevin Beard.