Tag:Miami Coaching Rumors
Posted on: December 11, 2010 1:50 pm
 

Your newest candidate at Miami: Marc Trestman

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

There's a new hat in the Miami coaching search's ring according to the Miami Herald , and it's not one most observers probably saw coming: Marc Trestman , current head coach of two-time defending Grey Cup champions Montreal Alouettes .

Not many major college programs have plucked their coaches out of the CFL , but there's a reason (besides his immediate success in America's hat ) the Hurricanes would take a long look at Trestman; he began his coaching career in Coral Gables, serving as a highly successful quarterbacks coach to Miami legend Bernie Kosar , a current university trustee.

Of course, that the latest Kosar was weaing the Hurricane orange was 1984 should tell you something about how many times Trestman has been around the block. He left Miami (with a UM law degree) that same season, embarked on an NFL coaching career, and hasn't spent more than two seasons (both producing iffy results as the N.C. State offensive coordinator in 2005-2006) in the college game since. The other finalists for the 'Canes job according to the Herald -- Randy Edsall, Al Golden, and perhaps Tommy Tuberville, on whom reports seem to differ -- are all substantially more involved with NCAA football.

But no matter how frayed they might be, Trestman's Miami ties (he also spent time with the Dolphins ), support from Kosar, and CFL success appear to have him in contention. Things can and probably will change by the end of the day, but for now, this is a candidacy that has to be taken seriously.
Posted on: December 1, 2010 2:20 pm
 

Donald Trump offers Miami free advice: hire Leach

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

We already knew that Mike Leach has one major player in his corner for the Miami job in the person of Mike Leach , but as we've been reminded today, he's got friends in some very high places. Like, Trump Tower high. As in Donald Trump his own self, who befriended Leach several years ago and recommended him to Miami president (and Trump acquaintance) Donna Shalala before Randy Shannon was hired in 2006.

After Shannon's firing, it would appear Trump might have had the right idea after all, not surprisingly for someone who knows from hiring and firing (or so television would have us believe). Maybe also unsurprisingly for someone with the self-confidence to wear Trump's hair, he hasn't been above reminding Shalala of that, and in the most perfectly "billionaire eccentric" manner possible: a handwritten note scrawled across the Palm Beach Post 's story reporting Shannon's dismissal.
No, really: you can see the note for yourself right here . The message:
Donna – You made a big mistake when you did not take my advice and hire Mike Leach of Texas Tech – look what happened to them since he left – (they knew he was leaving) – Jealous! Hire Coach Leach and you will be #1 – And you can now get him for the right price. Best wishes, Donald."
While we're not sure what "Jealous!" is supposed to mean exactly, it's worth noting that otherwise, Trump is mostly on the ball: Tech is almost unquestionably worse off for his departure, and hiring a coach with Leach's impeccable college track record seems like a much, much better idea than trying an NFL retread who's been out of coaching for two years and college coaching for more than 20.

Besides, the U has always been on the cutting edge of celebrity fanhood, and bringing Trump into the stable would be quite the coup; you know he and Luke Campbell would get along famously. Make this happen, Miami.

HT on note image: DocSat .

Posted on: December 1, 2010 11:27 am
Edited on: December 1, 2010 11:45 am
 

Leach makes pitch for himself as Miami candidate

Posted by Chip Patterson

Since his departure from Texas Tech in 2009, Mike Leach has seen his name connected with most of the semi-available jobs in the Bowl Subdivision.  But the recent opening at Miami has someone making a strong pitch for Leach as a candidate - Mike Leach.  

"[Miami] could hire me and we'd have one decade after another of success with students that graduate and don't get into trouble," Leach said to the Palm Beach Post. "...or they can hire somebody else."

Leach, who currently resides in Key West and hosts a three-hour satellite radio program on Sirius, has openly expressed interest in returning to coaching - though his name has not been listed on many of Miami's rumored wish-lists.  He interviewed for Randy Shannon's position in 2006, but the two sides reportedly could not agree on staffing issues with the assistant coaches.  Leach, now with no current employment ties, has gone out of his way to point out his successful coaching record to the people of South Florida. He did not hesitate to mention his ability to prepare players for the NFL, a Miami cornerstone of the last 10+ years.

While Leach does not have any employment ties, he does have some ongoing legal issues surrounding his dismissal from Texas Tech.  Recently, Leach filed a lawsuit against ESPN for the way they handled the reporting of his firing.  It is very possible that those legal issues could prevent Miami (or other programs) from pursuing Leach, but the former Red Raider insists that he has done nothing wrong.

Stay tuned to CBSSports.com as the Hurricanity Insanity continues in Coral Gables.
Posted on: December 1, 2010 9:27 am
Edited on: December 1, 2010 9:57 am
 

Report: Gruden meeting with Miami AD

Posted by Chip Patterson

In the latest episode of As The Gruden Turns, Wednesday morning brings some clarification to Tuesday night's reports from Canesport.com.  According to a story in the Miami Herald, a "high-level UM source" has indicated that Miami athletic director Kirby Hocutt has traveled to Tampa to meet with Jon Gruden, a meeting expected to take place on Wednesday.  

Two members of Miami's Board of Trustees have indicated to the Herald that Gruden is the top choice in the search to replace Randy Shannon, but they are concerned he might decide to wait for a job in the NFL.  As suggested by Sports Illustrated's Peter King, Gruden was initially uninterested in the position.  But he has since begun to entertain the possibility of returning to the college sideline.  The purpose of Hocutt's trip was to determine whether Gruden would take the position if offered.

The Herald also clarified that while the aforementioned actions are being taken to work on Gruden, several trustees said the process had not reached the stage of "hammering out final details" as the Canesport.com report suggested.  If Gruden says no to Hocutt, Miami has begun assembling their list of next-best options.  That list is reported to include Mississippi State's Dan Mullen, Stanford's Jim Harbaugh, Connecticut's Randy Edsall, Utah's Kyle Whittingham, Arizona's Mike Stoops, and at least two other names.
Posted on: November 27, 2010 8:43 pm
Edited on: November 27, 2010 11:07 pm
 

Randy Shannon out at Miami

Posted by Chip Patterson

UPDATE: It's official, Shannon is done at Miami.  Official word came from the school late Saturday night.

“We have made a decision to seek new leadership for our football program,” said athletic director Kirby Hocutt. “Our expectations are to compete for championships and return to the top of the college football world. We will immediately begin a national search.”
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UPDATE: Associated Press sports writer Tim Reynolds is reporting that while Shannon is fired, it had nothing to do with any "summit meeting."  Reynolds says that athletic director Kirby Hocutt acted alone in the decision, and he was not available by phone, text, or E-mail on Saturday to comment. 
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UPDATE: The same website is now reporting that Shannon has met with President Donna Shalala and has been informed that he and his staff will be fired.  Players are reported to be very upset about the decision, feeling as though they have let Shannon down.  Stay tuned to CBSSports.com for more as this story develops. 
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Earlier this week, we put Randy Shannon's job concerns to rest with a reported vote of confidence from Miami president Donna Shalala.  Thankfully for Shalala, Miami's 23-20 overtime loss to South Florida occurred within the 10 day exchange period.  If the circling reports are true, Shalala has taken back her vote of confidence, and Shannon could be unemployed sooner than we thought.

Canesport.com, the Miami Rivals site, is reporting that Shalala called an emergency meeting of close advisors to discuss the state of the football program and the status of coach Randy Shannon.  The report supposedly indicates that Shannon will either be given a vote of confidence on Sunday or Monday, or his dismissal will be presented to the Board of Trustees.

Not surprisingly, the circulated report is already being denied by Miami sources.  Regardless of whether or not this "summit meeting" occurred, the fact remains that Randy Shannon's seat in South Beach got a lot hotter with the overtime loss to the Bulls.  During the game, a banner flew over the ghost-town that was Sun Life Stadium: 4 YEARS 0 ACC TITLES LOTS OF EXCUSES FIRE SHANNON.  If people are willing to pay money to encourage firing Shannon, they likely won't be as willing to help pay his salary much longer.  That fact, I believe, would inspire Shalala to act faster than she had planned.
Posted on: November 24, 2010 3:04 pm
Edited on: November 24, 2010 3:09 pm
 

Randy Shannon's job is safe, for now

Posted by Chip Patterson

Miami head coach Randy Shannon has spent most of his football career in South Florida.  His roots in Miami are so deep, it is nearly impossible to imagine Shannon anywhere else.  After playing on the Hurricanes' 1987 National Championship team, Shannon returned to Miami after a brieft NFL stint as a graduate assistant and later assistant coach.  Shannon then made the big jump to the NFL, joining (you guessed it!) the Miami Dolphins.  He then returned to the Hurricanes as a defensive assistant and eventually was named head coach.  Despite Shannon's deep roots in the Miami area, he is beginning to catch some criticism from the Miami faithful.

No matter what the critics are saying, Shannon still has the support of the Miami brass.  The Miami Herald reports that despite this year's disappointing 5-3 conference finish, University President Donna Shalala still has confidence that Shannon is the man for the job.  The report goes on to suggest that there are some trustees who would like to see a change, but as long as Shannon is not deterring donors - his job is safe for the moment.   

When Miami joined the ACC, the expectation was for "The U" to quickly establish dominance and take their place among the conference's elite.  But since Randy Shannon took the reigns at Miami, the Hurricanes have not finished better than third in their own division.  Shannon's .500 conference record does not exactly live up to the same standards of the Miami squads he played on and coached for in the late 1980's and early 1990's.  Shannon could start to silence his critics with a berth to the ACC Championship Game, it is awfully difficult to establish conference dominance without ever winning your own division.
 
 
 
 
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