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Before I get into all the negative things about the coaching staff, I first want to say how happy I am with head coach Al Golden.
Golden continued to show support for his team while also being able to recruit some pretty spectacular athletes for the future—even with NCAA sanctions looming.
What will make Golden even more special is if he starts to think about replacing some of his coaching staff.
Yes, that includes defensive coordinator Mark D'Onofrio.
I don't mean to sound like a hater, but I really don't care how young the Hurricanes are. There is no excuse for Miami to have one of the worst defenses in the country—not with the amount of talent Miami recruits.
Like I have been saying all season, I can completely understand if the Hurricanes were playing in the Pac-12 or Big 12 Conferences and the defense struggled against those great offenses. But Miami struggled against horrible ACC teams.
I gave D'Onofrio the benefit of the doubt halfway through the season, but he never made the team better. The 2011 season wasn't much better and D'Onofrio being around for a third season would just be a huge mistake.
Offensively, the Hurricanes show promise. At times offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch called some questionable plays, but he finally started to trust his great offensive athletes with making plays.
Overall though, the defense alone made this team 7-5. I honestly believe with a different defensive coordinator, like Randy Shannon, the Hurricanes could have been 10-2.
Final Grade: D+