In what many are calling the "silly season," the Miami Hurricanes football team is benefiting from the numerous changes around the country—especially in the SEC.
Although the cloud of impending sanctions hovers over the university, Miami boasts a seemingly uncommon trend this offseason.
Head coach Al Golden expects the return of his entire staff, says Susan Miller Degnan of The Miami Herald.
Four of the nation's elite conference schools are replacing coaches with the most pertinent to this article being Auburn, Arkansas and Tennessee.
Consequent to the coaching shakeups is a change in heavily-recruited players top interests.
Justin Hokanson of Rivals.com reported that 5-star linebacker Reuben Foster de-committed from Auburn after his lead recruiter Trooper Taylor was fired.
While Foster has made no significant indication of his interest in the Hurricanes, he announced in October that he would likely make an official visit to the school. Scout.com's Chad Simmons says the top-rated linebacker might make the trip to Coral Gables around January 19.
Golden and crew won't have an easy time persuading Foster, but the 'Canes have two months, a potential visit and a spot in Foster's top four as of this writing.
Running back Derrick Green is another 5-star recruit according to Rivals.com, and Miami could make a move on him, too.
The record holder for career rushing yards in Virginia High School history would be an amazing compliment to phenom Duke Johnson.
Though the University of Michigan seems to lead the pursuit of Green, the Hurricanes have a slight advantage over schools undergoing coaching changes.
SEC schools Tennessee and Auburn relieved Derek Dooley and Gene Chizik of duty, respectively.
Bleacher Report's Andrew Kulha discusses how the Wolverines have gained the edge because of the firings in the SEC. A reasonable inference is that the Hurricanes have closed the gap as well since the coaching staff is staying put.
Green may be a stretch to choose The U, but the Canes have an advantage with two of his top six schools undergoing coaching changes.
Alex Collins—a former Miami commitment—is another running back who could make an immediate impact alongside the Duke. His top four schools consist of the Hurricanes, Florida State, Florida and Wisconsin.
Bret Bielema left Wisconsin for the same head coaching position at Arkansas, while FSU assistant Eddie Gran is on his way to Cincinnati as the offensive coordinator. These moves left the 5-star Collins shocked, but he understood the rationale, according to Rivals.com.
The three players mentioned have a simple connection during this recruiting season. Miami has gained an edge simply by the coaches not leaving the school.
Many young players can be easily persuaded, though some are unbelievably hard-headed. The Canes hope that these three named players plus a few others will head to Coral Gables to help return the university to dominance.
While decisions for these studs may not be imminent, the Hurricanes are getting an advantage over various SEC schools as the coaching carousel continues.
And I, for one, hope the silly season isn't over.