After two seasons in South Bend, Notre Dame offensive coordinator Chuck Martin is taking his talents to Miami.
Miami, Ohio, that is.
According to CBS Sports’ Bruce Feldman, Martin is set to become the next head coach at Miami (Ohio) University:
#notredame oc chuck martin has accepted miami oh coaching job. That's an uphill climb there.— Bruce Feldman (@BFeldmanCBS) December 3, 2013
Although excited for his future, Martin feels a little regret in leaving behind the place he called home for the past four years:
Chuck Martin on leaving Notre Dame for Miami: "Just a great opportunity from a head coaching standpoint."— Irish Illustrated (@NDatRivals) December 3, 2013
Chuck Martin on the toughest part of leaving ND: "It’s the one place in the world that I love more than any other place in the world."— Irish Illustrated (@NDatRivals) December 3, 2013
Landing Martin is certainly the first bit of positive news Miami has received all season.
Following a 0-5 start, the RedHawks fired head coach Don Treadwell. The team went on to finish 0-12 and has now lost 16 straight dating back to last October.
Fortunately, Martin knows a thing or two about leading a successful football program.
How many years till Martin turns around the Miami program?
From 2004-09, the 45-year-old accumulated a 74-7 record with Div. II’s Grand Valley State. He led the Lakers to two NCAA Div. II National Football Championships (2005, 2006) while going undefeated in the regular season from 2005-09.
Furthermore, Martin holds the all-time NCAA Division II record, winning 40 consecutive games from 2005-07.
However, his success has yet to translate to the Div. I game. Over the last two seasons with the Irish, the team has ranked No. 80 and No. 75 in scoring while ranking No. 54 and No. 76 in total offense respectively.
In taking the job, Martin will be inheriting a Miami squad that finished dead last in scoring in 2013, averaging a meager 9.8 points per game. The team also ranked No. 122 in total offense (225.8 YPG).
Talk about a challenge.
All stats and rankings used in this article are courtesy of NCAA.com.