Miami Head Coach Search: Latest News, Rumors After Al Golden's Firing

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - AUGUST 30: A tarp with the Miami Hurricanes logo is displayed in the upper deck of Sun Life Stadium during the game against the Florida Atlantic Owls on August 30, 2013 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Miami defeated Florida Atlantic 34-6. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
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The Miami Hurricanes fired head coach Al Golden after the team's 58-0 loss to Clemson on Oct. 24 and a 4-3 start to the season. While Larry Scott is the team's interim coach, the program is now searching in earnest for its next head coach.

Athletic director Blake James said on Oct. 31 there is no specific timetable to hire the program's next head coach, per Susan Miller Degnan of the Miami Herald.

Continue for updates.

Richt in Miami to Discuss Vacant Position

Tuesday, Dec. 1

Dave Hyde of the Sun Sentinel reported former Georgia head coach Mark Richt is speaking to Miami about the open position.

Degnan reported Richt is in Miami to discuss the job, adding: "More than one person thinks the job is his if he wants it." 

Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports confirmed the sentiment that Richt is believed to be the favorite.

Davis Among Interviewed Candidates

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Tuesday, Dec. 1

Hyde reported Miami interviewed former Hurricanes coach Butch Davis for the vacant position.

Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports reported "Davis has strong support from key money people at the university."

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reported on Nov. 29 that Miami is taking a "fresh look" at Davis and "examining the circumstances that led to his firing at North Carolina and evaluating his viability as a candidate, according to multiple sources."

"I'd love to be considered," Davis, the former Miami and North Carolina coach, said on Oct. 26, per Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press.

"The most important thing is to rally the family," Davis told 790 The Ticket (h/t Palm Beach Post) as he made his case for the job.

Schiano Gets Interview for Hurricanes Coach

Tuesday, Dec. 1

Hyde reported Miami interviewed former Rutgers coach Greg Schiano.

Feldman reported "a source told Fox that the 49-year-old Schiano has impressed several people connected to the 'Canes search."

Mullen Interviewed for Miami Job

Tuesday, Dec. 1

Hyde reported Miami interviewed Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen.

Kiffin Linked to Miami Job

Saturday, Nov. 28

Former rapper, Fox Sports Radio host and Miami New Times columnist Luther Campbell reported a former Hurricanes player told him Kiffin is interested in the vacant position.

Barrett Sallee of Bleacher Report spoke about Lane Kiffin's chances of landing the position on Oct. 26:

Scott Comments on Future with Hurricanes

Saturday, Nov. 28 

Scott said he'll recruit for Miami but said there had been no discussions with the administration about his role with the program in the future, per Jared Shanker of ESPN.   

Miami Reportedly Interested in Strong 

Saturday, Nov. 21

The Hurricanes would jump at the opportunity to hire Texas head coach Charlie Strong if the Longhorns were to fire him, according to Matt Porter of the Palm Beach Post on Nov. 18, who added:

One well-placed source told the Post that UM’s decision-makers have zeroed in on Strong as their leading candidate, and that they are waiting to see if Texas will fire him and make him available to a busy coaching market.

"If they don’t get him, they think Virginia Tech will," the source said, adding that UM believes Strong 'wants out' of Texas, where he is 10-13 as his second season draws to a close.

David Lake of 247Sports reported on Nov. 3 that Strong should be "taken seriously" as a potential candidate for the Hurricanes job.

However, Anwar Richardson of OrangeBloods.com reported on Saturday that, "After weeks of speculation, sources close to the situation have told me Charlie Strong is no longer in the mix at Miami and intends to remain at Texas." Richardson added:

However, I was told by multiple sources close to Strong that he is committed to Texas and has no interest in coaching at Miami. Strong has not spoken to anyone associated with Miami's program, nor received a contract offer. Even if Miami did offer him a contract, Strong will remain committed to Texas, according to sources.

From what I was told, Strong wants to finish what he started after being officially hired on January 6, 2014. Even though Texas is not having the success he envisioned, Strong does not want to walk away after two seasons and be viewed as a quitter, according to those who are close to the coach. Strong is not driven by money, but he does not appear ready to walk away from $15 million at Texas ($5 million a year at 2016, 2017 and 2018).

On Oct. 26, ESPN's Brett McMurphy (via Dan Lyons of College Spun) reported Strong "would listen to Miami" if the school approached him about the head coach position.

Cristobal Reportedly Candidate for Miami Opening

Thursday, Nov. 19

Alex Martin Smith of SECCountry.com reported Alabama offensive line coach Mario Cristobal "is a primary candidate for Miami's head coaching job."

On Nov. 10, FootballScoop.com reported Cristobal is "at the top of the list" for Miami, adding "discussions have taken place between representatives on each side." The report stated its source couldn't "say whether Cristobal is alone at the top of the list or not but it is clear there is real interest."

Miami Announces Search Committee

Monday, Nov. 16

Former Miami players Jonathan Vilma and Vinny Testaverde are members of the six-person committee the school announced, per Matt Porter of the Palm Beach Post.

Hurricanes Reportedly Contact Shula

Friday, Nov. 13

The Miami Herald and Sun Sentinel reported Miami has reached out to Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator Mike Shula (h/t Dennis Dodd of CBSSports.com).  

Reed Comments on Miami Vacancy

Monday, Oct. 26

Former Miami standout Ed Reed said he "would entertain a call" from the Hurricanes regarding the head coaching position, per Chris Law of The Rich Eisen Show.

Holgorsen Refuses to Speak on Miami Vacancy

Monday, Oct. 26

One coach the Hurricanes can probably take off the candidates list is West Virginia's Dana Holgorsen, who, when asked about Miami's vacancy, simply replied, "I love it in Morgantown," per Jake Trotter of ESPN.

Miami Still Enticing Position Despite Decline

While Miami isn't the powerhouse of years past, its head coaching position is still one of the more prestigious gigs in college football. There will be difficulties, as the team remains on probation through the 2016 season. But for whoever is hired, the task will be to revitalize a program that hasn't won an ACC title since joining the conference in 2004 and didn't participate in a BCS bowl after the 2004 Orange Bowl.

For a program with five national titles between 1983 and 2001, that's simply unacceptable.

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