The Miami Hurricanes coaching search is heating up.
Per a tweet from Dave Hyde of The Miami Sun-Sentinel, the school has already interviewed Dan Mullen, Butch Davis and Greg Schiano and is already talking with Mark Richt.
Miami interviewed Mullen, Butch and Schiano. Talking with Richt today, per source.
— Dave Hyde (@davehydesports) December 1, 2015
Each of these candidates brings something unique to the table. Mullen has been the head coach at Mississippi State for the past seven years and has a record of 54-35 (26-30 SEC), and has ties to the state of Florida in that he was Urban Meyer’s offensive coordinator during the Gators’ most recent glory years.
However, Mullen isn’t a “Miami guy” in the most traditional sense of the word, so the only thing keeping him in the race at this point could be his head coaching experience in the SEC.
And then there’s Davis, who coached the ‘Canes for six seasons and went 51-20 over that stretch. He won three conference titles and was 4-0 in bowl games before leaving to become coach of the Cleveland Browns. He definitely is a Miami guy, as he was former ‘Canes coach Jimmy Johnson’s defensive coordinator with the Dallas Cowboys before heading to Coral Gables.
That brings the conversation to Schiano, who was Davis’ defensive coordinator for two seasons before leaving to become the head coach at Rutgers.
Schiano has since also coached the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers and definitely has ties to Florida, but could a potential return to New Brunswick be too tempting to shun in favor of The U, now that Kyle Flood has been fired?
Which leaves us with Richt, the longtime Georgia coach who stepped down two days ago and actually played for Miami under Howard Schnellenberger.
Richt also played his high school ball in nearby Boca Raton, and would easily be the most high-profile hire the program could make.
Needless to say, this is a story to watch. Stay tuned to Campus Sports for more updates!
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