Super Canes: Every Miami Hurricanes player who has appeared in a Super Bowl

Super Bowl 50 didn’t go quite how Greg Olsen hoped it would, but he still joined elite company among former Hurricanes.

Greg Olsen makes a reception in Super Bowl 50. (Getty Images)
Greg Olsen makes a reception in Super Bowl 50. (Getty Images)

Olsen, who caught four of nine passes thrown his way for 41 yards in a 24-10 loss to the Broncos, became the 77th Hurricanes alum to make the Super Bowl.

According to CBS Sports, no school has produced more Super Bowl appearances than Miami, whose players have made rosters of teams that played in the NFL’s title game 117 times.  That beats USC (116), UCLA (108), Penn State and Michigan (both 104).

The Hurricanes who have made the most Super Bowl appearances are Ted Hendricks, Jim Kelly and Vince Wilfork, with four each. Hendricks is Miami’s king of rings, with four.

In the Super Bowl’s 50-year history, 40 Miami players have won championships. Including Olsen (and, sadly, Kelly), 37 other Hurricanes have appeared in the game or been on a Super Bowl roster and not won a ring.

On Sunday, Olsen had one of the longest receptions of a defensive-heavy game, turning a short pass into a 19-yard gain that set up Carolina’s first touchdown. In his fifth year with the Panthers, the 30-year-old broke the 1,000-yard barrier for the second straight season. He caught 77 passes for 1,104 yards — both team bests — and scored seven touchdowns.

It wasn’t a great day for former UM quarterback Ken Dorsey, in his third season as Carolina’s quarterback coach. Cam Newton (who was in his third season when Dorsey took over in 2013), went 18-for-41 for 265 yards, threw an interception and was sacked six times.

Another UM connection: Sunday was a nice day for pupils of new Hurricanes defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski, formerly of Missouri. Carolina defensive end Kony Ealy tied a Super Bowl record with three sacks, made a one-handed interception and forced a fumble that allowed Carolina to pull within six points in the fourth quarter. His former teammate, Denver’s Shane Ray, forced a fumble.

The complete list of Hurricanes with Super Bowl experience:

Recruiting: QB N’Kosi Perry, LB Billy Joseph decommit from Miami

Two players who made commitments to the Hurricanes under former coach Al Golden backed off those pledges.

Saying he “made a decision too early,” quarterback N’Kosi Perry decommitted. Linebacker Billy Joseph, who is a year younger, said he’s out, too.

Perry, a senior-to-be at Ocala-Vanguard High, pledged to Miami last September.

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Joseph, who will be a junior at Miami Northwestern, committed last March.

A three-star recruit, Perry is listed at 6-foot-3 and 170 pounds. He is rated by 247Sports as the seventh-best dual-threat quarterback in the 2017 class. ESPN rated him 11th. Rivals has not rated him.

UM coach Mark Richt, who has traditionally favored drop-back passers, signed four-star Jack Allison this week. Returning starter Brad Kaaya has two years of eligibility remaining.

Joseph, a four-star prospect according to 247Sports, is rated the No. 5 outside linebacker in the 2018 class by the website. He is not rated elsewhere.

Miami’s 2017 class, which includes 10 commits, is rated third nationally by 247Sports. The 2018 class has four commits and is rated — at this even earlier juncture — seventh.

Four big questions Miami Hurricanes will answer in January

Happy New Year! We’re back from vacation and refreshed. As a way of refocusing, let’s assess the most pressing issues the Hurricanes will sort out in the next few weeks …

What other coaches will don orange-and-green ties and 'U' lapel pins, as Mark Richt did in this Dec. 4 photo? (Getty Images)
What other coaches will don orange-and-green ties and ‘U’ lapel pins, as Mark Richt did in this Dec. 4 photo? (Getty Images)

What will the rest of Mark Richt’s staff look like?

(updated Monday evening with new hires)

The newly minted Hurricanes coach has announced his hire of a defensive coordinator (Manny Diaz), a running backs coach/co-offensive coordinator (Thomas Brown), a defensive line coach (Craig Kuligowski) and a special teams coordinator (Todd Hartley). He also brought on an offensive assistant (his son, Jon Richt), to fill an unspecified role.

Monday, he made official his hires of offensive line coach Stacy Searels; former Hurricanes cornerback Mike Rumph, an Atlantic High alum who coached Plantation-American Heritage, who will become Miami’s cornerbacks coach; and safeties coach Ephraim Banda

Former interim coach Larry Scott was hired away by Tennessee.

The positions that appear to be open: quarterbacks, wide receivers, tight ends and linebackers. Richt has some flexibility with these spots.

Richt, who has stated his intention to call plays and work with quarterbacks, could name himself quarterbacks coach or use a graduate assistant for the role. He could retain wide receivers coach Kevin Beard, whose future is unclear. He could give additional responsibility to Diaz (who has coached linebackers before) or keep Al Golden‘s linebackers coach, Hurlie Brown. 

Richt’s hires to this point signify a near-total housecleaning of Golden’s staff. Those who won’t be back include offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach James Coley (now Georgia’s receivers coach, according to FOX Sports), defensive coordinator Mark D’Onofrio, offensive line coach Art Kehoe, defensive line coach Randy Melvin, outside linebackers coach Kareem Brown and defensive backs coach Paul Williams (hired at Illinois). Additionally, multiple outlets reported longtime strength coach Andreu Swasey will not be back. It’s possible running backs coach Tim “Ice” Harris, whose position has been filled, could serve as a staff member.

The NCAA allows a program up to nine assistant coaches and two graduate assistants to recruit and participate in game-day coaching. There is no limit on non-coaching staff members.

Is anyone else leaving early?

Junior cornerback Artie Burns declared for the NFL draft after Miami’s bowl game. Two others, junior cornerback Corn Elder and redshirt junior safety Rayshawn Jenkins, also announced their plans to return. That leaves two players in question.

If they are leaving, junior wide receiver Stacy Coley and redshirt sophomore linebacker Al-Quadin Muhammad must state their intentions by the Jan. 18 underclassmen deadline. While it’s possible the deadline may pass without either doing anything – meaning they would be returning for another year – it’s more likely they will let it be known via an Instagram post, as Elder and Jenkins did.

How will the recruiting class come together?

Lot to watch here with Miami’s 2016 class, which is currently rated 18th nationally (third in the ACC) by 247Sports and 22nd (fourth) by Rivals.

Richt is after some of the top recruits in the nation, a select few former Georgia commits and several other players targeted by the previous staff. We’ll have more on this in the coming days. Business really picks up Jan. 14, when the NCAA’s dead period ends and coaches can once again visit recruits, and vice versa.

What we know now:

Three-star running back Jawon Hamilton decommitted Monday, after he was not contacted by UM’s new staff. The Hurricanes have four-star Travis Homer (Oxbridge Academy) in their class and are chasing four-star Devwah Whaley, a former Georgia commit, and according to Rivals, trying to lure former UM commit Zack Moss back into the fold. Florida State pledge Amir Rasul, a four-star prospect formerly committed to UM, told Rivals he is interested in Miami again.

Quarterback Jack Allison, linebackers Shaquille Quarterman, Zach McCloud and Michael Pinckney and defensive end Patrick Bethel plan to enroll at UM before Jan. 11, when classes begin at UM.

Quarterman and cornerback Tyler Byrd are playing in the Army All-American Bowl, which is Saturday at 1 p.m. (NBC). They will play on the East team with receiver Ahmmon Richards (Wellington High) and defensive back Jamel Cook, both of whom are interested in Miami. Cook is currently committed to Florida State. Richards is uncommitted.

Allison, Bethel and UM-committed receivers Sam Bruce and Dionte Mullins played in the Under Armour All-America Game last Saturday. StateoftheU has a tweet-based recap here. The standout was Mullins, who made a ridiculous catch:

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It was the first game of the season for Mullins, who was academically ineligible at Miami-Gulliver Prep as a senior.

Are the basketball teams really this good?

After the men beat Syracuse on Saturday, they improved to 12-1 (1-0 ACC). They are ranked No. 12 in the AP poll and No. 11 in the coaches poll. They are a four-seed in ESPN’s latest bracketology, a veteran group that has the makings of an ACC championship contender. Games this month at No. 5 Virginia and home against No. 15 Duke will help prove or disprove that theory. UM’s next tilt is Saturday against Florida State (5 p.m., ESPN2).

UM ranks 16th in offensive efficiency and 21st in defensive efficiency, according to KenPom.com. Leading scorer Sheldon McClellan (15.9 points) has shot better than 50 percent in eight of his 13 games and leads ACC guards in shooting percentage (54.2). He is sixth among Division I guards in that category. Sophomore guard Ja’Quan Newton has been a spark off the bench, scoring 12 points per game in 21.8 minutes. Center Tonye Jekiri (8.8 points, 9.5 rebounds) has been his usual reliable self. Point guard Angel Rodriguez (11.8 points, 3.9 assists) has nights where he can’t buy a bucket, but is a major factor on defense (1.77 steals, third in ACC).

The women, ranked No. 22 last week, are 13-2 (1-1 ACC). Their losses are to No. 4 Baylor (by seven points) and to Virginia, which is 11-4. They can make noise against Jan. 24 against No. 15 FSU and a Jan. 28 game at Virginia Tech, which is currently 13-1.

Manny Diaz named Miami Hurricanes’ defensive coordinator

Manny Diaz
Manny Diaz

New Miami Hurricanes coach Mark Richt hired Miami native Manny Diaz as defensive coordinator today, moving a step closer to filling out his coaching staff.

Diaz, the son of a former Miami mayor of the same name, spent the 2015 season as Mississippi State’s defensive coordinator, his second stint at the school. The Bulldogs went 9-4 this season, beating North Carolina State in the Belk Bowl.

“I’ve known him for over 20 years and I’ve watched him become one of the best defensive minds in the business,” said Richt, who added Diaz will run a 4-3 scheme in 2016.

Diaz worked as Louisiana Tech’s defensive coordinator in 2014, heading a unit that led the nation in forcing turnovers. Before that, Diaz was at Texas from 2011-13, and Mississippi State in 2010 for his first stint there. He also was defensive coordinator for four seasons at Middle Tennessee State, spending time coaching linebackers and safeties at the school.

Diaz, 41, who graduated from Florida State, said the chance to coach in Miami was too good to pass up.

“We knew it would take a very unique opportunity for us to consider leaving,” Diaz said. “God blessed me with a chance to return home, to coach in my hometown and to reunite with family. It is the kind of opportunity that comes along rarely in this business.”

Richt has yet to confirm if he has made any decisions on whether to retain offensive coordinator James Coley or Larry Scott, who served as interim head coach after Al Golden was fired.

Reports: Another Mark Richt assistant to join UM, DBs coach Paul Williams out

EL PASO, Texas — Mark Richt‘s staff continues to take shape.

A report from Chicago-area reporter Dave Wischnowsky said Hurricanes defensive backs coach Paul Williams will take the same role at Illinois. FootballScoop.com reported the same.

Richt was not expected to retain Williams, who came to UM with Al Golden. He was previously with Golden at Temple from 2006-10.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Tuesday that Todd Hartley, who served as Richt’s director of player personnel and is currently interim special teams coordinator, will join Richt’s staff as a defensive assistant.

Georgia assistants John Lilly (left) and Todd Hartley. (DawgNation.com)
Georgia assistants John Lilly (left) and Todd Hartley. (DawgNation.com)

Hartley, according to a Sports Illustrated report, will be UM’s special teams coordinator and also coach tight ends or defensive backs.  According to FootballScoop, John Lilly, Georgia tight ends coach for the last eight years, turned down Richt’s offer to serve as co-offensive coordinator.

Hartley started his coaching career as a student assistant for Richt in 2006 and spent the next two seasons as a graduate assistant. He was interim defensive backs coach for the Bulldogs at the 2009 Independence Bowl, following the dismissal of (former UM defensive back and Richt teammate) Willie Martinez.

At Marshall (2010-14), Hartley spent two seasons as safeties coach and two more as tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator.

Richt, who has opted to stay out of the spotlight as he settles into his new job at Miami, is expected to wait until after Saturday’s Sun Bowl to name a staff. He will not attend the bowl, which is 2 p.m. Saturday (CBS) in El Paso against Washington State.

Meet the new boss: Players had the opportunity to sit down individually with Richt last week, and the reports have been glowing.

“I think he’s a cool guy,” sophomore running back Trayone Gray said. “He’s an alumni [of UM]. He’s a players’ guy. … He’s big on football, but he’s worried about stuff outside of football:  becoming a man, becoming better in life and doing the right things.

“He seems laid back, like he’s been here already.”

(You might say that.)

Freshman running back Mark Walton said he and Richt – who offered him a scholarship to Georgia – didn’t discuss football. “He didn’t want us to lose sight of our focus this year,” he said. “When January comes, he’ll be the head coach then.”

“I feel comfortable with the guy we have as our leader now. We can move forward,” Walton said.

Gray and Walton said they didn’t know anything about Thomas Brown, the Georgia running backs coach who will reportedly join Richt’s staff at UM. Walton said UGA wide receivers coach Bryan McClendon was his main recruiter at Georgia.

McClendon – who had a UM job offer, according to several reports – was on Wednesday named South Carolina’s co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach.

No decision: Juniors Artie Burns and Stacy Coley said they have not decided their futures. Burns, a cornerback, and wide receiver Coley have petitioned the NFL Draft Advisory Board for a projection, a source told the Post. Junior cornerback Corn Elder said he also done so. It is not known if linebacker Al-Quadin Muhammad, a redshirt sophomore, has put in for a grade.

Underclassmen have until Jan. 18 to declare for the 2016 draft, which is April 28-30.

Muhammad said Wednesday he did not want to discuss his draft decision. “I’m focused on the team ahead of us,” he said. Sitting at a press conference table alongside linebacker Tyriq McCord, Burns and Coley expressed nearly identical thoughts.

After they finished, McCord, a senior, waited a beat before deadpanning: “I’m thinking about coming back.”

In all seriousness, the 6-foot-3, 241-pound Tampa native said he’s hoping to make the most of his last opportunity to “show everybody that I can play football at the next level.”

Isidora OK: Interim coach Larry Scott said right guard Danny Isidora, who has been limited because of an undisclosed injury, “will be ready to go” for Saturday’s game. Isidora, a redshirt junior, has started 25 consecutive games, all but two at right guard. He started two at right tackle. Redshirt freshman Joe Brown has seen increased time at right guard during practices.

Pro Canes report: Perryman, Hankerson to face Dolphins, Henderson ailing, Olsen on Richt

A few notes on former Hurricanes in the NFL:

Leonard Hankerson as a member of the Atlanta Falcons. (Getty Images)
Leonard Hankerson as a member of the Atlanta Falcons. (Getty Images)

Former Canes ready: As you may remember, this week’s Dolphins-Chargers game means something to Denzel Perryman. 

Perryman, who grew up in Coral Gables and played down the street at UM from 2011-14, was irked his hometown team passed him by in the NFL draft. The rookie linebacker plans to get it “on and popping,” as he told San Diego reporters in May.

Becoming a starter midway through the season, Perryman is tied for third on the team with 60 tackles (45 solo, six for loss) and has one sack and one forced fumble.

When the Dolphins play host to the Patriots on Jan. 3, another former Hurricane may be in enemy colors. New England claimed wide receiver Leonard Hankerson (2007-10) off waivers from Atlanta on Wednesday, adding a productive receiver to a banged-up position group.

Hankerson was placed on injured reserve earlier this month because of a hamstring injury, but that is now healed. He had 26 catches for 327 yards and three touchdowns in eight games with the Falcons before getting hurt. New England is waiting for Julian Edelman to recover from a broken foot.

Former UM tight end Asante Cleveland (2010-13), who was signed to the Patriots’ 53-man roster late last month, has played in the team’s last three games and has a 1-yard reception, the first of his career.

Meanwhile the Giants, who released former Canes safety Brandon Meriweather (2002-06) on Wednesday, are trying to figure out what to do at left tackle without Ereck Flowers (2012-14). Flowers left Monday’s game against the Dolphins because of an ankle injury. However, as he’s proven to the New York media, Flowers is a tough dude (UM beat reporters were well aware of this).

RELATED: a list of former Hurricanes in the NFL

Henderson ailing: Former Hurricanes offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson is battling Crohn’s disease, the Buffalo News reported. Henderson, who played at UM from 2010-13, had been starting at right tackle for the Bills before he was listed on the team’s injury report with an “illness.” Crohn’s is defined by the Mayo Clinic as “an inflammatory bowel disease.” The Buffalo News report cited a source saying Henderson has lost nearly 20 pounds. Henderson (6-7, 331), a former five-star recruit, had a rocky UM career and struggled as a rookie but improved in his second season.

Olsen on Richt: Carolina tight end Greg Olsen (2004-06) shared a few thoughts on Miami’s hiring of Mark Richt (among other things) in an interview with Uproxx Sports:

“I think it’s going to be great for us,” Olsen said of the Richt hire. “Obviously there’s a lot of guys from Georgia [in the NFL], and SEC being as big as it is down here [in Charlotte], and we’ve seen the success that he had and the ability he had to keep the program at a high level. That’s what Miami needed. They needed a national name and a national product. Hopefully he can bring some of those qualities and traits back to Miami and make them competitive again.”

Stat check: Cleveland’s Travis Benjamin is fourth in the NFL in punt return yards (296, 11.4 per return) and has a 78-yard touchdown … Olsen is the leading receiver among ex-Canes, with 969 yards and six touchdowns on 65 catches. Next up: Benjamin (867 yards, five touchdowns on 58 grabs) and Jacksonville’s Allen “Undrafted, For Some Reason” Hurns (863 yards, eight touchdowns on 84 receptions) … The Dolphins’ Lamar Miller (762 yards, four touchdowns on 151 carries) is outgaining Indianapolis’ Frank Gore (762 yards, four touchdowns on 210 carries) for the rushing lead among ex-Canes … Sack leader? Olivier Vernon of Miami (6.5) …

 

Mark Richt won’t be in El Paso after all

CORAL GABLES — This particular bit of history won’t repeat itself.

Incoming Hurricanes coach Mark Richt does not plan to attend the Sun Bowl, the Post has learned. The reason is unclear as of now, but we are likely to find out soon.

After he was introduced on Dec. 4, Richt said he planned to attend the game, which is 2 p.m. Dec. 26 against Washington State.

In the last two weeks, Richt has been recruiting and assessing his new team but has not addressed the media. Interim coach Larry Scott will coach the Hurricanes in El Paso and continues to speak on behalf of the team.

The last time the Hurricanes hired a coach, Al Golden watched his new team from a suite at Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso. The Hurricanes lost that game to Notre Dame 33-17.

New University of Miami Hurricanes head coach Mark Richt makes the 'U' sign after he was introduced at a press conference at the school on December 4, 2015 in Coral Gables, Florida. (Photo by Joe Skipper/Getty Images)
New University of Miami Hurricanes head coach Mark Richt makes the ‘U’ sign after he was introduced at a press conference at the school on December 4, 2015 in Coral Gables, Florida. (Photo by Joe Skipper/Getty Images)

Injury updates: Right tackle Sunny Odogwu (knee) did not attend the media viewing portion of practice (first 15 minutes) … Fellow lineman Danny Isidora (undisclosed) was in a red (no-contact) jersey … safety Jamal Carter (hamstring) was in yellow (limited).

New day for DVD: Former Hurricanes cornerback (and all-around good dude) Demarcus Van Dyke was at practice. Van Dyke, who last played in 2013, said he may explore coaching at UM.

“If football doesn’t go the way I want it to go, I’m probably going to be a [graduate assistant] and start my coaching career,” he said.

Van Dyke, 26, signed a reserve/futures contract with the Minnesota Vikings in January and is now a free agent. He was drafted in the third round by the Oakland Raiders in 2011 and last played in 2013 for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

To be a graduate assistant, Van Dyke would have to re-enroll at UM. He earned his degree in liberal arts in 2010. His last game as a Hurricane was the 2010 Sun Bowl.

His thoughts on Richt?

“He’s a good coach, man,” Van Dyke said. “I talked to some guys at Georgia. [Running back] Sony Michel, I trained with him when he was in high school. He said [Richt] is a great coach. Real laid back. Wants the best for all his players. I think him coming to Miami [is] a good thing for us. I’m excited about next year.”

 

 

 

Miami Hurricanes: Coaching chronology from Schnellenberger to Richt

With the University of Miami’s official announcement of new head football coach Mark Richt on Friday, we thought it made sense to take a look back through the coaches who have gotten the Canes to this point.

(RELATED: Photo gallery from Richt’s introduction at the University of Miami)

We begin around 1980 with the following man as the Hurricanes were building toward national prominence.


HOWARD SCHNELLENBERGER

Howard Schnellenberger, coach of 1983 national champion, built the foundation for Miami success. (Herald file photo)
Howard Schnellenberger, coach of 1983 national champions, built the foundation for Miami’s later success. (Herald file photo)

The man who “built a fence around South Florida” to keep rival coaches from poaching talent from “the state of Miami” and made good on his promise to bring a national championship to the Magic City.

Howard Schnellenberger with injured star QB Jim Kelly. (Miami News photo by Bill Reinke)
Howard Schnellenberger with injured star QB Jim Kelly. (Miami News photo by Bill Reinke)

* Posted a 41-16 record at UM from 1979-83, culminating in his final season with an 11-1 record and victory over Nebraska in the Orange Bowl as Miami won its first national championship.

In a move he later admitted regretting, Schnellenberger left UM to become part-owner and general manager of a Miami-based team in the still-new USFL. The deal fell apart when the franchise wound up in Orlando instead of Miami.

* High point: Coining the phrase “state of Miami.”

* Low point: Leaving too soon.


JIMMY JOHNSON

University of Miami coach Jimmy Johnson is carried off the field by his players after the Hurricanes defeated Oklahoma 20-14 in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 1, 1988. (AP Photo/Raul Demolina)
University of Miami coach Jimmy Johnson is carried off the field by his players after the Hurricanes defeated Oklahoma 20-14 in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 1, 1988. (AP Photo/Raul Demolina)

* The Texas-born Johnson arrived from Oklahoma State with little name recognition but with a head of hair, a brashness and a football mind that would set the college football world ablaze. Under Johnson, UM became as well known for its blowout victories and string of All-America players as it did for on- and off-field controversy. It was “Miami Vice” in cleats.

University of Miami football coach Jimmy Johnson leaves the field with quarterback Vinny Testaverde after the Hurricanes defeated Notre Dame, 58-7 on Dec. 2, 1985, in Miami. (AP Photo/Ray Fairall)
University of Miami football coach Jimmy Johnson leaves the field with quarterback Vinny Testaverde after the Hurricanes defeated Notre Dame, 58-7 on Dec. 2, 1985, in Miami. (AP Photo/Ray Fairall)

* Posted a 52-9 record at UM from 1984-88, winning one national championship (1987) and finishing No. 2 in the polls twice (1986 and 1988). Johnson’s 1986 team was considered perhaps the most talented college football team ever (until the 2001 Hurricanes came along).

Johnson left Miami to join his former University of Arkansas teammate Jerry Jones in reviving the Dallas Cowboys. With Johnson as coach and Jones as owner, the Cowboys went from 1-15 to back-to-back Super Bowl champions in five years.

* High point at UM: Getting carried off the field after Miami beat Oklahoma to win the Orange Bowl and capture the national title.

* Low point at UM: In back-to-back games at the Orange Bowl in Johnson’s first season, UM blew a then-record 31-0 halftime lead and lost to Maryland (42-40) and lost to Boston College on the (in)famous “Hail Flutie!” play.


DENNIS ERICKSON

Miami football coach Dennis Erickson gets a victory ride at the end of the 1990 Sugar Bowl after Erickson's Hurricanes defeated Alabama 33-25 for the Sugar Bowl Championship. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
Miami football coach Dennis Erickson gets a victory ride at the end of the 1990 Sugar Bowl after Erickson’s Hurricanes defeated Alabama 33-25 for the Sugar Bowl Championship. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

The answer to trivia questions (Which UM coach has won the most national championships and has the highest winning percentage?), Erickson is often treated like the forgotten Beatle of Hurricanes coaches.

Head coach Dennis Erickson of the University of Miami Hurricanes instructs from the sidelines during a game against Wisconsin on September 9, 1989. Miami won 51-3. (Photo by: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Head coach Dennis Erickson of the University of Miami Hurricanes instructs from the sidelines during a game against Wisconsin on September 9, 1989. Miami won 51-3. (Photo by: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Part of it is that he came after the highly successful and colorful Schnellenberger and Johnson (who is given credit for leaving a cupboard full of talent behind for Erickson to win his two national titles), and part of it is because it was on his watch that the Pell Grant scandal — that eventually landed the program on probation — came to light. The rampant rules violations actually dated back to 1985, and Erickson was never accused of any wrongdoing.

* He posted a 63-9 record from 1989 to 1994, winning the 1989 and 1991 national championships. His undefeated 1992 team lost in the Sugar Bowl, missing a chance for a repeat title, and his 1994 team lost in the Orange Bowl with another national title on the line.

Erickson left Miami after the 1994 season to become the coach of the Seattle Seahawks.

* High point at UM: The Hurricanes won 29 straight games over the course of the 1990-92 seasons.

* Low point at UM: The 1991 Cotton Bowl saw Miami set a then-school record for penalties (15) and penalty yards (202) in an egregious display of unsportsmanlike behavior. Miami still beat Texas 46-3, but to the rest of the college football world, Erickson looked like a man who had lost control of his program.


BUTCH DAVIS

Butch Davis of the Miami Hurricanes gives instructions from the sidelines during a game against UCLA on Sep. 2, 1995. The Bruins defeated the Hurricanes 31-8. (Photo: Stephen Dunn/Allsport)
Butch Davis of the Miami Hurricanes gives instructions from the sidelines during a game against UCLA on Sep. 2, 1995. The Bruins defeated the Hurricanes 31-8. (Photo: Stephen Dunn/Allsport)

* To Hurricanes fans, he will always be beloved as the man who put the swag back in The U. He did not win a national championship as coach, but he took over a program that was rocked in 1995 by NCAA sanctions stemming from the Pell Grant scandal and by the end of the decade had recruited so many future NFL superstars that some people believe the Miami teams of 2000-02 were the most talented in college football history.

Coach Butch Davis of the Miami Hurricanes talks with the official during a game against Baylor. (Photo: Stephen Dunn/Allsport)
Miami coach Butch Davis talks with the official during a game against Baylor. (Photo: Stephen Dunn/Allsport)

During the latest UM coaching search, he was the runaway popular pick by Hurricanes fans until Mark Richt became available, and he campaigned hard for the job.

* Davis, who served as an assistant under Jimmy Johnson at Miami and the Dallas Cowboys, posted a 51-20 record at UM from 1995 to 2000. Miami was on probation for his first season and suffered scholarship reductions spread over several seasons.

He left Miami in 2001 to take the head coaching job with the Cleveland Browns.

* High point at UM: Miami snapped a five-game losing streak to Florida State with a 27-24 victory on Oct. 7, 2000 at the Orange Bowl in the “Wide Right III” game.

* Low point at UM: Despite beating FSU and both teams having one loss in 2000, Miami was passed over in favor of the Seminoles for a spot in the BCS championship game. FSU would lose to Oklahoma 13-2 in the Orange Bowl, and after that game FSU offensive coordinator Mark Richt took the head coaching job at Georgia.


LARRY COKER

Miami coach Larry Coker gets water dumped on him by his team at end of game on Jan. 3, 2002. (Photo by Joe Rimkus Jr./Miami Herald Staff)
Miami coach Larry Coker gets water dumped on him by his team at the end of their win in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 3, 2002. (Photo by Joe Rimkus Jr./Miami Herald Staff)

* Regarded as one of the nicest guys in coaching, Coker was promoted from offensive coordinator to replace Butch Davis and enjoyed one of the longest honeymoon periods in coaching history. Coker, whose players had lobbied hard for him to get the job, won his first 24 games as Hurricanes coach, including the 2001 national championship, and tied Walter Camp for the best record by a coach in his first 32 games (31-1). However, as more of the players recruited under Butch Davis departed, Coker’s records grew worse. His last three seasons were UM’s first three in the ACC and started a streak that continues to this day of the Hurricanes having never won an ACC championship.

UM's coach Larry Coker holds up the national championship trophy after the Rose Bowl win on Jan. 3, 2002. (Scott Wiseman/The Palm Beach Post)
UM’s coach Larry Coker holds up the national championship trophy after the Rose Bowl win on Jan. 3, 2002. (Scott Wiseman/The Palm Beach Post)

* Coker posted a 60-15 record at Miami from 2001-2006. He is the last college football coach to win a national title in his first season as a head coach.

Coker was fired in November of 2006, one day after telling reporters he expected to be back the next season. Miami beat Nevada in its bowl game to salvage a winning season (7-6) and send Coker out victoriously.

* High point at UM: In the Hurricanes one and only appearance in the Rose Bowl, the 2001 Miami squad cruised past Nebraska to win its fifth – and so far last – national championship.

* Low point at UM: The Hurricanes seemingly had defeated Ohio State in overtime to win the Fiesta Bowl and the 2002 national championship – Coker was halfway across the field to shake the hand of Buckeyes coach Jim Tressel as confetti fell from the sky – when everyone realized that a late pass-interference penalty had been called. The game continued, Ohio State eventually won in two overtimes (stopping Miami on four plays after a 1st-and-goal from the 2) and the Hurricanes’ program has been in a fog ever since.


RANDY SHANNON

Univerity of Miami vs Florida A&M at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, September 2nd, 2010. UM's coach Randy Shannon runs onto to the field with his team. (Miami Herald staff photo)
Univerity of Miami vs Florida A&M at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens on Sept. 2, 2010. UM’s coach Randy Shannon runs onto to the field with his team. (Miami Herald staff photo)

* A former standout linebacker at Miami, Shannon was brought in to replace Larry Coker after the 2006 season and was tasked with bringing discipline back to a program still reeling from a wild bench-clearing brawl with Florida International the season before.

Hurricanes football coach Randy Shannon, photographed on Aug. 17, 2010. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)
Hurricanes football coach Randy Shannon, photographed on Aug. 17, 2010. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

Shannon grew up in Liberty City, and his hiring was a huge source of pride for the community. Miami football players had one of the best academic performance rates in the country under Shannon, and only one player was arrested during his four seasons. Also, he was not linked to the scandal surrounding booster Nevin Shapiro that would eventually lead to NCAA sanctions. However, on the field, Shannon could not achieve the success fans wanted.

Shannon compiled a 28-22 record at UM from 2007 to 2010. Miami never lost fewer than four games in a season — and never won more than nine — and lost both bowl games it appeared in under Shannon. Miami finished out of the national rankings three times under Shannon.

After a 6-3 home loss to South Florida on Nov. 27, 2010 dropped UM’s record to 7-5, Shannon was fired.

* High point at UM: Shannon recruited eight players from Miami-Northwestern High’s national-championship team following the 2007 season. The group of players, led by quarterback Jacory Harris, was believed to be the one that would lead UM back to prominence.

* Low point at UM: After being fired, Shannon had to watch from afar as his team was dismantled by Notre Dame in the Sun Bowl and had to hear his successor, Al Golden – who was interviewed during the game – talk about how poor and uninspired his team looked.


AL GOLDEN

Miami Hurricanes head coach Al Golden at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida on October 11, 2014. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)
Miami Hurricanes head coach Al Golden at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida on October 11, 2014. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

* The New Jersey native and short-term NFL tight end came to Coral Gables with loads of promise, having led former FBS cellar-dweller Temple to a combined record of 17-8 in 2009-10. But the nattily clad Golden — who wore a dress shirt, slacks and a tie on the sidelines during games — proved to be only slightly above average, thanks in no small part to the self-imposed sanctions hanging over the program’s head from the Nevin Shapiro scandal.

Miami head coach Al Golden on the sidelines in the second quater during the University of Miami vs the University of South Florida football game at Raymond James Stadium in St. Petersburg, Florida on Saturday, November 19, 2011. (Miami Herald Staff)
Miami head coach Al Golden on the sidelines during the Miami-South Florida game at Raymond James Stadium in St. Petersburg on Nov. 19, 2011. (Miami Herald Staff)

* Went 32-25 overall in his four and a half seasons at the helm (2011-15), but the team only went to two bowl games during that stretch due to the NCAA penalties. His best season saw the Canes go 9-3 in the 2013 regular season before getting spanked by Louisville 36-9 in the Russell Athletic Bowl.

* Golden was canned following Miami’s 58-0 shellacking at the hands of No. 1 Clemson on Oct. 25, 2015, the worst loss in the 90-year history of the program.

* High point at UM: Golden and the Canes got off to a 7-0 start in 2013 that included a 21-16 win over Florida and saw them rise as high as No. 7 in the country.

* Low point at UM: Clemson. 58-0. Enough said.


MARK RICHT

Mark Richt gestures after being introduced as the new University of Miami NCAA college football head coach, Friday, Dec. 4, 2015, in Coral Gables, Fla. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)
Mark Richt puts up “The U” after being introduced as the new University of Miami NCAA college football head coach, Friday, Dec. 4, 2015, in Coral Gables, Fla. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)

* Yes, Richt is best known as the coach who led the Georgia Bulldogs to a 145–51 record over the past 15 seasons — winning two SEC championships — but he has plenty of ties to south Florida. The 55-year-old not only played quarterback at The U — largely as a backup to Jim Kelly — from 1979-82 under Schnellenberger, but he grew up in Boca Raton and graduated from Boca High in 1978.

“I don’t want to make any promises,” Richt said during his introductory news conference Friday. “I want to promise we’re going to get to work and earn a right to victory.

“My goal is to finish my coaching career at ‘The U.’ “