Sport REPORTS: Miami closing in on new AD
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The Miami Hurricanes will probably be searching for a new head coach sooner rather than later. Manny Diaz has not lived up to the billing required for a football school like Miami; his Hurricanes teams have yet to win anything of note over the last two and a half years. Miami is in the midst of another mediocre season, sitting at 5-5 in a weak ACC. The noise around his job security reached the max this week, when Miami AD Blake James was fired. James was the one who brought Diaz in, and a new AD won't have the same sense of loyalty and investment to succeed in Diaz as James did.
It is no secret that thehave been searching for a new Athletic Director. And, there’s been LOTS of chatter about it. Rumors. Innuendos. Obvious links from Miami-affiliated parties who are upset they’re on the outside looking in. All of it.
But, let’s cut to the heart of the matter: on Friday evening, Barry Jackson from The Miami Herald (and others) reported that Miami was targeting Clemson AD Dan Radakovich for the open AD spot at Miami. Jackson went so far as to say the job was Radakovich’s to have, if he wanted it.
UM will try to close deal with Clemson's Radakovich this weekend. Job is his if he wants it. If not, they'll turn to 3 high-level administrators from schools in SEC, Mountain West, Pac-12. And Cristobal pursuit to continue:
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FSU’s Jermaine Johnson II’s FIVE TFL vs. Miami are the most ever in the history of the rivalryACCN— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz)
This came hours after a report from an Oregon reporter stated that Radakovich had accepted the job. That was reported to be premature by Jackson and many others, but still, there was plenty of smoke suggesting there’s fire here.
Then, later in the evening, former Clemson basketball player turned journalist Terrence Oglesby reported that Radakovich was informing staffers at Clemson he was leaving for Miami.
Dan Radakovich now informing staff at Clemson that he will be departing for Miami.— Terrence Oglesby (@CoachTO22)
This would be a major coup for Miami. The Canes are trying to instill a new era in the Athletic Department, and Radakovich, who got his Master’s from UM and started his administrative career in Coral Gables, would be a major player in that new direction. Clemson has enjoyed a golden age of football under his leadership, winning 2 national championships and 6 consecutive ACC titles. And, Clemson’s other sports have been solid or better under Radakovich’s leadership, which is something Miami would love to have happen as well, as the Canes’ struggles athletically ave definitely not been limited to the gridiron.
UMass to bring back Don Brown as next head coach
UMass has made a decision on its next head coach. The Minutemen are trying to rekindle some past success and bringing back Don Brown as their head coach. The hiring was reported on Sunday night and is expected to be announced this week. UMass will be hiring Don Brown as its next head football coach. UMass athletic director Ryan Bamford is expected to conduct a team meeting tomorrow to announce Brown as the next head coach, according to sources inside the program. — Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) November 22, 2021 Brown turned down a big offer from Arizona in order to return to UMass.
Obviously, this isn’t done yet. But if you pair the original report fro The Oregonian, the reports from Jackson (and many others, trust me), and the Oglesby — a connected Clemson alum — tweet, and there’s plenty to lead you to believe that Miami is days away from announcing a poaching of an AD of the highest order.
But before you get too excited, Brett McMurphy of ActionNetwork reported that the Oglesby report was inaccurate.
Clemson AD Dan Radakovich had not accepted Miami AD position as of late Friday night, but remains in discussions, source told— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) . Decision expected in coming days. A report that Radakovich informed staff he’s leaving is not accurate, source said
So, the Source wars continue.
The next step would be to secure the services of a new football coach, with Oregon’s Mario Cristobal being the #1 candidate there.
We’re obviously tracking it all, but things seem to be moving toward a conclusion, and the beginning of a new chapter for Miami athletics and Canes Football.
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