A current SEC coach and a very recent one are reportedly among the top candidates to be the next coach at Miami.
Dave Hyde of the Florida Sun-Sentinel reported that Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen is among three coaches who have interviewed for the Miami job, and that former UGA coach Mark Richt will join that group Tuesday.
UPDATE: Football Scoop reported Richt is in Miami on Tuesday to meet with athletic director Blake James, and Seth Emerson of DawgNation.com later confirmed the report. The Miami Herald’s Susan Degnan reports that some believe “the job is his” if he wants to accept.
The other coaches who have been interviewed, according to Hyde, are former Rutgers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano and former Miami, North Carolina and Cleveland Browns coach Butch Davis. Schiano also worked as an assistant for the Hurricanes.
Richt grew up in Boca Raton, Fla., and was a reserve quarterback for the Hurricanes from 1979-1982. Mullen is the only coach on this list who doesn’t have ties to “The U,” which has long been a prerequisite among many boosters and former players.
Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reported the Hurricanes are also still interested in Texas coach Charlie Strong. Interestingly, one name not in this group is Alabama offensive line coach Mario Cristobal, who was considered a favorite for the job when Al Golden was fired following a 58-0 loss to Clemson.
Cristobal is a former Miami assistant who has always been considered one of the top recruiters of South Florida talent. He’s in charge of that area for the Crimson Tide and helped land star freshman wideout Calvin Ridley.
Football Scoop reported Monday that Miami would like to make a decision on a new coach by Wednesday.