Already today, we've gotten news.
8:05 PM Update
Per Thayer Evans of Sports Illustrated, USF WR coach Ron Dugans will take the same job at Miami.
South Florida WRs coach Ron Dugans is joining staff of Miami coach Mark Richt per source.— Thayer Evans (@ThayerEvansSI) January 9, 2016
Dugans is widely regarded as a good coach. He previously coached at Louisville with Charlie Strong in this same position.
#USF WR coach Ron Dugans is leaving Bulls staff & expected to join #Miami staff, per source.. 1st reported by SI.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 9, 2016
And with that, the staff is (reportedly) finished.
Strength and conditioning staff announced. This confirms previous reports.
Canes Name Three Staffers to Strength and Conditioning Staff - https://t.co/emC3SwiR4i pic.twitter.com/93rmbM457f— Miami Hurricanes (@MiamiHurricanes) January 8, 2016
Per Susan Miller Degnan of The Miami Herald, further staff responsibilities have been revealed.
The Miami Herald has learned that @CanesFootball defensive coordinator Manny Diaz will also coach LBs & Jon Richt will coach QBs.— Susan Miller Degnan (@smillerdegnan) January 8, 2016
So, with Diaz coaching LBs and Jon Richt coaching QBs, that leaves WR as the only open position group on the staff.
And, with 8 assistant coaches, there's only 1 open coaching spot left.
So now, we wait and see who the WR coach will be. RUMORS at this point are Ron Dugans and Billy Napier as leading linked candidates.
More as it's available.
12:45 PM Update
Per Susan Miller Degnan of the Miami Herald, Jon Richt will serve in an on-field coaching role.
FYI: @CanesFootball new "offensive assistant" Jon Richt, son of Mark, will be part of 9 assistant hires allowed to be made, UM confirmed.— Susan Miller Degnan (@smillerdegnan) January 8, 2016
Updating from yesterday, the list of coaches is now:
- Head Coach - Mark Richt
- Assistant 1 - Thomas Brown (RB/Co-OC)
- Assistant 2 - Todd Hartley (TE/Special Teams)
- Assistant 3 - Stacy Searels (OL)
- Assistant 4 - Manny Diaz (DC/LBs)
- Assistant 5 - Craig Kuligowski (DL)
- Assistant 6 - Mike Rumph (CB)
- Assistant 7 - Ephraim Banda (S)
- Assistant 8 - Jon Richt (
Kevin Beard will not be Retained
You see the headline.
Mark Richt will not be retaining former WR coach Kevin Beard, he informed him this morning. @smillerdegnan @flasportsbuzz— David Furones (@DavidFurones90) January 8, 2016
Since Beard interviewed a couple of days ago, he was awaiting Mark Richt's decision. With the multiple reports that he was informed just today that he won't be returning, it stands to reason that Richt got a "yes" from the WR coach he's been pursuing. Who that is remains to be seen.
As for Beard, he has a bright future in coaching. The WRs developed in his only year here at Miami, and I'm sure he will have many opportunities in the future.
Obviously, the other part of this is "what happens with Sam Bruce?!" For now, Bruce is committed. But, I fully expect his recruitment to pick up but A LOT in these next 26 days running up to National Signing Day.
Yesterday's update is here for your viewing pleasure.
Coaching Staff daily update: 1/7. Only 2 spots left; and what's up with Beard? #Canes #TheU https://t.co/2wCPB6dyDY pic.twitter.com/kXkpLfyp8q— StateOfTheU.com (@TheStateOfTheU) January 7, 2016
That's all for now.