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Maisel: Muschamp Was Interested In Miami

Ivan Maisel of has an interesting nugget on his blog today and we thought we’d bring it to your attention here:

“The way I hear it, the board of trustees at Miami told athletic director Kirby Hocutt that he had to replace Randy Shannon with someone with head coaching experience.  Hocutt got a feeler from an associate of Will Muschamp, saying the Texas defensive coordinator wanted to know more about the Miami job.  Muschamp couldn’t even get a phone call from Hocutt.  A couple of days later, Urban Meyer resigned at Florida.  For Hocutt’s sake, Al Golden better win more than Muschamp.”

If this story is true — and you have to think it leaked out from someone close to Hocutt — it’s the board of trustees who should be praying for Golden’s success.  Sure, the AD will take the blame for a bad hire, but it sounds as if Hocutt’s hands were tied.

Very interesting indeed.

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Gruden Won’t Commit To Miami

Okay, MSU fans, fire up the Worry-O-Meter.  Jon Gruden met with Miami athletic director Kirby Hocutt today, but according to The Miami Herald, he didn’t seem too interested in the Hurricanes’ job.

“According to a UM Board of Trustee member, ‘Gruden was cordial, he listened to everything UM had to say but no offer was made.  He said he didn’t want to go further because he is keeping all his options open, including the NFL.

He didn’t say yes.  He didn’t say no.  But in effect, it’s probably a no because it will take months before the NFL jobs come open and UM can’t wait that long.’”

We’ll see if/when the Canes start sniffing around Dan Mullen.

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