UM’s Mark D’Onofrio, former FIU coach Mario Cristobal interview for Temple job

 

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University of Miami defensive coordinator Mark D’Onofrio has interviewed for the coaching job at Temple University in Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Inquirer and OwlScoop.com (Rivals) reported Monday.

Former Temple coach Steve Addazio departed Temple this past Tuesday to become coach at Boston College.

D’Onofrio was the Temple defensive coordinator from 2006 to 2010, when UM coach Al Golden was the coach there. D’Onofrio’s defense this year was among the worst in the nation in every category, though he helped turn Temple’s around.

Meanwhile, sources close to former FIU coach Mario Cristobal also confirmed an Inquirer report that he interviewed this weekend for the Temple job. Cristobal had drawn some interest from the University of Colorado, which on Monday hired Mike MacIntyre from San Jose State for its coaching job.

Cristobal’s next job and how soon it happens matters as far as how much money FIU will have to spend on its next coach for the next couple of years. If he gets another head coaching job for next year, FIU could be on the hook for as little as $453,183. If he doesn’t, FIU has to pay him $906,366.

UM honors

Running back/return specialist Duke Johnson and safety Deon Bush were named to the second-team Freshman All-America squad by CollegeFootballNews.com.

Johnson and linebacker Eddie Johnson were named to the CBSSports.com All-Freshman Team.

Other honorees

Mike James received the Jack Harding Team Most Valuable Player Award on Sunday at the Hurricanes’ end-of-season banquet at Jungle Island, where 18 seniors were presented with their framed jerseys.

• The other awards, as chosen by the coaching staff: Newcomer of the Year — Deon Bush; Defensive MVP — Shayon Green; Offensive MVP — Stephen Morris; Special Teams MVP — Duke Johnson; Scout Team Player of the Year — Akil Craig and Eduardo Lopez; Melching Leadership — Mike James; Community Service Man — Mike James; U Respect Award — Jeremy Lewis; Plumer Award for Leadership, Motivation and Spirit — Brandon McGee; Captain’s Award — Shayon Green, Mike James, Brandon McGee and Stephen Morris; Training Room Comeback Player of the Year — Ben Jones; Hurricane Media Good Guy — Dalton Botts; UM Sports Hall of Fame Unsung Hero — Maurice Hagens; Walt Kichefski Hurricane — Jake Wieclaw; Nick Chickillo Most Improved Player — Davon Johnson; Albert Bentley Most Valuable Walk-On — Nantambu Fentress and Paul Kelly; Strength Training Athlete of the Year — Andrew Swasey.

Miami Herald sportswriter David J. Neal contributed to this report.

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