When Tim “Ice” Harris rejoined the Miami Hurricanes staff in March as the assistant director of football operations, his plan was to finish his final year of college so he could put himself in position to become an assistant coach should a position open.
That opportunity came earlier than expected, when linebackers coach Micheal Barrow left the program last week and coach Al Golden promoted Harris, who spent 24 years coaching in South Florida at the high school level, from the assistant director of football operations to the running backs coach.
In turn, running backs coach Hurlie Brown was shifted to coach the linebackers.
Both said they are thrilled with their new jobs.
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“God is good, you know?” said Harris, who expects to complete his college work as early as next month. “It’s an awesome blessing.
“This is something I’ve been waiting for my whole life.
Barrow was arguably Miami’s best recruiter in South Florida, and Harris said Golden still hasn’t decided which areas he will absorb in recruiting. But it’s likely a man who has coached at Miami High, Northwestern, Central and Booker T. Washington would be asked to try and corner the market in his backyard.
“He’s a guy that a lot of families and players can relate to,” running back Duke Johnson said. “Just to have him coaching us is exciting.”
As for Brown, who came to UM in 2011 as the senior football operations coordinator and was promoted to running backs coach last season, his newest responsibility is one he welcomes
“I love them,” Brown said of the linebackers. “They’re a great group of guys. They work hard, they come out here every day ready to work. They love the game. They play hard, they’re smart, and they’ve had a great teacher. I’m trying to keep them on the way [Micheal Barrow] left them off.”
Brown’s Hurricane roots go way back to when he was a standout safety for Miami from 1988 to 1991.
“For me to be able to coach, it doesn’t matter what I’m coaching. I can coach the kickers as long as it’s at the University of Miami.”
KAAYA TAKES TURN
True freshman quarterback Brad Kaaya spent much of Friday playing first-team quarterback at practice.
Golden was asked what else the coach needs to see from the young quarterback.
“Command of the huddle,” Golden said. “Continue to be more vocal. I think that’s the one thing Jake Heaps is right now. He’s vocal. He’s not afraid to get after other guys and communicate and be loud.”
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, the projected starter until he tore his ACL in April, took three snaps in practice Friday during seven-on-seven drills.