The University of Miami announced Monday that it has retained executive search firm Korn Ferry to “assist the University in all aspects of the search process’’ for a new head football coach.
Former coach Al Golden was fired Oct. 25, in the middle of his fifth season, a day after UM was beaten 58-0 by Clemson.
UM has also formed a “search advisory committee’’ that will provide athletic director Blake James “with input on the process and on candidates,’’ according to a written release distributed by the university.
Members of the advisory committee include board of trustee members Hilarie Bass, David Epstein and Steve Saiontz; deputy athletic director Jennifer Strawley; and former UM linebacker Jonathan Vilma and UM’s 1986 Heisman Trophy winner Vinny Testaverde, whose son Vincent is a sophomore quarterback for the Hurricanes.
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“We are well underway in our search process,’’ said James, “and, as expected, there is already a tremendous amount of interest in the U. Additionally, we are reaching out to a number of UM constituencies to engage in dialogue and to hear their thoughts and vision. We will work diligently to find a great fit for Miami … ”
▪ Also Monday, the Atlantic Coast Conference announced that UM’s final regular-season game at Pittsburgh on Nov. 27, the day after Thanksgiving, will kick off at noon and be televised by either ABC or ESPN2.