The University of Miami has gone into its own backyard to get a defensive line coach.
The Hurricanes announced on Wednesday the hiring of new defensive line coach Randy Melvin — hired away from FIU. He replaces Jethro Franklin, who left UM to join the NFL’s Oakland Raiders.
Melvin, 55, was announced as the FIU defensive line coach on Feb. 20, 2014, after serving on Greg Schiano’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers staff for two seasons.
Melvin comes to UM with more than 30 years of coaching experience, including seven in the NFL. He has a connection to UM coach Al Golden, serving as Golden’s defensive line coach at Temple in 2009 and helping to mentor current New York Jet Muhammad Wilkerson.
“Randy Melvin brings tremendous energy, toughness and a wealth of experience to our football program,” Golden said in a prepared statement.
UM defensive linemen supported the hiring of current UM grad assistant Kareem Brown, a former Hurricane who could be a candidate to replace Melvin at FIU.
Another former Cane who many wanted was Kevin Patrick, now the D-line coach at North Texas.
“Would love to see @hood305star (Brown) or @DLineKP (Patrick) become the next defensive line coach,” outgoing defensive end Anthony Chickillo tweeted Sunday.
FIU’s defensive line was an improved unit this past season, ranking 32nd in the nation in sacks, 54th in rush defense and 28th in third-down defense.
“Coaching at the University of Miami has always been a dream destination of mine,” Melvin said. “I can’t thank Coach Golden enough for this opportunity.”
Melvin graduated from Eastern Illinois in 1982. He was an AP All-American there in 1979 and ’80.
Melvin’s hiring comes two days after UM announced the hiring of new receivers coach Kevin Beard — on the same day it was announced that former WR coach Brennan Carroll had left to join the Seattle Seahawks.