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UM athletic director Blake James will consider all candidates for coaching vacancy

UM athletic director Blake James.
UM athletic director Blake James. Miami Herald Staff

University of Miami athletic director Blake James said Saturday that he is considering “all options” to fill the vacant coaching spot for the Hurricanes.

That includes Butch Davis.

When James was asked by the Miami Herald before the Miami-Duke game if former Hurricanes coach Davis would be considered among the candidates, James replied: “I’m considering everyone.”

James fired former coach Al Golden last Sunday, a day after Clemson defeated the Hurricanes 58-0 in UM’s worst loss in school history.

Davis coached the Hurricanes from 1995 to 2000, guiding the program through NCAA sanctions that occurred before his tenure and building it into national contenders by 2000 — and then national champions in 2001 under Larry Coker, after Davis left UM to coach the Cleveland Browns.

James said he wouldn’t talk specifics about the coaching search, but that “the most important thing is we get the right person.”

He said there is no specific time frame for a hire.

Earlier in the day, ESPN College GameDay showed some love to Davis, the hosts and UM alumnus Chris Fallica of ESPN Stats & Information all saying on air that they liked the idea of Davis returning.

When Fallica was asked who he thought would be UM’s next coach, he said, “If you believe the Internet rumor, you think Butch Davis, Greg Schiano, a couple guys mentioned, maybe Mario Cristobal. That was ugly last week, wasn’t it?

“… I think the quickest fix in order to get them back closest to what they could be is Butch Davis. He’s been there before. He knows the ins and outs of the program.

“Usually I hate the old crutch of you need to keep it in the family. But I think with what happened there the last time around, I think all the money people, the alumni and the fans down there are going to want somebody like Butch or Schiano or Cristobal, or someone like that familiar with the program ...

Said Desmond Howard: “The radio people talk about Butch Davis a lot. They want him down there.”

And this from host Kirk Herbstreit: “I would love to see Butch Davis go back to Miami. It’d be sweet.”

Howard: “It would create an incredible buzz down there. … People would come to the games — instantly. They just have got to start winning, too.’’

THIS AND THAT

▪ The Blue Devils have had their share of players from South Florida the past few years, including former Duke quarterback Thaddeus Lewis, out of Hialeah Miami Lakes High and now on the Philadelphia Eagles roster.

This season, the Blue Devils have six players on their roster from South Florida, including nationally recognized redshirt senior safety Jeremy Cash of Miami, who played at Plantation High.

Cash, 6-2 and 210 pounds, last Monday was named one of 16 semifinalists for the Jim Thorpe Award, given to the top defensive back in college football.

The others: Brandon Boyce, a freshman defensive tackle out of Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas; Nicodem Pierre, a redshirt freshman quarterback/running back out of Miami Coral Reef; Chris Taylor, a redshirt freshman receiver out of Miramar and University School; Trevon Lee, a redshirt freshman receiver out of Plantation and Cardinal Gibbons High; and Edgar Cerenord, a redshirt freshman defensive tackle out of Miami and American Heritage.

▪ The Canes have four players from North Carolina, including slot receiver Braxton Berrios, who caught a 9-yard pass from Malik Rosier in the first quarter to give UM a first down. Berrios, a sophomore, is out of Raleigh Leesville Road High.

The other UM North Carolinians are walk-on running back Joel Evans from Durham, offensive lineman Thomas Lehto of Pinehurst Pinecrest High and kicker Marco Baeza from Charlotte Catholic.

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