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New UM defensive line coach Randy Melvin eager to work with Al Golden again

Randy Melvin comes to UM with more than 30 years of coaching experience, including seven in the NFL.
Randy Melvin comes to UM with more than 30 years of coaching experience, including seven in the NFL. FIU ATHLETICS

New Hurricanes defensive line coach Randy Melvin said social media is what led him to reuniting with his former boss, Al Golden, earlier this week.

“I actually was on my phone and I saw that Jethro was leaving [for the Oakland Raiders],” explained Melvin, 55, who left FIU after one season to take over for Jethro Franklin at Miami. “So I tried to make contact and go through the proper channels. We visited on a couple of occasions and went forward from there.”

Melvin, who started his coaching career the same year (1982) that Canes offensive line coach Art Kehoe did (they are the elder statesmen on the UM staff), has coached for six Football Bowl Subdivision programs (Wyoming, Rutgers, Purdue, FIU, Temple and now Miami), three NFL teams (Bucs, Patriots, Browns) and was a Super Bowl winner as an assistant to Bill Belichick in 2001.

During his one season alongside Golden in 2009, Temple’s staff was treated like superstars in Philadelphia after a 9-4 season. Now, Melvin is joining Golden under different circumstances. Golden is on the hot seat and coming off a 6-7 season.

“I guess in reality I’m immune to that because I’ve been let go before,” Melvin said of the critics. “That’s part of the game. The greatest pressure that anybody has is what they place on themselves.”

Melvin called Golden “very, very detailed” and said he’s a pleasure to work for “because he lets me coach.” Hired on Wednesday, Melvin said he has met with his future UM defensive linemen briefly but still can’t put names to faces.

He said he didn’t recruit a single player at UM, but added he will study plenty of tape in the days leading up to the starting of spring practice on Feb.21 to see where certain guys have talent and others have flaws so he can help them. He said he likes the size of the guys he has been tasked to work with in UM’s 3-4 scheme.

▪ New receivers coach Kevin Beard said Thursday he’s not taking over the recruiting-coordinator duties held by previous receivers coach Brennan Carroll.

“I’ll be heavy into Broward County and a couple of other places,” said Beard, a graduate of Plantation High in Broward. “But it will just be like every other coach. Just about building relationships. I’m just the wide receiver coach. I don’t know the full scale of the whole process. I’m learning on the go. Just happy to learn and grow.”

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