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Booker T. coach Tim Harris Jr. is expected to join FIU staff

Booker T. Washington coach Tim Harris Jr. watches his team play at the Dolphins' 7 on 7 tournament in Plantation, Fla., on Saturday, June 14, 2014.
Booker T. Washington coach Tim Harris Jr. watches his team play at the Dolphins' 7 on 7 tournament in Plantation, Fla., on Saturday, June 14, 2014. MIAMI HERALD STAFF

Booker T. Washington’s nationally acclaimed high school football program will be searching for a head coach again soon.

Tim Harris Jr., who guided the Tornadoes to a 14-0 record, a third consecutive Class 4A state championship last December and a No. 2 national ranking by USA Today, is expected to accept an offer to become FIU’s new running backs coach, multiple sources have confirmed to The Miami Herald.

The announcement of Harris Jr.’s addition to the FIU staff is expected to be made sometime early next week, the sources said. Harris Jr. was expected to meet with his assistant coaches at Booker T. Washington on Thursday afternoon to break the news.

Harris Jr., 29, took over at Booker T. for his father after Harris Sr. left to become assistant director of football operations at the University of Miami following the 2013 season. Harris Sr. was later named running backs coach for the Hurricanes prior to the 2014 season.

Now, Tim Jr., who was an All-American track star at UM and served as offensive coordinator at Booker T. for five seasons prior to replacing his father, will be his dad’s crosstown rival as an assistant at FIU.

Who replaces Harris Jr. remains to be seen. The Tornadoes have the state’s longest active winning streak of 41 games, dating to a 37-26 loss to rival Miami Central on Sept. 8, 2012.

Longtime Tornadoes assistant Pierre Senatus, who likely would have been a strong candidate, left Booker T. last month to become head coach at Miramar.

Earl Tillman, another assistant at Booker T., took over as head coach for the Tornadoes the first time Harris Sr. left to join UM’s staff following the 2007 season. Booker T. went 28-8 in three seasons with Tillman at the helm but didn’t reached the state finals.

The program went a combined 96-10 under Harris Sr. and then 14-0 this past season with his son at the helm.

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