Friday, November 24, 2006

Rutgers' Schiano possible replacement for Miami's Coker?

There are plenty of potential candidates to replace fired University of Miami football coach Coker; two marquee names are former Wisconsin coach Barry Alvarez, who is close with UM prez Shalala, and Rutgers coach and former Miami assistant Greg Schiano.

An AP story made clear how much college football is simply a business:

"It has been evident this season that we have not progressed," university president Donna Shalala wrote in a statement. "It is time for us to reclaim our national championship tradition. ... I want to make it clear that no celebration is in order today. This was not an easy decision."

Meanwhile, more changes could be coming to Miami. Shalala announced "a six-month fundraising sprint to secure commitments from our supporters/donors to finance competitive coaching contracts and build and renovate first-class facilities and programs."

"We need a new start," Shalala said.

Coker was 59-15 at Miami; one might contemplate Schiano's record at Rutgers.


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