Miami se atletiese direkteur-soektog na berig word 'n 'gemors'

Die dae van “Die U” lewe op die glorie van 2001 dalk tot 'n einde kom op grond van onlangse ontwikkelings. McMurphy merk op dat met meer as 50 raad van trustees en verskeie skenkers betrokke by die soektog, the feeling is that nobody is in charge. The room appears split on retaining head coach Manny Diaz.

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Sitting between David Epstein (links), Board of Trustees and Athletic Director Blake James, Manny Diaz (sentrum) gets introduced as the University of Miami's 25th head football coach in program history on Wednesday January 2, 2019.

Sitting between David Epstein (links), Board of Trustees and Athletic Director Blake James, Manny Diaz (sentrum) gets introduced as the University of Miami’s 25th head football coach in program history on Wednesday January 2, 2019. (Patrick Farrell/Miami Herald/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

Miami parted ways with athletic director Blake James on Nov. 15, bringing his eight-year tenure to an end. James was let go two days after the Hurricanes’ 31-28 loss to rival Florida State, falling to 5-5 on the season. Miami finished the season 7-5, a backward step under Diaz, 47, in his third season.

Van 1983-2001, Miami won five national championships, becoming one of the top programs in college football. In 2004, Miami joined the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). They have failed to win a conference championship in that time.

CORAL GABLES, FL - JANUARY 02:  Head coach Manny Diaz of the Miami Hurricanes (L) poses for a photo with athletic director Blake James after the introductory press conference in the Mann Auditorium at the Schwartz Center on January 2, 2019 in Coral Gables, Florida.

CORAL GABLES, FLJANUARY 02: Head coach Manny Diaz of the Miami Hurricanes (L) poses for a photo with athletic director Blake James after the introductory press conference in the Mann Auditorium at the Schwartz Center on January 2, 2019 in Coral Gables, Florida. (Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Between lack of interest in the football program and poor structure within the administration, many candidates have declined the opportunity to become Miami’s athletic director. New Mexico athletic director Eddie Nunez, thought to be the frontrunner, took his name out of consideration on Wednesday, McMurphy gesê.

Miami will need to fill its athletic director opening sooner rather than later, especially with Diaz’s job in the balance. Two names are linked to the head coaching position if Diaz is fired: Oregon head coach Mario Cristobal and Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin.

Cristobal, 51, is royalty in Coral Gables, having starred at offensive tackle for Miami from 1988-1992. Cristobal began his coaching career in 1998 at Miami as a graduate assistant. Oregon is 35-12 under Cristobal.

CORAL GABLES, FL - JANUARY 02:  Head coach Manny Diaz of the Miami Hurricanes (L) poses for a photo with athletic director Blake James after the introductory press conference in the Mann Auditorium at the Schwartz Center on January 2, 2019 in Coral Gables, Florida.

CORAL GABLES, FLJANUARY 02: Head coach Manny Diaz of the Miami Hurricanes (L) poses for a photo with athletic director Blake James after the introductory press conference in the Mann Auditorium at the Schwartz Center on January 2, 2019 in Coral Gables, Florida. (Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Kiffin, 46, is in year two at Ole Miss, sitting at 10-2. Hy is 15-7 in Oxford, with the program trending up. In 'n verskyning op The Herd with Colin Cowherd op Woensdag, The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman said Kiffin would have a hard time turning down Miami if offered.

If there’s no Mario, I think there are some old Miami people, former Miami players, who do have some influence,” Feldman said. “They have more voice than at any other program in the country. A lot of those guys who are interested in Lane, and Lane, ek dink, would have a hard time saying no if Miami came after him.

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