More on Spurrier
South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier is indeed on the University of Miami's short list to replace head coach Larry Coker, sources familiar with the school's search efforts told FITS Monday.
Others on the list include Wisconsin's Barry Alvarez, Auburn's Tommy Turbeville, Georgia's Mark Richt, West Virginia's Rich Rodriguez, Rutgers' Greg Schiano, Arkansas' Houston Nutt and NFL Offensive Coordinators Norm Chow (Tennessee Titans), Cam Cameron (San Diego Chargers) and Bob Bratkowski (Cincinnati Bengals).
Just off the A-List are several up and coming college coaches including Boise State's Chris Peterson, TCU's Gary Patterson, Southern Cal Offensive Coordinator Lane Kiffen and Miami Defensive Coordinator Randy Shannon.
FITS has also learned that Miami President Donna Shalala (yes, she's the former Clinton Administration Cabinet member) and Athletic Director Paul Dee have started the process of contacting coaches and schools about the soon-to-be-announced opening, but there is no word on whether or not Spurrier has been contacted about the job.
Spurrier and Dee were fraternity brothers at the University of Florida, incidentally.
CSTV, which broke the Spurrier to Miami rumor late Saturday night, is still sticking by its story that Spurrier is in fact headed to Coral Gables next year.
Spurrier has denied the rumor, but has not definitively outruled it.
Denying such rumors is not uncommon in college football. Southern Cal's Pete Carroll, for example, repeatedly denied that he was taking the Trojans' job after initial reports surfaced only to accept it later.
Some believe Miami is putting up a smokescreen to distract attention from its true choice, something the school has done in the past. Others argue Spurrier is not a good fit for a program that has a history of hiring younger, less established coaches.
FITS' own Will Folks, who broke the story of Lou Holtz's hiring at Carolina back in 1999 for The Gamecock, said the fact CSTV is sticking to its story despite Spurrier's denial should give South Carolina fans at least some cause for concern.
"Some sources are good, some are bad," Folks said. "The one I had for Holtz back in 1999 was as good as they come and for whatever reason, happened to be a real fan of the student newspaper. It was a case of being in the right place at the right time."
In addition to posting an uncharacteristic 5-6 record thusfar this season, Miami's season has been marred by several on-field brawls, including one against Florida International in October that received nationwide attention and resulted in the suspension of several players.
Miami has long been regarded as one of the dirtiest programs in the nation, earning the nickname "Thug U."
In his six years at Miami, Larry Coker has a record of 58-15 including a national championship in 2001.
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