The Miami Hurricanes were put in the unenviable position of needing a new defensive line coach just after National Signing Day when Alabama hired Craig Kuligowski. On Saturday, Miami coach Mark Richt updated where the program is in the process.
Earlier in the day, 247Sports’ Josh Newberg reported that N.C. State defensive line coach Kevin Patrick would stay. InsideTheU.com’s Andrew Ivins reported that Pitt’s Charlie Partridge also would stay. But Richt claimed to be in no rush at his All-Pro Dads event at Hard Rock Stadium.
“By the time spring ball starts [on March 20], I definitely want somebody by then,” Richt told the Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson. “We’re not starting [for] another three weeks or so. When it comes to hiring people, the goal is not to be the fastest but to be right. I want to make sure we bring in the right person.”
Richt also went on to say it was a destination job and that he had received a lot of interest from qualified candidates. However, he didn’t indicate whether they had identified any candidates who stood out.
Kansas State defensive ends coach Jon Fabris is believed to be a fit after spending nine years on Richt’s staff at Georgia. But it is unclear if he has been approached about the job.