The University of Miami Hurricanes football team has reportedly interviewed a good portion of the high-profile names that have been floating around as possible replacements for Al Golden. Well, everyone but Texas' Charlie Strong and Alabama offensive line coach and former Canes player Mario Cristobal.
That list, however, does include recently fired Georgia coach Mark Richt, Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen, former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano, and former Hurricanes coach Butch Davis.
The onslaught of interviews comes after the Canes finished out their 8-4 regular season with a win over Pitt.
The list includes some of the best coaching names available right now. In recent years, Miami wasn't known for paying coaches at a top-tier level, but rumors now suggest the team is willing to shell out around $4 million a year under new UM President Julio Frenk, according to Fox Sports.
Because UM is a private institution, exact pay figures for its coaches are never made public. However, $4 million a year would make whichever coach lands the job one of the highest-paid in all of college football. FSU's Jimbo Fisher, for example, makes about $3.6 million a year and is believed to be the highest-paid coach in the ACC.
If you haven't been following the coaching search closely, Mullen is at Mississippi State after spending years at the University of Florida as an Urban Meyer protégé. He took the Bulldogs to the Orange Bowl last year but finished this year with an 8-4 record (albeit in the highly competitive SEC). He's the only interviewee who has no connection to Miami.
Mark Richt was fired Sunday at Georgia but has several successful seasons there. Richt played at Miami as a student-athlete but also spent 14 years on staff at FSU.
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Schiano is a former defensive coordinator for the University of Miami but is more notable for being a successful head coach at Rutgers and a noted disaster with the Tampa Bay Bucs.
Then there's Davis, the Canes' coach during the '90s. He never won a championship with the team but is widely credited with assembling the talent that became the 2001 Hurricanes team, considered one of the greatest teams in CFB history.
Fox Sports reports the Canes hope to announce a new coach by Sunday.