The Miami Hurricanes are looking for a defensive coordinator -- again. As expected, Bill Young has left the program to join his alma mater Oklahoma State, the school's website announced moments ago. Young, 62, wasn't answering his phone Tuesday. Now, we know why. He was on his way to join the Cowboys.
Young played defensive end and linebacker for OSU from 1965 to 1967. So, it's understandable why he left. And although there is a strong belief he might have bolted for what was reported as a $700,000 annual paycheck I was told that number was a little high. I was also told by a UM source Young was the second highest paid defensive coordinator in the ACC.
I know I was supposed to have a live chat with you today at 2 p.m., but I've been swamped following this story, the men's basketball team and more. I'll get to your questions by the end of the night and apologize for not getting to them earlier.
As for recruiting, don't expect Young's departure to affect it much, if at all. While opposing programs may try to paint a picture of instability, Young was hardly involved in the recruiting process with kids at all. In fact, I spoke to cornerback Prince Kent moments ago who told me he hadn't even met Young or spoken to him before. Kent will be one of four commitments and 10 recruits visiting UM this coming weekend.
"I'm for whatever coach Shannon does," Kent said. "I know he's going to lead our team in the right direction, no matter what's going on. He's going to keep the team focused. He's setting high goals and he knows what this team is capable of. I'm sure coach Young was a good guy. But he's not why I wanted to come to UM."