A few internet reports surfaced Thursday saying UM assistant Micheal Barrow had been flown up to Gainesville to be interviewed for the Gators' co-defensive coordinator job. No word yet if it really happened, or if Barrow has been offered any job with the Gators.
But as far as the Miami Hurricanes are concerned, Barrow will be coaching linebackers in Coral Gables when spring football begins Feb. 23. The Palm Beach Post's Jorge Milian first reported Thursday that Barrow, who was UM's linebackers coach in 2007 and 2008, was returning to those duties after spending last season as a defensive assistant. Defensive coordinator John Lovett, who coached the linebackers while Barrow worked with the defensive ends and special teams last year, will concentrate solely on his primary job.
I spoke to someone at UM Thursday night who told me Barrow's move last year was made in attempt for him to learn more facets of the defense, and make him a stronger candidate to become a defensive coordinator down the road. Barrow spent 13 seasons in the NFL after winning two national titles at UM in 1989 and 1991 and was the defensive coordinator at Homestead High in 2006.
> The Arizona Cardinals team blog reported earlier Thursday that defensive backs coach Teryl Austin had accepted the job as Florida's defensive coordinator, although UF has yet to formally announce it.
> For those of you wanting a taste of Canes baseball, the team will be hosting FanFest Saturday at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field at 3:30 p.m. A home run derby at 5:30 p.m. will be followed by the alumni game at 6:15 p.m.
> I'll be taking a few days off over the next two weeks as I prepare to cover the Florida Marlins and Spring Training. Our Susan Miller Degnan will continue to cover the football team throughout spring football. I'll be popping my head in from time to time with practice reports. Adam Beasley will be covering Canes basketball.