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Soldinger would love shot to go back to The U

At one point during his coaching tenure at the University of Miami, Don Soldinger had an office full of future NFL running backs fighting to carry the ball in the Hurricanes backfield.

Don Soldinger "I got pictures now that if you saw them, you would just shake your head," said Soldinger, who spent 16 years at UM as a linebackers/tight ends coach from 1984 to 1988 and running backs coach/special teams coordinator from 1995 to 2006.

"At one point or another in my office, I had [James] Jackson, EJ [Edgerrin James], [Clinton] Portis, [Jarrett] Payton, [Najeh] Davenport, [Willis] McGahee and Frank [Gore]. I'd love to start another round like that again."

Soldinger, now 66, has spent the last five years since being let go by Larry Coker working as a strength training and speed development coach. He's spent the last two years serving that role at Miami-Dade Community College, training the national championship winning softball team, Steve Hertz's baseball team and most recently the men's and women's basketball teams. He's also traveled the country working special camps and coaching running backs. The bug inside him for coaching at the University of Miami? That remains as strong as ever.

New Canes coach Al Golden hired his fourth new assistant coach Wednesday when it was announced Brennan Carroll, the 31-year old son of former USC coach Pete Carroll would become the team's new tight end coach and national recruiting coordinator. But the offensive coordinator spot along with running backs coach and special teams coordinator remains open. Soldinger? He's interested in the latter.

"I hope does enough research just to talk to me," Soldinger said Saturday at the Citrus Bowl as he watched Miami Central play Orlando Dr. Phillips in the Class 6A state championship game. "Whether he comes up to me or not, I think I can help him. I know so many people in the state, still have a little bit of coaching left. The way it all ended wasn't good. I had a great career and I like to finish it off on the right note.

"[Golden] seems to want to want to have some sort of tie to the old players and tradition whereas I think Randy [Shannon] kind of made a mistake that way, turning a few people off that way. I love Randy because I coached him. But I think he kind of pushed some guys away.

"We'll see what happens. I've kept my hands in football in case something happens. I actually did a clinic for Butch [Davis] recently, went up to North Carolina, met with their staff for a few hours. I did a high school clinic for them. He really doesn't have anything there yet. But this is the first time I thought about leaving Miami. I haven't wanted to because my wife does real good in real estate. But if something came open I'd certaily like to help out."

Soldinger said the talent he sees in UM's backfield now "is probably the best group they've had since I've been gone."

"It's similar to the guys I had sitting in my room just a few years ago," Soldinger said. "[Mike] James, [Storm] Johnson, [Lamar] Miller, the kid from Booker T. Washington [Eduardo Clements] those guys all have it. They just need to be patient, stay positive and not worry about who is the man. All of the guys I had before were like that. They didn't like it back then. But they like it now. They're all making a ton of money."

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There's nothing like having youth and experience in a coaching staff...Soldinger would be a great addition to this very formidable coaching staff...Go Canes!!!

Coker should have fired one guy after the LSU Peach Bowl debacle instead of firing Kehoe, Soldi and others:

His name is Shannon. The Miami D against LSu was disorganized, lost, in shambles, there were poor adjustments during the game, there were poor substitutions and no answer to what LSU was throwing at them. Never mind the offense but LSU ran ragged against Um in the game. Shannon gave us a prelude then of things to come...

Posted by: Brick back Soldy | December 22, 2010 at 06:53 PM

Kehoe, Soldi and the others we're NOT compamy kiss azzz guys ... Shannon turned out to be and that's just the way Donna likes it.

No way! We do not need re-tread coaches. Its why Trestman and Tubberville were not hired in the first place. Soldinger has his time, its over, move on. No way should Golden hire this guy!

Age is truly just a number and with Coach Sol.. I mean..you have seen him speak no? He will outwork and out-physical any of us.

Happy Holidays!

Posted by: DCanesR1 | December 22, 2010 at 10:07 PM


Age is also nothing but an attitude. And Soldinger has that to the 10th. power. It would be a scream to look at these kids faces after just a typical Soldinger asschewing after even commiting the smallest mistake (wonder what Gore did wrong up above? I assure you that if he saw that pic, he'd remember exactley where, time in the game and what Soldinger was pizzzed off about. And that, is impact coaching at it's finest).

It would take maybe one and a half days of two-adays for the buzz to spread around to the entire team that Coach Solds ain't one to be Fu@ked with. Ever. That's Respect.

SOLDINGER WAS THE MAN AS RUNNING BACKS COACH.He wants special teams responsibility?HE S A MAJOR,MAJOR, ASSET - ASK BUTCH - HE LL TELL YOU.EITHER WAY - if Coach does his due diligence - and Kirby too - then age is certainly not a factor for the young 66 Soldinger.With his energy and enthusiasm - and his love for the U............MOST EXCITING CHATTER ABOUT HIM I VE HEARD IN YEARS.PLAIN AND SIMPLE-HE S A MAJOR,MAJOR UPGRADE TO THE HIGHEST LEVEL.I ll continue to look for him and Coach Golden to at least meet with each other.HE S A VALUABLE ASSET IN ANY CAPACITY IN THE CITY OF MIAMI.HOPE COACH GOLDEN FINDS OUT ALL ABOUT HIM.I M STOKED NOW.

I sat close to coach Sol at a HS game about 2 football seasons ago and people in the stands were saying stuff like we need you coaching again, when you going back to coaching. Sol's response was "It has to be right, I would if it is right". So maybe UM feels right to him, maybe this is the type of situation he was waiting for. I know he looked healthy when I saw him.

The RB talent we have now is for real (Miller, James, Johnson, Clements, Hall and Haggens who could be a big RB or full-back). Lamar Miller for example, has all the talent in the world but a top RB coach would improve his game IMO. Our RB's started to fumble the ball with this new RB coach and under Robinson our RB's never gave up the rock.

Could Coach Golden have a plan to wait to after the bowl game to make offensive changes? Coach just at least sit and meet with Sol and Michael Barrow can tell you about how good at developing RB's he is.

If not Sol, I still say we can do better at RB coach.

Count me in and on the "Bring back coaches Soldinger and Kehoe" bancwagon. They were the BEST at their positions that the U has ever had. They certainly would have instant community connetions as well

Dorsey for QB Coach. I think the Field General would make a great one.

Having Pete Carroll's son as National Recruiting Co=ordinator is great. There is a lot of tlaent in Cali. Soldinger would be great. How about Irvin as receiver's coach? I was all for Leach, but Golden is the man. Hopefully he has the guts to stand up to SHALAYA

All this BS and none of you has even mentioned the importance of the Offensive coordinator hire. I have sympathy for Sol, but I'm more interested in the OC candidates. This will be the key to our success on the field and recruiting.

Soldinger was the one coach I never understood being fired. Bring him back.

Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor and four other Buckeyes were suspended by the NCAA for the first five games of next season for selling championship rings, jerseys and awards and receving improper benefits. All can still play in the Sugar Bowl against Arkansas. Those five games includ The U.....wonder if he will go pro???

Donnie Sol won't be on this staff so give it up all the blogging for him to be hired. It won't happen and shouldn't.

He has a great resume and legacy but should stay home, his time has passed, using the media to get noticed for a job, as Lame as Leach.

Did you guys see this?

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101223/ap_on_sp_co_ne/fbc_t25_ohio_st_tattoo_investigation;_ylt=Auus70jfrJI_kYAt1hfsVcILMxIF;_ylu=X3oDMTM1cXMwcnQwBGFzc2V0A2FwLzIwMTAxMjIzL2ZiY190MjVfb2hpb19zdF90YXR0b29faW52ZXN0aWdhdGlvbgRjcG9zAzEEcG9zAzMEc2VjA3luX3RvcF9zdG9yeQRzbGsDZnVsbG5ic3BzdG9y

Pryor, Posey and 3 other Buckeyes will be suspended for 5 games the beginning of next season. Hopefully we will get OSU during the first part of the season. We could actually win that one...

And the OSU fans are making excuses just like Florida makes excuses when they threaten a woman's life or steal her credit cards.

Not much difference between them, apparently.

Wait a minute.......... If Al Golden want to win a championship within the next two or three years he need to hire a high profile running back/special teams coach like Don Soldinger. He will bring so much upside to the U, he will be an outstanding fit for coach Golden as a recruiter in the state of Miami area, from Olando south to key west.

Coach Gloden You should hire Don Soldinger, he’s a true developer of running backs and young men and will have them performing at a high level. The wisdom that he will bring you cannot purchase but you sure can learn from it.

Third party source = Sarasota foreskin clown in drag.

Get off Golden showers sak u fool

If the U is going to produce championship RB's again....pick up the phone and call Soldinger and say "Don, welcome home, you're hired!"
He is right there in the neighborhood just waiting to help the U get back on their game and WIN! His record speaks for itself. He has a lot of coaching left in him and there are many players who will benefit from Coach Soldinger's return!

Solindger's Southridge squads were wait for it, wait for it......le-gen-dary! Lol! Nobody knows high-school football like this guy. They scored 63 points in a State title game! Ridiculous!

giddy i agree soldinger the man recurit NFL running backs, Kehoe O-LINE we never needed a SO CALL DUAL-treat teddy bridgewater type QB.we always had a all pro line. these guys lost their jobs because larry coker needed someone to take the fall to save his job.if shannon was a real coach the first thing he should have done was to hire them back.he did not thats is one reason he;s gone.like of exp.

Cuse cane, you make a good case on why we “should” hire Sol. With him you get two great coaches in one (RB coach and special Teams) and he can mentor someone for the future. As RB coach, his resume speak very loud and unequaled by no one. As a Special Teams coach, we blocked more kicks and punts than we did before he started coaching special teams and since he was un-excusably fire (escape goat).
Also, Sol is well respected and has ties with all the local High Schools and keeps his hands on the pulse since he’s constantly running clinics.

Yeah with Soldinger we get a 2 for 1 deal since he coaches great special teams and running backs. This is a no brainer. Like he said when Coker let him go "he may find younger but he won't find anyone better."

The coming OC must already have been selected and in the bag but waiting for his current team to finish up their season in some bowl for the big announcement.

As far as Soldinger, what came first, the recruitment of extremely talented running backs or the coaching and developing? We seem to have a bevy of talent now, some coaching and developing would add great value to the running attack. Age 66 ain't too old if it brings with it great coaching, along with the important intangibles of being a die-hard Cane, a tremendous local rep. with high school coaches, and a motivation to redeem oneself to finish out a career on a high note.

Cool cat go stick your head in the toilet with your Gator/Nole t-shirt. You're a cane fan imposter. To all you Cane fans out there, Soldinger would be the best hire for Golden right now. The list of runningbacks that he's developed for the U is astronomical!! lets not forget how he developed NCAA recordbreaking Troy Davis at Southridge High as well. What can we do to get Golden to call Soldinger? we cant afford to let the talents of James, Johnson, and Clements go by the wayside. its all about the U!!!!!!

Coach Sol dosen't just coach 'football'...he teaches on how to be a success in the game of 'life'. I know firsthand ...thanks coach ,i know you remember me.

Caines

Coach Sol didn't just coach football...he taught lessons to beat the odds and become a success in life. I know firsthand, i was one of his players/pupils. I know u remember me coach...

caines

I think we need to know why he was let go in the first place. If I recall correctly, it was insubordination. If so, that is the kiss of death. He will never be hired at the U or anywhere else.

Stick with a young coaching staff..

ARTY, YOU ARE RIGHT TO FEEL THE WAY YOU DO. THEY SHOULD BRING HIM BACK AND YET THEY STILL WILL NOT. I JUST WISH THE POWERS THAT BE WOULD REMEMBER PART OF WHAT THE PAST BROUGHT US WAS 5 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS IN 20 YEARS, AND CHANCES AT 3 OTHERS. WE HAVEN'T BEEN RELEVANT SINCE THEN, AND WILL NOT BE UNTIL WE'VE INJECTED SOME OF THE OLD SCHOOL "NOT IN OUR HOUSE OR YOURS" MENTALITY OF THE PAST. NO ONE FEARS US ANYMORE AND THAT IS SOMETHING WE NEED TO GET BACK. BRINGING IN SOME OF THE PIECES OF THE PAST TO COMPLEMENT THE NEW REGIME MIGHT BE JUST WHAT THE DOCTOR ORDERED. BUT ALAS, DOCTOR SHALALA HAS ORDERED THAT WE LANGUISH IN MEDIOCRITY, AND GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP. I WISH THAT MORE PEOPLE WOULD ADMIT THAT WE MAY HAVE HATED THE BULLYS IN OUR LIVES, BUT WE SURE HAD RESPECT FOR WHAT THEY COULD DO TO US. NO ONE IS AFRAID OF THE U, BECAUSE THE U DOESN'T BULLY ANYONE ANYMORE. BRING BACK SOLY AND YOU BRING BACK SOME OF THE EDGE WE HAD GOING INTO EVERY GAME.

Brian Dupree, Take that lame wasted post and go elsewhere with it. The problem with Miami is fans like you that just want to snap your fingers and have the past come back. Well thats not going to happen you Gator nimrod and thats the problem with the players on this team. They are wanting someone else to come back from the past to help them regain the glory. How about these players go out and earn the glory on the field instead of waiting for it. Now run along to your Gator blog and cry that someone just bullied you on a Miami Hurricane site beyatch

Soldy, Soldy, Soldy!!!

No Soldy, No Soldy, No Soldy!!!

No Mas ...


Feliz Navidad

I think we need to know why he was let go in the first place. If I recall correctly, it was insubordination. If so, that is the kiss of death. He will never be hired at the U or anywhere else.

Posted by: Sean Wilson is a cancer | December 24, 2010 at 08:11 AM


U recall huh ?

Speak proper English you ragpicker. Give an alternate reason. Make one up as usual.

"What you recall?". Who speaks like that except uneducated ignorant trash.

Did I hit that one out of the park too, dirtball?

Soldinger was one of the best coaches I've ever known. You do alot of up downs and he makes you better. As good as you can be. Bring him back.

Bring back Solly, he's a good coach.

With all due respect to Soldinger's achievements, let's go for a new start.

The OC and running backs coaches will be critical choices for UM. I hope we get some go getters, and although age and experience can help, youth and vigor are also an asset in coaching kids.

I haven't liked Whipple's play calling or ability to motivate kids to play at peak levels. A change there would help.

As long as we get someone who can motivate, call plays and bring out the best performance every week, it works! GO CANES! BEAT ND!

I normally stay away from commenting on Facebook walls, but this is one of the most important posts/issues that I will address this year. I played at The U and Coach Soldinger was my mentor. He is hands down the most honest and sincere coach I have ever played for. He is hands down is one of the major reasons UM was so successful in the 80's and late 90's. His passion, enthusiasm, and knowledge of the game are second to none. He not only made me a better player daily, but he inspired me to be a better person and his tutelage is something I still subscribe to daily. I owe a great deal of my post football success to Coach Sol. If I were Coach Golden this would be my first hire, (sorry Coach Kehoe, you're a close second), so please continue this message and post you support for hiring Don Soldinger.

I love you Coach. Merry Christmas.

Sincerely,
Kevin Brinkworth
The U Class of '96

I agree. Brink back Soldy

This rag of a UM football blog is a waste. canesport has an "exclusive" interview of jacorry Harris by Jim Martz. funny how muchhe has to say now that his "father figure" (his words) put the muzzle on him.

That dictatorship run by Shannon was never going to work. These kids need to be allowe to celebrate, run free, fly around, and let their personalities shine through. when Spence recovered that fumble ( can't recall the game-? Pitt), and they did the horse dance, I believe Shannon got on him something fierce. It's like Shannion did't know how to win, or enjoy to win. his drab, bleak, blah, dull, monotone personality was killing the program. It did a lot of damage, but I am glad a move was made. Not because Hocutt or Shaneh neh wanted it, but because we the fans, the boosters and the trustees wanted it! And as they saw grossly disgusting attendance numbers, they saw money being flushed down the terlet.

This is so irrelevant considering recruits are not committing because they do not know who the offensive coordinator will be!!!! The priority should be getting the Offensive Coordinator in place and then a running backs coach with an understanding of the OC scheme. Gore, Portis, McGahee, Davenport and the Edge were all studs in highschool so it really didnt matter who was coaching them!

Arty, I understand your feelings on Kirby/Donna may not wanting to get into bed with the old regime, however, one thing stood out to me when Goldie was introduced as coached. He pleaded with former players to come back. If he's serious, grabbing a proven comodity like Soldy will help solve that problem. Old players would love to see a familiar face. This is interesting, and Kirby and Donna need to get with the program..Go Canes!!

GO NOTRE DAME !!!!!!

SO BRILLIANT WITH THE PLAY ON WORDS

Coach Sol is the best coach, RB coach out there!! He coached me in the Southridge days, When Southridge was the best team in FL. Without Coach SOL we would have never been that good. Golden "BRING HIM BACK"!!!!

wow some coral park guys here.....played defensive back under soldinger at coral park in the 70's before I transferred to Miami high.....he was my science teacher as well there.....everyday he would verbally abuse the WHOLE team.......southwest high was coral parks nemesis back then.....remember playing at the old coral way stadium (municipal)....horse still ran at tropical park and planes land at tamiami airport.....koury league baseball eventually went there...man, long time ago

soldinger - tried and true Miami guy..he would never work under golden...NEVER

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