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UM picks WR coach; OC hire on hold

The Miami Hurricanes have hired a new wide receivers coach, but they're going to wait a little longer before hiring an offensive coordinator.

George McDonald According to a source at UM, new coach Al Golden is in "a holding pattern" in selecting and announcing his offensive coordinator and will probably wait until the end of the week to make an announcement. The reason for the delay -- it is believed -- is because that coach is still involved in the NFL playoffs. According to the source at UM, Golden hasn't revealed who his top choice for offensive coordinator is and is keeping the information close to the vest. 

One potential candidate is Seahawks quarterbacks coach Jedd Fisch, 34, who is considered a young, energetic and hungry coach. Fisch began his career as a grad assistant at Florida under Steve Spurrier. He is a former offensive coordinator/receivers coach at Minnesota, spent five years with the Ravens, one with the Broncos (where he coached Dolphins' receiver Brandon Marshall) and is now coaching under Pete Carroll, the father of Brennan Carroll, UM's new national recruiting coordinator. Read this interesting article on Fisch for his background

As for the guy who was hired at UM Tuesday: former Browns wide receivers coach George McDonald, who just completed his second season in Cleveland. McDonald previously spent nine seasons as an assistant on the collegiate level, including two seasons as the wide receivers coach at the University of Minnesota.

“George had a burning desire to be back in the college game and we are thrilled to welcome him to the Miami family,” Golden said in a statement released by UM. “I’ve seen his work on several levels and he is great teacher and technician. As the strongest brand in college football, we can’t understate the importance of the fact that he has recruited South Florida and the Northeast, while having roots in California.”

McDonald spent the last two seasons studying under Browns offensive coordinator Brian DaBoll, who was with the Patriots from 2000-06. Before beginning his coaching career, McDonald played receiver at Illinois (1995-98), where he finished with 59 career receptions and 589 yards.

> UM's former offensive coordinator Mark Whipple, meanwhile, could end up taking over for Randy Edsall at UConn. Edsall left for Maryland. According to the Hartford Courant, Whipple is the leading candidate for the Huskies job.