He's in the building. According to University of Miami spokesman Chris Freet, new Hurricanes offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch arrived at his office Wednesday morning and could start recruiting as early as Wednesday night if he finishes his paperwork/recruiting exams with human resources.
ESPN NFL reporter Adam Schefter reported Tuesday afternoon that Fisch, who was the Seahawks’ quarterbacks coach when hired by UM last week, was a candidate to replace Jeremy Bates as the Seahawks’ offensive coordinator. Later Tuesday, ESPN College Football reporter Bruce Feldman reported through a source close to Fisch that he was “100 percent committed to being UM’s offensive coordinator."
Got to love the world of coaching. I think we've all learned that at any moment anyone can bolt for another job. Remember how Jeff Stoutland was so happy UM had retained him? Where is he now? Money always talks.
> I've been told not to expect UM to hire an offensive line coach in the very near future (24-48 hours). With Al Golden out in California recruiting, he's made this recruiting weekend his top priority. Really, there is no major reason to hurry either. The Hurricanes made their more important hire -- offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach -- last week.
As for possible candidates: former USC offensive line coach Pat Ruel, a UM grad, would be a dream hire for the Canes. He's now available that Tom Cable was hired to replace him with the Seahawks. The question is money. Ruel made NFL dollars and Stoutland just left for more money at Alabama.
A lot of people think former offensive line coach Art Kehoe is a real possibility. I would be surprised if Golden is somehow able to pull that off.
> For those of you wondering about the available scholarship count -- figure its right around 16 for now. According to Freet nobody on scholarship has asked to leave the program yet.
Are there possibilities? Yes. Freshmen linebackers Kevin Nelson and Travis Williams are two some wouldn't be surprised to see leave.
> For those of you inquiring about early enrollees for spring football, three commitments have a chance to do it: Miami Central CB Thomas Finnie, Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy defensive end Olsen Pierre and Hargrave (Va.) Military Academy linebacker Antonio Kinard. They must be enrolled before Jan. 31 to practice this spring. All three are currently trying to get through admissions, etc. according to a source.
> Former USC tight end Blake Ayles has not enrolled at UM and there is no guarantee he will. Ayles, who caught 14 passes in three seasons with the Trojans, told the Los Angeles Times he planned to play for the Hurricanes. He would be eligible to play immediately if he ends up at Miami. But a source said that remains up in the air.