Just when you thought it would be a smooth, quiet transition into fall camp...
Long-time University of Miami football coach Micheal Barrow is leaving the football program, a source told The Miami Herald late Thursday.
Fall camp opens for the Hurricanes on Tuesday afternoon, and UM coach Al Golden was previously scheduled to address the media on Monday.
Barrow’s departure was first reported by CanesInSight.com.
A native of Homestead, Barrow coached linebackers at UM for seven seasons. Barrow played for the Hurricanes from 1989-’92, when he was the Butkus Award runner-up and finished seventh in Heisman Trophy voting. He was the Big East Defensive Player of the Year and finished his career as the third-leading tackler in UM history.
Other Internet reports by CaneInsider.com and 247Sports.com said former UM receiver Kevin Beard would be joining the Hurricanes’ staff, though it was not confirmed.
The 247Sports.com report said Beard has joined the UM staff “in a quality control position.’’ FootballScoop.com reported UM special teams quality control assistant Billy Furman left for Eastern Kentucky.
When reached by the Miami Herald late Thursday, Beard, who was a UM player from 1999-2003, said, “I don’t have a comment.’’
When asked if he would love to become a UM staff member, Beard, the receivers coach at University High School in Davie, said, “Definitely. If it happened that I could be an asset to UM, that would be a good situation.’’
And CaneSport.com's Gary Ferman posted on his message board that he heard from a source close to Barrow who said Barrow's mother was very ill and that Barrow wanted to care for her -- but Ferman wouldn't confirm.
SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN