The Miami Hurricanes were put in the unenviable position of needing a new defensive line coach just after National Signing Day when Alabama hired away Craig Kuligowski and Miami coach Mark Richt updated where the program was at in the process at an event on Saturday.
Earlier in the day, Josh Newberg of 247Sports reported that North Carolina State defensive line coach Kevin Patrick would be staying put and InsideTheU.com’s Andrew Ivins reported that Charlie Partridge of Pitt would also be staying put. But Richt claimed to be in no rush at his All-Pro Dads event at Hard Rock Stadium.
“By the time spring ball starts [on March 20], I definitely want somebody by then,” Richt told Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. “We’re not starting another three weeks or so. When it comes to hiring people, the goal is not to be the fastest but to be right. I want to make sure we bring in the right person.”
He also went on to say that it was a destination job and that he’d received a lot of interest from extremely qualified candidates. However, he didn’t indicate whether or not they had identified any candidates who stood out at the moment.
Kansas State defensive ends coach Jon Fabris is believed to be a fit after spending nine years on Richt’s staff at Georgia. But it’s unclear if he’s been approached about the job as of yet.
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