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Friday, August 1, 2014
Miami undergoes staff re-shuffle

By Matt Fortuna

Miami will open fall camp Tuesday with some familiar faces in new places across the practice field, as the Hurricanes announced a number of staff changes Friday.

Linebackers coach Michael Barrow is taking a sabbatical to devote time to a family matter, with former running backs coach Hurlie Brown replacing him and former assistant director of football operations, Tim "Ice" Harris, replacing Brown as running backs coach.

Kevin Beard, a captain on Miami's 2001 national title team, will move up to Harris' spot as assistant director of football operations.

“As a proud University of Miami graduate, former football player and coach, it is with a heavy heart that I announce I'm taking a sabbatical from coaching this season,” Barrow said in a statement. “This was an extremely tough decision to leave my dream job. However, I have a very important family obligation that requires my full attention, and I would not have had enough time to effectively fulfill my coaching duties."

Brown, a former Miami safety, enters his second year on the Hurricanes' staff. Harris had joined the Miami staff this past offseason from nearby Booker T. Washington High School, while Beard comes from the University School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

“Coach Barrow has always put faith and family first in his life and this is clearly a time in his life where family needs him,” head coach Al Golden said in a statement. “Micheal Barrow is the very definition of a Miami Hurricane — having given 11 years of class, service and leadership to the university and our community. We wish Micheal, Shelly and their children all the best as they enter a new chapter in their lives and we certainly hope Mike will return to coaching and mentoring young people in the near future.”