ACC: Wesley McGriff

Miami's Al Golden hires three assistants

December, 16, 2010
Miami coach Al Golden has added three assistant coaches in a limited capacity for the remainder of the calendar year, the school announced on Thusday.

Former Temple defensive coordinator Mark D’Onofrio, defensive line coach Jethro Franklin and defensive backs coach Paul Williams will join the Miami staff and be allowed to recruit this week thanks to a NCAA waiver.

The three new assistants will not be allowed to coach until after Dec. 31, but are currently allowed to recruit. The NCAA waiver was approved on Tuesday.

Current Miami assistant coaches Rick Petri (defensive line), Wesley McGriff (defensive backs) and John Lovett (defensive coordinator) are required by the NCAA to cease all recruiting activities for the Hurricanes, but will remain in a coaching capacity through the 2010 Hyundai Sun Bowl against Notre Dame on Dec. 31. None of the three will be retained after the bowl game.

Golden has not made any other formal decisions on his 2011 coaching staff at this point.

D’Onofrio, Franklin and Williams led an Owls defense that ranked 17th nationally in total defense this year, 14th nationally in pass defense, 15th in pass efficiency defense and 16th in scoring defense.

“We are very fortunate to announce the addition of these three coaches,” Golden said in a prepared statement. “Their passion and desire for excellence matches that of the Miami fan base, alumni and stakeholders. I felt it was important that they be able to hit the ground running and start recruiting immediately. The NCAA waiver gave us that opportunity and should be tremendous benefit.

“On a personal note, they are great friends and coaches that I respect tremendously. They know the type of program we want to run – on and off the field – and could not be more excited about joining the proud tradition at The U.”

D’Onofrio spent the past five seasons at Temple. D’Onofrio and Golden have a long history, first as teammates at Penn State before becoming colleagues at Virginia. Williams has been with Golden and D’Onofrio since the inception at Temple. Franklin, a 19-year coaching veteran, had three stints in the NFL (Houston Texans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Green Bay Packers) as well as stops at USC and Temple over the last decade.

Golden also announced the hiring of Tom Deahn to the Director of Football Operations and Ryan McNamee to the role of Director of Player Development. Deahn and McNamee both filled the same role with Golden at Temple.

ACC in the morning: 'Yo, Heather... wake up!'

September, 16, 2008

Posted by's Heather Dinich

One day. I oversleep one day, and I see this from loyal reader VTballer: "yo Heather wake up! its about time for ACC in the morning."

So it is, my friend.

Here's a look at what's going on around the league:

- This one's for you, VTballer -- RB coach Billy Hite told Josh Oglesby he's playing three backs, but Oglesby says, "I've only seen two."

- It's Georgia Tech's turn to carry the ACC banner, as the Yellow Jackets will try to represent the league against SEC opponent Mississippi State. Oh, and don't question Paul Johnson on his fourth-down decisions, otherwise you're a moron.

- FSU DT Budd Thacker's back -- "wide-eyed, scratching and clawing."

- Miami second-year assistant coach Wesley McGriff is making the Hurricanes' secondary "Army tough."

- ECU coach Skip Holtz isn't taking NC State lightly. He remembers what happened last year. History is unlikely to repeat itself, though, especially with the latest injury to hit the lineup -- Alan-Michael Cash is out indefinitely. Huge loss. ECU is down a man, too.

- UNC is preparing for Tyrod Taylor and his happy feet. Coach Butch Davis says, "Don't bite the cheese."

- Speaking of cheese, the Terps are trying to avoid another trap against Eastern Michigan.

- People were asking for my pick on the Wake Forest-FSU game on Monday's chat. You should ask Christian Ponder, who says the Noles are "not going to lose." It's not like they're taking the Demon Deacons lightly, though. Derek Nicholson deemed it their "ACC championship game."

- Clemson offensive tackle Chris Hairston answers questions about his motor scooter accident.

Today is mailblog day, so check back later. I'm awake now.