Quick hits from Miami's news conference

Miami athletic director Kirby Hocutt addressed the media Sunday for the first time since announcing on Saturday night that coach Randy Shannon was fired. The message was as you would expect -- Miami expects to be relevant in college football, a championship contender, and will do whatever it takes to find the "best individual in the country" to "take us to the top."

Here are a few highlights:

  • Miami has hired Chuck Neinas to help find the next coach, but Hocutt has already given Neinas a list of candidates, which he compiled over the past few days.

  • No names were revealed, and there is no timetable, but Hocutt said they'll take as much time as they need to find the right individual.

  • Jeff Stoutland, the Canes' offensive line coach for the past four seasons, has been named interim head coach, and offensive coordinator Mark Whipple has no problem with that, according to Hocutt.

  • No other coaches on the staff were fired.

  • Hocutt made the decision alone on Saturday night based on "the entire body of work," the past four years, this season and the future.

  • He said Shannon was "disappointed," and "that's all I care to share about our conversation."

  • Miami currently has seven commitments from recruits and will have a total of about 14-15 scholarships to award to this class. Hocutt said he hopes the seven players stay committed.

  • At the time, Shannon's contract extension was the right decision and he "deserved the expression of confidence with that extension."

  • Hocutt said the program is "really close" to having the level of talent it needs to compete for championships.

  • It's not a prerequisite that the new coach has past ties to Miami. A candidate with head-coaching experience is "important but not essential."