Golden hires three new assistants

The University of Miami announced Thursday night that new coach Al Golden has hired three new assistant coaches.

All three of Golden's defensive assistant coaches at Temple will be joining him at Miami, the school announced in a press release earlier tonight.

Jethro Franklin will coach the defensive line. One of the most experienced and proven D-Line coaches in the game, Franklin spent many years at the pro level and some time at USC before joining Golden's Temple staff last season. He will replace Rick Petri, who served under Randy Shannon for just one season.

Mark D'Onofrio will serve as Golden's defensive coordinator, replacing John Lovett. D'Onofrio was teammates with Golden at Penn State and has been with him for the past several seasons -- at Virginia and at Temple.

Paul Williams will replace Wesley McGriff as Miami's secondary coach. Williams has been with Golden since he took over at Temple in 2006.

All three assistant coaches can begin recruiting for Miami immediately but can't participate in any on-field coaching activities. Petri, Lovett, and McGriff will coach the team through the bowl game on December 31.

The other defensive assistant, Micheal Barrow, is one of three holdover coaches on the recruiting trail for the Hurricanes.

No changes have been made on the offensive side of the ball yet. All eight of Miami's assistants from 2010 will coach through the bowl game and Golden will likely announce the offensive changes immediately following that game.

CLICK HERE to read the entire press release on the situation from the University.


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