A few days after announcing that three assistant coaches will be staying at Miami, the school announced the addition of another assistant coach -- Brennan Carroll. At just 31 years of age, Carroll will coach the tight ends and serve as Miami's recruiting coordinator. Carroll becomes the third offensive coach announced under new coach Al Golden, joining receivers coach Aubrey Hill and line coach Jeff Stoutland. All that's left now is a running backs coach and an offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach. Carroll should begin working at UM immediately. He won't coach in the bowl game but can recruit and will resume full-time duties after the bowl game.
What to Like:
A lot. At 31, he is young and brings lots of passion and energy to the coaching staff. While at USC, he developed the talents of some of the nation's best tight ends. Fred Davis won the John Mackey Award, given to the nation's top tight, a few years ago. He's used to working with elite level talent and turning it into quality on the field. He coached on some great USC teams, including a few that won national championships. He's used to coaching big time football at the highest level and so adjusting to what the pressure is like at Miami shouldn't be too difficult for him. As a recruiting coordinator, Carroll was outstanding as a Trojan. The son of Pete, considered one of the nation's elite recruiters over the last many years, Carroll helped sign some of the nation's best recruiting classes.
What Not to Like:
Not much. By going from Joe Pannunzio to Carroll, you lose a lot of experience. You lose a special teams coach. Carroll has never lived in Florida or had to recruit this area too heavily. He's never worked under a head coach who wasn't his father.
This is a big time hire. Miami's tight end play in recent years has been poor in comparison to the talent level that's been at the position. Based on Carroll's history at USC, that will change immediately. The Canes, perhaps more importantly, just added an ace recruiter -- one of the best young recruiters in all of college football. Coach Golden wants to win championships here at Miami and the hiring of Brennan Carroll is a big step in that direction.