UM Coaching Hot Board: Rob Chudzinski

Read on to see why CanesTime's Mike Bakas believes Rob Chudzinski would be a good hire for the University of Miami.

Rob Chudzinski

Background: Chud was a three-year starter at tight end for the Hurricanes and helped them win national championships in 1987 and 1989. After serving as a Graduate Assistant under Dennis Erickson in the 1994 season, Chud was hired to coach tight ends when Butch Davis became head coach. When Davis left for the Browns following the 2000 season, Chud stayed and became Larry Coker's offensive coordinator for three seasons. When Butch had to replace Bruce Arians as his offensive coordinator in Cleveland, he hired Chud. He then spent two seasons coaching tight ends in San Diego before Cleveland re-hired him to run their offense in 2007 and 2008. He returned to San Diego, where he was Assistant Head Coach in 2009 and 2010. Chud then moved on to Carolina to run their offense in 2011 and 2012 before becoming head coach of the Browns in 2013. He was fired following just one season.

Where he is now: Chud has spent the last two seasons as a "Special Assistant" to Chuck Pagano in Indianapolis. The Colts made it to the AFC Championship game last season but have struggled on the field this season, which has seen franchise quarterback Andrew Luck struggle to stay healthy.

Why would it be a good fit: Chud is part of the Hurricane family. He played on two national championship teams here. He understands and would likely embrace the culture here. He is well liked by former players. He's worked under several quality head coaches in his career including Butch Davis, Chuck Pagano, Ron Rivera, Norn Turner, and Marty Schottenheimer. He's a sharp offensive mind who helped the Hurricanes offense score tons of points during his tenure here as offensive coordinator. It was a well-balanced attack that got all of its playmakers involved. He's worked with four different NFL franchises over the last 12 years since leaving UM following the 2003 season. His knowledge of the game and how to run an offense and an entire program is likely much better than it was back then. Because of his NFL ties, he'd likely be able to put together a top notch coaching staff. Plus, at just 47 years old he'd likely have to energy and passion to be dynamite on the recruiting trail.

Why it may not be a good fit: Chud has just one year of head coaching experience in his entire career so you wonder how much learning on the job would be involved. While his offenses scored tons of points when he was calling plays here under Coker, he also had one of the most talented groups ever to work with. Can he evaluate recruits effectively? Those are some of the biggest question marks I'd have if he were hired.

Bottom Line: Chud is a Hurricane. He's part of the family. He's a very bright up-and-comer in the coaching world. He's worked at the highest level for the last 12 years. I am confident he'd hire a top flight staff and his choice of a defensive coordinator would be very important. He's well liked in the Hurricane community. He's very sharp, and would still be one of only a couple college coaches with NFL head coaching experience. While he's not as high on my list as Butch, he's right with Greg Schiano (although much different personalities and coaching styles) near the top of my wish list.


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