Chudzinski Withdraws From Coaching Search

University of Miami offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski announced Wednesday that he has removed himself from candidacy for the position of head football coach at the University of Cincinnati. Chudzinski had been under consideration for the vacant job earlier this week.

"I am respectfully withdrawing my name from consideration to be the next head football coach at the University of Cincinnati," Chudzinski said. "I want to thank the University of Cincinnati's Search Committee for their interest in me for this position, particularly Director of Athletics Bob Goin. While I am perfectly content in my role at Miami, my strong ties to my home state made this opportunity particularly interesting to me and I want to thank UC for showing an interest in me."

A native of Toledo, Ohio, Chudzinski is completing his third season as UM's offensive coordinator and his 10th year as a member of the Hurricanes' football coaching staff.

A former tight end who starred on Miami's 1989 national champions and played on two national title teams at UM, Chudzinski has been a part of three national title teams at Miami (1987, 1989 and 2001).

Chudzinski's Miami offenses have produced a Maxwell Award winner for College Player of the Year (quarterback Ken Dorsey in 2001), an Outland Trophy winner (tackle Bryant McKinnie in 2001), the 2002 Rimington Award winner (center Brett Romberg in 2002), the 2003 Mackey Award winner (tight end Kellen Winslow), and the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year (Dorsey and tailback Willis McGahee) in both 2001 and 2002, along with seven players who were named first-team All-Americans by at least one news service (Dorsey, tackle Joaquin Gonzalez, McKinnie, Romberg, tight end Jeremy Shockey, placekicker Todd Sievers, and Winslow).

Under Chudzinski's direction, the 2003 Miami offense became the nation's only unit to produce more than 2,000 yards rushing and 2,000 yards passing for the sixth consecutive season. The Hurricanes garnered 4,759 total yards in 2003, the 11th-best single-season total in UM history, while averaging 396.6 yards per game and scoring at a clip of 28.8 points per game while leading the Hurricanes to a 10-2 record, the BIG EAST Conference title and a berth in the FedEx Orange Bowl Classic against Florida State.

The 2002 Miami offense set new school records for points (527), total yards (6,074) and rushing touchdowns (33) on the way to a second consecutive appearance in the National Championship Game with a 12-1 record. The Hurricanes averaged 40.5 points per game, while averaging 284.2 yards per game passing and 183.0 yards per game rushing.

In 2001, the Miami offense set a new standard for excellence on the way to leading the team to an undefeated season. Chudzinski's offense set a school record for scoring with 475 points in the regular season, while maintaining Miami's tradition of balanced offense, averaging more than 200 yards both rushing (204.6 ypg) and passing (250.2 ypg), compiling the third-best yards per game average in school history (454.8 ypg), and scoring at least 33 points in 10 of 12 games.

Chudzinski has been a member of UM coaching staff since 1994, when he was a graduate assistant for two seasons under head coaches Dennis Erickson and Butch Davis. Davis promoted him to full-time status as the tight ends coach in 1996, a position he held for five seasons.

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