Possible Coaching Candidate: Rod Chudzinski

On the heels of the firing of head football coach Larry Coker, fans, media, and administration are currently scrambling to find qualified head coaching candidates for the University of Miami.

This is nothing new however, as since the 37-7 blowout loss to the University of Louisville in September, fans and media from all over have been speculating on who the man would be to replace Coker. Message boards and call-in shows have spent the past three months debating whether or not it should be Schiano or Shannon.

We've heard everything from Jimmy Johnson to Steve Spurrier. In fact, one would have to be insulted at this point if their name was not yet brought up for the head-coaching job at Miami. However, despite all of these suggestions, one man remains curiously overlooked: Rob Chudzinski.

Chudzinski, or "Chud," presents a more than impressive résumé. Playing tight end at Miami from 1986-1990, Chudzinksi won two National Championships as a member of the Hurricanes. After graduating with a degree in business in 1990, he went on to become a graduate assistant for the Hurricanes, a stint that lasted only two short years.

He quickly ascended up the coaching ranks, becoming the tight ends coach in 1996. He would hold this position for four years, while helping to churn out such great prospects as All-American's Bubba Franks and Jeremy Shockey.

In 2001, Chudzinski was again promoted, this time to offensive coordinator. During his three-year tenure, the Canes played in three Bowl Championship series games, including two National Championships. In his second year, Chud helped guide the Canes to school records for points, total yards, and rushing touchdowns.

During his time as offensive coordinator, the Canes averaged an amazing 37 points a game. Conversely, in the three years following his departure, Miami is averaging a meager 25 points a contest.

Chudzinski's success at Miami would not go unnoticed, as he was again on the move, earning an NFL coaching job in 2004. After spending a year in Cleveland, he was lured to San Diego where he currently coaches tight ends.

Most notably, All Pro Antonio Gates. Under Chudzinski, Gates set new career highs in 2005 with 89 catches and 1,101 yards. Gates also snagged 10 touchdown catches in 2005 to become the first NFL tight end with 10 or more touchdown catches in back-to-back seasons.

Wherever Chud goes, production is sure to follow. Through his career he has coached a plethora of All-Americans and has directed record setting offenses. During this time of turmoil at Miami, a coach that will bring results is needed, and Chud has proven to be that guy.

With ties to the UM program as a player and coach, and a résumé' that is more than impressive, Rob Chudzinski presents Miami with a candidate capable of restoring the winning tradition and family atmosphere that is so valued at UM.

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