Coker Out as Coach at UM

The Associated Press reports University of Miami football coach Larry Coker has been dismissed after a tumultuous season with the Hurricanes.

The move came less than 12 hours after Miami upset 18th-ranked Boston College 17 to 14 to improve to 6 and 6 and become bowl eligible.

Athletic director Paul Dee says Coker will coach the Hurricanes in a bowl game, if they are invited.

Coker says he'd want to end on a positive note.

The Hurricanes' season included the shooting death of defensive lineman Bryan Pata, a sideline-clearing brawl with Florida International, and a litany of injuries.

Coker was the Hurricanes' coach for six seasons, compiling a record of 59 and 15. He led Miami to one national championship, two BCS title game appearances and five bowl games.

But Coker had 12 losses over his last three seasons and no conference titles or major bowl bids since 2003.

Dee says the school will hire a consultant and begin a search immediately, adding that current Miami defensive coordinator Randy Shannon could be among those considered for the job.


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