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Rumph on Miami Coaching Search: 'The Fans Should Have a Say'


What should the criteria be for the next Miami Hurricanes' head football coach?

"You really have to go for a coach that's for the people," American Heritage coach and Canes legend Mike Rumph said on Hochman, Crowder and Krantz. "The fans need to really step up and see who they really want. We have such a big fan base I think you would have to go back to the alumni, you have to go the fans in the community and see who they want. If you go out and pick a random person and the fans don't agree with it, they're gonna give him a tough start from the beginning. But if you give someone who is kind of elected by the people, who the people want and then you've already won the fan base back already.

"I keep saying the fan base but it's so important in South Florida to win those guys over. Are we tough fans? Yeah. Are we not really supportive when we need to be? Yes. But they're still there and I think [the fans] should have a say-so on who's going to come back in and be the next head coach."

Rumph says he's "very happy" at American Heritage, chasing their third consecutive state championship but wouldn't rule out an interest in coaching at the U in the future. He agreed with Channing Crowder in that Miami doesn't necessarily need a coach with Canes ties, he just wants "the best fit."

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