With so many high profile alumni currently or recently starring in the NFL, there are a number of voices that will inevitably weigh in on the next Miami coaching hire. Two former 'Canes stars will have a direct impact. Heisman winner Vinny Testaverde and star linebacker Jonathan Vilma have been selected to serve on the six-person advisory committee for the coaching search.
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The Palm Beach Post spoke to former Miami players about the selections. Not everyone understands the Testaverde selection.
Vilma, 33, retired from the NFL last year after a 10-year career in which he was a three-time Pro Bowl selection. His UM days (2000-2003) began when he was recruited by Davis. He was inducted to the UM Sports Hall of Fame last April. One former teammate believed Vilma’s ties to Davis wouldn’t color his advice to (athletics director Blake) James. “He’s a smart guy,” the teammate said. “He’s going to do what’s best for the university.”
Testaverde, 52, lives near Tampa and finished a 21-year NFL career in 2007. His son, Vincent Jr., is a reserve quarterback at Miami. Another prominent former Hurricane who played in the Dennis Erickson era was critical of Testaverde’s selection, pointing to his lack of involvement in the program over the years. “When I played I kept wondering why he never came back,” the player said. Testaverde also has ties to Davis, who was an assistant when Testaverde played, and Jimmy Johnson, the head coach at the time who is rumored to be a consultant to James.
Whether those are the two choices people wanted or not, many have called for football alumni to have a say in the hiring process, and it looks like they will definitely have solid representation.