Al Golden, their coach for the last three seasons, is rumored to be leaving The U today or very shortly for Penn State University. Thus, multiple reports from Florida have Chudzinski, a Miami product and well-liked former assistant, as a top possibly replacement option.
Source: Miami to consider Greg Schiano, Rob Chudzinski, and Butch Davis to replace Golden
— Andy Slater (@AndySlater) January 4, 2014
Chudzinski, 45, was a three-year starter at tight end for the Hurricanes. He was a member of the 1987 and 1989 national championship teams. He then coached at the school from 1994-2003 as a graduate assistant, tight ends coach and finally offensive coordinator. He oversaw the development of pro prospects like Clinton Portis, Andre Johnson, Jeremy Shockey, Willis McGahee, Frank Gore, Kellen Winslow Jr and many more.
After several years as an NFL assistant, he then was hired by the Browns in mid-January 2013. He didn’t even last a full 12 months as head coach, however, as the team’s 1-10 skid to finish the season led to his surprise firing just hours after their Week 17 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Browns have now been rumored to be interested in a number of NFL assistants and college head coaches. It’s possible they could again hire someone with no previous head coaching experience. Today, they’re reportedly meeting with Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels in Boston.
But for Chudzinski, it’s a matter of preference: Would he rather try to find a possible NFL offensive coordinator job again or be the King of The U? The program has had a rough last 10 years since Chudzinski was last around, so if he were to rebuild that program again, he could go down as an all-time legend.
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