Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich
In case you missed Miami's press conference Tuesday afternoon introducing former Philadelphia Eagles assistant Mark Whipple as offensive coordinator and assistant head coach (note the latest addition to his title), I watched it online and took a few notes for you. Here are some of the highlights:
Whipple didn't have to speak long before it was clear he was a student of the game. Miami coach Randy Shannon made a good hire, but the one question left unanswered today is just how long Whipple plans to stick around.
It doesn't seem like Whipple has entirely let go of the possibility of being a coordinator and head coach in the NFL, although he said he missed the one-on-one teaching aspect of the college game and calling his own plays. He said there aren't many places that could have brought him back to it. He said he wants to make Miami's team meeting room "the best class they've ever had at Miami."
"I think I have a lot to give to this place and kids in general," he said.
When the subject of staff stability was brought up, Whipple said his length of stay was not discussed in the interview with Shannon. During the press conference, he never made any promises or guarantees of sticking around for any certain length of time.
"I'm going to do the best job I can today," Whipple said. "If you don't move forward, then you're going backwards."
As for his offense, Whipple said he plans to base it on his personnel, and that he wants to see what quarterback Jacory Harris' strengths are. He said he also likes to get input from the players.
"I want to put guys in the best positions they can be in," Whipple said.
Whipple hasn't had time to watch much film or do a lot of homework (he watched Miami's game film against Florida State, Virginia and Cal), but he'll run a pro-style offense that's a bit of a hodgepodge between what you'll see in the Super Bowl. One thing is for sure -- "I believe you have to run the football to be a national champion," Whipple said.
Whipple did a lot of NFL name-dropping. A lot. While it might go a long way in impressing recruits and players, it was clear he's got to refamiliarize himself with the college game quickly. He isn't wasting any time. He hit the recruiting trail today.
On the subject of championships, Whipple said it's all he knows to shoot for, and he's been after them since his days as a high school player.
"To me it's about being the best," he said. "I believe in the saying, 'No one rises to low expectations.' ... If you play to be runner-up, you'll probably wind up third. ... I feel like I'm at a place that's what the expectations are, and that's what I really believe in."
What sold him on this job was the one-on-one interview with Shannon. Whipple said he was very impressed with Shannon, and thought the two of them would "make a good team."