3 UM assistants retained; one recruit added

Miami assistant coaches Micheal Barrow, Aubrey Hill and Jeff Stoutland were retained by new coach Al Golden.

Barrow will coach the linebackers, Hill will serve as the wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator while Stoutland will coach the offensive line. It's still possible that other current Miami assistants join Golden's staff at a later date. This announcement will definitely help Golden with recruiting, especially when it comes to Hill, the recruiting coordinator. Hill's knowledge of Miami's recruiting territory will immediately help Golden compensate for his lack of familiarity with the area.

It's also a great reward for these staff members who willingly hung in there during the transition phase, including the awkwardly uncertain time when Golden was hired yet they were still expected to coach and prepare the team for the bowl game. The help they can bring in recruiting, though, will be invaluable to Golden.

And Golden hasn't wasted any time recruiting.

Golden gained his first commitment for the Canes since being named head coach in defensive lineman Olsen Pierre of Fork Union Military Academy, Va. Pierre had first pledged to Temple when Golden was coach of the Owls. The Canes now have five pledges.