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Miami will use a search firm and former players in coaching search, athletic director Blake James said on Monday. 

By SI Wire
November 16, 2015

University of Miami athletic director Blake James announced on Monday that the school will use a search firm and establish an advisory committee in charge of hiring a new coach.

Two former Hurricanes players, Jonathan Vilma and Vinny Testaverde, have been named members of the advisory committee. Miami will use the search firm Korn Ferry to assist the school's deliberations. 

Vilma, 33, played at Miami from 2000-03 and became a first-round pick in the 2004 NFL draft. Vilma, a three-time Pro Bowler, last played in the NFL in 2013. 

Testaverde, 52, spent 17 years in the NFL before retiring in 2007. He was the quarterback at Miami from 1983-86 and won the Heisman Trophy in his last season with the Hurricanes.

Korn Ferry was the same firm that helped Texas hire Charlie Strong. The company charged Texas $250,000 plus an administrative fee of 6% for its services, reports USA TODAY.

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The Hurricanes fired Al Golden on Oct. 25, one day after the worst loss in program history, a 58–0 defeat against Clemson. Golden, who was hired in 2011, ended his tenure at Miami with a record of 32–25, including a 17–18 mark in ACC play.

“We are well underway in our search process,” James said in a statement. “And, as expected, there is already a tremendous amount of interest in The U. Additionally, we are reaching out to a number of UM constituencies to engage in dialogue and to hear their thoughts and vision. We will work diligently to find a great fit for Miami and I want to thank in advance the members of the advisory committee for their dedication to our University.”

The Hurricanes (6–4) play Georgia Tech (3–7) on Saturday in Miami. 

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