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Mike Shula not interested in Hurricanes job as search continues

By: Andy Slater (@AndySlater)

Mike Shula is currently not interested in the Miami Hurricanes head coaching job, I've learned from multiple sources.

Within the last few days, a conversation took place between Shula and someone with University of Miami ties --- where Shula said he was not interested. Due to the sensitive information, the name of the person who spoke with Shula was not given to me. 

Shula is the offensive coordinator for the Carolina Panthers. The fact the Panthers are one of the NFL's best teams so far in 2015 may have something to do with Shula's current lack of interest. 

On Saturday, a spokesman for the Panthers told me he had "heard nothing" about a conversation. The University of Miami on Sunday said they had no comment. 

The Miami Herald's Barry Jackson last month named Shula as a potential candidate. 

While former Hurricanes players have taken steps to have a say in who the next head coach will be, as I previously reported, multiple sources tell me Board of Trustees member Paul DiMare is one of the main people that makes decisions with Miami's athletic director Blake James.

DiMare and his wife Swanee have been big supporters of the University of Miami. The couple has given millions of dollars to various programs and initiatives, including a recent $12.5 million pledge to a school campaign. Their son, Gino, is set to take over for Hurricanes baseball coach Jim Morris when he retires after the 2018 season. 

Paul DiMare was asked to comment about his involvement with athletic decisions, but has yet to respond to the request.

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Former Hurricanes players held conference call

By: @AndySlater

Former Hurricanes football players held a conference call on Thursday to discuss a possible role in helping the University of Miami select the next head coach, according to sources close to the situation.

Multiple former 'Canes were on the call including Bryant McKinnie, Edgerrin James, and Jonathan Vilma. I'm told Vilma is acting as the voice of the group. 

Among the former players that were part of Thursday's discussion, their goal is to have one or two seats on any committee that may be set up by Miami athletic director Blake James to select the Hurricanes next head coach. 

It's unclear how the former players who were included on the conference call were actually selected. 

When asked to confirm the conversation happened, McKinnie on Saturday afternoon told me "it took place" but provided no other details.

James and Vilma were unable to be reached for comment.

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