Mike Shula

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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