Miami Coach Coker Signs Extension
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) _ National champion Miami rewarded coach Larry Coker with a three-year contract extension that keeps him with the Hurricanes through the 2006 season.
In his first season as head coach, the 53-year-old Coker led Miami to a 12-0 record, including a 37-14 victory over Nebraska in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 3 for the school’s fifth national title.
He was the first rookie head coach to win the championship since Michigan’s Bennie Oosterbaan in 1948.
Coker, the Hurricanes’ offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, took over a year ago after Butch Davis resigned to become the coach of the Cleveland Browns.
Before coming to Miami, Coker was an assistant at Tulsa, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma and Ohio State.