Miami pulling out all the stops to bring in Radakovich as AD

Miami is reportedly offering Dan Radakovich $3M, which would make him the highest paid AD in the countryGETTY IMAGES

If Clemson AD Dan Radakovich accepts the Miami AD job, the school "will have hit it out of the park," according to Tom D'Angelo of the PALM PEACH POST. The school is "going all out" trying to land a big name AD, reportedly offering Radakovich $3M, which would "make him the highest paid AD in the country." Hiring Radakovich is "not a done deal" but momentum "appears to be building." He would be an "immediate upgrade to the entire program," but the most pressing issue "centers around a football program in chaos." Another reason why Radakovich would be a "solid hire ... new blood." Miami needs to bring an "established, experienced AD who knows the value of football but also knows how to run an athletic department, not turn it into a good ol' boys club for former players." Radakovich "understands it all." In the last decade, only his counterpart at Alabama, Greg Byrne, "has done a better job than Radakovich at boosting the football program at his school to an all-time elite level" (PALM BEACH POST, 12/6).'s David Hale said, “This is right now about Miami trying to put its best foot forward and make a sales pitch to both (Radakovich and Mario Cristobal) and say, ‘This is a situation that if you are here, we can fix all of the problems we have, you're the linchpin to this.’ I tend to lean if that sales pitch works that Dan Radakovich is eager to go and I think it's probably a good move for him in a lot of ways” (“Packer and Durham,” ACC Network, 12/6).

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS: Miami lawyer John Ruiz said that he is "interested in building a stadium" for UM to play football in at Coral Cables Senior High School. He said that he "plans to soon announce an eight-member committee to steer the project." The committee Ruiz formed for the stadium idea "will be made up of himself, firm executive, Coral Gables High graduate and former WSVN-7 News broadcaster Diana Diaz, University of Miami Sports Medicine Institute Director Lee Kaplan, MSP Recovery attorney Gino Moreno, Mocca Realty broker Alex Pirez and Ruiz's three children Johnny, Alex and Cristina Ruiz -- all of whom are UM alums" (MIAMI HERALD, 12/6).

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